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Former Bedford Blues player dies in Congo plane crash

David Francombe. Credit: Bedford Blues

A former Bedford Blues rugby player has died in a plane crash in Africa.

The aircraft came down in the Democratic Republic of Congo on May 16.

David Francombe played for the Blues in the 80s when he was a student at Bedford College.

The plane came down in DR Congo 10 days ago. Credit: ITV News Anglia

When he'd finished his studies, he returned to his home country of Kenya and went on to captain their national side.

Dave will be remembered with great respect and affection by his Bedford teammates, not just a great on field player, but as a friendly, bear of a man, always ready with a smile and a handshake.

The club sends its sincere sympathy to his family on their tragic loss.

– Bedford Blues statement

Building destroyed in ATM ram raid

Raiders have ripped a cash machine from the wall of a shop in Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire.

A JCB truck was used to take the ATM from the Co-Op store in the early hours of this morning. It's since been found with the money still inside it near Peterborough.

Police want to trace a black Audi and a green Mitsubishi pick up which they believe were used in the raid.

Due to the help of the public and the concerted joint efforts between Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire police we have stopped the offenders getting away with any money.

The damage they cause is not to be underestimated and we will continue to investigate all of these offences to identify the suspects. It’s crucial to get the early calls from witnesses and as much detail as possible, so I appeal to anyone who thinks they saw anything suspicious activity or vehicles in area last night to get in touch.

– Detective Inspector Dave Rimmer, Lincolnshire Police


Peterborough to take in 100 Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees will begin arriving in Peterborough in the autumn. Credit: ITV News.

A hundred Syrian refugees are to be welcomed into Peterborough between now and 2020.

The city council has agreed to resettle five families a year for the next five years as part of a wider government pledge to accept 20,000 people forced from their homes.

The first groups - usually made up of two adults and two children - will arrive in Peterborough this autumn.

"The government has confirmed that we will receive appropriate levels of funding for these families. That means that we can be sure that we're offering them the help that they need and over the next few months we will be making appropriate arrangements to prepare for their arrival.

"This city has a long and proud history ​of welcoming those that need our help and we will be working with groups from across our community that have already offered their assistance."

– Cllr John Holdich, leader, Peterborough City Council.

Inquest into death of Paris victim Nick Alexander begins

Inquest into the death of Nick Alexander, killed in the Paris attacks, begins. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An inquest begins today (May 19) into the death of Nick Alexander from Weeley near Colchester who was shot during the Paris attacks last year.

Nick, who was 35, was killed along with 88 others at the Bataclan theatre in November, where he'd been selling merchandise for the band Eagles of Death Metal.

Post-mortem on 7-year-old found unconscious in swimming pool to take place at London hospital

The Waveney River Centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

A post-mortem examination of a seven-year-old girl who was found unconscious in a Norfolk swimming pool is to take place at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London on Friday.

The girl was pulled from the indoor pool at the Waveney River Centre in Burgh St Peter in an 'unresponsive' state at lunchtime on Sunday 1st May.

She was taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, where she later died at around 4pm.

Norfolk Police says it is continuing to investigate the circumstances around her death but at this stage it is not being treated as suspicious.


Police search septic tank and garden at missing author's home

Helen Bailey has been missing for nearly two weeks

It's been reported that police have searched a septic tank and garden at the home of missing Hertfordshire author Helen Bailey.

A police officer searches a wooded area at Royston Heath

The 51-year-old was last seen at her house in Royston on Monday 11th April. Police have released a picture of her pet dog Boris in the hope it may help track her down.

Officers believe she left home with her dog Boris

Officers believe she left home with her dog, a brown miniature Dachshund, which has also not been seen since.

Police refused to confirm exact details of the search but say they're continuing to explore a number of areas.

Man found lying in the road unconscious in Essex

Man found unconscious in Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 23-year-old man from Billericay was found unconscious around midnight last Friday.

The man was found lying injured in Mountnessing Road close to the junction with Radford Way by a group of people heading home.

They helped him back to his house and the following morning he went to hospital to get his injuries seen to. Doctors believe his injuries, including a broken knee, are consistent with being hit by a car.

"I urgently need to trace the people who helped our injured man at the time and also went to speak to anyone else who either drove or walked along this road at the relevant time."

– Investigating officer, Sergeant Myles Hilbery

Anyone with information is asked to come forward.

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