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  1. Updates on Friday, 20 October 2017
  2. Police get new powers to tackle Wisbech street drinking
  3. Car fire on A14 causes commuter chaos
  4. Abandoned Tesco to be turned into a Poundstretcher

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Preview: The punt

Mary-Ann Ochota explores the story of the punt.
Mary-Ann Ochota explores the story of the punt, a boat that helped our ancestors survive in some of Britain's toughest environments, and went on to become an Edwardian leisure craze that's still with us today.

Overnight weather: Dry at first but some outbreaks of rain later

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

There'll be a few clear spells at first tonight where it will turn a little chilly, but thickening cloud will eventually bring outbreaks of rain from the west.

Southerly winds will strengthen during the early hours, with temperatures initially falling to 8C (46F) but becoming milder by dawn.

Wind chart

There'll be a sunny start to Saturday morning, with just a few isolated showers, but these will become more widespread as cloud builds through the day.

Windy with southwesterly winds gusting 40-50mph during the afternoon, temperatures peaking at 16C (61F).

Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Police confirm start date for Corrie Mckeague search to resume

The resumption of the search for missing airman Corrie Mckeague will take place on Monday, 23 October.

The extended search, which is likely to take around four to six weeks, will concentrate on an area of Cell 22 next to the site of the earlier search.

The indications are this is the next most likely area where Corrie could be, say police.

Corrie Mckeague
Family photo

The Major Investigation Team re-checked data and concluded the area of the original 20-week search was still the location where there was the highest likelihood of finding Corrie.

However, police say the nature of waste disposal and its movement is not a precise science, hence the requirement to extend the search.

On 21 July, police announced their search of the Milton site was at an end.

Mr Mckeague's family said at the time they were "devastated" by the decision.

Milton landfill site

BreakingSearch of landfill site for missing Corrie to resume next week

The search of the Milton landfill site in Cambridgeshire for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague will resume on Monday.

We'll bring you more details shortly.

Yellow weather warning issued ahead of Storm Brian

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

There's a yellow weather warning in place for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire tomorrow as Storm Brian moves across the UK.

The Met Office says there's likely to be strong winds between 04:00 and 23:59.

The warning says: "Some transport disruption is likely across the whole warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

"Short term loss of power and other services is also possible, as well as damage to trees."

Met Office weather warning.
Met Office

Click here for more details from BBC Weather.

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Bus replacements for train services

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

There will be buses to replace train journeys affected by works on Lincolnshire's railways this weekend.

Work on a railway bridge between Spalding and Sleaford and on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass will disrupt journeys:

  • On Saturday 21, October, Sunday, 22 October and Monday, 23 October there will be a rail replacement service between Spalding, Sleaford and Lincoln. Trains will operate between Peterborough and Spalding.
  • On Tuesday, 24 October, trains between Lincoln and Peterborough will operate between Lincoln and Sleaford only. A rail replacement service will operate between Sleaford, Spalding and Peterborough.

This is crucial work and investment to improve the railway in Lincolnshire. We have worked with Network Rail to ensure that disruption for our customers is kept to a minimum

Rob MercerArea Station Manager - East Midlands Trains

Opportunity for young people to try their hand at sports reporting

Do you know a youngster who'd like to report on their own sports story at the BBC?

The BBC School Report Sports Reporter scheme is open for 16-18-year-olds, with applications open until 10 November.

What's on offer?

  • 5 day placement within a BBC Local or Nations radio or online sports department
  • A mentor from your chosen BBC site
  • The opportunity to share your sports story with BBC audiences
  • Training with your BBC mentor to provide you with the required skills to tell your story. These could be: interviewing and sports story writing skills; editing skills; script writing and presenting skills of packages for radio and online

What are we looking for?

  • You'll need to be aged 16-18 before the start of the scheme
  • You’ll need to be in full-time education*
  • A proven passion for sport
  • A fantastic story idea relevant to the location you’re applying to
  • You don’t need to have any prior journalism experience or training to apply

*Please note this is an opportunity for people studying at school, college or a youth group. This is not a suitable opportunity for university students or apprentices studying at university level.

