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Our live coverage across the week

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Our live updates have now come to an end for another week.

You can scroll down to catch up with any stories you might have missed.

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Police confirm cash machine stolen

Bedfordshire Police are confirming the Co-op in Cranfield near Bedford was ram-raided earlier this morning.

Officers were called out at about 01:40 to the Mill Road store.

The store's cash machine had been stolen, there was extensive damage to the front of the store and the 4x4 car used in the raid was left there.

A dark-coloured estate car and group of men were seen making off.

Arrest after educational hut destroyed by fire

Suffolk Police say they have arrested a 13-year-old boy on suspicion of setting fire to the thatched hut in Christchurch Park in Ipswich.

The hut, near the children's playground, was built two years ago as an educational resource aiming to show how our ancestors lived.

It was completely destroyed on the evening of Monday, 24 July.

The boy has been released under investigation.

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BBC Northampton looks at the new-look Cobblers Northampton Town team:

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Weather: Dry tonight, but a few showers and hail possible

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The last of any showers dying away to leave a dry night across the BBC East region with clear spells and mainly light west to north-westerly winds.

Temperatures for many of us staying in double figures, but some spots could fall to around 9C (48F).

Apart from a few light showers, Saturday should begin largely fine and dry with some sunshine but eventually heavier showers will move west to east and some of these could produce hail and thunder.

The winds could become quite blustery for a time with isolated gusts of 40mph. Top temperatures around 21C (70F).

Sunday should be fine and dry with sunny spells. Cloud is expected to eventually thicken from the west and temperatures again climbing to around 21C (70F).

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For a more detailed forecast for where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Man charged with attempted murder of baby in Luton

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A man has been charged with attempting to murder a baby in Luton.

Sam Ziemelis was arrested after an incident at 02:00 in Reginald Street, at which several adults were also injured.

Reginald Street in Luton
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Mr Ziemelis, 30, of Reginald Street has been charged with one count of attempted murder of a child under the age of one, two counts of assault by beating and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Police said Mr Ziemelis appeared before Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday and he was remanded into custody pending a further court hearing on 18 September.

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident and would appeal for anyone with information to contact police.

Football league season begins: Posh and Cambridge should challenge again

Steve Jackson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

With both Peterborough United and Cambridge United falling just short of the play off places in League One and League Two respectively last time out, both sides, based on summer recruitment, ought to be at least flirting with the top of the table again this term.

Shaun Derry and Grant McCann
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Shaun Derry and Grant McCann

Grant McCann’s Posh side have had a rigorous clear-out and are building a side in the manager’s own image. Shaun Derry’s U’s have pruned judiciously, and will be looking to start with a bang after failing to win any of their first eight league games at the beginning of last season. That awful run cost them, at minimum, a play-off berth.

Posh freshened-up

McCann has shipped out 11 players on a permanent basis, three more on loan and brought in 10 new faces along with a new assistant in David Oldfield.

Striker Ricky Miller, a proven goal-scorer at lower league level, will miss the first six matches through a suspension sustained whilst at Dover Athletic, but he’s a local boy who’s been prolific during the summer friendlies and could well prove to be one of the bargains of the close season.

Posh have a habit of buying or recruiting well from the lower reaches of the pyramid and turning front men into stars that do well higher up.

Britt Assombalonga, Craig Mackail-Smith, George Boyd and Conor Washington have all made the grade in either the Championship or the Premier League.

McCann looks, too, to have refreshed his defence in an effort to lock up the back door whilst allowing his side to continue to move forward with flair.

Cambridge gain a cutting edge

Shaun Derry’s task is different - too few goals scored by players other than the prodigious Luke Berry last season, and too many conceded at the wrong end at the wrong time.

A decent footballing side, there was not enough of an end product to match their often outstanding approach play.

Derry will be looking to add a clinical edge to his side, who have already proved they can shut opposition teams out when the need arises, notwithstanding the odd lapse in concentration.

Jabo Ibehere will add much-needed experience and a cutting edge up front and Uche Ikpeazu should thrive on the back of Ibehre’s know-how.

The U’s have lost talented goalkeeper Will Norris to Wolves, but have replaced him with David Forde, who recorded a record number of shut-outs as Portsmouth won League Two last term.

It does, though, look set to be another roller coaster of a season. Strap in, and turn on!

