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Summary

  1. A 51-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in Murrow, near Wisbech, is released without charge
  2. Police release details of a series of thefts targeting elderly women in Cambridge
  3. A new building at Cambridge University named after Sir David Attenborough will be opened by the broadcaster and naturalist later
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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Weather: Turning chilly

BBC Weather

Sunshine and showers will continue today but gradually ease this evening and long clear spells will develop later. Turning chilly but temperatures staying a few degrees above freezing in breezy conditions. Lows of 3C (37F).

Tomorrow will see a cloudy start to the day with patchy rain. Showers could be heavy and thundery. High temperature 11C (52F).

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Watch: Sir David Attenborough abseils down building bearing his name

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you about Sir David Attenborough abseiling down a new building which has been named in his honour.

It will house hundreds of academics, making up the largest group of conservation researchers in the world.

Click below to watch the 89-year-old in action, in a film shot by the University of Cambridge.

Train delays between Ipswich and Cambridge

BBC Travel

Greater Anglia says commuters between Ipswich and Cambridge should expect delays on their journey home from work because of trespassers.

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CCTV released of man wanted in connection with purse thefts

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Officers have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with two purse thefts.

CCTV
Cambridgeshire Police

The first took place on March 24 in Whittlesey Road, Stanground at 15:30, while the second happened on April 1 in Bridge Street, Chatteris at 10:30.

The purses contained cash, bank cards and sentimental photos.

Headlines: Police lay on extra police patrols following theft... Sir David Attenborough opens new conservation hub

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories we are covering this evening:

  • Police say they have increased patrols in the Trumpington area of Cambridge after £22,000 was stolen from the accounts of two women
  • A 51-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in Murrow, near Wisbech, has been released after a post-mortem examination concluded that a woman's death was not suspicious
  • Sir David Attenborough has opened a new conservation hub at the University of Cambridge

Elderly people willing to discuss death, study finds

A new study from Cambridge University has found that elderly people are willing to discuss death - but are not often asked about it. 

stock photo of elderly hands
BBC

The research - which involved conversations with more than 30 people over 95 years old - suggests that discussion of funeral preferences is more common than talking about death. 

Report author Dr Jame Flemming says it's a topic of conversation that should be encouraged.  

No operations cancelled at Peterborough City Hospital

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The trust that runs Peterborough City Hospital and Stamford and Rutland Hospital has been in touch to say no operations have been cancelled, because consultants are covering for junior doctors while they are on strike.

A total of 19 outpatient clinics spanning today and tomorrow have been cancelled.  

Peterborough City Hospital
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Dr Kanchan Rege, medical director of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I would like to reassure patients that our emergency department is not affected by the strike action and I would like to thank our staff for their support in keeping any disruption to patients to a minimum.”   

Sir David Attenborough 'enormously proud' of new conservation hub

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Sir David Attenborough has been speaking of his pride after a new global conservation hub was named after him at the University of Cambridge.

Sir David, who abseiled down the building yesterday, said: "By bringing together leaders in research, practice, policy and teaching, we stand the greatest chance of developing the solutions required to save our planet."

Sir David Attenborough abseils down building
University of Cambridge

I am enormously proud that these collaborations are occurring in a building bearing my name.”

Sir David Attenborough

Charlotte Edwards joins Southern Vipers

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire's Charlotte Edwards has joined the Southern Vipers for the first season of Women's Super League cricket.

Charlotte Edwards
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She will be captain of the side in the inaugural Kia Super League, which is made up of six teams.

"With three or four England players, plus three overseas players, per squad, the standard of the Super League is going to be very high; exactly what's needed to take our game forwards," she said. 

Stolen items found at Chatteris property

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Police have released images of suspected stolen items that were recovered at a property in Chatteris.

Seven watches, two mobile phones and various items of jewellery, including two gold rings (pictured) were found as part of investigations into burglaries in the town.

Officers say they want to find the rightful owners so they can be returned.

stolen rings
Cambridgeshire Police

Histon manager calls on fans to stay positive

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Histon may have suffered a third relegation in just five years at the weekend, but manager Steve Fallon has called on fans to stay positive.

Steve Fallon
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The Stutes are set to drop out of the Southern Premier having been beaten by Bedworth at the weekend.

They've been struggling financially, but Fallon said: "If we can get to a level where we can start getting success again, then people will come back and it's easier to get people involved."

Weather: Cool and windy

BBC Weather

It's cool and blustery this lunchtime with sunshine and scattered showers. Highs of 12C (54F).

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Headlines: Man released after murder arrest.... Sir David Attenborough to open new conservation hub

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories we are covering this lunchtime:

  • A 51-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in Murrow, near Wisbech, has been released after a post-mortem examination concluded that a woman's death was not suspicious
  • Officers have released details of a series of thefts in Cambridge, in which elderly women were distracted while their bank cards were stolen
  • Sir David Attenborough will open a new conservation hub at the University of Cambridge later

New university hub will house world's largest group of conservation researchers

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

A new global conservation hub being opened today in Cambridge by Sir David Attenborough will house the largest group of conservation researchers in the world.

the new building
University of Cambridge

Dr Mike Rands, executive director of Cambridge Conservation Initiative, said: “The campus makes the sharing of knowledge, networks and experiences between people and institutions much more effective."

