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Punty Mc Punt Face could patrol River Cam

Remember the story of Boaty Mc Boat Face? The saga surrounding the naming of a new ship launched by the Cambridge based National Research Council?

Well we could just see a repeat of it - albeit on a smaller scale - after the organisation that looks after the River Cam in the city said it also wanted to leave the naming of a new patrol vessel to public opinion.

This little boat needs a name, not a number. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The vessel has been launched to improve compliance and safety on the river but so far suffers the indignity of being known by just a number.

"It didn't come with a name, we've put a number on it so every boat gets a number but a number on its own is a bit dull so yeah, we're asking for suggestions for a name and then we'll take those suggestions to our board meeting later this month and hopefully make a choice there."

– Jed Ramsey, River Cam Conservancy.

Here are just some of the suggestions so far...

  • Cam On!
  • Jesus! Green
  • Mr Asbo
  • Punty Mc Punt Face
  • Posh and Decks
  • Miss Camduct
  • Sea-SeaTV
  • Unortho-Locks

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


"Student Don't" guide given to Cambridge University students in 1890s

Video report by ITV Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

There's plenty of advice out there for students in their first year at university - but one leaflet that's not handed out these days is the "Fresher's Don't."

It's a guide for students joining St John's College in Cambridge in the 1890s.

It includes useful tips such as what to do with tea cosies and how to treat your landlady's daughter.

"The Fresher's Don't" guide for students joining St John's College in Cambridge in the 1890s Credit: ITV News Anglia

Burglar chased out of house by 93-year-old woman

John Brady. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A burglar has been jailed after a 93-year-old woman chased him out of her home in Cambridge.

John Brady, who's 47, walked into the woman's house in Lensfield Road and started rummaging through various drawers.

However, the elderly victim then came downstairs and started chasing him around the house and garden before he eventually got away on a bike.

He took £100 in cash.

Brady was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

This was a calculated, dishonest and utterly immoral act by a man who deliberately targeted an elderly lady in order to steal from her. He continued to deny his involvement despite overwhelming evidence.

As a result, a concerned 93-year-old had to give evidence in court and I would like to commend her bravery in doing so.

– Detective Constable John Collinson


13 in court following attack on Cambridge Utd fan

Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall was assaulted following Cambridge United's game with Southend in March last year. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thirteen men will appear in front of Essex magistrates today (September 2) charged in connection with a serious disturbance which left a Cambridge United fan with life changing injuries.

Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall was assaulted following United's game with Southend in March last year. He is still undergoing rehabilitation for his injuries.

Chair of Cambridge Hospitals trust steps down

Jane Ramsey. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The chair of Cambridge University Hospitals has tonight announced she's leaving her role.

Jane Ramsey has been in charge of the trust which runs Addenbrooke's for the last four years.

She will now step down at the end of October to focus on other ventures.

Miss Ramsey said it had been a 'privilege' to lead the trust.

It has been a privilege to lead Cambridge University Hospitals over the last four years.

CUH provides outstanding care with fantastic staff and excellent patient outcomes.

I am delighted that Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals had their ratings improved in February and that the regulators recognised the improvements we have made.

– Jane Ramsey, Chair, CUH Foundation Trust

Olympic bronze medal winner joins I Am Team GB event in Luton

Cambridge diver Daniel Goodfellow is supporting a Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge's Olympic bronze medal winner Daniel Goodfellow has been showing his support for I Am Team GB at an event in Luton today (August 27).

Luton Sports Village is hosting a "dive in" to try and encourage more people to get involved in the sport.

Daniel Goodfellow, who won a bronze medal in the Men's 10m Synchronised Platform event with his partner Tom Daley in Rio, will be doing some demonstration dives.

August heatwave boosts tourism in the East

Video report by ITV Anglia's Serena Sandhu

The tourism industry in the East of England is basking in the glow of a successful summer.

More than 250,000 people in the region rely on tourism for work and it’s an industry that brings in around £6 billion every year.

Families have been flocking to the coast to soak up the sun and it's encouraged more of us to opt for a 'staycation' rather than holiday abroad.

It's hoped visitor numbers will continue to rise throughout the bank holiday weekend.

The summer sun is boosting tourism in the East of England. Credit: ITV Anglia

''There is the doubt over the strength of the pound and certainly - as it stands at the moment - going across to Europe or further afield, it does cost more for your pound. That's just the reality... Staying at home is an absolute bargain right now.''

– Martin Dupree, Visit East Anglia
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