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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 16 June 2017
  2. Families head to Hamerton Zoo as park reopens today
  3. Sentimental MG 'burned in arson'
  4. Deaf musician backs centre that 'focuses on listening'
  5. New leader of Labour group on Peterborough council

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for today and indeed this week. Thanks for joining us.

You can scroll through today's feed for anything you may have missed, and we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire at 08:00 on Monday.

Enjoy the weekend, and remember the sun cream!

Couple moving back to Poland after drop in pound

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

With Brexit negotiations set to begin on Monday, one family from Cambridge has decided to move back to Poland.

Michal and Marta Golek say the recent drop in the value of the pound means it is now cheaper to live back in their home country.

The family have two young sons.

Michal and Marta Golek
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Mr Golek, who's a computer programmer, said it's "mainly because of the currency difference".

"Two years ago you could get 20-50% more [money] compared to the situation after the EU vote," he said.

"We can afford a bigger house in Poland. We can afford to buy a home, which is impossible in Cambridge.

"Even though it's my home company, I don't want to go. I've got friends, work and family here."

See their story on BBC Look East tonight, from 18:30 on BBC One.

Weekend weather: Hot, hot, hot!

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Best get your suntan ready if you're heading to the beach or having a barbie...

Tonight will see a dry night with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells. Feeling warm with light winds.

Then Saturday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine and temperatures inland around 28C (82F). It'll be a few degrees cooler on the coast with an on-shore wind.

Then Sunday will be even hotter, with a possible high of 30C (86F). The sea breezes will make it more comfortable on the beach where temperatures will again be a few degrees lower.

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And if you think it was finished there, Monday will be hotter still!

With inland highs of 32C (90F), there could be a few isolated thundery showers too.

Find the weather where you live on the BBC Weather website.

Put on your best chainmail... Heritage Festival begins tomorrow

Ben Stevenson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Thousands of people are expected in Peterborough this weekend for the city's Heritage Festival.

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Up to 40,000 visitors will take part in the free event, which spans 3,500 years of history.

More the 300 re-enactors will also be on show to make real a slice of the past.

This year's the festival will mostly be marking the 375th anniversary of the start of the English Civil War.

Peterborough Heritage Festival
John Moore

Rachel Walmsley - one of the organisers - says "there's definitely something for everyone".

"We've got everything from sword schools and magic shows for children, to the real nitty-gritty of history," she told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"Some real grizzly facts that our re-enactors will definitely go into detail about.

"The absolute must-see is the Civil War siege of Woodcroft Castle. The Civil War soldiers will be 'sieging' the Guildhall, which will be transformed for the weekend."

Deaf musician backs centre that 'focuses on listening'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Dame Evelyn Glennie, a Cambridgeshire-based deaf percussionist, is planning to open a centre which focuses on sound and communication.

The musician, who was made a Companion of Honour at an investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace, explained how she wanted to encourage people to listen and interact more in a digital world.

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Ms Glennie, who taught herself to hear with parts of her body other than her ears, wants to help people come together through sound.

Some of the artist's 2,000 instruments will be held at the centre, giving visitors the chance to use them. It will also be a place where people can learn about communication and listening techniques.

"My real aim is to create a centre that will focus on listening, although I'm a musician, my vision is not for a music centre," she said.

"My vision is to create a space where people can go if they're interested in instruments, or if they're interested in certain aspects of listening and want to attend a lecture.

"My doors are open for everyone from tiny infants all the way through to the elderly. I want it to be an all inclusive place, no matter who you are."

'Heartbroken' boy ends 37-year wait to see The Skids

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Cambridge resident and artist Andy Dakin has sent us this heart-warming tale of how he finally got to see his favourite band from 1980 - Dunfermline's The Skids - who played a stormer at the city's Junction last night.

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Skids at the Junction (l-r): Jamie Watson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson, Richard Jobson, Willie Simpson

It starts when he was an 11-year-old punk and new wave fan in St Neots...

