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Police appeal after man hit around head with baseball bat

Police are appealing for information after a man was hit around the head with a baseball bat Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for information after a man was hit around the head with a baseball bat.

The incident happened on Alexandra Road in Wisbech on July 23, when a man in his 20s, who was driving a silver Fiat Punto, crashed in to the front of a green car while trying to move away from an obstruction.

Following the crash the victim was approached by a passenger from the green car who was carrying a baseball bat.

Concerned for his safety the victim drove off but was pursued through Wisbech by the green car.

The victim stopped his car on Redmoor Lane and left the vehicle to enter a house when he was grabbed by one of the men from the green car who struck him round the head with a baseball bat while a second man threw stones at him.

The green car then left the scene heading towards the A47.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

Police are keen to speak to two men described as of a heavy build, white with tanned skin, and aged between 20 and 40.

Film company admits health and safety breaches after Harrison Ford crushed by part of film set

A film company has admitted health and safety breaches after Star Wars actor Harrison Ford was crushed by part of the film set. Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm

A film company has admitted health and safety breaches after Star Wars actor Harrison Ford was crushed by part of the film set.

Ford, who plays Han Solo in the hit films, was crushed by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship while filming the Force Awakens in 2014.

The Prosecution told Milton Keynes Magistrates court that Ford could have been killed after he was knocked to the ground and pinned by the heavy door as he rehearsed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

The actor was left with a broken leg.

Foodles Production (UK) will be sentenced next month.

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Amazon tests delivering parcels using unmanned drones

A new way of delivering parcels is being tested by Amazon in Cambridgeshire, using unmanned drones. Credit: Amazon

A new way of delivering parcels is being tested by Amazon in Cambridgeshire, using unmanned drones.

The company has issued a notice warning to people in the area that the flying machines will be operating between now and October.

If the trials are successful, the company could begin using the drones for its deliveries within 30 minutes of its warehouses.

Terry Hollywood from Cambridge Aeroclub has concerns about safety with fears of an aircraft collision with a drone.

"I've personally seen a drone pass by my aeroplane while I was flying at 3,000 feet about three weeks ago, two or three days ago one of my instructors saw one at 2,000 feet, so there is a discipline issue and there is a control issue."

– Terry Hollywood, Cambridge Aeroclub

Essex police warn drivers playing Pokemon Go

Essex police are warning drivers not to play Pokemon Go while behind the wheel. Credit: Essex Police

Essex police are warning drivers not to play Pokemon Go while behind the wheel.

It follows on from two separate incidents.

A 27-year-old man was reported for driving while using a mobile phone after officers spotted him playing the game while driving a silver Lexus at Lakeside Retail Park in Thurrock on July 21. He was given a ticket.

The car was travelling at about 20mph. The man could have points added to his licence or be told to go on a driver awareness course.

In a separate incident the following night (July 22) a black Mini was stopped in Basildon as it was driving at slow speeds with no lights on.

The four occupants, a girl and three boys all aged in their late teens, said they had been looking for Pokestops, and the officers gave them words of advice about the dangers of their manner of driving.

"Life isn't a game. There are no rewind buttons, second chances and no start again buttons."

– Adam Pipe, Essex Police's casualty reduction manager

Tata Steel ordered to pay £2 million after two workers injured

Tata Steel has been ordered to pay more than £2 million after two workers suffered serious injuries at their Corby plant in Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tata Steel has been ordered to pay more than £2 million after two workers suffered serious injuries at their Corby plant in Northamptonshire.

A 26-year-old lost two thirds of his left hand while trying to clear a blockage on machinery at the site in Corby in September 2014, and a 52-year-old lost two thirds of his little finger when his hand was caught in a lathe at the same plant in February 2015, Northampton Crown Court heard.

The two incidents were investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which found the guarding on the two machines was inadequate. Tata Steel had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to two counts of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Judge Rupert Mayo ordered the company to pay a fine of £1,985,000 and costs of £22,500, saying the injuries were the result of "two subsequent and avoidable incidents."

"Guarding of dangerous parts of machinery is a fundamental of ensuring workers' safety. HSE will not hesitate to hold those accountable who do not fulfil their legal obligations, especially if that results in someone receiving life-changing injuries."

