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Sir David Attenborough to open 'exceptional' conservation hub

Sir David Attenborough. Credit: PA

Sir David Attenborough is in Cambridge today to open a new campus which he hopes will help save the planet.

The hub will be home to more than 500 conversation experts who'll research ways of tackling climate change and protecting species around the world.

The new hub will be a centre for environmental research. Credit: Toby Smith

The future of our life on Earth is dependent on the natural world – for the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we use – and for the feelings we have of awe and wonder at nature’s extraordinary riches.

In this remarkable age we are learning more and more about the intricacies of our dependence on nature.

Yet our natural world is threatened as never before. The threats are both numerous and interrelated, and no one institution, however effective, can hope to address them all alone. It is for this reason that the work of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative is so exceptional.

By bringing together leaders in research, practice, policy and teaching, we stand the greatest chance of developing the solutions required to save our planet.

– Sir David Attenborough


Crews tackle fire at a Cambridge primary school

Fire damage to the building. Credit: Cambs Fire and Rescue.

Emergency Services were called to a Cambridge Primary School earlier this morning (March 30) after a fire broke out in a classroom.

Fire crews from Cambridge, Burwell, Linton, Huntingdon and Bury St Edmunds were called to St Bede’s Primary School on Birdwood Road just after 6am.

There they found the ground floor of a two-storey teaching building in flames. No one was hurt.

The fire was extinguished and crews remained on site to keep the area safe.


Men jailed after teenager raped after night out in Cambridge

Muhammed Ekici was jailed for rape. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man has been jailed for raping a teenager after a night out in Cambridge.

A court heard how Muhammed Ekici was caught on CCTV carrying an 18-year-old woman across Parkers Piece to a flat. Ekici, who's 24, was sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty to rape.

Another man Serham Ozkebapci was jailed for three and half years for sexual assault.

Detective Constable Becky Cohen said: “The calculated and cold-hearted actions they took that night can never be excused.

"Jointly they preyed on a defenceless and vulnerable young woman for their own self-gratification.

"Assisted by the justice system, they will now have time to reflect on their behaviour and I hope they learn to realise the true extent of what they did.”

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