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19 immigrants found in lorry at business park

The lorry was stopped at the Lakes Business Park. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Nineteen immigrants have been found in a lorry at a business park in Cambridgeshire.

The police were called at 1.37pm today (Friday) by a woman travelling in the lorry saying she was with other people in the vehicle and wanted to get out.

Officers found the lorry about 20 minutes later on the A14 and it was stopped at the Lakes Business Park near St Ives.

Police said all the 19 immigrants are adult or late teenage, mainly from Iraq but also Iranians and Afghans.

Six have been taken to hospital to be checked over and the others will be taken into custody.

Man who fled to Norway guilty of manslaughter

Anton Levin Credit: Essex Police

A man who fled the country following the death of a man at Southend in Essex has today been found guilty of manslaughter.

Abdulfatah Suleiman, 28, of no fixed address, was convicted of manslaughter following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court which started at the beginning of February.

Anton Levin from Dagenham was stabbed at a house in St Anns Road, Southend on November 19, 2014, and another man was injured.

Suleiman was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter as well as guilty of robbery and unlawful wounding.

In June 2015 three people were convicted for their parts in the 24-year-old’s death.

Danielle Russell, now 27, from Southend, and two teenage boys were found guilty of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit GBH on the other man as well as conspiracy to commit robbery. Russell was jailed for 11 years and the teens to ten years four months with a five-year extended licence.

Suleiman was arrested in Norway in June 2015 after the conclusion of the other trial and extradited back to the UK, returning on August 11.


Schoolgirl, 15, and her boyfriend go missing

Sherry Smith Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police are trying to trace a 15-year-old schoolgirl and her boyfriend who have gone missing.

Sherry was last seen at about 2.45pm yesterday afternoon (Thursday, February 12) at her home address in Schole Road, Willingham.

It is believed she was going to meet her boyfriend, 16-year-old Tony Smith, from Earith, who is also missing.

Tony Smith Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Sherry is described as white, slim, with long highlighted mousy brown hair, and was last seen wearing blue stone-washed jeans and light brown knee-high Timberland boots.

Sherry's boots Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Tony is described as white, tall with mousey brown hair which is shaved at the sides and longer on top, and was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, black and gold trainers, a blue puffy body warmer with either a blue or grey jumper underneath. He was last seen after being dropped off in Willingham at about 1pm yesterday afternoon.

We believe Sherry and Tony may be together and are growing increasingly concerned for their welfare, as are their family.

I would urge anyone who may have seen either of them or knows of their whereabouts to contact police immediately.

I would also appeal directly to Sherry and Tony to get in touch with us, or their family, to let us know they are okay.”

– Sgt Alice Draper

Would-be Jihadist from Bedford found guilty of terrorism

Naseer Mirza Taj Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A would-be jihadist who planned to leave his pregnant wife at home in Bedford while he travelled to Syria to fight has convicted of terrorism.

Naseer Mirza Taj, 26, of Tudor Court, Victoria Road, plotted to join Islamic State, or Daesh, by travelling to Syria via Istanbul in Turkey on 31 December 2014, but was arrested two days before he was set to leave.

He was further arrested by Bedfordshire Police in May 2015 after trying to obtain fraudulent travel documents in a bid to flee the country after his passport had been seized following his initial arrest.

Detectives from the Eastern Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit linked Taj to a Twitter account in the name of Abu Bakr Al Kashmiri, which had the background profile picture of ‘Jihadi John’ and a main profile picture of Ilyas Kasmiri – who was reportedly the leader of Al Qaeda in Kashmir.

Twitter account Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Officers also recovered communication between Taj and another man discussing what clothes and materials to pack for Syria, advice given by Taj to other people wanting to travel and conversations between Taj and his would-be Jihadi bride.

Twitter profile Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives believe Taj wanted to travel to Syria, marry a jihadi bride and attend an IS training camp or ‘Muaskar‘.

Several copies of a banned publication were also found in his flat along with a downloaded document ‘44 ways to support Jihad’ and a publication titled ‘The Book of JIHAD’.

