THREE more people died when their car left the road and plunged into the Forty Foot Drain on the B1049 between Ramsey and Chatteris, bringing the death toll to five people in six weeks. After the deaths of seven-year-old Jordan Hawes and his father Dean,

INVESTIGATION: Police using high-powered optical equipment to search the drain after the crash.

THREE more people died when their car left the road and plunged into the Forty Foot Drain on the B1049 between Ramsey and Chatteris, bringing the death toll to five people in six weeks.

After the deaths of seven-year-old Jordan Hawes and his father Dean, 27, on December 21 and the deaths of three Portuguese farm workers on February 1, The Hunts Post and its sister paper, The Cambs Times launched a safety campaign.

Readers called for improvements along the narrow, uneven road that has the river on one side of it and a deep ditch on the other.

Right through to December, hundreds of readers went on the paper's website to call for speed cameras along the road, street lighting, an overtaking ban and the speed limit to be reduced from 50mph to 30mph.

IT WAS announced that the annual Inland Waterways Festival was to be hosted on the River Great Ouse in August 2007. The festival would bring a boost to local tourism with boats expected to travel from around the country to join the 3,500 vessels that already inhabit the waters. The Environment Agency began to look for landowners along the river to find a suitable spot to host the event.

ALCONBURY should become home to a major international airport for passengers or freight, the leader of Peterborough City Council, Ben Franklin, suggested.

However, the idea was ridiculed by planners at Huntingdonshire District Council who had previously wanted the 1,000 acres there to be used for mixed industrial development.

WRIST bands were issued by supporters of Craig Alden the Warboys man imprisoned in Brazil for child abuse at the Abrigo orphanage he set up there.

Alden, 36, was jailed for 48 years in 2002 after denying all charges of abuse at the institution he set up in 1991. The sentence was later reduced to 12 years.

Sales of the wristband at £1 each, were to be used to help with his website and legal costs.

THE eleventh Glastonbrooke Rock Festival at Hinchingbrooke School, Huntingdon, was sold out with 10 bands raising £1,000 for Malawi - before Madonna made the developing country fashionable by adopting a child from there later in the year.

The bands were Hannah and the Buck, The Scam, Mark Wiltshire and Jack Chitty, First Aid Boy, Bad Remidi, Bernard, Shadow of Doubt, Amoremorte, Region of Interest and The Flash.