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  1. Updates on Friday, 18 August 2017
  2. Man dies after accident on A605
  3. Repair work to fix damaged rail line after train derailment underway
  4. Knife amnesty creating "safer Cambridgeshire"
  5. Anti-caravan trench dug at playing field
  6. Recycling centre to be built in Peterborough

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Alex Pope

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That's all for our live updates this week - we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Weather: Thundery showers overnight

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

There will be further showers moving eastwards this evening and these could be heavy and thundery, but there’ll be some sunshine too.

A band of rain following in behind later tonight and this could produce some heavy and possibly thundery downpours, with the winds possibly gusting to 40mph for a time.

By morning it should be dry everywhere and temperatures, for many places, staying in double figures.

Weather map

Saturday is looking a blustery day of sunshine and a few scattered showers. There’ll be a moderate to fresh westerly wind and highs around 20C (68F).

Sunday should also be largely dry with some sunshine. Cloud is eventually expected to increase but, at the moment, rain isn’t expected to arrive in the west until early evening.

There's a more detailed forecast for where you are at BBC Weather.

Severe accident: A10 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A10 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between Denny End Road and Waterbeach Road.

A10 Cambridgeshire - A10 Ely Road in Waterbeach closed in both directions between the Denny End Road junction and the Waterbeach Road junction, because of a serious accident involving two vehicles including a motorbike. Traffic is coping well.

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

Travel: A605 re-opens after fatal accident

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The A605 has fully re-opened after a fatal accident this morning in which a man from Peterborough died.

A section of the road between the A1(M) junction 17 and the B671 at Elton had been closed for most of the day.

Police are investigating after two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Scania lorry, collided just over a mile west of the Haddon services at about 00:37.

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Katherine Grainger's five steps to parkrun

Anti-caravan trench dug at playing field

A trench-like border has been dug around Stapleford recreation ground in Cambridgeshire, after travellers had previously used the land.

The trench stretches around the two sides of the playing field which are accessible from the road. Bags of rubble have also been used to block paths.

A parish council spokeswoman said the trench was dug after members of the travelling community "disrespected the public land", using the children's playground as a public loo.

They are now consulting with the village on how it was handled and what to do going forward.

Anti-traveller trench dug in Stapleford

Knife amnesty creating "safer Cambridgeshire"

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

What you can see below are just some of the knives handed into Cambridgeshire Police after a week long knife amnesty.

In total more than 80 knives, including seven machetes, were left in special bins in police stations across the county.

It's the third knife amnesty that's taken place this year, with 300 knives recovered so far.

Recovered knives
Cambridgeshire Police

Insp Ben Newton says: "Taking weapons off the streets is part of creating a safer Cambridgeshire.

Recovered knives
Cambridgeshire Police

"Those who carry knives not only put lives at risk, but also face a lengthy prison sentence and a hefty fine."

Fatal accident closes A605

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been given more information about the fatal accident that happened on the A605 this morning, close to Peterborough.

The East of England Ambulance Service say they were called to reports of an accident on the A605 near Haddon at around 00:45.

They say two ambulances, two ambulance cars, an ambulance officer, and a critical care team attended.

The driver of one of the cars was pronounced dead at scene. Police say he was from the Peterborough area.

The road remains closed between the A1(M) junction 17 Peterborough services to the B671 Elton.

Repair work to fix damaged rail line after train derailment

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The train line between Peterborough and Ely should re-open at 04:00 on Monday morning, after a freight train derailment on Monday, just north of Ely, at Queen Adelaide Junction.

In total 33 freight wagons have been removed from the track after a special crane train that was sent to the site.

Train derailment

Repair work to the track has started this morning.

Steve Hooker, from Network Rail, says it's all "going very well".

"This morning we're handing over the site to our track renewals contractor, they'll be replacing the quarter of a mile of railway that was damaged, there was also some damage at the junction, so that will be repaired over the next few days".

Train crane

Replacement buses have been in operation all week, causing disruption on Cross Country Lines and Great Anglia services between Ely and Peterborough and Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough.

Travel: Man dies after accident on A605

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A driver has died after an accident on the A605 just after midnight.

The road just west of Peterborough between Peterborough Services and Elton remains closed, while an investigation continues.

