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  1. Serial killer Joanne Dennehy loses her high court claim for damages over human rights violations for being placed in solitary confinement
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That's it folks from the team today.

Hope you enjoyed our coverage but before we go... here's a rather amazing birds eye view of a dragon in a field taken in the East of England Air Ambulance when it was en-route between Chelmsford and Cambridge.

Have a good evening. Back tomorrow from 08:00.

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More on the new dialect app - greater mobility behind changes

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Researchers behind a new study looking at how pronunciation in the UK has changed over the last 50 years believe greater geographical mobility to work and study, is behind the changes.


An app was used to ask people questions about the pronunciation of 26 words and how they described certain nouns, such as a splinter. During the 1950s there were about 10 commonly-used words to describe a tiny piece of wood that gets stuck under the skin, including "spell" and "sliver".

But according to app users, many appear to have died out, with only those in north-east England sticking to their own version - "spelk".

Peterborough's willow festival will go ahead, says organiser

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

There seems to be confusion if the Willow Festival is going ahead this year in Peterborough. 

The event was scheduled to be staged on the city's Embankment from 8-10 July, but the city council has withdrawn permission for organisers to use the land as they say full payment hasn't been made or all the correct documents submitted.

Willow Festival in 2014

But Mark Ringer, who's in charge of the event, said it's "full steam ahead".

Weather: A dry and bright end to the day

BBC Weather

There will be a dry and bright end to the day, turning chilly overnight with temperatures falling to 6C (43F).

Weather map

Tomorrow will start dry and sunny, with temperatures reaching 19C (66F). 

BBC Weather has more details.

'Bold' children's book wins top award for Cambridge illustrator

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A children's book about a boy's experiences of setting off on a long journey to another country, illustrated by a student from Cambridge, has won a top award. 

My Name is Not Refugee book cover
Kate Milner

Kate Milner who's due to graduate from Anglia Ruskin University has won the Student Illustrator of the Year title at the V&A Illustration Awards 2016.

The judges singled her book My Name Is Not Refugee for her "bold attempt" to tackle a subject not normally written about in children's stories.

Scones offer a clue to a shrinking North South divide

Helen Burchell

BBC News

'Scoan' or 'skon'? And why's it important you might ask? 


Well it's because distinctive regional accents appear to have declined since the 1950s with more people now sounding like "southerners", researchers have concluded. 

Results from 30,000 users of the English Dialects app have been analysed by developers at Cambridge University. People from 4,000 locations answered questions about the pronunciation of words such as "scone".

Initial results showed more people now speak with accents similar to those in London and the south-east of England.

Of course, none of this resolves the age-old debate on whether you should put the cream or jam on first!

Pedal power comes to the River Cam

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridge is famous for many things, but two of the most iconic images have to be cycling and punting...

Barnaby Walker on his pedal powered punt

So Barnaby Walker, a fourth year engineering student, has decided to combine the two and design and build what's believed to be the first ever pedal powered punt. 

It's already been for a test drive on the River Cam and as far as we know hasn't sunk... but there's still time!

Could severed head be the result of a person hit by a train?

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Police searching the railway line in Sharnbrook in Bedfordshire say one theory is the person whose severed head ended up in Cambridgeshire might have been hit by a train.

But they insist they are keeping an open mind and haven't decided if the death is murder, accident or suicide.

police car parked by digger on construction site
south beds news agency

It's thought the head ended up at a skip in a quarry in Cambridgeshire after being brought from a construction site beneath a railway viaduct in Sharnbrook.

Police are awaiting on the results of DNA tests, as a post-mortem examination failed to establish the cause of death or the sex of the deceased.

Millions spent on private ambulances in the East

Staying with news of the NHS - and spending on private ambulances for 999 calls in England has trebled in four years, BBC research has found.

Ambulance trusts paid private companies and voluntary organisations £68.7m to attend emergency calls in 2015-6, compared to £22.1m in 2011-2. They respond to all types of calls.

The East of England Ambulance Service, with a budget in 2014-15 of nearly £246m, has spent about £40m on private ambulance support services over the past six years.

