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  1. Woman speaks of race hate death threat
  2. Driver seriously hurt in A10 crash
  3. Cambridge homes 'too expensive' for government's Help to Buy Isa
  4. Woman threatening LED lamp-post protest
  5. Updates on Monday, 20 June 2016
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Mark Williamson

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That's all for today

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

Today we heard a Peterborough woman describe her shock at receiving a death threat.

And how would-be homeowners in Cambridge are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers.

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

True grit: Long-serving Peterborough councillor has gritter named after him

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

And finally... to be a local politician for more than 60 years it must take a lot of grit.

So it's appropriate the man who became the UK's longest-serving councillor before retiring earlier this year has been honoured by having a gritter named after him in Peterborough.   

Charles Swift first became a councillor in the city in 1954 and stood down in the local elections in May.  

The city council has announced it has named two of its new gritting fleet Charles and Brenda, after him and his wife.


The Archers have difference of opinion over EU referendum

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Is your family split over the decision to Remain or Leave this Thursday?

You're not alone. Local resident Lord Archer revealed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire he disagrees with his wife on how to vote in the EU referendum

Lord Archer
Getty Images

The best-selling novelist and Tory peer said he intends to vote to remain in the European Union, while his wife, Lady Mary Archer, favours Brexit.

"I believe it's been in the balance for many families," he said. 

Families 'appalled' 100 replacement street lights set to be ripped out again, says Cambridge News

Earlier we reported about a lamp-post protest in Chatteris - but residents of the Fenland town aren't the only ones annoyed about work to replace street lights in the county.

The Cambridge News reports families are "appalled" that 100 street lights on Milton Road, being replaced for safety reasons, will have to be "ripped out" again to upgrade cycle and bus lanes.

Street lights on Milton Road

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesperson told the News: "It is true that it is likely that infrastructure may change along Milton Road in future. But we are two years away from a decision."

Weather: Sunshine and showers tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening the last of the heavy showers will clear and it'll be a largely dry night with clear spells. Temperatures for most of us will remain in double figures.


Tuesday is looking a largely dry day with just the small chance of a shower, with highs of 21C (70F).

EU referendum: Cambridge Nobel Prize winner in plea to voters to back Remain

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A Cambridge professor is one of 10 Nobel Prize-winning economists saying the UK will be "better off economically" remaining in the EU.

Sir James Mirrlees (pictured) has signed a letter claiming Brexit would create "major uncertainty about Britain's alternative future trading arrangements, both with the rest of Europe and with important markets like the USA, Canada and China".

Sir James Mirrlees

Economists for the Brexit campaign say the consensus that a UK exit would be bad for the economy was "based on flawed EU-centric models".  

For the latest on the EU referendum, head to BBC News.

Cambridge studentship in memory of Jo Cox

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A studentship is to be set up at Cambridge University in memory of killed MP Jo Cox

Pembroke College
Geograph/Dave Hitchborne

The studentship will be at Pembroke College where she studied archaeology and anthropology, then social and political science, before graduating in 1995.

Labour's former cabinet minister Lord Smith of Finsbury, master of Pembroke, said it would help someone "who might otherwise find it difficult to come to Cambridge."

Mrs Cox would be remembered as a "bright, energetic and highly-respected student," he said. 

'We lost our way,' says Cambridge Satchel creator

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

It may have been inspired by Harry Potter, but it seems the magic could wearing off for the Cambridge Satchel Company.

From an annual turnover of more than £13m, the Daily Telegraph reports the world famous bag maker is about to publish annual accounts revealing a "dramatic slide" in revenue and profit.

Julie Deane
John Phillips

Julie Deane was a full-time 41-year-old mum back in 2008 when she launched the company from her kitchen table, with just £600 of savings.

She was reading the Harry Potter books to her children at the time, and wanted to buy them satchels she imagined that the young wizard would use at Hogwarts. But finding nobody made them she realised she could fill the gap in the market. 

"We lost our way," she told the Telegraph.

Friday Bridge rooftop-rescue peacock attracts re-homers

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Dozens of people have offered to re-home a peacock rescued from a rooftop, near Wisbech, after its owners failed to come forward.  

Peacock on the roof
Fenland Animal Rescue

When the peacock set up home on top of a two-storey house in the Fenland village of Friday Bridge, charity Fenland Animal Rescue was called in for a night time operation to remove it.

Despite pleas, via vets and social media, no-one claimed the "seriously underweight and terrified" bird.

The charity is now vetting potential new owners for the peacock, named Pixie.  

East Anglia devolution: Proposal splits counties

A revised devolution plan for East Anglia was unveiled on Friday, showing the region would be split between Cambridgeshire/Peterborough and Norfolk/Suffolk.

The proposal would create two Combined Authorities, with two elected mayors - here's a handy guide to what it this would mean for people living here.

Map of East Anglia

Prostest over lamp-post replacement

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A Chatteris woman is threatening to tie herself to a lamp-post to protest against plans to replace heritage lamps in the town with new energy-saving models.

Street light in Chatteris

Contractors are currently replacing street lights across the county, which Cambridgeshire County Council says will save about £900,000 a year.

But Sue Elam says residents are concerned the new LED lights won't be able to support hanging baskets for Chatteris in Bloom, or the Christmas lights.

"I feel that strongly about them, there's been no consultation as such with the groups it's going to affect. It's going to kill our community spirit," she said. 

Veterans gather to hand over standard to Duxford

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Veterans from East Anglia who fought in Burma during World War Two gathered at the weekend to hand over their standard to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. 

"This is a very poignant moment for us," said Jimmy Kemp, 90, standard bearer of the Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex Borders branch of the Burma Star Association, which is being retired.

