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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 2 June 2016
  2. Meeting to discuss Cambridge congestion
  3. Twenty people involved in Wisbech fight, leaving one man with a broken elbow
  4. Burglars steal £400 from a 101-year-old woman
  5. Cambridge United sign midfielder Piero Mingoia from League Two rivals Accrington Stanley on a two-year deal
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Hereward champion's fundraising walk

Well, while we've been following the Cambridge City Deal... and the U's latest signing... spare a thought for David Maile, who set off on from Peterborough Cathedral today, en route to Ely.

Barges on the Nene, Peterborough
David Maile

He's walking the 42-mile Hereward Way and plans to complete it tomorrow, in a bid to raise £500 towards noticeboards in the two cities, to commemorate folklore hero, Hereward the Wake.

Hereward Way sign
David Maile

The Anglo-Saxon soldier resisted the Norman Conquest and his last stand was at the Isle of Ely - and David feels he deserves more local recognition.

Barges on river
David Maile

Thanks for joining us today - and we do hope you'll join us again tomorrow.  

Weather: A mild and possibly drizzly night

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Cloud will thicken, but that means the night will stay fairly mild, with the odd spot of rain or drizzle likely. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Weather map
BBC

Friday will be another cloudy day, with some brighter breaks possible, before more light rain spreads in. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). For an up-to-date forecast where you live, go to BBC Weather.  

City deal: The headlines

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Well, it's been a busy day for the City Deal Assembly

It's made up of councillors, business leaders, the universities and the NHS. Today it held a public meeting in Cambourne to discuss ways of tackling congestion in Cambridge, using £100m government transport and infrastructure money.

Milton Road, Cambridge
Hugh Venables/Geograph

The assembly approved an eight point plan aimed at solving congestion, which includes:

  • Peak-time road closures
  • A workplace parking space levy
  • Extending residential parking zones
  • Increasing the number of park-and-ride spaces

But do bear in mind the assembly doesn't make decisions - that's down to the executive board, which meets next week.

Art attack!

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

What do you get when you mix a four-year-old boy, a Lego statue worth thousands of pounds and a "no touch sign"...

A massive pile of multicoloured rubble, of course!

Photo of broken statue of Nick from the film Zootopia at the LEGO expo in China.
Weibo.com/trush

BBC News is focusing on art disasters after a Chinese boy had a little accident at an expo.   

It goes into details about other "accidents" including how in 2006, an adult visitor tripped over his shoelace and destroyed three 300-year-old Chinese Qing Dynasty vases at Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Repaired Ming vases on displayed in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge
Getty Images

They were eventually repaired and are now in display in a glass case. 

Police dog back on paw patrol

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Police dog Zak
BCH Police Dogs

Poor Zak, who's part of the Beds, Cambs and Herts dog unit, has been off sick for the past 14 months...

But he's now got his bark back, and even detained two men after a burglary on his first shift back. 

If at first you don't succeed... try, try, try, try and try again

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Luckily when I passed my driving test many moons ago (first time I'd like to add) there was no theory test, so I have no idea how hard they are.

But through a Freedom of Information request we've learned a 30-year-old man from Peterborough failed his test a whopping 86 times. 

Yes, 86. 

Learner plate on Mini
Getty Images

But he's not alone - a 25-year-old woman, also from Peterborough, failed her theory test 53 times.

They didn't take them again, figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show.

Water rip-off: Man conned out of £900 after buying plastic bottles instead of phone and laptop

CCTV has been released of two men police want to speak to after a laptop and mobile phone were sold to a man for £900 - but all he got was two water bottles.

Suspects in Ladbrokes
Cambridgeshire Police

The victim was approached at about 11:20 on Friday at Huntingdon Ladbrokes and he then went to Sainsbury's car park to buy the items. 

But two men left at speed after he handed over the money, and when he got home he realised the bag had nothing in it but plastic bottles.

