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  1. Updates on Friday, 4 August 2017
  2. Traffic light network in Cambridge under review
  3. Cambridge University Challenge cult heroes prepare for BBC Radio 4 show

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By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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The Toft elderly care home that plays host to a toddler playgroup
A group of toddlers spend every Monday with the elderly residents of Home Meadow Care Home in Toft.

Our live coverage across the week

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Our live updates have now come to an end for another week.

You can scroll down to catch up with any stories you might have missed.

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates at 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Weather: Dry tonight, but a few showers and hail possible

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The last of any showers dying away to leave a dry night across the BBC East region with clear spells and mainly light west to north-westerly winds.

Temperatures for many of us staying in double figures, but some spots could fall to around 9C (48F).

Apart from a few light showers, Saturday should begin largely fine and dry with some sunshine but eventually heavier showers will move west to east and some of these could produce hail and thunder.

The winds could become quite blustery for a time with isolated gusts of 40mph. Top temperatures around 21C (70F).

Sunday should be fine and dry with sunny spells. Cloud is expected to eventually thicken from the west and temperatures again climbing to around 21C (70F).

BBC East weather graphic

For a more detailed forecast for where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Non-traveller residents at Smithy Fen face eviction
Non-travellers who have been renting caravans from travellers are to be evicted from a site.

Football league season begins: Posh and Cambridge should challenge again

Steve Jackson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

With both Peterborough United and Cambridge United falling just short of the play off places in League One and League Two respectively last time out, both sides, based on summer recruitment, ought to be at least flirting with the top of the table again this term.

Shaun Derry and Grant McCann
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Shaun Derry and Grant McCann

Grant McCann’s Posh side have had a rigorous clear-out and are building a side in the manager’s own image. Shaun Derry’s U’s have pruned judiciously, and will be looking to start with a bang after failing to win any of their first eight league games at the beginning of last season. That awful run cost them, at minimum, a play-off berth.

Posh freshened-up

McCann has shipped out 11 players on a permanent basis, three more on loan and brought in 10 new faces along with a new assistant in David Oldfield.

Striker Ricky Miller, a proven goal-scorer at lower league level, will miss the first six matches through a suspension sustained whilst at Dover Athletic, but he’s a local boy who’s been prolific during the summer friendlies and could well prove to be one of the bargains of the close season.

Posh have a habit of buying or recruiting well from the lower reaches of the pyramid and turning front men into stars that do well higher up.

Britt Assombalonga, Craig Mackail-Smith, George Boyd and Conor Washington have all made the grade in either the Championship or the Premier League.

McCann looks, too, to have refreshed his defence in an effort to lock up the back door whilst allowing his side to continue to move forward with flair.

Cambridge gain a cutting edge

Shaun Derry’s task is different - too few goals scored by players other than the prodigious Luke Berry last season, and too many conceded at the wrong end at the wrong time.

A decent footballing side, there was not enough of an end product to match their often outstanding approach play.

Derry will be looking to add a clinical edge to his side, who have already proved they can shut opposition teams out when the need arises, notwithstanding the odd lapse in concentration.

Jabo Ibehere will add much-needed experience and a cutting edge up front and Uche Ikpeazu should thrive on the back of Ibehre’s know-how.

The U’s have lost talented goalkeeper Will Norris to Wolves, but have replaced him with David Forde, who recorded a record number of shut-outs as Portsmouth won League Two last term.

It does, though, look set to be another roller coaster of a season. Strap in, and turn on!

We’ll be with the Posh and the U’s every step of the way – every kick of every match, home and away on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, starting this Saturday at 14:00 with your host, Peter Swan.

Peterborough are at home to Plymouth, while Cambridge United travel to Exeter.

Commentary is only availabe on your FM, AM and DAB radio, as the BBC does not hold the rights to webstream Football League games.

The visually impaired refugee with a world class degree and a gin and sushi habit.

