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Peterborough MP 'astonished' killer's compensation bid made it to court

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson says he can't believe triple murderer Joanna Dennehy was able to make a claim for damages after she said her human rights had been violated.

Dennehy said she'd been "unfairly" treated and had been left "tearful and upset" after being placed in solitary confinement.

In the end, her appeal was thrown out in the High Court in a matter of minutes but Jackson believes the hearing was a waste of time and money.

The fact is, she's incarcerated in that way because she's one of the most dangerous female prisoners in the whole of the country.

I'm astonished, and people will be angry, that public money has been spent on a case that should never have got this far.

– Stewart Jackson, Peterborough MP

Murderer Dennehy plotted to 'kill prison guard and use her finger prints'

Joanna Dennehy was jailed for life in 2014. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A Justice Department barrister has told the High Court how Peterborough serial killer Joanna Dennehy planned to kill a female prison guard and use her finger prints to escape.

Dennehy had hoped to claim damages after she was placed in solitary confinement following the discovery of a 'credible' escape plot.

She claimed she'd been "unfairly" treated and had been left "tearful and upset."

That appeal was swiftly rejected at the High Court this morning as details of her apparent plan were revealed.

Dennehy was segregated because a credible escape plan involving her and two other prisoners had been uncovered.

A written plan was located in her cell with detailed plans involving killing a female officer to obtain her keys and to utilise her finger prints in order to deceive the biometric systems.

She was placed on the escape list, which involved the wearing of an escape suit.

– Tom Weisselberg QC, Justice Department barrister

The 33-year-old was given a whole-life term in 2014 at the Old Bailey for murdering three men in and around Peterborough.

She is only the third woman to be given a whole-life prison term.

Moors murderer Myra Hindley and House of Horrors serial killer Rose West are the other two.


Serial killer Joanna Dennehy loses human rights violations claim

Joanna Dennehy. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Peterborough serial killer Joanna Dennehy has lost her claim for human rights violations after she was placed in solitary confinement.

The 33-year-old was given a whole-life term last year at the Old Bailey for murdering three men in and around Peterborough.

She also stabbed two more.

She was put in segregation at HMP Bronzefield in Surrey after prison guards apparently found an escape plot in her diary.

Dennehy claimed she had been left "tearful" and "upset" as a result and had hoped the High Court would give her damages.

Fenland serial killer Dennehy's claim for compensation in High Court

Joanna Dennehy. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A judge will decide later if Fenland serial killer Joanna Dennehy can claim damages for having her human rights violated.

The 33-year-old was given a whole-life term last year for murdering three men in and around Peterborough.

She claims she should be compensated for being "unfairly and unlawfully" held in segregation in prison when she was awaiting trial, leaving her "tearful and upset".

Government lawyers admitted the two-year segregation period was technically unlawful because it was not properly authorised by former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

But they insist it was justified because of the escape risk she posed - after discovering a written "credible plan" in her cell to get her and two other prisoners out of jail.

Peterborough to take in 100 Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees will begin arriving in Peterborough in the autumn. Credit: ITV News.

A hundred Syrian refugees are to be welcomed into Peterborough between now and 2020.

The city council has agreed to resettle five families a year for the next five years as part of a wider government pledge to accept 20,000 people forced from their homes.

The first groups - usually made up of two adults and two children - will arrive in Peterborough this autumn.

"The government has confirmed that we will receive appropriate levels of funding for these families. That means that we can be sure that we're offering them the help that they need and over the next few months we will be making appropriate arrangements to prepare for their arrival.

"This city has a long and proud history ​of welcoming those that need our help and we will be working with groups from across our community that have already offered their assistance."

– Cllr John Holdich, leader, Peterborough City Council.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital board agree merger with Peterborough

Hinchingbrooke Hospital could merge with Peterborough City Hospital. Credit: PA

The board of Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon has agreed to go ahead with the potential merger with Peterborough City Hospital.

At a public meeting today, the board accepted a recommendation to work on a full business case for the merger.

The hospitals say working together will help to ease financial pressures, but it's been criticised by the local MP Jonathan Djanogly.

Jonathan Djanogly isn't impressed by the plans. Credit: PA

We feel that we want to have a local trust, with its own board that represents local people and we are very concerned that we will be swallowed up in the whole.

I think what we saw today was a clear questioning of the financial viability of the proposed new trust.

The case financially has not yet been made and that was recognised I think by the board.

– Jonathan Djanogly MP


Woman suffers 'life-threatening' injuries in Peterborough incident

The incident happened in Queens Drive West. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been arrested after a woman was found in a critical condition in Peterborough.

Police were called to a house on Queens Drive West yesterday afternoon and found the woman with life-threatening injuries.

A 27-year-old man from Peterborough was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

Peterborough band to play Royal gig in tiny principality

Unfortunately there is no 'top 40' in Liechtenstein but Opaque will soon play for the Prince of Liechtenstein.

The lead singer of a band in Peterborough has come up with an unusual way of achieving national fame.

Musician 'Moony' decided his band Opaque should aim to be big in Liechtenstein near Switzerland - where only 37 thousand people live.

So far, they've managed to tour the country and are even due to play for the Prince of Liechtenstein in August.

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