Police say two vehicles, a Ford Focus and a Scania lorry, collided just over a mile west of the Haddon services at about 00:37.

The driver of the Ford, a man from the Peterborough area, suffered fatal injuries.

The 36-year-old, lorry driver from Kettering wasn't injured.

Five people have now died on that stretch of the road in four separate collisions since May.

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Recycling centre to be built in Peterborough

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A new recycling centre is to be built in Peterborough designed to have more than twice the capacity of the current one in Dogsthorpe (pictured).

The site in Fengate is close to the existing energy recovery facility, meaning rubbish won't have to be transported around the city.

Dogsthorpe recycling centre.

Most of the centre will be under cover and on split level, meaning you'll be able to park your car at skip height.

Building the centre and operating it for a decade will cost the city council £7.5m. It will open in summer 2018.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Today we'll see a mix of sunny spells and showers, which could be heavy in places.

Feeling cooler than yesterday, with temperatures peaking at 21C (70F).

There's a full forecast for where you are on BBC Weather.

Good morning

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

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

We'll have the latest news, sport, weather and travel between now and 18:00.

First up, we'll have a full weather forecast shortly.

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Severe accident: A605 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A605 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between A1 and B671.

A605 Cambridgeshire - A605 closed in both directions between the A1(M) J17 junction in Haddon and the B671 junction in Elton, because of a serious accident involving a lorry and a fuel spillage. Traffic is coping well.

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


Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for the Local Live news stream for today - thanks for joining us.

Do not fear, we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday morning.

So whatever you're doing tonight, we hope it's a good one.

The latest weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It will staying mainly fine and dry this evening and tonight, with clear spells.

There's the small chance of an isolated shower in southern parts of the region.

Temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

Weather graphic for 05:00

Tomorrow will start dry with sunny spells, but it will turn cloudy with the risk of some scattered showers, heavy and thundery in places.

Temperatures reaching a high of 22C (72F).

Weather graphic for 16:00 showing showers over parts of the region

There's a more detailed forecast for where you are at BBC Weather.

Zero-hour contracts can lead to 'anxiety', says Cambridge researcher

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Researchers from Cambridge claim about 4.6m people are negatively affected by flexible working hours.

Some employees say zero hour contracts can be beneficial as it offers flexible working, while some employers claim it allows them to offer work without having to guarantee permanent roles.

Dr Alex Wood went undercover as a supermarket shelf-stacker while working as a researcher in Cambridge University's Department of Sociology.

He said: "The past decade has seen a fragmenting of working time, as firms have saved costs by increasing shift flexibility through a variety of mechanisms.

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"These mechanisms include short and zero-hour contracts, the emergence of 'gig economy' platforms, and flexible contracts that guarantee a minimum number of hours but no fixed scheduling pattern.

"Seven years of austerity have placed the public sector under pressure to contain labour costs through shift flexibility. Those who have challenging schedules imposed on them at short notice are likely to experience worse mental health, typified by anxiety and feeling low."

The algae that terraformed Earth

Roland Pease

BBC Radio Science Unit

A planetary takeover by ocean-dwelling algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.

That's what geochemists argue in Nature this week, on the basis of invisibly small traces of biomolecules dug up from beneath the Australian desert.

The molecules mark an explosion in the quantity of algae in the oceans.

This in turn fuelled a change in the food web that allowed the first microscopic animals to evolve, the authors suggest.

Oldest oil
Stuart Hay/ANU

The events took place a hundred million years before the so-called Cambrian Explosion - an eruption of complex life recorded in fossils around the world that puzzled Darwin and always hinted at some kind of biological prehistory.

Scattered traces of those precursor multi-celled organisms have since been recognised, but the evolutionary driver that led to their rise has been much argued over.

Cambridge University palaeontologist Nick Butterfield has said the period "was arguably the most revolutionary in Earth history", and not just because of the rapid biological changes. There were violent swings in climate, too, that experts have long suspected are intertwined.

Read more on this story here.

Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, between J20 Ellington and J21 A1.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 blocked and slow traffic eastbound between J20 Ellington and J21, A1 (Brampton Hut), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

'Lines busy' at university clearing centre

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

"Clearing doesn't have to be scary".