Pink Floyd: No-one believed you could make a career out of rock

BBC 6 Music

Nick Mason on 50th anniversary of The Piper At The Gates of Dawn

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd releasing their influential psychadelic album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.

Founding member Nick Mason spoke to 6 Music's Elizabeth Alker earlier today about the changing cultural landscape since it's release in 1967.

The sticksman said he never thought the album's legacy would last half a century.

Listen above.

Music licensing organisation PPL are also marking the anniversary by compiling a chart of the most-played Pink Floyd songs on UK radio and TV.

So if you don't want to know the results, please look away now.

Drum roll please Nick...

Nick Mason of Pink Floyd
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Most-played Pink Floyd songs on UK radio and TV.

1) Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) (1979)

2) Money (1973)

3) Wish You Were Here (1975)

4) Comfortably Numb (1979)

5) See Emily Play (1967)

6) The Great Gig In The Sky (1973)

7) Time (1973)

8) Arnold Layne (1967)

9) Us And Them (1973)

10) Shine On Your Crazy Diamond (1975)

Nick Mason on 50th anniversary of The Piper At The Gates of Dawn

Nick Mason on 50th anniversary of The Piper At The Gates of Dawn

From the archives: PM visits Cambridge observatory in 1980

Some 37 years ago this month, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was photographed with her husband Dennis at a visit to a telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in Cambridge.

Also caught on camera was Dr John Baldwin, the senior radio astronomer.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was photographed with her husband Dennis at a visit to the telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
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Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire westbound severe accident, at J20 Ellington affecting J23 A141 Spittals Way.

A14 Cambridgeshire - Slow traffic on A14 westbound in Ellington at J20 Ellington, because of an accident involving single vehicle earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J23, A141 (Spittals Interchange) and to J24, A1198 (Godmanchester).

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

Review of city's traffic lights under way

Work to overhaul Cambridge's traffic light system to reduce congestion has got under way.

Mill Road, Cambridge

The review of all 104 of the city's traffic signals is aimed at developing the "smartest traffic light system" in the country.

The project is being spearheaded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

Councillor Francis Burkitt, chair of the executive board, said 52 of the lights were more than 10 years old.

He said: "There are lots of things we need to do to sort out the transport problems in Cambridge and Cambridgeshire, this is just one of them.

"It will help cyclists, pedestrians and people in vehicles, particularly buses."

The traffic light improvements are part of £500m worth of transport projects in the region, which are due to be carried out over the next 15 years, said Mr Burkitt.

University Challenge pair are 'fearsome duo'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A Cambridge University student who was one of the breakout stars of University Challenge, has said his up-and-coming BBC Radio 4 radio show can be likened to "a clever version of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey".

Bobby Seagull, who captained Emmanuel College on the last series of the quiz show, will team up with rival Cambridge contestant - Wolfson College's Eric Monkman - for Monkman & Seagull's Polymathic Adventure on BBC Radio 4 on 21 August.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Mr Seagull said they are "a fearsome duo".

Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull

"Eric's got such an eye for detail. I'm more of a big thinking, big ideas person," he said.

"A polymath is a person with a wide range of knowledge and we're exploring whether there's a role for polymaths in society.

"We've met academics, authors and scientists as well as former University Challenge contestant Stephen Fry."

Mr Seagull said the show is a one-off at the moment, but he expects there'll be more to come "if there's a demand for it".

Forecast for the day ahead: Cloudy but dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a largely fine day across the BBC East region, with some sunny spells, especially at first.

However some cloud is expected to bubble up through the day, and whilst this could bring one or two light showers, most places should stay day.

Here's my full forecast:

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather where you are with BBC Weather.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 4 August.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county.

Coming up first, a full forecast for the day.


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

Our live coverage across the day

Kris Holland

BBC News

That's the end of our live updates for Cambridgeshire - scroll down through the feed to look back at today's stories.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday - enjoy your evening.

