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Cambridge flats contain 'potentially combustible' cladding

At least 79 people died in the London Grenfell Tower fire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two blocks of flats in Cambridge are the latest in the region to contain "potentially combustible" cladding.

The city council has confirmed Gilbert House and Huxley House contain a small amount of cladding to the exterior of the top floors and around bin stores.

This cladding was certified as fire safe when the buildings were completed in 2013.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service inspected the buildings on Saturday and found that the cladding does not pose a risk for residents, and that the buildings comply with fire safety standards in every other way. The fire service will work together on a plan of action following a consultation with residents.


Council reassures residents living in high-rise buildings

Any resident in privately rented housing concerned about materials used in the construction of their building are advised to contact their landlord or leaseholder. Credit: PA

Council bosses in Cambridgeshire say people shouldn't be worried about fire risk at social housing properties in the county.

Following the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, fire safety reviews have taken place right across the region.

At least 79 people died in the disaster on Wednesday, June 14.

It's emerged that flammable cladding has been now found on 75 high-rise buildings across 26 local authority areas.

The Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid revealed the safety crisis had further escalated as he has urged local authorities to hasten action.

Cambridge City Council say that none of the buildings they own pose a risk, although tests are being carried out as a precaution on one of the newer tower blocks in the city.

We would like to reassure all our tenants that we take their safety extremely seriously and have invested money in fire safety at residential blocks.

We are also working closely with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, partner organisations and landlords to identify any buildings that may give residents cause for concern, and will address any issues identified in a prompt and coordinated way.

– Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing

Woman threatened with scissors in Cambridge

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Cambridge.

The incident happened early on June 6th in Stanesfield Road.

The offender got out of a car and approached the victim, threatening her with scissors.

The victim handed over her handbag and the robber escaped in a dark coloured Renault Megane.

Shortly after the incident, a bank card that was stolen along with the bag was used at a local petrol station to buy scratch cards.

Officers are keen to speak to the woman pictured in the CCTV images in connection with the incident.

A woman police want to speak to after a robbery in Cambridge
A woman police want to speak to after a robbery in Cambridge

DC Tom Taylor said

This was a particularly distressing event for the victim and has left them very shaken.

We appeal to anybody who was in the area at the time or who may have seen anything suspicious to contact us.

– DC Tom Taylor, Cambs Police


Suspicious package in Cambridge 'destroyed' by bomb disposal officers

A suspicious package has been destroyed. Credit: @Scott_eth

A suspicious package found in Cambridge has been destroyed by bomb disposal officers.

A police cordon has been set up at King's Parade.

Inspector Terry Furlong said the package had most likely been left accidentally by a member of the public, but a controlled explosion has now been carried out.

Further examination of the site will be carried out and the road will be re-opend as soon as possible.

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