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  1. Updates for Thursday 28 July
  2. Man killed in industrial accident named
  3. Police investigate A1 pedestrian death
  4. Ramsey UKIP councillor launches leadership bid
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Zoe Applegate

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That's it for our Local Live page for Cambridgeshire.

Today we've heard how friends have paid tribute to a grain store site manager killed in an industrial incident in Linton yesterday.

In other news, police have launched an investigation into a woman's death on the A1 near Eaton Socon after she was hit by a lorry in the early hours. She is expected to be formally identified tomorrow.

And if you scroll back down our timeline, Ramsey's UKIP councillor Lisa Duffy has launched her bid today in London to succeed Nigel Farage as party leader.

We'll be back again at 08:00 tomorrow with live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire. See you then.

Frances' 'stunning' birthday achievement

A resident of an Ely care home has enjoyed a party to celebrate a landmark birthday.

Frances Gillett, who turns 75 on Sunday, celebrated yesterday at Holly Cottage.  

Frances Gillett at her party
Terry Harris/Paperpix

"We believe Frances could be the oldest living female with Down's Syndrome in the country," said manager Wayne Bent.

"What makes the story even more amazing is that Frances has also survived later in life with tuberculosis and breast cancer. The age achievement alone is stunning without the health issues."

A Down's Syndrome Association spokeswoman said: "The average life expectancy for people with Down's Syndrome is between 50 and 60 years, with a small number of people living into their 70s and beyond."

Earlier this year BBC Somerset reported on Kenny Cridge, a man with Down's Syndrome who was celebrating his 76th birthday.

Weather: Outbreaks of rain, some thundery downpours

BBC Weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain this evening, some maybe heavy or thundery. Showers will fade overnight to leave some clear spells. Lows of 12C (54F). 

Weather map

Friday will start dry and bright with sunny spells. Top temperature of 22C (72F). 

BBC Weather has more local details.

Archaeologists reveal Comberton aerial photo find

Last summer's dry weather revealed crop marks in a Cambridgeshire field which led archaeologists to discover the footprint of an Iron Age / Roman settlement.

Crop marks in Comberton field
Damian Grady/Historic England

Experts traced ditches, round houses and tracks in Comberton after aerial photos were taken of the site.

Historic England has shared its recent top aerial finds - including those in Buckinghamshire and Suffolk - to celebrate the nationwide Festival of Archaeology.

The crop marks were made by the buried remnants which hold more moisture than the neighbouring soil.

Police release photo in sex assault probe

Cambridgeshire Police want to speak to a man spotted on CCTV after a woman was sexually assaulted in Huntingdon on Sunday.

CCTV image of man
Cambridgeshire Police

The victim, in her 20s, was attacked by a man at about 03:00 near the fountain on the High Street.

The woman pushed the man away, before he argued with the victim and her female friend.

Tributes paid to Camgrain site manager Edward Orlopp

The man killed in an industrial incident at a grain store facility in Linton yesterday was always smiling, friends have said.

In a tribute posted on the Suffolk Young Farmers' Club Facebook page, Camgrain site manager Edward Orlopp was said to be the "best friend" of so many people. 

"The man we could always rely on to buy a pint, wear the sharpest tweed and crispest shirts, the man who was at every party getting stuck in and always staying 'til the end," it continued.

"You will always be remembered for always wearing a smile whatever the circumstances."

Others wrote about the "loss of a true gentleman" and that he was a "kind, gentle chap".

Camgrain chairman John Latham confirmed in a statement that Mr Orlopp had been killed at its Cambridge Road site. 

U's new signing prompted to move by team-mate

New Cambridge United forward George Maris is hoping to provide versatility and flexibility in attack. 

The ex-Barnsley player has been a striker for most of his career, but can also operate out wide.

He joined the U's back in June and said his former Barnsley team-mate Luke Berry helped persuade him to make the move south.

Traffic backed up after van hits Ely bridge

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Tom Horn tweeted this photo after a white Ford transit van struck the railway bridge in Ely.

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Police said they were called at about 15:00 to reports of a vehicle stuck under the bridge. 

The A142 is partly blocked and traffic is queued back north of Station Road junction, with a diversion in place via the level crossing, according to BBC Travel.

Sixty minutes of daily exercise slashes early death risk

An hour of exercise a day can be enough to cut the risks of early death associated with sitting down at the office all day, a study led by a Cambridge University professor has revealed.

Office workers

The recommendation is substantially higher than current guidelines of 150 minutes of exercise per week.

The paper has been published in The Lancet and the study was led by Prof Ulf Ekelund, of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences and the University of Cambridge.

He warned office workers: "We cannot stress enough the importance of getting exercise, whether it's getting out for a walk at lunchtime, going for a run in the morning or cycling to work." 

Being inactive is known to increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

Police 60s scooter photo a hoot

Cambridgeshire Police have had a throwback moment and are asking people for their Twitter captions for this fab photo, from the days when police helmets appeared to double up as crash helmets.

