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Fenland serial killer Dennehy's claim for compensation in High Court

Joanna Dennehy. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A judge will decide later if Fenland serial killer Joanna Dennehy can claim damages for having her human rights violated.

The 33-year-old was given a whole-life term last year for murdering three men in and around Peterborough.

She claims she should be compensated for being "unfairly and unlawfully" held in segregation in prison when she was awaiting trial, leaving her "tearful and upset".

Government lawyers admitted the two-year segregation period was technically unlawful because it was not properly authorised by former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

But they insist it was justified because of the escape risk she posed - after discovering a written "credible plan" in her cell to get her and two other prisoners out of jail.


Police search Bedfordshire railway line in severed head case

The quarry at Mepal where the head was found. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police say they should soon finally have some answers about the identity of a severed head found in a quarry near Ely.

It's hoped results of DNA tests could be back at the end of the week.

Officers still do not know the gender of the victim or who they were.

Searches have been completed at the site in Mepal in Cambridgeshire where it was found but continue along a railway line in Sharnbrook in Bedfordshire where the head was thought to have come from.

130 level crossings could be closed or changed in the East

130 level crossings could be affected in the East. Credit: PA

Network Rail has announced plans to close or change 130 level crossings in the region.

The proposals aim to make railways safer by reducing the number of places where people can come into contact with trains.

33 levels crossing in Cambridgeshire, 29 in Sufolk and 61 in Essex are earmarked for potential closure.

Consultation meetings will take place in June.

Plan to merge hospitals given the go-ahead

Plans to merge Hinchinbrooke Hospital and Peterborough Hospital get the go-ahead

On one side: a hospital trust with a £38 million deficit. On the other: a failed experiment in privatisation.

Now, plans to merge Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough City Hospital to save money have been given the go ahead.

But patients at Hinchingbrooke are concerned it will be swallowed up by the larger hospital - and mean poorer care for patients. Here's a report by Claire McGlasson:

Controversial plan to close main roads to solve Cambridge's traffic problems

Congestion in Cambridge

Main roads through the centre of Cambridge could be closed during rush hour to try to deal with the city's congestion problem.

Council officials are recommending the move, as well as improving public transport, as part of a report into how to overcome the regular gridlock. Plans to introduce a congestion charge have been dismissed.

Here's a report by Matthew Hudson.


Planners drop congestion charge


Planners in Cambridge have once again dropped the idea of a congestion charge to ease the city's traffic problems.

The suggestion had been made as part of discussions about how to cope with the rapid growth in the area. Instead, city council officials are recommending improving public transport and closing the main roads in the city centre during rush hour.

Transport bosses across Cambridgeshire will reveal how they're going to reduce the queues and make it easier for people to travel in and out of the city.

Cost of family holidays could go up if Britain leaves EU says PM

David Cameron at Luton Airport

Leaving the European Union would put up the cost of a family holiday by more than 200 pounds according to the prime minister.

David Cameron has been in the region today visiting what he's described as a great British success story. He was at Luton Airport speaking to EasyJet staff at their headquarters.

He used the visit to issue another warning about the economic impact leaving the EU could have - something the leave campaign disagrees with.

Here's a report by our political correspondent Emma Hutchinson:

Peterborough to take in 100 Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees will begin arriving in Peterborough in the autumn. Credit: ITV News.

A hundred Syrian refugees are to be welcomed into Peterborough between now and 2020.

The city council has agreed to resettle five families a year for the next five years as part of a wider government pledge to accept 20,000 people forced from their homes.

The first groups - usually made up of two adults and two children - will arrive in Peterborough this autumn.

"The government has confirmed that we will receive appropriate levels of funding for these families. That means that we can be sure that we're offering them the help that they need and over the next few months we will be making appropriate arrangements to prepare for their arrival.

"This city has a long and proud history ​of welcoming those that need our help and we will be working with groups from across our community that have already offered their assistance."

– Cllr John Holdich, leader, Peterborough City Council.
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