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Cambridgeshire man returns from fighting against ISIS in Syria

Macer Gifford from Cambridgeshire left a comfortable life as a banker to join Kurdish fighters against

A British man who has just returned from fighting ISIS in Syria says the British government need to do more to support the Kurds and other groups to establish democracy in the country.

Macer Gifford from Cambridgeshire left a comfortable life as a banker to join Kurdish fighters, and compares the Islamic State to the threat posed by Fascism in the 1930s.

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Five arrested after man 'shot' in targeted attack

Officers say there is no risk to the wider public. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Five people have been arrested after a man was reportedly shot in Clacton.

It happened in Beach Road around 8.35pm last night (Wednesday 15 November).

A 24 year-old man, a 27 year-old man and a 28 year-old man, all from London, were arrested on suspicion of possession of firearms offences.

A 23 year-old man from Clacton and a 26 year-old woman from Great Bentley were also arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of firearms offences.

Police believe this was a targeted attack and that there is no risk to the wider public.

They are appealing for witnesses and for anyone who may have footage from the area.


Cambridgeshire couple kidnapped in Nigeria are set free

David and Shirley Donovan Credit: New Foundations

A Cambridgeshire couple kidnapped in Nigeria have been set free the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Four Britons were abducted at around 2am local time from a small community on October 13.

One of them, Ian Squire, was killed before their release could be negotiated.

The other three, David Donovan and his wife Shirley Donovan from Cambridgeshire and Alanna Carson, were released following intervention by the British High Commission and Nigerian authorities. Mr Donovan use to work as a GP in March.

The Britons are believed to have been kidnapped in the Niger Delta region. Credit: AP

A statement issued on behalf of all the families involved said: “We are delighted and relieved that Alanna, David and Shirley have returned home safely. Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of Ian as we come to terms with his sad death.

“This has been a traumatic time for our loved ones who were kidnapped and for their families and friends here in the UK. We would therefore ask that the media respect our privacy as we come to terms with the news.

Attempted knife-point robbery caught on CCTV

Police have released CCTV footage of an attempted knife-point robbery in Northampton.

It happened at Northants News in Kettering Road around 10.30pm on Thursday, October 26.

Two men entered the shop carrying large knives, but ran off after a member of staff threw a number of items at them.

One of the offenders is described as aged 16-18, wearing dark clothing, with a backpack on his back.

The other man is described as white, aged 16-18, wearing a dark hooded top, tracksuit bottoms and trainers. Both men were wearing scarves across their faces.

Officers believe this incident may be linked to a robbery at the same premises on Tuesday, October 24, when two men, one with a machete, stole money and cigarettes.

  • Anyone with information is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

13-year-old girl 'sexually assaulted' in Cambridge

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call police on 101 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for information following reports that a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Cambridge.

It happened on Thursday (26 October) between 7.50pm and 8.10pm in Victoria Avenue.

The teenage victim was walking along Victoria Avenue towards Maids Causeway when she was surrounded by four youths who assaulted her.

Detective Sergeant Anthony Grief said: “The girl has been left extremely distraught by what has happened.

“I would urge anyone who may know who is responsible for this crime to contact police immediately.”

All four youths are described as between 16 and 20, 5’8” to 6’1” with brown hair and spoke with English accents.

One is described as stocky and the other three slim.

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