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Seventeen arrests after Stansted Airport protest

The demonstrators were campaigning against a deportation flight to Nigeria, putting up a blockade, they chained themselves to it in an attempt to stop the plane leaving.

The demonstration happened away from the passenger terminal, but the main runway was closed for an hour and flights were delayed and diverted.

Now questions are being asked as to how the protestors managed to breach airport security.

Man sentenced after 'acting indecently' with horse in front of children

A man’s been sentenced to four months in prison after ‘acting indecently’ with a horse in front of a group of children in Cambridge.

Steven Richard Cuff, 54, from Swavesey, pleaded guilty on Monday, March 27 at Cambridge Crown Court, to the offence which took place in Jesus Green, Cambridge, last year.

The sentence has been suspended for 18 months, he has also been ordered to pay £200 costs and given a 30 hour rehabilitation requirement.

This offence took place on one of the hottest days of the year and there were many people on Jesus Green at the time which makes this incident all the more inappropriate.

– Detective Sergeant Tanya Mutch, Cambridgeshire Police.


Tractor driver guilty of causing death after trailer detached and hit pensioner

79-year-old Frank Fenning was killed instantly. Credit: PA.

A man has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a trailer he was pulling came away from his vehicle and hit a pensioner, killing him instantly.

In July, 2015, Colin Baines, 57, was driving his tractor and trailer on Birch Street, Great Wigborough, when the trailer detached and struck 79-year-old Frank Fenning as he walked along the pavement.

He had just left his home to buy a newspaper.

Detective Inspector Scott Egerton, the senior investigating officer said although Mr Baines was not driving dangerously, the fact he did not perform suitable checks to ensure his trailer was correctly joined led to the death of Mr Fenning.

By taking his tractor on the road in this dangerous condition, Colin Baines caused the death of Frank Fenning. Mr Baines has to live with the consequences of this for the rest of his life, but tragically so does Eileen Fenning, whose husband never came home that day.

This case must serve as a warning to all who tow anything from their vehicle that you must check the safety of your vehicle before entering the road.

– Detective Inspector Scott Egerton.


Essex police officer started 'inappropriate relationship' with alleged sexual assault victim

An Essex police officer has been dismissed after starting an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with the victim of an alleged sexual assault.

Dc Carl Wakefield, 44, was based at the public protection command in Rayleigh. At a hearing on Tuesday 28 March he was found to have breached the standards of professional behavior and dismissed for gross misconduct.

The officer put his personal interests before his duties and responsibilities as a serving police officer.

His conduct was completely contrary to the ethos promoted by Essex Police amongst its officers and the wider community.

– John Bassett, Chair of misconduct panel

Family pays tribute to 'comical little lad' who died in Norfolk collision

Jack Southey died on Friday 24 March Credit: Family pictures.

The family of a 22-year-old who died following a collision in a Norfolk village have paid tribute to him.

Jack Southey was involved in the collision on Friday 24 March on Burgh Road in Bradwell.

Jack had such a happy life, he was a comical little lad. He was well liked by everyone, he walked everywhere so people would have seen him walking around, everyone knew him. We miss him deeply.

We had a magical family holiday last year, we went to Florida. Florida was his happy place, he loved it there. We are so glad that we had one last family holiday together.

We would like to thank everybody for their support at this difficult time. The police, ambulance staff and hospital staff were brilliant on the night. They did everything that they could.

– Family statement

Punters backing Oxford for this year's boat race against Cambridge

The race will take place on April 2. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A betting firm’s revealed heavy backing for Oxford rowing team in this year’s Varsity with 82p out of every £1 bet going on Oxford to win.

The biggest bet placed on Cambridge at William Hill so far has been for £28.

Despite winning last year, the Light Blues are virtually friendless to win this year’s race and with a biggest bet of just £28, they are being left in the wake of Oxford punters who are splashing the cash.

– Joe Crilly, William Hill spokesman
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