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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 3 May 2016
  2. Parents in Cambridgeshire are keeping their children off school for the day as part of a protest about primary tests in England
  3. Long delays on the A1 following a traffic lights failure and a crash near St Neots
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage though the day

Local Live is finished for today, but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with updates on the news, weather, sport and travel for Cambridgeshire.

Weather: Chilly night, sunny and warm tomorrow

BBC Weather

Cloud will melt away through this evening to leave a dry and clear night across the area with light winds. This will allow temperatures to fall low enough for a touch of frost to form in places as well as the odd isolated mist patch. 

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow, after a chilly start a fine day will follow with plenty of sunshine. It will feel warm in the sunshine with the highest temperatures likely in the north around Peterborough. 

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Microscopic algae shows Cambridge researchers 'swimming skills'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

"When I peered through the microscope and saw that the algae was performing two sets of perfectly synchronous breaststrokes, one directly after the other, I was amazed."

Microscope images showing two species of algae which swim using tiny appendages
Kirsty Y. Wan & Raymond E. Goldstein

That's the reaction of Cambridge University researcher Dr Kirsty Wan, who was studying single-celled algae that use "whip-like" appendages called flagella to coordinate their movements.

The university says the findings improve understanding of the evolution of primitive micro-organisms.

Police welcome sentence given to driver who caused coach to crash in the Fens

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Police has welcomed the sentence of a driver who caused a coach to crash into a ditch near March.

Crashed coach
BBC

Five people were taken to hospital after the coach carrying 65 passengers crashed off the A141 between March and Wimblington on 30 October, after it swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle, Shahid Malik, 36, from Elmfield Road, Peterborough, admitted dangerous driving at Cambridge Crown Court last week and was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 18 months. 

He was also disqualified from driving for a year and made to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Coach crach
Cambridgeshire Police

PC Sean Redman, who investigated, said: "This incident affected a lot of people and could have quite easily resulted in much more damage and devastation".

Headlines: Police welcome sentence for driver who caused Fenland coach crash... Cambridgeshire parents support Sats protest

Kerry Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this evening:

'Substantial' cannabis set-up discovered at property in Haddenham

Cambridge News

A 'substantial' amount of cannabis has been discovered at a property in Haddenham today.

Armed police arrest man for possessing weapons at Peterborough Truckfest

Peterborough Telegraph

Armed police arrested a man at Truckfest in Peterborough yesterday, after reports that he had a gun.

Primary school testing 'counter-productive', says Cambridge mum

A mum from Cambridge who is supporting today's Sats test protest by parents says she is worried the primary exams could leave her son "feeling a failure". 

Protesting parents with children
BBC

Parents supporting the Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign are keeping their children off school for the day in a protest against what it calls a damaging culture of over-testing.

The government says tests improve standards.  

But Anna Gordon, from Cambridge, says: "I want our kids to be inquisitive and inspired to learn about the world and I think they are in danger of coming out out these tests feeling like a failure." 

BBC Weather Watchers: Hare's breadth

BBC Weather Watchers

This amazing action shot of a hare leaping from bank-to-bank was captured near Newmarket by BBC Weather Watcher 'RJ'.

Hare leaping across stream
BBC Weather Watchers/ RJ

You can see more pictures from our local team of intrepid BBC Weather Watchers here.

Clear-up in Ramsey to remove bricks from road following crash

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

One lane remains blocked on the B1040 in Ramsey to allow a shed load of bricks and an oil spill to be cleared-up.

It follows a crash involving a lorry this morning, near the junction with Stocking Fen Road.

It's been a trying day on the roads - many drivers may wish they'd extended the Bank Holiday...

Sanger Centre scientists discover new genes linked to breast cancer

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Researchers at Cambridge's Sanger Institute say they have discovered five new genes linked to breast cancer.

DNA sequence
Science Photo Library

The study, led by scientists at the world-leading centre of genomic research at Hinxton, looked at all three billion letters of people's genetic code in 560 breast cancers.

Prof Sir Mike Stratton, said: "There are about 20,000 genes in the human genome... there are 93 of those [genes] that if mutated will convert a normal breast cell into a breast cancer cell. That is an important piece of information."

Controversial rising bollards in Cambridge to go down for last time as ring of ANPR cameras planned

Cambridge News

Council bosses are now planning to fit ANPR cameras and ditch controversial rising bollards which ring Cambridge city centre.

Weather: A fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine and a scattering of cloud. 

The highest temperatures will be found in the east around Ely. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Swans on the Great Ouse
Tom Horn

These swans were certainly enjoying the sunshine on the River Great Ouse this morning, photographed by Tom Horn.

You can send us your stories and pictures via emailFacebook or Twitter.  

