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By Nic Rigby

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    It's goodnight from the BBC Local Live team for Cambridgeshire.

    Today we covered news of another crash involving a guided busway vehicle at Trumpington and the conviction of two men for an aggravated burglary in Coton.

    You can now scroll back and recap the stories we have covered. 

    We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow. Have a great evening.

  2. Cambridge Museum's folklore project wins grant

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The Museum of Cambridge says a grant of nearly £90,000 will allow it to help collect modern folklore from across the county and better display its own collection.

    Witch balls

    Museum manager Lorna O'Brien said she was delighted at the grant from the Museums Association's Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund.

    Ms O'Brien said: "We are delighted. It is a very exciting project to look at new traditions and modern folklore.

    "It is shaped by the ethos of the former museum curator Enid Porter."

    Morris dancers at Lode

    She said it will work with other museums to take its collection and folklore performers out into the community.

    The museum's collection includes witch balls (pictured) - blue glass balls which were hung in the window to protect the house from malevolent spells and to trap the reflection of any witch who tried to look in.

    It also includes photographs of morris dancing (pictured) and local festivals. 

    Plough Monday at Swaffham Prior
    Event at Coton
  3. Weather: Rain coming but clearing by tomorrow afternoon

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    A cloudy evening and night with showery outbreaks of rain developing later, turning heavy into the early hours. Lows of 14C (57F).


    Cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain at first tomorrow, some heavy.  

    Gradually clearing to drier, brighter conditions. Highs of 22C (72F).

    BBC Weather has the latest.

  4. Cambridgeshire museum folklore project wins funding

    Museum of Cambridge has won a grant from the Museums Association's Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund to study and preserve the folklore traditions of villages in Cambridgeshire.

    The museum has been given £89,375 to fund its work on the folklore and oral history collection of Enid Porter, the museum's longest serving curator (she was curator between 1947 and 1976).  

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  5. Series of films to be shown to remember Syd Barrett

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Now on to some other news... To help mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Cambridge's Syd Barrett, the Cambridge Film Festival has announced it will show a series of his films in October. 

    The centrepiece will be 'Get All That Ant?' - a documentary filmed by a former school friend and fellow art student of Barrett, Anthony Stern. 

    The Pink Floyd star co-founded the band in 1976. 

    Syd Barrett
  6. Aggravated burglary couple targeted through ex-taxi driver

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We've been following the news that two men were convicted at the Old Bailey today for the aggravated burglary of a couple in their 70s in Coton.

    The court also heard former cleaners John McCarthy and Richard Leslie were linked to Marc Smith, 43, of Fallowfield, Cambridge, who admitted handling stolen goods.

    Prosecutor Maryam Syed said the victims were targeted through Smith, who had previously worked for a taxi firm the couple used.

    When Smith's home was searched, police found a new kiln for smelting down precious metals as well as £15,000 in cash.

    The three defendants will be sentenced alongside Jacob O'Dell, 20, of Brackley Close, Cambridge, who admitted sending malicious communications to a witness on Facebook last year.

    The court heard two other men involved in the burglary have never been caught.

  7. Coton attack victims 'still suffering'

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The daughter of a couple in their 70s beaten in an aggravated burglary has spoken of the continuing suffering of her parents, as two men were convicted of the theft.

    Old Bailey

    John McCarthy and Richard Leslie were found guilty at the Old Bailey today.

    In a statement, the victims' daughter, who does not wish to be named, said: "The horrific details of the crime have been laid out unsparingly in the course of the trial and the monetary loss has been tallied.

    "What hasn't been said is the personal loss my parents have suffered and continue to suffer; their loss of their sense of security... the loss of precious memories; as family heirlooms, medals, wedding gifts collected over generations, were melted down and sold for scrap.

    "Our lives have been irreparably changed as a result of these men's actions. I can only hope that they lose their liberty for a long time because my parents have already received a life sentence."

  8. Aggravated burglary pair wore forensics suits in Coton attack

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Two men, found guilty over the aggravated burglary of a couple in their 70s from Coton, wore forensics suits when they tied up the pair with duct tape, beat them and locked them in a utility cupboard.

    John McCarthy, 35, of Greystoke Court, Cambridge, and Richard Leslie, 37, of Thornville Grove in Mitcham, south London, attacked the couple in November 2014 and were convicted at the Old Bailey today.  

    The man was hit with a chair while the woman was forced to walk on shards of glass, the jury heard.

    During the trial Maryam Syed, for the prosecution, said the "shaken and tearful" couple had managed to free themselves after the husband crawled through a window, and they then fled to their daughter's house.

  9. BreakingTwo men who beat and tortured elderly couple in Coton found guilty

    Two men who bound, beat and tortured a couple in their 70s, making off with £20,000 in cash, ornaments and jewellery from their home, have been found guilty of aggravated burglary. 

    Items stolen

    John McCarthy, 35, of Greystoke Court, Cambridge, and Richard Leslie, 37, of Thornville Grove in Mitcham, south London, attacked the couple in Coton, Cambridgeshire, in November 2014.

