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Nine-year-old boy and woman killed in two car crash

A nine-year-old boy and a woman have been killed after two cars crashed in Cambridgeshire over the weekend.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a silver Renault Clio and a blue Volkswagen Polo collided on the A1198 at Bassingbourn on Saturday evening.

A nine-year-old boy and woman were killed in two car crash at Bassingbourn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The driver of the Renault, Claire Bakhtiar, 38, of Mill Road Mews in Salisbury, Wiltshire, died at the scene of the accident.

Nine-year-old Lawrence Carroll, of Tamworth Road in Hertford, Hertfordshire, who was a rear-seat passenger in the Volkswagen, suffered serious injuries and later died in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on Sunday morning.

The driver of the Volkswagen, a woman in her 40s, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and the front-seat passenger, a 15-year-old boy, suffered minor injuries. They are both being treated at Addenbrooke’s.


Men jailed after shooting at victim with pellet gun during Peterborough burglary

Both men pleaded guilty in front of Peterborough Crown Court. Credit: ITV Anglia

Two men have been jailed for an aggravated burglary in Peterborough, during which they shot at the victim and a witness with a pellet gun.

Airidas Sulga, 19, and Osvaldas Milius, 18, broke into a house in Welland Road on 1 May, stealing a tablet computer.

When the victim and a witness chased the offenders, they opened fire on them in the street. They continued to give chase, but Sulga and Milius managed to escape.

Both men pleaded guilty in front of Peterborough Crown Court.

Milius has been sentenced to four years in prison for burglary and four months for theft.

He has also been jailed to two months for possession of a Class A drug, which will run at the same time as the other sentences.

Sulga has been to sentenced to five years in a young offender institute for forfeiture and destruction of the weapon used in the incident.

They have each been made to pay £900 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £120.

"This was nasty incident which left its victim and a witness badly shaken.

"This result should act as a warning that we will bring criminals to justice and work tirelessly to investigate crime and keep people safe in their communities.

"Sulga and Milius were identified, charged and convicted thanks some excellent detective, case-building and forensic work. My thanks goes to all those involved."

– Detective Constable Dave May, Cambridgeshire Police


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.

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