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Andrew Woodger

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That's it for another week with BBC Local Live: Cambridgeshire.

Cambridge is the place to be this weekend if you're a folk fan - we will bring you more pictures from the festival at Cherry Hinton Hall on Monday.

And Cambridge United host a friendly on Saturday where they are fundraising for fan Simon Dobbin.

Mr Dobbin was left brain-damaged after being attacked and stamped on in Southend after attending a match at Roots Hall.

Southend United are the visitors tomorrow....

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Silverstone Classic weekend to get under way

If you want to buy a Ferrari once owned by Sir Elton John, see Nigel Mansell's championship-winning Formula 1 Williams or look around some of the rarest cars on the planet, then the Silverstone Classic is the place to be this weekend.

More than 100,000 people are expected at the event - one of the biggest classic car meetings in the world.

And it's not hard to see why, with barely a scrap of land in the grounds not occupied by a rare or classic car.

Other highlights include the Celebrity Challenge Trophy, where stars including Take That's Howard Donald, cyclist Jason Kenny and boxer Carl Froch will all be armed with equally-matched Austin A30s and A35s.

The Classic started this morning, and finishes on Sunday.

Take That star Howard Donald set for Silverstone Classic

Bill Bailey's Ridgeway charity walk .. one day to go

Comedian Bill Bailey continues on his 90-mile journey along the Ridgeway long-distance footpath to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

He started out in The Chilterns near Dunstable on Monday - he's due to finish in West Kennett in Wiltshire on Saturday.

Follow his progress on his Twitter feed:

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Ex-police and crime commissioner on leaks and three years of 'anxiety'

Northamptonshire's former police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds has released a statement after being formally cleared of sharing confidential information about a criminal investigation.

Last week, his trial ended when the jury at Southwark Crown Court failed to reach a verdict.

In a hearing at the same court today, the judge said there would be no retrial and he directed there should be a not guilty verdict.

The case followed allegations that he had shared information about an investigation into Wellingborough MP Peter Bone - an investigation which was later dropped.

Mr Simmonds said the not guilty verdict brought to an end "nearly three years of considerable anxiety for me and those I love".

He said: "I have no need to express any more emotion about this trial and its content or indeed cast of characters beyond saying this - I never at any point set out to hurt or to harm anyone.

"I hope that in particular Peter Bone MP accepts my fulsome apology for any hurt that I unintentionally inflicted or was responsible for.

"In February of 2014, Peter suffered intense media interest in his life.

"This interest was sparked by leaks. Peter is aware who is responsible for this invasion into his life and it is for him to take that forward. I am sure that he will.

"For me the matters pertaining to me in this case, are now at an end."

Northamptonshire go to Derbyshire in T20 Blast

Less than 24 hours after a seven-wicket victory over Worcestershire, Northamptonshire Steelbacks go to Derbyshire in the T20 Blast this evening.

The Steelbacks are second in the North Group, but could go top if they win and other results go their way.

However, the weather forecast is ominous for the 18:30 start...

Derbyshire weather graphic

If play does go ahead, BBC Radio will have ball-by-ball commentary available here.

Edgar Mobbs: Former Saints captain looks at life of his predecessor and war hero

In 2014, as part of the BBC's commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, the former Northampton Saints captain Tim Rodber looked into the history of club legend Edgar Mobbs.

His statue in Northampton has achieved grade II listed status today.

He died while charging a German machine gun during the battle of Passchendale on 31 July 1917

The life and death of a Northampton legend

Man jailed after fracturing his skull during level crossing smash

A farm worker has been jailed for 10 months after he drove his Land Rover onto a level crossing and was hit by a train which left him with a broken collar bone and fractured skull.

Land Rover Discovery
British Transport Police
The Land Rover Discovery was sent flying into a ditch

Dimitar Vaclinov, 34, had worked at the farm at Stretham, near Ely, where the Nairns Level Crossing was.

Cambridge Crown Court heard the train was travelling at 70mph and its driver suffered from shock and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result.

The car driver was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and spent two weeks there.

British Transport Police said he didn't get permission from the railway signal box to cross the line, and officers said he claimed he was unaware of the procedure when the smash happened on 12 August last year.

Vaclinov, of Cambridge Road in Ely, admitted endangering safety on the railway.

Det Sgt Alan Bardsley said: "This case highlights the need to comply with safety instructions whilst crossing the railway.

