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Tory MP involved in domestic assault to stand down

A Conservative MP who accepted a police caution over a domestic assault has announced he is standing down at the general election.

David Ruffley will be standing down from Parliament in 2015.
David Ruffley will be standing down from Parliament in 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia

David Ruffley said the "protracted media debate" about his private life would not serve the interests of his constituency party.

In a letter to Bury St Edmunds's Conservative Association, Mr Ruffley also said the incident had provoked an "unrelenting orchestrated intrusion into my private life".

Read: Tory MP apologises over assault of former partner

Serious collision closes A47 at Walpole Highway

Police are currently dealing with a serious road traffic collision near King’s Lynn which has closed the A47 in both directions at Walpole Highway.

Officers were called at 5.53pm this evening to reports of a single vehicle collision on the A47 westbound carriageway.

Emergency services, including fire and ambulance, are at the scene. The vehicle has collided with the central reservation.

The air ambulance has taken the male driver and only occupant of the vehicle to Addenbrookes hospital for treatment.

The road is not likely to reopen until later this evening, current estimates put the time of reopening at 11pm. Road users are advised to avoid the area for the next few hours.

Any witnesses to the collision should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101.


Family speak out in a bid to prevent further tragedy

A family have appealed to people to stay out of rivers and lakes in the hot weather after a number of drownings across the region in the last few days.

On Friday rescue teams recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy from the River Ouse in Hartford near Huntingdon.

The same day 16-year-old Conor McColl's body was found at Clophill lake in Bedfordshire.

Then on Saturday a 61-year-old man drowned in the Blue Lagoon Lake near Bletchley and yesterday a 57-year-old canoeist died at Sixfields lake in Northampton.

Conor's mother and father were too distressed to speak to the press but asked his aunt and uncle to speak out in a bid to save other lives.

Lucky escape for glider pilots after mid-air collision

Crashed glider
Crashed glider Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire Service

Two pilots had a lucky escape after their glider aircraft collided in the skies above Cambridgeshire at the weekend.

One pilot parachuted out - the other glider managed to land safely after the crash above Little Paxton on Saturday.

The East of England Ambulance service, which attended the scene, said a 50 year old man was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital with a minor leg injury.


Ten-year-old helps create e-fits of mum's attackers

Youngster puts together e-fits of mum's attackers Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A boy from Cambridge has helped police put together e-fit images of the men who held his mum at knifepoint in their own home.

The ten-year-old boy was asleep in the flat he shared with his mother in Kathleen Elliott Way, Cambridge, when they were woken by banging on their front door.

When his mother answered the door, three men burst in and assaulted her before threatening her with a knife demanding she hand over cash.

All three left empty handed.

The incident happened at about 6.30am on June 27.

Since then, the young victim has been working with officers to produce e-fits of two of the offenders.

All three are described as black.

"This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim and her young son who witnessed it.

He has shown great bravery in helping us to produce these images of the offenders and hopefully someone will be able to identify them."

– Detective Constable Amie Meston, Cambridgeshire Police

Anyone with any information should call Cambridgeshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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