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  1. Updates on Friday, 28 April 2017
  2. Ram-raided shop owner 'felt demoralised'
  3. Three injured after van crashes in Wisbech
  4. Car full of weapons seized in Chatteris

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Our live coverage for the week

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for us for today and indeed this week. Live updates return from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, including...

  • The air ambulance doctor who is "scared of heights" - and who is about to skydive
  • The local museum in the running for a national title
  • An array of weapons found in a seized car

Have a great extended Bank Holiday weekend.

Cyclist seriously injured

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A cyclist has been seriously injured on Long Causeway in Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire Police were called to reports of a collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian at 22:30 last night.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and a woman arrested on suspicion of theft in an incident which followed the collision.

The cyclist, a man in his 50s, was taken to Peterborough City Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Weapons seized by police

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Both a knife and a firearm were seized by British Transport Police officers in Cambridge earlier today.

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The bank holiday weather forecast

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Apart from a few isolated showers, tonight will be mostly dry with clear spells.

Temperatures could fall as low as 3C (37F) although they'll rise by the end of the night.

Weather graphic for 05:00 Saturday

A largely fine and dry day tomorrow, with sunny spells and just the chance of an isolated shower.

Temperatures rising to 14C (57F) - although it could be a little bit warmer in the best of the sunshine.

Another dry day on Sunday, although cloud will increase from the south west later... rain isn't expected until the evening.

As for bank holiday Monday... it's still uncertain, but potentially we could have some rain, followed by sunshine and showers, with temperatures hitting 17C (63F).

Derry says Us need to win by any possible means

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

With two games of the season left, Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry says his side must find a way to win this weekend "by hook or by crook".

The U's are hosting Crawley in League Two tomorrow and they're three points off the promotion play-off places.

Strikers Uche Ikpeazu, Barry Corr and Adam McGurk are all sidelined owing to injury.

Shaun Derry
Getty Images

After a poor start to the season when United failed to win in their opening eight matches, Derry feels the campaign should be considered a success - whatever happens over the next week.

He said: "To still be in and around a chance of getting into the top seven, considering where this football club ended in its first season back as a league club, I think everybody would've taken that as largely successful."

'Two hours later and I would have died'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A 22-year-old from Benwick near March has been recounting her harrowing ordeal as she contracted bacterial meningitis earlier this year, and has thanked the doctors who saved her life.

Hollie Jackson, of Lilyholt Road, collapsed at Stansted Airport on 4 January, minutes before boarding a plane for a work trip.

After being assessed in hospital, she was discharged as all her test results had come back clear.

However, Miss Jackson's condition deteriorated rapidly when she arrived home, with her left side going completely numb. She was vomiting and developed a rash all over her body.

An ambulance was later sent to her aid at about 04:00 as she said: "My vision started to go and the pain in my head was unbearable.

"It felt like a kettle was being brought to the boil in my skull."

Greg Sage with Hollie Jackson
East of England Ambulance Service

When paramedics Greg Sage and Matt Bafico arrived they knew immediately something wasn’t right.

"She ticked all the boxes for meningitis," Mr Sage said.

The paramedics gave her penicillin, which doctors later said kept Miss Jackson alive.

And yesterday she was able to thank Mr Sage in person at Peterborough ambulance station.

"It was lovely to meet Greg under much happier circumstances and thank him," she said.

"The doctors said that if I had left it two hours later I would have died, which took a few weeks to sink in.

"It is clear to see that the choices both he and Matt made on that day saved my life."

Hollie has since gone on to make a good recovery and recently raised almost £1,500 in a charity sky dive for the Meningitis Now charity.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral Election 2017: James Palmer

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Come Friday, 5 May, we will know which candidate has succeeded in becoming Cambridgeshire's first directly elected mayor for the whole county.

Seven men and women are in the running for the job, which comes with a multi-million pound budget and powers over housing and transport.

The Conservative candidate, James Palmer, used to run a dairy business and says he wants to be a "mayor for everyone".

The Conservative nominee is in the hot seat as the BBC speaks to those vying to be mayor.

