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  1. Updates on Friday, 30 June 2017
  2. Cambridge's MP resigns from shadow cabinet
  3. Syd Barrett to be honoured by orchestra
  4. 'Large diesel spill' on A14 cleared
  5. Cambridge-designed computer wins top award

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By Stuart Bailey

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Stuart Bailey

BBC News

That's the end of our regular updates for Cambridgeshire for another week. Thanks for joining us.

You can scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, including:

We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather for the county at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Jail for men over trench wall collapse death

A site manager has been jailed for four years after a grounds worker died when a trench wall collapsed on top of him.

Shane Wilkinson (pictured), 33, of Crowland, Lincolnshire, died on 4 September 2014 at a building site in Collyweston, Northamptonshire.

Shane Wilkinson
Northamptonshire Police

Andrew Winterton, 52, of High Street, Collyweston, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter at Northampton Crown Court.

Trench digger driver Dean Wortley, 48, of Market Deeping, was jailed for 12 months for health and safety breaches.

Northamptonshire Police said it was the first case of corporate manslaughter successfully tried in the county, after a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive.

The court heard Mr Wilkinson was standing next to a deep trench, which had been incorrectly excavated by Wortley.

When the unsecured trench wall collapsed, the father-of-five was completely buried in the rubble and he died at the site.

You can hear more from the case on BBC Look East tonight, at 18:30 on BBC One.

Vladimir Bukovsky to face retrial in child abuse images case

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A judge has ruled a Russian dissident accused of possessing hundreds of indecent photographs of children should face a retrial.

Vladimir Bukovsky, 73, of Gilbert Road, Cambridge, denied 11 charges while on trial at Cambridge Crown Court in December last year.

The case had to be halted after Mr Bukovsky was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to hospital.

The trial will now go ahead at Cambridge Crown Court on 24 July.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said the risk to Mr Bukovsky's health could be mitigated by allowing him to appear by videolink from his home, for medics to be in the room with him and for him to have a medical examination two days ahead of the trial.

Vladimir Bukovsky

Weather: Cloudy with some showers expected

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain but becoming drier later with a few clear intervals.

Weather chart

Temperatures will only fall to 12C (54F) in a strengthening northwesterly wind but Saturday may start cloudy.

Any patchy rain will soon clear to leave a mostly dry day with sunny spells and areas of cloud but just the small chance of an isolated light shower.

Maximum Temperature 23C (73F).

More details from BBC Weather.

A1 shut northbound after vehicle hits pedestrian

David Keller

BBC News

There's long delays on the A1 near Wittering after a male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle.

Police said he was hit at about 15:15 and the northbound carriageway has been closed.

The air ambulance has been called to the scene.

There's no information yet as to when the road will re-open, but we'll try and find out more when we can.

Severe accident: A1 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, between A47 and A43 Kettering Road Wothorpe affecting A605 Oundle Road Alwalton.

A1 Cambridgeshire - A1 Great North Road closed, stationary traffic and long delays northbound between the A47 junction in Wansford and Wothorpe in Wittering, because of an accident involving lorry and a van. Diversion in operation - Follow the 'Hollow Diamond' diversion route. Congestion to Alwalton.

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

Newspaper round-up: Cow death; 'rowdy behaviour' by pensioner and charity hair chop

Here's what's on the local news sites today:

  • The Cambridge News says one of the city's cows died of internal injuries after it got "spooked" by fireworks and charged through a fence in the city centre.
  • A man in his 80s has been arrested after reports of "nuisance/rowdy behaviour" in a Peterborough street this morning, writes the Peterborough Telegraph.
  • And the Royston Crow reports a Bassingbourn Community Primary School pupil has finally had her hair cut after growing it out for two long years so it could be donated to a children's cancer charity.

Severe disruption: A605 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A605 Cambridgeshire both ways severe disruption, at Funtham's Lane.

A605 Cambridgeshire - A605 King's Dyke in Whittlesey blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the Funtham's Lane junction, because of railway barrier malfunction.

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

Syd Barrett to be honoured by orchestra

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd are to be honoured with new piece of music by the Cambridge Concert Orchestra.

As reported in the Cambridge News, the composition will get its world premiere at a special concert at West Road on 8 July, to mark the orchestra's 50th anniversary.

Syd Barrett

Cambridge Concert Orchestra's chairman, Jan Mentha, said: "Whether the audience is familiar with Pink Floyd or not, the piece stands on its own as a great modern composition.

"But for fans of the early Floyd, it will conjure up the Grantchester Meadows spirit of nature, mystery, progress and searching for meaning in everything."

Having grown up in Cambridge, Barrett performed with Pink Floyd in the earliest days of the band, but drug issues resulted in him leaving in 1968.

He returned to Cambridge in the 1970s as a semi-recluse.