"Not only did Mr Vaklinov suffer serious life-threatening injuries in the collision but he also ended up in court facing a serious allegation.

"It was extremely lucky that no one else was injured, however the incident was extremely traumatic for the train driver and passengers."

Nairns Level Crossing, Stretham, Cambridgeshire
British Transport Police

BreakingEx-Northamptonshire PCC will not face retrial

The former Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, Adam Simmonds, will not face a retrial after being accused of sharing confidential information about a criminal investigation.

Last week, at Southwark Crown Court, a jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict in the trial of Mr Simmonds, who was alleged to have discussed a fraud investigation into the Wellingborough MP, Peter Bone, with other Tory politicians, including local MPs.

The case concerning Mr Bone was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Adam Simmonds

Today at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, the judge said the CPS had considered the position very carefully and, for a number of reasons, determined it is not in the public interest to proceed to a retrial.

He added that he was happy to order and direct a not guilty verdict in the circumstances of this case.

Afternoon weather: Heavy rain possible

The skies will start to cloud over Northamptonshire and outbreaks of rain will then arrive through the rest of the afternoon.

Some of these wil be heavy with strengthening winds.

The high is 19C (66F)


Take a look at BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast for where you are.

Statue of Northampton rugby and war hero Edgar Mobbs to be Grade II listed

It has been announced that the Edgar Mobbs memorial in Northampton town centre is to be Grade II listed.

The statue was erected in 1921 in the Market Square, but was later moved to its position on Abington Square.

Edgar Mobbs

Before World War One, Mobbs was one of the town’s most recognisable figures, as captain of Northampton Saints RUFC from 1907 to 1913. He also captained England.

During WW1, Mobbs rose through the ranks to command the 7th Northamptonshire Regiment (known as “The Mobbs Own”).

He was wounded three times during the war, was twice mentioned in dispatches and received the distinguished service order (DSO) in January 1917.

Edgar Mobbs
Edgar Mobbs

He was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele in July 1917 while leading a charge on a machine gun position.

The listing means the statue will receive special protection from English Heritage.

Cambridge Folk Festival: Bedford singer makes short hop to 'legendary event'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Bedford singer Danni Nichol performed in The Den on Thursday evening.

Of the Cambridge Folk Festival as a whole, she said: "It's absolutely wonderful. So chilled out. A fantastic atmosphere. This is one of the legendary festivals."

A highlight was her song Beautifully Broken, which said was a sad breakup song.

She said she also sings songs about Bedford.

Danni Nichol

Cobblers sign Burnley striker Long on loan

BBC Sport

League One club Northampton Town have signed Burnley striker Chris Long on a season-long loan deal.

The 22-year-old, who was a former England youth international, started his career at Everton before joining Burnley in 2015.

Chris Long
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Long had loan spells at both Fleetwood Town and Bolton Wanderers in League One last season.

"He is a quality striker and possesses real pace which frightens defenders," said Town manager Justin Edinburgh.

Local singer-songwriter in praise of 'prestigious' folk festival

Singer songwriter Emily Mae Winters, who lives in Cambridge, said she was "very excited" to be be playing her local Cambridge Folk Festival today.

"It is quite overwhelming because it is such a prestigious festival," she said. "You feel you have to live up to it with your performance."

Emily Mae Winters

Posh owner quizzed on how to wash black and white kit

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Peterborough United has found itself awash with questions about how to clean its new change strip after introducing black and white colours.

The design combines kits worn in two of their biggest wins, the 2014 Johnstone's Paint Trophy and a play-off final at Old Trafford in 2011.

Supporters have jokingly (?) wondered whether they put the new kit in with the rest of the dark wash - or the whites wash.

Fans shared concerns about their "white socks going grey" and suggested they should "never take the risk of the errant red sock".

One really hard-core fan advised hand-washing or using a colour catcher.

Fans tweeted about their "#dilemma" but club owner Darragh MacAnthony admitted he was the "wrong fella" to advise...

Darragh MacAnthony's tweet

The club wore the white strip for their 3-1 win over Chesterfield in the 2014 Johnstone's Paint Trophy final and beat Huddersfield 3-0 at Old Trafford in 2011 wearing the black shirt, to win promotion into the Championship.

So what's all the fuss about? Have a look below...

