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Community says it feels 'let down' after jailing of Libyan soldiers for rape

A Cambridgeshire community says it's been let down by the Ministry of Defence following the jailing of several Libyan soldiers for a string of sex attacks on men and women in Cambridge.

The MOD has accepted that it's communication with people living near to Bassingbourn Barracks was not good enough, but many feel frustrated by the way they've been treated.

Click below to watch a report by Russell Hookey.


Defence Secretary urged to apologise after Libyan attacks

Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The Defence Secretary has been urged to make a public apology to the victims of sex attacks by Libyan soldiers brought to Cambridge for training with the British Army,

Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud and Ibrahim Abugtila, were both jailed for 12 years after acting like "hunting dogs" as they raped a man at Christs Pieces in Cambridge last year.

Naji El Maarfi, Khaled El Azibi and Mohammed Abdalsalam were jailed for separate attacks on women in Cambridge. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Three other Libyans cadets have already admitted unrelated sex attacks on women which happened on the same night in Cambridge.

They were sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on May 13th but this could not be reported until the other case was concluded.

The leader of Cambridge Council says the victims deserve a public apology. The Ministry of Defence says it's condemned the attacks.

Libyan soldiers convicted of raping man in Cambridge

Bassingbourn Barracks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two Libyan soldiers stationed in the UK have been convicted of raping a man in Cambridge.

Mukhtar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, were found guilty of raping and aiding and abetting the rape of the man in his 20s on Christ's Pieces on October 26.

They've both been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Mukhtar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The pair were arrested while undergoing training at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire as part of an agreement by the British Government to help war-torn Libya after the 2011 collapse of Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

Cambridge Crown Court has heard the pair acted like "hunting dogs", picking off a victim who was drunk and vulnerable after a night out.

Football fans to say fond farewell to Turner

Football fans have been invited to attend the funeral of Chris Turner.

Chris Turner died at the age of 64. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A service for the former Peterborough and Cambridge United Manager will take place at Peterborough Cathedral this morning.

Turner died last month at the age of 64 after being diagnosed with dementia eight years ago.


Hard-hitting report claims Cambridge river is being damaged by "indecisive intellectuals"

A hard-hitting report claims the future of the River Cam in Cambridge is under threat because of the way it's managed.

It doesn't hold back - saying that the waterway is being damaged by "indecisive intellectuals and waffling academics".

The report is called 'The Cam River Matters' and sets out 13 top threats including pollution, illegal mooring and congestion.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Cambridge river under threat from "indecisive intellectuals and waffling academics"

The River Cam in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new report out today is claiming the future of the River Cam in Cambridge is under threat because of the way it's managed.

A document called 'The Cam River Matters' sets out 13 top threats, including pollution, illegal mooring and congestion.

The report says that the river could be managed better. Credit: ITV News Anglia

But the report also says its future is being damaged by "indecisive intellectuals and waffling academics"- who it says are failing to make key decisions around the growth of the city.

"At the moment what we've got is serious symptoms, but the river is fantastic.

The upper river is unbelievable, you can still swim in it. If you are rowing when somebody else isn't rowing it's perfect, but it won't last."

– Mal Schofield, Report author

Antarctic ice shelves are thinning from rising temperatures say Cambridge scientists

The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming regions on Earth Credit: British Antarctic Survey

Scientists from Cambridge claim to have settled a debate about what's causing the thinning of one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves.

The team from the British Antarctic survey say that the shelf is being melted by rising ocean temperatures and increasing atmospheric temperature.

The mean annual temperatures in this region have risen by 2.5°C during the last 50 years Credit: British Antarctic Survey

They say the research could help explain the impact of future sea level rises.

Summertime and the livin' is easy - and you're less likely to be unwell too

Ella Fitzgerald once sang that in the summertime there ain't nothin' can harm you - now science has proved it to almost be true.

Scientists in Cambridge have discovered the winter blues is not just a case of feeling down in the dumps.

In the first study of its kind they have proved that chronic diseases like diabetes and multiple sclerosis are less common in the summer.

Click below to watch Claire McGlasson's report.

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