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Cambridge restaurant manager says buskers are driving customers away

Stazione restaurant in Market Square Credit: ITV News Anglia

A business owner in Cambridge says buskers playing outside his restaurant are driving his customers away.

The manager of Stazione restaurant in Market Square says the musicians make too much noise and that the crowds they draw block the path outside his premises.

But buskers say they have the right to play where they like.

One time we managed to get a full crowd of people, all videoing, watching, dancing along and it was great fun.

I think everyone enjoys it and it just brings a good atmosphere.

– Ben, Busker

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Homeless people being sent from Norwich to Cambridge

Traders in Cambridge are expressing concerns at the number of homeless people in the city.

They say that a controversial council plan has seen numbers rise, after councils like Norwich have been sending homeless people to Cambridge because there are more opportunities there.

The claim comes after the number of rough sleepers in the city increased, from 135 to 152 in the last year.

Norwich City Council say that no individuals have been part of their "reconnection" scheme in the last 12 months.

Our records show that this council has not reconnected any rough sleeper to Cambridge in the last 12 months'

However, most local authorities, including Norwich, have signed up to a 'reconnection' approach which allows them to focus their limited resources on clients who have a local connection to their area.

We recognise that this is not always a straightforward issue but it's important to note that the process of 'reconnection' is widely accepted as a useful tool in reducing the numbers of people rough sleeping on the street.

– Norwich City Council

Midsummer Fair returns to Cambridge

Fairground rides were banned after a woman was injured in a bonfire night event. Credit: ITV Anglia

Cambridge's centuries-old Midsummer Fair gets under way later.

Though this year there won't be any fairground rides. The council banned them after a woman was injured at a bonfire night event on the Common last November.

The annual gathering dates back to the reign of King John.

Average speed cameras on A14 to be scrapped

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy

If you commute using the A14 in Cambridge every day, then news that the controversial average speed cameras are to be scrapped may come as some relief.

Campaigners are raising fears that the stretch of road could become a "racetrack" Credit: ITV News Anglia

The number of speeding tickets issued on the stretch of road shot up after they were installed - from 150 in 2010 to 1,946 the following year.

In 2012, more than three thousand drivers were caught speeding on it.

Highways England say planned improvements to the A14 will ease congestion and make speed cameras unnecessary, but campaigners fear the road could become a racetrack.

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Police appeal following reports rowers killed ducklings on River Cam

The River Cam in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for information following reports that a signet and a number of ducklings were killed on the River Cam in Cambridge.

Officers were called around 12.50pm on Saturday (June 11) with reports that the animals were killed after a group of rowers ploughed through them.

I believe there was a large number of people in the area at the time of the incident and would ask that any witnesses contact us, particularly those who may have video footage.

– Chief Inspector James Sutherland

Man to appear in court charged with serious sex offences against children

Cambridge Magistrates Court

A man from Peterborough is due to appear in court charged with serious sexual offences against children.

Adam Aitken, who is from 28, and of Kinnears Walk, Orton Goldhay, is charged with 18 offences.

He's to appear at Cambridge Magistrates Court today.

Police would like to appeal to anyone who has had contact with Aitken and may have been a victim of abuse to come forward.

We have a dedicated team of officers looking at the possibility that this investigation is not isolated to the victims we have currently identified and therefore appeal to anyone who has had contact with Aitken and may be a victim to come forward.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon McAdam

The charges are as follows:

  • Sexual assault of a boy under 13 x 3
  • Inciting sexual activity with a boy aged 13-15 x 3
  • Inciting sexual activity with a boy under 13
  • Sexual activity with a boy aged 13-15 x 2
  • Sexual activity with a boy under 13 x 2
  • Rape of a boy aged 13-15
  • Rape of a boy under 13
  • Sexual assault of a male x 3
  • Causing a child aged 13-15 to watch sexual activity
  • Causing a child under 13 to watch sexual activity

Cambridge MP to meet family of student killed in Egypt

Giulio went missing in Cairo.

The Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner will meet the family of a murdered student to offer the city's condolences and support in their fight for justice.

Giulio Regeni, 28, was studying at Cambridge University but in Egypt researching trade unions when he went missing.

His body was later found by a roadside on the outskirts of Cairo - it showed signs of torture.

Mr Zeichner will meet Giulio's family in Brussels later today.

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