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Vandals 'put lives at risk' after letting down police car tyres in Cambridgeshire

The deflated tyre Credit: Policing March and Chatteris / Facebook

Police say a vandal who let down the tyres of a patrol car in Cambridgeshire stopped them going to help a seriously injured person.

Officers accused the culprit of putting "lives at risk" and are appealing for help to find them.

Police from the March and Chatteris team had been patrolling on foot round Doddington between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday, May 19.

When they returned to the car at Church Lane, they found the tyre had been deflated.

"Although this may seem funny to some, unfortunately we were unable to respond to help a seriously injured person as a result. This makes the situation much more serious.

"Clearly, we cannot allow this person to put lives at risk again."

– Cambridgeshire Police

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Social mobility scheme extended to Ipswich and the Fens

The government's social mobility programme targets young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A scheme aimed at helping schoolchildren reach their potential is to be extended to Ipswich and the Fens.

The government's social mobility programme targets young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Norwich was part of the first wave of funding and now Ipswich, and Fenland and East Cambridgeshire will also get help to improve schools, careers advice, mentoring and set up apprenticeships.

The government says it is extending the scheme as part of its plan to help Britain succeed once it has left the EU.

Family pay tribute to 'kind and caring' father killed in crash

Andrew Jarvis was pronounced dead at the scene after his car crash into a water-filled ditch. Credit: Norfolk Police

The family of a man, who died after his car crashed into a water-filled ditch in the Fens, have paid tribute to him.

Andrew Jarvis, 32, was found by police inside his car at Gravel Bank on Tuesday morning.

Efforts were made to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family say they are "devastated" by his death.

"He was a hard working fiancé, daddy, son, brother, uncle and cousin. He was the kindest, caring and most easy going man anyone could have had the pleasure of knowing and loving.”

– Jarvis family statement

Police say an inquest will be opened into Andrew's death in due course.

They are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.

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Flood summit held to protect low-lying areas

A major flood summit has been held in Cambridgeshire aimed at protecting low-lying areas of our region in the future.

The Fens escaped largely unscathed during the winter storms, but at several feet below sea level they are at significant risk of flooding.

Now local authorities and agencies have got together to review flood prevention plans and make sure they know what to do in case of a deluge.

Click below for Matthew Hudson's report.

How technology struggles to cope with flooding risk

Now we've felt the force of the weather this winter: we've had the tidal surge on the east coast and already this year we've had three times as much rain as usual. But an area of our region is in constant threat of flooding.

Ever since the Fens were drained in the 17th century, we've been trying to keep the rising tides at bay. Claire McGlasson has been to St German on the Cambridgeshire Norfolk border where technology has been pushed to the limit during the recent downpours.