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Two jailed for violent attack on vulnerable man

Martin McLeod and Michelle Osborne Credit: Cambs Police

Two people have been jailed after being convicted of a violent attack on a vulnerable man in Peterborough.

Martin McLeod, 38, and Michelle Osborne, 32, both of Cromwell Road, Peterborough, were arrested in July last year (2014) after they robbed and beat a 51-year-old man in his own home.

McLeod and Osborne entered the victim's home in Fletton on July 7 and hit him round the head a number of times with a claw hammer.

While he lay on the floor bleeding, Osborne rifled through his pockets and stole his mobile phone and a £10 note, as well as a digital camera.

After receiving the report, analysis of the stolen phone's activity was carried out by officers which identified a call that had been made to Osborne's mother after it had been stolen.

The pair were arrested on July 21 on suspicion of robbery. Both denied the offence but were later charged with robbing the victim and stealing his mobile phone, cash and a digital camera.

This was a horrific unprovoked attack on a vulnerable man who thankfully didn't receive any lasting injuries.

"I hope these sentences bring some reassurance to the victim and his family that we will not tolerate violence of this nature in our county and will do all we can to protect the vulnerable and prevent such incidents from happening again."

– Detective Constable Neil Hawkridge

Both were found guilty after a trial in July this year (2015) and were sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday (September 17).

McLeod was sentenced to 11 years in prison while Osborne was jailed for nine years.

Teenager jailed for stabbing man outside Peterborough pub

Hayden Snart was jailed for five years and 11 months Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A teenager who stabbed a man outside a Peterborough pub has been jailed for almost six years.

Hayden Snart, 19, attacked the victim, aged 31, with a knife to the chest following a verbal altercation outside the Fayre Spot pub in Bretton, Peterborough on Sunday 28 February.

The victim suffered serious injuries and was taken to Papworth Hospital to undergo surgery.

Hayden, who has no fixed address, had previously pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was sentenced for five years and 11 months at Peterborough Crown Court on Tuesday 15 September.

He was sentenced to one year for actual bodily harm, two years and eight months for robbery and two years and three months for grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was also sentenced to three months for possession of a class A drug and one year for possession of an offensive weapon which he will serve at the same time as the other charges.

"This was a very serious attack which thankfully didn't have fatal consequences. This sentence should send out a message to those who are willing to use and carry a knife."

– DC Kevin Poole, Cambridgeshire Police


Peterborough GP practice put in special measures

A Peterborough GP practice has been put in special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Ailsworth Medical Centre was rated ‘inadequate’ in a report published by the health watchdog Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It has about 2,300 registered patients who live in Peterborough and its surrounding villages.

The CQC first inspected the practice in September 2014, and found it was not meeting five essential standards. When it went back to follow up in June, it found that the practice had failed to take appropriate action to address three of these shortfalls.

The CQC plans to inspect the practice again in six months, and will consider taking further action if the service remains inadequate.

The report highlights a number of areas where the practice must improve, including:

  • Making arrangements for the security and storage of blank prescription forms
  • Making sure medicines are stored at the required temperature and introducing formal checks to manage of high risk medicines
  • Review the systems in place for assessing the risk of, and preventing, detecting and controlling the spread of infections
  • Ensure that staff receive appropriate training and a performance appraisal

“It is important that the people who are registered with Ailsworth Medical Centre can rely on getting the high quality care which everyone is entitled to receive from their GP.”

“Specifically, we found the practice to be inadequate for providing safe and well led services. We found that the practice required improvement for effective and responsive services.”

“We know that Ailsworth Medical Centre has acknowledged the areas where action must be taken. We have found significant areas of concern, which is why we are placing the practice into special measures - so opening the way to support from NHS England among others."

– Janet Williamson, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice and Dentistry, Care Quality Commission’s Central region

Review launched into improving A1 in East of England

A1 Credit: ITV Anglia

A £600,000 study is being launched on how to improve the A1 in the East of England,

Highways England has appointed the engineering firm Arup to carry out the study into improving the A1 from its junction with the M25 to Peterborough, particularly the non-motorway section linking the two parts of the A1(M) to motorway standard.

