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Peterborough: UK's biggest beer festival gets underway

The UK's biggest outdoor beer festival kicks off in Peterborough later. Credit: PA

The UK's biggest outdoor beer festival kicks off in Peterborough later.

The event, which is now in its 37th year, will showcase more than 400 real ales and 60 ciders.

More than 30,000 people are expected to visit the five day festival on The Embankment.

"Pubs are closing at a phenomenal rate - it's something like 30 per week across the country.

What we want to do is of course get people back into those pubs.

It's proving more and more difficult as supermarkets sell very cheap beer from their shops."

– Dickie Bird, CAMRA


Two brothers from Peterborough jailed for people smuggling

Two brothers from Peterborough who provided a "bespoke travel service" for Pakistani nationals who had overstayed their student visa have been jailed for people smuggling.

Abdul Rashid, 54, and Abdul Majid, 51, arranged for people to leave the UK under false identities on coach trips to Europe, according to Kent Police.

Some of those who travelled were Pakistani students in the UK on expired visas - or visas due to expire, and who faced deportation back to their home country, a force spokesman said.

The men each pleaded guilty to breaching UK immigration law and a further charge under the Proceeds of Crime Act in June this year.

Rashid was jailed for three years and Majid for one year at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday.

Wind turbine test rig being transported from Peterborough to Stanhoe on Wednesday could cause delays

Police are warning there will be an abnormal load travelling through Cambridgeshire and Norfolk on Wednesday (20 August) from 9.30am.

A test rig for a wind turbine blade measuring 44m long will be escorted by Norfolk Police from the A1 near Peterborough to a site at Stanhoe, in Norfolk.

The planned route is as follows: A47 Cambs border – A149 – A148 – B1454 – local roads to site.

Delays are expected.

Man charged with attempted murder

A man has been charged with attempted murder after an attack in Peterborough on Friday that has left a man critically ill in hospital. It happened in Cobden Avenue around 11am.

Antonio Conceitao, 33, of Cobden Avenue, Peterborough has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a bladed article. He will appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (August 18).

The victim, a 32 year man, remains in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

'Trace Track' sculpture to be unveiled

A work of art commemorating the closure of the Northampton to Peterborough railway line will be unveiled today.

The 'Trace Track' sculpture Credit: Xevi Bayona

The 12-metre high sculpture emerges from Stanwick Lakes near Wellingborough. The railway line was closed as part of the Beeching cuts and is now used by walkers and cyclists in the Nene Valley.


Students at Peterborough academy talk about their A-level results and plans for the future

Students at Nene Park Academy in Peterborough get their A-level results. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Students at Nene Park Academy in Peterborough have today been collecting their A-levels results. They told ITV News Anglia how they got on and what their plans are for the future.

Students to study Finnish beer app

Marketing students from Anglia Ruskin University are helping to launch a new smart phone app called 'Pint Please'.

Students to analyse success of new phone app Credit: ITV News Anglia

The free app, which has been developed by entrepreneurs in Finland, helps users discover and share new beers and pubs.

The students will promote the app in bars around Cambridge, Peterborough and Chelmsford and then study the results.

Train cleaners to stage pay strike

Train cleaners to stage pay strike.

Cleaners working on the East Coast line, running through Stevenage and Peterborough, are to stage a fresh strike in a row over pay, but action in a separate dispute over jobs has been suspended.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said cleaning staff employed by contractor ISS on the East Coast line will walk out for two days from Friday over pay.

Acting general secretary Mick Cash said ISS cleaners had not received a pay rise since 2011.

A planned 48 hour walkout from Friday by cleaners working on Interserve contracts for the Eurostar, over jobs, was called off after new proposals were put forward.

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