The full list of candidates:

  • Paul Bullen - UKIP
  • Rod Cantrill - Liberal Democrats
  • Peter Dawe - Independent
  • Stephen Goldspink - English Democrats
  • Julie Howell - Green Party
  • James Palmer - Conservative
  • Kevin Price - Labour    

The rugby team in a football final


You don't even need to be a football team to play in the FA People's Cup.

LBoro Rangers are a group of university students who are taking part in the Higher Education category......

LBoro Rangers will be in action in the Higher Education finals on Sunday

Catch up with what's been going on in the FA People's Cup so far - and follow live coverage of the FA People's Cup finals on Sunday, 30 April and Monday, 1 May.

Air ambulance doctor 'scared of heights' to skydive

John Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A helicopter doctor is about to embark on a charity feat which will see him skydiving from 13,000ft (4,000m) for MAGPAS - the air ambulance charity.

However, there's a problem... he's scared of heights.

Dr Saad Jawaid

Dr Saad Jawaid, who has been a doctor with the charity based at RAF Wyton for the past few months, says he doesn't let his fear impede his job.

"As long as I'm tightly secured, I'm ok," he said.

"It's only when I look down I feel tingly and dizzy."

So why would a man who is scared of heights want to skydive?

"It's a bit crazy, but fundraising is vital for air ambulance charities, even if it means facing your fear and going extreme.

Dr Saad Jawaid

"MAGPAS as a charity prepares you mentally and makes you feel that the limit is only in your mind and you can do stuff that you previously thought you couldn't do.

"I can safely say that with MAGPAS I've been in situations which were dangerous and more stressful than a skydive would be."

Dr Jawaid will complete the jump on 8 July.

'Average, if i'm being brutally honest'

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough United boss Grant McCann has been reflecting on this mid-table season's trials and tribulations, ahead of their final League One game away to Bolton on Sunday.

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Museum in running for national title

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket is in a short-list of five in the running to be named the UK's Museum of the Year.

National Heritage Centre for Horseracing
Marc Atkins

Officially opened by the Queen in November, this complex is home to the National Horseracing Museum, the Fred Packard Museum and Galleries of British Sporting Art, and a yard for the Retraining of Racehorses charity.

It is also home to two of the Queen's former racehorses and a virtual Clare Balding.

Also shortlisted are:

The winner will receive a £100,000 award.  

Infamy, infamy... the Latin graffiti 'effect'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Daubing houses with Latin graffiti in an apparent protest against house prices in Cambridge did not dent the popularity of the vandalised luxury development, it seems.

Four out of the five riverside homes in Chesterton were splashed with the words Locus in Domos Loci Populum on 4 April.

It's thought the vandals meant the phrase to mean "local homes for local people".

That was then:

Latin graffiti on houses in Cambridge
Richard Taylor

And this is now:

Latin Graffiti on houses in Cambridge

Three-and-a-half weeks later, you can still make out some of the words on the £1.25m homes.

But, after a £4,000 cleaning bill, the paint's completely gone from the windows, frames and brickwork. It's just the cladding that's proving stubborn.

Paul Ursell, from developer HC Moss (Builders) Ltd, told me they never really expected to be able to get rid of it all.

New paint has been ordered from a specialist supplier and the cladding is expected to be like new again by the end of next week, he said. 

Latin graffiti in Cambridge

The homes gained infamy after the classically-inspired graffiti hit the media, and have been cordoned off for a fortnight after concerns about a planned protest by a national anarchist group.

Although that was called off, the police said "about eight people and a dog" gathered outside King's College, about two miles away, and a small march did take place.

Latin graffiti on houses in Cambridge

None of this put off buyers, though. 

Three out of the four were already under offer, and since then, they've all sold.

Selling agent Bidwells told us: "We had a steady flow of people viewing the properties before the incident and following it. 

"Those who visited after... were aware of what happened, but we did not find that it put anyone off." 

So, "infamy, infamy.." Fans of those well-known words uttered by Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar in Roman romp Carry On Cleo, can finish this sentence for themselves. 

