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First fines issued in Cambridge punt tout crackdown

A punt on the River Cam. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Fines have been issued to punt touts in Cambridge for the first time after new rules came in this summer.

The £75 fixed penalty notices were introduced to stop people touting for business in certain parts of the city centre.

Cambridge City Council said two fines had been issued to people selling punt tours on Saturday in an area covered by the new public spaces protection order.

The order covers areas including Quayside, Silver Street, and the walkway from Quayside to Jesus Green.

'Hard hitting' exhibition looks back at the history of Geology through hammers

The exhibition is at the Sedgwick Museum Credit: ITV News Anglia

The hammer may not strike you as a tool worthy of its own exhibition but you can now see a selection on display in Cambridge.

The Sedgwick Museum has a whole host of hammers belonging to prominent Geologists who've studied the Earth's history.

"The researchers in modern geology are using incredible hi-tech equipment and yet our under graduates as part of their basic training as geologists, have to be able to identify rocks in the field. Although it's quite extraordinary, the hammer is still the basic tool in the trade."

– Dr Douglas Palmer, Sedgwick Museum
Some of the hammers on display at The Sedgwick Museum Credit: ITV News Anglia


Satellite to carry out first 'census of the Milky Way'

The Gaia project. Credit: ESA

Secrets of the galaxy captured by a satellite made in Hertfordshire are to be revealed at an event in London.

The Gaia project's mission is to map and collect data on one billion stars. It was designed in the airbus space facility in Stevenage.

Its initial findings will be presented at the Royal Astronomical Society.

Professor Gerry Gilmore, Cambridge University, said: "Gaia is the most precise measuring machine ever built.

"It's a big satellite and is in operation one and a half million kilometres away from us. It is doing the first ever census of the milky way."

Hart to Hart star Stefanie Powers treading the boards

Stefanie Powers has swapped the small screen for the stage and is treading the boards in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

She's most remembered as Jennifer Hart in the hit 80s TV series Hart to Hart or as a contestant on 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here'.

Stefanie Powers has swapped the small screen for the stage and is treading the boards in Cambridge.

The Hollywood actor, now in her 70s, is performing in 84 Charing Cross Road at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

Punty Mc Punt Face could patrol River Cam

Remember the story of Boaty Mc Boat Face? The saga surrounding the naming of a new ship launched by the Cambridge based National Research Council?

Well we could just see a repeat of it - albeit on a smaller scale - after the organisation that looks after the River Cam in the city said it also wanted to leave the naming of a new patrol vessel to public opinion.

This little boat needs a name, not a number. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The vessel has been launched to improve compliance and safety on the river but so far suffers the indignity of being known by just a number.

"It didn't come with a name, we've put a number on it so every boat gets a number but a number on its own is a bit dull so yeah, we're asking for suggestions for a name and then we'll take those suggestions to our board meeting later this month and hopefully make a choice there."

– Jed Ramsey, River Cam Conservancy.

Here are just some of the suggestions so far...

  • Cam On!
  • Jesus! Green
  • Mr Asbo
  • Punty Mc Punt Face
  • Posh and Decks
  • Miss Camduct
  • Sea-SeaTV
  • Unortho-Locks

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey


"Student Don't" guide given to Cambridge University students in 1890s

Video report by ITV Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

There's plenty of advice out there for students in their first year at university - but one leaflet that's not handed out these days is the "Fresher's Don't."

It's a guide for students joining St John's College in Cambridge in the 1890s.

It includes useful tips such as what to do with tea cosies and how to treat your landlady's daughter.

"The Fresher's Don't" guide for students joining St John's College in Cambridge in the 1890s Credit: ITV News Anglia

Burglar chased out of house by 93-year-old woman

John Brady. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A burglar has been jailed after a 93-year-old woman chased him out of her home in Cambridge.

John Brady, who's 47, walked into the woman's house in Lensfield Road and started rummaging through various drawers.

However, the elderly victim then came downstairs and started chasing him around the house and garden before he eventually got away on a bike.

He took £100 in cash.

Brady was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

This was a calculated, dishonest and utterly immoral act by a man who deliberately targeted an elderly lady in order to steal from her. He continued to deny his involvement despite overwhelming evidence.

As a result, a concerned 93-year-old had to give evidence in court and I would like to commend her bravery in doing so.

– Detective Constable John Collinson
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