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  1. Updates on Friday, 25 August 2017
  2. Suspect package closes city centre
  3. Driver injured after A141 accident

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Good morning, Cambridgeshire

Kris Holland

BBC News

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Wednesday, 20 September.

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

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Overnight weather: Clear and chilly

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry this evening with any cloud dispersing.

There'll be clear spells overnight and it'll become chilly, with mist and fog patches forming.

Lows of 6C (43F).

Wednesday's weather map

After early mist clears on Wednesday, it'll become brighter with sunny spells and it'll feel warmer with a top temperature of 18C (64F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Greater Anglia responds to strike announcement

Train operator Greater Anglia has responded to the earlier announcement of the two days on which members of the RMT union working for the company are planning to go on strike.

Train service delivery director Richard Dean said: "We are obviously disappointed with the announcement today.

"We’re keen to talk to the RMT to try and resolve the issues involved and to avert industrial action.

"In the event of industrial action going ahead on Tuesday 3 October and Thursday 5 October, we’d like to reassure customers that we have contingency plans in place and intend to run a full service.

"We value our conductors highly and we have guaranteed their jobs until the end of the franchise in October 2025.

"In fact, we will be recruiting additional conductors, as we are replacing all of our trains with brand new trains from 2019, which will enable us to run more services."

'Without volunteers, I'd never have been Olympic champion'

Get Inspired

Those are the words of sprint gold medallist Darren Campbell, who has been helping BBC Get Inspired in the search for the Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero for 2017.

Here's more from Darren...

The award recognises the amazing work that volunteers do in grassroots sport and fitness around the UK.

Last year, Marcellus Baz from Nottingham scooped the award for his work as a community boxing coach. Could it be someone from your region this year?

Half of teachers resigned at Cambridgeshire school, governor says

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

A school governor from Cambridgeshire says half of their teachers resigned in the last academic year.

Charlotte Cane has been speaking at the Liberal Democrat Conference, in support of calls for an urgent review into staffing nationwide.

The motion also says school inspections should be reformed and that teachers deserve a pay rise in line with inflation.


Ms Cane says that the vacancies at Swaffham Prior have now been filled, but that recruitment's been a huge problem.

"We lost experienced subject specialists and respected members of our school community when half of our teachers resigned in the last school year," she said.

"But that was just the start of our problem - several of our recruitment adverts attracted no applicants at all."

Greater Anglia strike dates confirmed

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Greater Anglia will stage two 24-hour strikes in disputes over the role of guards and driver-only trains, on 3 and 5 October.

Mike Cash, RMT general secretary, said: "Greater Anglia have been given every opportunity to give a guarantee on the future role of the guard on their services.

"They have failed to do so and that left us with no alternative but to move to a ballot in the interests of rail safety.

"Our members voted by massive majorities for action but the company have ignored that and have failed to seize the opportunity to give us the very simple assurances on the future of the guards, and the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on current services."

Abellio Greater Anglia train

Lib Dem leader to "reach out" to brexit voters

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Sir Vince Cable
Graham Eva

The Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable will "reach out" to voters in heavy Brexit supporting regions like ours when he delivers his party conference speech this afternoon.

I'm told the tone will be more respectful and less strident in an attempt to try to win leave supporting voters round to the Lib Dems' argument for a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

He will also talk about issues like education and the NHS to show the Lib Dems are more than a single issue party.

The change in tone follows concerns from party campaigners in our region that the Lib Dems' anger over last year's referendum was driving away leave supporters.

In a magazine article this month Norfolk MP Norman Lamb warned the party that "we have come across to many natural supporters as arrogantly dismissing their views".

Lib Dem sources tell me that Sir Vince has talked to Mr Lamb while preparing his speech.

But there will be no change in the party's anti-Brexit policy so it will be interesting to see if today's speech will really win over any voters in our part of the world.

Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, between J23 A141 Spittals Way and J24 A1198.

A14 Cambridgeshire - Queuing traffic on A14 eastbound between J23, A141 (Spittals Interchange) and J24, A1198 (Godmanchester), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J21, A1 (Brampton Hut) and to the A1(M) J14 junction.

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

Tuesday's weather: Sunny spells once early mist clears

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

The rain overnight has left a legacy in some spots of a little bit of mist and one or two fog patches as well, but we should see plenty of sunny spells and it'll be mostly dry.

We've still got one or two showers, particularly out towards parts of Norfolk, but they should clear pretty quickly.

