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Summary

  1. Polling stations open around the county for the EU Referendum
  2. Figures show disparity over foster care
  3. Church roof thieves foiled by mud
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye from a soggy Cambridgeshire

Thanks for joining us for Cambridgeshire's Live page today.

We heard how Cambridgeshire's foster children are two and a half times more likely to be moved from home to home compared to Peterborough's, and how the recent rainy weather thwarted a gang of would-be church lead thieves in Foxton.

We'll be back with a special regional local live feed from 06:00 tomorrow, to bring you all the results from the EU Referendum.

Weather: Thunderstorms should clear overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

We're expecting showers and thunderstorms to clear through the night. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow starts dry and sunny, before cloud gradually builds. Minimum temperature: 21C (70F).

Grabarz wants to 'jump higher than in the Olympics'

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

St Neots high jumper Robbie Grabarz has told me he's "ready to fight for a medal" at the British Championships in Birmingham this weekend.

Robbie Grabarz
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The 28-year-old, who won a bronze at the London Olympics but has yet to be confirmed for Rio, said he wants to "jump higher than in the Olympics".

He says he wants to "qualify comfortably for the final" this weekend and then "really compete".

Grabarz ready to reach the Olympic heights again

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Four years ago, Cambridgeshire high jumper Robbie Grabarz shot to fame after winning a bronze medal in the high jump at the London Olympics.

Since then, things have been tough, as two years ago he needed knee surgery. 

Robbie Grabarz
BBC

But now he's back in training and this weekend he's taking part in the British Championships in Birmingham. 

He needs to finish in the top two places to guarantee his seat on that plane to Rio.

Traditional parade through Cambridge as students graduate

Maths, music and vet students have been among those graduating from Cambridge University today...

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But the heavy rain late this afternoon caused this academic to seek urgent shelter...

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Princess Anne opens St John Ambulance's new Cherry Hinton unit

St John Ambulance in Cambridge had a royal visitor today, when HRH The Princess Royal opened its new Cherry Hinton base.

It will provide a home for its cycle unit.

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Strawberry yields forever (well sort of)

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

It could be a case of strawberry yields for the whole of summer in parts of Cambridgeshire, because of the recent rain fall.

Farmer Paddy Ivens, who runs Hill Farm in Peterborough, said this year's crop had been "tremendous" and the recent downpours meant the fruits were "swelling really nicely".

However, he now wants the rain to stop and the weather to warm up so the strawberries can ripen nicely.

Strawberries in punnets
BBC

Improvements at Addenbrooke's after patients' suggestions

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

An outpatients helpline, clearer signs, and drinks and snacks trolleys in clinics have been introduced in response to a critical inspection of Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Patients group Healthwatch Cambridgeshire suggested the improvements after speaking to around 200 people earlier this year.

Addenbrooke's Hospital
PA

Last year the Care Quality Commission rated Addenbrooke's as "inadequate"; that was recently upgraded to "requires improvement".

Drip drip drop lots of June showers!

BBC Weather Watchers

As we've just seen from the weather forecast with Elizabeth Rizzini, sadly even more rain is expected......

So this Weather Watchers photo taken by Alan Payne in Upwell pretty much sums up the current situation......

Drop of water
Alan Payne/Weather Watcher

Weather update: More 'torrential' rain on the way

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Sorry to bring you some bad news on the weather front... but we've more, a lot more, of the wet stuff on the way before the end of the afternoon.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning of rain for the East of England until 23:00.

Travel: Road still blocked in Horseheath

The A1307 in Horseheath is still partially blocked after an earlier incident.

It was hoped the area would be back to normal, but traffic is now being manually controlled.

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'Hundreds of pounds' being lost at charity shop because of shoplifters

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The manager of a Cambridge charity shop has told me they're losing about £600 every month because of shoplifters.

Oxfam, on Mill Road, has put a sign in its window warning that it's "watching you", as on average about £30 worth of items are taken every day. 

Manager Mungo Redmond says it's very "disheartening", as he feels like the shop is an "easy target".

Oxfam charity shop on Mill Road Cambridge
BBC

Pendleton 'in love' with horseracing

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Victoria Pendleton said she's "in love" with horseracing, after winning a charity race at Newmarket this afternoon.

Victoria Pendleton
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"It's so exhilarating, I can't even explain," she said. "I love the company of the horses and how generous and accommodating they can be.

