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  1. Updates on Friday, 28 July 2017

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Andrew Woodger

BBC News

That's it for another week with BBC Local Live: Cambridgeshire.

Cambridge is the place to be this weekend if you're a folk fan - we will bring you more pictures from the festival at Cherry Hinton Hall on Monday.

And Cambridge United host a friendly on Saturday where they are fundraising for fan Simon Dobbin.

Mr Dobbin was left brain-damaged after being attacked and stamped on in Southend after attending a match at Roots Hall.

Southend United are the visitors tomorrow....

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Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony insists star forward Marcus Maddison will not leave for less than a 'seven-figure sum'.

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Man jailed after fracturing his skull during level crossing smash

A farm worker has been jailed for 10 months after he drove his Land Rover onto a level crossing and was hit by a train which left him with a broken collar bone and fractured skull.

Land Rover Discovery
British Transport Police
The Land Rover Discovery was sent flying into a ditch

Dimitar Vaclinov, 34, had worked at the farm at Stretham, near Ely, where the Nairns Level Crossing was.

Cambridge Crown Court heard the train was travelling at 70mph and its driver suffered from shock and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.

The car driver was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and spent two weeks there.

British Transport Police said he didn't get permission from the railway signal box to cross the line, and officers said he claimed he was unaware of the procedure when the smash happened on 12 August last year.

Vaclinov, of Cambridge Road in Ely, admitted endangering safety on the railway.

Det Sgt Alan Bardsley said: "This case highlights the need to comply with safety instructions whilst crossing the railway.

"Not only did Mr Vaklinov suffer serious life-threatening injuries in the collision but he also ended up in court facing a serious allegation.

"It was extremely lucky that no one else was injured, however the incident was extremely traumatic for the train driver and passengers."

Nairns Level Crossing, Stretham, Cambridgeshire
British Transport Police

Cambridge Folk Festival: Bedford singer makes short hop to 'legendary event'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Bedford singer Danni Nichol performed in The Den on Thursday evening.

Of the Cambridge Folk Festival as a whole, she said: "It's absolutely wonderful. So chilled out. A fantastic atmosphere. This is one of the legendary festivals."

A highlight was her song Beautifully Broken, which said was a sad breakup song.

She said she also sings songs about Bedford.

Danni Nichol
BBC

Norfolk Euro MP in bid to become UKIP deputy leader

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Nominations close today in the latest election to choose a leader for the UK Independence Party, an election which could see one of the East of England's MEPs become deputy leader.

Norfolk farmer Stuart Agnew is the running mate of Anne Marie Waters, a controversial candidate who's seen as one of the favourites to win.

Ms Waters has made a number of disparaging comments about muslims and ethnic minorities and there is pressure on the party leadership to prevent her from standing.

But Mr Agnew says he expects her to be allowed to stand and he's praised her for her "real courage" in being prepared to talk about issues which he says, other people arn't prepared to confront.

"There is an increasing element of people who are beyond the law in this country," he said.

"Well we say we have our own way of life and culture in this country and we want to keep it."

He said it was "really really frustrating" that some people regarded such views as racist.

Nominations for UKIP's fourth leader in a year close at 5pm. The list of those standing probably won't be made public until next week.

Stuart Agnew MEP
European Parliament
Stuart Agnew MEP
Anne Marie Waters
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Leadership contender Anne Marie Waters

Local singer-songwriter in praise of 'prestigious' folk festival

Singer songwriter Emily Mae Winters, who lives in Cambridge, said she was "very excited" to be be playing her local Cambridge Folk Festival today.

"It is quite overwhelming because it is such a prestigious festival," she said. "You feel you have to live up to it with your performance."

Emily Mae Winters
BBC

Posh owner quizzed on how to wash black and white kit

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Peterborough United has found itself awash with questions about how to clean its new change strip after introducing black and white colours.

The design combines kits worn in two of their biggest wins, the 2014 Johnstone's Paint Trophy and a play-off final at Old Trafford in 2011.

Supporters have jokingly (?) wondered whether they put the new kit in with the rest of the dark wash - or the whites wash.