Marcus Maddison, Ryan Tafazolli, Gwion Edwards, Junior Morias
Peterborough United

Cobblers tease new signing

Northampton Town are set to sign their 12th new player of the summer transfer window.

They'll release details of who it is at 15:00, and we'll bring you the news as soon as we are able to...

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UK Police Unity Tour arrives in Luton

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you how the UK Police Unity Tour would be making a stop on its 180-mile journey at the memorial plaque for PC Jon Henry in George Street, Luton.

Five Bedfordshire police officers are joining the ride from The Mall in London to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in order to pay respects to all officers who've died in the line of duty.

Here they are arriving in Luton - and it's quite a sight.

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PC Henry's wife and daughter were there to greet the cyclists.

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Daventry canal arm: 'Business plan' to evaluate costs before work begins

Conservative politicians in Daventry say they won't support the plan for a canal into the town if an evaluation into the project concludes that it's not financially viable.

They voted last night to set aside £8.7m for the first phase of the project - a 1,200 metre section which would require outside investment if it is to connect to the main waterway network on the Grand Union Canal.

Investors will then be sought to complete the scheme.


Discussing the business plan which will evaluate the costs of the project, Colin Poole, who holds the regeneration portfolio on Daventry District Council, said: "It will cover the economics, the benefits as a facility and a tourist attraction.

"If the business plan comes out that it is not viable, then I will not vote for it and I will walk away."

Full planning permission for the canal was granted in January this year - and the permission is valid for three years - however a timescale for the business plan, which the council say they will spend up to £300,000 on, has not been disclosed.

Beds Police in 'unity ride' to remember PC Jon Henry

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

A group of Bedfordshire police officers is setting off on a charity cycle ride today in memory of PC Jon Henry, who was stabbed to death in Luton 10 years ago.

It's part of a national event to pay respects to all officers who've died in the line of duty.

Jon Henry
Bedfordshire Police

PC Henry, 36, was murdered in George Street, Luton, on 11 June 2007 as he tried to arrest paranoid schizophrenic Ikechukwu Tennyson Obih.

Obih was jailed for life.

Five of his colleagues are taking part in the UK Police Unity Tour - a 180-mile ride from London to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire over this weekend.

Starting at The Mall in London, they will make a stop at the memorial plaque in George Street where the officer died and will be joined there by his wife and daughter.

The team said: "When you need to dig deep in events like this the motivation comes easy; simply it is such a good cause supporting the families of those who have died.

"It doesn’t matter if you had the pleasure of working with Jon or knew him personally, the fact we lost one of our own is a thought never far from the minds of the force, old or new. It really brings home what we do.

"Events like this reinvigorate our memories of Jon; remembering his bad jokes and endless puns.

"It sounds such a cliché to say Jon was the nicest guy you’ve ever met – but he actually genuinely was."

Police had to 'use force' against children under-10

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Poilce has revealed that it had to use force (anything from handcuffs to a taser) on three children aged under 10 in the past three months.

It is the first time the constabulary has compiled "use of force" statistics - and the figures cover April to June.

In total, officers dealt with 1,200 incidents where force was deemed necessary.

About half of them were in Peterborough - either on the streets or at Thorpe Wood Police Station.

A fifth were in Cambridge and about a tenth in Huntingdonshire.

Thorpe Wood Police Station, Peterborough
Thorpe Wood Police Station

Game Fair to attract 100k to Hatfield House

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police are warning people living and working in the area near to Hatfield House to allow extra time for journeys this weekend as The Game Fair comes to Hertfordshire for the first time in its 59-year history.

It's described as the "annual gathering for people passionate about countryside pursuits".

It's estimated more than 100,000 visitors are due to attend over the course of the three day event, which got under way this morning and runs until Sunday.

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Cobblers to conclude pre-season schedule

Northampton Town wrap up their pre-season programme tomorrow.

The Cobblers entertain Newport County at Sixfields, with kick-off at 15:00.

League Two Newport were managed by current Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh between 2011 and 2015.

Justin Edinburgh
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Town start their new League One campaign in just over a week, with a trip to Shrewsbury Town on 5 August.

BBC at Cambridge Folk Festival

Your BBC Local Radio station is broadcasting live from the Cambridge Folk Festival on Sunday evening.

Sue said: "This is the third year we've broadcast live from Cherry Hinton.

"The festival is a real mixed bag of music and people. It's family-orientated and I love that you can go on a journey of discovery."

