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Car failed to stop for police before hitting four pedestrians

A driver mounted the pavement and hit four pedestrians shortly after police in Cambridgeshire had attempted to stop the car.

Three teenage boys - all aged 17 - were seriously injured although officers said their conditions were not life-threatening. A teenage girl was also hurt.

Officers had tried to stop a blue Fiat Punto at Hills Road in Cambridge at 11.52pm on Thursday.

The driver made off and the vehicle left the road a short distance later - at the junction with Station Road - mounting the pavement and colliding with a group of people.

The car was not being pursued by police at the time.

The occupants ran away from the scene on foot.

A 43-year-old man from Cambridge has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Police would like to trace any other people who were travelling in the car.

Spare books needed for police cells

Officers in Cambridge want members of the public to donate books for use by people in police custody.

The appeal by officers at Parkside police station follows a successful request a few years ago.

Police say the chance to read while in custody is appreciated by many - including repeat offenders.

But Sgt Dick Sterne, of Cambridgeshire Police, said some people had questioned why offenders should be given the privilege of reading in cells.

"It should be remembered that a variety of people are detained at the police station including those with mental health problems and with other medical issues.

"Many people also come into custody who are subsequently released with no further action. The books help to occupy detainees, some of which can be in custody for up to 24 hours.

"Obviously, the books are also offered to regular offenders. However, some of these detainees are youths who have not had the opportunity of reading books during their early years. It is satisfying to see them engrossed in a book.”

– Sgt Dick Sterne, Cambridgeshire Police.

Anyone willing to donate spare books is asked to deliver them to the enquiry office at Parkside Police Station. Foreign language books are also welcome but the station cannot accept hardbacks for safety reasons.

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Students to study Finnish beer app

Marketing students from Anglia Ruskin University are helping to launch a new smart phone app called 'Pint Please'.

Students to analyse success of new phone app
Students to analyse success of new phone app Credit: ITV News Anglia

The free app, which has been developed by entrepreneurs in Finland, helps users discover and share new beers and pubs.

The students will promote the app in bars around Cambridge, Peterborough and Chelmsford and then study the results.

Driver injured in Cambridge after crashing into railings

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car crashed into railings in Cambridge.

The Toyota Corolla had been heading south across Elizabeth Way bridge shortly after 9am on Sunday when it crossed the carriageway and collided with railings.

The driver, a 77-year-old man from Cambridge, was taken to hospital by air ambulance with serious injuries.

"I'm keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash or saw the vehicle prior to it."

– Sergeant Gordon Murray, Cambridge Police

Anyone with any information should call the Roads Policing Unit on 101.

Cambridge University academic ordered by judge to return son to Japan

Cambridge University buildings.
Cambridge University buildings. Credit: PA Images

A Cambridge University academic kept her seven-year-old son in the UK unlawfully and must return him to his father in Japan, a family court judge has ruled.

Judge Angela Finnerty said the woman should not have brought the youngster to England until a family court in Japan had resolved a dispute she was having with the her estranged husband - an academic in Japan.

Detail of the judge's decision has emerged in a written ruling following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

No-one involved was identified.

The father had asked Judge Finnerty to order his son's return to Japan under the terms of international civil legislation relating to child abduction.

Judge Finnerty said the man and woman - who had worked at different universities in Japan - split in 2013 after marrying nine years ago.

They had reached an agreement about sharing care of their son after mediation in Japan.

The woman had then been offered a post at Cambridge and said she wanted to take the youngster with her. The man objected.

And she had flown to the UK with the boy before a court in Tokyo had ruled on the dispute.

"I am satisfied that (the boy) has been retained in the United Kingdom unlawfully in breach of the father's custody rights," said Judge Finnerty.

"I must order the return of (the boy) to Japan forthwith."

She added: "The mother should have waited until the Family Court in Tokyo had resolved these disputes."

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War remembrance candle sparks fire

Emergency services were called to a fire in Cambridge started by a candle lit to commemorate the beginning of the First World War.

It is believed the candle was lit as part of the Lights Out event which encouraged people to turn off their lights for an hour until 11pm on Monday.

Firefighters were called to the property in Whitehill Road at 12.18am on Tuesday.

The occupant of the first-floor flat was out of the building before crews arrived. Firefighters had to force entry to a ground-floor flat and led a resident to safety.

– Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

A fire investigation found the most likely cause of the fire was an accident, due to the lit candle being left on a windowsill and spreading to curtains, which then developed and spread through the property.

Organisers warn no tickets will be available at the gate for the sold out Cambridge Folk Festival

Cambridge Folk Festival.
Cambridge Folk Festival.

Today is the first day of the Cambridge Folk Festival - with thousands of people expected to attend.

The four day event which celebrates its 50th anniversary at Cherry Hinton Hall has completely sold out.

Organisers are warning people not to show up without a ticket as there will not be any available at the gate.

Thieves steal mannequin before charity auction

The stolen mannequin
The stolen mannequin

Thieves have stolen a painted mannequin which had been due to be auctioned off for charity in Cambridge. The artwork had been on show on top of a garage roof in Chesterton Road, when it was stolen between 9pm on Tuesday (July 28) and 7.30am yesterday (Tuesday). It was due to be auctioned off in the next few days.

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