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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 29 April 2016
  2. A protest march will take place this weekend in Huntingdon by campaigners concerned about a potential merger between Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough hospitals
  3. The former prime minister and MP for Huntingdon, Sir John Major, airs his views on the EU referendum
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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That's it for today's Cambridgeshire Live page - thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with our usual mix of news, sport, weather and travel.

Until then, we hope you have a very enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend. 

Weather: Dry and clear night ahead with risk of ground frost

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

A few wintry showers lingering through the evening, but it will become largely dry with clear spells and this will lead to the risk of a ground frost in places. 

Lows around 0-2C (mid-30s), but as low as -2C in the frost prone spots in the region.

Weather
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Tomorrow, after a chilly start there will be plenty of sunny spells, but cloud will build to bring the chance of scattered showers once again.

Some of these showers could have sharp downpours with hail and thunder. Highs around 12-13C (mid 50s F). Check the latest forecast for where you live here.   

Spate of car fires across Cambridgeshire

There have been a spate of car fires across Cambridgeshire, with four incidents in 24 hours. 

On Wednesday night a car was set alight in Wansford, followed two hours later by another in Wisbech. 

They were followed by two more yesterday evening - one in Arrington and one in Wimblington. Cambridgeshire Fire Service says all four are believed to have been deliberately started.

Rio 2016: A guide to the kit's new British coat of arms

The new British coat of arms, which will appear on every item of kit for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was created to act as a unifying symbol across the teams and sports.

Coat of arms
BBC

Illustrated by Quentin Peacock from Meldreth, the floral emblem (1) contains England's rose, Scotland's thistle, a leek for Wales and flax for Northern Ireland.

The motto (2) IUNCTI IN UNO or 'Conjoined in One' refers to the four Team GB home nations, and the lions (3) are often featured on UK iconography. The lion on top of the crest (4) emerges from a crown of gold, silver and bronze 'medal' discs.

Cambridgeshire man 'proud' of part he played in Team GB kit design

A Cambridgeshire man says he's "immensely proud" after being part of the team that designed the Team GB kits for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Quentin Peacock, from Meldreth, illustrated the new coat of arms that appears on every item of kit, which was unveiled this week.

He said: "The coat of arms appears on the shield so I also designed the lions that supported the crest and the mount it sat on with the motto".

Laura Trott
Adidas via PA

Headlines: Man injured on railway tracks... Spate of car fires across Cambridgeshire

Kerry Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the stories making the news in Cambridgeshire this evening:

  • A 27-year-old man from Peterborough has been seriously injured after going onto the tracks just outside Grantham railway station
  • Police say a man remains in hospital with minor injuries five days after he was arrested on suspicion of murder in Wisbech
  • There have been a spate of car fires across Cambridgeshire with four incidents in 24 hours

Laraine Rayner death: Arrested man still in hospital

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Police in Cambridgeshire say a man remains in hospital with minor injuries five days after he was arrested on suspicion of murder in Wisbech.

Laraine Rayner
Cambridgeshire Police

The man, who is 43, was arrested following the discovery of 52-year-old Laraine Rayner's body at Mill Close.

A post-mortem examination found she died from a stab wound to the neck.

Pocket watch and commemorative coins stolen from Longthorpe house

Thieves have stolen a personalised, engraved gold pocket watch; wedding and engagement rings worth more than £6,000, and Royal Mint commemorative coins from a house in Longthorpe.

Police in Peterborough have released pictures of the items, which were taken yesterday.

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Fire crews rescue two people from Wisbech crash

One casualty was left in the care of ambulance crews...

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Public meeting on otter fence plan

A public meeting is being held to hear villagers' concerns over plans for an otter fence in Manea.

Manea Pit
Google

First reported in the Fenland Citizen, Manea Parish Council is proposing to spend thousands of pounds to build the 5ft (1.5m) fence, which would protect fish stock by stopping otters from getting into a lake at Manea Pit.

The proposals have been met with fierce local opposition. However, the parish council says since the fishermen have been using the pit, and they've contributed about £19,000, the fish should be protected. A meeting is being held on 12 May.

Weather: Scattered showers this afternoon

BBC Weather

Scattered wintry showers are likely this afternoon, with winds easing after dusk. Highs of 11C (52F).

