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First fines issued in Cambridge punt tout crackdown

A punt on the River Cam. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Fines have been issued to punt touts in Cambridge for the first time after new rules came in this summer.

The £75 fixed penalty notices were introduced to stop people touting for business in certain parts of the city centre.

Cambridge City Council said two fines had been issued to people selling punt tours on Saturday in an area covered by the new public spaces protection order.

The order covers areas including Quayside, Silver Street, and the walkway from Quayside to Jesus Green.

Cambridgeshire councillor misses out on UKIP leadership.

Cambridgeshire councillor Lisa Duffy has failed in her bid to replace Nigel Farage as the leader of UKIP.

The election was won by the party's deputy chairman Diane James who polled nearly eight and a half thousand votes.

Cambridgeshire councillor Lisa Duffy has failed in her bid to become UKIP leader Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Long-serving MEP Richard Howitt to stand down

Richard Howitt will step down in November. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Long-serving East of England Euro MP Richard Howitt has announced he will stand down from his role later this year to take on a new job as the Chief Executive of a global organisation.

Labour MEP Howitt has been in the European Parliament for the last 22 years but will now become CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in November.

The organisation links companies with "society, the environment and the wider economy."

It will be a great privilege to apply my experience in Europe to a truly international role.

Integrated reporting is the single best global antidote to the spread of short-term risks that has plagued our capital markets with uncertainty and volatility, causing harm to our economy, businesses, society and, yes, the environment.

It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role and I cannot thank enough the countless people who I have sought to help - and who have shown extraordinary kindness in helping me.

– Richard Howitt MEP
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