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  1. Updates on Friday, 27 October 2017

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JFK murder tip-off to the Cambridge News? Really?

David Keller

BBC News

I know!

Many of you no doubt had exactly the same reaction when you read this story first thing this morning.


Us and many other media organisations have since been in touch with the Cambridge News to stand up the claim that emerged from the declassified documents around the ex-US president's death.

And from the looks of things, it's even bamboozled the paper's existing and former staff.

You couldn't hold on to a scoop and half like that, could you?

A fascinating read.

Severe disruption: A428 Bedfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A428 Bedfordshire both ways severe disruption, between A1 and A1198 Ermine Street South.

A428 Bedfordshire - A428 blocked and stationary traffic in both directions between the A1 junction in Wyboston and the A1198 Ermine Street South junction in Caxton Gibbet, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

Weekend weather forecast

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be fine and dry with long clear spells.

With temperatures falling as low as 3C (37F), a touch of ground frost is possible in rural areas.

After a chilly start, Saturday will be fine and dry with some sunny spells.

Cloud will thicken from the north, with some outbreaks of rain and drizzle during the night.

The temperature is expected to climb to about 15C (59F).

Weather graphic for Saturday 05:00

Sunday will be mostly dry, with an odd shower likely in eastern parts of the region.

It'll feel colder, with temperatures reaching 13C (55F).

There's likely to be a widespread frost on Sunday night, with temperatures falling as low as -2C (28F) in some areas.

BBC Weather has more.

JFK assassination: Memo reveals call to Cambridge News
Why did a mystery caller contact an English paper 25 minutes before JFK was shot?

Severe accident: A428 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A428 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, between B1428 Cambridge Road and Abbotsley Road affecting B1040.

A428 Cambridgeshire - A428 in St Neots blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between the B1428 Cambridge Road junction and the Abbotsley Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Eltisley turnoff and to the A1 junction.

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

Praise for fans as Peterborough Panthers take trophy

Team manager Carl Johnson has issued a public thank you to everyone who played a part in Peterborough speedway's double-winning season.

The Panthers lifted the SGB Championship Knock-out Cup last night after a 92-88 aggregate triumph against East Anglian rivals Ipswich.

Carl Johnson
Peterborough Panthers

It's a second piece of silverware to follow up the Fours triumph back in August.

Johnson told the team's website: "Picking up two major trophies in the same season is a huge achievement from everyone involved.

"I want to place on record my thanks to our riders, mechanics, management and fantastic supporters, as it wouldn't have been possible without them.

"Ipswich certainly didn't deserve to lose the way they did after seeing Rory Schlein and Danny King get hurt during the final.

"But, on the other hand, I feel we deserved the trophy for our fantastic form in the last part of the season."

Cyclist in hospital after crash with lorry

A male cyclist has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a lorry in Peterborough.

It happened on the A15 Bourges Boulevard at just after 11:30.

The road has recently reopened, but long queues remain in the area.

Clean Bandit miss you

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Especially you.

The countdown is over, Clean Bandit are back with new track I Miss You and this time their guest vocalist is Julia Michaels.

They look set to clean up on the charts yet again with the catchy track but have only released a snippet of the promo video so far.

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JFK assassination: Memo reveals call to Cambridge News
The call to the Cambridge paper was made 25 minutes before the assassination of John F Kennedy.

Files now reveal Grimsby tip-off before JFK killing

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

It's emerged that a phone call from Grimsby may have tipped-off a local newspaper just minutes before President John F Kennedy was murdered in 1963.


The details of the call to the Cambridge News have come to light in a batch of declassified documents about the assassination.

The chief reporter at the Cambridge News says no one now working at the paper knew the exchange had happened, until it was discovered in the CIA files.

In that document it was mentioned that a call had been made to the Cambridge News warning that something big was going to happen and it would be good if the Cambridge News rang the American embassy in London for news."

Chris ElliotChief Reporter, Cambridge News

Blue Planet II films with British Antarctic Survey

BBC nature documentary Blue Planet makes a return to our screens this weekend.

