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  1. Updates on Friday, 17 March 2017

Live Reporting

By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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    Video caption: Chile earthquake veterans honoured in Cambridge 80 years on

    Two Navy veterans who helped in the aid effort following an earthquake in Chile 78 years ago are honoured.

  2. Earthquake veterans honoured 80 years on

    Two Navy veterans who helped in the aid effort following an earthquake in Chile 78 years ago have been honoured. 

    Thousands of people were killed and many more made homeless in the city of Concepción in 1939. Frank Burton and Basil Trott, who are 98 and 97, were presented with medals for the bravery they showed in the aftermath helping to clear the area. 

    The Chilean ambassador to the UK, Rolando Drago Rodriguez, made the presentation in Cambridge. 

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    Video caption: Chile earthquake veterans honoured in Cambridge 80 years on

    "It is an honour for me to present the medals," he told the BBC. 

    "When we have problems in Chile, it's important to have solidarity from friends. 

    "Solidarity was demonstrated in 1939 by the British people."  

  3. Goodbye

    Thanks for joining us for another week of Cambridgeshire Live.

    That's it for now, but don't fret - we'll be back again on Monday from 08:00 with all the news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    Keep an eye on the BBC Cambridgeshire website for any news over the weekend - and have a good one!

  4. A mix of weather for the region tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A mostly cloudy night, with some outbreaks of patchy rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

    Temperatures falling to 7C (45F).

    Weather graphic for Saturday morning

    It's a mixed bag of weather for the region tomorrow.

    Some parts will remain cloudy with further outbreak of patchy rain - and other areas could have a mainly dry day with sunny intervals.

    Winds will ease, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F).

    BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

  5. Shedding light on the darkness

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    The Spring Equinox marks the start of astronomical Spring - and that's on Monday.

    But today's the Spring Equilux.

    Confused? This tweet explains:

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  6. What's happening in the football this weekend?

    Peterborough United boss Grant McCann is confident his side are heading in the right direction.

    They host Oldham in League One tomorrow and McCann (below) has asked for Posh fans to get behind his team.

    It's been a miserable March so far, with the club having failed to win in four matches.

    Grant McCann

    Meanwhile, Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry (below) says form counts for nothing at this stage of the season.

    The U's have 10 games left to play and go to third bottom Cheltenham in League Two, who haven't scored in three matches.

    They're currently 12th in the table - eight points of the play-offs.

    Shaun Derry
  7. Chilean ambassador speaks about work of Cambridge veterans

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Today we've been talking about Frank and Basil - two navy veterans honoured today for their help following the Chilean earthquake disaster nearly eight decades ago.

    Here's the man who awarded the Cambridge pair medals today - the Chilean ambassador to the UK, Rolando Drago Rodriguez.

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  8. How much?

    Jozef Hall

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Earlier this week, you may remember we mentioned that you, humble taxpayers, are still paying for the regional fire control centre that never was .

    The Waterbeach headquarters would have answered all emergency fire calls from Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and north Essex.

    However, the project was  abandoned in 2010  after the coalition government determined the "requirements of the project cannot be delivered to an acceptable timeframe".

    Mothballed fire control centre in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire

    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) initially refused to comment on why it had failed to let the building.

    However, we've now finally got a breakdown of exactly how our money is being used to support this ongoing venture.

    The total costs in 2015-16 were:

    • Rent (net): £1,384,903.36
    • Rates: £49,296.33
    • Service charge: £17,268.76
    • Water: £246.78
    • Electricity: £25,605.73
    • Fixed Maintenance: £200,227.33
    • Reactive Maintenance: £1,166.57

    Total: £1,678,714.86 = £4,599 a day

    Yep, going on for £2m a year.

    Man snapping pencil

    We asked the DCLG to comment on the figures. We especially wanted to know why £26,000 of electricity was being used each year when no-one was there, but they wouldn't. 

    With another 14 years left on the lease, the final spend will dwarf the millions spent so far on a service which has never been used. 

    White elephant? You decide...

  9. Weather: Cloudy day in Cambridgeshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Sadly the bright skies of Wednesday are a dim and distant memory as it's gone rather cloudy in Cambridgeshire, as this picture by BBC Weather Watcher Secretsunbather shows. 

    Whittlesey

    For the rest of today it'll gradually turn cloudier and breezier through the day and there'll be some outbreaks of rain in a few places by the evening. 

    Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F). 

  10. 'Thank you' to Cambridge veterans

    Mike Cartwright

    BBC Look East

    I witnessed a rather special moment this morning. 

