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Woman robbed at knifepoint in Peterborough

The victim was chased and threatened with a knife. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed at knifepoint in Peterborough.

The victim, in her 40s, was followed by a man then who chased her and threatened her with a knife. He stole stole her handbag and ran off.

It happened at 1pm on 26 November in the Viersen Platz and Wharf Road area of town.

The man was described as being:

  • 20-years-old
  • average build
  • around 5"6
  • olive skin
  • black hair

He was believed to wearing a grey hooded top, black jumper and dark coloured trousers and was carrying a red flip knife with a 10cm blade.

"This was a particularly frightening experience for the victim and is all the more concerning as the offender was armed with a knife."

– DC James Whitehead, Cambridgeshire Police

Police forces in the East launch Christmas campaigns

As the festive season begins, police forces across the countries are launching their annual Christmas campaigns to warn against drink driving.

One in six of all road deaths are caused by drivers over the limit.

3,000
people killed or seriously injured by drink drivers every year in the UK

During last year's campaign, Northamptonshire Police tested more than 1,700 drivers. 79 were arrested for drink or drug related offences.

Elsewhere in the East, 56 people were arrested for driving driving in Bedfordshire, 80 were arrested in Cambridgeshire and 130 were arrested in Hertfordshire.

"People are going out, they're doing the right thing of an evening, getting a lift, getting a taxi home.

"It's the morning after....People have had a sleep, they wake up, they're full of the joys of spring, not realising that they've still got alcohol in their system and could still be over the drink drive limit."

– PC David Lee, Northamptonshire Police

Ely Cathedral gets £500,000 grant to repair roof

Ely Cathedral is known as 'The ship of the fens' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ely Cathedral has been given £500,000 to carry out important repairs on its South Nave Aisle roof.

The money, which comes from the First World War Centenary Commemoration Fund, will be used as part of a continuing programme to restore and conserve the historic Cambridgeshire building.

It is the fourth grant the cathedral has received from the fund.

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New drive to get thousands of empty homes on the market

A new initiative to solve the region's housing crisis by selling empty houses and getting more back on the market has been launched.

In Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire there are currently over 10,000 properties that one housing charity say could provide homes.

Now councils including Ipswich and Cambridge have launched a drive to help tackle the problem.

Peterborough United and Cambridge United respond to launch of police investigation into allegations of child sex abuse

Cambridge United and Peterborough United are both caught up in the allegations. Credit: PA Images

Cambridgeshire Police are investigating "multiple allegations" of sex abuse relating to Cambridge United and Peterborough United.

The force received the allegations from the NSPCC over the weekend and are now investigating.

Both clubs have released the following statements:

Cambridge United Football Club has received correspondence from Cambridgeshire Police. This follows the recent coverage about historical disclosures of child sexual abuse within football clubs.

The correspondence indicated that as a result of the publicity some referrals have been shared with Cambridgeshire Police. From what we have been told these date back to the 1990s and earlier.

Cambridge United will treat any and every allegation of this nature with the utmost seriousness. The Club is still awaiting further detail from Cambridgeshire Police and will co-operate fully in any investigation.

– Cambridge United Football Club

Peterborough United owner and chairman Darragh MacAnthony said:

Peterborough United will help the police, the FA, PFA and all other governing bodies of football in their investigations into historical child sex abuse claims.

If anyone is found guilty of any offences, we hope they will be severely dealt with by those authorities in a quick and timely manner.

We encourage anybody with any information relating to this matter to come forward so we can help the authorities as best we can going forward and trust me when I say as a Father of 3 young children, I am personally horrified by what is now coming to forefront in the press recently and will ensure our football club leads by example throughout this process with full transparency and honesty, top to bottom.

– Peterborough United
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