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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 27 June 2016
  2. Man starts social media campaign to counter Polish hate mail in Huntingdon
  3. Comes after 'No more Polish vermin' cards posted in properties in the town following Brexit vote
  4. Harry Potter author JK Rowling criticises Peterborough MP over Brexit tweet
  5. People capture pictures of weekend hailstorm that turned streets white
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Mark Williamson

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

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Duke of Cambridge surprises dog walkers in Littleport

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The Duke of Cambridge surprised dog walkers when he touched down in Cambridgeshire earlier. 

The East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot was spotted on the green in Green in Wood Fen Road, Littleport.  It's not yet known what emergency he was attending. 

Prince William
BBC

Anti-Polish cards - reaction from you

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

More of you have been sending us your comments about the "Leave the EU - no more Polish vermin" cards posted to homes in Huntingdon.

I cannot believe that cards calling the Polish people 'Vermin' are being left on doorsteps. This is totally unjustified, racist and so 'Un-British'. I voted for exit as I do not want further integration into the EU. I did not vote for a hate campaign against other nationalities to be started by a few mindless individuals. Shame on you all."

Barrie Hamilton

I'm horrified and sickened by the cards found by people in Huntingdon... Some of the Polish migrants and workers in this country are probably the children and grandchildren of those brave Polish pilots who fought and died alongside British pilots in WW2 and helped us to win the Battle of Britain. Have they forgotten, or did they ever know this?"

Anon

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Huntingdon anti-Polish cards 'have no place in our county'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire County Council has issued a statement from its chairman Sebastian Kindersley about the anti-Polish cards sent to homes in Huntingdon.

He says: "The signs that were put up in Huntingdon, or whispered suggestions we hear that people should go home, have nothing to do with the EU referendum debate, no matter what side you sit on that. 

"Those comments are about cruelty and have no place in our county, which prides itself on helping not hating. 

"The best way we can all fight against fear and persecution is to carry on doing what Cambridgeshire does best - looking after one another," he added.

Weather: Sunny this evening and tomorrow morning

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells to end the day. Then a dry night with light winds and lows of about 10C (50F).

weather
BBC

It will be a dry start to Tuesday with spells of sunshine, but rain is expected to move eastwards during the afternoon and this could turn heavy. Highs of 19C (66F).

BBC Weather has the latest.

Polish boy finds 'vermin' card

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Matteus, 11, was one of those who found a "No more Polish vermin" card posted at his Huntingdon house.

Cambridgeshire police say a number of witnesses have been interviewed as part of its investigation.

Weather Watchers: Where's summer?

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watchers have been posting images of the distinctly un-summery weather.

Hail in Arbury
BBC Weather Watchers

Richard from Cambridge took this of the hailstorm in Arbury on Saturday. It looked more like January than June.

And "VictoriyaSK" captured this lightning strike near St Ives.

Lightning strike
BBC Weather Watchers

PM condemns 'despicable racism'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned "despicable racism" directed at immigrants after the vote to leave the European Union. 

David Cameron
BBC

Cambridgeshire police says it is investigating after cards containing the words "No more Polish Vermin" were distributed outside Huntingdon homes and schools following the EU referendum.    

The PM told MPs the country "will not stand for hate crime". 

Mr Cameron also stood by his warnings about the risks of Brexit, stressing there would now be "adjustments" in the economy, the threat of the UK breaking up, and "challenging negotiations" with the EU.

Head to the Politics Live page for the latest.

Pro-EU rally planned in Cambridge

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A rally is set to take place in Cambridge tomorrow night to promote positive relations with the European Union. 

Lib Dem city councillor Rod Cantrill, who is one of the organisers, says it's not to protest against last week's referendum result...

"We respect the decision of the referendum. Hopefully the rally will act as a catalyst to make sure there is a strong voice from Cambridge, that the relationship with Europe post-Brexit has to be a close one," he said.

The rally will start at 17:00 at the Guildhall.

EU referendum: 'We have to accept it and move forward', says Heidi Allen

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

South Cambs MP Heidi Allen says she has had more than 1,000 emails from constituents backing calls to disregard the EU referendum result.  

But the Remain-supporting Conservative told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that while it was tempting, "overall, people have spoken and in a democracy you can't pick and choose".

"I think we have to accept it and move forward," she said.

Heidi Allen
BBC

Watch: How dogs can sniff out diabetes

A chemical found in our breath could provide a flag to warn of dangerously-low blood sugar levels in patients with type one diabetes, according to new research from the University of Cambridge

The finding, published today in the journal Diabetes Care, could explain why some dogs can be trained to spot the warning signs in patients.  

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Humans aren't sensitive to the presence of isoprene, but dogs with their incredible sense of smell find it easy to identify and can be trained to alert their owners about dangerously-low blood sugar levels."

