Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Lorry crashes into tree on the A10
  2. Cambridgeshire's Tory MPs react to leadership contest
  3. Willow Festival in Peterborough is cancelled
  4. Pedestrian struck by van in St Ives
  5. Gary Roberts resigns as Cambridge City's manager after 13 years
  6. Updates on Thursday, 30 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage through the day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from the team here at Cambridgeshire Live. 

Today we've looked at who our MPs will be supporting in the Conservative leadership battle.

Also, we've covered the lucky escape of a man and a child from a lorry that struck a tree in Stretham. A really, really lucky escape...

You can read all the stories by scrolling through the page. 

But we'll leave you with this rather amazing bird's eye view above the North West Cambridge development, showing how a new part of the city is emerging.

North West Cambridge Development
North West Cambridge Development

We'll be back again tomorrow at 08:00. See you then.

Weather: Outbreaks of drizzle possible

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will remain cloudy through the evening, with a few outbreaks of light rain or drizzle tonight.

Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Weather Map

Tomorrow will be a breezy day. It'll gradually become brighter throughout the day, although occasional showers are possible. 

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Vara backs Gove

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've just had it confirmed that Shailesh Vara, the Tory MP for North West Cambridgeshire, is supporting Michael Gove in the Conservative leadership battle. 

Shailesh Vara

I have worked very closely with Michael Gove at the Ministry of Justice and have been very impressed with him. He is a man of conviction with a very sharp intellect. He cares passionately about Britain and I believe he has the necessary qualities to lead our negotiations with the EU.

Shailesh VaraConservative MP for North West Cambridgeshire

Why did the ducks cross the road?

It seems no-one is safe from the Beds, Cambs and Herts roads policing team...

They'll even speed check ducks crossing the road.

View more on twitter

Teacher training too 'narrow', says NUT

New figures show that although there has been a fall in teacher vacancies in Cambridgeshire, the demand in some subjects continues to rise. 

English, science and geography are the worst affected, with teachers quoting "too much paperwork" as the main deterrent. 


Jon Duveen, from the National Union of Teachers in Cambridgeshire, says teacher training is "too narrowly focused" and one of the problems is when teachers are "only" trained in schools, as they don't get the "rounded experience they need".  

Teacher shortage in Cambridgeshire

There's been a rise in demand for science, English and geography teachers in Cambridgeshire, the BBC has found.

Teacher graphic

Figures from TeachVac show there's a serious shortage - currently there are 183 vacancies in the county, about 33 fewer than last year.

The Department for Education said: "The figures only paint a partial picture of teacher recruitment across England and the reality is that teaching continues to be an attractive career."  

Additional parking planned for Ely commuters

More car parking spaces could soon be built in Ely. 

East Cambridgeshire District Council has purchased land by Ely Railway Station, close to the Tesco click and collect depot. 

Officials say they want to create the spaces quickly but only if the plans are approved. 

Map of proposed car park
East Cambridgeshire District Council

'Buzzy' day at Cambridge University

David Keller

BBC News

It looks like it's been a rather "buzzy" day at St John's College, Cambridge. 

A hive of activity has taken place at it's Open Day. 

(I'll "beehave" and stop the puns now...)

View more on twitter

Monster mash comes to Wisbech

Helen Burchell

BBC News

"Frankenstein meets St Peter" is the brainchild of the district council's parks officer Bob Ollier.

The father of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, called William Godwin, was born in Wisbech. So the display, which is also part of Wisbech in Bloom's bid for horticultural glory – celebrates the town's links with the scary monster.

Frankenstein Monsters
Bob Ollier

When Frankenstein met St Peter

Helen Burchell

BBC News

This tweet from @FenCops made us chuckle. "Who you gonna call?", they asked…

So we called St Peter's Church, and it's all part of its annual Rose Fair. 

It started yesterday and culminates in a float parade through Wisbech on Saturday.

Monsters in church graveyard
Fen Cops

If you think these "scarecrows" look a bit scary for a churchyard, you'd be right. The green guy is Frankenstein's monster and the others are Frankie's freaky friends.  

Pony gets into 'deep' trouble in river

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

How do you get out of this then?

Pony stuck in River

Fortunately, a farmer came to the rescue of this pony stuck in a river close to Chequer Street, Fenstanton. 

A digger made a sloping channel so it could be led to safety. 

The animal was unharmed and was released back into the field to its herd.

Peterborough secret millionaire 'truly sorry' for My Local going into administration

BBC Business News

In September 2015, the Peterborough secret millionaire, Mike Greene, led a team to buy and run the My Local stores. 

