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Festive spike in demand for Cambridge foodbank supplies

Supplies ready at Cambridge Foodbank. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Demand for emergency food supplies in Cambridge has seen a festive spike.

Volunteers say it is a particularly busy time of year but throughout the last 12 months they have seen a big increase in the need for help.

Almost 5,000 food boxes were given to people in crisis this year - 13% more adults than the year before and 17% more children.

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Campaigners call for truth over death of Cambridge student

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Campaigners from the group 'Amnesty International' have been in Cambridge calling for more action over the death of a PHD student from the City.

Giulio Regini is believed to have been tortured and murdered while on a university project in Egypt.

His body was found by a roadside on the outskirts of Cairo.

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner is one of those campaigning for answers and says Giulio is one of hundreds of people in Egypt who've faced human rights abuses or been killed.

Guilio's case has been highlighted but sadly there are other people who have lost their lives and there are other people who are languishing in Egyptian prisons.

– Daniel Zeichner MP, Cambrudge, Lab

Cambridge men claim first Varsity win since 2009

Cambridge celebrate their win. Credit: PA
  • Cambridge University 23-18 Oxford University

Cambridge University's men's rugby team are celebrating their first win over Oxford since 2009.

The Light Blues ran out 23-18 winners in a thrilling game at Twickenham, with medical student Mike Phillips and centre Rory Triniman scoring their tries.

Cambridge have endured a terrible record in the recent Varsity matches between the sides, but this year's success means they've now managed 62 victories to Oxford's 59 in the 144-year-old fixture.

Earlier in the day, Oxford got the better of Cambridge in the women's game - winning a dull encounter 3-0.

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Cambridge women's team beaten in Varsity clash

Cambridge were beaten by Oxford. Credit: PA
  • Cambridge University 0-3 Oxford University

Cambridge University's women's rugby team have been beaten by their Oxford counterparts in the annual Varsity match at Twickenham.

A dull game was settled by a single penalty from Catherine Wilcock as the Dark Blues ran out 3-0 winners.

Cambridge won the same fixture last year but couldn't follow up that success this time out.

The men's fixture will kick off at 14:30 with Cambridge aiming to end a six-year losing sequence.

Push to get more Americans to visit Cambridge

Attractions that will benefit from the funding include the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tourism bosses in Cambridge have launched a new initiative in a bid to attract more American visitors to the city.

The "Friendly Invasion" project aims to attract stateside tourists to places like the American Military Cemetery and the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.

Last year, there were more than 52,000 US visitors to Cambridgeshire, generating a revenue of £58.6 million for the region.

The Cambridge area is rich in American aviation history and this is a great opportunity to further extend our reach, with the American market in mind.

– Emma Thornton, CEO, Visit Cambridge
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