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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 26 July 2016
  2. 'Sporting village' plans revealed
  3. Man hit round head with baseball bat in Wisbech
  4. Fewer arrests at Secret Garden Party
  5. Plans for sporting village revealed in Cambridge

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By Mark Williamson

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Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us, that's it for today.

We'll return in the morning at 08:00 for more live news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county.  

Until then, scroll down for our coverage today, including plans for the Cambridge Sporting Village unveiled by developers.

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

Weather: Chance of rain tonight and tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be cloudy across most parts of the region this evening, but mainly dry with the chance of patchy rain by the end of the night. Lows of 12C (54F).


A cloudy, drizzly start to tomorrow. Gradually clearing, but staying rather cloudy. 

Some brighter spells later with some sunshine breaking through the clouds, but there will be afternoon showers possible. Highs of 23C (73F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Man assaulted with baseball bat after car chase through Wisbech

Sara Varey

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A man in his 20s was hit around the head with a baseball bat after a car chase though Wisbech at the weekend.

The victim was threatened by a passenger in a green car he accidentally hit with his Fiat Punto, on Alexandra Road at about 12:00 on Saturday, police said.

He then drove off and was pursued by the two men in the other car to a house in Redmoor Lane, where he was attacked.

The car then left the scene heading towards the A47, leaving him with minor injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

'Significant reduction' in arrests at Secret Garden Party

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The number of arrests at this year's Secret Garden Party are a "significant reduction" on last year, say police. 

Seventy crimes were recorded at the Abbots Ripton music festival over the weekend, including 35 thefts, five violent offences and 26 drug offences. This compares to 120 crimes last year.

Fireworks at the Secret Garden Party

Supt Laura Hunt said: "A range of robust measures were put in place to detect drugs at the Secret Garden Party, including the use of sniffer dogs."

Tickets please! More from couple issued with 'ridiculous wad' to get to Scarborough

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

More now on the couple from Cambridge whose return train journey to Scarborough resulted in them being issued a grand total of 34 tickets and receipts. 

Tom Bragg and Anne Miller say it was the result of wanting to to take their bikes, so they could cycle around the North Yorkshire moors. 

Tom told me: "The bike needs a ticket stuck on [it] and a passenger copy for each section of the journey - and there are three places where we change in each direction.

"But the people at Cambridge Station were really helpful."

Last May the couple took their bikes all the way to Cordoba, in southern Spain, which only required 10 tickets.

Abellio Greater Anglia, which manages Cambridge Station where the tickets were bought, said the high number of tickets included seat and cycle reservations for the various stages of the journey.

Travel: A14 partially blocked near Cambridge Services

BBC Travel

The A14 is partially blocked eastbound near Cambridge Services due to a broken down lorry.

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UKIP leadership: Patrick O'Flynn not standing

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Eastern region UKIP MEP Patrick O'Flynn has confirmed to us he is not going to throw his hat into the ring for party leadership and is backing Ramsey councillor Lisa Duffy.

He's due on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to discuss his decision at 17:10.

Patrick O'Flynn

The former Press Association and Daily Express journalist was brought in as the party's head of communications in 2013 and became one of Mr Farage's chief lieutenants, as well as being elected an MEP in 2014.

But the pair had a big fallout after the 2015 election, when Mr O'Flynn questioned Mr Farage's reversal of his decision to resign, suggesting it damaged trust in the party and made UKIP look like a personality cult.

The infighting led to him losing his position as economics spokesman.

Lisa Duffy 'best candidate' to expand UKIP's appeal, says Suzanne Evans

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Former UKIP deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans says she is endorsing Ramsey UKIP councillor Lisa Duffy for the leadership of the party, because she can best expand its appeal to voters. 

"Lisa has the backbone for the change that needs to come," she told the Daily Telegraph.

Who is Lisa Duffy?

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Former UKIP leadership favourite Suzanne Evans says Lisa Duffy is "not a household name, yet, but definitely one to watch".  

So who is the district councillor for Ramsey who's hoping to replace Nigel Farage?

Lisa Duffy

The 48-year-old mother-of-six is the chief of staff to Patrick O'Flynn, UKIP MEP for the East of England, and she is a former director of the party. She joined UKIP in November 2004.  

Her career before politics was in retail. She's worked as a senior store manager for TK Maxx in Manchester and as a George clothing manager at Asda, having started work at her parents' corner shop aged 13. 

She decided to join the party when her partner, Peter Reeve, UKIP county councillor for Ramsey, launched the first UKIP Manchester branch.

In 2011 she became the first UKIP mayor of Ramsey.

Warning over rise in deliberate fires

Sara Varey

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Firefighters are warning over a rise in fires being started deliberately.

In a recent incident on Sunday, crews from Stanground and Dogsthorpe were called to a building fire on Brassey Close, New England, after furniture was set alight on land next to it.

