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Police appeal after children approached by a man

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after two children were approached by a car and invited to get inside by the driver in separate incidents.

One child was walking along Adlington Road, Luton, on Thursday at approximately 8.45pm when he was approached by a man in a car.

He invited the child to get into the car, and when he refused, the man got out of the car and shouted after him.

He is described as black, approximately six foot tall, in his 50s, with grey hair, a scar on his cheek and a tattoo on his arm. He was believed to be wearing a black jacket and jeans, the car is described as a white BMW convertible.

Earlier that evening, at approximately 5.50pm, another child was walking in St Vincent Gardens, Luton, when he was approached by a man in a car who invited him to get into the car to go to his house.

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Youth charged with Colchester murders

James Attfield

Detectives investigating the deaths of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea have tonight charged a 16-year-old boy from Colchester with their murders - on the authority of the Crown Prosecution Service.

The youth has been remanded in custody to appear before Chelmsford Magistrates Court at 10am tomorrow..

He was arrested on the Salary Brook Trail, in Colchester, just after 11am on Tuesday, May 26, on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

Following enquiries by detectives he was further arrested on suspicion of the murders of James and Nahid.

"We have received excellent backing throughout the investigations into both James and Nahid’s deaths from the whole community in Colchester and I would like to thank them all again for their continued support.

"We are continuing our enquiries and if anyone believes they have any information relating to either James or Nahid’s deaths I would ask them to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron

James Attfield was murdered in March last year. The 33-year-old, also known as Jim, was found on the Riverside Path in Colchester in the early hours of Saturday, March 29, with more than 100 stab wounds to his body.

Nahid Almanea, a student at the University of Essex, was murdered on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester as she walked from her student accommodation in nearby Woodrow Way to the university complex in Wivenhoe.

The 31-year-old is believed to have been attacked at around 10.40am and died as a result of stab wounds.

Peterborough United swoop for former Ipswich Town man Collison

Jack Collison. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have signed former West Ham and Ipswich Town midfielder Jack Collison on a one-year deal.

The 26-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Portman Road, and had attracted interest from a number of clubs.

'It feels a bit like a fairytale because I started my career at Peterborough in the Academy so it is great to be back here. I knew the manager back then and I have been speaking with him and I believe in his plans for this football club. The manager has played a massive part in my decision to sign here.

I had a great time with West Ham and have been working extremely hard day and night to get myself ready for a new challenge this summer and I am looking forward to meeting the boys in the dressing room in pre-season and getting out there on the pitch."

– Jack Collison, Peterborough United

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Family bids to promote safe swimming after their son drowns in Cambridgeshire river

With the school summer holidays just around the corner, the family of a boy who drowned in a river in Cambridgeshire last summer have helped to launch a campaign to promote safe swimming.

15-year-old Rony John couldn't swim - but had jumped into the River Great Ouse at Huntingdon while playing with friends.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

How to stay safe in the water

  • Swimming at properly-supervised sites, such as beaches, lidos or swimming pools, is best, although RoSPA appreciates that not everyone can get to these locations.
  • If you choose to go to an unsupervised site, think through the hazards first and ensure you know what to do if something goes wrong.
  • One of the hazards to consider is that water can be a lot colder than you are expecting so be careful if you jump in or go for a swim to cool off.
  • Consider wearing a well-fitting wetsuit, which can keep you warm and offer some buoyancy in the water.
  • Before you get into the water, consider how you are going to get out again e.g. are there steep banks that might make it difficult to get out?Be honest about your swimming ability.
  • Remember that alcohol and swimming never mix.
  • Parents and carers: discuss the hazards with your children and remind them that children should never swim alone at unsupervised locations.

Advice courtesy of RoSPA

Police name victims of horror Bedfordshire crash

The crash happened on the Old Bedford Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have named the three people who died in a major crash in Bedfordshire earlier today.

16-year-old's Lewis Cook and Mary-Ann Wykes from Marston were killed in the collision, along with 32-year-old Genevieve Reason from Woburn Sands.

They lost their lives when the car they were travelling in hit a lorry on the old A421, which links Bedford and Milton Keynes.

Two other men were taken to hospital but have now been discharged.

The road is currently still closed and is likely to remain closed for the rest of the evening.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia Matthew Hudson

Police question 16-year-old boy over Colchester murders

A 16 year old boy is tonight being questioned in connection with two murders in Colchester last year.

It's 14 months to the day that James Attfield was killed in Lower Castle Park.

Three months later student Nahid Almanea was stabbed on the Salary Brook Trail.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

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