Sue Marchant's show runs from 19:00 until 22:00 on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Essex and BBC Radio Suffolk.

She'll have interviews and music from Nikhil D'Souza, Hayseed Dixie, Frank Turner, Midnight Skyracer, River Matthews and more.

Cambridge Folk Festival food stalls

'Terrifyingly excited' to be at Cambridge Folk Festival

Suffolk act Honey & The Bear are playing at the Cambridge Folk Festival tonight. The duo, based near Aldeburgh, consists of Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson.

Honey & The Bear

Fresh from Suffolk's Maverick Festival and the Secret Garden Party near Huntingdon, Jon said he was "terrifyingly excited to be playing the Cambridge festival after hearing so much about it from friends".

"Everyone is so nice. It seems to be the friendliest place on earth," he said.

The band is playing a fundraiser at Benhall Walled Garden, near Saxmundham tomorrow and the free gig in Eaton Park in Norwich on Friday, 4 August.

Multi-million pound Daventry canal plan approved by council

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

A plan to build a 1,200 metre long mini-canal in Daventry has been approved, although there's going to be a full evaluation of the whole canal project.

The Conservative-controlled district council agreed that nearly £9m should be set aside to fund the scheme.

It was a long and, at times, acrimonious meeting last night with Conservative councillors accusing Labour members of wanting nothing to happen in Daventry, and Labour asking how £2m has already been spent on a project that hasn't really started yet.

Daventry canal map
The proposed 1.2km stretch would cover roughly half the distance from the iCon roundabout (bottom right) to the Grand Union Canal (top left), leaving around a mile of canal needing to be built to link the two waterways

The proposed "canal arm" would run from the iCon roundabout to the southern edge of Daventry Country Park.

The long-term aim is to extend it all the way to the Grand Union Canal (roughly another mile), while there are also further, and yet to be approved, plans for a marina on the Eastern Way playing fields on the other side of the iCon roundabout.

As the main debate got under way, the ruling Tories proposed an amendment to the original motion calling for a full evaluation of the plan for an extension of the Grand Union Canal into Daventry.

The motion still included agreeing a budget of £8.7m for the 1,200 metre stretch.

That amended proposal was passed - with the three Labour councillors voting against and Conservative politicians saying the project wouldn't go ahead if the evaluation was negative.

Hungarian Grand Prix: Hertfordshire's Hamilton relaxed ahead of practice

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton has been looking relaxed this morning, strolling around the Mercedes garage at Hungaroring with his dogs Roscoe and Coco before first practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton
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The Stevenage driver will start Sunday's race with the gap between himself and championship leader Sebastian Vettel down to a solitary point.

You can follow coverage of practice day on BBC Sport's live text page. The second practise session is due to start at 13:00.

I hope he's got some doggy ear plugs in his kit.

More space and 'match made in folk heaven'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Here at the Cambridge Folk Festival we've managed to have a chat with the operations director Neil Jones.

He said that this year, Cambridge Live, which runs the festival, has reorganised the site to make it more spacious.

Neil Jones, operations director at the Cambridge Folk Festival

"One of the things people have said is that there is never enough room on the site, so we have created extra room by moving the campsite around," he said.

"This will also increase capacity."

This year the festival twinned with the Newport Folk Festival, which has been running in Rhode Island, USA since 1959.

It cemented its place in music history as it was the scene of Bob Dylan's infamous electric set in 1965 where he got booed.

The tie-up means that from next year some artistes will be booked to play both festivals, giving them both more pulling power, said Neil.

"We are both similar sized festivals, both fiercely independent and value artiste development," said Mr Jones.

"Bringing us together is a match made in folk heaven."

Rushden Lakes: Timeline of East Northamptonshire retail development

4 November 2011: Developer LXB Retail properties put their plans for a new out-of-town retail park in Rushden on public display in the town

25 May 2012: Kettering Borough Council claim the planned retail park would cause "irreparable harm to other town centres"

2 October 2012: Plans for Rushden Lakes are recommended for approval by planning officials at East Northamptonshire District Council, despite objections from other local councils

Rushden Lakes before building work

25 June 2013: A two-week public inquiry into the Rushden Lakes development begins

12 July 2013: Legal & General, the owner of the Grosvenor Centre shopping complex in Northampton town centre, claim that the Rushden Lakes project will damage jobs in the county town