Weather
BBC

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Headlines: MP concern over hospitals merger... Ex-PM records speech on EU referendum

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The headlines at lunchtime for Cambridgeshire:

  • The MP for Huntingdon, Jonathan Djanogly, says an exclusive merger between Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough City hospitals does not make economic sense
  • The former prime minister and MP for Huntingdon, Sir John Major, has recorded a speech on the EU referendum, stating his belief why Britain should remain in
  • People living in Manea are holding an urgent public meeting due to a dispute over an otter fence

MP concern over hospital merge plans

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The MP for Huntingdon, Jonathan Djanogly, says a merger between Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough City hospitals does not make economic sense. 

Jonathan Djanogly MP
Conservative Party

The possible combining of services is being examined by the two NHS trusts in an attempt to save money.

Mr Djanogly, Conservative, is against the move, but says he would be happy for some services to be better integrated across Cambridgeshire. 

Man injured on railways tracks 'was electrocuted'

Martin Slack

BBC Lincolnshire Live

As mentioned earlier in the Peterborough Telegraph, we've just had this from British Transport Police on the railway line incident in Grantham on Thursday afternoon:

"Our officers were called to Grantham railway station on Thursday 28 April, after receiving reports at 14:59 of an injured person on the tracks just outside the station.

"When they arrived they discovered a man with serious burns to his legs. It is believed the man, who is 27-years-old and from Peterborough, had been electrocuted.

"The man was treated at the scene by paramedics from the East Midlands Ambulance service and has been taken to Queens Medical Centre Hospital by air ambulance. Officers are now working to determine how the man sustained his injuries."

Minister criticises Sir John Major comments

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A Brexit-supporting Conservative minister, George Eustice (pictured), has criticised former PM and MP for Huntingdon John Major's pro-union comments, where he said if you want "undiluted sovereignty" you should go to North Korea.

George Eustice MP
Conservative Party

Mr Eustice said: "What we really want is more control over our affairs, we don't want European courts telling us what to do, second-guessing the decisions of ministers. I don't accept that caricature put forward by John Major. 

"There are lots of other independent countries in the world - the United States, Australia, New Zealand. They are not in the European Union, they do not have to put up with the sort of nonsense we have to put up with."

Car stopped in Peterborough had no insurance and unlicensed driver

The road policing unit for Beds, Cambs and Herts stopped this car in Peterborough...

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St Neots man Arthur Fleming left £200,000 to boat club

Cambridge News

A boat club has been stunned by a huge bequest of more than £200,000 left to it by a mystery member.

Travel: A428 Madingley Road closed after two-vehicle accident

The A428 in Madingley is blocked in both directions between Girton and the A1303 St Neots Road junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

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Police warn drivers in Cambridgeshire after four deaths in two weeks

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Police have warned drivers to take extra care on Cambridgeshire's roads after four deaths in the past two weeks.

On Wednesday, a 43-year-old woman died when the car she was a passenger in struck a Transit van on the A142 at Mepal. Last week, three people were killed in one day - two on the A14 and one on the A16 near Peterborough.

Sgt Mark Dollard from the roads policing unit says motorists sometimes do not think about changing weather conditions.

Protest planned over potential hospital merger

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A protest march will take place in Huntingdon this weekend by campaigners concerned about a potential merger between Hinchingbrooke (pictured) and Peterborough hospitals.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital
PA

The two hospitals, both with large financial deficits, are in discussions about working more closely.

In January they agreed to a review of "organisational form" and announced they would be "working more collaboratively".

Sir John Major states why Britain should remain in EU

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Former prime minister, and MP for Huntingdon, Sir John Major, has recorded a speech about the EU referendum, saying why he believes Britain should remain in it.

Sir John Major
PA

He says he is no europhile, having said "no" to both the Euro and the Schengen Agreement of open borders.

But he goes on to say the UK sells five times as much to Europe as to the 52 nations of the Commonwealth combined, adding that overseas investment is crucial for jobs, company profits and taxes to support public services.

Today's weather: Starting dry, showers possible later

BBC Weather

After a dry start with sunny spells, cloud will increase during the morning with a few showers possible by this afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 11C (51F).

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

Latest headlines: Hospital campaigners plan protest march... Sir John Major states case for EU

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories this morning:

  • A protest march will take place this weekend in Huntingdon by campaigners concerned about a potential merger between Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough hospitals
  • The former prime minister, and MP for Huntingdon, Sir John Major, has recorded a speech on the EU referendum, stating why Britain should remain in
  • Police are warning drivers to take extra care on Cambridgeshire's roads after four deaths in the past two weeks

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