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  1. Updates on Friday, 3 June 2016
  2. A report into the way child sexual exploitation was tackled in Peterborough says more should be done in future to trace victims quicker
  3. Thousands of cyclists gear up for Tour of Cambridgeshire this weekend
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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That's it for our live coverage this week

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

Until then, you can get involved at any time - send us your stories and pictures via emailFacebook or Twitter.   

Have a great weekend.

Weather: Misty and murky tonight, becoming sunnier and warmer tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will become increasingly murky through this evening and more especially overnight as the cloud thickens and descends, giving some mist and fog - the latter mainly around the Fens.  

Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather map

It will be a damp and misty start to the day tomorrow, however, this low cloud will lift and dissipate later in the morning, leaving a much warmer and brighter afternoon.  

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

BBC Weather has the latest for where you live.

Can anyone provide a home for Pooch?

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

This one's a sad one I'm afraid, but can you give Pooch a loving home?

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier from Peterborough had both his eyes removed after being neglected by his previous owner.

He's been in the care of the RSPCA since January, but the charity says the 10-year-old is now ready for a new home. 

Kirstyn Gaunt with Pooch

Kirstyn Gaunt, deputy manager of the RSPCA's Block Fen shelter, said: "Because he has lost his eyes, he will need a very calm and quiet household. He will need time to learn his way around his new surroundings." 

Putting the beach in Wisbech

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Ten tonnes (10,000 kg) of sand is being used to put the beach into Wisbech this weekend.

OK... the market square won't exactly look like this... but it will be given a traditional seaside makeover, complete with Punch and Judy and donkey rides as part of Wisbech Festival.

Tropical beach

Organisers are hoping the weather will be on their side - they were forced to abandon it last August Bank Holiday because of the weather. 

Proof, if it were needed, that life isn't always a beach.

Are you going to Strawberry Fair? Don't bring more than four cans of beer

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

People going to Cambridge's Strawberry Fair on Saturday will only be allowed to bring in four cans of beer each, say organisers.

Strawberry Fair
Andreas Beck

As with the previous three years, a perimeter fence has been erected around the Midsummer Common, where the fair is held, as part of efforts to reduce antisocial behaviour. 

There will be four entrances onto the common staffed by stewards and  "strict security measures" in place, according to police.

Two men due in court over illegal hunting with dogs

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Police say two men from the Peterborough area are to appear in court in connection with illegal hunting with dogs. 


As reported by the Peterborough Telegraph, a 64-year-old man and a 44-year-old man are due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates' Court on 27 July for "hunting a wild mammal with dogs and causing unnecessary suffering". 

'Road to Rio' challenge to show sport 'can be for everyone'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Being born with short arms and legs has spurred on John Willis from Cambridge to show "that sport can be for everyone".

He's embarking on his own "Road to Rio", trying out 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports prior to the start of the Games in August.

John Willis

The sports the 55-year-old will be trying out include archery, goalball, canoeing and shooting.

Some of them present technical challenges, with prostheses manufactured to allow him to take part.

This seems like an incredibly visual and effective way of demonstrating that sport can be for everyone.

John WillisFounder of Power2Inspire

Posh agree terms with new assistant manager

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has confirmed to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that the club has agreed terms with a new assistant manager - who will be revealed by the club next week. 

Peterborough United

It follows the appointment of Grant McCann - who was in the role -  as their new manager on a four-year deal.

Charlotte Edwards congratulates new England captain

BBC Sport

Cambridgeshire's Charlotte Edwards (pictured) has congratulated Heather Knight on being appointed as England's cricket captain.

She says Knight has taken on "the best job in the world".

Charlotte Edwards

The long-serving former captain announced her retirement from international cricket last month.

She began playing at school in Somersham.

Police release CCTV connected to 'unprovoked attack' in Peterborough

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Police have released CCTV of two men they would like to speak to in connection with an "unprovoked attack" in Peterborough. 

A man was sat in his car using his mobile phone in Orton Goldhay when four men opened the door and demanded money before assaulting him. 

CCTV of Robbery
Cambridgeshire Police

The man got out and was assaulted again, before the men made off in his Honda Civic at 15:00 on 13 May.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

BBC Music Day in Cambridge

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

It's already been a very busy BBC Music Day here in Cambridge, with lots more great acts still to come.

Here's a shot of History & Lore performing in the Grand Arcade...

History & Lore perform at BBC Music Day

...and Tom Lumley (below) has been taking part too.

Tom Lumley performs for BBC Music Day

If you're out and about in the city today, stop and watch one or two of our pop-up performances, celebrating some of our best local artists over a wide range of musical genres.

Weather: A cloudy and dull afternoon

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy afternoon with perhaps the odd spot of rain or drizzle. 

Weather vane
'WCC Diddy Di' / BBC Weather Watcher

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). For more on the forecast for where you live, head over to BBC Weather.

NSPCC says it has helped 200 youngsters at risk of sexual exploitation in Peterborough

The NSPCC in Peterborough says it has helped 200 children and young people since 2010 who have been subjected to, or are at risk from, sexual exploitation.

They have highlighted some of the warning signs that suggest youngsters may be at risk:

  • Being involved in abusive relationships, intimidated and fearful of certain people or situations
  • Hanging out with groups of older people, antisocial groups or other vulnerable peers
  • Getting involved in gangs
  • Having older boyfriends or girlfriends

NSPCC asks people in Peterborough to 'lift lid' on child sexual exploitation

Children's charity the NSPCC is asking people in Peterborough to "help lift the lid" on child sexual exploitation, as a report is published into how cases have been investigated in the city.

The report by the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board looked at Operation Erle, a joint police and council investigation that led to the jailing in 2014 of 10 men and boys for sexually abusing 15 girls in the city.  

