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By Adam Jinkerson

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'To be here is such an incredible achievement'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

I think it's safe to say that Louis Smith looked very emotional as he spoke to our cameras last night, after taking silver on the men's pommel horse at Rio 2016.

Smith's silver 'fantastic', says coach

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been spending a bit of time at Huntingdon Gym this morning, where silver medal-winning Louis Smith trains. 

His coach Paul Hall was on hand to lend some encouragement to the gymnast, after being pipped to the post by team-mate Max Whitlock on the pommel.

Paul Hall stands in front of gymnastics equipment

I think silver medal is an absolutely fantastic result for Louis. I'm sure he was a little bit disappointed for not getting the gold, but he has to be very proud at such a fantastic result. His third Olympic medal in three successive games."

Paul HallLouis Smith's coach

And Smith was very complimentary towards his coach on Twitter last night...

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Rikki Neave murder suspect returned to the UK

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Just to interrupt our Olympic coverage this morning, we have news that James Watson (below), arrested in connection with the 1994 death of six-year-old Rikki Neave, has been returned to the UK.

After appearing in court in Portugal, the 35-year-old, from Peterborough, has now been extradited.

James Watson standing on a beach

Mr Watson was initially bailed until June and re-bailed until September, but last month Cambridgeshire police confirmed he had left the country.

He was traced to Portugal where local police detained him in the capital about a fortnight ago. He appeared in court where police said he was "not fighting extradition".

He will now be dealt with by the probation service, Cambridgeshire police said.

Rio 2016: Louis Smith highlights

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Louis Smith, who trains at Huntingdon Gym, finished second in the men's pommel horse yesterday, being squeezed out of the gold medal slot by team-mate Max Whitlock.

It was an emotion night, with Smith left in tears as he received his medal on the podium.

Watch his and Max's performances below.

GB's Whitlock secures men's pommel gold

Rio 2016: Nick Dempsey highlights

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Peterborough's Nick Dempsey made history over the weekend, becoming the first British male windsurfer to win three Olympic medals.

Dempsey, 36, finished second in the RS:X class, following a bronze in 2004 and a silver in London four years ago.

Watch the final stages of his silver medal performance below.

And the medals don't stop there...

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

What a situation to be in.

Huntingdon's Giles Scott will definitely be adding to Team GB's gold medal tally too, after already securing the number-one spot in the men's Finn class.

He's opened up such an unassailable lead that he cannot be caught during tomorrow's medal race. 

Cambridgeshire's silver lining

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

In case you missed it (where on Earth have you been?!), it was a historic weekend for Team GB in Rio over the weekend - with Cambridgeshire featuring on the podium twice.

Cambridgeshire Olympians Louis Smith and Nick Dempsey

Huntingdon's Louis Smith (left) took silver in the pommel horse, after being pipped to the post by team-mate Max Whitlock.

It was also silver for Nick Dempsey (right), who grew up in Orton Wistow, with the feat making him the first male windsurfer to win three Olympic medals.

Will we see more medals for the county as the week goes on?

An Olympic-sized welcome

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

What a weekend it was for Team GB - including Cambridgeshire's Louis Smith and Nick Dempsey (pictured), winning medals in gymnastics and windsurfing.

Nick Dempsey

Today we'll bring you more on their achievements, plus the rest of the day's news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.  

Image of the bus on the causeway

The driver of a bus that came off a guided track system in Cambridge "did not follow procedures" and was subsequently dismissed , the operator confirms.

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Brennan Dickenson and Denny Johnstone score on their home debuts as Colchester beat Cambridge United.

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Cyril Banks and charity representatives

A World War Two veteran whose life savings were stolen gives thousands of pounds to charity after an online campaign helped him raised £18,000.

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Photo of rail crash site

A rail investigation is launched after a train hit a 4x4 in Cambridgeshire, leaving a man with a severe head injury.

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Thank you for joining us today

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

That's it for regular updates from us for today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday. 

In the meantime you can scroll down through the page to read all the days news... any big updates will be posted here overnight and over the weekend.

