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Summary

  1. Several people "seriously injured" in a crash on the A16 near Dogsthorpe in Peterborough
  2. The Duke of Cambridge has attempted to shrug off criticism of his commitment to his royal duties
  3. Lost locomotive found in East of England convent shed to go on display at Nene Valley Railway
  4. Updates on Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Live Reporting

By David Keller

All times stated are UK

Live coverage through the day

Thanks for joining us for Cambridgeshire Live today.

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

We'll see you then.

Duke of Edinburgh's car fetches £350,000

David Keller

BBC News

An Aston Martin which the Duke of Edinburgh used to take Prince Charles to school has fetched £350,000 at an auction in Duxford.

Duke of Edinburgh's car
BBC

The 1954 Lagonda, which was also used on a tour of the Commonwealth in the 1950s, reached its estimate of £350,000 to £450,000 after more than 1,000 people from around the world placed bids.

The buyer wished to remain anonymous, but auctioneers H&H confirmed the car will be going to America.

New homes approved in Cambridge

David Keller

BBC News

More now on the large housing development near Cambridge Airport that has today been approved by city councillors.

Applicant Marshalls put in plans for 1,300 homes, including up to 30% affordable housing, a primary school, food store, community facilities and open spaces.

Of the affordable housing, 30% will be affordable rented accommodation.

Large solar panel theft

About 180 solar panels have been stolen from a field in Newton.

The theft took place between 20:00 on 13 April and 07:15 the next day, on High Road.

Carl Stoppard, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: "A large vehicle would have been required to move the panels and it's likely it would have taken a few hours to remove them."

Further information scarce on crashes in the county

David Keller

BBC News

I'm afraid we're yet to hear any more information from the emergency services on the serious crashes in Peterborough and Swavesey this afternoon.

As we'll be signing off soon, you can keep up-to-date with the latest information at BBC Travel and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

We'll also bring you any further developments on Cambridgeshire Live tomorrow morning.

This is in the scene in Milton Road, Cambridge - busier than usual because of the A14 crash.

Very heavy traffic in & out of Cambridge on Milton Road due to A14 crash @BBCCambs @BBCLookEast

Very heavy traffic in & out of Cambridge on Milton Road due to A14 crash @BBCCambs @BBCLookEast

Two lorries involved in A14 crash

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Our travel reporter says two lorries are involved in the A14 crash near Swavesey.

The road is currently shut westbound between junctions 29 and 27.

Congestion is going back to the A14/M11 junction at Girton.

Another serious crash on the A14

Cambridgeshire Police has just tweeted to say it is also dealing with another crash at Swavesey.

Highways England says the A14 is shut westbound between junction 29 for Bar Hill and junction 27 for Fenstanton. Traffic is also being held on the eastbound carriageway.

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A16 crash: Latest from ambulance service

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The East of England Ambulance Service told me it received a call about this crash on the A16 at Peterborough about 16:08.

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance are at the scene.

It said several patients are involved, but exactly how many people are hurt and their condition has not yet been confirmed.

Travel: A16 closed in Peterborough due to serious crash

BBC Travel

The A16 in Peterborough is closed and there's delays in both directions between the A47 junction and the B1443 Thorney Road junction because of a serious accident. 

BreakingSeveral people 'seriously injured' in Peterborough crash

David Keller

BBC News

Motorists are being urged to avoid the A16 near Dogsthorpe in Peterborough following a "serious collision", police say.

The crash between two vehicles was reported at just after 16:00.

A spokesman said details are "sketchy at this time", but "several people are believed to have suffered serious injuries".

Rising profits at ARM Holdings

Smartphone chip designer ARM Holdings has posted rising profits and outpaced the market thanks to strong demand for its products. 

Arm Holdings HQ
Google

The Cambridge-based firm's results came in ahead of expectations as pre-tax profits lifted 14% to £137.5m in the first quarter year-on-year, while revenues also stepped up 22% to £276.4m over the period. 

The company, which supplies technology for the iPhone, has warned however the uncertain global economy could hit spending in the rest of 2016.