Elsewhere we have decent sunny spells.

There'll be a bit of fair weather cloud bubbling up this afternoon and temperatures will reach about 16C (61F).

Get a full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Afternoon weather map

Welcome back

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome back to Local Live across Cambridgeshire.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for your local area.

The full weather forecast will be with you shortly, but it's a rather cold and grey start to the day.

As always, if you want to get in touch you can by email, Facebook or Twitter.


Our local coverage for today

That's all for our live updates today - scroll back to catch up with what's been happening in the county.

The team will be back from 08:00 tomorrow, but any breaking stories will be published here overnight.

Have a good evening.

Showers this evening, possibly heavy and thundery

BBC Weather

Expect more showers this evening with some maybe heavy but most places should be dry by morning.

Weather graphic

Overnight temperatures will vary significantly and depend on how much cloud cover there is, 7C to 10C (45F-50F) is expected under cloudy skies but where we get any breaks we could see something as low as 3C (37F).

Mist and fog patches are also likely.

Tuesday will see any overnight mist and fog eventually clearing to leave a largely dry day with highs of around 18C (64F).

Visit BBC Weather for the detailed forecast where you live.

City trials no charge for bulky rubbish removal

Not charging residents for the disposal of bulky waste items in order to prevent fly-tipping is being trialled in Peterborough.

Waste depot

Peterborough City Council clears around 800 fly-tips every month costing more than £200,000 annually - money which it says could otherwise be spent on vital public services.

On three days in September and October residents will be able to get rid of large household items, like mattresses and fridges, for free in six locations around the city.

The council will also be trialing free bulky waste collections at a date to be set.

Evidence will be collected to assess the impact the free scheme has on the number of fly-tipping incidents.

Councillor Irene Walsh said: "We are doing our bit with the [#LovePeterborough] campaign and free bulky waste collections, but we also need residents and businesses to play their part and keep the streets clean."

Severe accident: A1303 Cambridgeshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A1303 Cambridgeshire westbound severe accident, between A14 J35 and Airport Way.

A1303 Cambridgeshire - A1303 Newmarket Road in Fen Ditton closed westbound between Stow Cum Quy and the Airport Way junction, because of an accident involving car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Comedian wins Emmy awards

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Comedian John Oliver has won two Emmy Awards at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

John Oliver
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Oliver, who went to Mark Rutherford school in Bedford, beat off competition from James Corden to win Best Variety Talk Series for "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver".

He also won the award for Best Writing.

Earlier this year Oliver took a satirical look at the town where he spent his formative years.

He left school to go onto Christ College, Cambridge, becoming a member of Cambridge Footlights, the university's amateur theatrical group.

#LovePeterborough battles fly-tipping

The war on fly-tipping in Peterborough enters a new battle today.

Fly-tipping rubbish

It's being dubbed #LovePeterborough and the new campaign by the city council aims to rid the city of unsightly fly-tipping and encourage people to dispose of their waste responsibly.

The authority says it clears around 800 fly-tips every month costing more than £200,000 annually - "money which could otherwise be spent on vital public services", a spokesman said.

Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities, said: "We hope with the help from the public - who know how to report these incidents to us - we can encourage all our residents to #LovePeterborough."

Police investigate MP death threats

Police are investigating after Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire - Heidi Allen - says she has received death threats on social media.

Heidi Allen MP
Heidi Allen

She was speaking after a BBC Radio 5 Live survey revealed 87% of MP's were on the receiving end of some form of abuse during the 2017 general election.

More than a third of the UK's 195 female MPs took part in the research.

Meanwhile a Labour campaigner in Cambridge believes one in 50 households abuse political party members when out campaigning.

Heidi Allen believes social media is the worst culprit for abuse: "People do hide on social media.

"I call them keyboard warriors. I've had death threats by email and threats of physical violence."

Councils wage war on fly-tipping

Council tax payers in Corby paid more than £80,000 last year to dispose of fly-tipped waste.

The borough council says it dealt with 1,750 incidents of rubbish being left irresponsibly in 2016.

"We do have officers that search the waste to try and find material that traces it back to a source," council spokesman Andrew Samson said.

He added: "We're also very reliant on information from residents."

More than 1100 clear-up operations took place in Daventry according to the council, including the dumping of asbestos.

This picture below was taken this morning near the Racecourse in Northampton.

rubbish fly-tipped

Monday's weather: Sunny spells and scattered heavy showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's a grey start for many of us this morning, there are also one or two mist and fog patches out there as well.

