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Man avoids jail after claiming Aston Martin was stolen

Hart was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A Cambridgeshire man who told police his £40,000 Aston Martin car had been stolen, when his friend had crashed it into a ditch near Wisbech, has avoided jail.

The car was found abandoned on the bank of a dyke in March Road, where it was later found by police.

James Hart, 68, from West End in March, called police and reported it stolen.

Hart pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and was given a 15 month suspended sentence.

Hart has not gone to prison but he will have the prospect of prison hanging over him for two years, as well as the curfew and costs.

He took a risk and when it went wrong he tried to get out of it by lying. However, there was clear evidence the car had not been stolen.

We have had other cases where people have falsely claimed their cars have been stolen so I hope this demonstrates how seriously it is treated.

– PC Matt Smart, Cambridgeshire police

Appeal following alleged sexual assault in Stevenage

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assault in Stevenage.

The victim was walking in a field near Serpentine Woods, Great Ashby, on 9 June around 2.40pm.

It's alleged that she was approached by a man who kissed her on the cheek and hugged her. The girl managed to break away from the man and called her mother for help.

A 51-year-old man from Stevenage has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

He has been bailed until June 29 while enquiries continue.

I am appealing for anyone who saw the alleged incident, or has information that could assist the on-going investigation to get in contact.

I would particularly like to speak to a woman who was walking two lurcher-type dogs and a Border Collie dog in the area as we believe she may have spoken to the victim.

I would also like to speak to a man who was in the area with a child around the time and may have seen the victim following the alleged incident.

– Detective Constable Hayden Coggins


Fire service offering free home safety checks for residents

The Metropolitan Police said people may still be missing inside Grenfell Tower Credit: ITV News

Essex Fire and Rescue Service are offering free home safety checks to residents living in the county.

It comes after 12 people died and more than 70 have been injured after a huge fire broke out a Grenfell Tower in a West London tower block.

The fire service has issued fire safety advice and reassurance to people who are concerned about the safety of high-rise buildings.

It would be wrong to speculate about the cause of the fire until a full investigation has been carried out. However, what we know at this time is that incidents of this type are extremely rare, and it is likely to be one of the worst in our country’s history.

We have 121 high-rise buildings in Essex, and it is vital that people who live in those buildings know exactly what to do in the event of a fire so that they can protect themselves and their families. I also want take this opportunity to remind everyone that Essex County Fire and Rescue Service carry out home fire safety visits to anyone living in Essex completely FREE of charge where will run through escape plans and fit smoke alarms.

– Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley


Funeral to take place for zookeeper killed by tiger

Rosa King worked at the zoo for 14 years. Credit: SWNS

The funeral for the zookeeper who was killed by a tiger at a Cambridgeshire zoo will take place today.

Rosa King died in what was described as a "freak accident" when she was attacked at Hamerton Zoo near Huntingdon last month.

The zoo, which has been closed since the incident, is due to re-open on Friday.

The tiger involved won't be put down after Rosa's family made it clear they wanted to keep it alive.

Cambridgeshire Zoo to reopen after fatal tiger attack

The Cambridgeshire Zoo that's been closed since a keeper was killed by a tiger last month is to reopen on Friday.

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Rosa King the keeper killed by a tiger at Hamerton Zoo in Cambridgeshire

The Cambridgeshire Zoo that's been closed since a keeper was killed by a tiger last month is to reopen on Friday.

Hamerton Zoo Park confirmed the news in a tweet this morning. They said that the decision was taken following a an inspection by Huntingdonshire District Council.

Rosa King, died in what was described as a "freak accident" when a tiger attacked her.

The decision to reopen has been supported by her family. They also agreed that the tiger involved should not be put down.

Rosa King's funeral takes place in the Westcountry tomorrow.

Concern for 39-year-old missing from Northamptonshire

39 year old Hayley McKinnon Credit: Northamptonshire police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for missing Hayley McKinnon from Northamptonshire who hasn't been seen for three days.

The 39-year-old was last seen on the morning of 8 June in the Daventry area.

She is described as:

  • White female
  • 5’4” in height
  • of a heavy build, with short blonde hair and pale complexion
  • last seen wearing a long sleeved grey top and black leggings.

Officers are appealing for Hayley to make contact with her family and the police and for anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

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