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  1. Updates on Friday, 1 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Monday at 08:00

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By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us on what has been a day of reflection here in Cambridgeshire, and indeed across the UK and Europe.

You can continue to follow live updates on Battle of the Somme commemorations here.

We've also covered the news that all Cambridgeshire's councils have now backed devolution proposals, which could see more money transferred from the government into local hands.

You can scroll down for more...

We'll be back from 8:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Enjoy the weekend.

Crash test dummy firm to expand in Europe following Brexit vote

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

A company that manufactures crash test dummies and crash barriers in Huntingdon says it will focus its expansion plans on Europe rather than the UK following the Brexit vote.  

Mike Ashmead, managing director of Enocam, says he's concerned that freedom of movement of people will be stopped in Britain, so he's looking at other European sites for the firm.

However, he maintains the main headquarters will still remain in Cambridgeshire.

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Rather cloudy and breezy with the risk of showers tonight, although they are likely to be quite isolated with lows of 9C (48F).


A fine start with sunny spells tomorrow but cloud increasing with the risk of showers, and highs of 19C (66F).

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Fenland District Council approves devolution plans

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've just seen this tweet from Fenland District Council, where councillors have approved plans to create a devolved authority for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.

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It was the last of the councils to vote in Cambridgeshire, meaning all have now backed proposals for extra money for housing and transport from the government and a new mayor.

The plans are now being put out to public consultation.

These maps show how our local councils voted.

Devolution map
Devolution map

Disruption at Cambridge train station

Phil Shepka

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I'm outside Cambridge Station where signalling failures have meant long delays to trains, leading to a backlog of people.

That means they are filtering people onto the platforms to avoid everyone going in at once, but there seems to be a great deal of confusion among passengers as to what is going on.

BBC Travel has the latest.

Queues at Cambridge train station

US woman guilty of Stephen Hawking Tenerife death threats

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We're just hearing that a US woman has been given a suspended four-month jail sentence in Spain for threatening to kill British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking.

Professor Stephen Hawing

The woman was arrested in a hotel in Tenerife, close to where Prof Hawking was attending a conference.

She had stalked him on social media before following him to the island.

Live from Lord's: The University Matches 2016

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

If you're interested in the Cambridge v Oxford cricket match being played at Lord's, The Tab has braved the weather to bring you live updates here.

The start time for both matches was delayed, but Cambridge mens won the toss and elected to field.

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New trust charged with Ely college turnaround

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

From today, the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust will take over running the City of Ely Community College.

Last year the school was placed into special measures after a string of failures found by education watchdog Ofsted.  

The transfer is the result of discussions with the Department for Education to move the school more quickly towards becoming "Good" and beyond.

The trust already runs schools including Swavesey Village College and Peterborough's Nene Park Academy

Second skimming device found in Wisbech

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Meanwhile, it's not normally we report on two cases of potential card fraud in a week, especially not in the same place...

Back on Monday we brought you news of a skimming device found on an ATM in Wisbech.

Well today, Fenland police tweeted they'd found another one.

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Action Fraud has advice about what to do if you spot something suspicious at an ATM.

Fenland police come to careless drug dealer's rescue

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

I don't think they'll hand their goods back though...

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Cathedral service to mark Battle of the Somme

Kim Riley

BBC Look East

Ely Cathedral has hosted a service to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme

It remembered the soldiers of the 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, the Cambridgeshire Volunteer Battalion (Cambridgeshire Pals) who fought in the battle. 

It included readings, poetry and songs from pupils of Swaffham Prior Primary School, and was attended by descendants of some of the soldiers who fought.

Devolution in the East: What happens now?

Nic Rigby

BBC News

With devolution plans for two elected mayors - one for Norfolk and Suffolk, and one for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire - looking set to go ahead, the next thing to happen will be consultation by the county councils.

House building
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After that the government will have have to set up elections for the new mayors.

The new mayors won't take any powers away from either the county, district or unitary councils covered, but will take strategic powers from central government.

The new deal promises:

  • A single pot of £25m a year of new money for the next 30 years (£750m) to support economic growth, development of local infrastructure and jobs.
  • About a £100m, over five years, of new money to support the building of new homes across Norfolk and Suffolk
  • An extra £30m over five years for Norwich and Ipswich housing in recognition of their greater housing needs
  • A guaranteed £225m transport budget for the next four years 
  • Control of an existing £20m a year adult skills to meet business training needs
  • Greater control over who delivers transport services in Norfolk and Suffolk, and how they are delivered.