An artwork commemorating his life and work was unveiled at Cambridge Corn Exchange in October.

Michael Smith (left) and Ashley Smith-Brown (right)

Hearts sign right-back Michael Smith from Peterborough and left-back Ashley Smith-Brown from Manchester City.

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'See you there' tweets Olly Murs

Pop pin-up Olly Murs has been tweeting about his show tonight at Thetford Forest.

X Factor winner Louisa Johnson will be warming up the crowd, ahead of Olly's appearance on stage at 20:40.

Elbow put on a thrilling show last night, according to our man Andrew Woodger, with Rick Astley and Clean Bandit set to entertain woodland-bound gig-goers on Saturday and Sunday.

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Swifts return to their space-age home in Cambridge
Hundreds of birds make it back to their nests in a specially-built Cambridge tower.
One man's grand tour of Europe on a three-wheeled tuk-tuk
Callam Fairhurst from Soham is about to visit all 28 European Union countries in a tuk-tuk.

Your pictures: Hints of summer

BBC Weather Watchers

It's not quite blazing hot sunshine today but it's an improvement on what we've had so far this week.

And, as ever, Cambridgeshire has been beautifully captured by our BBC Weather Watchers...

Canal in Cambridge.
Field and flowers in Babraham.
Field and blue skies in Histon.
A cat in Hardwick.

If you're going to crash somewhere...

Helen Burchell

BBC News do it near a hospital.

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OK, we all know parking at Addenbrooke's is a nightmare, but this is taking things to the extreme.

Luckily for the driver, no-one was injured.

Afternoon weather: Mostly dry and bright

BBC Weather

One or two showers can't be ruled out this afternoon, but for most it will stay dry with some warm sunshine.

A top temperature of 20C (68F).

Weather forecast for Cambridge.

More at BBC Weather.

It's time to celebrate cricket!


With the return of live cricket to the BBC TV in 21 years, why not find out how YOU can get involved with game.

We've got all you need to know with our Get Inspired guide or, if you have/know any five- to eight-year-olds who would like to try the game then the All Stars Cricket might be for them.

Just ask England bowler Stuart Broad.....

Stuart Broad surprises children with an All Stars Cricket kit

Oh deer

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Here's a little animal story for your Friday lunchtime.

Don't worry, it's got a happy ending.

Somebody in the Dogsthorpe area of Peterborough was woken up by a strange barking sound in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Turns out it was a young deer who'd become trapped in a gate.

Deer stuck in gate
Cambridgeshire Fire Service

The fire service came to the rescue with a hydraulic door opener and were able to spread the railings and free the animal.

We're told it was released back into the wild, unharmed.

Cambridge-designed computer wins top award

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The Raspberry Pi, a tiny computer developed in Cambridge, has won the UK's top engineering award.

The device (pictured below) is fairly basic - users have to put in a bit of effort to make it do anything useful.

Its designers hoped it would help introduce children to writing computer programmes.

More than 14 million have been sold since it was originally launched in 2012.


The team behind it, which is supported by the University of Cambridge, was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering's MacRobert Prize at a ceremony in London last night.

They beat two other finalists - cyber-security company Darktrace and radiotherapy pioneers Vision RT, to win the prize.

You can hear more from Eben Upton, one of the co-founders of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, on Look East tonight at 18:30, on BBC One.

'Large diesel spill' on A14 cleared

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

There's been some disruption on the A14 through Cambridgeshire this morning after a "large diesel spill".

It happened at about 09:00 on the eastbound side, near junction 21 for the A1.

There were about three miles of tailbacks, but Highways England said the clean-up operation was completed and all lanes had reopened.

Diesel spillage on A14.
Highways England

Cambridge's MP resigns from shadow cabinet

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The Labour MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner, has resigned as a shadow transport minister following last night's Queen's Speech debate.

It's after he defied the order of leader Jeremy Corbyn and backed a motion for the UK to remain in the European single market.

Daniel Zeichner

A total of 50 Labour MPs defied party orders to abstain, but the motion was defeated by 14 votes.

Mr Zeichner said he remained a passionate pro-European and would continue to fight for Cambridge from the backbenches.

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Friday's weather: Brighter spells and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Plenty of cloud around today but there will be some brighter spells.

There will be some sunshine here and there but also some showers developing through the afternoon.

The vast majority of us will stay dry until the evening.

Winds are light and it's a touch warmer than yesterday.

Top temperatures between 18C (64F) and 21C (70C).

Good morning

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Hello and welcome to Friday's live updates for Cambridgeshire.

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

I've heard a rumour that it should feel less like November and more like summer this weekend. Fingers crossed. We'll get a full weather forecast shortly.

Sunrise in Histon.