Fans shared concerns about their "white socks going grey" and suggested they should "never take the risk of the errant red sock".

One really hard-core fan advised hand-washing or using a colour catcher.

Fans tweeted about their "#dilemma" but club owner Darragh MacAnthony admitted he was the "wrong fella" to advise...

Darragh MacAnthony's tweet
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The club wore the white strip for their 3-1 win over Chesterfield in the 2014 Johnstone's Paint Trophy final and beat Huddersfield 3-0 at Old Trafford in 2011 wearing the black shirt, to win promotion into the Championship.

So what's all the fuss about? Have a look below...

Marcus Maddison, Ryan Tafazolli, Gwion Edwards, Junior Morias
Peterborough United

Police had to 'use force' against children under-10

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Poilce has revealed that it had to use force (anything from handcuffs to a taser) on three children aged under 10 in the past three months.

It is the first time the constabulary has compiled "use of force" statistics - and the figures cover April to June.

In total, officers dealt with 1,200 incidents where force was deemed necessary.

About half of them were in Peterborough - either on the streets or at Thorpe Wood Police Station.

A fifth were in Cambridge and about a tenth in Huntingdonshire.

Thorpe Wood Police Station, Peterborough
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Thorpe Wood Police Station

In pictures: Prince William's final air ambulance shift

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

As we reported yesterday, The Duke of Cambridge completed his final shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance last night.

Prince William joined the emergency service two years ago, but is leaving to concentrate on royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

Here are some photos from his final day with the service:

Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Prince William.
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BBC at Cambridge Folk Festival

Your BBC Local Radio station is broadcasting live from the Cambridge Folk Festival on Sunday evening.

Sue said: "This is the third year we've broadcast live from Cherry Hinton.

"The festival is a real mixed bag of music and people. It's family-orientated and I love that you can go on a journey of discovery."

Sue Marchant's show runs from 19:00 until 22:00 on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Essex and BBC Radio Suffolk.

She'll have interviews and music from Nikhil D'Souza, Hayseed Dixie, Frank Turner, Midnight Skyracer, River Matthews and more.

Cambridge Folk Festival food stalls
BBC

'Terrifyingly excited' to be at Cambridge Folk Festival

Suffolk act Honey & The Bear are playing at the Cambridge Folk Festival tonight. The duo, based near Aldeburgh, consists of Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson.

Honey & The Bear
BBC

Fresh from Suffolk's Maverick Festival and the Secret Garden Party near Huntingdon, Jon said he was "terrifyingly excited to be playing the Cambridge festival after hearing so much about it from friends".

"Everyone is so nice. It seems to be the friendliest place on earth," he said.

The band is playing a fundraiser at Benhall Walled Garden, near Saxmundham tomorrow and the free gig in Eaton Park in Norwich on Friday, 4 August.

More space and 'match made in folk heaven'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Here at the Cambridge Folk Festival we've managed to have a chat with the operations director Neil Jones.

He said that this year, Cambridge Live, which runs the festival, has reorganised the site to make it more spacious.

Neil Jones, operations director at the Cambridge Folk Festival
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"One of the things people have said is that there is never enough room on the site, so we have created extra room by moving the campsite around," he said.

"This will also increase capacity."

This year the festival twinned with the Newport Folk Festival, which has been running in Rhode Island, USA since 1959.

It cemented its place in music history as it was the scene of Bob Dylan's infamous electric set in 1965 where he got booed.

The tie-up means that from next year some artistes will be booked to play both festivals, giving them both more pulling power, said Neil.

"We are both similar sized festivals, both fiercely independent and value artiste development," said Mr Jones.

"Bringing us together is a match made in folk heaven."

More pictures from Cherry Hinton Hall

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Last night I also caught Mawkin on stage two at the Cambridge Folk Festival - they've been described as a "modern day Fairport".

They're also opening proceedings on the main stage on Saturday at 12:00.

