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New drive to get thousands of empty homes on the market

A new initiative to solve the region's housing crisis by selling empty houses and getting more back on the market has been launched.

In Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire there are currently over 10,000 properties that one housing charity say could provide homes.

Now councils including Ipswich and Cambridge have launched a drive to help tackle the problem.

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Chemical thrown in man's face in Cambridge

The victim was assaulted in Park Street car park, Cambridge, Credit: Google street view

A man in his 60s has had a chemical thrown in his face in Cambridge.

It happened in Park Street car park, around 2.50pm yesterday (Thursday, November 24).

The suspect, who is in his mid 20s, insulted the victims wife, tensions rose and the victim pushed a bicycle belonging to the suspect.

The suspect then threw a chemical, believed to be similar to ammonia, in the victims face before leaving the scene on a bicycle along with another man.

He luckily escaped without serious burns.

The suspect is described as:

  • 5'11"
  • White and quite thickly set
  • Light coloured hair
  • Wearing a beige/light coloured long sleeved top
  • Accompanied by a 5'10" Asian or mixed race man in his 20s

This was an incredibly serious incident which could have had life changing consequences for the victim.

Luckily his quick actions in washing his face and the fact he was wearing glasses means that there will not be any permanent damage but that may not have been the case.

– Detective Constable Andrew McKeane, Cambridgeshire police

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw the incident.

26-year-old woman released on bail after arrest for suspicion of assault

Officers were at the scene overnight, where a knife was recovered. Credit: ITV Anglia

A 26-year-old woman has been released on bail after she was arrested on suspicion of assault GHB, violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon after a man was was stabbed.

The 28-year-old man from Cambridge was with a woman when he is believed to have been in an altercation with another man during which he was stabbed.

It happened at around 7pm in the cut through between Fair Street and the Grafton Centre west carpark.

The offender then made off towards Fair Street and turned towards Midsummer Common. He is described as white, 40 to 45 years old and skinny. He was wearing a grey hooded jumper and grey jeans.

Officers were at the scene overnight, where a knife was recovered.

It happened at around 7pm in the cut through between Fair Street and the Grafton Centre west carpark. Credit: ITV Anglia

The victim was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with serious injuries and he is now stable.

A 26-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault GHB, violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon and taken to Parkside Police Station where she was later released on bail to return to Parkside Police station on December 5, 2016.

Detective Inspector Susie Hine said: “The victim was with a man and another woman prior to the attack and we would like to speak them."

Man charged with murder of mother-of-two from Cambridge

Man charged with Cambridge murder Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been charged with the murder of a mother-of-two from Cambridge.

Police were called to reports of concern for a woman at a house in Perne Road shortly before 7am yesterday (November 22).

32-year-old Asia Tufail was taken to Addenbrooke’s hospital, but later died from her injuries.

A post mortem examination concluded Ms Tufail died of asphyxia at the hands of a third party.

Muhammad Malik, who is 36 and from Perne Road was arrested and charged with murder. He's due to appear at Huntingdon Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

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