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Peterborough woman jailed for killing driver while using two mobile phones

Marina Usaceva, seen here on the left.
Marina Usaceva, seen here on the left. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Peterborough has been jailed for six years for causing death by dangerous driving, and banned from driving for eight years.

Police discovered that Marina Usaceva was using two mobile phones at the time of the crash. She was driving on the A47 near Thorney Toll in Wisbech in March last year when she hit another car.

It then went into the opposite lane and was hit by a lorry.

The car's driver, 27-year-old Sukhdeep Singh Johal, was killed.

On sentencing Miss Usaceva, the judge said that she hadn't shown a "scrap of remorse" and that people using phones while driving are a "plague on our society."

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes


Body-worn video cameras help officers bring criminals to justice

 The forces have been trialling the cameras since last year.
The forces have been trialling the cameras since last year.

More than a thousand body-worn video cameras have been purchased for police officers in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

The forces have been trialling the cameras since last year. Government funding means the technology can now be rolled out to more frontline officers.

Bedfordshire Police say the cameras are already helping to bring criminals to justice.

Celtic cross stolen

The stolen cross
The stolen cross

Police have released a picture of a stone Celtic cross that has been stolen in a village near Peterborough.

The Saxon cross was taken from Sutton Cross, at the junction of Ermine Street and Peterborough Road in Ailsworth, between 8am on July 20 and 2pm on July 22.

The cross was renovated for the Millennium.


Police hail success of Secret Garden Party

Festival goers at Abbot's Ripton
Festival goers at Abbot's Ripton

Cambridgeshire Police has hailed this year's Secret Garden Party at Abbot's Ripton a success with minimal disruption and lower levels of reported crime. Police had just 44 crimes reported, a decrease of more than 65% compared to last year. Theft of cash, particularly from tents was the most reported crime. There were 21 people arrested during the event, primarily for drugs related offences. 32,000 people attended the event.

Trade Minister urges businesses to export

A new initiative launched today aims to show how other countries form a large and lucrative market for businesses in our region. Trade Minister Lord Livingstone's been in Cambridgeshire visiting companies who've expanded because of overseas trade and is encouraging more companies to do the same. Matthew Hudson has been at one of those companies in Cambridgeshire. Here's his report....

Cycling: Emma Pooley to retire after Commonwealth Games

Emma Pooley
Emma Pooley

Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley, former pupil at Norwich High School for Girls and Cambridge University student, has announced she will retire from cycling after she competes for England in Sunday's road race at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old rider, who won a time-trial silver medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 after helping Nicole Cooke to road-race gold, made the announcement on the Rouleur cycling website.

The 2010 world road time-trial champion told Rouleur: "You have to go sometime. I considered retiring after the London Olympics, but I didn't feel like I was ready.

"I've been mulling it over, and came to the conclusion that the Commonwealth Games is the perfect opportunity - it's a big event, it's almost at home, and I want to go out properly, when I've planned it and have no regrets."

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