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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 3 March 2017
  2. Disappointment at end to Secret Garden Party
  3. Two lorries crash on A47 at Thorney
  4. Car transporter takes wrong turn onto guided busway

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By Helen Burchell

All times stated are UK

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Weather: Rain later, but feeling mild

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A mainly dry evening, but rain will spread across the whole of the BBC East region later.

It'll turn misty, but feel mild with temperatures falling to 7C (44F).

WEeather graphic for 15:00 Saturday
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A grey and misty start to the weekend, with outbreaks of rain.

It will become drier and brighter by Saturday afternoon, with sunny spells by the end of the day.

Feeling mild, with temperatures reaching 11C (52F).

Visit BBC Weather for more details where you are.

Severe accident: M11 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, between J11 for A10 and J12 for A603.

M11 Cambridgeshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M11 northbound in Hauxton between J11, A10 (Cambridge South) and J12, A603 (Cambridge), because of an accident.

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

Corr still an injury doubt for Cambridge United

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United will give striker Barry Corr until the last minute to prove his fitness, ahead of their home clash with Colchester this weekend. 

Corr, who has just returned to action having recovered from a long-term knee injury, missed the midweek defeat to Doncaster with a sore groin. 

Barry Corr
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U's boss Shaun Derry said: "We couldn't gamble on Barry's fitness. It was the right call to rule him out for Tuesday night and we'll have to wait right until the very last minute to see how he is for this weekend."   

Posh's uphill challenge to make the play-offs

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough head to Bradford this weekend needing a win to boost their play-off chances. 

Posh boss Grant McCann insists no-one at the club is giving up on the season, but his side have an uphill task to make the top six - they're currently five points off those coveted positions. 

Grant McCann
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"We are 11 games away until the end of the season, we've still got a lot to play for," said McCann.

"We need get close to that 70-point bracket as soon as possible, no-one in our changing room is writing the season off."   

Drunk driver who crashed into police car given suspended sentence

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man who was more than twice over the drink-drive limit when he hit an unmarked police car has been given a suspended sentence. 

Kiran Jayanti Panchal, 30, of Aston Close, Yaxley, pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

Officers said he was driving a white Mercedes when he hit the police car head-on, on Thrapston Road, Brampton, on 4 December. 

Thrapston Road in Brampton
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Panchal was given an eight month prison sentence, supended for a year. 

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work. 

Magic moments from FA People's Cup

#PeoplesCup

Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

Lego champs heading to the US

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This is the team of six smart Lego-mad pals, celebrating the fact they didn't "brick it" when it came to knocking out the competition at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's First Lego League UK and Ireland challenge (that's a mouthful).

Lego team members
BBC

They also look like this because, as champs of the whole thing, they're off to St Louis in the US, upping the stakes as they compete in the First Lego League World Festival next month (slightly shorter).

This is their trophy and winning Lego robot , which won a knock-out competition.

The team, from schools in Comberton and Royston, Hertfordshire, showed off their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem-solving and communication.

Lego trophy and robot
BBC

Part of the competition also involved using a motorised Lego robot to solve various tasks, pre-programming it to complete them.

The competition was "brilliant", team member Iona Berry, aged 12, said.

And are they fazed by the trip to America, where they'll represent the UK and Ireland against more than 100 other teams?

"It's going to be awesome," she said. "We can't wait!"

'Science triangle won't suffer' under Brexit

George Freeman, the Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk, says the hub of scientific research in East Anglia won't suffer as a result of Brexit.

The former life sciences minister's comments came as the multi-million pound Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park reached an important stage in its construction yesterday.

It's aiming to strengthen the life sciences triangle of Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge, and will house 300 scientists and 100 hospital staff under one roof. They'll be researching food, diet and health, and treating patients.

Mr Freeman, who voted Remain in last year's referendum previously voiced concerns about the impact of leaving the EU, and spoke after the last foundations were poured for the research centre.

George Freeman MP
BBC

To make a success of Brexit we're going to have to be a truly global centre of innovation - that means being open to talent to come into this country and allowing our best scientists, academics and entrepreneurs to travel the world... that will have to be at the heart of our negotiation."