Addenbrooke's thanks staff for hospitals improvements

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Despite staying in special measures, praise has been given to the staff at Addenbrooke's after the hospital increased it's CQC rating

Jane Ramsey the chair of the hospital, has thanked them for their work and says "we are determined that this improvement will continue over the coming months and we look forward to the full re-inspection of our services by the CQC in the autumn."

Addenbrooke's hospital

Roland Sinker, their chief executive said he's "delighted" with the news and added "the trust still has a long way to go, but we are proud of what has been achieved in a short time."

Addenbrooke's remains in special measures

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

We've just had it confirmed that even though Addenbrooke's Hospital has increased it's CQC rating from "inadequate" to "requires improvement", the hospital remains in "special measures".

Addenbrooke's hospital
Tom Pullman/Geograph

It's hoped that this could change when they're next inspected in September. 

The hospital was put in "special measures" after being inspected in April and May 2015 and inspectors expressed concerns about staffing levels, delays in outpatient treatment and governance failings.

Improvements made at Addenbrooke's hospital

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Addebrooke's Hospital was put into special measures in February after several units were found to be "inadequate".

CQC report findings

Inspectors from the Quality Care Commission went back into the hospital in April and May and changed the rating to "requires improvement" for maternity and gynaecology, outpatients and diagnostic imaging services. 

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Prof Sir Mike Richards, said: "We were pleased to see improvements had been made", but "further work is needed to ensure the standards of care meet those which people should be able to expect."

Addenbrooke's goes from 'inadequate' to 'requires improvement'

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

In other news... a team of inspectors have published a report on the quality of care at Addenbrooke's Hospital. 

It's now been rated as "requires improvement" after it was put into "'special measures" when it was given an "inadequate" rating. 

Addenbrooke's site

The inspectors found improvements had been made but more work still needs to be done. We'll have more on this later.

Dennehy ruling: How the papers are reporting it

Before we leave the Dennehy story - here's a look at how some of our colleagues in the national and local press are reporting today's ruling that the serial killer, from Peterborough, cannot claim compensation for being put in solitary confinement:

Dennehy ruling: Legal team could appeal today's decision

The legal team of Peterborough serial killer Joanna Dennehy have been given 35 days to ask the Court of Appeal to hear her case. 

Dennehy is unable to appeal the decision herself, so it's now down to her lawyers.  

Scales of justice

It comes after a she failed in a bid to get compensation for solitary confinement in jail after claiming it was a violation of her human rights.

Dennehy ruling: Funded by legal aid

Joanne Dennehy today lost her High Court bid for compensation after being placed in solitary confinement in jail. 

When the news broke that she was suing for the trauma caused, it was confirmed by the Ministry of Justice that fight was being funded by legal aid. 

The Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, London

At the time a spokesman said: "We robustly defend compensation claims as far as the evidence allows, and have successfully defended two-thirds of prisoner claims over the past three years."  

Joanna Dennehy

Triple killer Joanne Dennehy fails in a bid to get compensation for solitary confinement in jail after claiming it was a violation of her human rights.

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Joanne Dennehy: The woman who murdered men 'for fun'

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

After killing her third victim, Joanne Dennehy phoned her friend and sang the Britney Spears track "Oops I Did It Again" down the line. 

When Dennehy was caught - after two days on the run - she was calm and silent, sitting in the passenger seat of a green Vauxhall Astra in The Oval area of Hereford.

Pictures of Joanne Dennehy
Cambridgeshire police

Her arrest brought an end to a cross-country spree of violence that had left three men dead and two wounded. 

All of them had been stabbed repeatedly by Dennehy with a 3in (9cm) pocket knife.

Dennehy ruling: The men murdered by triple killer

Triple killer Joanne Dennehy murdered Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, Kevin Lee, 48, and John Chapman, 56, in March 2013 and dumped their bodies in ditches in Cambridgeshire.

She went on the run and subsequently stabbed dog walkers Robin Bereza, 64, and 56-year-old John Rogers.

The bodies of (l to r) Lukasz Slaboszewski, Kevin Lee and John Chapman were found in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Police

She was given a whole-life term in February 2014.

Dennehy ruling: Segregation was 'in accordance with law'

Today at the High Court, Mr Justice Singh ruled Joanne Dennehy's segregation had been "in accordance with law" and "at all material times it has been necessary and proportionate".

