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Summary

  1. A meeting will be held in Peterborough tonight by members of the National Farmers' Union to discuss the EU
  2. The county council apologises for saying repair work on a road with severe potholes in Sawston was complete when there were still large cracks in the cul-de-sac
  3. A band from Peterborough has made it big in Liechtenstein
  4. Updates on Thursday, 7 April 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

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By Katy Prickett

All times stated are UK

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That's it for Cambridgeshire Live today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county. We'll see you then.

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Weather: Showers should die out, dry start tomorrow

BBC Weather

The remaining showers should die out today, but the odd isolated shower could persist in eastern areas. Minimum temperature 4C (39F).

BBC weather map for March, Cambridgeshire
BBC

Tomorrow will be mostly dry with sunny spells in the morning, but a few showers possible in the afternoon. Maximum temperature 12C (54F). For the latest where you live, go to BBC Weather.  

Four tips to surviving an open plan office suggested by Cambridge academic

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Open plan offices are the reality of working life for many of us these days, but it can be hard coping with lack of privacy or noisy colleagues.

David Keller (with Jon Park and Mike Cartwright in the background)
BBC

Anglia Ruskin University business academic Alison Hirst, who specialises in office life, suggests four key tips to survival.

They are to buy headphones to avoid distractions, introduce yourself to new colleagues as soon as possible, find a bolthole for times when you do need privacy - and look busy and dress well.

Police and crime commissioner candidates confirmed

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Four men will compete to become Cambridgeshire's next police and crime commissioner. 

They are Rupert Moss-Eccardt for the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clarke for UKIP, Dave Baigent for Labour and Jason Ablewhite for the Conservatives. The deadline for nominations was 16:00 today.

The county's first PCC, Conservative Sir Graham Bright, confirmed he did not want to stand for relection last year.

'First bluebells of the year' appear at Bourne Woods

We've been talking about attempts to save the British bluebell wood from its invasive Spanish cousin today.

Bourne Wood
Betty / BBC Weather Watchers

Well, Betty sent us this fabulous picture taken yesterday at Bourne Woods - "the first bluebells of the year", she tells us.

We love it when you send us your photos - you can do so via emailTwitter or Facebook.

Andrew Bedford murder inquiry: Eight people rebailed

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Eight people arrested in connection with the cold case murder of a Huntingdon man have been rebailed until 10 May.

Andrew Bedford
Cambridgeshire Police

Andrew Bedford was last seen in Ramsey in September 1990.

Detectives think he was killed with a shotgun sometime during the evening of 28 September at a garage, which no longer exists in Ramsey, called Mongrel Cars.

The case was reopened a year ago.

Headlines: Eight people rebailed in connection with Andrew Bedford murder case... Thieves target construction workers in 17 separate incidents in Cambridge

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

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

  • Eight people arrested in connection with the murder of Andrew Bedford in 1990 have been rebailed
  • Construction workers are urged to be vigilant after thieves in high-vis jackets steal from unattended vans in 17 incidents in Cambridge
  • Farmers will hear a debate on the pros and cons of the European Union at an NFU-organised debate in Peterborough tonight

Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons bring Cambridge maths genius to big screen in The Man Who Knew Infinity

Cambridge News

The life of a self-taught genius who overcame poverty and prejudice - and the British weather - to become one of Cambridge's greatest mathematicians is set to fill our cinema screens this week.

Senegalese singer Baaba Maal to play Cambridge festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

World music star Baaba Maal is also playing at this summer's Cambridge Folk Festival, between 28 and 31 July.

Baaba Maal
Cambridge Folk Festival

The event at Cherry Hinton Hall will also feature Norfolk band the Georgia Shackleton trio (below) and folk duo Megson.

The festival started in 1965 and attracts up to 14,000 people.

Georgia Shackleton Trio
Georgia Shackleton Trio

Operations cancelled at Addenbrooke's during day two of junior doctor strike

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge says it has cancelled 14 operations and 152 outpatient appointments today because of the junior doctors' strike.

Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and Peterborough City Hospital
PA/Peterborough City Hospital

Staff are taking industrial action because of government plans to impose a new contract on them.

Peterborough City Hospital says it hasn't cancelled any operations but has cancelled 19 outpatient appointments. Both hospitals were on "black alert" before the two-day strike began, meaning they were stretched to capacity.

Peterborough band Opaque to play at Liechtenstein's National Day party

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A year after a Peterborough band declared their intention to become Liechtenstein's favourite pop group, they are set to play before the country's royal family.

Opaque (a band)
Opaque

Six-piece Opaque's vocalist Moony said they did not know anything about the country except that it was small. They toured and released their album there, determined to be "a big fish in a little pond".

Now they will be one of six to play at the National Day party on 15 August.

Remain or leave? NFU's EU debate aims to 'nail down the facts'

About 250 farmers from Cambridgeshire are attending an EU remain or leave debate in Peterborough this evening.

Path to Fen Ditton
John Sutton/Geograph

The event is organised by the National Farmers' Union. Director of policy, Dr Andrew Clarke, says its aim is to "try to move the debate on from one of opinion to nailing down some of the facts". 

Former South East Cambridgeshire MP, Sir Jim Paice, will speak for "remain", while Lincolnshire fruit and vegetable tradesman Peter Davis will put forward the "leave" case.

First person throws their hat into the ring to be East Anglian mayor

BBC Look East

Devolution plans have yet to be signed-off, but a local businessman has become the first to declare an intention to stand for election as East Anglia's mayor for Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire... if the role comes to fruition.

Peter Dawe
BBC

Ely-based Peter Dawe, who made his reputation by developing internet services, says the biggest asset of the region is the farming industry.

"The rural issues are very common. They're about access, transport, deprivation, and these are common across all the three counties," he said.

Man hurt in A47 crash in Peterborough

Peterborough Telegraph

A man suffered head injuries after a car accident in Peterborough.

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Bluebell woods under threat: Scientists join forces with Wildlife Trust to find out why

A carpet of bluebells in a beautiful woodland is one of our finest spring wildlife spectacles - but it's under threat from a non-native invader.

British bluebells, hybrid bluebells, Spanish bluebells
BCN Wildlife Trust

The Wildlife Trust's Sian Williams says the "iconic British species (above left) is threatened by competition from, and interbreeding with, Spanish bluebells" (above right).

So it's joined forces with researchers from the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton to hold a "bluebell barcoding day". The experts will extract DNA to try to understand how the Spanish breed spreads and crossbreeds (above middle) with British bluebells. 

Weather: Rain should clear this afternoon

BBC Weather

Lingering oubreaks of rain are expected to clear away this afternoon to leave sunny spells and scattered showers. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Ely
Buffer/BBC Weather Watcher

The overcast conditions in Ely were captured by BBC Weather Watcher "Buffer" earlier today. For the latest forecast where you live, go to BBC Weather.

Headlines: Council apology over road with severe potholes... Cambridgeshire farmers join EU leave or remain debate

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here at the stories we're leading with in Cambridgeshire at lunchtime:

  • The county council apologises for saying repair work on a road with severe potholes in Sawston was complete when there were still large cracks in the cul-de-sac
  • Cambridgeshire's farmers are due to attend an EU remain or leave debate
  • Scientists from Hinxton track the Spanish bluebell which is "outcompeting" the native British flower

Cambridge City Council spends over £1m on CCTV cameras in four years – but cost is 'worth it'

Cambridge News

Cambridge City Council has spent more than a million pounds operating and maintaining CCTV cameras in the last four years – the News can reveal – but police and businesses in the city have said the service is 'vital' and 'worth every penny'.

Thieves in high visibility clothing are targeting construction sites, warn police

Thieves are donning high visibility clothing to "blend in" on construction sites and steal tools from vans in Cambridge, police have warned.

