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Summary

  1. Iain Duncan Smith in Chatteris on EU referendum trail
  2. Search and Rescue looking for new home
  3. Local Live resumes at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today

That's all for today, we'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 for the last day of EU referendum campaigning in the county, plus more live news, sport, weather and travel updates.

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

See you then.

Jessie's owner hopes judges will think she's 'purr-fect'

Ben Stevenson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

And finally... Jessie's owner thinks she's "purr-fect", and she's hoping judges in the National Cat of the Year competition think so too. 

Just look at them eyes...

Jessie
Cats Protection

Tracey Jessop-Thompson, from Peterborough, says adopting the tortoiseshell rescue cat has helped her and her husband rebuild their lives following the death of their 18-year-old daughter Lucy.   

She's nominated in the Outstanding Rescue Cat category in Cats Protection's National Cat Awards 2016, in London on 4 August. 

Weather: Sunny evening turning cloudy overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

There'll be sunny spells this evening but overnight it will become more cloudy. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow morning will be rather cloudy but it will become warmer and brighter during the afternoon. Some heavy showers are possible.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).   

£250k lottery win 'perfect souvenir' of time in the UK

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

An American government employee based at RAF Molesworth says a £250,000 lottery win is the "perfect souvenir" of his time living in the UK.

Jeremiah Johnson, 39, bought the winning scratch card in a Huntingdon supermarket on the way home from work.

Jeremiah and Joy Johnson
National Lottery

He and his wife Joy, who are originally from North Carolina, are moving to a new posting in Germany at the end of the summer after three years in Cambridgeshire.

Well... as souvenirs go, it beats a Union Jack tea towel or a Cambridge University T-shirt.

EU referendum: Political rivals 'stand together' for Remain

South Cambridgeshire's Conservative MP Heidi Allen has been joined with the candidates she beat in the general election to call on people in the constituency to vote to remain in the European Union. 

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"If we maintain an outward view of yesteryear that we're an island on our own, frankly that's not our duty," the Conservative MP said in the film.

Meanwhile, on a visit to Chatteris today, Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith urged people to "take back control from the EU" by voting Leave, saying people should "vote in hope not fear". 

Children living in 'rat-infested homes'

Katy Prickett

BBC News

The NSPCC says calls it's received from people in Cambridgeshire include concerns over children being left to fend for themselves and living in rat-infested homes.

The charity's "How Safe are our Children" report shows the number of parents or carers in the county reported to the police has more than doubled in a year.

But it says it's "unclear" why the figures have risen so dramatically, adding it could be down to factors such as greater public awareness and changes in how police record offences.

Child neglect cases in Cambridgeshire double

Katy Prickett

BBC News

The number of child cruelty and neglect cases recorded by Cambridgeshire Police has more than doubled in just two years, according to the NSPCC.

The children's charity's annual child protection review shows parents or carers in the county were reported in connection with 55 offences in 2014-15, compared to 23 in 2012-13.  

Colin Peak, NSPCC head of service for east of England, said: "Neglect is the most common form of abuse in the UK". 

Child sex 'predator' from Cambridgeshire facing life in US jail

A convicted child sex offender from Cambridgeshire could be facing the rest of his life in jail after he was caught trying to pay US undercover officers for sex with a boy.

Palm Springs
Thinkstock

Paul Charles Wilkins, of Littleport in Cambridgeshire, travelled to California in January to "engage in illicit sexual conduct" with boys aged 10 and 12, US officials claim.

US Attorney Eileen M. Decker described the 70-year-old as a predator.

Wilkins was jailed in the UK in 2011 for child pornography offences.

He pleaded guilty to 16 charges and was jailed for 56 months at Cambridge Crown Court, the Crown Prosecution Service for East of England said.

Council defends decision to remove rides from Midsummer Fair

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The decision to remove rides from this year's Midsummer Fair has been defended by Cambridge City Council's executive councillor for communities.

Richard Johnson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire it had been done to "uphold public safety".

Accident at Fair on Midsummer Common
BBC

The annual fair begins tomorrow without the traditional rides after a woman was seriously injured on Midsummer Common in November.

Mr Johnson said it wanted to see the rides return next year: "We regret that we had to make the decision, but in the end it was the right one to make."

Anger over ban on rides at Cambridge's Midsummer Fair

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Fairground ride owners say the first they knew about a ban at this year's Midsummer Fair was when they were notified by the local press.

Ray Smith, from The Showman's Guild of Great Britain, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire it would have been "delighted" to work with the council on a safety plan, but was not consulted.

"The loss of a historic fair is a big thing for us," he said.

Fair rides arriving on Midsummer Common
BBC

Cambridge City Council says it took the decision to "uphold public safety" after consulting with health and safety experts.

It comes after a woman become trapped under a dodgems lorry setting up for a fair on Midsummer Common on 5 November.  

'Begging and pleading' to get Midsummer Fair ride ban reversed

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The Showman's Guild of Great Britain said it was "begging and pleading" to get a ban on rides at Cambridge's Midsummer Fair overturned.

