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Pioneering unit to prevent criminals slipping through the net

Patrolling the borders of Northamptonshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

A specialist unit has been set up to patrol both sides of Northamptonshire's borders in an attempt to cut rural crime and deter criminals from coming to the county.

The unit will involve officers from neighbouring forces like Cambridgeshire to tackle criminals who think they can slip through the net by jumping across the border.

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The specialist cross-border officers will also have access to automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to allow them to spot known criminals as they drive into Northamptonshire.

"In the past criminality moves across borders policing often and partners often stopped at the border and this is about we're moving that border as an issue so we actually work as a multi-force partnership in terms of preventing and detecting crime as well."

– Supt Andy Cox, Northamptonshire Police

Pressure on places forces children to another school

Over a hundred children moved Credit: PA

Histon and Impington Parish Council have expressed concern over children at the local infant school being moved to a different site because of pressure on places.

They say many parents are unhappy that more than 100 children aged 7 and 8 at Histon and Impington Infant School will be taught in temporary classrooms half a mile away at the villages' junior school.

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Cambridgeshire needs thousands of new homes

Government planning inspectors say 43,000 new homes are needed in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire over 16 years.

They have called for local councils to reconsider their current strategy of creating new towns and villages to tackle the shortage of affordable homes.

Thousands of new homes are needed Credit: PA

Instead they suggest building more houses on the edge of the city because this may be more sustainable.

The local plan document plots delivery of 33,000 new homes and 43,000 jobs until 2031, as 'Greater Cambridge' faces an enormous period of growth.

New laws to protect horses

Essex has around 1000 horses left to fly-graze Credit: PA

New laws to clamp down on people illegally abandoning horses come into force today, in order to improve horse welfare standards.

The new law, called The Control of Horses Act 2015, aims to deter people from illegally grazing or abandoning horses on public and private land, which is known as ‘fly-grazing’.

As many as 1,000 horses are thought to be illegally fly-grazing in Essex and over 3,000 illegally fly-grazing across the country.

The new law means fly-grazing horses have to be reported to police within 24 hours, and owners now have four days to claim their animals.

Previously an abandoned horse could only be disposed of after 14 days through a sale.

The new law also extends the options for dealing with abandoned horses, which now include private sale, gifting and rehoming.

"We pressed for this new law so that farmers and landowners can act for swift resolution when faced with the problem of horses illegally abandoned on their land. Fly-grazed horses can damage land, crops and fencing, restrict space for livestock and cost money to provide for their welfare and safety.”

– Henry Robinson, Country Land and Business Association

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Two arrested following dog attack

Two men have been arrested after three dogs under their control attacked a 69-year-old woman and her dog in Towcester, Northamptonshire.

Location of attack in Towcester, Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It happened in Baden Powell Crescent, Towcester, at about 6pm on Saturday.

The three dogs, believed to be Staffordshire bull terrier style breeds, attacked the woman’s bichon frise dog. The woman tried to separate the dogs and sustained minor injuries to her chin and hand.

The three dogs belonging to the men have been seized by police.

The two men, aged 34 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of ABH and owning a dangerously out of control dog.

Witnesses or anyone with more information can call Northamptonshire on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Three Norfolk women arrested in illegal rave probe

Three women from Norfolk have been arrested after police attending the scene of an illegal rave were attacked by a large crowd.

Police at the scene of the illegal rave. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Officers from Lincolnshire Police were alerted to the incident by a member of the public complaining about loud noise and anti-social behaviour at around 11pm on Saturday night.

When they arrived in the area of Twyford Woods, just off the A1 near Bourne, they came under under attack from a large group of people.

One officer received serious but not life-threatening injuries while four others and a police dog were also hurt.

Three women from Norfolk were arrested and police seized sound amplification equipment and generators.

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