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Owner 'devastated' by ram-raid but glad robbers didn't get away with any cash

Raj has owned the building since the late 70s.

The owner of a building in Whittlesey said he's 'devastated' after a ram-raid by robbers in the early hours of this morning.

Cambridgeshire police were called at 2.55am to reports of a group of men attempting to remove an ATM at Delph Service Station in West Delph.

Raj, who has owned the building since the early 70s said he's glad they didn't get away with any cash.

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Thieves leave empty handed during Whittlesey service station ram-raid

Delph Service Station destroyed during ram-raid.

Police say a group of ram-raiders who targeted a service station in Whittlesey failed to get away with the cash machine.

Two trucks, a forklift and a JCB were used during the attempted theft in the early hours of this morning at Delph Service Station in West Delph.

As a result the building has been left badly damaged and fire crews have closed down the station for safety reasons.

Obviously, they've used a lot of brute force with the JCB to smash through the wall, I think several members of the public called us, I think the offenders were disturbed and they made off, leaving the JCB and the stolen vehicle here.

Well, obviously, on occasions people do live in these sorts of places and sleep on the premises and I'm guessing the criminals just wouldn't have known that, they'd have taken pot luck and smashed through the wall, regardless of the consequences for anybody who might've been inside.

– Det Insp David Murphy

Building destroyed after ram-raiders steal ATM from Whittlesey service station

Ramraiders targeted Delph Service Station in Whittlesey. Credit: Whittlesey North Bank Information Facebook

A service station in Whittlesey has been destroyed after it was targeted by ram-raiders in the early hours of this morning.

Cambridgeshire police were called at 2.55am to reports of a group of men attempting to remove an ATM at Delph Service Station in West Delph.

Petrol station stock room.

A police spokesman said: “It is believed there were four men there, all wearing black clothing, who managed to get away with the ATM.

“It has been reported that there were a number of vehicles used, including two trucks, a forklift and a JCB. A red car, believed to be an Audi was seen to make off in the direction of Thorney/Dog in a Doublet.

“The building has been badly damaged, fire attended to close the station down as not safe.”

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.

Tesco offers communities £20k after stores 'mothballed'

Tesco is offering a £20,000 'community fund' to residents in Chatteris and Whittlesey to say sorry for not opening new stores earmarked for the towns.

Empty Tesco store to remain closed Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The deal has been struck by Fenland District Council and follows an earlier Tesco donation to Chatteris groups of £4,000 agreed with MP Steve Barclay after the store was mothballed.

The crisis-hit retailer announced last month it would close 43 stores, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.

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Former teacher and priest jailed for sex abuse

David Goodstadt, 45, from Whittlesey has been jailed for 17 years. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A former teacher and priest has been jailed for 17 years for the sexual abuse of three young girls over a decade.

45-year-old David Goodstadt of Broad Street in Whittlesey was convicted of rape, attempted rape, indecency with a child and five counts of indecent assault following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

He was cleared of three other charges and the jury failed to reach a verdict on two other offences.

Detective Constable Amanda Sylvester of Cambridgeshire Police said: "Goodstadt is a dangerous man and we're pleased he is now behind bars. The victims showed great bravery in coming forward and ultimately giving evidence at court in order to bring him to justice."

Inquest hears how girl cried for help after driving into river

An inquest has been told an 18 year old girl could be heard shouting for help as her car sank into a river near Peterborough, after she accidentally drove off the road.

Hannah Yates from Whittlesey drowned in November last year in the River Nene, next to a notorious stretch of road known as North Bank.

A safety barrier has since been installed on the bend where it happened.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Second phase of £26m flood defence scheme set to start

Whittlesey Washes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Residents living close to a £26m flood defence scheme have been invited to find out more about the project.

A drop in session has been arranged for residents in Whittlesey and Stanground in Cambridgeshire about the Whittlesey Washes scheme. The event runs today at the Ivy Leaf Club in Whittlsey between 11am and 7pm.

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