Rejected GCSE coursework leaves Cambridge pupils facing exam – in just over two weeks

Cambridge News

Students at a Cambridge secondary school face taking an unplanned exam with just weeks to prepare after their GCSE English coursework was rejected at the last minute.

Bed and breakfast blaze caused by tumble dryer

David Keller

BBC News

The fire service says the blaze at the Leverton House bed and breakfast on Newmarket Road, Cambridge, this morning started in a tumble dryer.

The officer in charge, Pete Jones, said: "Crews responded very quickly to this incident and managed to contain the fire to just the garage. There is some smoke damage to the rest of the house. 

"The fire in the garage was more severe than normal owing to large quantities of materials stored inside and we would always encourage people to aim to keep garages clear of clutter."

'Hidden' steam engine being moved to new home

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

A steam engine that was thought to have been scrapped but was actually hiding away in the countryside for decades is being moved to a new home today.

The shunting engine, built in the 1920s, was owned by a private collector and restored over many years in Suffolk and Hertfordshire. After he died, his wife contacted the Nene Valley Railway in Peterborough which agreed to put it in its museum.

Alex Alder from the railway told me about the importance of the find:

Mum of eight who saw her house go up in flames 'proud to live in Peterborough' after generosity of the community

Peterborough Telegraph

A mother of eight who escaped her burning house alongside three of her children says the support she has received makes her proud to live in Peterborough.

Barnsley 1-0 Peterborough

BBC Sport

Ten man Peterborough were beaten by a dramatic late winner last night at Barnsley, losing 1-0.

George Williams
Getty Images

George Williams (pictured) secured a vital three points for the Tykes in their pursuit of a League One play-off spot.

Posh were reduced to 10 men when Chris Forrester picked up two bookings in the space of 20 first-half seconds.

Cambridge 7-0 Morecambe

BBC Sport

Cambridge earned their biggest ever win in the Football League with a 7-0 victory over Morecambe in League Two.

Goals from Luke Berry (pictured), Harrison Dunk, Ben Williamson, Mark Roberts and Zeli Ismail lifted the U's to ninth in the table, five points outside the play-off spots, while Morecambe fall to 20th.

Luke Berry
Getty Images

Cambridge's previous biggest win in the Football League was 6-0, a scoreline they managed against Darlington in 1971 and also against Hartlepool in 1989.  

Meanwhile, 46 Morecambe fans, some of whom made a 462-mile round trip from Lancashire to see their team in action, saw their side suffer their heaviest league defeat since being promoted to the Football League in 2007.

Watch: Duke of Cambridge emphasises importance of ambulance pilot role as he answers royal duty criticism

The Duke of Cambridge has attempted to shrug off criticism of his commitment to his royal duties.

Prince William's commitment has been questioned in some quarters in recent months, with headlines in some newspapers referring to him as "work-shy William".    

But speaking to the BBC before the Queen's 90th birthday, he said he took royal duty "very seriously" and emphasised the importance of his role as an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot and the time he spent with his family.

Hundreds of homes approved near Cambridge Airport

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Plans for about 1,300 homes close to Cambridge Airport, known as the Wing Development, have been approved by city councillors.

We'll bring you more on this story shortly.

Duke of Edinburgh's Aston Martin being auctioned at Duxford

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been to see the Duke of Edinburgh's 1954 Aston Martin Lagonda, which could fetch up to £450,000 under the hammer at Duxford airfield later.

Prince Philip's 1954 Lagonda
BBC

Prince Philip used to take Prince Charles to school in the Lagonda and used it on a tour of the Commonwealth in 1956-1957.

It's currently in private hands and is being sold at about 15:00.

Foggy morning in Ely captured

Thanks to Andrew Sharpe for allowing us to feature these stunning photos of Ely in the mist this morning.

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News headlines: Fire put out at bed and breakfast... More time to question schoolboy murder suspect

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

If you're just joining us, here's the latest news in Cambridgeshire:

  • A fire has been put out at a bed and breakfast near Cambridge Airport
  • More time has been granted to question a man arrested on suspicion of murdering Peterborough schoolboy Rikki Neave
  • Cambridge smartphone chip designer Arm Holdings has reported strong first quarter profits

Weather: Sunny and dry this afternoon

BBC Weather

Despite the chilly start it's been rather pleasant so far in Cambridgeshire today, as this picture taken by BBC Weather Watcher "fendraytonwalker" in Fenstanton shows.

