Monthly Archives: April 2019

Mother witnesses drug deal in her back garden


A Thorney mother has been left shocked after witnessing two men use her back garden for a drug deal.

The woman, who doesn’t want to be identified for fear of reprisals, told Thorney Post that she was staggered by what she saw.

“Two teenage lads walked along the back of my house and did a drug deal – passing the money and drugs in broad daylight,” she said.

“The guy then pushed the drug packet down the front of his shorts and walked away. Drugs are not welcome in this village and certainly not outside my house where I have young children living.”

High-tech app helps rescue cow

Cow rescue Thorney 14 April 2019

Firefighters rescued a cow from the River Nene in Thorney on Sunday, using a new mobile phone app to locate the farmer and the stranded animal.

The ‘app’ called what3words is accurate to three metres and still works in areas where there isn’t a reliable data signal.

To help crews get to the right location along the river near Old Knarr Fen Drove, Fire Control used the location app to pinpoint the caller and the calf. The location was relayed to crews to ensure they arrived in the correct location as quickly as possible.

Crews from Dogsthorpe, Stanground and Wisbech arrived to find a calf stuck on the riverbank. Working alongside the farmer, firefighters wearing in-water gear, secured the calf using strops, a winch and teleporter.

The calf was released and left in the care on the farmer and a vet.

The app is free to download and works with both iOS and Android phones and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue is keen for more people to use it.

Station Commander (Control) Clare Smith commented, “Our emergency call handlers are now able to respond to calls where a three-word address is used.

“The new way of identifying precise locations complements the systems we already have in place and can save time when mobilising crews to incidents, where every second counts.

“What3words is a great app and is definitely worth having on your devices, should you ever need it in an emergency.

“Emergencies can happen anywhere, from a road collision in the middle of the countryside, to someone in trouble in a river, to an incident outside a shopping centre, which could have a number of different entrances. In these situations, identifying precisely where help is needed is critical – and this can be near impossible if you are in an area with no address or if that address isn’t good enough to describe exactly where you are.

“Even in a well-addressed town or city, if a caller is in distress they may not be familiar with their surroundings, or able to share a location with accuracy – for example, the description “near Cambridge” will not help emergency services to get to the right place.

“It’s free, it’s simple to use, and one day it might make sure you get the help you need, when you need it.”

Two weeks left to sign recall petition


There’s just two weeks left to sign the recall petition for MP Fiona Onasanya.

The petition was launched by Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, following Onasanya’s conviction for perverting the course of justice in connection with a speeding offence.

Thorney residents can sign the petition at the Bedford Hall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 5pm, on Tuesdays from 7am to 5pm and on Thursdays from 9am to 10pm.

Residents have until 5pm on Wednesday, May 1 to sign.

If 10 per cent of the electorate (6,967 people) sign the petition, the MP would lose her seat and a by-election will be triggered. No updates on how many people have signed the petition can be given whilst the process in ongoing.

The result will be sent to the Speaker of the House of Commons and he authorises the result to be published. The process of running the recall petition is estimated to cost in the region of £500,000 and is fully funded by central government.

Two Thorney residents stand for City Council

City Council

Two Thorney people are among six candidates hoping to represent the village on Peterborough City Council.

Michael Alexander, who lives in Wisbech Road, is standing for the Green Party and Mary Herdman, also of Wisbech Road, is standing for the Social Democratic Party.

The election is for one of three seats for the Eye, Thorney and Newborough ward on the City Council and the poll will be held on May 2 at the Bedford Hall.

Steve Allen (Conservative) is our current representative and he will be standing again. Our other two sitting councillors are Nigel Simons and Richard Brown (both Conservative). They are not up for re-election this year.

The full list of candidates is:

Michael Alexander (Green Party)

Steve Allen (Conservative Party)

Mary Herdman (Social Democratic Party)

Wendy Smith (Labour Party)

Christopher Stow (Liberal Democrats)

Nigel Walls (UK Independence Party)