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  1. Vandals who "beheaded" a statue "are no better than ISIS", the president of the Church Monuments Society claims
  2. Wisbech murder victim named by police
  3. Junior doctors in Cambridgeshire end second day of their all-out strike
  4. A cold spring is threatening Fenland's asparagus crop
  5. Updates for Wednesday, 27 April 2016
  6. News, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By David Keller

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Thanks for joining us on Cambridgeshire Live. I'm afraid that's it for today.

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

Weather: More showers this evening; drier tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will see sunny spells and scattered showers, some heavy and thundery with the risk of hail. 

Some clear spells developing overnight, particularly across the west where temperatures could drop below 0C (32F), bringing the risk of a frost.

Weather map

Thursday will see a mainly dry day with bright and sunny spells. Turning cloudy later with a band of showers moving through by the evening. Highs of 12C (54F).  

Church statue attack 'incredibly sad', says vicar

The Reverend Rebecca Gilbert, who serves All Saints Church at Haslingfield, which was struck by vandals, has got in touch to air her dismay at the attack on a 17th-Century statue.

Head knocked off Haslingfield church statue
Keith Edkins/Norman Hammond

"It is incredibly sad to think that someone could do this to a monument that sits within a place of worship for many, and is placed at the heart of the village," she said.

"The craftsmanship of William Wright dates back to the 1600s and represents something of the valued heritage and, indeed, commitment to the Christian faith which continues today."

Greater Anglia contacting rail crash passengers

Passengers on a Norwich to Cambridge train that crashed into a tractor on a Norfolk level crossing are still being contacted by the train operator.

Train crash
Alex Youngs

Abellio Greater Anglia's service was carrying 135 passengers when the crash happened on 10 April. Network Rail had given permission to the tractor driver to cross the line at Roudham, near Thetford. 

Jonathan Denby from Abellio Greater Anglia said the driver and conductor had been visited and that the company was getting in touch with all affected passengers to offer support.

Fund for statue of footballing legend reaches halfway point

Today marks a year since the death of Cambridgeshire football star Chris Turner

Chris Turner
Peterborough United

Turner managed and played for both Cambridge United and Peterborough United and died last April at the age of 64, following a battle with front lobe dementia. 

A fundraising campaign to erect a statue of Turner outside the football stadium in Peterborough has now raised £44,000 towards its £80,000 target, according to Adi Mowles from the organising committee.

Police release CCTV footage after robbery of boy at swimming pool

Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the robbery of a 13-year-old boy.

Cambridgeshire Police

He was assaulted and had his money stolen in the changing rooms of the Regional Swimming Pool on Bishops Road, Peterborough, police said.

Police have asked anyone who knows the men in the footage, taken on 26 March, to get in touch.

Headlines: Wisbech stab victim named... Fund for footballing legend statue reaches halfway mark

David Keller

BBC News

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

  • A woman stabbed in the neck in Wisbech is named as 52-year-old mother-of-three Laraine Rayner
  • Vicar of Haslingfield church which had a statue attacked by vandals says she's "incredibly sad" at the damage
  • A fund for a statue in honour of Cambridgeshire footballing legend Chris Turner has reached its halfway point, exactly a year after his death

Wisbech killing: Family pay tribute to 'happy' mother-of-three

A tribute has been released by the family of Wisbech stabbing victim Laraine Rayner.

It says: "Laraine was a cheerful, happy lady who was always there for other people. 

"She would often come out with one-line comments that would make people laugh. She will be sadly missed by all the family."

Wisbech killing: Stab victim was mother-of-three

Police have named a mother-of-three found dead at a property in Mill Road, Wisbech, on Sunday as 52-year-old Laraine Maria Rayner.  

Laraine Maria Rayner
Cambridgeshire Police

A post-mortem examination carried out by Home Office pathologist, Dr Nat Cary, concluded Ms Rayner died from a stab wound to the neck, Cambridgeshire Police said.

A 43-year-old man from Wisbech has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital with minor injuries.

BreakingPolice name Wisbech stab victim

Police have named a woman found dead at a property in Mill Road, Wisbech, on Sunday as 52-year-old Laraine Maria Rayner.