George Freeman MP(Con) Mid Norfolk

A marathon 'mare for motorists

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

About 8,000 runners are expected to take to the streets of Cambridge on Sunday for the city's annual half marathon.

Runners in Cambridge
Visit Cambridge

And about 6,000 people will line the streets to cheer them on, so if you're planning to drive into the city for a spot of retail therapy, they're going to get in your way.

Visit Cambridge is warning motorists of a number of  road closures and diversions .

Map of road closures
Visit Cambridge

The course takes in the city centre and passes through Trumpington and Grantchester.

A number of roads including Victoria Avenue and the Trinity Street areas will be closed from 04:00 with others closing at various times throughout the morning. Everything should be back to normal on the roads by 16:00.

Lego champions crowned in robot games

Now, who doesn't love a bit of plastic brick action on a Friday?

Guess what this is?

Lego trophy
BBC

Well, it's what you win if you make this:

Lego model
BBC

A team of young engineers from the county has been crowned national Lego champions - beating off 47 other teams to become little Lego legends in their own lifetime.

The school children, collectively known as B6 Berrellium, won the Institution of Engineering and Technology's First Lego League UK and Ireland competition in Bristol.

Teams of nine to 16-year olds had to build a robot to tackle a series of missions, and come up with a creative solution to a problem they had identified through research. 

This year both the robot games and research project looked at the subject of animal-human interaction.

As they're clearly smarter than us, we'll see if they can explain exactly how they did what they did, shortly.

Colchester United's Macauley Bonne return gives 'forward options'

Colchester United have Macauley Bonne back available for tomorrow's League Two match at Cambridge United , having returned from a loan spell with Woking. 

A statement on the club's website says the player's loan with the Vanarama National side expired on Tuesday.

Macauley Bonne playing against Northampton Town back in 2015
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It read: "With Denny Johnstone and Kurtis Guthrie picking up injuries in recent weeks, Macauley's return will give the U's forward options a boost ahead of the final twelve games of the League Two season.

"During his loan stint, he played seven times for Woking, starting on five occasions and helped the Cards to ten points in their efforts to move away from trouble in the league."

Secret Garden Party: What's happening now?

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

"Watch this space for the phoenix rising from the ashes..."

Those were the words of Freddie Fellowes, founder of Secret Garden Party, when he announced on Thursday that this year's festival will be the last one .

Secret Garden Party
BBC

We were a bit confused by this.

Is he planning a replacement? What is this phoenix of which he speaks?

So I asked him...

"I can absolutely guarantee that another, different kind of festival is not on the cards, because the four-day 20,000 people format is what we're definitely abandoning from after this year," Freddie told me.  

"This is our last 'hurrah' of a big explosion."

Asked if he did have any plans for anything, he told me: "I'm not going to give out any secrets, however much you beg." 

Secret Garden Party
BBC

So, I'm afraid to say, right now, we're none the wiser.

The final Secret Garden Party takes place at Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon, from 20 to 23 July.

And if indeed there is a "rising phoenix", we're not at all sure where or what that might be.  

Man in hospital after A47 lorry crash

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A man has been taken to hospital after a crash between two lorries on the A47 at Thorney earlier.

Air ambulance charity Magpas confirmed its helicopter team was called at about 10:10 and assessed a man in his 60s.

He was taken to Peterborough City Hospital by the East of England Ambulance Service.

Police have re-opened the westbound carriageway, but said the eastbound was likely to remain closed "well into rush hour".

Secret Garden Party: A 'finite life'

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

People living near the site of the hugely popular Secret Garden Party have been telling me how disappointed they are to hear this year's festival will be the last one .

The founder of the music and arts event announced on Thursday the 2015 event at Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon, will be the last "SGP" - as it's become commonly known.

But what's his thinking?

Secret Garden Party 2009
BBC

Freddie Fellowes, who threw the first party at the site in 2003, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire "there was always going to be a finite life for something like the Garden Party". 

"This is our 15th year, which sounded like a nice round number," he said.

"Something as idealistic as this was always going to end like this, and it's time to move on to something new."

