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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 11 July 2016
  2. Man remanded in custody over crash that led to footballer losing both his legs
  3. Campaign aims to tackle childhood obesity in Peterborough
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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That's all for today

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from all of us here at Cambridgeshire Local Live. You can read all the news stories today by scrolling through the news feed.

So on the day we found out that we'll have a new leader of the country in place by tomorrow, we've also found out it will be a busy day for the Queen.    

The Queen
Getty Images

Not only will she have to say goodbye to the outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron and welcome in the new one, Theresa May, she'll also be in Cambridge in the morning, opening the East Anglian Air Ambulance's new base at Cambridge Airport. 

We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all your news, sport, travel and weather.   

False teeth and credit cards flushed down toilets

On Friday we told you how items weighting the equivalent of 13 adult elephants were wrongly being flushed away in Cambridge and Peterborough every week. 

Anglian Water says the items clog up the sewers, risks flooding, harms the environment and therefore adds millions of pounds to customers' bills.

Among the things regularly found are false teeth and credit cards.

Items that block sewers
Anglian Water

Weather: Showers easing

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

There will be bright spells and scattered heavy showers to end the day with gusty winds, too. However, overnight the wet and windy weather will ease, leaving a mostly dry night across Cambridgeshire, allowing some clear spells to develop.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F). 

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow, further showers will develop towards Wisbech shortly after sunrise. These showers will soon spread across the county, with warm sunny spells in between. 

It'll feel quite pleasant in the sunshine, thanks to lighter winds, although this will result in the showers becoming slow-moving, and potentially thundery, too. 

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). 

Lamppost set for new lease of life

David Webster

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The oldest lamppost in Cambridge is to be given a facelift. 

The Grade II-listed landmark, known as "Reality Checkpoint", stands on Parker's Piece, where it has been since 1860. 

Reality checkpoint
N Chadwick/Geograph

It is a unique design is decorated with four intertwined 'dolphins' on the column and topped with four lamps.

It's thought it got its name in the 1960s or 70s by students from what is now Anglia Ruskin University and it could denote the demarcation between the "unreal" nature of the historic, university-dominated city centre and the "reality" of the rest of Cambridge.

Work is set to begin next week to restore the original green, red, white and gold colour scheme. 

Cyclist and motorists... look out for each other!

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Over the past five years 12 cyclists have been killed on Cambridgeshire' roads, so police have launched a campaign to make the roads safer by reminding drivers and cyclists to have "equal responsiblity on the road."

They want motorists to look out for people on bikes and to make eye contact so they know they've been seen. 

They also want people on bikes to "avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen."

This table shows the amount of cyclists that have been injured or killed on Cambridgeshire's roads in the past five years.

The number of cyclists injured and killed over the past five years in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Cambridgeshire police

Cyclist hurt every day on Cambridgeshire's roads

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A campaign has been launched to keep cyclists safe on Cambridgeshire roads after figures released by Cambridgeshire Police showed that at least one cyclist was injured on the county's roads every day. 

In 2015, three cyclists were killed, 74 seriously injured and 367 injured across the county.

Cyclists in Cambridge
John Sutton/Geograph

"The purpose of this campaign is to educate and remind drivers and cyclists that they have equal responsibility on the road to drive and ride safely.

Insp Philip BloorBedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit

Driver stopped on consecutive nights with no insurance

A driver has been stopped in Whittesford for driving without insurance for the second night running.

The Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing team sent out this tweet as a warning that cars will be seized if drivers get caught. 

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Players 'chewing at the bit' to try out new artificial pitch

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Improvements to the stadium at Newmarket Town FC, which have cost £750,000, are being officially unveiled this afternoon.  

Newmarket Town FC
BBC

The club is thought to be the first in the country to replace its grass with a cork-filled 3G artificial pitch, illuminated by the very latest energy-saving flat glass LED floodlights. 

Cambridge United are set to use it for training purposes.  

Newmarket chairman John Olive said players were "chewing at the bit" to try it out.

"We've had one training session on it just to give them a taste, and today is our official opening," he said.

Grabarz reaches new heights at European Athletics Championships

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridgeshire's Robbie Grabarz finished second in the high jump at the European Athletics Championships yesterday.

The 28-year-old, who's already qualified for the Rio Olympics, cleared 2.29m. Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi won gold with 2.32m.

Robbie Grabarz
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Grabarz claimed bronze at the London Olympics in 2012, but has only recently returned to full fitness following knee surgery.

Sir Quentin Blake 'thrilled' to see his work in place in Cambridge

Louise Hubball

BBC Look East

One of the biggest names in children's illustration has been in Cambridge today to see his work for the first time in situ, and I had the pleasure of meeting him. 

