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  1. Updates on Friday, 24 March 2017
  2. Huntingdon Road crash: Driver dies in hospital
  3. Waitrose store to close despite residents' rally

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it from us today. Thanks for your company this week.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

Keep an eye on BBC Cambridgeshire over the weekend, including match reports from both Peterborough United and Cambridge United.

Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, including...

  • More on a crash in Cambridge that left a man dead
  • A Waitrose store confirming it will close
  • A swan found on the A10 with a broken foot and "arthritis in his hips"
  • And much more...

Have a great weekend.

Weather: Chance of frost tonight, but sunshine tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry night with mainly clear skies and possibly a few fog patches. 

There could be a touch of frost in sheltered spots, with a low of 2C (36F).


After a chilly start, Saturday should be fine and dry with long spells of sunshine. 

There'll be a light to moderate north-easterly wind and inland temperatures could reach about 14C (57F).

There's more at BBC Weather .

Councillor 'disappointed' at supermarket closure

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A local councillor who started a petition to save a Waitrose store from closure has been responding to news that his attempt was in vain.

Bosses of the Huntingdon branch on St Benedict's Court confirmed this morning that the store would shut in September, stating that improvements needed on the 40-year-old store outweighed its ability to make a profit.

Stephen Greenall, Lib Dem deputy leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, said: "It's really disappointing news, especially after over 2,700 people supported the petition.

"I have written to Waitrose to ask if they will consider a profitable option, which will keep what is clearly a well-loved brand in the town."

A spokesman for Waitrose said the suggestion would be passed on to senior management.

Your pictures: Rivers in the sun

BBC Weather Watchers

You want pictures of rivers in the sunshine, I hear you say? 

Then you shall get pictures of rivers (and a reservoir) in the sunshine!

Luckily our BBC Weather Watchers are on the case.

Here are some of the best taken today in the spring sunshine...

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To all you mums out there


With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, let Ironman athlete Jon Alexander tell you the story of his mum, Sue, and how she has always been his inspiration....

Ironman is now his mum's biggest fan

You can find out how to get into triathlon with our Get Inspired guide.

Courage of crash train driver recognised by award

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The courage of train driver Stuart Connell on a Greater Anglia service between Cambridge and Norwich which hit a tractor has earned him the title of Abellio Employee of the Year. 

Both train and tractor drivers were seriously hurt at the level crossing after the vehicle was given insufficient time by a signaller to cross the line, a report found .

Crash train
Alex Young

The crash happened at Roudham, near Thetford, in Norfolk, last April. Investigators said the signaller might have had a lapse in concentration. 

At the awards ceremony, Greater Anglia managing director said: "Driver Stuart Connell is a professional through and through and understands his responsibility as a driver is to ensure the safety of his passengers. 

"His dedication to his role really shone through and he prides himself on doing his job to the best of his ability. 

"His professionalism and dedication to the role was further demonstrated when he returned to work at the earliest opportunity, despite his injuries preventing him from driving."

A10 swan had broken foot and 'arthritis in his hips'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

You might remember earlier this week we told you about a swan sitting beside the busy A10  near Waterbeach, startling passing motorists.

Swan by side of A10

Well, it turned out the poor old chap had injured himself and couldn't go anywhere, so he was just sitting and watching the traffic go by.

Volunteers from Fenland Animal Rescue turned up to check him out and discovered he had a broken bone in his foot.

Swan with broken foot
Fenland Animal Rescue

"X-rays showed the swan had arthritis in his hips as well," the charity's founder Josh Flanagan told us.

"He's quite an old boy - probably about eight years old - so we will look after him until he's better and then we will semi-retire him. 

"He'll go to a private lake where he'll be safe and comfortable," he added.

Helicopter given Red Nose Day makeover

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Also in the Comic Relief spirit is the team over at the East Anglian Air Ambulance, with helicopter Anglia One sporting a rather fetching red nose. 

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Oh, and yours are great too lads!

BBC One coverage for Red Nose Day  kicks-off at 19:00 .

Stephen Hawking searches for new voice (sort of)

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Ok, it may not be the exact story you were expecting, but if you're looking for LOLs*, then you've come to the right place.

Today is Red Nose Day , culminating with the regular marathon show on BBC One tonight.

But if you can't wait until then, we've got some brilliant banter*, from none other than Cambridge's Stephen Hawking.

A warning though - as well the chance you might find yourself ROFLing*, it's also a tad rude in places...