These are our big stories of the day:

Nick Dempsey in action in Rio
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In the meantime keep an eye out for Nick Dempsey who's due on the water this evening in the RS:X windsurfing class. He leads going into day three. Don't forget that gymnast Louis Smith is also in action over the weekend in Rio. Follow it all here.

We'd like to hear from you, too.

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Level crossing latest: Pictures from the scene

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

We've been bringing you news of a collision on a level crossing near Stretham, in which a man sustained serious head injuries. He was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital earlier this afternoon.

Image of rail accident

A total of 115 passengers were on board a King's Cross-bound service, but were safely disembarked from the train around 17:00.

Rail crash scene

It's understood the man's injuries are not life-threatening and rail services will remain disrupted for the rest of the evening.

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Weather: Mainly dry with clear spells tonight

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Staying mainly dry with clear spells this evening, but it will turn increasingly cloudy with an odd spot of light rain possible as it dips to about 14C (57F).

Map for weather

A rather cloudy Saturday with the small chance of light rain, but most places will stay dry and the cloud will break to allow for some bright or sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). 

Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Also in the news today

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Let's take a look at some other local stories today:

  • There's to be a floral tribute for Capability Brown in Fenstanton. The famed landscape architect was once Lord of the Manor of Fenstanton and Hilton, reports the Hunts Post.
  • The Wisbech Standard reports on the recovery of the man crushed by a hearse near March last week.
  • In the Cambridge News today, a medic says how appalled he is by the state of some public toilets in the city.
  • A dramatic railway crash in 1955 is remembered in today's Peterborough Telegraph

And the Ely Standard celebrates the town's rollerskating stars.

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Level crossing collision: What we know so far

Here's a recap:

  • A Land Rover has been struck by a train at a level crossing, just off the A1123 near Stretham
  • Emergency services were called to the scene at 14:34
  • One man in his 40s has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious head injuries that are not thought to be life threatening
  • The train was the Great Northern King's Lynn to London King's Cross service and had 115 passengers
  • It was travelling around 90mph (145 km/h) when it struck the car
  • Abellio Greater Anglia, Great Northern and CrossCountry services are all severely delayed, until the end of service today

More updates as we get them. 

For the latest rail information, you can check the latest here, and for travel news elsewhere in Cambridgeshire, you can check the latest on the BBC travel news pages.

Level crossing collision: Land Rover 'pretty mangled'

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

We've been bringing you news of a collision involving a car and a train between Cambridge and Ely this afternoon.

A Land Rover was struck by a King's Cross-bound service at Nairn level crossing, just off the A1123 near Stretham.

BBC cameraman Phil Gaze, who's at the scene, said the vehicle was "pretty mangled" and lying on its roof in a ditch at the side of the line.

He said: "The train itself has stopped about a quarter of a mile down the line and I can see that the passengers are being disembarked on to another service."

Level crossing collision: Injuries 'not life-threatening'

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

A man has been airlifted to hospital following a collision between a train and a car at Nairns Level Crossing, near Stretham, just after 14:30. The man is believed to have been the driver of the car, and his injuries are not life-threatening.

Car involved in level crossing incident

British Transport Police has been tweeting the following:

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Level crossing crash latest: Rail delays

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Here's the latest regarding rail travel on the line between Cambridge and Ely.

Abellio Greater Anglia, CrossCountry and Great Northern services all use the line. It's believed that a Great Northern service was involved in the crash.

More details of alternative routes are available on the National Rail website.

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You can get the latest travel news for Cambridgeshire here.

Man in 40s injured in level crossing crash

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

We've been reporting that a man has been badly injured after a train struck a vehicle on the rail line between Cambridge and Ely, on the A1123 between Stretham and Wicken.

A man in his 40s has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital. He was earlier treated at the scene for a serious head injury.

Abellio Greater Anglia, CrossCountry and Great Northern services all use the line, though it's not clear which service was involved.

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Level crossing collision latest

More on the news that a car has been struck by a train between Cambridge and Ely.