"They're a marvel, a wonder. I'm in love."

Pendleton, who turned to horses after a celebrated cycling career, added: "I'm going to carry on racing and see where it goes.

"It's been such an incredible journey after the last 18 months and I don't feel like stopping any time soon. It's been a joy to be accepted into a new sport."

Villagers come together to try and buy local shop

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Houghton is a typical chocolate box Cambridgeshire village. It has a tea room, antique shop and pub .... but also a massive sense of community spirit. 

Just a few months ago, David and Margaret Ebdade, who have run Ye Olde Village Shoppe and Post Office for 18 years, decided they wanted to retire and are putting it up for sale.  

Houghton village shop
BBC

About 100 local residents have said they're willing to buy it to keep it open, with most saying they're happy to invest about £200. 

They have up until late September to get the funds in place for the sale to go ahead. 

Victoria Pendleton wins charity race at Newmarket

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

The Olympic cycling gold medalist turned jockey Victoria Pendleton cruised to victory in a charity race at Newmarket this afternoon. 

A short while ago she won the one-mile contest on Royal Etiquette.  

Pendleton recently hit the headlines by coming fifth in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, on Pacha Du Polder.

Victoria Pendleton
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Public help dig for anicent wall

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

School children and members of the public are being asked to get their hands dirty and help dig for an ancient wall in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral.

Archaeologist Matt Collins explains what work is going on.

Expensive repair bill for church after lead removed from roof

Helen Burchell

BBC News

St Laurence’s is one of eight churches in the Ely Diocese to be targeted by lead thieves so far this year.

Reverend Angela Melaniphy said although it was fortunate the Foxton church thieves had left without the lead, it would still be very expensive to repair the roof.

Tyre marks in church graveyard
BBC
Tyre marks in church graveyard
BBC

Diocese buildings officer Geoffrey Hunter told us: "It would be less of a financial hardship for the Church simply to write cheques to the criminals for the price of the lead, as it costs us 10 times as much to rectify the damage."

Zakuani could be on his way to Northampton

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Northampton Town are close to agreeing a deal with defender Gabriel Zakuani, following his release by Peterborough United.

The 30-year-old DR Congo international left Posh this summer after making 252 appearances in two spells, having initially joined in 2008.

Gabriel Zakuani
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Zakuani won promotion out of League One with Posh twice, in 2009 and 2011.

The ex-Leyton Orient and Fulham man was also part of the Stoke side to finish second in the Championship in 2008.

Church roof lead thieves thwarted after getting stuck in the mud

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Thieves trying to get away with £20,000 of lead from a church roof were left high and dry after their van got firmly stuck in the mud.

Wheel left behind at St St Laurence’s Church in Foxton and a photo of the church
BBC

The weight of all that lead from St Laurence’s Church in Foxton caused the red Iveco van to sink into the waterlogged graveyard.

Track left in grass in churchyard
BBC

They were forced to abandon it, along with the lead, and made off empty-handed. Police are appealing for witnesses. 

Travel: Long delays expected in Horseheath area

BBC Travel

The A1307 in Horseheath is still partially blocked in both directions at the Howard's Lane junction, because of an overturned lorry and temporary traffic lights.  

Long delays are expected in the area for the next few hours. 

Members of public try to find another brick in the wall

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been in the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral, where archaeologists are today unearthing parts of a wall that was built in the grounds about 1,000 years ago.

A community dig is taking place until Sunday, and schoolchildren and tourists are being invited along to see what's been discovered. 

Wall in grounds of Peterborough Cathedral
BBC

The wall that's being searched for used to enclose the monastery on the site.  

County council: It's 'not ideal' to regularly move children in foster care

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been talking to Cambridgeshire County Council, which has attempted to explain why 24% of children it has placed in foster care have been moved from three or more homes in just a year. 

It told me up to 70% of its cases could be emergency placements, and that means it has to put a child somewhere first quickly, and then move them again to somewhere more permanent.  

It says this isn't ideal but has to work with the resources it has, as the council is currently dealing with a shortage of carers.

Adult holding a childs hand
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Foster parents talk of benefits of keeping children in one place

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Maggie and Paul Lugg are Cambridgeshire foster carers and have helped look after a number of children for over six years. 

They say keeping foster children in one location can dramatically improve the quality of care. 

Maggie told me it's not "just baby sitting for a few weeks, but you make a conscious decision to help somebody". She explained to me that if you have the children for longer it helps them form proper friendship groups and settle into school. 

