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  1. Updates on Friday, 19 May 2017
  2. A47 closed 'due to police incident'
  3. Jeremy Corbyn visits Peterborough
  4. Resident 'waiting weeks' for bin collection
  5. Scorer of fastest football hat-trick dies
  6. Posh appoint Oldfield as assistant boss

Live Reporting

By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's the end of another week here on the Local Live news feed for Cambridgeshire.

The team won't be here this weekend, but we will be back on Monday morning bringing you more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

Whatever your doing this weekend, we all hope it's a good one.

Overnight weather: Further showers but some clear spells too

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight we'll see a mixture of showers and clear spells, with mainly light winds.

Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

Overnight weather map

There'll be a chilly start to the day on Saturday, with a few overnight showers lingering, but many parts will start dry with some sunshine.

More showers will eventually push in from the south-west, some of which could be heavy and thundery.

Highs of about 16C (61F).

Sunday should be largely dry, and feel a bit warmer.

Corrie Mckeague's brother speaks of pain of search
Corrie Mckeague's brother Makeyan says he will never give up searching for the airman.

No sign of 'man in river'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Police say they were unable to locate a man who reportedly jumped into a river near the A47 earlier.

The road was closed between Guyhirn and Rings End while a search was carried out.

It's now re-opened, but queues remain.

Jeremy Corbyn visits Peterborough

Ben Stevenson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been in Peterborough this afternoon to gather support for his party ahead of next month's general election.

Jeremy Corbyn

He addressed the public at Peterborough United, where he set out his plans for if he wins, starting by saying that he would "revamp mental health care".

He also vowed to "protect winter fuel payments" and "triple-lock pensions" - something he said "no other party is promising".

On Conservative plans to introduce a means test for the winter fuel allowance, Mr Corbyn said it would cause "great hardship" and anxiety for millions of pensioners.

Jeremy Corbyn

The politician was also quick to criticise many more of the Conservative pledges that came out in their manifesto yesterday, describing the document as "extraordinary in its extraordinariness".

He claimed the Tories were "under funding schools", which was "holding individuals and the country back".

Afterwards the Labour leader met with supporters. He told the BBC he was confident Labour would win seats in the east of England.

Severe disruption: A47 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire both ways severe disruption, at A141 March Road.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 Fen Road in Guyhirn closed and slow traffic at the A141 March Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

A47 closed due to 'man in river'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire Police says the A47 is closed between Guyhirn and Rings End following reports a man jumped into the river.

A search is under way.

Officers are advising drivers to avoid the area.

U's to host Canaries

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

A47 closed

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Expect delays if you're heading on the A47. It's currently shut between Guyhirn and Rings End.

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We've got calls in to the emergency services and will update you when we know more.

Waiting for a parcel today?

...You might not get it.

Luckily no-one was hurt when this delivery van ended up in a ditch near Great Gransden, police say.

Officers can't guarantee you'll get your parcels today though. They don't do deliveries.

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Severe disruption: A47 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire both ways severe disruption, between A141 March Road and B1187 affecting Crooked Bank.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 Fen Road in Ring's End closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A141 March Road junction and the B1187 junction, because of a police incident. Congestion to the Crooked Bank junction and to the Black Drove junction.

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

Resident 'waiting weeks' for bin collection

A resident living in Great Shelford has told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire her black bin has not been emptied for about six weeks.

It comes as news that three months since new rubbish collection rounds were introduced across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire, pick-ups are still bring frequently missed.

The first three days of this week saw collections missed on 75 streets in total.

Black bins

The two councils combined bin services back in February to cut 20,000 miles and save £700,000 over three years. The changes in February saw bin days change for 130,000 households across the area.

But Robin - one of the residents affected by the change - says her blue bin is being collected, but her black bin isn't.

"The council say they're going to recollect but they never do," she said.

"The rubbish is just piling up outside the house. What else are we supposed to do?

"The blue bin has been collected like clockwork, so it's not like they can't find the house."

