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  1. Hinchingbrooke Hospital directors discuss merger with Peterborough and Stamford NHS Trust
  2. Bomb hoaxes force school evacuations in Peterborough and Cambridge
  3. Police searching for missing man from Wyton find a body
  4. Updates on Monday, 23 May 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Mark Williamson

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Thanks for joining us today. 

We'll be back in the morning at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

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Weather: Dry overnight

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Evening showers will soon fade away, to leave a dry night with clearing skies. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F). 

Weather map

After a sunny start tomorrow cloud will gradually thicken.  Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

For a more detailed forecast head to BBC Weather

Cambridge University staff to strike

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Staff at the University of Cambridge are set to take part in a national strike later this week. 

The walkouts on Wednesday and Thursday are part of a pay dispute - with the University and College Union rejecting an offer of a 1.1% pay rise for staff.

Great St Mary's Church

The walkout will involve academics, such as lecturers and researchers, but could also include university employees such as librarians.

Dame Evelyn Glennie plays charity's 'acoustic garden' at Chelsea

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Dame Evelyn Glennie demonstrates there's more to do in the garden than weeding or mowing the grass.

The world famous solo percussionist was trying out the Papworth Trust's "acoustic garden" at the Chelsea Flower Show, which is designed to be enjoyed aurally as well as visually.

"We wanted to do something that had never been done before," said the Cambridgeshire-based disability charity.  

Apology as police wrongly sought girls over make-up theft

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Police have apologised to two girls after releasing images of them on CCTV and wrongly accusing them of being prime suspects in a shop theft. 

First reported in the Ely News last week and today circulated in many national newspapers, images of Francesca Gelelli and Molly Curtis, both 13, in Superdrug in Ely were posted on Facebook saying they were sought by police. 

Superdrug, Ely

But now Cambridgeshire police has apologised to the girls in person, saying they are completely innocent. 

Sgt Phil Priestley said the police had made an "innocent mistake".

Washington Post reports from Peterborough on EU Referendum

Here's a take on the EU referendum from the other side of the pond - focussing on Peterborough.

The Washington Post is reporting on the debate in what it says could be the least EU-friendly city in Britain.

Please note, the article does contain some strong language.

EU Referendum: 'If you're at Glastonbury, get a postal vote', Cambridge students urged

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A tent and wellies are probably top of the list of things to remember when heading to Glastonbury.

But Cambridge students going to the annual festival next month are being reminded about voting in the EU Referendum, taking place at the same time.

Daniel Zeichner
Daniel Zeichner

With exactly a month to go until the referendum, research conducted for Universities UK found 63% of students still don't know when the referendum is. It's on 23 June, by the way...

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner is urging people to take make sure they are able to take part, wherever they are: "If you're in Glastonbury please get a postal vote.  

"This referendum is about your future, so make sure you have your say", he said.

Suspected illegal immigrants found in lorry

Police say 17 suspected illegal immigrants were found in the back of a Turner's of Soham lorry on Friday afternoon. 

Turners lorries

The lorry had been to Spain and returned to Turner's yard on Fordham Road.

The group of Iranian men were detained and have now been passed to immigration officials. The youngest was 17-years-old, according to Cambridgeshire Police.

Bomb hoax also forces Cambridge school evacuation

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Earlier we mentioned two schools in Peterborough temporarily shut because of bomb threats, which police said were hoaxes.

Mayfield Primary School, in Cambridge, was also closed this morning because of a similar hoax threat, which police say has happened at schools across the country.

The Cambridge News reports the children were sent to the nearby Chesterton Community College, where parents have been collecting them this afternoon.

Abandoned cats 'lucky to be found'

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cute kitten alert! But I'm afraid there's a sad story to tell behind these heart-warming pictures...


RSPCA officers say these two kittens and their mother were "lucky to be found" after being abandoned in a cardboard box in Impington.

They were found by a dog walker yesterday, and rescued by local RSPCA inspector Stephen Reeves - who described it as a "senseless act".

“They would have struggled to survive," he said. 

Second kitten

The cats are now with a fosterer and recovering well. They will be rehomed from the RSPCA's Cambridge branch.

