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Plans to shake up three police control rooms

Plans to shake up three police control rooms Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three of our police forces could soon be working closer together. Plans are underway for collaboration between control rooms in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

It would mean reducing the number of locations - but chief constables say it could save £5 million pounds a year.

The police commissioners and the chief constables of the three counties have decided there is sufficient evidence to look at how to answer 999 calls, non-emergency calls and crime recording from fewer bases.

The final proposals will be presented in the Spring.

Redmayne tipped for awards hat trick for Hawking portrayal

Eddie Redmayne dedicated his award to those who suffer from ALS, like Hawking Credit: Reuters

Eddie Redmayne scooped another top acting award last night for his portrayal of the Cambridge scientist Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything - and dedicated it to those living with the scientist's condition.

The Brit beat Birdman star Michael Keaton in the most outstanding actor category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Redmayne has already won a Golden Globe, but it is thought he could now score a hat trick at the Oscar's next month.

The SAGs award ceremony, held in LA last night, is widely held as an indicator as to who will win at this year's Oscar's.

In his acceptance speech, Redmayne told the audience he had learned a lot while making the biopic about Hawking, who suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

I would like to dedicate this award to those people around the world living with ALS, to those who have lost their lives to this brutal disease.

In preparing to play Stephen I met many people fighting ALS, and I met their families fighting alongside them. And the courage and the bravery and the spirit, this triumph of spirit that I witnessed, blew my mind. So I'm incredibly grateful to them."

– Eddie Redmayne making his acceptance speech


Marathon effort by woman hurt in riding accident

A woman from Newmarket has pledged to run the London Marathon - despite shattering her ankle in a riding accident. Cat Elliott is raising money for the MAGPAS Helimedix who flew in and gave the emergency treatment that meant she could walk again.

Cat Elliott and the Magpas helicopter she's raising money for. Credit: ITV ANGLIA

Cat has two metal plates and 11 screws holding her right ankle together but the 40 year old is determined she will complete all 26.2 miles of the London Marathon in April.

Cat's leg shattered in several places. Credit: Cat Elliott

Newmarket could bid for 'Royal Town' status

Town Councillors will vote tonight on whether or not to apply to the Queen for 'Royal Town' status for Newmarket.

The Suffolk town, well known for its links to the horse racing industry, has a long history of Royal patronage dating back centuries.

Now an independent group, made up of local businessmen and women, representatives from the horse-racing industry and councillors, would like to apply for the status because of its links with horse racing and the royals.

It has to be approved first by the town council, and if so, could take around 12 months to go through the process of applying to the palace.

The Queen will have the final say on whether or not to bestow the honour on Newmarket.

"There has been racing in Newmarket since the 1600s, Charles II used to come here and there's been racing in Newmarket since and most monarchs have had horses here...The Queen is very keen on racing and she does have a number of horses here."

– Cllr Warwick Hirst, Newmarket

There are only two other 'Royal Towns', Royal Leamington Spa and Royal Tunbridge Wells. If Newmarket gets approval from the Queen, it will be the third town to have the status.

The Town Council meeting is at 7pm tonight.


Cambridgeshire: Two men killed in A505 crash

Two men have died following a crash on a busy road in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two men have died following a crash on a busy road in Cambridgeshire.

It happened early yesterday morning (24 January) on the A505 at Thriplow near Duxford.

A 32-year-old man from Oxfordshire and 30-year-old Francois Lassaliy from Royston in Hertfordshire were both killed in the collision.

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