We’ll be with the Posh and the U’s every step of the way – every kick of every match, home and away on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, starting this Saturday at 14:00 with your host, Peter Swan.

Peterborough are at home to Plymouth, while Cambridge United travel to Exeter.

Commentary is only availabe on your FM, AM and DAB radio, as the BBC does not hold the rights to webstream Football League games.

Fourth arrest after noxious spray assault in High Wycombe

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A fourth person has been arrested in connection with an incident where a taxi driver was sprayed in the eyes with an unknown substance.

The taxi driver, a 43-year-old man, dropped off three customers in George Street, High Wycombe at about 01:00 on Sunday.

George Street, High Wycombe
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The customers left the taxi, a black Toyota Prius, without paying so the taxi driver followed them and they then paid him.

However, one of the customers then sprayed an unknown substance in the victim's eyes.

The customers fled the scene in an unknown direction.

A 14-year-old boy from Princes Risborough was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent this afternoon.

A 16-year-old boy from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Wednesday afternoon.

A 15-year-old boy from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Monday.

Another 15-year-old boy also from High Wycombe was also arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Sunday.

All four have been released under investigation.

The victim remains in hospital in a serious, but stable, condition.

Northampton Town: Top ten a realistic target

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

It's been a rather busy summer at Sixfields - there's been investment from Chinese firm 5U Sport - the team headed to Spain for a weeks training and twelve new players arrived.

Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh
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Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh

The Cobblers face Shrewsbury in their opening game of the League One season - the last time the two teams played each other was back in April. Of the match day squad that day, only half the players still remain on the books at Northampton Town.

I feel there's some real intent for progression this season.

Manager Justin Edinburgh has brought in Regan Poole, the teenage defender from Manchester United on loan; Ash Taylor, who has so far impressed in central defence, he's ex-Aberdeen; and most recently striker Chris Long, who has played for England at every age group from under 16s through to under 20s.

There's still much discussion around the need for a goalkeeper to challenge David Cornell after the departure of Adam Smith to Bristol Rovers.

The Cobblers have been linked to Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman - Edinburgh says he's got a couple of targets in mind -- but he's going to wait until they get the right person.

I'm going to go for a top ten finish this season -- I think that'll be the progression the club deserves.

We'll be at every Cobblers match home and away this season, but commentary is restricted to your radio as the BBC does not have the rights to webstream matches.

There's also the return of Thursday Night Football from 18:00 on BBC Radio Northampton.

No more cheerleaders at Billericay football club after all

BBC Essex

We’ve been reporting on doubts over the future of Billericay Town Football Club's cheerleading squad

The club's owner Glenn Tamplin has told the BBC it has now been decided that all the cheerleaders are going because they are causing too much of a distraction and negative publicity.

"We have a lot more things to talk about than cheerleaders, like winning games," he said.

Mr Tamplin said one of the girls in the team messaged a player, which was forbidden.

At first, he said, he wanted to give the cheerleaders one more chance, but national press publicity had proved a distraction.

From the archives: Wheelchair netball at Stoke Mandeville 1953

Some 64 years ago this month, a game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team took place at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire.

Sports organised at the hospital later developed into the paralympic movement.

A  game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team was photographed at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire
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A  game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team was photographed at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire.
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Letchworth sex offender jailed for talking to children

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A sex offender has been sent back to jail for 12 months for breaching an order not to talk to children.

Daniel Shead, now 27, was jailed for six years in February 2014 for sexual offences against a 14-year-old girl.

St Albans Crown Court
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Shead, from Maddles, Letchworth, was also given a 10-year sexual offences prevention order which banned him from having unsupervised contact with girls aged under 16.

He appeared at St Albans Crown Court after admitting breaching the order by talking to two children while released early from his sentence on licence. He was also said to have lent them a speaker to play music.

Shead, who was not represented, told Recorder Patrick Fields: "The kids were arguing. I tried to stop them fighting. I am not a risk to any child.

"I had no intention to cause any harm. This is blown out of proportion."

Recorder Patrick Fields told him: "You may not accept you were guilty in 2014, but you were convicted.

"The sexual offences prevention order was there to protect young children. You are not to have unsupervised contact with them.

"Court orders are serious orders - if they are breached they have to be dealt with."