Paul says the "longer the children can stay with you, it's got to be better for them".

Maggie and Paul Lugg
BBC

Travel: A1307 partially blocked in Horseheath

The A1307 in Horseheath is partially blocked in both directions at the Howard's Lane junction, because of an overturned lorry and temporary traffic lights.

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Teenageer fostered as a child says it's 'hard' to be moved from home to home

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

As part of an investigation into how many children in Cambridgeshire are moved regularly from home to home, I've been talking to 19-year-old Brian.

He was put into foster care as a child and had to move to two different homes in just six months.

He told me it was "hard" to leave the first home, and having to change homes always "takes some getting used to."

Children in field
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Children in Cambridgeshire foster care being 'moved from home to home'

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A BBC investigation has discovered that foster children in the care of Cambridgeshire County Council are two and a half times more likely to be moved from home to home compared to those in Peterborough.

Hand holding
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Figures obtained via Freedom of Information requests reveal that out of 571 children held in foster care by the county council, 124, or 24%, were rehomed three or more times in the past year.

In Peterborough, 41, or 9.5%, of 430 children were moved three or more times.

Zika prompts abortion dilemmas

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

A termination remains illegal in many parts of Latin America, but women simply turn to unofficial providers.

Women on Web, which advises women online and then delivers pills to end a pregnancy, is one of the largest groups involved.

The researchers from Cambridge University analysed the thousands of requests received by Women on Web in the five years before the Pan American Health Organization issued its warning on Zika on 17 November 2015.

Aedes aegypti mosquitos seen in a lab
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It used this to predict how many abortion requests would have been expected between 17 November 2015 and 1 March 2016.

The analysis of countries that advised against getting pregnant suggested Brazil and Ecuador had had more than twice the expected demand for abortions.

Zika worries have spread 'fear and anxiety'

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

Dr Catherine Aiken, one of the researchers from the University of Cambridge, told the BBC News website: "Everywhere governments said, 'Don't get pregnant', and there was Zika transmission, there was a tremendous surge in the number of women taking matters into their own hands.

"There were huge increases in abortions across the region."

Dr with a child born with a small brain
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Dr Aiken criticised the countries' "very hollow" messages to delay pregnancy that had generated "fear, anxiety and panic with no means to act on it".

Meanwhile, Abigail Aiken, an assistant professor from the University of Texas at Austin, said: "Accurate data on the choices pregnant women make in Latin America is hard to obtain."

Abortion demand 'soars' amid Zika fear, university says

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

New research from scientists at the University of Cambridge suggests that fears about the Zika virus have contributed to a "huge" increase in the number of women in Latin America seeking abortions. 

Estimates suggest there has been at least a doubling in requests in Brazil, and an increase of a third in other countries.

Baby born with small brain
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Many governments have advised women not to get pregnant due to the risk of babies being born with tiny brains.

The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

EU Referendum: How to vote on polling day

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Today, the UK is going to the polls in the EU Referendum.

Our colleagues at BBC Politics have produced a handy guide on how to vote, including when and where you can do it. 

Voting paper
BBC

UK goes to polls in EU Referendum

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The polls opened at 07:00 for people to vote in the EU Referendum - where voters will decide whether the country should remain a member of the European Union or leave.

Polling stations sign
Reuters

It's only the third nationwide referendum in UK history - the last one was five years ago when voters rejected a change to the way MPs are elected, and the first was the 1975 referendum on membership of what was then called the European Economic Community.

Polling stations close at 22:00 and counting begins shortly afterwards.

In common with other broadcasters, the BBC is limited in what it can report while polls are open, but you can follow the results as they come in across the BBC after polls close tonight.

Weather: Thundery downpours possible

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Heavy showers and thunderstorms with some torrential downpours possible at first, but these will gradually clear north-east during the morning. 

It will then be a muggy day with some warm sunny spells, before further heavy and perhaps thundery showers develop from the south again later. 

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F). 

Travel: Delays on A14 at junction 30

There are delays on the A14 westbound around junction 30 at Oakington Road after an earlier car fire. 

There's also queuing traffic eastbound, as people slow down to look. 

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Good morning

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to Local Live for Cambridgeshire. 

Until 18:00 we'll bring you all the latest news, travel, sport and weather, on the day that the country is deciding whether to stay in or leave the European Union.