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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 26 May 2017
  2. 'Sadistic' child abuser convicted
  3. Cambridge University hires Lego professor
  4. 'Armed officers' expected to patrol air show
  5. Injunction to stop punt touts

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By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage for the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for our live coverage for today and indeed this week. Thanks for your company.

As it's a Bank Holiday weekend, we'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00.

Until then, scroll down thorugh today's page for anything you may have missed.

Have a great (hopefully sunny) weekend and see you next week.

Weekend weather: Hot and humid

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It's set to be a beautiful evening across the BBC East region, with fine and dry weather and clear skies, though it could feel muggy overnight. Some sea mist and fog may move in along the Norfolk coast for a few hours.

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow is going to be another dry and sunny one, feeling hot and humid. Cloud will increase from the west and bring the risk of a few isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms during the afternoon, although many places will remain completely dry.

Moderate southeasterly winds, becoming light southwesterly by the end of the day.

Highs of 28C (82F).

Mosque collection after terror attack

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The region's biggest mosque is fundraising today for families of the victims of Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

People praying
BBC

The Faizan e Madina Mosque on Gladstone Street in Peterborough is expecting more than 2,000 people to attend prayers and to make a donation.

Abdul Choudhuri, chair of the mosque, says that "the hope is a fair bit of money will be collected to give to those people".

Collection outside mosque
BBC

"We want to show solidarity to the families who have lost loved ones," he said.

"We are very hurt that these people [the terrorists] are calling themselves Muslim.

"Islam is a religion of peace. They are not Muslim."

Drink driver who killed pedestrian is jailed

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A drink driver who killed a pedestrian in Wisbech has been jailed for more than six years.

Michael Johnson (pictured), 51, was driving a Rover 75 when he hit 49-year-old Arturas Matuzevicius in Kirkgate Street on 21 March.

Michael Johnson
Cambridgeshire Police

Mr Matuzevicius of Lilac Close in Wisbech, died at the scene.

Johnson, of Waterlees Road in the town, was nearly four times over the drink-drive limit.

Yesterday, Johnson pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst over the prescribed limit and causing death by driving whilst unlicensed at Huntingdon Crown Court.

He was sentenced to six years and six months in prison and disqualified from driving for 13 years and three months.

PC Peter Bimson said: "Johnson decided to make that journey knowing he was unlicensed and in excess of the drink-drive limited.

"He showed a complete lack of regard for his safety and that of other innocent people. Tragically that decision led to the death of Mr Matuzevicius."

Video: 'My carelessness killed my dogs'

A man whose three dogs "slowly cooked" to death in a hot car has spoken about the devastating impact his actions have had.

Jonathan Theobald, 66, left his dogs Daisy, Rascal and Mitch in the car for more than four hours on 16 June 2016 while he went to a gym.

Almost a year later, speaking about what happened that day reduced him to tears.

Peterborough hot car dog death owner speaks about his 'carelessness'

"My carelessness killed them," he said in a video released by the RSPCA for its campaign "Dogs die in hot cars".

"I got it badly wrong," he said, recalling the day temperatures reached 16-19C (61-66F) with high humidity levels.

The RSPCA said that day was overcast, and would not have seemed particularly hot, but it would have been far hotter inside the vehicle.

An RSPCA spokesman said: "[They] would have overheated, they would have had fits. They may have slowly cooked, essentially."

In September 2016, Theobold admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his three dogs and was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

He was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Theobald has taken full responsibility for what happened, but said without his dogs "the house feels painfully empty".

'Sadistic' child abuser convicted

A "sadistic" man who repeatedly abused a six-year-old girl, making her stand naked in front of a window and subjecting her to "water boarding", has been convicted of child cruelty.

Garth Gatland, 39, of Austin Drive, Cambridge, also abused a boy, 15, making him hide drugs for him over a two-year period between 2014 and 2016.