Northamptonshire wicket keeper David Murphy to retire

BBC Sport

Northamptonshire wicket keeper David Murphy has made the decision to retire from professional cricket.

The 28-year-old is to leave Wantage Road at the end of the season in order to pursue a career outside the game.

David Murphy poses in the Specsavers County Championship kit during the Northamptonshire County Cricket photocall held at The County Ground on 5 April, 2017 in Northampton, England.
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Murphy joined the Northamptonshire Academy in 2007 after representing Hertfordshire at age-group level.

He graduated to the county’s first team in 2009 – whilst still studying at Loughborough University.

"After some careful consideration, I have decided that the 2017 season will be my last as a professional cricketer," he said.

"Although I still feel I have something to offer Northamptonshire as a player, I have received an extremely attractive proposal to work in law in London beginning in 2018."

Phil Mustard of Durban cuts the ball for four runs as wicketkeeper David Murphy looks on during the second day of the LV County Championship Division One match between Northamptonshire and Durham at the County Ground on 14 April, 2014 in Northampton, England.
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From the archives: Filming at Pinewood in 1958

Some 59 years ago this month, a photographer was let on to the set of Operation Amsterdam, being filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

Actors Eva Bartok, Peter Finch, Tony Britton and Alexander Knox are pictured in an old Mercedes.

Actors Eva Bartok, Peter Finch, Tony Britton and Alexander Knox are pictured in an old Mercedes at Pinewood Studios
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'500 job losses' in Sudbury

The Unite union has said it has been confirmed that the engineering firm Delphi Diesel Systems will close its plant in Sudbury with the loss of 500 jobs.

Last month the firm announced it was looking at the future of the site.

County backs down over opening hours cuts to Northamptonshire archives

Willy Gilder

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire County Council has backed down from its decision to change the opening hours of the County Record Office.

Some 3,000 people had signed a petition against the changes, which had included the suggestion that people should pay a fee of £31.50 to access the archives out-of-hours.

Northamptonshire Records Office
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The record office, at Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, is where all the archives for the county are kept.

Historians and family history researchers were furious about the restriction in opening hours that was due to come into force on 21 August - from four days a week to three mornings.

They were dismayed at the idea of having to pay the new hourly fee for a service that is currently provided free of charge.

Now the council has said it will continue with the existing opening hours of three days a week - but that it will review this before setting next year's budget.

It has also promised to consult on any future changes.

From the archives: PM visits Cambridge observatory in 1980

Some 37 years ago this month, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was photographed with her husband Dennis at a visit to a telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in Cambridge.

Also caught on camera was Dr John Baldwin, the senior radio astronomer.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was photographed with her husband Dennis at a visit to the telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
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Muntjac deer rescue from mill wheel in St Albans restaurant

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A muntjac deer had to be rescued by the RSPCA after getting stuck in the wheel of a water mill in the middle of a restaurant in St Albans.

The deer trapped
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Staff at the Moor Mill Beefeater in Bricket Wood are used to visitors being wowed by the restaurant’s indoor traditional water mill feature, but on Wednesday diners were witness to an unexpected animal rescue.

Restaurant staff member Nathan Lobar heard a commotion coming from behind the glass doors that frame the restaurant’s old water mill wheel feature, and once they unlocked the doors to investigate further, they spotted the small muntjac deer staring back at them.

They immediately called the RSPCA for help.

The mill wheel
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Animal collection officer Kate Wright, who is experienced in dealing with unusual animal rescues, arrived to help the distressed deer.

She said: "This poor muntjac deer was in a real fix. She was stuck in between two paddles on the water wheel, really frightened and unable to free herself.

Outside the restaurant
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"It’s most likely she fell into the river from outside (see picture above) and was drawn under the building by the current where she became caught up in the water wheel, and in struggling to climb up to get out of the water, had become stuck in the paddles.

"She was thrashing about and loudly barking, as it would have been very distressing for such a timid wild animal to find herself stuck like that, so I knew I’d have to work fast to free her.

"The rescue was fairly tricky as the deer had got her front leg and head tightly stuck but with some work, I eventually managed to free her."

The deer was later released back into the wild.

Corby Tory group leader talks about decision to step down

Craig Lewis

BBC News

We reported earlier that Rob McKellar has announced he is stepping down as Conservative group leader at Corby council to take up a new job at a property law firm.