Showers will continue through the day with one or two brighter spells between them.

Temperatures will struggle, it's going to feel quite chilly, with a maximum of 15C (59F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Weather map

Good morning Cambridgeshire

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Hello and welcome to our live coverage on Monday.

Among the stories we're looking at this morning:

  • Police are investigating after the Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire, Heidi Allen, says she has received death threats
  • A new professor of innovation has been appointed at the University of Cambridge to develop the next generation of inventors

The weather follows next with Kate Kinsella

Severe disruption: A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on A1(M) southbound between J16, A15 (Norman Cross) and J15, B1043 (Sawtry), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: A47 Norfolk both ways

BBC News Travel

A47 Norfolk both ways severe disruption, between A1101 Elm High Road and A149 Queen Elizabeth Way.

A47 Norfolk - A47 closed in both directions between Elme Hall roundabout in Wisbech and Hardwick Roundabout in King's Lynn, because of a serious police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Museum in bid to preserve '1960s UK hovertrain'
A hovertrain threatened to revolutionise rail travel in the 1960s but now lives in a museum.

League One high-flyers Peterborough are denied a late winner as they come from behind to draw at Walsall.

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Cambridge United hold off Coventry City to claim a narrow victory in an entertaining League Two match.

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'Why we love retro video gaming'
The Centre for Computing History in Cambridge has an archive of more than 10,000 games.

That's all from Local Live

Our news updates have now come to an end for the day and for the week, and it's time for us to head off home.

Many thanks for your company - we hope you've enjoyed reading the stories we've brought you.

Have a great weekend and we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

The weekend weather outlook

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Any rain should clear tonight, with showers becoming confined to the Norfolk coast.

It'll be mostly dry by morning with clear spells and a few fog patches.

With temperatures falling as low as 4C (39F) there could be a touch of grass frost in rural areas.

Weather graphic for 06:00 Saturday

Tomorrow will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers, which could turn heavy with hail and thunder.

Top temperature of 15C (59F).

Sunday will start cold, with a touch of frost in rural areas. Any mist and fog patches will clear to leave mainly dry conditions with sunny spells.

There's a small chance of an isolated shower, which could be heavy and thundery.

BBC Weather has more.

Train services suspended for next few weekends between Cambridge and Stansted

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Greater Anglia services between Cambridge and Stansted Airport are suspended this weekend and for the next six weekends.

It's so planned engineering works by Network Rail can take place.

Replacement buses will be running instead.

The work means the car park at Cambridge railway station will also be closed as the space is needed for the extra buses that are being laid on.

Cambridge Railway Station
Greater Anglia

Music of my youth

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We should all have memories of the music we listened to as a child.

Sadly mine is playing Wham! to annoy my sister (she liked Duran Duran) and disappearing to my room on a Sunday afternoon to listen to the charts.

So memories, hopefully better than these, are being sought for a new National Lottery project.

Funding of more than £60,000 has been awarded to the charity Babylon Arts to save Baby Boomers' memories of the music they listened to as teenagers in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

It will focus on March, Wisbech, Mildenhall and Brandon for their project "Talkin' bout my generation: Musical memories of the Fens and Brecks Baby Boomers".

It will lead to a documentary being created and a touring exhibition.

Babylon ARTS group dressed up from different decades
Babylon ARTS

Meanwhile, £10,000 has been given to the Littleport Field Theatre Group to tell the story of Littleport through the memories of its residents.

Tory MP Heidi Allen urges delay to universal credit
Some 14% of new claimants still do not get any money on time, while another 23% only get a partial payment on-time.

Strictly dance reveal

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

This is the moment any Strictly Come Dancing fan looks forward to...

Today it's been announced what sizzling dance routine Cambridgeshire's Aston Merrygold and Jonnie Peacock will perform in the hit show when it returns next Saturday.

It's all a case of When I Need You for Jonnie and Oti, as they'll be doing a Waltz to the Luther Vandross song.

Aston will be attempting the Foxtrot with Janette and, of course, It Had To Be You by Harry Connick Jnr.

Now where did I put that spray tan?

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Cannabis plants worth quarter of million pounds discovered in Wisbech

John Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A cannabis factory containing 500 plants has been discovered in Wisbech.

Police say the property on Oakroyd Cresent had a "potential future yield of up to £250,000".

Cannabis factory

They raided the property at about 10:30 this morning.

Police van

No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.

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