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  1. Updates on Thursday, 14 July 2016

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That's all for today. 

Our main stories include the announcement of a £1.9m Heritage Lottery grant for the rejuvenation of Wisbech High Street and the death of two people following a double shooting near Wisbech. 

The team will be back tomorrow from 08:00. Have a good evening. 

Weather: Thundery heavy showers overnight with risk of localised flooding

BBC Weather

The risk of heavy and possibly thundery showers continues through this evening and there is a yellow warning in place until 22:00 tonight for further torrential downpours and the risk of localised flooding. 

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Later tonight the wet weather will become confined to the eastern half of the region as drier conditions spread in from the west. 

The winds should become a light north-westerly and temperatures in rural spots falling down to around 9C-48F.

Tommorow will be a day of sunshine and showers. BBC Weather has more details. 

Missing man found safe and well

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you about concern over a man who had gone missing.

Police have now issued a statement to say that 45-year old Matthew Turner, from Linton, has been found safe and well. 

Trialist hopes CEO's error fuels move

Normally, football trialists hope to impress prospective new clubs on the pitch.

But one player recently went the extra mile - literally - to try to earn a contract with Cambridge United.

The trialist, whose name has not been revealed, was due to join the League Two side at their pre-season training camp in the Netherlands.

Jez George
Rex Features

But instead he was forced to help out his prospective new boss after George put the wrong type of fuel in the car, having picked up the player at Eindhoven Airport.

"Our trialist learned how to push a car, then walked back and carried some diesel and we managed to get through it. The car's in good working order," said George. 

If the player fails to win a deal with Shaun Derry's side, maybe he could consider a career with a breakdown service.

Council consultation over green waste charge launches one-man protest

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you about one man's campaign against plans by Fenland District Council to charge for the collection of garden waste. 

Garden waste
BBC

In an open letter to the council, Lawrence Weetman claims poorest families will be hit hardest if Fenland district council goes ahead and introduces a fee for these collections. 

"The charge will disproportionately affect poorer families in the district," he said.

"People living in a property with a small family garden may find themselves without space ,  or without a safe space ,  to have a compost bin for self-composting."

Green waste collection charge 'unfair to poorer families'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

More than 1,300 people have signed a petition against the introduction of a fee for green waste collection in Fenland.

Brown waste bin
BBC

The petition was started on 1 July by a local resident after the district council launched a consultation to charge people £40 per year for brown bin collections. 

The council is considering charging for the garden waste (brown bin) collection service from April 2017, blaming cuts in government funding for the charge and the service will be optional. 

Local MP welcomes news of restoration grant for Wisbech

Steve Barclay, the MP for North East Cambridgeshire, has welcomed the news we mentioned earlier of a Heritage Lottery grant to rejuvenate Wisbech High Street, paying his congratulations "to all those involved in the successful funding bid".

Steve Barclay MP, North East Cambridgeshire
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"Alongside other recent improvements to derelict buildings like Constantine House, it sends a strong positive signal of the improvements to our area's heritage," he said.

"It also provides a message to owners of derelict buildings still blighting the town... that they need to take notice."

People in Peterborough to be offered 'brain training'

Peterborough City Council is teaming up with a cognitive training company in a deal which is said to be the first of its type by a local authority in the UK.

Brain scan
BBC

Thousands of students, entrepreneurs and older people in the city are to get brain training aimed at improving memory and concentration, as well as being able to plan and organise. 

Allison Sunley, from Peterborough City Council, said: "The initial implementation stage will target people at critical points in their lives whether at school or college, trying to get into work or starting up a business - just when they may need support." 

Shootings near Wisbech: Residents shocked

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

Residents in the village of Magdalen, near Wisbech, have been speaking to me about the deaths of a man and a woman early this morning.

Forensic teams
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Greig Dunsmuir told me he heard a gunshot about 00:12 with "a commotion, people shouting and screaming... it wasn't drawn out for long, maybe three to four minutes and that was it... it was a loud boom."

He told me the noise woke his wife up, she sat bolt upright in bed but they didn't think any more of it until this morning when they saw the police vehicles and cordon.

The incident happened at the home of Stephen Muncaster, the uncle of lottery winner Michael Carroll. Mr Carroll won £9.7m on the lottery in 2002.   

Latest: Magdelen village shootings

Louis Smith selected for Olympics GB gymnastics team

Cambridgeshire's Louis Smith has been selected for the GB Olympic gymnastics team.

Louis Smith and Max Whitlock
Getty Images

The London 2012 Olympic medallist will be joined by Basildon-based training partner Max Whitlock (pictured right) and Kristian Thomas as part of the team heading to Rio. 

Panther's hoping victory tonight will see them return to top of table

Peterborough could return to the top of the speedway Premier League with victory at home to Scunthorpe tonight.

Panthre's logo
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The Panthers have won five of their last six at Alwalton, while the Scorpions beat high-flying Glasgow on Sunday. 

Peterborough promoter Ged Rathbone is hoping a former rider doesn't come back to haunt him at the showground tonight. Michael Palm Toft, who was released by the Panthers earlier in the season, has found form for this evening's opponents - he scored paid 14 against Glasgow on Sunday. 

On the Panther's website he said: "We don’t just want three points to get back to the top of the league – we need them."