One of the episodes will feature the work of Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on the UK overseas territory of Bird Island in South Georgia.

The final episode of the series focuses on the people studying our oceans and the wildlife that depend on it and features Lucy Quinn, a former zoological field assistant at BAS.

Blue Planet

The island contains diverse populations of seabirds and is home to four species of albatross, 50,000 breeding pairs of penguins and 65,000 fur seals.

Athena Dinar from the organisation said: "The BBC wanted to film albatrosses but they also filmed one of our bird biologists doing her work and especially how we collect plastic from around the albatrosses' nests.

"What's interesting is that Bird Island is very far away from the cruise ships and a lot of society and yet still a lot of plastic is being found by the albatrosses and is coming back into the food chain.

"Sir David Attenborough himself highlights that plastic is really a problem that we have to deal with."

David Attenborough

Speaking of the filming, Sir David said: "There's a shot of the young being fed fish and what comes out of the mouth of the beak of the adult? Not sand eels, not fish, not squid - which is what they mostly feed on. It's plastic, and it's heartbreaking."

Blue Planet II begins on Sunday at 20:00 on BBC One.

'Burning bodies' to mark the Reformation

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

They'll be burning bodies in Cambridge tomorrow...

But don't be alarmed - not real ones, but facsimiles of people.

It's part of an event at the Church of Great St Mary's to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

As historian and author Matthew Ward explains, the Reformation of 1517, which changed Catholicism, had its groundings here in Cambridgeshire.

The Reformation came about when Martin Luther, dissatisfied with the way the church was being run, nailed his 95 Theses - or criticisms - to the door of Wittenberg Church, Germany.

Statue of Martin Luther in Wittenberg

"This lit the blue touch paper beneath the Reformation", explains Matthew.

"It spread like wild fire across Europe, straight here to Cambridge... and the Reformation was very much made in Cambridge by Cambridge people... it's our very own story," he says.

Luther's ideas and some of his followers came to Cambridge, with one becoming Professor of Divinity.

They shared their ideas, including with Thomas Cranmer - who became the Archbishop of Canterbury and wrote the Book of Common Prayer.

Memorial plaque to Thomas Cranmer, in Jesus College
Memorial plaque to Thomas Cranmer in Jesus College

Along with other Bishops, they promoted the idea of reforming the Catholic religion into a more Protestant form.

"Amazing events took place at the Church of Great St Mary's, in the heart of Cambridge... tomorrow we're going to be recreating those events with a family activity day, and a play in the evening," says Matthew.

The church of Great St Mary's in Cambridge
Geograph/N Chadwick

We'll have Martin Luther nailing his Theses to the door. We've got a Henry VIII - he's the size of Henry VIII, so you'll get to meet him and see what an imposing figure he was... he was a giant of a man."

Matthew WardHistorian

Large straw fire allowed to burn out

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Firefighters have spent the night checking on a stack of baled straw which caught light yesterday.

Two crews were called to Great Stukeley, near Huntingdon, at 14:00 where a stack - measuring about 30m by 30m (98ft by 98ft) - was on fire.

They managed to stop it spreading further and carried out regular checks while it was allowed to burn itself out.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire was accidental.

Stack fire in Great Stukeley.
Cambridgeshire Fire Service
US President John F Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at Love Field in Dallas, Texas, less than an hour before his assassination

A senior reporter at the Cambridge News got a call 25 minutes before the assassination, documents reveal.

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Friday's weather: Bright and sunny after a chilly start

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

After a chilly start, any early mist patches will clear to leave a mostly dry and sunny day, feeling pleasant in light winds.

However, the odd light shower is still possible along the coast during the morning.

Top temperature: 14C (57F).

Afternoon weather chart

Remaining dry overnight with clear spells and light winds, although it will become chilly, with a grass frost forming in some rural parts and local fog patches.

Lows of 6C (43F).

Get a more detailed forecast for wherever you live, from BBC Weather.

