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Warning to dog owners after adder bites beloved pet

Dog owners are being warned to beware of snakes after a spaniel was bitten by an adder.

Toby had a lucky escape after being taken to Dick White's Referrals. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The bites can be fatal and 13-year-old Toby was lucky as he was rushed to specialist vets in Cambridge.

He survived but needed four days of treatment before making a full recovery.

He was bitten while on a walk in Newmarket, at first his owners were unaware he had been hurt until his face started swelling.

He didn't seem in pain, at first he was very quiet, but he became almost sedated.

He wasn't lifeless but he wasn't his normal self that's for sure.

Because of his fur you couldn't see where the bite was, but it was very obvious it was on his face.

– Ann Manning, Toby's owner

The vet that treated Toby said the most important thing was getting them seen to as soon as possible.

Ferran Valls Sanchez treated the 13-year-old spaniel. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Try to keep the dog calm, because there is the possibility that if they are moving a lot you can promote the absorption of the toxin, but I think the most important thing is to go to your local vet.

– Ferran Valls Sanchez, vet

Adders are the UK's only venomous snakes but are not normally aggressive. They can be found in rough, open countryside or on the edge of woodland.

Tributes to American footballer who died after collapsing at Cambridge game

Charles Mack Credit: Cambridgeshire Cats

Tributes have been paid to a British American football player who died after suffering a suspected heart attack during a training session in Cambridge.

36-year old Charles Mack collapsed on the sideline during the Cambridgeshire Cats session at Coldham's Common on Sunday.

The father-of-three was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital where he died.

He was described as a huge character who would be deeply missed.


Cambridge man jailed after violent assault

Richard Cousins Credit: Cambridgeshire police

A Cambridge man who left his victim with serious facial injuries has been jailed for 21 months.

Richard Cousins, 26, of Austin Drive, Trumpington pleading guilty to inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).

The assault happened shortly after a 23-year-old man from Newmarket, went into the Black Bull Pub in Sawston looking for Cousins in March this year.

Cousins, who was in the pub, approached the victim, irate and with clenched fists, shouting in a threatening manner before punching him once to the left side of his face.

Two days later the victim went to hospital and was treated for a fractured cheek bone and eye socket, requiring surgery.

“This sentence reflects the serious nature of the assault, which has understandably left the victim shaken. It is fortunate that others intervened to prevent further injury. Thankfully this sentence will ensure that Cousins is not able to harm others.”

– Sgt Alice Draper

Father sectioned after smothering wife to death in Cambridge

Muhammad Malik. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A man who smothered his wife - and the mother of his two young children - to death at their Cambridge home has been sectioned indefinitely.

Muhammad Malik phoned the police himself after attacking Asia Tufail in Novermber, 2016.

Police and paramedics attended the home in Perne Road and she was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where she died of her injuries.

Malik, 38, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Cambridge Crown Court.

He was sectioned indefinitely under the Mental Health Act and will only be released if he can satisfy the mental health tribunal that he is well enough to be released into the community.

He will only be released with a comprehensive care package and under the supervision of the community mental health team.

“This was a tragic case where two young children lost their mother and our thoughts go out to all of Asia’s family. We wish them well as they rebuild their lives.’’

– Det Insp Lucy Thomson

Nurses from East Anglia invited to Royal Wedding

Nurses Lucy Andrews and Vicky Amiss-Smith has been invited to the Royal Wedding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two nurses from Cambridge and Bedford have been invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.

Lucy Andrews and Vicky Amiss-Smith will be donning their best frocks and heading to watch the ceremony in a special area of Windsor Castle.

They're part of an invited group of people who work for charities that are important to the royal couple.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer


Football statue unveiled to celebrate birth of football rules

A sculpture to mark the "birthplace" of the first set of football rules has been unveiled in Cambridge.

A group of students drew them up on Parker's Piece in 1848.

The City Council commissioned a sculpture to celebrate their legacy, in languages from across the world.

The celebrations also included a commemorative newspaper and two 'town v gown' football matches.

The amazing thing is, the first rules for football were written in Cambridge, on Parker's Piece, by university students who all played by different rules.

Because it's such an international city, because football is played everywhere we were really keen to develop it in that sort of way so that people who are living here might recognise a language from home.

– Alan Ward, Artist

McDonald's workers on strike in Cambridge

Workers at McDonald's in Cambridge are on strike

Workers at a McDonald's restaurant in Cambridge have walked out on strike in a dispute over pay and union recognition.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union is seeking formal recognition from the US fast food giant as well as campaigning for a #10-an-hour minimum wage and an end to lower rates for younger workers.

Annalise Peters, who work at McDonald's in Cambridge, said

The public and the Labour movement have given us so much support and encouragement. When we went on strike last September it felt like a new workers' movement was being born

– Annalise Peters, McDonalds worker

Paul Pomroy, chief executive of McDonald's UK, said none of the affected stores would close adding he prided himself on listening to staff.

We survey them twice a year, and have recently increased the starting pay rate, giving the biggest increase to younger workers.

– Paul Pomroy, McDonalds
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