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Summary

  1. Trespassing on UK railways hits record high
  2. Concerns raised about plans to build waste and recycling plant
  3. Virgin train strike to go ahead
  4. Latin graffiti almost removed from Cambridge luxury homes
  5. Early queues form for Sheeran's old clobber
  6. Updates on Thursday, 13 April 2017

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for the week

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's all from the team providing regular updates of news, travel, sport and weather in Cambridgeshire for this week. Here are some of today's stories:

We'll be back fully from 08:00 on Tuesday, but any breaking stories will still appear here.

Have a good Easter.

Housing demonstration in Cambridge

Police preparing for a demonstration in the centre of Cambridge are advising people to "go about their daily business as usual" on Saturday.

Officers have been informed that a London-based protest group is planning to demonstrate outside King's College from 14:00.

This follows reports of "houses for local people" campaigners spraying graffiti in Latin on new-build houses in Water Street last week.

Supt Jon Hutchinson said: "We will work in partnership to provide a proportionate policing response to the protest, balancing the needs and rights of protesters with those impacted by the protest."

Remember this: PM Margaret Thatcher visits Cambridge school in 1981

Some 36 years ago this month, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and, on her left, Kenneth Baker MP, watched pupils Neil Cassidy (right) and Robin Ward at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.

They were using the new prototype mini-computers that were going into British schools.  

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and, on her left, Kenneth Baker MP, watching pupils Neil Cassidy (right) and Robin Ward use the new prototype mini-computers that will be going into British schools, at Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge in 1981
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Cambridge gets ready to jump to it... again

Katharine Park

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A tradition that it's claimed has its roots in a pagan ritual will be revived on Parker's Piece in Cambridge tomorrow. 

Between 1838 and 1939 families would gather in the centre of the city to skip together in celebration of spring. 

Skipping on Parkers Piece
Cambridge Collection, Cambridge Central Library

Taking place on Good Friday the practice had its roots in more ancient rituals of jumping that symbolised leaping into the future in the hope of better times to come.

The re-enactment will take place at 11:00. Anyone is welcome at the free event which will feature World Jump Rope Champion Adrienn Banhegyi.  

Man arrested in Wisbech murder inquiry

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in Wisbech.

Ambulance crews were called to an address in Orange Grove on 5 April and found Dzilva Butiene, 48.

Detectives launched a murder investigation yesterday following a post-mortem examination which found she had died of a trauma of the abdomen.

A 46-year-old man from Wisbech has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cambridgeshire Police.

BreakingMan arrested for Wisbech murder investigation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 48-year-old woman in Orange Grove, Wisbech.

 A 46-year-old man from the town is in custody.

Prickly puzzles set to find hedgehogs

David Webster

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Forget hunting for Easter Eggs, it's all about hedgehogs in Wisbech. 

This Sunday at the Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, more than 50 hedgehogs will be taking part in a big game of hide and seek.

The creatures have been made by a number of volunteers and placed all over the home and grounds of the founder of the National Trust. 

Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House
Brenda Thorlby, Diane Parker and Brenda Donald

Whatever child finds the most will win an egg. 

So get cracking and try and solve the rather prickly puzzles. 

Ed's cast offs sell like hot cross buns (we're trying to be seasonal)

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

As we reported earlier, items offered up for sale the new East Anglia's Children's Hospices shop in Cambridge, by the charity's ambassador Ed Sheeran have been selling like hot cakes (or should that be hot cross buns, as it's Easter?).

In their first hour of trading the shop in Cherry Hinton took £925. 

Ed Sheeran's items
EACH

One of the shoppers was Lauren Seager (left), who came down from Scotland to visit her relative, Penny Haggarty (right), one day early, so she could browse the singers cast-offs. She started queuing at 08:30. 

Penny said: "Ed Sheeran’s been very, very nice [donating his clothes]. I thought it was absolutely amazing and I hope the shop does really well in Cherry Hinton."

Lauren Seager and Penny Haggarty
EACH

The charity has just confirmed that only a small selection of Ed's tops and shoes remain. 

They’ll be in the shop until Saturday and if they haven't gone by then, they'll be sold online. 

