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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.

Appeal after man's body found in lake in Luton

Anyone with any information should call 101 Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man's body has been found in a lake in Luton.

Officers were called to Lewsey Park after the body was discovered this afternoon (27 October).

The death is currently being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

The man is described as white, thought to be in his 30s or 40s and was wearing dark clothing.

Police are appealing for anyone with information.

Detective Inspector Jackie Dadd said: “This appears to be a tragic incident but we're keen to trace any relatives or friends of the man involved.

“I would appeal to anyone who recognises the description and has concerns for the welfare of a friend or loved one to call 101."

Two charged over triple stabbing in Great Yarmouth

The stabbing happened in St Peters Road in Great Yarmouth. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two men have been charged after three people were stabbed in Great Yarmouth.

It happened on Wednesday night (25 October) in St Peter's Road.

Police were called to reports of a fight involving a group of people.

One person was seriously injured while two had minor knife wounds.

All three were taken to the James Paget University Hospital for treatment and have since been released.

Junior Mampuya, 21 and Apio Gomes, 20, have been charged with three counts of assault, occasioning grievous bodily harm.

Both have been remanded in custody to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court tomorrow, Saturday 28 October.

  • Anyone with information should contact Great Yarmouth CID on 101


Pedestrian suffers head injury following hit and run

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision on Fore Street Credit: PA

A pedestrian has suffered a head injury following a hit and run in Hertford.

The 21-year-old man collided with a car just after 12.30am this morning (22 October) on Fore Street.

The vehicle, which was possibly a black Vauxhall Astra, then drove off without stopping.

The victim suffered a head injury and was taken to the Lister Hospital for further treatment.

Detective Sergeant Angela Griffiths said: “There were a large number of people in the area enjoying Hertford’s nightlife. I would appeal to anyone who saw what happened to get in touch with police.”

  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101

Woman fighting for her life after car crashes into house

The woman, who's in her 30s, was taken to Addenbrooke's. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has been taken to hospital with a life-threatening head injury after a car crashed into a house in Suffolk.

It happened on Saturday evening (21 October) in Great Blakenham.

It's believed the car was travelling from Needham Market when it went a house on the B1118 on Stowmarket Road.

Emergency services were called to the scene and a woman in her 30s was taken to Addenbrooke’s hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.

The road was closed for several hours while an investigation took place.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the crash or seen the manner of driving of the vehicle beforehand.

Lorry driver could have 'significant evidence' of fatal crash

Jack Samuel Rogers, aged 25 and known as ‘Jacko’, sadly died at the scene. Credit: Norfolk police

Police have renewed their appeal for help to find a lorry driver who's believed to have evidence of a fatal crash in Norfolk.

25-year-old Jack Samuel Rogers died following a collision with a car at Chedgrave on 6 July.

Officers are looking to trace the driver of what is believed to be a white box lorry, who stopped at the scene speaking to other witnesses.

It is believed that the lorry driver could have "significant evidence" concerning the collision and is asked to contact Norfolk Police on 101.

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