Dr Mark EvansUniversity of Cambridge

'He's no leader for me' - Heidi Allen refuses to back Boris Johnson as Tory leader

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Meanwhile, Cambridgeshire's Conservative politicians have clashed over support for Boris Johnson.

Heidi Allen, the MP for South Cambs, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire "he's no leader for me".

Heidi Allen
BBC

The Tory MP, who backed the campaign to remain in the EU, said she believed Mr Johnson's prominent role in the Leave campaign had been "a leadership bid" and "absolutely nothing to do with what he thinks is good for the country". 

But Conservative MEP David Campbell Bannerman described her as a "bad loser" and said Mr Johnson had been "very principled in his stance".  

Cambridge Labour MP backs leadership of Jeremy Corbyn

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridge's Labour MP has not joined the rebellion against the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Daniel Zeichner
BBC

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has told Jeremy Corbyn he has "no authority" among Labour MPs and warned him he faces a leadership challenge.  

But speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Daniel Zeichner (pictured) said: "Jeremy Corbyn remains leader of the Labour party... I'm part of his team and will remain so as long as he wants me." 

For the latest developments, head to the BBC Politics live page.

Weather: Dry and bright with sunny spells

BBC Weather

The weather is looking up after a weekend of hailstorms and rain...

Here's another shot of the hailstorm that hit Cambridge on Saturday, taken in Humberstone Road by Stephen Thorpe. Crazy, ay?

Hail in Cambridge
Stephen Thorpe

This afternoon will remain dry with sunny spells and light winds, and it will feel pleasantly warm. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

BBC Weather has the latest.

JK Rowling criticises Peterborough MP over Brexit tweet

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has responded to a tweet by Leave supporter and Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson.

Mr Jackson told Rupert Myers, the political correspondent of GQ magazine and writer in the Telegraph and Guardian, to "suck it up whiner" after he accused the Leave campaign of lying.

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The best-selling author, who supported the Remain campaign, retweeted it to her followers with the comment: "Welcome to our post-referendum, anti-elitist, in-touch-with-the-people politicians."

Stewart Jackson told the Peterborough Telegraph: "It's got nothing to do with her." 

Polish ambassador's shock at 'xenophobic abuse'

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Poland's ambassador to Britain expressed shock at abuse directed against Polish people following the vote for Brexit.

Cambridgeshire police is investigating after laminated cards reading "Leave the EU - no more Polish vermin" were found outside properties in Huntingdon. Racist graffiti has also appeared on buildings in London.

We are shocked and deeply concerned by the recent incidents of xenophobic abuse directed against the Polish community... At the same time, we would like to thank for all the messages of support and solidarity with the Polish community expressed by the British public.

Witold SobkowPolish ambassador to Britain

Football: Inman makes switch from Crewe to Peterborough

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

As we predicted earlier, Brad Inman has signed for Peterborough United today having decided not to stay with Crewe Alexandra.

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Views on Brexit in Polish grocers in Cambridge

In the Polish grocery store Pod Orlem, in Cambridge, the shelves are packed with expat favourites like Goralki chocolate wafers, Winiary pasta sauces and spicy ketchups. 

Two Polish football shirts are pinned high in the window in honour of Euro 2016.

But on Friday the talk was not on the football, but the EU referendum.

Pod Orlem shop in Cambridge
BBC

Read what customers in the shop had to say following Brexit here.

Huntingdon anti-polish cards 'beyond contempt', says UKIP councillor

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The leader of the UKIP group on Cambridgeshire County Council says the anti-Polish cards left in Huntingdon are "beyond contempt".

Speaking on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Paul Bullen, who represents St Ives, called the cards a "disgrace".

Police are investigating after the cards were found outside properties on Friday.

People react to 'Polish people welcome here' social media campaign

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

People have been reacting to a social media campaign started by a Huntingdon man after a number of Polish people in the town were sent hate messages over the weekend.

Polish people welcome sign
Thomas Norman

Malgorzata Laniecka said: "Seeing these reports about threats to immigrants, mostly Polish (although not only), makes me anxious. Thank you for all you are doing." 

Also, Sarah Silliance wrote: "I've shared because I agree with this, well said. There are some vile people in this world and this country. Some of our good friends and family are Polish, German, French, Turkish, and Indian."

'Polish people welcome here' says Huntingdon man

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A Huntingdon man has launched his own campaign in response to "no more Polish vermin cards" left outside properties in the town.

Thomas Norman posted a picture of himself holding a note saying "Polish people welcome here" on social media, which has been shared dozens of times.

Thomas Norman
Thomas Norman

The 23-year-old says he posted it to counter the hate mail that has blighted the town.

"I thought I would start this off," he said, asking people to share it and get the message out there.

Norwich climber died after slipping down waterfall

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A British backpacker who died climbing Vietnam's highest mountain fell to his death after slipping down a steep waterfall, his family has confirmed.