Arup will review the existing evidence and prepare a case to consider further investment on the A1.

The study is due to be completed by the end of 2016.

It forms part of the Department for Transport's Road Investment Strategy.

It is one of six studies taking place that will look at the the biggest challenges facing the strategic road network in England.

“As part of our long-term economic plan, we are investing over £2 billion on major road improvements in the East of England. Today’s announcement will mean better transport links and more job opportunities for hardworking families across the region.”

– Andrew Jones, Road Minister

“This study could lead to major benefits across the East and I’m pleased we’ve now reached the stage where we can appoint a specialist company to assess the feasibility and start the process.

“The A1 is one of our oldest trunk roads, and also one of the least consistent. This study will examine what could be done to improve the road to motorway standard and bring consistency to the southern section of the route.”

– Nigel Edwards, Divisional Director of Strategic Planning at Highways England

Carluccio at Peterborough Italian Festival

Stalls in Cathedral Square Credit: ITV

Antonio Carluccio the restaurateur and TV personality is at Peterborough City Council's Italian festival today.

The festival is in its seventh year, with stalls and demonstrations of Italian culture filling Cathedral Square.

Restaurateur Antonio Carluccio Credit: PA

"I am very glad to be in Peterborough again, the bastion of Italianity. I always have a great time in Peterborough. The city is always welcoming and with so many Italian residents I know we will enjoy a splendid weekend."

– Antonio Carluccio
The famous Italian brand Ferrari on display in Peterborough Credit: ITV


Woman assaulted outside church in Peterborough

The Police cordon where the assault took place. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted outside a church in Werrington, Peterborough, in the early hours of this morning, Sunday 13th September.

The victim, a woman in her late 20s, was walking along Church Street at about 12.30am after having been at The Three Horseshoes pub.

It is believed the woman was assaulted near a large tree outside the front of the entrance to St John's Baptist Church.

Detective Sergeant Graham Newton said, "I would like to appeal to anyone who may have seen the incident happen, particularly those who were also at The Three Horseshoes pub last night, who may have information which could assist our investigation."

Police are asking anyone with information to call them on 101. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it via their website

Gamers head to Peterborough

The Minecraft convention at Peterborough Credit: ITV

More than three and a half thousand young gamers met at Peterborough Arena to celebrate all things Minecraft this Saturday

The convention provided a chance to meet other gamers and to dress up as favourite characters.

Ethan James at the convention Credit: ITV

Nine year old YouTube gaming star Ethan James was at the convention. He's not in double figures yet, but has already got more than three hundred thousand subscribers and 106 million views.

"It's kind of like a blocker game, quite like real life, except with a couple of changes. It's got, like zombies, skeletons, creepers and also you can add mods, you can make your own mini-games and also make servers, so it's really, really cool."

– Ethan James, Online gamer

Click below to watch a report by ITV's Sarah Cooper:

Terminally-ill father feels let down by assisted dying vote

A terminally ill father from Peterborough says he feels let down by those he elected after MPs rejected a bill which would have allowed some people to end their lives.

Paul Chippington has accused politicians of ignoring the suffering of people who are in extreme pain and no longer have any quality of life.

Opponents had claimed though that a change in the law wouldn't offer enough safeguards.

Paul, 54, has IPF or Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and fears he could literally drown in front of his two young children aged 5 and 7 because of the fluid building up in his body.

Before that happens he'd like to have the chance to end his life and is calling for a change in the law on assisted dying.

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Police in Peterborough appeal over attempted murder

Police are appealing for information about an attempted murder at an address in Eyrescroft in Bretton, late on Tuesday evening (Tuesday, September 8).

The victim, a man in his 30s, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, and was taken to Peterborough City Hospital to be checked over.

Two men, believed to be involved in the incident, are still outstanding and police are asking for help to find them.

I would like to reassure the local community that we believe this to be an isolated incident and there is not deemed to be any risk to the wider community.

"I am appealing to those who were in the area at the time of the incident and who may have seen or heard anything to contact us immediately. I believe someone in the local community knows why this happened."

– Detective Inspector Dan Pawson
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