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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 8 June 2017
  2. Voting under way in the UK general election
  3. Security tightened for Elton's Peterborough gig
  4. Serpentine Green to get £45m pound expansion
  5. Man killed crossing road near Wyton
  6. Cambridge still the UK's top university
  7. Welney's godwit chicks nearly ready for release

Live Reporting

By Stuart Bailey

All times stated are UK

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That’s all for now

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Today's regular updates for Cambridgeshire have now ended but we will be providing a live general election page tonight.

Updates from all the local counts will appear on the BBC Cambridgeshire news index when polls close at 22:00.

Don’t forget you can scroll back here to catch up on any stories you may have missed today including:

  • The build up to Elton John’s gig in Peterborough on Sunday
  • An update on the 26 godwit chicks hatched in Welney last month
  • Expansion plans for Peterborough’s Serpentine Green shopping centre

Otherwise, we'll back back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

Have a good evening.

Weather: Showers overnight and into Friday

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Some showery rain possible across the BBC East region this evening, but this will clear eastwards to leave clear spells by the end of the night.

Southwesterly winds will ease, with temperatures falling to 10C (50F).

Weather map
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Friday will start with some sunny spells, but scattered showers will develop, these heavy and locally thundery with hail, although tending to become more isolated by the end of the afternoon.

Quite breezy with a blustery southwesterly wind, with temperatures reaching 21C (70F).

Call for drug testing at all festivals after Secret Garden Party pilot

There's a call for UK festivals and clubs to provide drug-testing services, following a pilot at the Secret Garden Party near Huntingdon last year.

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) says stronger ecstasy in the UK is resulting in "serious health harm".

They want festivalgoers to be able to test their drugs on site to make sure they aren't carrying dangerous substances.

Pills.
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Freddie Fellowes, the founder of the Secret Garden Party festival at Abbots Ripton, backs the call to roll out drug testing across more UK events.

He said: "If it's a good idea in one place it's a good idea everywhere.

"A remarkable percentage of the people who had their substances tested there chose to throw them away.

"Otherwise they would have gone on to take something that's clearly not what they were expecting.

"There was a case of some anti-malaria drugs being powdered-up and sold as cocaine.

"We also came across someone who was selling ecstasy tablets that turned out to be 100% concrete."

You can read more on this story here.

Organisers announced earlier this year that July's Secret Garden Party will be the last ever.

Elsewhere in the county: What the papers say

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Here's a quick look at what the county's papers are reporting this Thursday:

  • The Peterborough Telegraph reports that a woman had her hijab ripped off in the street and that police are treating it as a hate crime
  • The Cambridge News says that some schoolchildren in the city are "dicing with death" after a group was spotted on railway tracks this week
  • The Ely Standard says an eight-year-old boy from the city has taken part in a 10k walk to raise money for a children's hospice.

Weather: Maybe some sunshine later

BBC Weather

Light rain is possible this afternoon, but it will clear and most of us will see some late evening sunshine.

It'll be a mild night with temperatures falling to 10C (50F).

Weather for Cambridge.
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Visit BBC Weather for more details where you are.

Serpentine Green to get £45m pound expansion

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

There are plans for a new development at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in Peterborough.

Managers are hoping to build new leisure facilities in Hampton Hargate, but don't expect the number of shops to increase.

They say the expansion will cost £45m and create more than 250 jobs.

A public consultation is due to begin later this month.

Serpentine Green centre in Peterborough
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Centre manager David Wait said: "There's could be a gym, swimming pool, bowling alley or indoor golf.

"There's even talk of an indoor parachute wind tunnel kind of thing.

"But we're still in the early stages and we'll listen to what people say in the public consultation.

"There's still a need for lots of different leisure activities in the area, because there's new housing going up and there'll be more people.

"Where we're growing in size is purely on food and leisure. The size of the retail offer isn't going to change."

There is already redevelopment planned at Peterborough's Queensgate and work is under way at both Chequers Court in Huntingdon and the Grafton Centre in Cambridge.

Peterborough prepares for Elton

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

It was announced last year that Elton John would perform at the ABAX stadium in Peterborough as part of his Wonderful Crazy Night Tour.

Now the wait is nearly over.

The gig is on Sunday night and building work on the set gets under way today.

Elton John-style glasses and shoes next to a Peterborough United sign.
BBC

This is the London Road end of the Abax, where final preparations are being made

London Road end of the Abax
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Ben Martin from tour organisers, Marshall Arts, said: "It's two hours of real fun, filled with classics and it's great to see how audiences are reacting to Elton.

"It was well publicised that he was a little unwell when he came back from South America, but he's back on stage and is looking in great shape.