Aiden Webb
Bluebell Baughan

Aiden Webb, 22, from Norwich, set off to climb the Fansipan mountain alone on 3 June. 

The Anglia Ruskin University graduate called his girlfriend to say he had fallen, injuring himself. His phone stopped working the next morning. His body was found on 9 June. 

Post-mortem tests showed he died at about 07:00 on 4 June, after falling 60ft (18m) into a shallow pool.

Skimming device found on Wisbech ATM

This was found in Wisbech on Saturday morning at Santander. We've put in calls to police to find out more.

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Travel: A10 blocked at Little Thetford

BBC Travel

The A10 is blocked at Little Thetford following a crash involving two cars, which has resulted in a spillage on the road.

Caught green-fingered

This pick-up truck brimming with tree cuttings and balancing ladders was stopped on the A47 near Peterborough on Friday.

Overloaded truck
@FenCops

Police say the driver was reported for a motoring offence.  

Overloaded truck
@FenCops

Your pictures: Is it summer or winter?

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

It wasn't exactly the summer weather we would have hoped for at the weekend, was it? 

In fact, hailstorms hit parts of Cambridgeshire, turning streets into a wintry scene straight out of a Charles Dickens novel.

Hail stones in Cambridge
Stephen Thorpe

Stephen Thorpe sent us this photo (above) of Humberstone Road in Cambridge, taken at 18:30 on Saturday.  

Labour MEP Richard Howitt also tweeted this picture (below) from Cambridge on Saturday: "We've just had a hail storm in June. Is someone going to say I'm peddling Project Fear?"  

Hail in Cambridge
Richard Howitt

N. Carass also took this in Cambridge (below) on the way to the pub for the second half of Wales v Northern Ireland.

Hail
N. Carass

Reaction to Huntingdon anti-Polish cards

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

There has been a lot of reaction to the anti-Polish cards distributed in Huntingdon on the BBC Look East Facebook page.

Carolyn Winchcombe says: "I live in Huntingdon and my daughter goes to the school in which they were found outside. We are horrified and saddened that this would happen in our town. We have many friends from Poland and love them dearly. I find it so sad that they would be treated in this manner."  

Huntingdon
Geograph/MichaelTrolove

Celia Miller wrote: "I voted Leave, but have no time for this sort of prejudice. Let's make a decent and fair relationship with our European neighbours. If we don't treat them well, how can we expect them to treat us well?"

And Kyle Sterry posted: "Disgusting behaviour and I don't really care where someone is from, everyone is equally welcome, it's a global world folks."

Huntingdon anti-Polish cards: "It's a very bad situation"

Cambridgeshire police says officers have interviewed a number of witnesses as part of its investigation into anti-Polish cards left outside properties in Huntingdon.

Huntingdon
Geograph/Stephen Mckay

Local resident Daniel Guz, who attended a meeting with the force, said one Polish national discovered the card on her car and another found one in her garden.

He said: "It's a very bad situation, but I'm advising people to report the cards to the police and otherwise ignore them."

Anti-Polish cards left on doorsteps in Huntingdon

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Kathleen Gaynor said her mother found anti-Polish cards outside her home in Huntingdon.

After she posted the cards on a community Facebook site, others reported they had also found them.

Huntingdon
KEITH EVANS/GEOGRAPH

"Mum's neighbours are Polish so we think it might have been intended for them. She was in shock, angry and couldn't believe it," said Ms Gaynor.

Cambridgeshire police said it is investigating and "working closely with the affected community".

Anti-Polish cards in Huntingdon after EU referendum

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire police says it is investigating after cards containing the words "No more Polish Vermin" were distributed outside homes and schools following the EU referendum.

Polish cards
Kathleen Gaynor

Det Supt Martin Brunning said: "The production and distribution of this and any other similar material is committing the crime of inciting racial hatred, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison."

Travel: Broken glass shuts off A14 services

BBC Travel

The eastbound sliproad to the A14 Rowley Mile services has been closed because of broken glass.

Glass clear up
BCH Road Policing

The A14 is also partially blocked westbound near Girton because of a broken-down vehicle.

Weather: Dry today with sunny spells

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It'll be a rather cloudy start to the day with some light rain. 

This will quickly clear though and sunny spells will develop. 

The rest of the day will remain dry, and with light winds it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine. 

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). Watch my forecast or head to BBC Weather for more details for where you live.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Morning all. Stay with us for live news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.  

We'll have more reaction from the county to the vote to leave the EU.

Cambridgeshire Police says it is investigating after anti-Polish cards were delivered to properties on Huntingdon - more on that soon.

But coming up next, following hail in parts of the county at the weekend, we'll find out what the weather is doing.

Feel free to contact us with your pictures, stories or comments via emailFacebook or Twitter.