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Man avoids jail after claiming Aston Martin was stolen

Hart was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A Cambridgeshire man who told police his £40,000 Aston Martin car had been stolen, when his friend had crashed it into a ditch near Wisbech, has avoided jail.

The car was found abandoned on the bank of a dyke in March Road, where it was later found by police.

James Hart, 68, from West End in March, called police and reported it stolen.

Hart pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and was given a 15 month suspended sentence.

Hart has not gone to prison but he will have the prospect of prison hanging over him for two years, as well as the curfew and costs.

He took a risk and when it went wrong he tried to get out of it by lying. However, there was clear evidence the car had not been stolen.

We have had other cases where people have falsely claimed their cars have been stolen so I hope this demonstrates how seriously it is treated.

– PC Matt Smart, Cambridgeshire police

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Your best tips for keeping cool in the heatwave

Heacham beach in Norfolk. Credit: Danielle Waters

For the majority of people it is about common sense - staying cool, drinking plenty of water to maintain hydration, and avoiding sunburn. However, some groups can be particularly vulnerable and at much greater risk of harm, especially those with underlying heart and lung conditions, older people, babies and young children.

Looking out for people in these groups is important while most of England swelters under high temperatures.

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

Temperatures hit 31 degrees across the region

With the heatwave continuing well into the week Public Health England has issued a warning.

People are being urged to keep an eye on relatives and neighbours who may be struggling with the sweltering conditions.

More than 7,000 calls were made to the East of England Ambulance service over the weekend - that is over a thousand more than normal.

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Another scorching day in the Anglia region sees 31°C

Gliding at Upwood, Cambridgeshire on the hottest day of the year. Credit: Chris Mitchell

The temperature reached more than 31°C (88°F) in the Anglia region during Sunday afternoon beating Saturday and making it the hottest day of the year so far.

The heatwave is expected to continue into Monday when it could get even hotter.

The hottest place in the Anglia region on Sunday was Cavendish in Suffolk where the thermometer tipped 31.4°C (88.5°F). The UK's hottest location was the Hampton area of south west London at 32.1°C (89.8°F).

The average maximum temperature for a day in mid June in East Anglia is 20°C

Maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Sunday 18 June 2017

  • 31.4°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 31.1°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 30.7°C in Marham, Norfolk
  • 30.1°C in Cambridge
  • 29.9°C in Wittering, Cambridgeshire
  • 29.8°C in Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 29.8°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 29.8°C in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • 29.7°C in Northampton
  • 29.7°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 29.7°C in Bedford
  • 29.5°C in Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 28.5°C in Stowe, Buckinghamshire
  • 27.7°C in Shoeburyness, Essex
  • 25.5°C in Cromer, Norfolk

Events held to mark memory of murdered MP

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Communities across the region have been holding events in memory of MP Jo Cox a year on from her murder.

The MP for Batley and Spen died after being shot and stabbed during the EU referendum campaign.

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In Cambridge, where Jo was a student residents are gathering at Meadows Community Centre to eat and drink and listen to performances from bands playing blues and folk music, a unity choir, drumming and to take part in arts and crafts.

The event has been organised by Cambridgeshire HOPE not hate and Cambridge City Council.

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"Jo Cox was an extraordinary person. In her relatively short life, Jo achieved more than most do in their whole lives. The values that she stood for, and guided her in all her work as an activist and MP - tolerance, community, humanity and respect - will be brought to the fore by the Great Get Together event. The Great Get Together will bring together all our communities to fundamentally make clear that, in Jo's words, there is indeed 'more in common than that which divides us'."

– Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities
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