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Peacock swaps spikes for sequins as he joins Strictly

Jonnie Peacock

Jonnie Peacock is swapping spikes for sequins as he joins Strictly Come Dancing.

The Paralympic and world champion sprinter is joining the BBC One show - which starts again in the autumn.

The Cambridgeshire track star said:

The opportunity to be the first contestant with a disability to take part in Strictly’s main show was too good to turn down. I’ve got no previous dance history outside of the occasional ‘worm’ at a mate’s party and I know this will be a challenge and a new experience. I can’t wait to see what I can achieve and how far I can push myself.”

– Jonnie Peacock

And fellow athlete and former Strictly star Greg Rutherford was quick to offer support


Line reopens after freight train derailment causes week of disruption

A crane was required help clear the track. Credit: Network Rail.

After a week of disruption rail commuters can travel from Ely to Peterborough again after the line reopened this morning.

It was closed after a freight train derailed on Monday, 14 August seriously damaging the track.

No-one was injured.

A crane was needed to remove the heavy containers and their wagons before repair work could begin, with bus replacement services provided for passengers.

In total engineers replaced nearly ¼ mile of track.

Rail experts say the cost of the derailment could top a million pounds.

Our engineers and specialist teams have worked tirelessly over the last week to recover the derailed wagons and carry out major repair work so that services can resume today as planned.

I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we completed the repairs.

– Simon Ancona, Network Rail’s chief operating officer for Anglia.

Police officer killed in road collision named

A police officer who died in a road collision in Cambridgeshire has been named.

PC Max Walsh, from Peterborough died when his Ford Focus collided with a Scania lorry on the A605 on Friday 18 August.

The 52-year-old who was based at Thorpe Wood Police Station joined the force in 2003.

The sudden and tragic circumstances in which he has died are so very sad.

Our condolences go to his wife, his immediate family and all the other people who will feel his loss.

– Deputy Chief Constable Alan Baldwin

Services running again between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough.

The freight train derailed on Monday 14th August Credit: ITV News Anglia

The line that has been closed between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough is due to re-open today.

Network Rail have been repairing the track and removing the carriages after a freight train de-railed near Ely last week.

Repair work taking place at the site at Queen Adelaide near Ely Credit: ITV News Anglia
Diggers were used as work to remove the damaged track and replace it took place Credit: ITV News Anglia

Some rail experts say the cost of the derailment could top one million pounds.

An investigation into the cause is underway.


Cost of freight train derailment could top £1 million

Rail experts say the cost of the freight train derailment near Ely could top £1 million. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rail experts say the cost of Monday's freight train derailment near Ely in Cambridgeshire could top £1 million.

It comes as repair work on the track begins at the site after the train's containers and wagons were successfully removed.

The line between Ely and Peterborough is still not due to re-open until Monday disrupting train services between East Anglia and the Midlands and the North.

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