We understand the car was struck on the level crossing on the Newmarket Road, near Stretham.

One man is being treated at the scene for a serious head injury.

We'll keep you updated.

BreakingCar struck by train on level crossing

News is reaching us that a car has been struck by a train on a level crossing between Cambridge and Ely.

One man is being treated at the scene for a serious head injury.

The emergency services were called just after 14:30.

We'll bring you further updates as soon as we know more.

Huntingdon Carnival returns after 14-year break

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

The Huntingdon Carnival will get under way tomorrow, 14 years after it was last held. The event ceased because there weren't enough volunteers to organise and staff the event.

This Saturday there will be a parade, including Thomas the Tank Engine, a pipe band, Noddy, and a Brazilian theme. 

Huntingdon Carnival Queen Isabella du Toit

Isabella du Toit will be the carnival queen and she says she can't wait to wear her gown and crown, telling us: "I'm excited and looking forward to it".

Her mother says she "will do us proud".

Funeral of dancing teacher and Len Goodman's 'mentor' takes place

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

The funeral of popular dance teacher Dereck Brown has been taking place today at Peterborough Cathedral. He taught generations of people how to dance at his Lincoln Road studio - including Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman and dancer Anton du Beke.

Dereck Brown and his wife
Peterborough Telegraph

His friend, Alan Dexter, who he had known for almost 60 years, told us: "He tried in vain to get me dancing. He was a great man popular in the community, so sadly missed."  

Len Goodman, speaking recently about the news of his death, said: "They are so few and far between, these really great dancing teachers. He was one of the gentlest, kindest and most professional people I ever met.

"It was his principles and the way he taught that I've used for nearly 50 years. He was truly my mentor."

Hidden shoe placed in wall to deter 'evil spirits'

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

A 300 year-old shoe found in a wall at St John's College, Cambridge was probably placed there to keep "evil spirits" at bay according to historians. It was uncovered by maintenance staff in the college's Tudor-era Second Court. 

The building was originally the residence of the Master of St John's College, built between 1598 and 1602, but it is thought that the shoe was put behind the panels during changes to its interior, between the end of the 17th Century, and midway through the 18th. 

Shoe found in a wall at St John's College, Cambridge

Shoes are sometimes found near windows, doors and fireplaces of old buildings as they were thought to protect the inhabitant and prevent malicious forces from entering.

Old shoe found at St John's College, Cambridge
St John's College, University of Cambridge

Illegal tattooists: Parents 'don't understand the law'

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

We've been bringing you news throughout the day that reports of illegal tattooists are on the rise in Peterborough. The city council is pursuing two cases after the prosecution of a man last year for running an illegal tattoo parlour

A registered tattooist from Ely - who says he's being asked to fix "two or three" bodged jobs per week - told us that he often has "stand-up" rows with parents who don't understand the law.

Tattooist Steve Tucker

Steve Tucker from Almost Angels told us: "They are convinced that if they've given their 16-year-old permission, then it's fine. It's not. The law is 18 - it's always been 18". 

The Local Government Association is urging online retailers to provide warnings to children on the dangers of using DIY tattoo kits – which can be bought for less than £25 – and for tougher sentences for illegal tattooists.

Heatwave next week?

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Virgin Trains East Coast strikes to be held

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Workers from Virgin Trains East Coast have announced they are staging three 24-hour strikes

It means services through Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are likely to be affected. 

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from 03:00 on the 19 and 26 August and on Bank Holiday Monday. 

Virgin Trains
Getty Images

They will also hold an overtime ban for 48 hours from August 27. 

The RMT says almost 200 jobs are threatened on the East Coast line with the removal of a safety regime that currently ensures a guard on every train.

Council cracks down on 'scratcher' tattooists

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

We've been reporting today that unlicensed tattooists - also known as "scratchers"- are operating in makeshift, unsterilised home "studios", using cheap equipment bought online. 

One was jailed for 16 weeks after a clampdown by Peterborough City Council last year. The man did not have adequate infection procedures in place, putting his clients at risk of infection.

