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  1. Updates on Friday, 12 May 2017
  2. Woman dies after A605 crash
  3. Shepreth Wildlife Park's arthritic tiger put to sleep
  4. New mayor announces 100-day plan

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Our live coverage for the week

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

I'm afraid that's it from us today and indeed this week.

Keep an eye on this BBC News live feed for the latest on the NHS cyber attack.

We'll return with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire on Monday from 08:00.

Have a great weekend.

NHS attack 'could have been prevented', says security expert

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Dr Mils Hills, who is an associate professor of risk, resilience and corporate security at the University of Northampton, has told the BBC the cyber attack on the NHS "could have been prevented".

"It's most certainly going to have come from a user clicking something they shouldn't have, whether it's in an email or on an internet browser tab," he said.

"Hospitals should have measures to prevent this.

"It will be fixed and removed, but it will cost a lot. The task to fix it won't be difficult, but will be time-consuming.

"The problem is this is a pretty low-level attack and it's causing such chaos."

An NHS Digital statement said: "NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected."  

General election 2017 nomination papers in

With all the general election 2017 candidates' nominations papers in, we've collected together links to where you can find full information from the returning officers in the 18 Essex constituencies:

The election takes place on Thursday, 8 June.

From the archives: Children watch the races for free

Back on 13 May 1955, this group of children were snapped watching the horse racing through a fence at Newmarket:

Children watch horseracing through gaps in the fence
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Overnight weather: Largely dry and frost-free

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Most of this afternoon's showers should quickly move away to leave a largely dry and frost-free night with clear spells across the BBC East region.

Temperatures in some spots will remain in double figures.

Overnight weather map

It’s spells of sunshine and scattered showers for Saturday, and while we can’t rule out an odd heavy downpour, there will be some places that stay dry throughout the day. 

The winds will be a light to moderate south to south-westerly with temperatures possibly reaching 20C (68F).

Hospitals cyber attack: No Cambridgeshire hospitals affected

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Neither Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, Peterborough City Hospital nor Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon have been affected by a nationwide cyber attack.

However, Peterborough says it has taken down its emails and website as a "precautionary measure".

First residents move in to Northstowe

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The first residents have finally moved in to the new South Cambridgeshire town of Northstowe - almost 20 years after it was first planned.

New homes at Northstowe

Five years after the first planning application was approved, the first 92 of the 10,000 planned homes have been completed. 

Eventually the site on the old RAF Oakington base will have 24,000 people living there. That'll make it the UK's biggest new town since Milton Keynes. 

Two primary schools, a secondary school and a sports hall will also be created as part of the development.

First residents at Northstowe

It was opposed by some local people who cited concerns over noise and traffic congestion.

Hospitals 'cyber attack': Is it affecting Cambridgeshire?

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

You may have seen the breaking news in the last few moments that hospitals across England have been affected by what's believed to be a cyber attack, leading to serious IT failures.

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge says it is not affected and everything there is running as normal.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon and Peterborough City Hospital (PCH) have yet to confirm whether they have been affected, although PCH's website appears to be down.

We'll bring you the latest when we get it. 

Man arrested after van collides with parked vehicles

A man in his 20s has been arrested after a collision involving a van and a number of stationary vehicles in Newmarket.

Police received a number of calls from members of the public at about 01:40 reporting the collision in Churchill Court.

Officers arrived shortly afterwards, and discovered a silver Ford Transit van had collided with five parked vehicles - three cars and two vans.

A 27-year-old from the Cambridge area was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol. 

He was initially taken to hospital for a check-up and then brought to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre, where he currently remains for questioning. 

Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre

Checkatrade Trophy: Under-21 teams to remain in revised competition

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

League One and Two clubs have voted to retain invited under-21 teams in the Checkatrade Trophy for two more seasons, along with an increase in prize money and changes to selection rules.

In a one-season trial, 16 Premier League and Championship under-21 sides were added to this term's competition.

Clubs voted on three options: keeping academy teams, reverting to the old 48-team format or ending the competition.