Mike Hill, who oversees the joint council collections, said "99.5% of bins are collected", but said there was "room for improvement".

"Operation problems like vehicle breakdowns and bad traffic are some of the reasons why bins may not be collected," he said.

Tommy Ross at Wigan

Steven McKenzie

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

Highlands-born Tommy Ross entered the Guinness World Records for his three goals in 90 seconds in 1964.

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BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on transport

The BBC is running an election panel, asking voters for their thoughts ahead of 8 June.

We asked:

Labour has proposed the railways should be re-nationalised. What are your views? What other transport or infrastructure issues need tackling, in your view, if any?


And you said:

Amanda, Peterborough: "I do not really have an opinion on this as I never use the railways. However, if it lowers the price for commuters and travellers then it may be a good thing."

Marilyn Samuel, Luton: "I agree to Labour's policy to propose to re-nationalise the railways and I agree to keep fares down and at a fair price, more affordable and a reliable transport system."

Barbara, Chelmsford: "I think that railways are great as they're now. No changes needed."

Jonathan, Norwich: "It would take billions to overhaul the railways, maybe the money would be better spent on trams going into major cities at affordable prices."

Jade, Southend: "Buses and trains need upgrading and a better service. If they want less people to drive cars, public transports need a lot of improvement."

Malcolm Younger, Ipswich: "If a nationalised railway could work cheaply and efficiently I would be for it. But don't think that they can so should be left as they are."

Scorer of fastest hat-trick Tommy Ross dies

BBC Sport

The scorer of the fastest hat-trick in football, Tommy Ross, has died, one of his former football clubs has said.

Ross, who spent a spell at Peterborough United, held the Guinness World Record for three goals scored in 90 seconds while he was playing for Scotland's Ross County against Nairn County in November 1964.

St Duthus FC/Twitter

His death has been announced by Tain club, St Duthus FC, which he managed. He was 70.

Inver-born Ross also played for English clubs including Wigan Athletic and York City.

St Duthus posted tributes to the hat-trick hero on social media.

The club tweeted: "Everyone at St Duthus Football Club wishes to extend their deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to Tommy's family and close friends at this difficult time."

Ross County has retweeted the tribute.

Corrie: I'll never stop searching for my son

The mother of missing serviceman Corrie Mckeague, who was last seen in Bury St Edmunds on the morning of 24 September, says she will never give up searching for her son.

Nicola Urquhart

Speaking days after police said they'll extend their search for him at the landfill site in Cambridgeshire for at least another three weeks, Nicola Urquhart said: "It's my son. I'll never ever stop searching for him.

"That doesn't mean I expect the police to search forever. I'm realistic, I know there will come a time when they have to stop but it doesn't mean that I'll ever stop.

"Until they've either found him, or I've got every answer I could possibly get and just now there's still far, far too many unanswered questions for us.

"It's almost like we've not let ourselves lose him yet. We're still looking for him - we're realistic but we've not lost him yet. We're still looking for him."

Corrie: 'You become paralysed by the idea this person's not in your life any more'

The brother of Corrie Mckeague, the RAF Honington airman who disappeared after a night out in Bury St Edmunds last September, says the continuing search of the landfill site at Milton is tough on the family.

Makeyan Mckeague

Makeyan Mckeague (pictured) said: "The hardest time is when it floods back to you that your brother is missing.

"You focus on it 24/7, you can't do anything.

"You just become paralysed by the idea that this person's not in your life any more, you're not going to have them at the big events.

"It's very difficult to try and actually think about [the fact] that Corrie's missing."

Police have said they'll continue to search the site for at least three more weeks.

Weather: Wet and windy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will see plenty of cloud with outbreaks of rain and it will turn more showery in the afternoon. Some brighter intervals may develop later.

It will be rather breezy, although winds will ease through the afternoon.

Watch my full forecast below...

For more where you live, visit BBC Weather.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 19 May.

We'll be here with live updates on the latest news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.

