Fen Diary Week 7

PUBLISHED: 09:38 16 February 2007 | UPDATED: 22:34 28 May 2010

HAVING spent several weeks on the trail of the Fenland bus driver who I regularly saw using a mobile phone while driving, it s heartening to report back that Cambridgeshire Police are launching a much-needed crackdown on such dangerous behaviour. They tel

HAVING spent several weeks on the trail of the Fenland bus driver who I regularly saw using a mobile phone while driving, it's heartening to report back that Cambridgeshire Police are launching a much-needed crackdown on such dangerous behaviour.

They tell me that in the past four months no fewer than 40 fixed penalty notices have been issued to lorry drivers caught using mobile phones while at the wheel.

Leaving aside the nine others fined for failing to wear seatbelts, and the three fined for failing to be in proper control, there is one driver I would love to harangue in a controlled environment.

He is the lorry driver caught reading a map while driving - an extraordinary experience that would, no doubt, have rendered the apprehending police officer speechless. Whether the 14-day suspension imposed by the Traffic Commissioners was sufficient I leave for others to judge.

THERE was general excitement among staff in this office when they heard a new Habitat store was opening in March.

A representative of the innovative and trendy store telephoned to talk to a reporter about publicity surrounding the opening of the store on the trading park.

Unfortunately the penny suddenly dropped when he asked if the paper would be attending the opening next month. Habitat will be opening in March but in the month and not the town. It is in fact opening a new store in Cambridge.

FAR be it for me to pour cold water on the outpourings of a rival publication, but what the heck, dog eat dog and all that.

Let me guide you, therefore, to the village of Wimblington and the hunt for the "thieves" who "stole" wreaths from the churchyard.

"Grave robbers" thundered Gerald Taylor, who discovered that wreaths placed there over Christmas had been carted off and flowers and decorations removed.

"How low can some people go," protested Mr Taylor. "They are like grave robbers."

Closer inspection of the facts, however, reveals the so called thieves who took the wreaths were actually the caretakers and churchwardens.

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