Hospitals to discuss closer working

Directors at both Hinchingbrooke (pictured) and Peterborough City hospitals will meet next month to discuss the possibility of the two facilities working closer together.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust will meet on 23 May. Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will discuss plans the following day. 

Members of the public are encouraged to attend both meetings.

Weather Watchers: Bluebells bloom

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a stunning scene in Gamlingay Woods on the Cambridgeshire-Bedfordshire border today, as captured in this picture by Betty.

Gamlingay Woods
Betty / BBC Weather Watchers

Church statue attack 'leaves whole country poorer'

Vandals who knocked the head off a 17th-Century statue at All Saints Church, Haslingfield have left "the whole country poorer", according to Jean Wilson from the Church Monuments Society.


"[Creator] William Wright is not represented in museums; his works have to be viewed in their ecclesiastical contexts. Those who have taken the trouble to seek out these works agree that he is a major artist," she said.

"Haslingfield was privileged to have one of his works, was diligent in its care of it, and this has now been wrecked in an act of vandalism."

New dialysis unit at Peterborough City Hospital means patients will not have to travel to Leicester for treatment

Peterborough Telegraph

Patients with kidney disease will no longer have to travel to Leicester to receive treatment, thanks to a new purpose-built unit adjacent to Peterborough City Hospital.

Space seeds to sprout in Cambridge schools, thanks to astronaut Tim Peake

Cambridge News

Fears of a The Day of the Triffids-style takeover may sprout in the mind after it was revealed children in the Cambridge area are planting seeds from outer space.

Diaries of Captain Scott's widow head to Cambridge

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Diaries and papers belonging to the widow of Antarctic explorer Captain Scott have a new home at Cambridge University Library, following their acceptance in lieu of inheritance tax. 

Kathleen Scott with Captain Scott
The National Library of New Zealand

A scheme allows people to offer items of cultural and historical importance to the state in full or part payment of inheritance tax. 

Of particular importance in the collection are documents covering the period of Scott's last Antarctic expedition.

Cambridge University librarian Anne Jarvis said: “It’s a particular pleasure, as we celebrate our 600th anniversary, to welcome this exceptional archive to the university." 

Churches in Cambridgeshire 'sitting ducks' for thieves

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A former police officer who now works as a specialist in tackling metal theft says local communities in Cambridgeshire need to help stop churches being "sitting ducks" for metal thieves.

Roof of church where lead has been stolen

Lead has been stolen from the roof of three churches in Cambridgeshire in the past four weeks alone, according to police, including St Andrew's in West Wratting (above).

Robin Edwards told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "There needs to be a lot more responsibility from communities... a much greater degree of vigilance."

Weather: Sunshine and wintry showers

BBC Weather

It will be breezy this afternoon with a mixture of sunshine and showers. The showers will become heavier, with even a few flakes of snow possible.

Cloudy sky near Newmarket
BBC Weather Watchers / Toonbunny

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). For a more detailed forecast for where you live head to BBC Weather.

Roudham train crash driver praised

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The driver of a Norwich to Cambridge train has been praised for his actions in a crash involving a tractor.

The impact pushed the tractor off the rails as it was hit by the train

A preliminary report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch says Network Rail gave the tractor driver permission to cross the unmanned level crossing at Roudham, near Thetford, on 10 April.

Jonathan Denby, head of corporate affairs for Abellio Greater Anglia, says the actions of the driver reduced the severity of the crash: "The driver did exactly what he should have in the circumstances; he performed admirably."

Headlines: Church memorial vandals compared to Islamic State... Fenland asparagus hit by cold snap

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

  • Vandals who attacked a church memorial in Haslingfield have been compared to so-called Islamic State militants who destroyed historic ruins in Syria
  • An 11-year-old child from Cambridgeshire is among victims of "revenge porn" seen by police forces in England and Wales
  • The Fenland asparagus crop has been hit by the unseasonable cold snap, a farmer has warned

A blister on a heel, an insect bite and loose teeth - 10 reasons people are visiting A&E locally

Peterborough Telegraph

A blister on a heel, an insect bite and loose teeth are just some of the conditions that have been seen at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s emergency departments in the past month.

Fenland asparagus crop hit by cold snap

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The unseasonable cold snap is hitting this year's asparagus crop, according to a major grower in the Fens.