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Street drinking crackdown has 'made a big difference'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Police are now able to issue fines to street drinkers, move them on and confiscate their alcohol in three areas of Wisbech.

Similar Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) have been rolled out elsewhere in Cambridgeshire in recent years.

In Peterborough they cover New England, Millfield and parts of the city centre while in Cambridge, the PSPO for Mill Road Cemetery, Petersfield Green and the front garden of Ditchburn Place was brought in nearly 18 months ago.

Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge.
Geograph/Hugh Venables

Diana Cook, chair of the Friends of Mill Road Cemetery, said it seems to have worked there:

"I think it was a place lots of people felt threatened by.

"Parents walking their children home from school felt uncomfortable by lots of people sitting on benches getting very drunk and throwing cans into the shrubbery.

"18 months on I think the PSPO has had a really positive effect.

"There was quite a good presence of PCSOs coming around talking to drinkers and now you don't see people sat around drinking, so yes I think it's made a big difference."

Police get new powers to tackle Wisbech street drinking

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

New powers to try and limit street drinking in parts of Wisbech have come into force today.

The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) allows police to confiscate alcohol and fine people in three street drinking hotspots - Tillery Fields, St Peter's Church Gardens (pictured) and the memorial garden in The Crescent.

St Peter's Church Gardens in Wisbech.
Geograph/Richard Humphrey

David Oliver, Conservative Councillor in charge of Community Safety on Fenland District Council, said: "We are introducing the PSPOs to respond to areas of need in Wisbech that have been impacted by alcohol misuse and harm.

"It will form part of our wider partnership work as it is essential we continue to address this complex issue through both enforcement and ongoing support to alleviate it long-term and ensure people are able to feel safe and enjoy the town."

Car fire on A14 causes commuter chaos

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A car fire brought traffic to a halt on the A14 during the Friday morning rush hour.

Two crews were called to the blazing vehicle on the eastbound stretch between Girton and Histon at about 07:50.

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With two of the three lanes closed off, traffic quickly backed up, with surrounding roads also busy as motorists sought out alternative routes.

Highways England says the road is now fully open but there are still "long delays" in the area.

No-one was injured in the incident, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed.

Abandoned Tesco to be turned into a Poundstretcher

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A national discount store is hoping to move into an unused supermarket by the end of November.

It cost £22m to build a Tesco on the outskirts of Chatteris but it was later named as one of 49 planned stores to be cancelled after a fall in the supermarket's profits.

Empty Tesco store.

The site has been empty for the past three years but Poundstretcher is now close to taking over half of the unit, which is still owned by Tesco.

Poundstretcher said it would create 23 jobs - a mixture of part-time and full-time positions - and hoped the move would encourage another retailer to occupy the other half of the site.

Today's weather: Wet and windy start

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a wet and windy start there will be a gradual improvement through the day and things will brighten up in the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather: Wet and misty overnight, brighter by Friday afternoon

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Rather cloudy across the BBC East region this evening with scattered showers becoming more prolonged later this evening, but they should clear to leave mild and misty conditions.

There will be moderate southerly winds and lows of 10C (50F).

BBC East weather map

Friday will be cool, cloudy and breezy with more showers possible at first, but then brighter later.

There will be west to south westerly winds and a peak temperature of 14C (58F).

For a more detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

'Age simulation suit' being worn by hospital staff

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Today I tried on an "age simulation suit".

It basically works by adding weight and stiffness to your body on places like your neck, elbows, waist, knees and ankles to simulate what happens to you as you get older.

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has been getting its staff to wear them along with goggles and ear muffs to replicate site and hearing problems.

Dotty McCloud trying on an "age simulation suit"

Consultant geriatrician Stephen Wallis says it's all about working to keep patients "mobile" as it makes their staff empathise with older patients.

"We all understand on an intellectual level, some of the challenges and difficulties that older patients face, but there is nothing quite the same as wearing the suit and thinking twice before you get up and walk across the room because it's hard work," he said.

Teenager in 'terrifying attack' in St Neots

An 11-year-old girl has been involved in a "terrifying attack", according to Cambridgeshire Police.