    Both denied the charge but were found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey.

  10. U's to host match to raise funds for hit-and-run victims

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Cambridge United is hosting a football match to raise money for Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs, seriously hurt in a hit-and-run last week. 

    The driver is yet to be caught. 

    Shaun Whiter

    The club says more details will be released soon. 

    A fundraising page for the pair have nearly reached £45,000.

  11. Mum of amputee footballer praises 'amazing' work of hospital staff

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Shaun Whiter's mum has thanked staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital, where her 27-year-old son is being treated after a hit-and-run crash which left him needing both legs amputated.

    Shaun Whiter / Addenbrooke's Hospital

    "They've treated him and given him so much dignity," Pauline Whiter said. "They've been truly amazing".

    Mr Whiter, a footballer who was about to begin training with Newmarket Town, was pinned against his car when another vehicle crashed into it when he was helping his friend Joey Abbs change a tyre near the Suffolk town on Friday night.

  12. 'This is a secret that shouldn't be kept'

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    The mother of a footballer who lost his legs in a hit-and-run crash hopes the driver responsible "didn't realise the amount of damage and that's why they didn't stop".

    Shaun Whiter, 27, who works as an estate agent in Stansted Mountfitchet and was due to begin training with Newmarket Town, was helping his friend change a flat tyre near Newmarket on Friday night when a car hit them and drove off.

    Shaun Whiter

    His mum Pauline Whiter said she hoped the driver involved would come forward and speak to police.

    "We hope they're a good human being and now they know what's happened, they will come forward, or someone they shared a confidence with will, " she said. "This is a secret that shouldn't be kept".

  13. World Pea Shooting Championships in Witcham

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The World Pea Shooting Championships is taking place in Cambridgeshire on Saturday.

    Pea shooting at the championship in a previous year

    The event, taking place at Witcham, near Ely, will see pea shooters of all abilities coming to the village.

    Like any other sport, it takes practice, determination and discipline, but unlike any other sport, you also need a lot of peas...

    Traditionally pea shooting was a school playground game, but competitors battling it out for the world title take it very seriously - some use high-tech methods including the use of lasers to up their game.

    Pea shooters and peas (maple peas) will be on sale for people wanting to take up the past-time.

  14. Weather: Dry afternoon

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be dry and bright across many areas, with sunny spells at times. Highs of 22C (72F).

  15. Timeline of a troubled Guided Busway

    Cambridgeshire's Guided Busway has a chequered history and suffered a number of problems even before it opened in 2011.

    Here's a timeline of some of the events:

    The busway
  16. Domestic abuse reports increase in Cambridgeshire

    Reports of domestic abuse in Cambridgeshire have risen by 70% in the past five years, new figures from Cambridgeshire police show.

    In the year to June 2016 there were more than 5,100 reports - breaking the 5,000 barrier for the first time.

    Generic domestic abuse

    Fenland District Council says a quarter of violent crime is domestic and is holding a week-long campaign to highlight the problem.   

  17. County council issues statement on Trumpington busway crash

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We've been following the news of the busway crash at Trumpington. 

    Cambridgeshire County Council has just issued this statement:

    "There was an incident on the busway where a Stagecoach vehicle left the track just after the Trumpington cutting travelling towards Trumpington.

    "No-one was injured in this accident and there were no passengers on the vehicle. We will be carrying out a full investigation with the bus operator to find out what happened.

    "We would like to reassure passengers that the busway has seen millions of journeys since it opened and remains a very safe way to travel."

  18. Cambridgeshire MPs back candidates for next PM

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    In other news, Conservative MPs are voting to choose the final two candidates in the contest to become the party's leader and the next prime minister. 

    Michael Gove / Theresa May / Andrea Leadsom

    Cambridgeshire's MPs have been lining up to pledge their support to the candidates - Justice Secretary Michael Gove (left), Home Secretary Theresa May (centre) and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom (right).

    Ms May is being supported by Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly, South East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer, North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay and South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen.

    Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire, is supporting Mr Gove, while Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has plumped for Ms Leadsom.

    The party's MPs decide this afternoon which two candidates should be put to a vote of the membership of the Conservative party.

  19. Five passengers injured in February busway crash

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The last major crash of a guided bus took place on 22 February, just yards away from the current crash site in Trumpington. 

    Five passengers were injured, with two being taken to hospital.

    Busway crash in February

    A report following that crash found the bus was travelling at more than 53mph in a 30mph zone.

    The driver was dismissed, operator Stagecoach said.

  20. Bus derailed where it goes from dual to single track

    Jozef Hall

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Campbell Ross-Bain, Guided Busway operations manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, told me it looks like the bus derailed in the cutting where it goes from a dual track to a single track. 

    Campbell Ross-Bain

    He said because of its position on the verge, the derailed bus will be recovered during "engineering hours" between midnight and 04:00 tomorrow.  

    He said the half-mile stretch of busway at Trumpington will be closed in the meantime, but people will still be able to travel from St Ives through to Addenbrooke's Hospital.