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Stallholders on Cambridge market face rent hike

Cambridge market. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Market traders in Cambridge have urged councillors to re-think plans to raise rents for their pitches.

The city council insists it would bring prices into line with other markets and should only effect about a third of the 100 licence holders.

But stallholders are warning it could hit their trade and make every day more of a struggle.

Exhibition shows the fun, familiar, dark and different sides of childhood

Some of the exhibits celebrating a million years of childhood. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A museum in Cambridge has opened an exhibition celebrating a million years of childhood.

Children have outnumbered adults for most of human history - but their stories have rarely been the focus of museum exhibitions.

But now experts at the Cambridge Museum of Archeology and Anthropology have spent the past year uncovering the hidden secrets of Cambridgeshire children through the ages.

Objects featured in the exhibition include the familiar - including a box of coloured glass marbles - and the more surprising. A sledge made from a horse's jaw is thought to date back to somewhere between the 16th and 18th centuries.

The exhibition also explores the darker side of some Cambridgeshire childhoods: there are the remains of an Anglo-Saxon teenage girl discovered in a mass grave in Oakington, and a pair of tiny handcuffs which would have been used by local authorities on children as young as ten.

Hide and Seek: Looking for Children in the Past runs until January 2017.

Watch Chloe Keedy's report below.

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Muslim converts face discrimination says new report

The report studied the challenges and concerns facing Islamic converts in the UK today Credit: PA Images

People who convert to Islam face being shunned by family and friends, and even targeted by the security services, according to a new report from Cambridge University.

Academics from the university's Centre of Islamic Studies found that many Muslim converts also suffered physical and mental abuse.

The study by the Cambridge Centre of Islamic Studies examined nearly 50 Muslim converts of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and social backgrounds.

"I always joke with people that it's a bit like 'coming out' and I've discovered a lot of people who concealed this until the later stages.

I was exposed as a Muslim to friends and family inadvertently and my parents took it hard. They never came to my wedding.

I was also subject to some ridicule at work, which I now look back on as completely unacceptable in the modern world."

– Adrian (Jamal) Heath, Participant

Tourism campaign begins to promote 'Cambridgeshire'

King's College, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new way of promoting the county of Cambridgeshire as a tourist destination officially starts today.

Called 'Visit Cambridge and Beyond' it aims to encourage people to look further than just the city for days out.

Corpus Christi college, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than five million tourists visit Cambridge each year which is worth £583 million to the city's economy. It accounts for 17 per cent of local employment.

86 per cent of people visiting Cambridge usually on come on day trips. The idea is to encourage people to stay longer and look further than just the city.

Could air pollution in Cambridge be worse than New York?

Is air pollution in Cambridge as bad as it is in New York City?

Environmental campaigners in Cambridge say pollution levels in the city are evidence that a congestion charge, similar to that in London, must be brought in at the earliest opportunity.

The Green Party claims it's necessary after figures one day last week showed air quality was below that of New York.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge say we shouldn't worry too much because the very high readings were most likely caused by a particular set of weather conditions.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

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Police team up with College to recruit more Special Constables

Cambridge Regional College and Cambridgeshire police Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Cambridgeshire police is working with Cambridge Regional College to increase its numbers of Special Constables.

The college has joined the Employer Supported Policing initiative to inspire people to become special constables.

The partnership will mean active support from college staff who become specials, including five days a year paid leave for duties and training.

"The College's fantastic Police Academy already demonstrates really positive work between the college and the Constabulary and this initiative takes us on to another level. We are delighted that CRC has become one of the first colleges in the country, and the first in the county, to support the Special Constabulary in such a positive way."

– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins

"The students are benefitting hugely from working with the police through our Police Academy and many of them will be applying for the Special Constabulary."

– CRC Principal Anne Constantine

Motorist killed in M11 car fire named by police

The M11 near Cambridge was closed for more than nine hours. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man who died in a car fire which closed the southbound carriageway of the M11 near Cambridge for most of Wednesday (January 13) has been named by police.

He was 43 year-old Foyzul Islam from Rothwell in Northamptonshire. His car caught fire just after 8am.

Police say there was no sign his car had collided with any other vehicle.

Investigations continue into the cause.

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