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Rare chance to see Evelyn Glennie's musical instrument collection

A world musical star from the ITV Anglia region is raising money for the refugee crisis by giving fans a chance to see her huge instrument collection.

Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has sold ten tickets to have a tour of her instrument store near Huntingdon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The profoundly deaf percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has sold ten tickets on eBay to have a tour of her instrument store near Huntingdon.

The money raised will go to Oxfam's Emergency appeal.The Glennie Aluphone played at the London Olympics will be one of many instruments on display.

ITV News Anglia reporter Stuart Leithes was lucky enough to be shown the collection and you can watch his report by clicking below

Cambridgeshire teenager charged with offences involving a taser

A 15-year-old boy has been remanded into custody at Peterborough Crown Court. Credit: PA

A 15-year-old boy from Huntington in Cambridgeshire has been charged with several offences involving a taser.

He has been charged with two firearms offences relating to a taser weapon, causing actual bodily harm, three counts of witness intimidation and breach of a criminal behaviour order.

The teenager was remanded into custody at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday. His trial is expected to take place in February.

The 25-year-old man, also from Huntingdon, has been charged with perverting the course of justice and is due to appear in court next Wednesday.


Cambridgeshire: Pensioner threatened with screwdriver by men posing as police officers

The men pretended that they were police officers. Credit: PA

An 86-year-old man was threatened and punched by three men posing as police officers.

The man was asleep at his home in Huntingdon at around 6pm yesterday (November 4) when the men knocked on his door.

They pretended that they were police officers and told the victim they'd seen someone leaving the house.

They then asked if they could look inside and check if anything was stolen.

When the victim asked for identification, one of the men threatened him with a screwdriver and punched him.

The men searched the property but it's not believed they stole anything.

The offenders are described as English, between 5ft 7 and 5ft 10 in their late teens to early twenties. One was wearing a dark coloured baseball cap and both were wearing zip up tops and dark trousers.

"This was a despicable crime which has left the victim particularly shaken but thankfully uninjured. We would anyone who may have seen these men in the area around 6pm to contact us.”

– Detective Constable Jo Grant

30 schoolchildren involved in bus crash

Thirty schoolchildren were among those involved in a collision between a car and a bus near Huntingdon.

Fire crews from Huntingdon and Ramsey attended the accident near the village of Bury.

None of the children were hurt but one man was taken to hospital after receiving first aid at the scene.

One person was taken to hospital following the accident which involved a bus carrying 30 schoolchildren. Credit: PA

New multi-million pound critical care centre opened at Hinchingbrooke Hospital

A new multi-million pound critical care centre has been built at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon.

The proposal was first put forward more than 25 years ago.

Staff say patients will finally get the privacy and dignity they deserve in individual rooms rather than overcrowded open wards.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson


Family bids to promote safe swimming after their son drowns in Cambridgeshire river

With the school summer holidays just around the corner, the family of a boy who drowned in a river in Cambridgeshire last summer have helped to launch a campaign to promote safe swimming.

15-year-old Rony John couldn't swim - but had jumped into the River Great Ouse at Huntingdon while playing with friends.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

How to stay safe in the water

  • Swimming at properly-supervised sites, such as beaches, lidos or swimming pools, is best, although RoSPA appreciates that not everyone can get to these locations.
  • If you choose to go to an unsupervised site, think through the hazards first and ensure you know what to do if something goes wrong.
  • One of the hazards to consider is that water can be a lot colder than you are expecting so be careful if you jump in or go for a swim to cool off.
  • Consider wearing a well-fitting wetsuit, which can keep you warm and offer some buoyancy in the water.
  • Before you get into the water, consider how you are going to get out again e.g. are there steep banks that might make it difficult to get out?Be honest about your swimming ability.
  • Remember that alcohol and swimming never mix.
  • Parents and carers: discuss the hazards with your children and remind them that children should never swim alone at unsupervised locations.

Advice courtesy of RoSPA

Man cut from van after four-vehicle crash

A crash on the A1 near Huntingdon involved a van, two lorries and a car. Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire Service.

A man had to be cut from his van following a crash which also involved two lorries and a car in Cambridgeshire.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the A1, southbound, between Sawtry and Alconbury, near Huntingdon, at about 8.50am on Tuesday.

Three lanes of the road had to be closed.

'He had an answer for everything' - Cambridgeshire hairdresser becomes victim of latest phone scam

Hairdresser Jenny Tofts has become a victim of the latest phone scam to hit the region. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A hairdresser from Cambridgeshire has been conned out of thousands of pounds after falling victim to the latest phone scam to hit the region.

Jenny Tofts, of Little Paxton, near Huntingdon, received a call telling her a court judgement had gone against her.

The caller told her baliffs would be sent in to seize her business's equipment if she did not pay up immediately.

She is warning others not to be caught out in the same way.

"He had an answer for everything. You end up getting sucked into it."

– Jenny Tofts, scam victim.

Matthew Hudson reports.

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