Andy writes: "While our record collections expanded my late-teenage sister Lyn had been racking up the gigs at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

"I watched on in envy as she dressed up and headed off to the likes of The Ruts, The Stranglers, The Undertones, The Clash, SLF – so near, but so far for me - and The Skids were definitely our favourites.

"And then the disappointment. When they toured their third album The Absolute Game in 1980, they decided to play nearby Norwich and not Cambridge. Now 12, I still wasn't allowed to go with her!

"I was genuinely heartbroken (I think I may have cried). 'What if they split up?' I clearly remember saying to my mum - and soon after they did.

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Skids c.1980: (l-r) Russell Webb, Mike Baillie, Stuart Adamson, Richard Jobson

"While I saw spin-off bands the Armoury Show (featuring singer Richard Jobson) and Big Country (featuring late guitarist Stuart Adamson) several times in following years, my heart still belonged to the band I never got to see.

"Jump forward no less than something like 37 years, and who'd have thunk it?

"The Skids played at the Cambridge Junction with an original-members band now sadly missing Adamson, but replaced by Big Country's Bruce Watson and son – how he would approve.

"With a set bursting with as much energy and passion as you would have hoped, I'm in the very civilised mosh of old geezers like myself, Lyn and her friend Claire at the front and centre, and I'm staggered by just how much I enjoy every moment.

"Circus Games, Charles, Scared to Dance - I never thought I would ever see these songs live and watching on I remember the unique Jobson from those precious Top of the Pops appearances.

"Did I understand what the songs were about back then? No, and I still don't, but I've rarely enjoyed myself so much.

"It was a long, long time coming, but truly it was worth it."

Audience at Cambridge Junction
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Richard Rose also ended a long wait to see The Skids in Cambridge - he missed out in 1979 - and has written a review of The Junction gig for Repeat fanzine.

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Anglia Ruskin celebrates 25 years

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Today marks 25 years since Anglia Ruskin officially became a university.

Since 16 June 1992 more than 140,000 people have achieved a higher education qualification, studying a range of courses from architecture to zoology.

Construction of Cambridge campus
Anglia Ruskin University
Construction of Cambridge campus

With campuses in Cambridge, Peterborough and Chelmsford, it's also trained more than 10,000 nurses and midwives, along with social workers and other healthcare professionals.

In 2016 it was ranked in the top 350 institutions in the Times Higher Education world university rankings.

Anglia Ruskin University
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Prof Iain Martin, vice chancellor, said today was "a milestone in a history that started in 1858 with John Ruskin's inaugural address at the opening of the Cambridge School of Art".

"The transformational power of education, widening participation and innovation became part of our institutional DNA from that day onwards," he said.

Sentimental MG 'burned in arson'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A classic car that was the only thing a Cambridge man had left from his late father has been almost entirely destroyed in an arson attack, according to his wife.

Burnt of MG
Elizabeth McRae

Elizabeth McRae said thieves tried to steal the 1964 British Racing Green MG from a garage on Mortlock Avenue, Chesterton, early yesterday morning.

However, they couldn't start the engine so set fire to it, she said.

Burnt of MG
Elizabeth McRae

Ms McRae, who's the wife of the car's owner, Charles Thomson, said "it's a horrible thing to do".

"My husband is not [feeling] great," she said.

"After restoring the car, it's been happily living in a rented garage for a couple of years until yesterday morning.

"It's a real mess. We're not sure if it can be restored.

"It was so shiny. I used to complain about how long he'd spend polishing it.

"There's no green left. It's got no tyres and the bonnet and side panels have been 'disformed'."

Police say they were called by the fire service at 03:20 and believe it was a deliberate act. Investigations are ongoing.

EFL Cup: Posh host Barnet, U's to go to Bristol Rovers

The draw for the first-round of the EFL Cup has just been made.

Peterborough United will host League Two side Barnet, while Cambridge United will travel to League One club Bristol Rovers.

The ties will be played in the week beginning Monday, 7 August.

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Your pictures: June sun before hot weekend

BBC Weather Watchers

Earlier I said it was going to be scorchio today. By the looks of the weather so far, it appears I lied a little.

However, that hasn't stopped our BBC Weather Watchers capturing these beautiful shots of the county...