Corby council
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He has served as the elected council member for Weldon, Gretton and Priors Hall since 2011, and has led the opposition Conservative group for the past two years.

He said: "My new professional role will be an incredibly demanding one requiring an enormous amount of focus and commitment.

"Something will have to give and it is only right and proper that I take a step back from my political duties rather than sacrificing the service that I give to my constituents.

"I have massively enjoyed my time spent as Conservative group leader and I am incredibly proud of the group's record on shaping the direction of Corby and its local authority."

Tory leader on Corby council resigns

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The Conservative leader on Corby Borough Council has announced he is to resign.

Rob McKellar has been the opposition leader in Corby for the past two years, but has revealed he will be stepping down in November after accepting a new job at a property law firm.

Corby council offices
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Mr McKellar will continue to serve as councillor for Weldon, Gretton and Priors Hall - a role he has held since 2011.

Corby Conservatives will hold a leadership election during September, but Mr McKellar's deputy David Sims has already ruled himself out of the running.

Teens convicted of robbing youths at knifepoint

Eight teenagers who travelled by train from Luton to St Albans to rob other youngsters at knifepoint have been found guilty of conspiracy to rob.

St Albans Crown Court
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The group, who mostly knew each other from Challney High School for Boys in Luton, arrived in St Albans before walking to Sherwood Park.

One victim told St Albans Crown Court they were holding "cheap kitchen knives with black handles" and some were wearing ski masks.

They stole a bag and phone from the 15-year-old boy who was with his girlfriend.

They also stole a phone from another victim in the same park before moving to The Wick, where they robbed another teenager.

The group members, all now aged 16 or 17, were identified by CCTV.

They denied conspiracy to rob on 4 June last year, but were convicted by the jury.

They are due to be sentenced at a later date.

Bypass plans 'lunacy and will not ease congestion' in Northampton

A community group, which has concerns over a proposed new bypass to the north and west of Northampton, say the plans are illogical.

More than 500 people have contributed to a consultation asking for views on two proposed routes for the northern orbital road, which ends today.

Road into Moulton alongside map of propose bypass
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The new road would take traffic from Moulton on the A43 around the edge of Northampton, and join up with Harlestone Road.

Some 10,000 new homes are to be built at sites such as Dallington Grange, Buckton Fields and Northampton North and developers are being asked to contribute to the building of new roads.

The first stage would cost £32m, but it's not known what the cost of the complete scheme will be.

Some local residents have come together to campaign against the proposals.

Brenda Ludlow, who farms between Boughton, Pitsford and Moulton, said: "It won't ease the congestion. If they build the houses as well, the congestion's going to remain and then they'll push on for another bypass and it'll go on and on."

Charlotte Mackaness, from Boughton, said: "It's lunacy to build a road to ease congestion and pay for it by building more housing.

"The road is going to have to be elevated over floodplain and across this steep valley - it's going to cost so much money and they're gong to have to build so many houses in order to get the developer contributions."

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said: "These two routes are enormously important not just for Northampton but for the county as a whole as they will help unlock housing and economic growth.

"With the county and Northampton in particular continuing to grow rapidly it is important to get the infrastructure in place and this scheme will be funded by central government and developer contributions, which is how the vast majority of major infrastructure projects are funded.

"Further to that, Kingsthorpe is already very congested with existing traffic levels and these roads will alleviate a great deal of pressure there."

Review of city's traffic lights under way

Work to overhaul Cambridge's traffic light system to reduce congestion has got under way.

Mill Road, Cambridge
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The review of all 104 of the city's traffic signals is aimed at developing the "smartest traffic light system" in the country.

The project is being spearheaded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

Councillor Francis Burkitt, chair of the executive board, said 52 of the lights were more than 10 years old.

He said: "There are lots of things we need to do to sort out the transport problems in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire, this is just one of them.

"It will help cyclists, pedestrians and people in vehicles, particularly buses."

The traffic light improvements are part of £500m worth of transport projects in the region, which are due to be carried out over the next 15 years, said Mr Burkitt.

Cordon after suspected ram-raid

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Police have cordoned off the Co-Op in Cranfield near Bedford after a suspected ram-raid.

Stuart Riches‏ took this picture from the scene a short while ago...

