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  1. Updates on Friday, 20 October 2017
  2. Police get new powers to tackle Wisbech street drinking
  3. Car fire on A14 causes commuter chaos
  4. Abandoned Tesco to be turned into a Poundstretcher

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  1. Preview: The punt

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    Video caption: Mary-Ann Ochota explores the story of the punt.

    Mary-Ann Ochota explores the story of the punt.

  2. Overnight weather: Dry at first but some outbreaks of rain later

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    There'll be a few clear spells at first tonight where it will turn a little chilly, but thickening cloud will eventually bring outbreaks of rain from the west.

    Southerly winds will strengthen during the early hours, with temperatures initially falling to 8C (46F) but becoming milder by dawn.

    Wind chart

    There'll be a sunny start to Saturday morning, with just a few isolated showers, but these will become more widespread as cloud builds through the day.

    Windy with southwesterly winds gusting 40-50mph during the afternoon, temperatures peaking at 16C (61F).

    Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Police confirm start date for Corrie Mckeague search to resume

    The resumption of the search for missing airman Corrie Mckeague will take place on Monday, 23 October.

    The extended search, which is likely to take around four to six weeks, will concentrate on an area of Cell 22 next to the site of the earlier search.

    The indications are this is the next most likely area where Corrie could be, say police.

    Corrie Mckeague

    The Major Investigation Team re-checked data and concluded the area of the original 20-week search was still the location where there was the highest likelihood of finding Corrie.

    However, police say the nature of waste disposal and its movement is not a precise science, hence the requirement to extend the search.

    On 21 July, police announced their search of the Milton site was at an end.

    Mr Mckeague's family said at the time they were "devastated" by the decision.

    Milton landfill site
  4. BreakingSearch of landfill site for missing Corrie to resume next week

    The search of the Milton landfill site in Cambridgeshire for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague will resume on Monday.

    We'll bring you more details shortly.

  5. Yellow weather warning issued ahead of Storm Brian

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    There's a yellow weather warning in place for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire tomorrow as Storm Brian moves across the UK.

    The Met Office says there's likely to be strong winds between 04:00 and 23:59.

    The warning says: "Some transport disruption is likely across the whole warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

    "Short term loss of power and other services is also possible, as well as damage to trees."

    Met Office weather warning.

    Click here for more details from BBC Weather.

  6. Bus replacements for train services

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    There will be buses to replace train journeys affected by works on Lincolnshire's railways this weekend.

    Work on a railway bridge between Spalding and Sleaford and on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass will disrupt journeys:

    • On Saturday 21, October, Sunday, 22 October and Monday, 23 October there will be a rail replacement service between Spalding, Sleaford and Lincoln. Trains will operate between Peterborough and Spalding.
    • On Tuesday, 24 October, trains between Lincoln and Peterborough will operate between Lincoln and Sleaford only. A rail replacement service will operate between Sleaford, Spalding and Peterborough.
    Quote Message: This is crucial work and investment to improve the railway in Lincolnshire. We have worked with Network Rail to ensure that disruption for our customers is kept to a minimum from Rob Mercer Area Station Manager - East Midlands Trains
    Rob MercerArea Station Manager - East Midlands Trains
  7. Opportunity for young people to try their hand at sports reporting

    Do you know a youngster who'd like to report on their own sports story at the BBC?

    The BBC School Report Sports Reporter scheme is open for 16-18-year-olds, with applications open until 10 November.

    What's on offer?

    • 5 day placement within a BBC Local or Nations radio or online sports department
    • A mentor from your chosen BBC site
    • The opportunity to share your sports story with BBC audiences
    • Training with your BBC mentor to provide you with the required skills to tell your story. These could be: interviewing and sports story writing skills; editing skills; script writing and presenting skills of packages for radio and online

    What are we looking for?

    • You'll need to be aged 16-18 before the start of the scheme
    • You’ll need to be in full-time education*
    • A proven passion for sport
    • A fantastic story idea relevant to the location you’re applying to
    • You don’t need to have any prior journalism experience or training to apply

    *Please note this is an opportunity for people studying at school, college or a youth group. This is not a suitable opportunity for university students or apprentices studying at university level.

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  8. Street drinking crackdown has 'made a big difference'

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Police are now able to issue fines to street drinkers, move them on and confiscate their alcohol in three areas of Wisbech.

    Similar Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) have been rolled out elsewhere in Cambridgeshire in recent years.

    In Peterborough they cover New England, Millfield and parts of the city centre while in Cambridge, the PSPO for Mill Road Cemetery, Petersfield Green and the front garden of Ditchburn Place was brought in nearly 18 months ago.

    Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge.