The festival, he said, was proof that "great things can happen when you gather together lovely people and that's really what we've based the party on".

New life for gay Syrian refugee

Alice Hutton, BBC News

A young man fled Syria fearing for his life after his father found out he was gay.

He has been talking about how it feels to finally be able to speak openly about his sexuality.

Samar - not his real name - aged 21, is now living with a family in Cambridge after they volunteered their spare room via a charity that rehouses refugees.  

Samar in the UK
BBC

The journey has been a long one for Samar, beginning in 2013 when he faced a life-changing decision - stay in a country at civil war, where he risked being killed for being gay, or flee his home and begin a journey into the unknown.

"I packed a bag, I told no-one and I left," he said. "My heart was breaking."

He went first to Turkey, then after two years made the trip via dinghy to Greece, eventually finding his way to the UK.

His new life is in a liberal city, in a country where homosexuality has been legal for almost 50 years and where same-sex marriage was introduced in 2013.

Samar says he has been able to go to his first gay nightclub.

"It was amazing. It was my first time to see gay and lesbian people together..."

You can read more about Samar's journey here .

Oops - that's a lot of cars stuck on the busway

Helen Burchell

BBC News

We're used to seeing the occasional car come a cropper on the guided busway, but there were a few more than usual stuck there this morning...

Car transporter on guided busway
@FixMiltonRoad

We're counting four on this car transporter which, as the Cambridge News reported , got stuck just off Milton Road in the city at about 08:30.

It's gone now though, and the county council told me the lorry "probably took a wrong turn trying to get into one of the garages" next to the track.

A spokesman said the driver managed to reverse off the tracks and the incident didn't cause any disruption to bus commuters.

Debris on road after A47 crash

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Police have just told us a bit more about the crash on the A47 at Thorney, involving two lorries.

They don't think anyone's been seriously injured, but one of the lorries shed its load so debris is strewn across the carriageway.

The road remains shut and drivers have been warned of severe disruption. 

Two-lorry crash closes A47

Police say the A47 has been completely closed after a crash involving two lorries.

We'll bring you more when we get it.

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Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, between B1040 Station Road and A47.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 Thorney Bypass in Thorney closed and heavy traffic eastbound between the B1040 Station Road junction and the A47 junction, because of an accident involving two lorries.

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

Failure to pay stops us investing, says train operator

Rail operator Greater Anglia, says ticket prices are having to rise as a result of the number of people who are failing to pay the correct fare. 

Earlier this week, more than 100 passengers were prosecuted, and found guilty of a range of offences on the regional rail network. 

Greater Anglia train
BBC

Juliette Maxam, from Greater Anglia, said: "The trouble is, if people aren't paying for their tickets, that means we're not getting the money from their tickets, and we use that money to invest in the railway to make it better for every passenger. 

"So, if you don't pay for your ticket, you're not only not allowing us to invest in the railway, but also it ends up with the prices going up for everybody as well."

Greater Anglia 'should use discretion' over fare dodger prosecutions

The Conservative MP for Colchester says discretion should be used by local rail operators as they clamp down on fare dodgers. 

Earlier this week, more than 100 passengers were prosecuted, and found guilty, of a range of offences on the Greater Anglia network. The company said a "common-sense approach" was used.

Will Quince
BBC

"My concern is around people who do the right thing, but make honest mistakes," said Will Quince MP.

"I want to make sure all rail operating companies, including GA, are using discretion where appropriate.

"Where people have paid over £50 to get to and from London in a day, or £5,000 for a season ticket, that they're not penalised for sitting in the wrong seat, or when the train's full they sit in the wrong carriage, or they forget their season ticket."

Listen: Fare-dodging problems 'cost train companies millions'

East Anglian train operator Greater Anglia says its ticket inspectors issue between 4,000 and 6,000 penalty fares a month - but the issue of fare-dodging is costing companies millions, says Greater Anglia's Juliette Maxam:

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Cambridge scientists create 'artificial embryos' from mice

Matthew Hill

BBC West health correspondent

Scientists from Cambridge University have created "artificial embryos" using stem cells from mice.

The breakthrough is thought to be the first of its kind in the world .

