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'Violent' drug dealer jailed for five years

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A man who police say used "violent tactics to deal drugs" in Cambridge has been jailed for five years.

Tarrell Hinds, 20, of Roles Grove, Romford, pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage, being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, handling stolen goods and possession of a bladed article.

The court heard Hinds had smashed windows at a property in Stretten Avenue last September and his fingerprints were later found in an abandoned vehicle.

Last month, he was found in a stolen car with large amounts of cash and drugs and a knife in Borrowdale, Cambridge, police revealed.

Tarrell Hinds
Cambridgeshire Police

Det Con Martin Hardy, of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "This sentencing highlights the consequences of coming to Cambridge and imposing violent tactics to deal drugs. County lines drug dealing is a priority within Cambridgeshire and we will maintain a zero tolerance approach towards it."

East of England Ambulance Service 'needs more funding'

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

NHS bosses from the region have warned MPs that they expect the health service to remain under intense pressure until Easter.

In a meeting at Westminster they said that ambulance handover times at hospitals were improving but the local ambulance service still needs more resources.

This morning's meeting, which had been scheduled for March, was brought forward following claims that patients may have died over the Christmas period due to delays in ambulances reaching them.

The chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service, Robert Morten, said the trust was still investigating a number of incidents, but so far hadn't seen any evidence to suggest that any patient had died as a result of a delay.

The meeting was told that local NHS clinical commissioning groups have put more money into the ambulance service and that has made a difference.

But Mr Morten made an appeal for further funding saying "for two years we've been saying there's a gap between capacity, demand the the resources we need".

He said the service had taken on 70 more ambulances over the last four years, but wanted another 160 over the next two years.

Fifteen MPs from the region attended the meeting, others sent representatives.

The Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal, Therese Coffey, said: "I left the meeting in a better frame of mind.

"We now have the big leadership at NHS England involved in trying to tackle this challenge of getting patients the care they need as quickly as possible.

"The extra funding from local GPs is good news but ultimately it's about how those resources are used."

But the Labour MP for Norwich South, Clive Lewis, said: "Issues around leadership and management may be an issue, but you can't just blame the management - some of this comes down to simple resourcing."

Cambridge University's fake news game acts as 'vaccine'

Those smart bods at Cambridge University are trying to combat "fake news" on the internet by creating a game to raise awareness of the various ploys aimed at catching you out.

The free game - called Bad News - is a collaboration with Dutch media collective DROG.

Players take on the role of fake news producers and score points by winning followers for their conspiracy theories and angry tweets.

Fake news game screenshot

The idea behind it is to create a "vaccine" against the influence of fake news, as explained by Dr Sander van der Linden, director of Cambridge University's Social Decision-Making Laboratory: "A biological vaccine administers a small dose of the disease to build immunity [and] similarly, inoculation theory suggests that exposure to a weak or demystified version of an argument makes it easier to refute when confronted with more persuasive claims."

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US President Donald Trump has raised the profile of the concept of "fake news" during and after his election campaign.

The BBC recently launched a scheme to help young people filter out the fake stuff from the real thing.

Cambridge's Prof Mary Beard says #MeToo hashtag 'not enough'

Classicist and broadcaster Professor Mary Beard has been speaking about gender and inequality, telling the Radio Times that the Time's Up #MeToo campaign hashtag "doesn't solve the problem".

Prof Mary Beard

The campaign was launched in the wake of the entertainment industry's sexual assault scandals, but Cambridge University's Prof Beard is keen to point out that while "#MeToo is useful" to raise awareness, harassment is not just restricted to Hollywood.

"There's the ordinary office where this is happening as well... the cleaners, the supervisors, the technicians," she said.

"We are all interested in what happens in hotel rooms in Hollywood, but we're also interested in what happens next to the photocopier in your average office."

Clean Bandit to headline Sundown Festival

The headline acts for this year's Sundown Festival have been announced.

Sundown Festival
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Shawn Mendes and Cambridge band Clean Bandit top the bill at the weekend-long festival being held at the Norfolk Showground this September.

