NEWS AT TEN: MP calls for a safer A14 and Network Rail plans more jobs for March

PUBLISHED: 11:02 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:25 02 June 2010

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Malcolm Moss calls for A14 to be a priority MP Malcolm Moss has called for urgent improvements to the A14 which he says the Government should give priority. Mr Moss, the MP for NE Cambs, told the House of Commons yesterday that he w

CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Malcolm Moss calls for A14 to be a priority

MP Malcolm Moss has called for urgent improvements to the A14 which he says the Government should give priority.

Mr Moss, the MP for NE Cambs, told the House of Commons yesterday that he was pleading for the Secretary of State for Transport "not to allow any longer heavier vehicles on the A14 through Cambridgeshire, which has one of the worst accident records in the country, with 52 fatalities in the past 10 years alone.

"The latest was only three weeks ago, in which a heavy lorry killed a young single mother."

Mr Moss asked: "Will the Minister undertake to prioritise all the Cambridgeshire A14 improvements so that heavier lorries can make safe passage through Cambridgeshire from the east coast ports to the midlands and the north?

Ruth Kelly, the minister, said Mr Moss was "absolutely right that safety should be a key consideration when deciding whether road improvement schemes should go ahead."

She added: "That is one of the issues that we will consider in determining whether the A14 is a priority for additional investment. We are reviewing all our road schemes and intend shortly to make an announcement on which will be priorities."

WISBECH: Police appeal for witnesses after man is robbed

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed at the Old Market, Wisbech at 1.30am on Sunday.

The man was walking home from the Kings Head Pub, Old Market Place, Wisbech when he was attacked from behind by a group of three or four men.

He was pushed to the ground and kicked before the men stole two gold chains, a mobile phone and the victim's wallet.

The victim suffered serious injuries and was treated in hospital. He has since been released.

DC Al Bassam, investigating, said: "I would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time and witnessed the attack.

"If you were walking home and remember seeing the attack or a group of men running away from the area please get in touch."

Anyone with any information can contact DS Dave York at Wisbech Police Station on 0845 456 456 4 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

FENLAND: Remand in custody for man accused of burglaries

A MAN charged with committing burglaries in March and Wisbech was remanded in custody by Fenland magistrates.

Robert Fitzjohn, 28, formerly of St John's Road, March, but now living in Osborne Road, Wisbech, is alleged to have burgled the United Services Club in March, on February 5, and burgled a home in Clarkson Avenue, Wisbech, between February 12 and 15.

Fitzjohn is further charged with an attempted burglary at The Wheatsheaf pub in Wisbech, and possessing heroin.

Fenland magistrates committed him for trial before Cambridge Crown Court, and he is due to appear there for a preliminary hearing on May 16.

MARCH: Mum warned by court after binge drinking dangers

THE dangers of binge drinking were spelled out to a March single mum this week, when she admitted being over the alcohol limit when she hit a car at 7.30am the next morning.

Faye Chisnall had drunk half a bottle of vodka and a couple of tequilas with a friend from Northern Ireland.

She was drinking until the early hours, and wrote off her car after colliding with a parked vehicle in Norwood Avenue, March, on April 5.

Her breath test reading was 57 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Banning her from driving for 16 months, presiding magistrate Michael Sullivan told her: "You have learned the dangers of heavy binge drinking the night before. You thought you were clear to drive, but you were not."

Chisnall, 29, of Tondel Court, Bronze Street, March, admitted drink driving, and was fined £60 with £60 costs and a £15 surcharge.

Solicitor Ben Pearson said: "She fully accepts her judgment was impaired by the alcohol she had drunk the previous evening."

MARCH: Network Rail plan to bring extra 25 jobs to the town

NETWORK Rail is set to bring an extra 25 jobs to March with the proposed phase expansion of Whitemoor Yard.

The company is creating a new depot at Whitemoor from where a rolling programme of works and maintenance will be planned across the entire network.

An extra train will be based in March to handle the engineering works and will operate from existing sidings but with a new rail canopy to protect workers during maintenance.

Four portable offices, five stores and a workshop are also being built and local residents are being informed of the proposals.

WISBECH: Trail of damage left by drunken teenager- court told

A DRUNKEN teenager who left a trail of damage when refused a drink at the Rose and Crown Hotel in Wisbech, and then knocked over a woman shopper as he ran away from police, is to be sentenced by Cambridge Crown Court.

Daniel Minton, 19, pleaded guilty to damaging four plant pots, two windows and a glass at the hotel on February 22.

He also admitted assaulting Priscilla Humphreys and damaging her glasses, and displaying a threatening sign.

The teenager further admitted stealing a Yamaha motorcycle on August 30 2007 belonging to Christopher Norman.

Minton, of 421 North Brink, Wisbech, who is currently on licence from prison, asked for a further 10 offences to be taken into consideration.

Minton was granted conditional bail by District Judge Ken Sheraton sitting at Wisbech courthouse on Tuesday.

WISBECH: Cost of cleaning cell came to £100, court told

DRUNKEN James Peterson urinated on a police cell floor and then stuck his fingers down his throat until he was sick, a court heard.

He caused so much mess that it cost more than £100 to clean, and on Tuesday he admitted causing damage to the male detention cell at Wisbech police station.

The court heard that Peterson had earlier been escorted away from his home address, because his partner claimed to have been threatened.

He collected two bags of clothing before he left, and swore at his partner and neighbours as he was taken away.

Peterson, 30, of Horseshoe Terrace, Wisbech, admitted using threatening behaviour and causing criminal damage on March 31.

"I didn't hit anyone, it was just me being drunk, saying words," he said. "I have got to go to Drinksense, and get some tablets that make me sick if I drink alcohol," he added.

Peterson was fined a total of £200 and must pay £101.31 compensation, £60 costs and a £15 surcharge.


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