Lunchtime weather: Dry, although some possibility of showers

BBC Weather

Mainly dry across Cambridgeshire today and into tomorrow.

There will be some spells of sunshine this afternoon and most places will stay dry.

The odd light shower is possible though with highs of 12C (54F). 

Weather outlook

Lord Sugar splits from Peterborough Apprentice winner

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Apprentice winner Joseph Valente, from Peterborough, has split from Lord Sugar two years after winning the show.

Lord Sugar invested £250,000 into Valente's plumbing business in 2015.

Lord Sugar with Joseph Valente

They've now announced that Valente will take full control of ImpraGas - but they're parting on friendly terms.

Lord Sugar said: "I'll still be on hand to offer any help and advice required. I wish Joseph and ImpraGas all the very best for the future and will follow their progress with much affection."

Lord Sugar will now divest himself of his interest in the company, with Valente acquiring his shareholding and taking full control of the business.

Valente added: "I am so grateful for everything Lord Sugar has done for me and I could not have asked for a better partner in the early stages of my business career.

"I owe him a great deal. I am confident that with the winning business model we created together, I can continue to grow the business successfully."

Find out more about who's still with, and not with, Lord Sugar here.

Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be.....


Images from the 2017 FA People's Cup
BBC Sport

....there'll be just under a hundred teams taking part in the FA People's Cup finals this weekend hoping to book their trip to Wembley.

Each of the winners in the 16 categories in the free five-a-side competition will win tickets to the FA Cup final on 27 May, where they will be presented with their trophies.

You can catch up with what's been going on in the competition here - and you'll be able to follow live coverage from the finals in Birmingham on Sunday and Monday.

Severe disruption: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe disruption, at J25 Rideaway.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 partially blocked and slow traffic eastbound at J25, Rideaway (Hemingford Abbotts), because of a lorry fire.

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

Array of weapons found in seized car

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A rather unexpected discovery was found in this car, which was stopped after police were alerted to anti-social behaviour issues in Chatteris last night.


The car, which was also uninsured, contained and array of offensive weapons...

Baseball bat

Ram-raided shop owner 'felt demoralised'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The manager of a Post Office in Chatteris, in which thieves tried, but failed, to steal an ATM from in the early hours of Wednesday morning, says he "felt like crying" when he saw the damage to his shop.

Satish Karia owns the business on the High Street, and was at a Post Office conference when he heard the news.

Satish Karia outside shop

"Seeing the damage was so devastating and hurtful. Kind of demoralising," he said.

"Something like this happened to us in 2012 and we went through hell then.

"And subsequently to find out the damage was substantial - I felt like crying and giving up."

Digger outside Post Office after ram-raid

Mr Karia said he was overwhelmed by the support of the local community.

"Everyone is so wonderful. They have been so sympathetic and understanding.

"There has been so much offer of help that has come through. We were so taken aback."

Weather: A dry, sunny day ahead

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A bright but chilly start.

Through the day, there will be good spells of sunshine with most places staying dry.

The cloud will tend to increase by the afternoon.

Highs of 13C (55F).  

Weather forecast

Keep up-to-date through the day on the BBC Weather website.

Injuries after van crashes in Wisbech

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Three people were injured when this van left the road in Wisbech yesterday evening.

Van in ditch
Van in ditch
Van in ditch

The incident happened on the A1101 Sutton Road.

Police say only one vehicle was involved.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 28 April.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the county.

It's a beautiful morning already, with the sun peeking out through the clouds.

Cherry Hinton

But will it stay that way?

A full weather forecast is on the way shortly.

You can get in touch with the team by email, Twitter and Facebook.

Severe disruption: A1101 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1101 Cambridgeshire both ways severe disruption, between Gypsy Lane and Parson Drove Lane.

A1101 Cambridgeshire - A1101 Sutton Road in Leverington closed in both directions between the Gypsy Lane junction and the Parson Drove Lane junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the news, sport, travel and weather.

But keep an eye on this feed - if there are any breaking stories for Cambridgeshire overnight, they'll appear here.

