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The GRANDSON of vicious swan Mr Asbo has been up to his old tricks attacking visitors to Cambridge – but this time he has come ASHORE as the river is empty due to lockdown.

The feathered fiend, who is now a fully-fledged swan, was nicknamed Asbaby as a youngster when he pecked petrified punters on the famous Backs. But during lockdown punts and boats have been stored away and there is no one on the river, so now the savage swan has taken to chasing people on the towpath instead.

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Classical superstar Katherine Jenkins helped a fireman to propose to his stunned girlfriend on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London in front of 4000 people.

The opera singer devised a plan to get Matt Thorpe, 42, who is also her tour photographer, and his girlfriend Catherine Hammill, 30, on the stage during one of her shows at the historic venue. She pretended to have trouble taking a selfie with the audience and asked Matt and his girlfriend, who helps as his photographic assistant, to step in.

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Actor David Jason was seen watching the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight practise their display for the new season as they gained their Public Display Approval.

The Only Fools and Horses star seemed to be enjoying the display by the iconic planes at RAF Coningsby base in Lincolnshire and was later spotted meeting the crew of the Lancaster. The 80-year-old started his career as a mechanic and is a qualified helicopter pilot.

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Extinction Rebellion activists have dug up the prized lawn at Cambridge University’s historic Trinity College.

The climate activists then put some of the grass and soil in wheelbarrows and dumped it in the foyer of Barclay’s Bank in Cambridge city centre. The group said they had dug up the lawn because of the college’s role in a major development in the Suffolk countryside.

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UK new car registrations rose for the first time this year, by 11.3 per cent in July, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Some 174,887 cars were registered in July 2020 as dealerships across the UK opened for their first full month of trading since February. This represents a significant improvement on the same month last year, when declining business and consumer confidence undermined the market.

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Claudia Schiffer has lost her battle against her neighbour who wants to double the size of her cottage on the boundary of the supermodel’s Suffolk country estate.

The catwalk queen and her film-director husband Matthew Vaughan, produced hit film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, had complained their home, Coldham Hall in Stanningfield, would be “adversely impacted” by their neighbour’s “over-sized” extension.

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A teenager has become the first model with Down’s syndrome to pose for Gucci Beauty - with her pictures appearing in Vogue Italia.

Ellie Goldstein has also become one of the brand’s most popular posts on their Instagram page, with almost 800,000 likes. The 18-year-old modelled Gucci Mascara L’Obscur for the campaign, with her photo receiving hundreds of positive comments on Instagram.

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A punt operator in Cambridge wore a mask to protect himself from coronavirus in the tourist hotspot.

He wore a mask as he got ready to punt tourists from around the world on the River Cam, as the virus spreads across Britain.

At Boots in Cambridge the shelves have been emptied of antibacterial gel and a notice has been taped to the shelf stating: “Due to high demand of antibacterial gel, we have sold out for today.”

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Traditional punts in Cambridge have been fitted with PERSPEX screens to help with social distancing between different households.

Punts have looked the same for the last 120 years, but now Lets Go Punting and The Traditional Punting Company have given their boats a makeover so they can safely re-open. The companies have fixed Perspex screens to their boats to ensure there is a protective barrier between different groups of people when the current two metre minimum distance is not met.

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Ed Sheeran’s DAD has put together the world’s first exhibition about his famous son with personal items which have never been shown in public before.

John Sheeran has gathered together an array of private family photos, unseen works of art and personal items relating to key moments in Ed’s life and career for the exhibition, which coincides with the singer’s “coming home” concerts in Suffolk. The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition opens in Ipswich when the global superstar returns to play four concerts in his home town.

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A Labrador is believed to have broken the world record by giving birth to FOURTEEN adorable puppies in one litter.

Bella has previously given birth to litters of just six to eight puppies so her owners were shocked when she produced such a big brood. Owner Hazel Hedges, who helped Bella out by bottle feeding the pups through the night for the first three weeks, said the huge litter had been a big “surprise.”

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Seaside caravans have been left precariously balanced on the edge of a cliff after a dramatic landslide the size of two football pitches in North Norfolk.

Only one of the caravans at Trimingham House Caravan Park, about five miles east of Cromer, was being used and the woman and her child were led to safety following the cliff fall. 

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Horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment galloped around in the fields after being “furloughed” due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Around 200 horses have swapped their London stables for the freedom of the Leicestershire countryside while ceremonial duties are no longer taking place. The horses are usually based in Hyde Park in Knightsbridge and would normally be preparing for the Trooping of the Colour next month.

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The girlfriend of London Bridge victim Jack Merritt was among mourners taking part in a vigil and one-minute silence in Cambridge.

Veterinary science student Leanne O’Brien clutched a teddy bear as she stood with Jack’s parents in front of the Guildhall in Cambridge, where they were joined by students, city councillors and residents for the vigil in honour of former Cambridge University students Jack and Saskia Jones who died in the incident near London Bridge.

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The finishing touches are being made to the UK’s first electric forecourt.

The site in Braintree, Essex, is the first of around 100 electric forecourts to be built around the country over the next five years as part of a £1 billion programme. It will have 24 charging points, which can charge a vehicle in around 20 to 30 minutes, as well as six Tesla superchargers.

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A three-year-old disabled girl told she may never walk has stunned her parents by taking her first steps UNAIDED – as she continues her rainbow mission for the NHS.

The Sun told how Daisy Briggs, who was diagnosed with severe Spina Bifida, a spinal condition, and Hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid in her brain, had been inspired by Colonel Tom Moore to do a sponsored rainbow walk with her frame. Readers have helped the incredible little girl raise more than £14,000 for the NHS and now her proud parents are celebrating again after Daisy walked on her own for the first time.

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A petrolhead pooch is living life in the fast lane by travelling around in a motorbike SIDECAR.

Louie, a two-year-old St Bernard, regularly goes “motorbarking” on the side of the Honda Gold Wing 1500 at speeds of up to 55mph. The thrill-seeking puppy, who has his own crash hat and doggles, loves going on journeys with owner Alan Valkeith and attracts a lot of attention from motorists and passers-by.

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A surgeon took a SELFIE with the QUEEN when she visited the new Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire.

Jason Ali snapped a picture on his IPhone with himself and Her Majesty, who is looking directly at the camera and smiling. Jason, who is a specialist registrar in cardiothoracic surgery at the hospital, said he was stunned when he saw the selfie.

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Robbie Williams played an intimate gig at the Roundhouse in London his PYJAMAS.

The pop singer wore gold silk pyjamas for his Under the Radar concert after telling fans that would be the dress code. Last week he jokingly tweeted that fans wouldn’t be allowed entry to his gig unless they wore pyjamas and most of them obliged, including his band.

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A magnificent collection of original costumes from some of the iconic films shot inside Ely’s beautiful medieval Cathedral in Cambridgeshire have gone on display.

Dresses and outfits worn by stars including Claire Foy, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth will be on show in the Crowns and Gowns exhibition. Jewellery, props and memorabilia from the films, which include The Other Boleyn Girl, The King’s speech, Macbeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, as well as Netflix’s The Crown, are also on show.