Dennehy, of Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, claimed at London's High Court that she has been "unfairly and unlawfully" held in segregation at HMP Bronzefield.

Dennehy with a child before the attacks in Peterborough
Cambridgeshire Police

Dennehy is only the third woman to be given a whole-life prison term, after Moors murderer Myra Hindley and House of Horrors serial killer Rose West.

Dennehy ruling: Segreation seen as 'fair'

Murderer Joanne Dennehy was segregated between 19 September 2013 and 4 September 2015.

Joanne Dennehy
Cambridgeshire Police

Government lawyers conceded Dennehy's segregation was technically unlawful because it was not properly authorised by former justice secretary Chris Grayling, but said it was fair, justified and lawful due to the nature of her offending and the escape risk she poses.

At a previous High Court hearing, Justice Department barrister Tom Weisselberg said a written plan was located in her cell with detailed plans involving killing a female officer to obtain her keys and to utilise her finger prints in order to deceive the biometric systems.

Dennehy ruling: Serial killer held in segregation since breakout plot discovered

Joanne Dennehy, who killed three men in Peterborough, is currently being held at HMP Bronzefield near Ashford, Surrey. 

The 33-year-old was placed in segregation after prison guards allegedly found a breakout plot in her diary.

Joanne Dennehy
Cambridgeshire police

Hugh Southey QC argued at a hearing in March that her incarceration violated her human rights and had taken a heavy toll, leaving her "tearful and upset" and at times she was resuming her practice of self-harming.

She was described as a "vulnerable" inmate due to her history of severe personality disorders and episodes of self-harming dating back to childhood. 

This morning Dennehy lost her High Court bid to claim damages for human rights violations after being placed in isolation.

Joanne Dennehy loses high court claim for damages over human rights violations

Peterborough serial killer, Joanne Dennehy, has failed in a High Court bid to claim damages for human rights violations after she was placed in solitary confinement in jail.

Joanne Dennehy
Cambridgeshire Police

Dennehy, 33, has been serving a life sentence since February 2014, for murdering three men in Peterborough and attempting to murder two more in Hereford. 

She claimed at the High Court that she has been "unfairly and unlawfully" held in segregation, which left her "tearful and upset".

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Serial killer Joanne Dennehy has lost her High Court claim that she is entitled to damages for human rights violations after being placed in solitary confinement in jail.

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Headlines: Ruling expected on whether Peterborough serial killer's human rights were violated... Louis Smith competes in European championships

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Here are the main stories we'll be following today: 

  • A ruling is expected on whether the Peterborough serial killer, Joanne Dennehy, is entitled to damages for human rights violations after being placed in solitary confinement
  • Peterborough's Louis Smith competes in his 10th European Gymnastics Championships
  • A new form of transport is being tried out on the River Cam involving a punt and some pedals

Weather: Sunny spells and isolated showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a cool and cloudy start with a few mist and fog patches, but we've a day of sunny periods and isolated showers in story.

t will feel pleasantly warm in the sunny spells in a maximum temperature of 17C (63F).

Treasures on show as the BBC's Antiques Roadshow comes to Audley End

Quick - check your cupboards, the attic and under the stairs for hidden treasures... as the Antiques Roadshow is coming to Audley End today. 

The free event is open to everyone and the doors open at 09:30.

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Goldie Sayers says she considered Olympic withdrawal

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridgeshire's javelin record holder Goldie Sayers says she has considered not competing at August's Rio Olympics if Russia are allowed to take part.

Goldie Sayers
Getty Images

Russia's athletes are currently banned from international competition after allegations of state-organised doping.

Fourteen Russian athletes have since failed doping re-tests from Beijing 2008, but sports minister Vitaly Mutko says the ban should be lifted.

Flights being cancelled due to strike action

If you're using Stansted or Luton airport today you're being advised to check your flights as a number of flights have been cancelled because of industrial action by French air traffic controllers.

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Good morning and welcome to Local Live in Cambridgeshire

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Morning - we'll  be bringing you all the news, weather, sport and travel for the county between now and 18:00. 

Some of the stories we'll be covering this morning include how Cambridgeshire's javelin star Goldie Sayers is considering not competing in the Rio Olympics if Russia are allowed to take part... and the BBC's Antiques Roadshow comes to Audley End.