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Woman jailed for killing the parents of Peterborough boy in A47 crash

Stephen, Lucas and Samantha Durber. Credit: Durber family

A woman has been jailed for 12 months for killing the parents of a three-year-old boy from Peterborough.

Debra Weston from Nottingham was also handed a three-year driving ban after admitting two charges of causing death by careless driving.

Stephen and Samantha Durber were killed in the crash on the A47 near Sutton in August 2013.

Three-year-old Lucas survived.

Spontaneously combusting tea towels start pub fire

Firefighters put out the fire at the Gordon Arms pub Credit: Google Maps

Firefighters have put out a fire started by a pile of spontaneously combusting tea towels.

The crew arrived to find a small fire in the utility room of a the Gordon Arms pub in Oundle Road, in Orton Longueville, Peterborough.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel and jet to put out the flames. They said the blaze is likely to have been started when hot tea towels were folded on top of one another and started to smoulder.

Firefighters arrived to find teatowels had been set alight Credit: PA

"When the crew arrived, they could smell burnt oil, similar to that of a kitchen fire. A small fire was located on the first floor in a utility room, which turned out to be a pile of washed, dried and folded tea towels that had been smouldering for a number of hours.

"It is believed that the tea towels - which had been exposed to kitchen oils and grease - were folded while hot, causing them to self-heat and a fire to start.

"Although this type of fire is rare, we would like to remind those in the catering industry to ensure they wash towels correctly to remove all traces of fats and oils and therefore minimise the risk of this type of incident.

"It is also very important to remind all business and homeowners to call the fire service if their alarm does activate and they discover the signs of a fire."

– Watch Commander Darren Thompson


Dog shot through the head finds new home

Ziggy in October Credit: RSPCA

A dog abandoned with a 20-inch crossbow bolt through his head has found a new home.

Ziggy, a two-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, was shot at close range near Peterborough by an attacker but the bolt just missed his brain, eyes and ears.

He was found wandering in woodland and veterinary surgeons removed the carbon fibre missile last October.

Three months later Ziggy is now settling in with his new owners Dominic O'Hare and his girlfriend Anna Burton-Wood.

The couple said that when they saw pictures of Ziggy they knew immediately they wanted to adopt him.

As soon as we met him, I knew everything I had thought was true. He is just a big softie.

– Dominic O'Hare, Ziggy's new owner
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Jail for drink driver who left woman and baby critically ill

A drink driver who ploughed into the back of a car in Peterborough, leaving a woman and her baby grand-daughter with life-threatening injuries, has been jailed.

Darius Putys Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Darius Putys, 25, had been drinking and rowed with his girlfriend just before causing the crash on the A47 Soke Parkway just after midday on 3 December 2014.

The Mazda 6 he was driving crashed into the back of a Citroen C3, which was being driven by the 64-year-old woman from Peterborough and also contained her 14-month-old grand-daughter.

Investigations revealed the Citroen was being driven sensibly at the time and the Mazda had changed lanes as the collision happened. Putys also admitted breaking the 70mph limit and a witness said his driving was "erratic and not under control”.

Both victims were left in a critical condition, the baby was severely ill for about a week.

They have since improved and are recovering at home, although the baby still requires regular medical care and her injuries may affect her longer term.

Putys, of Eastern Avenue, Peterborough, was breath tested at the road side and blew almost three times the legally allowed alcohol limit.

In interview he admitted having drunk alcohol prior to the crash and having argued with his girlfriend. He left his house upset and the crash happened within five minutes.

Putys pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for two years and four months.

He was disqualified from driving for four years, after which he will have to take an extended re-test, and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

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Peterborough United boss Ferguson invites fans to discuss poor form

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson is inviting supporters to a special Forum at the stadium tonight. Credit: PA

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson is inviting supporters to a special forum at the ABAX Stadium tonight.

The manager says he understands fans are frustrated with their poor form and wanted the chance to answer their questions directly in an honest and open way.

"We are going through a really difficult time at the minute, but it is vital that everyone sticks together during this period.

I understand that the supporters are frustrated and I felt it was a good time to have a forum where supporters can put their point of view directly to me and for me to answer those questions in an honest and open way."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United Manager

Teens cleared of beating man to death in underpass

Cambridge Crown Court Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Four teenagers have been cleared of beating a man to death in an underpass.

Prosecutors at Cambridge Crown Court had claimed Michael Green, 23, was hit with a vodka bottle, punched, kicked and stamped on by the gang - three boys and a girl - in a late-night assault in Peterborough in May last year.

The youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had denied murder and today a jury found all of them not guilty, Cambridgeshire Police said.

"I think about Michael every day and I miss him very much. I have had many very low moments when I have cried for my lost son.

"The thought that Michael's life was so cruelly cut short, is very hard to live with. Michael's death has been a terrible shock to me and to the whole family.

"I have got good support from family and friends. I am very grateful for that support. This has left a huge hole in my life but I am sure that time will be a great healer."

– Michael Green's mother, Barbara Green

The defendants are now all 17 apart from the youngest boy, who is 16.


TRAINS: Delays of up to 40 minutes between Peterborough & Kings Cross

Delays of up to 40 minutes are possible for passengers travelling on East Coast trains between Kings Cross and Peterborough due to signalling problem.

This is in addition to the engineering works taking place.

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