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Pair jailed for combined total of eight years for attack over rucksack

Liam Newell and Daniel Clark Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Two men who kicked a man off his bike in Cambridge and stamped on his head to rob him of his rucksack have been jailed for a combined total of eight years.

31-year old Liam Newell from Cambridge kicked the victim off his bike in Campkin Road, Cambridge and demanded his rucksack.

20-year old Daniel Clark from Bassingbourn then joined in the attack on the victim, kicking him and stamping on his head until he let go of the bag, dragging him along the floor.

Clark was arrested and admitted robbery. Newell initially denied robbery but changed his plea to guilty before trial.

Newell was imprisoned for four years and nine months while Clark received three years and eight months in a youth offenders institute.

“These men have caused the victim physical and emotional injuries and are now being punished for their actions. We will do all we can to bring the perpetrators of crimes to justice. I hope the sentence sends a clear message to anyone who thinks they can get away with this type of offence.”

– Detective Constable Lesley Sonnen, Cambridgeshire police

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Zoo director contracts deadly illness on conservation expedition

A zoo director from Cambridgeshire has been left with a deadly illness after being bitten by an insect in Indonesia.

Rebecca Willers, who runs Shepreth Wildlife Park, was bitten while on a tiger conservation expedition.

Rebecca Willers Credit: ITV Anglia

She now has Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis makes her body think its immune system is under attack.

Doctors have told 37-year-old Ms Willers that one in ten people with the condition die within five years.

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Police probe cash machine raid

A cash machine has been stolen from a shop in Harlow Credit: ITV Anglia

Police in Essex are investigating after a cash machine was stolen from a convenience store in Harlow.

A green Land Rover Defender drove into the front window of Premier in The Stow in the early hours of Monday, November 20.

Four men entered the store and removed a free standing ATM, putting it into the boot of a dark coloured Ford Focus.

The car then drove off in convoy with a dark blue BMW, leaving the Land Rover, which had been stolen, behind.

The BMW, which had also been stolen, was later recovered in Riddings Lane.

If you have any information please contact Harlow CID on 101. Alternatively, contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Man dies in crash near Thetford

A man has died in a crash involving two cars near Thetford.

The collision happened on the A1075 at Croxton at around 11.50pm on Sunday 19 November.

A man in his 30s, who was driving a silver Vauxhall Asta, died at the scene.

A woman, who was driving a blue Volvo C70, suffered serious injuries and a male passenger suffered slight injuries. Both remain at West Suffolk Hospital.

Anyone with information about the crash should call the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.

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