Generic building site picture from Bristol
Getty Images

So far 17 sites have been targeted in and around Grange Road, Mill Road, Cherry Hinton Road, Hills Road, Trumpington, Arbury and near Addenbrooke's Hospital over the past two weeks.

Two men are believed to be behind the thefts of electrical tools from unoccupied vans, which usually take place between 10:30 and 14:30.

Remain or leave? Farmers join EU debate

An arable farmer from Thorney says he's backing the campaign to remain in the European Union (EU) because he "passionately believes in cooperation and working with people on a local, national or international level".

Michael Sly
BBC

Michael Sly (above) was speaking ahead of an NFU-organised debate on the the pros and cons of the EU to be held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough tonight.

But fellow farmer Colin Barker, from Teversham, told the BBC he's voting to leave because the EU "dictates what we can grow and doesn't understand British farming".

KT Tunstall appearing at Cambridge Folk Festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall and Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band are among the new artistes added to the line-up of this year's Cambridge Folk Festival.

KT Tunstall
Cambridge Folk Festival

The event takes place at Cherry Hinton Hall between 28 and 31 July.

Earlier this year it was announced that Irish folk singer-songwriter Christy Moore was headlining the festival.

Giulio Regeni murder: Egypt to share findings with Italy

Egyptian officials are to brief Italian counterparts in Rome on the progress of an investigation into the torture and murder of Cambridge University student Giulio Regeni.

University ID card belonging to Giulio Regeni
EPA

The Italian's murder outside Cairo earlier this year has shone a light on Egypt's human rights record. Mr Regeni, 28, disappeared on his way to meet a friend on 25 January.

Egyptian police and prosecutors are expected to share initial findings of their investigation, which has faced strong Italian criticism.

Cambridge University opens newest science centre, home of 'blue-skies' research

Cambridge News

Cambridge's newest state-of-the-art science centre will open today, to provide a new home for "blue skies" research.

Pothole repairs left road in worse state than before, says resident

Another resident of Dale Way in Sawston, Kathryn Duningan, showed us the state of her potholed road, which the county council said was repaired.

Kathryn Duningan at Dale Way in Sawston
BBC

She said the street was in a better condition before work to repair it began on Monday.

Officials have since apologised to Ms Duningan and other residents for wrongly telling them the cul-de-sac was fixed, adding the holes will be filled-in at a later date following this week's "preparatory work".

Paws on patrol: New police dog recruit Luger starts work this Monday

He's received his training and young Luger is ready to start work in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire from Monday, according to this tweet from the police...

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Pothole fears alleviated by council

Residents in a Cambridgeshire street fear pothole repairs has left it in a worse state than before.

Matthew Dixon, Dale Way, Sawston
BBC

County council contractors arrived at Dale Way in Sawston on Monday. Resident Michael Dixon (above) told the BBC he wasn't impressed with what they left behind, after residents were told work had been completed.

But the authority has since confirmed it is just "preparatory work", and a team will now be sent to "make good" before a new road surface is laid later this month.

Farmers to debate EU referendum

Cambridgeshire's farmers are being urged to have their say on the EU referendum at a big meeting in Peterborough tonight.

Irrigation on Fidwell Fen
Hugh Venables / Geograph

The event is hosted by the National Farmers Union, with the aim to encourage debate and reveal new research about how staying in or leaving the EU could affect farming.

About 250 farmers are expected to attend.

Cambridge Resale store to close after 50 years - and trade online

Cambridge News

A Cambridge shop that has traded in the city for nearly half a century is closing down.

Morning headlines: Cambridgeshire farmers to discuss EU... Pothole repairs fail to have an effect

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

  • A meeting will be held in Peterborough tonight by members of the National Farmers Union to discuss the EU
  • Residents in a Cambridgeshire street say pothole repairs have left it in a worse state than before
  • And a band from Peterborough has made it big in Liechtenstein

Weather: Cloudy start, brightening up

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy start to the day, with outbreaks of patchy light rain in places. 

This will clear away to the south to leave a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Good morning and welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

David Keller

BBC News

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