Weather: Drizzly tonight, but clearing

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Cloudy this evening with some patchy drizzle across the BBC East region.

Clear spells inland bringing temperatures down to 5C (41F), but coastal cloud will hold the temperatures to a low of 11C (52F).

Friday will see a few light showers in north east Norfolk, and elsewhere will stay fine with bright or sunny spells, but feeling colder with highs of 14C (57F) in moderate to light north and north westerly winds.

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

Builders merchant answers DIY SOS appeal

In March 2015, Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin was left permanently brain damaged after he was attacked by rival football fans following a match in Southend.

He spent a year in hospital before returning home to Mildenhall, but is unable to walk or talk and needs 24-hour care.

The BBC programme, DIY SOS, is stepping in to help the family modify their home to Simon's care needs and has enlisted the help of local trades people and businesses.

The building work is yet to begin and filming is to due start next month.

Black and white photo of Simon Dobbin with his daughter and wife
Family photo
Simon Dobbin, with daughter Emily and his wife Nicole

One of the first to announce its support for Simon and his wife Nicole was Bussens & Parkin, the builders merchants and DIY store in Mildenhall.

Its manager Alex Highton says the shop is "very much part of the community".

"A lot of staff and customers know Simon's family... lots of suppliers got in touch and said they'd like to be involved, everybody wanted to help in every way they can".

We said to the show, whatever you need from us, we're happy to do, we always get involved in stuff in the community, and we only survive on the back of the community because we're a family business".

Alex HightonBussens and Parkin

Anglian Water make £100k donation after St Ives sewage leak

A water company has donated £100,000 to the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire after sewage leaked into a brook in Cambridgeshire.

An enforcement undertaking (EU) has been agreed with Anglian Water after the company polluted about 635m of Houghton Brook with sewage in September 2014.

Houghton Meadows Nature Reserve
Geograph: David Bartlett
The Houghton Meadows Nature Reserve is known for its summer wild flowers

Around 150 fish died when sewage from Ilex Road Pumping Station in St Ives was pumped into the water system for 10 hours via the emergency overflow.

The overflow was mainly caused by excessive levels of un-flushable material blocking the pump, which was a known issue at the works, though a second pump being out of service and the failure of an alarm were also identified as issues.

Anglian Water - which also paid the Environment Agency's costs - has since replaced equipment at the pumping station including a pump that can better cope with high levels of rag.

LAMMA show to leave Peterborough for Birmingham from 2019

The UK's largest agricultural event is to leave Peterborough.

The annual two-day farm machinery show - called LAMMA - has been held at the East of England Showground since 2014, and this year attracted over 40,000 visitors.

But the organisers have announced it will move to the National Exhibtion Centre (NEC) in Birmingham in 2019.

They say the last one in Peterborough, to held between 17-18 January will be the largest yet, with 900 exhibitors.

Peterborough Showground
The East of England Showground has hosted the event since 2014
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Emma Thelwell

BBC News

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Speedway: 'Anything can happen' in second leg - Johnson

Peterborough Panthers team manager Carl Johnson says it's all to play for ahead of tonight's second leg of the Championship Knockout Cup Final against the Ipswich Witches.

The Panthers won Sunday's opening fixture 47-43 at the East of England Showground, but they surrendered a 14 point advantage in the final third of the contest.

This is the first season since a revamp of British Speedway saw the introduction of promotion and relegation.

Carl Johnson
Peterborough Panthers

"I've seen a lot of comments saying we have no chance at Ipswich after losing there by 28 points and 11 points in our previous visits this season," Johnson told the club's website. "They are probably the same people who said we didn't have a hope in the second leg of the semi-final at Glasgow as well.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again... never count Panthers out.

"The longer we can stay ahead, the tougher it becomes for them. They were the team celebrating at our place on Sunday - let's hope we can do the same".

Tonight's meeting Ipswich's Foxhall Stadium starts at 19:30.