Swedish chart act Zara Larsson is also performing and it's a homecoming for Norwich DJ and producer, Sigala.

Almost 6,000 sign to bring back NHS IVF funding

Almost 6,000 people have signed a petition calling for the NHS to reinstate funding for IVF in Cambridgeshire.

The infertility treatment - pioneered in the county 40 years ago - was withdrawn from the NHS by the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) in September 2017 in a bid to save £700,000 a year.

Cell being fertilised
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Although the decision is due to be reviewed in April, thousands have signed the petition which states: "Surely the NHS, we pay for, should be assisting all medical needs? What is more important than giving life?"

IVF was pioneered by biologist Robert Edwards, who with gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe, fertilised the first human egg in a Cambridge laboratory in 1978.

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Friday fluff: Cop dogs salute their Chinese year

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, police have put together a parade of pooches.

Friday marks the start of the Year of the Dog, so what better excuse to look at pictures of "man's best friend"?

There are more than 40 dogs in the joint police unit covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

They're a skilled lot, doing everything from tracking suspects to sniffing out drugs and cash.

Happy pooch year to you all.

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Oxbridge outreach programme to grow

Radcliffe Camera
Oxford and Cambridge are increasing their support for Target Oxbridge

A programme to help more black students win places at Oxford and Cambridge is to almost treble in size.

Oxford and Cambridge have increased support for Target Oxbridge which helps black students with university visits, mentoring and advice.

It follows criticism of both universities over the low number of offers made to working class and non-white applicants.

Target Oxbridge said the backing meant 160 funded places can run next year.

Cambridge museum gets into Valentine's spirit - with cake

Staff at the Scott Polar Museum in Cambridge are getting into the spirit of Valentine's Day by hauling out a chunk of old cake.

But it's not just any old cake - it's a 110-year-old slice of polar explorer Capt Scott's wedding cake.

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They're feeling all loved-up over some of the more unusual artefacts kept at the museum, and although this one has been well-documented, its story never fails to enthrall.

The slice of aged sponge belonged to Edward Wilson, who died with Scott in Antarctica - and who accidentally sat on the cake after popping it in his jacket pocket.

You can read more about the "romantic" adventures of this cake here.

Always the bridesmaid: Streets fail in 'most romantic name' bid

Two streets in the east of England in the running to be crowned as having the "most romantic name"... have failed to top a public poll.

Fourteen streets across the UK were shortlisted by charity Living streets - among them Trueloves Lane in Ingatestone, Essex, and Sweetpea Way in Orchard Park, Cambridge.

Trueloves Lane, Ingatestone
Truelove's Lane in Ingatestone was in the running for romantic street names...
Sweetpea Way, Cambridge
...As was Cambridge's Sweetpea Way

While both sound very romantic - and more than 1,200 people took part in the poll - they failed to beat the loved-up Love Street in Paisley, Scotland, which came out on top.

Trueloves lane, however managed second place with 159 votes - only five fewer than the winner, while Sweetpea Way came in sixth place with 126 votes.

Union Street in Manchester came in last, with only 28 votes.

Cambridgeshire's libraries to charge for computer use

People who want to use computers in Cambridgeshire's libraries are to be charged £1 per hour in a bid to bring in about £110,000 a year to help support the service.

The county council runs 32 libraries and four mobile libraries, and says it main one - Central Library in Cambridge - is the fourth busiest in the country.

Central Library in Cambridge

As it looks to bolster its funding to continue the service, the council agreed to introduce the charge from the end of April at a meeting on Tuesday.

Users over 18 will be charged £1 an hour - although an initial 30 minutes' use will be free. Council and government websites will also remain free to access.

Mathew Shuter, chair of the community infrastructure committee on the council, said there was evidence some people spent "many hours" on the libraries' computers, effectively "blocking" others from using them.

Hooded Cambridge flasher sought

A flasher is being sought by police after exposing himself to a dog walker.