11 February 2014: A government decision on the Rushden Lakes plans is delayed, with then Communities Secretary Eric Pickles still considering the application

Rushden Lakes under construction

27 April 2014: A councillor warns that continuing delays over a decision on the Rushden Lakes development could allow in "speculative housing plans"

12 June 2014: Rushden Lakes retail park gets government approval

2 September 2015: The developer behind plans for the £140m shopping and leisure complex puts forward plans to increase retail space at the site, which are then approved

Rushden Lakes

21 April 2016: A cinema and bowling alley are to be added to plans for Rushden Lakes, despite further objections by local councils

28 July 2017: The first shops at the development open to the public, ahead of an official opening planned for September.

St Albans raves: Police 'will not tolerate attacks on officers'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we told you how Hertfordshire Police was warning that anyone planning to organise or attend an illegal rave in St Albans this weekend would be prosecuted.

The warning followed two illegal raves in the city over the last two weekends, where hundreds of people turned up at disused warehouses.

Residents have complained about noise and disruption and damage to property.

St Albans rave damage
Sphere Industrial Estate

Today, Ch Insp Shane O'Neill has revealed that his officers were attacked by party-goers at the first rave on the Sphere Industrial Estate (pictured) and further assaults would not be tolerated.

"When my officers first went into the first rave on the 15 July there were assaulted," he said.

"One of my officers was punched, they had bottles thrown at them and we will be continuing to investigate those matters."

He said the force had linked up with the Metropolitan Police, the British Transport Police and local warehouse unit owners where raves could potentially be held with the intention of "making sure that raves do not happen in St Albans or elsewhere".

Rush to Rushden Lakes part two...well, kind of...

It looks as though the opening of Rushden Lakes has caught the attention of shoppers, with all routes towards the site off the A45 now very busy according to Google's traffic flow map:

Google Map

Nascot Lawn parents take campaign to High Court

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Over the past few weeks we've been telling you about a campaign to halt the closure of a children's respite care centre in Watford.

Parents have now started High Court action against NHS Herts Valleys Care Commissioning Group, over its plans to close the Nascot Lawn centre.

Nacot Lawn centre

The CCG has said they will withdraw funding for the centre - which provides respite care for severely disabled children - at the end of October.

The grounds for legal action include claims that the CCG failed to carry out a proper consultation and didn't properly assess the impact of any closure.

Parents confronted CCG bosses at a public meeting earlier this week and were promised a private meeting. We understand that this meeting may now take place next week.

Lawyers for the parents have asked the High Court to make any decision by September.

The CCG has previously said it remains "committed" to finding "a resolution that minimises the impact on families whose children go to Nascot Lawn".

We have asked the NHS body for comment on the judicial proceedings.

More pictures from Cherry Hinton Hall

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Last night I also caught Mawkin on stage two at the Cambridge Folk Festival - they've been described as a "modern day Fairport".

They're also opening proceedings on the main stage on Saturday at 12:00.

Mawkin at Cambridge Folk Festival

I left the giant pigeon to its own devices:

Pigeon at Cambridge Folk Festival

I looked in on the fiddle session:

Fiddle session Cambridge Folk Festival

Backstage with "girl power bluegrass band" Midnight Skyracer:

Midnight Skyracer at Cambridge Folk Festival

And on Friday morning, you could wake yourself up gently with some tai chi:

Tai Chi at Cambridge Folk Festival

The weather's not looking too bad, it's sunny but there are clouds in the sky over Cherry Hinton Hall.

For the latest, check out BBC Weather or download the BBC Weather app.

T20 Blast: Northamptonshire Steelbacks ease past Worcestershire

BBC Sport

Northamptonshire Steelbacks easily passed Worcestershire's 158 all out to earn a seven-wicket win at Wantage Road in the T20 Blast last night.

Brett D'Oliveira (52) was the mainstay of a below-par Rapids total, in which seven players failed to reach double figures, with Richard Gleeson (3-12) and Rory Kleinveldt (3-25) doing damage with the ball for the hosts.

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Reigning T20 champions Northants scored 160-3 to earn a third win in four matches and go second in the North Group.

Openers Richard Levi (47) and Adam Rossington (42) ensured a blistering start and Alex Wakely's unbeaten 46 got the Steelbacks over the line with 14 balls left.