BBC Radio Suffolk's Drivetime Show with Stephen Foster is coming live from the stadium in the build-up to the meeting from 16:00 until 19:00.

Re-appeal following fatal road collision

Norfolk Police are re-appealing for the driver of a white van to come forward following a fatal road traffic collision on the A47 in September.

The incident happened in Walsoken shortly before 11:20 on Saturday, 23 September, between a white Yamaha motorbike travelling towards Wisbech at the crossroads near Broadend Road East, and a grey BMW 520, travelling in the opposite direction.

The motorbike rider, a man in his 30s and from the local area, died at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 - in particular they'd like to hear from the occupants of a white Vauxhall Movano-type van which stopped at the scene, but drove off before emergency services arrived.

Speedway: Ipswich fans' support means so much - Heeps

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches rider Cameron Heeps is calling on the Foxhall faithful to get behind his team tonight as they host Peterborough Panthers in the second leg of the Championship Knockout Cup Final.

Cameron Heeps
Stephen Waller

The Suffolk side will be trying to overturn Sunday's 47-43 first leg defeat at the East of England Showground.

"I have never really realised until this year how much it means for us boys to have the fans behind us," Heeps told the club website.

"Especially in those play-off meetings, riding around with the fans behind you, it gives you such a good feeling to know you have so much support behind you.

"If we have a good crowd on Thursday it will get us all geed up and it should be a good meeting."

Court action warning after only 50% pay new litter fines

The cabinet member for communities at Peterborough City Council says that new PSPOs levied at people who litter "appear to be making a difference", despite criticism.

Councillor Irene Walsh (Conservative) said she was "satisfied that we are on the right route" after the Labour councillor for North Ward, Ansar Ali, suggested bins in the city were still "overflowing".

According to figures from Peterborough City Council, 2,344 people have been given fines for littering since new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) came into force in June - around 16 a day.

However, just 50% of the £60 fines issued have been paid.

"We are going to have to start taking people to court," Ms Walsh warned. "Otherwise there is no deterrent; the fines must be paid."

She also revealed that the authority - which has appointed the private company Kingdom to help issue the fines - has so far generated £50,000 from the new fines, despite Kingdom taking a £46.50 fee from each PSPO issued, meaning they have earned over £100,000 since their introduction.

Peterborough litter fines 'have made little difference'

A Peterborough councillor says new fines, which are being imposed on people who litter in the city, have made little difference over the past five months.

According to figures from Peterborough City Council, 2,344 people have been fined for littering since new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) came into force in June.

The PSPOs are being enforced by council officers - and by staff from the private company Kingdom.

The litter fines average out to around 16 a day - and Kingdom receive £46.50 from each £60 fine. This means on littering alone, the company makes £108,996, where the council says it has recieved nearer £50,000.

Labour's Ansar Ali, a councillor for North Ward, says he's not seen much difference.

"I'm not keen on outsourcing," he said.

"I need to be convinced that there has been some real improvement on the ground.

"There are [still] times when you see bins overflowing. We as a council have a responsibility for that because people are paying their business and council taxes."

Today's weather: Mainly cloudy

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Today is due to be generally cloudy with some of it thick enough for some outbreaks of rain and drizzle across the BBC East region.

It's also going to become cooler as we move towards the weekend, but there's still a maximum temperature of 16C (61F).

Severe disruption: A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Cambridgeshire southbound severe disruption, at J17 for A605.

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - A1(M) exit slip road closed southbound at J17 A605, because of roadworks. Traffic is coping well.

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

Weather: Clear spells but cloudy later

East of England weather map

A fine evening with clear spells overnight, but cloudy later with some patchy rain in the south of the region by the early hours of tomorrow morning with lows of 7C (45F).

Thursday will start off cloudy with some spots of light rain or drizzle in the morning but becoming drier and brighter later in a light westerly wind. Top temperature 17C (63F).

For the detailed forecast where you live, visit BBC Weather.

Plans for new homes near Peterborough scaled back

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Proposals to build a new settlement near the A47 just outside of Castor as part of the Peterborough Local Plan have been dropped.