Image of various tattoos
Getty Images

Samantha Olive, principal environmental health officer, said the council had seen a rise in people contacting it about home tattooists, but that it needed as much information as possible to proceed with a prosecution. It is currently pursuing two other cases.

She said: "We ran an amnesty asking those who were operating but not registered to come forward so we could get them up and running legally, and we had two people come forward."

She also told us that the council had a "good working relationship" with licensed tattooists in the city. "They welcome the work we've done. They'll often pass on information if they are aware of unregistered tattooists," she said.

Pte Robert Keating photo and diary

Nick Bourne

BBC News

A diary from a World War One soldier has come to light providing details of a Christmas ceasefire in 1915 following a truce the year before.

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Nick Dempsey back on the water

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Nick Dempsey is the only local Cambridgeshire Olympian in action today, taking to the water from 17:00 BST in the RS:X windsurfing, in the next set of races.

He's feeling quite chipper about maintaining his lead, according to his latest tweet...

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You can follow all the Rio action here.

Firearms taken in Stibbington burglary

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Police say four legally-held firearms have been stolen during a burglary in Stibbington, near Peterborough.

They were called to a property in Church Lane just before 18:00 yesterday. The weapons were taken from a secure cabinet - along with jewellery - some time between 07:00 and 15:45 yesterday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers.

Pinched potatoes: 'Not a one-off' says farmer

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

We've been reporting this morning that Cambridgeshire Police have "dealt with" three alleged potato thieves in Wimblington, near Chatteris.

Steve Edgeley, a farmer from Chatteris, says he has often caught people in his fields, telling us: "They aren't bothered when I approach them. They just help themselves. It's impossible to police".

Bag of potatoes

He added: "This isn't a one-off. I've confronted people I've spotted in other farmers' fields who claimed they have permission to pick a few, but they clearly they haven't."

Mr Edgeley also said that there was a danger to the public from recently-treated crops. "We spray those potatoes weekly with pesticides and fungicides which can sit in the canopy of the vegetation and can cause skin irritation."

He said he was also aware of thefts of other crops, such as onions, carrots, and parsnips.

More unlicensed tattooists operating from home, according to LGA

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Earlier, we reported that a local tattooist says he is fixing "two or three" bodged tattoos each week - carried out by unlicensed home tattooists.

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, from the Local Government Association, says it has seen more people operating from garden sheds, or from their homes using kits bought online. 

Tattoo on woman's back

He told us that licensed tattooists were, in general, very responsible but doesn't think the public are aware of the rules or risks around those who operate from home.  

He said: "You have to be licensed to make sure you're doing it in a safe way, that the council has been to see that you are operating in a safe environment, otherwise you're operating illegally."

"There's a real risk of people picking up HIV, hepatitis from people who aren't doing it in a safe and clean way."

Potatoes stolen from field

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Recently, we reported on a rise in rural crime in Cambridgeshire - mainly incidents involving farm machinery - but it seems that fields of vegetables are also a target.

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Rise in illegal tattooists 'down to reality TV'

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

A tattooist from Ely says he's being asked to fix "two or three" bodged jobs per week, by people who've had tattoos done at home by untrained tattooists or on holiday - and he's blaming the rise on on reality TV.

Steve Tucker from Angel Tattoos in Ely says that tattooing "looks easy on TV, but there's a reason it looks easy, and it's because we know what we are doing".

Arm tattoo

Mr Tucker also told us that hygiene standards could often be very poor at home, whereas his licensing conditions meant he had to maintain a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene at his shop.

He said: "Often the ink and needles are also substandard, and we have people coming in with all sorts of problems."

Friday's weather: Dry, sunny and warm

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Any early cloud will soon clear leaving plenty of sunshine during the day, although there may be some high cloud at times. Top temperature: 26C (79F).

Watch my regional forecast:

Alina Jenkins has the outlook for the East of England on Friday, 12 August 2016.

Cloud will thicken overnight, but it should remain dry for most. Lows of 15C (59F).

You can get a more detailed forecast from BBC Weather.