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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 19 July 2016
  2. Pallet and vehicle fire breaks out in Peterborough
  3. Woman crowdfunds lawyers over Iraq War report
  4. Temperatures soar across the county
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for your company today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with our regular news, sport, weather and travel updates. 

Scroll down to see our coverage of the hottest day of the year so far.

And our updates on the big blaze in Peterborough, which could be seen from miles around this afternoon. 

Until then you can contact us with your pictures, stories or comments. Get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter. Have a good evening.

Hottest day of the year - but not quite hot enough to fry an egg

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Martin Harness attempted to fry an egg on the lid of his wheelie bin in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, today, where he recorded 35C (95F).

While it may have been the hottest day of the year so far, the egg was left a little on the... well... runny side...

Martin confirms he didn't eat it, but we applaud the effort.

Frying egg
Martin Harness

Overnight weather: Staying warm and humid

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It'll remain hot and sunny this evening and stay warm and humid overnight, with temperatures staying around 20C (68F) for most of the region.

Wednesday's weather map
BBC

Wednesday will be another hot and sunny day with temperatures reaching up to 30C (86F). It'll stay dry but there'll be a little more cloud in the afternoon, and there's a low risk of an isolated thunderstorm later in the day.

You can get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Picture: Tarmac melts in Cambridgeshire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Reporter Jozef Hall recorded 34C (93F) in his car in Landbeach, just north of Cambridge, this afternoon, which was hot enough to melt the tarmac a bit.

Temperature gage
BBC
Tarmac
BBC

If you don't believe us, this article proves it's possible.

Cambridge MP backs Owen Smith in Labour leadership contest

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner has declared his support for Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest.

In a statement issued this afternoon, he says: "I will work with whoever is elected as leader, but have decided that particularly on the key issue of Europe, I am closest to Owen and have therefore decided to nominate him for the leadership."

Daniel Zeichner
BBC

The fallout from Brexit has created a great deal of turmoil in the country and in political parties. Labour now has a leadership contest and I hope that we can use it constructively to discuss policy ideas and leadership qualities seriously."

Daniel Zeichner MP

Fengate fire in Peterborough now out

Crews are leaving the scene...

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ARM Holdings: 'We are not open to asset-strippers', says chancellor

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The new chancellor, Philip Hammond, has insisted he has "hard guarantees" about the future of the Cambridge-based technology company ARM Holdings, following the proposed £24bn takeover by Softbank of Japan.

Phillip Hammond
Getty Images

In the Commons today, Mr Hammond said the government had been given "very, very hard guarantees about the future autonomy of the company headquartered here in the UK" and about its "commitment to double the number of UK employees over the next five years." 

He said: "The UK remains very much open to foreign investment", but added "we are not open to asset-strippers."

ARM a 'fantastic example' of a global company, says former CEO

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Here's a bit more from the former chief executive of ARM, who has been talking about the £24bn takeover deal with Japanese tech giant Softbank.

Warren East told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "Companies these days tend to be global, and ARM is a fantastic example... it just so happens much of the brain power is in the UK."

Warren East's relaxed attitude to selling-off one of the UK's most successful tech companies to a Japanese company is at odds with that of ARM's co-founder.

Hermann Hauser (above) told the BBC yesterday it was a "sad day for technology in Britain".  

Cambridge Folk Festival sells out

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Cambridge Folk Festival, which is being headlined by Christy Moore (pictured), Imelda May and Mary Chapin Carpenter, has sold out for the 23rd year running.

Christy Moore
BBC

The 52nd year of the festival brings an eclectic mix of artists from around the world to the Cherry Hinton Hall site.

Each year more than 14,000 people attend. It takes place between 28 and 31 July.

Neil Jones, operations director for Cambridge Live which runs the festival, said: "In an ever competitive market place it is fantastic to have such support from our loyal audiences who we look forward to welcoming to this year's event."

Fire crews still tackling Peterborough blaze

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

If you're just joining us, more than 40 firefighters have been tackling a large pallet and vehicle fire on Fengate in Peterborough this afternoon. There's some rather dramatic pictures if you scroll below.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue say the fire is now under control, with crews using hose reels, jets and monitors to tackle it. 

A forklift is now being used to clear pallets to assist with firefighting. It is not yet known what caused the blaze. 

The heat is on for political reporter

The mercury - or at least its modern digital equivalent - reached a whopping level in the car of political reporter Tom Barton in Cambridge this afternoon.