Sir Quentin Blake came to the Museum of Zoology to look at his work on large blinds, made to protect the exhibits from sunlight. 

He told me he was "thrilled" to see them brought to life and could really imagine children being "wowed". 

He also said it was an unusual commission for him as he had to be "accurate". 

Sir Quentin Blake looking at his artwork
University of Cambridge Museums
Sir Quentin Blake looking at his artwork
University of Cambridge Museums
Finback Whale, Sir Quentin Blake illustration
Museum of Zoology

Cambridge road 'race' result

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

So what happens if one of you takes the bus, one the bike and the other hops in a car to get from Longstanton in Cambridge to the Guildhall right in the city centre? 

This morning I took part in a little "experiment" to see who could make it the quickest. 

The winner was...

Councillor Noel Kavannah
BBC

... councillor Noel Kavanagh on his bike.

I came second in the car and councillor Ian Bates was third after using the Guided Busway.   

Bus, car or bike: Which is quickest?

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

A consultation was launched this morning to see how congestion can be tackled in Cambridge city centre. 

I took part in a little experiment to see which was quickest in the rush hour: bus, car or bike.

Councillor Ian Bates (on the left) from the City Deal Board took the guided bus, councillor Noel Kavanagh (in cycle helmet) was on his bike and Tanya Sheridan, programme director for the Greater Cambridge City Deal, (far right) was with me in the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire radio car.

Ian Bates, Hannah Olsson, Noel Kavanagh and Tanya Sheridan
BBC

So who won? We'll tell you very shortly. 

Peterborough MP 'disapointed' that Leadsom has stood down in leadership race

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has spoken about his "disappointment" that Andrea Leadsom will no longer be standing in the race to be the next leader of the Conservative party. 

He says she was the "right person to finish the job of Brexit", had a "vision for the future" and was "willing to challenge the establishment".

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Travel: Delays on northbound A1 at Southoe

There are currently delays on the A1 northbound at Southoe because of an ongoing incident. 

One lane is closed. 

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Man sustains arm and leg injuries in Warboys crash

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

East of England Ambulance Service told me that it was called to Ramsey Road, near Warboys, at 12:05 on Sunday morning after reports of a road accident. 

An ambulance, rapid response vehicle, ambulance officer, and Magpas response car responded and treated a man for injuries to his arms and leg. 

He was taken to Peterborough City Hospital for treatment. 

Warboys accident
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Warboys accident
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Warboys accident
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Pictures: Car hits tree at Warboys

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

These dramatic images were released by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service after an accident on Ramsey Road in Warboys in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

A single vehicle left the carriageway and collided with a tree. 

A man was taken to hospital by ambulance. 

Warboys road accident
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue
Warboys road accident
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue
Warboys road accident
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue
Warboys road accident
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

Man arrested after Peterborough stabbing

Emma Howgego

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Peterborough on Friday afternoon.

Emergency services were called out to Hampton Way just before 14:30. 

The arrested man was detained last night and police say he remains in custody at Thorpe Wood Police station.

Illustrator Sir Quentin Blake to see museum designs on display

Renowned illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has been in Cambridge today to see his own designs on display on a huge set of blinds at the Museum of Zoology. 

Quentin Blake
BBC

The artist, best known for illustrating books by children’s author Roald Dahl, has created the designs especially for the museum, which is undergoing refurbishment and is set to reopen next year.

The blinds include illustrations depicting museum specimens and the stories behind them.

Djanogly wishes Theresa May 'best of luck'

Good luck messages have started to come in for Theresa May, who is set to become the next prime minister after Andrea Leadsom dropped out of the leadership race a short time ago. 

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly had originally backed Boris Johnson but then chose to support Mrs May after Mr Johnson chose not to stand as the new leader. 

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Travel: Sixteen Foot Bank re-opens after earlier incident

The Sixteen Foot Bank has re-opened after an earlier incident just north of Poulters Drove. 

It was closed for several hours this morning. 

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Leadsom drops out of leadership race: Local reation

The MP for South Cambridgeshire, Heidi Allen, has just responded to the news that Andrea Leadsom has dropped out of the race to be the next leader of the Conservative party. 

She said she's "proud" of her. 

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Man remanded in custody over double-amputation crash

Emma Baugh

BBC Look East

A 40-year-old man has been remanded in custody after being charged with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving in connection with a crash near Newmarket that led to a footballer losing his legs. 

Jan Adamec, from Shetland Road, Haverhill, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates' Court wearing a grey sweatshirt, khaki trousers and trimmed beard. 

His case has been adjourned until 8 August at Cambridge Crown Court. 

Newmarket Town player Shaun Whiter, 27, had the amputations following the crash on Dullingham Road on 1 July. 

