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  1. Updates on Friday, 8 July 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Live updates for Cambridgeshire have finished for today.

We will be back on Monday from 08:00 with all the news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

We'll see you then. Have a good weekend.

The elephant in the (bath) room...

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

You might think this stinks, but Peterborough and Cambridge have been named on a list of major towns in the East of England that are incorrectly flushing waste down the toilet.

About 800 tonnes of wipes and other sanitary items are removed from sewers every week in the Eastern region, according to Anglian Water.

In Peterborough, that equates to as much as 36 tonnes of bathroom waste per week – roughly the same weight as eight adult elephants.

In Cambridge, the figure is slightly lower, with the equivalent of five adult elephants being flushed.

An elephant in the wild

Weather: Dry tonight and but rain tomorrow

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Staying mainly dry through this evening and tonight lows of 12-14C (mid-50s F).  


Mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain through the morning, clearing around midday leaving most places dry and a little brighter into the afternoon with highs of 23-25C (mid-70s F).

The chance of some heavy showery rain spreading during the evening and overnight.

More details on the BBC Weather website.

McCann open to Taylor contract

BBC Sport

Peterborough United manager Grant McCann has not ruled out re-signing former Posh forward Paul Taylor.

Paul Taylor
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Taylor, 28, is training with McCann's side after being out of the game for a year since leaving Ipswich.

"He hasn't really done much apart from play five-a-side with his mates, but he looked good in training," McCann told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"His fitness is nowhere near where it needs to be, but he hasn't looked out of place in front of the boys."

Drug-driver crashes in Doddington

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Ely school racial intolerance letter: Your views

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Throughout today we've been bringing you updates on a letter sent out by St Mary's Junior School in Ely, regarding racial intolerance expressed by some parents and children on school grounds.

Here are some of your reactions on Twitter:

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The school confirmed that there had been a number of reported incidents of racial intolerance and said the letter had been well received by parents.

Peterborough stabbing: Police statement

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Police have released a statement regarding the earlier stabbing in Peterborough.

"We were called at about 2.25pm this afternoon (Friday, July 8) by the ambulance service reporting a man who had been stabbed in Hargate Way, Hampton.

"Believed the man, who is in his 20s, is conscious and breathing and is being treated at the scene by paramedics."

Man stabbed in Peterborough

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to Cambridgeshire Police who have confirmed that a man has been stabbied in Hargate Way, Peterborough.

It happened just before 14:30. They have told me that the man is conscious and breathing and is being treated by paramedics.

We'll bring you more on this as we get it.

Papworth medical director 'hopeful' of positive outcome

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Dr Roger Hall, a medical director at Papworth Hospital, said he was "disappointed" at the decision to stop some forms of complex medical care, but that the hospital would "work with NHS England to make sure that we get the right outcome".

He said: "Going forward, I would like us to be able to have a proper discussion with the NHS about how we can help serve the needs of the population.

"Hopefully that might include us carrying on doing some of the work that they are currently suggesting may be under threat".

Papworth Hospital sign

Papworth Hospital: A history of achievements

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

With the NHS ordering Papworth Hospital to stop certain heart treatments, here's a look back at some of the heart hospital's big achievements over the years:

  • 1918 - Founded as a tuberculosis hospital 
  • 1979 - Scene of the UK's first heart transplant
  • 2006 - The UK's first beating heart transplant took place
  • 2011 - First total artificial heart patient in the UK was discharged 
  • 2015 - Rated one of the top three cardiac units in the UK
  • 2015 - Building work begins on new Addenbrooke's site, which will see Papworth move to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus by 2018

Smoking ban petition tops 500 mark

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Earlier we brought you a story reported in the Cambridge News about a mother from Cambridge who had started a petition, calling for smoking to be banned in and around children's play areas.

Her petition has now been signed by over 500 people, and has received support from city MP Daniel Zeichner.

Annie Dressner said she was out with her one-year-old son, when a woman asked if she would mind her smoking. 

Smoking ban petition

Lunchtime weather: Warm sunny spells with the odd shower

BBC Weather

It's not really been that hot July day we were all after, has it?

