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  1. Updates on Monday, 4 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Mark Williamson

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Our coverage through the day

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

That's all for Monday - we'll be back tomorrow with news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire until 18:00.

Until then you can scroll through to see the stories we've covered today, including all the day's reaction to Brexit.

And don't forget, you can get involved via emailFacebook or Twitter

Have a good evening.

Cambridge girl, four, sings on stage with Bruce Springsteen

She may not quite grasp how jealous people around the world are right now... but four-year-old Hope, from Cambridge, has become a star in her own right after being pulled up on stage to sing with Bruce Springsteen.

Hope and her mum Ellie Stoneley saw him in Oslo, where they were visiting friends.

Hope and Bruce Springsteen
Thomas Andersson / YouTube

After being plucked out of the audience, she sang Waitin' On A Sunny Day and even played his harmonica.

Ms Stoneley said she'd been "bowled over" by the response in international media.

But she said the fame hadn't yet gone to Hope's head. "She gets as much joy just from going for a walk, and she was delighted the day after the concert because it poured with rain in Oslo and she had almost as much fun jumping in puddles and getting splashed from head-to-foot," said Ms Stoneley.

Weather: Some rain tonight, but sunny tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening cloud will continue to thicken and may produce an odd spot of rain but it'll be warm, with temperatures falling to about 14C (57F).


The last of any rain and drizzle should quickly clear Tuesday morning to leave a largely fine and dry day with some spells of sunshine. Temperatures reaching about 21C (70F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Once bitten: How to stop your pet going for your postman

After a 5% rise in dog attacks on postal workers in Peterborough last year, Royal Mail has these tips to make sure getting a delivery doesn't end up in a letter from the police

Dog with letter
  • Make sure your dog is out of the way before the mail is delivered
  • Make sure children do not open the door, as dogs can push past them
  • If you have a back garden, make sure your dog cannot get round the front as the mail is delivered
  • If your dog likes to attack the mail consider installing a wire cage for letters
  • If it is not practical for you to keep your dog away during deliveries, consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property

Dog attack levels on Royal Mail workers 'unacceptable'

The number of dog attacks on postal workers is at an "unacceptable" level, a union has said.

The Peterborough, PE, postcode area saw 65 attacks last year - one of the highest in the UK, according to a new Royal Mail survey


The Communication Workers' Union said more than a third of attacks happen at the front door and "irresponsible" owners risk fines or a jail term.

Dave Joyce, of the CWU, says: "The vast majority of our customers and their dogs aren't a problem but irresponsible and reckless dog owners are... one owner was recently fined £8,800 after his dog injured a postwoman as she put letters through the door."

Good Samaritan driver suffers 'life-changing injuries'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A Good Samaritan suffered "life-changing injuries" after stopping to help another driver change a tyre in Newmarket on Friday night.

The driver of a black BMW 320 was helping the driver of a Vauxhall Astra that suffered a puncture before being struck by a Ford Focus on Dullingham Road at 22:55.

The driver of the Astra also suffered serious injuries and both men were taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Police say they are keen to speak to the driver of the Ford Focus "who did not remain at the scene".

UKIP's Patrick O'Flynn: 'Who wants to be David Moyes then?'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Following the resignation of Nigel Farage after being leader of UKIP for most of the past eight years, the party's eastern region MEP Patrick O'Flynn asks this question...

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David Moyes was sacked as manager of Manchester United after just 10 months following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in charge of the club from 1986 to 2013. 

It seems the MEP thinks whoever takes over UKIP could have an equally tough job on their hands.

Jonathan Djanogly supports Theresa May to be next Tory leader

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly has told me he's supporting Theresa May in the battle for the Conservative leadership.

Jonathan Djanogly

The first round of voting by Conservative MPs in the party's leadership contest begins tomorrow. Almost 200 of the party's 330 MPs have declared who they'll be supporting. Here's a breakdown:

  • Theresa May: 105
  • Andrea Leadsom: 32
  • Michael Gove: 24
  • Stephen Crabb: 23
  • Liam Fox: 10

For more updates, head to the BBC's Politics Live page.

In the papers: £1m-worth of bikes stolen in Cambridge... Fire service considers police collaboration over new HQ plans

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

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

  • More than 2,000 cycles have been stolen in Cambridge in one year, worth an estimated £1m, reports the Cambridge News
  • The fire service is considering working with police as it plans to build new station, training facility and headquarters in Huntingdon, says the Peterborough Telegraph

Police tipped-off that Kimbolton teacher possessed 'disturbing images of children'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Former Kimbolton School teacher Scott Whitlock was arrested in June last year after police received an anonymous letter stating he was in possession of "disturbing images of children".

