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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.

Suspicious package found at bank in Huntingdon

The area has been cordened off by police Credit: Twitter/@mirandakenny

A suspicious package has been found at a bank in Huntingdon.

The bomb disposal team was called to the Barclays bank in the town centre this afternoon.

The building has been evacuated and pedestrians are being asked to avoid the area.

New Cambridgeshire cancer facility welcomes patients

Hinchingbrooke Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new £2.4m cancer centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon has welcomed its first patients this week.

The facility includes private consulting rooms and a support centre.

The aim is to bring together all cancer services at the hospital by next year.

The new centre looks incredible. There’s so much room for patients, their loved ones and staff to interact calmly and privately.

To have a facility like this on your doorstep when you’ve got cancer, rather than having to travel for hours, is such a comfort.

I know this will make a huge difference to the people of Huntingdon.

– Carol Croft, Patient


Team GB inspire the next generation of Olympians

Video report from ITV Anglia's Russell Hookey

As Team GB celebrates its most successful Olympic games in over a hundred years - winning 67 medals, including 27 gold - our athletes have inspired the next generation of sports stars.

Clubs and academies across the region are reporting a huge surge in membership enquires on the back of our performance in Rio, with young people determined to push themselves to the limit to become the medal winners of the future.

The next generation of gymnasts hope to emulate the success of Max Whitlock and Louis Smith. Credit: PA

"I remember in the Olympics Games of the 1980s being inspired by these incredible nations - the Soviet Union, China - doing amazing things that were almost beyond belief.

We've got a stage now where the juniors in gymnastics, athletics and other sports are aiming to go to an Olympic Games to actually beat these guys and win medals. It's quite an incredible transformation."

– Paul Hall, Head Coach, Huntingdon Gymastics Club

Sailor Giles Scott ready to celebrate Olympic gold

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

Cambridgeshire sailor Giles Scott is about to realise his long-held dream of becoming a gold medallist.

The 29-year-old from Huntingdon will be presented with his medal shortly, following a runaway victory in the Finn class in Rio.

His proud family and friends back at Grafham Water sailing club will be watching and hoping Giles can inspire a fresh generation of young sailors in the region.

Cambridgeshire gears up for Secret Garden Party festival

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Last weekend it was Latitude, now festival season moves to Abbots Ripton near Huntingdon.

More than 30,000 festival goers have descended on the Cambridgeshire village for the start of 'the Secret Garden Party'.

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