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Cannabis smell at primary school traced to wild flower

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A strong cannabis smell wafting through a primary school was discovered by police to be a wild flower.

Cambridgeshire Police were called to a primary school after parents and teachers noticed the pungent aroma in the car park.

They found the smell at Rackham Primary School in Ely, on Wednesday, was coming from a wild flower, the phlox, which has an 'almost identical smell'.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: "We can happily reassure the community there isn't cannabis production going on in that area.

"Although the plant looks entirely different to cannabis in appearance - it would certainly give a false positive to the most sensitive of noses.

Usually found in North America, the phlox has a smell so similar to cannabis that it has previously fooled police sniffer dogs.


Man arrested after death of motorcyclist on A10

A motorcyclist has died in a crash on the A10 in Cambridgeshire.

The collision with a Ford Transit happened near Stretham at around 4pm on Wednesday 28 October.

A 35-year-old man from Ely was arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the road policing unit on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Update: Residents urged to avoid area after chemical spillage in Cambridgeshire

Crews are currently at the scene of a mercury spillage

Residents are being urged to avoid an area in Cambridgeshire after a mercury chemical spillage in Downham Road in Ely this morning.

A 75 metre cordon is in place in the area, affecting the surrounding roads- Downham Road, West Fen Road and Chapel Street.

Premises outside the cordoned area are unaffected, but residents are still asked to avoid the area.


Rail: Broken down freight train affecting services

A broken down freight train between March and Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire is affecting East Midlands and Cross Country services.

East Midlands services between Norwich and Peterborough may be delayed at short notice or cancelled.

CrossCountry services have also been suspended between Peterborough and Ely with trains now unable to run.

It's also affecting Abellio Greater Anglia services.

A recovery train is en-route and engineers are assessing the problem.

Government urged to press ahead with Ely North Junction upgrade by local MPs

The Ely North Junction. Credit: ITV News Anglia

MPs and business leaders are calling on the Government to press ahead with a £35 million upgrade to the Ely North Junction.

It's claimed the improvements to the rail route would attract more firms to the area and would also enable faster rail journeys to London.

The group laid out the plea in an open letter to the Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin.

"This is a vital investment which represents superb value for money, and given that the business case for it has already been fully established, it needs to be given the green light now."

– Henry Bellingham MP

Alfie's summer challenge raises £2,250 for charity

8-year-old Alfie McCreadie Credit: Alfie's family

An 8-year old boy from Ely has raised £2,250 for charity by walking for twenty minutes a day through the whole of his summer holidays.

Alfie McCreadie came up with the idea after being bullied about his weight.

He decided he wanted to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

84 people turned up for Alfie's final 20 minute walk at the weekend in Ely.

"It was quite a spectacular site seeing all these people young and old walking around the green cheering Alfie on."

– Hannah McCreadie, Alfie's mother
More than 80 people turned out to support Alfie Credit: Alfie's family

Hannah McCreadie, Alfie's mum, says his fitness has improved and they are overwhelmed by the support people have showed him.

"I'm very happy I have completed my challenge. I've done a great thing for charity, raised lots of money and I'm really happy."

– Alfie McCreadie
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