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  1. Updates for Friday, 22 December 2017

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Football

Jonathan Forte's late goal sees Notts County fight back from 3-0 down to draw against Cambridge United.

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Football

Danny Lloyd scores twice as Peterborough United beat Bury to achieve back-to-back wins for the first time since August.

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Severe accident: A1123 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1123 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, at the level crossing.

A1123 Cambridgeshire - A1123 Newmarket Road in Stretham closed and queuing traffic in both directions at the level crossing, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A1307 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1307 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between Horseheath Road and Linton Road.

A1307 Cambridgeshire - A1307 in Linton closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Horseheath Road junction and the Linton Road junction, because of an accident and an oil spillage.

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

Severe accident: A1123 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1123 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between B1090 Sawtry Way and Hill Rise.

A1123 Cambridgeshire - A1123 Houghton Hill Road in St Ives closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B1090 Sawtry Way junction and the Hill Rise junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Primary school uses Minecraft to teach Bronze Age history
Primary school pupils are playing a popular computer game in the classroom to learn about the Bronze Age.

Waste treatment plant would have taller chimney than Ely Cathedral

waste treatment works plan
Amey

Environmental services firm Amey has submitted plans for a waste treatment plant that, when finished, could end up taller than Ely Cathedral.

The plant at Waterbeach would cost £200m and its chimney stack would be 80m (262ft) - 14m higher than Ely Cathedral.

Chris Smiles, from Amey, said the company wanted the plant to have the "least impact on the surrounding area" but admitted the stack height was "significant".

Plans will now be fully reviewed by the county council, and a decision made next year.

'Step up' campaign launched to prevent sexual assaults

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A campaign has been launched by Cambridgeshire Police to reduce sexual assaults in bars and clubs.

The 'Step up' initiative is encouraging people to intervene if they see a situation where they see inappropriate behaviour that could lead to a sexual assault.

A recent poll from the force revealed that seven in 10 people would be prepared to intervene.

The campaign follows initiatives like "Ask for Angela", aimed at putting preventative measures in place to stop people becoming victims of sexual assault.

Step Up campaign
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Det Insp Kate Anderson, who leads the force's Rape Investigation Team, said: "This campaign is about empowering bystanders to 'step in' if they are concerned for someone's welfare.

"Everyone has the right to go out and enjoy themselves without fear that they will be subjected to sexual violence, assaults and sexualised comments."

Severe accident: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe accident, between J9 for A11 Saffron Walden and J8 for A120 affecting J10 for A505.

M11 Essex - One lane closed, queuing traffic and delays on M11 southbound between J9 A11 Saffron Walden and J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Travel time is around 45 minutes. Congestion to J10, A505 (Duxford).

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

Ice rink work delayed after WW2 grenades found

Cambridge News

Work on a new ice rink in Cambridge has been delayed after 40 unexploded grenades dating from World War Two were found and detonated.

Council makes U-turn over Rhubarb Bridge plans

Peterborough Telegraph

Rhubarb Bridge, Peterborough
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The city council has guaranteed that Peterborough's ailing Rhubarb Bridge - at junction 17 of the A47/A15 - will be repaired and eventually replaced - despite the £30m price tag.

Brendon and Jean Constant

Brendon Constant, 87, died in a fall in April while awaiting trial for the murder of his wife Jean.

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Pedestrian killed at Haddon services named

Police have named a pedestrian who died in a collision involving a lorry near Peterborough earlier this month.

Daniel Guillaume, 54, from France, sadly died on the A605 by the A1 Haddon Services on 12 December.

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses.

A605 at Haddon Services
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Driver seriously hurt in roundabout crash

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A motorist has been seriously injured after his Jaguar car "went airborne over the roundabout" in Peterborough last night.

It happened on the A15 Lincoln Road at Dukesmead, just before midnight.

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A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said: "The driver of the vehicle, a man, had to be released from the vehicle by the fire service. He was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries."

Max Clifford

The disgraced publicist died after collapsing in his cell in Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire, on 10 December.

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Missing Carlisle teenager could be in Peterborough or Hastings

Cumbria Police says a teenager from Carlisle who has gone missing may have travelled to Peterborough or Hastings.

Joseph Charlott,16, has been missing since 25 October and has family connections to both areas.

Joseph Charlott.
cumbria Police

Peterborough link to missing Carlisle teenager

Police trying to locate a missing teenager from Carlisle, Cumbria, believe he may have travelled to the Peterborough area.

Joseph Charlott, 16, was last seen on 25 October.

He's described as white, 5ft 4in tall and of slim build with short, dark brown hair.

Police say Joseph has family connections to both Peterborough and Hastings.

Joseph Charlott
Cambridgeshire Police

130 travellers want to spend Christmas together on a park and ride site

Cambridge News

A family of 130 travellers evicted from the Cambridge North station car park on Tuesday are hoping to remain at the former park and ride site on Cowley Road until after Christmas.

Man fined for Fen Ditton fly-tipping

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Fly-tipping
South Cambs District Council

A man who dumped a load of domestic waste in the middle of a road in Fen Ditton has been fined more than £1,600.

