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  1. News, sport, travel, weather and other updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

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By Mark Williamson

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Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

It's goodnight from us until 08:00 tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, here's what's in some of the local papers this evening:

  • The Cambridge News has details of the Queen's visit to Cambridge to open the East Anglian Air Ambulance's new base
  • Vikings fighting in the streets of Peterborough helped draw record crowds to the city's heritage festival, reports the Peterborough Telegraph
  • And 'Major upgrade on Huntingdon rail line set to improve reliability', says the Hunts Post

Weather: Feeling fresher overnight, dry with some sunshine Wednesday

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Any isolated showers will soon die away to leave a generally dry night with clear spells. 

It will be a fresher night than of late, with temperatures perhaps dipping to single figures in places.

Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather map

Tomorrow will start fine with some sunshine and although cloud amounts should gradually increase, it should stay dry into the afternoon. Highs of 20C (68F).

Get the latest forecast at BBC Weather.

Who are local Tory MPs backing in the leadership contest?

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here's the tally of who Conservative MPs in the county are backing in the party's leadership contest:

  • South Cambridgeshire's Heidi Allen, North East Cambridgeshire's Steve Barclay and Huntingdon's Jonathan Djanogly are supporting Theresa May
  • North East Cambridgeshire's Shailesh Vara is supporting Michael Gove 
  • Peterborough's Stewart Jackson is backing Andrea Leadsom
  • Lucy Frazer, for South East Cambridgeshire, has yet to publicly declare

For the latest on the Tory leadership race, head to the Politics Live page.

Travel: One lane closed on the A14 westbound near Fenstanton following crash

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the A14 westbound between Bucking and Fenstanton following a crash involving a lorry and a car.

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Steve Barclay backs Theresa May for Tory leadership

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The MP for North East Cambridgeshire, Steve Barclay, tweeted this afternoon he is supporting Home Secretary Theresa May in the Conservative leadership contest.

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This leaves South East Cambs' Lucy Frazer as the only local Conservative MP not to declare publicly who she is backing.   

Government's message to EU nationals 'downright irresponsible', says Cambridge MP

Cambridge's Labour MP, Daniel Zeichner, says the government is being "outrageous and downright irresponsible" by not providing reassurances to EU citizens over their future in Britain following Brexit.

Yesterday Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told the BBC it would be "absurd" to promise unilaterally that EU nationals can stay in the UK.

Daniel Zeichner

Downing Street says there would be "no immediate change" in the status of EU nationals living in the UK.

In a city like Cambridge, we do well because we attract the best and brightest from around the world who drive innovation and success for the whole economy. The EU referendum has already caused jitters. Now is the moment to reassure EU citizens working here not pile on more uncertainty."

Daniel ZeichnerCambridge MP, Labour

Nearly £6,000 raised to help footballers seriously injured in hit-and-run

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A donations page set up to help the footballers seriously hurt in a hit-and-run as they changed a tyre has already surpassed its target and raised £5,850.  

Shaun Whiter, who was due to begin training with Newmarket Town FC today, has lost both legs below the knee after being hit by a Ford Focus on Dullingham Road in the town on Friday night.

Joey Abbs, who plays for Soham, also sustained a "serious" leg injury.

Cambridgeshire Police say the driver of the Ford Focus did not stop at the scene.

Footballer who lost both legs in Newmarket hit-and-run thanks people for support

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Writing on his Facebook page on Monday night, footballer Shaun Whiter said: "It's an amazing feeling knowing each and every one of you are there for support and thank you so much.

"We are 100% fighting to get out of this place [hospital] and will be with you shortly, but again please keep the visiting up, we love it."

Shaun Whiter
Shaun Whiter

The secretary of Newmarket Town FC confirmed both of Mr Whiter's legs had been amputated after he was hit by a Ford Focus after stopping to help with a flat tyre. 

His friend Joey Abbs, who plays for Soham, sustained a "serious" leg injury in the hit-and-run in Newmarket on Friday night.

Newmarket footballer loses legs in hit-and-run

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A footballer who went to help a friend in a broken-down car has had both his legs amputated after a hit-and-run driver crashed into their vehicles.