Treasury does not show its working for '50,000 jobs lost' figure

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Regarding its claim that leaving the European Union could cost 50,000 jobs in the East of England, the Treasury does not show how it reached that figure.

Its document says only: "Exactly how these job losses would be distributed across the UK would depend on how the shock impacted different sectors, and the demand for labour in each region."   

Weather: Sunny spells and showers later

BBC Weather

It'll be a bright rest of the day with plenty of sunny spells and it will feel warm in the sunshine. There is a risk of seeing some heavy and perhaps even thundery showers developing later.

Linseed at Mettle Hiill near Meldreth
Teresa Smith

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).   

Teresa Smith took this photo of a field turned purple by a ripening crop of linseed, at Mettle Hill, near Meldreth.

To merge or not to merge: Sides drawn over benefits of hospitals merger

Campaigners say they are concerned Hinchingbrooke Hospital could lose its maternity and A&E services if a proposed merger goes ahead with Peterborough and Stamford NHS Trust.

But the two chief executives of the hospital trusts say a merger would save £9m a year, primarily in back office services.

Peterborough City Hospital / Hinchingbrooke Hospital
Michael Trolove / PA

They says the outline business proposal does not recommend changing services at either hospital, but does highlight the risks of the organisations "not collaborating at all" – particularly in Huntingdon.   

Hospital merger makes 'good sense', says former NHS trust chairman

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

"Merging one with the other seems to be a lot of good sense," says a former NHS trust chairman, as the board at Hinchingbrooke discusses a merger with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Roy Lilley is the former chairman of Homewood NHS Trust in Surrey, who now commentates on health issues.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "The trouble is there isn't enough money in the health economy - the amount of money available locally - to keep both hospitals going."   

'We will continue to fight to save the hospital', say campaigners

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Protest group Hands Off Hinchingbrooke says it will continue to fight a merger with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust, even if it is approved by the trusts.

We will be putting forward the views of the residents of Huntingdonshire that this merger is dangerous and the residents want Hinchingbrooke to keep it's A&E and maternity departments. HOH will continue to fight to save the hospital from the proposed merger even if the merger is approved.

Hands Off Hinchingbrooke

Schools evacuated after 'hoax bomb threat'

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Police say: "Emergency services are currently at the Discovery primary school in Walton, Peterborough, following a report of a suspected hoax bomb threat. It is believed to be part of a series that has affected schools across the country." 

Pupils at the Voyager Academy have now been allowed back into the school.

Newspaper reports Peterborough schools evacuated

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Reports are coming in that two schools have been evacuated in Peterborough.

The Peterborough Telegraph reports the Voyager Academy and Discovery Primary have been evacuated after a bomb hoax.

Road closures are also in place.

View more on twitter

We're getting the latest from the police - more updates shortly.

Merger meeting continuing at Hinchingbrooke Hospital

David Keller

BBC News

The board meeting at Hinchingbrooke Hospital is continuing to discuss merger plans with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust.

You can get regular updates on Twitter from @HinchHospital.

View more on twitter

Brexit could cost 50,000 jobs in East, Treasury analysis claims

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Leaving the European Unit could cost 50,000 jobs in the East of England, according to Treasury analysis of the short-term impact of Brexit - but the Leave campaign claims this is scaremongering.

Jobless figures EU referendum

The Office of National Statistics estimates that 118,000 people are currently out of work in the region and the Treasury report says this could increase by 40% if the UK leaves the European Union. 

The Treasury also estimates that youth unemployment would also rise by 6,000. 

The Leave campaign has already questioned the Treasury's research and accused it of being part of an attempt to frighten the public. 

Maternity services will be sustained at Hinchingbrooke, chief executive tells meeting

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The chief executive of Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust, Lance McCarthy, has told the board meeting it would "sustain" maternity services at the hospital in the event of a merger with Peterborough and Stamford NHS Trust.

It has been a main concern among campaigners against the merger that services including maternity and A&E could disappear from Huntingdon.

View more on twitter

Hinchingbrooke meeting under way

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The board meeting at Hinchingbrooke Hospital is under way, with about 50 staff and members of the public in attendance.

It's just heard that a merger with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals would save £9m a year. 

