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Thank you and goodnight

That's it from us for another week, but thanks for joining us for our live news updates from Cambridgeshire.

Scroll down to catch up on any stories you might have missed and be sure to join us again from 08:00 on Monday.

In the meantime, enjoy your weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

Our live coverage has come to an end for the week - we hope you'll join us again on Monday when we're back with regular updates from 08:00.

Today's main stories have included:

  • Northampton South's sitting MP is facing a battle to be reselected for the 8 June general election
  • A speed monitoring device is stolen from a village in the south of the county, police say
  • And Northamptonshire's cricketers get off to a flying start at Worcestershire

Staying with sport, we'll wish good luck to Kettering's Kyren Wilson as he takes a 9-7 lead going into this evening's final session of his World Championship Snooker second-round match against Stuart Bingham.

Kyren Wilson and Stuart Bingham
PA

Full coverage here and on the BBC Red Button.

Goodbye for now

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for today. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday. 

Have a good weekend.

Teacher completes 28-mile walk to school

A head teacher has completed her 28-mile walk from her home in Rugby to Brackley Junior School.

Promoting the Healthy Schools Project, Ros Peet set off at 04:30 and made it to school at about 15:00.

Ros Peet said: "My children were waiting at the gate with a lovely reception singing One More Step Along the World I Go.

"When I got to Helmdom, which is about four miles from school, my feet started hurting and I did wonder if I'd get there."

She's raised about £800 the School Fund.

Teenager denies brother's murder

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A teenager has denied murdering his brother.

Brandon Lavender, 18, of Brompton Close, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, is accused of stabbing Daniel Lavender, 26, on 16 January. 

He was taken to hospital but died later.

The accused appeared at Reading Crown Court earlier, and denied murder. He is expected to face a trial at the same court on 12 June.

Millions coming to A&E hospitals

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The government has allocated about £3.5m to hospitals in Beds, Bucks and Herts to help them deal with winter pressures in accident and emergency departments. 

The announcement was made in the Budget, but where the money is being sent has only just been released. 

Here's a breakdown of who's getting what: 

  • Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, £850,000. 
  • Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, £995,000
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, £1m
  • East And North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, £596,976
Milton Keynes Hospital
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Your pictures: Grey and overcast

Here are some snaps from our BBC Weather Watchers

It'll give some readers a sense of the conditions in Roade, where they're holding a public meeting tonight about the proposed rail freight interchanges.

Field of rape, Pattishall
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Grey skies over housing, Roade
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River Nene, Irthlingborough
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For a full forecast, visit BBC Weather.

'Significant' fire at thatched cottage

Four fire engines and an aerial appliance are at the scene of what police are calling a "significant" fire at a thatched cottage.

It's in Easton Maudit, which is south of Wellingborough, near Bozeat.

The police were called at 12:15 and were "working with Compton Estates to minimise the impact on the local community".

Compton Estates runs Castle Ashby and its estate, which its website says includes 214 houses and 50 commercial premises.

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Skipping world record attempt hailed a success

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Earlier we brought you a story that Peter Thompson, from Bedfordshire, was aiming to skip his way into the record books by carrying out the most crossovers in one minute. 

Well we've just been told he managed 112, which is 13 more than the current world record.

It now just needs to be verified by the Guinness World Records.

Peter Thompson skipping
Limelight TV
Peter Thompson skipping
Limelight TV

Warburtons factory could close in Milton Keynes

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The bakery giant Warburtons has announced it's planning to close its factory in Milton Keynes, putting 218 jobs at risk. 

The firm, based at the Giles Bakery on the Blakelands Industrial Site, has been run by Warburtons since a take-over in 2013, and makes a range of products including garlic bread.

Giles Bakery
Google

In a statement, Warburtons said: "After much consideration we have made the extremely difficult decision to enter into a period of consultation.

"This proposal is a result of significant ongoing challenges facing the business and is despite considerable time and financial investment."  

School children help clean up MK rubbish

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Pupils from schools in Milton Keynes have already started to do their bit to improve their community, by carrying out litter picks.

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Man killed in van crash

A man has died after a white van he was in crashed near Brackley.

Northamptonshire Police said a Renault Trafic lost control "for reasons unknown" at the Duck End junction in Hinton-in-the-Hedges, at about 12:30, and rolled on to its side.

