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  1. Updates on Wednesday, 27 July 2016
  2. JCB used in attempted Sawtry ram-raid
  3. Numbers of armed police officers set to increase
  4. Three Fenland minor injury units face closure
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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That's all for our regular updates for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Until then scroll down to see our coverage today including the news that the three minor injuries units in the Fens could be closed.

And the plans to arm more police officers covering Cambridgeshire.

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

The Ipswich legends who will lead star charity team

As you might have seen earlier, ex-England players Terry Butcher and Kieron Dyer are to lead an Ipswich Town star squad to raise money for two footballers seriously hurt in a crash.

Terry Butcher pictured before the Italia 90 World Cup

The team's manager Terry Butcher (pictured above in 1990) was brought up mostly in Lowestoft and first ran out for Ipswich in 1978 against Everton. He helped Town lift the UEFA  Cup before going on to captain the national team, winning 77 caps and playing in three World Cups.

The side will be captained by Kieron Dyer, who featured in ITV's last series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. Dyer began his career in Town's youth team and later became a first team fan favourite. He signed for Newcastle for what was then a record fee for Ipswich of £6m and represented England 33 times.

Sunday's match against Newmarket Town is being staged in aid of its player Shaun Whiter, who has lost both legs, and Soham Town Rangers Joey Abbs.

Assasin's Creed: Ely film shoot

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Ely Cathedral
Terry Harris/

Here are some more photos of the film shoot at Ely Cathedral for what is believed to be the new Assassin's Creed movie.

Terry Harris/

In it Michael Fassbender stars as a criminal recruited by a shadowy organization who use technology to plonk him down in 15th-century Spain, right in the middle of the Spanish Inquisition.

Assassin's Creed: Stars spotted at Ely Cathedral filming

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Filming of what is believed to be the much-anticipated action movie Assassin’s Creed is continuing at Ely Cathedral.

Yesterday Hollywood A-listers Jeremy Irons and Marion Cotillard were on the set while the cathedral was closed off to the public.

Jeremy Irons
Terry Harris/
Marion Cotillard
Terry Harris/

The movie is based on the hugely successful Assassin's Creed video games series in which the player takes on the role of a master assassin in a variety of historical settings including Renaissance Florence and revolutionary Paris. 

Cotillard is playing the role of Dr Sophia Rikkin in the movie, with Irons playing her father Alan Rikkin. 

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Weather: Clear spells overnight but rain tomorrow

Dry with clear spells overnight, but cloudy with outbreaks of rain tomorrow.

Weather chart

It'll turn heavy at times, but will quickly clear eastwards to leave a brighter end to the day but still with the risk of some showers in light winds.

Maximum temperature: 21C (72F)

Get the latest local forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Football: New Cambridge striker injured in friendly against Villa

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United hosted Aston Villa last night in a friendly match, in which new signing Adam McGurk made his debut -  only to suffer a knee injury.

The 27-year-old striker only arrived at the Abbey from Portsmouth last week for an undisclosed fee.

The club has told us his knee remains too swollen to assess how bad the injury is.

The final pre-season clash resulted in a 0-3 loss to the home side.

Cambridge United play Aston Villa

Latest: Sawtry attempted ram-raid

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

I've been speaking to Cambridgeshire Police about the attempted ram-raid at the post officere in Sawtry during which thieves used a JCB to try and steal a cash machine

They say officers are gathering evidence at the scene on Green End Road which remains closed


Coton hammer attack sentencing postponed until September

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Four men facing jail on Friday for their roles in a "sustained and violent" attack on an elderly couple will not now be sentenced until September, police tell us.

The couple, in their 70s, were bound, beaten and tortured with weapons including a hammer and crowbar in their Coton home in November 2014.

The thieves made off with £20,000 in cash, ornaments and jewellery.

Stolen items
Cambridgeshire Police

John McCarthy, 35, of Cambridge, and Richard Leslie, 37, of Mitcham in south London, were found guilty earlier this month of aggravated burglary.

Marc Smith, 43, from Cambridge, admitted handling stolen goods, and Jacob O'Dell, 20, from Cambridge, admitted sending malicious communications to a witness.

Police said the victims showed "immense courage" in the face of a "cowardly and calculated offence".

Girl, 11, to represent Britain in Dragon Boat Euros

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

An 11-year-old girl from Bedford is preparing to be the British team's dragon boat drummer at the European championships in Rome this weekend.

Dragon Boat Euros: Bedford's Izzy Gallo to represent Great Britain

Izzy Gallon caught the eye of the selectors after the GB Premier Team visited her club - the Cambridgeshire Royals Dragon Boat - to train. She will be the youngest member of the GB team. 

As drummer she has to stand at the end of the boat, drumming out the beat of the rowing and shouting instructions - very loudly.