Asparagus tip

The English asparagus season should be well under way by now, but Will Aveling, from Coldham, near Wisbech, says his 100-acre (40 hectare) crop has been "frozen".

"It should all be about 20cm (8in) high by now, and we've got none," he said.

Church vandals 'no better than ISIS'

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Vandals who attacked a monument in a Cambridgeshire church have been compared to so-called Islamic State militants in Syria by the president of the Church Monuments Society.

Damage statue

The head was chopped off a statue on the 17th-Century Thomas Wendy memorial at All Saints in Haslingfield, near Cambridge. A church collection box was also forced open, but was empty.

Jean Wilson, who lives nearby, compared the actions of the vandals to those of the militants who destroyed historic ruins at Palmyra.

"Here in this quiet Cambridgeshire village you have someone who is no better than those ISIS vandals," she told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

New Martian images may reveal location of Colin Pillinger's doomed Beagle-2

Cambridge News

New pictures showing the possible location of Cambridge professor Colin Pillinger's ill-fated Mars spacecraft have been unveiled by scientists.

Child, 11, from Cambridgeshire among victims of 'revenge porn'

BBC News England

An 11-year-old from Cambridgeshire is among more than 1,000 alleged victims of "revenge porn" who reported offences in England and Wales in the first year of the new law coming into effect, it has been revealed.  

Revenge porn graphic

"Revenge" porn refers to the act of someone distributing images or videos of a sexual nature without the other person's consent.

The BBC analysed Freedom of Information requests from 31 forces in England and Wales between April and December.

In total three victims were 11 years old, including the one from Cambridgeshire. Some 30% of offences involved young people under 19.

Police develop 'heritage crime strategy' to protect Cambridgeshire churches

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Police says it is developing a "heritage crime strategy" to help protect village churches, following the "beheading" of a statue on a memorial in Haslingfield, near Cambridge.

Beheaded statue
Norman Hammond

The attack on the 17th-Century Thomas Wendy memorial at All Saints Church has been described as a "hate crime directed at the church" by archaeologist Prof Norman Hammond, who photographed the damage.

Ch Insp James Sutherland, who leads the rural crime team at Cambridgeshire Police, called on communities to be vigilant, saying: "Prevention is a key aspect to this."

Travel: Long delays on A142 at Sutton following two-car crash

BBC Travel

A crash involving two cars has partially blocked the A142 at Sutton. There are long delays in both directions.

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Junior doctors in Cambridgeshire begin second day of all-out strike

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Junior doctors in Cambridgeshire have begun the second day of their all-out strike, with the NHS saying it hoped patients with less urgent needs would stay away from hospitals.

Strike picket in Cambridge

Striking doctors have walked out of both emergency and routine care from 08:00 to 17:00.

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge says medical cover through this time will be provided by consultants and other appropriate clinical staff in all areas of the hospital, including the emergency department.

Travel: Car overturns in Cherry Hinton

BBC Travel

A car has overturned in Gazelle Way in Cherry Hinton, causing delays at the Cherry Hinton Road junction.

Police: 'Buy your own bollards' to keep Cambridge school-run parkers off your driveways

Cambridge News

Parking has become such a problem in a Cambridge street that police have advised residents to install "rising bollards" to keep strangers' cars off their driveways.

Weather: Bright, but cold with wintry showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's a cold and windy start, with blustery showers in eastern parts. The winds should ease through the day as sunny spells increase.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). For more details on the outlook for where you live head to BBC Weather.

Headlines: Junior doctors in Cambridgeshire begin second day of all-out strike... Cold snap threatens Fenland asparagus crop

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the main stories in Cambridgeshire this morning:

  • Junior doctors in Cambridgeshire have begun the second day of their all-out strike
  • Police have asked residents to be more vigilant to protect churches from crime following the 'beheading' of a Cambridgeshire church statue
  • The Fenland asparagus crop is under threat from an unseasonable cold snap, a farmer has warned

Travel: One lane blocked on the A11 northbound at Little Abington

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the A11, northbound, at Little Abington because of a broken-down car.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Good morning. As ever we're here to bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from Cambridgeshire until 18:00.

It's been another chilly start to the day in the county. We have a full weather forecast coming next, and don't forget you can get involved with our live page at any time by sending us your stories and pictures via emailFacebook or Twitter.