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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 12 April 2016
  2. Man dies in crash on A1 west of Peterborough
  3. Shops in Huntingdon claim delays in redeveloping a shopping precinct is to blame for closures
  4. Newmarket Racecourse is celebrating 350 years of horseracing
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Mariam Issimdar

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Live updates for Cambridgeshire have finished for the day.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Have a good evening.

Bizarre diversion signs stump motorists

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Cambridge photographer Martin Bond was as stumped as other city centre motorists on Sunday when he spotted these bizarre diversion signs.

Road signs
Martin Bond

As the Cambridge News reported, they were set out by contractors working on the Kettle's Yard development on Northampton Street.

"I didn't stop to ask them why, as I was late for lunch at my mum's," Martin told the BBC. "But all the drivers looked totally confused except for a chap in a Porsche, who just ignored them all and drove straight through."

House prices in Cambridge: when a three-bedroom semi-detached cost £825

Cambridge News

In less than a fortnight, the Queen will reach her 90th birthday - so what was life was like in Cambridge in 1926, when she was born?

Role a Cambridgeshire house had in revealing German A-Bomb secrets

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The role a large house in Cambridgeshire played in finding out the state of German knowledge of how to develop a nuclear bomb in the Second World War has been highlighted in a new book. 

Farm Hall
Colin Brown

Operation Big: The Race To Stop Hitler's A-Bomb, by Colin Brown, describes how the top German nuclear scientists were rounded up by the Allies at the end of the war and detained in Farm Hall in Godmanchester.

The building was wired up with bugs so any conversations could be heard and the British learned how far away the Germans were from developing a bomb.

Weather: Bright end to day... Tomorrow dry and warm

BBC Weather

A bright end to the day but with scattered heavy showers moving north early evening, perhaps with thunder locally. Lows of 9C (48F).


Tomorrow will be dry with pleasantly warm sunny spells during the morning. Scattered showers are likely to develop during the afternoon, some heavy and locally thundery. High temperatures of 15C (59F).

Headlines: No beds at city hospital... Man dies in A1 crash

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

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

  • There are no beds available at Peterborough City Hospital, with it issuing a "significant internal incident" after a busy weekend
  • A man has died in crash on the A1 near Wansford
  • Bizarre diversion signs have stumped motorists in Cambridge

Huntingdon's business community say town 'on the up'

Huntingdon's business group, BID, says it's confident the town is on the up now that work is finally under way on the Chequer's Court retail development.

The former tax office site was demolished three years ago and local independent shops have complained delays to building was having a negative impact on footfall. 

Now that building work is under way, we are in a transition stage. With a major developer investing and with lots of independent shops thriving the people at BID are very positive about the future."

Graham CampbellVice chairman of Huntingdon BID

Traffic now flowing on M11 following earlier accidents

Cambridgeshire Police has just tweeted again that the accidents on the M11 have now been cleared and it is flowing again south of Cambridge.

For the latest travel news, head to BBC Travel.

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BreakingM11 shut in both directions due to two accidents south of Cambridge

£60m apartments are latest planned addition to North West Cambridge site

Cambridge News

Cambridge housebuilder Hill has unveiled its latest plans for the North West Cambridge site - a £60m development of 107 flats.

Increase in car keys stolen for 'high value vehicles' in Peterborough

Peterborough Telegraph

The theft of car keys for "high value vehicles" is on the rise, according to police in Peterborough.

Lorry recovered from A1 crash site

David Keller

BBC News

The lorry that was involved in a crash with two other vehicles on the northbound A1 near Peterborough has now been recovered from the scene, Cambridgeshire Police say.

However, there are no indications yet as to when the carriageway will reopen.

Diversions are in place via the A47 and A43 up to Stamford.

Dettori targets hat-trick at Newmarket's Craven meeting

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Traditionally seen as the beginning of the flat racing season, Newmarket's Craven meeting is under way at the Rowley Mile course.

Frankie Dettori
Getty Images

Local trainer John Gosden saddles the favourite in the featured Nell Gwyn Stakes at 16:30, with Frankie Dettori riding Nathra.

Dettori has won the race on four previous occasions, including in 2014 on board Sandiva and last year with Osaila.

Rose Polge: Family of missing junior doctor grateful for 'love and support'

The Melbourn family of a missing junior doctor, whose body is thought to have been found in the sea off Dorset, have thanked people for "the continued love and support" they have received.

