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The 'Ship of the Fens' attracts some unwanted visitors

Ely Cathedral has a problem with pigeons Credit: ITV News Anglia

Staff at Ely Cathedral say there are too many pigeons nesting around the roof of the 900 year old building.

They've noticed an unusally high number of the birds around the west tower and Cathedral porch.

They're now looking for humane ways to scare them off.

Ely Cathedral is known as 'The ship of the fens' Credit: ITV News Anglia

"They're grouping and clustering around the building in certain areas, creating a lot of mess. They're nesting and their nests are blocking our rainwater goods in some instances. The numbers are just too high for us really."

– Vicki Roulinson, Ely Cathedral

Online campaign to attract more visitors to Ely

A new website has been launched to promote the attractions of Ely in Cambridgeshire. Credit: www.visitely.org.uk/

The new website has been launched to attract more visitors to the historic city of Ely in Cambridgeshire.

The old Visit Ely website was deemed outdated and has now been refreshed and made easier to navigate.

“The website certainly has the ‘wow factor’ that will attract, engage and retain our audience.

“I have no doubt that this new commercial website will play an important factor in bringing more visitors into the district and will support the tourism team in their daily quest to promote all our tourism businesses and services.”

– Cllr Richard Hobbs, East Cambs Council
Cllr Richard Hobbs, Cllr Lis Every and Tracey Harding at the launch of the new Ely website. Credit: East Cambs Council

The aim is to hit 300,000 web users as year; the previous website attracted 220,000 visitors.

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Japanese sake brewery to come to Cambridgeshire

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

If you like a tipple, you'll probably know that our region already boasts several gin distilleries and also one of the best known makers of English whisky.

Well now it's set to be home to the UK's only brewery devoted to making Japanese rice wine or sake.

The development in derelict barns at Fordham Abbey near Ely will see £9 million invested over five years.

Man seriously injured after train strikes vehicle on level crossing

A train has hit a vehicle on the line between Cambridge and Ely with paramedics treating a man in his 40s for a severe head injury, the East of England Ambulance Service has said.

A spokesman said an emergency call was received at 2.34pm on Friday with the East Anglian Air ambulance, a land ambulance, three ambulance officers, the hazardous area response team and police sent to the scene near Stretham in Cambridgeshire.

One patient, a man in his 40s, has been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment.

A British Transport Police spokesman confirmed officers were on the railway line between Cambridge and Ely after reports a train had struck a vehicle on a level crossing.

Police were alerted just after 2.30pm.

The spokesman added that officers were being supported by the ambulance service.

Network Rail spokesman Ross Easton said: "At around 2.30pm, the 1354 Great Northern Kings Lynn - London King's Cross train struck a vehicle at a level crossing between Ely and Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.

"A man has been airlifted to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

"This type of level crossing is typically used by fewer than ten vehicles per day and requires users to telephone a signal box for permission to cross. We are assisting the emergency services at the scene."

Contract confirmed for controversial Ely bypass

An artist's impression of the new road Credit: ITV Anglia

The contract's been confirmed for the controversial Ely southern bypass.

The road will cost £36 million and be built by Volker Fitzpatrick.

The bypass aims to cut journey times between A10 and Stuntney Causeway by half, and and reduce delays for motorists leaving the station at peak times.

English Heritage led opposition to the new road, claiming that it would spoil the views and historic setting of Ely Cathedral.

£16 million funding approved for building of Ely bypass

The current crossing at Ely. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Ely southern bypass in Cambridgeshire has been given the go ahead by the government.

The Department of Transport has approved the £16 million funding required to build the road which hopes to ease congestion on the A10 and A142 around the city.

Campaigners have long argued that the bypass would ruin the picturesque landscape around Ely.

I am delighted we are able to support Cambridgeshire County Council with this important project.

The Ely Southern Link scheme will make a huge difference to local people, easing roads congestion, reducing delays on the rail network, and helping to boost the local economy.

Our investment of £16 million is a crucial step towards making these benefits a reality.

– Transport Minister Robert Goodwill

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Driver arrested on suspicion of fleeing scene of fatal Cambridgeshire crash

Branch Bank at Littleport. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man who is suspected of fleeing the scene of a fatal crash in Cambridgeshire has been arrested.

The 43-year-old, from Ely, voluntarily handed himself in to Parkside police station last night following an appeal. He has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop.

Two cars crashed at Branch Bank in Littleport, near Ely, on Wednesday night.

A front-seat passenger - who has been named as 20-year-old Jahmel Rashane Grant, from Kent - was killed while another person was left with serious injuries.

Flying Scotsman train trip to East Anglia cancelled

The Flying Scotsman made an historic journey along the East Coast line in February. Credit: ITV News

A visit to the Anglia region by the historic steam locomotive The Flying Scotsman has been cancelled after safety concerns.

The legendary locomotive was due to run a special excursion train from Ely to Norwich however the trip's been called off.

It's after thousands of pounds worth of delays were caused when people got too close to the tracks as the engine steamed through St Neots in Cambridgeshire in February.

It was feared the same might happen when the East Anglia trip was due to take place on 25 May.

Crowds turned out in force to see The Flying Scotsman travel through the Anglia region in February. Credit: ITV News

Network Rail to be quizzed over Ely junction upgrade

The Ely North junction. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

MPs and business leaders will quiz Network Rail this morning about a much-needed upgrade of the Ely North junction.

It follows months of lobbying to ensure a promised half-hourly service on the King's Lynn to London line are on schedule for next year.

"The Ely Junction is now the critical bottleneck holding back the vital Norwich to Cambridge to Stansted 'Innovation Line' which could create thousands of jobs in rural Norfolk."

– George Freeman MP, Mid Norfolk (Con).
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