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Three hungry dogs abandoned by suspected hare coursers

The dogs at Mildenhall Police Station. Credit: Suffolk Police

Three dogs have been handed to a council warden by police after being abandoned by suspected hare coursers in Mildenhall.

The dogs at Mildenhall Police Station. Credit: Suffolk Police

Police were called to a suspected incident of hare coursing in Mildenhall yesterday afternoon. Later on they were alerted to a group of men with dogs walking down Mildenhall road. When the police arrived the men ran off, abandoning their dogs.

Hare coursing is the competitive pursuit of hares using dogs. It has been illegal in the UK since 2005.

Tougher legislation needed to punish those who target birds of prey

Hundreds of birds of prey were either shot or poisoned last year - many of them here in our region.

The figures are revealed in a report by the RSPB which says that buzzards and red kites were among those illegally killed.

It says tougher legislation is needed to punish those who deliberately target birds of prey.

Click below to watch Claire McGlasson's report:

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Campaign to save refugee from deportation brought to the attention of the Immigration Minister

Murad Khan.

A Suffolk MP who has been campaigning to prevent a young Afghan refugee from being deported says he has brought his case to the attention of the Immigration Minister.

Murad Khan, who now lives in Lowestoft, was seized by immigration officials almost two weeks ago and taken to a detention centre.

He was later released on appeal. A campaign has begun to help Murad stay in this country and has the backing by his local MP.

Joanne Dennehy accomplice Gary Stretch to appeal sentence

Gary Stretch to appeal against the length of his sentence.

One of the accomplices of serial killer Joanna Dennehy is to appeal against the length of his sentence.

Gary Stretch, thought to be Britain's tallest serving prisoner at 7ft 3ins, was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 19 years.

Stretch, 47, from Orton Goldhay, Peterborough was found guilty of the attempted murder of Robin Bereza and John Rogers after helping Joanna Dennehy select her victims in Hereford.

He was also convicted of three counts of preventing the lawful burial of a body at the trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

Dennehy murdered Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, Kevin Lee, 48, and John Chapman, 56, in March 2013 before dumping their bodies in ditches near Peterborough.

Pedestrian killed on A12 in Essex was hit by a number of vehicles

A pedestrian has been killed in Essex after he was hit by a number of vehicles early this morning.

The man, who is believed to be in his 20s, was walking along the A12's northbound carriageway between Boreham and Hatfield Peverel when he was hit.

It led to the road being shut for much of this morning's rush hour while police carried out their investigations. The road was eventually reopened just before 11 o'clock.

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Anger after leaflet comparing homosexuality to paedophilia posted to homes in Cambridge

Leaflet posted to homes in Cambridge Credit: Rob Kinnear

A leaflet calling HIV "God's punishment" for homosexuality has been distributed in Cambridge.

"Works of Darkness" leaflets were posted to homes in the Mill Road area of the city by a man dressed as a monk. Local press reported that the man happily posed for photographs when confronted by local people.

It says that homosexuality "is utterly opposed to the law of God and to nature, and should in no way be condoned or promoted". The leaflet goes on to compare homosexuality to paedophilia, claiming that "In the ideal of 'man-boy love', so desired by homosexuals, pederasty/paedophilia claims its historic place in homosexualism".

People living in the area were shocked by the leaflet, which also claims that trans* people are "possessed by demons". Rob Kinnear, 40, had the leaflet dropped through his door in Norfolk Street on Wednesday.

"At first I thought it was a bit ridiculous and then I was a bit sad and angry that someone would interfere like that with other people’s lives."

– Rob Kinnear, local resident

Police are currently looking into the contents of the leaflet after receiving complaints from local people.

"We were aware of complaints and a community cohesion officer has been calling victims to offer appropriate reassurance."

– Cambridgeshire Police
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