Three people were in the van, which was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

Police said they were still informing next-of-kin.

Pupils march in protest against rubbish

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

Hundreds of children from six schools in Milton Keynes have marched to the council's offices this afternoon, calling for improvements to be made to the town's Redways.

The pupils have come together to show that they are unhappy about the amount of rubbish that's being dumped on the cycleways and footpaths, and want to help clear it up. 

Milton Keynes school children
BBC

They're asking Milton Keynes Council to support new litter patrols, improve lighting and cut back hedges.

We've asked the council to comment.

Photo of Dzilva Butiene released

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Detectives investigating the death of a woman in Wisbech have released a photograph of her.

The body of Dzilva Butiene, 48, was found in Orange Grove in the town on 5 April. Tests showed she died as a result of trauma to the abdomen.

Dzilva Butiene
Cambs Police

Kestutis Bauzys, 46, of no fixed address, was charged with her murder and is next due at Cambridge Crown Court on 17 May.

Police are continuing to ask anyone who knew Ms Butiene or knows Mr Bauzys to come forward.

David Mackintosh: Conservatives meeting moved to May

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

An emergency meeting of Northampton South Conservatives will take place on Tuesday, 2 May as the local association decides whether it wants its sitting MP David Mackintosh to stand again.

The selection meeting was due to take place on Friday, 28 April, but it's been moved at Mr Mackintosh's request.

The venue has yet to be decided, as the Billings Road Conservative Association offices aren't available on that date.

Northampton Town's unfinished East Stand
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Marathon motivation #reasontorun

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

This Sunday, 39,000 people will run the 37th London Marathon.

For many, including Cambridgeshire couple Sam Edwards and Clare McPartland, it'll be their first time.

Sam and Clare are taking part to raise funds for Saint Francis Hospice, in Romford, which cared for Clare's grandma, Jeannette Jarmyn, who died in May 2002 from cancer. 

You can watch their story below.

Clare and Sam are running the London Marathon in memory of her grandma

Anti-speeding device 'stolen from village'

Thieves have stolen a speed monitoring device which was placed in a village to remind motorists of the 30mph limit, police say.

It was installed by Highways England on Deanshanger Road in Wicken, near Milton Keynes.

When officials went to check it last week, only the mounting bracket was left on the post, Northamptonshire Police said.

It is thought to have been taken some time between 9 and 11 March.

Deanshanger Road, Wicken with "Please Drive Slowly" sign
Google

Arrests made in Hackney club acid attack

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

Police investigating the acid attack in a nightclub in Hackney have arrested a man in north London. 

Arthur Collins (pictured), 25, from Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, is still being sought by police. 

A 33-year-old woman from Hertfordshire arrested on suspicion of firearms offences yesterday has been released on bail.

Officers have also searched addresses in Milton Keynes.

Arthur Collins
Met Police

Dunstable theatre celebrates 10th birthday

The Grove Theatre in Dunstable is celebrating its 10th birthday... 

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How to do tea to a 't'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

In case the thrill of this being National Tea Day has escaped you, here's a little tea treat from Twitter that tickled us.

The folk in the development office at Clare College have got tea-making down to an absolute "t", even producing their own chart.

Tea chart
Clare College, Cambridge

No more scribbling the office orders on a Post-it note - and still getting it wrong.

Get yourself a full-colour chart complete with your colleagues' preferences and you'll be a tea supremo.

Teen's software 'behind more than one million cyber attacks'

Angus Crawford

BBC News correspondent

The Old Bailey has today heard how a Hertfordshire teenager created the software behind more than 1.7 million cyber attacks on websites around the world. 

Adam Mudd, who's now 19, from Kings Langley, has already pleaded guilty to three charges of creating the malware and selling it to other people.

The hearing was told he built the "Titanium Stresser" tool on a computer in his bedroom, when he was just 15.

Today, the prosecution described how the software was used to attack the servers of Cambridge University, Sony PlayStation and XBox.

One company, Runescape, had to spend £6m protecting itself against such attacks and lost more than £180,000 in revenue, the court heard.

Mudd is said to have made £386,000 from the software. He is due to be sentenced on Tuesday.

'Complex' investigation continues into Cheshunt care home fire

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Investigations could continue for "some time" to find out the cause of a fire that ripped through a Cheshunt care home, killing two women. 

