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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 10 May 2016
  2. Two men due in court over attack on pizza delivery man in Peterborough
  3. Big rise in the number of Cambridge students being given exam help because of mental health concerns
  4. Sister of an RAF serviceman killed in Iraq "blindsided" by the announcement that the Chilcot report is to be published in July
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for joining us for today's Cambridgeshire Live. We'll be back at 08:00 with news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county until 18:00.

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Weather: A wet night in store

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Tonight we'll see a mixture of showers or longer spells of rain which will be locally heavy. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F). 

Weather chart
BBC

Tomorrow will become dry through the morning with sunny spells developing, but later isolated thunderstorms are a possibility. Top temperature: 21C (70F).

Boaty McBoatface controversy 'good for science', MPs told

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Parliament's Science and Technology Committee has finished grilling the organisers of an online contest to name a new polar research vessel, to find out if it was a success - or whether staff would have to "walk the plank".

The most popular suggestion was Boaty McBoatface, which received 124,000 votes. Despite this, the vessel - operated by Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey - was named after Sir David Attenborough.

Prof Duncan Wingham, chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council - which BAS is part of -  told MPs the response had been an "astonishingly great outcome".

Flying Scotsman summer tour begins with trespass warning

BBC News UK

A warning has been issued to Flying Scotsman fans to stay clear of the tracks as it begins a summer tour

During its inaugural journey from London to York in February, it was brought to a standstill near St Neots after reports of about 60 people trespassing.

Flying Scotsman
Canon Ian Black

Phil Hufton, Network Rail managing director for England and Wales, said: "The images of people stood on the railway taking photographs were deeply concerning."

Profile: The man who built the Hotel Chocolat empire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

As mentioned earlier, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire-based Hotel Chocolat is now worth an estimated £200m.

But did you know the father of co-owner Angus Thirlwell (pictured) invented Mr Whippy? And the company's first batch of 20,000 packs of chocolate had to be hand-wrapped because the wrapping machine didn't work?

Angus Thirlwell
BBC

You can read more here.

Cambridge student describes how pressure led to suicide bid

Hannah Gelbart

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A student at Cambridge University says the pressure she felt under led her to attempt suicide.

The Backs in Cambridge
BBC

A BBC investigation found there has been a 43% rise since 2012 in the number of Cambridge University students being granted "allowances" during exams, due to mental health issues. 

Kate, who is now in her second year, says she felt like she had "lost control".

The university says it offers a free counselling service and a welfare network. This includes twice-a-term meetings with a director of studies to discuss problems.

Head-on crash outside Peterborough City Hospital

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Police say one of the two vehicles involved in a crash outside Peterborough City Hospital was believed to be on the wrong side of the carriageway.

As reported in the Peterborough Telegraph, the accident involving a green Mitsubishi Shogun and a blue Hyundai Tucson happened at about 14.40 on Bretton Gate.

It is not yet known if anyone was hurt, police say.

Headlines: Rise in mental health concerns among Cambridge students... Chocolate company plans expansion after stock market flotation

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this evening:

  • There's been a rise in the number of Cambridge students being given exam help because of mental health concerns
  • Hotel Chocolat, which makes luxury chocolates in Huntingdon, plans further investment following a £200m valuation on the first day of stock market trading
  • County councillors have voted to investigate the possibility of moving the council from Shire Hall

Firefighters 'working hard' to extinguish Girton house blaze

Firefighters are "working hard" to extinguish a blaze at a house on Thornton Road in Girton.

Fire at Girton
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

The fire service says the blaze is now mainly confined to the attic, "which is making it difficult for crews to access".

Firefighters remain at Girton house fire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Firefighters remain at the scene of a house fire in Girton.

They say damage is "significant" and has affected the structure of the building. 

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Councillors vote to investigate moving county council from Shire Hall

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire county councillors have voted in favour of investigating the potential benefits of moving out of Shire Hall.

Shire Hall
Tom Horn

A motion proposed by council leader Steve Count was passed by 55 votes to eight this afternoon.

It calls for the council to consider "alternatives to Shire Hall, to determine the most effective method for fulfilling the council's democratic duties and responsibilities".

Chocolate company plans further investment

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The founders of a company making luxury chocolate say they plan to make further investment in manufacturing, after the firm started trading on the stock exchange.

Chocolates
BBC

Shares in Hotel Chocolat, based in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, jumped by more than a quarter on the company's first day of trading in London.

More than 20 firefighters tackling large blaze in Girton

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

More than 20 firefighters are tackling a large fire which spread to the attic of a house on Thornton Road in Girton. 

A spokesman for the fire service says: "Crews from Cambridge, St Neots, Huntingdon, Papworth and Burwell arrived to find a well-developed fire in a large house."

Village near Cambridge launches last-ditch bid to stop nearby A14 construction compound

Cambridge News

A village near Cambridge has launched a last-ditch effort to stop a huge new construction compound for the A14 being built within a mile of its High Street.

Eight people arrested in 1990 Andrew Bedford murder probe re-bailed

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Eight people arrested over the murder of a man in 1990 have been re-bailed until 6 July, Cambridgeshire Police say.

Andrew Bedford
Cambridgeshire Police

Andrew Bedford, 27, from Huntingdon, was last seen in Ramsey in September 1990. 

The eight arrests were made in raids across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Kent in January after detectives relaunched the murder investigation.

Firefighters tackling blaze in Girton

Thornton Road in Girton is closed while fire crews tackle a blaze.