Watford FC: Marco Silva insists English is spoken at training

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

New Watford boss Marco Silva will insist that English is spoken among his staff and players on the training pitch.

Portugese Silva, 40, was appointed this summer as the ninth Hornets head coach in five years, taking over from Walter Mazzarri who lasted one season, despite comfortably keeping the Hornets in the Premier League.

Marco Silva
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A feature of Mazzarri's spell in charge was his failure to learn English - he spoke to the media through a translator and to his staff in Italian.

Meanwhile, Silva's grasp of the language is impressive, and talking to the media for the first time since his appointment, the former Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon coach said: "Will the players be speaking only in English? Yes.

"The main language is English. I've come here to speak English. Normally I talk in front of everyone in English.

"Sometimes I need to speak to Spanish players a bit in Spanish - but that is not perfect."

He is also confident he can survive the managerial graveyard at Watford after signing a two-year contract.

"I believe it is a project for two years, and the club signed the contract because they believe we have the right technical staff to stay here and improve their club," he said.

"The most important thing is what I will do day by day, game by game, to improve every day my competence and the competence of my team."

Follow the latest Watford news at BBC Sport.

Regional act shines at Cambridge Folk Festival

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The world-renowned Cambridge Folk Festival swung into action last night...

The bigger names playing this weekend include Ward Thomas, Loudon Wainwright III, Frank Turner, Jon Boden and Shirley Collins, but, like all festivals, it provides a chance for smaller acts to get themselves noticed.

Wooden Arms at Cambridge Folk Festival

The band Wooden Arms, who formed in Norwich, played The Den on Thursday to an appreciative crowd.

Great Yarmouth-born Alex Carson, who started the band, said: "I'm really excited to be playing Cambridge for the first time."

The band mixes folk influences with classical roots with dramatic flourishes - helped by piano, violin, cello, guitar, trumpet and drums.

Alex lives in London now, but sings the praises of Norwich and its musical environment.

"I adore the music scene in Norwich. It's been so formative to me. It's one of the best places for any young artiste," he said.

Four arrested after Milton Keynes jewellers raid

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police in Milton Keynes have arrested four men on suspicion of burglary after break-in at a jewellers in the Centre MK in the early hours of Thursday morning.

It happened at Beaverbrooks jewellers in Midsummer Arcade at about 00:20.

Thames Valley Police said "a quantity" of watches was stolen and have asked for witnesses.

Midsummer Arcade

Mermaids gather in Northampton to compete for UK title

The UK's top mermaids are gathering this weekend in Northampton to battle it out for the national Miss Mermaid crown.

But just what is it that motivates someone to don a tail and morph into a creature that is half-woman, half-fish?

We've been to meet some of the finalists...

UK's top mermaids battle it out for the national Miss Mermaid crown

The Miss Mermaid UK final takes place at Billing Aquadrome in Northampton on Saturday; the winner will head to the Miss Mermaid International final in Egypt in November.

Rushden Lakes by numbers

43 - Total number of retail outlets earmarked to open at the site, plus 18 restaurants, a cinema and a boathouse visitor centre

1,250 - Car parking spaces created in phase one, with more then 1,850 available when all work is complete

1,500 - The estimated number of jobs created

230,000 - Square feet of retail outlets built in phase one

10m - Visitors expected within a year of opening

£140m - Estimated total value of the Rushden Lakes development.

Hacker, 20, who made £380k has jail term cut

Computer hacker Adam Mudd has had his jail sentence reduced at the court of appeal.

He had developed and sold malware which led to attacks on public institutions.

Mudd, 20, of Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, made £380,000, but the victims of the software had to spend millions defending themselves against the estimated 1.7 million attacks.

Adam Mudd

Victims of the attacks included the University of Cambridge, University of Essex in Colchester, University of East Anglia in Norwich and several local councils. An attack was also made on West Herts College in Watford where Mudd was a student.

Mudd admitted creating the malicious software and was jailed for two years at the Old Bailey in April.

He successfully appealed against the length of the sentence and the Court of Appeal has reduced it to 21 months.

The rush to Rushden Lakes...

Martin Borley

BBC Radio Northampton

This is what you call commitment.

The first stores at Rushden Lakes open their doors at 09:00, but by 08:00 at least 30 people were already waiting to see what the new shopping development has to offer.

The earliest, arrived at 04:30!

People queuing at Rushden Lakes