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  1. Our live coverage across the week

    That's it for another week on Local Live.

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

    Scroll down to see what you've missed this week....

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Our live coverage across the week

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    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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  3. 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.

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    Video caption: Take That star Howard Donald set for Silverstone Classic
  4. 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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  5. 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."

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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    Video caption: The life and death of a Northampton legend
  8. 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
    Image caption: 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
  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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
  13. 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

    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.

  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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.

  19. 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

    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."

  20. 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
    Image caption: Thorpe Wood Police Station