– Mark Austin, HSE inspector

Woman rescued on Clacton beach

A woman was rescued on Clacton beach over the weekend Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman was rescued in Clacton after she was found lying face down in the sea.

Members of the Clacton beach patrol team said that they were told that a woman was drowning under the Pier and they rushed over to the scene to help at around 6pm on Sunday (July 24). As they reached the spot two other people were dragging the woman out of the water.

They put her in the recovery position and an ambulance, police and coastguards were all called.

“The woman was conscious when we got to her and she was talking to me.... there was a lot of water coming out of her mouth.”

– Chris Simpson, Lifeguard
Lifeguards Chris Simpson and Sian Rowlen helped to save the woman who was found lying head first in the sea Credit: Tendring District Council

Since the incident, Tendring District Council have warned people about the dangers of swimming too close to structures.

“Currents can be very strong around the Pier and by the breakwaters and groynes and the advice is to keep well clear of them."

– Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing

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Sick toddler finds matching donor

Joey Ziadi seen above in 2014, has now found a matching blood donor after being diagnosed with a rare form of anaemia Credit: ITV News Anglia

A seriously ill toddler from Northampton has finally found a matching donor after a two-year search for his family.

Joey Ziadi was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia when he was just nine months old. It's a blood condition that affects just one in nine million people.

His mum has been campaigning tirelessly since then to encourage more people to become bone marrow donors.

Police take action against Pokemon Go players

The gates at Wootton Hall police HQ in Northamptonshire have been shut due to a surge in people trying to catch Pokemon characters. People have been wandering into the grounds trying to catch the digital monsters. Detectives are reminding the public that trespassing is a crime. Credit: Northamptonshire police

The gates at Wootton Hall police HQ in Northamptonshire have been shut due to a surge in people trying to catch Pokemon characters.

People have been wandering into the grounds trying to catch the digital monsters.

Detectives are reminding the public that trespassing is a crime and warn that anybody found on a police site for non-police business and without authorisation will be 'challenged.'

Pokemon Go has become an instant sensation since being launched in the UK only a few weeks ago. The app gives players an augmented view of the real world which enables them to search real streets and buildings for cartoon monsters, known as Pokemon.

The Northants Police HQ is one of the locations people have been seen trying to find the monsters which, when found, can be 'captured.' However, as well as closing its gates, the force has also issued a warning to the games.

Cambridge and Peterborough CCG rated "inadequate" by the NHS

Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has been rated as inadequate by NHS England. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Cambridge and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been rated as inadequate by NHS England.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG is the organisation responsible for planning, organising and purchasing NHS funded healthcare for people living in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.

In the 2015-2016 financial accounting period, it has been criticised for it's poor financial performance.

“2015/16 was a very difficult year for the CCG as we have dealt with a number of significant financial and contractual issues. The CCG has made many changes to the way it works over recent months and is working hard with staff and the Governing Body to deliver the quality improvements and financial rigour that we need, but there is still a lot more for us to do to address our underlying recurrent deficit."

– Tracy Dowling, Chief Officer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

The CCG has said that it faces an "exceptional rise in demand for health services" and that the financial challenges are "unprecedented."

The current and future financial challenges facing the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough health and care system, are of an unprecedented scale, as we experience an exceptional rise in demand for health services."

– Tracy Dowling, Chief Officer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Scientists use brain scans to monitor teenager changes

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have used brain scans to map the changes that occur in teenagers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists have used brain scans to map the changes that occur in teenagers.

The research could help explain why the first signs of mental health problems emerge in adolescence, according to experts from the University of Cambridge.

Nearly 300 14-24 year-olds had MRI scans to study the structure of their brains.

By comparing the brains of teenagers of different ages, the researchers found that the outer regions of the brain shrink in size, becoming thinner.

As this happens, levels of myelin - the sheath that "insulates" nerve fibres, allowing them to communicate efficiently - increase within the outer regions.

Previously, myelin was thought mainly to reside in the "white matter," the tissue that connects areas of the brain, but this study shows that it can also be found in the outer regions and that levels increase during the teenage years.

"Adolescence can be a difficult transitional period and it's when we typically see the first signs of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and depression.

"This study gives us a clue why this is the case: it's during these teenage years that those brain regions that have the strongest link to the schizophrenia risk genes are developing most rapidly."

– Professor Ed Bullmore, head of psychiatry at Cambridge
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