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Summary

  1. Closing headlines on Monday, 4 April 2016
  2. Seven members of a gang which stole artefacts from museums, including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, are jailed
  3. Official report into collapse of £725m Cambridgeshire NHS contract calls for pause on all similar contracts
  4. A Cambridgeshire farmer is leading a campaign to make his village entirely self-sufficient
  5. Work to lay more than 1km (0.6 miles) of new sewer main starts in Godmanchester, which is expected to cause disruption to roads
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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That's it for Cambridgeshire Live today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

We'll see you then.

Weather: Dry tonight and tomorrow

BBC Weather

Any residual showers will die away over the next couple of hours to leave a dry night across the county, with some clear spells developing in places

This will allow a few mist and fog patches to form in prone areas such as the River Cam valley, towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Weather map
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Tomorrow will be predominantly dry with only very isolated showers possible. Some warm sunny spells should develop through the day, with these perhaps most widespread late on. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).  

Man suffers 'serious' leg injury after fall from window in Cambourne

Cambridge News

A man has suffered a "serious" leg injury after falling from a window in Cambourne in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Celebration for cadets

Peterborough Telegraph

A second unit of volunteer police cadets celebrated reaching the end of their training at a passing-out ceremony at Thomas Deacon Academy.

Addenbrooke's surgeon Per Hall shares expertise with African surgeons in trip to Ethiopia

Cambridge News

A surgeon from Addenbrooke's Hospital has just returned to the UK after a two-week trip in Ethiopia performing cleft lip and palate surgery and training other surgeons.

Pressures continue at Peterborough City Hospital

David Keller

BBC News

It's been under pressure for a few weeks now, but following an "extremely busy weekend" at A&E, Peterborough City Hospital wants people to continue to think about whether they should be attending the department at all.

Peterborough City Hospital
Michael Trolove / Geograph

"If your condition is not urgent, or you are unsure of the severity or urgency of your condition, in the first instance, call NHS 111 or contact your local chemist or GP for advice," said Celia Kendrick, deputy general manager for emergency and urgent care.  

News headlines: Men jailed over museum raids... NHS says it 'must learn' from outsourcing contract collapse

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here's the latest headlines for Cambridgeshire:

  • Seven members of an organised crime gang have been jailed for their roles in stealing artefacts worth up to £57m from museums, including the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge
  • NHS England says it "must learn" from a report criticising the multi-million-pound contract between Uniting Care Partnership and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group which collapsed
  • Peterborough City Hospital continues to be stretched through unprecedented demand at A&E

NHS England says it 'must learn' from outsourcing contract collapse

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

In response to the report criticising the deal between Uniting Care Partnership (UCP) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England said it "must learn" from the contract's termination.

Hospital ward
PA

"[The report] contains useful initial lessons to inform how the NHS approaches similar contracts in future and we will consider its findings carefully," a spokesman said.

"The report recommends specific follow-up investigations into the role of external advisors, the effectiveness of the Gateway review process and the role of the CCG leadership and governance during the procurement and contract period. We will initiate a second stage of review investigating these areas as soon as possible."

£725m NHS outsourcing contract 'should have been delayed'

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

The contract between the Uniting Care Partnership (UCP) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) "should have been delayed" because it wasn't ready to go live, a report says.

It notes that when the contract began in April 2015 there was not "a finally agreed value of the contract for the first year".

The review for NHS England also found that both parties failed to take account of the fact that because UCP was not an NHS organisation, but a consortium of two NHS trusts, it would be liable for VAT. The error would have cost £5m annually.

Fitzwilliam Museum 'grateful' for police investigation

A short statement has been released by the Fitzwilliam Museum in relation to today's museum gang sentencing.

It says it is "very grateful to the police and other agencies involved in the investigation for their hard work in securing the convictions of those who have been sentenced today, and their ongoing enquiries to recover the stolen artefacts".

Fitzwilliam Museum
Oxyman / Geograph

Six more people being sentenced over museum raids tomorrow

Jo Black

BBC News

A further six defendants will be sentenced tomorrow at Birmingham Crown Court over the museum raids.

Detectives say the Chinese artefacts stolen were worth about £18m but could have fetched up to £57m, and the case dwarfed the more high-profile Hatton Garden heist in London. 

You can read the full story here.

Men jailed for museum raids

Jo Black

BBC News

Seven members of an organised crime gang who arranged for precious artefacts to be stolen from museums and auction houses across England have been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.

The plots saw multi-million-pound items including Chinese jade and rhino horn taken from sites including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and an attempted theft at Norwich Castle Museum. 

