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  1. Updates on Friday, 7 July 2017
  2. Posh and U's to meet in first competitive fixture for years
  3. A1101 shut after crash
  4. Greater Anglia apologise over Norwich-Cambridge disruption

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Rosa King: Killed zookeeper's mum in charity skydive
The mother of Rosa King took her daughter's place on the plane in her honour.

Our live coverage for the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for live updates for today and this week.

Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, but we'll be back again with our regular updates of news, sport, travel and weather for Cambridgeshire.

Have a great weekend.

Parkrun: Huntingdon runners pay tribute to founder who died from cancer
A running group pays tribute to their founder one year after she died from cancer.

Weather: Cloudy with possibility of sharp showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Cloud will develop from the north west bringing a small chance of isolated sharp showers across the BBC East region tonight.

But it will remain dry for many areas with clear spells later.

Weather chart

Light rain or drizzle is possible across western counties later as the temperature falls to 12C (54F) in places.

Saturday will be another dry day with sunny spells and some cloud and it will be cooler on the coast.

Maximum temperature: 23C (76F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Rail line reopens after lightning strike

Greater Anglia is reporting that the Norwich-Cambridge line is now open again.

It had been closed following a lightning strikes on overhead cables between Attleborough and Thetford in Norfolk and between Shippea Hill and Ely in Cambridgeshire.

However, delays are expected as services get back to normal.

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Elsewhere in Cambridgeshire

Let's take a quick look at some of the other stories being reported in Cambridgeshire today:

  • A police hunt using a sniffer dog was launched in Grantchester Meadows in Cambridge - but one man remains at large, reports the Cambridge News
  • A group of newly-graduated Cambridge students have faced a legal threatundefined from a publishing company following their plans to parody Enid Blyton's The Famous Five at the Edinburgh Fringe, says Varsity
  • Meanwhile, a Wisbech shopping centre is launching a kids club in a bid to help families enjoy their experience, writes the Fen Citizen

Foal rescued from river

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

This forlorn foal had to be rescued by firefighters after falling into the river off Mill Road in Buckden.

It went over the top of a weir before getting stuck downstream.

Foal rescue
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

The baby horse was saved using a flotation device and a harness, which guided it back on to the river bank.

James Ball, from St Neots fire station, said the foal was "pretty lucky".

The animal escaped largely unhurt and only had a small graze to one of his shins, he said.

A1101 crash: Only 'slight injury' reported

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Just to update you on our post this morning...

Fortunately only one person received "slight injury" when a lorry and a car crashed on the A1101 near Wisbech, according to police.

They were taken to hospital to receive further treatment.

The crash happened at about 08:45. The road has since reopened.

Ely bypass delayed

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The opening of the new £36m Ely Southern Bypass has slipped back by about three months.

The route - to connect Stuntney Causeway to Angel Drove and remove congestion from Ely Station - was due to open next Spring.

Construction site for new Ely bypass

However, it won't now be ready until late summer 2018 because of complications moving a high voltage power cable.

Bob Menzies, from Cambridgeshire County Council, admitted it was disappointing...

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Police tent outside property in Duck Lane

The children of a man shot dead by police sent a desperate text after being tied up by him, an inquest hears.

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Rogue gardener targeting victims

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A rogue trader targeting elderly residents across St Ives and Huntingdon is being hunted by police.

The offender has been offering to do gardening work at a reasonable price. However, he asks them to pay up front to cover the cost of tools and then doesn't complete the agreed work.

Three incidents in the area in the last month are believed to be linked:

  • About £100 taken in Little How, St Ives, on 17 June
  • £450 taken in Greengarth, St Ives, between 19 June and 22 June
  • £750 taken across 28 June and 29 June in Ambury Road, Huntingdon

The suspect is described as white, about 5ft 8in tall, aged in his early 40s and with short dark receding hair.

Angie Wilson, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: "To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a rogue trader we advise you to be very wary of giving work to anyone cold calling at the door or from a flyer posted through your letterbox.

"The price may seem reasonable at first and this is designed to gain your trust. However, very quickly you will be asked for more money in order to complete the job, whilst the offenders do very little work.

"My advice would be not to pay them a penny until the job is complete and you are completely satisfied. And if a gardener needs money to buy tools then he's in the wrong job. Don't fall for it."

