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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 20 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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Our coverage across the day

Thanks for joining us, we'll be back in the morning at 08:00 with more regular news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire.

Until then scroll down to see what we've been covering today - including the Whittlesey shop owner who has put up a sign to deter Pokemon Go players.

Feel free to contact us with your pictures, stories or comments. Get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Have a good evening.

Addenbricks: Cambridge hospital builds awareness of sun safety using Lego

Addenbrooke's Hospital is trying to build awareness of sun safety by using Lego.  

You can see more of their brick-based medical advice by searching for the #Addenbricks hashtag on Twitter. 

Lego figure
Addenbrooke's hospital

Ambulance service see spike in demand during heatwave

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

There has been a spike in demand for the services of a paramedic during the current spell of hot weather, the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) says.

As temperatures reached the 30s yesterday, on the hottest day of the year so far,  EEAST received more than 3,400 calls - almost 600 more than the previous Tuesday.

The figures reveal 477 calls came from Cambridgeshire


Weather: Dry this evening with the heat gradually cooling off

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Largely fine this evening with the hot conditions gradually cooling off, although an isolated thunderstorm cannot be ruled out. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

East of England

It will be a mostly dry day tomorrow with some warm sunshine and light winds, but feeling less hot and humid than recently. Highs of 25C (77F).

Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Advice from police over Secret Garden Party

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The Secret Garden Party annual music festival gets under way at Abbots Ripton tomorrow.

With about 30,000 people expected to attend the event, police are advising people to allow extra time for journeys in the Huntingdon area.

Crowd at Secret Garden Party
Stewart Charlesworth

Cambridgeshire Constabulary says it has been working with event organisers to minimise the impact it will have on the local community.

Supt Laura Hunt said: "We will have extra officers on duty to ensure the festival does not impact on our ability to police the local area. 

"I believe this and other key decisions will mean the event runs smoothly and causes minimum amount of disruption."

Julian Huppert 'delighted' to be chosen as Lib Dem candidate for Cambridge

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Julian Huppert has told us he is "delighted" to have been selected as the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Cambridge. 

"I spent five years in Parliament fighting for Cambridge and for Cambridge’s values, and I am proud of what I achieved," he says.

Julian Huppert

He was narrowly defeated at the last election by just 600 votes by Labour's Daniel Zeichner.

I’m delighted to have the chance once again to stand for Parliament in this wonderful city, where I grew up, live and work. I hope we have a General Election soon - the country and the city cannot go on like this

Julian Huppert

'Russian doping denied me winning moment,' says Goldie Sayers

BBC Sport

Cambridgeshire Olympic javelin thrower Goldie Sayers says she believes that there is enough evidence to suggest that doping by Russian athletes is "systemic".

The International Olympic Committee is deciding today whether to provisionally ban Russia from the Rio Olympics, which start on 5 August.  

Goldie Sayers

Sayers came fourth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after Russia's Mariya Abakumova won the silver medal.

Abakumova was named as one of 14 Russian athletes to have tested positive after urine samples from Beijing were retested.

Read more Russian doping: Olympic chiefs to decide on sanctions after McLaren report

Cambridge scientist speaks about Brexit pain

Staying with scientific research at Cambridge and Prof Alison Smith, from the university, is one of a number of scientists who has spoken to the BBC about the effect Brexit is already having on their work. 

She says it means she will no longer co-ordinate a major EU collaboration.

Prof Alison Smith

Prof Smith heads a project at Cambridge University to harness the power of algae to develop new products, such as medicines and expensive chemical ingredients, more efficiently.

Her group leads the world in this field and as the coordinator of a research collaboration worth millions of euros, has helped the team win various research grants.

This year her collaborators suggested that she take a back seat.

"We have decided that I will not be the coordinator; instead my colleague in Paris will do that," she told BBC News.

Head to Science and Environment for the full report by our science correspondent Pallab Ghosh.

UK lab animal numbers holding steady

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The usage of animals in UK labs is continuing at an almost identical rate to recent years, new figures have revealed.

Some 4.14 million procedures were conducted in 2015 the Home Office have announced, compared to 4.12 million in 2013 - the most relevant comparison.

The data reveals that the University of Cambridge used 151,000 mice in experiments last year.

Science Photo Library

The university said: "Some of the important and pioneering work for which Cambridge is best known and which has led to major improvements in people’s lives was only possible using animals."  

This system is based on a 2010 European Directive, which was enshrined in UK law in 2013.  

Experts said the implications of Brexit for these regulations were unclear.

Remember this: Chicks admired at Peterborough show

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Sixty years ago this month Pat and Anne Darcey with Barbara Lofthouse were caught on camera looking at the chicks at Peterborough agricultural show.

We're not entirely sure they were impressed!

Pat and Anne Darcey with Barbara Lofthouse looking at the chicks
Getty Images

Weather watchers: Cambridgeshire basks in the sun

BBC Weather Watchers

It's sometimes said that Cambridgeshire is flat and boring... but look, on a day like today with the sun shining you could - almost - be in the south of France.

Cambridgeshire field
BBC Weather Watchers

Our team of BBC Weather Watchers have been collecting images of the county basking in the sunshine, including this shot of fields near Cambridge by 'Ebb&Flow'.

Pokemon Go away: Shop owner deters players of new gaming craze

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This sign has gone up in the window of a shop in Whittlesey to deter players of Pokemon Go.

The game involves players searching for digital creatures in real-life locations on their smartphones.  

