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Father describes moment a bouncy castle with his daughter inside was blown away

The father of a 7 year old girl from Norwich has described the moment he saw the bouncy castle his daughter was playing on, swept up into the air.

Lee Grant from Harlow was giving evidence at the start of the trial of husband and wife William and Shelby Thurston from Wilburton near Ely.

Both are charged with gross negligence manslaughter and deny the charges.

Watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard, who was in court for the first day of the trial.

Daughter recreates fun family snap for father's retirement.

Lucy Hudson recreated the family picture for her dad's retirement. Credit: Lucy Hudson

A police sergeant's daughter has recreated a much-loved family photo especially for her father's retirement from the force.

A picture was taken of Lucy Hudson with her father Terry Stevens when she was a baby during his 'passing out parade'.

Now at the age of thirty, Lucy tried to dress up in a similar outfit and posed with her dad once again.

"We're really proud of him and he's had to carry out duties in lots of difficult situations over the years."

– Lucy Hudson

Sgt Stevens, from Wymondham, who was wearing his original uniform officially retires next month after 30 years service with Norfolk police.

He said he was looking forward to having more time to spend with his family.

"There've been no side effects from picking Lucy up, she's not as heavy as she looks,"

– Sgt Terry Stevens



Jailed for 8 years for taxi rank 'one punch 'assault in Cambridge

25-year old Pouria Sadjadi has been jailed for eight years Credit: Cambridgeshire police

A 25-year old man has been jailed for eight years for assaulting two men in two 'one punch attacks' at a taxi rank in Cambridge in September 2017.

Pouria Sadjadi from Cambridge knocked a 50-year old man from Soham unconscious at a taxi rank in St Andrew's Street in the early hours of the the 16th September, with a single punch. The victim's friend came to help him and was also punched and knocked out.

The 50 year old man suffered serious head injuries and is still recovering, while his friend, a 41 year old man was also treated for serious head injuries.

Sadjadi pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm on the 41-year old and was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent on the 50-year old man.

“This case highlights the catastrophic consequences one punch can have on a person’s life, with one of Sadjadi’s victim’s still living with the effects of his injury. This sentence reflects how seriously violence is taken by the courts.”

– DC Sean Denby

750 jobs to go at CITB as three year business plan revealed

750 people will lose their jobs over the next three years as part of the reorganisation of the Construction Industry Training Board.

The CITB has already said it plans to close its training base at Bircham Newton in west Norfolk.

The CITB at Bircham Newton Credit: ITV Anglia

The job figures were released as part of its business plan for the future which was published today.

The organisation says it's a reforming programme of work designed to modernise its business and relentlessly focus on skills.

Currently they employ 1,370 people, that will fall to about 600.

"This Business Plan sets out our ambitions for the next three years. It shows how CITB's work across England, Scotland and Wales will modernise and repurpose. By 2020 we will be the 'levy in, skills out' body construction employers asked for, doing less, better, while being fully transparent and accountable. I am confident that this Business Plan will make a radical difference to CITB, enabling us to meet the skills needs of construction."

– CITB Chief Executive Sarah Beale

The Construction Industry Training Board has revealed much more detail about its plans for the next few years between 2018 - 2021, including:

  • £613 million on training and development to deliver skills outcomes.
  • £31 million on engagement, securing the skills policy framework.
  • £17 million on careers.
  • £9 million on building CITB's evidence base.
  • £4 million on standards and qualifications to provide consistency and quality.

Reforms highlighted in the Plan are underway already after the introduction of CITB's Training Model and new Grant scheme.

The CITB says its training model will enable employers to get the right training, in the right place, at the right time. It will mean workers can train and retain their qualification record to share with future employers.

The Grant Scheme will enable firms to receive automated grant payments which will cut red tape.

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