They say the girl was walking home from school in the Love's Farm area of St Neots, when two men in a white van tried to steal her bag, at about 05:20 on Wednesday.

They don't believe it wasn't an attempted kidnap.

Map of St Neots

The men are described as in their 30s and wearing dark coloured beanie hats.

Extra patrols are taking place in the area to "provide reassurance to pupils and parents", police added.

Ex-Anglia TV presenter 'sexually abused as a child'

The television presenter, Helen McDermott, has revealed she was sexually abused by a family friend when she was 12 years old.

"I was sexually abused by a member from the church... this is the first time I've ever mentioned it, it was something that you never talked about, I thought it was my fault," said Ms McDermott, who is a former presenter on television with Anglia TV and Mustard TV and on BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I was picked up, it was a friend of the family... I would never have talked about this until now, it has affected me all my life, there's no question about that."

Helen McDermott

Ms McDermott has spoken out, as part of the hashtag Me Too campaign, which has gained momentum after allegations of rape and sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced.

Histon care home residents get boxing fit

A care home is getting its residents into boxing as a way of getting fit.

Dorothy Hanant and Francis Hookham boxing
Dorothy Hanant sparring with 86-year-old Francis Hookham

Bramley Court in Histon near Cambridge has rolled out a new personalised exercise programme for all of its residents, which includes circuit training and boxing.

Dorothy Hanant, 81, says she is really enjoying the exercises and she can now "pull and open doors" that she previously struggled with.

Flying Scotsman repairs continue

The Flying Scotsman remains in Peterborough this morning so repair works can continue.

The locomotive developed a fault yesterday during a "Cathedrals Express" trip between Ely and Norwich.

Flying Scotsman

The company behind the tour, Steam Dreams Rail, say it was due to a fault in the "hot axle box".

"It's not currently clear if the fault will be fixed in time for the trips on Saturday," they added.

Flying Scotsman being repaired

The train is due to travel from Norwich to Ipswich and back on Saturday morning, then from Norwich to London King's Cross in the afternoon.

Whatever happens the trips will take place, but with "an alternative steam locomotive" if the Flying Scotsman can't be fixed in time, they company explained.

PC threatened with knife after attempted robbery

Police are trying to trace and identify a robber who threatened an officer with a knife in Letchworth before stealing his radio.

They say the man was being followed after he tried to rob a 69-year-old man at a cashpoint in the Garden Square Shopping Centre at about 10:15 on Tuesday.

He made off with the man's railcard, before dropping it.

He was confronted by a police officer as he tried to board a Cambridge-bound train at Letchworth, but he threatened the officer and ran off.

The railway line was temporarily closed while the area was searched, and the radio was later found.

The robber is described as black, aged 20-40, and spoke with a Caribbean accent. He was wearing a black jacket and a black woolly hat.

Today's weather: Mild and damp

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a damp, mild and rather murky start to the day across the BBC East region, with mist and fog in some places and there will probably be some rain in the western counties. Further east, it is more likely to be dry.

There will be lots of cloud through the day and there might be some showers through the afternoon as well.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Flying Scotsman broken down at Peterborough

Thousands of people were expected to try to see the famous locomotive at it steamed towards Norwich.

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Flying Scotsman fault 'very unusual'

Flying Scotsman at Peterborough

The travel company behind Flying Scotsman's unsuccessful 'Cathedrals Express' trip from Ely to Norwich today says the locomotive "developed a fault" earlier and had to stop at Peterborough.

In a statement, the Steam Dreams Rail co. said: "Flying Scotsman developed a fault with its hot axel box on the right hand driving wheel, which was discovered at Peterborough.

"Unfortunately this means the locomotive is a failure, and the Cathedrals Express will be hauled instead by a vintage diesel locomotive this evening.

"Steam locomotives need 24 hours preparation so a failure like this during the day leaves us no choice but to run with diesel as the extent of the hotbox cannot be assessed until the locomotive has returned to a depot.

"This is a very unusual occurrence in the middle of a journey and only the second time the Flying Scotsman has had any problems since its return in January 2016.

"We are extremely sorry for the disappointment that this will cause to both our passengers and onlookers."

