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Driver cut from lorry after crash closes A47 for 90 minutes

A lorry driver suffered minor injuries but needed cutting from his cab after a crash with another truck. Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

A lorry driver was cut from his cab by firefighters after two trucks crashed on the A47 at Thorney near Peterborough.

The road was closed eastbound for 90 minutes on Friday morning after the accident.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said that nobody was seriously injured in the incident.

The driver who was extricated from the lorry escaped with only slight injuries.

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Woman and 10-year-old girl seriously hurt after being hit by car

Two pedestrians were seriously hurt in the crash Credit: ITV Anglia

A woman and a 10-year-old girl were seriously injured in a crash in Peterborough (February 12).

It happened at about 3.30pm on Bourges Boulevard. The two pedestrians were taken to Peterborough City Hospital with serious injuries after the collision with a Ford Focus.

The driver, a 22-year-old man from Peterborough, has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving and failing to stop. He has been bailed to Thorpe Wood police station on April 9.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed this collision. I would particularly like to speak to a motorcyclists who stopped at the scene."

– Sergeant Boris Kahn

Peterborough commits to help rough sleepers off streets

The latest government figures show a stark rise in the number of rough sleepers in some of our major towns and cities.

In Cambridge, it went from six in 2010, to 40 at the end of last year.

In Peterborough though, while the number began higher, at 21, six years later, it remains the same.

The city council believes that is because it's been working hard to find the homeless permanent accommodation - with nearly 30 helped over the last 10 months.

Pensioner arrested over football child abuse claims in Cambridgeshire

Police in Cambridgeshire arrest a man over historical child abuse allegations. Credit: Press Association Images.

Police in Cambridgeshire investigating historical allegations of child sex abuse in football have arrested a man in his 70s.

Officers began investigating claims linked to Cambridge United and Peterborough United football clubs following "multiple allegations" back in November 2016.

This morning (Friday January 27), a man from Cambridge was arrested on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault at a property in the city.

"Officers are working closely with partners, including the Football Association, the local children’s safeguarding boards for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Cambridge and Peterborough United, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and Cambridgeshire county and Peterborough city councils."

– Cambridgeshire Police spokesman.

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House safe for investigators to enter after suspected gas explosion kills one

The destroyed bungalow at Back Lane in Eye. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Fire investigators have this afternoon finally been able to enter a house where a man died in a suspected gas explosion.

Crews were called to a blaze at at bungalow at Back Lane in Eye, near Peterborough, on Friday morning.

Neighbours reported smelling gas and hearing a loud bang.

But investigators were unable to access the property to confirm the cause of the fire because it was structurally unsafe.

This afternoon, the fire service said it was now safe to enter the bungalow and they hoped to determine the cause as soon as possible.

Neighbour Mark Short has described how he ran into the house next door to rescue its sleeping owner.

"It looked like her roof was on fire - it was just catching - so the first thing was to get in before anything started happening. I don't even remember what it was like inside.

"She had a walking frame but she had no shoes on and there didn't look like there was any time to start hunting for shoes so we just thought we would pick her up and carry her out.

"To get in the other house was definitely a no chance because the door was melting."

– Mark Short, neighbour.
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