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  1. Third woman claims Clement Freud abuse
  2. Murdered student's family meet MP
  3. Second day of Cereals 2016 event
  4. Preview of local athletes heading to Rio
  5. Updates on Thursday, 16 June 2016

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By Alex Pope

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That's it for today's Cambridgeshire live coverage

We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 to bring you more live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire.  

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Jo Cox MP dead after shooting attack

An MP has died after she was shot and stabbed during an attack in her constituency, police have said.

Jo Cox, 41, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was left bleeding on the ground by her attacker. A 77-year-old man also suffered slight injuries.

A 52-year-old man was arrested near Market Street, Birstall, West Yorkshire Police said. The MP held a weekly advice surgery nearby.

She was educated at Heckmondwike Grammar School and graduated from Cambridge University in 1995.    

Jo Cox

Weather: Any overnight showers should die out

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Any thundery showers will gradually die out tonight, although a scattering of showers may linger overnight. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather map

Tomorrow will be another day of sunshine and scattered showers. Highs of 18C (64F).  

Bugs could be recipe for human survival

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

When I cook dinner I normally use a few core ingredients like onions, garlic and pasta... but I might be missing a trick.

A Cambridge-based vet and consultant says eating bugs could be the answer for better sustainability, as we need to look at alternative food sources to try and face food demands of the future. 

Harper Adams University

Greg Dickens has started eating things like snails and termites and says they can be very satisfying and even taste like prawn.. which, according to him, is "lovely".  

It's a tale of two cities when it comes to voting in Europe

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A bookmaker says it's a postcode lottery depending on whether you want to remain in or leave the EU. 

Ahead of next Thursday's critical vote, Ladbrookes says Peterborough and Cambridge, just 40 miles apart, are top of their two Remain and Leave lists.

In the north of the county, today's odds are 5/1 that Peterborough wants out... but it's the other way around in Cambridge, where it's 5/1 that people want to stay. 


Police seek information after reports swan and ducklings killed by rowers during Cambridge Bumps

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after receiving reports a cygnet and some ducklings were killed by rowers on the River Cam in Cambridge.

Reported in many national newspapers earlier this week, including the Daily Mirror, it is claimed a group of rowers ploughed into the birds while taking part in the annual university rowing races called The Bumps.

Cambridgeshire Police say officers were called at 12:50 on Saturday and Ch Insp James Sutherland said he was particularly interested in seeing any video footage.

Feathered 'Lothario' gets another 'chick'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

There are only two other breeding pairs of black-tailed godwits at the Welney Wetland Centre, both have also hatched chicks in a more "traditional" family unit.

The unusual behaviour of Welney's feathered "Lothario" prompted Mark Whiffin from the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science to wonder whether both his mates would still be with him next year.

The species is known to be "site-faithful", so returns to the same place each spring. The majority of other breeding pairs in the UK spend the summer at the RSPB's Nene Washes reserve near Peterborough, before migrating to Africa for the winter.

Bigamist bird takes second 'wife'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A usually monogamous bird has surprised experts by taking a second "wife".

Black-tailed godwits typically take just one mate, but a 12-year-old male (pictured) at Welney Wetland Centre on the Norfolk-Cambridgeshire border decided one was simply not enough.

Black-tailed godwits
WWT/Bob Ellis

An RSPB spokesman said the godwit's infidelity was "unique in our experience and it's fascinating behaviour".

The threesome, one of only 60 breeding "pairs", has hatched several chicks, but it is not known which is the mother.

Ryan Donaldson

League Two side Plymouth Argyle sign winger Ryan Donaldson following his release by Cambridge United.

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Fifty days until Rio: Footie call up for Ryan

Steve Jackson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The final profile of the day in our countdown to Rio is Peterborough footballer Ryan Kay

Finding out he has a place in the Paralympic squad is an early birthday present for him, as he turns 19 on Sunday. 

Ryan Kay
Ryan Kay

He's part of 14 players chosen to play in the football seven-a-side. 

He could be in action between 8-16 September at Brazil's Deodoro Stadium. 

Vote Remain rally in Cambridge cancelled after Yorkshire MP critically injured

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A Vote Remain rally in Cambridge has been cancelled after a Yorkshire MP was reportedly shot and stabbed in her constituency near Leeds.

