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  1. Updates on Friday, 23 June 2017
  2. Peterborough-based Hotpoint issue fridge freezer notice after Grenfell fire
  3. Women accosted on guided busway path
  4. Work to repair sinkhole still ongoing
  5. MP raises Peterborough gridlock in Commons

Live Reporting

By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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That's the end of our live updates for Cambridgeshire.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a good weekend.

Evening forecast: Overcast night

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a rather cloudy night with an odd spot of rain and moderate west to south westerly winds. It’ll be mild with temperatures falling to around 15C (59F).

Weather forecast

Saturday will remain rather cloudy, with some very patchy light rain in the morning. A few bright or sunny spells should eventually develop and there may be a few afternoon showers too.

There’ll be a mainly moderate south-westerly wind and highs around 23C (73F).

Mayor salary to be more than MP

It's been recommended that the salary for the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is set at £75,000.

An MP's base salary is just under that, at £74,900.

The amount needs to be approved by the combined authority next week.

Conservative James Palmer says he appreciates it's a lot of money, but will "prove he is worth it over the next four years".

Paul Taylor

Bradford City sign forward Paul Taylor on a one-year deal following his release by Peterborough United.

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Former police station bought by Whittlesey council

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A deal to allow Whittlesey Town Council to buy a former police station in the town has been approved.

The building was vacated by the police in August 2016 as part of a restructure, with officers relocated to March.

Former Whittlesey police station

In a sale supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Jason Ablewhite, the redundant building will be retained as a town and community asset.

The decision to approve the sale of the freehold interest to the council was approved yesterday at the commissioner’s strategic board.

Mr Ablewhite said it was "important that the building was retained... following the decision that it was not required as part of the operational police estate.

"Therefore it seemed only natural to progress conversations with Whittlesey Town Council."

Ralph Butcher, Mayor of Whittlesey, added: "As soon as the Whittlesey Town Council knew the police station was going to be closed we discussed the possibility of purchasing the property.

"This giving Whittlesey Town Council an asset, right in the centre of the town, easily accessible to residents and in the long run will be more financially beneficial to our ratepayers."

Money raised to help restore fire-damaged MG

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Friends of a Cambridgeshire man have raised nearly £800 towards the restoration of his late father's classic car after it was almost totally destroyed in an arson attack last week.

Burnt out MG
Elizabeth McRae

Thieves tried to steal Charles Thomson's 1964 MG from a garage in Cambridge, but they couldn't start the engine, so set fire to it instead, police said.

The car also has additional sentimental value, as Mr Thomson and his wife used it as their wedding car.

Memorial to be built for tiger attack victim Rosa King

An appeal to build a memorial at Hamerton Zoo Park for keeper Rosa King has reached its target.

The 33-year-old died last month when she was attacked by one of the tigers.

Rosa King

An online appeal has reached its £1,800 target. Any surplus donations will go to the Cheetah Conservation Foundation, organisers say.

Details of the memorial have not been announced.

The zoo reopened last week following a safety inspection.

Hotpoint fridge freezer notice after Grenfell fire

Peterborough-based Hotpoint has issued a "product notice" about some of its fridge freezers after police confirmed the fire which destroyed Grenfell Tower in London started in one of its models.

Product notice from Hotpoint

Seventy-nine people are feared dead after the blaze destroyed 151 homes in the Kensington tower block on 14 June.

The government has ordered immediate testing of the Hotpoint fridge freezer that was involved.

Grenfell Tower

Hotpoint, which has its headquarters in Peterborough, is urging anyone who has a white Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP or graphite fridge freezer model number FF175BG to register their appliance with the manufacturer to receive any updates.

"We have been made aware of a possible incident involving a Hotpoint branded fridge freezer, manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009, model numbers FF175BP (white) and FF175BG (graphite)," the company says on its website.

If you've got one, you can get further details by clicking here.

Women accosted on guided busway path

Two women were accosted by a man who jumped out of bushes as they walked along the guided busway path near Cambridge.

Police said the women, in their 20s and 30s, were walking along the stretch between King's Hedges and Impington at about 22:35 last night.

The man attempted to grab hold of them both before making threats to harm them. They managed to break free and run home.

The man is described as black, aged 30-40 and approximately 5ft 10in (1.8m) tall. He had a short beard and was wearing dark trousers and a dark hoodie.

Police have asked anyone with information, or who saw the incident, to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Addenbrooke's Hospital

The hospital only realised the woman did not speak any English when she turned up for her first day.

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Your pictures: Grey skies in the county

BBC Weather Watchers

Well we're certainly not seeing the same summer weather we've been experiencing over the past few days.

However, that doesn't stop our BBC Weather Watchers from getting out and about, capturing the sights from around the county...

Dashcam captures drink-drive crash in Mepal
A drink-driver was jailed after causing a fatal five-vehicle crash.