Shaun Whiter (pictured) stopped to help with a flat tyre in Newmarket on Friday night. Both were pinned against their cars when the vehicle smashed into them.

Shaun Whiter
David Lee

Mr Whiter, who was due to begin training with Newmarket Town FC, has lost both legs below the knee.

Joey Abbs, who plays for Soham, sustained a "serious" leg injury.

Both Newmarket FC and Cambridgeshire club Soham Town Rangers have tweeted their support for the players, describing them as "great guys".  

Cambridgeshire police is trying to trace the driver of the Ford Focus, who crashed into the men but didn't stop.

Watch: Duke of Cambridge backs Stand Up To Bullying Day

BBC News England

The Duke of Cambridge has recorded a video message to highlight national Stand Up To Bullying Day.

He says bullying is not just confined to schools and modern technology has left some people more vulnerable.

Retailers Association says drivers should pay parking charges on departure

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Back to the story from earlier about councils in the east of England making tens of thousands of pounds from car park pay and display machines that do not give change.  

The British Independent Retailers Association has called for a move towards car park ticket machines where drivers can pay on departure, saying the pay and display method has "few, if any, advantages" over this system.      


Alan Hawkins, chief executive the association, spoke of the benefits of this system, saying: "The consumer doesn't have to predict his time of shop and isn't therefore inhibited by having to leave too early or overcharged by having to guess too long."

Peterborough City Council gained £66,774 last year. It says machines that give change would be more expensive and vulnerable to vandalism.

In the papers: Apologies after bikes stolen from new bike park... Ex-footballer hurt in 'horror' crash

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

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

  • Rail bosses have apologised after bikes were stolen from Britain's biggest cycle park at Cambridge Station, reports the Cambridge News
  • The Peterborough Telegraph is covering a protest by pupils at a city primary against bad and illegal parking during the morning rush
  • And the Newmarket Journal leads with a former footballer having his legs amputated after a "horror hit and run crash"

Weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Through the rest of today it will stay dry with light winds and some warm sunny spells developing. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F). 

Clouds near Cambridge
BBC Weather Watchers

Head to BBC Weather Watchers for photos capturing the latest conditions across the county.

Cambridge council leader says visitors should not be pestered by punt touts

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The leader of Cambridge City Council Lewis Herbert says "a clear majority" of people want action to prevent nuisance punt touting in the city. 

Councillors have backed introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to prohibit touting for punt tours within specified areas of the city centre.

Geograph/Chris Allen

The council says it received 941 responses to a public consultation - 54% of respondents were in support of a PSPO, 7% partially in support and 39% opposed.

After careful analysis, the proposed PSPO is being recommended as a necessary tool to tackle the unacceptable behaviour of some punt tour touts and the collective impact of their repeat behaviour, which members of the public should not be subjected to."

Lewis HerbertLeader of Cambridge City Council

Travel: Long delays on A47 due to roadworks

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

There are long delays on the A47 westbound near Peterborough today because of roadworks.

Work to reduce congestion began yesterday. The Peterborough Telegraph is reporting that queues in the area are likely until next year.

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Punt touts to be banned from the centre of Cambridge

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Punt touts in Cambridge could soon face fines of £75.

Last night councillors on the city council backed the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order to prohibit touting for punt tours within designated areas of the city centre.

Geograph/Stephen McKay

Punting on the River Cam is on the to-do list of many visitors to Cambridge, but the council says the new rules are needed as many people feel hassled by "nuisance punt tour touts".

The issue is due to be debated by the Cam Conservators, which manage the river, next week.

List of schools closed due to strike by teachers

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

So far we know 11 local schools are closed as members of the National Union of Teachers stage a one-day strike over school funding:

  • Gladstone Primary School, Peterborough
  • Helwate School, Peterborough
  • John Clare School, Peterborough
  • St Laurence Catholic Primary School, Cambridge
  • Abbey Meadows Primary School, Cambridge
  • Arbury Primary School, Cambridge
  • Castle School, Cambridge
  • Great Paxton Primary School
  • Samuel Pepys School, St Neots
  • Spring Meadow Infant School, Ely
  • Waterbeach Primary School

Nearly 25% of NUT members voted in the strike ballot - of those who voted, 91.7% supported strike action.

