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Online retailer to create more jobs in the East

Online retailer Amazon has said it plans to expand its UK workforce by adding 1,000 full-time jobs, including in Hemel Hempstead and Peterborough, over the coming months.

The US-based firm said the jobs will be created across its eight UK customer fulfilment service centres at Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.

Amazon currently employs 6,000 UK staff.

Earlier this month Amazon became the latest firm to face a probe by the Eurpoean Commission to see if its tax affairs comply with state aid rules.

Police appeal for witnesses to armed robbery in Peterborough

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a store in Peterborough.

A masked man, carrying a carving knife, burst into the Co-op in Southfields Avenue in Stanground just before 10 o'clock Thursday night.

He demanded money from the till - but the shop worker had already cashed up. He made off with some scratch cards and a small amount of money.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said the robber was wearing a camouflage hooded jacket, grey jogging bottoms, black trainers with white laces, scarf covering lower half of face.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Cambridgeshire police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Peterborough man arrested over Gloucestershire murder

Barry Rubery.

Detectives investigating the murder of a man four years ago have arrested two people.

Barry Rubery, 68, was found heavily bloodstained and lying face down in the conservatory of his home in south Gloucestershire in 2010 by a friend.

The two men, aged 30 and 19, were arrested yesterday evening on suspicion of murder at addresses in Bristol and Peterborough.

They are in custody and are being questioned at a police station in Avon and Somerset.

Police appeal over jewellery with 'massive' sentimental value

Stolen necklace Credit: ITV Anglia

Jewellery of 'massive sentimental value' has been stolen from a home in Peterborough.

Police say a ring and necklace were taken from the property in Hillward Close, Orton Longueville.

The ring is described as gold with an oval green stone and small diamonds.

The break-in was discovered on September 18, but may have occurred in the previous week as the victim was in hospital.

A laptop was also stolen during the break-in.

"These items are of massive sentimental value to the victim who is elderly.

"I would urge anyone who has been offered either the necklace or ring for sale, or knows of their whereabouts, to call police."

– Detective Constable Adam Blake

Man jailed for sex with underage girl

A man who had sex with an underage girl has been jailed for 12 years.

Mohammed Abbas, 30, groomed the girl when she was 12 years old and took her to a park where he tried to have sex with her.

He would drive her around in his black BMW and take her to houses for sex. She would often not return home for several days.

The offences came to light as part of Operation Erle, a joint inquiry by Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Peterborough City Council into child sexual exploitation. The victim was identified during another investigation.

Abbas, previously of Gladstone Street, Peterborough, initially went on trial in June, however a jury at Peterborough Crown Court failed to reach a verdict.

A retrial started and he was convicted of two counts of sexual assault on a girl under 13 by penetration and two specimen charges of sexual activity with a child.

He was sentenced to 12 years for the sexual assault charges and eight years for the sexual activity, to run concurrently.

He will be deported after serving his sentence.

Mohammed Abbas Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

"Abbas targeted and groomed a girl he knew to be underage for his own sexual gratification.

His actions have hugely disrupted this young girl's life and will have a lasting effect on her.

She has shown great bravery in giving evidence against him at both trials in order that he be brought to justice and hopefully the verdicts will help her start to move on with her life.

This is another example of how determined we are to tackle the exploitation of young people and will continue to work with partner agencies to identify those at risk and keep them safe from harm."

– Detective Superintendent Gary Ridgway

Man left with serious facial injuries in attack

A man has suffered a serious facial injury after being assaulted in the road in Peterborough city centre.

The attack on the 29 year old happened in Northminster, outside Angels nightclub, at about 3.20am on Sunday (September 21).

The victim was taken to Peterborough City Hospital.

"This assault left the victim with serious and potentially permanent injuries. I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to consider if they saw this attack. We know it was busy and people will have seen what happened so I would urge them to make contact."

– DC Nina Bartlett
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