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One user tweeted: "The Police Vesper balancing act was sure to be a hit at The Palladium", while this one hit our funny bone: "The day plods became mods."

A1 fatal crash: No arrests made

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to Cambridgeshire Police about the fatal A1 crash in the early hours on the Cambs-Beds border.

They say the investigation is still ongoing and that no arrests have been made.

A woman in her 30s will be formally identified tomorrow. She died after being hit by a lorry on the southbound carriageway near Eaton Socon at about 03:00.

Grain store victim was site manager

The man who died at a grain store in Linton has been named by the company as site manager Edward Orlopp.

In a statement, Camgrain chairman John Latham said: "It is with great sadness I have to inform you that our long-standing site manager, valued colleague and friend, Edward Orlopp, tragically lost his life in an incident at our Linton site."

Edward Orlopp

Emergency services were called to the site in Cambridge Road at 17:12 yesterday, but Mr Orlopp was pronounced dead at the scene.

The East of England Ambulance Service said earlier it was believed a lorry was involved in the fatal incident.

UKIP contender says she will set 'right tone'

The UKIP councillor for Ramsey has launched her campaign in London to be the party's next leader.

Lisa Duffy
Steve Parsons/PA

Lisa Duffy started her bid today to succeed Nigel Farage by signalling she would put an end to party in-fighting

She said UKIP's former deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans, who was suspended from the party for misconduct in March after clashes with Mr Farage, had been treated unfairly. 

Ms Evans has thrown her weight behind Ms Duffy's bid for the top job after conceding she had "given up hope" of succeeding Mr Farage herself. 

Former TK Maxx store manager Ms Duffy said she would set the "right tone" as leader. 

She said: "I'm not a faction. I'm actually somebody that builds teams. People like Suzanne have been treated unfairly, as have others within our party. This is time for a change. We do that with the right team, with the right leader."

Afternoon weather

BBC Weather

This afternoon the rain should die out leaving sunshine and some scattered showers. Cloud and outbreaks of rain, possibly heavy at times, will move eastwards later. 

However, brighter skies could move in from the west, with some scattered showers and, possibly, thunder. It will feel warm in any bright or sunny spells. 

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

BBC Weather has more detailed forecasts for your part of Cambridgeshire.

Folk Awards winner playing Cambridge festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Another act playing Cambridge Folk Festival this year is Britain's Got Talent finalist Sam Kelly, who is appearing on Sunday.

Sam Kelly

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Sam, who is originally from Spixworth, near Norwich, but now lives in Cornwall, told me: "This festival really is the pinnacle for me; it was my local folk festival as a kid, and the first festival I ever went to. 

"To have the chance to come back and play for a third year running is an absolute privilege."

Norfolk band's debut appearance at Cambridge festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Norfolk band the Georgia Shackleton Trio are appearing at the Cambridge Folk Festival today, on the opening evening of the event.

Georgia Shackleton Trio
Georgia Shackleton Trio

The festival, which has sold out, runs from today to Sunday and is headlined by Irish folk singer Christy Moore.

The Georgia Shackleton Trio combine vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo to play a blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material. 

Georgia told the BBC: "We are very excited to be playing at Cambridge Folk Festival this year. It's always been a favourite of ours to attend, so we were so pleased to be able to include it in our first year of festival dates as a trio.

"There are so many great acts playing at Cambridge this year and we're really happy to be a part of it. We hope to catch some of them again later in the summer at Broadstairs, Towersey and FolkEast."

Cambridge Folk Festival starts today

Nic Rigby

BBC News

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

Christy Moore

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 runs until Sunday.

Lisa Duffy bids to take over from Nigel Farage

Cambridgeshire UKIP councillor Lisa Duffy is launching her leadership bid today after Nigel Farage announced he is stepping down.

Lisa Duffy

Some national papers have dubbed Mrs Duffy as an "unknown councillor", but she has told the BBC she wants to be the leader and take the party forward into Westminster.

She said: "Not being an MEP is actually a strength. I decided not to go forward to be an MEP because I didn't want to work over in Brussels, I didn't want to be part of that gravy train. 

"What I wanted to do is build up the UKIP base over here. Being an unknown for the national media, the people who know me know what I can deliver, so I can do this."

Find out more about the main contenders at BBC Politics.

Grain store death: More about Camgrain

Helen Burchell

BBC News

As we've been reporting, a man was killed at an industrial site in Linton yesterday.

It took place at Camgrain in Cambridge Road, which is a farmer-owned grain storage co-operative.

It operates four sites - two in Cambridgeshire, one in Kettering and one in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Linton store was the first of the co-operative's sites to be developed in 1983.

It's spread across 15 acres (six hectares) and the site stores more than 150,000 tonnes of grain annually - the majority of which is malting barley.

Lorry said to have been involved in grain store death

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A lorry is believed to have been involved in an incident where a man was killed at a grain store yesterday.

Row of ambulances

The East of England Ambulance Service said it was called to reports of a road traffic collision at 17:12 at Camgrain Stores in Linton.