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Can you beat that? Send us a photo of your dashboard (not when you're driving, obviously) via emailFacebook or Twitter.  

'Sunlight reflection' blamed for flat fire

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire fire investigators say "sunlight reflected onto combustible materials" is the most likely cause of a flat blaze in Wisbech this afternoon - where temperatures have reached 30C (86F).

Crews from March, Long Sutton and West Walton were called to the fire in the roof space of a second floor flat in Orange Grove at about 13:25. Residents escaped unharmed.

Station commander Mick Jackman, said: "The first crews in attendance worked very hard and did an excellent job to cut away the roof material, extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading."

Breaking'Reflected sunlight' causes flat fire

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Sunlight reflected onto "combustible materials" is thought to have started a flat fire in Wisbech this afternoon, according to firefighters.

More to follow.

Man to go on trial over police officer death crash

In other news this afternoon, a man accused of causing the death of an off-duty officer by dangerous driving is due to stand trial next week.

Det Con Sharon Garrett, 48, died in a five-vehicle crash on the A141 near Wyton in June 2014, when the Renault Clio Sharon she was driving struck two other cars and two lorries.

Det Con Sharon Garrett
Cambridgeshire Police

Danny Warby, 27, of Runcton Holme near King's Lynn, pleaded not guilty in September last year.  

The trial is due to begin at Peterborough Crown Court on 25 July and is expected to last about four days.  

Peterborough pallet and vehicle fire 'under control'

Fire crews are still at the Fengate blaze in Peterborough, but it is now "under control", the fire service reports.

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Eyewitness reports car 'melted' in Peterborough blaze

David Keller

BBC News

Hannah Jackson, who's at the scene of the pallet and vehicle fire on Fengate in Peterborough, says she has seen about eight or nine fire engines.

Fire at Brewers Select, Peterborough
Hannah Jackson

She says the blaze is outside the Brewers Select building and Evans Halshaw car lot.

She saw staff moving cars away from the blaze as it began to die down, adding one car was moved onto the road and another had "melted" down the side.

Fire at Brewers Select, Peterborough
Hannah Jackson

Road closures in place around Fengate fire

Body of author Helen Bailey 'found in septic tank'

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Just to briefly interrupt our coverage of the fire in Peterborough... a court has heard the body of Royston author Helen Bailey was found in a septic tank at her home, along with her pet dog.

For more on this story, head to BBC Local Live: Beds, Herts & Bucks.

Helen Bailey
Hertfordshire Police

Firefighters remain at scene of Fengate blaze

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Fire officers are still tacking a blaze in Fengate with jets to contain the fire and stop it from spreading to nearby buildings. 

Nitesh Patel took this photo of the smoke which gives some idea of the scale of the blaze. It involves wooden pallets and "a number of vehicles", according to the fire service.

We'll bring you more updates soon.

Fengate smoke
Nitesh Patel

Fengate fire: 'No mention of injuries', say police

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Police say there is "no mention of any injuries at this time", in the fire on Fengate.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police says: "We were called by the fire service at 13:10 with reports of a fire on an industrial site."

Officers are helping with traffic control in the area.

Eyewitness describes Peterborough fire

David Keller

BBC News

I've been chatting to office worker Corey Alvey on Twitter, who spotted the fire on Fengate as he drove past.

He said the blaze appears to be near a company called Green Tech and a car sales business, and he's seen some "very large flames" and "acrid black smoke".

Peterborough fire
Corey Alvey

He said he can see at least three fire engines and the road has been shut.

Peterborough fire
Corey Alvey

Staff in adjacent businesses have been evacuated from their buildings, he said, and members of the public have been trying to divert cars away from the scene.

Fire service at scene of Fengate fire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Fire officers are tweeting from the scene of the blaze in Fengate. 

Seven crews are tackling the fire which started at about 12:50.

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BreakingFengate blaze: Latest from fire service

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This is the latest from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue about the blaze in Fengate:

"A crew from Dogsthorpe initially attended and found a large number of pallets well alight. Further crews from Whittlesey, Thorney, Stanground, Huntingdon, Wisbech and Market Deeping were called.

"The crews are currently at work with jets to contain the fire and stop it from spreading to nearby buildings. A number of vehicles are also involved."

Picture: Fengate blaze visible for miles around

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This smoke from the fire in Fengate is visible for miles around Peterborough.

Farmer Damon Wilson took this in a field about 10 miles away.  