Why are junior doctors striking?

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Our colleagues at BBC Health have produced a helpful article explaining why junior doctors are going on a 48-hour strike starting today, over their dispute with the government about a new contract.

Graphic showing career path of a junior doctor
BBC

The government has described the current arrangements as "outdated" and "unfair", pointing out they were introduced in the 1990s. Ministers drew up plans to change the contract in 2012, but talks broke down in 2014.

Sticking points for the junior doctors include changes to salary and weekend working conditions.

Addenbrooke's Hospital cancels operations due to strike

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Junior doctors in England are taking part in a fourth walk-out in their long-running contract dispute.  

Addenbrooke's Hospital has been in touch to say it has cancelled 166 outpatient appointments today and 11 operations as a result of the strike.It has cancelled 152 outpatient appointments and 14 operations tomorrow. 

Addenbrooke's sign
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Sir David Attenborough abseils down new building named after him

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Sir David Attenborough is today opening a new global conservation hub which has been named after him at the University of Cambridge.

The 89-year-old, a graduate of the university, abseiled down a wall of the new building which will house more than 500 conservation experts, including 150 academics.

Attenborough
University of Cambridge

They will work together to find solutions to the challenges faced by the natural world.

Anglian Water calls for new resevoirs

Martin Barber

BBC News

Anglian Water says new reservoirs may be needed to cope with increasing demand for water, especially in Cambridgeshire, one of the country's driest counties.Water companies from across the East met in Peterborough yesterday to discuss how to cope with the increasing pressure from thousands of new homes.

water bills
BBC

The firm said it would spend millions of pounds across Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas to fit free water meters, replace old ones, and offer free water-saving devices to help customers become more water-efficient.  

Peterborough boss says performance was insult to fans

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Peterborough boss Graham Westley says he won't tolerate a repeat of last night's defeat at Fleetwood in League One.

Graham Westley
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Posh were beaten 2-0 in front of around 130 away fans who had made their longest away trip of the season.

Westley says the side's performance was an insult to their fans and described it as appalling.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder released without charge

A 51-year-old man who was being questioned on suspicion of murder has been released with no further action, police say.

He was arrested after a woman was found dead at home in Murrow Bank in Murrow, near Wisbech, on Monday.

However, a post-mortem examination concluded the death was non-suspicious.

Murrow Bank
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Elderly women targeted in series of thefts

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Officers have released more details about a series of thefts in Cambridge, in which elderly women were approached and distracted whilst their bank cards were stolen.

In one of the incidents, offenders followed an 83-year-old woman to her home in Grantchester Road, Newnham on March 17, though they eventually left empty-handed. Det Con Paul Evans said: "I would ask that people out shopping remain vigilant and consider using a handbag with a strap over the shoulder and ensure purses or wallets are in a zipped-up bag or inside coat pocket."   

Police release CCTV pictures following thefts

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Officers have released CCTV images of two women they would like to speak to in connection with a series of thefts in Cambridge.

CCTV pics
Cambridgeshire Police

On February 2 and 26, offenders approached two elderly women in their cars in Hauxton Road, Trumpington, to ask for directions and stole their bank cards, withdrawing more than £22,000.

On March 16, 17 and 31, three elderly women had their purses taken from their shopping trolleys in Hauxton Road.

Sir David Attenborough to open university building bearing his name

One of Cambridge University's buildings is being named after the broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

Sir David Attenborough
BBC

The Cambridge University property on Pembroke Street - which is currently being refurbished - will be a known as the David Attenborough Building and used as a base for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative

It's a partnership between the university, conservation organisations and Museum of Zoology. Sir David will be in the city to open the building later.

Weather: Patchy rain clearing to sunshine and blustery showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Rather cloudy at first with some rain possible for a time, clearing to a rather cool, blustery afternoon with sunshine and scattered showers - some of which are likely to be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Get the detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Morning headlines: Plans outlined for the 'future of water'... Sir David Attenborough to open university building later

The top stories this morning: 

  • Water companies, including Anglian Water, have met in Peterborough to set out their plan to keep supplies running in the county over the next 30 years
  • A building focussing on biodiversity and conservation at Cambridge University has been named after Sir David Attenborough and will be opened by the broadcaster and naturalist later

Welcome to Local Live in Cambridgeshire

Martin Barber

BBC News

Good morning and welcome to our live page for Wednesday. We'll have the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county throughout the day.

Is there something going on where you live we should be talking about? Get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Sunrise in Cambridgeshire
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Coming up - this morning's news headlines and the weather. Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Ebb & Flow' who was up early to capture this morning's sunrise near Cambridge.