View more on twitter

Police and fire to work more closely in Beds, Herts and Cambs

Police and fire services in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire have pledged to work more closely so that services are more "efficient".

Bedfordshire Police HQ

The six emergency services have signed a memorandum of understanding about the investigation of fire scenes across those three counties.

"The public rightly expects us to find ways to work more efficiently and this is a positive step forward. It means blue light colleagues will have greater access to good practice and support as required," the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary, Andy Bliss, said.

Free breakfasts 'boost attendance' at Cambridgeshire primary school

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

A Cambridgeshire headteacher says pupils' attendance and behaviour in class has improved since they started offering free breakfasts.


About 100 children have their breakfast at Thongsley Fields primary, in Huntingdon, before lessons begin, which are paid for through fundraising.

On the menu today was two types of cereal, toast and marmalade.  

Lisa Moule says children are now concentrating better in lessons: "It's supporting their learning, the teachers say the change is unbelievable."

Hospital staff wear pink to show opposition to merger

Some staff at Hinchingbrooke Hospital are wearing pink today to show their opposition to merger plans with Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals, according to a doctor.

Dr Nik Johnson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "Staff on the ground are not in support."  

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

This morning the hospital's board of directors are discussing a potential merger with the NHS trust, which runs Peterborough City Hospital.   

Managers have been exploring the clinical benefits of "closer working" since January 2016, and now propose both trusts would benefit "from working as one organisation". 

Hospital directors to discuss merger

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The board of directors at Hinchingbrooke Hospital will meet this morning to discuss a potential merger with the NHS trust running Peterborough City Hospital

Hinchingbrooke Hosital

A joint business case, recommending merging from April 2017, was published by both parties last week.

In April more than 400 people marched through Huntingdon to protest against the merger.

We'll let you know what comes out of the meeting today - Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals is holding another meeting tomorrow.

Police searching for missing man discover body

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Officers searching for a missing man say they found a body at Houghton yesterday evening.

Formal identification is yet to take place, but police believe the body is that of 84-year-old John Hadley, from Wyton, who was reported missing on Sunday morning.

John Hadley
Cambridgeshire Police

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner, police said.

In the papers: Flytipping arson warning... and Audi drivers top table for most parking tickets in Cambridge

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Here's a couple of stories in the local papers that caught our eye this morning:

Fly-tippers are being warned they are putting lives at risk, with rubbish dumped in city streets becoming a magnet for arsonists, reports the Peterborough Telegraph

Meanwhile, the Cambridge News is reporting that Audi drivers are topping the table for the most parking tickets in the city - and one Audi driver has racked up an incredible 106 parking tickets in a year.

Did you see last night's incredible sunset?

BBC Weather Watchers

Did you see the amazing sunset that much of Cambridgeshire was treated to last night?

People have been sharing images on social media and there are lots more to see at BBC Weather Watchers.

Cambridge sunset
BBC Weather Watchers/Maggie B

We'd love to see your photos -  you can send them to us via emailFacebook or Twitter

Forensic artist to be used to identify Mepal severed human head

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Over the weekend we heard a forensic artist could be used to help identify a severed head found near Mepal.

The remains were discovered by a quarry worker at Block Fen Drove a week ago.

Police at Block Fen Drove

It is thought the head came from a site 40 miles away in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, and the victim died before 2015.

We'll keep you up-to-date with any more developments in the case.

Weather: Sunny spells and showers today

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a bright day with plenty of sunny spells, and it will be feeling warm in the sunshine. But there is a risk of some heavy and perhaps even thundery showers developing later on. 

Weather map

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F). For a more on the forecast for the week ahead, go to BBC Weather.

Thanks for joining us for another week of Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Hello again all - hope you had a good weekend.  

We're now live once more - stay with us until 18:00 for the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire.

Today we'll be keeping an eye on developments at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, where a meeting is taking place to discuss a possible merger with Peterborough City Hospital.

And we'll be hearing from a Huntingdon headteacher who puts improved performances down to providing pupils with free breakfasts. But before then, we'll find out what the weather has in store.

We love to feature your stories and pictures of the county too. Send them to us via emailFacebook or Twitter.