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Weather: Cloudy and wet with a risk of thunder

BBC Weather

The rest of the day will be cloudy and wet with the risk of thunder. 

Misty field
Ebb&Flow

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F). You can find a more detailed forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.

Headlines: Rise in mental health concerns among Cambridge students... MPs to discuss Boaty McBoatface

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

If you're just joining us, here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire:

  • The number of students being given exam help at Cambridge University because of mental health concerns has risen 43% since 2012, the BBC has learned
  • Two men are due in court over an attack on a pizza delivery man in Peterborough
  • Boaty McBoatface will be discussed by MPs today as they debate whether the online poll by Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey to name their new polar vessel was a PR success or a disaster

Hotel Chocolat valued at £200m on first day on stock market

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Shares in Hotel Chocolat jumped by more than a quarter on the company's first day of trading on the London stock market - valuing the business at more than £200m.

BBC
Angus Thirlwell

The firm, which makes luxury chocolates at its factory in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, and has its headquarters in Royston, Hertfordshire, launched shares on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market for young companies at 148p.

The company is run by Angus Thirlwell (above) and Peter Harris, who founded the business in 1993.

Boaty McBoatface - PR triumph or disaster?

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Boaty McBoatface will be discussed in parliament today, when MPs on the Commons Science and Technology Committee ask if an online poll to name a new polar research vessel was a public engagement triumph or a PR disaster.

Polar Research vessel
NERC

The public's overwhelming vote to use the comedy name Boaty McBoatface for a new Arctic research vessel was ignored last week, when officials decided to call it RRS David Attenborough instead.

Oceanographer Alex Brearley, from Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey which ran the poll, said: "Everyone at BAS is really delighted by how engaged the public has been."

Video: Britain's most dedicated trainspotter finishes marathon effort to visit every UK station in Cambridgeshire village

Peterborough Telegraph

David Brewer is Britain's most dedicated trainspotter after he spent four years photographing every station in Britain.

Travel: A605 partially blocked in Peterborough by crash

BBC Travel

The A605 is partially blocked near the Baker's Lane junction in Peterborough following a crash involving two vehicles.

Rise in mental health concerns among Cambridge students

Hannah Gelbart

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

There has been a big rise in the number of Cambridge students getting exam help because of mental health concerns.

Punting in Cambridge
BBC

An investigation by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire found that since 2012 the number of students at the University of Cambridge receiving "allowances" due to severe mental health issues has increased by 43%.

This means they can be given more time to take exams or have their marks raised.

Keir Murison, from charity Student Minds, says there is a lot of strain: "Long hours in the library, the pressure to succeed... combine that with the fact that job prospects are decreasing, people feel they have to get a top grade just to survive in the real world."

The man who has photographed every train station in Great Britain

BBC News Magazine

Passengers on the 15:52 from Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street may not have noticed the man with the camera at Manea station, but when he photographed the train his odyssey was over.

David Brewer
Owen Amos

The photographer was David Brewer, from Chorley in Lancashire. And he chose Manea to complete his quest to take a picture of a train in each of Britain's 2,500 railway stations.

You can read more about his journey here.

Men due in court following attack on pizza delivery man in Peterborough

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Two men charged in connection with a serious assault in Peterborough on Sunday are due at Cambridge Magistrates' Court .

Shrewsbury Avenue
Google

A 45-year-old pizza delivery man remains in a critical condition in hospital after he was attacked on Shrewsbury Avenue at 01:30.

A 25-year-old man from Norwich and a 29-year-old man from Peterborough are charged with robbery. The 25-year-old is also charged with possession of cannabis.

Sun replaced by fog in the Fens

BBC Weather Watchers

What a difference a day makes...

The blue skies of the last few days were replaced by mist over the Fens this morning.

Emneth in fog
BBC Weather Watcher/ ET

BBC Weather Watcher 'ET' took this photo near Emneth this morning. For more images from across Cambridgeshire head to the website.

Sister of serviceman killed in Iraq 'blindsided' by Chilcot announcement

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A Cambridge woman whose brother was killed in Iraq says she has been "blindsided" by the announcement that the long-awaited report into the war will finally be published on 6 July.

Chilcot Iraq inquiry
PA

Sarah O'Connor's brother, Sgt Bob O'Connor, was killed alongside nine other airmen when their Hercules plane was shot down in 2005.

She told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire relatives had been "pushed from pillar-to-post" waiting for the report, which was launched in 2009.

D-day for Cambridge congestion charge as new figures show 87,000 vehicles enter city every day

Cambridge News

A Cambridge congestion charge will be put before the public as City Deal bosses get serious about clamping down on gridlock - as a series of stats shows the strain on Cambridge's roads is officially worse than ever.

Weather: A cloudy and wet day, with the risk of thunder

BBC Weather

Today will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain. There will be heavy downpours at times, with the risk of thunder too. 

Weather map
BBC

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F). For a more detailed forecast for where you live head to BBC Weather.

Headlines: Two men due in court over Peterborough attack... Rise in exam-time mental health concerns among Cambridge students

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the headlines for Cambridgeshire:

  • Two men are due in court over an attack on pizza delivery man in Peterborough on Sunday
  • There's been a rise in the number of Cambridge students being given exam help because of mental health concerns
  • The sister of an RAF serviceman killed in Iraq is "blindsided" by the announcement that the Chilcot report is to be published in July

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.

Well it looks like the sunny spell has come to an abrupt end - we've got a full forecast coming shortly to tell you what's in store today.

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