With just two days to go before trains stop at a new station in Cambridge, we'll be looking ahead to its opening. We'll also look at calls for safety improvements on the A605.


As you can see from this BBC Weather Watcher's picture, it's still a bit murky and rainy around the county.

A full weather forecast for the day is on the way shortly.

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

Our live coverage across the day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from all the team here at Local Live for Cambridgeshire.

We'll be back with news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday morning.

If you have missed anything throughout the day, just scroll through the page to see all the stories we've covered.

Until tomorrow, take care one and all.

Severe accident: A605 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A605 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between A605 Whittlesey Road and A1139 Fletton Parkway J3a affecting J68 A1139 Frank Perkins Parkway.

A605 Cambridgeshire - A605 Stanground Bypass in Farcet closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A605 Whittlesey Road junction and the A1139 Fletton Parkway J3a junction, because of an accident. Congestion to J68, A1139 (Fire Station Roundabout) and to the Funtham's Lane junction.

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

Iron Age animal 'sacrifice pit' uncovered

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Archaeologists have found what they think may have been an Iron Age animal sacrifice site in Cambridge.

A pit crammed with the remains of entire animals was uncovered in Eastfield in Chesterton by a team prior to builders taking over the area for a new housing development.

Pit containing animals
Oxford Archaeology

Scientists from Oxford Archaeology said the pit is part of an Iron Age settlement dating back to 600BC, which they said was "the first of its kind in this part of Cambridge".

A large quantity of animal bones and antlers were found in the area, many with marks from sawing and working, suggesting part of the settlement was possibly an industrial area used to process animal remains and produce tools made of deer antlers.

Archaeological dig in Chesterton
Oxford Archaeology

However, the animals found together in the pit - including sheep, dogs and pigs - did not appear to have been butchered or skinned, archaeologists said.

They believe it is possible the animals were placed there as part of a ritual or religious ceremony.

A large quantity of pottery has also been uncovered, leading the team to believe there was "domestic activity" as well as industry at the site.

Early Iron Age cup fragment
Oxford Archaeology

The pit has since been covered up as developers commence work on the 62-house site. Archaeologists will continue to examine the finds in a laboratory.

Michael Dawes told 'McDonalds, not the Ritz' after spending spree

The Central London County Court heard details of how Michael Dawes "burnt through" £1.6m given to him by his lottery-winning father:

  • Monthly spending of £20,000-£30,000 after his father won the lottery in 2011
  • £1,000 weekly grocery bill
  • £500,000 house bought in Portsmouth
  • £250,000 given to his partner's friends and family

Once she found out about his spending, the court heard his step-mother Angie Dawes told her stepson to "stop going to the Ritz for lunch and go to McDonalds instead".

She said she and Michael's father Dave Dawes had given £1m each to 11 family members and friends within a month of the win.

Michael's partner James Beedle said after the case was dismissed: "There are no hard feelings.

"We just thought we had a genuine claim."

Judge Nigel Gerald said the pair had been living "some sort of Walter Mitty existence".

Watch: How a Renaissance masterpiece is repaired

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

To see what the restored Renaissance masterpiece looked like before and after, you can watch the video below.

Fitzwilliam Museum: 10-year repair of Renaissance masterpiece complete

Fitzwilliam Museum wins top award for ten year restoration project

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Champagne corks have been popping in Cambridge after the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Hamilton Kerr Institute won a top award in London last night.

The organisations won the Restoration and Conservation catergory at the prestigious Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence for their work restoring the painting Adoration of the Shepherds by the 16th Century Italian artist Sebastiano del Piombo.

Detail of faces on original and restored painting
BBC/Fitzwilliam Museum

It dates from 1511-12, was almost completely destroyed while owned by the French royal family and took 10 years to repair.

Party row about money between father and son that ended in court

The court hearing where Michael Dawes, an ex-Royal Navy officer, sued his father Dave Dawes for an ongoing share of the latter's £101m Euro lottery winnings had its origins in a row at a party...

