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Inquest to be held into murdered pensioner's death

Una Crown

An inquest into the death of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown will resume despite her killer not being found. The 86 year-old was repeatedly stabbed before her body was set on fire at her bungalow two years ago. Police were criticised for not declaring her death as suspicious immediately and failing to preserve the crime scene. The inquest will restart at the end of March.


Man arrested after attack on shopkeeper

Thivakaran Kumaravel in his shop in Wisbech after the attack.

Police have made an arrest in connection with an attack on a Wisbech shopkeeper. Tivak-arun Coo-marra-vel was punched by a man who barged his way into the shop late at night last month. Police appealed for help in tracing the attacker after releasing CCTV pictures.

Arrests in multi-million pound fraud investigation

Three men and a woman have been arrested in connection with a multi-million pound fraud investigation by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

A series of raids took place across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Surrey this morning (Wednesday).

More than 100 officers from Bedfordshire Police, Thames Valley Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Regional Organised Crime Units and the Business Department were involved in the warrants.

A 32-year-old woman and 26-year-old man were arrested in Bedford, a 66-year-old man was arrested in Huntingdon, and a 46-year-old man was arrested in Milton Keynes.

The investigation is into fraudulently trading companies, tax evasion and money laundering.

It was launched following concerns raised by the Insolvency Service that a number of companies were being set up to fail – defrauding creditors out of large sums of money.

Discovery of 'plague graffiti' in church in Cambridgeshire

The names of the sisters who most probably died in plague outbreak of 1515 Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey 2015

Graffiti thought to date back to the 16th century has been uncovered at a Cambridgeshire church.

Markings appear to show the names of three sisters, who it's thought died in the plague outbreak of 1515.

The names Cateryn, Jane and Amee Maddyngley and the date can be seen inscribed on stonework in Kingston Parish Church.

The discovery in Kingston was made by volunteers as part of the Norfolk & Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey of 2015.

It's been described as 'plague graffiti'.

Kingston church is covered in many early inscriptions Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey 2015
A similar inscription has also been found in Sawston, Cambridgeshire Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey 2015

Bill for agency nursing in the east increases by £20 million

Agency nursing bill for the east has risen by £20 million Credit: ITV News Anglia

The bill for agency nurses in the East of England has increased by £20 million in the last year.

Figures obtained by the Royal College of Nursing show that spending on agency nurses has doubled at most hospitals in our region, claiming that problems with recruiting are the cause.

There has been a 69% rise in agency nursing expenditure in the east, along with a 26% growth in the number of nursing vacancies too.

West Herts HNS Trust, Colchester NHS Trust and Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust spent the most, paying nearly £20 million on agency nurses during 2014.


Firefighters across the east to strike today in pension dispute

Firefighters to go on strike today in pensions dispute Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters from across the East of England will be striking today over a continuing pensions dispute with the Government.

Thousands of members of the Fire Brigades Union are expected to join a lunchtime rally in London before lobbying MPs to support their campaign against changes to pensions and their retirement age.

Fire services will be putting contingency plans into place as normal services will not be run from 7am - for 24 hours.

"If we find that we have a very big incident in Cambridgeshire we have an agreement with FBU that members could return to work voluntarily, we also have arrangements with other services who could provide back-up."

– Chris Strickland, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

Thousands of jobs could be under threat due to dramatic reduction in North Sea oil and gas revenue

There is a warning that thousands of jobs are under threat because of a dramatic reduction in North Sea oil and gas revenue.

It is likely to have more of an effect on oil production off Scotland, but firms in our region will not be immune from the economic decline.

They are calling on the Government to provide tax breaks to help make the UK energy industry more competitive.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report:

Mark Warburton possible candidate for Posh manager

Brentford manager Mark Warburton. Credit: PA Images

Brentford manager Mark Warburton has emerged today as a possible candidate to take over as Peterborough manager, following Darren Ferguson's resignation.

Grant McCann remains the bookies' favourite, despite being ruled out of contention by Darragh MacAnthony - the Posh Chairman says he is looking for someone with more experience.

Shop owner left with bite marks to head releases CCTV of attack

The moment two men burst into Thivakaran's shop in Wisbech. Credit: Thivakaran Kumaravel

A shop owner from Cambridgeshire has released CCTV of the moment he was attacked after two men burst into his shop in Wisbech.

Thivakaran Kumaravel was re-stocking his off-licence in the Fenland town when two young men forced their way inside.

In the footage you see one man punching and attacking the shop owner, while the other man appears to try and stop the assault.

Mr Kumaravel was left with bite wounds to his head after the attack.

Thivakaran Kumaravel in his shop in Wisbech after the attack. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I came to this country because I couldn't stay in my Country of Sri Lanka because of Civil War, so I came here to save my life, but here I don't feel safe again here."

– Thivakaran Kumaravel
One man attacks the shop owner in Wisbech. Credit: Thivakaran Kumaravel

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or all Cambridgeshire Police on 101.

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