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Mother warns of meningitis danger six years after daughter's death

A mother from Soham in Cambridgeshire is warning other parents about the dangers of meningitis - as she prepares to mark what would have been her daughter's 10th birthday.

Amelie Clipson-Smith was just three-and-a-half years old when she was suddenly taken ill. She died within 12 hours.

Claire McGlasson went to meet her mother, Sally Clipson.


Driver jailed for U-turn which killed father of three

Conor Gosling Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A driver who killed a motorcyclist by attempting a U-turn on a busy road while returning from an all-night rave has been jailed.

Conor Gosling, 20, was driving home at about 11.25am on 4 August 2013 after attending a rave in Soham, when he attempted the manoeuvre across the A142 at its junction with Northfield Road.

He pulled out of the junction to head towards Ely, but immediately swung his Fiat Punto around in front of a motorbike being ridden by Anthony Pinney from Isleham Road, Fordham.

The 68-year-old father of three was killed in the collision.

Gosling, of Beauchamp Close, Eaton Socon, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for three years at Cambridge Crown Court.

He was also banned from driving for four years.

This case shows just how dangerous tiredness can be.

Gosling had not been to sleep that night and his fatigue was clearly a factor in not seeing the approaching motorcyclist.

It is a tragic case, but I hope others will take heed and never drive while tired.

– Sergeant Gareth Williams

Cambridgeshire: Second Soham cannabis factory discovered

A second cannabis factory has been found in Soham. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A second cannabis factory has been found in Soham near Ely in as many weeks.

Police raided two properties in the town in the early hours of this morning.

They discovered around 300 cannabis plants in a building in Hass Road.

A 56-year-old man and 59-year-old woman have been arrested.

Last week officers found thousands of cannabis plants in an industrial unit on Regal Drive.

Charity benefits from cannabis find

Hundreds of bags of compost seized from a cannabis factory in Soham in Cambridgeshire have been donated to a charity.

Officers discovered almost 7,000 plants when they stumbled on the factory in Regal Drive on Thursday May 29th.

Officers had been on patrol when they noticed the smell of the drug.

They forced entry to the building and discovered the factory – one of the largest ever found in Cambridgeshire.

Several hundred bags of compost were also recovered from the site which have now been donated to Emmaus Cambridge.

The charity supports formerly homeless people by giving them a place to live and work.

The compost will be used to support projects such a fruit and vegetable garden they are creating.

"It would have been a shame to have had to throw it all away, so we contacted Emmaus to see if they could make use of it. We were delighted when they said yes and it is fitting that some good can come out of this."

– Cambridgeshire Constabulary Drugs Expert, Gavin Guy


Cannabis factory found in Soham

A huge cannabis factory has been found in Soham near Ely.

Police officers were on patrol in the area late last night when they smelt the drug.

Cannabis factory found in Soham Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

They followed the scent to an industrial unit in Regal Drive and uncovered thousands of cannabis plants with an estimated street value of up to six million pounds.

A man has been arrested.

Injured man 'lucky' not to be impaled by fence post

A man was hurt after a fence post came through the windscreen. Credit: EEAST

A man's received a serious injury after a wooden fence post came through his windscreen this morning.

Ambulance staff said he was "very lucky" not to be impaled on the post. It happened in a crash at The Cotes in Soham, Cambridgeshire.

The vehicle collided with a fence and a stationary vehicle in a garden.

Four other people in the vehicle were also taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Charity celebrates its first year at Downing Street reception

The Chancellor George Osborne with the Fairhurst family

A charity set up in memory of a Cambridgeshire teenager has celebrated its first anniversary at a Downing Street reception.

Liam Fairhurst from Soham was 14-years-old when he died of cancer four years ago. He raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity before his death.

His brother Callum has since continued his fundraising efforts. Last year, he established the Liam Fairhurst Foundation which supports young people affected by cancer and other serious conditions.

The charity held a reception at 11 Downing Street last night to mark its first anniversary.

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