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Families head to Hamerton

Lara Rostron

BBC Look East

I'm a Hamerton Zoo Park, which reopened this morning three weeks after a keeper was killed by a tiger.

Rosa King (below), 33, died when the animal entered the enclosure she was in.

Rosa King
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Hamerton Zoo entrance
BBC

Ali Harris (below), 28, from Cambridge, is one of the people attending today with her six-year-old son Jack, to celebrate their birthdays.

Ali Harris with son Jack.
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She says the incident hasn't worried her - she still feels safe as the attack happened in the pen - and they're looking forward to a day out.

Rebekha Dunstan (below), 25, from Chatteris, is also here with two-year-old William.

She says she's been here before and the attack was "not an issue" as the tiger didn't escape.

Rebekha Dunstan
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It's the first time Jess Harris (below), 24, from Cambridge, has visited the zoo.

She said she's sad about what happened but not worried about her safety.

Jess Harris
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Decision on Corr future soon

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United will make a decision on the future of striker Barry Corr before the start of pre-season.

The 32-year-old, who has struggled with injuries over the past two campaigns, is out of contract this summer.

Barry Corr
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The U's have been monitoring his recovery and will check on his fitness before deciding whether to offer him a new deal.

Chief executive Jez George said a fit and firing Corr would be an asset, but admits they can't risk a repeat of last season.

"He's started one game in the past 12 months and as a football club at this level we can't take these types of risks if it's going to be a similar situation moving forward," George said.

"The situation with Barry is that we have a duty of care to him to bring him back to full fitness. He's under contract with us until 30 June. We can't sign Barry on an extended term or offer him an extended contract if he's not fit."

New leader of Labour group on Peterborough council

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Ed Murphy has been appointed as the new leader of the Labour group on Peterborough City Council.

Mr Murphy represents Ravensthorpe and replaces Mohammed Jamil.

Labour has 15 of the 60 seats on the council, which following a recent by-election has no overall control.

The Conservatives are the biggest party, with 29 seats.

Hamerton Zoo Park reopens today

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Hamerton Zoo Park reopens today, nearly three weeks after a keeper was killed by a tiger.

Rosa King, 33, died when the animal entered the enclosure she was in.

Rosa King
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The decision was taken in consultation with police, staff and Rosa's family.

Huntingdonshire District Council carried out an inspection of the park and approved it for reopening.

At a media call yesterday, Hamerton director Andrew Swales read a statement honouring Rosa King as the "the life and soul" of the zoo.

He talked about her passion for working with big cats and her "incredible knowledge and passion for wildlife".

Mr Swales also released previously unknown detail about the animal involved, saying the tiger was a rare Malayan male called Cicip. He confirmed the cat wouldn't be put down.

A fundraising page has been set up for a memorial of Rosa at the zoo. It has raised £550 of the £1,800 required so far.

Forecast: Sunny and bad news for hayfever sufferers

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Today will be sunny across the BBC East region with temperatures reaching 21C (70F), although it will feel cooler on the coast.

There will also be high pollen and UV levels.

It's be followed by another warm night with temperatures dipping to 16C (61F).

For a fuller forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 16 June.

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

It looks like it could be scorchio today.

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That's it for us on a day when a blue plaque has been unveiled in Cambridge for Pink Floyd's founder and original frontman Syd Barrett.

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Syd Barrett: 'I don't see him as a tragic figure' says sister

BBC Cambridgeshire talked to Syd Barrett's sister at the unveiling of a plaque in his honour on BBC Music Day.

The ceremony took place at his former college - the Cambridge Tech - which is now part of Anglia Ruskin University.

Rosemary Breen (pointing) with the Syd Barrett plaque which she unveiled
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Rosemary Breen, his sibling, has been speaking about the brother she knew as Roger and the well-documented belief of many that drug-use contributed to his departure from Pink Floyd and return to Cambridge, where he shunned stardom after a final performance at the city's Corn Exchange in 1972.

Rosemary said: "It was lovely to see they've put 'painter' on as a description of him, because that really was his first love.

"He got sidetracked by the music and that led him in the wrong direction, I feel.