Severe disruption: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe disruption, at J21 A1 affecting J20 Ellington.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 in Brampton closed and slow traffic eastbound at J21, A1 (Brampton Hut), because of a broken down van and a spillage of diesel on the road. Congestion to J20 Ellington.

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

Our live coverage for the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

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

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

Any news that breaks overnight around the county will appear on this page.

Have a great evening.

Roadworks to be rescheduled after delays

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Highways England has confirmed that roadworks on the A1(M), that have already led to severe congestion around Peterborough, will be rescheduled.

Simon Amor, from Highways England, said: "We have listened to what people have told us about our work on the A1(M) near Peterborough.

A1(M) sign

"The disruption that people experienced last week was unacceptable and, although we worked quickly to improve things, we want to make sure that nothing like it happens again.

"For this reason, we have decided that we will not proceed to the next phases of the work at this time.

"We will reschedule the work for later this year when we have been able to completely review the plans and make sure that we carry out the work in the best possible way. On behalf of Highways England I’d like to reiterate our apology to people caught up in the delays last week."

Barry Corr

League Two side Cambridge United release striker Barry Corr, with his contract running out on Friday.

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Corr to be released from U's

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Cambridge United striker Barry Corr will be released by the U's at the end of his contract, after much speculation about his future, the club has confirmed.

Corr joined the U's in June 2015, becoming a fans' favourite with his early goal scoring exploits.

Barry Corr
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However, an injury-laden 18-month spell saw him sidelined, limiting his match time.

The 32-year-old only made seven appearance for the U's last season because of an ongoing knee injury.

Manager Shaun Derry said: "We would like to thank Barry for his true professionalism in what has been a very troublesome 18-month period as a result of his injuries.

"It has been a frustrating situation for both parties and this has by no means been an easy decision to make for the football club."

Heidi Allen 'angry' at DUP deal

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

The Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire, Heidi Allen, has strongly criticised her party's deal with the DUP - as well as the party's general election campaign.

Speaking during a debate on the Queen's Speech in the House of Commons, Ms Allen said she could "barely put into words" her "anger" at the deal done with the DUP.

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She said she wanted to put on record her "distaste for the use of public funds to garner political control" and warned that "never again" should a government prioritise spending in such a way.

She also warned that a backbencher's vote must be "earned" and is not "given unconditionally".

Ms Allen criticised the Conservative's general election campaign for failing to display empathy and compassion - and said it had demonstrated that the gap between people's lives, and the "decision makers", had grown too big.

She stressed that the party "must change" - and that it must "put people at the heart of everything we do".

"Financial and economic competence is not enough," she said.

"I want a Conservative party where people vote for us because they want to, not because they feel they have to."

Ouse Washes improvement work to start in July

Waseem Mirza

BBC Look East

A £27m project to raise two banks on the Ouse Washes reservoir will start next month.

The Environment Agency scheme is aimed at improving the safety of the reservoir's banks.

Drone footage of Welney washes

The work will last three years and takes place during the summer and autumn so as not to disturb breeding at the internationally-important habitat.

The first stage will focus on the Middle Level Barrier Bank between Welney and Mepal and the South Level Barrier Bank between Sutton Gault and Chain Corner (below).

Chain Corner, Ouse Washes
Hugh Venables/Geograph

Busway speeding 'unacceptable'

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The Traffic Commissioner for the East of England says it is "concerning" that people are being put at risk by speeding on the guided busway in Cambridge.

Earlier this week, an investigation by the BBC found that a large percentage of the guided buses monitored were breaking the 15mph speed limit on one section of the track.

A Cambridge councillor takes speeding buses into her own hands.

The speed limit is imposed between Hills Road Bridge and the guided section to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Richard Turfitt, the traffic commissioner, said he was "concerned to learn that vehicles carrying passengers may be exceeding the speed limit when entering the guided busway in Cambridge".

He said: "This presents an unacceptable risk to passengers and other road users."

Mr Turfitt added that drivers "will be aware of the potential penalties and other consequences if they do not meet their professional duties".

Only last week a guided bus slammed into a wall near Cambridge Railway station, the cause of that is still being investigated.

It's the third crash on the guided busway in the past 16 months. At least one was found to be caused by excessive speed.

Stagecoach, which runs part of the service, said it did not recognise the BBC's method of monitoring the speed of the buses.

Whippet, whose bus crashed last week, declined to comment.

Us will 'explore other options' after stadium plans shelved

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Cambridge United have said they will be "exploring other options" after Grosvenor withdrew its application to develop their stadium on Newmarket Road, as well as building a sports village and new homes on green belt land in Trumpington.

In a statement, the U's said that "this is by no means the end of the story".

"We are committed to working with the local authorities and will be relentless in our pursuit of achieving the right outcome for Cambridge," the club said.

"We would like to place on record again our thanks to Grosvenor for pursuing such an ambitious plan with such positive motives for the club.

