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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday, 8 June 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Thursday at 08:00

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By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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We'll be back in the morning at 08:00 for more live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire.

Today we've heard that estate agents in Cambridge are blaming a downturn in the number of houses for sale on the EU referendum.

A public consultation has started on the first homes for the new town of Northstowe.

And we heard from the family of a missing backpacker in VIetnam "frustrated by a lack of help" from the British Embassy.

Until tomorrow, if you have any pictures, stories or comments you want us to feature, get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter

Watch: Taking 'waiting for paint to dry' to a whole new level...

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

This Renaissance masterpiece has gone on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge today following a 10-year restoration.  

It takes "waiting for paint to dry" to a whole new level.

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The Adoration of the Shepherds by 16th Century Italian artist Sebastiano del Piombo was almost completely destroyed in the 1700s. Rupert Featherstone, director of the Hamilton Kerr Institute, which carried out the conservation work, described it as a "major challenge". 

Weather: Isolated thundery showers clearing, turning cloudy later

BBC Weather

Any remaining showers will ease, leaving most parts clear and dry overnight. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather chart
BBC

Another warm and often sunny day is expected tomorrow. It will remain dry for most, with only a slight risk of one or two afternoon showers. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F). 

Watch: Do you really know how many calories you're eating?

Do you really know how many calories you're eating? 

University of Cambridge geneticist Dr Giles Yeo has been looking at why 62% of adults in the UK are currently overweight for the BBC's Horizon programme.

Watch 'Why Are We Getting So Fat?' on BBC iPlayer.

Watch: Why eating less is harder than it sounds for many obese people

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridge geneticist Dr Giles Yeo has been investigating why eating less is harder than it sounds for many obese people.

Watch the Horizon programme 'Why Are We Getting So Fat?' on BBC iPlayer

Man killed in Mepal crash named by police

A man killed in a crash at Mepal this morning has been named by police as Richard Duxbury, of Tree Way, Chatteris.

The 35-year-old motorcyclist was involved in a collision with a van on the A142 at about 07.20.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact the road policing unit on 101.

Pair deny killing pizza delivery man

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Two men have pleaded not guilty to killing a pizza delivery man in Peterborough.

Ali Qasemi
Cambridgeshire Police

Ali Qasemi, 45, (pictured) was attacked in Shrewsbury Avenue, Peterborough, in the early hours of 8 May. He died in hospital two days later.

Mark Lintott, 29, of no fixed address, and Joel Lawson, 25, of Goodhale Road, Norwich, denied manslaughter and robbery.

They appeared at Peterborough Crown Court today, and are due to return to the court for trial on 17 October.

Brick of the net! Cambridge student to recreate Euro 2016 in Lego

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

What could make England thrashing Russia this Saturday even better? Recreating it in Lego - at least, according to one Cambridge student.

Fabian Moritz is planning to recreate key moments in the Euro 2016 football championships in stop motion animation using the toy bricks.

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The third-year media student at Anglia Ruskin University hopes to build a career as an animator.

Among the videos he has already made is one of his home team Germany's 4-1 victory over England in the World Cup in 2010.  

His most recent film relives May’s UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Damaged chandelier in Peterborough among sonic boom compensation claims

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A payout of £780 for a damaged chandelier and patio doors in Peterborough is among recent compensation claims connected to sonic booms.

The high-energy shockwaves were created when RAF jets broke the sound barrier.

Sonic Boom graphic
BBC

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show there have been 11 claims for compensation to the Ministry of Defence since 2012, resulting in payouts of £5,246.

A £500 sum was also paid to someone involved in an accident after being "startled by noise" in Peterborough.

The Royal Air Force said inconvenience needed to be balanced against national security.  

In the papers: 'Belt up' warning after road death rise... Grass cutting review in Peterborough

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Here's a quick look at what's in the local papers today:

  • "Belt up" reports the Cambridge News, after five recent deaths on the county's roads are linked to people not wearing seatbelts
  • And the Peterborough Telegraph says the council is to review its grass-cutting policy following complaints that it has been left to grow up to 1m (3ft) high in parts of the city.

Weather: Sunny, warm and dry

BBC Weather

It will remain very warm and sunny for the rest of the day. 

St Ives Bridge
'RugbyJohn'

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). For more on the forecast for the rest of the week head to BBC Weather.

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'RugbyJohn' for this picture of St Ives Bridge.

Man in 30s killed in A142 Mepal crash

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Police have revealed that person killed in a crash on the A142 at Mepal this morning is a man in his 30s from Chatteris.

He was riding a motorcycle when it was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Transporter van at about 07:20.

The driver of the van, a man in his 40s from Ely, was unhurt.

The road remains closed between Chatteris and Sutton.

Foreign Office responds to criticism from girlfriend and family of missing climber

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The Foreign Office has answered criticism from the girlfriend and father of missing climber Aiden Webb, that not enough was being done to find him.

