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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.

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.

Generous donations help raise funds for Billy's bionic leg

Billy Lee. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The parents of a young man from Cambridgeshire who needs a bionic limb say they have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have donated money to help him.

Billy Lee, 20, had his leg amputated when doctors found a cancerous tumour.

His family could not afford the £70,000 revolutionary bionic leg he needs to allow him to do everything he wants to do - but a fundraising campaign has helped them reach their target.

Russell Hookey reports.

Inquest into Wisbech murder resumes today

Una Crown was murdered in 2013 Credit: Cambridgeshire police

The inquest into the death of a Wisbech pensioner murderd two years ago will resume today.

It's thought 86 year old Una Crown was killed during a burglary. Her killer has never been caught.

She had been stabbed multiple times and her body set on fire.

An inquest into her death will be held in Huntingdon today.

Norfolk medical student thought to be in Syria

Lena Mamoun Abdelgadir studied at Wisbech Grammar School Credit: PA Images

It's emerged that a British medical student from King's Lynn may have travelled to Syria to work in a hospital caring for Islamic State fighters.

Lena Mamoun Abdelgadir was one of a number of young people studying medicine in Sudan, from where she was deployed to a Syrian hospital in an area controlled by IS.

She is a former pupil of Wisbech Grammar School in Cambridgeshire and her father works as a surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in King's Lynn.

Wisbech Grammar School, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

"She left here in 2011 with a string of A stars and As, but she was a typical Wisbech Grammar pupil, she was involved in academic work, but also sports, she represented the student voice, the student council and she just really was a member of our community."

– Chris Staley, Headteacehr, Wisbeh Grammar school
Lena is among a number of others to have disappeared Credit: PA Images

"A local girl from West Norfolk, went to local schools, was sent off by her parents to further her education, but has obviously been radicalised."

– Henry Bellingham MP, North West Norfolk, Con,
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