Mawkin at Cambridge Folk Festival
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Mawkin

I left the giant pigeon to its own devices:

Pigeon at Cambridge Folk Festival
BBC

I looked in on the fiddle session:

Fiddle session Cambridge Folk Festival
BBC

Backstage with "girl power bluegrass band" Midnight Skyracer:

Midnight Skyracer at Cambridge Folk Festival
BBC

And on Friday morning, you could wake yourself up gently with some tai chi:

Tai Chi at Cambridge Folk Festival
BBC

The weather's not looking too bad, it's sunny but there are clouds in the sky over Cherry Hinton Hall.

For the latest, check out BBC Weather or download the BBC Weather app.

Regional act shines at Cambridge Folk Festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The world-renowned Cambridge Folk Festival swung into action last night...

The bigger names playing this weekend include Ward Thomas, Loudon Wainwright III, Frank Turner, Jon Boden and Shirley Collins, but, like all festivals, it provides a chance for smaller acts to get themselves noticed.

Wooden Arms at Cambridge Folk Festival
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The band Wooden Arms, who formed in Norwich, played The Den on Thursday to an appreciative crowd.

Great Yarmouth-born Alex Carson, who started the band, said: "I'm really excited to be playing Cambridge for the first time."

The band mixes folk influences with classical roots with dramatic flourishes - helped by piano, violin, cello, guitar, trumpet and drums.

Alex lives in London now, but sings the praises of Norwich and its musical environment.

"I adore the music scene in Norwich. It's been so formative to me. It's one of the best places for any young artiste," he said.

Hacker, 20, who made £380k has jail term cut

Computer hacker Adam Mudd has had his jail sentence reduced at the court of appeal.

He had developed and sold malware which led to attacks on public institutions.

Mudd, 20, of Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, made £380,000, but the victims of the software had to spend millions defending themselves against the estimated 1.7 million attacks.

Adam Mudd
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Victims of the attacks included the University of Cambridge, University of Essex in Colchester, University of East Anglia in Norwich and several local councils. An attack was also made on West Herts College in Watford where Mudd was a student.

Mudd admitted creating the malicious software and was jailed for two years at the Old Bailey in April.

He successfully appealed against the length of the sentence and the Court of Appeal has reduced it to 21 months.

Norfolk band headline club tent at Cambridge Folk Festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Norfolk Americana and alt-country band Morganway (pictured below) are headlining the Cambridge Folk Club tent tonight on the second day of the Cambridge Folk Festival.

Morganway
Ollie Ali

Straight out of North Norfolk’s rural outback, the five-piece was started by twins Callum (acoustic guitar, lead vocals) and Kieran Morgan (lead guitar), and features Yve Mary B (lead vocals), Matt Brocklehurst (keyboard) and Simon Tinmouth (drums).

Emily Mae Winters
Emily Mae Winters

Also playing the club tent tonight is Emily Mae Winters (pictured above), a Cambridge-based singer-songwriter, whose songs have been described as "enthralling" and "tantalising" by Folk Radio UK.

She told the BBC she was very excited to be playing the festival.

"This year, I'm lucky enough to be playing with John Parker [Megson, Kate Rusby] on double bass and Jasmine Watkiss on fiddle and backing vocals," she said.

"It's a lot more fun with the band on stage, so I can't wait!"

Friday's weather: Mainly dry, becoming more cloudy later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A few changes in the forecast for today.

It's looking mostly dry until we get to this evening, maybe a few stray showers at times and it'll still be quite breezy as well.

The best of the sunshine is likely to be this morning, before the cloud thickens from the west as we head into the afternoon.

Top temperature across the BBC East region: 20C (68F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 28 July.

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

Coming up first, a full forecast for the day.

We couldn't not show you this picture sent in by BBC Weather Watcher Impington Geoff. Just look at those clouds!

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Commuters on a Southern Railway train from West Sussex to London Victoria station

The data showed on the most crowded train 1,366 people typically crammed into carriages designed for 640.

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Our live coverage for the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for our live coverage for today. Updates will resume from 08:00 on Friday.

In the meantime, scroll down through today's feed for anything you may have missed.

Any breaking news from around the county will pop in to the page overnight.

Have a great evening.

Heart-lung patient meets transplant surgeon who saved her life 30 years ago

A woman from York, who had a heart and lung transplant operation at Papworth Hospital, has celebrated the 30th anniversary of her surgery by being reunited with the doctor who transformed her life.