Mr Greene said: "The last nine months has been one of the toughest retail trading periods that I have ever experienced and My Local has faced intense competition.

"The management team has been unable to return the business to profitability. For that I am truly sorry."

My Local store
Hugh Venables/Geograph

Peterborough man fails to save My Local convenience store

BBC Business News

Convenience store chain My Local has gone into administration, with more than 1,000 jobs at risk.

My Local, formally known as Morrisons' M Local, was sold to Greybull for £25m in a deal fronted by Peterborough retail veteran Mike Greene, who appeared on Channel 4 show The Secret Millionaire.  

My Local

Ninety three of the retailer's 125 stores will close, with the rest remaining open while buyers are sought.  

It has struggled to compete in the cut-throat grocery sector, which is caught in a fierce price war.  

Cambridgeshire mansion in UK's most unusual cannabis farms

BBC News England

Meanwhile, a country mansion in Cambridgeshire has been named in a feature about the UK's most unusual cannabis farms.

Property on Wimblington Road, March

Acting on a tip-off, police visited the nine-bedroom £1m property on Wimblington Road in March in January and were no doubt taken aback by what they stumbled across.

Officers discovered at least 1,000 cannabis plants at various stages of growth. Two men were arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis and detained.

Local media described the sprawling house as a once much-loved family home, with police comparing it to "something you would see in Downton Abbey or the place people take on for Grand Designs, not where you expect to see a highly professional cannabis factory".

Cannabis 'factory' discovered in Outwell

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Three people have been arrested after police raided a cannabis factory in Outwell, near Wisbech.

Police say they found a "large" amount of the drug. 

Kings Lynn Police
Kings Lynn Police

Search starts for new Cambridge City boss

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge City won promotion to Step Two of the non-league pyramid under Gary Roberts in 2004 and reached the first round of the FA Cup in 2012, taking Milton Keynes Dons to a replay. 

City owner Kevin Satchell has thanked Roberts for his "fantastic loyalty and commitment" over 13 years. 

It will now advertise for Roberts' replacement. 

View more on twitter

'Fresh approach' needed at Cambridge City after Roberts resigns

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Gary Roberts, 57, was appointed as City boss in 2003 having previously represented the club as a player.

City finished 18th in the Southern League Premier Division last season, their lowest ever league finish under Roberts' management. 

In a statement, Roberts has revealed both personal reasons and the need for a "fresh approach" for standing down. 

Gary Roberts resignation notice
Cambridge City

Gary Roberts resigns as manager of Cambridge City

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

After 13 years in the job, Gary Roberts has resigned as the manager of Cambridge City.

The club says the decision was mutually agreed after discussions with the board of directors. They're not planning to announce a new manager in the "immediate future".

The former manager says he wants to continue working with the Lilywhites in some capacity. 

Gary Roberts
Cambridge City

Weather: Cloudy, breezy and mostly dry

BBC Weather

So far it's been a beautiful morning over the Yaxley countryside, as this photo from our Weather Watcher "Daves Patch" shows

Yaxley Countryside
Daves Patch/Weather Watcher

For the rest of the day it will gradually become cloudier, but should stay mostly dry, although the odd shower is possible. 

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F). 

More photos of lorry crash

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

More pictures have been released regarding this morning's crash on the A10 when a lorry hit a tree. 

They were taken by the crew of the Magpas Air Ambulance which attended to treat a man and a girl, who amazingly only suffered minor injuries. 

Scene of lorry accident
Magpas Air Ambulance
Scene of lorry accident
Magpas Air Ambulance
Scene of lorry accident
Magpas Air Ambulance

Who are our Tory MPs backing?

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

So with the shock news that Boris Johnson is not running as the new leader of the Conservative party, where does that leave our local MPs? 

Both Stewart Jackson and Jonathan Djanogly need to work out who they're supporting, as they were part of "Team Boris".

Boris Johnson at press conference
Getty Images

We have yet to know who Shailesh Vara, Lucy Frazer and Stephen Barclay are backing.

The only certain support then is Heidi Allen choosing to back Theresa May. 

Peterborough MP 'disappointed' Boris no longer in the running

The Peterborough MP has confirmed he'll announce on Monday who he's supporting to be the next leader of the Conservative party

He was backing Boris Johnson, but after he ruled himself out he now has to choose between Theresa May, Michael Gove, Stephen Crabb, Andrea Leadsom and Liam Fox. 

View more on twitter

Heidi Allen: 'Not the time for a trainee prime minister'

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

"This is not the time for a trainee prime minister".

These are the words of South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen, who has come out in support of Theresa May as the new leader of the Tories. 

