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Cambridgeshire wedding planner jailed for fraud

A wedding planner who took money from 19 different couples has been jailed for two years. Lisa Harrison from Earith, Cambridgeshire pleading guilty to offences of fraudulent trading under section nine of the Fraud Act, 2006.

Lisa Harrison Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The investigation, led by Huntingdonshire’s serious crime team, began with Harrison’s arrest on 18 December 2013 and concluded this week with her sentencing.

Harrison, who suffered with a gambling addiction in 2012, began taking money in the summer of 2013 and used inducements of low currency rates on US dollars and flight upgrades to secure further payments from her victims, to the sum of £80,107.35.

The 34 year-old went on a gambling spree spending £77,933 on online gambling sites including Paddy Power and William Hill, after eventually coming clean to her customers, via email, telling them that she was closing the business due to gambling away all of the money.

This was an extremely distressing case for the 19 couples who lost life savings and had their dream day ruined by Harrison.

I hope the victims received some comfort in the prison sentence imposed on Harrison, meaning they can now start to re-build their lives.

– Detective Sergeant Iain Moor

Horses removed from flood defence banks

Horses grazing on flood banks at the Ouse Washes in Cambridgeshire have been removed to ensure public safety.

Sixteen horses were on the banks near Earith. Fifteen were taken away by their owners, one has been removed by the Environment Agency, RSPCA and World Horse Welfare.

The horses had been illegally left on the tidal flood banks without the permission of the Environment Agency which owns the land.

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Sixteen thousand eels recorded daily on the River Great Ouse

Environment Agency staff have recorded as many as 16,000 eels and elvers per day this year. Credit: PA Images

The Environment Agency says its been recording up to 16,000 eels every day on the River Great Ouse at Earith in Cambridgeshire.

Eels are currently on the list of critically endangered species and the Agency is working to increase their numbers.

Young eels travel from Bermuda to freshwater rivers in Europe before returning to breed in the western Atlantic.

Air ambulance called to Earith crash

Emergency services on the scene of the A1123 Credit: Magpas

A woman was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital after her car left the road and into a ditch on the A1123 near Earith in Cambridgeshire.

The woman, believed to be in her 30's, was suffering from neck and back pain, but her injuries are not thought to be serious.

The accident happened at around 8.30 this morning.

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Man dies after car plunges into river

A man has died after his car plunged into a river at Earith in Cambridgeshire yesterday evening. The police say a passer-by pulled the man, who was in his seventies, from the Nissan Note and started CPR, helped by the emergency services when they arrived.

But the man's life could not be saved. It happened close to the A1123 in Earith but the police say it was not connected to any flooding that is affecting the region.