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Train line between Peterborough and Ely could be made a community rail service

The train line between Peterborough and Ely could be made a community rail service. Credit: Department for Transport

Rail users on the train line between Peterborough and Ely could be given more say in how its run after the government announced plans to turn it into a community rail service.

The Hereward Line runs for 29 miles through Manea, March and Whittlesey.

If it is designated a community service, local people could have more say over the design and operation of passenger services.

"By designating the Hereward line as a community rail service, we can breathe new life into this route, ensure its long term future, and improve connections that will help grow the local economy."

– Claire Perry, Rail Minister

Nineteen rail lines around the country have been designated as community lines since 2005 including the Wherry Lines services between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and the East Suffolk Lines between Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft.

Ely: Official trailer for film version of Macbeth released

The official trailer for the new film version of Shakespeare's Macbeth has been released, including scenes filmed at Ely Cathedral.

For the Ely scenes, local people were used as extras alongside stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

The 12th century cathedral has been the location for several blockbusters.

Macbeth is due in cinemas on October 2.

Click below to watch the trailer


Ely man who was left for dead after savage attack starting to get his life back on track

Tony Walton (centre) is now making a recovery. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Ely who spent 100 days in hospital after he was savagely attacked has returned to the park where it happened.

Tony Walton was walking home through Cherry Hill Park when he was set upon by two men.

Mr Walton spent 100 days in hospital. Credit: Tony Walton

When he didn't return home on time his wife and son spent three hours searching for him in the dark.

But he was so badly beaten his face was unrecognisable.

"I heard a groan so I sort of changed my direction slightly and there was a man on the floor.

He was unrecognisable. I said to mum I've seen someone but I don't think it's dad."

– James Walton, Tony's son

Men convicted after brutal robbery

Cherry Hill Park, Ely Credit: ITV Anglia

Two men from Stevenage have been found guilty of attacking and robbing a pensioner and leaving him for dead in Ely.

The attack took place in Cherry Hill Park as the 68-year-old victim walked home after a night out last October.

Lee Jones, 33, of Skegness Road in Stevenage, and Sebastian Yellowe, 23, of Langthorne Avenue in Stevenage, stole his phone and wedding ring and left him with serious facial injuries.

Police were alerted at about 12.45am on October 16 last year after the victim's wife found him semi-conscious in the park.

She had been expecting him home at 10.30pm the previous day but had become concerned when he did not arrive.

The victim was taken to hospital and was only discharged earlier this year.

Today, the two men were found guilty of robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent, following a trial at King's Lynn Crown Court.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

"This was a cowardly and vicious attack on the victim who took months to full recover from his injuries. "I hope this result today will give him and his family some comfort that justice has been done."

– Det Con Peter Ware, Cambridgeshire Police.

Ely celebrates the humble eel

The annual Eel Festival returns to Ely in Cambridgeshire this weekend. On Saturday morning a procession will parade through the city, along Waterside to Jubilee Gardens.

A giant eel will lead the parade Credit: ITV News Anglia

There will be dancing, historic displays, a town criers contest and an eel throwing race. Competitors use stuffed toys rather than real eels.

It is said that in Saxon times the Isle of Ely paid Peterborough 80,000 eels to buy the stones that were then used to build Ely Cathedral. The festival aims to celebrate the eel's humble heritage, and the local area's history and traditions.


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