Fenstanton
fendraytonwalker / BBC Weather Watchers

It will be a dry afternoon across all parts with plenty of sunshine. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine, although cooler where exposed to the brisk easterly wind. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

No-one hurt in Cambridge B&B fire

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been told no-one has been hurt in the fire at Leverton House B&B in Cambridge, with it appearing to have started in a garage.

Here's what I saw earlier...

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Car seized in Peterborough

This car was pulled over near Asda in Peterborough city centre...

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Fire now out at Leverton House in Cambridge

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The fire at Leverton House in Cambridge, close to the airport, is now out and crews are damping down the area. Newmarket Road has since reopened.

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Extension granted to question Rikki Neave murder suspect

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Police has just told us the force has been given another 12 hours to question a man arrested over the death of six-year-old Rikki Neave (pictured) in Peterborough in 1994.

Rikki Neave
Cambridgeshire Police

A man in his 30s and from the city was arrested on suspicion of murder at just before 07:00 yesterday.

Latest: Fire on Newmarket Road in Cambridge

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've just got to the scene of a fire that broke out on Newmarket Road in Cambridge earlier this morning.

Despite earlier reports from the fire service the blaze was at a garage, it is actually at Leverton House bed and breakfast, close to Marshall Land Rover and Cambridge Airport.

I can see blackened window frames and the fire appears to now be out. Newmarket Road has reopened, but some fire crews and police remain at the scene.

Duke of Cambridge concentrating on family and air ambulance duties in the East

The Duke of Cambridge has rejected criticism of his commitment to his royal duties, saying he's concentrating on his family, and on his job as a pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Prince William in Leighton Buzzard
BBC

In a BBC interview, ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday tomorrow, Prince William said he was "absolutely willing" to take on more responsibility when the time came.

He said: "When the Queen decides that she's going to hand down more responsibilities, I'll be the first person to accept them."

Cambridge garage fire: Newmarket Road reopens

We have yet to hear any more information about the garage fire on Newmarket Road in Cambridge from the fire service, but Stagecoach has just tweeted that the road has since reopened.

Three crews - two from Cambridge and one from Newmarket - were sent to the scene earlier this morning.

If we get anything more confirmed we'll bring it to you.

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Garage fire on Newmarket Road in Cambridge

We've just heard there's currently a garage on fire on Newmarket Road in Cambridge.

Cambs Travel News is tweeting there are road closures in the area.

We'll bring you more when we get it.

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Weather: Mist clearing, dry and sunny day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Any early mist or fog patches will quickly clear this morning to give a dry day across all parts with long sunny spells. 

Feeling pleasant in sheltered sunshine, although cooler in exposed areas as a brisk easterly wind picks up. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Chlorine gas leak at Grafham Water contained

People living in and around the Cambridgeshire village of Perry have been told they can reopen their windows and doors this morning following a chlorine gas leak at Grafham Water Treatment Works.

Grafham Water Treatment Works
Google

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is assuring residents that no chemical left the site after the leak yesterday afternoon and the "off-site alarm did sound during the incident as a precautionary measure".

"We thank everyone for their patience during the incident and apologise for any inconvenience," a fire spokesman said.

'Lost' locomotive found in convent shed

Steam engine
NVR

An industrial steam engine last used to haul coal in the 1970s has been "rediscovered" in a shed at a convent.

Headlines: Duke of Cambridge shrugs off 'work-shy' criticism... U's trounce Morecambe 7-0

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here's this morning's news update for Cambridgeshire:

  • The Duke of Cambridge has attempted to shrug off criticism of his commitment to his royal duties, saying he's currently concentrating on his role as a father and his job as a pilot with the East of England Air Ambulance
  • People living in and around the Cambridgeshire village of Perry have been told they can open their windows and doors this morning, following yesterday's chlorine gas leak
  • Cambridge United smashed Morecambe 7-0 in League Two last night as they secured their biggest ever Football League win 

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David Keller

BBC News

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