How the stem cells work
BBC

Two types of stem cells were used to create a structure closely resembling a natural mouse embryo.

While researchers hope their work will help improve fertility treatments, experimentation on human embryos is strictly regulated, and banned after 14 days.

The scientists say their artificial embryo is unlikely to develop into a healthy foetus as it would probably need a third form of stem cell, which develops into the yolk sac that provides nutrition.

Weather: Turning wet through the morning

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After what looks like a promising start, cloud will thicken with persistent and occasionally heavy rain spreading north  through the morning. 

The rain will hang around the further north you are for much of the afternoon, but further south things will clear.

A cloudy end to the day for most of us. Highs today of 10C, that's 50F.  

Check the latest forecast for where you live with BBC Weather.

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Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

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Have a lovely evening - and wrap up warm.

Overnight weather: Dry with clear spells

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry this evening with clear spells.

Overnight temperatures are expected to drop to 3C (37F) early on, but as cloud increases from the west they'll recover to about 7C (45F) by the end of the night.

Friday's weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy, although it'll be come drier and a little brighter later, with further showers following.

Top temperature: 10C (50F)

Get the full forecast for where you live from BBC Weather .

Cambridge artist creates "unforgettable" advert backdrop

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Wouldn't it be fantastic if your perfect holiday memory was captured in a painting?

Cambridge artist Emma Copley did just that for a father and son's trip to a New York Knicks basketball game at Madison Square Gardens.

Her painting and the story forms the backdrop to British Airways' new online advert, which is promoting unforgettable experiences. 

It took Emma 10 days to complete the work from sketches.

Painting of father and son at basketball game
Emma Copley

Emma, who was born in Ireland and grew up in the US, is currently studying for a  masters degree in fine art  at Anglia Ruskin, and teaches evening courses at Hills Road Sixth Form College.

Her next project will be an ambitious wall painting as part of the  Sustainability Art Prize , which will go on show in the Ruskin Gallery on 30 March.

'Rogue traders' warning after Storm Doris

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

There's a warning out for householders to watch out for dodgy doorstep sales people offering to repair damage caused by Storm Doris.

Cambridgeshire's trading standards officers say one resident was conned into paying more than £500 to replace five roof tiles.

If in doubt, residents can find out whether a business has been checked and approved through the Buy with Confidence scheme .

Cambridgeshire County Council’s trading standards service manager, Aileen Andrews, said: “It’s sad to hear that unscrupulous rogue traders may take advantage of events like this to target residents who have had damage to their property. 

"Rogue traders can carry out a poor standard of work, charge inflated prices or pressure people into having unnecessary work. 

"Be wary, get more than one quote for the work and use businesses that have been recommended by friends and family.”

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Elsewhere in the county: What the papers say

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Here's a quick look at what the county's papers are reporting this Thursday afternoon:

  • The Cambridge News looks at the campaign for Peterborough to Stansted train services to stop at the new Cambridge North railway station. Current plans show CrossCountry travellers will have to change at Ely to reach the city or the Essex airport.
  • A Littleport doctor has spoken exclusively to the Ely Standard about the "selfish action" of a former manager after she was convicted of the theft of £100,000 from the practice.
  • And the Peterborough Telegraph tells the story of four-year-old Halle from Newborough, who needs life-changing treatment for celebral palsy and bilateral spastic diplegia. A campaign is underway to raise the £55,000 needed for the little girl to get an operation at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
papers generic
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The Italian Renaissance 'home' comes to Cambridge

Louise Hubball

BBC Look East

In just a few days time a major exhibition, which has been four years in the planning, will open at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. 

Madonnas and Miracles exhibition
BBC

"Madonnas and Miracles"  aims to show more than 160 objects dating from the 1500s. 

Madonnas and Miracles exhibition
BBC

Many of them have never left Italy before and some were even rescued from the rubble of last year's earthquakes.

Madonnas and Miracles exhibition
BBC

It includes wooden panels showing a number of miracles, in a part of the museum created to look like a Renaissance home.

Madonnas and Miracles exhibition
BBC

It opens on Tuesday and runs until 4 June.