Police cordon
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We've got calls in to police and will update you when we know more.

Officer 'had trouble sleeping' after attack

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A police officer from Milton Keynes said he had difficulty sleeping after a drink-driver he arrested tried to strangle him.

It comes as new figures show that assaults on officers in the Thames Valley Police area increased by a third last year to more than 900.

The figure rose from 686 assaults in 2014/15.

PC Justin Cohen said that the assaults "are just horrible".

"I'd say that at least two weeks after the assault, I was having nightmares," he said.

"I just could not sleep. I had difficulty wearing collars too.

"Just last week I got spat at and the person who spat at me was laughing saying they had hepatitis and I was going to get it."

Ewe-ve got to be kidding me

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Police were called to deal with a woolly problem in Patmore Heath near Bishop's Stortford this morning, as 40 sheep were loose and roaming the woodland.

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They were located near to Albury Road and it seems this officer was a little perplexed as to what to do.

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However, it appears that breakfast was the answer, with the video below showing all the sheep being led away...

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The police say that the sheep got out after someone left a gate open.

University Challenge pair are 'fearsome duo'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A Cambridge University student who was one of the breakout stars of University Challenge, has said his up-and-coming BBC Radio 4 radio show can be likened to "a clever version of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey".

Bobby Seagull, who captained Emmanuel College on the last series of the quiz show, will team up with rival Cambridge contestant - Wolfson College's Eric Monkman - for Monkman & Seagull's Polymathic Adventure on BBC Radio 4 on 21 August.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Mr Seagull said they are "a fearsome duo".

Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull
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"Eric's got such an eye for detail. I'm more of a big thinking, big ideas person," he said.

"A polymath is a person with a wide range of knowledge and we're exploring whether there's a role for polymaths in society.

"We've met academics, authors and scientists as well as former University Challenge contestant Stephen Fry."

Mr Seagull said the show is a one-off at the moment, but he expects there'll be more to come "if there's a demand for it".

Forecast for the day ahead: Cloudy but dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a largely fine day across the BBC East region, with some sunny spells, especially at first.

However some cloud is expected to bubble up through the day, and whilst this could bring one or two light showers, most places should stay day.

Here's my full forecast:

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather where you are with BBC Weather.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 4 August.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county.

Coming up first, a full forecast for the day.

Conington
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Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 4 August.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county.

Coming up first, a full forecast for the day.

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Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome to live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks on Friday, 4 August.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county.

Coming up first, a full forecast for the day.

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Our live coverage across the day

Kris Holland

BBC News

That's the end of our live updates for Northamptonshire - scroll down through the feed to look at today's stories.

Don't forget that you can follow live coverage of Northamptonshire Steelbacks' T20 Blast match with Lancashire here. Play begins at 18:30.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday - enjoy your evening.

Our live coverage across the day

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Kris Holland

BBC News

That's the end of our live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks - scroll down through the feed to look at today's stories.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday - enjoy your evening.

Our live coverage across the day

Kris Holland

BBC News

That's the end of our live updates for Cambridgeshire - scroll down through the feed to look back at today's stories.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday - enjoy your evening.

Overrun with rodents? Here's a happy tail...

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Meet Rocco and Cory. They're degus. Very happy degus, as it happens.

These little rodents came from a home in Oxford that was overrun with more than 40 fellow degus, gerbils and hamsters.

They weren't particularly happy, all crammed together - so the RSPCA stepped in and these two brothers (below) ended up at the charity's Block Fen rehoming centre in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire.

Degus Rocco and Cory
RSPCA

As cute as they are, no-one wanted little Rocco and Cory and here they stayed for a more than year before volunteer Aga Clark thought enough was enough, and adopted the pair.

"They are two lovely little degus and I saw them and thought it was a shame they spent such a long time in the RSPCA without a forever home," she said.

The pair are now happily living in a big purpose-built cage with lots of toys to play with.

The degu cage
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"I never expected they would be so much fun to be around - they are real characters," their new owner said.

Characters they may be, but just what is a degu?