It will be displayed in the Forgotten War display at the museum, along with other items relating to the Burma campaign.  

Archive pictures: British Pathe

Weather: Cloudy with some rain

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain clearing early this afternoon.

Some sunny intervals may develop later to give a pleasantly warm end to the afternoon, but scattered heavy showers are likely too

Raindrops on leaves
BBC Weather Watchers

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).   

Help to Buy Isa: Are houses too expensive in your area?

Would-be buyers in Cambridge are priced out of the government's Help to Buy Isa because the average price of a starter home exceeds the maximum purchase cap of £250,000, a BBC Investigation has found. 

But what about the rest of the county? Click here to find out what average prices are in your area.

Ely Cathedral

For example, in Ely the average asking price for a two-bedroom house is £230,000 - £20,000 below the Help to Buy Isa cap. A two-bedroom flat is £175,000, which is £75,000 below the cap, and a one-bedroom flat is £185,000, £65,000 below the cap. 

Figures from Zoopla were correct on 1 June 2016.

East Anglian Burma veterans hand standard to Duxford

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Veterans from East Anglia who fought in Burma during World War Two have formally handed over their  standard to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.

It will be displayed in the Forgotten War display along with other items relating to the Burma Campaign.

Burma veterans

Jimmy Kemp, 90, presented the standard of the Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex Borders Branch of the Burma Star Association, which is ceasing formal duties.

He was joined by fellow veterans who had survived jungle warfare against Japanese forces during the Burma Campaign.

"This is a very poignant moment for us," said Mr Kemp.

Lack of two bedroom homes pricing out first-time buyers in Cambridge

A lack of two-bedroom properties in Cambridge is responsible for pushing up prices and putting them out of reach of many home buyers, a BBC investigation has found.

Housing graphic

The city has some of the UK's most expensive average two-bedroom homes compared with the lowest average price for three bedrooms in the same area, according to property market analysts Hometrack.

It means buyers are unable to take advantage of the government's Help to Buy Isa, because the average starter home exceeds the maximum purchase cap of £250,000.

Research and insight director, Richard Donnell, told the BBC: "In order to appeal to a wider group of buyers, builders need to start building smaller houses to offer at the lower price point, to help first-time buyers get on the housing ladder."

Homes 'too expensive' for Help to Buy Isa scheme

Would-be homeowners in Cambridge are being priced out of a government scheme to help first-time buyers.

The value of homes which can be bought under the Help to Buy Isa scheme is capped at £250,000 - but in Cambridge the average price of a two bedroom home is now £446,000.

Cambridge streets

The Isa was introduced in December to allow first time buyers to put their deposit into a tax-free savings account and get a 25% bonus, up to a maximum of £3,000, when they buy their home.

Housing charity Shelter said it only helped "the lucky few" and the government should focus on building more homes.

The government said the cap allowed them to focus on first-time buyers.

Messages of hate 'have no place in Peterborough'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

City councillor Ansar Ali has spoken out after Asian people in Peterborough received messages telling them to "leave or die".

Race hate message

"These messages of hate have no place in Peterborough," he said.

"People have got on very well for a long time. It happened in the heart of the community - I know someone may have seen people."

Cambridgeshire Police said it has worked to reassure people, adding: "Thankfully this appears to be an isolated incident."

A10 reopens between Cambridge and Ely following crash

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The A10 between Cambridge and Ely has now reopened following the crash near Little Thetford.

The ambulance service has told us a man, believed to be in his 20s, was treated for a serious leg injury and taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital for further treatment. He remains in a stable condition. 

'It hits you very deeply': Peterborough woman describes shock at receiving death threat

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

"I can't believe I'm actually looking at this, it hits you very deeply."

Karima, from Peterborough, is one of a number of people who in the past few weeks received a message saying: "Asians and Muslims must leave this city or die".


Cambridgeshire Police launched an investigation in May after about 20 homes were targeted.

Karima told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "You want to feel safe in your home - you don't want to find death threats in your garden."

A police spokesman said the force "will not tolerate any hate crime or prejudiced incident".

Driver suffers serious injuries in A10 crash

Helen Burchell

BBC News

One person suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries in a crash on the A10 between Cambridge and Ely, police have told us.

The road remains closed following the accident involving a Vauxhall Insignia and a Ford Focus, which happened near Little Thetford at about 07:40.

The injured driver was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital by air ambulance.

Air ambulance at scene of crash on A10

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

An air ambulance is at the scene of a serious accident on the A10 at Little Thetford, near Ely.

The road is shut in both directions. We'll bring you more updates when we get them.

Travel: Serious crash closes A10 near Ely

BBC Travel

We're just getting reports of a serious accident on the A10 in Little Thetford. The road is blocked in both directions.

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Weather: Cloudy with some rain at first... Brighter and drier later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It will be cloudy with outbreaks of heavy rain through this morning. 

Some sunny intervals may develop later to give a pleasantly warm afternoon, but scattered heavy showers are likely too.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). Watch my forecast, and for more head to BBC Weather.

Travel: Delays on A14 following earlier crash

BBC Travel

Drivers have been experiencing long delays on the A14 eastbound, following an earlier crash near junction 28 for Swavesey. All lanes are now open, but there are still long queues.

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Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us for the start of another week on Cambridgeshire Live - hope you had a great weekend.

As usual, we'll bring you live news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.

In the news today - a Peterborough woman says she fears for her family after members of the Asian community were sent letters telling them to leave the city or die.

Also, things haven't started well for people heading to work on the A14, with long delays on the A14 eastbound following a four-vehicle crash near Cambridge Services. We'll get the latest on that shortly.

And don't forget, if you have any pictures, stories or comments you want us to feature, get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.