Scene of fire
Cambs Fire and Rescue

Weather: Turning cloudier today with some showers later

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken through this afternoon allowing one or two showers to develop, but most will stay dry. 

Weather Map

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F). Head to BBC Weather for more information

Lisa Duffy backed for UKIP leadership by Suzanne Evans

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

One of UKIPs best-known politicians says she's "given up hope" of standing for the party's leadership and has endorsed Cambridgeshire councillor Lisa Duffy instead. 

Suzanne Evans (pictured), who used to be the party's deputy chairman, had been touted as a possible successor to Nigel Farage.

But Ms Evans had been suspended from the party and a recent rule change means she now isn't eligible to take part in the contest. 

Suzanne Evans

At a news conference this morning, she announced she'll be backing Lisa Duffy instead - who is the district councillor for Ramsey and leads the UKIP group on Hunts District Council.  

Head to BBC Politics for more on the main contenders.

BHS in Cambridge prepares for closure

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

This is the scene in the Cambridge branch of BHS today, which is one of 114 remaining department stores around the UK being sold off in the next few weeks.


MPs have been scathing in their report on the collapse of the retailer. You can find out more here.

Just the ticket? Cambridge woman issued with 'ridiculous wad' for journey to Scarborough

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Anne Miller, from Cambridge, took this photo of the "ridiculous wad" of 34 train tickets and receipts she and her husband Tom Bragg were issued with yesterday.

They are travelling to Scarborough and back for a three-day cycling break in the North Yorkshire moors.

We'll bring you more on this story soon. Can you beat this? Get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.  

Anne Miller

In the papers: Cambridge faces 'tourist disaster'... Violent attack in Peterborough

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

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

  • The Cambridge News leads with fears Cambridge is heading for "tourist disaster" if measures are not introduced to cope with increasing visitor numbers
  • A man has been taken to hospital after a "violent attack" in Dogsthorpe, reports the Peterborough Telegraph

Filming continues at Ely Cathedral

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Ely Cathedral is "buzzing" this morning as filming of a new movie continues.

As we reported last week, there are unconfirmed reports that scenes of Assassin's Creed, based on the popular video game, are being shot there.

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Ely Cathedral has featured in a number of films over the years, including The King's Speech and The Other Boleyn Girl.

Have you spotted any celebrities in the city? Why not email or tweet us your pictures.  

'Sports village' plans 'very detrimental' to Trumpington, say residents

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Another 520 homes at Trumpington Meadows would be "very detrimental to the community", according to some local residents.

Andrew Roberts, from the Trumpington Residents' Association, has urged developer Grosvenor to reconsider its plans for the Cambridge Sporting Village.

Trumpington Meadows
Geograph/Hugh Venables

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire about 1,300 of 3,700 homes already planned for the area had been built and the community didn't want any additional houses.

'Cambridge Sporting Village' plans revealed

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Developer Grosvenor have released more details about the new "Cambridge Sporting Village".

As well as 520 new homes, the plans revealed today include a cycling track, BMX track and artificial pitches for playing football, hockey and rugby.

Ariel view of sporting village

The plans have criticised by local residents, who say Trumpington has already seen enough development. We'll bring you more on this shortly.

Cambridge is a world-class city with a strong sporting heritage and a growing population. These proposals can build on that heritage with outstanding sports facilities that are open to all, while tackling the pressures of growth with vital new homes."

James CochraneSenior project manager at Grosvenor

Revamp of Cambridge United 'absolutely depends' on 'sporting village' plans

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Plans for a 500-home "sporting village" on the outskirts of Cambridge are linked by developers to a revamp of the Cambridge United stadium in the city.

Both sites are owned by Grosvenor, which this morning revealed its plans for 520 new homes and other sporting facilities at Trumpington Meadows. 

Senior project manager, James Cochrane, says: "This is a single project. Funding on the Abbey Stadium absolutely does rely on the sporting village coming through at the same time."

Cambridge United graphic

Plans for 500-home 'sporting village' on outskirts of Cambridge revealed

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

New proposals for a "sporting village" to the south of Cambridge have been submitted by developers. 

The plans combine new sports facilities, including a cycle track, and 520 new homes at Trumpington Meadows.

Developer Grosvenor is also promising a revamped Cambridge United stadium at Newmarket Road, which it owns, as part of the proposals.

It says 40% of the properties would be affordable housing. 

Trumpington Meadows
Geograph/John Sutton

Weather: Bright start turning cloudier, with some showers later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

This morning will start mainly dry with bright and sunny spells. Cloud will thicken into the afternoon allowing one or two showers to develop, but most will stay dry. 

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F). Find out more at BBC Weather.

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Good morning. We're here once more with live news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county between now and 18:00.   

In the news today... The latest plans for a sports village on the outskirts of Cambridge, combining sporting facilities and about 500 new homes, have been revealed - more on this coming shortly.

But next, it looks like it is going to be another fine day - a full forecast coming up. 

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