Car left hanging over Thicket path

A man has been arrested over drink-drug charges after a grey Seat saloon was left having over thet Thicket path between St Ives and Houghton.

The path is not open to vehicular access and is a popular cycleway and footpath between the two towns. It is not clear whether any members of the public were within the vicinity where the saloon was dumped, and left hanging dangerously.

The use of the car down a cycle way will of course suggest that the driver and his passenger were either intoxicated or not of sound mental function when they were driving.

The incident happened on 11:25am on Wednesday morning and while the occupants of the car were reported to have fled the scene, police later confirmed that a 25-year old man from Somerset had been arrested.

The Thicket path has vehicular access to part of the track at each end. It is only 500m long, and is a narrow bank of ash and field maple woodland, and it is not clear if the driver was trying to take a short cut when it happened, or merely got confused.

The incident will surely rile environmentalists. Nesting birds line the side of the path, with the Great River Ouse in close proximity, and the natural woodland has been there for a long time. The dead wood encourages insects to migrate there, and they provide food for the nesting birds which include green woodpeckers.

Areas of natural beauty rely on human common sense for their preservation and it is sad that a place like the Thicket path has been disturbed by one stupid act.