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  1. Updates on Friday, 21 April, 2017
  2. Platforms at Cambridge North to be handed over to operator
  3. Students evacuated after fire in flats
  4. Body of a woman recovered from water in Grantchester

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By Alex Pope

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Thank you and goodnight

That's it from us for another week, but thanks for joining us for our live news updates from Cambridgeshire.

Scroll down to catch up on any stories you might have missed and be sure to join us again from 08:00 on Monday.

In the meantime, enjoy your weekend.

Weather: Cloudy with bright spells and much cooler

BBC Weather

A largely cloudy night with some patchy light rain pushing down from the north. The winds becoming light and variable and lowest temperatures around 6C (43F). 

Weather graphic
BBC weather

Once the last of any overnight rain has cleared, Saturday will be relatively cloudy with odd showers feeding southwards. There should be some bright or sunny spells and a top temperature of 13C (55F).

A cold start to Sunday with a touch of frost in places, it’ll then be largely dry with some brightness and sunshine at times and the small chance of a shower. Temperatures again reaching around 13C (55F) at best.

BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

Photo of Dzilva Butiene released

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Detectives investigating the death of a woman in Wisbech have released a photograph of her.

The body of Dzilva Butiene, 48, was found in Orange Grove in the town on 5 April. Tests showed she died as a result of trauma to the abdomen.

Dzilva Butiene
Cambs Police

Kestutis Bauzys, 46, of no fixed address, was charged with her murder and is next due at Cambridge Crown Court on 17 May.

Police are continuing to ask anyone who knew Ms Butiene or knows Mr Bauzys to come forward.

Have you ever wondered how you can become a candidate in the election?

Philippa Taylor

BBC Local Live

If Theresa May's recent announcement of a snap election in June has made you yearn to be an MP, here are a few guidelines for you to consider.

You can't stand if you're:

  • Under 18
  • A member of the police forces
  • A member of the armed forces
  • A civil servant, a judge or a peer
  • You're subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or a debt relief restrictions order
House of Commons

If none of those conditions preclude you, and you're either a British citizen, a citizen of the  Republic of Ireland or a commonwealth country (with certain provisos) then you're over the first hurdle, and will need to consider these regulations:

  • You need a completed set of nomination forms and a deposit of £500 
  • You also need an election agent
  • You probably want to plan and run a campaign

There - it's almost as simple as that. So what's stopping you? I'm off now to see how much money is in my piggy bank.

Marathon motivation #reasontorun

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

This Sunday, 39,000 people will run the 37th London Marathon.

For many, including Cambridgeshire couple Sam Edwards and Clare McPartland, it'll be their first time.

Sam and Clare are taking part to raise funds for Saint Francis Hospice, in Romford, which cared for Clare's grandma, Jeannette Jarmyn, who died in May 2002 from cancer. 

You can watch their story below.

Clare and Sam are running the London Marathon in memory of her grandma

Severe accident: A1 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, between B1041 Great North Road and Bell Lane.

A1 Cambridgeshire - A1 Great North Road in Little Paxton closed and queuing traffic northbound between Little Paxton Turn Off and Southoe Turn Off, because of an accident.

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

How to do tea to a 't'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

In case the thrill of this being National Tea Day has escaped you, here's a little tea treat from Twitter that tickled us.

The folk in the development office at Clare College have got tea-making down to an absolute "t", even producing their own chart.

Tea chart
Clare College, Cambridge

No more scribbling the office orders on a Post-it note - and still getting it wrong.

Get yourself a full-colour chart complete with your colleagues' preferences and you'll be a tea supremo.

Teen's software 'behind more than one million cyber attacks'

Angus Crawford

BBC News correspondent

The Old Bailey has today heard how a Hertfordshire teenager created the software behind more than 1.7 million cyber attacks on websites around the world. 

Adam Mudd, who's now 19, from Kings Langley, has already pleaded guilty to three charges of creating the malware and selling it to other people.

The hearing was told he built the "Titanium Stresser" tool on a computer in his bedroom, when he was just 15.

Today, the prosecution described how the software was used to attack the servers of Cambridge University, Sony PlayStation and XBox.

One company, Runescape, had to spend £6m protecting itself against such attacks and lost more than £180,000 in revenue, the court heard.

Mudd is said to have made £386,000 from the software. He is due to be sentenced on Tuesday.

'Take the leg away, and he will run another marathon'

#Get Inspired

Seven inspiring runners taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday

Those were the words of Denise Arthey to doctors after she and her husband Chris were involved in a road accident while on holiday.

Chris and Denise are just some of the thousands of inspiring runners who will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday. 

Read more about there story here and follow the live text commentary on this website from 08:25-16:00 BST on the day.

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know by using the #GetInspired on social media and we could feature your message!

A 21-piano tribute to Chopin

A reworking of the composer's original Nocturnes - played simultaneously by 21 pianists
Dan is treated to a reworking of Chopin's original Nocturnes - played simultaneously by twenty-one pianists at Kings College Chapel, Cambridge University. Composer Richard Causton talks about the inspiration for this original piece and the challenges of staging the aural spectacle. Dan also meets two of the pianists, and visits Millers Music Shop, which donated the pianos for the concert

(Photo: 21 Pianos concert rehearsal, Kings College Chapel. Credit: Keith Heppell / Cambridge Independent)

Cambridge University to become part of dementia "hub"

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The University of Cambridge is to become one of six centres that will make up a new UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI).

