Update: Body pulled from River Nene at North Bank, Whittlesey, could have been there a week says Cambs Police

North Bank, Whittlesey. North Bank, Whittlesey.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
9:31 AM

The body of a motorist pulled from the North Bank, Whittlesey, could have been there for at least a week.

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The shock news was provided by Cambridgeshire Police today who reported that the road remains closed pending further inquiries.

Police were called to the waterside yesterday afternoon after report that a vehicle had been spotted partially submerged.

A police spokesman said: “The driver, a 50-year-old man from Northamptonshire, was pronounced dead at the scene yesterday (Monday) after the Skoda Octavia he had been in was recovered from River Nene which runs alongside the road in Whittlesey.

“Police and emergency services were called shortly after 2.30pm to reports that a vehicle had been spotted partially submerged in the water.”

The road remains closed this morning while further inspections are carried out.

The spokesman said: “It is thought the car may have entered the water as early as November 26.”

PC Tim Kirkby, investigating, said: “I would appeal to anyone who saw the vehicle enter the water or saw it being driven along that stretch of road between Tuesday (November 26) and 2.30pm yesterday.”

Anyone with any information should call the Roads Policing Unit on 101

The road is closed until further notice and will be inspected today by Peterborough City Council officials. Councillors are also expected to visit the scene of the fatality where a young motorist, Hannah Yates, 18, died in similar circumstances a month ago.

A Facebook campaign based on Whittlesey has attracted hundreds of supporters calling for action to be taken urgently to resolve issues along this stretch of road.

A barrier has been demanded and there will be a protest meeting in Whittlesey on Saturday to gather support for safety measures.

One Facebook message said: “Someone nearly went in this morning. My cousin helped her. “Some stupid driver tried to overtake, swerved and took her off the road and then someone has just gone in the river after losing control on corner. The same place all of them are happening.”

Safety campaigner Ryan Berridge said: “I propose average speed cameras and a crash barrier as a matter of urgency!

“This should be funded by the state. It will be expensive but rather than waiting for a further fatal, this will prevent any further river immersions and emergency service/recovery/council call outs!”

Eight people escaped – only one of them with injuries- after three vehicles came off the road and entered the river within the space of 36 hours last week.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK? Email john.elworthy@archant.co.uk to add your voice to the campaign.

3 comments

  • At the risk of being completely despised and slated I feel someone must speak for the "other side". Having crashed my car into a river and narrowly escaping with my life I am all for road barriers and speed camera's, its my fault I crashed, I was driving beyond the limitations of the road, my car, and the conditions. I was lucky, some people are not, and my heart goes out to those who lose loved ones in accidents (I have in-fact just returned home from a funeral where a friend of mine died in a car accident). But effort needs to be put into training drivers more effectively, we can put pillows on every corner in the country to protect drivers if they hit the barrier, but a much more effective way is to tighten to the guidelines on driving a car, to ensure that drivers are capable and safe. All to many times we hear of young drivers dying in tragic accidents. With little experience and the opportunity to pass your test in a week it is no real surprise. Young drivers on Camb's roads are statistically some of the worst in England, the roads are dangerous, and not like city centre roads that are well light. I think there should be a minimum "On the road" time before a licence is issued so drivers know the limitations and follow them, i'm lucky I got a second chance, many don't.

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    Anon

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • This is getting ridiculous, after the death of a young girl less than a month ago when will the authorities step up to the breach, the cost of a safety barrier Peterborough City Council quotes at £45000, a mere drop in the ocean compared to the hundreds of thousands if not millions that this authority is wasting trying to get some solar farm planning approval passed which apparently no one wants. This is absolutely mind numbing how these so called representatives can even show their face. Its time they realised they are elected and they shouldn't take their jobs for granted they represent us.............

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    Christine Black

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • Peterborough City council are just not interested. If it is not a vanity project, that brightens the city centre, they do not want to know. How many more lives are going to be lost? Although barriers should only be seen as a temporary measure and the whole road needs to be looked at. The North Bank road was good for its original purpose (50 years ago) but has now become a major artery into the East of the city, it needs to be upgraded now.

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    Martin Harris

    Monday, December 2, 2013

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