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Summary

  1. Plans to upgrade the A14 in Cambridgeshire are approved by the Department for Transport
  2. Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge remains on black alert after seeing "near record levels" of patients at A&E
  3. There has been an increase in the number of outstanding arrest warrants in Cambridgeshire over the last year
  4. "Hobbit house" built for NHS near Cambridge to help people with learning difficulties
  5. Charlotte Edwards set to stand down after decade as England women's cricket captain
  6. Updates on Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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We'll be back with all the news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire tomorrow at 08:00.  

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Weather: A mostly dry night with some showers

BBC Weather

Any isolated showers this evening will quickly clear, leaving the night largely dry with clear spells.  Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather chart
BBC

Tomorrow will be a mainly dry day across Cambridgeshire with some good sunny spells, especially through the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F). 

Headlines: A14 upgrade gets green light...Pizza delivery man dies following Peterborough assault

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this evening:

  • Plans to upgrade the A14 in Cambridgeshire have been approved by the government
  • A man who was attacked while delivering pizzas in Peterborough in the early hours of Sunday morning has died in hospital, police say
  • Cricketer Charlotte Edwards says she would have "loved" to have carried on as England captain

Chambers of Commerce 'delighted' at A14 upgrade announcement

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce says it is "delighted" by this afternoon's announcement that A14 upgrade plans have been approved by the government.

A14 upgrade graphic
Highways England

Chief executive John Bridge said:  “This announcement has been long-awaited but it’s merely another step in a very long process and the proof of the pudding will come when everything is in place."

Pizza delivery man dies in hospital following Peterborough attack

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Ali Qasemi, 45, died in died in Addenbrooke's Hospital yesterday afternoon, after being assaulted while delivering pizzas in Peterborough, police say.

Ali Qasemi
Cambridgeshire Police

Mr  Qasemi, of Birchtree Avenue, Peterborough, was attacked in Shrewsbury Avenue, in the early hours of Sunday.

In a tribute to her husband, Mrs Qasemi said: “My husband was my everything; my best friend, my soul mate, my life partner and an amazing father. He was such a caring and helpful person and was always there for his family and friends."

Charlotte Edwards would have 'loved' to carry on as England captain

BBC Sport

Charlotte Edwards has ended a 20-year England career after "honest and open" discussions with coach Mark Robinson but would have "loved" to carry on, she said.

Charlotte Edwards
AFP

Edwards started playing at school in Cambridgeshire and made her international debut as a sixteen in 1996, becoming the youngest player to represent England.  

 "It became clear that Mark wants to build a new team and I fully support that," she said.  

Charlotte Edwards 'unlikey to ever be surpassed'

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board Tom Harrison says the achievements of Charlotte Edwards are "unlikely to ever be surpassed".

Charlotte Edwards
Getty

The 36-year-old, who has stepped down as England cricket captain after 10 years in the role, first picked up a bat at primary school in Cambridgeshire.

Charlotte's achievements in the game are... unlikely to ever be surpassed. She leaves the most wonderful legacy."

Tom HarrisonECB chief executive

Ducklings take short cut to the river through Cambridge colleges

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

This smart family of ducklings took a short cut through some of the historic Cambridge colleges to get to the river for their first swim.

Duckings entering St Catherine's
Danielle Bradshaw/St Catherine's College

College porters opened doors for the 12 ducklings and their mother as they left their nest in the grounds of Corpus Christi, and headed for the River Cam, by the most direct route - through St Catherine's College.

Ducklings heading through St Catharine's College
Danielle Bradshaw/St Catherine's College

Photos of their college tour were shared on social media by Danielle Bradshaw, from St Catherine's, before they waddled off safely to the river for their first dip.

Cambridge sixth-form to offer up two free places to help Syrian refugees

Cambridge News

A Cambridge sixth-form college has announced plans to offer two free places to Syrian refugees.

Pizza deliver dies following Peterborough assault

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A man who was attacked while delivering pizzas in Peterborough in the early hours of Sunday morning has died in hospital, police say.

Ali Qasemi, 45, of Birchtree Avenue, was delivering pizzas when the attack happened in Shrewsbury Avenue.

He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, but died on Tuesday afternoon.

Charlotte Edwards in 'complete shock' over England retirement

BBC Sport

Charlotte Edwards says the events of the past week have "come as complete shock" and admits the end of her 20-year England career is "difficult to accept".  

