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  1. Updates for Friday, 8 December 2017

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Weather: Snow expected

There's a warning that snow could fall in the Eastern region this weekend.

In Northamptonshire, it's expected tonight.

The Met Office says snow may fall in Norfolk and Northants on Saturday, as "one or two snow showers are possible in the west."

On Sunday snow is predicted for the rest of the East.

Fenland woman dies after being struck by lightning

Peterborough Telegraph

A Fenland woman has died after being struck by lightning while playing golf with her husband on a romantic holiday in Turkey.

Cambridge Folk Festival 2018 headliners announced

Nic Rigby

BBC News

American singer, visual artist and "punk poet laureate" Patti Smith (pictured) and country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine are headlining the Cambridge Folk Festival, it has been announced.

Patti Smith
Cambridge Live

The event at Cherry Hinton Hall, which attracts thousands of music fans from around the country, is taking place between 2 August and 5 August 2018.

Other artistes announced include Janis Ian, who topped the US charts in the 1970s with her song At Seventeen, country singer Rosanne Cash, English folk music royalty Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band (pictured) and blues legend Eric Bibb.

Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band
Cambridge Live
John Prine
Cambridge Live

No injuries reported in A14 crash

Police say no-one was injured in an accident earlier on the A14 near Bar Hill between a lorry and a van.

However, motorists are still being warned of long delays on the eastbound carriageway.

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Crash causing long delays

Motorists are facing delays of about more than an hour on the A14 after a crash near Bar Hill.

Police said the accident happened at about 13:15 on the eastbound carriageway.

There are no further details at this time.

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Charly Musonda in action for Chelsea's under-21 side in the Checkatrade Trophy

Chelsea's under-21 side will host Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy third round, while Leicester's academy side will travel to Oldham.

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Security guards to patrol Peterborough taxi ranks

Security marshals will be guarding taxi ranks in parts of Peterborough in the run-up to Christmas in a bid to stem anti-social behaviour.

Two Security Industry Authority (SIA)-registered marshals will patrol the Broadway and Northminster ranks each weekend between now and New Year's Eve.

They will carry body-worn cameras and radios which will give them access to CCTV and the police.

Taxi rank in Broadway, Peterborough

The scheme's been developed by the Safer Peterborough Partnership, Cambridgeshire Police and the city council, and aims to prevent alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour and ensure passengers can get taxis quickly and safely.

Homeless family of four living in one room
Sarah, 12, on life since she and her family became homeless in Peterborough.
Stranded train

Dozens of passengers were aboard the 09:48 London to Hull service when the engine failed.

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Severe accident: A10 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A10 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, between Broad Baulk and Red Fen Road.

A10 Cambridgeshire - A10 Ely Road in Stretham blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between the Broad Baulk junction and the Red Fen Road junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident and fallen power cables.

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

Passengers leave stricken train at Helpston

Here are the latest images of relieved passengers finally leaving a train that was stuck near Peterborough after hitting an object on the track at about 10:30.

Train passengers

The Hull Trains service from London King's Cross came to a halt at Helpston after sustaining what the company described as "catastrophic engine failure".

Engineers checking train at Helpston

Passengers were stuck on board for more than four hours, many complaining of no water or working toilets, while the fuel leak was cleared and a rescue train organised.

They have now been moved from the stricken train, but passengers using services between London and the north east are still being warned about delays.

Train at Helpston

Train fuel leak was 'catastrophic failure' of engine

The Managing Director of Hull Trains has apologised to passengers and praised staff on a train which was stranded after a fuel leak between Peterborough and Grantham.

Will Dunnett has also now revealed that the 09:48 London to Hull train didn't strike an object on the tracks, as was originally thought, but it was in fact a "catastrophic failure of the engine".

Earlier today, Hull Trains, Network Rail and the train's driver thought something struck the train between Peterborough and Grantham which ruptured the fuel tanks.

Once our train inspectors were at work alongside Network Rail, it was actually clear it is a catastrophic failure of the engine which has caused the damage to the unit."

Will DunnettManaging director, Hull Trains

Minister's stuck train affects Culture announcement

The Minister for Arts is one of the people stuck on a train which has suffered a fuel leak between Peterborough and Grantham, it's emerged.

John Glen has now confirmed he won't be able to announce the winner of the City of Culture 2021 title on the BBC's One Show, as was originally planned.

