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Stephen Hawking to open new research centre for artificial intelligence

Professor Stephen Hawking speaking at an event in Suffolk earlier this month Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £10 million centre dedicated to researching Artificial Intelligence will be launched by Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University today.

The official opening of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence will take place this evening.

It's a collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College London and Berkeley. Together they will investigate the impact of the development of artificial intelligence, to ensure that 'AI' benefits all mankind.

"The rise of powerful AI will be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity. We do not yet know which. The research done by this centre will be crucial to the future of civilisation and of our species."

– Professor Hawking speaking about the launch

Academy opens to train staff for £1.5bn A14 upgrade

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

A new academy has opened in Cambridgeshire to train staff to work on the £1.5 billion upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

The Highways Academy allows students to learn in conditions very similar to those they'll encounter on the job.

apprentices to be trained to work on A14

The long anticipated A14 improvement scheme will upgrade 21 miles of the notoriously busy trunk road, which links the Midlands to ports in the Anglia region.

It will involve a new bypass round Huntingdon, widening the existing road and improving junctions along the whole length.

It aims to help unlock growth in the region and cut journey times by around 20 minutes.


Consultation on dog control measures for Cambridge

A consultation on new dog control measures in Cambridge has been approved.

The new proposals could see dogs banned from certain parts of the city, as well as fines imposed for owners with their dogs off leads.

"We are taking the opportunity for an early consultation with residents including dog owners, and a wide range of interested groups and dog welfare organisations, on which playgrounds, paddling pools, tennis courts and bowling greens should have dogs excluded altogether and on several extra specific sites where dogs will restricted to leads. We will be publishing full details of the sites and the timetable on the City Council website and welcome all feedback on the PSPO and the sites suggested so that we can get this right both for those who own dogs and those who don't."

– Cllt Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council

Man dies after plane crashes in Cambridgeshire

The light aircraft came down at Bourn Airfield. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has died following a plane crash in Cambridgeshire.

The light aircraft came down at Bourn Airfield near Cambourne this morning.

Emergency services were sent in at about 11.30am.

Two air ambulances, a hazardous area response team ,a rapid response vehicle and ambulance crew were all at the scene.

Police and fire crews also attended.

One man died at the scene. Another man was taken Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with serious injuries.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch are investigating. Inspectors are expected to be at the site of the crash over the next few days.

One man died at the scene, another was seriously injured. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Motorcyclist seriously injured in A10 crash

The motorcylist was taken to to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was seriously hurt in a crash on the A10 in Norfolk.

It happened at Southery at about 12:20pm on Friday (14 October).

A silver Vauxhaull Insignia and a red and black Harley Davison collided at the junction of Ferry Bank and Westgate Street.

The motorcyclist was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with serious injuries. The other driver was unharmed.


83-year-old man arrested for attempted murder

The woman was found with a serious, but not life-threatening, neck injury Credit: ITV Anglia

An 83-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman in her late 70s was found seriously hurt in Cambridge.

Police were called to a property at Kimberley Road early yesterday morning to reports of violence.

The victim was found with a serious, but not life-threatening, neck injury.

The man has been bailed until 7 November.

Child protection failures allowed paedophiles to carry on abusing

Myles Bradbury (left) and Martin Goldberg

A police watchdog has found delays by the child protection agency CEOP meant that known paedophiles were able to carry on abusing children.

Amongst them were Cambridge paedophile doctor Myles Bradbury and Essex deputy headteacher Martin Goldberg.

Their names were both on a list provided to CEOP by Canadian police after they attempted to buy child pornography.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the information provided to CEOP was 'poorly handled' and the delay into passing it onto local police forces led to more children being abused.

Bradbury, a paediatric consultant at Addenbrooke's hospital was jailed for 22 years in December 2014 for the abuse of 18 vulnerable patients in his care.

Goldberg, who worked at Thorpe Hall School in Southend, had used a hidden camera to take hundreds of images of children as young as nine.

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