Gatland denied two counts of child cruelty, but was found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Cambridge Crown Court
Ben Harris/Geograph

His co-defendant Marie Maltby, 32, also of Austin Drive was found not guilty of two counts of child cruelty.

A forensic scientist found traces of cocaine in the girl's hair, suggesting she had either "ingested cocaine or been exposed to it", Cambridgeshire Police said.

Over the course of two years the girl was repeatedly hit with implements including a wooden spoon, made to stand in "stress positions" and regularly tipped out of her bed while she was sleeping, police added.

Gatland would make her run for up to four-and-a-half hours barefoot on a treadmill so she would sleep at bedtime, officers said.

The girl was covered with bruises and burns to her back, legs, feet and neck when the abuse was uncovered in October, after an acquaintance of Gatland reported it to police.

"Gatland subjected his victims to a catalogue of sadistic abuse," Det Con Chris Down said.

Injunction to stop punt touts

A Cambridge councillor says creating a new law, to ban punt operators from using a certain site in the city is necessary.

John Hipkin, an independent, says operators are a nuisance.

Cambridge City Council is to apply for an injunction from the High Court, banning punt firms from using Garrett Hostel Lane.

Garrett Hostel Lane
Keith Edkins/Geograph

The council says its land "is being used without authority or permission by unlicensed punt businesses."

"We're not going to put them in prison," said Mr Hipkin.

"We're going to seek an injunction and if they offend against that injunction, they will face the full force of the law."

Operators using the site declined to comment to the BBC.

Well, that's one way to take your bike around

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Blogger Richard Taylor spotted this floating along the River Cam in Cambridge this morning.

Keep cool in the big top...

BBC Weather Watchers

"The circus is in town lol" said one of our BBC Weather Watchers called Secretsunbather.

There was a clear blue sky when this picture was taken about 06:45, and the temperature in the Fenland town is due to peak at 25C (77F) according to BBC Weather.

Circus in Whittlesey
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Severe accident: A1307 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1307 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, around Brooklands Avenue.

A1307 Cambridgeshire - Slow traffic on A1307 Hills Road in Cambridge around the Brooklands Avenue junction, because of an accident earlier on.

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

Collision between cyclist and lorry

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Four road closures are in place in Cambridge at the moment due to a serious incident.

Police say they attended a collision between a lorry and a car at the junction of Brooklands Avenue and Hills Road around 09:30.

The cyclists' injuries are thought to be "serious, but not life threatening", say police.

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Racing: Big Orange lays down Gold Cup marker

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Newmarket-trained Big Orange has to be a serious contender for next month's Ascot Gold Cup after a hugely impressive win at Sandown yesterday.

Big Orange
Getty Images

With Frankie Dettori onboard the pair totally dominated the field in the Henry II Stakes.

"He's a hard horse to ride against if you take him on too soon," said trainer Michael Bell.

"He's such a good horse, if jockeys come and join him five furlongs out they've almost got to hope to play their hand late. He's a high-class stayer."

'Armed officers' expected to patrol air show

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The 20,000 people heading to Duxford air show this weekend should expect an increased number of police officers at the event, including armed officers, organisers say.

In light of the bomb attack in Manchester on Monday night, police are warning it may take longer to gain access to the event.

The Assistant Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, Dan Vajzovic, who is also in charge of policing airshows nationally, says armed patrols "have been stepped up".

Duxford from above
Thomas Nugent/Geograph

"We have increased the number of officers at Duxford and there may be armed officers on patrol at large events across the county," he said.

"I wouldn't be at all surprised if there were armed police at the air show, on high visibility patrol.

"I'm very content that the air show will pass off safely."

The festival at Imperial War Museum Duxford takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with increased traffic expected around Junction 10 of the M11.

Weather: Hot and dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Another hot one due across Cambridgeshire, feeling very dry and very warm with long periods of sunshine.

More breeze than Thursday.

Highs of 24C (75F).

