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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.

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.

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

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