Loss of rail services between Norwich and Cambridge 'frustrating'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We've been following the major disruption to train services between Norwich and Cambridge following a storm yesterday.

Lucy Wright

Network Rail is trying to repair it but at the moment services via Thetford, Brandon and Ely have been suspended.

Lucy Wright, of Greater Anglia railways, told the BBC: "Lightning struck in the Attleborough area which means we can't run services at all on the Norwich to Cambridge line.

"It is very frustrating and out of our control. We do apologise to passengers."

Posh and U's to meet in first competitive fixture for years

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Northampton Town will all be placed in the same group in next season's EFL Trophy.

EFL Trophy group

It'll be the first time county rivals Posh and U's will meet in a competitive fixture since December 2001.

The fourth side - an invited academy team - will be announced next week.

The dates for the ties are yet to be announced.

Greater Anglia apologise over Norwich-Cambridge disruption

Greater Anglia have issued a statement on the disruption to the Norwich-Cambridge rail line:

"Train services are currently suspended between Norwich and Ely, owing to damaged signalling equipment caused by an electrical storm lightning strike on Thursday, 6 July.

Norwich railway station

"Network Rail is working with its suppliers to rectify the fault, however, there will be no services between Norwich and Ely until further notice and customers are advised not to travel.

"We apologise to passengers for the severe disruption and inconvenience caused.

"Customers travelling between Norwich and Cambridge can travel via Stowmarket. Tickets dated 7, July 2017 will be valid for use on Saturday, 8 July 2017 between Norwich and Cambridge.

"Customers who have been affected by the disruption can claim compensation at this website."

A1101 shut after crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The A1101 near Wisbech is currently closed due to a crash.

Police say a car and a lorry are involved.

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It happened about 08:45, with injuries not yet known at this stage.

We'll keep you updated when we know more.

Severe accident: A1101 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1101 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between Peatlings Lane and Parson Drove Lane.

A1101 Cambridgeshire - A1101 Sutton Road in Leverington closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Peatlings Lane junction and the Parson Drove Lane junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

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

Lightning strike delays Norwich-Cambridge trains

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Trains between Norwich and Cambridge have been cancelled until further notice because of a lightning strike.

Greater Anglia train

Commuters faced long delays yesterday as services between Norwich and Diss, London, Cambridge and Ipswich were cancelled or delayed following thunder storms.

The fire service was called out to deal with flash flooding incidents across Norfolk.

Harford Manor School in Norwich is closed this morning after the school has flooded following an electrical fault.

Stations affected include Ely, Lakenheath, Brandon, Thetford, Attleborough and Wymondham.

For the latest, visit the Greater Anglia website, or follow them on Twitter.

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Weather: Dry and very warm but cloudy later

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Bright or sunny spells will dominate and it will become very warm in a light breeze although cloud cover will increase in places.

Some rain showers are expected during a very muggy night.

Maximum Temperature: 27C (81F)

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Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 7 July.

We'll bring you live news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county until 18:00.

First off, a look to the sky, and it appears something in particular has caught the eye of a couple of you...

Ramsey St Mary's

A full forecast for the day is on the way.

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

Our live coverage for the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for today's live update, we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

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

Stay tuned to this page overnight for any breaking news from around the county.

Have a great evening.

Rosa King tiger death: Skydiving in memory of zookeeper

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Keepers from Hamerton Zoo took part in a skydive at Sibson airfield in Wansford today, to keep a promise to colleague Rosa King.

The 33-year-old was killed by a tiger at the zoo on 29 May.

People skydiving

Before her death they had arranged a parachute jump to raise money for her favourite charity - the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

So today they took to the skies near Peterborough - with Rosa's place taken by her mum, Andrea King.

Ms King said the skydive was "absolutely amazing".

Andrea King

"There's no words to describe it," she said. "That feeling of freedom.

"I was thinking of [Rosa] and she was the reason I didn't have a single nerve."

Severe disruption: A14 Suffolk eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Suffolk eastbound severe disruption, between Rowley Mile Services and J37 A142 Exning affecting J35 A1303 Newmarket Road.

A14 Suffolk - An earlier broken down vehicle on A14 eastbound in Exning between the Rowley Mile Services junction and J37, A142 (Exning). All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J35, A1303 (Stow Cum Quy).