The Central London County Court heard Mr Dawes Snr immediately gave his son £1m after he won the money in 2011.

Michael Dawes bought a £500,000 house in Portsmouth, gave £250,000 to his partner James Beedle's friends and family, while he claimed he quit his IT job because his dad had given him "assurances".

The court heard his dad kept "topping up" his son's income even after he turned up at his Wisbech home having run out of money in 2012.

The judge, Nigel Gerald, said: "Michael took this as a demonstration that his father would cough up whenever asked, and this therefore buttressed his strange conclusion that his dad would financially support him for the rest of his life.

"I cannot accept this."

In 2013, the son was told his rate of spending was too much and there would be no more money.

Things came to a head at his stepmother Angie Dawes' 49th birthday party, with the son being pushed out of the house.

The court heard father and son were the worse for drink, and the judge said: "The evidence is that Michael behaved extremely badly, demanding £5m from his father, and also verbally abusing and bad-mouthing Angie.

"Since then Dave has not spoken to his son and no more money has been given to him.

"Michael was provided with the funds to have a comfortable life, but for his own reasons he chose not to take that opportunity.

"I therefore dismiss the claim."

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Son loses court battle to get his hands on more of dad's £101m lottery winnings

A son has lost a court battle against his lottery-winning father for cutting him out of a further share of his fortune.

Even though he's already received £1.6m from him, Michael Dawes, 32, was suing his father Dave Dawes at the Central London County Court.

He was seeking a ruling that, for as long as his father Dave Dawes and step-mother Angela Dawes (pictured) were alive (they're both 53), they were obliged to keep financially supporting him and his partner, James Beedle.

Dave Dawes, from Wisbech, won £101m on the Euromillions in 2011 and his son claimed he was told he would "always be looked after".

Dawes Snr cut of the flow of cash after a row at a party, the court heard.

Angela and Dave Dawes

In court Dave Dawes' QC, Richard Wilson said Michael and his partner "have not repaid this generosity with gratitude".

"Instead, they appear to have developed a sense of entitlement such that they are now bringing this claim to court," he added.

Mr Wilson then said Michael Dawes was "burning through" much of the cash his dad gave him, but the son stated that he was given repeated assurances that he would never be short of cash.

Several times between 2011 and 2012 he had "run out of money", but his dad had always "topped up" his account, the court heard.

Dismissing the case, Judge Nigel Gerald said: "There was no basis on which any rational or normal human being could conclude that they could go back for more money whenever they wanted."

View from the top

This is a view from a village near Ely which you don't get to see every day:

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Parson Drove river plunge drink-driver banned for a year

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A drink-driver, who had to be rescued after crashing her car through a barrier and plunging into a river, has been banned from driving for 12 months.

Alison Rossiter, 58, of Sutton St Edmund, Spalding in Lincolnshire, ended up in the 12ft (3.6m)-deep North Level Drain in Parson Drove, near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, after crashing into the water at 21:15 BST on 30 April.

Car in river

She was pulled from the car by Stephen Jones, who heard her screams from his parents' house nearby.

Mr Jones, from Woking, Surrey, jumped into the pitch-black, icy water and "felt around" until he located Mrs Rossiter in her vehicle, and pulled her free.

Emergency services at crash scene
Rebecca Jones

The 34-year-old said his heroics were "what anyone would do".

Mrs Rossiter was unhurt and later admitted drink-driving.

She was found to have 40 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milli-litres of breath - the legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Car being pulled from river
Stephen Jones

As well as the year's driving ban, Rossiter was fined £140 plus costs when she appeared before magistrates in Peterborough.

ARM to provide chips for brain injury implants

BBC Technology

Cambridge-based IT giant ARM has teamed up with US researchers on a project to develop chips that can be implanted in the human brain.

The chips are designed to help people with brain and spinal injuries, and will sit inside the skull.

The aim is to develop a system that not only allows people to carry out tasks, but to receive sensory feedback.

But it will be some time before we start to see the benefits of the 10-year project.