Severe disruption: M11 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M11 Cambridgeshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M11 northbound between J11, A10 (Cambridge South) and J12, A603 (Cambridge), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Latin graffiti nearly gone

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Workers have been busy removing Latin graffiti that was painted on four new £1m-plus homes in Cambridge last week. 

The tweet below by Richard Taylor shows what the buildings currently look like. 

Work is expected to start again next week to paint over the graffiti which remains. 

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Blooming wonderful Cambridgeshire

A blooming marvelous site has been spotted in Brampton

The bluebells are in full bloom as this tweet shows:

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Latin graffiti almost removed from Cambridge luxury homes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Latin graffiti, written across luxury homes in Cambridge has nearly been removed

Four new five-bedroom river-front houses were painted with the words Locus in Domos Loci Populum by a "local housing for local people" campaigner, last Tuesday (see pic at bottom).

Paul Ursell MD of HC Moss (Builders) Ltd told me that the paint has so far come off the brickwork, glass and windows frames. 

Worker cleaning graffiti
BBC

It's mostly gone from the boards, but as it can still be seen it's set to repainted from next week.

Graffiti on houses
Richard Taylor

He expects the repair bill to remain close to the estimated £4,000 costs.

Cloudy and dry afternoon ahead

BBC Weather Watchers

It will turn cloudier through this afternoon, but it should stay mainly dry throughout, as the best of the BBC Weather Watcher pictures show. 

River in Longthorpe
BBC
Blossom
BBC
Bluebells
BBC

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F). For a more detailed forecast, visit BBC Weather.

U's Corr still injured

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United will again be without star striker Barry Corr for tomorrow’s crucial trip to Grimsby in League Two. 

Corr has suffered another groin problem and is expected to miss the entire Easter weekend programme, which a home tie against Exeter on Monday.

The U’s are just two points away from the League Two play-off places.

Midfielders Piero Mingoia (groin) and James Dunne (heel) remain doubtful, but defender Scott Wharton (hamstring) should be fit.

Barry Corr
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'Exciting talent' Borg signs professional contract with Posh

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough United's teenager midfielder, Andrea Borg, has just signed a two-year professional contract. 

Borg, who has recently returned from a Malta under-19 training camp, is expected to be included in the team's Good Friday clash with Fleetwood Town. 

He joined Posh last summer and scored his first goal at the ABAX Stadium earlier this week for the reserves in a 5-2 victory over Newport County. 

Andrea Borg and Grant McCann
Joe Dent

Under-18s manager Jack Collison said: "He is an exciting talent. He likes to take people on, create goals and score goals and it has been great to have him at our disposal."  

Early queues form for Sheeran's old clobber

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The excitement of buying some old clothes from a well-known singer has proved very popular for some shoppers in Cambridge this morning. 

East Anglia's Children's Hospices opened its new charity store in Cherry Hinton, with some people queuing from 08:00. 

New charity shop being opened
EACH

Twenty items of clothing worn by Ed Sheeran were put up for sale - the latest in many giveaways from the Suffolk songwriter who is an ambassador for the hospices.

Ed Sheeran's items
EACH

The new shop is in the former Lloyds Bank premises on the High Street. 

Waste lorries 'will have no impact' on villages

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

One of the biggest concerns raised at last night's meeting about a proposed Mick George recycling site in Hemingford Abbots was that more lorries would drive through the area. 

Jon Stump, finance director of Mick George, said they will create "no go areas" and will take a "zero tolerence" approach to drivers not driving where they should. 

He added that although there would be a haulage yard on the same site as well as waste recycling, a handling area and concrete mixing plant, they don't expect there to be "any impact on the villages". 

He said this will be achieved by building acoustic bunds and carrying out a lot of work inside. 

Hemingford Abbots High Street
Hugh Venables/Geograph

Meanwhile, Hemingford Abbots Parish Council member Bridget Flanagan said it was "shambolic" there was no PA system which meant not everyone could hear what was said. 

Mr Stump agreed and said a PA system would be provided at the next meeting, which is planned so they can discuss the issue further when a full planning application is submitting.

Concerns raised about plans to build waste and recycling plant

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

More than 100 residents of two villages met last night to talk about plans for a major waste and recycling plant to be built in their area. 

Construction firm Mick George wants to open the facility on the former golf course at Hemingford Abbots, next to the A14.

