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Summary

  1. Police praise victims for bravery as a child abuser is jailed
  2. Four people are arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Peterborough
  3. Cambridge University is the UK's highest-ranking university according to the Times Higher Education ratings, but has slipped two places
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

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By Alex Pope

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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from all the team here at Cambridgeshire Local Live.

We'll be back on Friday morning with your news, sport, travel and weather, along with local election and police and crime commissioner results.

In the meantime, have a great night. 

'Out of control' Facebook party in Cambridge gatecrash amid mass brawl

Cambridge News

A Facebook promoted party in Cambridge got out of control as 60 youths brawled in the street as they attempted to gatecrash the bash amid violent scenes, police said.

Possible cuts to gluten-free food prescriptions being planned

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Gluten-free food prescriptions could be a thing of the past in Cambridgeshire. 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group is currently consulting on possible changes. 

A loaf of bread with a warning sign printed on it
Thinkstock

They say it could save the NHS £370,000 a year as alternatives are now widely available in supermarkets. Members of a local coeliac group say that isn't the case and foods are not affordable. 

Lucky escape after car overturns in Newborough crash

Peterborough Telegraph

A motorist had a lucky escape after this two car collision in Newborough, Peterborough, last night.

Boaty McBoatface competition to be examined by the Commons Select Committee

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The Commons Select Committee is to examine the Boaty McBoatface competition

Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey started an online poll to name a new polar research vessel, and Boaty McBoatface came top. 

Artist's impression of ship
NERC

The committee will hold an inquiry into science communication as well as exploring the Name Our Ship competition. It will take place on 10 May.

Weather: Dry with clear spells

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will stay dry across the county this evening and overnight with some good clear spells.

Wisbech
Fen Tiger/Weather Watcher

With light winds it will become rather chilly by morning in some rural parts, such as around The Fens. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Tomorrow it will remain dry with some good sunny spells, although high cloud will make sunshine rather hazy at times. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Travel: Delays on A1303 Stow cum Quy roundabout

One lane is blocked on the A1303 Stow cum Quy roundabout in Stow cum Quy at the A14 J35 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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Healthcare assistant jailed for sexual activity with teenage patient

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A healthcare assistant from Cambridgeshire has been jailed after pleading guilty to having sexual activity with a child.

Stephen Ray
Cambridgeshire Police

Stephen Ray, 26, from St Ives, was found asleep in bed with a 15-year-old female patient in her home last March. He was working at Ida Darwin Hospital in Fulbourn at the time. 

He was sentenced today at Cambridge Crown Court to 40 months in prison. He was also put on the Sex Offenders Register.

Headlines: Healthcare assistant jailed for sexual activity with young patient... Inquiry to be held into Boaty McBoatface competition

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the stories making the news this evening: 

  • A healthcare assistant from St Ives has been jailed for 40 months after pleading guilty to having sexual activity with a 15-year-old patient
  • The Commons Select Committee is to hold an inquiry into a competition started by the Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey that saw the name Boaty McBoatface come top of a boat naming poll
  • Nearly £20m is to be spent on updating and upgrading the Grafton Shopping Centre in Cambridge

Cambridge research finds doing exercise in heavily polluted cities outweighs the risk

A study says the benefits of getting on your bike or going for a walk outweigh any harm done by the fumes you might breathe in.

Cycling in China
Getty Images

Researchers from the universities of Cambridge and East Anglia compared the benefits and risks of different kinds of physical activity in different levels of air pollution around the world. 

It found that even in the most polluted cities, the advantages of doing some form of exercise outweighed the health risks.

Millions to be spent refurbishing Cambridge's Grafton Shopping Centre

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

As we mentioned earlier, £18.5m is to be spent refurbishing Cambridge's Grafton Shopping Centre.

If you want to see what it will look like, here's a video with some artist impressions.

Tim Froggett, a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, explains why the re-vamp is needed.

Artist impressions courtesy of Corstorphine & Wright

Hotel Chocolat to invest in Cambrigeshire factory

Hotel Chocolat is to invest in its chocolate factory in Huntingdon after the firm was valued at £167m.

Angus Thirlwell
BBC

In an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, the valuation has netted Royston businessman and company founder, Angus Thirlwell, more than £20m. 

Mr Thirwell said he plans to invest further in its British chocolate manufacturing operations, new stores and digital offering. 

Child seriously injured in collision in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, this morning

Peterborough Telegraph

A boy suffered serious injuries following a collision with a van in Welland Road, Dogsthorpe, this morning.