Weather: Dry with isolated showers overnight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Mostly dry tonight across the BBC East region, but breezy with a mixture of clear spells and occasional cloud, perhaps bringing an isolated shower.

Staying mild with temperatures only dropping to 13C (55F).

Friday will be quite breezy, but much of the day will be dry with sunny spells and occasional cloud and just the small risk of a shower. Feeling warm in the sun with temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

Look East weather map

Visit BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast where you are.

Overrun with rodents? Here's a happy tail...

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Meet Rocco and Cory. They're degus. Very happy degus, as it happens.

These little rodents came from a home in Oxford that was overrun with more than 40 fellow degus, gerbils and hamsters.

They weren't particularly happy, all crammed together - so the RSPCA stepped in and these two brothers (below) ended up at the charity's Block Fen rehoming centre in Wimblington, Cambridgeshire.

Degus Rocco and Cory

As cute as they are, no-one wanted little Rocco and Cory and here they stayed for a more than year before volunteer Aga Clark thought enough was enough, and adopted the pair.

"They are two lovely little degus and I saw them and thought it was a shame they spent such a long time in the RSPCA without a forever home," she said.

The pair are now happily living in a big purpose-built cage with lots of toys to play with.

The degu cage

"I never expected they would be so much fun to be around - they are real characters," their new owner said.

Characters they may be, but just what is a degu?

It's a new one on me so I asked the RSPCA's "degu guru" Dr Jane Tyson to set me straight:

  • Degus originate from Chile - not Oxford - and live for about six to seven years
  • They're rodents and look a little like gerbils - but a bit bigger
  • Being sociable little creatures they need another degu for companionship - but if you pair a male and female, make sure you have the male neutered or you could end up with a colony
  • They like to chow down on commercial guinea pig food containing seeds and grains, as well as fresh vegetables and green alfalfa
  • They need to be kept at the right temperature as they can easily overheat, and need access to a dust bath twice a week
  • Degus like to be active so need lots of opportunities to dig, climb and chew things

So now you know!

Degus Rocco and Cory
Addenbrooke's Hospital: Furry pet therapist joins staff
Mylo is the latest dog recruit at Addenbrooke's Hospital to help in the care of elderly patients.

Cambridge student shortlisted for trip to Mars

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

The Mars One project is hoping to take a group of people to the planet on a one-way trip, funded by TV coverage.

The first flight with two men and two women is scheduled for 2031 and would be a one-way trip - they’d stay there for the rest of their lives.

The Dutch company behind it first advertised for volunteers in 2013 and more than 200,000 people originally applied.

That has now been whittled down to 100 finalists, which includes University of Cambridge student, Ryan MacDonald.

Ryan MacDonald looking through a telescope.

Ryan is carrying out research at Cambridge into ways to detect life outside Earth and has written software for a new NASA telescope.

He said: "To be considered as one of just a hundred people on this planet who may get to go on one of the first expeditions to Mars is an incredibly exciting and enticing prospect.

"Thinking about the science we could do there and inspiring young people with this mission - it’s a wonderful time to be alive."

Artist's impression of a proposed Mars settlement
Mars One
Artist's impression of a proposed Mars settlement

Ryan is determined to stay in the selection process and training is planned to start towards the end of next year.

Ryan MacDonald reading a book.

Hundreds of well-wishers send cards to crash victim

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

A schoolgirl who lost her father and broke her collar bones in a crash on the A140 has received more than 100 "get well soon" cards in the post.

Jacee Fisk
Family Photo

The family of Jacee Fisk appealed for cards to cheer up the seven-year-old who was seriously injured in the incident near Mendlesham Industrial Estate on 25 July.

Her mum has told BBC Suffolk today she has also received vouchers and handmade gifts.

She said seeing a smile on her face, thanks to the kindness of complete strangers, is "amazing".

A 50-year-old man from Wisbech, Dalius Matulaitis, has been charged in connection with the crash and is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court later this month.