It could be the size of about nine football pitches. 

Old golf course
Google

Some residents say they are concerned about an increase in traffic and the mess it could cause. 

It was a chance for both sides to be heard. 

More to follow....

Deadline to register to vote looms

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Today is the last day to register to vote in the local elections on 4 May. 

Cambridgeshire County councillors will be elected, along with a new mayor who will lead the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. 

The deadline is midnight tonight, but if you would like a postal vote that date is 18 April.

Quy Village Hall
East Cambridgeshire district council
George Maris

Cambridge United midfielder George Maris signs a new two-year contract at the League Two club.

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Trespassing on UK railways hits record high

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The number of people risking their lives by trespassing on railway tracks is on the rise. 

According to Network Rail, last year in Cambridge alone there were 120 reports - compared to 85 the previous year, that's a rise of 41%, and the highest number since 2012.

Nationally, more than 8,000 people walked onto tracks.  

Trespass footage still
Network Rail

Richard Tew from Network Rail said: "As the railway gets busier we must work harder to keep young people safe by making them aware of the dangers. 

"It may seem harmless to take a shortcut, or fun to play on the tracks, but this is not only illegal, it is also very dangerous. 

"Taking a short cut or messing around on the tracks can result in serious life-changing injuries or death."

Virgin train strike to go ahead

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The RMT union has announced that its members who work on the at Virgin Trains East Coast, which run rail services through Peterborough, are to stage a 48-hour strike. 

The walkout will be on 28-29 April, that's the next bank holiday weekend after Easter.

It's in a row over the role of guards and jobs.

Virgin Trains East Coast
Virgin

Thursday's weather: Early sunshine before it clouds over

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

There'll be some sunshine, but make the most of it, as cloud will increase as we go through the afternoon. 

The cool north westerly wind may bring a little drizzle much later on, but mostly we've got a dry day ahead of us.

Top temperature: 12C (54F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

Good morning

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to the Local Live news feed for Cambridgeshire. 

On this sunny Thursday morning we'll be bringing you all your news, sport, travel and in a moment a full weather report with Sara Thornton. 

So that means the sun has now risen on my working day. 

Sun rising over Ramsey Saint Mary's
BBC

Goodbye for today

That's all from the team providing regular updates of news, travel, sport and weather in Cambridgeshire.

We'll be back fully from 08:00 tomorrow, but any breaking stories will appear here overnight.

Have a good evening.

Weather: Much colder overnight and sunny spells tomorrow

BBC Weather

This evening will be rather cloudy with the chance of a few spots of light rain. Skies will clear later, leaving low overnight temperatures of 3C - that's 37F.

Weather graphic
BBC

Tomorrow will start chilly but it will be mainly dry with sunny spells and the odd isolated shower. Highs of 12C, that's 54F.

BBC Weather has more local forecasts. 

Three separate motorbike accidents on same road in same day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

It might sound unbelievable, but three people were taken to hospital after falling from motorcycles in three separate incidents on the same rural road today.

The unrelated crashes all happened on Benwick Road in Doddington.

Benwick Road in Doddington
Google

The first call came in just after 13:30 after a man in his 20s suffered a suspected broken arm.

At 14:09, a teenage boy suffered a suspected broken wrist.

The last emergency call was made at 15:10 after a man suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Charge in Ian Huntley attacker assault

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A prisoner has appeared in court charged with trying to kill a fellow inmate, who himself was serving time for attempting to murder Soham child killer Ian Huntley.

Kevin McCarthy, 49, is charged with attempting to murder Damien Fowkes, 41, leaving him with life-threatening neck injuries on 2 October.

Both were prisoners at HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire at the time.

McCarthy appeared before magistrates in Peterborough earlier. No pleas were taken and he was remanded in custody.

He will next attend a hearing at the city's crown court on 10 May. 

Poet's lost novel uncovered

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A lost novel by John Clare uncovered at Peterborough Central Library will be the feature of a special talk in the city tonight.

Clare was born in Helpston, just north of the city, in 1793.

John Clare
BBC

Clare is one of Peterborough's most famous sons and is considered one of the leading poets from 19th Century England.

However, he once turned his hand to writing a novel.

After 10 years of writing, he abandoned the project.

