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Summary

  1. A report published by Cambridgeshire County Council into last month's guided busway crash has come under fire by the emergency services for being "inaccurate" on timings
  2. Businesses in Soham say a new railway station would help "transform" the town
  3. NHS patients in the county say they're worried about future staffing levels in hospitals, according to a public consultation
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday

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By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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Dog found dumped with throat slit

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found dumped near Peterborough with its throat slit.

A dog walker found the body of the brindle and white lurcher dumped in undergrowth in a layby in Holme Road, Yaxley, on Tuesday. 

RSPCA officer Matthew Johnson said since there was no blood in the area the dog would probably have been killed elsewhere before being dumped in the bushes.  

Fire spread after cardboard box set alight, inquest hears

An inquest into the death of a couple has heard the house in Somersham was cluttered and the fire took hold very quickly. 

Two carers were there at the time when the fire spread, killing Roger Freestone, 67, and his wife Maureen aged 65. 

Mr Freestone was seen kicking a cardboard box which had caught fire out the front door, but it ignited a curtain in the property and the fire quickly escalated. The inquest in Huntingdon has been adjourned until September. 

Vomiting bug at Addenbrooke's

Addenbrooke's Hospital is warning of visitor restrictions to stop Norovirus spreading...

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Man raped in Cambridge

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A man was raped in Cambridge in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police said the victim, in his 20s, was walking along Akeman Street away from Histon Road at about 01:15 when he was grabbed and restrained by one of two men, while the other sexually assaulted him. 

One offender is white and about 6ft tall while the other is black and slightly shorter. Both were wearing dark coloured tracksuits and hoodies. 

Akeman Street
Google

This is a serious incident which has had a significant impact on the victim. I would urge anyone who may know who is responsible for this horrific crime, to contact police immediately.

Det Insp Leigh AllmanCambridgeshire Police

Weather: Clear overnight with widespread frosts

BBC Weather

Any showers will soon die out this evening to leave a dry and clear night across all parts, although this will allow widespread frosts with fog patches in the Fens. 

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BBC Weather

Temperatures will fall to about 2C, that's 36F, and tomorrow will once again see plenty of sunshine. 

BBC Weather has the latest local forecasts.

Headlines: Man raped in Cambridge... Inquest opens into death of couple who died in fire

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this afternoon:

  • A man was raped in Cambridge in the early hours of Saturday 
  • A husband who died in house fire alongside his bed-bound wife had been trying to save her, an inquest has heard
  • The cause of the blaze at St Bede's Inter-Church School yesterday was "accidental", the fire service says

School's deputy head pays tribute to fire service

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Matthew Chancellor, deputy head at St Bede’s Inter-Church School in Cambridge where a classroom caught fire yesterday, said staff would "working hard over the next two weeks" to make sure it reopens after the Easter holidays.

He also paid tribute to the fire service, saying: "We are grateful they were able to contain the incident so quickly and limit the extent of the damage."

An investigation found the cause of the fire was accidental.

St Bede's School fire
BBC

Football: Peterborough's Nicholson suffers broken leg

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough United midfielder Jordan Nicholson is set to miss the remainder of the season after breaking his leg in training. 

Jordan Nicholson
Histon FC

The 22-year-old has made just one appearance for the Posh since joining from Histon in the autumn.

Posh manager Graham Westley says Nicholson will spend around four weeks in a protective boot before returning to light training. 

Lease signing a significant step forward for Peterborough micro pub

Peterborough Telegraph

What could become Peterborough's first micro pub has moved a step closer.

Site of micro brewery
Peterborough Telegraph

Speedway: Peterborough at full strength for Premier League Cup opener

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough Panthers will track a full strength line-up when they face Sheffield in the Premier League Cup later. 

Ulrich Ostergaard captains the side, with Simon Lambert, Michael Palm Toft and Nickolas Porsing all returning for another season.

Panthers were due to start the new season on Easter Monday, but their fixture against Ipswich at the Showground was postponed due to overrunning engineering works.

Speedway
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Investigation reveals fire at St Bede's school was 'accidental'

An investigation into a fire at a school in Cambridge has found the blaze was caused by accident. 

Fire at St Bede's school
BBC

More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out yesterday at St Bede's Inter-Church School on Birdwood Road. No-one was hurt.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Due to the extent of the damage it is unclear how it was started, but we are not treating it as suspicious." The school is due to reopen as planned after the holidays.

Amazon creates permanent jobs in Peterborough

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Online retailer Amazon says 400 people who worked at its Peterborough fulfilment centre during the Christmas period are to be offered permanent positions

Amazon depot
Getty Images

If the workers accept the posts, it will take the number of people employed there to more than 1,200.

Couple died as husband tried to save bed-bound wife

An inquest has opened into the death of a couple from Somersham, who died in house fire on Easter Monday.

The bodies of Roger Freestone, 67, and his wife Maureen, 65, who was bed-bound, were found by firefighters as they tried to tackle a blaze at their home in Queens Road. The hearing at Lawrence Court, Huntingdon, was told Mr Freestone had tried to save his wife. 

House fire
BBC

First reported in The Hunts Post, post-mortem examinations showed the pair died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.  

Two carers in the house at the time managed to escape but one suffered minor burns. The inquest will resume in September. 

Railway reopening in Soham would boost trade, claim businesses

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Local businesses say they have no doubt re-opening the railway station at Soham would benefit the local economy.