Carol Town with  Professor John Wallwork
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Carol Town, 63, who was born in Upminster in Essex (now east London) in 1954, was five years old when she was diagnosed with a rare condition that leads to irreversible lung damage.

At the time she was diagnosed, most patients with the condition died before they reached 30.

Once referred to Papworth Hospital, she waited for 18 months for organs to become available.

Mrs Town was on the way home from work when she got a message from the hospital to say suitable organs had been identified for her transplant in July 1987.

At the time of the operation she thought it would only give her four extra years of life, which she says "felt like a long time".

Her surgery was a success and she was discharged in time for her fourth wedding anniversary in August 1987.

She says the treatment gave her a new lease of life and she quickly learned to run, swim, cycle and ride horses for the first time.

After recovering for the surgery Ms Town eventually climbed her first peak, Pen-y-Ghent in the Yorkshire Dales, then took part in the Transplant Games.

Mrs Town met the surgeon who gave her the live-saving operation, Professor John Wallwork, who is now chairman of Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, at a special ceremony at Pembroke College in Cambridge.

She said: "The transplant gave me so much.

"It completely transformed my life and allowed me to do things I never thought possible, like see my son grow up and have a rewarding career.

"I'll probably never know who it was who donated their heart and lungs to me, but I am so grateful to them for giving me a second chance at life."

Prince begins last shift

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The Duke of Cambridge has started his last shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Prince William joined the emergency service two years ago, but is leaving to concentrate more on royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

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Cambridge United player to stand trial

Cambridge United's summer signing Ade Azeez is to stand trial accused of hitting a cyclist with his car and driving off.

The incident is alleged to have taken place in October in Glasgow, when he was playing for Partick Thistle.

Mr Azeez, 23, did not attend the pre-trial hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Ade Azeez
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Second musician plays festival with broken hand

Tom Simkins

BBC Introducing in Cambridgeshire

You're not going to believe it.

Earlier we brought you news that Noah Elliot, the drummer in local band Flint Moore, played his whole set at the Secret Garden Party with a broken hand - unbeknownst to him.

Well, it turns out he was not the only one.

Needingworth singer/songwriter Tom Lumley, who opened BBC Introducing in Cambridgeshire's takeover of the Living Room stage last week, had a similar problem.

Broken hand
Tom Lumley

Mr Lumley said he broke his hand after a fall in Spain on 12 July, but only discovered the break earlier this week - five days after playing guitar during his festival set.

"It swelled up straight away when it happened, but I thought it might just be bruised so I left it," he said.

"As we got closer to the Secret Garden Party, I just held out so I didn't have to play the set in the cast.

"I strapped the two fingers together and it didn't seem to bother me too much.

Tom Lumley
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"I could tell something was wrong as once all the swelling had gone down, I still had a bump where the bone was.

"I'm in a splint now for a few weeks, but seem fine playing so i'm just going to power through!".

'We are future-proofing rail network' says train operator

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Earlier we brought you news that a train service from Cambridge to King's Cross is one of the busiest in England and Wales.

The 07:55 to the capital features second on the list produced by the Department for Transport, behind the 07:16 East Grinstead to London Bridge.

We've contacted Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) which runs the Great Northern service.

A spokesman for the company said that they are "working on future-proofing the busiest part of the UK rail network by investing in new stations, train services and working practices".

"The GTR network is one of the busiest and most congested in the country," he said.

"The ageing infrastructure has suffered from historical under-investment, whilst passenger numbers on the network have doubled in recent years.

"Our franchise was created to address these challenges and the £7.8bn Thameslink programme is on track to give our passengers the service they deserve.

"We look forward to passengers enjoying more seamless journeys with 50% more capacity and 10,000 extra morning peak seats every weekday into central London from 2018."

Drummer plays set with broken hand

Tom Simkins

BBC Introducing in Cambridgeshire

Imagine gearing up to drum for your band at the final ever Secret Garden Party, only to hurt your hand days before the big event.

Now imagine that you played the set anyway, only to find that your hand was actually broken.

That's what happened to Flint Moore drummer Noah Elliot (pictured), who played at BBC Introducing in Cambridgeshire's takeover of the Living Room last Thursday.