But his little-known work was recently uncovered at Peterborough Central Library, and after restoration work is set to be published.

The talk takes place at the library, from 18:00.  

Eccentric artist's nude art to be displayed in museum

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is to display two nude paintings by British artist Sir Stanley Spencer in public for the first time.

Nude, the first of the two paintings created between 1935 and 1942, depicts Spencer's second wife Patricia Preece.

It is part of a private collection and has been loaned to the museum, where it will be reunited with the second painting - Self-portrait with Patricia Preece from 1937 - which the museum already owns.

Picture collection
PA

Tim Knox, director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, said: "These stark and shocking works have never been seen together in public before.

"Spencer had intended the pair to be displayed together, with a third painting, now in Tate Britain, in an aborted 'Chapel of Love' dedicated to Patricia Preece, his second wife.

"They portray what he himself described as 'a sort of religious fervour' for Preece, with his ill-fated infatuation and ultimate sexual humiliation.

"At the time they were painted, the sensitive subject of these paintings made them especially difficult to sell or even to exhibit."

Another Spencer work, a full-frontal nude self-portrait in charcoal, has also been loaned to the museum from the same private collection.

His brother Gilbert had supposedly said that Spencer used to hide the nude self-portraits from his housekeeper.

Test shows elephants have high level of self-understanding

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A study conducted by the University of Cambridge has found further proof of elephants' intelligence and self-awareness, in an experiment using a stick tied to a mat.

The study involved Asian elephants walking on to a mat, picking up a stick and passing it on to the researcher in exchange for food.

One experiment was conducted under control conditions where the sticks were loose, and a second experiment where the sticks were tied to the mat, requiring the elephants to step off the mat to pass the stick.

The study found that elephants successfully stepped off the mat on average 42 out of 48 times during the experiment, compared with just three out of 48 during the control.

Researchers said this showed elephants were able to recognise their bodies as obstacles to success in problem-solving.

Elephant handing over stick
PA
Elephant handing over stick
PA

The test was devised by Dr Josh Plotnik, a visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge and founder of conservation charity Think Elephants International, and his colleague Rachel Dale.

"Elephants are well regarded as one of the most intelligent animals on the planet, but we still need more empirical, scientific evidence to support this belief," said Ms Dale.

"We know, for example, that they are capable of thoughtful co-operation and empathy, and are able to recognise themselves in a mirror.

"These abilities are highly unusual in animals and very rare indeed in non-primates.

"We wanted to see if they also show 'body-awareness'."

EFL Trophy: League One and League Two clubs to vote on scrapping competition

BBC Sport

League One and League Two clubs will vote on whether to scrap the EFL Trophy when they meet in May.

In a one-season trial, 16 Premier League and Championship under-21 sides were added to this term's competition, which was traditionally for teams from the bottom two divisions.

The decision was met with fan boycotts of matches.

Stand inside Abax Stadium
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One of the rules of the competition was that teams had to field five players who started the previous game or went on to start the following match, or five who had made the most appearances in the season.   

Peterborough United were among clubs fined £3,000 for failing to meet the conditions during the competition.

Clubs now have the option to keep the academy teams, revert to the previous format or end the competition entirely.

Cambridge City to submit new ground application

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Cambridge City Football Club has announced it will continue to pursue a new stadium in the south Cambridgeshire village of Sawston.

The original planning permission was quashed in court in February, following an appeal by a resident.  

Artists impression of new stadium
Cambridge City FC

But the chairman, Kevin Satchell, says the club hopes to submit a new application in the "coming months".

The Lilywhites currently ground-share with fellow Southern League Premier Division team St Ives, having previously shared with Histon.

City moved out of their Milton Road home in 2013 after more than 90 years, selling the site to developers.

Council 'failed to protect girl from abusive teacher'

Cambridgeshire County Council failed to protect a 15-year-old girl from being sexually abused by her teacher, the Victoria Derbyshire show has learned.

"Abigail" - not her real name - was raped and sexually abused at Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey in the 1990s.  

"Abigail" now
BBC

A social worker had previously written to warn the council about the teacher - who cannot be named - but he was allowed to continue teaching.

The council offered its sympathy to the victim, adding "the school itself and the whole vetting and checking process is very different from the systems in place 25 years ago".