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*Guide to comedy speak

LOL - Laugh out loud

Banter  - A term used to describe something funny

ROFL - Rolling on the floor laughing

Crash train driver award for putting life on line to save passengers

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A train driver who put the safety of his passengers above his own after a collision with a tractor at a level crossing has been named Employee of the Year by rail operator Abellio

Stuart Connell was driving the Greater Anglia service from Cambridge to Norwich when the train  hit the tractor at Hockham Road near Thetford on Sunday, 10 April, 2016.

Stuart Connell
Abellio Group

Travelling at 87mph, Mr Connell (pictured) saw a tractor pull out on the level crossing ahead of him and he had seconds to act. 

Despite being in imminent danger himself, Stuart put the safety of his passengers and the tractor driver above his own, ducked down and pulled the emergency brake, before warning passengers. 

He was named Employee of the Year at the Abellio Achievement Awards 

Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: "Stuart demonstrated a unique ability to put others' safety before his own."

Front of crash train

HSE to work alongside police in Corrie investigation

Police say the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be working alongside officers searching through a landfill as part of the investigation into  Corrie Mckeague's disappearance .

Search of Milton landfill site
Paperpix UK

A team of officers from Suffolk and Norfolk police forces are continuing work at the site at Milton near Cambridge, and they've now been through more than 845 tonnes of material in the search.  

Det Supt Katie Elliott said: "Officers have been liaising with the HSE as part of the investigation into the circumstances around what happened to Corrie.  

"If there is a find on the site then the HSE will have a role to play in looking into the procedures that were in place and we have been speaking with them to ensure they are aware of our investigation to date.  

"Officers have completed thousands of hours of inquiries to find Corrie and, through the work that has been completed over the past few months, we have gathered a substantial amount of information which will inform both our own and any potential HSE investigation as we move forward."

Follow developments in the Corrie Mckeague case here .

Search team doubles in size since Corrie disappearance

The chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue  (Sulsar) has described as "amazing" news that a planned charity concert in Corrie Mckeague's name is to raise funds for the organisation.

Corrie's mum Nicola Urquhart announced the idea earlier this month.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Andy King, from Sulsar, said people in the county used not to know anything about what his organisation did: "Now we've got fund-raising events and concerts in aid of us, it's almost been overwhelming for the team.

"It's also meant a huge amount to us to have [our] efforts recognised - [it's] been tremendous and not something we've ever been used to.

"The effect it's had on the team, both in morale and numbers has just been incredible. 

"The team is over twice the size now that it was before Corrie went missing."

BreakingHuntingdon Road crash: Driver dies in hospital

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Today we've been covering a serious crash on Huntingdon Road in Cambridge that caused the road to be shut for most of the morning.

We've now found out the driver has since died in hospital.

Police have updated us to say the man, who was driving a blue Volkswagen Golf GTE, struck a lamp post near the junction with Thornton Road at about 03:45.

No-one else was involved in the crash.

Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, at J28 Bucking Way Road Cambridge Services.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 in South Cambridgeshire blocked and queuing traffic eastbound at J28, Bucking (Cambridge Services), because of an accident.

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

The FA People's Cup is back!


It's the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup this weekend and you'll be able to keep up with all the action on our live text pages from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

There'll be loads more cracking goals like these ones, analysed by the Football Focus team after the first round.

People's Cup goals analysed by the pros

Search and rescue team spend 6,000 hours looking for Corrie

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue  has spent more than 6,000 hours looking for RAF Honington gunner Corrie Mckeague, who disappeared six months ago , says its chairman.

Search team

Andy King continued: "Even while the public searches were being planned and then being undertaken, the team was still out looking at other areas based on information that came from the phone lines.

"Every potential place that Corrie could have been, where somebody suggested, has been searched."

The focus of the search for Mr Mckeague is now a landfill site in Cambridgeshire. 

Six months since Corrie Mckeague was last seen

It's six months since missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague was captured on CCTV cameras in Bury St Edmunds for the final time in the early hours of Saturday, 24 September.

He'd been on a night out with friends on the Friday, and hasn't been seen since.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Police have been searching a landfill site at Milton near Cambridge for Mr Mckeague's body for nearly three weeks, after a re-examination of information from a refuse company led them to believe he could have been taken in a waste lorry to the site.

They say the search could take up to 10 weeks. So far they've sifted through about 800 tonnes of waste.

