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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 9 May 2016
  2. Former Kimbolton School teacher pleads guilty over indecent images of children
  3. Vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire are at risk of "cuckooing", when drugs gangs take over their homes to deal Class A drugs, the BBC has discovered
  4. Two men have been arrested after a man was left in a critical condition during a serious assault in Peterborough on Sunday
  5. A new engineering centre funded by Sir James Dyson opens its doors at the University of Cambridge today
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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That's all for Monday - we'll be back tomorrow with news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire until 18:00.

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Mercury transits the sun: Watching the skies in Cambridge

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

People have gathered at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge to observe Mercury transit the Sun.

People gather to watch Astronomy
Institute of Astronomy

The event is impossible - and dangerous - to view with the naked eye or binoculars, so the Institute of Astronomy opened to the public to let people observe it through its telescopes.

 Mercury's journey across the Sun lasts until 18:42 and it will not make another transit until 2019 and then 2032.

Weather: Increasing risk of showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a mainly dry end to the day however outbreaks of showery rain will move in from the southwest tonight, with the risk of thunder in the heaviest bursts. It will stay rather warm and humid too.  Minimum temperature: 13C (55F). 

Weather chart
BBC

Tomorrow will see persistent, occasionally heavy rain in the morning. It will be more showery during the afternoon with thunder possible

Residents 'lucky to be alive' after house fire

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Residents at a house in Huntingdon were "lucky to escape alive" after a fire on Saturday, according to firefighters.

Fire at Sapley Park property
Cambs Fire and Rescue

An investigation found the blaze, on Sapley Park, was caused by a candle setting alight soft furnishings in a bedroom.

The first floor was well alight by the time fire crews arrived in the early hours of the morning, Cambridgeshire Fire Service said, but no-one was hurt.

Headlines: Former Kimbolton School teacher pleads guilty over indecent images of children... Skywatchers gather in Cambridge for Mercury transit

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this evening:

  • A former Kimbolton School teacher pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court today over the possession of indecent images of children
  • Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with grievous bodily harm after a 16-year-old was stabbed on Parker's Piece in Cambridge
  • Skywatchers have gathered at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge to observe Mercury transit the Sun

Statement from Kimbolton School after teacher pleads guiilty over indecent images of children

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The headteacher of Kimbolton School said no images of past or present pupils was found in the possession of a former teacher who pleaded guilty to child image offences.

Kimbolton School
Geograph/Julian Osley

SeanWhitlock, 45, of no fixed abode, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court this morning and pleaded guilty to four child sex charges. 

A statement issued by the school says: "We treat any falling short of our high standards with the utmost seriousness and we have given the authorities every assistance during their investigation."  

Police tipped-off that Kimbolton teacher possessed 'disturbing images of children'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Former Kimbolton School teacher Scott Whitlock, 45, was arrested in June last year after police received an anonymous letter stating he was in possession of "disturbing images of children".

Kimbolton School
Geograph/Julian Osley

Police carried out searches at Kimbolton School and Whitlock's then home address in Bedford, seizing electronic devices containing a large number of indecent images of children.

Whitlock appeared at Cambridge Crown Court this morning and pleaded guilty to four child sex charges. 

He was bailed to appear back at court for sentencing at the end of the month. None of the images contained any past or present Kimbolton School pupils, police said.

BreakingFormer Kimbolton School teacher pleads guilty over indecent images of children

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A former Kimbolton School teacher appeared at Cambridge Crown Court today over the possession of indecent images of children.

Scott Whitlock, 45, of no fixed abode, admitted one count of making indecent images of a child, one count of possessing indecent images of a child, one count of distributing indecent images of a child and one count of publishing an obscene article.

He will be sentenced in the week commencing 31 May.

Fire rips through five flats in Cambridge as roof blaze battled

Cambridge News

A fleet of fire engines were called to a street in Cambridge to tackle a roof blaze which ripped through five homes.

Sir David Attenborough's 90th: Connections to Cambridge

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Sir David Attenborough celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday - but did you know about the renowned naturalist and broadcaster's connections to Cambridge?

Of course, he studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University in the 1940s before beginning National Service and then joining the BBC.