Squad manager Tim Smith said: "You may say 'give a child a drum and ask them to shout' is all you need, but the role of the drummer is crucial and we need the right individual to understand the race, read situations, motivate the team and bring out the best when competitors are under pressure."

Famous footballers in charity match for Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Some famous faces will be part of the Ipswich Town all-star team in a charity football match in aid of two footballers seriously injured in a road collision in Newmarket.

The side will be managed by former England captain Terry Butcher and captained by Kieron Dyer, it has been revealed today.

Joey Abbs, a Soham Town Rangers player sustained "serious" leg injuries, while Newmarket Town's Shaun Whiter lost his legs in the incident earlier this month.

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The match against Newmarket Town takes place this Sunday at 15:00

Concerns over training regular police officers to use firearms

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Oz Merrygold, from the Cambridgeshire Police Federation, which represents serving constables, has expressed concerns over training regular officers to carry weapons so they can respond to firearms incidents while on duty.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "If a traffic officer is attending a fatal accident, how easy will it be for him to drop everything and respond to a firearms incident?"

Armed police

The joint firearms unit says the increase in officers comes after they "reviewed capability and capacity in the light of current threat levels".  

Assistant Chief Constable Dan Vasovitch, who runs the joint service, said deploying officers with their weapons already happens on "a daily basis, two or three times a day, every day".  

More armed police in the county 'counter-productive'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Peterborough Labour Councillor Ansar Ali, a former Police and Crime Commissioner candidate on Cambridgeshire, says having more armed police covering the county is "counter-productive".  

His comments come after figures obtained by BBC Look East show the number of armed police officers in the joint firearms unit for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire is set to increase by 50%.

"Guns are not an answer," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire earlier.

"The answer lies with working with communities and catching these evil criminals who are intent on doing us harm... and bringing them to justice before they commit these acts," he said.

The Home Office is asking police forces to train more officers to carry weapons "in the light of current threat levels".

Ambulance meeting open to public

Patient care improvements will be the focus of the annual general meeting of the East of England Ambulance Service, taking place this afternoon at Great Notley, near Braintree, Essex.

Ambulances parked in a row

The trust's board members have already met this morning to discuss its performance and working with other agencies - and the service has been live tweeting from the meeting.

The latest annual accounts, clinical priorities and future plans are due to be unveiled during the public meeting.

Cambridge professor seeks assurances for EU researchers based in UK

The Royal Society president has called for the government to give EU researchers based in the UK assurances that they will be able to stay indefinitely.

Speaking on Newsnight Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, who is based at Cambridge University, said post-Brexit uncertainty needs to be "nipped in the bud".

Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan

We're hearing about UK researchers being excluded from collaborations because their other EU collaborators don't want to take on a UK-based researcher because they don't know what their status will be."

Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan.

Brexit concerns of Cambridge Nobel Prize winner

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Nobel Prize-winning Cambridge scientist Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan has been talking to the BBC about his concerns for UK science following the Brexit vote.

He told Newsnight: "If we're isolated, we won't be able to set the agenda.

"If we are perceived as a xenophobic country, then we will be less attractive," he said.  

Professor Sir Venki Ramakrishnan

Prof Ramakrishnan has been president of the Royal Society since December 2015. The position is one of the most important in British science.

He shared the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his work on ribosomes - a micro-machine for making proteins according to the British Society for Cell Biology.

Weather: A brighter afternoon with some showers

BBC Weather

Any residual cloud and patchy rain will clear to leave a brighter afternoon with sunny spells and light winds. However, these brighter skies may trigger an isolated heavy shower.

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

BBC Weather Watchers

BBC Weather Watcher 'Ebb&Flow' captured the overcast conditions near Cambridge this morning.  

ARM report profits following Softbank deal

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

ARM Holdings, the Cambridge tech firm poised to be bought by Japan's SoftBank, is reporting rising revenue and profits. 


The firm which designs the microchips used in most smartphones said sales jumped 17% to £267.6m while pre-tax profits rose 5% to £130.1m in the second quarter of 2016.

The £24bn takeover by Softbank was announced last week.

UKIP leadership: Lisa Duffy pledges to walk party into Westminster

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Ramsey councillor Lisa Duffy, one of the candidates standing to replace Nigel Farage as UKIP leader, says she believes she can "walk the party into Westminster". 

Lisa Duffy

She's being presented as the "grassroots" contender for the leadership and yesterday received the backing of senior party figure Suzanne Evans and East region MEP Patrick O'Flynn.  

Armed police increase: Response will be 'as quick as it can be'

Josef Hall

BBC Look East

As it emerges the number of armed police officers in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire is to rise by 50%, the Police Federation has raised concerns the joint firearms unit will focus on Luton and Luton airport.

Armed police

But Cambridgeshire's Chief Constable Alec Wood has said this will not be the case.

