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Sixteen stowaways found in Peterborough lorry

16 stowaways are being interviewed by the police Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sixteen people found stowed away in a lorry at Perkins Engines in Peterborough are being questioned by police.

They were found yesterday morning and are thought to be from Eritrea in Africa.

The Home Office says the ten men and six women in the lorry had entered the country illegally.

They were taken to Thorpe Wood police station.

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Man who set up Cambridgeshire's biggest-ever cannabis factory is jailed

The cannabis farm at Benwick Road in Whittlesey. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A 51-year-old man who set up cannabis factories capable of producing £7m of the drug has been jailed. Mohammed Jamshaid Akhtar leased and kitted out a unit at Benwick Road in Whittlesey in 2013. It was one of the largest cannabis factories ever discovered in Cambridgeshire.

Mohammed Jamshaid Akhtar. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

Officers found it after attending reports of a burglary on September 9 last year.

They discovered one harvested room and three others containing almost 3,000 plants with a potential street value of up to £4m.

Detectives were also able to link Akhtar to another site in Letchworth in Hertfordshire. That factory contained a total of 3,865 plants with a potential yield worth up to £3.25m.

A third unit, which was in the process of being set up as a cannabis factory, was found in Olney in Buckinghamshire.

Akhtar, or Forest View in London, admitted three charges of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and four charges linked to false documents.

He was jailed for six years during a hearing at Peterborough Crown Court.


Big 'boom' over Peterborough is not cause for concern

Cambridgeshire Police are asking people who heard a big 'boom' over Peterborough not to call 999 as they say it is not anything to be worried about. They say it was caused by an aircraft breaking the sound barrier.

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Family of murdered Peterborough man release new images

Michael Green. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The family of a man found dead in an underpass in Peterborough have released two new pictures of him.

The body of 23-year-old Michael Green was discovered near Tyesdale in Bretton in the early hours of last Wednesday.

Four teenagers aged between 15 and 17 have been charged with Mr Green's murder. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Four teenagers aged between 15 and 17 have been charged with his murder.

A 22-year old man has been charged with assisting an offender.

Controlled explosion to take place at 6:30am

500m cordon in place around the Perkins plant in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Central

Residents are part of Peterborough are being told to stay indoors while a controlled explosion takes place on an unstable chemical.

Staff were evacuated from Perkins on Frank Perkins Highway at 1:30am this morning.

A 500metre has been set up around the site and roads are currently closed.

Police say The chemical does not pose a risk to nearby residents, however people are being advised to stay indoors as a precaution.


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9 arrests in Gangmaster raids

An arrest in Fenland raids, Cambridgeshire Police Credit: ITV News Anglia

There have been nine arrests in a series of police raids in the Cambridgeshire Fens. 300 police officers targeting properties in the Fenland towns of March, Wisbech and Kings Lynn in West Norfolk.

Eight properties were targeted in an attempt to crack down on the exploitation of migrant workers.

Fenland Commander, Chief Insp Mike Winters, said. "We are committed to working with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and other partner agencies to tackle the exploitation of workers in the Fenland area and we are targeting those who gain from others' suffering."

"They are paid wages well below the legal minimum for extremely long hours and their pay is often taken to service debt on their accommodation. Victims are often too frightened to come forward and too reluctant to seek help from the authorities."

"I would urge anyone who feels they are being exploited to or has any concerns about individual workers to contact police."

GLA Chief Executive Paul Broadbent said. "The exploitation of vulnerable people for financial gain was one of the primary reasons the GLA was formed and it remains the cornerstone of what we do today."

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