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Doubts over plans for directly elected mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

There's fresh doubt over controversial plans for a directly elected mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The multi-million pound deal was a key policy put forward by the last Government. It would see powers over housing, transport and economic growth devolved to a new combined authority

Tomorrow is the final day for people to give their views on the idea Credit: ITV News Anglia

The original plan for a single East Anglian mayor which also included Norfolk and Suffolk was scrapped after local opposition.

Now, it's been reported the new Prime Minister Theresa May could ditch plans for regional mayors all together.


East Coast workers suspend strike action

A Virgin East Coast train Credit: PA

A planned strike by workers on East Coast trains - which run through Peterborough and Stevenage - has been suspended.

Union members were due to walk out on Friday in a row over job cuts, working conditions and safety.

However, Virgin Trains said the union has "returned to the table for further discussions" and welcomed the decision to suspend industrial action.

We’re pleased that the RMT has agreed to suspend industrial action and continue talks.

We had put in place detailed contingency plans which would have seen our timetable run as normal, nevertheless this news will be welcomed by our customers and people.

We’re making exciting changes on the east coast as part of the customer-centric revolution which has seen us embark on a £140m investment programme in our trains and stations.

We want a service that focuses firmly on the customer and look forward to discussing these further with representatives of the RMT.

– David Horne, Virgin Trains’ Managing Director

Rikki Neave murder suspect returned to the UK after fleeing the country

Rikki Neave died in 1994.

A 35-year-old man arrested over the 22-year-old murder of a little boy from Peterborough has been returned to the UK after fleeing the country.

Six-year-old Rikki Neave was found dead in woodland close to his home in 1994 - but no one has ever been convicted for the killing.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder in April this year but broke the terms of his licence when he travelled to Portugal.

He faced an extradition hearing and officers from Cambridgeshire Police recently went to collect him and bring him back to the UK.

The suspect is now being held in Bedford prison.

Disgraced GP amassed nearly 850,000 vile images featuring children, animals and even corpses

Dr Michael Kennedy.

A former family doctor in Peterborough who collected a huge collection of extreme porn featuring children, animals and even corpses is facing a lengthy spell behind bars.

Dr Michael Kennedy, who is 52 and married, had amassed nearly 850,000 images including over 2000 in the most extreme category.

He had been working at the Millfield Medical Centre in Peterborough. His case has been sent to crown court for sentencing after he admitted a series of charges.


Man bailed over woman's death as police continue tests

Police outside the house in Taverners Road Credit: ITV Anglia

A man arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a woman’s body at a property in Peterborough has been bailed.

A post mortem was inconclusive concerning the cause of the woman’s death. Officers are awaiting toxicology results and are keeping an open mind concerning the circumstances of the woman’s death. The investigation continues.

At this stage the woman, believed to be in her 40s, has not been formally identified.

The 63-year-old man is due to answer bail on October 11.

Smith falls as Team GB gymnasts miss out on Bronze

Louis Smith couldn't hide his disappointment. Credit: PA

Team GB's men's all round gymnastics team just missed out on a Bronze medal in Rio tonight.

The team, which included Peterborough's Louis Smith and Essex pair Max Whitlock and Brinn Bevan, finished fourth behind China, Russia and Japan who won the gold.

It was a disappointing finish for Smith in particular after he fell from the pommel in his final routine.

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