The announcement will now be made by Phil Redmond, who is Chair of the UK City of Culture panel:

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Cambridge Women rugby union

Cambridge University lift both men's and women's Varsity trophies after victories over Oxford University at Twickenham

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Cambridge News printed 11,000 copies with headline gaffe

A newspaper published 11,000 copies of an edition which included instructions to writers on the front page instead of a headline, it has revealed.

The Cambridge News left "100PT SPLASH HEADING HERE" in place of the intended headline about a "sex lair" school on most of Wednesday's papers.

Front cover of paper

The Cambridge News apologised yesterday for a "technical error", but the paper's owner Trinity Mirror has since refused to say what the error was or how it went unnoticed.

A spokesman said 11,000 copies had the erroneous headline, but 3,000 of the Cambourne edition ran the correct headline.

He said: "The company will be saying nothing further on this matter other than to reiterate the apology issued by the Cambridge News yesterday."

Rail disruption expected until early evening

Rail passengers using services between London and the north east are being told they could face disruption to their journeys until this evening.

Some lines have reopened after a train hit an obstruction on the track near Peterborough this morning and sprung a fuel leak - however, National Rail says the knock-on effect of that could last several more hours.

A number of trains have been cancelled and others are running up to an hour late.

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Services affected are:

  • East Midlands Trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich
  • Grand Central between London Kings Cross and Bradford Interchange / Sunderland
  • Hull Trains between London Kings Cross and Hull
  • Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Leeds / York / Newcastle / Glasgow Central / Edinburgh

Fuel leak train stuck for more than 4 hours

Passengers have been tweeting and calling the BBC after the Hull Trains service which got stuck earlier this morning still remains stuck.

The train struck an object on the track which ruptured fuel tanks leaving it at a standstill between Peterborough and Grantham.

Passengers are now getting frustrated:

There's no heat, there's no light, all the toilets are full. The crew have been absolutely fantastic but passengers are now starting to get fed up. They've sent people from Hull to fix it. The train's too badly damaged to be towed so we're having to evacuate the train. It's been awful it really has."

Barry GreenPassenger

The facilities have all run out. The toilets were full a while ago. I've heard secondhand that people have been told they can use a cup or something and dispose of it down the sink."

Paul HoptonPassenger

Rail disruption as fuel leak halts train

Rail passengers travelling between London and the north-east are facing long delays and cancellations after a train hit an obstruction on the track near Peterborough.

The Hull Trains service from London King's Cross came to a halt at Helpston at about 10:30.

Early reports of a fire on board the train have been dismissed by Network Rail which said the driver thought she saw smoke, but it was later confirmed there was none.

However, the train sustained damage and a fuel leak is currently being dealt with.

Train information
Network rail

A Network Rail spokeswoman said passengers remained on board and the train would be towed to a station to enable them to leave.

No-one was injured, but passengers using East Midlands, Grand Central, Hull Trains and Virgin Trains services have been told to expect long delays or cancellations.

Network Rail inspecting track after fuel leak

There are problems on the East Coast Mainline after a Hull Trains service suffered a fuel leak after hitting something on the tracks.

Network Rail have been out inspecting the track. Paul Hopton sent us this picture from the train in question:

Network Rail inspecting track
Paul Hopton / Twitter

London-Hull train service cancelled after fuel leak

Here's the latest on the Hull Trains service which has been affected by a fuel leak on the East Coast Mainline between Peterborough and Grantham:

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Controlled explosion for grenades

Phil Shepka

BBC News

A controlled explosion has taken place to dispose of handmade grenades from World War Two, which were found during building work for the new ice rink in Cambridge.

One of the devices caused a small fire in the bucket of a digger at the Newmarket Road site.

Cambridgeshire Police said it had been dealt with by the bomb disposal unit at about 09:00 on Thursday.

Fuel leak after Hull Trains service hits object

There are problems on the East Coast Mainline at the moment after a Hull Trains service suffered a fuel leak after hitting something on the tracks which ruptured fuel tanks.

The affected service is the 09:48 train from London to Hull and it's currently at a standstill between Peterborough and Grantham.

Network Rail says the driver reported hitting something and seeing smoke so the train was brought to a stop.

There was no smoke in the carriages so passengers didn't need to be evacuated, according to Network Rail.

The company adds that the train is going to be towed away as soon as possible, the fuel spill is being cleared up and nearby track is being inspected to ensure there's no obstruction.

Two of the four lines have now reopened, so trains are once again moving through the area.