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But in April you may have also spotted him abseiling down a new centre for biodiversity conservation in the city, named the David Attenborough building.

He said he was "proud indeed" to give his name to what will become a hub for experts helping "shape the future of life on Earth". He is also vice-president of conservation organisation Flora and Fauna International based in Cambridge.

New Dyson centre will apply 'brightest minds to ambitious and exciting projects'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

"Developing the intellectual property that will help Britain succeed in the global technology race depends on applying our brightest minds to ambitious and exciting research projects," says Sir James Dyson, as his new Cambridge engineering hub opens.

Sir James Dyson
University of Cambridge

The development at the University of Cambridge has been funded by a £8m donation from the James Dyson Foundation – the largest gift ever received by the Department of Engineering.

Solar-powered racing car
University of Cambridge

Student-led projects housed within the centre include solar-powered electric racing cars and helium balloon spaceflight systems.

Cambridge United: Ryan Donaldson and Robbie Simpson among four to leave

BBC Sport

Cambridge United, who finished ninth in the League Two table after the weekend's 0-0 draw with Mansfield, have parted company with four players, including winger Ryan Donaldson.  

Ryan Donaldson
Getty Images

The 25-year-old made 33 appearances for the U's this season, but has struggled with injury throughout the campaign.  

Goalkeepers Chris Dunn and Sam Beasant have also been released, while forward Robbie Simpson leaves by mutual consent after 36 games this term.

First day on the job for new Cambridgeshire PCC

New Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite, says he has a "full day of scheduled meetings" on his first day in the role today.

Jason Ablewhite
BBC

The Conservative beat Labour's candidate Dave Baigent into second place after the election went to second choice votes on Friday.

First on his list is a handover with outgoing PCC Sir Graham Bright to discuss the police budget, to "understand exactly where the police force is at the moment".

100 years of RAF Wittering

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A Cambridgeshire airfield established during World War One as a Royal Flying Corps base for anti-Zeppelin fighters has marked 100 years of active service.  

Harriers
BAE Systems

Over the years RAF Wittering has been home to Spitfires, Hurricanes, the V-Bomber Force and Harriers (above). It is now the base for the RAF's A4 Force and trainee pilots.  

A centennial memorial has been unveiled at All Saints' Church in Wittering. You can see more historic images from the base here.

Man threatened by 'cuckooing' by drugs gangs

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A Cambridgeshire man says his life was "taken over" by a gang from London who used his home for drug dealing.

Cocaine
BBC

Police are warning vulnerable people in the county are being targeted for "cuckooing" by drugs gangs, where their homes are taken over to sell Class A drugs.

The victim told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire he was threatened with violence if he didn't cooperate. "They waved a knife about a bit and told me they'd sort me out if I caused any trouble," he said.

Headlines: Boys charged after Cambridge Parker's Piece stabbing... First day on job for new PCC

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this lunchtime:

  • Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with grievous bodily harm after a 16-year-old was stabbed on Parker's Piece in Cambridge
  • A £8m engineering centre funded by Sir James Dyson opens its doors at the University of Cambridge today  

Travel: One lane blocked on A14 eastbound near Godmanchester following crash

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the A14 eastbound near Godmanchester, following a crash involving two cars.

Weather: Mostly dry and warm

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be mostly dry and warm, but becoming increasingly cloudy. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F). 

Geese at Fen Drayton Lakes
Fendraytonwalker

The geese were enjoying the warm weather at Fen Drayton Lakes this morning, captured by BBC Weather Watcher 'Fendraytonwalker'.

Football: Posh end season with 5-1 victory over Blackpool

Peterborough United ended their season by coming from behind to score five second-half goals against Blackpool on Saturday.

Jon Taylor
Getty Images

A Jon Taylor (above) hat-trick, Marcus Maddison's penalty and Shaquile Coulthirst's finish for Posh saw Blackpool relegated.

Caretaker manager Grant McCann has further staked his claim to fill the managerial vacancy at Peterborough United and is set to meet with Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony later this week.  

Cambridge Dyson centre to be catalyst 'for great technological breakthroughs'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Inventor Sir James Dyson opens a new £8m centre for cutting-edge research in Cambridge today, which is hoped will be a catalyst for "great technological breakthroughs".