'Corpse flower' named by online poll

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The Twitter poll to name the titan arum at the botanic garden in Cambridge has ended.

The flower is set to bloom some time in the next seven days.

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And the winner is... Titus!

The plant is one of two based at the garden and only flowers every few years.

It's said to produce the "stench of rotting flesh" when it blooms.

The second plant flowered back in 2015, attracting thousands of visitors.

Work to repair sinkhole still ongoing

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

There's still a lane closure in place on Newmarket Road in Cambridge, as Anglia Water continues to fix a sinkhole that appeared earlier in the week.


We're expecting an update on the progress of the repair soon.

Traffic is diverting on to the bus lane as a result of the closure.

Funding deal expected for new university

Funding of £6.5m is expected to be agreed next week to accelerate plans for a new University of Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's new metro mayor James Palmer has allocated the funding as a priority, since being elected last month.

The project aims to transform the University Centre Peterborough, which is currently under the umbrella of Anglia Ruskin University, into a fully-fledged University of Peterborough.

The funding will be used over the next three years to increase student numbers from 800 to 3,000, and expanding the curriculum on offer.

Mr Palmer said the university was "about opportunity".

James Palmer

"If there's people living in Peterborough and in the surrounding area that want to go university and they're not getting the chance at the moment, I know it's doing a good job," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"We know that where a city has a university, it brings up the economy of the city. It's more than just education, it's what the university brings to a city.

"We've been given £600m from the government so we can raise money from that, as well as from elsewhere.

"I'm committed to this university. I think it's very important."

MP raises Peterborough gridlock in Commons

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The woes of Peterborough drivers earlier this week were raised in Parliament yesterday by the MP for North West Cambridgeshire.

Roadworks which shut the entry slip road on to the A1 at junction 17 caused gridlock around the city, with drivers using other routes as diversions - causing further delays.

Shailesh Vara told the Commons that it was "down to a decision by Highways England".

Shailesh Vara

"That decision was taken by Highways England without any consultation to local stakeholders, with inadequate notice to motorists and with ill regard for a diverted route," he said.

Mr Vara called on the transport secretary to ensure the agency acted "in the best interests of the community rather than unilaterally".

Weather: Cloudy and cool but remaining mostly dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Dry, cloudy and breezy with a few sunny spells possible throughout the day.

It's going to feel cooler and fresher than in recent days.

Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

More details from BBC Weather.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 23 June.

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

First up, a full weather forecast for the day.


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

Our live coverage for the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for today's live updates. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed.

Any breaking news from around the county will appear here overnight.

Have a great evening.

Drink-driver's 'deplorable level of intoxication'

Keith Howlett, 60 and from Wisbech, was killed in the five-vehicle pile-up caused by Stephen James in December.

His wife Joy said the family was devastated: "He went out to work that morning happy, smiling and looking forward to Christmas with his family but never came back."

PC James Thorne said James was due to start work at 06:00

"Running late and compounded due to his deplorable level of intoxication, he made the decision to overtake a lorry in a place which was wholly inappropriate."

James was sentenced to six years for death by dangerous driving and to two years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, to serve concurrently.

He pleaded guilty to the charges at Peterborough Crown Court.

Drink-driver in five vehicle fatal crash jailed for six years

A drink-driver who killed a man in a five-vehicle crash has been jailed for six years.

Stephen James, 47, from Parkside in Haverhill, pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Peterborough Crown Court.

He was on his way to work on the A142 at Mepal at 05:58 on 20 December when he overtook an articulated lorry, collided with a traffic island, crashed into a car and caused the lorry to hit a third car.

James was two and a half times over the drink drive limit at the time of the crash.

Five vehicle pile-up (only four vehicles can be seen), Mepal

Not long left to name 'corpse flower'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

There are only two hours left to decide the name of the flowering titan arum at Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

The smell of the plant in bloom has been likened to that of rotting flesh.

View more on twitter

The plant has been growing fast over the past few days, with the latest measurement showing it standing at 125.8cm (49.5in) tall - a growth of 5.8cm (2.3in) from yesterday.

Here's the latest shot from the webcam...

Titan Arum
Cambridge University Botanic Garden

A titan arum flowered back in 2015, attracting thousands of visitors.

Cambridge guided bus crashes into wall
A guided bus crashed after leaving the tracks, leaving one man injured.

Local writer wins third book award

Cambridgeshire author Francis Spufford has won another major book prize for his first novel.

The Ely writer picked up the Desmond Elliott Prize, along with £10,000, for "Golden Hill".

Set in New York in 1746, when the sprawling metropolis was just a small town on the tip of Manhattan island, it tells the story of Mr Smith, a mysterious young man who steps off a boat from England with an order for an enormous sum of money.

Francis Spufford

Mr Spufford, 53, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire he was "delighted".

"I feel a little bit of a fraud as a first novelist since I'm so old to be writing one for the first time," he said.