Appeal for missing man

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find 45-year-old Matthew Hunter who's been missing since Monday evening. 

Matthew Turner, missing man
Cambriidgeshire Police

Mr Hunter, who also goes by the name of Matthew Ward, was reported missing from his home in Kingfisher Walk, Linton, at about 18:30.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for Matthew’s welfare and would urge anyone who may have seen him, or knows of his whereabouts, to contact police immediately on 101.

Serious assault on woman 'isolated' case

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

More now on the story of the woman who has been admitted to hospital after an attack in Over yesterday and Cambridgeshire police has confirmed the assault "is being treated as an isolated incident". 

Rear of Parkside Police station, Cambridge
Geograph/Keith edkins

A spokeswoman for the police confirmed they were called to the scene in Willingham Road, Over, yesterday morning by the ambulance service. The woman was left with severe head injuries.

A 61-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, is in custody.

Two people found dead at house near Wisbech

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

Two people have died following what's believed to be a firearms incident in the village of Magdalen, close to the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.

Police incident in Stow Road, Magdelene near Wisbech
BBC

Police have now launched a major investigation after a woman and a man's body were discovered at a bungalow in Stow Road. They're both said to be in their late 40s.

A seal remains in place at the property and the road has also been closed as forensic examinations continue. 

Det Supt Paul Durham says: "I understand how shocking the news of this incident must be for neighbours of the two people involved and other local residents. I can reassure them that we are putting all our efforts into establishing the circumstances surrounding their deaths."

Latest: Magdalen village shootings

Woman hospitalised with severe head injuries after assault

A woman in her 60s is in a critical condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital with severe head injuries after a serious assault in Over.

Parkside police station, Cambridge
Geograph/N Chadwick

She was hurt at a house on Willingham Road just after 08:00 yesterday, police say.

A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is in custody at Parkside police station. 

Wisbech High Street restoration: How the work will unfold

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you that nearly £2m of Heritage Lottery funding has been awarded to upgrade and restore the High Street in Wisbech. This is how the project will be take shape according to Fenland council:

  • Recruitment of a dedicated project officer to manage the project on a day-to-day basis
  • Review of original plan and working with all the local community groups to engage people in a wide range of conservation education, training and leisure activities
  • Developing the previous outline designs for the former Cook's Butchers site, working with a leading architect to formulate a detailed scheme that can then seek the requisite planning permission
  • Inviting individual owners and tenants to submit applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for funding to repair and restore their properties
Wisbech High Street
Geograph/Barbara Carr

The initial HLF funding was supplemented by contributions from Fenland District Council (£230,000), Cambridgeshire County Council (£200,000), the Wisbech Society (£25,000) and Wisbech Town Council (£25,000).  

David Crouch, of the Wisbech Society, said he's delighted that years of work by all those involved have finally come to fruition. 

"The securing of Heritage Lottery Fund support is most important for the heritage and future of Wisbech,"  he said.

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Louis Smith will find out later if he's made Rio team

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire gymnast Louis Smith will find out if he's made the Great Britain squad for the Rio Olympics later today. 

Gymnast, Louise Smith on pommel horse
European Photopress Agency

Smith, who won Pommel horse bronze at Bejing 2008, before going one better at London 2012, is among 10 hopefuls vying for a place in the five-man squad.   

Delight as Wisbech gets nearly £2m to restore High Street

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Those behind the bid for Heritage Lottery funding to help carry out restoration work in Wisbech High Street say the money is their reward for "two years' hard work". 

More than 20 organisations have been working on fundraising efforts to improve the town centre.

Wisbech High Street
Geograph/Barbara Carr

David Oliver, of both Fenland District Council and Wisbech Town Council, said: "We're absolutely delighted our bid has been successful.

"Our plans have obviously been on hold while we awaited the HLF's decision; now we can press ahead with everything we have been working on over the past two years. 

"This is a project that will make a big difference to the town, both for local people and visitors."

Wisbech gets £1.9m to revamp High Street

Wisbech has been given a £1.9m grant to revamp its High Street. 

Wisbech
Geograph/Barbara Carr

Fenland District Council has been awarded the cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Wisbech High Street Project.

The money will be spent on restoring a number of buildings on the High Street, bring new uses back into empty properties and transform the derelict former Cook's Butchers site into a new area for public use. 

Businesses 'worried about hiring people with disabilities'

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Nearly half of businesses in the East (47%) are apprehensive about hiring someone with a disability, according to a study carried out by job agency Purple.

Wheelchair and user
Science Photo Library

The research suggests one in five company owners wouldn't even offer a job interview for someone with disabilities.  

Purple's chief executive Mike Adams says a fear of saying the wrong thing came up as the most common reason for not offering disabled people work. 

"What this latest research tells us is that in fact it isn't disability that's the barrier to finding employment, but the worries and misconceptions of business owners themselves," he said.

The survey of 1,000 businesses was undertaken by 3Gem on behalf of Purple in June. It said in Cambridge 43% of the firms asked were apprehensive about hiring someone with a disability.

Weather: Dry at first but showers later

BBC Weather

It will be a largely dry start with sunny spells. However, showers will develop later in the morning, some could turn heavy and thundery. Highs of 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has more details. 

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BBC Local Live

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