FENLAND/CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Police investigate unexplained death of man

POLICE INVESTIGATE UNEXPLAINED DEATH OF MAN SOHAM: Police are investigating the unexplained death of a man, whose body was discovered last night. Police were called to an address in The Causeway at 8pm and the man s body was taken to Addenbrooke s


SOHAM: Police are investigating the unexplained death of a man, whose body was discovered last night.

Police were called to an address in The Causeway at 8pm and the man's body was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where a post mortem is expected to be carried out today.

A police spokeswoman said officers are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances of the man's death.

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A 51-year-old man from the Ely area has been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and is being held at Parkside Police Station.


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WISBECH: Ideas on how to bring a Wisbech building back into public use were explored as part of a two-day community project.

The 'You've Been Fired Up' event also saw Katie Hopkins, finalist in last year's series of The Apprentice, visit Wisbech to play the role of entrepreneur Sir Alan Sugar.

Five teams took part and had to act as if they own the Wisbech Institute, off Hill Street, pretend it was a derelict building and come up with a fresh idea to bring it back into the public domain.

Ideas included transforming it into a marriage centre, a language centre, and opening it for use by community groups.

They completed six tasks, ranging from site visits to radio interviews, public consultation and a 15-minute presentation to Katie.

The event was funded by Action for Market Towns. Annie Appleby, licence holder for the Institute, said it was a success.

Each member of the winning team was presented with a laptop.


CHATTERIS: A road was closed for almost an hour this morning after a collision in Doddington Road, close to the junction of the Forty Foot Bank.

Fire crews from Chatteris, Sutton and Huntingdon were called at 7.30am and closed the road while recovering the vehicle. Crews cut one person free from the car using specialist equipment.

A police spokeswoman said the road was cleared by 8.30pm. However, she added: "The milkman was unhappy because the Forty Foot junction was blocked and he could not complete his round."


CAMBRIDGESHIRE: The Primary Care Trust has announced a major investment in NHS dental services.

Jeremy Wallman, dental lead for the PCT, last week announced an additional investment of £500,000 per annum in local NHS dental services for Cambridgeshire residents from April 2008.

Mr Wallman said: "We have targeted this investment to three existing dental practices in areas where we know access to NHS dentists has been challenging in the past including Wisbech, Comberton and Bassingbourn.

"In total, the PCT is now investing some £18million in dental services with 70 contracts in place with NHS dentists across Cambridgeshire. We also have three Dental Access Centres located in Cambridge, Huntingdon and Wisbech, which provide emergency dental care for any people who are unable to register with an NHS dentist.

"This is excellent news for Cambridgeshire residents and we are confident that, with this new investment, people from across Cambridgeshire will be able to access local NHS dental services."


MANEA: A farmer who is planning to retire cannot build a house for a manager on his land, an appeals inspector has decided.

Brian Risely says his pig unit and potato storage facilities both need round the clock attention. His planning application for a house on Plantation Farm in Wimblington Road was turned down by Fenland District Council last year.

Mr Risely appealed against the decision but has been told by an inspector that there is housing available or being built in the village which is no further away from the pigs than the site earmarked on the farm.

The inspector dealing with the appeal said the main issue was whether the needs of the agricultural business outweighed the policy on new housing in the countryside.

The pig rearing part of the business is based at The Willows in Station Road and potatoes are stored across the road, there is also some storage and distribution at Plantation Farm.


FENLAND: Plans to improve schools in the Fenland area took an important step forward this week with the approval of Cambridgeshire County Council's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Outline Business Case.

Building Schools for the Future will see significant improvements to six of Fenland's schools - Cromwell Community College, Neale-Wade Community College, Thomas Clarkson Community College, Sir Harry Smith Community College, Meadowgate School and Fenland Junction Pupil Referral Unit.

The Outline Business Case - which has been approved by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) - sets out in detail the scope, cost, affordability, risks, procurement route and timetable of the project.

The national BSF project will see all 3500 secondary schools in England rebuilt or substantially remodelled over a 15-year period at a total cost of around £45 billion.


WISBECH: Just three weeks after being released from jail, prolific shoplifter Jonathan Homes, 40, was caught stealing again.

Holmes, of Henson Close, Wisbech, was sent back into custody. He was jailed for 28 days, after admitting that he stole an art set from W H Smith in Wisbech.

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