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The 100 day countdown to the Tour of Britain begins
The Tour of Britain begins in 100 days, with some of the world's top cyclists due to visit the county on stage six of the event.

Tour of Britain starts in 100 days

The start of the Tour of Britain, which will visit the county for one of the early stages, is just 100 days away.

Students at Kesgrave High School
Suffolk Coastal District Council

Stage six, on Friday 8 September, will see some of the world's top cyclists racing between Newmarket and Aldeburgh.

Sarah Shinnie, sports development officer at Suffolk Coastal council, says they're seeing a lot of support from communities along the route: "We've got Wickham Market, who are coming up with some fantastic ideas to engage not only the primary schools but the local communities, the local shops, including cycle shops.

"In Framlingham we've got some harebrained ideas as to what we want to do round the castle. It's going to be going right past that so we're really excited.

"And then in Aldeburgh itself it's welcoming back the tour. It's had the women's Tour before, and now it's getting the men's Tour, so it's really upping its game."

Meet Professor Lego...

He's happy as Larry to be the brand new face of those beloved plastic building blocks.

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Professor Paul Ramchandani has been appointed Cambridge University's first "Lego professor of play".

Will it be all fun and games for him?

Read more about the role in a full BBC feature.

He's getting £84,000 to research the role of play and mental development, among other things.

The post is funded by the Lego Foundation.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to another sunny day across Cambridgeshire.

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

Could we see the hottest day of the year today? A full forecast for the day is on the way shortly.

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

Severe disruption: A14 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire both ways severe disruption, at J23 A141 Spittals Way.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 in Huntingdon closed and queuing traffic in both directions at J23, A141 (Spittals Interchange), because of a car fire.

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 for another day here on the Local Live news feed for Cambridgeshire.

We may have finished, but we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday.

You can read all the days updates by scrolling down this page.

Enjoy the rest of the sunshine....

Overnight weather: Not the most comfortable night for sleeping

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A warm and humid night in store, with temperatures remaining in the mid-teens in many areas.

Friday's weather map
BBC

Friday will again be hot with long spells of sunshine, continuing to feel humid, although it'll be cooler on the coast with an onshore breeze.

Highs of 26C (79F).

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

Watch: Memory Alzheiemer's test

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Russell Ramsey has become the first person to take part in a new study to find links between Down's Syndrome and Alzheimer's.

Here he is taking part in a neuro psychological memory test.

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Double ram raid in Potton

Police are keeping an "open mind" about whether two ram raids in Potton are linked.

On Tuesday at about 01:59, Potton Service Station was hit by a "black vehicle" and a cigarette machine stolen.

Moments later at 02:03, a black Vauxhall Vectra raided McColls on King Street. The car did not have any number plates and the two offenders were described as white, one tall and one short.

The Vectra was found burnt out in Mill Lane.

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for information.

New study starts to find links between Down's Syndrome and Alzheimer's

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Today I met actor Russell Ramsey, who has Down's Syndrome, who's become the first person to take part in a new study researching the links between Down's Syndrome and Alzheimer's.

Scientists at Cambridge-based Alzheimer’s Research UK are currently undertaking a pioneering study at the University of Cambridge aiming to create a better understanding of the disease which they hope will one day lead to an effective treatment.

Mr Russell said: "I have two family members who have Alzheimer’s and it is so sad.

"I wanted to help with this study to help people with Alzheimer’s in the future."

Kate Bradbrook and Russell Ramsey
BBC

As part of the study, which is collecting data from a number of participants over the next few years, Mr Russell is having brain scans and tests at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and at his home.

Baldwin new Peterborough skipper

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough United have named defender Jack Baldwin as their captain for next season.

The 24-year-old has been handed the armband after signing a new two-year contract.

He’s struggled with injury over recent seasons, but says he’s now feeling fit and sharp.

“My time here has been hampered by injuries, so this is like a clean slate for me," he said.