The annual event begins tomorrow without the traditional fairground rides, after the city council banned them on health and safety grounds.

Accident scene on Midsummer Common
BBC

Last year a woman suffered "serious leg and abdominal injuries" after being trapped under a lorry during preparations for a Bonfire Night fair in the same location.

Ray Smith from the guild told the BBC: "We tried persuasion, we tried begging and pleading, we even tried to get an injunction to get the decision reversed."

Cambridge City Council says it hopes the rides can return next year.

Weather: Dry this afternoon with spells of warm sunshine

BBC Weather

It'll stay dry and warm this afternoon with bright or sunny spells. 

Cambridgeshire hedgerow
BBC Weather Watchers

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F). For more details head to BBC Weather.

EU referendum: Former leaders seek to persuade the region's voters

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has been telling people in Chatteris to "vote in hope not fear" as he hit the campaign trail for Leave this morning.

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Meanwhile, another former party leader is in the region campaigning for Remain. Labour's Ed Millband is in Luton where he accused Leave of having "post-truth policies".

For all the latest updates, head to the EU Referendum Live Page.

EU referendum: Iain Duncan Smith campaigning in the Fens

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Campaigning to leave the EU in Chatteris, Iain Duncan Smith told Cambridgeshire voters he doesn't believe Brexit is gambling with the economy.

Iain Duncan Smith
BBC

The former Conservative leader was responding to warnings from leading investor George Soros of "serious consequences" for British jobs and finances if the country leaves the EU.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "The biggest gamble is staying in with a sclerotic European Union."

More images of strawberry moon and solstice over Cambridgeshire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Many people were reaching for their cameras last night as a strawberry moon coincided with the summer solstice for the first time since 1967.

Strawberry moon over Huntingdon
Sarah Heales

Sarah Heales shared this image (above) of the moon over Huntingdon.

Its amber glow is created by the low angle of the moon and atmospheric conditions.

Solstice sunset
Deidre Reidy Vance

This beautiful solstice shot (above) was captured by Deidre Reidy Vance near Cambridge, as the sun started to set on the longest day of the year. 

In the papers: 'Bad buskers' driving away diners... Train passengers keep eye out for rare birds

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

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

  • The Cambridge News reports restaurants in the city feel 'bad buskers' are driving away diners
  • The Peterborough Telegraph leads with news that child neglect cases have doubled in three years in Cambridgeshire
  • "See the cranes from trains," says the Cambs Times, as train passengers heading from Ely to Norwich are being told to look-out for these rare birds

Your pictures: Strawberry moon

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Lots of you have got in touch overnight with your pictures of last night's strawberry moon, which coincided with the summer solstice - the first time since 1967.

This shot in Ely was shared by Andrew Sharpe. 

Strawberry moon over Ely
Andrew Sharpe

A full moon in June is called a strawberry moon, because it coincides with the start of the strawberry season.  

The low angle of the moon at this time of year means its light must go through thicker, warmer air - which can lead to an amber glow.

We'll bring some more of your photos soon, but if you have any more send them to us via emailFacebook or Twitter.  

Travel: All lanes reopened on A14

BBC Travel

All lanes have reopened on the A14 following the earlier crash involving three cars eastbound, near Swavesey.

Police say one of the drivers received minor injuries. 

Search and rescue operations with be 'unavoidably curtailed' if organisation can't find new home

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue says its operations will be "unavoidably curtailed" if it can't locate a new base.

Flowers left by river
BBC

The voluntary rescue team says it attended 51 incidents last year helping police look for missing vulnerable people.

It has launched an urgent hunt for a new headquarters as it has to leave its current base in Chatteris in six weeks.    

Search and rescue organisation in hunt for new home

Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue has launched an urgent hunt for a new headquarters, as it faces being homeless in six weeks.

Searching river
BBC

Camsar is a specialist team called upon by police in the search for missing vulnerable people.

In six weeks' time it has to leave its base in Chatteris, which it uses free of charge, because paying tenants have been found.

If somewhere isn't found it will have nowhere to store vehicles and equipment. 

Police say this would have a "massive impact" on search operations in the county.   

Weather: Dry today with spells of warm sunshine

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will start dry with any early morning mist and fog soon lifting.

There will be some warm sunshine into the afternoon with light winds expected. 

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F). Watch my forecast, and for more details head to BBC Weather.

Long delays on A14 following smash

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Police are at the scene of the crash on the A14 eastbound, near Swavesey.  

One lane is blocked, causing delays back to junction 23 for Spittals Interchange.

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Travel: A14 partially blocked eastbound near Cambridge Services

BBC Travel

The A14 is partially blocked eastbound near Cambridge Services following a crash involving three cars.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Morning. Stay with us while we bring you live news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.

In the news today - A Cambridgeshire search and rescue organisation needs to find a new home or face folding.

And with Cambridge's historic Midsummer Fair set to start, without the rides, members of the showman's guild say they will be hit financially.

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