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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 15 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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

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

You can keep in touch in the meantime via Facebook, Twitter or email

Have a great weekend. 

Weather: Rain set to ease

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

The rain will ease across Cambridgeshire this evening, and although there may still be the odd spot around overnight, most places will be dry. 

Weather Map
BBC

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

Get the local forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

High court rules man who lives on un-movable houseboat doesn't need a boat licence

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A Huntingdon man who's been fighting a prosecution for refusing to buy a river navigation licence for a houseboat that can't be moved has won a High Court ruling.

Glen Parker, who lives at Hartford Marina in Huntingdon, was being prosecuted by the Environment Agency for not registering his home.

Today three senior judges at London's Appeal Court backed Mr Parker's claim that his houseboat is not "a vessel" and ruled that he doesn't need a licence.

Westley says job at Posh 'at risk every morning'

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough United boss Graham Westley (pictured) has responded to some strong words from his chairman Darragh MacAnthony.

Graham Westley
Getty Images

MacAntony told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire earlier this week that the second half of the season has been a "complete failure" and no-one at the club is safe if things don't improve.

Ahead of the game with Colchester, Westley said: "The chairman is right to have the views that he's got and to feel the anger that he feels.

"He invests a lot on money and a lot of time and he wants a return. I work on the basis that my job is at risk every morning. If you don't do your job properly, you don't deserve to be employed."

Headlines: Help offered to mother left homeless after house fire... High court rules man who lives on houseboat doesn't need boat licence

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the headlines making the news this Friday evening: 

  • Family and friends have come together in Peterborough to offer help and shelter to a mother and her three children whose home was completely gutted by fire
  • A man who took his battle to have the Environment Agency recognise his houseboat as a home and not a moving vessel has won his case in the High Court
  • Thousands of people are expected to flock to the Peterborough Arena this weekend to take part in the biggest motor show of its kind in the country

Travel news: Advanced warning about road closure in Godmanchester

The A1198 Ermine street in Godmanchester will be closed tomorrow from 06:00 to 06:00 on Monday morning. 

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Blooming lovely weekend expected in Thriplow

It's going to be a busy weekend in Thriplow this weekend. 

Daffodils in bloom in Thriplow
BBC

Up to 10,000 people are expected to visit the Cambridgeshire village for the annual Daffodil Festival

Although the warm weather means some flowers have already bloomed, advanced planning and planting means there is still plenty to see. 

NHS cuts gone 'too far' says GP out-of-hours provider IC24

GP out-of-hours service provider said NHS cuts had left it with less than the price of a pizza to spend on patients.

IC24 board members
BBC

IC24 has a contract to provide 111 non-emergency call services and GPs outside normal hours in Wisbech and Norfolk. 

A leaked critical report on the business said it had a shortage of GPs and deficiencies in call handling.

IC24 medical director Mark Reynolds told a county council health committee it receives £7.50 per person per year - "about the price of a pizza delivery" - compared to nearly £14 per person in 2008.  

VIP guests needed to join in Queen's birthday celebrations in Peterborough

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A special party invitation is going out to anyone in Peterborough who was born in 1926

Queen's birthday poster
Peterborough city council

As part of the events to mark the 90th birthday of the Queen, City College Peterborough is hosting a three-course VIP lunch on 9 June. 

Anyone who was born in that year is being asked to get in touch so they have a chance of joining in the fun. 

UK's largest outdoor motorhome show rolls into Peterborough

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It attracts up to 20,000 people and is the biggest show of its kind in the UK. 

Motorhomes at Peterborough Arena
BBC

From today until Sunday, hoards of camping enthusiasts will descend on Peterborough Arena for the National Motorhome Show

More than 800 exhibitions are on show and camping at the site is encouraged. 

Car leaves the road on the A1101

Fenland police are at the scene of a road crash on the A1101 at Newton.

So far there are no reports of any casualties. 

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Friends and family helping Peterborough mother left homeless by fire

Emma Baugh

BBC Look East

A community has rallied round to help a family whose house in Bretton, Peterborough, has been completely destroyed by fire. 

More than 30 firefighters were called to the home of Mandy Rennie last night. 

The family are being helped by family and friends. 