Alien star Sigourney Weaver spotted punting in the Cambridge sunshine

Cambridge News

Temperatures soared on the Cam today as Alien and Avatar star Sigourney Weaver shared a steamy kiss with her husband while punting in the sunshine.

Memorial to mark 100 years of RAF Wittering unveiled

Sue Dougan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A memorial has been unveiled to mark the centennial of RAF Wittering.

Memorial to RAF Wittering
RAF Wittering

It's located at a specially-prepared area at All Saint's churchyard in Wittering. 

It's dedicated to personnel from the village and the station who lost their lives during service in the last century.

Tributes to Wisbech-born Nobel prize chemist Harry Kroto

Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

The science community has been paying tribute to Prof Sir Harry Kroto, who passed away over the weekend aged 76.

Prof Sir Harry Kroto
A Purkiss

He was born in Wisbech and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996 for the discovery of carbon molecules in the shape of a ball, popularly known as "bucky-balls".

These molecules are the "third type of carbon" - with the first two types being graphite and diamond.

Giant Henry Moore lifted into place

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The front lawn of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has been transformed after an enormous bronze sculpture by Henry Moore was lifted into place last night. 

The work of art, called Hill Arches, is on long-term loan and is part of the bicentennial celebrations at the museum.

Thanks to Mick Jones for the pictures.  

Weather: Dry with warm sunshine and light winds

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be dry, warm and sunny with light winds.

Cambridge field
Edd&Flow/Weather Watcher

There will be some very high cloud overhead which will make the sunshine look a bit hazy at times.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Four people arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Peterborough

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Peterborough after a man was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. 

Officers were called to reports of violence at property in Woodston on Tuesday night. 

Three men and a woman who're all from Peterborough were arrested. They've been bailed until 9 June. 

Headlines: Arrests made in Peterborough after man taken to hospital with serious injuries... Cambridge University ranked fourth best university in the world

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the main news stories this afternoon:

  • Four people are arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Peterborough
  • Cambridge University is the UK's highest-ranking university according to the Times Higher Education ratings, but has slipped two places
  • Hundreds of people turn out to see a memorial being unveiled to mark 100 years of RAF Wittering

Posh player Zakuani says playing for Posh has been 'highlight of career'

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

I've been talking to Posh Defender Gaby Zakuani who's been telling me how much he wants to stay at the club.

Gaby Zukuani
Getty Images

He said: "Nothing has been said about a new contract. If Sunday happens to be the end, I'll look back with very fond memories. 

"I still feel I've got an important role around the place, I'd love to stay. Representing Posh has been the highlight of my career."

Cambridge University slips in world ranking

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Cambridge University has slipped two places in the latest world rankings from second down to fourth. 

Old Court and Chapel in Peterhouse, Cambridge
Roger Kidd/Geograph

Oxford University has also fallen from third to fifth. 

The Times Higher Education ratings put US universities Harvard first, MIT second and Stanford third, meaning that Cambridge remains the UK's highest-ranked university. 

The rankings are based on reputation and perceived status and not research and teaching quality.

Man taken to hospital after crash with car

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Earlier we reported on a crash between a car and a cyclist at the junction between Long Road and Hills Road in Cambridge. 

We've just had an update from the East of England Ambulance Service. It says a rapid response vehicle and two ambulance crews treated a man, thought to be in his 30s, at just after 09:00.

He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital suffering back pain.

Anyone want a sofa?

An appeal has gone out to find these people apparently flying-tipping in Peterborough.

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Dress rehearsal ahead of dedication service in Wittering

Personnel from RAF Wittering weren't taking any chances this morning before a special dedication ceremony to mark 100 years of the station. 

Here they are practising their drill. 

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Bishop challenges government over mental health support

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Bishop of Peterborough (right) has challenged the government over the lack of adequate provision of mental health support for prisoners. 

The Right Reverend Donald Allister expressed his concern in light of the latest figures on prison violence and deaths in custody.  

Bishop Donald Allister
BBC

In a question to the government in the House of Lords, he said: "Given the shocking 27% rise in suicides in prisons in the last year, what can the minister tell us about the provision of psychiatric and psycho-therapeutic care for vulnerable prisoners?" 

Minister for Justice, Lord Faulks, responded: "It is a matter for NHS England to provide the appropriate facilities, but all prisons should make sure that these are available so far as possible." 