Ely North Junction: The long wait

There's been a long and high profile political campaign to improve the Ely North Junction. 

It lies on one of the main arteries of the eastern region. Trains from Norwich, King's Lynn, Peterborough, Ipswich and Cambridge all converge on the station along with freight services connecting Felixstowe to the Midlands.

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Campaigners say that if it were improved it would be possible to run longer and more frequent services.

But the promised work, which had been due to start this year, was indefinitely delayed after Network Rail realised it had over-committed on projects and run out of money. 

With its new budget not starting until 2019, no preparatory work could start until then.

The fact that the private sector has stumped up the cash for a feasibilty study shows how much this project means to the region's business community.

There is still no start date despite today's announcement and there won't be one for some time.

But you get a sense that things are at last slowly moving forwards.

Rail junction project finally moves forward

MPs, business leaders and rail operators were at Ely railway station this morning to celebrate a small, but potentially significant, step forward in the long campaign to improve the Ely North Junction. 

The main business organisations for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire (including the Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough LEP and the New Anglia LEP ) along with rail freight operators, have put up a total of £8.8m to fund a technical and feasibility study. 

Their hope is that the privately-funded initiative will speed up the project and make it more likely to go ahead when Network Rail draws up its new budget for 2019. 

MPs and business leaders at Ely

Girton College crash: Car recovered from scene

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've been sent more pictures from a crash that closed Huntingdon Road in Cambridge earlier this morning.

Car being recovered after crash

The picture shows a car being recovered from the scene. Its driver was taken to hospital with serious abdominal injuries, according to the ambulance service.

Police have confirmed the road has now fully reopened.

Waitrose store to close despite residents' rally

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

It's been confirmed Huntingdon Waitrose will close in the autumn after bosses said they would be "exercising the break clause in the lease", allowing them to shut the store.

The supermarket on St Benedict's Court is more than 40 years old.

Waitrose said the investment needed at the store was "unlikely to allow it to be profitable over the long-term".

Waitrose on St Benedict's Court
Michael Trolove/Geograph

Neil Westbrook, head of retail operations, said: "This is very much a last resort, but we have not been able to find a way to make the shop profitable.

"We understand the disappointment this will cause and are incredibly grateful to those who have expressed their support."

The store, which employs about 100 members of staff, will close on Tuesday, 5 September. 

A petition set up to try and save it from closure gathered almost 2,000 signatures. 

Travel: Trains moving but delayed

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

Travel: Train delays on four routes

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

East Midlands Trains say there's been a failure of the electricity supply at the Doncaster signal box, which is causing problems:

  • Trains are unable to run between Doncaster and Lincoln Central on the Doncaster-Peterborough route
  • No service between Lincoln and Newark Northgate on the Grimsby/Lincoln-Leicester route
  • Trains on the Norwich/Nottingham/Liverpool line are being diverted and won't stop at Grantham
  • Nottingham/Grantham/Skegness trains won't stop at Grantham either
east midlands train

Girton College crash: Man suffered 'serious abdominal injuries'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

This was the scene a short while ago after a single car crashed on Huntingdon Road in Cambridge during the early hours.

A1307 crash
A1307 crash
A1307 crash

The male driver suffered "serious abdominal injuries", according to the ambulance service. He has been taken to hospital.

We've just heard the southbound carriageway has reopened - the northbound side remains shut.

Girton College crash: Driver 'critical'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

I've just had some more information sent to me regarding the crash near Girton College in Cambridge early this morning...

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after the car he was driving crashed on the A1307 Huntingdon Road at about 03:45.

The road remains closed from the BP garage to the A14 Girton interchange, and police say it is "expected to remain closed for some time".

We will keep you updated through the day.

Crash shuts main route into Cambridge

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

An early travel update to tell you about this morning...

The A1307 Huntingdon Road in Cambridge - one of the main routes into the city from the A14 - is still closed due to a crash near Girton College at 04:00.

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It's shut in both directions between the Girton interchange for the A14/M11 and Castle Street in Cambridge.

Expect heavy traffic on your commute to work.

We've got calls in to the emergency services and will update you when we know more.

Weather: Cloudy at first, breezy with sunshine later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

This morning will be cloudy and breezy, but dry. The cloud will gradually break up during the afternoon, so it will become sunny and mild later with a high of 12C (54F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Welcome back

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 24 March. It's great to have your company.

As ever, we'll be here until 18:00 with all the latest news from around the county as it happens.