Pile of gifts and cards for Jacee
Family Photo

Wisbech - you can open your windows, now

Earlier we told you about a fire in South Brink in Wisbech - and a police warning to residents to keep doors and windows closed.

Well, officers have just told us it's now safe to open them up again!

The blaze had taken hold in two barns in the area and high winds were blowing smoke and possible fumes over a wide area.

Crews are still at the scene but the fire's now under control, Cambridgeshire Police say.

You're fine to open up your doors and windows now, and roads in the area have also been re-opened.

The fire is not being treated as deliberate.

Fatal B1040 crash car linked to ram-raid

An Audi which collided with another car on the B1040 near Peterborough, killing the other driver, is believed to have been involved in a ram-raid shortly before the crash, police have confirmed.

Rugby player Mark Collin, 51, died at about 04:20 on Tuesday when his green Nissan Primera and a black Audi S3 were involved in a head-on collision between Whittlesey and Pondersbridge at about 04:20.

Police now believe the Audi had earlier been involved in an attempted ram-raid at the Co-op in Crowland, Lincolnshire at about 04:00, as the Peterborough Telegraph reported.

The driver of the Audi was released under investigation following his arrest on suspicion of dangerous driving, but sent back to jail when it emerged he had breached the terms of his licence for an unrelated offence.

Hospital welcomes furry therapist

Here's a story to make you smile...

Three-year-old labradoodle Mylo has started his first day volunteering at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Along with owner Daisy Hill, he visits staff and elderly patients to perk up their day with the High Wycombe-based Pets As Therapy charity, which specially trains animals to visit people in care settings.

Addenbrooke's Hospital: Furry pet therapist joins staff

Residents asked to close doors and windows after South Brink fire

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking people to avoid South Brink in Wisbech after they were called to a blaze at two barns in the area at 10:50.

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Pictures in the Wisbech Standard show a large plume of black smoke in the area, with residents asked to close their windows and doors due to high winds carrying the fumes.

Fatal B1040 crash suspect sent back to jail

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following a fatal crash near Peterborough on Tuesday has been released under investigation by police.

However, he has now been sent back to prison, as it emerged he was out on licence for an unrelated offence at the time of the crash.

Rugby player Mark Collin, 51, died in the head-on collision on the B1040 near Whittlesey at about 04:20.

Mark Collin pictured with his team, fourth from the left on the back row
Mark Collin pictured with his team, fourth from the left on the back row

Officers arrested the driver of an Audi, which had been stolen in Northamptonshire.

He has been released under investigation, but recalled to jail for breaching the terms of his licence.

Police are still looking for two other people who they believe fled the scene.

Lake is 'second most popular' attraction in East Anglia

Luke Deal

BBC Radio Suffolk

A Suffolk lake and nature reserve has been named as the second most visited free attraction in the east of England.

Needham Lake and Nature Reserve

According to VisitEngland's annual attractions survey, Needham Lake and Nature Reserve saw an estimated 384,000 visitors last year, an increase of 16.7%.

David Hughes, the countryside and public realm officer for Babergh and Mid Suffolk Council, put the attraction's popularity down to its location.

He said: "It's close to Needham Market, Stowmarket and Ipswich so it's a very handy place to call in, it has good footpaths, great scenery and we try to manage it so it attracts lots of different things for people to do."

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge topped VisitEngland's list for the eastern region, while Wyken Hall Gardens and Vineyards, near Bury St Edmunds, was ranked sixth.

Nationally, the British Museum was the most visited free attraction in England last year, according to the figures.

Needham Lake and Nature Reserve

Police warn motorists to avoid Victoria Road, Cambridge

Cambridgeshire Police are asking motorists to avoid the Victoria Road area of the city after a traffic accident, this morning.

They say it happened at the junction with French's Road...

View more on twitter

This Google traffic flow map of the area gives an impression of the disruption...

google map cambs

'Right place, right time': Driver caught going wrong way down motorway

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire road police have tweeted to say they were in the "right place" at the "right time" to avoid a potentially serious road incident at Hatfield early this morning...