Out-of-hours GP service welcomes critical report

The company responsible for providing out-of-hours GP services for Wisbech has welcomed a critical report into its service.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out an inspection of Integrated Care 24 (IC24) in March and found "some nurses triaging patients were found to have undertaken tasks without evidence of them having had the appropriate training".

Call answerer

In a statement, IC24's chief executive Yvonne Taylor said the company is making sure every part of its service is brought up to a "high level". 

"We are pleased the CQC has recognised we are capable of achieving this," she added.

Out-of-hours GP service IC24 ordered to improve after delay criticism

An out-of-hours GP service which left patients waiting for hours to speak to a doctor has been ordered to improve.

Integrated Care 24 (IC24), which runs NHS 111 services in Wisbech, was visited by health watchdog inspectors after concerns were raised.

When Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors visited IC24 in March, they found call handlers had not been properly trained for their roles and some medicines were out-of-date.  

They also said data for the service from September 2015 to January 2016 also showed long delays for patients.  

We'll hear from IC24 shortly.

Linear parking tariffs 'fairer to customers', says Cambridge City Council

Last year Cambridge City Council recorded just £216 in overpayments from car park pay and display machines which do not give change - much lower than the £66,774 in Peterborough.

It is one of the councils in the East that operates so-called "linear tariffs", in which any overpayment results in additional parking time for the extra money inserted.

Cambridge City Council said this system was "fairer to customers".  

Pay and display sign

Motoring organisation the RAC criticised the 26 councils in the East, which in total received more than £550,000 from car park pay and display machines which do not give change.

"Half a million pounds might be small change to councils, but to hard-pressed drivers every penny counts. Many will think they are being made to pay a penalty for doing the right thing and buying a ticket," a spokesman said.

Some 21 of the 50 councils in the east of England contacted by the BBC were unable to provide data, and three said they did not operate pay and display machines.    

Switching to pay and display machines giving change 'would mean higher parking tariffs'

A spokesman for Peterborough City Council says pay and display machines that do give change are "significantly more expensive to purchase and maintain".   

Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request show it gained £66,774 last year from overpayments.

Parking charge graphic

Across the east of England, 26 local authorities received more than £550,000 in overpayments last year.  

A spokesman for Peterborough City Council said using machines that gave change "would mean higher parking tariffs", adding "the council has been able to keep tariffs low and competitive compared to other parking operators in the city".

Councils receive thousands from pay and display overpayments

Councils in the east of England are making tens of thousands of pounds from car park pay and display machines that do not give change, a BBC investigation has found.

Peterborough City Council gained £66,774 last year - the second highest amount in the region.

Parking machine

Some 26 local authorities in the region received more than £550,000 in overpayments last year.

Peterborough City Council says alternative payment options were available at all of its car parks.

Some 21 of the 50 councils contacted by the BBC were unable to provide data and three said they did not operate pay and display machines.

Teachers strike in Cambridgeshire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Many teachers in Cambridgeshire are taking part in industrial action today.

Eleven schools are closed and 23 partially open across the county.  

The one-day strike is the latest step in the National Union of Teachers' long-running dispute with the government over pay, working conditions and school funds.  

Striking teachers

NUT acting leader Kevin Courtney said "teachers do not take strike action lightly", but school budgets were not keeping pace with rising costs.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan called the strike "unnecessary" and "harmful".

Weather: Becoming mainly dry with sunny spells

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be dry with some warm sunny spells developing and light winds.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F). Find out more at BBC Weather.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Morning. We'll be here with live news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.

Teachers are striking in the county today - more on that shortly.

And a BBC investigation has found that councils across the East of England are making hundreds of thousands of pounds from pay-and-display overpayments. In Cambridgeshire, it came to a total of almost £75,000 last year.

But before that, we'll find out what the weather is doing.

Feel free to contact us with your pictures, stories or comments today - particularly if you're a parent affected by the school closures or a teacher on strike. Get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.