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Academy opens to train staff for £1.5bn A14 upgrade

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

A new academy has opened in Cambridgeshire to train staff to work on the £1.5 billion upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

The Highways Academy allows students to learn in conditions very similar to those they'll encounter on the job.

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apprentices to be trained to work on A14

The long anticipated A14 improvement scheme will upgrade 21 miles of the notoriously busy trunk road, which links the Midlands to ports in the Anglia region.

It will involve a new bypass round Huntingdon, widening the existing road and improving junctions along the whole length.

It aims to help unlock growth in the region and cut journey times by around 20 minutes.

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Pride of Britain West Nominees: Luke Claxton

Video report by ITV News Anglia’s Russell Hookey

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the West of the Anglia region. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

Our third nominee in the West is Luke Claxton from Huntingdon. Luke spends all of his spare time fundraising for a children's charity. He says he does it for three reasons very close to his heart.

Hinchingbrooke CEO: 'Services won't be affected by merger'

Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough Hospital. Credit: PA

The Chief Executive of Hinchingbrooke Hospital says that no services will be cut despite fears that a planned merger with Peterborough Hospital would see clinics and departments moved.

Lance McCarthy says the hospital will be able to provide more services, but campaigners are worried about patients being put at risk.

"The whole nature of the work that we've been undertaking with colleagues at Peterborough is about trying to find solutions to sustain services on all three sites locally as they are, or enhance those services," he said.

"That's what we believe we can do through merging and that's what the full business case indicates."

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Chief Constable determined to stamp out hate crime

Alec Wood talks to ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Police has admitted they could have done more to stop hate crime in the county, after figures spiked following the EU referendum.

Alec Wood says the force could have foreseen a rise in prejudice incidents - which included anti Polish leaflets being circulated in Huntingdon.

"Committing a crime because of somebody's nationality, religion, race, colour, gender, sexuality is abhorrent," he told ITV News Anglia.

"We are really determined to investigate robustly anyone who commits offences of that nature."

New Grafham Water clubhouse Officially opened

The new Grafham Water facilities Credit: ITV News Anglia

A sailing club based at Grafham water near Huntingdon has welcomed the opening of a new club and boathouse.

Grafham Water Sailability is a club which helps disabled people get out on the water.

A view from inside the new boathouse Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's great now when you come off the water, you've got somewhere to go, in bad weather you've got somewhere to keep warm, hot weather you've got somewhere to shelter from the sun, plenty of room to change, socialise, get a cup of coffee and it's all accessible."

– Pauline Shaw, Secretary, Grafham Water Sailability
Grafham Water Sailability has been running for more than two decades Credit: ITV News Anglia

The new boathouse and clubhouse has been funded by a number of organisations including Rotary Clubs and charitable Trusts.

Huntingdon swimmer Lee storms to silver success in Rio

Harriet Lee poses with her silver medal. Credit: PA

Huntingdon swimmer Harriet Lee has claimed silver in the SB9 100m breaststroke at the Paralympics.

The 25-year-old, who has Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, won bronze in the same category in London four years ago.

Lee produced a brilliant swim to record a personal best of 1min 16.87sec in Rio to finish second.

The gold went to Holland's Lisa Kruger who was about a second ahead.

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