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Thursday's weather: Mostly dry and windy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today's weather will be a lot nicer than yesterday's.

Instead of all that heavy rain, we may see just one or two passing light showers, especially in the west of the region.

It is, however, going to be quite windy with a blustery south-westerly wind, which will become very gusty as we head through the afternoon.

Highs of 21C (70F).

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC News

Good morning and welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Thursday, 3 August.

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

St Ives

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

Our live coverage for the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That it for live updates for today.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

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

Any breaking news from around the county will appear on this page overnight.

Have a great evening.

Evening weather: Warm and muggy night

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

It will be cloudy this evening with occasional outbreaks of rain, but this gradually easing overnight to leave a few clear spells later.

Southwesterly winds will ease somewhat during the early hours, and feeling quite warm and muggy with temperatures only dropping to 13C (55F) at the end of the night.

Thursday will be windy with sunny spells and occasional cloud, and just a few isolated fast-moving showers. Temperatures will peak at 22C (72F).

Weather outlook

Find the latest weather where you live on the BBC Weather site.

Your pictures: A day of two halves

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a bit of a mixed bag weather-wise in the county today, starting off quite bright and sunny but turning very wet and windy through the afternoon.

However, it doesn't stop our BBC Weather Watchers from getting out and about, snapping the sights.

Here are some of the best from today...

Ramsey St Mary's

Bin lorry fire in Soham

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Firefighters were called to tackle a bin lorry on fire in Soham earlier today.

East Cambridgeshire District Council say that there were no injuries, but have advised residents that services may be running late.

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The fire-damaged vehicle in Northfield is due to be collected later.

An investigation is under way.

Smithy Fen landlord 'wants to work with council'

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The owner of eight illegally parked caravans on a travellers site in Cottenham says he wants the council to stop making him "put people out in the road".

South Cambridgeshire District Council issued a notice against tenants at Smithy Fen travellers site, ordering them to remove the caravans that shouldn't be there within 28 days.


That time period was up yesterday and the council confirmed they were starting legal action.

But Patrick Carthy, who is a landlord on the site, says he wants to work with the council.

"People come to me asking me for help," he said.

"I'm happy to work with the council and say I can provide temporary housing for them until [the council] find somewhere suitable for them to go.

"If that's my good deed and getting it's me in to trouble, does it make me a bad person? I don't think so.

"I'm not saying I shouldn't be told off, but clearly there's an issue with housing in Cambridge."

Killed driver 'will be missed' says rugby club

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The rugby club which a man who was killed on the B1040 yesterday belonged to has paid tribute to him.

Peterborough Rugby Club said that Mark Collin, 51, of Stonald Avenue, Whittlesey, will be "sadly missed".

Mr Collin, who had played the Juggers veterans team for the past two years, was killed in a crash on the road beween Pondersbridge and Whittlesey yesterday morning.

Juggers team
Mark Collin pictured with his team, fourth from the left on the back row

"If there was no game he would play for any team that were short," the statement said.

"He has played for the 2's, 3's and Juggers and if he couldn't get a game there he'd play for anyone else who were short like Deeping or Thorney."

Third man dies after Crewe crane collapse

Allen Cook

BBC Local Live

A third man who was hurt when a crane collapsed in Crewe has died, more than a month after the incident happened, police say.

The crane after collapse

Two building workers, David Newall, who was 36, from Bradford, and 18-year-old Rhys Barker, from Castleford, West Yorkshire, had already been named as having been killed when the collapse happened on 21 June on Dunwoody Way.

Today, Cheshire Police said David Webb (pictured), who was 43, and originally from Northampton but living in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, had died from the injuries he suffered.

David Webb
Cheshire Police

His family have described him as a "fun loving character who lived his life to the full".

Cheshire Police say their investigation, alongside the Health and Safety Executive, the local authority and building control, is still ongoing.