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Girl with tourettes meets football idol

Video report by ITV Anglia's Dononvan Blake.

Football is helping a young girl in Cambridgeshire cope with a neurological disorder known as Tourettes Syndrome.

Daisy McGregor, who's 11, says playing the game helps her to forget she has the condition.

Her favourite footballer is England's women striker Eni Aluko, who turned up to one of Daisy's training sessions.

Daisy McGregor Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's a bit mind blowing because I didn't really expect it. I just thought it would be a normal training session really with doing our filming.... and then she walked out the door and I was just absolutely amazed."

– Daisy McGregor


Police appeal after man hit around head with baseball bat

Police are appealing for information after a man was hit around the head with a baseball bat Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for information after a man was hit around the head with a baseball bat.

The incident happened on Alexandra Road in Wisbech on July 23, when a man in his 20s, who was driving a silver Fiat Punto, crashed in to the front of a green car while trying to move away from an obstruction.

Following the crash the victim was approached by a passenger from the green car who was carrying a baseball bat.

Concerned for his safety the victim drove off but was pursued through Wisbech by the green car.

The victim stopped his car on Redmoor Lane and left the vehicle to enter a house when he was grabbed by one of the men from the green car who struck him round the head with a baseball bat while a second man threw stones at him.

The green car then left the scene heading towards the A47.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

Police are keen to speak to two men described as of a heavy build, white with tanned skin, and aged between 20 and 40.

Amazon tests delivering parcels using unmanned drones

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.

A new way of delivering parcels is being tested by Amazon in Cambridgeshire, using unmanned drones.

The company has issued a notice warning to people in the area that the flying machines will be operating between now and October.

If the trials are successful, the company could begin using the drones for its deliveries within 30 minutes of its warehouses.

Terry Hollywood from Cambridge Aeroclub has concerns about safety with fears of an aircraft collision with a drone.

"I've personally seen a drone pass by my aeroplane while I was flying at 3,000 feet about three weeks ago, two or three days ago one of my instructors saw one at 2,000 feet, so there is a discipline issue and there is a control issue."

– Terry Hollywood, Cambridge Aeroclub
A new way of delivering parcels is being tested by Amazon in Cambridgeshire, using unmanned drones. Credit: Amazon

Scientists use brain scans to monitor teenager changes

Scientists have used brain scans to map the changes that occur in teenagers.

Dr Kirsty Whittaker is from the department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge:

The research could help explain why the first signs of mental health problems emerge in adolescence, according to experts from the University of Cambridge.

Nearly 300 14-24 year-olds had MRI scans to study the structure of their brains.

By comparing the brains of teenagers of different ages, the researchers found that the outer regions of the brain shrink in size, becoming thinner.

As this happens, levels of myelin - the sheath that "insulates" nerve fibres, allowing them to communicate efficiently - increase within the outer regions.

Previously, myelin was thought mainly to reside in the "white matter," the tissue that connects areas of the brain, but this study shows that it can also be found in the outer regions and that levels increase during the teenage years.

"Adolescence can be a difficult transitional period and it's when we typically see the first signs of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and depression.

"This study gives us a clue why this is the case: it's during these teenage years that those brain regions that have the strongest link to the schizophrenia risk genes are developing most rapidly."

– Professor Ed Bullmore, head of psychiatry at Cambridge
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have used brain scans to map the changes that occur in teenagers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Safety fears over change of lampposts in Cambridge

Video report by ITV Anglia's Dani Crawshaw.

A Cambridge councillor fears for people's safety, after a controversial decision to replace lampposts along a popular cycling route in the city centre.

The number of lights along Burrell's Walk has been cut, and the height, at six-metres tall, means the trees obstruct them.

Councillor Lucy Nethsingha from Cambridge City Council says the new lampposts don't light up all of the pathway Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The idea was if they were so much taller, they would be able to light the path with fewer lights but because of the trees that are surrounding the lights. But because of the trees that are surrounding the lights actually the light levels simply aren't what they ought to be."

– Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Cambridge City Council

The council is defending its decision saying they needed replacing by more efficient ones.


Burns victim issues warning to others

Video report by ITV Anglia's Chloe Keedy.

Guy McCallan suffered burns to his hands and face. Credit: Magpas air ambulance

A Cambridgeshire man who was badly burned when a gas canister exploded is warning others to take care.

This was one of the burns Guy suffered on his hand following the incident Credit: Guy McCallan

Guy McCallan threw a box containing the canister onto a bonfire and suffered severe burns to his face, head, arms and hands.

Guy threw a box containing the canister onto a bonfire which caused the severe burns Credit: ITV News Anglia

Today (July 26) Guy met the air ambulance crew that was first on the scene.

Today (July 26) Guy has met the ambulance crew that was first on the scene when he suffered the burns Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I'm really grateful for the care the Magpas team gave me - without any doubt their speedy attention has made all the difference to my full recovery. I now support Magpas in their monthly lottery and would encourage others to do the same. No one plans an accident and you never know when you might need them."

– Guy McCallan

200 people have illegal drugs tested at music festival

200 festival goers at the Secret Garden party took the opportunity to have their illegal drugs tested this weekend Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two hundred people took the opportunity to have their illegal drugs tested at the Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire this weekend.

Steve Rolles is from the Transform Drug Policy Foundation:

The aim of the new project is to improve safety and identify the most harmful substances before people take them.

Very high-strength ecstasy pills were found to be in circulation, as well as anti-malaria tablets being mis-sold as ketamine.

Despite the campaign to promote safer drug use, police say there were 2,000 drug seizures and 26 arrests for drug supply offences during the festival.

"Around a quarter of the drugs that were tested weren't what people thought they were and the people who brought them in actually gave them to the service to be disposed of, so what this shows is that we were actually taking some of the most risky drugs out of circulation and stopping people taking them."

– Steve Rolls, Transform Drug Policy Foundation

Wife of injured Cambridge Utd fan describes his life since injury

Video report by ITV Anglia's Chloe Keedy

Police have confirmed that thirteen men from Essex will appear in court in connection with an assault that left a football fan from Mildenhall with life changing injuries.

Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin travelled to Southend to see his team play in March 2015.

He was one of a small group of supporters who were attacked after the match as they walked to catch a train home.

The incident happened outside The Railway Pub in Southend, and left Simon with severe brain injuries.

After being treated in hospital for almost a year, Simon returned home to Mildenhall in March. His condition means he is unable to move or speak, and requires round the clock care.

As well as having the help of carers, Simon's wife Nicole and daughter Emily have the support of close family, most of whom live nearby.

Although Simon can't communicate verbally, Nicole believes he understands what has happened to him and is constantly frustrated by his condition.

Police today confirmed that thirteen men from Essex will face charges in connection with the incident last year.

One man has been charged with affray and a further 11 have been summoned to face the same charge at Southend Magistrates' Court on 2nd September.

A thirteenth man faces charges of assisting an offender and possession of a weapon.

Police are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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