Headlines: Man charged with Cambridge bank robbery... Cambridgeshire parents take part in Sats protest

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

If you are just joining us, here are the headlines in Cambridgeshire this afternoon:

  • A man has been charged following a robbery at a branch of NatWest in Cambridge
  • Parents in Cambridgeshire are keeping their children off school for the day as part of a protest about primary tests in England
  • The students' union at the University of Cambridge is to hold a referendum on splitting from the NUS over the controversial election of new president Malia Bouattia

Cambridge student referendum over whether to split from NUS

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The students' union at the University of Cambridge is to hold a referendum on whether to disaffiliate from the National Union of Students.  

Malia Bouattia
NUS/PA

The move follows the controversial election of new president, Malia Bouattia, who has has been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks.

She has insisted her argument was political rather than one of religion.

Student newspaper Varsity reports that the decision was reached after a "heated" CUSU council meeting on Monday.

£148m jackpot tore my family apart

The Sun

A former Addenbrooke's Hospital nurse from Haverhill has told The Sun that winning £148m on the Euromillions has made her life a "misery".

Man appears in court over bank robbery

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A man has appeared in court charged with robbing a Cambridge bank.

NatWest in Market Street, Cambridge
Google

Staff were threatened and money was taken at the NatWest on Market Street at about 14:00 on 27 April.

Police say a 52-year-old man from the city was charged after being identified in CCTV images. He appeared at Cambridge Magistrates' Court yesterday.

NHS health-check backed by Cambridge GP

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A Cambridge GP has defended the NHS "MOT" health-check, after a Department of Health-funded study found it only had marginal benefits.

Overweight man
PA

The scheme, which sees people aged 40 to 74 invited for a check with their GP every five years, is reported to cost £300m per year. But the study found they only prevented one heart attack or stroke for every 4,762 people that attended.

Dr Mike Knapton, a GP in Cambridge and an associate director of the British Heart Foundation, says the study only looked at results over two years "which may not be long enough to see the benefits".

No injuries in A1 six-vehicle crash, say police

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Police have told us no-one was hurt in the six-vehicle crash which closed the A1 southbound near St Neots.

Officers were called to the accident involving a Citroen Relay, Citroen DS4, Ford Focus, two Honda Civics, and another unidentified vehicle, at 08.45.

One lane remains closed. Faulty traffic lights at the Black Cat Roundabout, which were causing long delays on the road, have now been fixed. 

Cambridge scientists hail 'milestone' breast cancer genetic find

BBC News UK

Scientists in Cambridge say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer.

Breast screening
SPL

The largest study of its kind looked at what goes wrong in DNA that makes healthy tissue turn cancerous - which could lead to the development of new drug treatments.

Prof Sir Mike Stratton, the director of the Sanger Institute in Cambridge which led the study, said it was a "milestone" in cancer research.  

Travel: Delays following six-vehicle crash on A1 at St Neots

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Congestion is building on the A1 southbound at St Neots following the earlier crash involving six vehicles. Traffic is currently queued from the Kimbolton turn off back to Southhoe.

More updates as we get them.

Sats protest: Primary tests 'take joy out of learning', says Cambridge parent

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A Cambridgeshire parent taking part in a protest against primary school tests says they "take the joy out of learning".

Child doing exam
Thinkstock

Parents in the county are keeping their children off school for the day in protest over primary school sat tests in England.

Father Tom Woodcock, from Cambridge, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I don't think kids should be sat at a desk as four and five-year-olds and pushed through very formal learning." 

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says taking pupils out of school "even for a day is harmful to their education".

Travel: Six-vehicle crash closes A1 south near St Neots

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

We're getting reports the A1 has been closed southbound near St Neots following a crash involving six vehicles.

We'll bring you more soon. In the meantime, BBC Travel has the latest.

'Big moment for sport in Cambridge' as Grosvenor confirm sporting village plan is due for submission

Cambridge News

A "big moment for sport in Cambridge" is looming after Cambridge United confirmed it would be pursuing plans for its new sporting village.

Travel: Long delays on A1 due to traffic light failure

BBC Travel

There are long delays on the A1 this morning following a traffic light failure at the Black Cat Roundabout on the Cambridgeshire-Bedfordshire border. Congestion on the southbound carriageway to the turn off for Kimbolton.

Headlines: Cambridgeshire parents keep children off school in Sats protest... Long delays on A1

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the headlines in Cambridgeshire this morning: 

Weather: Mostly dry and bright over the next few days

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Although there will be clear blue skies to begin with, there will be some patchy cloud starting to bubble up as the day goes on

Weather map
BBC

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). For a full forecast head to BBC Weather.  

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us - hope you all had a great Bank Holiday weekend.

As ever, we'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire until 18:00.

It's a lovely start to the day - we've a full weather forecast coming next.

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