Congestion charge not back on the table

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

The first hurdle to close key commuters roads in Cambridge has been cleared. 

The proposals have been approved by business leaders and councillors at today's City Deal Assembly in Cambourne. 

The executive board has voted against bringing congestion charge plans back to the table.

The notion by councillor Tim Bick was defeated by eight votes to three. 

Trees making way for road lanes receives recommendation

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

The City Deal Assembly here at Cambourne have approved a scheme to remove trees to make way for extra bus and cycle lanes along Milton Road and Histon Road. 

The chair said it would note the vote was split. The final decision will be down to the executive board next week. 

City Deal Assembly meeting
BBC

Cambridgeshire BHS stores to close after company goes into liquidation

Department store BHS is to go into liquidation with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs, after efforts to find a buyer failed.

The company has two stores in Cambridgeshire - in Cambridge and Peterborough.

BHS sign in Cambridge
N Chadwick/Geograph

The decision followed a lengthy bidding process aimed at saving the firm, which went into administration in April.

In the end, none of the offers was judged acceptable by administrators Duff & Phelps.

Six migrants found in Cambridgeshire lorry

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

Comments from Cambridgeshire's chief constable about more migrants being found in lorries in the county come after four adults and two teenagers were found on the A14 at Milton yesterday. 

Before that, in February 19 migrants called from inside a lorry on the dual carriageway at Fenstanton. 

Ambulances after migrants found in lorries in June 2015
Lee Hellwing

Then in December 2015, 24 migrants were found in the back of a lorry on the A14 close to Oakington. They were Iranian and Kurdish and were taken to hospital.

Migrants found in lorries 'set to increase'

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

On the subject of more migrants being found in lorries in Cambridgeshire, the chief constable of Cambridgeshire, Alec Wood, revealed to me that the number could continue to increase. 

"We've seen examples of people trying to cross the Channel in boats... so if that continues then it's possible, and what we have to do is make sure we provide an appropriate response," he said.

Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Police, Alec Wood
Cambridgeshire Police

"Every time our officers are dealing with something of that nature, that means they're not dealing with something that perhaps is a priority locally, which is something that does concern me. 

"We are anticipating that we may see further increases... we need to be on top of it."

Increase in illegal migrants found in Cambridgeshire lorries, says police chief

Sally Chidzoy

BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

The chief constable of Cambridgeshire has told me he's noticed an increase in the number of suspected illegal migrants found hiding in lorries. 

Alec Wood says there's been a rise in the number of cases coming across his desk in recent months compared to a year or two ago. 

Police scene when migrants were found in a lorry in June 2015
Lee Hellwing

He said most detections were on the A14 and A1.     

"We have had examples of migrants that have come out of the back of lorries that have pulled over in lorry parks and at cafes in our county," he said.

EU referendum Facebook Live: Time to ask your questions

Our BBC East political team of Andrew Sinclair and Tom Barton will be hosting a Facebook Live event tonight, answering your questions on the EU referendum in the East from 18:45.

You can ask questions via Facebook comments during the broadcast, but if you'd like to get in early, you can post them here.

Facebook Live invitation
BBC

Fatal car driver left scene on foot

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire police has told us the driver of the red BMW involved in yesterday's fatal crash in Littleport "left the scene on foot".

Sgt Mark Dollard from the road policing unit believes he's also injured, adding "our primary concern is for his welfare".

"I urge anybody with information about his location to get in touch," he said.

Driver flees following fatal crash

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A driver of a red BMW 325i is on the run after a fatal collision in Littleport yesterday evening.

The car's front seat passenger, a man in his 20s, died after a crash between a blue Ford Focus on Branch Bank, Littleport.

The back seat passenger in the BMW is recovering at Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. 

The driver and two children in the Ford Focus received minor injuries.