    It was when the Chilean ambassador to the UK, Rolando Drago Rodriguez, personally thanked two Royal Navy veterans from Cambridge, nearly 80 years after they helped when an earthquake hit Chile in 1939. 

    Rolando Drago Rodriguez, Frank Burton and Basil Trott

    Frank Burton, 98, and Basil Trott, 97, were presented with medals for their bravery when thousands of people were killed and many more made homeless in the Concepción region.

    Frank Burton Rolando Drago Rodriguez and Basil Trott
  11. Twenty-four hours in the life of our roads police

    There's never a dull day as a traffic officer.

    This rider in Wisbech had a lucky escape...

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    Someone's takeaway has gone cold in Ramsey...

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    And officers are now out on the A1, directing traffic near Little Paxton...

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  12. Cambridge veterans to be honoured by Chilean ambassador

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Two Royal Navy veterans from Cambridge will be honoured in the city later, 78 years after an earthquake in south America.

    Thousands of people were killed and many more made homeless in the city of Concepción in 1939.

    Frank Burton and Basil Trott, who are now 98 and 97, will be presented with medals for the bravery they showed in the aftermath, helping to clear the area.

    Rolando Drago Rodriguez and the Queen

    The Chilean ambassador to the UK, Rolando Drago Rodriguez (pictured), will be making the presentation to Frank and Basil later.

    "It is an honour for me to present the medals," Mr Drago told the BBC.

    "When we have problems in Chile, it's important to have solidarity from friends.

    "Solidarity was demonstrated in 1939 by the British people."

  13. Weather: A cool and cloudy day

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    A cool end to the working week, with the best of any sunshine this morning.

    Turning cloudy, but staying dry, with freshening winds.

    Temperatures reaching a high of 11C (52F).

    BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

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    Video caption: Elizabeth Rizzini has the forecast for the east of England
  14. Good morning and welcome back

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    We started the week with some Monday-related song lyrics, so it seems apt to finish the week in the same way.

    So in the words of British rock band The Cure and their 90s hit single...

    The Cure

    Friday I'm In Love.

    And what's not to love as we gear up for another day of live news, sport, weather and travel updates for Cambridgeshire.

    We'll be here until 18:00 keeping you up-to-date.

    First up, as always, a full weather forecast for the day.

    You can get in touch by email , Twitter or Facebook .

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe disruption, between J21 A1 and J22 B1514 Thrapston Road.

    A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 closed eastbound between J21, A1 (Brampton Hut) and J22, B1514 (Brampton), because of an oil spillage.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  16. Weather: Chilly overnight and some sunshine tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    This evening will turn increasingly cloudy from the west of the BBC East region.

    BBC East weather graphic

    Staying mostly dry, but with some showers developing later and moving through overnight. 

    A chilly start to Friday but with some sunshine and highs of 11C (52F).

    BBC Weather  has more details for where you are.

  17. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it from the Local Live team here in Cambridgeshire for today. 

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday morning with more news, sport, travel or weather. 

    See you then.

  18. Devolution deal 'groundbreaking' for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    "Why should it be that people like me, sitting in Westminster with all my officials, should make decisions that are affecting local people?" 

    Those were the words of Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, who's been in Wisbech today to sign the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal. 

    During his visit to the Boathouse Business Centre, he described the deal to create a combined authority "groundbreaking", adding that "some decisions over things like transport and skills are better made locally". 

    View more on twitter

    The new level of local government will be led by an elected mayor and elections for this post take place on 4 May. 

  19. More long-term funding needed for cathedrals, says MP

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Calls are being made for the government to secure long-term funding for cathedrals. 

    The Conservative MP for Cambridgeshire South East, Lucy Frazer, told the Commons that Ely Cathedral had been helped by a recent cash injection, but wanted to know "what future long-term funding is there for cathedrals going forward?"

    The Heritage Minister, Tracey Crouch, responded by saying the government recognised its importance and "we will continue to support the Heritage Lottery Fund to ensure they continue to invest in cathedrals and other buildings of great importance".

    Ely Cathedral
  20. School Report: Cambridgeshire's crack news teams

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Across the whole of Cambridgeshire, pupils were busy making their own news today as part of the 11th annual BBC School Report day

    Thirty four news hounds at the Neale-Wade Academy in March (below) interviewed pupils and teachers, finding out what stories matter to them...

    Pupils from Neale-Wade Academy

    Meanwhile at Cromwell Community College in Chatteris (below), the news team (pictured) reported on the Year 11 campaign to raise funds for the charity Marie Curie, which is close to some pupils' hearts. 

    Pupils from Cromwell Community College