Secret Garden Party: Archive review

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The Secret Garden Party 2008 was the first festival I had ever been to and I reviewed it for the BBC website .

At the time I wrote "I'm left with warm, fuzzy memories of a weekend well-spent" and I still agree with myself.

Secret Garden Party
Iain Parker

There is plenty more archive coverage from the BBC here .

Secret Garden Party: Shopkeeper will miss the trade

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been to Abbots Ripton and Kings Ripton today, which are the two villages right by The Secret Garden Party site. 

Of course it's very quiet now, but the site will be a massive hive of actually in July when the last festival is held here. 

Site of the Secret Garden Party
BBC

Samantha Wardman is the owner of Abbots Ripton village stores and she said she would miss the trade from February when the contractors and crews start to set up. 

She explained that she tailors some of her stock during the event. 

She hopes it will return in one form or another, as she went there herself with her family and it was a "lot of fun". 

Site of the Secret Garden Party
BBC

The general feeling here is that locals are sad that it's going as they say they're happy to put up with the traffic disruption because it's only for a few days a year.

'Systemic failings' at care home before teenager drowned

The Old Bailey has heard that a residential home had "systemic" failings over a "long period" before a 16-year-old boy drowned on a trip to a quarry in west Norfolk in July 2013.

Castle Homes Limited, which ran Castle Lodge home for young people in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety over the incident in which Umar Balogun died.

Prosecutor Quentin Hunt told a sentencing hearing at the court today that the company had pleaded guilty in April last year.

Mr Hunt told the court that while there were "generic risk assessments",  individual assessments were not made for trips like the ones to Bawsey Pits.

Sign warning of Deep Water, no public access, at Bawsey Pits
BBC

He highlighted "inadequate" training and induction of staff, and said the company's failings amounted to "high culpability".

"The company was directly and immediately responsible for the trip from the home which resulted in the fatal accident," he said.

Two  support workers who faced charges  over the teenager's death were cleared, following a trial at King's Lynn Crown Court last month.

Judge Mark Dennis QC indicated he would reserve sentencing until after he had considered the case.

Police clamping down on motorists using phones whilst driving

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Just a day after new laws came into force increasing the penalty for motorists who're caught using their mobile phones whilst driving, a driver has been prosecuted in Cambridgeshire. 

The Road Policing unit tweeted that a someone in a LGV was caught using his phone in Brampton and was given six penalty points and a £200 fine. 

They warn that an unmarked LGV and officers are working in the county today. 

Police lorry and stopped vehicle
BCH Road Policing

Man jailed for 20 years after trying to kill managers with axe

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

A factory worker who tried to kill two of his managers with a knife and axe has been jailed for 20 years.

Peter Duffy, 54, of Elm Walk, Royston worked at Matthey Chemical Products Ltd in the town and believed the two managers were bullies, St Albans Crown Court heard.

However Judge Marie Catterson said there was no evidence of that.

Last July, Duffy hid in the car park with an axe under his hi-vis jacket and waited to attack 57-year-old Colin Betts from behind, hitting him on the head and upper body. He also head-butted him.

Duffy repeatedly shouted "I am going to kill you".

Mr Betts managed to wrestle the axe off Duffy, before he went to attack 46-year-old shift manager Mark Galley with a knife in his office.

Johnson Matthey Chemical Products Ltd
Google

He "rained down blows" during the attack and lunged for Mr Galley's neck. Duffy later told officers he was "aiming for the blood vessels", the prosecution said.

It took several members of staff to disarm Duffy, but he then calmly sat and waited for police to arrive.

In his chilling police interview, Duffy said "I wanted to kill them, as simple as that and I failed" and "If I am released, I will finish the job off".

When the police asked how many times he stabbed My Galley, Duffy replied "He is still alive, not enough".

The court heard Duffy was returning to work for his 22:30 shift after two weeks off sick. 

The judge found that Duffy was "dangerous" and posed a significant risk to the public.

Duffy pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Mr Galley and to inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent on Mr Betts, as well as two offences of possessing offensive weapons.

He was given a 20-year prison sentence and will have to serve an extra 5 years on licence when he is released.