Two-thirds of clubs lent their support to the 64-team format.

Darragh MacAnthony
Joe Dent

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony said "it's a trophy we need to keep".

"I personally love the trophy. We've won it before and we want to win it again. We certainly don't want it to stop," said MacAnthony, whose club voted to retain under-21 teams.

"I think they're adjusting the things that irritated fans and clubs last year. Common sense has to prevail.

"There's a lot more money in it this year for League One and League Two clubs. That's something that's always attracted us.

"Our fans will call us sell-outs, but the reality is we lose a lot of money every year, so a chance to get some of that back, we're never going to say no.

"That's the reality of the game."

Work of wartime 'modest' mathematician to be remembered

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A Bletchley Park mathematician is being recognised this weekend, 100 years after his birth. 

Bill Tutte, a Cambridge graduate from Newmarket, helped to unravel the Lorenz machine, which was a more complex system than the Enigma and used by the German high command.

Dr David Kenyon, the research historian at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, said his role was "important and little known" as he was such a "modest man". 

He explained that he came to the park from Cambridge University aged 24 and worked as a codebreaker in a department that had so far been unable to crack the code. 

In Tutte's memoirs he wrote "as an act of desperation, they gave it to me", and just a few months later he broke it. 

Bill Tutte
Richard Youlden

After the war he was appointed a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, before emigrating to Canada. 

He died on 2 May 2002, aged 84. 

Lorenzo machine
Shaun Armstrong

The Bill Tutte Symposium is on Sunday (his birthday) at Bletchley and Bill Tutte: Mathematician + Codebreaker opens to the general public on Monday. 

Midwife shaves head to support terminally ill youngster

A midwife is shaving her head to help raise money for a terminally-ill boy.

It will be the second time that Shona Simpson, who works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, will lose her hair to help four-year-old Jac Coffey.

Shona Simpson in a maternity ward

In 2015, the little boy was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour, which was removed in a 17-hour operation at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Last month, his parents Kayleigh and Jay were told their son's cancer had returned. 

Severe accident: A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for B1043 Old North Road and J14 for A14.

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - Very slow traffic on A1(M) southbound between J15, B1043 (Sawtry) and J14, A14 (Alconbury), because of an accident involving a car and a trailer and a rolling road-block.

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

Despite overnight rain, the dry spell continues

After one of the driest Aprils - just 41% of the monthly average rainfall - it was refreshing to see that rain has fallen overnight.

But by how much? Dan Holley's tweet shows the dry spell continues;

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UK virtual reality firm Improbable raises $500m

Rory Cellan-Jones

Technology correspondent

A tech firm set up by Cambridge graduates which creates virtual reality simulations has secured one of the largest investments in a British technology company in recent years.

Japan's Softbank is investing $500m (£388m) in Improbable, but it will continue to be run by the two students who founded it.

Virtual reality

Improbable was founded just five years ago by Herman Narula and Rob Whitehead, who had studied computer science together at Cambridge University.

Their aim was to build large-scale virtual worlds and simulations - mainly for games developers but also for other clients who could use them in applications such as modelling transport systems.

Softbank is backing the firm in a funding round that values the business at more than $1bn.

The deal is said to be further evidence that the UK's technology sector can now compete with the best.

Rana the tiger

Rana the tiger's legs had "finally reached the end" after two years of chronic arthritis, the wildlife park says.

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White van man crosses the white line

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

It's safe to say the driver of this van was lucky not to have sustained more serious injuries after rolling the vehicle in the early hours of this morning.

Van on its roof
BCH Road Policing

Police said it happened at 02:00 on Wilburton High Street. 

The driver tested positive at the roadside for cocaine, but refused to provide a blood sample.

They were reported for refusing to provide a sample, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Like a duck to... no water?

John Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been to meet a couple from March who are concerned that a family of ducklings, which are expected to hatch from these eggs imminently, won't survive given they don't live near any water.

Duck eggs

Brenda and Phillip Smith discovered the nest while weeding in their garden.

"All of a sudden there was this big scuffle noise and something went up in the air," said Mr Smith.