Dyson Building sign
University of Cambridge

The Dyson Centre for Engineering Design will be a focal point for teaching Cambridge students about the design process, providing specialised printing machinery, scanners and lasers.

I'm hopeful that this new space for Britain's best engineers at the University of Cambridge will catalyse great technological breakthroughs that transform how we live."

Sir James Dyson

Three men arrested in Peterborough on suspicion of kidnapping given bail

Peterborough Telegraph

Three men arrested on suspicion of kidnapping during an armed raid at a house in Peterborough have been released on bail.

Weather forecaster Dan Holley looks back over the last month

Counselling offered to pupils following stabbing

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Parkside Community College in Cambridge told us it is offering counselling to pupils after a 16-year-old student was stabbed on Parker's Piece, opposite the school, on Friday.

Parkside Community College
Geograph/Scriniary

Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with grievous bodily harm and possessing a knife in a public place.

Headteacher Jodh Dehsi said the school was holding assemblies today for each year group to talk about the incident.

"Our thoughts are with the student and his family and we will work with them to make sure that he completes his exams successfully," he added.

Boys to appear in court following Parker's Piece stabbing

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Two 15-year-olds are due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates' Court this morning after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed on Parker's Piece in Cambridge at about 18:00 on Friday.

Parker's Piece
Geograph/N Chadwick

The victim suffered "a serious injury" and was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital for treatment before being discharged.

The defendants are charged with grievous bodily harm and possessing a knife in a public place.

BreakingTwo 15-year-old boys charged after Cambridge stabbing

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with grievous bodily harm and possessing a knife in a public place after a boy was stabbed in Cambridge on Friday.

Mercury rising: Planet to make rare transit of the Sun

A rare transit of Mercury across the Sun is taking place this morning - but experts in Cambridge are warning people not to try and view it with the naked eye.

Mercury passing the sun
Science Photo Library

The Solar System's smallest planet (the tiny black speck in the top right of the picture) will pass directly between Earth and the Sun from about 11:12 - an event that only happens 13 or 14 times a century.

The Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge is opening to the public to let people observe it through its telescopes. Prof Carolin Crawford says: "It is tiny compared to the Sun - this is one way to appreciate how big it is compared to all the planets."

Vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire falling victim to 'cuckooing' by drugs gangs

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire are being targeted for "cuckooing" by drugs gangs, where their homes are taken over to sell Class A drugs.  

Drugs
BBC

Police say gangs from London and other parts of the country are taking over homes in the county to use as bases to sell heroin and cocaine.

Gavin Guy, a drugs adviser who works with Cambridgeshire Police, says it is difficult to tackle. "People operate from an address for a short period of time, by the time it becomes knowledge in the local community they move on," he said.

Two men arrested after 'serious assault' in Peterborough

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Two men have been arrested after a man was left in a critical condition during a serious assault in Peterborough on Sunday.

The attack happened on Shrewsbury Avenue in the early hours.

The injured man was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Dyson 'invention powerhouse' opens at the University of Cambridge

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A new engineering centre funded by Sir James Dyson opens at the University of Cambridge today.

Robot being used by students
University of Cambridge

The university says the "invention powerhouse" will contain some of the world's most advanced engineering facilities.

The development has been funded by an £8m donation from the James Dyson Foundation – the largest gift ever received by Cambridge’s Department of Engineering.

Headlines: Vulnerable people falling victim to 'cuckooing' by drugs gangs... Dyson engineering centre opens at Cambridge University

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this morning:

  • Vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire are at risk of "cuckooing", when drugs gangs take over their homes to deal Class A drugs, the BBC has discovered
  • Two men have been arrested after a man was left in a critical condition during a serious assault in Peterborough on Sunday
  • A new engineering centre funded by Sir James Dyson opens its doors at the University of Cambridge today

Weather: Mostly dry and warm

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a mild, bright start, sunshine will turn increasingly hazy through the day as cloud increases from the south-west, reaching Wisbech by evening. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

For a more detailed forecast for where you live, head over to BBC Weather.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Good morning. We're here with all the news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county until 18:00.

It was a fantastic weekend weather-wise - we've got a full forecast coming shortly to tell you what's in store today.

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