In a statement, it said: "Our staff in London and Vietnam have been providing advice and assistance to the family of Aiden Webb since he was reported missing in Vietnam on 4 June.

"We remain in contact with local authorities, and continue to offer support to Mr Webb’s family during this distressing time."

Aiden Webb
Bluebell Baughan

Listen: Father says he will not leave Vietnam without his son

Trever Webb, father of missing traveller Aiden Webb, 22, says he won't leave Vietnam until his son has been found.

Aiden, an Anglia Ruskin University graduate who grew up in Norwich, has been missing for six days since he slipped and fell down a ravine. 

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"The longer it takes to find Aiden, my hopes are fading of my son being alive and that is so hard – we’re so close; he’s so special. We just need help," he said.

Watch: Staff at Wisbech nursery growers discuss in/out vote

BBC Look East

Delamore Young Plants has been a leading employer in the Wisbech area for more than 50 years, and now recruits a steady flow of labour from the countries of eastern Europe.

BBC Look East's Kim Riley has been behind the scenes to gauge the mood ahead of the big vote on the UK's membership of the European Union.

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Consultation begins on first homes in new town

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A three-week public consultation begins today on a detailed planning application for the first 92 homes at the new town of Northstowe.

It has been a very long road to reach this point: proposals for the 10,000-home development, between the villages of Oakington and Longstanton, first appeared back in 1998.

Disused Oakington airfield
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The application includes a range of house types and sizes of up to five bedrooms.

It is excellent news we have the first detailed planning application for homes at Northstowe. It is important that local people now take the opportunity to have their say. Our aim has always been to deliver a new town of the highest quality and this consultation is part of the process to make sure we get the best proposals possible.

Tim WotherspoonSouth Cambridgeshire District Council cabinet member for strategic planning

Family of missing backpacker 'frustrated by lack of help' from British Embassy

The father of a former Cambridge student missing in mountainous jungle in Vietnam says time is running out to find him alive.

Trever Webb says a proper mountain rescue team is needed to search the deep ravines near to where his son Aiden fell. 

Aiden Webb
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Mr Webb, who has travelled to Vietnam to take part in the search, says it has taken until today to get the British Embassy to visit the area and he's desperately worried. 

Aiden's girlfriend Bluebell Baughan was in contact with him after he fell until his mobile signal died. She says the local police have done what they can but they "need some serious back-up here as it's been a long time" since Aiden has gone missing. 

British Embassy staff are not expected to arrive at the location until later today.

'Desperate' family hoping drones will arrive to help search for missing traveller

The father of Anglia Ruskin University graduate Aiden Webb, missing in Vietnam, says he's "desperate" for proper help to find his son. 

Aiden Webb
Facebook

It's six days since the 22-year-old backpacker went missing in after setting off alone to climb Fansipan mountain. He fell, injuring himself, and his mobile phone ran out of battery on Saturday. 

His father Trever Webb says a trained mountain rescue team is needed to look for him.

The family have been given permission to use drones to help find him, but they are having to wait a few more hours before they arrive.

Slowdown in Cambridge housing market blamed on EU referendum

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Estate agents have told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that the number of houses on the market in the county is at an "all-time low" - and they are blaming the EU referendum.

Cambridge street
BBC

Kevin Burt-Gray from Pocock and Shaw Estate Agents in Cambridge believes George Osborne's claim that leaving the European Union could lead to the value of property falling by 18%, means people are waiting to see what happens.

"There's absolutely no doubt we are seeing a slowdown as the referendum approaches... the majority of informed buyers and sellers are sitting on their hands," he said.

Campaigners for Vote Leave have said lower house prices would help first-time buyers.

Details of A142 Mepal crash 'sketchy', say police

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Police say details about the fatal accident on the A142 at Mepal are currently "sketchy".  

Emergency services were called to the seen of a crash involving a van and a motorcycle at 07:25.

The road is likely to remain closed between for several hours. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

BreakingPerson killed in Mepal A142 crash

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Police have just told us one person has been killed in a crash on the A142 at Mepal.

Emergency services are currently at the scene of the collision which involved a van and a motorcycle.

The road is currently closed between Chatteris and Sutton.

Travel: A142 closed following serious accident

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The A142 at Mepal is expected to be closed for several hours, after a "serious crash" involving a motor bike and a van.

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Weather: Another warm dry day

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

We're in for another very warm, dry sunny day. It'll be warmest in Huntingdon and the west of the county.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).  For more, head to BBC Weather.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire LIve

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Good morning. We're here until 18:00 for live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire.

This is normally the busiest time of the year for house sales, but estate agents in the county say there's been a slow down and they are putting it down to the EU Referendum. It seems both buyers and sellers are waiting to see what happens.

After last night's thunderstorms we'll find out what the weather has in store, in today's forecast, coming next.

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