The week in numbers
698,000: Sessions missed last year by school pupils in Cambridgeshire, equivalent to 6.21 per cent of half days at school, of which 0.68 per cent were lost due to unauthorised absences. County education chief say an increase last year is due in large part
698,000: Sessions missed last year by school pupils in Cambridgeshire, equivalent to 6.21 per cent of half days at school, of which 0.68 per cent were lost due to unauthorised absences. County education chief say an increase last year is due in large part to schools clamping down on parents who book term-time holidays and logging time off as unauthorised. 74: Police officers from Cambridgeshire who joined colleagues from around the country to police the G8 summit in Edinburgh last year and at a cost of £200,000 in overtime, latest figures show. The money was recouped from the forces responsible for the policing operation. 27: Pets looking for rehoming by the Chatteris and St Ives branch of Cats Protection: many of the cats have been with foster carers since before Christmas. Contact 01480 4665226 to adopt a cat. 143: Times Ely's railway bridge has been hit in the past 10 years. Latest driver to wedge his van under the bridge, a Yugoslavian, was fined £75 this week by Ely magistrates. The offence was committed before new legislation which ups the maximum fine for damaging bridges to £5,000.25,000: Privately owned homes in East Anglia which have remained empty for more than six months. The Government wants something done, claiming it is "a wasted resource".25: Cars and vans reported stolen in Wisbech and March during December. 73: Police, community support officers, immigration officials, DVLA officers and Government fraud investigators involved in a one-day operation on Tuesday to check unroadworthy vehicles in the Fens area of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. Reception areas were set up to deal with suspected illegal immigrants or those suspected of exploiting workers or committing benefit fraud.