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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.



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.

Dean of Ely's Christmas message

Churches across the region are preparing for their busiest time of the year, with thousands expected to attend Christmas services.

Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Dean of Ely Cathedral, Reverend Mark Bonney, has given his Christmas message and says this is the time of year when people should put their worries behind them.

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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