In an interview with BBC Sport's Joe Wilson, the 36-year-old says England coach Mark Robinson made it clear he wanted a new captain and she was unlikely to feature in forthcoming squads.

Travel: A142 near Mepal likely to remain shut

BBC Travel

The A12 near Mepal is likely to remain shut until this evening for work to fix power lines brought down in a crash earlier today.

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Widened A14 could open to traffic in 2020

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A widened A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon could open to traffic in 2020, following Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin's announcement that improvement plans have been given the green light.  

A14 mock up
Highways England

The government has pledged to invest up to £1.5bn in the A14 scheme. The latest estimated costs are between £1.1bn to £1.6bn, according to Highways England.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: "We have approved Highways England's plans to upgrade the A14 after reviewing the findings of the planning inspectors' report."

Addenbrooke's remains on black alert after 'extraordinary surge' in demand at A&E

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Addenbrooke's Hospital remains on black alert after an "extraordinary surge" in demand at its accident and emergency department.

Addenbrooke's Hospital
PA

A statement on the hospital's website says: "We are still very busy, which is putting pressure on our services." 

The NHS defines black alert as a "critical internal incident" which is putting pressure on bed capacity.  

A14 improvements 'great news for everyone'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Highways England has welcomed the decision by the government to approve £1.6bn upgrade plans for the A14 in Cambridgeshire.

Mock up of A14 improvements
Highways England

Chris Taylor, director for complex infrastructure at Highways England, said: "This is great news for everyone who uses the A14 through Cambridgeshire, from local residents and businesses to national and international haulage companies."

The scheme includes a new bypass to the south of Huntingdon, widening part of the existing road between Swavesey and Girton, and demolition of the viaduct at Huntingdon.

BreakingGreen light for A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Plans to upgrade the A14 in Cambridgeshire have been approved by the Department for Transport.

Work on the stretch between Cambridge and Huntingdon could begin later this year.

Massive eight-storey rebuild of Cambridge Junction to take on TGI Fridays plan

Cambridge News

A massive eight-storey rebuild of the Cambridge Junction has been proposed amid a flood of objections to plans for a TGI Fridays in the city's leisure park.

The Junction
Cambridge News

Welcome to the shire: Mayor to open 'Hobbit house'

Welcome to latest property to be built in the Shire - Cambridgeshire that is, not the one in Lord of the Rings.

Hobbit House
BBC

This £10,000 'Hobbit house' is a replica of those featured in the films based on the work of JRR Tolkein and will be opened by the Mayor of Cambridge.

It has been built as a gift for Darwin Nurseries, in Teversham - an NHS run horticulture project to help people with learning difficulties.

Conspiracy theories cause stress, says Cambridge researchers

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

People who "believe in conspiracy theories" are more likely to be suffering from stress, according to researchers in Cambridge.

MH17 wreackage
BBC

A team from Anglia Ruskin University’s psychology department conducted  a study of 420 people.

Prof Viren Swami says: “More stressful life events and greater perceived stress were both linked to greater belief in conspiracy theories".

Watch the latest episode of the BBC's Conspiracy Files looking at the shooting down of Flight MH17.

Weather: A humid and rainy afternoon

BBC Weather

It will remain humid during this afternoon, with outbreaks of rain or showers which could be heavy and thundery.  

Rain and mist at Orwell
Hollybush

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

BBC Weather Watcher 'Hollybush' to this snap of conditions at Orwell in the south of the county today.

Police hostage negotiator is new Assistant Chief Constable

A police hostage negotiator has been appointed as the new Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) of Cambridgeshire.

Nav Malik welcomed by Chief Constable Alec Wood
Cambridgeshire Police

Nav Malik, has been in the police for 26 years and was most recently temporary ACC for Protective Services with Warwickshire and West Mercia Police Strategic Alliance.

He will take over from current ACC Mark Hopkins who retires in the summer.

Headlines: Charlotte Edwards retires from International cricket... Addenbrooke's remains on black alert

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

If you are just joining us here are the latest headlines for Cambridgeshire:

  • Charlotte Edwards has announced her retirement from international cricket after 10 years as England women's cricket captain
  • Addenbrooke's Hospital remains on black alert after seeing "near record levels" of patients at A&E
  • Mayor of Cambridge opens 'Hobbit house' at NHS run project to help people with learning difficulties

Homes left without power after lines brought down near Mepal

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

UK Power Networks report that 32 properties are currently without power after cables were brought down by a crash on the A142 near Mepal.