They’re not telling us much. We hit something which caused damage to the undercarriage and ruptured fuel tanks. All calm and staff being excellent."

Andrew LargeTrain passenger

Snow prospects for Sunday across BBC East region

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

BreakingA14: Highways England reports all lanes westbound now open near Newmarket

It follows an earlier problem at the between the A1303 junctions for Cambridge Airport, Stow-cum-Quy and Bottisham.

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A14 lane closure causing congestion in Newmarket

We're hearing that a number of roads in Newmarket are becoming congested, Newmarket, as drivers try to find alternative routes to avoid the A14 westbound, where lane two of two is closed after a lorry shed its load of hay.

Hamilton Road, Bury Road and Fordham Road are reported to be particularly busy.

The lane closure on the A14 is between J36 (Nine Mile Hill) and J35 (Stow cum Quy).

Lengthy delays westbound on A14 near Newmarket

There are long delays on the A14 westbound, between J36 (Nine Mill Hill) and J35 (Stow cum Quy), after a lorry shed its load of hay.

That was blowing around on the carriageway, making driving conditions dangerous, so police initially closed the road completely, but one lane is now open.

There have also been reports of other collisions in the area.

We're getting reports of nine miles of queuing traffic.

A14 westbound near Newmarket
Highways England

Severe disruption: A14 Cambridgeshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire westbound severe disruption, between J36 A1303 and J35 A1303 Newmarket Road.

A14 Cambridgeshire - Very slow traffic on A14 westbound between J36, A1303 (Nine Mile Hill) and J35, A1303 (Stow Cum Quy), because of earlier bales of hay on the road. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 30 minutes.

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

Severe disruption: A428 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A428 Cambridgeshire both ways severe disruption, at St Neots Road.

A428 Cambridgeshire - A428 St Neots Road closed in both directions at Hardwick Junction, because of a police incident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cambridge News front cover

The paper accidentally put instructions to writers on the cover instead of a story about a "sex lair".

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Second World War grenades found in Cambridge

Handmade grenades, thought to be from the Second World War, have been found during construction of the new ice rink on Newmarket Road, Cambridge.

A spokesman for Cambridge Airport said one of the devices "triggered a small fire in the bucket of a digger clearing the site."

A bomb disposal unit has been called and a precautionary safety cordon has been established around the site.

Police have told the public not be concerned by loud noises as there are likely to be controlled explosions.

The Cambridge News is currently doing live coverage.

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Rare Botswana diamond on show in Cambridge

Cambridge News

One of only two diamonds in the country with traceable links to Botswana is on display in Cambridge tonight, according to the Cambridge News.

The 3.19 carat diamond is on show at Catherine Jones Jewellery, in Bridge Street.

In case you're wondering - the other one is firmly on the finger of one Meghan Markle.

River tragedy victim had been helping son's business

Ely Standard

The man who died in a river tragedy in Ely had been helping his son locally to set up a small business selling military surplus equipment and clothing, reports the Ely Standard.

His body was recovered from Cathedral Marina on Friday morning. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.

Council bid to contribute to school's refurbishment

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A village secondary school is to receive £2m from the county council towards a huge renovation - as staff work to turn its fortunes around.

Sawtry Village Academy was placed in special measures in 2014 - and in October 2017 former headteacher James Stewart was jailed for four years for misconduct and fraud.

The school has more than 1,200 pupils aged 11 to 18 and is now making good progress, according to Ofsted, after a change in leadership.

The so-called "one-off capital investment" would address what the council describes as "serious health, safety and wellbeing issues".

Sawtry Village Academy

"Officers consider that there is a compelling case for the council to support the health, safety and wellbeing of Sawtry’s secondary aged children by making a major contribution of £2 million to Sawtry Village Academy’s much needed redevelopment," the report says.

It continues: "Local authority officers are in no doubt that the condition of the buildings has been seriously affected by the failings in school leadership."

Airbnb house could be breaching planning rules, says council

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Cambridge City Council is considering slapping an enforcement notice on a property in the city that's being let out with online letting firm 'airbnb'.

The council has received complaints about "noise disturbance" and the frequency of lets at the house on Richmond Road.

It is advertised on the 'airbnb' website as a three-bedroom home for up to five guests, although the owner says he lives there two or three days a week.

Here's what the council rules say about short-term letting:

Air bnb reference
Cambridge City Council

The council is to consider whether the owner is committing a planning breach by letting it out for more than their 90-day rule on short term lets.