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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 13 April 2016
  2. A 50-year-old man from Peterborough appears in court charged with the murder of an antiques dealer from Oxford
  3. A "prolific groomer" of children has been jailed for eight years
  4. A BBC Radio Cambridgeshire investigation has found motorists in the county are still driving despite having up to 30 points on their licence
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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'Lack of career progression' among top reasons for leaving council

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The top reasons staff left Cambridgeshire County Council last year were lack of career progression, a desire for improved pay and not feeling sufficiently valued, according to a report to the authority's staffing committee. 

Cambridgeshire County Council
BBC

The report says 191 out of 673 members of staff who left the authority in 2015 filled in an exit questionnaire.

The council said it would look at reasons for the concerns expressed by workers.

Cambridge traffic: Peak-time controls, improved bus services and smart signalling vital, Labour says

Cambridge News

Labour leaders have pledged to get Cambridge moving – with a seven-point beat-the-jams plan.

Murder accused was driven to wrong court

The court appearance of a man from Peterborough charged with murdering a historian and antiques dealer from Oxford was delayed after he was taken to the wrong court.

Magistrates in Banbury, Oxfordshire, waited more than five hours to begin the hearing, after being told by court officials that Michael Danaher, 50, had been driven in error to High Wycombe Magistrates' Court, nearly 50 miles away in Buckinghamshire, by prison transport contractor GEO Amey.

Mr Danaher is accused of killing 42-year-old Adrian Greenwood. He was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Weather: Broken cloud with showers tonight and tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Tonight broken cloud with a few heavy, perhaps thundery, showers at first, these easing, but a few light showers may continue until dawn. A low temperature of 4C (39F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow: broken cloud with scattered showers developing, perhaps heavy and thundery during the afternoon, then dying out during the evening. A high temperature of 17C (63F).

Social networks 'can predict gentrification'

Data from social networks such as Twitter may be able to predict when a neighbourhood will go through the process of gentrification, by identifying areas with high social diversity and high deprivation, according to Cambridge University researchers.

Cambridge University
BBC

Its team looked at the interconnected nature of people and places in large cities and the process of gentrification, which is associated with the displacement of residents of a deprived area by an influx of a more affluent population.

The researchers behind the study, led by the University of Cambridge, will present their results today  at the 25th International World Wide Web Conference in Montréal.

Headlines: Peterborough man in court charged with murdering historian... 'Prolific' groomer of children jailed

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are this evening's top stories:

  • A Peterborough man has appeared in court accused of murdering a historian in Oxford
  • A 51-year-old man, described as a "prolific" online groomer of children, has been jailed for eight years

Man in court accused of killing historian

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A 50-year-old man from Cambridgeshire has appeared in court charged with murdering a respected historian found stabbed to death in the hallway of his Oxford home.

Adrian Greenwood
BBC

Michael Danaher, of Hadrians Court, Peterborough, appeared at Banbury Magistrates' Court earlier accused of killing 42-year-old Adrian Greenwood (pictured).

Mr Danaher was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing. 

Weather: Cloudier this afternoon with scattered showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon it will be cloudier with scattered showers developing, perhaps heavy and thundery. Highs of 16C (61F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Tonight, showers will mostly die out through the evening, then much of the night should be dry across the region with some mist or fog patches by Thursday morning with low temperatures of 10C (32F).

Online child groomer jailed for eight years

A prolific online groomer of children has been jailed for eight years.

Gary Wiseman
Cambridgeshire Police

At Peterborough Crown Court last month, Gary Wiseman, 51, of Queens Way, St Neots, admitted six counts of causing or inciting a child aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of distributing indecent images of children and one count of making 229 indecent images of children. 

Today at Huntingdon Crown Court he was jailed for eight years and made subject of a sexual harm prevention order. 

Det Con Lloyd Metselaar of Cambridgeshire Police said: “Wiseman has been prolifically targeting young girls on the internet by using social media apps on his mobile phone."

Headlines: Motorists avoid driving bans despite high points totals... Lorry driver killed in crash named

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Latest headlines for BBC Local Live in Cambridgeshire:

  • Motorists have been telling BBC Radio Cambridgeshire how they have avoided driving bans, despite amassing more than 12 penalty points each on their licences
  • A lorry driver who died in a three-vehicle crash in Cambridgeshire yesterday has been named
  • A tattoo artist from Cambridgeshire says he would welcome training on how to spot signs of skin cancer on customers - if the NHS locally were to offer it

Police seek two people after graffiti tagging

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Police are appealing for information following a spate of graffiti tagging in Cambridge city centre.

CCTV images of people sought by the police
Cambridgeshire Police

Between 01:00 and 02:30 on 6 April, offenders damaged buildings in Sidney Street, Rose Crescent, Bridge Street, St Andrews Street, Regent Street and Victoria Avenue.

CCTV images have now been released of two men Cambridgeshire Police would like to speak to in connection with the incidents.

