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Welsh rugby player to study for Masters degree at Cambridge University

Welsh rugby player Jamie Roberts is to study for a Masters degree in Medical Science and surgery at Cambridge University alongside his rugby duties.

Roberts has 69 caps for Wales and is already a qualified doctor after studying at Cardiff University.

"I'm also delighted and feel very privileged to have been accepted to study at Cambridge University and look forward to furthering my education part-time alongside my professional playing career. That balance in my life has served me well in the past."

– Jamie Roberts, Wales midfielder


Squatters take over former Environment Agency building

Squatters have taken over the former Environment Agency offices in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

A group of squatters have occupied an empty office block in Peterborough and attached anti-Government banners to the outside.

The group, who call themselves the 'Peterboro Squatters Autonomy', have taken over the former Environment Agency offices in East Station Road.

The group say they are campaigning for the end of austerity.

It's unclear how long the group have been inside the building.

Ant-Government banners have been placed outside the building Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We want to end austerity and have homes for the homeless, we want to end the sale of the NHS...We want to help the police with their pension cuts and we'd like the police to be able to strike. We want everybody to stand up and say we're not happy."

– Kiikkii Ann, Spokesperson
The old Environment Agency building is now occupied by squatters Credit: ITV News Anglia

But the council says the building is due to be demolished as part of a re-development of the South Bank area of Peterborough

"We are now in the process of taking appropriate legal action to evict the squatters who are occupying Aqua House. All doors were securely locked and windows were barricaded. We employ a security firm to check the building twice a day. Entry appears to have been gained between the security check on Saturday evening and about 10.30am on Sunday morning when we were alerted."

– Peterborough City Council spokesperson

Defence Secretary urged to apologise after Libyan attacks

Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The Defence Secretary has been urged to make a public apology to the victims of sex attacks by Libyan soldiers brought to Cambridge for training with the British Army,

Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud and Ibrahim Abugtila, were both jailed for 12 years after acting like "hunting dogs" as they raped a man at Christs Pieces in Cambridge last year.

Naji El Maarfi, Khaled El Azibi and Mohammed Abdalsalam were jailed for separate attacks on women in Cambridge. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Three other Libyans cadets have already admitted unrelated sex attacks on women which happened on the same night in Cambridge.

They were sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on May 13th but this could not be reported until the other case was concluded.

The leader of Cambridge Council says the victims deserve a public apology. The Ministry of Defence says it's condemned the attacks.

Festival of Plants

The Botanic Garden in Cambridge is hostimg its third annual Festival of Plants on Saturday 16th May.

Organisers say the festival has something for everyone, and brings together horticulture and cutting-edge science in a day designed to inspire the visiting public about all things plant - from propagation to pollination, from seed to shopping.

Some of the region's top plant scientists will be packing out the pop-up plant science marquee, bringing a wide range of displays and have-a-go activities all designed to illuminate how fundamental research into how plants work could help address some of today's most challenging concerns from how to feed a growing population of 7.5 million to finding ways that biodiversity and agriculture can co-exist.

There'll also be plenty of unusual plants on sale and visitors can ask the experts about their gardening concerns.


Libyan soldiers convicted of raping man in Cambridge

Bassingbourn Barracks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two Libyan soldiers stationed in the UK have been convicted of raping a man in Cambridge.

Mukhtar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23, were found guilty of raping and aiding and abetting the rape of the man in his 20s on Christ's Pieces on October 26.

They've both been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Mukhtar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Ibrahim Abugtila, 23. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The pair were arrested while undergoing training at Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambridgeshire as part of an agreement by the British Government to help war-torn Libya after the 2011 collapse of Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

Cambridge Crown Court has heard the pair acted like "hunting dogs", picking off a victim who was drunk and vulnerable after a night out.

Peterborough man jailed for 13 years for grooming teenage girls

Mohammed Khubaib. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A "predatory" restaurant boss has been jailed for 13 years after becoming the last of a string of men to be convicted of child sex crimes in Peterborough.

Married businessman Mohammed Khubaib, 43, originally from Pakistan, had a "persistent and almost predatory interest" in teenage girls, the Old Bailey heard.

He groomed vulnerable under-age girls by giving them money, gifts or cigarettes before plying them with alcohol.

Following a trial, he was found guilty of forcing a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him and nine counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation,involving girls aged from 12 to 15, between November 2010 and January 2013.

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