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Cambridgeshire man downloaded 'despicable images' of children

Timothy Smith was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Cambridgeshire, who downloaded thousands of indecent images of children, has been handed a six month sentence.

Police were alerted to 56-year-old Timothy Smith's activities by his wife.

She suspected he had financial problems from gambling and inspected his laptop. Instead, she discovered he had visited websites containing sexual images of children.

Smith was arrested at his home in Leverington, near Wisbech, on 17 September.

In a police interview, he said he was attracted to young girls. He claimed he had tried but failed to stop downloading the images.

Smith pleaded guilty to two charges of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child and two charges of possessing an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child.

He also pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing extreme pornographic images and possessing a prohibited image of a child.

He was was given a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Peterborough Crown Court on 21 October.

He will be the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for seven years.

“It is important to stress that downloading and viewing these type of despicable images is not a victimless crime.

“It only adds to the demand and increases the chances of more children somewhere being abused and exploited.”

– DC Mark Yendley, Cambridgeshire Police

New website offers mental health support to young people

A new website has been launched to help support young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new website, designed to improve access to mental health support for young people, has launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

www.Kooth.com allows those aged between 11 and 19 to speak to a counsellor confidentially every night.

"Often people are too scared to ask for help, so by working with Kooth we hope to tackle the stigma that still surrounds mental health, and encourage young people to get help as early as possible."

– Dr Becky Jones, GP lead for children's mental health

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Prisoner who killed cellmate with flat screen TV jailed for 14 years

Jordan Palmer was found to be under the influence of drugs when he carried out the attack. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A prisoner who battered his cellmate to death with a flat screen TV has been jailed for 14 years.

Jordan Palmer, 26, was under the influence of the synthetic cannabis drug Spice when he attacked 42-year-old Terrence Ojuederie, who had the bottom bunk in their cell at HMP Peterborough in December 2015.

A jury at Peterborough Crown Court accepted that this was involuntary intoxication and that he had not intended to take the drug.

Palmer was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility following a two-and-a-half week trial.

Palmer had been serving six years for grievous bodily harm when the attack happened.

Terry Ojuederie's family say they are devastated by his death. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

"There was never going to be a happy outcome of this trial for us. Terry was brutally killed in a frenzied one sided attack by his cellmate.

"Nothing can bring Terry back to us or take away the pain and devastation we are living with each day.

"We are left instead with an emptiness and the horror of his final moments as heard in detail during this murder trial.

"The bitter feeling at how this could happen in prison, a place we thought Terry would be safe, will remain with us forever, as will the torment of not knowing for sure the truth of what really happened in his cell that night."

– Statement from Terry Ojuederie's family

Peterborough prisoner kills cellmate with flat screen TV

Jordan Palmer was found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A prisoner in Peterborough has been convicted of battering his cellmate to death with a flat screen TV.

Jordan Palmer, 26, attacked 42-year-old Terrence Ojuederie at HMP Peterborough last December.

Palmer was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

Terry Ojuederie was attacked by his cellmate with a flatscreen TV. Credit: Cambruidgeshire Police

"The attack was one of the most vicious I have seen, and happened at a time when Terry Ojuederie was unable to defend himself or escape.

I can only say as some small consolation that in all probability Terry would have lost consciousness very quickly.

On the evidence presented during the trial, the jury has found Palmer guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and I respect that decision.

Our thoughts are with Mr Ojuederie's family and friends at this difficult time, and I commend them for the dignity and respect they have demonstrated through a very difficult court process."

– Detective Chief Inspector Adam Gallop, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit

MP holds meeting for families who could be evicted

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson is holding a public meeting tonight for people concerned over the eviction of more than 70 families from the St Michael's Gate estate.

Their homes could be used to re-house the homeless.

It's after most of them were bought by a new company that wants to rent them out to the council.

Those against the plans say it's a short term fix.

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MP calls public meeting for 74 families facing eviction

Tenants face eviction. Credit: ITV New Anglia

A public meeting is being held in Peterborough tonight in support of more than 70 families facing eviction.

The homes in St Michael's Gate could end up being used to re-house the homeless.

The Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has called the meeting after tenants on the estate received eviction letters.

Most of the properties in St Michael's Gate are now owned by a new company which wants to rent the houses out to the Peterborough City Council.

It has left dozens of tenants looking for new homes.

Mosque has 'no objection' to proposed Louis Smith visit

The chairman of a mosque in Peterborough has invited gymnast Louis Smith to observe prayers in a bid to educate him about the Muslim religion.

Abdul Choudhuri from the Faizan-e-Madina Mosque in the city has taken the step after a video emerged of Smith appearing to mock Islam.

Smith has since apologised for his actions, and Mr Choudhuri has called on him to be forgiven.

"We have no objection if he asks for forgiveness," Mr Choudhuri said.

"He should come to the mosque and learn what Islam is all about.

"We want to make him aware and understand the religion of Islam. He is a role model and we hope that by learning about Islam, he will be a better person."

Man punches 'killer clown' in the face

Police say there's been a rise in people dressing up as clowns like this, and frightening people Credit: PA

There has been a fight-back against the 'killer clown' craze, as police received a call from a man in Peterborough who said he punched one in the face.

The man told officers he was walking along George Street in Woodston on Monday morning when a man jumped out in front of him wearing a clown mask and possibly had something in his hand.

The man said he then punched him in the face. He called police later that night to report concern for safety in the area.

Police across the region have been issuing warnings to people they may be committing public order offences by dressing up as 'killer clowns' and scaring or threatening people.

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