Kimbolton School

During a court hearing in May, Whitlock (below), from Bedford, pleaded guilty to one count of making indecent images of a child, one count of possessing indecent images of a child, one count of distributing an indecent image of a child and one count of publishing an obscene article.  

He was jailed for 16 months at Cambridge Crown Court earlier. None of the offences involved Kimbolton School pupils.

Scott Whitlock
Cambridgeshire Police

 Last month, the school's headteacher Jonathan Belbin said: "We treat any falling short of our high standards with the utmost seriousness and we have given the authorities every assistance during their investigation into this case."    

Ex-Kimbolton School teacher jailed for child sex image offences

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A teacher who talked about his fantasies involving children in "horrific" internet chat logs has been jailed for 16 months after admitting a string of offences.  

Police said Scott Whitlock, a former employee of Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire, had an "entrenched sexual interest in children".

Kimbolton school
Geograph/Julian Osley

The 45-year-old of Little Headlands, Bedford, admitted three offences involving hundreds of indecent images of children and publishing an obscene article.

He was jailed at Cambridge Crown Court.

The school said no past or present pupils were involved in the case.

Brexit will make 'everything more complicated', says farmer

David Walston, who farms near Thriplow, says there are schemes that could be set up to meet the demand for migrant workers post-Brexit.

But he thinks it will "just make everything more complicated". He voted Remain in the EU referendum and is worried about how unclear the situation is.

David Walston

"Personally I just don't really trust the politicians to get stuff sorted out satisfactorily. I don't believe that the British bureaucrats are any less in love with red tape and bureaucracy than the European ones," he says.

Read more on how Brexit could affect the supply of European farm workers here.

'Something will be sorted out', says Brexit-supporting farmer

"UK agriculture cannot exist without foreign labour," says cereals and sheep farmer Robert Law in Great Chishill. 

"We haven't got enough staff of our own, particularly if you go further up north where the vegetables are grown."

But despite this, he voted to leave the EU, and thinks he will still be able to get the foreign workers he needs after Brexit.

"I'm happy that something will be sorted out for good people who come in and want to do a job," he says.

Robert Law

Attempted kidnapping of wife 'premeditated and sinister'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

"In over 25 years of policing, this was one of the most potentially dangerous domestic abuse related incidents that I have ever dealt with," says PC Dave Tee.

He was speaking after Colin French, 42, from Stevenage, was sentenced to four years in prison for attempting to kidnap his wife by hiding in her car while she was at work in Hardwick, Cambridgeshire, last November.

During sentencing at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday, the judge described his actions as "premeditated and sinister".

Man jailed for attempting to kidnap estranged wife in Hardwick

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A man has been jailed for four years after attempting to kidnap his estranged wife in Hardwick, Cambridgeshire, by laying in wait in the back of her car.

The woman "feared for her life" after finding Colin French, 42, of Scarborough Avenue in Stevenage, hidden in the boot of the vehicle as she left work on 4 November last year. 

Colin French
Cambridgeshire Police

French (pictured) then dragged 34-year-old Sharon to a dark area of the office car park, holding what "looked like a knife in his hand," according to police.  

A colleague heard her screams and forced him to flee. He was subsequently arrested the next morning outside a pub in Grantchester.

French was found guilty of attempted kidnapping following a three-day trial at Cambridge Crown Court in May.

Weather: Sunny spells but cloud increasing later

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be bright with variable cloud amounts. It'll feel warm or muggy in the sunshine with light winds, but the cloud will thicken later.  

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F). 

Field near St Ives
BBC Weather Watchers

This photo of fields was taken by BBC Weather Watcher "Wilba" near St Ives.

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'Time to push the party ahead', says UKIP councillor

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

The UKIP councillor for Ramsey says she has "huge respect for Nigel, but now is the time to push the party forward".

She was speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire following the UKIP leader's resignation

Lisa Duffy

Lisa Duffy is the leader of the UKIP group on Huntingdonshire District Council and was previously mayor of Ramsey, which in 2011 became the first town in Britain to be run by the Euro-sceptic party.

"What the party needs now is to convince voters it is fit for purpose to be able to run government," she said.

South Cambs should be at 'centre' of Brexit negotiations, says MP

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

South Cambridgeshire should be at the "forefront" of discussions about Britain's future relationship with the EU, MP Heidi Allen told a packed Brexit meeting.