Rose Polge, 25, who worked at Torbay Hospital in Devon, has not been seen since 12 February.

A body was recovered from the sea east of Portland Bill on 1 April, but it has not yet been formally identified. The hospital said it was "deeply saddened".

No available beds at Peterborough City Hospital

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Peterborough City Hospital says it's got no available bed space and its emergency department is at full capacity.

Peterborough City Hospital
Peterborough City Hospital

The trust which runs the hospital has issued a "significant internal incident" after an extremely busy weekend and Monday.

Thirteen operations have been cancelled and people who need treatment for minor illnesses and injury are being asked to choose another option instead by calling 111.

Topshop fraud researcher fails in bid to overturn conviction

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A Cambridge University researcher has failed in her bid to overturn a conviction for fraud over her attempt to take back a "bogus" £30 shirt ordered online to Topshop.

A Topshop store

Annie Hoxhalli, 28, of Hills Road, Cambridge, was found guilty at Peterborough Crown Court of fraud by false representation and given a two-year conditional discharge.

She appealed to the High Court and her barrister, Craig Rush, argued the guilty verdict was "unsafe" because of gaps in the evidence and flaws in the trial judge's summing-up.

But this was rejected today. Appeal Court judge Lady Justice Sharp, said: "We do not accept that the prosecution of Hoxhalli, or the case that was presented against her at trial, was flawed or suffered from a crucial evidential gap."

A1 crash: Latest from ambulance service

Helen Burchell

BBC News

We've just received some more news from the ambulance service about this crash on the A1 west of Peterborough.


It said it happened at just before midday on the northbound carriageway near Wittering.

Two ambulances and the air ambulance arrived. The male driver of the lorry, which crashed with two other vehicles, had suffered life-threatening injuries - despite treatment, he died at the scene.

We have yet to be told whether anyone else was hurt.

Travel: A1 delays with northbound carriageway shut

BBC Travel

The A1 is shut northbound near Wansford, with queuing traffic and long delays on the A1 and the A47 approach from Peterborough following the earlier accident.

Diversions are via the A47 westbound to Duddington and the A43 northbound towards Stamford.

BreakingMan dies in A1 crash

A man has died in a crash on the A1 west of Peterborough.

The northbound carriageway remains closed at the junction with the A47.

We'll bring you more when we get it.

UK government calls for 'transparent investigation' of student death

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The UK government has called for a "full and transparent investigation" into the murder of an Italian student from Cambridge University.

Regeni's student card

The body of Giulio Regeni, which showed clear signs of torture, was dumped beside a road near Cairo on 3 February.

A petition demanding the UK government intervenes has now reached 10,000 signatures, meaning it must respond. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the case had been raised with the Egyptian authorities.

Serious crash shuts A1 northbound

Cambridgeshire Police has got in touch to say the A1 is currently closed northbound at Wansford, west of Peterborough, because of a crash between a lorry and two other vehicles.

There are "suspected serious injuries" and the ambulance service and air ambulance are at the scene. 

The carriageway is shut at the junction with the A47. We'll bring you more when we have it.

Daffodils in bloom for village festival

The organisers of the annual Daffodil Weekend in the village of Thriplow say the daffodils are "still looking great", despite concerns earlier in the year they may bloom too early.

National Trust

Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend the south Cambridgeshire village's "celebration of spring" starting on 16 April.

Residents have planted 78,000 early and late varieties of daffodils to make sure there are enough on display.

Weather: Drier and brighter

BBC Weather

This afternoon it is due to become drier and brighter from the south but this may trigger one or two heavy, possibly thundery showers later. Highs of 14C (57F).

Headlines: Building work delays 'damaging trade'... Children learn to grow own food

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here's the headlines this lunchtime: 

  • Some independent shopkeepers in Huntingdon have told the BBC the constant delays to the building works on Chequers Court have had a big impact on footfall
  • A Cambridge University researcher has failed in her bid to overturn a conviction for fraud over her attempt to take back a "bogus" £30 shirt ordered online to Topshop
  • Children at a south Cambridgeshire primary school will learn how to grow their own food thanks to a £4,000 grant

Mayor says delay to shopping development a 'disgrace'

The Mayor of Huntingdon says the three years it's taken to get building work under way at the former tax office site at Chequers Court has "had an impact on footfall to shops with a couple of independent shops closing as a result".

