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Pictures and drawings by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson go under the hammer

Picture by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson.

A collection of pictures and drawings by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson go under the hammer in Northamptonshire this afternoon.

Picture by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson.

The 200 lots, being sold at J.P Humbert auctioneers in Towcester, are expected to fetch thousands of pounds.

There has already been interest from buyers in Japan, America and Australia.

Picture by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson.


Blisworth Tunnel: Two centuries of history

In the early 1800s a feat of engineering was achieved on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire with the completion of Blisworth Tunnel.

For centuries it drew in visitors and provided a link to London, but in the 1970s it closed because of fears it could collapse.

A few years later another major engineering project got underway, to shore up the tunnel near Northampton and re-open it. Now, 30 years on, the tunnel that links the villages of Blisworth and Stoke Bruene is back at the heart of the local community.

ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson's taken a trip through the tunnel, and a look back at its fascinating history.

Duchess of Cambridge lookalike busier than ever

With the announcement of another baby on the way for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a mum from Northamptonshire who makes her living as a Kate lookalike is as busy as ever.

We first met Heidi Agan two years ago when she gave up waitressing to be a full time Duchess double and Stuart Leithes has been speaking to Heidi about how it has changed her life.


'Thank you officer' - bizarre list of gifts to police revealed

A £1,000 holiday, nine Mars bars, juggling balls, a broken dog biscuit and a discount on a kebab are among 'thank you' gifts given to police officers in Cambridgeshire, it has been revealed.

One received four cans of lager, another bags of crisps while a female officer was given two pheasants and one lucky officer got a filter for a vacuum cleaner.

A Freedom of Information Request has revealed a dozen presents were gifted to officers last year including a bag of home grown potatoes, 120g bar of Dairy Milk chocolate, 20% John Lewis discount voucher - value unknown - a bottle of bubbly, chocolates, biscuits, a bottle of Jura whisky and wine as well as a book and the Mars bars.

Cambridgeshire Police revealed the list as part of an FOI request Credit: ITV

In previous years a constable in Ely was given a "small discount" at Ali's Kebabs, while in St Neots an officer was given a box of eggs and in Ely a member of the public gave a female officer an "afternoon fishing for her husband".

Other gifts included juggling balls, football shirts, bag of chips, flowers, pizza, strawberries, steak, venison sausages, carrots, cider, Polish lager, honey, asparagus, plums and corn.

A police spokesman said: "The force has an open and honest gratuities and gifts policy which relies on staff and officer honesty and discretion; in-line with the College of Policing's Code of Ethics.

Football club challenge raises money for mens' charity

Four men have left Norwich on a whistlestop tour to every Football League ground in just 72 hours to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Charity. Marc Patterson (Liverpool), John Wyatt (Tottenham), Ron Martin (Tottenham) and Bill Goss (West Ham) set out from Norwich City FC yesterday and hope to make it to Cambridge United FC for 3pm tomorow.

The friends are raising money for Prostate Cancer UK Credit: Prostate Cancer UK

They're currently on schedulte to drive to each club in 72 hours, get a picture and video outside the ground with 3 of the friends doing 10 'keepy uppies', You can track their progress at or @92in72

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Red Panda twins arrive at Shepreth

Shepreth welcomes Red Panda twins Credit: Shepreth Wildlife Park

Shepreth Wildlife Park near Cambridge has welcomed a pair of Red Panda twins.

The panda girls settled into their new habitat instantly, tasting all the different varieties of bamboo on offer. The wildlife park estimates they will be munching their way through quarter of a ton of bamboo every year.

The gardening team has been busy planting throughout the grounds since the go ahead in March.

The twins settle in Credit: Shepreth Wildlife Park

The Red Pandas arrived at the beginning of September after months of preparation, getting their habitat ready and fulfilling the necessary license requirements. The habitat will be officially opened on Saturday.

The South Cambridgeshire wildlife park has wanted to home this species for over 20 years, and the dream finally became a reality after joining EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) just three years ago, allowing the collection to be included in this European Endangered Breeding Programme (EEP).

The two girls, yet to be named, have joined the conservation breeding centre as part of the international breeding programme. When they reach maturity, one of the females will be exchanged with a male to assist with the EEP.

"I remember as a child my father talking about Red Panda as a species he wanted to be involved with for conservation, so it is wonderful that while we celebrate our 30th anniversary this long-term goal has finally come to fruition."

– Rebecca Willers, Wildlife Park Curator

The Red Pandas will have their own special event on Saturday 13th September. It will feature keeper talks and presentations, concluding with the official naming of the animals.

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