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Campaign against drinking in the street calls for ban

Wisbech is looking to curb the drinking of alcohol in the street.

Street drinkers are blighting a Cambridgeshire town and turning parts of it into no-go areas.

People living in Wisbech say drunk and disorderly behaviour, and empty cans and bottles scattered along the pavements, are becoming an all-too familiar sight.

Now a petition - calling for a zero-tolerance approach from the authorities - has collected more than 1,300 signatures.

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Calls for drinking ban on streets of Wisbech

Calls for a drinking ban on the town's streets Credit: PA

More than 1300 people in Wisbech have signed a petition calling for a drinking ban on the town's streets.

Local businesses and residents say they want a zero tolerance policy to drunk and disorderly behaviour there.

Apparently some residents have said they are frightened to use certain hotspots in the town, such as Tillery Park and St Peters Gardens.

The petition is due to be handed to Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

People in Wisbech advised to keep doors and windows closed while emergency services tackle fire

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People in Wisbech in Cambridgeshire are being advised to keep doors and windows closed while emergency services tackle a fire in South Brink.

Police were called by the fire service at about 10.50am this morning (Thursday 3 August) alerting them of the fire at two barns.

Members of the public are urged to avoid the area until further notice.

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H2O Deer! Animal rescued from Wisbech river

The fire service worked with the RSPCA to save the deer.

RSPCA inspectors joined forces with the fire service to free a deer who had become stuck on the mud banks of the River Nene in Wisbech.

The animal was trapped in the river in the harbour near to the Police Station, and was standing on the muddy banks at low tide unable to free himself.

The deer had a minor eye injury.

When I arrived this poor deer was in a real fix. He had most likely wandered over from the common land nearby, but stumbled down into the river banks, swam to the harbour and with the walls being so steep and high he just wasn’t able to get himself out again.

– Jon Knight, RSPCA

If you see a wild animal in distress, keep a safe distance away and call the RSPCA.

Man avoids jail after claiming Aston Martin was stolen

Hart was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A Cambridgeshire man who told police his £40,000 Aston Martin car had been stolen, when his friend had crashed it into a ditch near Wisbech, has avoided jail.

The car was found abandoned on the bank of a dyke in March Road, where it was later found by police.

James Hart, 68, from West End in March, called police and reported it stolen.

Hart pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and was given a 15 month suspended sentence.

Hart has not gone to prison but he will have the prospect of prison hanging over him for two years, as well as the curfew and costs.

He took a risk and when it went wrong he tried to get out of it by lying. However, there was clear evidence the car had not been stolen.

We have had other cases where people have falsely claimed their cars have been stolen so I hope this demonstrates how seriously it is treated.

– PC Matt Smart, Cambridgeshire police

Drink driver caught 'driving wrong way down road' arrested in Wisbech

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Fenland Police tweeted a picture of a drink drivers failed breath test after they were caught driving the wrong way down Lynn Road in Wisbech.

The driver who was arrested after being stopped Monday 29 May blew a reading of 116.

Four miniature dachshunds stolen during burglary

Phoebe, Lola, Millie and Florence have been missing for four weeks

A dog owner is urging for thieves to return four of her dachshunds after they were stolen during a burglary near Wisbech.

Phoebe, Lola, Millie and Florence were taken from a property in Back Drove in Upwell on 18 April.

Two of the dachshunds are a smooth red, one is chocolate and tan and one is wire haired.

A reward is being offered for their safe return.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area at around the time of the incident to contact them.

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