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Man arrested after woman's body found at house in Peterborough

Police outside the house in Taverners Road Credit: ITV Anglia
The woman's body was found in Taverners Road Credit: ITV Anglia

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

The 63-year-old was arrested following the discovery of the woman, who is believed to be in her 40s, in Taverners Road, Millfield.

Police were called by the Ambulance Service just after 6.30pm yesterday (August 7) to reports of a sudden death.

The arrested man is currently in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station.

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out later today or early tomorrow.

Police in protective clothing arrive at the house Credit: ITV Anglia


Whitlock and Smith shine as Team GB qualify for final

Max Whitlock is aiming for gold in Rio. Credit: PA

Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith will compete in two finals in Rio over the next few days.

Smith helped Team GB qualify for tomorrow's final in the Mens Team event along with Max Whitlock and Brinn Bevan.

Both will also go for the individual title in the men's pommel, while Whitlock has also qualified for the Men's all-round final and the floor.

Man arrested over Rikki Neave murder to return to UK

Rikki Neave. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police say a 35-year-old man arrested in Portugal over the murder of schoolboy Rikki Neave in 1994 will not fight extradition proceedings.

The man was arrested in April on suspicion of murdering the six-year-old in Peterborough but fled to Portugal after being released on bail.

The police now have ten days to return him to the UK.

'Too ugly' for supermarket lemons saved by Peterborough farm

Six tonnes of organic lemons were deemed ‘unsuitable to meet retailer specification based on appearance’. Credit: Riverford Farmers

An organic farming group based in Peterborough are warning of the impact of supermarkets wasting food.

Riverford have bought six tonnes of lemons that were deemed unsuitable due to their appearance.

Around a third of the food we produce worldwide ends up in the bin.

Our customers love knowing exactly where the food on their plate has come from- we can tell them who grew it, how they grew it, and when it was picked.

This connection means they enjoy getting unusual shaped veg that has been grown for flavour, not cosmetic perfection, and having the reassurance that our farmers are paid fairly for their produce, even if it is not aesthetically perfect.

– James Negus, Riverford

Police to revisit scene of Peterborough rape

The woman was raped a week ago. Credit: PA

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Peterborough will spend today revisiting the area where the attack happened.

The woman in her 40s was sexually assaulted in the Oundle Road area following a night out last Saturday.

She was approached by a man who then dragged her to a quieter location.

Police want to speak to a man described as black, around 5’8” of medium build and aged in his 30s, who spoke with a foreign accent.

We hope that the activity in the area will help to jog someone’s memory about something they saw that could help us to catch the offender.

It's possible someone might have seen or heard a man matching the description talking to a woman who may have seemed quite distressed.

– DI Lucy Thomson

Police have set up a dedicated hotline for anyone with information. The number is 01480 422793.


Boxing champ Audley Harrison embarks on new fight

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Olympic gold medal winning boxer Audley Harrison has been showing a softer side to his character - helping to promote the work of the Samaritans.

He hopped on a train from Peterborough to London to chat to passengers about the support they offer - and a record he's releasing to raise money for the charity.

Man on bail in connection with Rikki Neave murder pictured in Portugal

Video report by ITV Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

A man arrested in connection with the murder of 6-year-old Rikki Neave in Peterborough more than 20 years ago has been pictured apparently sunning himself on a beach in Portugal, even though he's on police bail.

James Watson, who's 35, has posted images and comments online, including a claim that he left the country in a camper van without a passport.

The police say they are working to return him to the UK.

"We are aware that the 35-year-old man from Peterborough who was arrested in connection with the historic murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave has left the country while on police bail."

– Cambridgeshire police

Pilots graduate training at RAF Wittering

Video report by ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson

The first pilots to have completed their basic flying training at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire since its return to flying operations have graduated this week.

Some will go on to fly multi-engine aircraft, others will fly helicopters, while some may eventually fly jets at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

"It's very intense training, it's not designed to be easy. We need to make sure that we're getting the right people to the right places at the end of this course. They've undergone a lot of testing before they arrive on elementary flying training so the drop out rate is particularly low here because we've got it right with the people we've got in in the first place."

– Sq Ldr Carl Melon Commanding Officer, 16 Squadron

Agreement signed over Cambridgeshire hospitals merger

Hinchinbrooke Hospital and Peterborough Hospital. Credit: PA

Moves to merge Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough hospitals have moved a step closer after the trusts running the hospitals signed an agreement to work together to develop a full Business Case.

The trusts say the project will confirm savings and costs as well as setting out how the proposed merger will be implemented.

A series of public meetings will also be held to allow the public to give their views.

The merger could take place next April.

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