That's according to Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, which opened its clearing lines this morning and will stay open until 20:00.

They've been set up to help students get a university place after the A-level results were announced today.

Welcome desk at Anglia Ruskin University
Anglia Ruskin University

A spokesperson said: "Our clearing centres have been incredibly busy today.

"We are receiving a steady number of calls but we have also noticed that prospective students are contacting us in different ways, be it via e-mail, live chat and social media, and applying online.

"It is now easier than ever to speak to our academics to get the information you need to make an informed decision."

A-levels: 16-year-old makes the grade

Student Andrew Ejemai is heading to Cambridge University after making the grade in his A-levels.

The Brentwood School pupil has achieved Grade 1 in Step II and III, A* in Additional Further Maths and As in the new Linear Chemistry and Economics.

He'd previously achieved A* in Maths and Further Maths, as well as an A in AS Physics.

Andrew, 16, will be studying Mathematics at Corpus Christi College - a course that attracted more than 1,400 applications this year.

Andrew Ejemai
Cambridge University

I believe that without hard work, perseverance, parental and school support this would not have been possible... I am indebted to all my teachers and headmaster of Brentwood School for believing in me, and giving me the opportunity to complete my three A level subjects in one year."

Andrew Ejemai

Wycombe seal striker Mackail-Smith on one-year deal

Gareth Ainsworth has landed one of the EFL's most prolific goalscorers in recent times - former Peterborough, Brighton and Luton striker Craig Mackail-Smith, on a one-year contract.

The 33-year-old (right) arrives on a free transfer after leaving Luton Town in the summer and having finished last season on loan at Peterborough, where he scored five times in his third spell with the club.

Craig Mackail-Smith
Wycombe Wanderers

Ainsworth said: "Craig could be the final piece in the jigsaw for us and I'm over the moon to bring him here, because he's got talent and a pedigree which are above this level, and I've no doubt he will strengthen the options we have in our front-line.

"To bring in Adam El-Abd, Nathan Tyson, Jack Williams and now Craig shows that we value quality over quantity and I'm really excited to see what this squad can now achieve over the coming months."

Mackail-Smith has scored 171 professional club goals and one for Scotland, and played his 500th club game towards the end of last season.

Cambridge on track to win top award

Cambridge Railway Station could be named Station of the Year.

It's on the shortlist for the Best National Station award in the 2017 Rail Awards, organised by RAIL magazine.

Millions of pounds have been spent redeveloping the station over the last few years by revamping the ticket hall, building two new platforms, a new multi-storey bike park and creating the new Station Square.

Cambridge Railway Station
Greater Anglia

'Incredible' A-level results celebrated

John Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The proportion of top A-level grades has risen this year, as teenagers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland find out their results.

A* and A grades were awarded to 26.3% of entries - up by 0.5 percentage points compared with last year.

At Nene Park Academy in Peterborough, the school's principal Steve Howard has been celebrating an "incredible set of results".

Anna, Tom and Rani very kindly opened their results live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning after admitting they felt very nervous about doing it.

Students, Anna, Tom and Rani

Anna got two A* and a B, which means she's going to the University of Leicester to study history and politics.

Tom, got three distinction stars in his BTECs, which he was thrilled about.

And last but not least, Rani got three As and one A* and will go to the University of Bath.

Business 'losing customers' because of car racing

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A business owner on an industrial estate in Peterborough says he's losing customers because of car racing and the litter that's left behind.

Paul Fuller, of Cromwell Industrial Tools, says the local authority seems to be turning a blind eye to the problems in the Carr Road area.

The industrial estate is just off the Frank Perkins Way, where drivers are known to race

"When we come into work in the morning, usually the car park, road and footpath are a complete and utter mess," he said.

"There's litter, broken bottles and glass all over the place."

Peterborough City Council says it's working with the police to try and prevent car racing, adding the area receives more frequent litter picking than anywhere else in the city.

Police patrols to be stepped up in Yaxley after attacks

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Extra police patrols have been promised for Yaxley, near Peterborough, after two recent attacks.

Four men needed hospital treatment after an assault on 24 July at the park on Middletons Road (pictured).

Then a 15-year-old boy was stabbed on Park Lane on Monday.

Park on Middletons Road in Yaxley.