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

Mepal severed head: Police narrow search

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Detectives investigating the discovery of a human head in May last year are now looking into deaths on the railway track at Sharnbrook in Bedfordshire, to see if they can identify the victim.

Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire map

The head was found at a quarry in Mepal, Cambridgeshire, but officers believe it had come from Bedfordshire, where repair work was being carried out on a railway bridge.

Police are now working with the British Transport Police, investigating deaths on the track going back to 1990.

After six months of work, the new-look A14 is emerging from the countryside.
After six months of work, the new-look £1.5bn A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge is emerging from the countryside.

Your pictures: Four seasons in a day?

It's been a pretty mixed bag weather-wise today.

It is sunny? Is it raining? Will there be a storm? We've had it all.

Here are just a few snaps from the day, taken by our BBC Weather Watchers...

St Ives

Warning of blocked train lines between Attleborough and Ely

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

The thunderstorms have claimed a casualty - the train lines running from Norwich to Cambridge.

Engineers at Greater Anglia are working to fix signals that have been damaged by lightning at Attleborough:

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Princess Diana car sells for £58K

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A car used by Diana, Princess of Wales has sold at auction for £58,000.

The 1994 Audi A4 Cabriolet 2.3E was registered in March that year and driven for several months by the princess, who was photographed a number of times in the car driving with Princes William and Harry.

Diana, Princess of Wales in car
c/o Cheffins

Auctioneer Cheffins said the princess clocked up just 4,000 miles in the green convertible before it was sold on.

Despite having been through several owners since, the car arrived at the Cambridge auctioneer's from Jersey, with just shy of 22,000 miles on the clock.

Diana, Princess of Wales in car
c/o Cheffins

Although it was estimated to fetch between £60,000 and £80,000, bidding was swift and it was sold below the lower estimate at £58,000.

It's not known who purchased the Audi, but they will become the sixth owner of the vehicle, which comes complete with a set of photographs taken by the press of the princess using her car.

Diana, Princess of Wales with car
c/o Cheffins

B1101 reopens after crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Police have just confirmed that the B1101 in Elm has reopened 12 hours after a serious crash.

The road had been closed since 01:15 when a blue Mazda collided with the central reservation on Birch Grove.

A man was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Thousands turn our for Titan

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

More than 3,500 people visited the seldom-flowering titan arum at the botanic garden in Cambridge, the garden says.

The plant, which had only previously flowered in 2004, bloomed last week after days of waiting - and was then only out for two days.

It also helped the garden see record visitor numbers in June, with just short of 34,000 people attending.

Titan arum: Plant with 'rotting flesh' smell flowers

The plant is known for its rotting flesh smell when it flowers, something which I experienced for myself!

Nicci Steele-Williams, from the garden, said: "June turned out to be a month of surprises for us here, with our friend Titus the Titan having enthralled us and our visitors during the last week.

"In total, we had just over 3,500 visitors over those first two days Titus was in flower, including our late openings, which was amazing considering we only knew at 15:00 on the Monday that Titus was beginning to open.

"Added to this on Tuesday, we found ourselves up against nature’s elements with torrential rain and thunderstorms."

Museum could set entry fee

John Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Managers at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum say they could introduce an entrance fee to secure their financial future.

The museum costs about £75,000 a year to run, with funding from Fenland District Council set to end by 2020.

It comes just a week after the Arts Council awarded Cambridge University's Museums an investment of £4.8m

Robert Bell, the assistant curator, says the museum "is under financial pressures".

Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Dave Hitchborne/Geograph

"We're looking at new ways of raising money for the museum," he said.

"An entry fee will be considered."

Mr Bell says that a decision on funding for the museum, which attracts 12,500 visitors a year, will be made this month.

Princess of Wales' former car under the hammer

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A car once driven by Princess Diana is set to go up for auction in Cambridge today.

The 1994 Audi A4 Cabriolet 2.3E, which only has 21,856 recorded miles on the clock, is expected to fetch between £60,000 - £80,000.

Audi being driven by Princess Diana
Care of Cheffins

According to auctioneer Cheffins, which is selling the car, "it was presented to the Princess of Wales by Dovercourt Audi for her personal use and was the family car in which the princess was photographed on several occasions - most notably at the Chelsea Harbour Club and driving their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and Prince Harry, in 1994".