Who else noticed the stunning sunrise around the county?


This was captured by BBC Weather Watcher FenlandSandy.

A full weather forecast, on what is looking to be a very nice day, is coming up.

You can get in touch with the team by email , Twitter and Facebook .

Severe accident: A1307 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1307 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, between A1134 Victoria Road and M11.

A1307 Cambridgeshire - A1307 Huntingdon Road in Girton closed and heavy traffic northbound between the A1134 Victoria Road junction and Girton, because of accident investigation work.

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

Goodbye from Cambridgeshire Live

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

That's it for another blowy, sunny day across the county. 

Scroll down to find out what's been going on across Cambridgeshire today and to catch up on the weather forecast. 

If anything breaks later we'll still pop it on here. And you can still get in touch - do send us your pictures via  Twitter,Facebook  or  email .

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

Have a lovely evening. 

Overnight weather: Turning cloudy from the east

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A chilly but bright end to the day with sunny spells across the BBC East region.  

It will turn a little cloudy from the east during the evening and overnight, but the breeze will keep temperatures a little higher, with lows in the west dropping to 3 or 4C (37-40F).

Friday afternoon's weather map

On Friday, any early cloud will clear to give brighter weather with sunny spells.  

Feeling warmer than today in many places, but still cooler on the coast in the north-easterly wind. 

Top temperature 12C (54F).

Wherever you live, you can get a full forecast from BBC Weather .

Have your say on plans to dual more of the A47

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

If you're wondering what the latest is on plans to dual the A47 in Cambridgeshire - nip over to the Haycock Hotel this evening. 

Highways England is putting all the plans on display until 20:00.

It's all part of a massive improvement programme for six sections of the 115-mile A47 between Peterborough and the east coast.

Among the proposals - dualling the 1.5-mile single carriageway between Wansford and Sutton - and improving the A47 junction at Guyhirn. 

If you're a regular motorist round there you know how congested they get.

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Linnets sign Peterborough defender

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Town have moved to ease their defensive injury worries. 

They've signed Peterborough United youngster Sam Cartwright on a work experience deal which will keep him at The Walks until the end of the season. 

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The Linnets lost three of their back four, Ryan Fryatt, Sam Gaughran and Tom Ward, during their 2-1 defeat by St. Neots on Tuesday night.

Cambridge volunteer centre to close next month

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The Cambridge and District Volunteer Centre is to close on 21 April. 

The charity is closing down but all inquiries will be dealt with by the Cambridge Council for Voluntary Services , which will help and support community and voluntary groups across Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and Fenland. 

It says it can no longer operate after the county council "changed the way in which funding was allocated".

          People working in the Cambridge & District Volunteer Centre
Cambridge & District Volunteer Centre

Cambridgeshire County Council says changes had to be made, as it was funding nine separate contracts but is now funding one single group instead.

Traffic police still catching drivers using their mobile phone

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Take a look at this.

Despite new laws coming into force on 1 March, doubling the fine for drivers caught on the phone, the Beds, Cambs and Herts Roads Policing Unit is still catching HGV drivers in the act.  

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View more on twitter

Anyone caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel will now receive a fine of £200, and six points on their licence.

Posh manager is 'big enough and tough enough' to cope with assistant's departure

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

In his first interview since assistant manager Lee Glover left Peterborough United last week, manager Grant McCann says he's "big enough and tough enough" to regroup and move on.  

Glover (pictured) was appointed as McCann's assistant last summer, but left the club earlier this week due to a disagreement with the owner, Darragh MacAnthony, over tactics.

McCann said: "It's always disappointing to see a good man lose his job, and it's unfortunate it's come to this, but as a squad we've united over the course of this week. 

"The chairman owns the club and can make any decision he wants to make. Nobody is ever safe and that's the world of football these days.

"There'll be no rushing to make an appointment. We just want to concentrate on Gillingham this weekend."

Posh have won only four matches in League One since Christmas.   

Lee Glover
Getty Images

London attack: Book of condolence in Peterborough

A book of condolence for the Westminster attack has been opened at Peterborough City Council.

A special ceremony is taking place at the Town Hall at 17:00 to mark the opening of the book.

The council says faith and community leaders from across the city will stand "shoulder to shoulder" to show their solidarity. 

Book of condolence
Peterborough City Council

The union jack is flying at half mast over the Town Hall.

Flag flying at half mast
Peterborough City Council