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Knifepoint robbery teen sentenced to six years

Bubacar Embalo was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A teenager who robbed two people at a Peterborough skatepark has been jailed for six years.

Bubacar Embalo, 19, from Manchester threatened his victims at knifepoint, making them hand over their mobile phones when they refused to buy drugs from him. After succeeding in his first crime, he attempted to rob two other people but they managed to run off.

He denied charges of robbery and attempted robbery at Peterborough Crown Court, but after hearing all the evidence, the jury unanimously found him guilty of all five charges.

"Thankfully no one was injured in these very serious incidents, but this was a truly terrifying ordeal for the victims who feared for their life. This result should send out a clear message that knife crime and robberies will not be tolerated and we will do all that we can to prosecute those who think this type of behaviour is acceptable in our county."

– Detective Constable Peter Wise

Man sought after pensioner hit in face by house invader

This man was captured on CCTV. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to after a pensioner was attacked at his Peterborough home late Tuesday night.

The 69-year-old was watching television when a man entered his property on Anchor Court, Paston and attempted to steal his wife’s jewellery box.

When the burglar was challenged he became violent and hit the man in the face with the box, leaving him with cuts and bruising.

Detective Constable Sarah Phillips said:

"The victim in this incident was particularly vulnerable and resides in a vulnerable location. He suffered a nasty assault and has been left shaken. I would urge anyone who knows this individual to contact police."

– Detective Constable Sarah Phillips


Pictures: Peterborough pays tribute to the fallen

Hundreds of ceremonies have taken place in cities, towns and villages across the region to mark Remembrance Sunday.

In Peterborough veterans, military personnel and dignitaries came together in the city centre. Wreaths were laid at the steps of the city's war memorial to honour those who lost their lives for their country. There was also a service in the nearby cathedral.

Veterans on parade in Peterborough Credit: ITV Anglia
Peterborough's war memorial was the focus for the ceremony Credit: ITV Anglia
Poppy wreaths were laid at Peterborough's war memorial Credit: ITV Anglia
Crowds gathered to pay tribute Credit: ITV Anglia

Overturned lorry causes hold-ups on A47

Police are asking drivers to take care on the A47 Fletton Parkway in Peterborough after a lorry overturned near the Hampton turn off.

Emergency services are on the scene. One lane of traffic is currently moving.

Police are asking drivers to avoid the area Credit: ITV Anglia
Emergency services were called out to the lorry Credit: ITV Anglia
One lane of the A47 is blocked Credit: ITV Anglia

Peterborough firefighters attacked while extinguishing bonfire

A lump of concrete was thrown at the fire engine and smashing one of the windows. Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters in Peterborough have been attacked while extinguishing a bonfire last night.

A lump of concrete was thrown at the fire engine, smashing one of the windows, while the crew was finishing putting equipment back.

The safety glass on the fire engine prevented a large chunk of concrete coming through and injuring the driver.

Another member of the crew was also struck on the foot by a stone.

“This is a despicable act. Our firefighters protect their communities and put their lives on the line every day to save and help others and treatment like this, although extremely rare in Cambridgeshire, is unacceptable.

“All of our fire engines have CCTV so we will now be working with police to review any footage and hopefully catch whoever is responsible for causing this damage to our property and distress to our staff, who luckily, on this occasion have not been injured as a result of the attack.

– Lynn Betteridge, Station Commander at Dogsthorpe Fire Station


50 weapons handed in during Peterborough knife amnesty

Some of the knives that have been handed in Credit: Cambridgeshire police

A knife amnesty in Peterborough has seen 50 weapons taken off the city's streets.

A number of police stations took part in the campaign which ran through October.

It comes after the number of robberies where a knife had been used, doubled between September 2014 and September 2015 with 41 incidents compared to 20 between 2013/2014.

"This means that 50 knives have been taken off the streets of Peterborough, which is great news. The figure for robberies involving a knife in Peterborough is low but rising and this amnesty can only help our efforts to drive it down. We will also continue our work in schools to warn of the dangers and repeat the message that it's just not worth carrying a knife because it could ruin your life."

– Detective Inspector Tim Nasta

All the knives collected will now be donated to the British Ironwork Centre, in Oswestry, which is running a Surrender a Knife, Save a Life campaign.

As part of the campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the devastating impact of knife crime, a 26-foot high knife angel is being created using knives handed in across the country.

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Charity concerned about plans for police to talk to victims via Skype

Gloria Culyer from Age UK. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A charity says it's concerned about plans by Cambridgeshire Police to speak to victims of crime through video and phone calls rather than face to face.

The cost-saving measure has been welcomed by the county's police and crime commissioner and the police federation.

But Age UK say that many older people won't be up to speed with the technology.

Click below to hear from Gloria Cuyler from Age UK

"I think for the majority of people it'll be a very new thing that they're not accustomed to and it could be another way of older people feeling disadvantaged and not able to communicate."

– Gloria Culyer, Chief Executive, Age UK Cambridgeshire

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