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Man jailed for sexually abusing teenage girl

Kenneth Wenn was handed an eight year prison sentence. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man from Peterborough who sexually abused a teenage girl has been jailed for eight years.

Kenneth Wenn, 39, was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child aged 13 to 17. He carried out the offences in 2013.

He was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (22 December), following a seven day trial.

“Wenn has once again show himself to be a dangerous and manipulative character who has targeted a young, vulnerable victim.

“The victim in this case has shown exceptional bravery and I hope that today’s sentence brings some closure for her.

"She can now begin to move on with her life with the support of her family and friends.”

– Detective Constable Craig Doyle, Cambridgeshire Police

Controlled explosion carried out

Police say a controlled explosion has just taken place but the cordon still remains in place.

Police closed streets in central Peterborough after a "beeping" public bin caused a bomb scare.

A 100m cordon was set up by the emergency services as a precaution while the bomb squad were called.

Police say they were called today at 9.16am to reports of a suspicious package in a bin on Northminster.

Cattle Market Road, Northminster, City Road, part of Broadway and Midgate were closed.


Parts of Peterborough city centre cordoned off following bomb scare

Roads have been cordoned off due to a bomb scare in Peterborough Credit: Lauren Mariak

Parts of Peterborough city centre have been cordoned off and some buildings evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious package in a bin.

The city council says its Bayard Place building and the city market area have been evacuated.

Surrounding roads have been closed and cordoned off whilst the emergency services work to resolve the situation.

There's also disruption to buses in the city.

The city council says if people need to access city council services in an emergency they should go to the Town Hall.

Due to this closure, calls to the city council’s contact centre on 01733 747474 are unable to be answered at this time. Please call back at a later time.

Car crashes into convenience store

Car hits shop. Credit: BCH Road Policing

A convenience store in Peterborough proved just too inviting for one motorist today.

The driver crashed the Peugeot into the front of the Northborough One Stop store on East Road this morning.

No-one was injured, but the shop and car were both damaged.

The car which crashed into a store. Credit: BCH Road policing

Police in Peterborough dismantle cannabis factory

Police tweeted picture of the cannabis factory Credit: Peterborough Police

Police in Peterborough have tweeted pictures of a cannabis factory they've dismantled.

The house was full of cannabis equipment Credit: Peterborough Police

Woman robbed at knifepoint in Peterborough

The victim was chased and threatened with a knife. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed at knifepoint in Peterborough.

The victim, in her 40s, was followed by a man then who chased her and threatened her with a knife. He stole stole her handbag and ran off.

It happened at 1pm on 26 November in the Viersen Platz and Wharf Road area of town.

The man was described as being:

  • 20-years-old
  • average build
  • around 5"6
  • olive skin
  • black hair

He was believed to wearing a grey hooded top, black jumper and dark coloured trousers and was carrying a red flip knife with a 10cm blade.

"This was a particularly frightening experience for the victim and is all the more concerning as the offender was armed with a knife."

– DC James Whitehead, Cambridgeshire Police


Tackling mental health in Cambridgeshire schools

Video report by ITV Anglia's Stuart Leithes

A pupil counselling service run by YMCA is aiming to improve mental health in schools across Cambridgeshire.

The charity launched the pilot scheme last year to offer support to children and says existing services are overwhelmed.

One counselling service is set up at Gunthorpe Primary School in Peterborough. It encourages youngsters to talk about their feelings in play therapy sessions.

Gunthorpe Primary School encouraging youngsters to talk about their feelings in play therapy sessions. Credit: ITV Anglia

Peterborough hospital among those asking patients for passports

Video report by ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

Peterborough hospital is among those now asking patients to bring their passport with them before some operations.

The idea is to help the NHS recoup any money it is entitled to for treating foreign nationals who need medical attention while in this country. It doesn't apply to A&E cases.

The project was disclosed at a session of the Public Accounts Committee.

The scheme has been criticised in some quarters but could end up being rolled out across the whole country.

"If you've paid in, if you're a taxpayer and a British citizen then for non-elective, non-emergency care you should have to prove that you're entitled to that care because health tourism can cost many hundreds of millions of pounds, that's money that we're not spending on frontline health care and I think it's absolutely right and I think every civilised country in the world does have these kind of checks."

– Stewart Jackson MP, Peterborough, Con

More than 100 weapons handed in as police crackdown on knife crime

Knifes seized from an amnesty project in Cambridgeshire Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Almost 150 knifes have been recovered in amnesty bins in Cambridgeshire during a week long campaign.

Over the last year there has been a 37% increase in the number of people carrying weapons.

Police have been teaching young people about the risks of carrying knives.

Officers in Peterborough took mobile bins out into the community in an effort to reach more people.

I’m pleased with the response from the public and with the educational work that was carried out as part of the campaign. Taking more than 100 knives off the streets plays a part in making the county safer.

Our messages have been clear throughout this campaign. Knives ruin lives. Those who carry knives not only put people’s lives at risk, but also face a lengthy prison sentence and a hefty fine.

– Inspector Mark Rogers, Cambridgeshire police

Smithfield festival gets underway in Peterborough

The Smithfield festival has begun in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

A winter livestock show which attracts exhibitors from across the country has been taking place in Peterborough.

The annual two-day East of England Smithfield Festival is a chance for famers to exhibit their best cattle and sheep for the judges to scrutinise.

It's a modern take on a show first held at Smithfield Market in London more than 200 years ago.

"It's a long history, it came here about 5 years ago, so it's running partnership with the East of England Agricultural society. We're continuing with the showing, to show off to other farmers the best in livestock, the best in technology, but we're also introducing activities for young people through the agricultural colleges to help them be better farmers in the future."

– William Haire, Festival organiser
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