Jo Cox

Jo Cox is in a critical condition after the attack in the village of Birstall.

Politicians, including Life Sciences Minister George Freeman, were due to gather in the centre of Cambridge.

Fifty days until Rio: Skelhon on target for Games

Steve Jackson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Our countdown to Rio continues... we're now focusing on 31-year-old Matt Skelhon from Stilton

The shooter has the chance to win a medal at his third successive Paralympic Games after being selected in the Great Britain team for Rio 2016.

Paralympic shooting medallist Matt Skelhon
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He won gold in Beijing eight years ago in the R3 mixed 10m air rifle prone event while sporting a red mohican.

He followed that up with R3 silver at London 2012, and bronze in the R6 mixed 50m air rifle prone event.

Fifty days until Rio: High hopes for place for Cambridgeshire athlete

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Lauren Steadman, from Sawtry, is not resting on her laurels, but as you can see is busy training to make sure she can book her seat on the plane to Rio. 

The Para triathlete is hoping to make the Paralympic team after competing in 2008 and 2012 in swimming. 

Cambridgeshire Police welcome research into value of PCSOs

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Nav Malik is Cambridgeshire Constabulary's assistant chief constable.

He says the police have always recognised the value of PCSOs, but wanted more academic rigour and evidence on their effect on the wider community.  

He adds the research was a "little surprising, but very welcome".

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He's hopeful it will form their policing style in the future, but added "clearly we have to consider the changing nature of crime".  

'Bobbies on beat' saves prison costs

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Working with Cambridgeshire Police, the researchers found that every £10 spent on foot patrols saved £56 in prison costs.

The findings strengthen the argument for "bobbies on the beat", they said.

The study's co-author, Prof Lawrence Sherman, said the experiment had "set the standard for cost-effectiveness in policing".

Police community support officers

PCSO research 'supports bobbies on the beat argument'

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Investing in PCSOs in known crime hotspots saves money in the long term and helps prevent crime.

These are the findings of a year-long criminology experiment in Peterborough, conducted by Cambridge University's Institute of Criminology and Cambridgeshire Police. 


It found sending Police Community Support Officers, which can alert regular police officers to any incidents, on patrol for just 21 minutes extra in trouble hotspots could reduce reported crime by nearly 40%.

Peterborough man remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with child sexual offences

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A 28-year-old Peterborough man has been remanded in custody after appearing at Cambridge Magistrates' Court this morning. 

He was charged with 18 offences against children including rapes and sexual assaults. 

His next court appearance is expected on 14 July at Peterborough Crown Court. 

Fifty days until Rio: Cambridgeshire athletes confirmed for Paralympic Games

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Although Jonnie Peacock's place is yet to be confirmed for Rio, three Cambridgeshire athletes can now book their flights. 

Wisbech's Jody Cundy has been confirmed today in the British Para-cycling team. It will be his sixth games. 

Jody Cundy
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Three-time Paralympic medallist Matt Skelhon from Stilton has been named as part of the GB shooting squad, aiming to add to his medal haul.

And last but not least... Ryan Kay from Peterborough is one of the names in the football seven-a-side team. 

Fifty days until Rio: Peacock says it's 'all about winning medals'

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

"It's a final and all about winning medals".

The words of Jonnie Peacock after he won the T44 100m final in the IPC Athletics European Championships in Italy

Jonnie Peacock
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"I was happy with my time [10.88] in the heats and it's good to see I can do it when it matters," he said.

"I want to be even faster but it's a great feeling to be European Champion again. I'm healthy, I managed to finish strongly, so I have to be happy heading back into training."

Fifty days until Rio: Peacock gets closer to a place in the Games

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

As part of our 50 days countdown to the Rio Games, let's take a look at some of the other local names hoping to make an impact in Brazil...

Cambridgeshire's Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock showed he's back in form with one of seven golds for Britain on the penultimate day of the IPC Athletics European Championships in Italy yesterday.

Peacock missed last year's World Championships in Doha through injury and was pushed all the way in the T44 100m final by Felix Streng.

Johnny Peacock
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He finished in 11.18 seconds, 0.02 secs clear of the German.

The win means he's all but secured his place in Team GB.

