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Man jailed for abusing young girl in the 1980s

A man who sexually abused a young girl in the 1980s has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

Michael Hollis Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Michael Hollis, 53, from Cathwaite, Peterborough, attacked the girl on a number of occasions at various addresses and places across the city.

He was arrested in January after the victim, now in her 30s, came forward to report the abuse. Hollis was charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency with a child. He denied all of the offences but was convicted following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

He has been jailed for a total of six-and-a-half years.

The victim has shown tremendous bravery on coming forward after such a long time and then giving evidence against him at court.

Hollis' offending will have a lasting effect on the victim and I hope she will now be able to put this behind her.

This case shows that even after three decades, we can support victims of abuse and bring offenders to justice.

– Detective Constable Nat Hebdon

Former Springbok star campaigning for research unit

Joost van der Westhuizen is regarded as one of rugby's greatest ever players and a World Cup winner at the peak of his powers.

But he has fallen victim to the muscle wasting disease Motor Neurone Disease which has severely affected his movement and speech.

Now the former Springbok star has visited a specialist neurological care centre in Peterborough as part of his campaign to set up an MND Research unit back home.

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Man arrested in connection with Una Crown murder

A 44-year-old man from Wisbech has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Wisbech pensioner, Una Crown.

Una Crown Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

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

The 86-year-old’s body was discovered in her bungalow in Magazine Lane on 13 January 2013.

Police continue to appeal for information in relation to Una’s death and ask people to report it via 101.


Joanna Dennehy accomplice Gary Stretch has appeal rejected

Gary Stretch

A man jailed for helping the serial killer Joanna Dennehy in a murder spree which left three men dead, has had a bid to cut his sentence rejected.

Gary Stretch, from Peterborough, was jailed for life with a minimum of 19 years in February. The 47 year old was convicted of the attempted murder of two men after helping Dennehy select her victims.

Peterborough: CCTV released after armed robbery

CCTV images following attempted robbery. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of two men following an attempted armed robbery in Peterborough.

CCTV images following attempted robbery. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Two men walked into Mace in Huntly Grove on Wednesday evening with a knife. They demanded the shopkeeper hand over money, but he chased the pair out of the store.

CCTV images following attempted robbery. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Joanna Dennehy accomplice Gary Stretch to appeal sentence

Gary Stretch to appeal against the length of his sentence.

One of the accomplices of serial killer Joanna Dennehy is to appeal against the length of his sentence.

Gary Stretch, thought to be Britain's tallest serving prisoner at 7ft 3ins, was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 19 years.

Stretch, 47, from Orton Goldhay, Peterborough was found guilty of the attempted murder of Robin Bereza and John Rogers after helping Joanna Dennehy select her victims in Hereford.

He was also convicted of three counts of preventing the lawful burial of a body at the trial at Cambridge Crown Court.

Dennehy murdered Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, Kevin Lee, 48, and John Chapman, 56, in March 2013 before dumping their bodies in ditches near Peterborough.

Royal Mail to open temporary Christmas parcel centres in Milton Keynes and Peterborough

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Royal Mail is opening 10 temporary centres to deal with the increase in parcel deliveries in the busy run-up to Christmas.

Around 4,000 seasonal workers will be based in the sites at Bathgate in West Lothian, Leeds, Middleton in Greater Manchester, Wolverhampton, Llantrisant in South Wales, Swindon, Greenford, Peterborough and Milton Keynes.

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