"When we did a bit of investigating, we found there was a nest under one of the shrubs with 11 eggs in it.

"We don't know what to do as they need water."

Duck on eggs

I'm off to the Welney Wetland Centre to seek advice.

Do you have any advice? You can email us here.

New mayor announces 100-day plan

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The new Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough insisted there was "money in the budget" as he announced his priorities for his first 100 days in the role.

His plans include commissioning business cases for dualling the A47 and upgrading the A10, plus launching feasibility studies into a light rail and underground for Cambridge.

James Palmer

Conservative James Palmer, who was elected last Friday, also announced his commitment to building a University of Peterborough.

"We've been given some money by government - £170m for housing development and £600m for infrastructure and skills," he said.

"I wouldn't be putting forward these feasibility plans if we couldn't pay for them, and we will.

"I've spoken to the Prime Minister and she, like me, wants to invest in this county."

Woman dies after A605 crash

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A woman has died following yesterday morning's crash on the A605 at Elton, near Peterborough, say police.

Josephine Booth, 82, from Church Street, Nassington, was driving a car that crashed with a lorry at the junction with the B671.

Crash scene

She was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge but later died. The driver of the lorry was not hurt.

She is the third person killed on the road in a week after a pair died in a crash at the weekend.

Video: Forecast of sunshine and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a damp and grey start to the day, with some showers still to clear across the BBC East region.

We can expect sunny spells later, with showers - these could be heavy in places, with the chance of thunder.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

As for the weekend - tomorrow's looking mostly dry and warm. After a wet start to Sunday, there'll be sunny spells and showers through the afternoon.

BBC Weather has a local forecast for where you live.

Welcome back

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live


To think just 24 hours ago we were saying "the sun is already out in the county".

Well, what a difference a day makes...


This was the rather grey and wet scene taken in Histon a short while ago. A full weather forecast for the day is on the way shortly.

We'll keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel as it happens in Cambridgeshire until 18:00 today.

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

Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, between J32 B1049 Cambridge Road and J33 A10 affecting A1303 St Neots Road.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 in Histon closed and queuing traffic eastbound between J32, B1049 (Histon Interchange) and J33, A10 (Milton Interchange), because of an accident. Diversion in operation - via the M11 and the A11. Congestion on St Neots Road to Madingley Roundabout and on A428 to the A1303 St Neots Road junction.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from the team until regular live updates resume at 08:00 on Friday.

Scroll down to read today's coverage which includes:

  • Ely's new six-screen cinema is the first to show films since The Rex closed in 1981
  • Bronze Age artifacts from 'Britain's Pompeii' go on display up the road in Peterborough
  • A 19-year-old tiger from Shepreth Wildlife Park is to be put down tomorrow due to ill health

Cambridgeshire's wildlife put in the picture

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers are brilliant at taking fantastic photos of the weather across Cambridgeshire, but from time to time they are also brilliant nature photographers. 

So here's a pick of todays best wildlife, and livestock, shots. 

Water vole
Sheep in a field

Overnight weather: Turning cloudy with the risk of some heavy rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A fine end to the day and a clear start to the night across the BBC East region.

Gradually turning cloudy from the south with the risk of some heavy and possibly thundery downpours.  Muggy, humid conditions will make it feel much milder than last night, with lows of 8C (46F).

Friday's weather map

Friday morning will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy, possibly thundery.

Becoming brighter but turning showery later in the day, with the odd heavy downpour.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Archaeologist Selina Davenport

A Bronze Age village dubbed "Britain's Pompeii" which yielded an "extraordinary window" on the period burnt down after just months, it emerges.

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In pictures: A605 crash

The A605 remains closed between Warmington and Peterborough after an accident between a lorry and a car this morning. 

One person has been seriously hurt and has been airlifted to hospital. 

A605 crash
A605 crash
A605 crash
A605 crash

A brief history of Ely's cinemas

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

After more than 30 years without a cinema, Ely finally has one again. 

Tomorrow the new six-screen Cineworld will open to the public at the Ely Leisure Village, just off the A10. 