Chequers Court, Huntingdon
Michael Trolove / Geograph

Bill Hensley says it's a disgrace that work to build a new retail area has taken so long.

Developers, Churchmanor Estates, have now started work which is due to complete by next year. The firm said the new centre would offer a "significantly enhanced retail offer" for Huntingdon.

Cambridgeshire sees highest number of call-outs to ambulance service

The East of England Ambulance Service says it's seen a major rise in demand with a 21% increase in emergency calls compared to March last year.


The biggest jump in demand occurred in Cambridgeshire, where the service received 27% more 999 calls. 

The most common calls were for falls and patients with breathing difficulties and chest pain. 

Pedestrians injured in crash recovering

Two pedestrians injured in a crash on Madingley Road in Cambridge a week ago are making a recovery, say police.

The crash scene

The pair were hit by a car when it left the main carriageway and mounted the kerb on 5 April. 

Cambridgeshire Police said no arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing. The current condition of the cyclist who was also hurt is not yet known.

Bungling thief chased from Cambridge store - after stealing bike with no pedals

Cambridge News

A bungling thief who took an £8,000 bike from a Cambridge store was forced to abandon his loot, when he realised he'd picked one without pedals.

Peterborough United striker Tom Nichols to miss rest of season with knee ligament tear

BBC Sport

Peterborough United striker Tom Nichols has said he will miss the remainder of the season because of a medial ligament tear in his knee.

The 22-year-old joined the League One side from Exeter in January and has scored one goal in seven appearances.

He picked up the injury during the Posh's 2-1 defeat at home by Rochdale. Referring to his knee problem, Nichols tweeted: "Thanks for the messages everyone, I'll be back ready for next season stronger than ever."

Newmarket's 350th anniversary: Free entry for locals

As Newmarket celebrates the 350th anniversary of racing in the town, the racecourse is today offering free entry for all Suffolk and Cambridgeshire residents who pre-registered, as the three-day Craven Meeting gets under way.

Racing at Newmarket
Getty Images

The Jockey Club says the anniversary will be celebrated in different ways during the 39 fixtures staged at the Rowley Mile and the July courses throughout the year.

The main launch is taking place at the Guineas Festival, which begins on 30 April.

Are these daft diversion markers Cambridge's most ridiculous road signs?

Cambridge News

Roadworks can be frustrating at the best of times, but Cambridge's latest diversion will certainly drive you round the bend!

Speedway: Panthers' Carl Johnson steps down

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Peterborough boss Carl Johnson (pictured) has stepped down just four meetings into the new season. 

Carl Johnson
Peterborough Panthers

Johnson, who took charge in June 2014, has cited family reasons for vacating the Panthers hotseat

The club's former co-manager, Dale Allitt, will take charge for the next four fixtures.

Body found believed to be missing Melbourn doctor

A body recovered from the sea in Dorset 11 days ago is believed to be that of the missing junior doctor Rose Polge.

Dr Rose Polge
Devon and Cornwall police

Dr Polge, 25, worked at Torbay Hospital in Devon but has not been seen since 12 February.

The doctor's car was found in February at Ansteys Cove near Torquay, the town where she worked. Her family, who live in Melbourn in south Cambridgeshire, have been informed.

Huntingdon shop owners blame lack of customers on building works

Some independent shopkeepers in Huntingdon say the constant delays to the Chequers Court shopping centre building works is having a big impact on footfall. 

Huntingdon High Street
Stephen McKay / Geograph

Work has now started on the site, three months later than expected, with the developer announcing that Marks and Spencer and Next have agreed to open stores in the new retail area. 

News headlines: Shop closures blamed on redevelopment... Police wait to identify body found in Devon

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The breakfast headlines on Tuesday:

  • Shops in Huntingdon claim delays in redeveloping a shopping precinct is to blame for closures
  • Police in Devon have informed the family of a missing Cambridgeshire doctor that they are waiting to formally identify the body of a woman
  • It's the start of the flat season at Newmarket today and this year the racecourse is celebrating 350 years of racing in the town

Weather: Early rain clearing but expect more showers

BBC Weather

Early rain clearing but heavy showers later, as temperatures peak at 15C (59F).

BBC East's Sara Thornton has the regional forecast.

For more details, visit BBC Weather.

Welcome to Tuesday's Cambridgeshire Live

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

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