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200 knives handed in during amnesty in northants

More than 200 knives have been handed in Credit: Northamptonshire police

More than 200 knives have been handed in to Northamptonshire police during a month long knife amnesty.

Knuckle-dusters, samurai swords and flick knives were among the haul.

The amnesty was part of 'Operation Limit', the force's crackdown on violent crime.

The blades will be melted down to create an angel statue in Trafalgar Square in memory of those who have lost their lives as a result of knife crime.

"Some of the weapons we have had handed in were clearly produced to inflict serious injuries. Thankfully we do not have a big knife crime problem in Northamptonshire, but nevertheless, every knife recovered prevents a possible tragedy taking place.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Mick Stamper, Northamptonshire police


Norfolk police launch 'think bike' campaign

Norfolk and Suffolk Police are supporting a road safety campaign to remind car drivers and motorbike riders to drive and ride safe this bank holiday weekend.

The motorcycle season traditionally begins around Easter weekend, as more people take to their bikes for the long weekend.

Both forces are supporting a national campaign led by ACPO ( Association of Chief Police Officers) to raise awareness of road safety.

"My advice is to drive and ride defensively; expect the unexpected. When approaching hazards, such as junctions or crossings, motorists should adjust their speed, allowing them time to react to any unforeseen situations. There are always other factors to consider including other road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, levels of traffic and weather conditions."

– Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, Head of Roads Policing in Norfolk and Suffolk

Hinchingbrooke Hospital is handed back to NHS

Hinchingbrooke Hospital is handed back to the NHS to run it today Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hinchingbrooke Hospital is being handed back to the NHS to run it from today. It comes after the private company 'Circle' which ran the trust, ended its contract there yesterday.

Bosses say there will be no noticeable change or disruption for staff or patients.

Hinchingbrooke was the UK's only privately run NHS Trust, until the company running it decided to end its contract earlier this year.

"We wanted to achieve this transition quickly and without any disruption to staff or services for patients. The only changes will be to Trust management and we will be welcoming new NHS board members. There will be no change for staff and patients - the hospital will continue to provide the services that are available to patients at the moment, under NHS management."

– Trust Chief Executive, Mr Hisham Abdel-Rahman

Medieval hospital grave found under University College

Medieval cemetery discovery Credit: Cambridge University

Archaeologists have unearthed a medieval hospital graveyard underneath a Cambridge University college.

It's thought to be one the largest of its kind in the country containing over 1,000 human remains.

It was found during excavations at Old Divinity School on the site of what is now St John's College.

The bodies, which mostly date from a period spanning the 13th to 15th centuries, are burials from the medieval Hospital of St John the Evangelist which stood opposite the graveyard until 1511, and from which St John's College takes its name.

Discovery was made at the old Divinity School, St John's College Credit: Cambridge University

"The vast majority of burials were without coffins, many even without shrouds, suggesting the cemetery was primarily used to serve the poor. There were very few bodies belonging to women and children - probably because its main purpose was to cater for poor scholars and other wretched persons."

– Craig Cessford, Department of Archaeology and anthropology

A14 roadworks at Cambridge delayed again

A14, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Roadworks on the A14 between Histon and Girton near Cambridge won't now be finished by Easter.

The Highways agency says they had expected to remove most of the works between Histon and Girton in time for the bank holiday, but extra pressures including high winds and the breakdown of equipment on site, means it's been delayed by a week.

The additional lanes won't be open until the end of next week.

Other work will continue until early June, which will include street lighting work - for which a 50mph limit will be in place - and fully resurfacing the road between junctions 31 and 32, which we've added to the programme and will be completed using overnight closures.

It's the second delay on the works which were due to be finished earlier this year.


Man sentenced to 8-years for fraud offences in his absence

John Clifton Davies has been sentenced to 8-years in prison Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to 8-years in prison after he was convicted of 12 fraud offences totalling more than £750,000.

53-year-old John Clifton Davies was sentenced in his absence after he failed to attend court for his six week trial at Aylesbury Crown Court earlier this month.

The convictions relate to his dealings with nine different companies where he gained more than £750,000 from them

A warrant for his arrest has been issued.

"Although I am pleased with this sentence, it is now vital that we trace Davies so that he can serve his time. As the judge said during sentencing, Davies has shown flagrant disregard to this court case. He has deliberately absconded and I appeal to anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact police."

– Det Con Stephanie Burleigh, Thames Valley POlice Economic Crime Unit

Unveiling a monument to fun at an historic play park

The statue unveiled at Wicksteed Park Credit: ITV News Anglia

A park in Northamptonshire, known as the "home of children's play" has celebrated the end of a £3 million restoration of one of its major attractions.

The lake at Wicksteed Park in Kettering is one of the site's oldest features - there since it opened in the 1920s.

To mark the end of the restoration a new sculpture has been unveiled on the water's edge as a reminder of the park's history.

Radio 1 say don't risk buying second hand tickets

Taylor Swift is one of the headline acts in Norwich Credit: PA

It's emerged that tickets for Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich are being sold second hand on the internet for prices reaching over £200..

50,000 tickets were snapped up in just 40 minutes this morning for the event being held at Earlham Park in May.

The radio station is warning people to not be tempted to buy them. In a statement on their website they said....

"We’re sorry if you missed out this year – we had 50,000 tickets for the two days, but with well over 100,000 people living in Norwich alone, there simply were not enough for everyone hoping to go. Please do not risk buying tickets. Those offering tickets for sale or as prizes are breaking the Terms & Conditions they agreed to during the booking process and we reserve the right to cancel them.Unfortunately a small handful of people do try to take advantage of those disappointed at missing out on getting tickets and claim – often falsely - they have tickets you can either buy, or win, via social media. We ask those running major auction websites and sales outlets to have posts offering tickets for sale or trade removed. There is a high probability that any tickets offered for sale for the event will have been cancelled and will not allow entry to the event."

– Radio 1
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