Sign in Whittlesey shop
Pokemon Go app

Phil Gamble who owns Phil's Mart selling DIY accessories in the Fenland town said he put the sign up "tongue in cheek" admitting he's only had a "couple of gamers in so far".

Whittlesey Shop

If you've been made to feel unwelcome somewhere in Cambridgeshire while playing Pokemon Go we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch by email or drop us a tweet using #cambslive.

Find out more about Pokemon Go here.

Mercury rising in Huntingdon

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Carol Carman's patio in Huntingdon is the hottest place in the county we've been told about so far.

She recorded a scorching 39C (101F) this morning... is it any hotter where you live in Cambridgeshire?

Get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.  

View more on twitter

Weather: Hot and humid with isolated thundery showers possible later

BBC Weather

Another hot and humid afternoon with long periods of sunshine, but some isolated thunderstorms may develop later.

Weather map

Maximum temperature: 30C (86F). You can find more on the local forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Fengate fire started 'accidentally'

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Preliminary findings indicate the blaze on the the site of a craft brewing specialist in Fengate yesterday afternoon was started accidentally, fire investigators say.

Fengate fire
Hannah Jackson

More than 40 firefighters attended the blaze at the Brewers Select site yesterday afternoon.  

The most probable cause of the fire was "discarded smoking materials, which ignited rubbish and undergrowth and spread to wooden pallets," a spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said.

Another hot day in Cambridgeshire: Let's play #heatbingo

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

It's another very warm day in Cambridgeshire... Bob Fryer recorded 36.5C (97.7F) in his car in Cambridge this morning.

Can you beat this? 

Send us a picture via emailFacebook or Twitter using #heatbingo (but please, not while driving).

Bob Fryer

Travel: Delays heading into Cambridge

BBC Travel

There long delays on the A10 near Trumpington heading into Cambridge because of a traffic light failure

Congestion is back to Harston.

Stewart Jackson 'delighted' to work with Brexit minister

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Stewart Jackson says he is "delighted" to have been appointed parliamentary private secretary to David Davis - the minister for Exiting the European Union. But what does the role entail?

A parliamentary private secretary (PPS) is appointed from the backbenches by a minister to be his or her assistant. They are the 'eyes and ears' of the minister in the House of Commons.

He will assist Mr Davis in negotiations over the UK's exit from the EU.

Stewart Jackson

The new minister in charge of Brexit says the UK should be able to formally trigger its departure from the EU "before or by the start of next year".

He believes the "first order of business" should be to strike trade deals with non EU countries.

Julian Huppert selected as Lib Dem candidate for Cambridge

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Staying with politics, the former Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge Julian Huppert has been selected to contest the seat for the party at the next general election.

He was narrowly defeated at the last election by Labour's Daniel Zeichner.

Mr Huppert was formally adopted as the parties prospective parliamentary candidate at a meeting last night.

Julian Huppert

Peterborough MP to work with Brexit minister

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has been appointed parliamentary private secretary to the new Brexit minister David Davis.

View more on twitter

The long time eurosceptic will assist Mr Davis, who is overseeing negotiations on the UK's exit from the European Union.

In the papers: Police hunt cyclist taxi attacker... and more

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Here's what's in the local papers this morning:

At the scene of Fengate fire this morning

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This is the scene of the fire at the Brewers Select site in Fengate this morning.  You can clearly see how close it was to vehicles in the neighbouring car lot. 

A firefighter is here sifting through the debris to make sure it is not still alight, but there's no word yet as to the cause.

More updates from the site as we get them.

Scene of Fengate fire

Cars 'melted' by heat of Fengate fire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue have released these images of cars affected by the blaze on the the site of a craft brewing specialist in Fengate yesterday afternoon.

The vehicles were on a car lot next to the fire in pallets on the Brewers Select site. More than 40 firefighters attended the blaze, an investigation is under way.

Cambs Fire and Rescue
Cambs Fire and Rescue
Cambs Fire and Rescue

Fengate fire company thank firefighters for 'fantastic work'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Brewers Select have issued a statement expressing their gratitude to the fire service for their "fantastic work" extinguishing the blaze at their site in Fengate yesterday

The company is a craft brewing specialist supplier.   

Cambs Fire and Rescue

There was a fire at our Brewers Select site in Peterborough which was outside of any buildings and no one was injured. The speed of action of our employees and the fire service as well as police service has limited the impact of this. The company, its employees and its owners expresses their gratitude... for the fantastic work done today."

Brewers Select

Investigators at scene of Fengate fire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Fire investigators have been at the site of a large blaze which started in Peterborough yesterday afternoon.

More than 40 firefighters attended the incident in Fengate at a craft brewing specialist, which spread to vehicles on a neighbouring car lot.

We'll bring you the latest from the scene shortly.

Rob Kendrick

Weather: Hot and humid with isolated thundery showers possible later

BBC Weather

Another hot and humid day with long periods of occasionally hazy sunshine for all of us. Some isolated thundery showers could develop through the afternoon and evening, but most places will stay dry.

Maximum temperature: 30C (86F). Find out more at BBC Weather.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

We're here with live news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.  

Fire investigators have been at the scene of the big blaze that broke out in Peterborough yesterday afternoon. We'll hear from a reporter at the scene shortly.

And to go with the Mediterranean weather, Cambridge researchers have published research suggesting eating a Mediterranean-style diet high in "healthy" fats found in vegetable oil, nuts and fish, may keep diabetes at bay. 

Thunderstorms could be on the way later. A full forecast is coming next

Feel free to contact us with your pictures, stories or comments today. Get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.