Nick Edwards, manager for the NSPCC service centre in the city, said: "Sexual exploitation can happen to any young person – whatever their background, age, gender, race or sexuality or wherever they live."

Taking a punt on BBC Music Day

Emma Borley

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Two opera singers and an accordion player performing on a Cambridge punt is just one of the many events taking place for BBC Music Day.  

Making music on a punt

Cambridge is also hosting live pop-up performances with young artists, songwriters and bands across the city.

It will culminate with a special collaboration between emerging and established local artists, such as The Dowsing Sound Collective, who, in their own words, are "about as far from a traditional choir as you can get".

Road closures for Tour of Cambridgeshire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

If you live between Peterborough and Huntingdon you should be aware of road closures this weekend for the Tour of Cambridgeshire.

View more on twitter

More than 8,000 riders are expected to take part in the cycling event which is returning for its second year.

Organiser Tom Caldwell says roads on the route of the mass participation Grand Fondo on Sunday will be shut for several hours

"We'll be using our common sense and opening roads just as quickly as it's safe to do so," he said.

Thousands of cyclists gear up for Tour of Cambridgeshire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

More than 8,000 cyclists will be on the county's roads this weekend taking part in the second ever Tour of Cambridgeshire.

Tour of Cambridgeshire

Saturday's time trial - involving 800 riders on a 28km (17.4 mile) closed road course - is being hailed as the world's largest by organisers.

Then up to 8,000 riders will take part in the mass-participation Gran Fondo on Sunday, which passes through the Fens and Huntingdonshire.

More details about the route coming up.

David Gregory

League Two side Cambridge United sign midfielder George Maris and goalkeeper David Gregory on one-year contracts.

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Still no identification in 'severed head' case

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

There's still no word on the identity of a severed human head believed to have come from a construction site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.

Police cars at Sharnbrook site

The head was discovered in a quarry in Mepal, Cambridgeshire, over a fortnight ago. It had been taken there from Sharnbrook, but police don't know how it came to be on the construction site.

Police are still unable to confirm the gender of the victim and say further DNA checks are taking place.

Travel: Crash involving lorry on A14 near Cambridge

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked westbound at Girton on the A14 interchange with the A428 and the M11.

It is due to an accident involving a lorry.

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Man killed in Littleport crash named by police

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The man killed in Wednesday's crash in Littleport has been named by police as Jahmel Rashane Grant, 20, of Grove Road, Rochester, Kent.

He was a front seat passenger in a red BMW 325i which was involved in a crash with a blue Ford Focus on Branch Bank, at about 21.45.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at an accident.

Man arrested after fatal Littleport crash

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at an accident after a fatal crash in Littleport on Wednesday night. 

Branch Bank, Littleport

The 43-year-old from Ely was arrested yesterday evening after going voluntarily to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge.

He was released on bail to return to Parkside on 23 August.

Council says it 'went looking' for child exploitation in Peterborough

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Peterborough City Council has welcomed today's report into how it worked with police in Operation Erle, to investigate and tackle sexual exploitation in the city.

Wendi Ogle Welbourn, corporate director for people and communities, said: "The big difference in Peterborough is that having followed other places like Rotherham and Oxford we knew we must have child sexual exploitation in our city. 

"So along with the police we went out looking for it, and when we found it we took decisive action."

Report highlights 'national lack of awareness' at spotting exploitation

The voice of children and young people should be "central" in any future child sexual exploitation work, according to the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board.

It follows its report into the way agencies in Peterborough investigated the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in the city as part of Operation Erle. 

Peterborough Town Hall
Geograph/Julian Dowse

The report highlights a national lack of awareness of the signs of exploitation, "of which Peterborough was no different".

This must be the overarching aim of the publication of this document, to promote the safeguarding of children and young people from child sexual exploitation, locally and nationally.

Russell WateIndependent chair of the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board

What was Operation Erle?

A report has been published into Operation Erle - here's a reminder of what it did.

The joint police and council operation investigated the sexual abuse of teenage girls by men in Peterborough.

Detectives say the men used "sophisticated" tactics to groom their victims, before subjecting them to "appalling" abuse in places such as children's playgrounds.


It led to five separate criminal trials, resulting in 10 men and boys receiving sentences totalling 114 years and nine months.

Police began investigating in Peterborough after other high-profile sex abuse cases involving groups of men elsewhere, including in Oxford and Rochdale.  

Peterborough child exploitation report published

A report into the way child sexual exploitation was tackled in Peterborough says more should be done in future to trace victims quicker.

The report looked at Operation Erle, a joint police and council investigation that led to the jailing in 2014 of 10 men and boys for sexually abusing 15 girls in the city.

Sex crime victim

It was carried out by the Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board.

In conclusion, the report finds that when concerns of child sexual exploitation have been identified, the response of police, the city council and other relevant agencies has been "comprehensive".

However, it calls for "continuous developments to address the issue in a proactive, rather than a reactive manner". 

Weather: A cloudy and dull day with the chance of rain

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a largely dull and cool start to the day, with some spots of rain, locally heavy. Through this afternoon it will remain cloudy but turn drier, with some lower cloud and mist possible.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). For more, head to BBC Weather.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Morning - we are here with live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire until 18:00 tonight.

Several recommendations have been made in a report published this morning into how agencies responded to child sexual exploitation in Peterborough. We'll bring you more on this shortly.

Plus, we'll give you a preview as hundreds of cyclists gear up for the Tour of Cambridgeshire this weekend.

And have we got anything to look forward to weather-wise? We've got a full forecast coming up next.

If you have any pictures, stories or comments you want us to feature, get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.