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Police search for man after indecent exposure

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CCTV image of man police want to trace Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police officers are asking the public to help identify a man following a case of indecent exposure. It happened onboard the 10.10pm service from Kings Cross to Peterborough on Wednesday, 25 June.

PC Claire Prouse said: “During the journey, a 21-year-old woman became aware of a man staring at her.

“As the train passed through St Neots, he exposed himself and began touching himself inappropriately before leaving the train at Huntingdon.

“The victim was frightened and upset by this behaviour and rightly reported it to rail staff.”

CCTV image of man police want to trace
CCTV image of man police want to trace Credit: British Transport Police

Cycling: Emma Pooley to retire after Commonwealth Games

Emma Pooley
Emma Pooley

Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley, former pupil at Norwich High School for Girls and Cambridge University student, has announced she will retire from cycling after she competes for England in Sunday's road race at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old rider, who won a time-trial silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 after helping Nicole Cooke to road-race gold, made the announcement on the Rouleur cycling website.

The 2010 world road time-trial champion told Rouleur: "You have to go sometime. I considered retiring after the London Olympics, but I didn't feel like I was ready.

"I've been mulling it over, and came to the conclusion that the Commonwealth Games is the perfect opportunity - it's a big event, it's almost at home, and I want to go out properly, when I've planned it and have no regrets."

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Colchester murders: Police want to trace Facebook contact

James Attfield
James Attfield

Police investigating the murder of a man in Colchester want to talk to a woman he was speaking to online the week before he died. James Attfield was stabbed over a hundred times back in March. Detectives have been reviewing Mr Attfield's Facebook account and say that a woman who he was in contact with on there could help them find out more about him. Police are also keen to hear from anyone who uses the Salary Brook Trail in the town as they continue to investigate a seperate murder. Saudi student Nahid Almanea was attacked on the pathway last month.

David Ruffley to stand down at next election

David Ruffley
David Ruffley agrees to stand down at next election

The Tory MP for Bury St Edmunds who apologised after receiving a police caution for domestic assault involving his former partner will stand down at the 2015 general election.

David Ruffley confirmed in a letter to his local Conservative Association that he will not stand for re-election next year, saying the "protracted media debate" on his private life would not serve the interests of the party in his constituency.

Mr Ruffley also said he was not willing to continue to sustain the "unrelenting orchestrated intrusion into my private life".

The MP revealed last week that he had apologised to his former partner for the March incident, which led to him accepting a caution for common assault.

Mr Ruffley said the woman had accepted his apology and stressed that he did not condone domestic violence "under any circumstances".

Writing to Andrew Speed, the chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Conservative Association, Mr Ruffley said: "Sadly, although I have apologised for a very regrettable incident last March and both my former partner and I considered the matter closed, I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that a protracted media debate on my private life, whatever the motivation or however misinformed, would not serve the wider interests of the Conservative cause in East Anglia.

"Nor at a human level am I prepared to continue to sustain the unrelenting orchestrated intrusion into my personal life."

The former shadow police minister went on to say he was standing down with a "heavy heart".

Mr Ruffley was referred by the Conservative Party to chief whip Michael Gove for investigation last week after he revealed his apology to his former partner.

Michael Gove
Michael Gove, Conservative Party Chief Whip

Essex town a hotspot for the 'Clipped Wing' generation

Nearly two million working young adults aged between 20 and 34 years old in England are still living with their parents according to Shelter, which is urging stronger action to help the "clipped wing generation" fly the nest.

It names Castle Point in Essex as one of the hotspots where 45% of working 20- to 34-year-olds live with their parents

The charity said data it has taken from the Census shows that there are 1.97 million people in this age group in England who are still living with their parents, accounting for one quarter of all young adults in employment.

A survey commissioned by the charity also found that nearly half (48%) of 250 young adults who live with their parents said they do so because they cannot afford to rent or buy their own home.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "The 'clipped wing generation' are finding themselves with no choice but to remain living with mum and dad well into adulthood, as they struggle to find a home of their own...

"Rather than pumping more money into schemes like Help to Buy, we need bolder action that will meet the demand for affordable homes and not inflate prices further.

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Man punched and robbed

Essex Police want to hear from anyone with information about a robbery which took place at Thoroughgood Road in Clacton between midnight and 12.20am on Thursday July 24. A 28-year-old man was walking along the road when he was approached from behind and had his rucksack pulled from his shoulder. He was also punched to the face and fell to the floor suffering cuts and bruises to his face. The suspects then ran off. DC Lee Winfield, from Clacton CID, said: "Unfortunately the victim was not able to get a good look at his attackers and we currently have no description. But I would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in this area or who has come across any of the distinctive stolen property. The bag was a black McKenzie backpack with the letter 'M' on the back. "

Milton Keynes: Table tennis star Baggaley disappointed not to add to Commonwealth gold tally

Andrew Baggaley in action against Singapore.
Andrew Baggaley in action against Singapore. Credit: PA

Milton Keynes table tennis star Andrew Baggaley admits he's disappointed to have missed out on the third Commonwealth gold medal of his career.

Northampton-born Baggaley was part of the England squad which just missed out to Singapore in the team event final yesterday in Glasgow.

He'd previously won two gold medals at the Manchester games in 2002.

"I think the guys, and myself, did our best and we're still happy to win a medal. It's a very, very tough competition now. Table tennis is getting stronger each games so we're very pleased to win a medal but obviously there's a tinge of disappointment not winning the gold."

– Andrew Baggaley
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