Fengate fire from Elton
Damon Wilson

Video: 'Huge' Peterborough fire

This video of the Peterborough blaze was sent to us by Shujah Saklain.

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Watch: Smoke over Peterborough

Here's some mobile phone footage of the plumes of smoke over Peterborough from the fire in Fengate.

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Picture: Fire near Fengate car lot

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here's another photo of the blaze in Fengate, taken by Rob Kendrick.

The fire service tell us six appliances have been dispatched to tackle the blaze.

Fire
Rob Kendrick

Fire crews tell people to stay away from Peterborough pallet fire

Picture: Plumes of black smoke in Peterborough

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

This is a shot of the blaze in Fengate in Peterborough, taken by Chris Brewer. 

The fire service says pallets and vehicles are believed to be alight. More updates shortly.

Fire
Chris Brewer

You can you see the blaze? Send us your photos via emailFacebook or Twitter

Breaking'Pallets and vehicles' alight in Peterborough blaze

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A large blaze has broken out in Peterborough.

The fire service has confirmed it has dispatched six appliances to a site in Fengate where "pallets and vehicles" are believed to be alight. 

Some cool research from the University of Cambridge

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

With Cambridgeshire enjoying soaring temperatures today, the University of Cambridge is highlighting research into the history of ice cream.

Apparently, in Italy iced products were enjoyed by rich and poor alike as long as 300 years ago.  

Instead of a cone it was eaten from silver and porcelain containers - and you can forget about a flake...

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Weather: Hot and sunny with a muggy night to follow

BBC Weather

Here's the all important forecast for the rest of today.

Clear blue skies and sunshine this afternoon, followed by a muggy night.  

Lake at Milton Country Park
BBC

Maximum temperature: 32C (90F).   

This was the lake at Milton Country Park, near Cambridge, this morning.

Pollen levels high and UV very high

BBC Weather

With temperatures set to hit the 30s with unbroken sunshine, it's no surprise that UV levels today are very high... 

UV levels
BBC

Hayfever sufferers should also be aware that as well as being scorching hot, there's going to be high pollen levels today too across the east of England...

Pollen levels
BBC

Temperatures rising in the Radio Cambridgeshire radio car

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This is the current temperature inside the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire radio car in Peterborough. 

Can you beat this? Send us a photo of your dashboard (not when you're driving, obviously) via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Temperature gauge
BBC

Yesterday was hot... will today be hotter?

Here's BBC Look East's weatherman Dan with the scorchio scores on the doors from yesterday... it's set to get even warmer today.

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But will the mercury rise higher today?

Three shot dead near swimming pool in Spalding

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

For those living in the north of the county, there's some breaking news in nearby Spalding.

Three people have died in a shooting in the town, Lincolnshire Police have said.

Officers were called to Pinchbeck Road at about 09:00 near the Castle Swimming Pool.

Those killed include the suspected gunman, with no shots fired by the force, a police spokesman said.

Police said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and urged members of the public to stay away from the area.

For the latest, head to the Lincolnshire Live page, where our colleagues will be providing regular updates.

Temperatures around Cambridgeshire: How hot is it where you are?

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Staff at the Gog Magog Farm Shop, on the southern outskirts of Cambridge, have told us "26C already! What a beautiful day".

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And Clare College in the city tell us: "It's currently 24C but we're expecting highs of up to 33C today!"  

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ARM Holdings: £24bn a 'good price', says former chief executive

Staying with ARM Holdings, the former chief executive of the Cambridge-based tech firm has been giving his reaction to the £24bn takeover deal with Japanese company Softbank.

Warren East, who was CEO from 2001 to 2013, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire it was a "good price".

Arm microchips
ARM Holdings

Yesterday ARM said it would keep its headquarters in Cambridge and that it would at least double the number of its staff over the next five years.

The important thing is ARM is able to continue on a pretty independent basis, and retain its unique business model."

Warren EastFormer CEO of ARM

In the papers: Latest on Arm Holdings takeover

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The planned £24bn takeover of Cambridge-based tech company ARM Holdings by Japan's Softbank is continuing to make the headlines today:

  • "Storm over Japan raid on world class UK tech giant," says the front page of today's Daily Mail. The paper claims the sell-off "sparks fears" of more foreign takeovers
  • The Financial Times reports from Tokyo that "Stock market gives Softbank deal a thumbs-down"
  • And closer to home, the Cambridge News has "Don't break promises on ARM, Cambridge MP demands"

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