It agreed an out-of-court settlement of up to £550,000 with Abigail.

The man has since been banned from teaching for life.

Read more on this story here.

Work starts to repair damaged fire station

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Work to clear a damaged fire station in Manea and recover a fire engine begins today, six days after an archway collapsed.

Manea Fire Station
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

The building partially collapsed on to an engine last Thursday during a weekly training evening at the station.

Area commander Maurice Moore said: "Our priority remains getting the building and fire engine repaired as quickly as we can so normal service can resume in Manea.

"A structural engineer has carried out a detailed assessment of the building and a specialist contractor started this morning to secure the building so we could recover the fire engine and send it away for repair. 

"The next step will be to clear the damaged area of the fire station so it can then be rebuilt."

A detailed investigation is under way to identify the cause of the damage, says the fire service.

Supermarket remains closed after raid

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The Co-op on Longstanton High Street remains closed this morning after a cash machine was ripped from inside the shop in the early hours of yesterday.

Damage to Co-op
BBC
Damage to Co-op
BBC

Thieves used a JCB digger to steal the machine. It was then loaded on to the back of a lorry.

A box van and an Audi RS were also used as getaway vehicles, say police.

A spokesperson for Co-op said: "The store remains closed to allow for both the damage to the building to be assessed and for the police to investigate.

"We appeal for anyone with information to come forward and would like to apologise to the community for any inconvenience caused while their Co-op store remains temporarily closed."

Shellfish you were here

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A new species of shrimp has been named after Cambridge band Pink Floyd thanks to a pact between prog rock-loving scientists.

The synalpheus pinkfloydi uses its large pink claw to crank it up to 11 and create a noise so loud it can kill small fish.

synalpheus pinkfloydi
Arthur Anker

The team behind the discovery vowed years ago if it ever found a new pink shrimp it would "honour" the rockers.

Sammy De Grave, head of research at Oxford University Museum of National History, said he had been a fan of the band since he was a teenager.

He has previous for naming crustaceans after rock legends, having already named a species of shrimp after Rolling Stones front man, Mick Jagger - Elephantis jaggerai.

He said: "I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old.

Pink Floyd
Getty Images

"The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favourite band.

"We are all Pink Floyd fans, and we always said if we would find a pink one, a new species of pink shrimp, we would name it after Pink Floyd."

The pistol, or snapping shrimp, has an ability to generate sonic energy by closing their enlarged claw at rapid speed.

It can reach 210 decibels - louder than your average rock concert - and results in one of the loudest sounds in the ocean.

The description of the species, found off the Pacific coast of Panama, has been published in the Zootaxa journal and was co-authored with the Universidade Federal de Goiás in Brazil, and Seattle University in the US.

Airman's family 'pushed to limits'

The family of missing Corrie Mckeague say they have been pushed close to their limits as they wait to hear news from the landfill search.

Corrie Mckeague, front, with his RAF colleagues
Nicola Urquhart

Suffolk Police is searching the waste disposal site at Milton, near Cambridge, for the 23-year-old who went missing on 24 September.

He had been on a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds when he disappeared. 

A bin lorry is known to have left the area where he was last seen.

Police are into their sixth week of searching the site. The search is expected to take up to 10 weeks.

Mr Mckeague's mother Nicola Urquhart posted on the Find Corrie Facebook page: "We've been pushed close to our limits, waiting for the phone to ring over the last nine days.

"We will get through this tho, the kindness and support in every private or public message is still overwhelming, but honestly it's never been appreciated more."

Cambridge tops 'slowest city' leaderboard

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

How was your commute into Cambridge this morning? Slow? How about Ely?

Well, you probably won't be surprised to know that both cities have been named among the top 10 slowest for drivers across the UK.

Traffic queuing in Cambridge
John Sutton/Geograph

Tracking company SATRAK took data from half a million vehicles last year.  

Its results found Cambridge was the slowest UK city, with vehicles averaging just 13.73mph driving through it.

Ely features only slightly further down the list in fourth, with an average speed on its roads of 14.59mph.

Only Hereford and London sat between the two local cities. 

Peterborough ranks 36th overall, with an average speed of 26.41mph.

It also found the the M25 was the slowest motorway, with average speeds of 25mph. 

Enjoy your commute home!