They says engineers are "working hard" to fix them as quickly as possible.

South Cambs leader Ray Manning to stand down - as he blasts City Deal, government and housing crisis

Cambridge News

The leader of South Cambs District Council is to stand down after nearly a decade in charge as the district around Cambridge stands on the brink of its biggest political changes in a generation.

Crash brings down power lines near Mepal

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A crash involving two cars has brought down power lines across the A142 at Mepal - police say it is likely to be closed for most of the day. 

Power lines down near Mepal
BCH Road Policing

For the latest situation on Cambridgeshire's roads head to BBC Travel.

Charlotte Edwards 'proud' of contribution as player and captain

BBC Sport

Charlotte Edwards, has been talking about her decision to retire from international cricket.

"I leave very proud of the standing in which the women's game is held and of my contribution as a player and captain," she said.

Charlotte Edwards
AFP

England's long-serving women's cricket captain began her career in Cambridgeshire.

She added: "Everyone who knows me - and how much I love playing for England - will appreciate what a difficult decision it has been."

Delays as more works to begin on Peterborough parkways

Peterborough Telegraph

Motorists to face delays as works to improve three parkways in Peterborough will begin over the coming months.

Road at night
Peterborough Telegraph

Council leader to make way for 'fresh blood'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The Conservative leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council Ray Manning has announced he is standing down to allow “fresh blood” to take up the reins.

South Cambs District Council
Google

Mr Manning, who represents Willingham, was first elected as leader in January 2007 when the council was on the brink of being put into special measures.

 The Conservatives retained control of the council in local elections last week with a majority of 15.

'Hobbit house' built to help people with learning difficulties

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

It may look like a scene from from Lord of the Rings, but this "Hobbit house" is actually near Cambridge.

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It's been built at Darwin Nurseries, in Teversham, a horticulture project run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, to help people with learning difficulties.

Travel: Accident involving lorry and car on A10 near Trumpington

BBC Travel

It's turning out to be a busy day on roads in Cambridgeshire. There are now delays on the A10 near Trumpington after an accident involving a car and a lorry on the roundabout with the M11.

For the latest on the roads head to BBC Travel.

Charlotte Edwards set to stand down after decade as England captain

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire's Charlotte Edwards has announced her retirement from international cricket.

Charlotte Edwards
Getty

Made a CBE in 2014, the 36-year-old began playing cricket at primary school in Somersham. During a 20-year international career she led England to victory in the Ashes, World Cup and ICC World 

Last year she became the first player - man or woman - to captain England in 200 internationals.  

Addenbrooke's Hospital on black alert

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, is on black alert, after seeing "near record levels" of patients at A&E.

Addenbrooke's Hospital
BBC

A spokesperson for the hospital says 350 people visited it's emergency department on Sunday, and 364 on Monday, 

Staff are urging members of the public to only come to casualty in a genuine medical emergency.

The NHS defines black alert as a “critical internal incident which means there are pressures on bed capacity".

Weather: Murky and humid with outbreaks of rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A misty and murky start to the day for many of us with outbreaks of rain at first and showers developing later - these turning heavy and thundery at times. 

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).  

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

Travel: Fuel spillage causing problems on the A605 near Peterborough

BBC Travel

A fuel spillage is causing delays westbound on the A605 Stanground Bypass.

Headlines: Increase in the number of outstanding arrest warrants in Cambridgeshire... Addenbrooke's Hospital on black alert

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the headlines in Cambridgeshire this morning:

  • There has been an increase in the number of outstanding arrest warrants in Cambridgeshire over the last year
  • Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge remains on black alert this morning after seeing "near record levels" of patients at A&E
  • "Hobbit house" built for NHS near Cambridge, to help people with learning disabilities

Travel: A428 partially blocked after crash near Caxton Gibbet

BBC Travel

The A428 is partially blocked at Caxton Gibbet following a two vehicle crash.  Reports of debris on the road.

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's been a grey and rainy start to the day - we've got a full forecast coming up shortly... and don't forget you can get involved at any time - send us your stories and pictures via emailFacebook or Twitter.