After considering new guidance from the government, the Local Plan housing target has been reduced by nearly 2,000 to just over 21,000 new homes by 2036.

There was a great deal of opposition to the plan with people saying it was going to ruin their local villages and that it wasn't in the right place - the council said they were going to look again because there had been a change in government policy.

In effect - the government said the council didn't need to build as many houses as originally though.

In a statement the authority said: "It would no longer be appropriate to take forward the proposed new settlement to the north of the A47 close to Castor and Ailsworth."

Multi-million regeneration plan for St Neots

Cambridgeshire's largest town, St Neots, could become the first market town to be redeveloped as part of a multi-million pound regeneration plan.

The Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough says that market towns in Cambridgeshire are not currently fulfilling their full potential.

But new plans from the combined authority recommend £5.8m of funding to create 4,000 new homes and 3,500 new jobs.

"The strongest industry in St Neots is manufacturing," Katie Williams, the St Neots Town Development Manager told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"We're really keen to look at training opportunities for people to look at local employment and potentially not leave [the town]," she said.

Missing teen from Spalding

A 16-year-old girl from Spalding has gone missing.

Chloe Smith (pictured) is white, 5"5 tall with straight black hair.

Police say she may have travelled to the Birmingham or Peterborough areas.

If you've seen Chloe, contact the police.

Lincolnshire Police

Strictly: Halloween Special songs and dances revealed

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Jonnie Peacock and his dancing partner Oti Mabuse

It's Wednesday and not only does that mean it's nearly the weekend (wishful thinking) but also that the songs and dances for this week's Strictly Come Dancing have been announced.

For the Halloween Special, Cambridge paralympian Jonnie Peacock and his partner Oti Mabuse will be dancing the Cha Cha Cha to Olly Murs Trouble maker.

Aston Merrygold and dancing partner Janette Manrara

Meanwhile, Peterborough born and bred singer Aston Merrygold will do a Paso Doble to Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Not quite sure what either have to do with Halloween but I'm sure the costumes and make up will make it all clear.

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Today's weather: Mild and bright

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Another mild day is on the way. We'll see some cloud through the morning, some thick enough to produce some rain, but it will brighten up quite quickly with some good spells of sunshine developing.

Maximum temperature 17C (63F).

'It made me so happy' - Grantham girl gets standing ovation after chemo treatment

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

A 12-year-old Lincolnshire girl who was given a standing ovation by staff at a hospital who'd treated her for cancer says the experience was an "amazing feeling".

Alice Rossington

Alice Rossington (pictured), from Grantham, was given a "guard of honour" by NHS staff to celebrate her leaving hospital.

It happened after she'd just finished her 18th round of chemotherapy for a rare bone cancer at Addenbroooke's Hospital in Cambridge:

I felt so relieved that moment had finally come, that I could finally say I had properly finished chemo and it was an amazing feeling to see everyone there. I was just expecting one or two people to be there and I walked around the corner and just saw everyone looking at me. It made me so happy as they were all there supporting me."

Alice Rossington

Weather: Cloudy overnight, brighter tomorrow

This evening will stay cloudy, mild and mostly dry with a few spots of rain possible in the west of the BBC East region later.

Temperatures falling to 13C (55F).

Weather graphic for 15:00 Wednesday

Tomorrow will start with a few outbreaks of rain, but it'll become brighter, with some sunny spells.

Temperatures reaching a high of 18C (64F).

You can find further details on BBC Weather.

Watch: Grantham girl celebrated over bone cancer battle

Harry Parkhill

BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

Chris Evans dedicated this morning's BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show to a 12-year-old Lincolnshire girl after she finished 18 rounds of chemotherapy.

Alice Rossington, from Grantham, suffers from a rare form of bone cancer.

Staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge gave the youngster a standing ovation after enduring treatment there for over six months:

Two first year students on their first weeks at one of the world's best universities
Two first year students on their first weeks at one of the world's best universities