It's a new one on me so I asked the RSPCA's "degu guru" Dr Jane Tyson to set me straight:

  • Degus originate from Chile - not Oxford - and live for about six to seven years
  • They're rodents and look a little like gerbils - but a bit bigger
  • Being sociable little creatures they need another degu for companionship - but if you pair a male and female, make sure you have the male neutered or you could end up with a colony
  • They like to chow down on commercial guinea pig food containing seeds and grains, as well as fresh vegetables and green alfalfa
  • They need to be kept at the right temperature as they can easily overheat, and need access to a dust bath twice a week
  • Degus like to be active so need lots of opportunities to dig, climb and chew things

So now you know!

Degus Rocco and Cory
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Cambridge student shortlisted for trip to Mars

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The Mars One project is hoping to take a group of people to the planet on a one-way trip, funded by TV coverage.

The first flight with two men and two women is scheduled for 2031 and would be a one-way trip - they’d stay there for the rest of their lives.

The Dutch company behind it first advertised for volunteers in 2013 and more than 200,000 people originally applied.

That has now been whittled down to 100 finalists, which includes University of Cambridge student, Ryan MacDonald.

Ryan MacDonald looking through a telescope.
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Ryan is carrying out research at Cambridge into ways to detect life outside Earth and has written software for a new NASA telescope.

He said: "To be considered as one of just a hundred people on this planet who may get to go on one of the first expeditions to Mars is an incredibly exciting and enticing prospect.

"Thinking about the science we could do there and inspiring young people with this mission - it’s a wonderful time to be alive."

Artist's impression of a proposed Mars settlement
Mars One
Artist's impression of a proposed Mars settlement

Ryan is determined to stay in the selection process and training is planned to start towards the end of next year.

Ryan MacDonald reading a book.
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Iver industrial estate fire extiguished

The Bucks and MK Fire Service say that a blaze in two shipping containers at Court Lane Industrial Estate in Iver, South Buckinghamshire has been extinguished.

About 30 firefighters attended the incident, close to the M25, including crews from Berkshire and London.

The fire involved materials from recycled oil and metal at the site, and was put out at 12:15, around 90 minutes after the fire service arrived.

No casualties have been reported.

Opening hours changes at Northamptonshire records centre

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Some 3,000 people have signed a petition criticising changes to opening hours at the Northamptonshire County Record Office, which is based at Wootton Hall Park, Northampton.

The office is currently open for four days, free of charge.

But from 21 August the record office will be open for just three mornings a week, and a Saturday morning once a month.

Northamptonshire County Records Office
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People wanting access outside of these times will be charged an hourly fee of £31.50.

Graham Band, a military historian, said the plans were "absolutely bonkers".

He added: "If people are having to come here to follow up on their family history, they will have to cough up £31.50 and pay for overnight accommodation as they will have to wait for staff to turn up with their orders and they are only allowed one item at a time."

Mike Ingram, a local historian, explained the importance of the archive to the county.

"It is absolutely huge. It contains not only the town's history and the history of the county, but also important family histories," he said.

A county council spokesman said: "In light of the immense budget pressures, we have reluctantly made the decision to reduce the opening hours for free access to our archive service.

"This is also in light of the reducing number of on-site visitors over the past two years, and we will be redirecting our limited staff resources to developing online access to the archive."

Wisbech - you can open your windows, now

Earlier we told you about a fire in South Brink in Wisbech - and a police warning to residents to keep doors and windows closed.

Well, officers have just told us it's now safe to open them up again!

The blaze had taken hold in two barns in the area and high winds were blowing smoke and possible fumes over a wide area.

Crews are still at the scene but the fire's now under control, Cambridgeshire Police say.

You're fine to open up your doors and windows now, and roads in the area have also been re-opened.

The fire is not being treated as deliberate.

Fatal B1040 crash car linked to ram-raid

An Audi which collided with another car on the B1040 near Peterborough, killing the other driver, is believed to have been involved in a ram-raid shortly before the crash, police have confirmed.

Rugby player Mark Collin, 51, died at about 04:20 on Tuesday when his green Nissan Primera and a black Audi S3 were involved in a head-on collision between Whittlesey and Pondersbridge at about 04:20.

Police now believe the Audi had earlier been involved in an attempted ram-raid at the Co-op in Crowland, Lincolnshire at about 04:00, as the Peterborough Telegraph reported.

The driver of the Audi was released under investigation following his arrest on suspicion of dangerous driving, but sent back to jail when it emerged he had breached the terms of his licence for an unrelated offence.