Branch Bank, Littleport
Google

Transcripts of Bush-Major conversations released

Martin Rosenbaum

Freedom of information specialist

I've been looking through the transcripts of conversations between George Bush senior, and the former Huntingdon MP and prime minister, Sir John Major. 

They show that when in power the two world leaders frequently commiserated with each other on their unpleasant experiences of the election process, which neither appeared to enjoy.

"It's been a miserable five months here campaigning", President Bush said in March 1992 to Sir John, who replied: "It's been miserable here too".

Sir John told Mr Bush that he had walkabouts which "were really nasty and ugly" and the crowds were "horrendous".

He also gave the president his disgruntled view of the British media, that "the Conservative press here has been bloody" and "haven't been reporting our policy", while "the BBC has been appalling too", adding that "for what is supposed to be a public television service, it is not impartial at all".

City Deal discusses road closures and parking levy

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Two of the subjects being discussed at the City Deal meeting include peak-time road closures and bringing in a workplace parking levy. 

Assembly members say a "big bang" approach is needed for road closures to make sure congestion is not just moved elsewhere.

City Deal Assembly meeting
BBC

On bringing in a workplace parking levy, assembly member Tim Wotherspoon says he has reservations as he's concerned about where the money would go. 

Representatives from the big city employer Marshall says the levy is a tax on jobs as their employees don't have anywhere else to park.

Residents ask questions over Cambridge congestion plans

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Several Cambridge residents have had their say at the City Deal meeting so far.

One Milton Road resident asked why the declining park-and-ride numbers aren't being addressed. 

Robin Pellew from Cambridge Past Present and Future also wanted to know why the public weren't asked if they wanted a congestion charge, which was dropped prior to the report being published.

City Deal Assembly Meeting
BBC

Parking and congestion solutions being discussed at City Deal Assembly

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Some of the proposals being discussed at the City Deal Assembly in Cambourne today include a workplace parking space levy, peak-time road closures, more resident parking zones and park-and-ride spaces.

Leaflet from Milton Road Residents Association
BBC

There are also plans to change Milton Road and Histon Road to make extra bus and cycle lanes.

Three petitions have been submitted to the assembly, including one from The Milton Road Residents Association which is against the removal of trees. 

This video explains more on the congestion problems the city faces.

View more on youtube

CCTV image released after pensioner burgled

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire police has released this CCTV image of a man it's hoping to identify over the theft of money from a 101-year-old woman.

Police are seeking two men in total over the burglary on Lincoln Road in Northborough on Tuesday evening.

CCTV image of suspect
Cambridgeshire police

Det Con Leigh Mann says: "I would also urge anyone else who may have fallen victim to these fraudsters to tell someone and also contact police. 

"There is no shame in falling for their scams, but we need to know about it so we can bring them to justice and prevent any other people from becoming victims."

Woman, 101, robbed in Peterborough

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Burglars have stolen £400 from a 101-year-old woman.

Police say a man knocked on the door of Win Vine's home in Northborough, close to Peterborough, claiming to be from the water board, at about 19:00 on Tuesday.  

He said he'd punctured a water pipe and needed to check who it belonged to. He went inside, while another man stayed by the front door. 

It was only when she went to check half an hour later that Mrs Vine realised the man had gone, as well as her pension money. 

Assembly starts to discuss Cambridge City Deal

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

I'm at today's City Deal Assembly in Cambourne. 

The public gallery at South Cambridgeshire Hall is pretty full and public questions have begun.

A short time ago, councillor Roger Hickford was elected as the chair and councillor Kevin Price as vice chair. 

Twenty seven questions are set to be asked on subjects such as congestion charges and road closures. 

Public gallery at Cambridge City Deal assembly
BBC

Bush-Major conversations revealed

Martin Rosenbaum

Freedom of information specialist

The BBC has obtained an exclusive insight into the working relationship between the former Huntingdon MP, Sir John Major, and George Bush senior, when the two men were prime minister and American president. 