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Pink Floyd, with Syd, second from the right
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Syd Barrett, with guitar and the rest of Pink Floyd

"I was in London nursing at the same time when The Pink Floyd started, so I went to see him at The Roundhouse and various things - good times.

"When I realised he was doing things he shouldn't have been doing drug-wise, I was extremely worried.

"Many times [I had words with him], but he was immersed in a world that I didn't know very much about, and he was happy at the time.

"I don't see him as a tragic figure, but I see him as a frustrated one, because he really wanted to get into art and he got immersed in the music world.

"He was only having fun. He was never 'working' - he didn't understand that it was a business, a career. He was just having fun with his mates.

"He could have really had a much happier life if he had stuck to the art."

Of growing up in Cambridge, Rosemary said: "He was very warm, very loving, he was a good brother.

"He was always very different. He was wonderful to go shopping with because all the shopgirls would come and serve us.

"He was always very attractive - personality and physically.

"People were always attracted to him - he was just born with this magnetism.

"When we were teenagers we had huge fun. Cambridge was much smaller then, and you just knew everyone."

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Syd Barrett
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On the plaque, Rosemary said: "He would be amazed. He wouldn't understand and he would laugh, because when he was embarrassed he would giggle. He'll just be bemused.

"He always loved Cambridge right to the end and Cambridge was where his heart was, so it's so lovely that this plaque is here."

Overnight weather: Dry with light winds

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a dry night with light to moderate westerly winds.

Temperatures mainly remaining in double figures, although in some spots could drop to 9C (48F).

Overnight weather map
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Friday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine, a light to moderate west to north-westerly wind and highs of around 21C (70F).

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

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It wasn't you!

It seems like there's a rather unlucky person in Huntingdonshire...

Despite several appeals the winner of a £1m Millionaire Maker prize didn't claim it and the money has now gone to National Lottery-funded projects.

It was from the 16 December draw and the winner had until the end of yesterday to put their hand up, and they never did!

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Happy ending for neglected dog

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A neglected bulldog, found by police and the RSPCA in East Cambridgeshire now has a "fur-ever" home, according to the animal welfare charity.

Betty
RSPCA

Betty, was discovered in a dirty outbuilding and was taken to the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Centre in Aylesbury.

Betty
RSPCA

She's now enjoying her new life with Sam Chisholme (pictured below) in Linslade in Leighton Buzzard, and he's described her as a "beautiful little friend to have around".

Betty and Sam
RSPCA

RSPCA Inspector Alex Coghlan, who rescued Betty, says "It’s so rewarding to see her get the happy ending she deserves" as she was in "such a sad state when we found her".

Summer Grant death: Two fairground workers charged with manslaughter

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

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Police investigating the death of a young girl at a funfair in Harlow 15 months ago have charged two fairground workers with manslaughter.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, suffered serious injuries when she was swept away on a bouncy castle on 26 March.

The seven-year-old died a few hours later in the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, were arrested in connection with the investigation.

They were charged today with manslaughter by gross negligence, as well as failures under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

They'll appear before magistrates next month.

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Police have revealed they still trying to trace a potential witness - a young black man in his teens - who was near the fairground rides at the time.

BreakingSummer Grant death: Two charged with manslaughter

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Fairground workers Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, have been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence after seven-year-old Summer Grant, from Norfolk, died when the bouncy castle she was playing on was blown away by a gust of wind in Harlow in 2016.

They are both from Wilburton, Cambridgeshire.

More to follow.

Syd Barrett: A biography

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A BBC Music Day blue plaque commemorating Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett has been unveiled at the Cambridge School of Art (now part of Anglia Ruskin University) where he studied, performed and composed.

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Ian Barrett

Roger "Syd" Barrett was born in Cambridge in 1946 and was a founding member of Pink Floyd in the mid-60s, in which he sang, was principal songwriter and played guitar.

But Barrett's increasingly erratic behaviour, believed to be a caused by a combination of drug use and mental health issues, led to his departure from the band and his eventual return to Cambridge as a semi-recluse.

