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Bronze Age homes unearthed in East Anglian Fens

Archaeologists working in the Cambridgeshire Fens have uncovered what could the best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain.

The large, circular houses at Must Farm at Whittlesey near Peterborough stood on stilts over a river 3,000 years ago.

Bronze Age homes which have been buried for 3,000 years have been unearthed near Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's not the first time archaeological finds of world importance have been unearthed in the Anglia region, which has provided rich pickings for history hunters.

  • In the 1930s the famous Sutton Hoo burial ground was unearthed, it's now believed that it could have been the last resting place of the Anglo Saxon King Raedwald.
  • In 1998 the Sea Henge site was uncovered in Holme next the Sea in North Norfolk, it was an important ceremonial site during the bronze age.
  • In 2014 fossilised footprints were found on the Norfolk coast. They are around 900,000 years old and belong to the first humans to settle in northern Europe.

Click below to watch a report on what's been dubbed Britain's Pompeii from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Kinsley


Five arrested after drugs raid

FIVE men have been arrested following a drugs raid in Peterborough.

Officers used a warrant to carry out a search of a property in Whitwell on Thursday evening, seizing cash and drug paraphernalia.

The men, three aged 26, one aged 37, one 38, and all from Peterborough, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Men jailed after £1.6 million dating site con

Two men have been jailed for almost six years for conning a woman out of £1.6 million.

Ife Ojo from Peterborough and Olusegun Agbaje from Essex befriended the woman on a dating site and convinced her to loan them the money.

They both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and were sentenced to just under three years each. But they'll only serve half behind bars before being released on licence.

The victim, who had been recently divorced, says her life has been ruined and she now feels ashamed and isolated.

Ife Ojo Credit: Met Police
Olusegun Agbaje Credit: Met Police

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Lower leg amputated eight years after operation left woman unable to walk

Sophie Nicholson had an operation to correct a high arch. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A woman from Peterborough has had her lower leg amputated - eight years after receiving the wrong operation to correct a problem with her foot.

In 2007 Sophie Nicholson had bone removed from her left foot to correct a high arch - but it left her in pain and unable to walk. After suffering for eight years she chose to have the foot removed.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust has admitted other options should have been considered, and paid her more than £300,000 in compensation.

Dog shot with crossbow bolt wins pet survivor award

Ziggy has been named pet survivor 2015. Credit: PDSA

A Staffordshire bull terrier who survived being shot in the head with a crossbow has won a national award.

Three-year-old Ziggy has been named PDSA Pet Survivor 2015.

Late last year Ziggy was found wandering alone in woodland near Wansford, Peterborough, by dog walkers.

Cees Bennett, of Vets4Pets in Peterborough, said: “X-rays revealed that the bolt had deflected off the exterior of his skull, miraculously missing all vital blood vessels, nerves, his eye and his ear canal – it was a one-in-a-million chance that he survived.”

Dominic O’Hare and Anna Burtonwood, from Watford, are Ziggy's new owners.

Dominic said: “We immediately knew he was the dog for us and applied to adopt him. I know he had plenty of offers so we were over the moon when we found out he could come home with us as soon as he was well enough.

"Ziggy is such an incredible dog – despite everything he’s been through, he’s still incredibly trusting and affectionate. We are absolutely overwhelmed that he’s won the public vote to be named PDSA Pet Survivor 2015 – it’s a tribute to his amazing survival spirit.”

Retailers prepare for bumper Christmas spending spree

This weekend is predicted to be the busiest of the year for retailers as they get ready for a last minute rush of Christmas shoppers.

Many shopping centres across our region have been preparing for almost twelve months for this one weekend, with shops taking on extra staff, sometimes in the hundreds.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

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