The jailed men were:

  • Danny Flynn, 45, of Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, jailed for four years
  • Paul Pammen, 49, of Alton Gardens, Southend, Essex, jailed for five and a half years
  • Donald Chi Chong Wong, 56, of Clapham Common South Side, London, jailed for five and a half years
  • Daniel "Turkey" O'Brien, 45, from Smithy Fen, Cottenham, jailed for six years and eight months
  • Richard "Kerry" O'Brien Junior, 31, of Dale Farm, Oak Lane, Billericay, Essex, jailed for five and a half years
  • Alan Clarke, 37, of Melbourne Road, Newham, London, jailed for five and a half years
  • John "Cash" O'Brien, 68, of Fifth Avenue, Wolverhampton, jailed for five years and three months

BreakingMembers of museum raid gang jailed

Seven men from Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and the West Midlands, who were part of an organised crime gang, have been jailed for their roles in stealing artefacts worth up to £57m from museums across England, including in Norwich and Cambridge.

Football: Former players reflect on Histon relegation

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

A number of former players have passed on their commiserations following Histon's relegation from the Southern League Premier Division. The Stutes were beaten 3-2 by Bedworth to rubber-stamp their third relegation in just five years.

Former defender Erkan Okay has backed the club to rebuild at a lower level, while ex-goalkeeper Enol Ordonez says "it's a time for self-criticism and to come back stronger".

Bridge Road
Histon

Large CCG contracts 'should be reviewed'

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

The report into the collapse of the multi-million-pound contract between Uniting Care Partnership (UCP) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) also calls into question the ability of CCGs to handle large contracts.

Elderly person
BBC

"The current approach of complete delegation to CCGs to enter into large complex novel contracts without the need to provide any assurance to NHS England should be reviewed," it says.

UCP won a competitive tender to run the contract to supply older people and adult community healthcare in Cambridgeshire just over a year ago, but it collapsed in December.

Report recommends pause on NHS outsourcing contracts after collapse

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

An official report into the collapse of a £725m NHS contract has called a pause on all similar contracts until a review has been completed "as a matter of urgency".

The report, for NHS England, looked at the collapse of Uniting Care Partnership (UCP) which had been recruited by the local clinical commissioning group to deliver adult community services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

It says the NHS should "review all current and planned CCG and NHS England contracts of this sort as a matter of urgency, prior to entering into any new commitments".

Building work begins on new £16m cinema

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This is what the site of a £16m six-screen cinema complex in Ely looks like today.

Building work in Ely
BBC

Work has just begun on the development on Downham Road, which will also include several restaurants. 

It is expected to create around 280 new jobs, and is due to open in February next year. 

150 jobs on offer at Wisbech careers fair

Fenland Citizen

More than 150 jobs will be on offer during a careers fair in Wisbech later this month.

Have craft beer-loving hipsters saved real ale in Cambridge?

Cambridge News

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has been fighting for nearly 50 years to promote and encourage beer drinkers to branch out and try traditionally crafted brews.

But their efforts may no longer be needed following the rise of 'hipster' culture and an explosion of microbreweries across the UK.

Thomas Barrett found

David Keller

BBC News

We mentioned earlier that Thomas Barrett had gone missing from his home in Longthorpe.

Police have just told me he has been found "alive and well", and they have thanked members of the public for their help.

Football: Shaun Derry left frustrated by Cambridge United's defending

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry says he "can't accept" defending of the standard produced by his side at the weekend. 

The U's were held to a 1-1 draw at Accrington in League Two. They're five points off the promotion places with six matches remaining.

Derry felt his side deserved to take all three points and was left furious with their defensive play. 

Shaun Derry
Getty Images

Inexplicably we switched off. It was once again an individual error. I can't accept play like that. It's completely unbelievable.

Shaun DerryCambridge United

Football: 'Loan players will be given a chance' - Peterborough boss Graham Westley

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Graham Westley has confirmed he'll continue select Peterborough's loan players, despite their season being all but over in League One.

Graham Westley
Peterborough United

With seven matches left to play, Posh are 12 points from the play-off places and 13 points away from the relegation zone.

Martin Samuelsen and Harry Toffolo are on loan with the Posh until the end of the season. Neither featured against Crewe at the weekend.

'Smartcard' for season ticket holders on Cambridge line

Laura Devlin

BBC News

A swipe card for rail season ticket holders has been launched on the Cambridge to Liverpool Street line.

Abellio Greater Anglia is the first regional operator to introduce the South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) smartcard, which replaces paper tickets.

It said the card was more durable and much quicker to use as it could be held to the reader at ticket gates.

Abellio Greater Anglia train
BBC

Swavesey seal found nearly 40 miles inland was 'malnourished'

A seal found 60km (37 miles) inland was malnourished and full of bacteria when it died, scientists have said.

Seal
CSIP-ZSL

The juvenile common seal had been in a lagoon near Swavesey for "a couple of weeks" before it died on 1 March, scientists said.