See you tomorrow.

Overnight weather: Chance of some showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening will be rather cloudy with some rain or drizzle. 

Increased cloud cover will bring the risk of some showers overnight, but as skies clear later, temperatures will drop to 0C (32F), giving the risk of frost and icy patches.

Friday's weather map

Largely dry with sunny spells on Friday after a chilly start. Top temperature: 12C (54F).

It's cold and wet - but these students are still training hard

Looks like Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue is keeping an eye on possible new recruits, tough enough to brave the elements in Wisbech earlier today...

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Blackmailer who uncovered school governor's indecent child images jailed

The burglar who attempted to blackmail a former Peterborough school governor was jailed at the city's crown court on 30 October 2015.

Andrew Brown's offences were uncovered when he told police he'd received a blackmail letter from Ryan Penfold. It said there were indecent images on items taken during a break-in at his house and demanding £8,000 for his silence. 

Brown (below), who was a governor at the King's School, claimed the burglar must have placed the images on his devices in order to blackmail him, but forensic analysis found images which pre-dated the break-in.

Andrew Brown

Penfold, 40, of Tirrington, Bretton in Peterborough, pleaded guilty to burglary, handling stolen goods, blackmail and possession of class A and B drugs.

He was sentenced to four months for handling, one month for possession of the Class B drug, two months for the possession of the Class A drug and two years and eight months for blackmail, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Tree planting plan in Peterborough keeps on growing

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Seven years ago an ambitious project was launched in Peterborough to plant one tree for everyone person living in the city by 2030. 

Since then the Forest for Peterborough scheme has grown and grown and this year 6,000 trees were planted, meaning the full total now stands at 99,506. 

The next set of planting will begin again in October when the charity behind the idea, Peterborough City Trust, is hoping to reach the 100,000 milestone, but only if they can secure pockets of land to grow them on. 

Trees in Peterborough

More over 50s getting into exercise

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The YMCA in Peterborough and Cambridge say more people aged 50 and over are becoming interested in the gym.

The charity, which traditionally works with youth groups says they're working to inspire the older generation. 

John, 82, (pictured below) and one of their oldest members, says going to their gym in Peterborough has "changed my life". 

He says 10 years ago he contracted an infection in his spine, leaving him unable to walk, but after starting light exercise, he's getting some feeling and movement back in his left leg. 


Carol Cook, a wellbeing coach from Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, says getting active in old age is all about doing "bite sized chunks" and making small changes. 

She recommends doing some exercises at home, joining a social active group or parking further away at the supermarket and walking. 

School governor jailed for indecent child images, caught after theft

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Andrew Brown, 61, from Montague Road in Peterborough was caught after reporting the theft of various devices and phones from his home in October 2015.

He told officers he had received a blackmail letter from the thief saying there were indecent images on the items, and demanding £8,000 for his silence.

Brown denied any knowledge of them, saying the burglar must have placed the images on his devices in order to blackmail him.

However, when police recovered his phones and memory sticks, forensic analysis uncovered more than 700 indecent images, 170  of which were graded category A - the most severe - which pre-dated the break-in.

Andrew Brown
Paperpix UK

Brown was charged with a number of offences and was found guilty of three counts of possessing indecent images of a child, two counts of making indecent images of a child and one count of possessing prohibited images of a child.

Det Sgt James Weston described the case as "complicated" because of Brown's "position of trust... and his denial throughout the investigation regarding the possession of indecent images of children".

He was jailed for two years, placed on the sex offenders' register for 10 years and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.

Jail for indecent child images school governor

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A former school governor caught with hundreds of indecent images of children - some as young as three - has been jailed for two years. 

Andrew Brown, 61, of Montague Road, Peterborough, had claimed a burglar planted the material on his computer.

Andrew Brown

Brown, who was chairman of governors at Peterborough's King's School before his arrest in 2015, was found guilty of six charges relating to images of children. 

He's been jailed at Peterborough Crown Court.

