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One of the world's oldest museums is under threat

A campaign has been launched to save Wisbech museum in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A campaign has been launched to save a Fenland town's museum which is also one of the oldest purpose-built libraries in the world

Funding for Wisbech's museum has been cut despite housing a treasure trove of items ranging from Napoleon's breakfast set to the original manuscript of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.

It is a treasure trove of fascinating artefacts that is testament to the Victorian desire to make knowledge accessible to all. The museum was built in 1847 and still contains its original mahogany display cases full of beautiful objects.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson


Shopkeeper praises community spirit after robbery

A village in the Fens has rallied round a shopkeeper who was the victim of an armed robbery. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A shopkeeper in Cambridgeshire who was the victim of an armed robbery says he's been touched by the generous response from the community.

Kuldip Sekhon's shop near Wisbech was robbed at gunpoint on Wednesday. But one villager has donated funds from a christmas lights appeal to help him.

Mr Sekhon only took over running the store at Elm near Wisbech four months ago. He had previously run stores in Birmingham and Wolverhampton without incident.

On Wednesday a man armed with a shotgun hit him over the head and stole hundreds of pounds.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Masked man threatens staff with shotgun in armed robbery

Police are particularly keen to speak to a woman who entered the shop briefly during the robbery. Credit: PA

A masked man threatened a shopkeeper with a shotgun in armed robbery near Wisbech last night.

The man walked into the Elm Village Store brandishing the weapon and demanded money from the till. He left with about £300 in cash.

The man is described as roughly 5’10 and having a local accent.

He was wearing a grey and white mask, dark blue hooded top and was carrying a sports bag.

Detectives are particularly keen to speak to a woman who briefly entered the shop during the robbery.

“This was a frightening experience for the victim; thankfully nobody was hurt.

“I’d urge anyone who was in the area at the time and may have information to contact us or Crimestoppers as a matter of urgency.”

– Inspector Will Davis, Cambridgeshire Police


Inquest hears from key witness in disappearance of missing man

Terry McSpadden Credit: Norfolk Police

A man originally charged with murdering Terry McSpadden who's been missing from his Wisbech home for almost ten years, has today been giving evidence at the inquest in Norwich.

Mr McSpadden, 24, went missing in 2007. He's never been found, but the police believe he was killed.

Jonathan Porter from Elm near Wisbech was charged with his murder in 2012 but the case was dismissed the following year because of lack of evidence.

A statement about being together the night before Terry went missing was read out, but Mr Porter declined to answer questions about what he knew of the disappearance.

The inquest continues.

Wisbech man wins award for pig farmer of the year

Steve Hart is the owner of Norfolk Free Range Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Cambridgeshire who invested his last £500 into setting up a pig farming business has won a top award.

Steve Hart from Wisbech has been awarded the title of Pig Farmer of the year.

Now, 20 years on from when he first started up, he has 70,000 pigs and supplies meat to major supermarkets.

Obviously very keen to win it and now extremely proud. Proud for the business and everybody who works for us.

– Steve Hart

Take a tour of this spooky Cambridgeshire cemetery

The Wisbech Society wants to renovate this Victorian cemetery in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

It's halloween so what better way to get you in the mood for the spookiest evening of the year than a tour of a graveyard in Cambridgeshire?

Wisbech General Cemetery is the final resting place for 6,000 people but stopped taking burials in the early 1970s. Since then the Victorian chapel and gravestones have fallen into disrepair.

Now the Wisbech Society wants to raise £300,000 to renovate the site and make it more accessible to visitors.

Stuart Leithes has been to take a look.

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