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First baby sea lion born at Woburn Safari Park in 12 years

First sea lion pup in 12 years Credit: Bridget Davey Photography

A baby Californian sea lion pup has become the first to be born at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire in 12 years.

Keepers don't yet know the sex of the two week old, as they are giving mother and pup time to bond.

Newborn seal lion pup with mother Credit: Bridget Davey Photography

The new pup marks the beginning of the third generation of sea lions at the park and brings the total number to six.


Child airlifted to hospital in critical condition following hit and run

The vehicle failed to stop at the scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

A child has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a hit-and-run incident in Luton.

Emergency services were called following reports of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on Hibbert Street around 2.50pm.

An investigation has been launched after the vehicle failed to stop at the scene and Hibbert Street remains closed.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who has information should call police on 101 quoting reference number 248.

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir admits it'll take time to be fully accepted as a role model

Essex's new overseas cricketer Mohammad Amir admits it will take time before he is fully accepted as a role model for future players.

The Pakistan left arm paceman only returned to International cricket last year after being convicted and banned for spot-fixing.

Now barely a week after helping his country win the ICC Champions Trophy against India for the first time, Amir is hoping to bolster Essex's County Championship title bid. They cemented their place at the top of Division One by beating Warwickshire by an innings and 164 runs.

And Amir believes his impressive opening bowling spell in the Champions Trophy Final - he took 3 wickets for just 16 runs - helped to convince himself that he's on the right track in re-establishing his status in the game.

It was a big relief to be honest. That kind of performance was due, in my mind, because everybody was looking for my performance.

If you are playing as a senior player of the team, you have to do well and you have to lead from the front. Thank God I did it and it was one of the best performances of my career.

I'm learning new things. I want to be a better player, I want to be a better human being. I want to be a role model for the youngsters but it will take time because I'm still on the learning process.

For me it's like the start of my career. Hopefully, in the end, I will be a role model for the youngsters.

– Mohammad Amir


Appeal to find original owner of stolen war medals

Do you know the original owner of these medals? Credit: Essex police

Detectives from Essex police are trying to trace the original owner of these war medals, believed to be stolen and sold on in the county.

The medals were issued to Private F G Parker of the Bedford Regiment and include the Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Police say they believe the medals were given to either a family member or friend before then being stolen in 2013.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Russ Chamberlain at the Serious and Organised Crime Unit on 101.

Family tribute to a 'wonderful and phenomenal' teenager who died in road collision

Isabelle Cottrell was known as 'Izzy' Credit: Family photo

The family of 17-year-old Izzy Cottrell from Boxford who died after the car she was a passenger in collided with a fence in Hadleigh say she was a 'phenomenal and beautiful person' who will be truly missed.

Izzy's mum, dad, brother and sisters released a tribute saying "Izzy was a very caring, giving person and she adored her family and loved her friends. She would do anything for anyone, day or night. Even if she didn't have the time she would make the time for those that needed her most."

The collision happened just before 10pm on Saturday 17th June on the A1071. The driver of the car, another 17-year-old girl suffered minor injuries.

"She loved her bed, loud music, cool cars, selfies, social media and always had good banter with anybody she came into contact with. Izzy had her own way of doing things and knew the path that she wanted to take in life.

Since finishing school last year she was loving life, she was excelling in her brick-laying course at Colchester Institute with a bright future ahead of her, with offers already coming in from universities to attend after her next year at college."

– Family tribute to Izzy

Police are continuing to ask anyone who saw the vehicle prior to the collision or the crash itself to call the Serious Collision Investigation Team (SCIT) by calling Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 497 of 17 June.

Essex men jailed for armed robbery at village store

David Kimpton and Ross Wightman Credit: Essex Police

Two men have been jailed for nine years for armed robbery at a village shop in Cressing near Braintree in Essex.

David Kimpton and Ross Wightman robbed Tye Green Convenience store and post office in February.

Wightman pointed an imitation handgun at the cashier who was serving at the time. The both demanded money and left with around £1,000 in cash.

The member of staff recognised 47-year-old Kimpton, after seeing him act suspiciously outside the shop fives day earlier.

Both men admitted the charges at Chelmsford Crown Court at hearings in April and May. They've now been jailed for robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Wightman, 32, unemployed, of Salcott Creek Court, Braintree, and Kimpton, unemployed, also of Salcott Creek Court, Braintree, were both jailed for nine years for robbery and six years for the firearms offence, to run concurrently.

Ross Wightman pictured on CCTV leaving the scene with stolen money in one hand Credit: Essex police
David Kimpton on CCTV taking money from a till Credit: Essex police

"Kimpton and Wightman were willing to use the threat of violence to get what they wanted. I am pleased with the sentences handed out and that the community will now be protected from them while they serve their time behind bars. I’d like to pay tribute to the cashier and customer for their bravery during this very frightening incident and for their help with our investigation."

– Det Chief Insp Josie Hayes

Potential salary of new Cambridgeshire Mayor revealed

James Palmer was elected as the new Mayor in May Credit: ITV News Anglia

A final decision is due on the salary of the new Mayor for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

The recommendation by the Independent Remuneration Panel suggests an annual salary of £75,000 based on the responsibilities of the elected Mayor.

"We thank the Independent Remuneration Panel for their research and recommendations. This paper will now be considered by the Combined Authority and we hope for a swift decision on 28 June.”

– Martin Whitely, Interim Chief Executive of the Combine Authority for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

What is the Independent Remuneration Panel?

The Panel has to have at least three members who are not members of the Combined Authority and its purpose is to make a recommendation to the Combined Authority on an appropriate level of allowance.

The Panel has to base its recommendations on the duties of the Mayor. It considered the statutory framework for the new Combined Authority, as well as a range of supporting documentation such as the details of the devolution deal produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government. The Panel also took account of statutory guidance issued by the Government and relevant points of law.

The salary will be reviewed in two years.

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