President George H.W.Bush and John Major in 1991
BBC

Previously unpublished records of their correspondence, between late 1990 and early 1993, reveal their feelings about events during the period.

It includes shared irritation with election campaigns, the press and a fellow international leader. 

About 20 people involved in Wisbech fight

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A fight between a large group of people in Wisbech in the early hours of Saturday has left a man with a broken elbow. 

Cambridgeshire police are appealing for more information about the scuffle on Old Market Place, off St Augstine's Road. 

Det Con Mark Yendley says: "I am appealing for the public's help in identifying the offender, who is described as white, large build, about 6ft 2in tall with short dark hair and wearing a red top and shorts."

Cambridge City Deal assembly to meet this morning

Proposals to close some roads in Cambridge during peak hours will be debated today when the City Deal assembly meets. 

It's one of eight suggestions to cut congestion in the city. 

We'll bring you updates on the meeting throughout the day. 

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Peiro Mingoia 'delighted' with Cambridge United deal

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Piero Mingoia says he's "absolutely delighted" to sign on the dotted line to join the U's line-up

He says "it was a tough decision to leave Accrington". 

Piero Mingoia
Getty Images

"Looking at the level that Shaun Derry played and seeing where he wants to take this club as the manager, I wanted to work under him so joining Cambridge felt like a no-brainer," he said.

"I've been lucky enough to score a few goals against Cambridge United in my career, so I'm now looking forward to scoring some wearing the Cambridge United shirt."

Travel: A47 in Wansford blocked

BBC Travel

The A47 in Wansford is partially blocked after a four-vehicle accident. 

There's queuing traffic and long delays in both directions between the A1 Great North Road and The Drift junctions.

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'Who are ya?': Piero Mingoia's career so far

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United's new midfielder Piero Mingoia signed his first professional deal ahead of the 2009-10 season before going on to make five appearances for the Hornets, scoring on debut against Hartlepool United in the FA Cup.

Piero Mingoia in the new Cambridge United kit
Cambridge United

Loan spells followed in 2012 and 2013 for Hayes & Yeading, Boreham Wood, Brentford and League Two's Accrington Stanley, where he eventually moved permanently in August 2013.

He played 41 times in his first season and scored three goals against the U's in 2014-15.

Piero Mingoia says he can't wait to be 'a part' of Cambridge United

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Londoner Piero Mingoia started his career in the youth ranks of Watford and has spent the past three seasons with Lancashire club Accrington Stanley. 

Piero Mingoia
Getty Images

The midfielder says he came to have a look around the Cambridge United training ground and was really impressed with it and what the club was planning on doing. 

He told us he "just wanted to be a part of it". 

Piero Mingoia on his way to the U's

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Midfielder Piero Mingoia is Cambridge United's first summer signing. 

The 24-year-old has agreed a two-year deal after leaving Accrington Stanley. 

Piero Mingoia
Getty Images

He says he's ready for a new challenge and is looking forward to making his mark at the Abbey.

Weather: Brightening up

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

We'll see a cloudy start to the day with a little drizzle in places.

It will slowly brighten up from the west though with some sunny spells lasting into this afternoon, and it'll feel pleasant in the sunshine. 

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F). 

New signing for Cambridge United

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

In the last hour Cambridge United has confirmed the signing of midfielder Piero Mingoia on a two-year deal.

The side's new home kit has also been revealed.

More on this coming up. 

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Good morning

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Welcome to the Local Live service for Cambridgeshire. Between now and 18:00 we'll bring you all your news, sport, weather and travel updates. 

Although it's not been a great start to the summer, today is meant to be a bit brighter than yesterday. We'll bring you a full forecast shortly. 

We've got an exclusive insight into the working relationship between the former Huntingdon MP and PM, Sir John Major, and the then US president, George Bush senior. 

But first, we've got news of a brand new signing at Cambridge United. 

You can of course get in touch with any pictures and stories via emailTwitter or Facebook