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Police chief says "sorry" to family of Una Crown

The crime scene in January 2013 Credit: ITV News Anglia

When news of pensioner's Una Crown's death was first made public police ruled it was not suspicious. Two days later they said she had been murdered in her bungalow.

At the inquest today Coroner William Morris said the handling of the evidence by police was "unfortunate". He added that "foul play or suspicious circumstances were too readily dismissed by police officers".

In a statement the Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins said:

We recognise the failings by our officers in the initial stages of this investigation and we are deeply sorry for any hurt this has caused Mrs Crown’s family.

A review by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Professional Standards Department was carried out in June 2013 which fully reviewed the actions taken by officers responding to Mrs Crown’s death in relation to complaints made by her family.

The complaints were upheld by the investigator and recommendations were made to the force to ensure training is provided to all relevant officers and staff to prevent such actions from being made again. No formal action was taken against the officers in question.

– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins

“There is no doubt the initial actions taken by local officers who responded to the death of Mrs Crown impacted on the overall investigative response and the subsequent investigation....Someone out there knows what happened to Mrs Crown on the day she was brutally attacked and I urge them to do the right thing and come forward.”

– Detective Superintendent Paul Fullwood, head of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit

Two young children involved in A14 crash with lorry

Two young children have been seriously injured after the car they were travelling in was involved in a crash with a lorry.

The collision happened at around 7.40am on the westbound carriageway of the A14 at Milton in Cambridgeshire.

Three children were in the back of the white Ford Kuga: a seven-year-old girl, a five-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl.

Both the five-year-old and two-year-old suffered serious but not life threatening injuries and were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where they remain.

The seven-year-old was uninjured while the driver and front seat passenger, a man and a woman both in their late 20s, suffered minor injuries.

Anyone who saw the incident happen or either of the vehicles in the moments leading up to the collision should contact PC Ashley Bennett in the roads policing unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Una Crown: Death "unlawful"

A coroner has ruled that the death of a pensioner from Wisbech was unlawful.

Una Crown Credit: ITV News Anglia

Una Crown, 86, was found at her home in Magazine Lane on January 13th in 2013. She had been stabbed multiple times and set on fire.

When news of her death was first made public police ruled it was not suspicious. Two days later they said she'd been murdered in her bungalow.

At the inquest today Coroner William Morris said the handling of the evidence by police was "unfortunate". He added that "foul play or suspicious circumstances were too readily dismissed by police officers".

Pathologist tells Una Crown inquest: her death was "highly suspicious from the outset"

Una Crown

The inquest into the murder of a pensioner from Wisbech has resumed - more than two years after her death.

Una Crown, 86, was found at her home in Magazine Lane in Wisbech on January 13th in 2013. She had been stabbed multiple times and set on fire.

When news of her death was first made public police ruled it was not suspicious. Two days later they said she'd been murdered in her bungalow.

The crime scene in 2013 Credit: ITV News Anglia

At the inquest the pathologist Nat Carey said it was obvious that it was suspicious for a whole different range of reasons. "The whole thing was highly suspicious from the outset," he said.

Her niece Judith Payne said she can't understand how it wasn't picked up immediately. She said her husband John had told her so from the word go that he thought there was something wrong.

"I could see blood all over the place," he told the inquest.

The court also heard that Acting Sergeant Simon Gledhill was the first police officer on the scene - and it was he who initially concluded that her death was an accident.

In a statement, read by coroner William Morris, he said that there was "nothing overwhelmingly suspicious".

Last summer, a new team of detectives from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Units re-launched the investigation. Nobody has been charged yet.

Travel update - strong winds affecting road and rail

Overnight winds of up to 50mph have caused a number of problems on the region's travel network.

Fallen trees are blocking the A10 at Streatham in Cambridgeshire and the A143 at both Great Barton and Haverhill in Suffolk.

Trains are affected too - services from Norwich to Ipswich are delayed by around an hour due to overhead power line failure between Diss and Stowmarket.

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Inquest into Wisbech murder resumes today

Una Crown was murdered in 2013 Credit: Cambridgeshire police

The inquest into the death of a Wisbech pensioner murderd two years ago will resume today.

It's thought 86 year old Una Crown was killed during a burglary. Her killer has never been caught.

She had been stabbed multiple times and her body set on fire.

An inquest into her death will be held in Huntingdon today.

Delays on A1 in Cambridgeshire

Motorists are being warned that there are delays on the A1 in Cambridgeshire following an incident involving a lorry and a car.

The road is closed northbound between the A47 at Wansford and B1081.

Emergency Services and the Highways Agency are currently dealing with the incident which happened just before 4pm.

The carriageway is not expected to open until later this evening.

General Election 2015: Day One

The election campaign has formally begun with politicians hitting the campaign trail across the East for what's likely to be one of the closest battles for political power in modern times.

Over the next five or so weeks, candidates will be knocking on tens of thousands of doors in the hope they can convince you they're worthy of your vote.

Russell Hookey reports on Day One of the election campaign in the west of the Anglia region...

To see how the Election battle began across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex click on the link below to hear Victoria Lampard's report

Rutland named as "best rural place to live in Britain"

Rutland Water Credit: PA

Residents living in Rutland apparently have the highest standards of living in rural Britain, after it was declared the country's best rural place to live.

Residents tend to bit fit and well with more than 96% in good health and they enjoy a good climate with less rainfall per year than the national average (681mm as opposed to 879mm.)

The rate of employment and crime were among the many factors taken into account by the annual Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey.

A number of places in the East of England featured in the survey. Huntingdonshire rose 36 places to number 9, Babergh in Suffolk moved from 42 in 2014 to 11 in 2015.

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