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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 12 May 2016
  2. American soldier gives her gold medal from the Invictus Games to Papworth Hospital as a thank you for saving her life
  3. New railway station in Chesterton 'on track' to open in a year's time
  4. Martina Navratilova to be inaugurated as an honorary fellow at Lucy Cavendish College
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Weather: A mainly dry but misty night

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a mainly dry night, but will turn cloudy with mist and low cloud moving in. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

BBC Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow, low cloud and mist should thin and there will be bright or sunny spells. There is the risk of a shower in the morning. Maximum temperature: 17C (62F).

Education linked to fast food consumption, say experts

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been talking to the lead researcher of a team that carried out research into the link between eating healthily and how well you're educated. 

Dr Tom Burgoine, from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge, says the better you're educated means you're more likely to spend more money and time on preparing and buying food.

Child eating pizza
SPL

He added "the less money you have, you're more likely to use your local takeaway that sells larger portions of food at lower prices". 

He says limiting the number of takeaways in disadvantaged areas could be one solution.

Headlines: Papworth Hospital's pride after Invictus solider donates her gold medal... Transport secretary checks progress on Cambridge's new railway station

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

These are the main stories this afternoon:

  • Papworth Hospital is "extremely proud" after an American soldier donates her Invictus Games gold medal to the site
  • A Madingley parish councillor says villagers are prepared "to barricade the streets" if access to a proposed Highways Agency A14 construction camp isn't changed
  • Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visits the site of Cambridge's second railway station, due to open in a year's time

Is this the earliest photo of a Cambridgeshire police officer?

And while Cambridgeshire's new police and crime commissioner spent the morning finding out about modern policing... Cambridgeshire Police tweeted this photo from their archives of a 19th Century officer in Cambridge market square...

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Cambridgeshire's PCC enjoys 'fascinating' first morning on the job

Cambridgeshire's new police and crime commissioner, Jason Ablewhite (below left), spent this morning meeting front-line staff in Cambridge.

Jason Ablewhite and Jon Hutchinson
PCC Cambs

He began with a briefing on the previous night's crime in Cambridge from area commander Jon Hutchinson (above right)...

Ben, Jason Ablewhite, Tony
PCC Cambs

...went out on patrol with police constables Ben and Tony...

Leader of city rangers, Ben, Jason Ablewhite, Tony
PCC Cambs

...and met up with the leader of the city rangers, as he supervised the Community Payback service.

Mr Ablewhite tweeted he had "a fascinating morning seeing the highs and lows of Cambridge life".

A14 upgrade: Concerns raised about location of construction sites

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A parish councillor in Madingley says a works-compound that's being created less than a mile away from his village as part of the A14 upgrade could mean up to 100 lorries will be driven through the area every day, 24/7.

Artist's impression of A14 river crossing
Highways England

Edward Byam Cook says the site is not in the right area and Highways Agency should think again. He says "villagers are prepared to barricade the street" to get their view points across. 

Highways England says it's aware of the concerns raised and is having regular dialogue about the situation.

Papworth Hospital 'delighted' by Invictus Games medal donation

Zoe Applegate

BBC News

Papworth Hospital has thanked US solider Elizabeth Marks for asking Prince Harry to hand her gold Invictus Games medal to the hospital, as a thank you for saving her life.

Prince Harry with USA Invictus team member Elizabeth Marks
PA/Chris Jackson

Dr Roger Hall, medical director at Papworth, said: "Elizabeth’s fantastic achievement is a good example of how modern medicine can support all of us to not only lead a normal life, following life-threatening conditions, but go on to achieve truly amazing accomplishments."

The hospital said it was "delighted" by the gesture.

Cambridge's newest railway station 'on track'

I'm not the only one here today finding out how the work to build the new railway station in Chesterton is coming along. 

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is also having a tour of the station, due to open in a year's time.

He says it's on track and will attract investment to the region.

