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Multi-million pound church and community hub opens

The C3 church is on Coldhams Lane in Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

The first Sunday service has taken place at a new multi-million pound church and community hub which has opened in Cambridge.

The 4 and a half million pound Christian church also known as the C3 centre is the first purpose built venue owned by the Cambridge Community Church.

As well as a church it's designed to be a venue for community groups across the city as well being the base for a food bank.

Inside the new multi-million pound church Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's been a long term goal most certainly here in the city to have this centre and the church has still gradually been growing, partly because of our engagement with the community. In some places across the country it would be true the church is declining, but not everywhere and that certainly hasn't been true for us. We think it's because of our engagement with the community, we're seeking to serve the city."

– Steven Campbell, Senior Pastor


Hundreds gather to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Norwich

Hundreds gather to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Credit: ITV Anglia

Hundreds of people gathered in Mousehold Heath in Norwich this morning to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

The festival which means, “festival of breaking the fast” in Arabic marks the end of Ramadan. It is a time to show kindness to others and love for Allah.

Eid al-Fitr lasts for one day, although some celebrations can last for up to three days.

Former Norfolk Catholic Priest jailed for three years for sexually abusing teenage boy at care home

Father Anthony McSweeney arrives at Southwark Crown Court. Credit: PA

A former Norfolk Roman Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a teenage boy at a care home.

Father Anthony McSweeney has also been put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and has been given a Sexual Harm Prevention order which means he has no access to boys between the ages of 12 and 17 without supervision.

He will also only have controlled use of the internet and computers.

Father Anthony McSweeney went on to become a governor of Notre Dame High School in Norwich. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Father Anthony McSweeney was found guilty of abuse at a children's home in Hounslow, west London, between 1979 and 1981.

In 1998 he was moved from St Peter's Catholic Church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex to St George's in Norwich, and his cleaner discovered pornographic videos at his home.

He went on to become a governor at Notre Dame High School in Norwich.


Former chaplain jailed for possessing indecent images of children

A former chaplain with Cambridgeshire Police has been jailed for 15 months after admitting possessing indecent images of children.

62-year-old Stephen Talbot, from Little Downham near Ely, resigned as chaplain for the Cambridgeshire Constabulary on October 1st, and was arrested the same day.

Stephen Talbot Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

He admitted making 14 indecent images of children ranging from category A to C and possessing four category C indecent images of children.

Talbot also admitted a charge of intending to perverting the course of justice by removing a hard drive from his computer, smashing it and depositing it in bins.

Detective superintendent Gary Ridgway, head of the Public Protection Unit, said: “Some images found on Talbot’s computer were at the highest level and his deliberate act to destroy further evidence means we will never know the true extent of his offending.

“Safeguarding the most vulnerable in society is our priority, so making sure we stop those responsible for this type of crime, no matter who they are, is imperative.

“There has been an enormous breach of trust to those Talbot counselled in his role as a chaplain to the force and I welcome the guilty pleas.”

Talbot is due before Cambridge Crown Court.

Olney not the only pancake race in the region...

Olney pancake race Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's Shrove Tuesday, and that means the annual Olney Pancake Race.

It's a tradition which dates back to 1445. In fact, the Buckinghamshire town claims to be where the first ever pancake race took place. Children have their own event - but only women from Olney can take part in the main 415 yard dash.

Pancake races are also taking place from Little Totham in Essex, to Lowestoft in Suffolk and at the Catholic Cathedral in Norwich among other venues.

Islamic leaders condemn actions of Islamic State after Japanese journalist murder

Islamic leaders in Milton Keynes have condemned the actions of the the so-called Islamic State after the latest murder of a Japanese journalist.

They spoke out as mosques across the country gave people a chance to find out more about the Muslim religion. Organisers hope the national "Visit my Mosque' day will help people realise that most Muslims do not hold extremist views.

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