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A Cambridge University graduate has pleaded guilty to 137 offences - including blackmailing victims into sending him severe abuse images of themselves and sharing them on the dark web. Dr Matthew Falder, 28, also admitted charges of causing the sexual exploitation of a child, voyeurism, making and distributing indecent images…
Only one in 10 very old people simply "slip away" when they die, a new study suggests. Just 10% of the oldest old have no symptoms such as pain, distress, depression or confusion at the time of death, researchers found. Experts from the University of Cambridge performed a retrospective analysis…
A "sadistic" man who waterboarded a six-year-old girl and forced her to run barefoot on a treadmill for up to four-and-a-half hours so she would sleep at bedtime has been jailed for 12 years. Garth Gatland, 39, of Austin Drive, Cambridge, was convicted of two counts of child cruelty at…
A health spa owner accused of drunkenly massaging a male customer's thighs while wearing a bikini has been cleared of sexual assault. Kerry Brocklebank, 43, was alleged to have repeatedly rubbed down the man despite his protestations at Huntingdon Spa and UK Sports Massage in Cambridgeshire on October 11. While…
A two-session counselling programme for low-level, first time domestic abusers can cut re-offending rates by a third, a groundbreaking experiment has shown. The trial also saw the harm suffered by victims in cases of re-offending reduced by over a quarter when the abuser had taken part in the inexpensive, charity-run…
An 87-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his 86-year-old wife. Brendon Constant is accused of killing his wife Jean and was formally charged at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, Cambridgeshire Police said. A post-mortem examination concluded that Mrs Constant died of plastic bag asphyxia in…
A firm has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned on a trip to an old sand quarry. Castle Homes Limited, which ran Castle Lodge home for young people, in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations over the incident in July 2013. Two…
Young people with mental health problems who have contact with mental health services are significantly less likely to suffer from clinical depression later in their adolescence than those with equivalent difficulties who do not receive treatment, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. This comes as Prime Minister…
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