"This is wildly better than the biggest daydream I'd even dared to have about it."

The prize makes it a hat trick for the Ely author, who also won the Costa First Novel award and the Ondaatje Prize for the same book.

Peterborough MP makes first Commons intervention

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Peterborough's newly elected Labour MP has challenged the prime minister for more information on the cladding used on the Grenfell Tower.

Fiona Onasanya, who took the seat from the Conservatives in the general election earlier this month, questioned Theresa May over whether it met building regulations.

Fiona Onasanya

"The question that's being raised with the PM is whether or not the cladding was compliant," Ms Onasanya told the Commons.

"Are you advising us that it needs to be tested before you can reply to that question?"

The PM says tests on a number of high-rise flats after the Grenfell Tower fire have shown some of the cladding material to be "combustible".

Mrs May says steps are being taken to inform residents and make buildings safe.

Rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

BBC Technology

Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this morning, preventing travellers from using them to pay fares.

It affected Thameslink, Southern Rail and Greater Anglia services.

Thameslink said: "The problem is now fixed and all our machines are able to accept credit cards.

"Anyone who was unable to buy a ticket as a result of the problem will not be penalised."

Customers were still able to buy tickets online via the web and apps.

Rail ticket

Guided bus crashes into wall

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A guided bus crashed after leaving the tracks close to Addenbrooke's Hospital yesterday.

Cambridge guided bus crashes into wall

Witness appeal following fail-to-stop crash

Police are looking for the driver of a silver Renault Clio following a collision in Welney.

The vehicle had collided with a bicycle on the A1101, on the Welney side of the suspension bridge. As a result, the bike then hit another cycle.

The Renault driver didn't stop at the scene and drove off towards Wisbech.

Both the cyclists, a boy in his teens and a man in his early 20s, were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn with leg injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Norfolk Police.

Speed restrictions in place around bus crash site

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Investigation work is continuing on the guided busway in Cambridge, after a bus crashed when it left the track yesterday.

The Go Whippet service came off the tracks between Addenbrooke's Hospital and Cambridge train station at about 16:00.

The track was blocked for nearly five hours, reopening at 20:45, with a speed restriction in place close to where the incident happened.

'Serious injury' in crash near Stamford

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

There's been a "serious" crash near Stamford and the road is currently blocked.

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Boom! Thunder on its way

Umbrellas at the ready... the heatwave is about to end with a bang.

Chris Bell, from Weatherquest, is tweeting that thunder is on its way - and we've just heard it's now skirting north of Cambridgeshire.

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Sinkhole opens in Cambridge

David Webster

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A sinkhole opened up on one of the main roads in and out of Cambridge yesterday afternoon.

It closed one lane along Newmarket Road.


Police closed the road, with drivers having to use the bus lane as a diversion.

We've got a call into Highways England to see if the road is open today.

'Time to look at NHS pay', says MP

BBC Newsnight

South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen used her appearance on BBC Two's Newsnight last night to say that she would be for a tax increase to give workers in the public sector a pay rise.

You can watch the clip below...

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Busway section to remain closed after crash

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The south section of the Guided Busway in Cambridge is expected to stay closed until 11:00, say council officials, after a bus crashed yesterday afternoon.

Crashed bus
Steven Kealey Orme

The ambulance service says it was called just before 16:00 to the track between Cambridge railway station and Addebrooke's Hospital.

A man in his 50s, believed to be the driver, was taken to hospital. No passengers were hurt.

At the scene yesterday, Campbell Ross Bain from Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "All the buses will be running, but they'll have to divert round this route."

Weather... The heatwave is coming to a close

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

If it's been too hot for you, then good news at last. The heatwave will end today.

Most places will stay dry and bright, but there could be a few thunderstorms around - heavy at times.

Temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

BBC Weather has a more localised forecast for where you live.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Thursday, 22 June.

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

It definitely wasn't as warm waking up this morning. Could we be seeing the end of the recent heatwave?

This was the scene in Sawtry a short while ago, taken by BBC Weather Watcher Bedlam49...


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

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

Crashed bus on Cambridgeshire guided busway.

The driver was treated at the scene in Cambridge but the two other people on board were not injured.

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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That is it from all of us here at local live for Cambridgeshire on what looks like it's been the hottest day of the year, so far.

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

I'm off home to put my feet in the paddling pool (if my daughter lets me that is).

Feet in pool
Alex Pope

Weather: Warm and dry with potential for thundery rain

BBC Weather

We've got another very warm sunny evening ahead.

Weather graphic

Staying dry for most this evening and overnight but with a risk of thunderstorms developing later.

Where they do occur there is potential for heavy downpours bringing sudden localised flooding and disruption to power supplies from lightning strikes.

Lows of 18C (64F).

Tomorrow will see more risk of a thundery shower first thing but it will become drier and brighter and feel much fresher. Highs of 25C (77F).

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.