"I am confident that when we do need those resources in any part of the counties that we'll get them as quickly as we possibly can," he said.

"But of course across the three counties we need to make sure that those areas that do have the greatest risk, that carry the greatest threat, get the response as quickly as it possibly can and in this case, more incidents occur in say Luton than in Fenland, Cambridgeshire."

Armed police increase: A 'response to current threat levels'

Josef Hall

BBC Look East

The Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire joint firearms unit says an increase of 50% in the number of armed police officers in the three counties is a response to current threat levels.  

Assistant Chief Constable Dan Vasovitch, who runs the joint service, said deploying officers with their weapons already happens on "a daily basis, two or three times a day, every day".

He said: "We felt it was appropriate to put in some additional capability that would be there in the event of something really terrible happening.

"On a routine basis we won't be seeing those officers out and about in an armed capacity, but they are there as a surge of capability to support our colleagues across the country."     

Armed police numbers to rise in Beds, Herts and Cambs

Josef Hall

BBC Look East

The number of armed police officers is to rise by 50% in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, according to figures obtained by BBC Look East.

The joint firearms unit says the increase comes after they "reviewed capability and capacity in the light of current threat levels".

Police have said training for these roles has already started.

Armed police

In the papers: Cam swimmers warned to 'think twice'... Bungalow gutted in Peterborough fire

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here's a quick look at what's in the local papers today:

Minor injury unit closure plan 'outrageous'

Back now to our story about the possible closure of the three minor injuries units in the Fens.

Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire Stephen Barclay has told us the plans are "outrageous".

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group report said financial problems meant closures were the only "realistic option".

You can have your say on the matter. Drop us an email or add a post to our Facebook page.

Travel: A14 partially blocked eastbound near Cambridge following crashed

BBC Travel

The A14 is partially blocked eastbound between junction 31, Girton, and Junction 32, for Histon, following a crash.

Watch: JCB at scene of Sawtry attempted ram-raid

John Green, who runs Sawtry Post Office, tells us CCTV footage shows the JCB was used to ram the building seven times in an attempt to steal the cash machine.

He says the damage will take "some time" to put right, but he'll be open as normal today as it's "what customers expect".

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Police remain at the scene and say they want to trace a "high-powered dark car" that fled the scene with three men inside.

We'll bring you more updates on this story later.

At the scene: Ram-raid in Sawtry

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

This is the scene in Sawtry this morning where a JCB was used in an attempted ram-raid at the post office in the early hours of this morning.

It was used in an attempt to steal the cash machine, before those involved fled the scene.

Ram raid

BreakingAttempted ram-raid on post office in Sawtry

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Thieves used a JCB in an attempted ram-raid at the post office in Sawtry last night, police have just confirmed.

Officers were called at 02.50 to reports of an attempted theft of a cash machine in Green End Road.

The JCB and a Nissan Navara were left at the scene. Officers are particularly keen to trace a high-powered dark car that fled the scene with three men inside.

Part of the road remains closed.

Weather: Cloud and rain clearing

BBC Weather

A quick look at the weather before returning to our main story this morning about the Fenland minor injury units threatened with closure.

We've a cloudy morning in store with outbreaks of rain or drizzle. The rain will clear south-eastwards leaving brighter spells and light winds in the afternoon, although there's an isolated chance of some heavy showers.

Weather map

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).  

Find out more on the local forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Travel: Road closure in Sawtry due to police incident

BBC Travel

Green End Road in Sawtry is closed in both directions because of a police incident.

Threatened minor injury units 'popular with patients'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The Fenland minor injury units threatened by closure see 33,000 people a year according to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.

They treat patients with a range of injuries including broken bones, wound infections and minor head injuries.

Doddington minor injuries unit

A report for the CCG's clinical and management executive team acknowledges the units in Ely, Wisbech and Doddington (above) are "popular with local patients".

But it said they were "not good value for money" and recommended closing them given their "current fiscal position".

MP's concerns over possible Cambridge Fens' MIU closures

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

I've been reporting on proposals which could see the closure of minor injuries units in Ely, Wisbech and Doddington.

Stephen Barclay MP

The Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire, Stephen Barclay, said the report suggested the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group had behaved in a way that was "misleading at best, it's dishonest at worst".

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said "absolutely no decisions have been made".

Cambridgeshire Fens minor injuries units due to close

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

All minor injuries units in the Fens could be closed, according to a confidential report seen by the BBC

Unit at Doddington

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group report said financial problems meant closures were the only "realistic option". 

The units earmarked for closure are in Ely, Wisbech and Doddington.

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said "absolutely no decisions have been made". 

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Good morning. Stay with us for live news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county between now and 18:00.   

In the news today...All three minor injuries units in the Fens could be closed, according to a confidential report seen by the BBC.  More on that coming up shortly.

But first we'll find out what the weather is going to be like today - a full forecast coming up. 

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