Day of action to target rogue traders sees penalty notices handed out

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A day of action to tackle rogue traders in Cambridgeshire has resulted in 15 vehicles being stopped and checked and 20 traders, including builders, landscapers, window fitters and roofers, being spoken to.

Don't open the door poster
Cambridgeshire Police

Two penalty tickets were issued and one person was reported for an offence. 

The action was taken by Cambridgeshire Police and local trading standards to try and stamp out distraction burglaries and scams that leave people swindled out of their life savings.

Enforcement service working to tackle low-level crime in Peterborough

Kerry Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been out with the new Peterborough enforcement service. It was started last week to tackle low-level crime in the city.

Peterborough Enforcement Service
BBC

The collaboration between the city council and Cambridgeshire Police will see council officers trained to gain enforcement powers that currently only police have. 

It means as well as issuing a parking ticket they'll be able to tackle problems like begging and street drinking.

Man arrested after Wisbech burglary

Fenland police have sent out this tweet to say they've arrested a man in Wisbech following a burglary.  

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Addenbrooke's in Cambridge to test terrorist attack response plans

Cambridge News

Addenbrooke's will carry out a live exercise to test arrangements to prepare for a surge of casualties should there be a terrorist attack.

Cat regrets night on the tiles

Helen Burchell

BBC News

This is Moses - a cat whose curiosity definitely got the better of him.

The rescue of Moses the cat
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

A night on the tiles ended in a dramatic rescue after Moses got trapped in the roof space of a tile warehouse in Bar Hill for several days.

Firefighters used a ladder and cat food to finally lure him to safety on Wednesday evening.

'Economy' drive inspired man to cover shed roof with records

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Yesterday we told you about a March man who has covered his shed roof with charity shop vinyl records...

Mike Johnson told me he did it because he's "a bit mean with money" and because "it was a lot cheaper than tiles".

He said he came up with the idea after the bitumen on his friend's roof was constantly shredded by the wind, adding "it was a lightbulb moment".

The shed now sports hundreds of LPs which took about two days to attach, at a cost of £70.

Thousands raised in round-the-world charity bike ride

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A teenager from Soham has raised more than £21,000 for charity after cycling around the world. 

Callum Fairhurst and part of his bike
BBC

Callum Fairhurst rode across Australia, Asia, Europe and America and has just returned home. 

He raised the funds for the Liam Fairhurst Foundation, set up in memory of his 14-year-old brother who died from cancer in 2009.

Cambridge battling for play-off place

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge boss Shaun Derry (pictured) says tomorrow's home tie with Carlisle is a great opportunity for his side to boost their play-off chances. 

Shaun Derry
Getty Images

The U's are three points off the top seven with five matches remaining.

"Keith Curle (Carlisle boss) is desperately trying to get Carlisle back to League One, so it's going to be a tough afternoon for us. They've got some very good players, but it's another great opportunity," said Derry.

Weather: Cloudy and wet for the rest of the afternoon

BBC Weather

Showers may turn heavy across Cambridgeshire this afternoon with a risk of hail and thunder.

St Ives
Rugby John/Weather Watcher

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Headlines: Peterborough family left homeless after fire destroys house... New enforcement team to tackle anti-social behaviour

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the news stories this lunchtime: 

  • The emergency services have been praised for saving a family and their dog after a fire destroyed their three-storey home in Peterborough
  • A new enforcement team has launched in Peterborough which can give out parking tickets and stop anti-social behaviour
  • A round-the-world charity bike ride has raised over £20,000 to honour Liam Fairhurst who died from cancer in 2009

Peterborough man charged with murder appears in court

A Peterborough man charged with murdering Oxford antiques dealer Andrew Greenwood (pictured) has appeared in court.

Andrew Greenwood
BBC

Michael Danaher appeared via video link from Woodhill Prison at Oxford Crown Court just before 10:30 and spoke only to confirm his name.

Mr Danaher, of Hadrians Court, Peterborough, was remanded in custody and is due to appear before the same court on 1 July. 

Firefighters took an hour to find dog in house fire

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

It took Cambridgeshire firefighters an hour to find a pet dog at a house fire in Brynmore, Peterborough last night.