Victims of sexual offender praised by police for bravery

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Police have praised the victims of a prolific sexual offender who's been jailed for 15 years. 

Alan Chamberlain
Cambridgeshire Police

Alan Chamberlain, 65, from Whittlesey, was jailed on Tuesday after a jury at Peterborough Crown Court found him guilty of sexually abusing three girls during a period of 34 years.

Det Con Amanda Sylvester, said: "I would like to thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward and helping us to convict their abuser. He is now in a place where he can't harm any other children, and your actions have helped us do that."

Guide to the May 2016 elections

People in the East of England are going to the polls today, in the UK's biggest set of elections outside of a general election for some years.

Take a look at this BBC guide to find out what you can vote for and how. 

Polling station
Cambridge City Council

Football: Defender Gaby wants new deal to stay at Posh

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Congolese defender Gaby Zakuani says he's desperate to stay at Peterborough United beyond the end of the season. 

Gabriel Zakuani
Getty Images

Zakuani has been with Posh for eight years but is out of contract in the summer. 

He says he's yet to be offered a new deal, but after a spell with Greek side Kalloni in 2014 now wants to make the city his home.

Speedway: Panthers appoint Attwood as new chief after surprise resignation

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Peterborough Panthers have appointed Jason Attwood as their new team manager following Carl Johnson's surprise resignation.

Peterborough Panthers
Peterborough Panthers

He stepped down from the role last month only weeks into a new season. Attwood's career spans spells as chief at Leicester and Belle Vue in Manchester.

He is set to take charge for the first time on Friday when the Panthers travel to Plymouth.

Crash between car and cyclist in Cambridge

Police are at the scene of a crash on Hills Road between a car and a cyclist. 

Dealing with a car v pedal cyclist rtc on Hills Road Cambridge. #350195

Dealing with a car v pedal cyclist rtc on Hills Road Cambridge. #350195

Bail extended over bouncy castle death

Two people from Cambridgeshire arrested over the death of a girl at Harlow Town Park in Essex have had their bail extended.

Summer Grant
Essex Police

Summer Grant, 7, from Norwich, died after being swept away on a bouncy castle on 26 March.

A 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both from Cambridgeshire, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence. They have been re-bailed until 13 September.   

Academy performance shows decline

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A school in Wisbech has been downgraded in the latest report by Ofsted inspectors.

Thomas Clarkson College
Google

Two years ago the Thomas Clarkson Academy was rated as "requiring improvement", but now it has been given the lowest ranking of "inadequate". 

Inspectors say overall results have declined and there is an inconsistency in teaching. Principal Clare Caxton said she took some positives from the report as the school had made some improvements, but still found teacher recruitment difficult.

Work due to begin on £18.5m Grafton Centre revamp

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Plans for an £18.5m refurbishment of Cambridge's Grafton Shopping Centre have been revealed.

Grafton Centre
Google

Landlord Legal and General bought The Grafton last year and wants to create what it calls "a modern, vibrant shopping centre". 

The first phase of the work is due to begin in the next few weeks and should be finished next summer, the company said. 

Polling stations open for residents' voting

Voting has begun in elections being held across Cambridgeshire.

Seats on Cambridge, Huntingdonshire, South Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils are being contested. 

Ballot box
BBC

A police and crime commissioner for the county will also be elected.

Polling stations are scheduled to close at 22:00.   

Weather: Dry with warm sunshine

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a chilly start it will be a dry, warm and mostly sunny day.

Winds will stay light, making it feel rather warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

More details at BBC Weather.

Latest news: Shopping mall gets £18.5m investment... Wisbech school rated 'inadequate'

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

  • The Grafton Centre in Cambridge is getting £18.5m investment to boost the number of shoppers 
  • Residents to vote in council elections and to choose the county's police and crime commissioner 
  • Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech drops from "requiring improvement" to "inadequate" in the latest Ofsted inspection

Travel: Congestion on A10, A14 and A428

BBC Travel

Heavy traffic is causing congestion on the A10 southbound, between A1123 Wilburton Road at Stretham and A14 Milton interchange.

There's slow traffic on the A14 eastbound between J13 for the A141 (Spittals Interchange) and J24 for the A1196 at Godmanchester.

Heavy traffic is also being reported on the eastbound A428 Cambridge Road, between the B1428 at St Neots and A1198 Ermine Street at Caxton Gibbet.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Thanks for joining us for another day of live news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county - we'll be here until 18:00. 

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