Single track at Soham
Geograph/Bob Jones

Sarah, who runs the Little Gift Shop, told me the lack of connectivity means she has to drive her daughter daily to Ely so she can catch a train to Cambridge.

Coffee shop owner Nadia said she's "convinced the town needs it", while local estate agent, Paul Sawyer, said he's often asked if there's a railway station by potential buyers, many of whom chose to live near Ely instead because of the transport link. 

A feasibility study on the re-opening of the station is under way.

Soham station feasibility study given thumbs up by railway group

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A railway campaign group has welcomed the proposal for a new railway station at Soham.

Railfuture East Anglia says a long feasibility study is inevitable and because the route is already in use, there's more to consider than just the re-opening of a station...

It's already a very busy freight route with passenger trains running on it and the other part of the project is to double the track between Soham and Ely because that is a real bottleneck."

Peter WakefieldRailfuture East Anglia

Weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells

It will be a mainly dry, fine afternoon with light winds and some good sunny spells, but one or two heavy or thundery showers may be possible.

Southoe, Cambs
Weather Watcher/Graham

Top temperature of about 12C (54F). BBC Weather has more local details. 

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Graham for this beautiful photo of Southoe. 

Headlines: Council defends report into guided busway crash... Study under way over reopening of Soham railway station

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The lunchtime news: 

  • A council is defending a report into a guided busway crash after coming under fire from the emergency services for allegedly getting its timings wrong
  • A feasibility study is under way to reopen the railway station at Soham

Major review of community facilities in Cambridge prompts calls to spare them from cuts

Cambridge News

A major review of community centres in Cambridge is urging people to have their say.

Cause of Somersham fire 'accidental'

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The cause of a fire which killed two people earlier this week was "accidental", according to Cambridgeshire Fire Service.

House fire
BBC

It broke out at a property on Queens Road in Somersham just before 20:00 on Easter Monday. 

Station commander Carl Pardon said the severity of the fire made it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause, but it's not being treated as suspicious. 

Travel: Severe delays on the M11 northbound

BBC Travel

BBC Travel are reporting severe delays on the M11 northbound at J11 for the A10 after a 4x4 overturned towing a trailer.

One lane is blocked and there are queues backing to J10 at Duxford.

Soham railway station study looks to assess benefits of it reopening

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A feasibility study is being carried out to assess the benefits of Soham Railway Station reopening.

Soham
Rob Noble / Geograph

It has been commissioned by Cambridgeshire County Council and East Cambridgeshire District Council to investigate what work must be done to make it a reality.

The town's former station closed in 1965.

Council says ambulance arrival times to crash 'accurately recorded on CCTV'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A report detailing arrival times for the emergency services to last month's guided busway crash have been defended by the county council.

Bus crash on CCTV
Cambridgeshire county council

The authority's report has come under fire by all the emergency services, which claim they responded to the crash near Trumpington much quicker than was stated.

Cambridgeshire County Council says the times were "recorded on our CCTV cameras covering this section of the busway". But it admits the ambulance service may have turned up earlier, as paramedics arrived on foot and may not have been picked up on the cameras. 

"Since this incident there have been discussions with the services to see if any changes are needed to the emergency protocols," the council added.

Travel news: Delays on A14

BBC Travel

An accident on the eastbound A14 at J27 for Fenstanton is causing delays to drivers, with one lane blocked.

Congestion back to J24 for Godmanchester.

BBC Travel has the latest. 

'More imagination' called for to combat thousands of extra cars coming into west Cambridge

Cambridge News

Cambridge University has been urged to be "more imaginative" in its efforts to solve the ensuing traffic chaos when thousands of extra cars are added to a gridlocked route into the city.

Guided busway crash report 'inaccurate' on emergency services arrival timings

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A report by Cambridgeshire County Council into last month's guided busway crash, where a number of people were hurt, has come under fire by the emergency services for being "inaccurate" on timings.

Crash on guided busway
BBC

The document says police took 31 minutes to get to the scene, a first responder ambulance took 51 minutes and the fire service took 40 minutes. But the emergency services dispute the timings, saying they arrived 23, 13 and 26 minutes after the call-out. 

Two passengers on the bus that day told me they were also surprised with the report's suggestion it took so long for them to arrive. We'll bring you what the county council has had to say on the matter shortly.

Consultation concludes county's NHS need to be 'better integrated'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

NHS services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough need to be better integrated, according to one of Cambridgeshire's health commissioners.

Nurse
BBC

Dr Alex Gimson's conclusion follows a public consultation which highlighted a number of issues, including patient concerns about under-funding in mental health services and hospital staffing levels.

The NHS in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is expected to be £150m in deficit this year.  

Headlines: Guided busway crash report 'inaccurate' on timings... Soham businesses say new railway station would 'transform' town

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories this morning: 

  • A report published by Cambridgeshire County Council into last month's guided busway crash has come under fire by the emergency services for being "inaccurate" on timings
  • Businesses in Soham say a new railway station would help "transform" the town
  • NHS patients in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough say they're worried about future staffing levels in hospitals and believe not enough money is being spent on mental health care, according to a public consultation 

Car fire closes road in March

Police are warning of a road closure after a car caught fire.

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Weather: Sunny spells and mostly dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will see good spells of sunshine with just the small chance of a shower.

Temperatures reaching 11C (52F). BBC Weather has the latest where you live.

Hello and welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Between now and 18:00 we'll bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates as we get them. 

We're always interested in what's happening in your part of the county, so if there's anything you wish to share, contact us on email, Facebook or Twitter