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Peterborough celebrates Portuguese Festival

Last year's festival Credit: ITV Anglia

Peterborough's Cathedral Square will be transformed into 'little-Portugal' this weekend as the city hosts its second Portuguese Festival.

Last year's festival Credit: ITV Anglia

There will be activities ranging from plays to music and dance. It'll be an opportunity for thousands of the city's Portuguese community to demonstrate their food, heritage and culture.

Last year's festival Credit: ITV Anglia

"I'm really pleased the Portuguese Festival is returning for a second year. It shows just how interested our residents are to learn about different cultures and ways of life."

– Annette Joyce, Peterborough City Council

"This is a great chance for all city residents to come and find out more about Portuguese culture as well as sample some traditional food and drink. We're very happy to be working with the council to put on the festival for its second year and I hope even more people come down to enjoy themselves."

– Paulo Batista

Investigation into series of arson attacks in Peterborough

There were a series of fires in the Peterborough area on Wednesday night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire Fire Service is appealing for information after a spate of deliberate fires around Peterborough on Wednesday night

The arsonist set fire to public toilets in the Walton area and four fires around Paston Ridings.

The incidents took place between 7pm and 11pm and anyone with information is asked to contact police.


Death crash trial of Norfolk PCC's son to begin

The son of Norfolk's police and crime commissioner is due stand trial accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

Henry Bett is the son of farmer Stephen Bett, the former Tory chairman of Norfolk Police Authority, who now serves as the independent PCC for the county.

The 26-year-old denies the charge which relates to a collision between a tractor and a car in December 2013.

The trial will be held at Peterborough Crown Court.

Police hunt stab suspect

Police are hunting an attacker who stabbed a man Credit: Peterborough Police

Police investigating the stabbing of a man in Peterborough have released an e-fit of the suspect.

The 42-year-old victim was walking his dog along the Riverbank Pathway at the rear of Botolph Green, near Farriers Court, in Orton Longueville, when the attack happened at about 5.35pm on Friday, May 22.

He was using his phone to text a friend when a man jumped out of the bushes and demanded he give him his phone and watch.

The victim refused and the offender stabbed him in the stomach before making off on a bicycle.

The victim thought he'd been punched but then saw blood seeping through his t-shirt.

He was taken to Peterborough City Hospital but did not require surgery and returned home some hours later.

"This was a serious assault that could have resulted in a more serious injury. I would urge people to look closely at this image and contact police immediately if you have information."

– DC Fran Scott

The offender was described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, 5'10", medium build with short light hair, wearing blue jeans with light markings or rips to the left upper leg and dark shoes.

Anyone with information should contact DC Scott on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


One dead in Peterborough road crash

One person has died after a crash on the A47 in Peterborough.

The collision between two vehicles happened this lunchtime on the Eye bypass near McDonalds.

The A47 has been closed in both directions between the junctions with the A1139 and Crowland Road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Peterborough MP to lead debate on language support

Peterborough city centre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cities like Peterborough should receive more money from the government because of the support needed for children who speak English as a second language according to the local MP.

Stewart Jackson will lead a debate in Parliament today in which he'll call for an education premium for cities where children need support to learn English.

12 suspected illegal immigrants flee from lorry in Cambridgeshire

Police in Cambridgeshire have been called in after reports of 12 suspected illegal immigrants in the back of a lorry travelling north along the A1M. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Cambridgeshire have been called in after reports of 12 suspected illegal immigrants in the back of a lorry travelling north along the A1M.

The lorry was stopped at Haddon services near Peterborough and five people, including a child, were detained.

Seven people fled the scene and police officers with the assistance of the National Police Air Service are searching surrounding area.

A 31-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man are in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough. Two in custody at the King's Lynn Police Investigation Centre in Norfolk, 36-year-old man and a 34-year-old man.

The driver has not been arrested.

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