Tests carried out by the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) found the seal was in "moderate-poor nutritional condition". Its body was recovered from Ferry Lagoon near the River Great Ouse.

Local blogger records streetlight switch-off

Local blogger Richard Taylor has recorded what it's like being in complete darkness in Milton after the county council approved the switching-off of streetlights overnight.

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This weekend saw lights being switched off for the first time in many residential areas in Cambridgeshire between 02:00 and 06:00.

The move will save the county council £170,000 a year, but many residents are concerned about safety.  

Police appeal for information on missing man Thomas Barrett

He was last seen in Longthorpe near Peterborough yesterday...

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News update: Unseen footage of Cambridge spy unearthed... Building work begins on new cinema

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

  • The BBC has obtained a previously unseen video of Kim Philby - the former Cambridge student and MI6 officer who worked as a Soviet spy
  • A farmer is leading a campaign to make his village entirely self-sufficient with fruit and vegetables
  • Building work has begun on Ely's new £16m cinema

Ely Sainsbury's cat owner asks shoppers to lay off treats

The owner of a cat which visits a supermarket every day, has had to ask people to stop feeding his pet because he was putting on weight.

Garfield the cat
Charlotte Mitchell

Eight-year-old Garfield, who makes the trip to Sainsbury's in Ely in Cambridgeshire on a daily basis, has his own Facebook page created by fans.

Owner David Willers posted a message asking shoppers to lay off the treats as a vet found Garfield, who weighs 6.6kg (one stone), was overweight. "Everyone loves him," Mr Willers said.

If your takeaway did not arrive on Saturday, this could be why...

Two men have since been reported for theft after being stopped at Cambridge Railway Station...

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Kim Philby, British double agent, reveals all in secret video

BBC News UK

A previously unseen video of one of Britain's most infamous spies describing his career as a Soviet agent has been uncovered by the BBC.

The tape is of Kim Philby, one of the infamous "Cambridge Spies", giving a secret lecture to the Stasi, the East German Intelligence Service, in 1981.

It is the first time the ex-MI6 officer can be seen talking about his life as a spy from his recruitment to his escape. He describes his career rising up the ranks of MI6 whilst providing its secrets to the Soviet Union's KGB.

Delays possible as new sewer main laid in Godmanchester

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Work to lay more than 1km (0.6 miles) of new sewer main starts in Godmanchester today.

Cambridge Road, Godmanchester
Google

It's expected to lead to delays on roads in the area, with the work on Cow Lane and Cambridge Road due to last until the end of June. 

Anglian Water says the work is needed to bring water recycling services to new homes and apologises for any disruption. 

Village food scheme looks to reduce shopping bills

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A farmer is leading a campaign to make his village entirely self-sufficient, with all food produced in Alconbury to be consumed or sold there.

Anthony Davison
BBC

The Alconbury Community Food Scheme will aim to reduce fruit and veg bills for people living in the village by 15% compared to the average supermarket shop.

Anthony Davison (pictured) says the scheme will see pupils at Alconbury Primary School, allotment growers and businesses working together with the small village shop to sell the produce at a low cost.

'I'll be 35 weeks pregnant – but I'll still tackle 10k in under two hours' says Cambridgeshire mum

Cambridge News

Taking on a 10k is a challenge in itself but one expectant mum from Cambridgeshire has taken it to a whole new level – by choosing to complete one while 35 weeks pregnant.

Big improvements at school

Peterborough Telegraph

A head teacher has said she is aiming to get a top grade in the next Ofsted inspection - after overseeing a transformation from "requires improvement" to "good" in less than three years.

Sentencing taking place over museum raids

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Sentencing begins today of 13 men involved in museum raids across the country, including at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Norwich Castle.

Rhino head
BBC
Chinese jade
Fitzwilliam Museum

Men from Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, London, the West Midlands and Northern Ireland were convicted of conspiracy to burgle in February, after high-value items including Chinese jade and rhino horn were stolen.

The hearing is due to take place over two days at Birmingham Crown Court.

Driver caught speeding at 110mph near Peterborough

He also had no insurance when he was stopped on the A1(M) yesterday, Cambridgeshire Police said...

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Crash leaves car on top of gate in Wisbech

The driver walked away from this dramatic crash in Wisbech last night, Cambridgeshire Police has tweeted...

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Developers are rounded on for 80 homes plan

Peterborough Telegraph

A "predatory" application for 80 homes in the countryside has been emphatically rejected by Peterborough city councillors.

Travel: Accident causing delays at Welney

WELNEY: A car has gone into a ditch on the A1101 Main Street at New Road. [7:31] HH

An accident on the Norfolk-Cambridgeshire border at Welney is causing delays.