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Couple admit abuse of elderly and vulnerable woman

A couple from Peterborough have admitted the ill treatment and neglect of an elderly and vulnerable woman in their care.

Maurice and Deborah Campbell were caught after their abuse was filmed on a CCTV camera in their victim’s Peterborough home.

The footage showed them both verbally abusing the 85 year old, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Mr Campbell, 56, was seen twisting her wrist and fingers, putting his body weight on her stomach as she tried to drink and forcefully ramming an object into her mouth in an effort to make her take tablets.

The court also heard he had also slapped her across the head.

Mrs Campbell, 57, witnessed the physical abuse by her husband but did not intervene.

Mr and Mrs Campbell, both of Illston Place, Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court today and have been bailed for sentencing at Peterborough Crown Court at a date to be set.

They both pleaded guilty to ill-treating and wilfully neglecting the victim between March 30 and May 10, 2016.

This case involved some of the most shocking abuse of an elderly and vulnerable victim that I have come across in my career.

Due to her dementia, the victim struggles to communicate and could not provide a witness statement so without the CCTV in her bedroom, no one would have been any the wiser to the abuse she was receiving.

– Det Sgt Mark Little


Appeal for witnesses after pedestrian dies

The police are seeking witnesses following a fatal collision in Bright Street, Peterborough.

It happened yesterday (September 28) at about 9.08pm and involved a green Land Rover Discovery and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a man in his 50s, died at the scene as a result of his injuries. The driver of the Land Rover was uninjured in the collision.

Ducks flocking to wetland centre

A mallard in the summer Credit: WWT Welney Wetland Centre

Ducks are flocking to the Welney Wetland Centre near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire in anticipation for their autumn makeover.

Drab, dishevelled males arrive back after a hectic summer on their breeding grounds.

Having travelled thousands of miles to Welney, they can rest and refuel without worrying about winter’s cold grip just yet.

This gives them time to grow their new brightly coloured feathers, making themselves ready to attract female attention next spring.

Mallards in their winter colours Credit: WWT Welney Wetland Centre

As winter pushes further south, huge flocks of birds make their way to the UK to escape the cold. The team at WWT Welney monitor the species of wildfowl that use the reserve, and last winter there were peak numbers of 18,000 wigeon, 3,000 mallard and 7,000 teal across the Ouse Washes.

Autumn is a fantastic time to watch wildfowl You can enjoy the ducks in their full plumage on clean, crisp mornings. When you think of the journey these birds have just embarked on, covering a huge distance to spend their winter with us, it makes the preparation work that we do over the summer months incredibly important.

– Leigh Marshall WWWT Welney

Chief Inspector to run two marathons in eight days

Chief Inspector James Sutherland Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A Chief Inspector from South Cambridgeshire is preparing to run two marathons in eight days to raise funds for charity.

Ch Insp James Sutherland, 38, has flown out to America to take part in the St George Marathon on October 1.

The 26.2 mile run will begin in the Pine Valley Mountains before descending nearly 2,600ft through southwest Utah to Worthern Park.

Then just eight days later he will run the ‘Run Crazy Horse’ marathon on October 9. The route will take him from the world’s largest mountain carving, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and finish in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Ch Insp Sutherland hopes his efforts will raise not just money but also awareness of his chosen charity, the Road Victims Trust (RVT).


Hold the front page - new paper launches in Cambridge

New newspaper launches Credit: Iliffe Media

Despite dozens of local newspapers closing across the UK in the past ten years - a group of journalists has decided now's a great time to start a new one.

According to the industry magazine the UK Press Gazette, among the local closures have been the 295-year-old Northampton Mercury.

Along with the Mercury the Peterborough Citizen is also no more while the latest newspaper in our region to shut its presses is the Stevenage Edition of the Midweek Mercury just last month.

The Cambridge Independent has just launched what it says is a "fresh look at life" in the university city all for the price of a pound and produced by a team of just 8.

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