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Cambridge railway station a year from completion

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

In a year's time a new train station will open in Cambridge.

Chesterton train station being built
BBC

I've come along to see how work is progressing at the £50m station in Chesterton.

So far £13m has been spent. We'll find out in a month's time which rail company will be using it.

Petition to let parents take kids on holiday during school term attracts 90k signatures

Peterborough Telegraph

A petition lodged with Parliament to allow parents to take children out of school during term time has attracted 93,573 signatures, with more Peterborough residents signing up than anywhere else in the country.

Travel: Frank Perkins Parkway reopens

BBC Travel

The Frank Perkins Parkway in Peterborough has reopened after being closed for more than eight hours following a police incident.

It was closed at 05:00. 

Traffic is still very slow in both directions between junction 7, at Oxney Road, and junction 8. Congestion goes back to junction 4.

Cambridge college courts tennis star

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Martina Navratilova is to be inaugurated as an honorary fellow at Lucy Cavendish College in Cambridge today.

Martina Navratilova
Getty Images

The tennis legend said: "I did not complete my schooling so to receive this fellowship is thrilling and exciting. I am looking forward to being part of Lucy Cavendish College."

Lucy Cavendish College was founded in 1965 and is a women-only college, taking students aged 21 and over.

Weather: Dry with warm sunny spells today

BBC Weather

It will be a fine and dry afternoon, with good spells of sunshine.

Longthorpe
Paul's Patch/Weather Watcher

In the sunshine it will feel pleasantly warm in a light northeasterly breeze. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

New charity sponsor for Great Eastern Run

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The Perkins Great Eastern Run has announced a new charity partnership. 

The Peterborough half-marathon has linked-up with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Jane Tomlinson running with her daughters Rebecca (number 942) and Suzanne (number 941)
Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Jane lived in the city, but died in 2007 after living with terminal breast cancer for 7 years. 

Jane's daughter, Rebecca (number 942 in the photo) who was born in the city will be running the 13.1-mile race in October.

Headlines: Perkins Parkway remains closed.......Invictus medal on it's way to Papworth hospital...

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the stories making the news this lunchtime.

  • The Perkins Parkway has been closed since 05:00 causing congestion in the area following an on-going police incident
  • An American soldier has handed her gold medal from the Invictus games to Prince Harry to hand to Papworth hospital as a thank you for saving her life
  • The new police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire, Jason Ablewhite, has been out and about in Cambridge on the first day in his new role

Tour marks first day in job for Cambridgeshire PCC

It seems like it's already a busy day for Jason Ablewhite in his new job as police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire

His first job was a tour of Parkside Police station in Cambridge. 

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A14 upgrade met with caution by Cambridge MP

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The MP for Cambridge says he's cautious the A14 upgrade will be built. 

A14 upgrade plans
Highways Agency

The news broke yesterday that the £1.6bn scheme has finally been given approval.

Daniel Zeichner says anything can happen in the world of politics and that he'll only celebrate when it's been built.

Travel: One lane blocked on A14 westbound

BBC Travel

There are still problems on the A14 this morning, one lane is blocked on the westbound carriageway between junction 39 for Kentford and junction 38 for the A11.

It's because of an accident between a car and a lorry.  

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Peterborough choir hits all the right notes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A Peterborough choir is celebrating after winning a gold medal at a top singing competition. 

Rhapsody Chorus singing
Rhapsody Chorus

Rhapsody Chorus, a four-part ladies harmony group, say they're "over the moon" to have been crowned the best small chorus at the Quartet of Nations. 

They're hoping to sing at a special convention in Las Vegas next year but have to be placed in the top five in the world and they've got to wait a little bit longer for that result. 

Franks Perkins Parkway closed

BBC Travel

The Frank Perkins Parkway in Peterborough remains closed this morning after a police incident. 

It's been closed since 05:00 and there's now queuing traffic and long delays in both directions between junction 7, Oxney Road and junction 8 of the Parkway. 

