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Couple admit abuse of elderly and vulnerable woman

A couple from Peterborough have admitted the ill treatment and neglect of an elderly and vulnerable woman in their care.

Maurice and Deborah Campbell were caught after their abuse was filmed on a CCTV camera in their victim’s Peterborough home.

The footage showed them both verbally abusing the 85 year old, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Mr Campbell, 56, was seen twisting her wrist and fingers, putting his body weight on her stomach as she tried to drink and forcefully ramming an object into her mouth in an effort to make her take tablets.

The court also heard he had also slapped her across the head.

Mrs Campbell, 57, witnessed the physical abuse by her husband but did not intervene.

Mr and Mrs Campbell, both of Illston Place, Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court today and have been bailed for sentencing at Peterborough Crown Court at a date to be set.

They both pleaded guilty to ill-treating and wilfully neglecting the victim between March 30 and May 10, 2016.

This case involved some of the most shocking abuse of an elderly and vulnerable victim that I have come across in my career.

Due to her dementia, the victim struggles to communicate and could not provide a witness statement so without the CCTV in her bedroom, no one would have been any the wiser to the abuse she was receiving.

– Det Sgt Mark Little


Ed Sheeran buys pig-shaped statue of himself

Ed Sheer-Ham was among the fibreglass pigs up for auction.

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran has bought a pig-shaped statue of himself at a charity auction for £6,200 last week.

The model, dubbed Ed Sheer-ham, comes complete with ginger locks, guitar and sleeve tattoos, as well as featuring a red check shirt.

It has previously been described as "awesome" by the 25-year-old star after it was unveiled in his home town of Ipswich, Suffolk, in the summer.

Ed Sheer-Ham was one of 39 larger-than-life pig sculptures that were auctioned off in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice last week following the huge Pigs Gone Wild art trail.

About 300 people attended the auction at Trinity Park in Ipswich, Suffolk, last week, which raised £152,550 for the hospice.

Ed also recently donated 13 bags of his clothes to the hospice shop in his hometown of Framlingham, Suffolk.

The clothes, which included tee-shirts, hoodies, checked shirts, shoes and the shirt he wore when he made a cameo appearance in Bridget Jones's Baby, have already raised nearly £5,000 for the hospice.

Royal household official jailed for accepting bribes

Former Royal Household official, Ronald Harper, accepted more than £100,000 in bribes. Credit: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

A former Royal Household official from Suffolk who accepted more than £100,000 in bribes to award contracts for work at royal residences including Buckingham Palace has been jailed for five years.

Ronald Harper was deputy property manager responsible for maintaining the Queen's main London home, as well as St James's Palace, Clarence House and Windsor Castle, from 1994 until he was suspended in 2012.

The 64-year-old, from Sudbury, accepted payments or gifts from the directors of companies who were then given large contracts for maintenance of the historic buildings paid for by the then Civil List, now called the Sovereign Grant.

He was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to make corrupt payments after two trials at Southwark Crown Court in June and August.

The corrupt bribes were made "over a significant period of time" either to directly to Harper or via a member of his family, while some of the money was used to pay Harper's credit card bills, jurors were told.

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