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Radio One DJ finishes five triathlons in five days

Greg James at the finish

Radio One DJ Greg James has been in Norfolk today where he finished a series of five triathalons in five days.

His Sport Relief challenge ended in Norwich this afternoon just minutes before he took to the air for his afternoon show.

Hundreds of people gathered at The Forum to cheer him over the line.

He bgan with a 600-metre swim in Whitlingham Broad before a 46-mile bike ride around Norfolk.

He was joined by cricketer Jimmy Anderson and Norwich vlogger Jim Chapman for his final run.

Here's a video of Greg finishing...

20-month-old girl dies after road accident


A 20-month-old girl has died at Addenbrookes hospital after sustaining critical injuries in a road traffic collision on the A12 at Martlesham in Suffolk yesterday.

The little girl was initially taken to Ipswich hospital following the two vehicle crash around 1.45pm yesterday, Thursday 11 February, but was later transferred to Addenbrookes.

She died there this afternoon, Friday 12.

The rise of home education as some parents shun schools


There is a rising number of parents choosing to shun schools and teach their children at home.

The popularity of home education has tripled in Cambridgeshire in just five years.

In 2010 there were 200 children known to be educated outside of a traditional classroom. That had risen to 605 by 2015.

In Hertfordshire there are currently 650 children registered as home-educated. In Northamptonshire it's 509.

And in the Central Bedfordshire area, 235 are known to be home educated at the moment.

So why are parents choosing to take their children's learning into their own hands? And what does home education really involve? Claire McGlasson met a family to find out.

Ipswich Town confirm Pringle loan switch

Ben Pringle has joined Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed Fulham winger Ben Pringle on an initial month's loan.

There is an agreement for the 26-year-old to stay at Portman Road for the rest of the season if he impresses.

Pringle will help cover for the loss of Ryan Fraser who has been ruled out for the next two months.

He is available to make his debut at Bristol City tomorrow (February 13).

“When the opportunity came up to come here on loan, it was an easy decision.

I know Mick McCarthy’s stature in the game and what he has achieved and that was a big pulling power.

I knew there was interest in me from Ipswich last summer when I left Rotherham. I wasn’t offered a contract here or anything like that but I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join the club now.

Fulham are my parent club and it will depend on what they say but if things go well for me here and Ipswich are happy with me, I’d definitely be interested in getting something done here for the future.”

– Ben Pringle, Ipswich Town

Bristol City v Ipswich Town, Sky Bet Championship, Saturday 13 February, 15:00


19 immigrants found in lorry at business park


Nineteen immigrants have been found in a lorry at a business park in Cambridgeshire.

The police were called at 1.37pm today (Friday) by a woman travelling in the lorry saying she was with other people in the vehicle and wanted to get out.

Officers found the lorry about 20 minutes later on the A14 and it was stopped at the Lakes Business Park near St Ives.

Police said all the 19 immigrants are adult or late teenage, mainly from Iraq but also Iranians and Afghans.

Six have been taken to hospital to be checked over and the others will be taken into custody.

Man who fled to Norway guilty of manslaughter

Anton Levin Credit: Essex Police

A man who fled the country following the death of a man at Southend in Essex has today been found guilty of manslaughter.

Abdulfatah Suleiman, 28, of no fixed address, was convicted of manslaughter following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court which started at the beginning of February.

Anton Levin from Dagenham was stabbed at a house in St Anns Road, Southend on November 19, 2014, and another man was injured.

Suleiman was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter as well as guilty of robbery and unlawful wounding.

In June 2015 three people were convicted for their parts in the 24-year-old’s death.

Danielle Russell, now 27, from Southend, and two teenage boys were found guilty of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit GBH on the other man as well as conspiracy to commit robbery. Russell was jailed for 11 years and the teens to ten years four months with a five-year extended licence.

Suleiman was arrested in Norway in June 2015 after the conclusion of the other trial and extradited back to the UK, returning on August 11.

Schoolgirl, 15, and her boyfriend go missing

Sherry Smith Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police are trying to trace a 15-year-old schoolgirl and her boyfriend who have gone missing.

Sherry was last seen at about 2.45pm yesterday afternoon (Thursday, February 12) at her home address in Schole Road, Willingham.

It is believed she was going to meet her boyfriend, 16-year-old Tony Smith, from Earith, who is also missing.

Tony Smith Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Sherry is described as white, slim, with long highlighted mousy brown hair, and was last seen wearing blue stone-washed jeans and light brown knee-high Timberland boots.

Sherry's boots Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Tony is described as white, tall with mousey brown hair which is shaved at the sides and longer on top, and was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, black and gold trainers, a blue puffy body warmer with either a blue or grey jumper underneath. He was last seen after being dropped off in Willingham at about 1pm yesterday afternoon.

We believe Sherry and Tony may be together and are growing increasingly concerned for their welfare, as are their family.

I would urge anyone who may have seen either of them or knows of their whereabouts to contact police immediately.

I would also appeal directly to Sherry and Tony to get in touch with us, or their family, to let us know they are okay.”

– Sgt Alice Draper

Would-be Jihadist from Bedford found guilty of terrorism

Naseer Mirza Taj Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A would-be jihadist who planned to leave his pregnant wife at home in Bedford while he travelled to Syria to fight has convicted of terrorism.

Naseer Mirza Taj, 26, of Tudor Court, Victoria Road, plotted to join Islamic State, or Daesh, by travelling to Syria via Istanbul in Turkey on 31 December 2014, but was arrested two days before he was set to leave.

He was further arrested by Bedfordshire Police in May 2015 after trying to obtain fraudulent travel documents in a bid to flee the country after his passport had been seized following his initial arrest.

Detectives from the Eastern Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit linked Taj to a Twitter account in the name of Abu Bakr Al Kashmiri, which had the background profile picture of ‘Jihadi John’ and a main profile picture of Ilyas Kasmiri – who was reportedly the leader of Al Qaeda in Kashmir.

Twitter account Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Officers also recovered communication between Taj and another man discussing what clothes and materials to pack for Syria, advice given by Taj to other people wanting to travel and conversations between Taj and his would-be Jihadi bride.

Twitter profile Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives believe Taj wanted to travel to Syria, marry a jihadi bride and attend an IS training camp or ‘Muaskar‘.

Several copies of a banned publication were also found in his flat along with a downloaded document ‘44 ways to support Jihad’ and a publication titled ‘The Book of JIHAD’.

Taj denied preparing for terrorist acts and two counts of possession of information useful to terrorists but was convicted today (Friday, 12 February) following a trial at the Old Bailey. He will be sentenced at a later date.

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