"We've always worked closely with the venue and the police but, obviously the threat has been heightened, and we're working with them on an almost daily basis to make sure everyone is kept safe."

Elton in Elton

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Elton John's been taking a look around his village namesake ahead of Sunday night's concert in Peterborough.

OK, so not quite..!

But BBC Radio Cambridgeshire reporter, John Devine, is a fairly convincing double, from a distance.

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Your pictures: A cloudy day in Cambridgeshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It's not been the most inspiring of days as far as the weather goes.

But that hasn't stopped our BBC Weather Watchers from snapping the skies:

Field in Histon.
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Lake in Huntingdon.
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Field and flowers in Cherry Hinton.
BBC
Country lane in Winwick.
BBC

Man killed crossing road near Wyton

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A man has died after a collision with a car as he crossed a road near Wyton.

David Pratt, 45, of Blenheim Court in Wyton was crossing Sawtry Way (B1090) at about 18:15 yesterday when he was hit by an Audi A3.

Cambridgeshire Police has said he died at the scene from his injuries.

They said no arrests have been made, but they are appealing for witnesses.

Map of Wyton and Huntingdon
BBC

Welney's godwit chicks nearly ready for release

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

It's time for an update on those 26 black-tailed godwits which are being hand-reared in Welney...

They're among the UK's "red-listed" endangered bird species.

Last month we reported that the chicks had hatched in incubators at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT).

Godwit chicks.
BOB ELLIS/WWT

Louise Clewley, from the WWT, said the chicks have been doing well and are nearly ready to be released into the wild.

She said: "I can't believe how amazing it's gone so far. They're not so fluffy anymore.

"When they first hatched they were about 24g [0.85oz]. They're now 250g [8.8oz].

"They've got full wing feathers and have gone to the release aviary where they can practise their first flights.

"Then we'll be ready to release them, hopefully next Monday."

Staff at the WWT Welney centre hand-rearing the chicks.
BOB ELLIS/WWT

The birds are expected to fly to the north Norfolk coast before heading over to France, Portugal and then eventually Senegal in Africa.

The WWT has attached coloured rings to the birds and want the public to let them know if they spot them.

Security tightened for Elton's Peterborough gig

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Final preparations are being made for the Elton John concert at Peterborough's ABAX stadium on Sunday.

It's the first time he's performed in the city and capacity is expected to be about 16,000.

Cambridgeshire Police said there will be an increased, visible police presence at the concert after the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London.

Elton John playing a piano.
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A spokesman said: "While there is no specific threat to Cambridgeshire, police are asking the public to be alert but not alarmed and to report any suspicious behavior or activity."

Phil Adlam, press officer at Peterborough United, said: "Everything is completely as tight as it can be for Sunday.

"There will be bag checks. The stadium will open at 16:00 and we're looking to get the concert under way at about 18:00."

Cambridge still the UK's top university

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

UK universities are slipping further down an international league table, but Cambridge continues to lead the way for the UK.

The QS World University Rankings of 1,000 places includes 76 UK institutions, with 51 of those dropping down the list this year.

Cambridge is the top-rated, down from fourth to fifth, one place ahead of Oxford.

Cambridge University buildings.
Geograph/David Purchase

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford, Harvard and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) - all in the US - are the top four.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, said: "Though the temptation may be to attribute the UK's second year of struggle to Brexit, we would warn against doing so.

"Much of the data we collect for these tables has been collected over a five-year period, and the first year of post-Brexit scores suggests that there has been a minimal impact on international student and faculty rates at UK institutions."

Weather: Dry and breezy with brighter skies later

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and breezy but cloudy early on with skies brightening up later.

Today will be dry and breezy with brighter skies later

Some warm and sunny spells will develop.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

More details for where you are at BBC Weather.

BBC general election day coverage

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Voting is under way in the UK general election.

Polling stations opened at 07:00 and will close at 22:00.

The first results are expected to come in before midnight, but the vast majority of constituencies will declare in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Peterborough is expected to be the first of the seven constituencies in Cambridgeshire to announce its results, at about 03:00.

Polling station sign
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The BBC's main election TV programme, fronted by David Dimbleby, starts at 21:55 BST and there'll be live coverage overnight on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

We'll also be providing a live election updates page from all the local counts. It will appear on the BBC Cambridgeshire news index at 22:00.

Good morning

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Hello and welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire.

We'll be here until 18:00 to keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Here's a beautiful BBC Weather Watchers picture of sunrise in Papworth Everard this morning. Is it a sign of the weather to come today? A full forecast is on the way shortly.

Sunrise over a field in Cambridgeshire.
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