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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 25 May 2016
  2. The BBC takes a road trip around Cambridgeshire getting people's views on the EU
  3. Duke of Edinburgh returns to Grafham Water after 50 years
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Nic Rigby

All times stated are UK

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David Keller

BBC News

Thanks for joining us once again for Cambridgeshire Live.

We'll be back again in the morning from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

Hope to see you then. In the meantime, send us any stories, pictures or comments you want to share via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Weather: Cloudy tonight with warm sunshine tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will stay overcast tonight with patchy light rain and drizzle. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Weather map

Thursday will be a cloudy to start with, becoming brighter with sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F). 

Devolution: Three counties will need to negotiate certain issues

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

To satisfy the government, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire will have to agree to work together on certain issues and I understand that there is still a lot of disagreement about what those areas should be.

East Anglian flag

There is also a feeling that the government needs to put more money towards the devolution project and a few people still have reservations about directly-elected mayors. 

The deadline of this Friday for a deal to be agreed is expected to slip by as much as a fortnight. 

Meanwhile, a report from the House of Lords today raises concerns about the lack of public engagement and transparency in the whole devolution process. It also questions "if the people of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk will feel that the proposed East Anglia Combined Authority reflects their local identities".     

Signs that devolution is close, but will probably be delayed

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The man leading negotiations for East Anglian devolution is expected to meet Local Government Secretary Greg Clark tomorrow amid signs that a deal involving Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire could be close, although there still appear to be major hurdles to overcome.

I understand that Suffolk businessman Andy Wood will ask for more money towards transport projects to help seal the deal. 

The East Anglia Devolution Agreement Document

Council leaders from the three counties met today, and I understand that most of the discussion revolved around the so-called "brother and sister deal" which would see two new authorities and two elected mayors created: one for Norfolk and Suffolk and the other for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Headlines: Prince Philip visits Grafham Water... Historian wins award

David Keller

BBC News

If you're just joining us, here's what's going on in Cambridgeshire at the moment:

  • The Duke of Edinburgh has returned to Grafham Water after 50 years to open a new £28m facility
  • Cambridge historian Mary Beard has been awarded a Spanish social sciences prize for her work in spreading knowledge of ancient times
  • Plans to build a 5ft, £16,000 otter-proof fence around a lake in Manea are backed by the parish council

Grafham Water at 50: Before and after pictures

In 1966 a new reservoir was built to provide water for Cambridgeshire and surrounding counties. 

Here's what the landscape looked like before and after the area was flooded. 

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The Duke of Edinburgh opened it then, and then returned today to open a new facility.

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Grafham Water at 50: Duke returns

Here's the moment the royal visitor returned to Grafham Water. 

The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled a new £28m facility that will store an additional 40m litres of treated water to make sure places like Milton Keynes and the whole of Bedfordshire have enough water for decades to come. 

He first came to the reservoir when he opened it in 1966. 

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Ken you believe it was 50 years ago?

Earlier we mentioned the Duke of Edinburgh visited Grafham Water to open a new storage reservoir and pumping station.

But cast your minds back a few decades - among the Grafham Water team meeting and greeting Prince Philip at the opening of the reservoir in 1966 was chief engineer Kenneth Saxton.

And here they both are, 50 years on. They haven't changed a bit. 

Chief engineer Kenneth Saxton meets Duke of Edinburgh, in 1966 and today
Anglian Water

Police never forget...

Cambridge lecturers join strike

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Lecturers at Cambridge University are taking part in the 48-hour strike over pay. 

St Johns College library
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Student news site The Tab says there are picket lines at Old School, Downing, New Museum, Sidgwick and West Cambridge sites, and a joint rally with Anglia Ruskin University is also taking place.

A university employers' spokesman said: "This industrial action is naturally disappointing given the very good pay offer, plus the joint work on gender pay and casual employment that is on the table."

Cambridge historian given Spanish award

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Cambridge historian Mary Beard has been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias 2016 social sciences prize for her work in spreading knowledge of ancient times.

Mary Beard

The 61-year-old, a classics professor at the University of Cambridge, was described as a leading expert on antiquity in a statement from prize organisers. Her works include The Roman Triumph and Pompeii.

The organisers cited University of Saint Andrews professor Stephen Halliwell as saying Ms Beard combines professional excellence in the study of Greek and Roman culture with a pre-eminent ability to communicate its importance to others. 

The 50,000 euro (£38,000) award is one of eight handed out yearly.

Texts from Cambridgeshire Police ask offenders on the run to hand themselves in

Fenland Citizen

Cambridgeshire police are sending text messages to criminals asking offenders on the run to hand themselves, it has been revealed.

Pedal power in Peterborough gets £500,000 boost

Peterborough Telegraph

Peterborough has been given a half-a-million pound boost to help promote walking and cycling in the city.

The duke's arrived...

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He's at Grafham Water to open a multimillion-pound storage reservoir and pumping station.

Otter-proof fence agreed by parish council in principle

You may be familiar with the controversy surrounding a £16,000 otter-proof fence around a Manea fishing lake, which we've mentioned before.