Lid Dem leader calls for 'fight against a hard Brexit'

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has been on the election campaign trail in Cambridge today, promising that his party will be a "strong opposition" and that "Britain can do better".

He came to show support for Lib Dem candidate, Julian Huppert, who lost his parliamentary seat in 2015 to Labour's Daniel Zeichner.

He says in an area that heavily voted to remain in Europe we must "fight against a hard Brexit". 

Tim Farron

"Leaving the European Union with a hard Brexit will massively limit the number of people available in the workforce to build [affordable] properties" he said. 

"Here in Cambridge you have the chance to change Britain's future, don't cry into your beer or latte over what has just happened, decide this is your moment to change Britain for good."

Cambridge voted 74% to 26% in favour of remaining in the EU, in contrast to the 52%-48% national vote in favour of leaving.

On your marks.. get set......

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Blink and you might miss it.... but one of the regional finals of the Race For The Line competition has been taking place at RAF Wittering today. 

It's to encourage pupils aged 11 to 16 to make a foam rocket car powered by a small solid fuel rocket motor, and pit it against rival teams.

The winners will then take part in the National Finals at Santa Pod Raceway at Podington near Rushden on 29 June.   

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Mayoral vote: A week before Cambridgeshire goes to the polls

Paul Stainton

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

In exactly a week's time, voters in Cambridgeshire will go to the polls to elect their first ever mayor. 

Whoever is voted in will be responsible for transport, housing, infrastructure, jobs and skills and manage a budget of £800m over five years.

To look at who you can vote for, I've held two live debates on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire with six of the seven candidates. 

One on Monday and one today

You can listen to them by clicking on the two links above. 

Mayoral candidates in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Listen: Shaun Derry's injury problems

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

The manager of Cambridge United, Shaun Derry has spoken to me about the "disastrous" injuries that have effected three of his strickers. 

It means he's been left short of options ahead of Saturday's home game against Crawley in League Two. 

You can listen to the interview below:

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Run Peterborough Run

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Get your headbands out, trainers on and water bottles filled as a series of free running sessions are returning to Peterborough. 

They'll be held at the Embankment Athletics Track in Bishop's Road every Wednesday from 3 May to 5 July between 07:30 and 08:30 and later at 12:00 to 13:00. 

You don't have to book, just turn up and run. 

Getty Images

Tim Cook, the coach who's leading one of the sessions says it's coming back this year as it was such a success last year.

Diane Louise Jordan my 'integrity has been questioned'

Victoria Derbyshire

The TV presenter, Diane Louise Jordan, from Holme in Huntingdonshire, has spoken out after a suspended sentence was handed out to a woman, who admitted in court that she lied to police when claiming Ms Jordan harassed her. 

The star of Songs of Praise told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show that she's been on a "horrible three year roller coaster". 

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Woman sentenced for lying about TV presenter harassment

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A woman who accused TV presenter Diane Louise Jordan of harassing her has been given a suspended sentence after admitting she lied to police.

Kayla Thomas, 24, of Mill Park, Cambridge, told officers Ms Jordan harassed her in 2014 and 2015.

The presenter was given two harassment notices, but denied abusing Thomas, who was her former son-in-law's partner.

Thomas admitted perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, suspended for two years.

The judge at Cambridge Crown Court also issued Thomas with a restraining order, preventing her going near Ms Jordan for 10 years.

Diane Louise Jordan

Mayoral vote: Who gets yours?

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

There are seven candidates hoping to be first mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. 

So who are they? 

Watch the video below to find why you should vote for them. 

Cambridgeshire's mayoral candidates introduce themselves.

'Unprecedented' number of cash machines stolen in Peterborough

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

It's not just cash machines which are being stolen in Cambridgeshire. 

It's been revealed that eight car park ticketing machines in Peterborough have been taken since December. 

The city council say about £1,000 has been stolen from machines, with £44 being the smallest amount. 

Wirrinia Car Park

To combat the "unprecedented" problem they state they've "made a number of changes" with all machines being emptied every night. 

At the Wirrina car park, where four machines have been taken, it now only accepts cashless payments.