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Man jailed for racist incident at Peterborough shopping centre

Mohammed Ali

A man who racially abused staff at Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough has been jailed for more than a year.

Mohammed Ali, 34, verbally abused cleaning staff at about 6.30pm on 6 March, before urinating on the security shutters of John Lewis.

When security staff approached Ali to confront him about his behaviour he was again racially abusive. He was escorted out of the shopping centre where he spat on one of the members of staff and continued to be abusive. When staff attempted to restrain him he produced a knife from a bag he was carrying and stabbed one of the men in the arm causing minor injuries.

Officers attended the scene and Ali, of the High Street, Peterborough, was arrested. He was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence, possession of a bladed article in a public place and assault causing actual bodily harm.

He was sentenced to six months in prison for each of the three offences, to run consecutively.

We will not tolerate this kind of racist and violent behaviour in the county and will do all we can to bring the perpetrators such as Ali to justice.

– Detective Constable Graham Holmes


Man jailed for string of thefts in Peterborough

Paul Priestley, 39, was arrested on Thursday (July 6) Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man who admitted to a string of thefts from vehicles in Eye, near Peterborough, has been jailed for 12 weeks.

Paul Priestley, 39, was arrested in connection with theft of clothing from a car at Brotherhood Retail Park in Peterborough on June 19.

He also asked for a further 12 offences of theft from vehicles, all in Eye during June and July, to be taken into consideration.

He was jailed and made the subject of a criminal behaviour order for two years.

Priestley has been a one-man crime wave over recent weeks in Eye and I’m sure local people will be relieved he’s now been brought to justice.

It is a great result and the criminal behaviour order also provides a longer term deterrent to prevent further offences. Not many of these orders are issued and I hope it provides extra reassurance for the community.

– Detective Sergeant Tom Rowe

Police name pedestrian killed in Peterborough crash

The crash happened on Sunday 9 July. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A pedestrian who died in a crash in Peterborough last weekend has been named by police.

Stephanie Blessett, 45, was walking along the A1139 Eye Road on Sunday evening when she was involved in a collision with a lorry.

The lorry driver stopped at the scene and no one's been arrested in connection with the incident.

Pedestrian killed following collision with HGV

nyone who witnessed the collision is asked to the road policing unit on 101 Credit: ITV News Anglia

A pedestrian has died following a collision with a HGV in Peterborough.

Emergency services were called to Eye Road on the A1139 yesterday evening (July 9)- the woman who is believed to be in her 20s died at the scene.

The driver of the HGV stopped at the scene and no arrests have been made.

Attempts are being made to identify the woman and trace her next of kin.

She has a unicorn tattoo on her left shoulder and wore a ring on her engagement finger.

  • Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to the road policing unit on 101 quoting CC-09072017-0504.


Dashcam detectives looking out for dangerous drivers

It's hoped dashcam footage can be used to prosecute more careless drivers.

A driving instructor from Peterborough has launched a campaign to install dashcams into as many learner cars as possible to improve the driving standards of other motorists.

The 'Dash Cam scheme' was set up to highlight incidents of careless and dangerous driving on the roads and to help prevent serious crashes.

They are hoping it will encourage police to find and prosecute bad drivers.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers
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