Aaron Duffy, 29, of Jack Warren Green, Cambridge, was paid £150 to dispose of the rubbish, Cambridge Magistrates' Court heard.

However, he instead left the material - including full black bin bags, white goods and furniture - strewn along Low Fen Drove Way, off High Ditch Road, in July.

Duffy pleaded guilty to fly-tipping under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The fine included the council's costs, because a grab lorry was needed to clear the waste.

Fly-tipping
South Cambs District Council

Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council's cabinet member for environmental health, said: "There are so many legal options for getting rid of waste, so there is never, ever an excuse for dumping rubbish.

"Fly-tipping will not be tolerated and we will continue to take a hard line on anyone who does it."

Search for 'most Christmassy name' ends in Cambridgeshire

Cambridge News

The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) scoured the UK to find someone with a festive namesake - and it turns out Donna Rudolph lives in March.

Severe disruption: M11 Cambridgeshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Cambridgeshire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for A505 and J8 for A120.

M11 Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on M11 southbound between J10, A505 (Duxford) and J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Dr Anthony Whitten: A 'devastating personal loss'

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Dr Whitten's widow, Jane (pictured), said: "For us it is a devastating personal loss, but also for many other people around the world.

"Your tigers, pandas and rhinos have lots of people shouting for them. Tony wanted to shout for the little critters and bugs that no-one noticed."

Jane Whitten
BBC

"There's a lovely story his mother used to tell from holiday," she said.

"His dad spotted a grass snake and soon both children were crying - his older sister because she'd seen the snake and was terrified - and Tony - because he'd missed it."

A memorial fund has been set up in Dr Whitten's name, which will help fund the projects the conservationist was most passionate about.

Memorial service held for conservationist Anthony Whitten

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

The funeral and memorial service has taken place to remember the renowned conservationist Dr Anthony Whitten.

The senior advisor with Fauna and Flora International was killed when his bike crashed with a car on Newmarket Road, Cambridge, on 29 November.

Colleagues described the 64-year-old, who had 11 species including beetles, snails and geckos named after him, as "remarkable", and "a giant of the conservation world".

Dr Anthony Whitten
Flora and Fauna International

Family, friends and colleagues came together to remember his life and work at a service in St Paul's Church in Cambridge today.

Friend Liz Bennett, of the Wildlife Conservation Society, said Dr Whitten was always "so enthusiastic about the little things in wildlife".

"His legacy was huge in terms of his written material - but also in terms of the people he mentored and inspired."

Online beauty products retailer moves warehouse operations to Peterborough creating new jobs

Peterborough Telegraph

Jobs are to be created in Peterborough as an online retailer of beauty products moves its warehouse operations to the city.

Cambridgeshire has a bigger pay gap between rich and poor than the rest of the country

Cambridge News

Top earners in Cambridgeshire are earning over £50,000 more than the region's lowest paid, according to new figures.

Shaun Derry

Cambridge United director Graham Daniels says head coach Shaun Derry will remain in charge until at least the new year.

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Council tax bills to rise by as much as £100

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The government has given local councils and police permission to increase council tax next year by as much as 6%.

We are still waiting for the details to come through, and councils and police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will have to make the final decision, but it is very possible that many people in the region will be paying an extra £100 next year.

Local government secretary Sajid Javid told MPs he'd allow councils to increase council tax by an extra 1% next year without the need to hold a referendum.

He also said PCCs would be able to charge an extra £12 a year for policing. At the moment they can only increase bills by 2%, which is about £4 a year.

Many of our councils and local police forces have complained about funding pressures and called for the flexibility to increase council tax.

Now the government has given them permission to do so, although Mr Javid warned them "voters will be watching to make sure this new freedom is not abused".

Severe disruption: A1134 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A1134 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe disruption, between B1049 Histon Road and Searle Street.

A1134 Cambridgeshire - A1134 Victoria Road in Cambridge closed eastbound between the B1049 Histon Road junction and the Searle Street junction, because of a burst water main.

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

Welney Washes: Bewick's swan numbers down

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Bewick's Swans
Julia Eyles/WWT

The numbers of Bewick's swans arriving at Welney are significantly down this year - because of a mild winter in eastern Europe, which means they aren't leaving yet.

The most recent December count has revealed that 147 of the breed have migrated from Siberia in Russia to the Ouse Washes in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, where there are usually about 1,000 at this time of year.

Bewick's Swans
Julia Eyles/WWT

The Netherlands also has lower numbers than usual and Dutch swan experts say the swans are finding more food throughout Europe, so they continue feeding up rather than pushing on with their migration.

Hetty Grant, WWT Welney warden, said: "A cold front on the continent may force the swans further west, and then we could potentially see an influx in January.

"The swans count gives us an accurate view of where swans are stopping along the flyway, showing the population, feeding habits and climate preference."

Santa-clad motorcyclists deliver gifts to Cambridge hospital
Motorcyclists from all over the country have delivered donated gifts to a Cambridge hospital dressed as Santa.