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Police get tough on rural crime

Theft of farm equipment is a key issue in rural communities Credit: Press Association

A new team of Special Constabulary officers has been launched in Cambridgeshire to support the force's Rural Crime Team.

Senior officers say the new team will provide visible reassurance to remote communities and businesses, supplementing the existing local area patrol officers.

The Cambridgeshire Rural Crime Team is based in Huntingdon Credit: Press Association

Among the issues facing rural communities and businesses in Cambridgeshire are hare coursing, theft from farms and outbuildings, theft of machinery and straw-stack arson.

Cambridgeshire police has about 300 special constables and is keen for more to sign-up.


Police non-emergency number 'experiencing problems'

Cambridgeshire Police is one of several forces experiencing problems with the 101 non-emergency number.

Cambridgeshire Police HQ, Huntingdon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The public are asked to contact the following numbers for all non-emergency calls:

  • Cambridgeshire Police: 01480 456111.
  • Hertfordshire Police: 01707 354000.
  • Bedfordshire Police: 01234 841212.
  • Norfolk Police: 08454 564567.
  • Suffolk Police: 01473 613500.
  • Essex Police: 01245 491491.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would ask that if you need to get in touch for a non-emergency reason you use the alternative number.

– Cambridgeshire police spokesperson

Man jailed for abusing young girl in the 1980s

A man who sexually abused a young girl in the 1980s has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

Michael Hollis Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Michael Hollis, 53, from Cathwaite, Peterborough, attacked the girl on a number of occasions at various addresses and places across the city.

He was arrested in January after the victim, now in her 30s, came forward to report the abuse. Hollis was charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency with a child. He denied all of the offences but was convicted following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

He has been jailed for a total of six-and-a-half years.

The victim has shown tremendous bravery on coming forward after such a long time and then giving evidence against him at court.

Hollis' offending will have a lasting effect on the victim and I hope she will now be able to put this behind her.

This case shows that even after three decades, we can support victims of abuse and bring offenders to justice.

– Detective Constable Nat Hebdon

'Thank you officer' - bizarre list of gifts to police revealed

A £1,000 holiday, nine Mars bars, juggling balls, a broken dog biscuit and a discount on a kebab are among 'thank you' gifts given to police officers in Cambridgeshire, it has been revealed.

One received four cans of lager, another bags of crisps while a female officer was given two pheasants and one lucky officer got a filter for a vacuum cleaner.

A Freedom of Information Request has revealed a dozen presents were gifted to officers last year including a bag of home grown potatoes, 120g bar of Dairy Milk chocolate, 20% John Lewis discount voucher - value unknown - a bottle of bubbly, chocolates, biscuits, a bottle of Jura whisky and wine as well as a book and the Mars bars.

Cambridgeshire Police revealed the list as part of an FOI request Credit: ITV

In previous years a constable in Ely was given a "small discount" at Ali's Kebabs, while in St Neots an officer was given a box of eggs and in Ely a member of the public gave a female officer an "afternoon fishing for her husband".

Other gifts included juggling balls, football shirts, bag of chips, flowers, pizza, strawberries, steak, venison sausages, carrots, cider, Polish lager, honey, asparagus, plums and corn.

A police spokesman said: "The force has an open and honest gratuities and gifts policy which relies on staff and officer honesty and discretion; in-line with the College of Policing's Code of Ethics.

Banned driver in court after Cambridgeshire crash

Andrew Day left his phone and sat nav in the Mondeo when he fled the scene Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A driver who fled from the scene of a crash just minutes after buying a car has been given a suspended prison sentence.

46 year old Andrew Day had previously lost his licence after being caught behind the wheel while disqualified when he purchased a Ford Mondeo.

The driver of the other car is still off work recovering Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Despite having no licence or insurance, he began driving the vehicle back to his home in Landbeach but crashed into a Ford Fiesta at Thriplow 35 minutes later.

With the other driver trapped Day climbed into his friend's minibus, which had been following behind, and made off from the scene.

He pleaded guilty at Cambridge Magistrates' Court to a number of motoring offences.

He's been sentenced to 20 weeks, suspended for 12 months, given a 12-month supervision order, ordered to carry out 80 hours' unpaid work, pay £80 victim surcharge and £135 court costs.

He's also been banned from applying for a licence for 18 months.


Designer clothes stolen in riad

Police are hunting for raiders who have stolen a haul of designer clothing from a house at Harston near Cambridge.

Burglars made off with more than £20,000 worth of clothing ranging from Armani jeans, Hugo Boss belts, Paul Smith jackets, and t-shirts by Ralph Lauren and Christian Dior.

Detectives say the victim, who owns a shop in Cambridge, has been left devastated by the break-in.

Community support officer defies injury

Terry McCormack recovering from his injury Credit: ITV Anglia

A police community support officer who cycled for 20 minutes with a broken ankle in pursuit of a suspect insists he was just doing his job.

Terry McCormack collided with the man as he attempted to stop him at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.

Rather than give up after injuring himself, the PCSO jumped back on his bike and rode after him, eventually catching him so officers could make an arrest.

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