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By Adam Jinkerson

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Our live coverage across the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us today and indeed this week. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

Lastly, it's a massive good luck to Cambridgeshire's Hannah Macleod, who alongside the rest of Team GB will be competing for gold in the women's hockey final this evening.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Hannah Macleod
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TV drama Grantchester returns for Christmas special and third series

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

ITV has confirmed that filming has begun on the third series of Grantchester, the murder mystery series filmed in and based on the Cambridgeshire village.

James Norton and Robson Green are set to return for the show's first Christmas special and then a third series next year.

ITV says viewers are promised a "festive, snow-filled Christmas episode, full of emotion and drama".

James Norton and Robson Green in Granchester

Diederick Santer, chief executive of producers Kudos, said: "Grantchester continues to be a delight to make and I hope will continue to delight the viewer.

"To be bringing to the audience a third series and a very special Christmas episode is a particular thrill, and we can't wait to be pouring snow onto the East Anglian Fens."

Nine in court following drugs raids

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Nine men have appeared in court charged with supplying drugs in Peterborough.

The group, aged between 25 and 45 and from Peterborough and London, were arrested following a series of raids in and around the city on Wednesday morning.

Police officers search a car

The nine, who appeared at Cambridge Magistrates' Court earlier, will next appear at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday, 19 September, according to Cambridgeshire Police.

Two women, aged 35 and 59, and a 30-year-old man also arrested for alleged drugs offences have been bailed pending further enquiries.    

Ely Paradise Centre to stay open alongside new build

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Earlier we brought you news that a new leisure centre in Ely, costing £13.5m, is "now fully funded and can go ahead", after receiving a financial boost from Sport England.

I've just heard from the leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, James Palmer, who's confirmed that the current Paradise Centre, originally thought to be entirely replaced, will in fact stay open after the new project is complete. 

Mr Palmer said only the pool at the Paradise Centre will be replaced, but it's not yet known what it will become.

Why is the St Neots burial barrow being built?

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've been bringing you the latest on the construction of a burial barrow in Hail Weston, near St Neots.

But why is it being built?

It's an idea that's come from Sacred Stones, a company that bills themselves as providing "tranquil final resting places for cremation ashes".

Toby Angel, managing director, said he hoped the new barrow in Cambridgeshire would offer an alternative to "ugly" crematoriums.

Mr Angel said his aunt's "impersonal" cremation service was in an "ugly, municipal building" - he hoped the new barrow would be a "more befitting final resting place than any existing alternative". 

Burial barrow being constructed

On the construction of the barrow, Mr Angel said: "We are using entirely traditional methods, all by hand and without cement, and we hope to set up local apprenticeship schemes."

The cost of storing ashes starts at £1,500 for a 15-year term. Mr Angel declined to say how much the building has cost.

He added there is a growing "civic need" for more burial space.

Woman injured on B1102 'suffered serious head and chest injuries'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The East of England Ambulance service has updated us on the condition of the woman injured in the earlier crash between a lorry and a car on the B1102 at Swaffham Bulbeck.

It says the patient is aged about 70, and has suffered serious head and chest injuries.

A spokesman said: "She was stabilised as far as possible at the scene, and taken to Addenbrooke's with the critical care team on board."

U's boss doesn't want fans to get 'too carried away with lows'

Steve Jackson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

I've been speaking to Cambridge United's Shaun Derry, who has admitted he's an unhappy manager given their poor start to the new season. 

The U's are yet to win a match in League Two and have achieved only three shots on target in three games.

Shaun Derry
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However, he doesn't want the fans to get too caught up in the recent run of form.

"You can be so high one week... and I think people get a little bit carried with the lows," he said.

"I never expected it to be a magic solution that just clicked on day one. This is a working process and we've hit a couple of games that we've lost back-to-back against opponents that should be in the top six. 

"There's no disgrace there in my eyes."

Travel: Update on B1102 accident

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to Cambridgeshire Police which has confirmed there's been an accident between a lorry and a car on Green Bank Road in Swaffham Bulbeck. 

A woman who was in the car has sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital. 

Road closures are currently in place.

Travel: Accident in Swaffham Bulbeck

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Be aware if you're planning to head to Swaffham Bulbeck. There's been an accident on Green Bank Road and road closures are currently in place.

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 We're in contact with the police and will bring you more shortly.

A clash of broadcasting worlds

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

How's this for advances in technology?

I've spent the day at the Ramsey 1940s Weekend, where in a bizarre meeting of two worlds, I've just come across a 1955 generator lorry used for outside broadcasts by the BBC... right alongside my much smaller broadcast car used today.

1955 BBC broadcast van alongside broadcast car

The van (top), nicknamed "Thumper" for the sound it made, was one of 10 used by the BBC. 

Some of its more famous outings were to broadcast live from Sir Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965, and from the World Cup in 1966.

Met Office issues warning of high winds

BBC Weather

Take care if you're out and about tomorrow, the Met Office has warned us of some very blustery conditions throughout the day, with gusts expected to reach 40-50mph.

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And here's the official Met Office warning: "A spell of unseasonably strong southwesterly winds, accompanied by heavy, blustery showers, is expected to reach the southwest of the UK during the early hours of Saturday, moving east across many parts of England and Wales through the day."  

Lunchtime weather: Feeling cool and rather breezy

BBC Weather

Compared to the beginning part of the week, it's been a very dull day today.

Weaher outlook for Cambridgeshire

The outbreaks of rain are set to move into western parts of the county, spreading east. They'll ease away from the southwest later, with a few evening brighter spells possible. Feeling cooler than recently, and rather breezy. Highs of 19C.

The Met Office has also issued a yellow weather warning for the county. More on that shortly.

Local paper round-up

Here's what the local papers are reporting today:

  • The Peterborough Telegraph has a story on a war hero's family being presented with new medal after "callous thieves steal the original"  
  • The Cambridge News has an update on the news that a boy has died at Addenbrooke's Hospital, after bring bitten by a dog in Essex

What is a barrow?

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The burial barrow, nearing completion just outside St Neots, is the first burial chamber to be built in Cambridgeshire since Roman times.

Exterior of ancient burial barrow

But what is a barrow?

According to BBC Religion and Cambridgeshire County Council's historic environment team, barrows are artificial hills of earth and stones built over the remains of the dead.

  • They were usually reserved for members of the social elite 
  • They were first constructed in about 4,000 BC
  • Cambridgeshire has more than 150 ancient barrows, ranging in date from the Neolithic to the late Roman eras
  • The largest barrows in northern Europe are at Bartlow in Cambridgeshire

Ely leisure centre given go ahead after funding

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

East Cambridgeshire District Council say a new leisure centre in Ely is "now fully funded and can go ahead", after Sport England confirmed a £1.5m lottery award. 

It was the last bit of funding required for the sports centre to be given the green light.

Artist's impression of new Ely leisure centre
East Cambridgeshire District Council

It will replace Ely's ageing Paradise Centre and will include an eight lane pool, health and fitness suite, sports hall and 3G pitch.

There's lots of building work under way in Ely at the moment, including a cinema complex on Downham Road, which is already under construction.

Ancient burial barrow being built in St Neots

Waseem Mirza

BBC Look East

I've been spending some time at what's thought to be the East of England's largest circular burial barrow, or mound, that's under construction near St Neots.

It's believed the ancient burial structures, going back to the Stone Age, is the first to be built in our region in at least 3,500 years. 

Described as "princely burials", historians say similar chambers were used as status symbols by the wealthy.

Posh boss looking forward to transfer window closing

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

I caught up with Peterborough United boss Grant McCann ahead of tomorrow's away tie with Oxford.

He admitted he's got no selection headaches ahead of the game after the 5-1 hammering of Millwall on Tuesday, but he did hint at interest from other clubs in his top players.

Peterborough United boss Grant McCann
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If a big club comes knocking on the door, that's the way Peterborough United works. I don't think anyone would stand in their way."

Grant McCannPeterborough United manager

You can hear full match commentary of tomorrow's League One game on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire from 14:00, on 95.7FM and 1026MW.

Sinkhole? We're looking into it ...

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Anglian Water engineers will today begin to repair a large hole that opened up in central Cambridge. 

The 1.2m wide void appeared on Eden Street, near the Grafton Centre, on Wednesday evening, after a sewer collapsed. 

Sinkhole in the road

The company expects the work to take about two weeks. Diversions are in place.

Ely councillor 'very worried' about threat of MIU closure

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A county councillor for Ely south and west has told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire she thinks the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group is "chipping away at parts of the system without understanding the the impact that has on the rest of the system."

A confidential report, seen by the BBC, has recommended closing all of the Minor Injuries Units in one of the country's most deprived rural areas - Wisbech, Doddington and Ely.

Minor Injuries Unit sign

Anna Bailey said she is "very worried" about the threat of MIU closure.

I want to see a proper holistic plan for the CCG about the future of health provision in Ely and the district, based on a proper analysis of health requirements and taking into account the future growth [of Ely]. They have assured me that is something that they will look at providing."

Anna BaileyCounty councillor

Ambulance service begins 24-hour 'Twitterthon'

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes when somebody dials 999? 

The East of England Ambulance Serivce has just started a 24-hour "Twitterthon" from around the region, so you can follow all the action in real time. 

Head over the service's Twitter page here.

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Weather: Patchy rain, heavy at times

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

There's patchy rain, which will be heavy at times this morning. Becoming drier for a time, before more drizzly rain comes along later.

Temperatures reaching 19C (66F).

East of England weather on Friday, 19 August 2016

The wind will pick up tonight, with gusts of up to 60mph on the coast, possibly 30-40mph inland.

There's a risk of thundery showers.

BBC Weather has more details. 

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us for Friday's Cambridgeshire Live.

Shortly we'll have more on the fight to save some of Cambridgeshire's busiest minor injuries units.

Plus, an ancient form of burial that's being revived in the county.

Sunset over Cambridgeshire

Friday's weather update is on the way soon. Hopefully the rest of the county is looking as beautiful as Cambridge was earlier this morning.

Thanks to Weather Watcher 'ebb&flow' for sending us this picture.

Our live coverage across the day

It's goodbye from the team providing regular live updates for today - thanks for joining us.

We've brought you Olympic success from hockey's Hannah McLeod, a "sinkhole" in Cambridge - and A-level results across the county.

Also we've reported on a government study which said a "brain belt" expressway between Oxford and Cambridge could boost the UK economy, but it's been criticised by the Campaign for Better Transport, which would prefer an East-West Rail link.

We'll be back with regular updates from 08:00 tomorrow... but before we go, here's a few scenes from across the region as students got their A-level news.

A record-breaking day for students in the East of England securing university places on the back of their A-level results

Overnight weather: Clear spells at first, with increasing cloud later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will be fine and warm, and it'll stay dry overnight turning cloudier from the west later. Lows of 13C (55F).

Friday's weather map

Friday will start dry and bright, but there'll be outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain developing, which may be heavy in places. Top temperature: 20C (68F).

BBC Weather has a more detailed forecast where you live.

Cambridge diabetes breakthrough explained

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

A mother says a Cambridge University trial for pregnant women with Type 1 diabetics transformed her pregnancy.

Laura Carver, 28, from Wymondham in Norfolk, took part in the study, which controls blood glucose levels through an artificial pancreas.

It's been hailed as a possible breakthrough - watch the video to find out more.

Cambridge breakthrough offers hope to pregnant women with diabetes

Nikki Fox

BBC Look East

The treatment of pregnant women with Type 1 diabetes could be transformed, thanks to a study run by experts from Cambridge University.

Controlling blood glucose levels is a daily challenge for people with the condition - and is particularly crucial during pregnancy.

Pregnant woman

During the trial, 16 women from Addenbrooke's and the Norfolk and Norwich and Ipswich hospitals were fitted with an artificial pancreas to help control their glucose levels.

Study lead author Dr Zoe Stewart, said: "The artificial pancreas automates the insulin delivery giving better glucose control than we can achieve with current available treatments."

Cambridgeshire teenager missing for four days

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Concerns are growing for a missing Cambridgeshire teenager

Chace Dawkins, 15, was last seen at about 19:45 on Sunday evening in the Whittlesey area wearing a grey Adidas tracksuit. 

She's about 5ft 5in tall with dark brown shoulder length hair. She has a tattoo of a pound sign on the left side of her neck and has a black and blonde hair weave.

Chace Dawkins
Cambridgeshire Police
A map

A government study says a "brain belt" expressway between Oxford and Cambridge could boost the UK economy.

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Cambridge call centre takes thousands of calls on A-level clearing day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

By midday today, the Anglia Ruskin University clearing centres had taken 1,385 calls. 

The centres, based in Cambridge and Chelmsford, offer help to students looking to get on a course after receiving their A-level results today

The university expects this year to be incredibly busy, receiving more applications than ever before. 

The lines opened at 07:00 and close at 20:00. 

Anglia Ruskin clearing centre
Anglia Ruskin University

Oh what a beautiful morning...

BBC Weather Watchers

Although it was a foggy start to the day in Cambridgeshire, our Weather Watchers have shown us what a difference just an hour can make.

Katey-kat took this photo in Leverington showing a misty morning at 08:10...

Fog in Leverington

But by 09:10 the sun had come out in Cottenham, where The Nest took this picture while dog walking. 


You can send us your weather photos by becoming a Weather Watcher at this link.

A-level passes in Peterborough beat the average again

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

For the second year running, the A-level pass rate in Peterborough is above the national average. 

It's now at 98.3%, up by 0.1%. The national average is at 98.1%.  

Students with A-level results in Peterborough

"Today's results are a further example of the huge strides being made in improving education in Peterborough," said John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council and cabinet member for education.

"We are never complacent, however, and will continue to work hard with headteachers to make sure our performance continues to improve."

Meanwhile, for results elsewhere in the county, the Cambridge News has provided a comprehensive round-up.

Collapsed sewer causes Cambridge 'sinkhole'

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Anglian Water has just told me that the large hole on Eden Street in Cambridge has been caused by a collapsed sewer. 

The company has just completed CCTV surveys and work will start tomorrow to repair it as quickly as possible. 

Sinkhole in Cambridge street
Sinkhole in Cambridge street

"The sewer running under Eden Street is four metres underground and unfortunately it will take some time to dig down and begin the repairs," a spokesman said.

"Our team will be working over the weekend to minimise disruption, but we expect the repairs to take two weeks to complete. We are sorry for any disruption this may cause."

'Brain belt' expressway from Oxford to Cambridge suggested

Paul Scoins

BBC political reporter

A government study has said a "brain belt" expressway between Oxford and Cambridge could boost the UK economy.  

Oxford to Cambridge map

The Department for Transport has published the results of an investigation into linking existing roads between the two cities, via Bedford and Milton Keynes. 

It says upgrading the network and addressing gaps could improve journey times by up to 30 minutes. 

And the study warns a failure to act could "constrain economic growth".  

Cambridge 'sinkhole' about 4ft wide

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The large void that's appeared on Eden Street in Cambridge is about 1.5m (5ft) deep and 1.2m (4ft) across, and I think it could lead to a sewer as I can see some water at the bottom. 

The road remains closed until it's fixed, but it doesn't seem to be causing much disruption. 

Simon Bennett, from Company Hairdressing close by, says the only problem will be if the water has to be turned off, as then "we will be out with buckets of water and washing people's hair outside". 

Cambridge sink hole
Road closure
Sink hole in Cambridge

Cambridge road still closed after 'sinkhole' found

Jack Payne

Southend United manager Phil Brown says he is considering a move to sign Peterborough midfielder Jack Payne.

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Cambridge 'sinkhole' being investigated

Josef Hall

BBC Look East

Experts are looking into why a hole has appeared in a Cambridge city centre road.

Eden Street, behind the Grafton centre, is currently closed after a void opened up at about 17:30 yesterday. 

Anglian Water says it is currently assessing the situation.

Hole in Cambridge road
Road closed signs in Cambridge
Hole in Cambridge road

Gosling comes to Cambridge United on loan

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United have signed Bristol Rovers winger Jake Gosling on loan until January. 

The 23-year-old Gibraltar international played 18 times for the Pirates in League Two last season. He also spent time on loan at Newport.

He's eligible to feature for the first time for the U's in this weekend's clash with Carlisle United, at the Cambs Glass Stadium.

Jake Gosling
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A-level success for budding West End star

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This morning I met Matilda, who describes herself as a "struggling actress". 

She was brave enough to open her A-level results live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning. 

She's decided to take a gap year after studying at Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Peterborough. 

Her results are as follows: 

  • Performing Arts - A*
  • English - C
  • Psychology - C
Students getting their A-level results

Matilda (pictured in the middle) wants to be a West End star and is going to apply for a musical theatre course next year. She says in five or six years' time "you'll see me in Funny Girl - I'll be the next Sheridan Smith".  

We wish you all the best!

Students jumping for joy after top results at Peterborough school

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been out and about this morning in Peterborough talking to students who've been getting their A-level results

Head of sixth form Haseena Manji, at Orminston Bushfield Academy, told me the school's 99% pass rate is down to lots of things, but the work ethic of their students is "brilliant".

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