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Cambridgeshire: Two swans shot in the head near March

A swan has been killed and another injured after they were both shot in the head in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A swan has been killed and another injured after they were both shot in the head in Cambridgeshire.

A member of the public called the RSPCA after finding the birds in a dyke at March on Saturday (February 28).

A second swan was found with a superficial head wound but was released back into the wild.

It's thought that the birds were shot on Friday evening with an air rifle.

"This was a horrible incident which resulted in the death of one bird and a second having a lucky escape.

It appears to have been done in the interests of so called 'sport' but was completely needless and cruel."

– RSPCA inspector Richard Lythgoe


Princess Royal visits region today

The Princess Royal who visits the region today Credit: ITV News Anglia

Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, will visit a school in the region today.

She'll arrive by helicopter on a visit to Neale-Wade Academy in March before officially opening the new Fire and Rescue station at Parkside Place in Cambridge this afternoon.

Hunt for man over sexual comments to boy at swimming pool

CCTV image of a man Cambridgeshire Police want to speak to over an incident at a swimming pool. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police have released a picture of a man they want to speak to after receiving reports of a suspicious incident at a swimming pool in the town of March.

The 15-year-old boy had been swimming at the George Campbell Leisure Centre and says he was approached by a man in the changing room who made comments of a sexual nature.

The incident took place between 11.30am and 12.45pm on Sunday 7 December.

"The victim is shocked and embarrassed by what happened so I would urge anyone who may have information to contact police. I am keen to speak to the man in the CCTV images as I believe he has important information about what happened."

– Detective Constable Rachel Weeks, Cambridgeshire Police

The man is described as being 25 to 40 years old, of medium build with short brown hair.

Police catch man driving around Cambridgeshire with only three tyres

A man has been caught driving around March in Cambridgeshire with only three tyres.

Officers were called after the white Vauxhall van was spotted on Elm Road at around 1.20am on Saturday.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: "One of the vehicles tyres was missing and was being driven on the rim of the wheel.

The vehicle was seized by the Roads Policing Unit.


Fraudster jailed for two years

Robert Wilson, 33, of Bronze Street, March, stole a total of £194,919.53 Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A Cambridgeshire man who helped himself to almost £200,000 from his employer has been jailed.

Robert Wilson, 33, of Bronze Street, March, stole a total of £194,919.53 in 144 fraudulent credit transfers to two different accounts between April 2007 and September 2012.

He pleaded guilty to theft by employee and was jailed for two years at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday.

Detective Sergeant Matt Swash said: "This was a huge breach of trust placed on someone who was supposed to be safeguarding the financial interests of the company.

"Wilson tried to hamper the investigation by refusing access to his accounts, but we showed he dishonestly abused his position for his own gain.

"It was a complex investigation involving careful analysis of years' worth of financial transactions to allow justice to be done."

Man jailed for raping teenager

Leslie Day Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A MAN who sexually abused a teenage girl in Cambridgeshire more than a decade ago has been jailed for eight years. Leslie Day, 48, raped the victim when she was just 13 at an address in March, in the 1990s.

He also sexually assaulted her several times. The victim came forward to police last year, after telling a friend what had happened. Day, who was living in Kilkenny, Ireland, was arrested in February and extradited back to Cambridgeshire.

He pleaded guilty to rape, attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and gross indecency with a child at Cambridge Crown Court. Judge Anthony Bate recommended Day be deported back to Ireland after he has served his sentence.

Detective Constable Natalie Bottom, who investigated, said: "The victim showed great bravery in coming forward after such a long time in order to bring her abuser to justice.

"This case shows that even after many years, we are still able to successfully prosecute offenders.

"People who have committed historic offences should be warned that they face a knock on the door from police."

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