Taj denied preparing for terrorist acts and two counts of possession of information useful to terrorists but was convicted today (Friday, 12 February) following a trial at the Old Bailey. He will be sentenced at a later date.

Rugby: Lawes and Youngs in starting line-up

Ben Youngs

Rugby... Norfolk's Ben Youngs and Northampton's Courtney Lawes have been recalled to England's starting fifteen for their latest game in the Six Nations Championship.

Courtney Lawes

Lawes started on the bench against Scotland last week. He'd recovered from a slight hamstring injury in the build up. Head Coach Eddie Jones has kept Saints forward Paul Hill as one of his replacements.

Youngs, the Leicester scrum half, will start Sunday's game against Italy, which you can see live on ITV. Coverage from Rome starts at one o'clock.

Man gets 13 years in jail for sex offences

Richard Maycroft Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man from March in Cambridgeshire has been jailed for 13 years after being convicted of nine counts of sexual assault and rape.

Peterborough Crown Court heard the offences by 42 year old Richard Maycroft, of Benwick Road, spanned a 20-year period and involved four victims.

Maycroft was arrested on October 28, 2013, and charged with two counts of indecent assault on a female; two counts of sexually assaulting a girl under 13; one count of rape (on a woman aged 16 or over); and four counts of sexual assault of a female.

He was found guilty on all counts.


High Court challenge to naming 'The Broads National Park'

The Norfolk Broads

The Broads Authority is being taken to the High Court over it's decision to brand Norfolk and Suffolk's wetlands as 'The Broads National Park'.

Those behind the challenge say the name is misleading because the area isn't a National Park - which is an area that has conservation rights written into law.

The authority say they're using the term as a branding exercise and it's not linked to a legal definition.

Dog owners warned about deadly new disease

Mishka with her owners

Dog owners are being warned about a deadly disease that has entered the country and already left three animals fighting for their lives.

Babesiosis is a rare and often fatal disease which causes animals to experience lethargy, weakness, pale gums, red/brown urine and fever.

It is spread by infected ticks which bite animals and three dogs in Harlow, Essex, are believed to be the first in the UK to have contracted the disease.

Clive Swainsbury is practice partner at Forest Veterinary Centre group in Eastwick, Essex, which has treated the dogs.

This is potentially very serious. We are not certain but confident the disease [babesiosis] has been established in a field between the former Passmores School and the town centre.

This is a new disease to the country that originates from eastern and southern Europe.

A couple of years ago it was the situation that you would bring a foreign dog into the country and it would be tested for ticks, but this has been relaxed.

With the number of people that are bringing rescue dogs into the country it could bring the spread of infected ticks.

– Clive Swainsbury, vet

Mishka, a three-year-old Husky bitch, was given just a one per cent chance of survival after contracting the disease in October last year.

Her owners Dean Unwin, 52, and Lisa Hall, 42, were "inconsolable" when they were told she might have to be put down.

Mr Unwin, a carpet fitter, said the problems started on October 20 last year when Mishka suddenly became very lethargic.

Mr Unwin and Ms Hall, a carer in an old people's home, took her to the vets where she had an emergency hysterectomy two days later.

Dean and Lisa, Mishka's owners

She got worse and worse and by the 26th there was still something wrong. We took her to the vets and they eventually found the tick.

By the 30th she was so bad they were going to put her to sleep but as a last resort they gave her a blood transfusion after they found a match.

As soon as she had the transfusion there was an improvement straight away.

– Dean Unwin, Misha's owner

Here's a report by Liz Summers

Couple's new home could be bulldozed to make way for new Thames crossing

The Abbotts

A family in Essex say their dream home could be destroyed to make way for a new road network.

The Abbott family moved to Orsett near Basildon just nine months ago. They've now found out it's the potential location for a new Thames crossing - designed to take the pressure off the Dartford bridge and tunnel.

Some of the news homes that may have to be demolished

Highways England have yet to make a decision - that is expected early next year. Here's a report by ITV's Tom Savvides:

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