Plan for 1,300 houses will include 30% 'affordable' homes

Nic Rigby

BBC News

About 30% of the planned 1,300 homes at a site north of Newmarket Road in Cambridge will be more affordable housing, according to a report to a planning committee that meets a week today.

Marshall of Cambridge has put forward the plans for the site in the parish of Fen Ditton.

Planning officers say in a report that the development would "contribute to the creation of a distinctive and sustainable community on the eastern edge of Cambridge".

Mouse figure stolen by 'rat' at opening day of Cambridge art exhibition

Cambridge News

Artists are furious after a mouse sculpture was stolen by thieves on the opening day of a popular art exhibition in Cambridge.

Plans for 1,300 homes in Cambridge going before planners

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A scheme to build 1,300 homes near Cambridge Airport are being recommended for the go-ahead by council officers.

Site of planned development
Google

The airport's owner Marshall put in plans for the 158 acre (64 hectare) site between Newmarket Road and High Ditch Road.

The plans for the homes, a primary school, a food store and community facilities are going before a joint development control committee, which includes members from Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and Cambridgeshire councils next week.

Hawking backs interstellar travel project

Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

Cambridge professor Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation.

Solar sail - artist's impression
Christian Darkin/Science Photo Library

A $100m (£70m) research programme to develop the computer chip-sized "starships" was launched by the billionaire Yuri Milner, supported by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Interstellar travel has long been a dream for many and although significant technological hurdles remain, Prof Hawking has told BBC News that fantasy could be realised sooner than we might think.

"If we are to survive as a species we must ultimately spread out to the stars," he said.  

Morning headlines: Motorists avoid driving bans despite having more than 12 points... Peterborough man charged with Oxford murder

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories we're looking at this morning:

  • Motorists have been telling BBC Radio Cambridgeshire how they have avoided driving bans, despite amassing more than 12 points on their licences
  • A 50-year-old man from Peterborough has been charged with the murder of an antiques dealer from Oxford
  • A man who died in a crash on the A1 in Cambridgeshire yesterday has been named

Lorry driver killed on A1 named

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A man who died following a collision on the A1 yesterday has been named as John Dolby from Grantham, Lincolnshire.

The 49-year-old, of Shakespeare Road, was driving a lorry which was in collision with two other vehicles at 11:50 near Wansford.

No-one else was injured.

Eel delicacies on the menu at festival

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Eel-inspired canapes, cocktails and scones are just some of the delicacies that will be on the menu for the Ely Eel Festival over the May Bank Holiday.

Eel
Thinkstock

Ten venues in the city will take part in a food safari as part of its annual Eel Festival.

Other delicacies will include eel cheese straws and eel biscuits.

Two Cambridgeshire drivers amass more than 28 points

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Motorists in the county are still driving despite having up to 30 points on their licence, a BBC Radio Cambridgeshire investigation has found.

Driving
BBC

One driver from Cambridge has 30 points while another from Peterborough has 29.

Licenses are supposed to be revoked when someone amasses 12 points but they can be kept in some circumstances if it can be proved their loss will cause "exceptional hardship".

Peterborough Hospital trying to free up beds

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The chief operating officer at Peterborough City Hospital says it is doing its best to free up beds.

Peterborough Hospital
Google

Following an extremely busy weekend and Monday, the hospital announced yesterday that it was operating under Significant Internal Incident status, meaning it has no available bed space.

Neil Doverty says the hospital is hoping families will help support those patients who need to be discharged.

Peterborough man charged with murder of antiques dealer Adrian Greenwood

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A 50-year-old man from Peterborough has been charged with the murder of an antiques dealer from Oxford.

Adrian Greenwood
BBC

Adrian Greenwood, 42, (pictured) was found in the hallway of his home on Thursday by his cleaner. He had been stabbed in the chest and neck. 

Thames Valley Police said officers had charged Michael Danaher, of Hadrians Court, Peterborough, on Tuesday. He will appear before magistrates in Banbury, Oxfordshire, later.

Travel: Accident on A1303

BBC Travel

The A1303 Madingley Road is partially blocked in Cambridge due to an accident involving three vehicles.

Get the latest updates from BBC Travel

Today's weather: Sunny morning, showers later

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Any early mist or fog will quickly clear to leave a dry and sunny morning. It will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine, but is due to turn cloudier and wet through the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 16C (60F).

Get the detailed forecast for where you live from BBC Weather.

Latest headlines: Peterborough man charged with Oxford murder... Cambs motorists driving with up to 30 points on their licence

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories we're looking at this morning:

  • A 50-year-old man from Peterborough has been charged with the murder of an antiques dealer from Oxford
  • A BBC Radio Cambridgeshire investigation has found motorists in the county are still driving despite having up to 30 points on their licence
  • The chief operating officer at Peterborough City Hospital says it is doing its best to free up beds at the hospital

Welcome to Wednesday's live page for Cambridgeshire

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to today's live page for the Cambridgeshire, where we'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.

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