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Police seek umbrella robber who scared staff at bookies

Police released these two images Credit: Cambs Police

Police are looking for a man who went into a bookmakers and demanded money from staff.

With his face covered by a scarf and holding an umbrella, the suspect entered Coral, in Emmanuel Street, Cambridge, at about 9.45pm on Sunday (May 22).

He asked for money and placed his hand in his jacket pocket as if he had a weapon, although none was seen.

Staff said there was no money and the man fled.

Police have today released CCTV of a man they want to trace in connection with the crime.

Staff at the shop were left extremely shaken and I am keen to catch the offender as soon as possible. I would ask people to look at the CCTV images and consider whether they saw anyone dressed in this distinctive way in the area that evening. Anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should contact police.”

– PC Chris Casboult


Second resignation over Cambridge congestion proposals

Congestion has long been a problem in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A second member of the Greater Cambridge City Deal's resigned over plans to reduce congestion.

Councillor Tim Bick is now calling for a public debate on the proposals to close city centre roads during rush hour.

But members of the city deal say public transport will be improved with more buses and a second train station.

More than a million downloads for pioneering game

More than a million people have downloaded a mobile phone game which is helping researcher's studying dementia.

The project saw Cambridge-based Alzheimer's Research UK team up with scientists from the University of East Anglia, UCL and a telecoms company to develop the game.

Playing the game will help our scientists understand in detail how our brains navigate space. It's reckoned that by playing the game for just 2 minutes generates the same amount of data it would take researchers 5 hours to obtain.

Find out more about the game below.

School's Out: University lecturers to stage 48hr walk out

A member of the UCU planning strike action Credit: PA Images

Lecturers at UK universities will launch a 48-hour strike today after talks failed to resolve a pay row.

Staff at the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin and the University of Essex are among those planning to take action.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will also refuse to work overtime, set additional work, or undertake any voluntary duties like covering timetabled classes for absent colleagues.

If the dispute is not resolved in the coming weeks, members have agreed to further strike action which could affect open days, graduation ceremonies and the clearing process.

Kittens dumped by roadside in Cambridge would have 'struggled to survive' says RSPCA

The kittens were found with a cardboard box nearby Credit: RSPCA

A mother and her two kittens found dumped near a road in Cambridge would have struggled to survive if they hadn't been spotted by a dog walker says the RSPCA.

They were seen hiding in stinging nettles off Milton Road in Impington. A cardboard box with a pink jumper inside was found nearby.

This was a senseless act, the person who has done this clearly had no thought for the poor cats. They were hiding in a large area of stinging nettles but fortunately were tempted by some food. Mum was very distressed and nervous and needed to be caught in a trap as I couldn't get close. They would have struggled to survive as they are obviously used to being in a house.”

– Inspector Stephen Reeves, RSPCA
The mother cat has been called Amanda Credit: RSPCA

The cats are recovering well with a foster carer who has named them after the judges on ITV's Britain's Got Talent. The mother has been called Amanda and the two kittens are Alesha and Simon.


Two men plead guilty to manslaughter of Cambridge man

Jeff Henry died on June 12th 2015 Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Two men have admitting killing a man by seriously assaulting him in Cambridge in June last year.

35-year old Martin Saunders from Huntingdon and 37-year old Anthony Kenny from St Ives pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the manslaughter of 39-year old Jeff Henry.

Martin Saunders ( left) and Anthony Kenny Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Jeff was attacked in Campkin Road and was taken to Addenbrooke's hospital in a critical condition on June 7th. But on the 12th of June a decision was made to turn off his life-support machine.

Saunders and Kenny also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Ben Maguire Credit: Cambridgeshire police

A third man, Ben Maguire, aged 29 and formerly of Minerva Way in Cambridge had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit GBH and assisting an offender.

Transport chiefs to put forward plans to deal with congestion in Cambridge

Anyone who commutes into Cambridge will know just how congested it can be, with more than 200,000 vehicles travelling in and out of the city each day.

Next week Cambridgeshire transport chiefs will put forward a plan to try and tackle the city's traffic problem, including a controversial proposal for a congestion charge to be introduced.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy.

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