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Appeal for witnesses to A141 crash

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Police are hoping to trace people who saw a two vehicle crash on the A141 near March last night.

The crash - between two BMWs - blocked the Wisbech Road for some time.

One driver was injured.

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Severe accident: A1(M) Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, between J15 for B1043 Old North Road and J16 for A15 London Road.

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - Heavy traffic and two lanes closed on A1(M) northbound between J15, B1043 (Sawtry) and J16, A15 (Norman Cross), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

The Budget: What's in it for the East?

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

As always on Budget day, most of what is announced is big picture stuff. We'll find out how the extra money for things like the NHS and helping research and development is allocated in the weeks to come.

Like many other people in the country we will benefit from the increase in tax thresholds and the minimum wage. People on Universal Credit will welcome the tweaks to the system.

But in the east of England, the main story is infrastructure.

A third river crossing for Great Yarmouth will make a big difference to getting around the town, but it will also encourage business growth.

The pledge to complete the Oxford to Cambridge rail link by 2025 and the Oxford to Cambridge expressway by 2030 means that the dreams of trouble free east-west travel could be close to coming true.

And the offer of £1bn of low interest loans for councils to fund local infrastructure projects is likely to be taken up by many of our authorities, who're desperate to build bypasses.

The freeze in fuel duty will also go down well in a region where we have a lot of hauliers and the extra funding for maths and science teaching is likely to be taken up in Norfolk and Suffolk, where standards have been low.

But there was nothing to help local councils or the police with their funding crises and no concrete promises on public sector pay.

The chancellor has gone some way to making life better in the region. But he could have done more.

Cambridge Airport engine testing facility approved

A "state-of-the art" engine testing bay big enough to accommodate Boeing 777 and 747 airliners is to be built at Cambridge Airport.

The 20m (65ft) tall bay will be used when planes run their engines on the ground to test performance and systems.

Artist's impression of engine testing bay
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Last year, airport owner Marshall of Cambridge was given planning permission to build 1,300 homes on land it owns north of Newmarket Road, on the condition it ceased using its existing run-up bay.

The company has been granted permission to build the new test bay, which should mean "thousands fewer people living nearby are exposed to significant noise". The plan was approved by the Joint Development Control Committee, made up of representatives from Cambridgeshire, South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge councils.

Work will begin early next year and be completed by spring 2019.

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Peterborough-based Whirlpool fights fine after worker's death

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

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A home appliance company which admitted a health and safety breach over the death of a contractor at a factory near Bristol is fighting a £700,000 fine.

Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited - based in Peterborough - went before a court in March after the 66-year-old worker fell from a cherry picker as he installed fire detection equipment.

The company, which supplies washing machines, driers and other appliances, admitted breaching section three of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Lawyers for the company today began an appeal against the fine in front of the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett.

Barrister Duncan Adamson argued that the crown court judge had been wrong in categorising Whirlpool as a "very large", rather than "large" company.

It made £19m profit in 2014, but lost £137m the following year due to it having to correct defects in already sold appliances, the court heard.

Lord Burnett reserved judgment on Whirlpool's appeal until a later date.

Peterborough 'verge parkers' could be fined

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Drivers parking on verges and pavements in Peterborough could soon be fined.

A city council group has been looking at the issue across Peterborough.

Bans could be imposed in areas where residents or the emergency services say pavement parking is a big problem.


They include Dogsthorpe Road, Clare Road and streets around Peterborough United's ground.

John Peach, chair of the growth, environment and resources scrutiny committee at Peterborough City Council - and councillor for Park Ward - said it could begin in April.

"It's been a problem for many years in a number of areas in Peterborough," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, "where people park on the grass verge and churn it up.

"It's a mudbath at this time of year and degrades the area," he said.

Mr Peach added that fines would not have to be enforced everywhere, but residents could ask for it in particular hotspots across the city.

"Fines would be ploughed back into lining and signage," he said. "It's not a money-making scheme, but a way of getting over the problem of inconsiderate drivers."

Major road repair programme for Cambridgeshire

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

We might be well into murky, damp winter, but work is about to begin to repair roads in Cambridgeshire damaged by the summer heat.

More than 40 miles of roads across the county will be repaired from next month - at a cost of £6.25m.


It includes 10 sections of road in Peterborough - and 21 in Cambridgeshire.

The work will continue in stages until next June.

A council spokesman said: "It will mean a long-term approach to the maintenance of these roads and will mean all work can be carried out in one go, preventing the need for repeated costly repairs and extra disruption for drivers."

For a full list of the roads - and when work will start - click here.

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Car stuck on guided busway at St Ives

Orla Moore

BBC News

Another car has become wedged on Cambridgeshire's guided busway, reports the Cambridge News.

The vehicle was driven into a concrete pit on a buses-only section of the track at the end of Station Road in St Ives, the paper says.

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Tank crew celebrated by French museum

In the fields of northern France this morning, commemorations have been taking place to remember the soldiers killed in the Battle of Cambrai.

Deborah Tank D51
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The World War One battle is regarded as one of the first where tanks were used in numbers.

One of those tanks, given the name Deborah, was crewed by Gnr Joseph Cheverton, of Cambridge, and L/Cpl George Foot from Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.

The tank was found buried in a field in 1998 and for the past 19 years has been on display in a barn, but now it will be the centrepiece of a new Cambrai tank museum opening this afternoon.

The museum is located next to the British Hill Cemetery where Gnr Cheverton, who was celebrating his 20th birthday, and three other crew members, were all killed by the German shells, are interred.

Severe disruption: A14 Cambridgeshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire westbound severe disruption, between A1 and A1.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 Spur in Alconbury closed and slow traffic westbound between the A1(M) J14 junction and the A1(M) junction, because of an overturned lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Calls for St Neots to be linked to new east-west rail line

The Mayor of St Neots says it is "extremely important" that the town is connected to any new railway line linking Cambridge with Oxford.

St Neots
Geograph/Paul Gillett

The National Infrastructure Commission released details on Friday, advising the government to improve major transport links between the two cities by 2030.

The report paints a picture of a "brain belt" linking high-tech industry in Cambridge to Bedford, Milton Keynes and Oxford.

Derek Giles said that while he did not expect the line to connect to St Neots, a light rail link to Bedford would help and encourage more people to come to the market town.

"We need to unlock the potential of this town," he said.

Newspaper appeal as hedgehog hospital overrun

Too many hedgehogs in crisis have landed a wildlife park with a prickly dilemma.

The specialist hedgehog hospital at Shepreth Wildlife Park is overrun with young animals and has had to turn new admissions away.

The facility can cope with close to 90 animals, but currently has more than 100 on site, with a further 60 in foster care.

Hedgehog at Shepreth hospital
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Baby hedgehog at Shepreth hospital
Shepreth Wildlife Park

It have been forced to ask people who find sick or injured young hedgehogs instead to call the Shropshire-based British Hedgehog Preservation Society which will be able to recommend other care facilities.

Hedgehog boxes
Shepreth Wildlife Park

Meanwhile it is appealing for anyone with old newspapers - which are used to line cages and provide bedding - to get in touch or drop them off.

It doesn't matter which papers they are, just so long as they don't have staples.

Hedgehog cage
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Shepreth Wildlife Hospital
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Severe accident: M11 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, at J13 for A1303 Cambridge.

M11 Cambridgeshire - M11 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J13, A1303 (Cambridge), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Man bailed in flat-fall death probe

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died following a fall from a block of flats.

A man in his 20s fell from the flats in Hanover Court, off Coronation Street, in Cambridge at about 17:40 on Friday. He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital but died later.

Flats off Coronation Street in Cambridge

A 36-year-old man from Cambridge was arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail until 18 December.

Detectives are currently treating the death as unexplained, a spokeswoman from Cambridgeshire Police said.

Travel: All lanes open on the M4 but long delays remain

Severe disruption: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe disruption, at J27 Cambridge Road affecting J24 A1198.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 in Fenstanton blocked and queuing traffic eastbound at J27, Cambridge (Fenstanton), because of an overturned vehicle. Congestion to J24, A1198 (Godmanchester).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A603 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A603 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between Mill Road and A1134 Elizabeth Way.

A603 Cambridgeshire - Very slow traffic on A603 East Road in both directions in Cambridge between the Mill Road junction and the A1134 Elizabeth Way junction, because of an accident earlier on.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time


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Severe accident: A11 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, before Balsham Road affecting A505.

A11 Cambridgeshire - Slow traffic on A11 northbound before the Balsham Road junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to the A505 junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cambridge trial reveals '40% memory gain' for silver gamers

A video game designed to help with memory loss has boosted participants' memory by up to 40%, a trial by Cambridge scientists has found.

The specially-developed game is based on TV game shows. Forty-two people, all with memory loss symptoms and over 70, took part in the trial which lasted for eight one-hour sessions.

Prof Barbara Sahakian (below, middle), who led the Addenbrooke's Hospital team, said: "It was aimed at improving everyday memory.

Barbara Sahakian and team members

"We know cognitive training can improve cognitive function, but the problem is it's not very interesting and there's a high drop-out rate.

"So I thought why not gamify it and make it fun?"

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Severe accident: A1123 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1123 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between A141 and Mere Way.

A1123 Cambridgeshire - A1123 Huntingdon Road in Houghton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A141 junction and the Mere Way junction, because of a serious accident involving pedestrian and lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Train services suspended after car hits bridge at Needham Market

We've just heard from a colleague at Ipswich station that the bridge at Needham Market has been hit by a car.

We understand the bridge crew are on their way to the site. In the meantime, all services out of Ipswich towards Stowmarket are suspended until further notice.

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AstraZeneca fire 'confined to basement'

A fire which broke out at the AstraZeneca building in Cambridge has been put out by firefighters.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said the fire was "confined to ducting in the basement" of the company's new HQ on Francis Crick Avenue.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera to locate fire. Its cause was accidental.

Severe accident: A1 Cambridgeshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Cambridgeshire southbound severe accident, between Brampton Road and B661 Perry Road affecting A14 J21.

A1 Cambridgeshire - A1 Great North Road in Buckden blocked and queuing traffic southbound between Brampton Turn Off and Buckden Roundabout, because of an accident and a fuel spillage. Congestion to Brampton Hut.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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