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Ely man who was left for dead after savage attack starting to get his life back on track

Tony Walton (centre) is now making a recovery. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Ely who spent 100 days in hospital after he was savagely attacked has returned to the park where it happened.

Tony Walton was walking home through Cherry Hill Park when he was set upon by two men.

Mr Walton spent 100 days in hospital. Credit: Tony Walton

When he didn't return home on time his wife and son spent three hours searching for him in the dark.

But he was so badly beaten his face was unrecognisable.

"I heard a groan so I sort of changed my direction slightly and there was a man on the floor.

He was unrecognisable. I said to mum I've seen someone but I don't think it's dad."

– James Walton, Tony's son

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Men convicted after brutal robbery

Cherry Hill Park, Ely Credit: ITV Anglia

Two men from Stevenage have been found guilty of attacking and robbing a pensioner and leaving him for dead in Ely.

The attack took place in Cherry Hill Park as the 68-year-old victim walked home after a night out last October.

Lee Jones, 33, of Skegness Road in Stevenage, and Sebastian Yellowe, 23, of Langthorne Avenue in Stevenage, stole his phone and wedding ring and left him with serious facial injuries.

Police were alerted at about 12.45am on October 16 last year after the victim's wife found him semi-conscious in the park.

She had been expecting him home at 10.30pm the previous day but had become concerned when he did not arrive.

The victim was taken to hospital and was only discharged earlier this year.

Today, the two men were found guilty of robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent, following a trial at King's Lynn Crown Court.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

"This was a cowardly and vicious attack on the victim who took months to full recover from his injuries. "I hope this result today will give him and his family some comfort that justice has been done."

– Det Con Peter Ware, Cambridgeshire Police.

Ely celebrates the humble eel

The annual Eel Festival returns to Ely in Cambridgeshire this weekend. On Saturday morning a procession will parade through the city, along Waterside to Jubilee Gardens.

A giant eel will lead the parade Credit: ITV News Anglia

There will be dancing, historic displays, a town criers contest and an eel throwing race. Competitors use stuffed toys rather than real eels.

It is said that in Saxon times the Isle of Ely paid Peterborough 80,000 eels to buy the stones that were then used to build Ely Cathedral. The festival aims to celebrate the eel's humble heritage, and the local area's history and traditions.

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Inquest opens into death of man left by bins at Ely ambulance station

A body was left for an hour at Ely ambulance station in Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV Anglia

An inquest opens today into the death of a man whose body was left by rubbish bins at Ely ambulance station.

Paramedics found 32-year-old James Harrison dead in a street in Littleport September.

It's claimed the paramedics left him in Ely ambulance station because they wanted to finish work on time.

The MP for Wellingborough, Peter Bone, has called for an investigation "at the highest level".

Chief executive of the East Anglia Ambulance Trust Anthony Marsh said the trust is "working with the family" to find out what happened.

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