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Coroner rules inquest into young tory's death will not be widened

Elliott Johnson was 12 -years-old when he died Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Coroner has revealed he will not take into consideration claims that a young Conservative activist took his own life because he said he was bullied by colleagues, when an inquest is opened into his death.

The Senior Coroner for Bedfordshire Tom Osborne has concluded that the inquest will not be widened to look at the allegations.

21-year-old Elliott Johnson from Wisbech died after he was struck by a train in Sandy, Bedfordshire in September last year.

His parent's had argued in a pre-inquest hearing that the treatment of Elliott in the weeks before he took his own life, was 'degrading and inhumane' and that the behaviour of his colleagues 'violated his human rights'.

They wanted an investigation into the behaviour of Elliot's Conservative colleagues in the youth wing of the party, to be part of the inquest into his death.

But the Coroner ruled against this.

"It is my view that it would clearly be going beyond the proper scope of this inquest to be calling members of the Conservative Party to inquire into what steps or measures they are taking to investigate the bullying allegations by a party member towards another party member. This is very remote from the death of the deceased.

My task is to hear evidence to try and determine who the deceased was, when and where he died and how the deceased came by his death. This is not a case where I am required to investigate how and in what circumstances the deceased came by his death in accordance with S.5(2) of the 2009 Act."

– Senior Coroner Tom Osborne
Elliott Johnson's parents arriving at the pre-inquest hearing Credit: ITV News Anglia

Teenager charged with murder following Wisbech stabbing

32-year-old Marius Micevicius from Wisbech was found with life-threatening stab wounds Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

An eighteen-year-old man has been charged with murder following a stabbing in Wisbech.

32-year-old Marius Micevicius was found with life-threatening stab wounds to his stomach on Monday 15 February and he died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn on Wednesday.

Sarunas Maciulis from Churchill Road in Wisbech was arrested on Tuesday and charged with murder on Thursday. He has been remanded in police custody to appear at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court.

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Murder inquiry launched after stab victim dies in hospital

Cambridgeshire Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man who was stabbed in Wisbech on Monday died in hospital.

Cambridgeshire Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man who was stabbed in Wisbech on Monday died in hospital.

The man, in his 20s, was attacked following an incident at a property in Churchill Road.

He died in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police says an 18-year-old man from Wisbech arrested in connection with the stabbing remains in custody.

Wisbech named as one of most divided places in the UK

Wisbech in Cambridgeshire has been named as one of the most divided in Britain.

Almost a quarter of people in Wisbech in the Cambridgeshire Fens were born outside the UK and a new report says more needs to be done to improve community integration.

Wisbech was placed as the second least-integrated town in the country. Boston in Lincolnshire topped the table with Spalding near Peterborough fourth.

Fenland Council criticised the findings, saying that Eastern Europeans provide both economic and cultural benefits to the town.

"Like many places that have experienced high levels of migration, Wisbech has its issues and challenges.

But there are also many examples of successful integration in schools, workplaces and elsewhere which show the positive contributions that Eastern Europeans of all ages make to the local community, both economically and culturally.

It is a pity that all that good work is routinely overlooked."

– Fenland District Council

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Police appeal for public's help three years on from murder of Wisbech pensioner

Una Crown. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Detectives investigating the unsolved murder of Wisbech pensioner Una Crown three years ago today say they believe answers still lie within the local community.

The 86 year old was found dead in her bungalow in Magazine Lane in 2013. She had been stabbed and then set on fire.

Detectives from the Major Crime Unit are now asking people to do the right thing and come forward.

“Three years on from this tragic incident, Mrs Crown’s killer remains undetected, and I’m urging anyone who has information they have kept quiet until now to contact us.

We still believe the answer to solving this case lies within the local community, so I ask people to really think back to what they were doing this time three years ago – did you see anything suspicious? Did someone you know come home smelling of smoke, acting strangely, or had clothing that was burnt or had blood on it?

Someone out there knows what happened to Mrs Crown and I am pleading with them to do the right thing and contact police.

Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, may hold the key to solving this tragic case."

– Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent

Family pay tribute to 'kind and caring' father killed in crash

Andrew Jarvis was pronounced dead at the scene after his car crash into a water-filled ditch. Credit: Norfolk Police

The family of a man, who died after his car crashed into a water-filled ditch in the Fens, have paid tribute to him.

Andrew Jarvis, 32, was found by police inside his car at Gravel Bank on Tuesday morning.

Efforts were made to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family say they are "devastated" by his death.

"He was a hard working fiancé, daddy, son, brother, uncle and cousin. He was the kindest, caring and most easy going man anyone could have had the pleasure of knowing and loving.”

– Jarvis family statement

Police say an inquest will be opened into Andrew's death in due course.

They are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.

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Man dies after car crashes into water-filled ditch

A man has been killed after his car crashed into a water-filled ditch in the Fens.

A man has been killed after his car crashed into a water-filled ditch at St John's Fen End near Wisbech. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk Police were called to St John's Fen End near Wisbech just after 7.25am to reports of a Volkswagen in a ditch at Gravel Bank.

A man was discovered inside the vehicle and efforts to resuscitate him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed in both directions for the police investigation and officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

New multi-million pound learning facility opens in Wisbech

New learning facility opens in Wisbech Credit: College of West Anglia

The college of West Anglia will officially open its five and a half million pound learning facility in Wisbech this afternoon.

The building includes state-of-the-art IT facilities, and a new hair and beauty salon.

Steve Barclay, the Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire will officially open the building.

Inside the new facility in Wisbech Credit: College of West Anglia

Police concerned for welfare of missing 14-year-old

Mohammed Ali Elesawi has been missing from Wisbech since Saturday 13 June.

Police in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 14-year-old boy from the Wisbech area who's been missing for 11 days.

Mohammed Ali Elesawi was last seen at around 5.30pm on Saturday 13 June at his home address in Burrett Road, Wisbech.

He is described as mixed race, about 5'4", with black short hair and was wearing light grey tracksuit bottoms, grey trainers and an Adidas blue zip up hoody with white stripes on the sleeves.

Mohammed also has links to Peterborough, Rothwell in Northamptonshire and Stanmore in London.

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