Before then the city's only purpose-built venue was The Rex, which closed in 1981. 

The last film to be shown there was Hawk The Slayer on 3 January 1981, when free ice lollies were handed out to children. 

Rex cinema in Ely
Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network

It now means there are now two places to see films in Ely, as Babylon Arts will continue to show special screenings at The Maltings arts centre. 

Watch: Artefacts from 'Britain's Pompeii' go on show

Earlier in the week we brought you a report on how some artifacts discovered in a quarry in Whittlesey have been put on show. 

The items from Must Farm, described as "Britain's Pompeii", are on show at Peterborough Museum until September.

Rare artifacts from one of the most important Bronze Age sites in Europe go on display.

'Painful decision' taken to put loved tiger to sleep

Sara Varey

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A much-loved tiger is to be put down at Shepreth Wildlife Park tomorrow morning. 

The park says Rana, 19, who has been at the park since 2001, will be put to sleep before Friday's opening. 

The action is being taken as the big cat has been suffering from chronic arthritis for the past two years. 

Rana the tiger
Shepreth Wildlife Park

A statement from the park said: "His legs have finally reached the end and so we have made the painful decision, under the guidance of our specialist vet, to let him rest now.

"As you can imagine the staff are all very upset and we would appreciate your understanding that we will be cancelling the daily Tiger Talk tomorrow." 

Video: Josh Coulson talks of his 10 'incredible' years at Cambridge United

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

He's Cambridge United's longest serving player, so find out what Josh Coulson thinks about his club, by watching the video below. 

A605 crash: One person airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We've just had an update from the ambulance service on the condition of two people hurt in a road accident on the A605 in Elton this morning... 

They say that one person with life-threatening injuries has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital for further treatment. 

A second patient, with an arm injury, did not need transport to hospital.

The road between Warmingdon and the B671 at Elton remains closed. 

A605 accident
Traffic Sergeant

It's the same stretch of road where two people were killed in the early hours of Sunday morning.

'Essential' military jet training disturbing Cambridgeshire residents

Paul Stainton

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

There are complaints that military jet flights are keeping some Peterborough and Fenland residents awake.

Listeners to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire have been telling me that aircraft are causing windows to vibrate. 

Nicky Hampshaw from Peterborough says the planes were "very low" and "rattled the house", Dale McKeen says they were flying too early. 

The US Air Force at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk has confirmed training missions are taking place. 

Rak Lakenheath
Emma Sword

Col Donn Yates says he understands people's concerns, but their activities are part of their "essential training" and have been taking place this week from 07:30.

He says it's so they can carry out "basic fighter manoeuvres and air combat manoeuvres". 

"This is just part of our normal readiness," he added.

"We just need to make sure our pilots have a certain amount of sorties a month, to make sure they're ready for any task."

Coulson's best moments at Cambridge United

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

On Saturday night, Cambridge United will come together to mark Josh Coulson's tenure at the club. 

A testimonial dinner is being held to celebrate the longest serving player's 10th season at the Abbey.

The defender came through the club's youth ranks and supported them as a boy.

Here he is telling me some of his best moments. 

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Ambulance service treating two people at scene of A605 crash

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The East of England Ambulance service is still at the scene of the accident on the A605 at Elton and have told me they're currently treating two patients. 

They were called at 10:21.

They've sent a rapid response vehicle, ambulance crew, ambulance officer and the Magpas air ambulance has been dispatched. 

The road remains closed between Peterborough and Warmington. 

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One person seriously injured after crash near Peterborough

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Police believe one person has suffered serious injuries after a two-vehicle accident on the A605 at Elton this morning. 

They say they were called at 10:20, to a collision between a car and a lorry. 

Air ambulance and the fire service are at the scene. 

Accident on A605
BCH Road Policing

The road is currently closed between Warmington and Haddon and drivers are being advised to avoid the area.

BreakingA605 closed again, just days after fatal accident

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The A605 near Peterborough has been closed again this morning after an accident. 

The road was closed on Sunday after two people were killed in the early hours.

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