The UK DRI is a £250m investment into research led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) alongside the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Brain neurons image
Getty Images

The Cambridge centre will be led by Prof Giovanna Mallucci, who said: "Our centre on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus will focus on interdisciplinary science, building on our university’s strengths across research areas from chemistry and biophysics through to cell biology of neurodegeneration."  

The other research centres making up the institute are University College London (UCL), Cardiff University, the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and King’s College London.  

Are you running in London this weekend?


Meet Fran - she's just one of the many thousands who will be taking on the London Marathon this weekend.....

London Marathon 2017: Beating the bullies, Fran's inspiring story

If you're taking part in the race - or know someone who is - let us know about it using the #GetInspired hashtag on social media and we could feature you in our live text commentary or messages on the TV coverage during the day. 

Suspected arsonist torches car

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a car was torched in Peterborough overnight.

The fire service was called to Saxby Gardens at about 01:50 to find the vehicle well alight.

Car fire in Peterborough
Cambs Fire and Rescue Service

A man is currently being questioned by police in connection with the incident.

About 250 students evacuated in flats blaze

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

About 250 students had to be evacuated from a block of flats after fire took hold yesterday evening, the fire service has confirmed.

Earlier we told you about the blaze in the kitchen of Varsity House in the centre of Cambridge, which started on the second floor at about 19:10.

Fire in student kitchen
Cambs Fire and Rescue Service

It took seven fire engines and 45 firefighters to bring the blaze, which started in an extractor fan in a cooker hood, under control.

Crews had to cut through a roof to check for hot spots and provide ventilation.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said six flats were heavily affected by smoke.

Station commander Danny Kelly said: "The actions of the crews were extremely good because they were faced with a large amount of people evacuating into the street, and it is quite congested down there as it is right in the centre of Cambridge."

No-one was injured and the cause of the fire was confirmed as accidental. 

Cambridge gets new bicycle sharing scheme
A new bike sharing scheme has been launched in Cambridge by Chinese company Ofo.

Weather prospects for Sunday's marathon

'Smashing' way to clamp down on hare coursing

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The message seems to be pretty simple from Cambridgeshire Police...

If you get caught hare coursing you might need to look at buying another vehicle!

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Fire in student flats looked 'very dramatic'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

George Pippas was riding past the student flats on Occupation Road in Cambridge last night when he saw the emergency services, and stopped to take these photos.

Fire at student flats
George Pippas

He said it looked far more dramatic than it actually was and he was relieved when he found out no-one was injured. 

Mr Pippas said it looked like hundreds of students were evacuated from the building.

Fire at student flats
George Pippas

Students evacuated after fire in flats

Dozens of students were evacuated in Cambridge last night after a fire started on the second floor of a block of flats.

Forty-five firefighters were called to Occupation Road at about 19:10 and were on the scene for three hours. 

Fire engines outside a student flat
George Pippas

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue says the blaze started in an extractor fan in a cooker hood.

No-one was hurt.

Fire engines outside a student flat
George Pippas

Platforms at Cambridge North to be handed over to operator

A formal handover of the three platforms at Cambridge North station will take place today.

Cambridge North Station
Network Rail

The £50m station is due to open its doors to passengers on 21 May. 

As first reported in the Cambridge News, testing of passenger trains has begun at the station ahead of its opening in a few weeks' time.  

The platforms and railway systems will be handed over to operator Greater Anglia.

The station will serve Cambridge Science Park and the suburb of Chesterton. 


Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

With three games to go, 10 League Two teams are still in with a realistic shot at the play-offs.

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Body of a woman recovered from water in Grantchester

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A woman's body was recovered from a nature reserve lake near Grantchester yesterday afternoon.    

A search and rescue team had been deployed by police because of fears for a missing woman's safety. 

The body was discovered in Byron's Pool, between Grantchester and Trumpington, a popular spot for walkers and visitors.

Police are not treating the woman's death as suspicious. 

byron's pool map

Friday's weather: Pleasantly warm when the sun breaks through

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today's likely to be the warmest day of the week, although it will be rather cloudy. 

We’re into warmer air now, so it should feel pleasantly warm in any sunshine that appears. 

The cloud will gradually thin and break during the morning, and that will really help to lift the temperatures, giving us highs of about 15C (59F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

Welcome back to our live coverage

Good morning Cambridgeshire.

It's Friday and we're here all day with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

We'll be bringing you the latest news on the £50m Cambridge North station which is due to open its doors in May.

But first, let's see what the weather has got in store.

Cambridge North station
Network Rail
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That's it from the mayoral debate

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

The question of devolution in this region has been rumbling on for months - but now it's finally starting to come full circle.

The new combined authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough was only formally created this year -and the mayor in charge will be in control of a £800m budget over five years.

