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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday, 29 March 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Cambridgeshire's live coverage throughout the day

That's it for the team here at Cambridgeshire Live.  We'll be back on tomorrow with news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00.

Until then you can contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.  

Weather: Heavy gusty rain tonight, clearing later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Expect heavy, gusty downpours of rain this evening, with hail mixed in and the risk of thunder. It will clear later, though, leading to a chilly night. Minimum temperature: 2C (35F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow, it'll be a sunny morning with a risk of showers in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 12C (53F). For a more up-to-date forecast where you are, go to BBC Weather.

Headlines: Monday's fatal Somersham fire not being treated as suspicious... 'Preferred route' for Cambridge to Oxford train service is announced

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the stories we're leading with in Cambridgeshire this afternoon:

  • Police say a fire which killed two people in Somersham is not being treated as suspicious
  • Train services have been resumed between Peterborough and London but with long delays
  • Direct train services between Cambridge and Oxford inch closer as Network Rail's "preferred route" is announced

Aston Martin found abandoned near Tipps End in early March

Katy Prickett

BBC News

More information in now from Cambridgeshire Police about the crashed Aston Martin.

Aston Martin in ditch
Cambridgeshire Police

The car was found at March Road near Tipps End on 3 March, after a member of the public alerted Fenland Police.

A 66-year-old man from March has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Trains resume between Peterborough and London but services remain delayed

Commuters should expect delays of up to 90 minutes to services between Peterborough and London.

Network Rail says it follows disruption in the Sandy area - and does not expect services to get back to normal until about 19:00.

Sharp rise in 999 ambulance calls over Easter weekend

There was a sharp rise in emergency calls to the East of England Ambulance Service this Easter bank holiday - according to this tweet from East of England Ambulance Service.

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And in other rail news... Nene Valley Railway's Thomas returns in June

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Small children and grandparents rejoice - Thomas is due to return to work in June, after a £150,000, two-year renovation programme.

Thomas
Nene Valley Railway

The engine has been owned by the Nene Valley Railway in Wansford since the 1970s.

His boiler, wheels and tank has been overhauled - and he's also received a new coat of paint.

Weather: Blustery with scattered showers

It's set to be a fairly blustery afternoon with sunny spells and scattered showers.

St Neots
MooreHen/BBC Weather Watchers

Expect more persistent rain with the risk of hail and thunder later. Minimum temperature 11C (52F). 

For a more up-to-date forecast where you live, go to BBC Weather.

Aston Martin owner arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Fenland police has just tweeted an image of an Aston Martin being lifted by a recovery vehicle.

I'm calling Cambridgeshire police to find out more details.

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Fatal Somersham fire 'not suspicious' say police

A fire which killed two people in Somersham is not being treated as suspicious, Cambridgeshire Police has confirmed.

Fire-gutted house, Somersham
BBC

Firefighters spent three hours tackling the blaze at Queens Road on Monday evening. The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered at the scene.  

The coroner has now been informed.

Seventeen children arrested for gun crime in county

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

New figures show 17 children in Cambridgeshire were arrested for suspected gun crime offences, with more than 1,500 children arrested across the country in the past three years, some of them as young as ten.

Person with a gun
PA

A Freedom of Information request from the Press Association saw 29 police forces responding with statistics. 

A third of all the children were actually charged. In Suffolk 16 minors were arrested, while Norfolk there were four child arrests. 

Bedford via Sandy to Cambridge is East West Rail link's 'preferred route'

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The return of direct train travel between Oxford, Cambridge and East Anglia has inched a little closer, after the "preferred route" was announced a short while ago.

Platform 2, Bedford Railway Station
Paul Gillett/Geograph

Network Rail's Erica Blamire says 20 alternatives were examined - and Bedford via Sandy to Cambridge "offers the best return on investment".

More details will be announce in May.

Headlines: Two die in Somersham house blaze

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this lunchtime: 

  • Two people died in a house fire in Somersham overnight 
  • A third of library jobs in the county have gone in last six years but volunteers increase

Investigation under way after two die in Somersham house fire

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue is investigating the cause of a fire at a house in Somersham which left two people dead.

Fire-gutted house, Somesham
BBC

The blaze broke out in Queens Road at about 20:00 on Monday. Firefighters spend three hours tackling the fire and neighbours had to be evacuated from their homes.

Police said a man and woman in the house died at the scene. 

Mystery knitted daffodil!

Heralding Spring in Wansford near Peterborough...a giant knitted flower: 

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Third of staff library jobs axed in Cambridgeshire

A third of staff jobs gone in Cambridgeshire’s libraries, from 282 to 190 in the past six years.

Library books
BBC and Getty Images

A BBC Freedom of Information investigation found that nationally, almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared, about a quarter of the overall total. 

In the east of England, figures show the number of volunteers working in libraries have risen, by 71%, from 3,301 to 5,650, while five libraries have closed and 18 mobile services have been withdrawn.

First photograph of Huntingdon blaze scene

We've just been sent this photograph of the fire scene at Huntingdon, which led to the bridge to Godmanchester being closed.

Fire crews were called at about 08:15.

Hotel fire
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

Man and woman die in Somersham house fire

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Police have confirmed a man and a woman died in the blaze in Queen’s Road, Somersham yesterday.   

Police
Other

Neighbouring houses were evacuated while fire officers tackled the fire, which was well alight by the time police and fire crews arrive on the scene around 20:00. 

BreakingTwo people die in house fire

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Two people died in a house fire in Somersham on Monday.

Crews were called to the fire on Queens Road just before 20:00 to find the house well alight.

An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the fire. 

Fire at hotel closes bridge

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The fire service has confirmed the fire that's closed the bridge between Huntingdon and Godmanchester is at the Old Bridge Hotel.

Crews were called at around 08:15 and are currently trying to put out a fire in one of the chimneys.

Two crews are there and no one has been injured. 

Pub fire closes bridge between Huntingdon and Godmanchester

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Loca Live

Police say a fire at a pub has closed the bridge between Huntingdon and Godmanchester. 

Fire crews are at the scene but it's not clear yet the severity of the blaze.

We're chasing more details.

Travel: Delays of 30 minutes on journeys from Peterborough to London

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The overhead wire problems between Sandy and St Neots, which caused major disruption to yesterday's railway service, have now been resolved. 

Network Rail van at crossing
PA

Network Rail says that lines, which were closed while engineers fixed overhead cables damaged by Storm Katie, have now fully reopened. 

However, there will be delays of up to 30 minutes while services recover to journeys between London Kings Cross and Peterborough. Some Great Northern services have also been cancelled.   

Forecast: Sunny and showery spells

BBC Weather

Dry with sunny spells, but showers from the west likely in the afternoon as the temperature peaks at 11C (52F).

BBC East's Kate Kinsella has the full regional forecast:

Visit BBC Weather for more.

Storm Katie aftermath leads to rail disruption

Storm Katie continues to cause disruption for rail commuters this morning. 

Network Rail say overhead wire problems between Sandy and St Neots are causing disruption to journeys between London Kings Cross and Peterborough. 

Great Northern services are replaced by buses between Hitchin and Peterborough. This was expected to end at 06:00 but has been extended. 

Headlines: 'Paperwork' hits festivals...Train services disrupted

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The headlines for Cambridgeshire on Tuesday morning:

  • Festival organisers claim increased paperwork is leading to more events begin cancelled
  • Storm Katie is being blamed for ongoing overhead cable problems on the railway between Hitchin and Peterborough
  • Figures show 17 children were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences in Cambridgeshire in the last three years

Hello and welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

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