Big Cats, shock for Nene, lead theft from church, new Chief Executive starts.

CHATTERIS: Evidence of a big cat roaming Fenland was left along a gravel track behind homes in Chatteris – and spotted by Joan Peacock. I let my dog outside on Saturday evening at about 11pm and she started barking near the wire fence at the back of the

CHATTERIS: Evidence of a big cat roaming Fenland was left along a gravel track behind homes in Chatteris - and spotted by Joan Peacock.

"I let my dog outside on Saturday evening at about 11pm and she started barking near the wire fence at the back of the garden," said Mrs Peacock, of Queensway.

"I thought it was something like a domestic cat or maybe even a hedgehog walking around, so called her back to the house and thought nothing of it. I could not see or hear anything.

"But when I took her out yesterday (Sunday) I saw these marks and started wondering whether she saw something else like this big cat people have been talking about."

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WISBECH: The company hoping to build up to 400 flats and houses alongside the River Nene, Wisbech, confirmed today (Mon) that the development had stalled.

Taylor Wimpey confirmed the exclusive revelation by the Wisbech Standard that they had entered talks with Fenland District Council over their proposals for the town.

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The company is a key player in the £50 million Nene waterfront regeneration project and despite other parts of the scheme forging ahead- including the new £3.5 million Boathouse business centre- no work has started yet on any of the homes.

"In light of current market conditions, we are currently reviewing the plans for the Nene waterfront development," said a spokesman for Taylor Wimpey.

This was to "ensure they are commercially viable and will meet customer demand."

Fenland Council had confirmed to the Wisbech Standard that negotiations were going on with Taylor Wimpey and say it was a situation "we anticipated and we are prepared for."

CHATTERIS: Sheets of lead have been stolen from Chatteris Parish Church. The lead was taken from the roof of the church sometime between March 26-27. Guttering was also damaged.

Police say they have no description of the offenders or of any vehicle that might have been used.

UPWELL: Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Upwell.

The incident happened at an address in March Riverside sometime between March 22-23.

The offenders forced entry into the property through a ground floor window and stole some electrical equipment and jewellery.

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time, or anyone with information about the incident, should contact DC Gill Lacey on 0845 456 4567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

WISBECH: A large amount of iron, metal and tractor parts were stolen from Whitehall Farm, North Brink, Wisbech.

The theft happened between March 10-13 and police say a vehicle must have been used to carry the items away.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the CIMU at March Police Station on 0845 456 4564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Mark Lloyd joins Cambridgeshire County Council as its new Chief Executive today.

Aged 40, Mr Lloyd becomes the youngest Chief Executive in the County Council's history. For the last three years he has been Chief Executive of Durham County Council, recently judged by the Audit Commission as a top-performing 'four star' Council that is 'improving well'.

Mr Lloyd takes over from Acting Chief Executive Gordon Jeyes, who returns to his role as Deputy Chief Executive responsible for services for Children and Young People.

Council Leader Keith Walters said he was delighted that Mark Lloyd was now joining the County Council. He added: "Mark has the skills and qualities needed to lead the County Council through the challenging and ever-changing agenda we face. He is the right person to drive forward improvements in the performance and quality of our services."

NORFOLK: It's a new financial year and a new look for Norfolk Constabulary...

From tomorrow , Norfolk's three existing policing areas are replaced with one territorial policing area known as the County Delivery Unit.

The change heralds a new way of policing that will deliver a consistent service right across the county - with enhanced front-line services working to provide local solutions to local problems.

The new structure is complimented by the Constabulary's new visual identity -a refreshed force crest and new strap-line "Our Priority is You", which will be phased in over the coming months.

Chief Constable Ian McPherson said: "Our aim over the next three to five years is to provide an ever professional, flexible and dedicated police service to the people of Norfolk.

"Our end game and how we reach that is the basis of our Vision, Pledge and Principles. The introduction of the County Delivery Unit is the first major step towards this."

The fresh look will also see changes in police uniform, with the introduction of a black 'wicking' shirt for operational officers, light-weight trousers and a new style high-vis police blouson.

THOUSANDS of residents in Cambridgeshire will be able to use their new bus passes to travel all over the England from this week.

The District and City Councils throughout the county have been inundated with applications over the last few months and have made a huge effort to make sure everyone who has applied have their new pass in time.

From the April 1, those who have their new pass will be able to travel for free on local bus services throughout England after 9.30am until the last bus of the day between Monday and Friday and all day at the weekends and bank holidays in any part of England.

If anyone has not yet applied for or received their new bus pass, the old style pass will remain valid for free travel within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough until the printed expiry date. This arrangement is only in place until the 30th September 2008. Those who have a pass that is due to expire on the 31st March 2008 will be able to continue to use their cards until the 30th April for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough travel, after this time they will need to have a new national pass to receive a concession. Only those with a new national bus pass will be able to receive a free travel outside of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

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