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Children's book exhibition opens in Cambridge

An exhibition of children's book illustrations has opened in Cambridge.

Some of the illustrations on display Credit: ITV News Anglia

Graduates from Anglia Ruskin University are showcasing their work after a successful exhibition in London. Some of the 60 students on the illustration course have already had their work published.

Pam Smy, Anglia Ruskin University Credit: ITV News Anglia

"For me I think children's book illustration is very exciting because it's the first place where our young people, our next generation, are going to be exposed to artwork.

We're hoping that we have in this exhibition the books that we'll be seeing on the school bookshelf or the library bookshop or the bedroom bookshop tomorrow."

– Pam Smy, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

Cambridge research suggests pregnant women should be given incentives to quit smoking

Women who smoke during pregnancy should be given financial incentives like shopping vouchers to help them quit, according to research from Cambridge University.

The research has been carried out by Cambridge University Credit: PA Images

The study suggests that one in five women would benefit from incentives, especially in socially deprived areas.

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Half a million sign Turing petition demanding thousands of pardons

The family of Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing visited Downing Street today to demand pardons for 49 thousand men who were persecuted for being gay.

Turing killed himself just two years after being convicted for homosexuality. He received a royal pardon in 2013.

A petition has been signed by half a million people including Benedict Cumberbatch who played the mathematician in the Imitation Game.

Click below to see Bob Constantine's report.

Turing family hand in petition at Downing Street

The Turing family at Downing Street Credit: ITV News

The family of Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing - who was played on the big screen by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game - have been at Downing Street today to demand the Government pardons 49,000 other men persecuted for their homosexuality.

Turing, whose work cracking the German military codes was vital to the British war effort against Nazi Germany, was convicted in 1952 for gross indecency with a 19-year-old man. He was chemically castrated, and two years later died from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide.

He was given a posthumous royal pardon in 2013 and campaigners want the Government to pardon all the men convicted under the same outdated law.

Turing's great-nephew, Nevil Hunt, his great-niece, Rachel Barnes, and her son, Thomas, have handed over the petition, which was signed by almost half-a-million people.

Trains: Delays due to signalling problem at Ely

There are issues on the trains this evening due to signalling problems at Ely. National Rail are reporting delays of up to 45 minutes on the following services...

  • East Midlands Trains - between Peterborough and Norwich.
  • Abellio Greater Anglia - between Cambridge and Norwich, and between Peterborough and Ipswich.
  • CrossCountry - between Cambridge and Peterborough.
  • Great Northern - between Cambridge and Kings Lynn.

Delays are expected until around 7pm.

Non-stop gaming comes to Cambridge

Over the next 24 hours almost 100 gamers will be playing non-stop at the UK's top independent gaming developer in Cambridge, to raise money for charity.

Jagex is hosting the event for the charity 'Special Effect' which helps people with disabilities take part in gaming.

Click below to watch Hannah Pettifer's report:

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Science celebrated with special stamps

Two of the region's scientific breakthroughs are being celebrated on a new set of Royal Mail stamps.

1st class stamp celebrating Colossus Credit: Royal Mail

Cambridge scientist Frederick Sangers pioneering technique of DNA sequencing is on the £1.47 stamp.

Stamp celebrating DNA sequencing Credit: Royal Mail

The code breaking Colossus computer, which was built at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, is getting a 1st class stamp.

The stamps form part of the Inventive Britain Special Stamps, issued on 19 February 2015.

Van Gaal avoids punishment over Cambridge remarks

Louis van Gaal Credit: PA Wire

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been warned by the Football Association but avoided further punishment following comments he made after the FA Cup draw with Cambridge.

The Dutchman denied a charge of misconduct after saying that "every aspect of the match" had been "against" his team following United's surprise fourth-round goalless draw at Cambridge last month.

An FA statement read: "Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday 18 February 2015, Louis van Gaal has been warned as to his future conduct after he was found to have breached FA Rules in relation to media comments.

"The Manchester United manager denied that his comments which followed The FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Cambridge United on 23 January 2015 alleged and/or implied bias on the part of the match referee, and/or brought the game into disrepute."

It isn't rocket science...

...but it is brain surgery - and in that field, Cambridge can boast the brainiest surgeons of all...

In a list ranking more than 300 departments across the country according to their academic achievements, neurosurgeons at Cambridge University Hospitals - which includes Addenbrooke's - came out on top.

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience at CUH provides services for nearly 5 million people. Credit: ITV

The study was produced by the Journal of Neurosurgery. CUH puts the success down to the benefits of continued close links between the Trust and the University of Cambridge.

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience at CUH provides services for nearly 5 million people.

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