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Cambridgeshire: Two swans shot in the head near March

A swan has been killed and another injured after they were both shot in the head in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A swan has been killed and another injured after they were both shot in the head in Cambridgeshire.

A member of the public called the RSPCA after finding the birds in a dyke at March on Saturday (February 28).

A second swan was found with a superficial head wound but was released back into the wild.

It's thought that the birds were shot on Friday evening with an air rifle.

"This was a horrible incident which resulted in the death of one bird and a second having a lucky escape.

It appears to have been done in the interests of so called 'sport' but was completely needless and cruel."

– RSPCA inspector Richard Lythgoe


Norwich and Cambridge to benefit from major cycling investment

The Government is ploughing almost £15 million into improving cycle routes in two of the region's major city centres.

Cambridge is to get £6 million, while Norwich will receive almost £8.5 million.

They're among eight cities across the country benefitting from the "Cycle Ambition" scheme designed to reduce the amount of traffic on the roads.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Ambulances service loses equipment worth more £215,000

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The East of England Ambulance service has lost equipment worth more than £215,000 in the past two years.

The service said the problem of losing items is a "significant problem" to the trust.

Between 2012 and 2014 the trust say they have lost 30 special laptops costing £2,500 each and 10 defibrillators worth £90,000.

They have also lost 64 thermometers worth £72 each, 16 blood glucose monitors and a stretcher worth more than £8,000.

Perhaps the most bizarre lost item the trust misplaced was a vomit bowl.

The data was released following a Freedom of Information request from a member of the public.

Trust manager Karl Edwards, blamed "dynamic" and "chaotic" situations for equipment being left at the scene and said the focus was placed on giving the best possible care.

"That's why we're putting a great deal of focus into making sure we put practices and measures in place to minimise this going forward."

– Karl Edwards, East of England Ambulance Service

The items were all classified as "lost" rather than stolen, the trust confirmed.

It said it did not know how many of the items had subsequently been found.

Charity mug in aid of EACH

Duchess of Cambridge visiting the Emma Bridgewater factory Credit: ITV News

A set of specially designed mugs made to help raise money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices go on sale today.

The Duchess of Cambridge who is patron to the charity saw the Emma Bridgewater creations being made when she visited the factory in February.

Five pounds from the sale of each mug, which features ladybirds, will go to the charity for its 'Nook' appeal to build a new hospice in Norfolk.


Sam Smith announces " home" show

The Cambridgeshire singer is performing at Thetford

The Cambridgeshire singer Sam Smith has announced he'll play at a special East Anglian "home" gig in Thetford.

He'll perform at Thetford Forest on Friday 3rd July as part of Forest Live, the annual summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission.

Sam Smith’s album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ has sold over 5 million copies globally. He's also won four Grammy and two Brit Awards!

Tickets go on sale on Friday 6th March at 9.00am.

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