Congestion is also at junction 4 of the Parkway, to the A15 Paston Parkway junction and the A47 junction and on Oxney Road to the Parnwell Way. 

US soldier praises Papworth team who saved her life

The US solider who's handed her gold medal won at the Invictus games to Papworth hospital says she did it because "they absolutely saved my life and I can't thank the UK enough for having that kind of medical support and taking such good care of me."

Prince Harry with Sergeant Elizabeth Marks
Getty Images

Sgt Elizabeth Marks gave her medal to Prince Happy after the Cambridgeshire hospital saved her life two years ago. 

She paid tribute to the NHS, saying: "What you're doing is wonderful."

Ace appointment for Cambridge college

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

One of the biggest names in tennis will be Cambridge today after being made an honorary fellow at Lucy Cavendish College

Martina Nav
Getty Images

The college says it's delighted to welcome Martina Navratilova because she highlights the value placed on excellence in all fields - including sport.  

She'll give a talk about her career and life to students and alumnae at a sold-out event this evening. 

First day on the job for Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Today is the first day in the job for the new police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire. 

Jason Ablewhite
BBC

Jason Ablewhite officially took over from Sir Graham Bright this morning who didn't restand for election after four years in the post. 

Mr Ablewhite, a former food industry senior manager who retired in 2015 to concentrate on politics. He's been a councillor in St Ives, where he lives, since 2005.  

People from more deprived areas 'are more likely to eat unhealthily'

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A study carried out by Cambridge University has found less well educated people living in neighbourhoods full of takeaways may be particularly unhealthy.

The research was carried out across Cambridgeshire, and found that people from more deprived backgrounds are likely to eat more takeaway food and to be overweight.

Fish and Chips
BBC

The team at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) used data from 6,000 Cambridgeshire adults, aged between 29 and 62.

Read more about the findings here.

Travel: Delays on rail services in from Cambridge through to Ely

BBC Travel

There are delays up to 30 minutes on Great Northern services between Littleport and Waterbeach due to a signalling problem.  

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Invictus Games gold medal winner gives award to Papworth Hospital

A US soldier whose life was saved at Papworth Hospital has given her Invictus Games gold medal to Prince Harry to return it to the medical team that treated her. 

Sergeant Elizabeth Marks handing her award back to Prince Harry
Getty Images

Sergeant Elizabeth Marks was treated in Cambridgeshire on the eve of the first games for injured military and veterans in 2014, when she collapsed with a serious lung condition. 

Now, after winning 100m freestyle gold, she said: "I'll never be able to repay the wonderful staff, but I hope this medal will find its way back to you at Papworth."

Travel: A14 Newmarket update

The recovery of a car that caught fire on the A14 this morning, westbound close to Newmarket has started. 

One lane remains closed. 

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Weather: Highs of 23C expected

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a cloudy start to the day, but during the morning the cloud will break with most parts seeing sunny spells through this afternoon. 

Maximum Temperature: 23C (73F). 

Travel: One lane closed on A14 westbound by Newmarket

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A14 westbound in Newmarket near the Rowley Mile Services junction, because of a vehicle fire.

There's congestion to the A11 junction.   

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Travel: Perkins Parkway closed while the police deal with an incident

BBC Travel

Drivers are being urged to avoid the Frank Perkins Parkway in Peterborough because of an ongoing police incident. 

Police were called by the ambulance service just after 04:00 to reports of concern for a woman.

Headlines: Takeaways warning from university; Navratilova set for honour

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the main news stories this morning: 

  • A study carried out by Cambridge University has found neighbourhoods full of takeaways may be particularly unhealthy for those who are less well educated. 
  • Legendary tennis player Martina Navratilova is coming to Cambridge today to made an Honorary Fellow at Lucy Cavendish college. 

Good morning

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Welcome to the Local Live news service for Cambridgeshire. 

We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00. 

A full weather report and headlines to come.