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Helen Burchell

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  1. That's all from us

    Live updates for Cambridgeshire have now finished.

    If you want to follow any breaking news, or the weekend's football action, make sure you follow us on Twitter .

    We will be back on Monday from 08:00 with all the news, weather, travel and sport you need.

    Have a good weekend and we'll see you then.

  2. Weather: Rain later, but feeling mild

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    A mainly dry evening, but rain will spread across the whole of the BBC East region later.

    It'll turn misty, but feel mild with temperatures falling to 7C (44F).

    WEeather graphic for 15:00 Saturday

    A grey and misty start to the weekend, with outbreaks of rain.

    It will become drier and brighter by Saturday afternoon, with sunny spells by the end of the day.

    Feeling mild, with temperatures reaching 11C (52F).

    Visit BBC Weather for more details where you are.

  3. Corr still an injury doubt for Cambridge United

    Nick Fairbairn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Cambridge United will give striker Barry Corr until the last minute to prove his fitness, ahead of their home clash with Colchester this weekend. 

    Corr, who has just returned to action having recovered from a long-term knee injury, missed the midweek defeat to Doncaster with a sore groin. 

    Barry Corr

    U's boss Shaun Derry said: "We couldn't gamble on Barry's fitness. It was the right call to rule him out for Tuesday night and we'll have to wait right until the very last minute to see how he is for this weekend."   

  4. Posh's uphill challenge to make the play-offs

    Nick Fairbairn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Peterborough head to Bradford this weekend needing a win to boost their play-off chances. 

    Posh boss Grant McCann insists no-one at the club is giving up on the season, but his side have an uphill task to make the top six - they're currently five points off those coveted positions. 

    Grant McCann

    "We are 11 games away until the end of the season, we've still got a lot to play for," said McCann.

    "We need get close to that 70-point bracket as soon as possible, no-one in our changing room is writing the season off."   

  5. Drunk driver who crashed into police car given suspended sentence

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A man who was more than twice over the drink-drive limit when he hit an unmarked police car has been given a suspended sentence. 

    Kiran Jayanti Panchal, 30, of Aston Close, Yaxley, pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

    Officers said he was driving a white Mercedes when he hit the police car head-on, on Thrapston Road, Brampton, on 4 December. 

    Thrapston Road in Brampton

    Panchal was given an eight month prison sentence, supended for a year. 

    He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work. 

  6. Magic moments from FA People's Cup


    Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

    Video content

    Video caption: More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

    You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

  7. Lego champs heading to the US

    Dotty McLeod

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    This is the team of six smart Lego-mad pals, celebrating the fact they didn't "brick it" when it came to knocking out the competition at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's First Lego League UK and Ireland challenge (that's a mouthful).

    Lego team members

    They also look like this because, as champs of the whole thing, they're off to St Louis in the US, upping the stakes as they compete in the First Lego League World Festival next month (slightly shorter).

    This is their trophy and winning Lego robot , which won a knock-out competition.

    The team, from schools in Comberton and Royston, Hertfordshire, showed off their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem-solving and communication.

    Lego trophy and robot

    Part of the competition also involved using a motorised Lego robot to solve various tasks, pre-programming it to complete them.

    The competition was "brilliant", team member Iona Berry, aged 12, said.

    And are they fazed by the trip to America, where they'll represent the UK and Ireland against more than 100 other teams?

    "It's going to be awesome," she said. "We can't wait!"

  8. 'Science triangle won't suffer' under Brexit

    George Freeman, the Conservative MP for Mid Norfolk, says the hub of scientific research in East Anglia won't suffer as a result of Brexit.

    The former life sciences minister's comments came as the multi-million pound Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park reached an important stage in its construction yesterday.

    It's aiming to strengthen the life sciences triangle of Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge, and will house 300 scientists and 100 hospital staff under one roof. They'll be researching food, diet and health, and treating patients.

    Mr Freeman, who voted Remain in last year's referendum previously voiced concerns about the impact of leaving the EU, and spoke after the last foundations were poured for the research centre.

    George Freeman MP
    Quote Message: To make a success of Brexit we're going to have to be a truly global centre of innovation - that means being open to talent to come into this country and allowing our best scientists, academics and entrepreneurs to travel the world... that will have to be at the heart of our negotiation." from George Freeman MP (Con) Mid Norfolk
    George Freeman MP(Con) Mid Norfolk
  9. A marathon 'mare for motorists

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    About 8,000 runners are expected to take to the streets of Cambridge on Sunday for the city's annual half marathon.

    Runners in Cambridge

    And about 6,000 people will line the streets to cheer them on, so if you're planning to drive into the city for a spot of retail therapy, they're going to get in your way.

    Visit Cambridge is warning motorists of a number of  road closures and diversions .

    Map of road closures

    The course takes in the city centre and passes through Trumpington and Grantchester.

    A number of roads including Victoria Avenue and the Trinity Street areas will be closed from 04:00 with others closing at various times throughout the morning. Everything should be back to normal on the roads by 16:00.

  10. Lego champions crowned in robot games

    Now, who doesn't love a bit of plastic brick action on a Friday?

    Guess what this is?

    Lego trophy

    Well, it's what you win if you make this:

    Lego model

    A team of young engineers from the county has been crowned national Lego champions - beating off 47 other teams to become little Lego legends in their own lifetime.