Jack Baldwin
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Video: Silence observed in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire fell silent at 11:00 as people came together to pay their respects to the victims of the Manchester terror attack on Monday.

Events were held in many public places including the Guildhall in Cambridge and at police headquarters in Huntingdon.

A minute's silence was observed in many public locations in Cambridgeshire

Man trapped under glass in industrial accident in Peterborough

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A man, thought to be in his 60s, has been taken to Peterborough City Hospital with a leg injury after an industrial incident in the Fengate area of the city this morning.

Emergency services were called at about 09:00, as the Peterborough Telegraph reported.

The fire service say when they arrived he was trapped under a large quantity of glass.

They worked with ambulance and police to release him and make the area safe.

The air ambulance was scrambled and was filmed landing at the driving test centre on the industrial estate by Shujah Saklain.

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The man was assessed at the scene, but was taken to hospital by road.

The Health & Safety Executive will be informed, police told the BBC.

The East of England Ambulance Service said the man's injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

Come on in the water's lovely!

David Webster

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Today it's going to be a dry and very warm day with copious sunshine in Cambridgeshire.

So one perfect place to spend the day is the Jesus Green Lido in Cambridge, where the water is already at a very tepid 19C (66F).

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Two road accidents cause delays for motorists

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We've just received more information about two serious road accidents in Cambridgeshire.

Police say the A141 by RAF Wyton should reopen shortly after an accident between a motorbike and a car.

A woman has been airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious injuries.

There are also still long delays on the A1 northbound at Wittering after the police were called at about 12:05 to an accident involving two vehicles.

The East of England Ambulance Service says three patients were taken to Peterborough City Hospital with minor injuries.

The road remains partially blocked.

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Overseas investment on the up in Cambridgeshire

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Look East

Overseas businesses have pumped a record amount of investment into the Eastern region in 2016, the highest since 2008, with much of it in Cambridgeshire.

That's according to the latest annual Attractiveness Report by the professional services firm EY.

Four companies have invested in Peterborough and three in Cambridge, they include a Japanese brewery in Fordham (pictured below) and a South African food company in Peterborough.

Fordham Abbey Estate
Dojima

Stuart Wilkinson, a partner at EY in Cambridge says it builds up a "positive" picture and the growth is down to many things including a "skilled diverse workforce, location, great education establishments, and a track record of innovation and growth".

Video: A1 Wittering accident

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire roads policing unit has posted this video on Twitter:

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Severe disruption: A1 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Cambridgeshire northbound severe disruption, at Townsend Road affecting A605 Oundle Road Alwalton.

A1 Cambridgeshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on A1 northbound in Wittering at Wittering Turn Off, because of an overturned car. Congestion to Alwalton.

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

Peacock struts his stuff at Cambridge University

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Not to be outdone by the Marshall Library's three-legged cat, Lucy Cavendish College has only gone and got itself a peacock!

The colourful "interloper" was first spotted by PhD student Amy Hamizah Haidi trotting past the library on Wednesday evening.

Peacock at Lucy Cavendish College
Amy Hamizah Haidi

But he was still there this morning, just strutting around in the glorious sunshine.

The college tweeted a photo, saying: "Space for one more at Formal Hall tonight?"

To which Cambridge University replied: "We doubt that he would settle for less than top table."

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Travel: Serious accident on A1 at Wittering

BBC News Travel

There's been another serious accident - this time near Peterborough.

Traffic has been temporarily stopped on the A1 northbound at Wittering.

Drivers are being advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes.

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A141 crash: Patient suffered 'life-threatening' injuries

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A patient has been airlifed to Addenbrooke's Hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries in a crash on the A141 by RAF Wyton.

The East of England Ambulance Service says the person has serious head and leg injuries.

A response car from the Magpas medial team was first on the scene after coming across the incident, as its base is at RAF Wyton.

RAF Wyton
Gordon Brown/Geograph

The Magpas air ambulance was used.