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Work starts on £26m flood defence scheme

Whittlesey Washes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Work has started on the first stage of a £26 million flood defence scheme at Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire.

The project will strengthen the Whittlesey Washes reservoir which protects hundreds of homes near Peterborough.

The reservoir is used to store flood waters when tides are high. Work on improving the defences is expected to take four years.

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Whittlesey Washes to be protected from flooding

It was a growing tide of public opinion which even the flood defences on the Whittlesey Washes would have struggled to contain.

Angry that their community may be left without adequate protection campaigners say they've pursuaded the Environment Agency to do a u-turn on it's plans for the future maintenance of the banks that protect the Washes from flooding.

The Government will now fund the £21m pound cost of repairing the banks - more than four times the amount which had previously been proposed.

Two arrested after break-in

Two men have been arrested following a break-in at Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire. Police were called to reports of suspicious activity outside a home in Coates Road on Wednesday 11th July.

The police helicopter was called in and two men were arrested on suspicion of burglary. They are currently being held at Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough.

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