This afternoon will see some warm sunny spells and perhaps the odd shower, with temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

This evening will see any showers dying out with much of the night dry with some clear spells. However, thicker cloud will bring some rain to the west of the region by morning. Maximum temperature: 15C (59C).

Weather update

Local newspaper round-up

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Here's a quick round-up of today's top stories from the local papers in Cambridgeshire:

  • The Cambridge News is leading with a story of a Cambridge mum, whose petition to ban smoking near playgrounds has been signed by hundreds of people
  • The Peterborough Telegraph has an update on the condition of the three-year-old boy who was involved in a collision in the city

Children should not be punished just because of 'sheer stupidity of their parents'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you about the letter sent out by St Mary's Junior School in Ely in responding to alleged racist incidents on school grounds.

St Mary's Junior School

Secretary of the Peterborough Racial Equality Council, MJ Ladha, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire these incidents were "careless talk by parents being repeated by children" and that "we must not go over the top and basically start treating children as potential criminals just because of the sheer stupidity of their parents".

He added: "What I would suggest is that if schools or anybody else have these issues, then what they should do is give the parents a damn good talking to and say ‘your actions could result in your children being excluded' ... and why should the children be victimised?”

Ely school concerned over alleged racist incidents

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

St Mary's Junior School in Ely has sent a letter to parents highlighting a number of alleged racist incidents that have taken place on the school grounds.

The letter (below) also raises its concern over children who have been repeating the statements within the school itself.

The Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) said it would work with police to make sure incidents were dealt with correctly.  

Letter to parents highlighting racial incidents

The school says it will ban anyone found to be involved in the incidents from school grounds.  

Police confirm details of car sought after 'tragic and heinous' hit-and-run

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Police has confirmed the make and model of the car it is searching for following the hit-and-run crash near Newmarket a week ago that led to 27-year-old Shaun Whiter having both legs amputated.

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Anyone with any more information should contact the force.

Notable visitors at Papworth Hospital

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Papworth Hospital has seen a few high-profile visitors over the years, most recently Prince Harry, who presented the hospital with an Invictus Games medal.

Prince Harry and Staff Sgt Elizabeth Marks

The Duke of Edinburgh also spent some time at Papworth, receiving treatment for a blocked coronary artery back in 2011.  

Papworth Hospital 'disappointed with decision'

Papworth Hospital has released a statement regarding changes being ordered by NHS England.

It says: "We are disappointed with the decision as we believe that the congenital heart disease services provided at Papworth are of the highest clinical-quality and safety.

Exterior of Papworth Hospital

"However we understand and support NHS England's overall approach to consolidating specialist cardiac services throughout the country."

The hospital is one of five that have been told to stop providing some forms of complex care.  

Jeff Hughes

Tranmere Rovers re-sign former Northern Ireland midfielder Jeff Hughes from Cambridge on a permanent two-year deal.

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Papworth heart treatment changes

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The services affected at Papworth Hospital are those in its Level 2 centre which deals with congenital heart disease.

The hospital will not be allowed to treat adults with conditions they've had since birth.

The changes being ordered by NHS England would not affect other heart services at the Cambridgeshire hospital, which is one of the country's largest centres for heart and chest treatment.

We'll have more on this throughout the day.

Friday's weather: Cloud and rain clearing to sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A cloudy start with outbreaks of rain likely, heavy in places at first. 

Drier and brighter conditions will spread east from mid-morning, with the afternoon seeing some warm sunny spells and perhaps the odd shower. Top temperature: 22C (72F).

Drier and brighter conditions will spread east from mid-morning, with the afternoon seeing some warm sunny spells and perhaps the odd shower.   

Get more on the forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Papworth told it must stop some types of complex heart disease treatments

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

The eastern region's main heart hospital - Papworth in Cambridgeshire - is one of five hospitals that have been told by NHS bosses to stop providing some forms of complex medical care

It includes procedures such as widening arteries and repairing holes in the heart.


NHS England has announced which trusts are not meeting standards and need to close some services.

Surgery will stop at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust in London.

Good morning

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Welcome to Local Live for Cambridgeshire. 

We're here until 18:00 today with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

The main story we're looking at this morning is the news that NHS bosses have told Papworth Hospital to stop providing certain services.