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Man jailed for £35,000 blackmail letter

Steven Bunting, 46, jailed for three years for blackmail. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man who threatened and blackmailed a 67-year-old from Ely in Cambridgeshire for £35,000 has been jailed for three years.

Steven Bunting, 46, of High Barns, sent a letter to the victim at his Ely home on October 24 demanding the cash or "your son gets hurt, and his mom".

Cambridge Crown Court heard the letter ordered him to "leave the money in a rucksack on top of the first bin in the layby near Ely Golf Club on Friday, October 31 at 6pm", and not to contact police.

Fearing for the safety of his family, the victim took the letter to Ely Police Station.

The letter was sent for fingerprint analysis which resulted in a finger mark being found on the front of the envelope which was identified as Bunting's.

Bunting appeared at Cambridge Crown Court in November and pleaded guilty to blackmail. Friday he was sentenced to three years in prison.

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Norwich and Ely Cathedrals among those to receive major cash injection

Norwich Cathedral will get £491,000. Credit: PA

Cathedrals from across the East are to get a slice of £8million in funding to pay for urgent repairs.

Norwich Cathedral is set to get the largest amount at just under £500,000 for works to the north clerestory and presbytery, while Ely will receive close to £400,000 for repairs to the south transept.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the news today. Credit: PA

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the news today, with the money coming from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

"Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations. This second round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve.

Our places of worship are also playing a huge part in all our plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and this Fund is helping to ensure they can fulfil this role to remember those who gave so much for us so many years ago."

– Sajid Javid MP

Which Cathedrals will benefit?

  • Norwich - £491,000
  • Ely - £392,060
  • Chelmsford - £268,622
  • Peterborough - £88,433

MP calls for answers after body left by bins

A Cambridgeshire MP is calling for answers after a dead body was apparently left next to rubbish bins at an ambulance station in Ely.

The East of England Ambulance Trust has launched an inquiry into the claims. The MP for North East Cambridgeshire, Stephen Barclay, says he has been in touch with senior management about what he calls the disturbing revelation. He says it's important to discover whether this was an isolated case and adds that the insider who passed on the information should be protected.

Anger over body left on ambulance station floor

There's anger over claims that a young man's body was left unattended on the floor of an ambulance station in Cambridgeshire.

A whistleblower claims it happened as paramedics neared the end of a shift in Ely. They opted to leave the body there rather than drive to Addenbrooke's Hospital 20 miles away which would have taken their working hours into overtime.

Now the local MP is calling for an investigation while the East of England Ambulance Service says it's trying to find out what happened.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Ambulance boss apologises for 'body left on floor'

It's claimed a man's body was left on the floor of Ely ambulance station after a crew finished a night shift. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service has apologised after reports that a body was left on the floor of an ambulance station in Ely after a crew shift ended.

Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “We are very sorry for what happened."

"“We have launched a thorough investigation. This involves working with the family and everyone who responded to the patient.”

– Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive, East of England Ambulance Service

It's claimed a man's body was left on the floor of Ely ambulance station after a crew finished a night shift.

The Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire Stephen Barclay said he was concerned about the incident: "This is quite outrageous to treat a body which such a lack of dignity. We do need a full investigation to find out why the staff were told what they appear to have been told."

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Investigation after body left in ambulance station

An inquiry has been launched after a body was left at Ely ambulance station for an hour. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation has been launched after it was revealed a man's body was left in an ambulance station in Ely, Cambridgeshire for more than an hour.

A whistleblower told local newspapers that crews were authorised to leave the body of the 32-year old on the floor next to rubbish bins rather than drive to a mortuary in Cambridge at the end of their shifts.

"An incident last month involving the transportation of a deceased patient is under investigation, and as such we cannot comment any further.”

– East of England Ambulance Service

English Heritage "disappointed" by bypass decision

A mocked-up image of the proposed bypass

English Heritage says it is "very disappointed" by the Government's decision not to launch a public inquiry into the proposed Ely bypass.

The £30 million road will now go ahead with the backing of Cambridgeshire County Council.

English Heritage argues that road will spoil the views of the city's historic Cathedral. It says it will work with the council to try and ensure that sufficient steps are taken to minimise the visual impact.

MP welcomes Ely bypass go-ahead

Sir James Paice Credit: Sir James Paice

“This is fantastic news. I have campaigned for the bypass for many years and I know that the vast majority of local people want this important project to go ahead. We need spades in the ground in 2015 to ensure the bypass is completed as soon as possible. Ely cannot afford any more delays’.

– Sir James Paice
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