Ivy Spriggs, aged 91, and 88-year-old Daphne Holloway died in the fire at Newgrange Care Home on 8 April. 

Darryl Keen, chief fire officer of Hertfordshire Fire Service, said: "The extent of the damage and the fierceness of the fire mean this is a complex investigation and it may be some time before we can confirm how and why it started."

Cheshunt care home fire
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue

He confirmed they're currently working with the police, Health and Safety Executive and Care Quality Commission "to examine how the fire started and spread, and what lessons, if any, can be learned to prevent similar tragedies in future".

Snooker: Wilson edging it with two-frame lead

Kyren Wilson and Stuart Bingham
Getty Images

Kyren Wilson of Kettering (left) has a two-frame lead over Basildon's Stuart Bingham following the daytime session in Sheffield.

The pair will begin the final session of their second-round World Snooker Championship match at 19:00, with Wilson 9-7 up in the best of 25-frame match.

The match is live on the BBC Red Button. Full coverage details here.

Charge to see Hertfordshire bluebells returns

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

For the first time last year, the National Trust charged people to visit the bluebells at the popular Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire. Well, the fees are returning this year.

On 29, 30 April and 1, 6 and 7 May, adults will have to pay £3 and children £1 to see the flowers in Dockey Wood.

Lawrence Trowbridge, the lead ranger at Ashridge Estate, said the charges were introduced to keep visitor numbers down and the £8,000 raised last year has been spent on "conservation work".

Bluebells in a wood
South Beds News Agency

He added that some people were "disappointed" with the fees, but "it's an effective means of calming the pressure down" when so many people descend on the area at peak times. 

Cambridge University to become part of dementia "hub"

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The University of Cambridge is to become one of six centres that will make up a new UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI).

The UK DRI is a £250m investment into research led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) alongside the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Brain neurons image
Getty Images

The Cambridge centre will be led by Prof Giovanna Mallucci, who said: "Our centre on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus will focus on interdisciplinary science, building on our university’s strengths across research areas from chemistry and biophysics through to cell biology of neurodegeneration."  

The other research centres making up the institute are University College London (UCL), Cardiff University, the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and King’s College London.  

Cricket: Good opening session for Northants

It's lunch on day one at New Road, where Northamptonshire are away to Worcestershire in their third County Championship match of the season.

The home side are 92-3, with Daryl Mitchell (30), Brett D'Oliveira (5) and Tom Fell (5) all gone in the opening session.

England batsman Moeen Ali is 42 not out.

Follow this afternoon's action at BBC Sport.

Snooker: Wilson leads Bingham - just

Kettering's Kyren Wilson is leading Basildon's Stuart Bingham 8-7 as we come to the end of their morning session in Sheffield.

The final session in their second-round match at the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible begins at 19:00.

Wilson hit a 110 break with no response in the 10th frame. There's one frame of this session left.

Follow the snooker results at BBC Sport.

David Mackintosh: The full 2013 report into his suitability as an MP

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

We've been reporting today how Northampton South MP David Mackintosh faces a deselection fight ahead of the general election.

As part of our investigation we also uncovered a report from 2013, suggesting he was "not of the calibre to be an MP".

Here's that report in full...

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Man stabbed and robbed in Bedford

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man had his face slashed as he was attacked by a group of men in a block of flats on Muswell Road in Bedford, police have said.

Bedfordshire Police has only just released the information about the incident, which happened between 16:20 and 16:40 on 12 April. It says three or four men stabbed him in the face and stole money from him. 

The men are described as black and were wearing balaclavas. 

Muswell Road
Google

Suspected arsonist torches car

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a car was torched in Peterborough overnight.

The fire service was called to Saxby Gardens at about 01:50 to find the vehicle well alight.

Car fire in Peterborough
Cambs Fire and Rescue Service

A man is currently being questioned by police in connection with the incident.

David Mackintosh: MP's selection is a matter for local party, says Sajid Javid

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

It is up to the local party to decide whether current Northampton South MP David Mackintosh should be re-selected to stand for his seat in the upcoming general election.

That is the view of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid.

Sajid Javid
PA

The MP faces a deselection fight over his role in a loan in which millions of pounds of public money appears to have vanished.

