NEWS AT TEN: Tense time for Perry, MP's concerns over super surgeries, and car boot battle

CHATTERIS: Local snooker ace in nail biting drama at world championship STEPHEN Maguire came back from four frames down to level his World Championship quarter-final with Joe Perry at 4-4 in Sheffield. A major shock was brewing as Perry stormed int

CHATTERIS: Local snooker ace in nail biting drama at world championship

STEPHEN Maguire came back from four frames down to level his World Championship quarter-final with Joe Perry at 4-4 in Sheffield.

A major shock was brewing as Perry stormed into a 4-0 lead over the in-form Scot having rattled in breaks of 68, 121 and 82.

Maguire, who the China Open at the end of March, had led 8-0 and 9-0 in his first and second round matches respectively but managed just 20 points in the first three frames.

Maguire had stopped the rot against Perry with breaks of 54 and 91 to reduce the deficit to 4-2 while he also won the final two frames of session to leave the match all-square.

WIMBLINGTON: Planners try to force end to Sunday car boot sale

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SUNDAY car 'booters' could have the doors slammed on them if council officials get their way at a planning meeting next week.

A report to next Wednesday's Fenland District Council Planning Committee is recommending that a retrospective application to run a weekly car boot sale at Wimblington should be refused.

"The nature and scale of the proposed development is not considered says a report compiled by a planning officer.

And the official argues that the Sunday car boot sale at Skylark, which can attract up to 100 car booters during the summer, is "unrelated to any existing activity" outside the development area boundary and should therefore be resisted.

Robin Gowler's application to continue the sales at his garden centre in Manea Road has attracted little opposition from parish councillors or the highways authority.

Wimblington Parish Council confirmed it had no objections and Cambs County Council said it had few concerns, although maybe Mr Gowler could improve the access and introduce clearer signage.

WISBECH: Alcoholic's shock breath test reading as she drove away

ALCOHOLIC Keeley Wheeler gave a breath test reading more than double the legal alcohol reading after she drove away from Wisbech police station.

Wheeler had just given a statement, and an officer smelled drink on her breath before she left the premises.

"Police asked CCTV to keep an eye on her, she got into a car and near the court and drove away," explained prosecutor Andrew Williams.

Wheeler, 31, of Osborne Road, Wisbech, gave a reading of 82 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.

"Her partner had been arrested and she had been asked by police to make a statement," solicitor Roger Glazebrook explained to District Judge Ken Sheraton sitting at Wisbech courthouse. "She had not intended to drive that day, but the police kept going on about a statement."

The Judge banned Wheeler from driving for two years, and fined her £200 with £60 costs and a £15 surcharge.

WISBECH: Police car forced to take avoiding action to avoid crash

A POLICE car had to take avoiding action to avoid a crash with a Ford Mondeo driven by a drink driver Luke Racey in the early hours.

Racey had over shot a junction in West Street at Wisbech, and forced the approaching police car to brake extremely hard, Fenland magistrates heard this week.

Racey, 25, of West Parade, Wisbech, later gave a breath test reading almost three times the legal alcohol limit.

Solicitor Anita Waterman said Racey had not intended to drive home from the pub, and had entrusted his car keys to another person. But when the keys were handed back to him later, he decided to drive.

"If only the other person had kept the keys, he would have taken a taxi home, and would not be in court today," she said.

Site engineer Racey was banned from driving for 28 months and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £60 costs.

FENLAND: MP questions Whitehall plan for super surgeries

MALCOLM Moss, the MP for North East Cambridgeshire, voiced his opposition this week to Whitehall plans to replace local GPs' surgeries with "impersonal super-surgeries "known as polyclinics.

Up to 1,700 family doctor surgeries could be closed down across England, he says, and "estimates have suggested that across Cambridgeshire, four GP surgeries could be shut under Labour's plans."

He said: " Polyclinics are little different from a small hospital, and nothing like the independent, local GP practice with just a few doctors that patients know and trust.

"Labour Ministers are planning to end the era of local GP surgeries in almost every area. This will mean that patients will have to travel further to receive treatment, which will particularly disadvantage the elderly and families with small children.

"We already knew that the Government is planning to close thousands of local Post Offices. Now I fear that local GP surgeries are in their sights. Patients will have further to travel and will be lucky to see the same GP twice.

"Labour politicians in Whitehall must not be allowed to force polyclinics on areas where they are unwanted and not needed."

WISBECH: Football club will start next season at Fenland Park

Ridgeons Premier outfit Wisbech Town will start next season at Fenland Park after ruling out a ground share while the club's proposed new stadium is built.

The club's directors announced the U-turn after talks with Purple Investments - the company who have purchased Fenland Park.

Wisbech officials are still in the process of applying for grants before work can commence on a new ground at their Lynn Road site.

Fenmen boss Roy McManus confirmed plans for a parade of legends will still go ahead for Saturday's league finale against Woodbridge.

"The fact is that the club will be leaving Fenland Park at some point in the near future," he said. "It was thought that Saturday's match would be the last game there, so just thought it's as good a time as any to celebrate the wonderful times have been had at the stadium."

Terry Marshall and Ray Robson, who played for the Fenmen in the 1950s, are among the names confirmed to attend Saturday's match.

McManus said: "These guys were very special players - amongst the best the club has ever had. There will be players from the 1950s right through to the present day."

McManus plans to use Wisbech Town legend Jackie Gallagher, who turned 50 this month, as a substitute in the match.

"Jackie's really looking forward to it and I'm sure he'll get a big cheer," said McManus. "He scored last week when playing for Peterborough veterans. It would be amazing if he could hit the net on Saturday. We're planning to go out with a bang and produce a performance that will be remembered for years to come. Our form has been fantastic - we've lost just two out our last 14 games."

Wisbech Town's annual awards' ceremony will be held in the club house after the match.