Devolution in the East to go ahead

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

Councils in East Anglia have decided to proceed with plans for regional devolution despite four councils in Norfolk rejecting the plans.

Devolution document

I understand that Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire county councils have decided that there is "enough critical mass" to proceed with the plans and "an enthusiasm on the part of most people to proceed". 

The county councils will launch a statutory consultation next week and it's understood that next week the government will start the legislative process to hold elections for directly elected mayors in Norfolk and Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Breckland, Norwich, North Norfolk and Great Yarmouth councils have rejected the plans but the other authorities have decided to proceed without them and hope that they may decide to join the process later on. 

Battle of the Somme remembered

Paul Stainton

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

It's been a very emotional morning, with tributes, memories and connections to the Battle of the Somme pouring into us on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

My grandad fought in the Battle of the Somme. He ended being shot on the last day of the First World War, but didn't die until eight years later. His death certificate has just got GSW which is 'gunshot wounds'. Thirteen machine gun bullets in him. He was in agony for 8 years."

Brian from Peterborugh

You can listen again to people's stories on my morning show here.

Battle of the Somme: Commemorative stone unveiled in Buckden

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've been in Buckden this morning where a paving stone has been unveiled to commemorate Captain John Green VC.

Battle of the Somme commemoration in Buckden

Chair of Buckden Parish Council, Fiona Shirley, said: "He received his VC as a consequence of the action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago today.

"Sadly he received it posthumously."

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly was also at the service, and tweeted this photo of the commemorative stone.  

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Building work begins on Ely Leisure Village

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Construction work has begun on the new £16m Ely Leisure Village.

McDonalds, KFC and Costa Coffee are among restaurants that have signed leases on the site, which also includes a six-screen cinema, swimming pool, dance studios, gym and an outdoor sports pitch.

Construction works beginning on Ely Leisure Village site.
Turnstones Estate

Last October we reported on concern among residents about the number of proposed fast food outlets.

Will Law, who started a petition opposing the opening of the restaurants, said: "I believe it's our moral right to protect children from exposure of fast food".

Artists impression of proposed Ely Leisure Village
Turnstones Estate

At the time, East Cambridgeshire District Council said plans to build the centre were only economically viable if supported by food outlets, adding there was extensive public consultation before the plans were approved.  

Building work is due to be completed by early 2017. 

The Somme: Remembering 11th Suffolks

On 1 July 1916, the 800 men of 11th Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment, left the safety of their camp and prepared to advance on German positions.

On the first day of battle, 200 of them lost their lives and a further 500 were injured.

Many of the men came from Cambridgeshire and some of those who died were buried at La Boisselle.  

Battle of the Somme: Your memories

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Listeners to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire have been sharing their stories of connections to the Battle of the Somme.

Battle of the Somme cemetery in France
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My grandfather Arthur was a Royal Horse Field Artillery Gunner. He laid down the week-long barrage into the German lines before the Battle of the Somme. Fortunately he came back, but died two years later from the effects of poisonous gas."

Roy from Spalding

My father was a drummer in the Cambridgeshire regiment. One hundred years ago today he went 'over the top' with the lads. My mother wouldn't allow him in the house when he came home at the end of the war, as he was full of lice. She made him take his uniform off in the garden."

Tony from Leverington

Picture: The Somme battlefield today

As we mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, take a look at this stunning photograph of the battlefield by Nick Stone, of Norwich.

It shows "Sausage Valley", so-called because of a German lookout balloon that used to watch it. "The other side of the road is called Mash Valley," he says.

Sausage Valley battlefield
Nick Stone / Invisible Works All Rights Reserved

The shot was taken from Lochnagar Crater at La Boisselle and looks across the area the 34th Division advanced on 1 July 1916.

It included the 11th Service Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment, of whom 190 men were killed and 337 injured. The regiment was raised in Cambridge.

You can see more of Nick's photographs and read his writing on his Invisible Works blog.

Battle of the Somme remembered at Ely Cathedral


Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Ely Cathedral has been holding a special service to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

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BBC Look East will be live from the cathedral from 13:30 on BBC One.