"Grosvenor's support for Cambridge United has been unstinting since they purchased our site in 2010. They continue to allow the club to pay an affordable rent, rather than the amount that could be charged under the lease they inherited.

"Without their financial help it is no exaggeration to say that the club would have gone out of business when we were in the Football Conference. It is clear they remain committed to Cambridge."

Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire westbound severe accident, at J30 Oakington Road affecting J31 M11.

A14 Cambridgeshire - Stop-start traffic on A14 westbound in Dry Drayton at J30 Oakington Road, because of an accident involving two lorries and several cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J31, M11 (Girton).

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

'You won't find a Swindon fan who has a bad word to say about him'

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Peterborough United have today announced the signing of new midfielder Michael Doughty from QPR.

He has spent much of the past two seasons on loan at Swindon, making 34 appearances in total.

Someone who knows the player well is Matthew Edwards from the Swindon Advertiser.

Here are his thoughts on the summer signing...

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Dame Millicent Fawcett: Suffragette v suffragist

As we've been reporting, the first images of a statue in honour of Suffolk suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett have been revealed.

The statue of the Aldeburgh-born feminist will be the first one of a woman in Parliament Square.

All 11 statues in the central London square are currently men.

But why was Dame Millicent a suffragist and not a suffragette?

Dame Millicent Fawcett addressing a meeting in Hyde Park - circa 1913 - as president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies
Dame Millicent Fawcett addressing a meeting in Hyde Park - circa 1913 - as president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies

Eleanor Rehahn, from Suffolk's branch of the Fawcett Society, explains:

  • Millicent was a peaceful campaigner, she broadened the campaign for equality to beyond just the vote, she campaigned for other rights including marriage.
  • She was very inclusive in terms of including men in the movement, so men supported the movement led by her.
  • The president of the Union of Women's Suffrage Societies worked alongside the suffragettes, who employed different, and more militant, tactics in their campaign.
  • Her skill was to navigate the case for women’s suffrage through parliament using her intimate knowledge of the democratic process, hard-headed rational thinking and constant good humour.
  • The suffragette colours were green, white and violet which stood for Give Women Votes.
  • The suffragist colours, by contrast, reflected their broader concerns: green, white and red or Give Women Rights.

Sporting village withdrawal 'a missed opportunity'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The landlord who submitted the plans for a sporting village and new homes on green belt land near to Trumpington has been reacting to a withdrawal of the application.

Grosvenor is withdrawing linked planning applications for over 500 new homes, a new stadium for Cambridge United and a sporting village.

Grosvenor’s director of development, Alex Robinson, said:"It is with reluctance that we withdraw our planning application.

"The local authorities have made it clear they do not believe our proposals for new homes and sporting facilities meet the needs of Cambridge, and our planning application will not be recommended.

"We strongly believe our proposals support the long-term growth and success of Cambridge.

"Although we are very disappointed and consider this a missed opportunity, we remain firmly committed to Cambridge and its communities."

We are yet to hear from Cambridge United.

Dame Millicent Fawcett: Who was the Suffolk suffragist?

Dame Millicent Fawcett is to be the first woman to be honoured with a statue in Parliament Square.

As we've reported, images for the planned statue have been revealed for the first time?

But who was Dame Millicent?

Dame Millicent Fawcett
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The Fawcett Society, which was named after Dame Millicent, says:

  • Dame Millicent was a woman ahead of her time, who dedicated her life to securing women the vote.
  • At the age of 19, the Aldeburgh-born feminist organised signatures for the first petition for women’s suffrage, though she was too young to sign it herself.
  • She formed and became president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies in 1897.
  • The organisation used peaceful tactics to campaign for the women's vote, including non-violent demonstrations, petitions and the lobbying of MPs.
  • Dame Millicent, who co-founded Newnham College in Cambridge, died in 1929, a year after women were granted the vote on equal terms to men.
  • Her work has continued ever since, with The London Society for Women’s Suffrage renamed as The Fawcett Society in her honour in 1953.

First images revealed of Millicent Fawcett statue

The first images of the planned statue of Suffolk-born suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett have been revealed.

Artist's impression of Millicent Fawcett statue
Gillian Wearing

It will be the first female statue in Parliament Square and will mark 100 years since women got the right to vote.

The statue will stand alongside ones of Sir Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.

It has been designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing.

Plans for the artwork have been submitted to Westminster City Council in London.

Eleanor Rehahn, from Suffolk's Fawcett Society, which was named after Dame Millicent, said: "She's going to be the first woman there, which is outrageous that it's taken this long to have a woman in Parliament Square, and she's a Suffolk-born woman, so for Suffolk it's a particularly special event."

Dame Millicent, who was born in Aldeburgh, co-founded Newnham College in Cambridge in 1875 and formed the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies in 1897.