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Police get tough on rural crime

Theft of farm equipment is a key issue in rural communities Credit: Press Association

A new team of Special Constabulary officers has been launched in Cambridgeshire to support the force's Rural Crime Team.

Senior officers say the new team will provide visible reassurance to remote communities and businesses, supplementing the existing local area patrol officers.

The Cambridgeshire Rural Crime Team is based in Huntingdon Credit: Press Association

Among the issues facing rural communities and businesses in Cambridgeshire are hare coursing, theft from farms and outbuildings, theft of machinery and straw-stack arson.

Cambridgeshire police has about 300 special constables and is keen for more to sign-up.

Conmen rob elderly couple

An elderly couple in their 70s from Essex have been tricked out of nearly £25,000 by thieves who posed as detectives.

They were asked to withdraw money from three bank accounts and were also conned into buying an expensive watch. The couple were told by the thieves that they would be working undercover for the police as part of a fraud investigation. Couriers were sent on three seperate occasions to collect the money from their home in the Blackmore area near Chelmsford.

The men police are looking for feature in the CCTV below


Cycle theft CCTV released

British Transport Police have released an image of a man they would like to talk to after a bike was stolen at Peterborough station.

CCTV showing a man leaving the cycle park Credit: British Transport Police

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Region's police work together to target suspected paedophiles

The region's police have made dozens of arrests as part of a nationwide operation targeting suspected paedophiles.

Led by the National Crime Agency, 45 forces across the country, including Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Thames Valley, focused their efforts on people who were accessing indecent images of children online.

In total, Operation Notarise led to 660 arrests and helped to safeguard more than 400 children.

Among those arrested were doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers with unsupervised access to young people.

Action by the region's forces included:

  • 14 arrests by Bedfordshire Police. One had been charge, 13 remain on bail.
  • 10 arrests of men aged between 18 and 66 by Suffolk Police. All are on bail.
  • Seven men, aged between 29 and 68, arrested in Norfolk.
  • A total of 347 computers and 36 mobile phones seized across Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • 24 men arrested and 20 children safeguarded in Essex. In total 31 search warrants were carried out.
  • Seven people arrested in Hertfordshire. All are on police bail.
  • 30 people arrested and more than 10 children safeguarded by Thames Valley Police.

NCA Deputy Director General Phil Gormley said: “This is the first time the UK has had the capability to coordinate a single targeted operation of this nature.

"Over the past six months we have seen unprecedented levels of cooperation to deliver this result.

“Our aim was to protect children who were victims of, or might be at risk of, sexual exploitation.

"A child is victimised not only when they are abused and an image is taken. They are re-victimised every time that image is viewed by someone.

Force issues first Domestic Violence Protection Order

Police in Cambridgeshire have issued their first Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).

DVPOs are used to protect someone from violence or the threat of violence and were rolled out across the country in March this year.

The order was granted at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on a 42-year-old man from Cambridge.

It was applied for after an alleged violent incident on July 12 and will be in place for 28 days. It prevents him visiting the home of, or contacting, his former partner - a 50-year-old woman from Cambridge.

Det Insp Alan Page said: "This is the first time DVPO to be issued by the force since we launched them two weeks ago.

"It demonstrates our commitment to use every power available to us in order to protect victims of abuse and reduce the likelihood of further incidents.

"This order will give the victim time to consider the next steps she may wish to take without the threat of further violence."

Lakes re-opened as police continue to investigate Essex student's murder

Police have been carrying out detailed searches at the Salary Brooke Trail in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two lakes closed as part of the investigation into the murder of University of Essex student Nahid Almanea have been re-opened.

Police have now completed their searches of two of the waterways at the Salary Brook Trail nature reserve in Colchester and they are now accessible to the public once again.

The 31-year-old Saudi student was found stabbed to death on the trail last month.

The Salary Brook Trail pathway and a third lake remain closed. Chief Inspector Richard Phillibrown, of Essex Police, said officers still needed help from the public to help catch Nahid's killer.

He said: "We have received excellent support throughout this investigation from the whole community. We appreciate their patience whilst the forensic searches continue. We would also urge anyone with information, no matter how small you might think, to contact us.

"Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the killer or killers of both Nahid Almanea and James Attfield who was murdered in March in the Lower Castle Park area of Colchester.

"Please contact us with information. No matter how irrelevant you may think it is it could be the key to helping us solve both of these horrific crimes.”


Police investigate attempted assault on schoolgirl

The area where a man tried to assault a schoolgirl in Ipswich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are investigating an attempted assault on an 11 year old girl in woodland in Ipswich.

The girl was walking along a footpath near the recreation ground on Bramford Lane when a man approached her and took her into a wooded area near Lovetofts Drive.

He then attempted to assault her, but ran off into the direction of the A14 when the victim screamed. She was unhurt. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.

Warning after distraction burglary in Northampton

Police have issued a warning after a distraction burglary in Northampton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police in Northampton are warning residents to be on their guard after two men - pretending to be builders - took a large amount of cash from an elderly couple in the town.

The men called at the house on Sunderland Street saying the roof was in need of repair and asked to be shown upstairs.

While the couple were distracted, the men stole the money and left.

University scholarship to be set up in memory of murdered student

The University of Essex, over-looking the scene where Nahid Almanea was killed. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The University of Essex has announced it is setting up a scholarship fund in memory of murdered student Nahid Almanea

The 31-year-old was stabbed 16 times after walking along the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester on June 17th.

It is thought the scholarship will be awarded to an international student who wants to work in science education.

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