Storm Ciara causes havoc on roads in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire as football stand collapses

Storm Ciara is causing havoc on the roads in and around Peterborough.

Sunday, 9th February 2020, 1:05 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th February 2020, 2:46 pm

Bridgehill Road in Newborough is reportedly closed after a tree fell on power lines, while the road between Holme and Yaxley is closed due to a tree on the road.

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Damage to one of the stands at Wisbech Town Football Club in Cambridgeshire. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Churchill Road (A1101) in Wisbech is currently blocked heading towards the town centre and is likely to be for a number of hours due to a fallen tree.

Gull Road in Guyhirn is also blocked for the same reason.

The A1 was also blocked near Wittering but that has been resolved.

Cambridgeshire police tweeted: “Officers are currently dealing with an abnormally high number of calls regarding highways issues (downed trees & debris) on numerous roads across the county due to #StormCiara. Please only call #999 for an emergency, for everything else its #101.”

A tree in the power lines at Bridgehill Road, Newborough

Elsewhere, non-league side Wisbech Town were a victim of the winds despite not having a game scheduled as a stand at their Fenland Stadium collapsed.

The club shared a video of the damage at the ground which had hosted a Northern Premier League Division One South East clash with Carlton Town on Saturday.

Spencer Larham, secretary of the club, told PA: “It’s been there 10 years - since the stadium was built - and has survived stronger winds than this but it was the direction which did the damage.

“I’ve spoken to our chairman Paul Brenchley and he says we’re looking at £20,000 minimum to remove and replace that stand.”

A fallen tree in Churchill Road, Wisbech

Mr Larham added that the identical stand at the other end of the pitch is “completely undamaged”.