At school he was friends with Roger Waters and David Gilmour - both of whom would later play in Pink Floyd - and in his teens he began adopting the nickname "Syd".

After a stint at Cambridge School of Art in 1962, Syd moved to London to attend Camberwell Art College, and the band he joined there, which included Waters and Richard Wright as members, would later evolve into Pink Floyd - a name Barrett came up with.

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By 1967, the band had signed a record deal and released two singles - Arnold Layne and See Emily Play - both of which were written by Barrett.

After erratic performances in the US and troubled behaviour in rehearsals he left the band in 1968 and moved back to Cambridge to live with his mother, Win, in her three-bedroom house in Cherry Hinton.

He released two solo albums in his lifetime - The Madcap Laughs and Barrett - but neither were commercially successful.

Meanwhile, Pink Floyd continued without him, going on to pay tribute to their former bandmate in their 1975 composition Shine On You Crazy Diamond, and becoming one of the most successful and influential rock groups ever.

Barrett's post-Floyd career saw him perform at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in 1972 in a band called Stars. It was the last live show he played, but remembered for being a disastrous performance by a very different man than the bright, dynamic young performer he had once been.

He eventually withdrew from the music industry and returned to Cambridge, where he lived until his death, from pancreatic cancer, in 2006.

Syd Barrett's family see blue plaque unveiled

Members of the former Pink Floyd frontman's family were at the Cambridge School of Arts this lunchtime to see Syd Barrett's blue plaque revealed.

Syd Barrett's family
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Syd Barrett's BBC Music Day blue plaque revealed

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Well, here it is - the BBC Music Day blue plaque to honour Syd Barrett has been unveiled at the Cambridge School of Arts at Anglia Ruskin University.

Syd Barrett's blue plaque
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BBC Music Day: Facebook Live for unveiling of Syd Barrett plaque

Earlier we told you that we would bring you a Facebook Live broadcast of the unveiling of a blue plaque for Pink Floyd founder member Syd Barrett at the Cambridge School of Arts at Anglia Ruskin University.

You can watch it here...

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Pink Floyd: Who were they?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Pink Floyd had a huge impact on the musical world for their innovation and were one of the most successful and influential bands of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Pink Floyd
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The band were forerunners in the mid-to-late 1960s psychedelic/underground scene which eventually morphed into the progressive rock genre, of which Pink Floyd were arguable the most successful, at least commercially.

It can be argued that their use of synthesisers, most noteably on The Dark Side of the Moon album, heavily influenced the electronic styles of the 1980s and they were one of the first bands to use sound effects layered over the top of their music.

More facts from their BBC Music page:

  • They were formed in London in 1965 by Cambridge school friends Syd Barrett and Roger Waters, who drafted in drummer Nick Mason and keyboard player Rick Wright, taking their name from bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council
  • Started by playing trance-like music at psychedelic clubs like UFO in 1967, before Barrett’s observations formed the basis of their singles Arnold Layne and See Emily Play, and the album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
  • His Cambridge friend David Gilmour was drafted in to provide more guitar and after a short-lived spell as a five-piece, Barrett departed, although he still appeared on parts of the second album A Saucerful of Secrets
  • Subsequent album releases - Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother, Meddle - saw the band’s music change again before the creation of Dark Side of the Moon album in 1973 which sold millions around the globe
  • The follow-ups, Wish You Were Here (containing Shine On You Crazy Diamond, their tribute to Syd Barrett) and Animals, consolidated their success and prompted Roger Waters to write 1979’s bleak masterpiece about fame, The Wall
  • There was one further album, The Final Cut, before Waters left in 1983, announcing that the band was finished
  • Gilmour, Mason and Wright didn’t agree, and put out A Momentary Lapse of Reason four years later followed by The Division Bell in 1994
  • Waters reunited with the rest of the group for 2005’s Live 8 concert - the last time all four would appear on a stage together. Rick Wright died in 2008

What is a Malayan tiger?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hamerton Zoo Park has confirmed that the tiger involved in the death of keeper Rosa King was a male Malayan tiger.

According to the World Wildlife Fund Malayan tigers are "critically endangered" with a population of 250-340 left in the wild.