    Diana Cook, chair of the Friends of Mill Road Cemetery, said it seems to have worked there:

    "I think it was a place lots of people felt threatened by.

    "Parents walking their children home from school felt uncomfortable by lots of people sitting on benches getting very drunk and throwing cans into the shrubbery.

    "18 months on I think the PSPO has had a really positive effect.

    "There was quite a good presence of PCSOs coming around talking to drinkers and now you don't see people sat around drinking, so yes I think it's made a big difference."

  9. Police get new powers to tackle Wisbech street drinking

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    New powers to try and limit street drinking in parts of Wisbech have come into force today.

    The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) allows police to confiscate alcohol and fine people in three street drinking hotspots - Tillery Fields, St Peter's Church Gardens (pictured) and the memorial garden in The Crescent.

    St Peter's Church Gardens in Wisbech.

    David Oliver, Conservative Councillor in charge of Community Safety on Fenland District Council, said: "We are introducing the PSPOs to respond to areas of need in Wisbech that have been impacted by alcohol misuse and harm.

    "It will form part of our wider partnership work as it is essential we continue to address this complex issue through both enforcement and ongoing support to alleviate it long-term and ensure people are able to feel safe and enjoy the town."

  10. Car fire on A14 causes commuter chaos

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    A car fire brought traffic to a halt on the A14 during the Friday morning rush hour.

    Two crews were called to the blazing vehicle on the eastbound stretch between Girton and Histon at about 07:50.

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    With two of the three lanes closed off, traffic quickly backed up, with surrounding roads also busy as motorists sought out alternative routes.

    Highways England says the road is now fully open but there are still "long delays" in the area.

    No-one was injured in the incident, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed.

  11. Abandoned Tesco to be turned into a Poundstretcher

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A national discount store is hoping to move into an unused supermarket by the end of November.

    It cost £22m to build a Tesco on the outskirts of Chatteris but it was later named as one of 49 planned stores to be cancelled after a fall in the supermarket's profits.

    Empty Tesco store.

    The site has been empty for the past three years but Poundstretcher is now close to taking over half of the unit, which is still owned by Tesco.

    Poundstretcher said it would create 23 jobs - a mixture of part-time and full-time positions - and hoped the move would encourage another retailer to occupy the other half of the site.

  12. Today's weather: Wet and windy start

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    After a wet and windy start there will be a gradual improvement through the day and things will brighten up in the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

  13. Weather: Wet and misty overnight, brighter by Friday afternoon

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Rather cloudy across the BBC East region this evening with scattered showers becoming more prolonged later this evening, but they should clear to leave mild and misty conditions.

    There will be moderate southerly winds and lows of 10C (50F).

    BBC East weather map

    Friday will be cool, cloudy and breezy with more showers possible at first, but then brighter later.

    There will be west to south westerly winds and a peak temperature of 14C (58F).

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

  14. 'Age simulation suit' being worn by hospital staff

    Dotty McLeod

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Today I tried on an "age simulation suit".

    It basically works by adding weight and stiffness to your body on places like your neck, elbows, waist, knees and ankles to simulate what happens to you as you get older.

    Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has been getting its staff to wear them along with goggles and ear muffs to replicate site and hearing problems.

    Dotty McCloud trying on an "age simulation suit"

    Consultant geriatrician Stephen Wallis says it's all about working to keep patients "mobile" as it makes their staff empathise with older patients.

    "We all understand on an intellectual level, some of the challenges and difficulties that older patients face, but there is nothing quite the same as wearing the suit and thinking twice before you get up and walk across the room because it's hard work," he said.

  15. Teenager in 'terrifying attack' in St Neots

    An 11-year-old girl has been involved in a "terrifying attack", according to Cambridgeshire Police.

    They say the girl was walking home from school in the Love's Farm area of St Neots, when two men in a white van tried to steal her bag, at about 05:20 on Wednesday.

    They don't believe it wasn't an attempted kidnap.

    Map of St Neots

    The men are described as in their 30s and wearing dark coloured beanie hats.

    Extra patrols are taking place in the area to "provide reassurance to pupils and parents", police added.

  16. Ex-Anglia TV presenter 'sexually abused as a child'

    The television presenter, Helen McDermott, has revealed she was sexually abused by a family friend when she was 12 years old.

    "I was sexually abused by a member from the church... this is the first time I've ever mentioned it, it was something that you never talked about, I thought it was my fault," said Ms McDermott, who is a former presenter on television with Anglia TV and Mustard TV and on BBC Radio Norfolk.

    "I was picked up, it was a friend of the family... I would never have talked about this until now, it has affected me all my life, there's no question about that."

    Helen McDermott

    Ms McDermott has spoken out, as part of the hashtag Me Too campaign, which has gained momentum after allegations of rape and sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced.