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By Adam Jinkerson

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That's the last of our updates for this week, thanks for joining us.

Prince William has given us a glimpse of the emotional toll that comes with being an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot, while silver medallist Louis Smith told us Rio was "the hardest Olympics of his life". 

If you're looking for something to do this Bank Holiday weekend, why not head to Grantchester Meadows...

Grantchester meadows
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It's hosting a giant screen for outdoor films...

Screen at Grantchester meadows

Enjoy the Bank Holiday and we'll see you on Tuesday at 08:00.

Weather: Staying dry this evening, possible thunderstorms tonight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will start dry with clear spells allowing a few mist or fog patches to form, but cloud will increase from the south with one or two thunderstorms possible later. 

A fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures down to 11C (52F).

Weather map for the East of England

There will be some hazy sunshine in places on Saturday, but showers and thunderstorms will tend to merge into longer spells of rain, giving the risk of some local flooding. 

Feeling quite humid, with temperatures potentially as high as 25C (77F).

Get your local Bank Holiday forecast at BBC Weather.

U's boss Derry confident his team will soon hit winning streak

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

It's been a tough start to the season for Cambridge United, who've failed to win any of their opening four matches in League Two.

It's left manager Shaun Derry "half-baffled".

Shaun Derry
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The U's are hosting Luton in League Two tomorrow and the manager is "absolutely certain it's going to change for the better".

New striker Uche Ikpeauzu is unlikely to feature because of a lack of match fitness. Derry said his players need to build on Tuesday's promising performance against Wolves. 

Posh players need to 'stamp their authority' on MK Dons, says boss McCann

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

"We'll show no fear" is the message from Peterborough United boss Grant McCann, ahead of their trip to MK Dons tomorrow in League One.

"Stadium MK is a big stadium and we always bring a lot of fans there," he told me.

"It's a game where we need to go and stamp our authority."

Grant McCann (centre)
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The Posh manager insists his players are "acutely aware" of the importance of the fixture, having lost their last two matches.   

Convicted rapist showed 'no remorse'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

"You callously abused her. The psychological effects on her were very serious and likely to be long-term. The offences were pre-planned and were motivated by your desire for sexual gratification."

Those are the words of Judge Andrew Bright, who today sentenced, Alfred Lines, 74, to over 10 years in jail for the rape and abuse of a young girl in Hertfordshire. 

Referring to the interview with a probation officer before he was sentenced, the judge said Lines, who had been married for 50 years, had shown "self pity, not remorse".

Teenage rape victim unable to 'forgive attacker'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

After Alfred Lines, 74, from Little Paxton in Cambridgeshire was sentenced to more than 10 years in jail for the rape of a young girl, the victim read a statement out at St Albans Crown Court. 

She was aged between 11 and 12 when she was abused in Ware, Hertfordshire, and is now a teenager.

She said: "I have been unable to grow up. I am afraid to have a boyfriend. I can't get it out of my mind that something like this will happen again. I cannot forgive him. I think he should go to prison, regardless of his age."

St Albans Crown Court

Pensioner jailed for rape of teenager

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A 74-year-old Cambridgeshire man has been jailed for 10 years and four months for the rape and sexual abuse of a young girl.  

Alfred Lines from Little Paxton, St Neots, pleaded guilty to two charges of rape of a child under 13, two of sexual assault on a child aged under 13 and one of assault by penetration. 

He was sentenced today at St Albans Crown Court for the attacks which happened in Ware, Hertfordshire, when the victim was aged between 11 and 12. 

Alfred Lines
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Free diving lessons at Cambridge pool

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Have you still got the Olympic bug? Think you could be up there with the best?

Well this weekend, Cambridge Dive Team is celebrating Dan Goodfellow's bronze medal by offering free diving lessons at Parkside Pools, as part of the 'I Am Team GB' programme.

Olympic divers Dan Goodfellow and Tom Daley hold their medals
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Sharyn Bord, president of the Cambridge Dive Team, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "We've had immense interest since the Olympics. People want to know how they can try diving and we thought this could answer their question.

"Just turn up and give it a go."

The free lessons will take place on Saturday from 11:05 for 20 minutes. 

More than 70 miles of roadworks to be completed or lifted in the east ready for Bank Holiday weekend

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Some good news if you're planning on heading out over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Highways England have confirmed that more than 370 miles of roadworks across the UK will be lifted or completed on motorways and major A roads ready for the weekend.

Here in the east, that's about 70 miles worth of roadworks.

In particular the works will be lifted on -

  • A428 near St Neots
  • A14 between junctions 36 and 22, as well as junctions 30 and 31 on the opposite carriageway
  • A1307 Huntingdon Road near Cambridge
  • A1 southbound between junction 15 for Sawtry and junction 14 for the A14. 

Travel: Delays on Paston Parkway in Peterborough

BBC Travel

Watch out if you're heading on the A47 Paston Parkway at the moment. There's queuing traffic westbound around junction 20, because of the roadworks. 

Congestion is currently back to the A1139 Eye Road junction.

Stay up-to-date with BBC Travel.

Weather update: Fine and sunny

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The hot weather continues and what started as a slightly dull day has turned in to a beautiful one.

It will remain dry, with cloud limited. Although it will be less humid than recently, it will still feel warm in the sunshine. Highs of 24C (75F).

Your sunny Weather Watcher pictures have been pouring in, reflecting just how beautiful it is across the county. 

Sun shining on a river in Longthorpe
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Green grass in a sunny field
Dougie's Domain - Newmarket

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Louis Smith on Rio 2016: 'I felt a lot of pressure to justify my selection'

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been catching up with Olympic silver medalist and Peterborough boy Louis Smith for the first time since returning from Rio 2016.

On Rio 2016

He told me that this "had been the hardest Olympics" of his life.

"When I did qualify for the team, a lot of people thought I shouldn't have. I felt a lot of pressure to justify my selection by doing a good result.

"It's been a long graft to get to where I am. It's so humbling and I'm proud to look back on what I've done".

Louis Smith hugs team-mate Max Whitlock
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On the plane journey home

"Gold were in first, silver were in business, bronze were in premium economy and those who didn't medal were in where the 'muggles' sit" he joked.

"The whole plane was just a joy to be on".

Louis Smith waves
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On Tokyo 2020

"Tokyo 2020 is definitely in my mindset. I would love to go. I would love to give it one last chance to try and claim that gold. But i'll be 31 in Tokyo. You don't get many gold medal winners at 31 in gymnastics so i'd definitely be pushing the boundaries of what a 31-year-old can do in the sport."

Parish councils taking on responsibilities of bigger authorities

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

With bigger councils finding their finances more and more stretched, it's been revealed that parish councils are stepping in.

In Cambridgeshire, some parish councils are now paying for services including street lights, public loos and maintenance men.

In Bretton, the parish council now looks after street cleaning, with the help of 'The Glutton'.

The clerk of Bretton Parish Council, Bernard Champness, demonstrates how it works...

Cambridge News: Vandals trash Cambridge pool for third time in a fortnight

Cambridge News

The Cambridge News is reporting that a paddling pool in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall has been vandalised for the third time in two weeks.

Residents turned away from second MIU meeting

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

For the second time in a week, dozens of people have been turned away from a public meeting about the potential closure of three Minor Injuries Units in Fenland.

Minor Injuries Unit sign

People were denied entry at a meeting in Doddington on Tuesday. There were similar scenes at Wisbech's Rosmini Centre last night.

Dean Reeves, a resident who attended the meeting, said that "it was absolutely packed". 

"I walked past about 20 or so people in the car park ... Other people have said there were 30 or 40 people turned away" said Mr Reeves.

MP for North East Cambridgeshire, Steve Barclay, expressed his concerns on Twitter.

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The local Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed closing the MIUs in Ely, Doddington and Wisbech, due to financial concerns.

In a statement issued earlier this week, the CCG said that “to ensure that everyone is given a chance to have their say and feed into the review of services, additional meetings are being arranged for over the coming months”.

The Prince and the East Anglian Air Ambulance

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

In his year as an air ambulance pilot with the EAAA the Duke of Cambridge has been seen at work including:

Prince William stands in front of the air ambulance
  • January 2016: He made a surprise stop at a school for a chicken dinner as he took a break from a helicopter flying mission in Hertfordshire
Prince Williams sits alongside pupils at a school
John Henry Newman School
  • May 2016: A Suffolk primary school sports day was interrupted when an air ambulance landed on the playing field and the future king stepped out.

Last month he took the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on a tour of its new Cambridge base when they came to officially open the building.

Prince William with The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh
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William has been a part-time helicopter pilot with the EAAA since July 2015, having previously served with RAF search and rescue. He donates his salary in full to the charity.

Prince William's job: What is it like being an air ambulance pilot?

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The Duke of Cambridge has given a small glimpse into the emotional impact being a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), saying that he has "had too many sad families" whilst on the job.

But what does his role actually involve?

Prince William completed a civilian pilot course in September 2014 before taking dedicated 999-response training in order to take up the role with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. 

He then underwent five months' training, followed by 14 exams and a flight test

Prince William sits inside an air ambulance

According to the EAAA, a typical day for its pilots begins with a detailed check of weather forecasts and by inspecting the helicopter to make sure it is fit to fly.

When a call does come in the pilot gets the helicopter started and ready to fly.

When a call is received by the service the air ambulance team is tasked to attend the emergency - the pilot's job is to get the helicopter started and ready to fly the medical crew to the incident.

Often aircraft are airborne and en-route to a patient within 90 seconds of a call coming in.

Prince William comforted my son over his mother’s death

BBC Radio 5 Live

It's been revealed that while on a visit to Luton this week, Prince William shared his experience of losing his mother with a teenage boy whose mother died of cancer last year aged 40.

During a visit to Keech Hospice, the Duke of Cambridge told Ben Hines, 14, that he missed his own mother Diana, Princess of Wales, every day and that "time makes it easier".

Ben's father Gary Hines told 5 live's Peter Allen that the prince was very comforting to his son.

"Himself and Kate were incredibly caring - he said: 'I know how you feel and time will help'.'"

Duke of Cambridge reveals emotional impact behind air ambulance role

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Prince William has given a small glimpse in to the emotionally harrowing impact of being a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Speaking at a visit to a youth mental health charity, he said that he was "carrying a lot of things at the moment".

He was about to listen in as volunteers answered real helpline calls when he requested "an easy one".

"I'll be in floods of tears at the end otherwise.

"I've had too many sad families with the air ambulance so I can't have any more stuff. Something on the lower level if I can," said the future King.

The ambulance service covers counties including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Bedfordshire, extending to Essex and Hertfordshire at night.

Prince Williams walks away from an air ambulance

Beautiful Cambridgeshire

BBC Weather Watchers

We couldn't let gem slip through the net.

It was taken yesterday evening by Weather Watcher 'Smartie999' in Warboys and is just stunning!

Police car sits in front of a sky full of hot air balloons
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Weather: Dry and fine with sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Any early showers and cloud will soon clear, to leave a fine and sunny day for all with a high of 24C (75F).

Here's my full forecast...

Elizabeth Rizzini has the outlook for the East of England on Friday, 26 August 2016.

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live news updates for Cambridgeshire.

It's Friday and the bumper Bank Holiday weekend will soon be upon us.

We'll have a full weather update for you shortly.

Plus we'll be hearing from Olympic silver medalist Louis Smith on his time at Rio 2016.

Louis Smith on the pommel horse
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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for regular updates from the Local Live team here in Cambridgeshire.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday morning with all your news,sport, weather and travel, but any breaking stories for the county will be posted here overnight.

We thought we would leave you with a video about the National Hot Air Balloon Championships which are taking place in Pidley until Sunday... hold tight please.

Johnny Dee gets carried away at the National Balloon Championships

Deputies get their dawgs...

Helen Burchell

BBC News

This troublesome two are in the doghouse after causing mayhem for motorists earlier.

Officers from the BCH Road Policing Unit "detained" the dodgy doggy duo in the Benwick area for their own safety. 

They tried to contact the owners but had no luck, so got in touch with the dog warden.

Two dogs
BCH Road Policing

Luckily, in the meantime, the owners had contacted the police to see if they had found their missing pets. 

They are due be reunited.

Watch: Tractor being recovered from scene of accident on Fen road

Recovery work is currently under way to clear a tractor from the A141 High Fen Straight Drove in Tick Fen after an earlier accident with a car. 

The road is still partially blocked and there's slow traffic in the area. 

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Overnight weather: Fine at first but heavy showers later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a warm and mostly fine evening, with the chance of an isolated shower. Cloud will increase later to bring some heavy, thundery showers. Lows of 16C (61F).

Friday's weather map

Friday will start cloudy, but gradually brighten up with sunny spells and highs of 26C (79F).

BBC Weather has the full forecast wherever you live.

Rail disruption for commuters

Passengers travelling to and from Norwich are facing disruption because of a broken down train just outside the station.

It's affecting routes between Liverpool Street and Norwich, and between Norwich and Cambridge via Ely. 

Abellio Greater Anglia advises that the disruption is likely to continue until 18:00.

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Matthew Swash

A Cambridgeshire police officer is sacked without notice for gross misconduct after he was convicted of an offence under the Computer Misuse Act.

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North Channel swimmer on his way back to dry land

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It's not the first time Edward Williams has tried to swim the North Channel. 

He first gave it a go in September 2014, but after 18 miles of the 22 mile journey he had to be pulled from the water after a severe reaction to hundreds of jellyfish stings.   

It also looks like today's time of 10 hours and 42 minutes could see him into the record books as the fastest time for the swim so far is recorded as 11 hours and 21 minutes.minutes. 

Williams likes a challenge - he's also swam across the English Channel, the length of Lake Windermere and the Gibraltar Strait. 

Edward Williams
Edward Williams

As the photo shows above, he's now on his way back to dry land for a rest.

Cambridge swimmer battled tides to swim between Ireland and Scotland

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Cambridge-based adventurer Edward Williams has swum across the North Channel. 

He set off at 05:00 this morning to swim from Ireland and Scotland - a distance of 22 miles (35km).

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Edward Williams swimming
Edwards Williams

He had to battle tides off the Scottish coast and sea temperatures of about 14C (57F).   

Police believe Peterborough jewellery raid was 'organised'

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire police believe tens of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery stolen from Fraser Hart in Peterborough was an "organised raid" and the shop was "targeted".

They've confirmed scenes of crime officers were at the Queensgate store today and they're examining CCTV footage. 

Det Sgt Adam Fraser says: "I would ask anyone who was in the city centre in the early hours of today to consider whether they saw anything that could help this investigation."

Grant McCann

Peterborough boss Grant McCann says there is 'mutual respect' between himself and his MK Dons counterpart Karl Robinson.

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Jewellery worth thousands of pounds stolen from Peterborough shop

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery has been stolen from a shop in Peterborough

Five men wearing balaclavas forced their way through the Queensgate shopping centre doors, near to Exchange Street, at about 03:00 this morning. 

They then used sledgehammers to smash their way into Fraser Hart jewellers. 

Police say they ran off in the direction of Bridge Street, possibly behind the Town Hall.

Cambridge new signing Ikpeazu won't play on Saturday

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

New Cambridge United striker Uche Ikpeazu won’t make his debut against Luton on Saturday, it has been confirmed.

Uche Ikpeazu
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The 21-year-old, who’s signed a short-term contract with the U’s, is currently lacking match fitness.

The U’s are short of attacking options with Adam McGurk and Barry Corr both on the sidelines.

2Club manager Shaun Derry says: "Uche is behind in his fitness. We’ve got to be careful and manage him. 

"We can’t push him too quickly. We’re looking for him to be involved against Mansfield [on 3 September]."

Travel: Accident between tractor and car blocks Fen road

The A141 High Fen Straight Drove in Tick Fen is partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions at the Cross Drove junction because of an accident involving a tractor and a car.

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Cambridge punters pleased work under way to fix river bank

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been talking to punters and tourists who use the River Cam to see what they think of the construction work that's under way to fix the river bank close to the Mathematical bridge by Queens' College in Cambridge. 

They told me the work is a "good demonstration of engineering skills" but a punt operator says the work has been very "noisy" and is "disturbing them". 

They're relieved the major piling work will be completed next month and not this month - the busiest time of the year for them. 

Punters on River Cam
Punters on River Cam

Collapsed River Cam bank work continues

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The first stage of work to fix the collapsed river bank on the River Cam by the Mathematical Bridge is currently under way. 

Cambridge river bank repairs
Punters by river bank repairs

I've been told this section of the work is to make the bank safe and it should be completed at the end of September.  

The second stage, when pilings will be put in place to make the fix permanent, can then begin. It should be completed by the end of October.

Work to fix collapsed Cambridge river bank set to finish by October

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

It's been confirmed that work to fix a collapsed river bank in Cambridge should be finished by the end of October. 

As the first picture shows, the bank collapsed at Queens' College on the River Cam in January. 

It was right by the college's famous Mathematical Bridge, originally built in 1749 and rebuilt to the same design in 1866 and 1905.

Landslip on River Cam
Becky Wieczorek

The first stage of the work is currently under way.

On-going work on Cambridge river bank
River bank repairs in Cambridge

Cambridgeshire policeman dismissed for gross misconduct

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A Cambridgeshire police officer has been dismissed without notice at a misconduct hearing. 

Det Sgt Matthew Swash, who was based at March Police Station, was sacked for gross misconduct.

At yesterday's hearing it found that he'd breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in a number of areas including respect of honesty and integrity, equality and diversity, confidentially and through discreditable conduct. 

Matthew Swash
South Beds News Agency

In February, Swash was sentenced to two months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, after admitting accessing unauthorised information about a colleague on a police computer system.

Firefighters pilot scheme helping cardiac arrest patients is 'saving lives'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Since the start of May, 20 firefighters in Cambridgeshire have been attending cardiac arrests in the county. 

It's part of a new response pilot scheme run by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to treat seriously unwell patients as quickly as possible. 

It works by firefighters being called, along with ambulance clinicians and community first aid responders.

Scene of an accident

We have had a really positive response from firefighters and our staff since the co-response scheme launched, which has helped to save lives. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our fire service colleagues as the pilot continues."

Wendy Risdale-BarrsEEAST