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Lamma agricultural show cancelled due to wind damage

Visitors to Lamma on Wednesday Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A major agricultural show has been cancelled today - after strong winds caused serious damage to its exhibits.

The Lamma show, at the East of England Arena in Peterborough, was due to stage its second day hosting thousands of visitors keen to check out the latest farming machinery and technology.

But following last night's gales, organisers woke to severe damage. The decision was taken to close the gates - but not before many visitors had already arrived in the car park.

Appeal after vandalism spree at a Peterborough Country Park

The backs of a number of benches have been removed by a saw Credit: ITV News Anglia

Staff and visitors to a Peterborough country park are appealing for help to catch whoever is responsible for a spate of vandalism which took place on Christmas Eve.

More than a dozen memorial benches and 26 trees were damaged at Ferry Meadows.

It's not the first time the park has seen this type of vandalism, similar damage was also caused in 2016 and earlier in 2017.

Staff say whoever is responsible has used tools to cut away sections of the benches, earning them the nick-name of 'the carpenter'.

Saplings were also targeted in the vandalism Credit: ITV News Anglia

"They're attacking the park benches, we're having saplings vandalised and literally being cut off, we've had bridges vandalised, we have safety rails each side of the bridges to stop members of the public going over. They've been cut, just removed. People who use the park are saddened."

– Greg Higby, Park Manager
Staff have repaired the fence which had been cut away. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Keeping the streets safe for revellers this Christmas

Street Pastors at work on the streets of Peterborough.

Christmas is fast approaching and office parties are still in full swing. But alongside the fun and frolics - there is the fallout.

Many towns and cities in the Anglia region have volunteer groups on the lookout for those in need of a bit of help.

In Peterborough they're called the Street Pastors, a Christian organisation which has been operating on the streets of the city since 2008.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes who spent the night on the streets with the Street Pastors

Medics help injured dad survive to celebrate son's first Christmas

Adam Shailer suffered 18 broken ribs and a shattered pelvis after a crash on his motorbike.

A dad from Peterborough who didn't think he'd survive to see his son's first Christmas after crashing his motorbike and being run over by a car, has thanked the medics who saved his life.

Adam Shailer suffered serious injuries including 18 broken ribs and a pelvis broken in 29 places. He spent five months in hospital.

He was riding his motorbike to work in August 2016 when he collided with a car near Huntingdon.

Magpas Air Ambulance said he was one of the most injured patients they had ever treated and their care saved his life.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Dani Crawshaw

Man dies following collision with HGV at service station

Fatal at A1 Peterborough Service Station Credit: PA

A man has died following a collision with a HGV at a service station on the A1 at Haddon in Cambridgeshire.

Emergency teams were called to the scene at 1.49pm.

The A605 is open, but police say HGVs are not able to access the service station.

They are being advised to avoid the area.

Anyone who witnessed the collision should contact the Road Policing Unit on 101.

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Peterborough-based Thomas Cook to close 50 branches

Thomas Cook is to close 50 of its high street travel agencies. Credit: Sebastian Kahnert/DPA/PA Images

Travel giant Thomas Cook, which has its UK headquarters in Peterborough, is to close 50 high street shops, putting 400 jobs at risk, just weeks before Christmas.

The closures will affect Thomas Cook and Co-operative Travel branded stores and will take place between now and March 2018.

Thomas Cook said that the affected stores are either in close proximity to other outlets or are located where a decline in footfall has impacted profitability.

A rise in online travel bookings was also flagged as a reason for the closures, with the group saying that just 47% holidays were booked in store this year while online sales in the UK grew by 27%.

“We continually review our network of stores across the UK to make sure we’re offering customers the best of Thomas Cook, and it is clear that to succeed we have to operate as a truly omni-channel business.

"We’re one Thomas Cook to our customers and we will offer them a world-class service whichever channel they chose to book, be that retail or online.”

– Kathryn Darbandi, Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook employs 22,000 people worldwide and had sales of £7.8 billion in 2016.

Controversial Christmas tree back in prime position in Peterborough

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Peterborough's controversial Christmas Tree is back on Cathedral Square for the third year running.

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The reusable modern tree which cost £40,000 has not gone down well with everyone.

However the City Council says the tree which will last them five years has meant they're making significant savings on their Christmas decorations.

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