Weather: More rain expected

BBC Weather

Showers will soon develop across the county. These showers will become heavy and thundery in places by this afternoon, with downpours possible. 

Skylark / BBC Weather Watcher

However, there will be a few sunny intervals between the showers. 

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). 

Mother of murdered Cambridge student questions if Egypt can continue to be 'treated as a friend'

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Daniel Zeichner, the MP for Cambridge, has called the parents of the murdered Cambridge University student Giulio Regini "inspiring".

It was after he met them in Brussels to talk about his death. 

Recovered documents
Ministry of Information, Egypt

He said: "Giulio's father Claudio outlined a range of measures he would like to see adopted, including embassies offering sanctuary to witnesses who are currently afraid to speak out. I will be putting these suggestions to the government. 

"I am left with Giulio's mother's question to both the Italian and British governments over whether Egypt can continue to be treated as a friend - do friends kill each other's children?"

Family of murdered student meets MP to get to the truth of his death

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A meeting has taken place between the MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner, and the family of a murdered Cambridge University student. 

Giulio Regeni, 28, was carrying out research when he went missing in Egypt. Nine days later his body was discovered, dumped by the side of a road and showing visible signs of torture. 

Online campaign poster after Giulio Regeni went missing in Cairo

Mr Zeichner said: "I am in no doubt that the British government needs to do much more to put pressure on the Egyptian government to find the truth about his brutal murder." 

Disabled man hits attacker with walking stick after being threatened with knife

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A disabled man on a mobility scooter has fought off a robber who came at him with a knife and demanded money and his watch. 

The 61-year-old was going through Werrington Park at about 15:30 on Monday when a man jumped out of bushes near Church Street. He then hit the attacker with his walking stick, who ran off towards Hastings Road. 

Police say it was a "cowardly crime against a vulnerable man who bravely defended himself".

Kyle Vassell

Blackpool will sign Peterborough striker Kyle Vassell and Port Vale winger Colin Daniel when their contracts expire.

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Fifty days until Rio: Athlete 'daunted' by games

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Sawtry's very own Lauren Steadman describes herself as an athlete and student who's very happy. 

She got into triathlon after her uncle suggested she try it. It was a good move - when she entered her first event she came second. 

Lauren Steadman
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On her hopes for Rio she says: "Every race has gone according to plan this season. I've had a couple of sinusitis issues which have affected some training, but thankfully no major injuries."

"I'm very excited but also daunted about the prospect of Rio. Everything has to be nailed on."

Fifty days until Rio: Getting ready for the Games

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

It's two years since Lauren Steadman from Sawtry last tasted defeat. 

The 23-year-old world champion has already gained the qualification criteria needed for Rio and will be the first name on the team sheet when the squad is officially announced later this month. 

Lauren Steadman

Lauren has the tricky task of balancing her Rio training with studying for a Masters in Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. She’s escaped though for some winter training in New Zealand, and more recently has been clocking up the miles on the bike in Spain. 

It's no rest for the wicked as there's still another World Championships to squeeze in between now and the Paralympics. She's heading to Rotterdam at the end of July.

Fifty days until Rio: Spotlight on Sawtry sporting star

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Lauren Steadman, from Sawtry, is a two time World and European Para Triathlon champion competing in the PT4 category.

She was born without her right hand and arm below the elbow joint and previously competed in Para Swimming for Great Britain at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics.

Lauren Steadman

She's one of the region’s best hopes for a gold medal in Rio and has recently claimed her fourth successive European title. She followed that win up by claiming the title at the ITU Strathclyde World Para Triathlon event in Glasgow two weeks ago.  

Man due in court charged with serious child abuse offences

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A Peterborough man is due at Cambridge Magistrates' Court this morning charged with serious sexual offences against children.

The 28-year-old is charged with 18 offences, including rapes and sexual assaults.

Fifty days until the Rio Games

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Incredible to think with all the football fever going on, we're now just 50 days away from the start of the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A year ago we announced our Five to Follow, and since we've been following the highs and lows of five hopefuls from the east of England as they sought qualification and prepared for the challenges of Brazil.

Phoenix at London 2012
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In Cambridgeshire we've been following the progress of Para Triathlete Lauren Steadman, who's one of the region's best hopes for a gold medal in Rio.

