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RoSPA warn over dangers of swimming in inland water

David Walker from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says children should avoid swimming in unsupervised areas.

He said the critical thing to remember was the temperature:

"The difference between the really warm air temperature of 28-30 degrees and the cold water of 15 degrees, it's that interaction and that jumping into cold water which catches people and causes them to drown."

– David Walker, RoSPA

RoSPA says there are a number of things to consider if you decide to swim in inland waters:

  • Parents and carers: discuss the hazards with your children and remind them that children should never swim alone at unsupervised locations
  • Among the hazards to consider are that, even on a hot day, water might be a lot colder than you were expecting
  • There may be strong currents and underwater debris that you cannot see from the bank
  • Consider how you are going to get out of the water once you are in it
  • Be honest about your swimming ability
  • Remember that alcohol and swimming never mix.

Police issue warning over lake swimming

Cambridgeshire Police are warning people not to try and swim in the lakes at Cherry Hinton


We're urging people not to swim at #CambridgeLakes - it is private land and the water could be very dangerous

The warning follows the death this morning of a teenage boy in the River Great Ouse in Hartford. Police say they have received reports of people breaking in and swimming in the lakes, despite the fact it is private land.


Police confirm body recovered from lake in Bedfordshire

The body of a 16-year-old boy has been recovered from a lake at a disused quarry in Bedfordshire after he got into difficulties while swimming with friends.

Bedfordshire Police were called to the scene at Jacques Lane, Clophill. The teenager had been swimming in the lake with friends when the incident happened.

Officers worked through the night and the search resumed in the daytime with a dive team coming in to continue searching the lake.

The case has now been handed over to the coroner for formal identification and an inquest will be held in due course.

Blogger: "I feel vindicated by the verdict"

Tulisa Contostavlos has been found guilty of assaulting celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan.

Mr Morgan - who has joined the cast of ITV2 series The Only Way Is Essex - said after the conclusion of the case: "I'm pleased we can finally put an end to this and move on. "It's been a difficult time for everyone involved and I'd just like to put it behind me. I've had my character questioned and now feel vindicated by the verdict."

Tulisa asserts innocence after guilty verdict

Tulisa speaking to the media after today's verdict
Tulisa speaking to the media after today's verdict Credit: PA

Former X Factor judge Tulisa asserted her innocence after today's verdict, in a statement she said:

"This has been a rollercoaster week for me. I never wanted any of this.

I did not assault Vas J Morgan and I am outraged at this decision. I will be appealing it.

There are a number of high-profile witnesses who were there and know what happened. I urge them to come forward and tell the truth at the appeal. I am determined to clear my name as I have already done once this week. I repeat - I did not assault Vas J Morgan. I am innocent."

– Tulisa Contostavlos


Two jailed for murder of man in Great Yarmouth

Mantas Staponka (Left) and Kestutis Sliogeris
Mantas Staponka (Left) and Kestutis Sliogeris Credit: Norfolk Police

Two men have been sentenced to over 30 years in jail for the murder of a man in Great Yarmouth.

Paulius Jakovlevas' body was found by neighbours in the communal stairwell of a group of flats at Wellesley Road in the town. Post mortem examinations later revealed he had died from severe head injuries.

After a five week trial at Norwich Crown Court Kestutis Sliogeris, 40 of Cromwell Road in Peterborough was sentenced to 17 and half years in prison while Mantas Staponka, 24 of no fixed address was sentenced to a 16 year jail term.

Tour de France leaves lasting legacy to community group

Tour de France
Tour de France in Cambridge Credit: ITV Sport

More than £3,000 has been raised for a Cambridge cycling project - thanks to the Tour de France.

The City Council sold lamp post banners, posters and official bunting from the third stage of the race which started in the city earlier this month.

The money will go to a community cycling project called You Can Bike Too

You Can Bike Too - is an inclusive cycling project which allows people of all ages and abilities to become more bike confident.

Highlights from the Cambridge stage of the Tour de France.

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