His friend - Soham Town Rangers player Joey Abbs - was also seriously hurt. 

Travel: A47 The Causeway clear after earlier accident

The A47 at The Causeway, Eye, is now clear after an earlier accident that partially blocked the road. 

Fortunately no-one was injured. 

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Plans launched today to tackle congestion in Cambridge

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Fresh plans to tackle congestion in Cambridge city centre have gone out to consultation today. 

The Greater Cambridge City Deal is proposing an eight-point plan that includes closing some key roads to cars in peak hours and charging a levy to companies with more than 10 parking spaces. 

Traffic on Trumpington Street in Cambridge
John Sutton/Geograph

The consultation will run for 13 weeks, with questionnaires available online and in community hubs such as libraries, before a final decision is made early next year.  

Change of court in footballer leg amputation case

Emma Baugh

BBC Look East

We've had it confirmed in the last half-an-hour that the court case of a man charged in connection with a serious collision which led to an Essex estate agent and non-league footballer to lose his legs, will now be heard at Peterborough Magistrates' Court and not Cambridge Magistrates' Court as listed.

Newmarket Town player Shaun Whiter, 27, had the amputations following the crash near Newmarket on 1 July. His friend - Soham Town Rangers player Joey Abbs - was also seriously hurt. 

Jan Adamec, 40, from Shetland Road, Haverhill, has been charged with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. 

Newmarket Town chairman says reaction to footballer's amputations 'quite tremendous'

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

The chairman of Newmarket Town Football Club has described Shaun Whiter as "a local boy, a popular lad".

John Olive said: "We've had flowers left here, people have left donations here, it's been quite tremendous, it really has.

Joey Abbs
Newmarket Town FC

"And with Joey Abbs (pictured, also involved in the car crash), whose injuries fortunately weren't so severe but quite severe, it's really been unbelievable.

"The amount of people that have come from all over East Anglia to wish them well and to try to do something for them is absolutely wonderful."

"[It's a] community spirit I don't think I've ever seen as big before."

Shaun Whiter is a 'very positive' lad, says chairman of Newmarket Town Football Club

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

Members of Newmarket Town Football Club have been visiting Shaun Whiter after he had both his legs amputated below the knee following a road crash on 1 July.

Chairman John Olive said: "He's actually overcoming it [the injury] well, he's very,very positive, which is a wonderful thing.

Shaun Whiter
Family photo

"All the football community in East Anglia, all the local teams have supported Shaun and they're all doing their own events to raise money for him."

A man has been charged in connection with the crash and he is due before Peterborough Magistrates this morning.

Travel: Severe delays on M11 northbound by Stansted

One lane is closed on the M11 northbound between J8, (Bishop's Stortford) and J9 (Saffron Walden), because of an accident involving a car.

There are severe delays in the area. 

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Weather: Dry this morning, showers moving through this afternoon

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Things are set to start off mainly dry and windy with sunny spells today, but scattered showers will develop later, some of them turning heavy.

Highs today of 22C, that's 72F.

Check the latest forecast for your part of the county here.

Campaign aims to combat child obesity in Peterborough

The spotlight is due to be turned on children's health in Peterborough throughout the coming month after concerning figures were revealed. 

The Healthy Peterborough campaign will focus on the 20% of four- and five-year-olds in the city deemed to be overweight or obese.

Obese child
Science Photo Library

Research also found one in four of the city's children start school with tooth decay.

The campaign will promote three main areas for improving children's health: physical activity; a good diet and brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

Man due in court over footballer leg amputation case

A man is due in court today, charged in connection with a serious collision which led to an Essex estate agent, and non-league footballer, losing both his legs.

Shaun Whiter
David Lee

Shaun Whiter, 27, (pictured), had the amputations following the crash near Newmarket on 1 July.

His friend - Soham Town Rangers player Joey Abbs - was also seriously hurt. 

Jan Adamec, 40, from Shetland Road, Haverhill, has been charged with two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and will appear at Cambridge Magistrates' Court later.

Travel: Delays on A1 after roadworks overrun

BBC Travel

Elsewhere on the roads, over-running road works have been causing delays on the southbound A1 between junction 15 for Sawtry and junction 14 for Alconbury.

Check here for the latest travel news.

Travel: B1098 closed due to 'ongoing incident'

Take care and be prepared for delays if you're heading over that way...

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Welcome to today's live page for Cambridgeshire

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Good morning and welcome to today's live page.

We'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county until 18:00 - you can get in touch with us via email if you'd like to say hello or have a story you think we should be talking about.

One of the main stories we'll be covering today is the court appearance of a man charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash which led to a footballer losing both of his legs.

More on that and our other top stories shortly.