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Man sought after pensioner hit in face by house invader

This man was captured on CCTV. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to after a pensioner was attacked at his Peterborough home late Tuesday night.

The 69-year-old was watching television when a man entered his property on Anchor Court, Paston and attempted to steal his wife’s jewellery box.

When the burglar was challenged he became violent and hit the man in the face with the box, leaving him with cuts and bruising.

Detective Constable Sarah Phillips said:

"The victim in this incident was particularly vulnerable and resides in a vulnerable location. He suffered a nasty assault and has been left shaken. I would urge anyone who knows this individual to contact police."

– Detective Constable Sarah Phillips

Council warns of 'tough choices' ahead of budget announcement

Cambridgeshire County Council has warned it has had to make "tough choices" ahead of announcing its latest budget today.

The authority is due to reveal its spending plans for the next financial year and 2017/18.

Voluntary organisations fear they - and the people they support - could suffer as a result of the "difficult decisions" the council says it has had to make.


Harlow's Street lights to be switched back on overnight

Street lights to be switched back on overnight in Harlow Credit: ITV News Anglia

A controversial decision to switch off street lights in an Essex town has been reversed.

Harlow Council and Essex County Council have reached an agreement to keep the lights switched on overnight seven days a week.

In February Harlow agreed to put its council tax up by 1.5 per cent to fund it and now Essex County Council has accepted the offer. They've both agreed and the lights will be switched back on when the clocks change this weekend.

It will cost Harlow Council around £106,000 a year to fund which will be reviewed annually at the end of October for the next four years.

The agreement between the two Councils will see Harlow Council pay for the additional electricity and arising CO2 emissions with Essex County Council continuing to be responsible for the maintenance of the lights.

Harlow Council will also support Essex County Council on any initiatives to explore trialling the use of more energy efficient lighting to help reduce costs for Council taxpayers.

"Keeping Harlow's street lights on responds to the genuine concerns of the community and businesses, and takes into account Harlow's needs as a urban town. Many shift workers walking to or cycling to and from work want to see where they are going and that is the same for the many people returning home from a night out leading up to or during the weekend. We know this will have a positive impact on businesses and that the fear of crime, particularly at night, will reduce for some of our older residents."

– Cllr Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council

In Harlow, Essex County Council is responsible for 9,005 lights with around 85% per cent being switched off overnight since March 2014 between 12 midnight to 5am under its part-night street lighting policy.

The County Council's policy was amended across the County in March 2015 with lights switching off between 12midnight and 5am one day a week and from 1am to 5am six days a week.

"I have carefully reviewed Harlow's plan to finance the streetlights to remain on at night for at least the next four years. This is a good example of devolution in practice, where the county council is listening to local communities and identifying ways to devolve responsibility to district partners."

– Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council

Norfolk on list of shame for job pay

Two areas in the East of England have been revealed as being in the list of top ten local authorities which have the highest number of jobs which pay below the living wage.

Breckland came fourth, with 39.3% of jobs paying below the living wage.

North Norfolk came sixth, with 37.8% of jobs paying below the living wage.

South Cambridgeshire on the other hand, came third in a list of ten places with the lowest number of jobs which pay below the living wage, just 10.1%.

Out of all the authorities, which exclude London, West Somerset was shown to have the worst rates of pay and Runnymede the best.

Police warn Norfolk shopkeepers about fake £50 notes

Fake £50 notes have been found in circulation in the Norwich area.

Norfolk Police are warning shopkeepers to be on their guard against fake £50 notes in circulation.

There have been four reports of counterfeit bank notes being passed in the Norwich area.

The first incident was on Thursday 17 September at the Co-op in Dereham Road, Costessey when two notes were handed over. The following day the Jet petrol station in Rose Lane, Norwich was targeted.

Police say One Stop in Town Green, Wymondham was also hit on Friday 18 September and the BP garage in Costessey on Sunday 20 September.

"Shop workers are asked to be vigilant and to carry out basic checks and making use of ultra-violet equipment, which most stores have."

– Norfolk Police
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