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  1. Updates on Friday, 8 April 2016
  2. Cambridge researchers help take a major step towards being able to make blood platelets in a laboratory
  3. The number of families using Cambridgeshire's food banks during school holidays is rising rapidly
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By David Keller

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That's it from us at Cambridgeshire Live for the week - thanks for joining us.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

See you then.

Looking back: The changing face of Bridge Street

Peterborough Telegraph

Bridge Street is, of course, one of the city's key retail streets and it's sad to see big stores such as Marks & Spencer and Mothercare moving out.

Historically, it has been a thriving area as this week's pictures show.

Bridge Street, Peterborough
Peterborough Telegraph

Weather: Dry night, rain arriving by morning

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Any showers will die away to leave a dry evening. Later in the night cloud will thicken, with rain arriving in the early hours. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather map

Tomorrow will be a cloudy start with outbreaks of rain still lingering, mainly in eastern areas such as Ely. 

This will clear from the west during the morning with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers for the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

£1m National Lottery prize goes unclaimed

David Keller

BBC News

Put the sofa cushions back and throw your jeans back in the washing basket... I'm afraid it's now too late to claim a £1m lottery prize in Huntingdonshire that's been outstanding since October.

Camelot says it's now been 180 days since the Lotto Millionaire Raffle code struck gold in this part of the world and the winning ticket has expired.

Lottery car driving around Huntingdonshire
National Lottery

Even a gold car being driven around the district failed to jog ticketholders' memories, so the prize money will now go towards National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

"To avoid this unfortunate situation happening again, I would urge all National Lottery players to check their tickets on a regular basis," a lottery spokesman said.

Latest headlines: £1m Lottery prize goes unclaimed... Moped rider 'critical' after crashing into lamppost

David Keller

BBC News

If you're just catching up, here's the latest news in Cambridgeshire:

  • A £1m National Lottery prize has gone unclaimed in Huntingdonshire
  • Actor Dev Patel, who plays Cambridge maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in his latest film The Man Who Knew Infinity, says being typecast is "more a blessing than a curse"

Food banks: Bev's story

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Bev, a mother from Wisbech, has told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire why she's a food bank user - and why the school holidays are particularly tough. 

Operators of food banks in the county have told us that the number of people visiting them is on the rise, and some teachers have warned pupils are becoming malnourished during the school holidays. 

Bev, who has children aged four and seven, said she is forced to live on supermarket deals to make her money go further - but the offers are normally on unhealthy food.                                 

'I get paid to play for a living' - Dev Patel

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel explains why his latest film The Man Who Knew Infinity, about Cambridge genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, is a "mathematical bromance" and why being typecast is "more a blessing than a curse".

Dev Patel

Pregnancy diabetes tests 'too late', warn scientists

James Gallagher

Health editor, BBC News website

Tests for diabetes in pregnancy - which affects the developing baby - are taking place too late, warn scientists. Untreated, the condition can increase the risk of a stillbirth and other complications.

Pregnant mother
Science Photo Library

Most screening takes place at 28 weeks, but a University of Cambridge study of more than 4,000 women showed the foetus was already affected by then.

Charities said gestational diabetes was involved in a "significant number" of potentially avoidable stillbirths.

Cyclists in Cambridge warned to look out for 'compromised' bike racks

Cambridge News

Cyclists in Cambridge have been warned by the police to look out for strips of gaffer-tape on the "Sheffield-style" bike racks after an alarming discovery that it can conceal the fact the rack has been "compromised".

Blood platelet research: Creating a 'factory'

David Keller

BBC News

Scientists in Cambridge who claim to have taken a first step towards mass-producing blood platelets tailored to individual patients, say they managed to transform stem cells into the large bone marrow cells called megakaryocytes that act as platelet factories.

Platelets are tiny cell fragments that play a vital role in blood clotting.

Make-up of blood

Now, the researchers from Cambridge University and the NHS said in their tests hundreds of thousands of mature megakaryocytes were produced, which spontaneously began to release functional platelets. 

In future, the technique could lead to patients with severe injuries or blood disorders being treated with platelets made in the laboratory from their own cells. 

It could then overcome a major problem associated with platelet [blood] donation being rejected by the recipient's immune system.

Moped rider 'critical' after crashing into lamppost

A moped rider who clipped a metal fence while riding on the pavement and crashed into a lamppost is in a "critical condition" in hospital, according to police.

Lincoln Road, Peterborough

The 21-year-old was riding along Lincoln Road, near the junction with York Road, in Peterborough in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Shaz Ali, from the road policing unit, said: "At the moment we do not know where the man lives, so I would ask anyone who thinks they may know the rider to contact us."

Wimpole's gothic tower wins heritage award

The recently restored 18th Century gothic tower at the Wimpole Estate is among the winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards - Europe's highest honour in the heritage field.

The tower, designed to look like a picturesque medieval ruin, is based on a sketch by the architect Sanderson Miller in 1749 for his patron, Lord Hardwicke, the owner of Wimpole.

Gothic tower at Wimpole
National Trust

"The tower was an almost forgotten ruin – a kind of sleeping beauty, literally surrounded by briar roses and nettles," said Wendy Monkhouse from owners National Trust.