Mr Javid, who was visiting Northamptonshire to meet Tory candidates for the upcoming county council elections, said the decision over Mr Mackintosh was "not something I should get involved in".

"It would be wrong to comment on that," he said.

But he added: "What I can say about David, having had the pleasure of working with him for the last couple of years in Parliament, is that he is a very effective, very confident and very passionate MP who has worked very hard on behalf of his constituents."

Mr Mackintosh, who did not attend Mr Javid's visit, earlier told the BBC: "I intend to stand for re-election."

MP Mackintosh 'not of the calibre to be an MP', according to report

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

As we reported earlier, the BBC has learned Northampton South MP David Mackintosh faces a deselection fight over his role in the Northampton Town 'missing millions' saga.

The BBC has also obtained a previous internal Conservative Party assessment, stating Mr Mackintosh was unsuitable to be an MP.

David Mackintosh
PA

The document, written in 2013, was compiled by a regional party official as the local association considered candidates to succeed the then sitting MP Brian Binley.

It stated Mr Mackintosh "was not of the calibre to be an MP".

Mr Mackintosh was subsequently selected to participate in an open primary in December 2013, which was held at Sixfields Stadium, before going on to win the seat at the 2015 general election.

He was elected to Parliament with a majority of 3,793.

Mr Mackintosh has said he intends to stand for re-election.

About 250 students evacuated in flats blaze

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

About 250 students had to be evacuated from a block of flats after fire took hold yesterday evening, the fire service has confirmed.

Earlier we told you about the blaze in the kitchen of Varsity House in the centre of Cambridge, which started on the second floor at about 19:10.

Fire in student kitchen
Cambs Fire and Rescue Service

It took seven fire engines and 45 firefighters to bring the blaze, which started in an extractor fan in a cooker hood, under control.

Crews had to cut through a roof to check for hot spots and provide ventilation.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said six flats were heavily affected by smoke.

Station commander Danny Kelly said: "The actions of the crews were extremely good because they were faced with a large amount of people evacuating into the street, and it is quite congested down there as it is right in the centre of Cambridge."

No-one was injured and the cause of the fire was confirmed as accidental. 

Would £539m missile money be better spent on health care?

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Today I met the Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, after he announced more than £500m would be spent on "vital" missile systems at MBDA, which is based in Stevenage. 

I asked him if the money would have been better invested in the NHS or social care?

He said: "The first duty of any government is to keep our people safe, that means we have to invest in defence, invest in our armed forces and invest in the Royal Navy.

Sir Michael Fallon
BBC

"These contracts today are an investment in the latest missiles and missiles systems that will keep our ships, our frigates, destroyers and aircraft carriers safe, just as they keep the people of this country safe."

Fancy a cuppa: Chief constable raises a mug to National Tea Day

Fancy a nice cup of tea? Then you're in prestigious company.

Northamptonshire Police's chief constable Simon Edens has taken to Twitter today to reveal his love of a good old fashioned cuppa...

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Jump to it!

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

When I was young (sadly too long ago) no playground was complete without a large number of girls skipping in the break times.

I think I could do just a few jumps, but one Bedfordshire man can do many more!

Peter Thompson will today attempt to break the World Record for the most number of crossovers performed with a skipping rope in 60 seconds.

Peter Thompson
BBC

He's due to attempt the record at 12:00 at the Empire nightclub in Bedford, on, of course... National Skipping Day.

'Smashing' way to clamp down on hare coursing

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The message seems to be pretty simple from Cambridgeshire Police...

If you get caught hare coursing you might need to look at buying another vehicle!

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Kyren Wilson in World Snooker Championship action

BBC Sport

Kettering's Kyren Wilson is currently in action against Stuart Bingham at the World Snooker Championship.

Wilson leads 7-5 in the match at the Crucible.

For the latest developments visit the BBC's latest scores page.

Kyren Wilson
PA

Northamptonshire looking for best ever County Championship start

BBC Sport

Northamptonshire's cricketers are under way in their latest County Championship match this morning.

Ben Duckett
PA

They are looking to win their first three championship matches of the season for the first time ever, as they take on Worcestershire at New Road.

They've already defeated Glamorgan in two days and Derbyshire since the start of their Division Two campaign.

Live ball by ball commentary and all the latest cricket updates can be found here.