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Exhibition highlights our weird and wonderful world

A collection of quirky and curious objects has gone on display at Cambridge University Library.

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The exhibition features everything from an ostrich feather and an ectoplasm, to a boomerang and some beard hair - the artefacts come from all over the world and across the ages.

It has been put on to celebrate the library's 600th anniversary.

Attack may leave victim blind in one eye

Police in Cambridgeshire are seeking witnesses to an attack which may have left the victim blind in one eye.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was assaulted by another man at around 4.20am on Sunday 30 October on Rose Crescent in Cambridge.

Police say the victim was approached by the suspect after throwing a muffin which unintentionally hit a woman in a group the suspect was with.

The victim was then approached by the group and apologised to the woman involved who accepted his apology. Following this exchange he was hit twice in the head by a man who was with the group.

“This attack may have resulted in life changing injuries for the man involved so we are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident.”

– Detective Sergeant Graham Newton, Cambridgeshire Police
Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to trace in connection with the attack. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The force of the punches knocked the victim unconscious, with a fractured eye socket and unable to see out of one eye.

It is not yet known whether he will regain sight in the damaged eye.

Officers are keen to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident.


Can you help find missing Margaret?

Margaret Binks has been missing since Friday. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A 70-year-old woman has been missing for two days from her home in Cambridgeshire - prompting a plea from police for help to find her.

Margaret Binks was last seen about about midday on Friday October 28th at Ekin Road in Cambridge.

She is about 5ft 4in tall, with straight grey hair, and may be carrying a blue, rectangular bag. She often has a walking stick.

"Police and Margaret’s family are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare and would urge anyone who has seen her, or may know where she is, to contact us immediately.”

– Det Insp Nick Cook, Cambridgeshire Police.
Margaret Binks has been missing since Friday. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

Burglar preyed on elderly women in their Cambridge homes

James McDonagh. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A burglar who targeted elderly women in their homes has been jailed for seven and a half years.

James McDonagh, 22, worked with an unidentified accomplice to steal thousands of pounds in cash from two properties in Cambridge.

He burst into the home of his first victim on Dudley Road on August 25th and used force to keep her seated while the other man ransacked her house.

On September 15, McDonagh distracted a woman by calling at her home on Hobart Road and claiming to be a neighbour.

He pleaded guilty to burglary, aggravated burglary and handling stolen goods - in relation to a stolen car he was in when arrested.

"McDonagh and his accomplice deliberately preyed on the vulnerable and the severity of the offences are reflected in the sentence.

“Cambridge homes will be safer with him behind bars.”

– Det Con Cheryl Harris, Cambridgeshire Police.

Papworth Hospital celebrates 'topping out' at new site

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy

One of the UK's largest specialist heart and lung hospitals is a step closer to moving into its new home, after construction teams celebrated laying cement on the highest point of the building.

Papworth Hospital is due to move into its new home on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, next door to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in 2018.

cost of the project - raised through private investment

When it's complete, the new site will have 310 beds and seven state-of-the-art operating theatres.

A fire tree was hoisted above the new Papworth Hospital site. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Today a fire tree was hoisted above the building in a traditional "topping out" ceremony.

"As our patients get older they get other diseases so they can be nearer those specialties.

"More importantly, for the patients of the future we'll be building our heart, lung research and education institute here."

– John Wallwork, Chairman, Papworth Hospital


Cambridge to London rail line 'not changed since 1840s'

The campaign is calling for 60 minute journey between Cambridge and London. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign is calling for improvements to one of the key commuter routes in the East of England, linking Cambridge and London.

The West Anglia Taskforce want to see trains travel from London to Cambridge in 60 minutes.

It follows the start of Greater Anglia's nine year deal to run the franchise.

Speaking at the campaign launch this morning, Rail Minister Paul Maynard said the line was "still the same as it was in the 1840s".

"You are a vital economic part of the country, yet the line is still the same as it was in the 1840s.

"Passenger growth has outpaced investment... All the recommendations from the report deserve very careful consideration."

– Paul Maynard MP, Rail Minister
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