ARM is providing the processors for the implants being developed at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), at the University of Washington.

Graphic of human brain

The researchers have already developed an early version of the technology.

"They have some early prototype devices," ARM's director of healthcare technologies, Peter Ferguson, told the BBC.

"The challenge is power consumption and the heat that generates. They needed something ultra-small, ultra-low power."

Video: Olympian gymnast starts dementia pilot in care home

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

A new exercise programme's being piloted in Cambridgeshire to help people suffering from dementia.

The technique centres around performing different movements with the right and left sides of the body at the same time.

Originally developed in Japan, the British Gymnastics Foundation has chosen to start its UK roll-out in Huntingdon.

2012 Olympic bronze medallist Kristian Thomas, was even on hand to help.

The Team GB gymnast leading an innovative exercise programme

'Pick two unrelated power of attorneys' to avoid future fraud

Lara Rostron

BBC Look East

Marjorie Webster's solicitor, Nick Ash, isn't the only person calling for people to be more careful when picking their power of attorney - the person(s) who we grant legal powers to to look after out money, usually in old age.

Stephen McCarthy from Action On Elder Abuse says additional criminal charges should be brought in for an "aggravated crime of elder abuse".

He says that shouldn't just be for financial cases, such as the £150,000 which was stolen from Mrs Webster, but also in cases of physical and psychological abuse.

Majorie Webster
Majorie Webster

He believes "there is a real lack of deterrent at the moment" and "banks should be able to keep an eye on things".

He also backs up warnings from Mrs Webster's solicitor Nick Ash, that "if you are going to set up power of attorney, look at more than one person".

Fraud couple saw pensioners 'vulnerability'

Lara Rostron

BBC Look East

Marcia Kaye was Majorie Webster's friend for 40 years.

She says Kim Riley, one of the Northborough neighbours who defrauded her of £150,000, "saw her vulnerability".

She told me "as Majorie's health declined she [Riley] became closer to her [Mrs Webster], but was always borrowing money from her".

"Majorie was so kind to them, she paid for holidays for them," said Ms Kaye.

"We just knew they were no good, but without proof, there is nothing you can do.

"We discovered afterwards, when my husband had all the banks statements, they drew money out of Majorie's account on the way to hospital when they knew she was dying."

Marcia Kaye

Det Con Louise Mann from Cambridgeshire Police said it was Mrs Webster's lawyers who reported their suspicions to them and they discovered that "funds were being used for family holidays, pubs, restaurants, concert tickets, supermarket transactions, everything".

Even "holidays to Eygypt" she added.

She added this had gone on for about three years.

Couple jailed for defrauding vulnerable neighbour

Lara Rostron

BBC Look East

The amount of money taken out of Marjorie Webster's account was only discovered after her death in August.

It finally happened when the executors of her will found Mrs Webster's care bill had not been paid and large sums of cash had been transferred to her neighbours' accounts instead.

At Cambridge Crown Court, her neighbours Kim Riley, 53, and Neil Riley, 52, both of Crowson Crescent, Northborough, pleaded guilty to fraud.

Kim RIley
Cambridgeshire Police

Kim Riley (pictured) admitted to fraud by abuse of position and was jailed for 18 months, while her husband, admitted fraud by false representation and was jailed for 28 months.

They had been their elderly victim's neighbours for 12 years and police said they "betrayed her trust" for their "own financial gain".

Fundraising match in the pipeline for football fan

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

Details of a football match to raise funds for a Mildenhall man who needs round-the-clock care after being assaulted in Southend two years ago, are expected to be announced soon.

Simon on pitch at Cambridge Utd

Simon Dobbin's wife Nicole says he knows the event is going to take place, and has already been to see his team Cambridge United play at the Cambs Glass Stadium.

She added: "We were invited there as a family, Simon got to go on the pitch.

"This is something I'd like to keep going, get him going to regular football matches, because this is something he did before the attack and this is something we'd like to carry on as normal as possible."