Battle of the Somme: Buckden remembers

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've joined about 300 people outside Buckden Towers where a service has taken place to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

Crowds gather outside Buckden Towers to commemorate the Battle of the Somme
Crowds gather outside Buckden Towers to commemorate the Battle of the Somme

It's just one of a host of services that are taking place across Cambridgeshire today.

Posh sign striker Stevens from Barnet

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough United has confirmed the signing of 18-year-old Barnet striker Matty Stevens. 

He will join the Posh on a three-year deal, but the club will need to pay compensation.

Matty Stevens
Joe Dent

He is the sixth Posh signing of the summer, following the arrival of defenders Hayden White, Ryan Tafazolli and Andrew Hughes, and midfielders Gwion Edwards and Brad Inman.

Battle of the Somme: Sawston reflects

Sara Varey

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been in Sawston this morning alongside members of the Royal British Legion and descendants of World War One soldiers, marking 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

Ten young men from the village lost their lives.

Battle of the Somme commemorations begin in Sawston

Whistles were blown, remembering the signal that began the battle at 07:28 on 1 July 1916.

Four buglers played the Last Post to end the silence. The Reverend Alan Partridge read a short address and a wreath was laid at the foot of the war memorial.

Weather: Cloudy and damp to start, drier and brighter later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a cloudy and damp start to the day, with outbreaks of patchy light rain and drizzle. 

The rain will slowly clear away south-eastwards, with mostly dry and brighter conditions during the afternoon. 

However, there is still the possibility of a few showers. Check the latest forecast here.

The Battle of the Somme - how it unfolded


  • Began on 1 July 1916 and was fought along a 15-mile front near the River Somme in northern France
  • 19,240 British soldiers died on the first day - the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army
  • The British captured just three square miles of territory on the first day
  • At the end of hostilities, five months later, the British had advanced just seven miles and failed to break the German defence
  • In total, there were more than a million dead and wounded on all sides, including 420,000 British, about 200,000 from France and an estimated 465,000 from Germany
The Battle of the Somme
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Battle of the Somme: Live page of national commemorations

If you'd like to read more about the Battle of the Somme commemorations going on across the UK today, the BBC is running a special live page reflecting events.

You can find it here.

Screenshot of Battle of the Somme live page

Somme commemoration: Council helps create digital archive

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Todays Somme centenary service at Ely Cathedral is part of a project managed by Cambridgeshire County Council, funded by Heritage Lottery, which will create a "digital memorial" on the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network website.  

Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council, Sebastian Kindersley, said: "We are pleased that local people will get the chance to remember Cambridgeshire soldiers of the 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment".

Remembering Cambridgeshire's Somme sacrifice

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

On this day 100 years ago, the men of the Cambridgeshire Volunteer Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment went "over the top", on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The Cambridgeshire Pals, as the 11th Battalion was known, was comprised of men enlisted from the county at the outbreak of World War One.

On the 1 July 1916 it suffered tragic losses - 186 soldiers of the battalion were killed and a further 505 were wounded. Families across Cambridgeshire were left devastated.

Among those killed was my great uncle, 18-year-old Sidney Williamson, from Comberton. His body was never found, so he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial for the missing of the Somme.

If you've got a family connection to the battle, we'd love to hear from you - contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Battle of the Somme commemorations taking place at Ely Cathedral

There are various events going on across Cambridgeshire today to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

It was fought between 1 July and 18 November 1916, with more than a million British, French and German casualties.

At 11:00, a service will be held at Ely Cathedral to remember the soldiers of the 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, the Cambridgeshire Volunteer Battalion (Cambridgeshire Pals) who fought in the battle.

It will include readings, poetry and songs from pupils of Swaffham Prior Primary School, and will be attended by descendants of some of the soldiers who took part.    

Ely Cathedral

Good morning

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Welcome to today's live page for Cambridgeshire.

This morning we're going to be talking about the commemorations marking 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, which have been taking place nationally and across the county.

Troops going over the top
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A two minutes' silence was held at 07:28 to mark the moment the soldiers went "over the top" on what was the bloodiest day in British military history.

We'll bring you a flavour of how the day is being remembered across Cambridgeshire.