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Man convicted of child sex offences on girls in Peterborough

Mohammed Khubaib guilty of forcing a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him and nine counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

A restaurant boss is facing a lengthy jail sentence after he became the last of a string of men to be convicted of child sex offences on girls in Peterborough.

Married businessman Mohammed Khubaib, 43, originally from Pakistan, had a "persistent and almost predatory interest" in teenage girls, the Old Bailey heard.

He groomed vulnerable under-age girls by giving them money, gifts or cigarettes before plying them with alcohol.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey he was found guilty of forcing a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him and nine counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation involving girls aged from 12 to 15 between November 2010 and January 2013.

His South African friend Manase Motaung, 32, was cleared of raping a 16-year-old and seven trafficking charges, involving six girls.

Khubaib's conviction brings the total number of people to be convicted under Operation Erle to 10, of which five are of Pakistani origin.

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Peterborough City Hospital 'struggling to cope' with patient numbers

Peterborough City Hospital say that they are still struggling to cope with an increase in patient numbers over the Easter weekend.

The Hospital declared an 'internal major incident' yesterday after many visitors to the A and E department were forced to wait for beds.

The trust says that they are under pressure as a result of an extra 30 admissions a day over the bank holiday.

Click below to watch an interview clip with Lesley Crosby, Acting Deputy Chief Nurse at Peterborough Hospital:

New jobs for Peterborough engine-makers

Perkins Engines in Peterborough is to create about 175 jobs over the next three years after the company won a £13 million Government grant.

Perkins Engines export their goods worldwide Credit: ITV

Perkins has turned around its fortunes, after making hundreds of staff redundant in 2009 as profits struggled during the recession. The company exports off-road diesel engines to buyers worldwide and will use the money, secured through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, to develop low-carbon technologies for running diesel engines.

"This collaboration with DENSO INTERNATIONAL UK, Loughborough University, Imperial College London and CMCL Innovations, each of who we have worked closely with over the years, is focused on engine performance, fuel economy and exhaust emission improvements and will support the development of innovative technologies for off-highway diesel engine applications.”

– ark Stratton, Perkins Engines

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Back to the floor: Cathedral tile project to start

Peterborough Cathedral Credit: ITV Anglia

Peterborough Cathedral will carry out urgent repairs to parts of the building's 19th century floor thanks to a £200,000 grant.

The funding has come from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. Specialists will work to restore around 21,000 small tiles in the Cathedral.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Woman jailed for boiling water attack

Teresa Gilbertson jailed for pouring boiling water over her ex-husband Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A woman who poured scalding water over her husband at his Peterborough home after he failed to satisfy her "unrealistic" financial demands has been jailed for four years.

Ken Gregory, 65, suffered first and second degree burns to 14% of his body after the assault at his bungalow.

Former special constable Teresa Gilbertson, 60, from Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court for sentencing after being convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Judge Peter Murphy described it as a "very sad case" but he said he saw "no trace of remorse" in her.

"He told you he wanted a divorce and feelings were running high," the judge said. "The pouring of hot water is the use of a weapon and you clearly intended to injure him but mercifully his injuries were not more serious.

He has obviously suffered trauma and I think you both regret that the relationship has ended in this way."

– Judge Peter Murphy

As well as jailing her, the judge made Gilbertson subject to a seven-year restraining order preventing her approaching Mr Gregory.

Click below to watch Claire McGlasson's report.

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