Noah Elliot
BBC

Elliot arrived at the event with a bandage on his hand, not knowing the full extent of the injuries. After a 30- minute set of continuous drumming, his hand was starting to go black and blue.

But it was only days after the event that his injuries were revealed.

He's just sent us this x-ray taken of the bones - and you can quite clearly see something is not right!

X-ray of hand
Noah Elliot

The drummer said he injured his hand in a fall at Festival Too in King's Lynn on 15 July.

"The attraction was a little game stall, requiring you to hang on to a high bar for two minutes to win twenty quid," he said.

"The novelty sort of wore off when the bar itself fell, meaning I landed on my hand."

Hand in a cast
Noah Elliot

"I did seek medial help and was put in a sling and told to go to hospital if the pain gets any worse. After a couple of days, the pain had not got any worse, so I assumed my hand would be fine in time for the Secret Garden Party.

"On the run up to the performance, I was incredibly nervous as my hand was still in a lot of pain and practising drum patterns and rudiments caused a lot of ache and discomfort.

"I managed the whole performance only to be greeted with possibly some of the worst pain I've ever felt - it was as if someone had driven a knife straight down my hand. After the festival finished I went to hospital, was x-rayed and bandaged up.

"It turns out I have what's called a comminuted fracture, where basically a bone has splintered in to more than two pieces. I have three fractures in my third metacarpal; the middle-finger bone that runs through your hand."

Mr Elliot said that he'll be in a cast for six weeks and that it could affect gigging until the end of the year.

Cambridge train service one of the busiest in country

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A train from Cambridge to the capital has been found to be the second busiest service across England and Wales.

The 07:55 Great Northern service to King's Cross has a seated capacity of 202, yet more than 400 usually cram on to the train, Department for Transport (DfT) data shows.

Train at Cambridge station
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Here's the Top Five:

  1. 07:16 East Grinstead to London Bridge (640 capacity and 1,366 passengers carried)
  2. 07.55 Cambridge to London King's Cross (202 capacity and 426 passengers carried)
  3. 17:08 Sutton to St Albans City (391 capacity and 758 passengers carried)
  4. 06:57 Brighton to Bedford (630 capacity and 1,215 passengers carried)
  5. 16:00 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh (191 capacity and 357 passengers carried)

The figures relate to standard class passengers on weekday services in autumn last year.

The average proportion of passengers carried in excess of capacity on peak services in major cities was 3.8%.

Lianna Etkind, of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: "The latest statistics show that overcrowding continues to make passengers' lives a misery.

"People are rightly angry that they pay more in fares year after year, but never get a seat, and have to stand crammed into someone else's armpit.

"With such high levels of overcrowding, the government cannot expect people to pay for yet another fares hike in January."

Anthony Smith, chief executive of passenger watchdog Transport Focus, said: "Continuing to invest in new trains, better frequency, track capacity and improved signalling will ultimately give passengers a better chance of getting a seat or at least stand in some comfort.

"In return for continuing fare rises passengers expect continued investment and improvement."

Video: Duke of Cambridge 'looks forward to coming here every day'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Prince William will tonight leave his job as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance after two years.

Over the years he been spotted in playing fields and schools, attending some very injured people.

Here's the prince explaining the highs and lows of the job...

Prince William leaves East Anglian Air Ambulance

Acts from across East play Cambridge festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Up and coming acts from across the BBC East region are playing the Cambridge Folk Festival, which starts today.

Emily Mae Winters
Emily Mae Winters

Those performing over the next few days are Cambridge-based folk singer Emily Mae Winters (pictured above) and Norfolk band Morganway (pictured below), both playing the Cambridge Folk Club tent on Friday night.

Morganway
Ollie Ali

Callum Morgan of Morganway said: "We've found a number of folk clubs and folk enthusiasts around the country have been so welcoming and excited about what we do, and I think it just shows how open-minded folk fans can be."

Acts playing The Den this year include Norwich-band the Wooden Arms, Suffolk duo Honey & The Bear (pictured below), Cambridgeshire singer Kerry Devine and Bedford singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls.