Charlotte Grigg, from the Yaxley Community Group, has lived in the area for 22 years, but said she's now thinking about moving away.

She said: "We live in a rented property at the minute and it's a conversation we've been having a lot recently. Is this actually where we want to be bringing up our children?"

Cambridgeshire Police said it understood residents' concerns and that both crimes were being taken seriously.

Derailment causing problem for freight deliveries

Freight deliveries from the Port of Felixstowe are getting behind schedule because of the train derailment near Ely.

Greater Anglia is warning passengers to expect disruption until the end of next Monday after a freight train came off the tracks earlier this week.

Passengers are being taken on replacement bus services, but freight traffic has become stuck.

Chris MacRae, the head of rail policy at the Freight Transport Association, says the disruption is causing many problems.

Freight derailment

It's important to remember that Felixstowe is Britain's biggest container port and the freight that comes in and out of that by containers is coming from the whole world and is literally being distributed to the rest of Britain."

Chris MacraeFreight Transport Association

Weather: Turning drier and brighter

BBC Weather

Any lingering rain will clear to the south-east, then it will be largely dry through the morning with some sunny spells.

Some showers will develop in the afternoon - a few of these could be heavy.

A top temperature of 23C (73F).

Visit here for more from BBC Weather.

Good morning

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

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

We'll have the latest news, sport, weather and travel between now and 18:00.

It might not look like it right now but there should be some sunshine today. We'll have a full forecast shortly.


You can contact us at any time via email, Facebook or Twitter.

Goodbye from Local Live

That's it for another day of Cambridgeshire Local Live updates - thanks for your company.

We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Scroll down through the feed to see if there's anything you've missed today.

In the meantime, it's been another glorious day across the East, and we'll leave you with this super shot over Ramsey St Mary's from our Weather Watcher 'alpaca lady'.

Have a lovely evening.

BBC Weather Watchers

Weather: Rain overnight

BBC Weather

It will be a rather cloudy start to the night with rain moving erratically eastwards, perhaps turning heavy and thundery in places.

Temperatures will be no lower than about 14C (57F) and the winds will increase to a moderate south to south-westerly.

Weather graphic

Thursday will see the thicker cloud and rain pulling away to the east and sunny spells developing from the west.

There'll be some showers too, and some of these could be heavy and thundery and could band together to give a longer spell of rain in some parts of the region.

Temperatures possibly reaching 24C (75F) with mainly moderate south-westerly winds.

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Work starts to remove derailed train from tracks

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A train carrying a crane has arrived in Manea, Cambridgeshire, to start the process of removing derailed wagons that are blocking the line.

Train with crane on

A number of carriages left the line after a freight train derailed on Monday afternoon.

Engineers worked through the night to repair the tracks so the crane could arrive.

Crane on train

Another train with empty wagons has also made the journey so goods on the derailed carriages can be transferred over.

The total time to remove all the wagons from the track is expected to take 48 hours, with a workforce of about 25.

Train derailmemt

While the work takes place, services between Stansted and Birmingham, Norwich and Liverpool and Ipswich and Peterborough will be affected, with replacement buses due to operate until at least Sunday.

Brain cancer patients treated via webcam

A British neurology expert has been holding consultations with patients around the world via webcam.

Dr Colin Watts works at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and was chosen to trial a new app called Trustedoctor.

He thinks the technology could be used by the NHS to save lives and money.

Neurology expert treats brain cancer patients via webcam

Bouncy castle death: Fairground workers due on trial next year

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

We've just heard from court that two fairground workers have denied manslaughter after a seven-year-old girl died when the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, suffered serious injuries at a funfair in Harlow, Essex, in 2016.

Shelby and William Thurston

Shelby Thurston, 25, and 28-year-old William Thurston, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, both pleaded not guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The pair also denied failing to discharge a health and safety duty relating to the management of an "inflatable circus super dome".

They were both granted bail and are due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court for trial on 5 February 2018.

BreakingBouncy castle death: Fairground workers plead not guilty to manslaughter

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Two people have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter after a seven-year-old girl died when the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, suffered serious injuries at a funfair in Harlow, Essex, in 2016.

Fairground workers Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning.

We'll bring you more shortly.

Summer Grant
Essex Police