Mandy Rennie and her three children were evacuated from the house but the dog was nowhere to be seen.

After fearing the worst, crews found it alive and cowering in a kitchen cupboard. The family was said it be overjoyed after being reunited.

Video: Peterborough house fire devastation

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This is what's left of the family home of Mandy Rennie from Peterborough. 

The house has been completely gutted following the blaze, which was tackled by more than 30 firefighters last night.

It's not believed many items in the house have been able to be saved.

Emergency services praised after house fire in Peterborough

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The emergency services have been praised after leading a family of four and a dog to safety in a house fire in Peterborough. 

Firefighters at house fire in Brynmore
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

Neighbours of Many Rennie say the family has lost everything. 

They say it's not an issue about losing material things, but it's the home where Mandy gave birth to two of her children so it will impact on her memories.

Neighbours pledge to help Peterborough family left homeless after fire last night

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The neighbours of a Peterborough mother left homeless after a fire last night destroyed her home are rallying round to help.

House fire in Brynmore
BBC

At the moment Mandy Rennie is staying with family as everything in the house has been lost and friends have started an appeal to get people to donate items. 

Louise Ravenscroft says the family is "ok" but "stressed" and "we don't think it's hit her yet."

Fire service warns of candles and incense in homes after house fire in Peterborough

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue have spoken about the seriousness of naked flames in homes after it's believed a fire was started at a house in Peterborough last night when a lit incense stick fell into a basket.

Damage from house fire
BBC

About 30 firefighters tackled the blaze at the house in Brynmore, Bretton. 

Incident commander, Lynn Betteridge, said: "This fire shows the very serious consequences anything with a naked flame can have if safety measures are not put in place."

At the scene: Bretton fire has 'gutted' house

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I'm at Brynmore this morning - a fairly sprawling fairly modern estate - where last night a fire left a family homeless.

In front of me there's a terrace of six three-storey homes and the middle one has badly burned windows - some of them blown out.

House fire
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

It's the home of Mandy Rennie who regularly features on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire talking about issues in the Bretton area of the city. She was in the house with three of her eight children at the time.

A family friend has told me Mandy and her children are currently staying with family but is "very, very stressed". She said the house is "totally gutted" and "everything's been lost".

Call for traffic wardens to police pavement parking on Cambridge's Mill Road

Cambridge News

Traffic wardens may soon be patrolling down Mill Road, in a bid to clamp down on pavement parkers.

Community centre may have to reconsider charity status

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A community centre in Cambridge could be forced to consider its charity status if new trustees can't be recruited.

Arbury Community Centre
Google

Trustees are responsible for the management of the Arbury Community Centre while employees or volunteers take care of day-to-day running.

Centre manager and former trustee Alan Soer said: "The danger is you could have a very good community centre, but without trustees it wouldn't continue to run as a registered charity."

Steel jobs 'can be saved by tech', says energy researcher

Roger Harrabin

BBC environment analyst

The UK steel industry is doomed unless it embraces cutting-edge technology, a Cambridge professor has warned.

Steel
University of Cambridge

Prof Julian Allwood said current plans for the steel industry did not go far enough, because they did not utilise the latest technology. 

He said the only way to save steel jobs was to make high-value products for industries in which the UK leads the world. New methods could scrub impurities from recycled steel to make products for the aerospace and car industries.

Family homeless after house fire in Peterborough

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A family is homeless in Peterborough this morning after a fire gutted their house last night.

Brynmore, Peterborough
Google

It broke out at about 18:00 last night in Brynmore, in the Bretton area of the city.

There are no reports of injuries, and it's not yet known how the fire started.

Latest headlines: Peterborough family homeless following house fire... Steel industry must embrace technology says professor

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

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

  • A family is homeless in Peterborough this morning after a fire last night
  • The UK steel industry is doomed unless it embraces cutting-edge technology, a Cambridge professor has warned
  • A community centre in Cambridge could be forced to consider its charity status if new trustees can't be recruited

Today's weather: Outbreaks of rain

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It is due to be cloudy with rain this morning, with the showers turning heavier and a risk of hail and thunder this afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Welcome to the live page for Cambridgeshire

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to Cambridgeshire Local Live. 

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