Today we'll bring you updates on how she's got on over the past year and tell you what other names from Cambridgeshire you should keep an eye on this summer, with the Games starting soon on 5 August.  

'Positive' atmosphere in Lille ahead of England game this afternoon

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

I'm in France getting ready to watch England take on Wales in Lens this afternoon. 

I'm staying in Lille but about 20 minutes away from the city centre. 

Luckily I missed all the trouble last night when 36 people were arrested and 16 were taken to hospital, when England football fans clashed with riot police.

Police and fans in Lille for Euro 2016
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So far I've seen no sign of trouble and the atmosphere has been really positive... I've even seen England fans mingling really well with Welsh supporters. 

But we've been told there will be a massive police presence this afternoon.

Thousands more expected at Cereals 2016

It's been called the Glastonbury for the farming community... 

Today is the second day of Cereals 2016, taking place at Chrishall Grange close to Duxford. 

There's already heavy traffic on the A505 westbound south of Cambridge, heading towards the M11.

Thousands attended yesterday and the same is expected today. If you want a taste of what's going on, here's a highlights video of day one from the team behind the event.

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Friend of Freud states 'shock' at abuse claims

Claims the former MP Sir Clement Freud sexually abused three women have been met with "total shock" by people that knew him. 

Christopher South, a BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter and former news editor at the Cambridge Evening News, says he was a "friend" and the news left him "astounded" and "appalled".

Sir Clement Freud
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After watching the documentary on ITV last night he says he's trying to make sense of the revelations, but found the programme "convincing" and he's "accepted" it.

Travel: A14 blocked at Brampton

BBC Travel

We're getting reports the A14 eastbound at Brampton Hut is blocked because of a four vehicle accident. 

Drivers are being urged to use alternative routes. 

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Clement Freud abuse reported to police in 2010

The third woman who's come forward claiming the former Cambridgeshire MP, Sir Clement Freud, sexually abused her says she reported the incident to Suffolk Police in 2010.

A spokesman for the force said it had received a historic allegation of rape dating back more than 40 years, but added: "This was formally recorded but as the suspect was no longer alive, there were no further lines of inquiry."

Sir Clement Freud
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Vicky Hayes claims the Isle of Ely and North East Cambridgeshire MP raped her in the 1960s when she was 17.   

Woman who alleges Clement Freud abuse wants him stripped of his knighthood

Vicky Hayes told ITV News she first met Clement Freud when she was aged 14 and he would frequently visit her father's Lincoln seafood restaurant, known as Syd's, in the mid-1960s.

She said she was 17 when he took her on an overnight trip to the races and raped her.

She said: "I just lay there afraid, scared, and he forced himself on me and took my virginity."

Clement Freud

Ms Hayes said she did not tell her parents, because her father would have "killed" Freud.

"You don't expect a friend of your parents to rape you," she said.

Ms Hayes called for the late Cambridgeshire MP to be stripped of his knighthood.

Third woman alleges Clement Freud abuse

A third woman has come forward claiming she was sexually abused by the late Cambridgeshire Liberal MP Sir Clement Freud.

Vicky Hayes, 64, told ITV News the former MP for the Isle of Ely and North East Cambridgeshire, who died in 2009, raped her in the mid-1960s when she was 17.

Clement Freud, pictured in 1973

Her allegation follows accusations from two other women who say they were abused by Freud as children.

In response to those claims, Freud's wife Jill Freud, 89, said she was "deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for what has happened to these women".

Travel: One lane blocked on A14 by Cambridge services

Some travel news for you this morning... One lane is currently blocked on the A14 westbound by Cambridge Services.

Also today is day two of Cereals 2016 taking place at Chrishall Grange, close to Duxford, so expect surrounding roads on the M11 and A505 to be busy. 

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Weather: Thundery showers expected

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Showers will soon develop across the county.

They will become heavy and thundery in places by the afternoon with downpours possible. However, there will be a few sunny intervals between the showers. 

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Good morning

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Welcome to the Local Live news service for Cambridgeshire. 

Between now and 18:00 we'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

In a moment we'll have a full weather report for you, as well as the latest news that a third woman has come forward claiming she was sexually abused by the late Cambridgeshire Liberal MP Sir Clement Freud.