    The school children, collectively known as B6 Berrellium, won the Institution of Engineering and Technology's First Lego League UK and Ireland competition in Bristol.

    Teams of nine to 16-year olds had to build a robot to tackle a series of missions, and come up with a creative solution to a problem they had identified through research. 

    This year both the robot games and research project looked at the subject of animal-human interaction.

    As they're clearly smarter than us, we'll see if they can explain exactly how they did what they did, shortly.

  11. Colchester United's Macauley Bonne return gives 'forward options'

    Colchester United have Macauley Bonne back available for tomorrow's League Two match at Cambridge United , having returned from a loan spell with Woking. 

    A statement on the club's website says the player's loan with the Vanarama National side expired on Tuesday.

    Macauley Bonne playing against Northampton Town back in 2015

    It read: "With Denny Johnstone and Kurtis Guthrie picking up injuries in recent weeks, Macauley's return will give the U's forward options a boost ahead of the final twelve games of the League Two season.

    "During his loan stint, he played seven times for Woking, starting on five occasions and helped the Cards to ten points in their efforts to move away from trouble in the league."

  12. Secret Garden Party: What's happening now?

    Dotty McLeod

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    "Watch this space for the phoenix rising from the ashes..."

    Those were the words of Freddie Fellowes, founder of Secret Garden Party, when he announced on Thursday that this year's festival will be the last one .

    Secret Garden Party

    We were a bit confused by this.

    Is he planning a replacement? What is this phoenix of which he speaks?

    So I asked him...

    "I can absolutely guarantee that another, different kind of festival is not on the cards, because the four-day 20,000 people format is what we're definitely abandoning from after this year," Freddie told me.  

    "This is our last 'hurrah' of a big explosion."

    Asked if he did have any plans for anything, he told me: "I'm not going to give out any secrets, however much you beg." 

    Secret Garden Party

    So, I'm afraid to say, right now, we're none the wiser.

    The final Secret Garden Party takes place at Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon, from 20 to 23 July.

    And if indeed there is a "rising phoenix", we're not at all sure where or what that might be.  

  13. Man in hospital after A47 lorry crash

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    A man has been taken to hospital after a crash between two lorries on the A47 at Thorney earlier.

    Air ambulance charity Magpas confirmed its helicopter team was called at about 10:10 and assessed a man in his 60s.

    He was taken to Peterborough City Hospital by the East of England Ambulance Service.

    Police have re-opened the westbound carriageway, but said the eastbound was likely to remain closed "well into rush hour".

  14. Secret Garden Party: A 'finite life'

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    People living near the site of the hugely popular Secret Garden Party have been telling me how disappointed they are to hear this year's festival will be the last one .

    The founder of the music and arts event announced on Thursday the 2015 event at Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon, will be the last "SGP" - as it's become commonly known.

    But what's his thinking?

    Secret Garden Party 2009

    Freddie Fellowes, who threw the first party at the site in 2003, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire "there was always going to be a finite life for something like the Garden Party". 

    "This is our 15th year, which sounded like a nice round number," he said.

    "Something as idealistic as this was always going to end like this, and it's time to move on to something new."

    The festival, he said, was proof that "great things can happen when you gather together lovely people and that's really what we've based the party on".

  15. New life for gay Syrian refugee

    Alice Hutton, BBC News

    A young man fled Syria fearing for his life after his father found out he was gay.

    He has been talking about how it feels to finally be able to speak openly about his sexuality.

    Samar - not his real name - aged 21, is now living with a family in Cambridge after they volunteered their spare room via a charity that rehouses refugees.  

    Samar in the UK

    The journey has been a long one for Samar, beginning in 2013 when he faced a life-changing decision - stay in a country at civil war, where he risked being killed for being gay, or flee his home and begin a journey into the unknown.

    "I packed a bag, I told no-one and I left," he said. "My heart was breaking."

    He went first to Turkey, then after two years made the trip via dinghy to Greece, eventually finding his way to the UK.

    His new life is in a liberal city, in a country where homosexuality has been legal for almost 50 years and where same-sex marriage was introduced in 2013.

    Samar says he has been able to go to his first gay nightclub.

    "It was amazing. It was my first time to see gay and lesbian people together..."

    You can read more about Samar's journey here .

  16. Oops - that's a lot of cars stuck on the busway

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    We're used to seeing the occasional car come a cropper on the guided busway, but there were a few more than usual stuck there this morning...

    Car transporter on guided busway

    We're counting four on this car transporter which, as the Cambridge News reported , got stuck just off Milton Road in the city at about 08:30.

    It's gone now though, and the county council told me the lorry "probably took a wrong turn trying to get into one of the garages" next to the track.

    A spokesman said the driver managed to reverse off the tracks and the incident didn't cause any disruption to bus commuters.

  17. Debris on road after A47 crash

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Police have just told us a bit more about the crash on the A47 at Thorney, involving two lorries.

    They don't think anyone's been seriously injured, but one of the lorries shed its load so debris is strewn across the carriageway.

    The road remains shut and drivers have been warned of severe disruption. 

  18. Two-lorry crash closes A47

    Police say the A47 has been completely closed after a crash involving two lorries.

    We'll bring you more when we get it.

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