Flying Scotsman at Peterborough

Student who moved to the UK speaking no English graduates with first-class degree

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Hameeda Hussani

A student who moved to Peterborough from Afghanistan a decade ago will receive a first-class law degree from Anglia Ruskin University this evening.

Hameeda Hussani arrived in the city at the age of 13. She'd never been to school and couldn't speak English.

Hameeda, 23, used to earn money for her family by weaving carpets with her sister.

"Ever since I was a child I’d wanted to study law," she said. "But coming to the UK unable to speak, read or write English, I didn’t believe it was possible for me.

"When you’ve dreamed of doing something for so long, even if it seems impossible, the thought revisits you again and again."

Her next target is to secure a training contract with a firm of solicitors in the summer, with a view to specialising in property or corporate law.

"Anybody can go as far as they want to go with the right determination and support," she said.

Flying Scotsman halted at Peterborough 'due to failure'

Flying Scotsman, which was due to travel to Norwich this evening, has broken down, the British Transport Police (BTP) said.

Thousands of people were expected to try to see the famous locomotive as it travelled from Ely at 17:30 to Norwich, due to arrive at 19:00.

It left Lincolnshire this morning.

However, BTP said it would travel no further than Peterborough "due to a failure".

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There had been fears there would be trespassers getting on to the tracks after serious incidents last year, but the BTP said there had been no issues.

Severe disruption: A605 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A605 Cambridgeshire both ways severe disruption, at A605 Stanground Bypass.

A605 Cambridgeshire - A605 Stanham Way in Peterborough closed in both directions at the A605 Stanground Bypass junction, because of a gas leak.

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

Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock in a degree celebration pose
Max Whitlock MBE becomes a Doctor of Science at Anglia Ruskin University.

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The award recognises someone who devotes their free time to help people in grassroots activity and sport.

Smiling, encouraging, mentoring and lifting spirits - a person who is dedicated to helping others in your community or club.

Who do you know who fits the bill?

Regional winners will attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Liverpool on Sunday, 17 December, when the overall winner will be announced.

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Cambridgeshire hospitals missing targets

The performance of hospitals across the UK has slumped with targets for cancer, A&E and planned operations now being missed en masse, BBC research shows.

Addenbrooke's Hospital only met one of its targets in cancer care and failed in A&E and planned operations and care.

A&E at Addenbrooke's

The North West Anglia NHS Trust, which manages both Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, also failed to meet two of its targets. The only one it met was planned ops and care.

Strictly: Waltz a way to go, Aston

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It's the moment that any Strictly Come Dancing fan can't wait for... the dance reveal.

Peterborough's Aston Merrygold danced a quickstep last week, but now it's the turn of Jonnie Peacock to rush around the floor.

He'll be dancing to Part-Time Lover by Stevie Wonder.

It will be a case of 1,2,3 for Aston, as he and Janette Can't Help Falling In Love to a waltz, Elvis Presley style.

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Flying Scotsman in the region

The world famous steam engine, the Flying Scotsman, is passing through the region today.

The train left Peterborough this morning on a scheduled trip to York and will return later.

If you missed it, don't worry as it will travel from Ely to Norwich this afternoon.

Flying Scotsman

Trainspotters are being urged to keep off the tracks, with Network Rail asking spectators to only take photos from safe areas.

It also warns against drones being flown, reminding enthausiasts flying them within 50 metres of the railway is illegal.

Dr Whitlock

It was a very proud day yesterday for Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock, who received his Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock

Here he is getting it... .

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Anglia Ruskin University says he was chosen for his "dedication and success" helping to "raise the profile of gymnastics with young people throughout the UK".

Today's weather: Outbreaks of rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Weather

It's a grey and damp start this morning but remains mild.

During the day, outbreaks of rain will make their way across the region from the south - mostly light and patchy but with some heavier bursts - and it will remain gloomy.

Maximum temperature 13C (55F).

Severe accident: M11 Cambridgeshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Cambridgeshire southbound severe accident, at J14 for A14.

M11 Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on M11 southbound at J14, A14 (Girton), because of an accident involving a lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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


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