We'll be keeping a close eye on the auction, and will update you when we know the final price it sold for.

Racing industry 'boosts Newmarket economy by almost £34m'

Linda Walker

BBC Radio Suffolk

Staying with Newmarket, and a report just out reveals a 16.3% growth in the economic impact of the racing industry on the town, and a nearly 10% growth in jobs.

The figures come in an update to an independent study commissioned in 2014 by Forest Heath District Council.

The update identifies a 'sea change' in efforts to enhance Newmarket's attractiveness to visitors.

Lance Stanbury, the council's cabinet member for planning and growth, said it "helps to confirm the common benefits that can be derived from a local authority working productively with a major local industry and employer".

Racing horses
Newmarket Racecourses

'He's got a good eye for a goal'

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

So as we mentioned yesterday, Cambridge United have signed Partick Thistle striker Ade Azeez on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old scored two goals in 38 league matches during his one season with the Scottish Premiership side. He also helped AFC Wimbledon to win promotion out of League Two in 2016.

But what will he bring to a hopeful U's side?

Alan Seabrook from BBC Radio London spills the beans...

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The museum where visitors meet 'the equine heroes of the sport'

Graham Barnard

BBC Radio Suffolk

It may have lost out on the £100,000 Art Fund prize by a nose, but the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art is still an "absolutely fascinating and exciting" place to visit, according to its director.

The museum opened after a £15m redevelopment last year and is now home to three collections - the National Horseracing Museum, the Fred Packard Museum and the Galleries of British Sporting Art, as well as a yard for the Retraining of Racehorses charity across a five acre site in the middle of Newmarket.

Yes, a visit to the museum does include the chance to meet race horses.

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art
Marc Atkins

Director Chris Garibaldi said that mix is what appealed to the Art Fund judges.

"The thing that makes it so special is we have live race horses as part of the visitor experience and I think the judges commented on that being are unique selling point - the public can meet the equine heroes of the sport," he said.

Severe accident: A1(M) Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, between J15 for B1043 Old North Road and J16 for A15 London Road.

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J15, B1043 (Sawtry) and J16, A15 (Norman Cross), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Godwits leave Welney reserve

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Twenty-six endangered Godwit chicks, hand-reared at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Welney, are now flying away from the site.

WWT Welney

The black-tailed birds were carefully raised at the Fenland nature reserve in an attempt to boost their population.

Each chick has a coloured leg ring, and conservationists now want people to help track them as they fly away.

Here was the moment they were initially released a few weeks ago...

Rare black-tailed godwits released into wild at Welney

Louise Clewley, a warden at the reserve, said the last couple of weeks had been "nail-biting".

"You just don't know what's going to happen when you open those doors," she told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"You think 'are they going to do something silly?'

"But so far they've flown off and have been feeding with adult godwits."

Newmarket's racing museum misses out on the 'mane' prize

Graham Barnard

BBC Radio Suffolk

It's billed as the world's biggest museum prize and Newmarket's National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art was one of the finalists - but was pipped at the post by The Hepworth Wakefield.

Director Chris Garibaldi admitted he "woudn't be human if I said we weren't a little bit disappointed - but for us it's been fantastic to be on the shortlist with tnstitutions like the Tate Modern, the Sir John Soane Museum, the Hepworth".

He added: "We only opened last September so to already have been a finalist is an extraordinary achievement."

Queen in Newmarket for reopening of museum

It was opened by the Queen last year (above).

However, while the Horseracing centre missed out on the Art Fund's top prize of £100,000 - it will receive £10,000 for reaching the final shortlist of the Museum of the Year 2017.

Rain and thunder warning in place

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain for Cambridgeshire for today.

Heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms are predicted later this afternoon, which could bring some flash flooding.

Weather warning map
Met Office

Lightning and hail may be additional hazards.

However, any outbreaks are likely to be extremely localised, meaning most places should stay dry.

The warning is likely to be in place until 02:00 tomorrow.

Road still closed after serious crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The B1101 in Elm remains closed after a serious crash in the early hours of the morning.

A blue Mazda collided with the central reservation on Birch Grove at about 01:15.

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The male driver was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Police say the road is still closed due to accident investigation work.