Honey & The Bear
Honey & The Bear

BBC Local Radio for the East's Sue Marchant will be broadcasting from the festival on Sunday from 19:00.

U's chairman: 'We want to show football has a good side'

The chairman of Cambridge United has asked for fans to "come together" when his side face Southend United in a friendly on Saturday.

A league fixture at Roots Hall in March 2015 was the match which ended with Cambridge fan Simon Dobbin getting attacked and left brain-damaged after the game.

Twelve people have now been jailed for that attack with a 13th due to be sentenced next month.

All proceeds from the match will go to Simon and his wife Nicole to help improve Mr Dobbin's quality of life at home in Mildenhall.

Dave Doggett said he wants to show that "football has a good side".

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UKIP MEP leaves party front bench

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

One of UKIP's MEPs for the east of England, Patrick O'Flynn, is standing down from his party's front bench in an apparent row over the future direction of the party.

Patrick O'Flynn says he doesn't want to be economic spokesman anymore because he's worried that the party is becoming too right wing.

"I have always argued for UKIP to be at the common sense centre of politics, rather than defined as being on the right wing," he said in a statement.

"It is clear to me that UKIP's activist base wishes to go in a more libertarian, shrink-the-state and Thatcherite direction.

"It is regrettable that the more centrist approach argued by the likes of me ....is falling by the wayside."

Mr O'Flynn, a former newspaper journalist, was one of the new breed of party activists who had influential contacts and made UKIP look more professional.

One of the party's "big hitters", he has often appeared on television debates and was seen by some as being a future leader.

He says he will stay on as an MEP and looks forward to seeing brexit being completed.

UKIP MEP Patrick O'Flynn
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Patrick O'Flynn

Prince's last chopper shift: Service tweets thanks

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

So as we've mentioned, today will see the Duke of Cambridge work his last shift with the East Anglia Air Ambulance.

The night shift, which begins at 16:30, will bring an end to two years with the emergency service, which is a charity supporting the NHS East of England Ambulance Service.

Here are a couple of "thanks" on Twitter...

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In pictures: Prince works last air ambulance shift

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Prince William is due to work his last shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance tonight, bringing to a close two years with the service.

Here's a timeline of his work as a helicopter pilot with the charity:

Prince William with a helicopter
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Prince William with a helicopter
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Prince William pilots a helicopter
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  • September 2015: Prince William was pictured during an air ambulance rescue mission to help a young girl who was hit by a car in Bedfordshire
  • January 2016: He made a surprise stop at a school for a chicken dinner as he took a break from a helicopter flying mission in Hertfordshire
Prince with students
John Henry Newman School

Prince William with the Duke of Edinburgh
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Prince William with the Queen
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  • January 2017: Kensington Palace announces that the Prince is to stop his role to increase official duties on behalf of the Queen
  • July 2017: Works last shift for East Anglian Air Ambulance

Prince to work last air ambulance shift

The Duke of Cambridge is due to carry out his final shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) this evening.

His last duty as a paid pilot for the EAAA will be the night shift from his base at Cambridge Airport.

Prince William in air ambulance
PA

In a letter published in the Eastern Daily Press, Prince William said he had a "profound respect" for those who serve in our emergency services.

"I am hugely grateful for having had this experience," he said.

After two years, he is stepping down to take on more royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

A former RAF search and rescue pilot, the Duke was part of a team including doctors and paramedics providing emergency medical cover across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Man due in court following fatal crash

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

A 50-year-old man from Wisbech is due in court this morning charged in connection with a fatal crash on the A140 on Tuesday.

Dalius Matulaitis, of Rectory Gardens, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Emergency services were called just before 11:30 to reports of a collision between two lorries and a Renault Megane on the A140 near Brockford.

Colin Fisk, 43, from Kesgrave, the driver of the car, died at the scene. His seven-year-old daughter was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where she was confirmed to have two broken collar bones.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A dry start to the day, with sunny spells.

Showers developing later, and these will become heavy at times with the odd rumble of thunder.

Temperatures reaching a high of 20C (68F), but feeling cooler in the wind.

BBC Weather has more details for you.