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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 7 April
  2. Fire station wall collapses on engine in the Fens
  3. Man jailed over St Ives murder and attempted murder
  4. Cambridge Latin graffiti clean-up begins

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By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for our live coverage for today. Thanks for your company.

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

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

    • More on a man from St Neots jailed over murder and attempted murder in St Ives   
    • A council looking to reinstate a removed phone box
    • Clean-up begins on Latin graffiti in Cambridge

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Weather: Get ready for a warm weekend

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a dry night with long clear spells. There may be some patchy mist and fog and a touch of ground frost in places. 

    Minimum temperature: 2C (36F). 

    Weather map

    It will be a cold start to Saturday, but any mist and fog should quickly clear to leave a largely sunny day. 

    There may be a bit more patchy cloud in the east for a time. Light winds and highs inland of 18C (64F). 

    Patchy mist and fog should clear very quickly on Sunday to leave another fine, dry and very warm day, with temperatures about 22C (72F). 

    Much cooler and cloudier on Monday, with a few showers.

    BBC Weather has more.

  3. Man admits killing wife

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A man from Cambridge accused of murdering his wife has admitted smothering her to death.

    Muhammad Malik, 36, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Cambridge Crown Court after attacking his 32-year-old wife, Asia Tufail, in November.

    Police and paramedics attended the property on Perne Road after Malik rung the emergency services saying he had attacked her.

    She was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital but died of her injuries. 

    A post-mortem examination concluded she died of asphyxia.

    He will be sentenced on 19 May.

  4. Removed phone box looking to be reinstated by council

    A council says it will look to get a village's red telephone box back after a communication error saw it wrongly removed.

    Telephone box being removed

    The box, pictured above, was removed from the village of Castor, near Peterborough, on Wednesday.

    BT said a notice of its removal was posted on the kiosk in September, asking people to get in touch with Peterborough City Council with their responses in 90 days.

    The company said a letter signifying the intention to remove the kiosk was also posted to the council.

    The telecoms giant said the authority received and signed for the letter on 10 October and it received no news or objections back, so went ahead with the removal.

    The council could neither confirm nor deny the letter was received.  

    Patch where telephone box used to be

    A council spokesman said: "BT confirmed a letter was sent, however no-one in the council's planning department has knowledge of receiving it.

    "We will endeavour to work with BT and the parish council to get the red telephone box reinstated in Castor. 

    "In addition, we've now also objected to the removal of some other phone boxes including in Southorpe, Wansford and Ufford."

    The council will now look to take ownership of the remaining boxes, using the  Adopt a Kiosk  scheme.

    BT confirmed no calls were made from the Castor box in the 12 months leading up to last September.

  5. St Ives double stabbing: Life-saving neighbour receives £1,000 reward

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    The neighbour of 28-year-old Andrew Hasler who saved a woman from being stabbed to death has been commended for his life-saving actions with a High Sheriff's Award and £1,000.

    Matthew Sharpe, 40, has been jailed for stabbing Mr Hasler to death and for the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend, 27-year-old Charna Knights.

    Cambridge Crown Court heard one of Mr Hasler's neighbours had gone round to the house after he heard a commotion going on inside.

    He was confronted by Sharpe who was on top of Ms Knights, repeatedly stabbing her while Mr Hasler lay severely injured on the floor.  

    St Ives murder scene

    The neighbour managed to pull Sharpe off the woman and kick the knife out of his hand before he fled.

    Det Insp Lucy Thomson said: "Charna suffered multiple stab wounds and thankfully made a recovery, however medics were unable to save Andrew.

    "I would like to pay tribute to the selfless bravery of Andrew's next-door neighbour who put his own life at risk in order to help Charna.

    "His actions that day ultimately saved her life."

  6. St Ives double stabbing: Man jailed

    David Keller

    BBC News

    We've just heard from Cambridge Crown Court that a 40-year-old man has been jailed for stabbing a man to death and attempting to kill his ex-girlfriend.

    Matthew Sharpe, from Eynesbury, St Neots, was arrested on 8 January after officers were called to a violent incident at the home of Andrew Hasler, 28, on Houghton Road, St Ives.

    Matthew Sharpe
    Image caption: Matthew Sharpe

    On arrival they found Mr Hasler and Charna Knights, 27, from Huntingdon, had been brutally attacked with a knife. 

    Mr Hasler could not be saved and died at the scene, but Ms Knights survived after she was rescued by a neighbour.

    Police said the neighbour heard a commotion and managed to pull Sharpe off Ms Knights and kick the knife out of his hand before restraining him, but he managed to get away.

    Andrew Hasler
    Image caption: Andrew Hasler

    Sharpe was then stopped by police at a bridge over the River Ouse in the town and he jumped into the river. He was pulled out and found to have self-inflicted injuries.

    He pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder at a hearing on 10 March. 

    Today he was sentenced to life in jail with a minimum term of 25 years for the killing and 20 years for the attempted murder, to run concurrently.

  7. BreakingMan jailed over St Ives murder and attempted murder

    Matthew Sharpe has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 25 years at Cambridge Crown Court for the murder of Andrew Hasler in St Ives in January.

    The 40-year-old was sentenced to a further 20 years for the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend Charna Knights, to run concurrently. 

  8. Trust's £200k boost for education research

    A west Suffolk education trust which runs 15 schools has been given £200,000 to become the first official "research school" in the east of England. 

    Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill

    The  Samuel Ward Academy Trust  is responsible for teaching about 8,000 pupils in Haverhill, Newmarket, Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds. 

    It has been named as one of six new research schools, or groups of schools, in the country.

    The money will allow the trust to use research-based approaches to improve pupil achievements. 

    Howard Lay, chief executive of the trust, said: "This is excellent news for the east of England because it will enable the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, in partnership with others, to stimulate educational innovation in order to raise standards and outcomes. 

    "This research grant will enable us to ground practice in theory that works for all young people." 

  9. Local firm helping global effort to tackle landmines

    Jozef Hall

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A Cambridgeshire company that converts old farming machinery to clear landmines says new mines are being laid faster than countries can clear them.

    Landmine clearing machine

    Armtrac, based in Burwell, has just completed 60 new armoured vehicles, which are now on their way to parts of the world previously affected by war.

    Five are going to Columbia, one to Kurdistan and three bigger machines to Nigeria. Tunisia is looking at getting one too. 

    The machines, which are remote-controlled, have either titanium spikes or hammers on the front that rip through the ground. Any mines will either explode or get ripped to pieces.

    Man operating controls

    The vehicles range from £40,000 to £500,000 in price.

    They are much smaller than they used to be, meaning they can be carried by helicopter or thrown into inaccessible areas.

    Armtrac designs the machines so once they have completed mine clearance they can then be adapted to do a range of tasks, including planting seeds, helping construct roads and digging for pipelines or wells.

    The company is helping a global drive, supported by Prince Harry, to help rid the world of landmines by 2025. The government is committing £100m to fund the drive.

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    Video caption: Prince Harry welcomes new funding for landmine clearance

    Philip Juggs, who leads the machine design at Armtrac, said "as quick as we can clear them, other countries are laying them in the ground". 

    "It's going to take many years to clear them," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    Landmine clearing machine
  10. Cambridge Latin graffiti clean-up begins

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Work to paint over Latin graffiti daubed across luxury Cambridge homes in protest at the city's housing crisis has begun.

    The graffiti on four £1.25m five-bedroom houses overlooking the River Cam and Stourbridge Common will cost "at least" £4,000 to clean, the developer said.

    Graffiti being cleaned off houses

    They were  painted with the words Locus in Domos Loci Populum  on Tuesday.

    It's thought the vandals intended the phrase to mean "local homes for local people".

    Graffiti being cleaned off houses

    Cleaning will take two days and the £4,000 bill could rise "substantially" if it does not come off straight away, developer HC Moss (Builders) Ltd said.

    Graffiti being cleaned off houses
  11. Horses reined in on building site

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    We can now report 12 horses found running loose on Station Road in Willingham are safely back in their field.

    The drove, who were looking to stirrup trouble, were reported to have escaped about 06:30 near the junction on Station Road.

    They were corralled temporarily on a nearby building site until the owners were located.

    The horses have now been reunited with their owner and are back in their field. 

  12. Fire station archway collapses on top of engine

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A fire station in the Fens has had to temporarily shut after brickwork which surrounds the vehicle bay gave way and landed on top of an engine.

    Collapsed wall at fire station

    The station, on Westfield Road in Manea, is currently closed off while investigation work takes place to establish what happened.

    No-one has been hurt.

    Chief fire officer Chris Strickland said: "I want to reassure the residents of Manea that they can still expect a fire engine to be with them in the fastest possible time in an emergency."

    It's not yet known where the engines are being kept in the interim.

  13. St Ives murder: Man to be sentenced

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A murderer from Eynesbury, near St Neots, has been warned by a judge he faces a lengthy stint in prison when he is sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court later.

    Matthew Sharpe
    Image caption: Matthew Sharpe admitted murder and attempted murder

    Matthew Sharpe (above), 40, killed Andrew Hasler  (below) at his house on Houghton Road, St Ives, in January.  

    Andrew Hasler
    Image caption: Andrew Hasler died at a house in St Ives on 8 January

    Mr Hasler was repeatedly stabbed and died from a single wound to the heart.

    Sharpe also tried to murder his former girlfriend in the attack, but she was saved by a neighbour.

    Murder scene

    We'll bring you the latest from court when it happens.

  14. Weather: Warm and sunny with blue skies

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    After a chilly start temperatures will rise steadily through the morning bringing warm sunshine and blue skies lasting well into the afternoon but light cloud may appear during the middle of the day.

    Temperatures will fall to single figures overnight with some cloud lingering in places.

    Maximum Temperature 17C (64F)

    More details from BBC Weather :

  15. Horsing around

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Take care if you're out and about in Willingham this morning.

    It appears a dozen horses have escaped from their enclosure and are running around on the road.

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  16. Good morning

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Live updates for Cambridgeshire have now resumed. Welcome back.

    We'll be here until 18:00 keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the county.

    First up today, a full weather forecast on what has started as another gloriously sunny day.

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

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    Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A47 Cambridgeshire westbound severe accident, between J15 A1260 Nene Parkway and A1 Great North Road.

    A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 closed and heavy traffic westbound between J15 A1260 Nene Parkway in Longthorpe and the A1 Great North Road junction in Wansford, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

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    Video caption: Corrie Mckeague: Father's vigil during landfill hunt

    Airman's father says it is "heartbreaking" to think his son could be buried at a landfill site.