Heidi Allen
Conservative Party

She says what we need now is a "sensible, non showy, non attention-seeking hard worker... and that's what she is".

Who will Huntingdon MP support in PM race now?

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

It's back to the drawing board for Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly, who came out this morning in support of Boris Johnson as the next leader of the Conservative party. 

He believed he was the "right man for the job", but news has just broken that the major Leave campaigner won't be standing in the contest.

After the announcement, Mr Djanogly said he was "sorry to see Boris pulling out of the race - he gave a very dignified speech". 

Jonathan Djanogly

Man in his 50s hurt after accident in St Ives

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The East of England Ambulance Service has confirmed a man in his 50s suffered a chest injury after an earlier accident between a pedestrian and a van on Harrison Way in St Ives.

Paramedics treated the man who was then taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital. He is said to be in a stable condition and his condition is not life-threatening.

Heidi Allen supporting Theresa May

So we know Jonathan Djanogly is backing Boris, but South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen has taken to Twitter this morning to say she is supporting Theresa May. 

She says Ms May is in a "different league".

View more on twitter

Delays in St Ives after accident

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The accident on the A1096 Harrison Way in St Ives has now been cleared, but there's still queuing traffic in both directions between the Meadow Lane junction and the Hemingford Road junction. 

View more on twitter

Accident between pedestrian and van closes Harrison Way in St Ives

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire police says a pedestrian has been hit by a van in St Ives.

It's happened by the roundabout at The Quadrant on Harrison Way, close to the guided busway. 

Officers say the road is currently shut and the person's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. 

They're advising people to find an alternative route. 

Road blocked in St Ives near guided busway

The A1096 Harrison Way in St Ives is currently blocked in both directions due to an accident near the guided busway junction. 

We'll bring you more when we get it.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Man and young woman have lucky escape after lorry hits tree

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We've just found out that the two people who were involved in this crash on the A10 near Stretham this morning had a very lucky escape...

The East of England Ambulance Service told us a man and a young woman were trapped in the lorry and had to be released. 

They were treated at the scene and "thankfully only had minor injuries," a spokesman said.

They were both taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital for further care.

Scene of accident
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

Lorry crashes into tree on A10

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The A10 was closed for about two hours early this morning near Stretham after a lorry struck a tree.

Scene of crash in Ely
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

Two people were cut out of the vehicle and treated at the scene after the crash at just before 03:30.

Scene of crash in Ely
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

Two fire crews from Ely returned to their base by 05:15.

Scene of crash in Ely
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

Djanogly: Boris gets 'my vote'

The MP for Huntingdon, Jonathan Djanogly, has come in support of Boris Johnson to become the next leader of the Conservative party.

View more on twitter

Peterborough United defender signs new deal

BBC Sport

Peterborough United vice captain and Northern Ireland international Michael Smith has signed a new three-year deal

Michael Smith
Getty Images

The 27-year-old has made 89 appearances for Posh since joining from Bristol Rovers in 2014.

He has been capped once and was named in the preliminary squad for Euro 2016, but did not make the final 23.

"I am sure he'll be knocking on Michael O'Neill's door now for the World Cup qualifiers," Posh boss Grant McCann told the club website.

New bus service to start next month

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

From next month a new bus service will start running which will be the first time a frequent service connects west Cambridge with Cambridge Railway Station.

Cambridge station

Called Universal and subsidised by Cambridge University, the new service will link Madingley Road, the railway station and Addenbrooke's Hospital.

It will replace the Uni4 when it begins operating on 23 July and will include more frequent journeys and a service on Saturdays.

By the end of next year it will also travel from Cambridge Railway Station to the Biomedical Campus via the guided busway, using high-spec buses.

Festival cancelled in Peterborough

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The Willow Festival in Peterborough has been cancelled. 

Peterborough Embankment

The music event is usually held on the Embankment, but the council refused permission to use the site after claiming money was routinely not paid on time.

Organiser Mark Ringer disputed the accusation, but after identifying four possible alternative locations a contract has not been signed in time.

Anyone with a ticket is being asked to contact Ticketweb for a refund.   

Today's weather: Bright spells and showers

BBC Weather

It will be a bright start with sunny spells for much of the county and most places should stay dry, despite the cloud gradually building. However, there may be the odd shower during the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F). 

Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning - we'll be here until 18:00 with live news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Today we'll be looking at a serious shortage of teachers in Cambridgeshire... but before that, we'll find out what the weather is doing.

Feel free to contact us with your pictures, stories or comments via emailFacebook or Twitter.