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Artefacts from India go on show in Cambridge

Pieces from India's Taj Mahal, one of the seven Wonders of the World Credit: University of Cambridge

Artefacts from India's indigenous communities will go on show at Cambridge University for the first time.

Among the objects on display to the public, are pieces from the Taj Mahal, a head-hunters skull and a snake-charmer's flute.

The exhibition, Another India, celebrates the 70th anniversary of India's independence from Britain.

This is an exhibition about the India – or the many Indias – that most people in the UK don’t know.

We didn’t want to do a show about Bollywood, saris and curry, but instead highlight a massive body of marginalised people – numbering nearly twice the population of the UK – who to a great extent aren’t seen as having culture, heritage and history of their own.

– Mark Elliott, Curator


Mosque opens its doors to more than 300 visitors

The day was a big success. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Muslim community in Chelmsford welcomed more than 300 people to the Central Mosque today to give them a better understanding of Islam.

It comes after a reported increase in hate crimes and Donald Trump's recent travel ban.

The Chelmsford Muslim Society says there's been a need to engage with the local community for some time.

It's been really good, really positive.

Some people have never been here before, one or two people have and quite a few people will have been surprised about how similar the religion is with Christianity and with Judaism so for us it's been really nice, really positive.

– Ayman Syed, Chelmsford Muslim Society

Sikhs celebrate 350th birthday of key founding father

The celebrations involve reading from their sacred book. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Members of the Sikh community across our region are celebrating the 350 years since their religion was given its identity.

The festivities mark the birthday of one of the founding fathers of the Sikhism.

Chloe Keedy went to a temple in Peterborough where celebrations are in full swing.

Ely Cathedral gets £500,000 grant to repair roof

Ely Cathedral is known as 'The ship of the fens' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ely Cathedral has been given £500,000 to carry out important repairs on its South Nave Aisle roof.

The money, which comes from the First World War Centenary Commemoration Fund, will be used as part of a continuing programme to restore and conserve the historic Cambridgeshire building.

It is the fourth grant the cathedral has received from the fund.

Bedfordshire Police deletes tweets using 'Islamic state-style' logo

Bedfordshire Police initially tweeted its support for the campaign using the logo before later removing the posts.

Bedfordshire police has deleted tweets about Islamophobia Awareness Month after users pointed out its logo was similar to a hand gesture popular popular with Islamic militants.

The logo features a fist with the index finger pointing upwards, a gesture apparently favoured by followers of IS in propaganda photographs.

Islamophobia Awareness Month is run by organisation Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend).

The force initially tweeted its support for the campaign using the logo, before removing the posts today. A spokesman for MEND said it was 'surprised' Bedfordshire Police decided to stop using the logo.

It makes no sense that the IAM campaign logo be dropped by a police force because it purports to resemble a symbol of Daesh. We would not consider removing symbols such as the crucifix or St George's cross from use in national campaigns simply because they are frequently abused by far right and neo-Nazi movements.

We are disappointed that a campaign supported by thousands of British Muslims is being sullied in this way. We would strongly urge Bedfordshire Police to reconsider.



Olympic gymnast Louis Smith suspended for two months

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics for a breach of its standards of conduct. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics for a breach of its standards of conduct, the governing body has announced in a statement.

It follows an incident when the Olympic medallist was filmed with fellow gymnast Luke Carson apparently mocking Islam and the video was posted on social media.

Louis Smith immediately apologised for the video.

"It is regrettable that following a historic summer of achievement, the organisation finds itself in this difficult position with two high profile members in breach of our standards of conduct.

"Whilst both individuals showed remorse following the incident, we hope in the future they use their profile to have a positive impact on sport and communities."

– Jane Allen, British Gymnastics Chief Executive

Former Canary is one step closer to becoming a priest

Phil Mulryne playing for Norwich City in 2002. Credit: PA Archive.

A former Norwich City footballer has taken his latest steps on his journey to become a priest.

Philip Mulryne, 38, was made a deacon in the Dominican Order at an ordination at St Saviour's church in north Dublin.

The ex-Northern Ireland international played for the Canaries between 1998 and 2005, having come through the youth system at Manchester United.

After being dogged by injury, Mulryne ended his playing career in King's Lynn before moving back to Northern Ireland.

The west Belfast man is now on course to become a priest next year. The former midfielder was ordained by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, on Saturday in front of family and friends.

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