"Now, with its reinstated crenellations triumphant on the main tower, it sits once more at the focal point of the landscape."

Cambridge café hits out at 'crazy' outdoor seating costs and potential impact on independents

Cambridge News

The high cost of having outdoor tables at Cambridge cafés is making it harder than ever for them to survive, it has been claimed.

Peterborough United manager expects better league position

BBC Sport

Graham Westley says some of his Peterborough United players should hang their heads in shame if they can't improve on last seasons ninth placed finish.  

Graham Westley
Getty Images

Tomorrow's opponents, Rochdale, currently occupy ninth spot - four points better off than Posh.

Westley says he'll lose patience with anyone who isn't showing the required levels of improvement.

Weather: Sunny spells this afternoon but breezy

BBC Weather

It was a misty start in March this morning, according to this picture from BBC Weather Watcher "Keri", but they'll be sunny spells and patchy cloud around this afternoon, with perhaps the odd shower at times. 


It may feel rather pleasant in the sunshine, but rather chilly as the showers pass through and the breeze picks up. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Headlines: Children being malnourished in school holidays claims teacher... Cambridge architects propose London's first timber skyscraper

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here's the latest news in Cambridgeshire:

  • Some children in the county are being fed better at school than during the holidays, a teacher claims
  • A breakthrough has been made towards being able to make blood platelets in a laboratory, Cambridge scientists say
  • London's first timber skyscraper is being proposed by Cambridge architects

London's first timber skyscraper?

David Keller

BBC News

London's first timber skyscraper could be a step closer after researchers from Cambridge presented Mayor of London Boris Johnson with conceptual plans for an 80-storey, 300m (984ft) high wooden building integrated within the Barbican.

Oakwood Tower artist impression
University of Cambridge

Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture is researching the idea, which would create more than 1,000 new residential units in a 1m sq ft mixed-use tower.

"If London is going to survive it needs to increasingly densify. One way is taller buildings. We believe people have a greater affinity for taller buildings in natural materials rather than steel and concrete towers," said Dr Michael Ramage from the university.

Travel disruption as person hit by train

Petition demands an end to Cambridge's commuter parking crisis

Cambridge News

Embattled residents in the Smarter Cambridge Transport group have declared war on the city's spiralling commuter parking crisis.

Match preview: Newport County v Cambridge United

Lenell John Lewis of Newport County
Huw Evans picture agency

Striker Lenell John-Lewis will step up his rehabilitation as the Exiles seek a first league victory over Cambridge since 1985 this weekend.

Oh dear...

'I don't really eat because I put my children first'

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The number of families using Cambridgeshire's food banks during school holidays is rising rapidly, according to the people that run them.

Food bank
Getty Images

The co-ordinator of the Godmanchester bank says it issued 20% more family packs last year, and expects a similar increase this year.

A mother with three young children told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire the handouts are helping feed her family. "I don't really eat because I put my children first," she said.

Arts centre could be set for Fletton Quays

Peterborough Telegraph

Funding is being sought for a new arts centre on the landmark Fletton Quays site which could incorporate crafts, exhibitions and fringe shows.

'It looks as though we've got a settled back four'

BBC Sport

Cambridge United boss Shaun Derry says his team are finding defensive cohesion ahead of their League Two fixture against Newport County on Saturday.

Shaun Derry
Getty Images

The U's have only managed one win in their last six games, but have kept clean sheets in two of their last four.

"We're trying not to make as many changes in the back four," Derry told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "But now it looks as though we've got a settled back four with competition behind them."

'Major step' in blood platelet research overseen by Cambridge scientists

Researchers from Cambridge University and the NHS have helped take a "major step" towards being able to create blood platelets in a laboratory - meaning the health service wouldn't need to rely on donors. 

Blood cells and platelets
Science Photo Library

In future, patients could be given platelets made from their own stem cells. 

Dr Edwin Massey, part of the team at NHS Blood and Transplant, said recent research had been successful, but it could still it could take "many years" for the large-scale production of platelets to take off.

Cambridge student left to pick up the postage after 18th birthday card from MP Daniel Zeichner

Cambridge News

When the postman called on Katie Secker's 18th birthday she was expecting a surprise in the mail, but she was not planning to be left out of pocket by her local MP.

Weather: Mostly dry, some sunny spells but turning cloudy

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Any patches of frost or mist will quickly clear leaving most of us dry today, although there will be one or two showers around. Turning cloudier from the west as we go through the afternoon - maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Headlines: Food bank use rising... Blood platelet research takes step forward

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here's the latest news for Cambridgeshire:

  • The number of families using Cambridgeshire's food banks during school holidays is rising rapidly
  • Cambridge researchers have helped take a major step towards being able to make blood platelets in a laboratory - meaning the NHS wouldn't need to rely on donors
  • Graham Westley says some of his Peterborough United players should hang their heads in shame if they can't improve on last season's ninth-placed finish

Travel: Tractor and trailers causing delays on Fletton Parkway

Welcome to Friday's Cambridgeshire Live

David Keller

BBC News

Morning all - stay with us as we bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire until 18:00.

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