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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.


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Woman suffers 'life-threatening' injuries in Peterborough incident

The incident happened in Queens Drive West. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been arrested after a woman was found in a critical condition in Peterborough.

Police were called to a house on Queens Drive West yesterday afternoon and found the woman with life-threatening injuries.

A 27-year-old man from Peterborough was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

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Man, 70, has van stolen in Peterborough attack

The man in his 70s said he was attacked on Lime Tree Avenue.

A man has been charged with robbery after attacking a man in his 70s and stealing his van.

Andrew White, 30, of no known address, was arrested just 13 minutes after the victim called police on Tuesday (May 17).

The victim, a man in his 70s, called police at about 2pm, saying he was in Lime Tree Avenue and a man had just pushed him to the ground, got in his van and driven off towards Cromwell Road.

He was taken to Thorpe Wood Police Station where he was charged with robbery and remanded to appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning (Wednesday, May 18).

He has since been remanded to appear at the same court on June 15.

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Peterborough United appoint caretaker boss McCann

Grant McCann (left) is the new Peterborough United manager. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have appointed caretaker boss Grant McCann as their new manager.

Peterborough United reveal their new manager at a press conference today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Posh were unbeaten under the 36-year-old last season, scoring 15 goals in his four games in charge.

McCann made more than 180 appearances for Peterborough as a player and established himself as a fans' favourite.

He has been given a four-year contract and replaces Graham Westley who was sacked last month.

Jack Collison is staying at Posh. Credit: PA

Jack Collison, who recently had to retire from playing due to a serious knee injury, will also stay on as the club's under 18s coach on a permanent basis.

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Parachute from space balloon falls to earth

Students have found a parachute from a high altitude balloon they sent into the Near Space region of the earth's atmosphere.

The balloon on its ascent to Near Space Credit: ITV News Anglia

Pupils at Fakenham Academy in Norfolk launched the balloon from Elsworth in Cambridgeshire, and it rose to more than 26,000 metres.

The balloon burst, as planned, when it reached high altitude and the parachute with a computer and camera attached came down at Bourne near Peterborough.


Man dies after assault while delivering pizzas

A man from Peterborough has died after an assault while he was out delivering pizzas.

Ali Qasemi Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Ali Qasemi, 45, from Birchtree Avenue in Peterborough was attacked in Shrewsbury Avenue in the early hours of Sunday.

He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, but sadly died on Tuesday afternoon.

He was attacked in Shrewsbury Avenue. Credit: Google Street View

In a tribute to her husband, the victim's wife said:

"My husband was my everything, my best friend, my soul mate, my life partner and an amazing father. He was such a caring and helpful person and was always there for his family and friends.

This is a very hard time for my family and our two children. We are expecting our third child and my heart aches that he won't be here to see them all grow up."

Anyone with information is asked to call DI Lucy Thomson in the major crime unit on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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