Last night's debate at the Kingsgate Conference Centre was a chance for all seven candidates to have their say ahead of the election. 

But which candidate gets your vote on 4 May?

Scroll down through the coverage here to see if you felt the burning local issues were answered before making your choice on the ballot paper.

The debate - hosted by BBC Look East's Janine Machin - will be broadcast tonight, on BBC1 - at 22:45.

janine machin

Mayoral election analysis: Are voters aware of what's on the horizon?

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

So the new mayor will certainly have power, but do people care? There’s no doubt that interest has been creeping up as the election gets closer, but with any new role it’s always hard to get the message out that the election is happening, and I meet people every day who still have no idea.   

The mayoral election is being held on the same day as the election for Cambridgeshire County Council, which usually gets a turnout of around a third, so we can expect around the same for the mayoral election. 

But it’ll be interesting to see what happens in Peterborough - it’s a unitary authority so doesn’t have any elections this time round. The candidates will have to work even harder there to get people to come out and vote for them.

Mayoral debate analysis: Main parties performed well

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC East political reporter

As expected perhaps, the two main parties performed well, but it was Rod Cantrill, with his insistence that homes in Peterborough were just as unaffordable as those in Cambridge, who won a fraction more applause from the audience.

His Lib Dem campaign is being run by the same team that won the Richmond by-election last year, and it shows.

Whether that translates to more votes here remains to be seen. In a county that typically votes Tory, James Palmer will be feeling confident.

Four daschunds stolen from house in Upwell

Four daschunds have been stolen from a house in Upwell in west Norfolk. They were taken from a house on Back Drove road late on Tuesday night.

Christine Holden-Storey, the dog's owner - who has been a dog breeder for 45 years, said: "They (the thieves) knew what they were taking.

"They did not take the male dogs. They only took the bitches."

It all comes down to money

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Although the debate seemed to go down well with the audience, some questioned the role the mayor would have and if it would actually make any difference. 

One audience member said: "What I am hearing here is absolute rubbish because you as mayors are not going to have the money to do anything.

"(The) government has massively cut money to local government, and Peterborough needs more money."

Mayoral audience

The general consensus from the panel seemed to be that they won't have enough money, but they will try and ask for more.   

'Get young people building the new homes'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

One of the most repeated words in this debate has been "apprenticeship". 

It seems like all the candidates think training young people in certain skills will help unlock Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's true potential. 

Rod Cantrill, for the Liberal Democrats, says if he's elected he will "put jobs back into Fenland".

He thinks this will happen by making sure young people can build the new homes that we will need to live in over the coming years. 

He's also promised to reinstate funding to pay for the bus fares of 16-18-year-olds so they can travel to colleges to undertake their further education. 

Rod Cantrill

Watch: The marathon runner who likes a challenge

Meet Ben Blowes, who's running his 10th London Marathon, this time with a tumble dryer on his back:

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Cambridge blogger Richard Taylor filmed his camera being stolen
A Cambridge political blogger filmed the moment his camera was stolen and smashed.

Mayoral election analysis: The bigger picture

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Party campaigners have told me that, on the doorstep at least, the election of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s first mayor has been somewhat overshadowed by the snap general election. 

But it’s worth remembering that in terms of our everyday lives, our new mayor has the potential to make a big difference to people living in Cambridgeshire. 

Transport and housing are two of the biggest issues for Cambridgeshire. It’s no coincidence that they are the areas that the new mayor will have control over, and are the two biggest battlegrounds for the election.

There is £170m to spend on affordable housing, but what this will look like, where this will go and who will be able to live there, is something the candidates have been debating over the last couple of weeks.

Similarly, there are many transport projects being talked about as part of the devolution deal, from the reopening of the Wisbech rail link to upgrading the A47. 

But these are costly projects - and even with £20m available for the next 30 years, it’ll be up the mayor to decide which projects should be prioritised, and again the candidates differ in their ideas. 

Mayoral debate: #cpmayor audience reaction on Twitter

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Here's a flavour of your reaction to the debate between the mayoral candidates last night.

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Mayoral election: What the papers say

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

The front page of today's Ely Standard also looks at the candidates vying to become the first mayor for the new combined authority of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough: 

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Corrie Mckeague: Landfill site search may take longer than original estimate

The mother of missing serviceman Corrie Mckeague says it may take police longer than the original estimation of 10 weeks to complete the search of a landfill site near Cambridge.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

Writing on the "Find Corrie" Facebook page, Nicola Urquhart says: "We are in the 7th week now and we are already aware the police may require an extra week."

Suffolk Police say they review what's happening at the landfill site on a regular basis and that no end date for the search has been set.

Landfill site search
Paperpix UK

Train on the job not in the classroom

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Helping the next generation get into work lies in training. 

This is the view of Peter Dawe, the independent candidate who says training has to shift "from education establishments to employers and the employed".

You get skills "by doing the job and doing it next to someone who knows how to do it", he says. 

Mayoral debate

Stephen Goldspink, for the English Democrats, also believes apprenticeships are the answer as "there is a mix of people out there".

He doesn't think everyone is made to go to university so alternative training needs to be in place.