About 200 people attended the meeting at South Cambridgeshire District Council in Cambourne on Saturday. Another 300 had to be turned away because it was full.

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The area's MP, who backed Remain, was asked about the impact Brexit could have on the local economy. 

She said: "I'm acutely aware of how this area contributes to the UK economy, and by default to the European economy... I'll make sure we're at the centre when negotiations arrive."

The meeting was filmed by Antony Carpen.

UKIP councillor considering standing as party leader following Farage's resignation

Cambridgeshire UKIP councillor Lisa Duffy has told the BBC she is considering standing for the leadership following Nigel Farage's resignation.

Ms Duffy, a Huntingdonshire district councillor for the Ramsey ward, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire it "was the right time" for him to step down.

At a press conference this morning, Mr Farage said his "political ambition has been achieved" with the UK having voted to leave the EU.

Drivers clocked speeding at more than 100mph on A428

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The driver of the Audi pursued by police at speeds of up to 145mph (233km/h) at the weekend wasn't the only vehicle clocking up extreme speeds on the same stretch of the A428, north west of Cambridge.

The motorcycle officer involved in the pursuit on Sunday also pulled over this bike being caught at more than 100mph (160km/h) at times near Cambourne.

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Speeding driver pursued by police at 145mph

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A speeding driver was pursued by a police motorcyclist at speeds of up to 145mph (233km/h) on the A428 at the weekend.

Car caught speeding
BCH Road Police

The officer says he chased the car for more than three miles, recording an average speed of 132mph (212km/h) after it sped past him between Caxton and Hardwick.

"It's very dangerous, not just for the driver but everyone around him, and for myself having to travel at those speeds on a motorcycle to catch and stop him," he said.  

The vehicle was "one of several" caught exceeding the limit in the area.

Teachers set to strike at Cambridgeshire schools tomorrow

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Some schools in Cambridgeshire are likely to close tomorrow as teachers join a national walkout.

The action is the next step in the National Union of Teachers long-running dispute with the government over pay, working conditions and school funds.

Jon Duveen, secretary of Cambridgeshire NUT, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire he expected there to be school closures.

"Where we have a strong presence I'm sure the schools will consider closing," he said.

Striking teachers

Entrepreneur's fears for her Polish delis

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Meanwhile, BBC Business News has been to Cambridgeshire to look at the effect of the Brexit vote on EU migrants.

Elena Hrabovenska owns three Polish delis - one in Huntingdon and two nearby in Peterborough.  

She fears they will be hit by a weaker pound and ultimately, if the UK leaves the single market, import tariffs on Polish food.  

Cambridgeshire Tory MPs choose leadership contenders

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Announcing his backing for Andrea Leadsom as the next Conservative leader, Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson said: "It was key for me that it was someone who backed the Leave campaign."

He is the third of Cambridgeshire's six Tory MPs to reveal who they are supporting in the party's leadership election.

South Cambridgeshire's Heidi Allen is backing Theresa May, while North West Cambridgeshire's Shailesh Vara has thrown his support behind Michael Gove.

Peterborough MP backs Andrea Leadsom to be next Tory leader

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

This morning Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has backed South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom as the next leader of the Conservatives.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, he said the former banker and fund manager was "a fresh face who had experience in the real world".

"She's pretty normal," he said.

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'About 300' turned away from South Cambs Brexit meeting

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

About 300 people were turned away from a meeting to discuss Brexit in South Cambridgeshire on Saturday because there wasn't enough room, according to the constituency's MP Heidi Allen. 

Meeting at South Cambs District Counil

About 200 people packed inside the venue at South Cambridgeshire District Council in Cambourne to discuss the "worries, opportunities and way forward" following the vote to leave the EU.

The Tory MP apologised to the people who couldn't get in saying she'd underestimated the turnout.

Brexit meeting at Cambourne

Weather: Sunny spells but cloud increasing later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be sunny with variable cloud amounts. 

It'll feel warm or muggy in the sunshine. Light winds but the cloud will thicken later. 

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F). BBC Weather has more.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us for the start of another week on Cambridgeshire Live. We'll be here with live news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.

In a bit we'll catch up on the latest developments following the Brexit vote, after about 200 people attended a meeting to discuss the ramifications in south Cambridgeshire at the weekend.

Teachers are also set to strike this week - we've got the latest on that.

And there were Vikings fighting in the streets of Peterborough at the weekend... we'll find out how the city's Heritage Festival went.

But before that, we'll find out what the weather is doing - some sunshine at the weekend, but will it last?

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