VANDALISM in Somersham at The Cross

It was very disappointing to receive a report the beautiful flower displays at The Cross have been vandalised by a group of young people last evening. This is not the first time this has taken place.

The flower displays have been nurtured by our dedicated groundsman to help the village centre look vibrant and welcoming to all. This thoughtless act has not taken into consideration the hard work of our staff or the people who take joy in appreciating the flowers.

Images of the culprits will be downloaded from our CCTV and provided to the Police together with our reported crime incident.

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Appeal After Crash Leaves Driver With Life-Threatening Injuries

Can you help? We’re appealing for witnesses after a serious collision in Alconbury yesterday. 

The collision took place just after 4.30pm and involved one vehicle, a Ford Fiesta van, which collided with a lamppost at a roundabout on Ermine Street after leaving the A14 eastbound. 

Police attended the scene together with paramedics. 

The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 40s, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in a critical condition, where he remains.

Anyone with any information regarding the crash, or any dash cam footage, should call 101 quoting incident 267 of 12 June.

Results Released For Force Southern Impact Team

A policing team acting on intelligence provided by the public has made more than 150 arrests and seized cash and drugs worth more than £100,000 – all less than a year after being set up. 

The force’s Southern Impact Team carry out planned policing operations – including warrants and arrests – across the south of the county. There is also a Northern Impact Team carrying out similar work in the north of the county.

The proactive policing teams were set up in May 2018 and act on intelligence reported to the force from a variety of different sources, including 101 calls and reports made through the force website

Chief Inspector Nick Skipworth said: “Since May 2018 when the Southern Impact Team was formed we have arrested 154 people – the majority of these being County Lines drug dealers – and have a combined cash and drugs total seizure figure of more than £100,000. 

“This work carried out by this team will have caused a significant dent in pockets of those involved in organised crime, and county lines dealing.

“Work from this team of officers has also resulted in the courts handing out prison sentences totalling 63 years and seven months.

“I have no doubt that these impressive results will continue to climb – but we couldn’t do it alone.

“These results are a brilliant example of how reporting information to us makes a difference and also the work our officers do off the back of that information.

“I am incredibly proud of my team, and I know how hard they work on a daily basis to bring offenders to justice.”

Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity in their area can report this to us by calling 101, or reporting online at www.cambs.police.uk/report. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

You can tell us any information you may have about criminal or suspicious activity in your community. Information provided will be reviewed and could help to stop a crime or convict an offender.

Some examples of what to report include:

Part time Job vacancy in Somersham

The following exciting opportunity is now available to work with teenagers and young people who live and visit Somersham. We are currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual to support the development and delivery of a varied, fun and wide ranging programmes of activities.

Youth WorkerJunior

Youth Club (SCP 14) £9.19 per hour

The Junior Youth Club is open every Monday term time only from 5.45 – 7.45pm at the Victory Hall. Applicants must be able to develop and motivate young people and it is desirable that you have skills hobbies or interests that could be used in work with young people.

For Paid Vacancies (age 16 +) :

Please download an application form from http://www.somersham-pc.gov.uk and clearly identify what vacancy you wish to apply for.

The job description and person specification can be viewed online at http://www.somersham-pc.gov.uk

Completed application forms should be returned by email or post no later than 9.30am on Thursday 18th April 2019

Completed applications to be returned to

Email: clerk@somersham-pc.gov.uk  

Postal address: The Norwood Building, Parkhall Road,

Somersham PE28 3HE

Charity Challenge For Pc In Memory Of Daughter

Dear subscriber,

A police officer laced up his walking shoes at the weekend and is now in the middle of a charity challenge in memory of his daughter.
 
In 2015 PC Graham Floyd sadly lost his daughter who, for eight years, battled a debilitating brain tumour.
 
Graham, based at Thorpe Wood Police Station, aims to raise awareness of brain tumours after his daughter Natasha passed away at the age of 24. She was first diagnosed when she was 16.
 
Graham said: “On 1 December 2015 my daughter Natasha died in my arms from a brain tumour. The tumour took a happy, achieving 16-year-old girl and in the space of 48 hours made her totally blind and terminally ill.
 
“Before this, Natasha was misdiagnosed for eight months which caused her to lose her sight completely. 
 
“Although an early diagnosis would not have changed the terminal outcome, it would have allowed her to live her remaining years as any other young woman.”
 
At the end this month Graham, 52, was due to take part in a 62-mile charity walk across the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.
 
However, Graham’s shoulder was recently injured while making an arrest on duty and as a result he is currently unable to travel abroad. Undeterred, Graham will instead be taking on a similar challenge in the UK.
 
Graham is now in the middle of a challenge he calls the Great Fenland Police Plod, where he will be walking 74 miles in four days between four different police stations. 
 
He said: “I will be doing this challenge alone and I will be walking carrying a 5ft pole with a flag and carrying a bucket for donations.”
 
Graham started his trek at Peterborough Police Station on Saturday (23 February) and hiked to March Police Station.
 
On Sunday he continued onto Ely Police Station and on this day, his journey included a swim across the New Bedford River opposite Straight Drove in Coveney.
 
Today (25 February) Graham will walk from Ely to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge. 
 
His charity challenge will finish tomorrow (26 February) at force HQ in Huntingdon – the day of his 53rd birthday. 
 
Graham added: “Before she passed away Natasha’s last wish was for her whole brain to be donated for research, and it was. 
 
“I would love others to donate and help continue funding this vital work, because it’s true that every penny really does count. 
 
“Your help will have a direct and positive effect on the work research scientists at the Brain Tumour Charity are carrying out. 
 
“So far Natasha’s brain has allowed the team to make significant discoveries about the type of tumour and its characteristics. 
 
“At the moment there is no cure, and no treatment beyond making the inevitable more comfortable. We can change this.”

For more information about Graham’s police plod challenge, or to donate, visit his JustGiving page by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/graham-floyd3
 
The Brain Tumour Charity funds research into brain tumours globally. 
 
The charity is committed to saving and improving lives, with the aim of helping every single person affected by a brain tumour. 
 
Graham is also supporting HeadSmart, an awareness campaign funded and promoted by the charity.
 
The campaign works to improve diagnosis times by informing and empowering parents and professionals to spot the early signs and symptoms of brain tumours.
 
Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “Since Graham lost Natasha – who was a much-loved Young Ambassador for The Brain Tumour Charity as well as a cherished daughter and friend – he’s inspired all of us here to keep doing whatever we can every single day to spare other families from the devastation he and his wife have faced.

“Graham may describe himself on his fundraising page as ‘unfit and overweight’ but he’s also fiercely determined.

“I have absolutely no doubt he’ll plod (and swim) on until he reaches Huntingdon, even if the going gets tough. We’re immensely grateful to him and to everyone who supports his efforts along the way.”

For more about the Brain Tumour Charity, visit their website at: https://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/

Best wishes,

Tara Cox (corporate communications) 
 
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