They are found only on the Malay Peninsula and in the southern tip of Thailand.

Their Latin name - Panthera tigris jacksoni - honors Peter Jackson, the famous tiger conservationist.

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This little Malayan tiger cub called Berisi was born in Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo in Florida, USA last year.

Hamerton Zoo Park: 'Inundated with sympathy'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hamerton Zoo Park director Andrew Swales has said that during the weeks since zookeeper Rosa King's death, they had been "inundated with expressions of sympathy" for Rosa, her family and her colleagues.

Hamerton Zoo Park
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"We have also received very thoughtful notes from people all over the country and indeed the world," he said.

"We are incredibly grateful for this compassion."

He also asked that people continue to respect the privacy of Rosa's family and friends and colleagues at the zoo, and that he could not comment further while a joint health and safety investigation led by the council and Cambridgeshire Police is ongoing.

He said the investigation into the circumstances of how the tiger came into direct contact with Rosa would "take some time to complete".

Peterborough charity takes supplies to London

Yesterday we brought you the news that Shujah Saklain, the founder of Children of Adam - a homeless charity in Peterborough - had rallied the community together to take items to help people affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in west London.

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Shujah Saklain

He took bedding, clothing and food to the capital yesterday after being "inundated with items" saying "in a crisis you do see the best of humanity".

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Shujah Saklain

A team of volunteers worked for several hours handing out goods.

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Shujah Saklain

They got home in the early hours of the morning, but only after the whole street, including many different faiths, came together to break the Ramadan fast and eat together.

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BBC Music Day: Facebook Live at 13:30 for Syd Barrett plaque unveiling

The live unveiling of the blue plaque for Syd Barrett will appear on the BBC Cambridgeshire Facebook page.

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'Cambridge Tech' ready for plaque unveiling

What was the art school at Cambridge Tech attending by Syd Barrett is now part of Anglia Ruskin University.

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Syd Barrett: Quick Cambridge facts

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A special BBC Music Day blue plaque is being unveiled at 13:30 to honour the musical legend, Syd Barrett, in his home city of Cambridge.

Syd Barrett
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Here are his links to Cambridge:

  • Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett born on Glisson Road in Cambridge in 1946
  • Went to Morley Memorial Primary School, with fellow Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters, and taught by Waters' mum
  • Went on to Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, now Hills Road VIth Form
  • Syd went to the Cambridge Technical College Art Department in 1962
  • He left Pink Floyd in 1968 and returned to Cambridge - he retired from the music industry in 1972
  • Syd Barrett's last ever live performance was at the Corn Exchange in 1972 with drummer John 'Twink' Alder and bass player Jack Monck under the name Stars
  • He died from pancreatic cancer on 7 July 2006 at Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • An artwork commemorating him was unveiled at Cambridge Corn Exchange in 2016. Watch a video below:
Syd Barrett: Cambridge honours its 'Crazy Diamond'

Tiger identity confirmed as Hamerton Zoo Park prepares to reopen

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The director of Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire has revealed that the tiger which killed zookeeper Rosa King was a "rare Malayan male called Cicip" (pictured).

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Hamerton Zoo Park

Ms King, 33, died at the zoo on 29 May in what was described as a "freak accident".

The zoo includes enclosures for Malaysian tigers and Bengal tigers and, up to now, it has not been made known which type of tiger was involved.

Director Andrew Swales, has reiterated that Cicip will not be put down.

"This has been supported by Rosa's parents who have confirmed that this is not what she would have wanted," he said.

Rosa King
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The park has been closed since the incident and will reopen on Friday following a licence and public safety inspection by Huntingdonshire District Council.

"The decision to re-open has been taken in consultation with the police, our staff and Rosa's family and while this remains a very difficult time for all concerned, there has been tremendous support for this," Mr Swales said.

"As always, the safety of our staff and members of the public remains our key priority."

The Press Association has tweeted a video statement from Mr Swales:

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BreakingHamerton Park Zoo: Killer tiger was rare breed

A tiger that killed a keeper at a zoo was a "rare Malayan male called Cicip", the park's director has said.

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