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Cambridge couple among those killed in New Zealand helicopter crash

The helicopter crashed into a snowy crevasse on the Fox Glacier. Credit: Reuters

A couple from Cambridge were among seven people killed in a helicopter crash in New Zealand.

Andrew Virco, 50, and his partner Katharine Walker, 51, were on a sightseeing trip to the country's South Island when the aircraft crashed into a crevasse on the Fox Glacier on Saturday morning (November 21).

The crash happened on the Fox Glacier. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A couple from Hampshire and two people from Australia also lost their lives, as did the pilot from New Zealand.

Police had been initially unable to reach the crash site but the bodies of three of the victims have now been recovered.

They will be formally identified in the coming days.

"The recovery operation is under way on Fox Glacier and Police are working to progress this as far as possible while the weather allows.

The operation is extremely challenging and the safety of those working at the scene is of paramount importance.

Police can now release the names of those people whom we believe were on the helicopter when it crashed, however formal identification of the victims will take some time."

– New Zealand Police


Cyclist seriously injured after being struck by lorry in Cambridge

A female cyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a lorry. Credit: ITV Anglia

A female cyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a lorry in Cambridge this morning.

The East of England Ambulance Service received a call at 10.15am today to a report of a crash between a bicycle and a lorry at the Mill Road junction with Hemingford Road.

Emergency services treated a woman, believed to be in her 20s, with a suspected broken leg and pelvis.

She was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for further treatment. Her injuries were described as serious but not life threatening.

Police temporarily closed Mill Road and Coleridge Road after oil spilled on the tarmac. The roads were reopened just before 11am. The cause of the oil spillage is unclear.

Firefighters' 'practically perfect' Mary Poppins routine has serious message

They may not be sweeping up at the Tony Awards any time soon, but these Cambridgeshire firefighters have been making a song and dance about chimneys.

The crews from Black Watch Cambridge have filmed themselves dancing along to the Mary Poppins soundtrack.

They hope it will encourage people to sweep their chimneys in winter to prevent fires.

It has already had thousands of views online.

Guided Busway is helping people become more active says study

The Guided Busway in Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway is helping people become more active on their commute, according to a study by Cambridge University.

The research, which involved 450 commuters, found people living closer to the route were likely to spend more time cycling than those living further away.

The independent scientific study was led by the Medical Research Council ( MRC) Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge.

"These findings provide new evidence to support changes to our transport systems as part of a public health strategy to support a more active way of life. People might naturally think of cycle lanes as part of these changes - but this research suggests that we need to look at the wider infrastructure as well."

– Dr Jenna Panter, lead researcher on the study


Woman caught under lorry ahead of Bonfire Night celebrations in Cambridge

A woman was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious leg and abdominal injuries. Credit: ITV Anglia

A woman in her 30s has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being caught under a lorry taking part in a Bonfire Night funfair in Cambridge.

Emergency services were called to Midsummer Common at 12.16pm today. An ambulance, rapid response vehicle and an air ambulance medical car attended. Police were also at the scene.

The woman has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious leg and abdominal injuries, where she is in a stable condition.

“The safety of members of the public at all our events is of paramount importance and we will be working with the police and all involved to understand how this happened.

“Our thoughts are with the member of the public concerned.”

– Antoinette Jackson, Chief Executive of Cambridge City Council

Pi's the limit: Merger aims to create more kid coders

Raspberry Pi Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi has announced it is merging with a computer teaching project Code Club.

Raspberry Pi makes cheap microcomputers to help teach children how to code. It says the merger will allow it to help more children learn how to use computers.

Since the microcomputer was launched in 2012 - 7 million of the devices have been sold.

Code Club was established in 2012 to teach children aged nine to 11 how to code in languages such as Scratch, HTML, CSS and Python. There are now almost 4,000 clubs across the country.

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