It sent a rapid response vehicle, ambulance crew, ambulance officer, a hazardous area response team and an air ambulance response car, but as we reported earlier, sadly the man died at the scene.

He has not yet been named, or an age given for him.

Man killed in grain store accident

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A man has died in an industrial accident at a grain store.


The incident happened at Camgrain in Linton yesterday evening.

Emergency services were called to the Cambridge Road site after 17:00. The man was declared dead at the scene.

In a statement, the company said: "Camgrain Stores confirms an employee has died tragically earlier this evening [Wednesday] as a result of an incident at its Linton site."

Managing director Philip Darke said the company’s priority in the coming hours and days was to support the bereaved family.

"We are co-operating with the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) in all matters," he added.

A look at the rest of the news

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

We'll be moving away from the crashes on the A1 and A421 for now to tell you what's going on in the rest of the news.

If there are any developments regarding the crashes, we'll bring you the information as soon as we get it.

In the meantime, BBC Travel has the latest diversion information.

A1 and A421 crashes: Incidents on a map

We've been talking a lot this morning about two major crashes involving lorries and pedestrians in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Here's a map to put into context where they happened. The crash sites are about 16 miles (26km) apart.

Map showing the crashes in Marston Moretaine and Eaton Socon

A1 and A421 crashes: What we know so far

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

If you're struggling to keep up with all the latest on the crashes this morning, here's a round-up.

The A1 crash on the Cambs-Beds border:

  • A woman in her 30s has been killed after being hit by a lorry
  • The collision happened on the southbound carriageway between the B645 and the A428 near Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire Police said
  • Emergency services were called at about 03:00
  • 999 calls reported that a pedestrian had been hit by a lorry
  • The woman died at the scene
  • The road remains closed southbound 

The A421 crash in Bedfordshire:

  • Two pedestrians were hit by a lorry
  • The collision happened on a sliproad of the A421 northbound near Marston Moretaine 
  • Emergency services were called just before 04:00
  • The road remains closed northbound from M1 J13 to the Marsh Leys roundabout

Woman in 30s died in A1 lorry crash

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Police has confirmed it was a woman who died in the collision on the A1 on the Cambs-Beds border last night.

Officers were called at about 03:00 to reports of a pedestrian being hit by a lorry between Wyboston and the A428.

The woman in her 30s was hit on the southbound carriageway, which remains closed but is expected to reopen shortly.

Early morning crashes: Details from ambulance service

Jodie Smith

BBC News

We've contacted the East of England Ambulance Service about two crashes affecting Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire this morning.

The service told us it was called to the southbound A1 near St Neots, Cambridgeshire, just after 03:00. It sent two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance crew, a Magpas critical response car and ambulance officer. A woman died at the scene.

Paramedics were also sent to the A421 at 03:53, the service said, where a lorry and two pedestrians had been involved in a crash on a sliproad near Marston Mortaine, Bedfordshire. There were no details of the conditions of those involved, a spokesman added. 

A1 closure: Latest from Highways England

BreakingFatal collision on A1 means road will remain closed for some time, police say

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

We've had it confirmed one person has died and an investigation is under way after a vehicle collided with a pedestrian on the A1 on the Cambs-Beds border last night. 

The accident happened at 03:15 near St Neots. The road will remain closed in both directions with diversions in place around the incident site for some time, police said.

A police spokesman said the next-of-kin had been informed. Further and more precise details will be released later, he said.

More details at BBC Travel.

Weather: Dry and warm but rain expected

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A dry start to the day with some bright spells and light winds.

Feeling warm in any sunshine, but the cloud will begin to thicken during the day bringing a spell of rain eastwards.

The rain will turn heavy for a time, with scattered heavy showers following on behind for the early evening. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F) 

More details from BBC Weather:

Drivers advised to avoid A1 blocked by overnight accident

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Diversions have been set up after a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on the southbound A1 near St Neots.


The road is closed in both directions and drivers are advised to leave the A1 at J21 for the A14 at Brampton Hut and go east to J24 for Godmanchester, Highways England said. 

"At J24 drivers should use A1198 south to Papworth to join B1040, then follow B1040 to A428 and take A428 west to A1. Drivers travelling northbound should take the reverse route, duty operations manager Ray George said. 

"We are working closely with police to reopen these roads as soon as possible, but it is difficult to say how long that will be at this stage as accident investigation needs to take place."

More details on BBC Travel.

A1 shut near St Neots as pedestrian struck by vehicle

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Hello all.

We've started Local Live a little early this morning to tell you the A1 is shut in both directions between St Neots and Wyboston this morning, due to a "serious collision" between a vehicle and a pedestrian. 

Police accident sign

It happened at about 03:00 on the southbound carriageway on the Cambs-Beds border, between the B1048 and the A428, police said. 

Local diversions are currently sending motorists through St Neots. Southbound A1 traffic is currently being diverted off at Huntingdon to Godmanchester down the A14, and then to Papworth Everard.

BBC Travel has the latest.