Well, we've now found out the plans have been agreed in principle by the parish council.


It now needs to get the go-ahead from Natural England and the Environment Agency before it can be built.

It's a topic that has divided villagers. Anglers claim otters threaten fish stocks at Manea Pit, and a 5ft (1.5m) fence would help solve the problem. 

But others say it would ruin a beautiful, peaceful spot.

Cambs Europe Road Trip: The Viscount

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Meanwhile, Viscount Matt Ridley - a writer, Tory peer and member of the Vote Leave campaign - has a different view. 

"Cambridge is a magnet for some of the brightest minds in the world, not just Europe," he said.

Viscount Matt Ridley

"At the moment it's tough to get in if you're not from Europe, so in effect we're discriminating against non-European scientists.

"The reason we're doing that is because we can't discriminate against European immigrants. 

"There are 15 countries that are in EU science programmes including Tunisia, Turkey, Israel, so there's no doubt that we'd still be able to take part in the Horizon 2020 funding programme because it's a club - you pay in and you pay out."

Cambs Europe Road Trip: The academic

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Genetics expert Dr Cahir O'Kane, of the University of Cambridge, told me: "Out of the five people who contributed most to the recent advance in understanding the type of motor neurone diseases I work on, two were funded by Marie Curie fellowships from the European Union.

Dr Cahir O'Kane

"If I have to recruit people from outside the European Union it involves a lot of time, pain, trouble and expense to get the visa. 

"Each person would cost around £1,000 per visa, not to mention all the time and insecurity. European Union researchers can come and go as they please."

Cambs Europe Road Trip: The ex-mayor

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

UKIP councillor Lisa Duffy, former mayor and Huntingdonshire District Council member, said: "The Fens is so Eurosceptic because they've really seen the impact that the EU has had on them. 

Lisa Duffy

"They can see the unfairness of having an open-door policy.

"We think migration is very important, but it's about having control of it. 

"We do need them to come and help pick the crops, but then we need to know where they are. They need to come in on a work visa, and we need to know when they're going home."

In 2011, Ramsey in the Fens became the first town in the UK to elect a UKIP town council.

Cambs Europe Road Trip: The asparagus farmer

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Will Aveling, an asparagus farmer from March, told me all the workers he uses to pick his harvest are from eastern Europe this year.

Will Aveling

"It would be a blow if we couldn't get seasonal workers, we would have to try and source them locally, it would be very difficult because it's only a 10-week season," he said.

"We'd have to look at our business, if we couldn't find the labour we couldn't do the job.

"It's very difficult for people to work seasonal work these days, so for our business to thrive this is an ideal situation… it's very hard work, we need some fit people who want to earn some cash, so it works very well for us."  

Cambs Europe Road Trip: County addresses European question

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

I've been on a road trip around Cambridgeshire to find out people's views on the European Union and upcoming referendum. 

European debate graphic

Migrant workers from the EU play a large role in our agricultural economy, picking the vegetables that end up on our plates. They also help find cures for diseases and produce products that makes the county's science and technology sectors thrive.

But not everyone is happy about the contribution migrant workers have had on their communities.

Many believe the influx of people, particularly in recent years, has led to a decline in public services, and made it hard to access schools and healthcare. And some believe the UK should have a more global outlook to improve the economy, and stop being transfixed on Europe.

During the day, I'll be presenting different viewpoints from people I've spoken to.

In the papers: School topping out ceremony... Workplace parking levy could hit businesses

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The local papers are leading with these stories this morning:

The Peterborough Telegraph leads on a topping out ceremony marking the highest point of construction for a new primary school being built on the former Peterborough District Hospital site.

Meanwhile, the Cambridge News is leading with yesterday's Greater Cambridge City Deal announcement, saying Cambridge businesses could face the burden of funding better bus services for the city if a workplace parking levy goes ahead.

A1307 partially blocked

BBC Travel

The A1307 Cambridge Road at Little Abington is partially blocked at Four Went Ways because of an accident.

Duke of Edinburgh returns to Grafham Water after 50 years

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Prince Philip will officially open a new multimillion-pound storage reservoir and pumping station at Grafham Water today.

Duke of Edinburgh

The new building will store 40 million litres of treated water. The Duke of Edinburgh's visit comes 50 years after he officially opened the reservoir there.

Job losses likely with hospitals' merger

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The chief executive of the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Trust says there are likely to be job losses if Peterborough Hospital merges with Hinchingbrooke.

Peterborough Hospital
Michael Trolove/Geograph

Stephen Graves told a public board meeting yesterday that the jobs would be lost mainly from the back office.

The meeting was told some collaborative work could start by the end of this year.

Weather: Cloudy with light rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be cloudy and feeling chilly, with outbreaks of light rain through the morning and afternoon.

Top temperature of 11C (51F).

Tonight, it will remain mostly cloudy overnight with mist or fog patches developing. Lows of 9C (48F).

Good morning and welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Nic Rigby

BBC News

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