The man exposed himself to a woman as she walked her dog in Wandlebury Country Park near Cambridge at about 16:00 on Thursday, police said.

He "emerged from the trees and signalled for a female dog walker to look over before dropping his trousers and exposing [himself]".

He is described as white, approximately 30 years old and wearing a dark, hooded tracksuit.

"This incident follows a pattern of six similar instances throughout 2017 in which a male has exposed himself in public," said Det Con Mark Hodgson.

None of the victims was assaulted, but all were left shaken, he added.

Cambridge Uni's Mary Beard to front BBC TV's Front Row

Cambridge University classicist and broadcaster Professor Mary Beard is to front the new BBC Two series of Front Row from the spring.

The arts and culture programme will be broadcast live on Friday at 23:00.

Prof Mary Beard

"Mary's take on the week in arts and culture is bound to be dynamic and exciting as she has the fearless intellect, critical eye and warm wit to host a discussion of the week's talking points," Alice Feinstein, Front Row's commissioning editor says.

Prof Beard says she's looking forward to this latest addition to her arsenal of broadcasts: "I am really excited about this - live and late on a Friday.

"I can promise that it will be edgy, from the heart and from the head."

Officers injured during burglary arrest

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Two Cambridgeshire Police officers were injured while responding to reports of a burglary in Trumpington.

Police were called to Hauxton Road just after 18:30 on Friday evening.

They arrested one man, but up to four others escaped.

Two officers were hurt during the incident, and were taken to hospital with cuts and bruises but later discharged, a spokesman for the force said.

He described the arrest as a "significant breakthrough" in an operation to counter a string of burglaries in Cambridge.

Sally Chidzoy

An employment tribunal which struck out a claim by a BBC TV reporter did not properly consider how it would affect her evidence, an appeal has heard.

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Loan fund to help south Cambridgeshire go green

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A loan fund of £200,000 has been set up to help people in south Cambridgeshire become more energy efficient.

Householders, voluntary groups and small firms will be able to borrow cash from the district council's Green Energy Loan Fund to pay for everything from solar panels to insulation.

They can apply for loans of £1,000 to £10,000, the council said.

It'll be launched in the summer.

solar panels

Simon Edwards, cabinet member for finance, said: "The cheapest unit of energy is the one you never use.

"We’ll be doing our bit by looking at ways we can be greener."

Union welcomes university's 'living wage' pledge

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

The University of Cambridge has signed up to the living wage for its technical and support staff, Unite the union has confirmed.

King's Cambridge

Unite has about 500 members at the university in mainly technical, laboratory, estates and maintenance roles.

The payment - currently £8.75 an hour - will come into force in the summer and cover all staff including contractors who will have to offer the living wage by 2020.

The Living Wage Foundation recommends the rate which is voluntary for employers, unlike the lower 'national' living wage - which is compulsory.

Unite regional officer Ian Maidlow said: "This must be a milestone on the journey towards paying everybody a real living wage wherever they work and live."

Adonis calls for Cambridge South station

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Labour peer and former transport minister Lord Adonis is calling for an immediate start of work on a proposed railway station for the south of Cambridge, serving Addenbrooke's and the new biomedical campus:

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Guided busway to undergo half term emergency repairs

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

guidd bus

Emergency repairs will be carried out on the Cambridge guided busway over the coming weekend - with the closure of some stops and diversions in place.

The work - replacing bearings - will be carried out between Swavesey and Longstanton between midnight on Friday and 05:00 on Monday, and again the following weekend.

Both stops at Swavesey will be closed off.

Work will also be carried out between Longstanton and Oakington on 23 February - from midnight until 05:00 on 26 February.

Police van in Cambridge collision

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

police car

A police van has been involved in a collision in the centre of Cambridge this afternoon.

Officers had been taking a woman into custody at Parkside police station when the crash happened on Hills Road at about 13:45, a spokesperson confirmed.

No-one was injured and the cause is still unclear, police say.

Cambridgeshire mayor pushes for city metro

The mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough says he wants to plough ahead with plans for an underground system for the city.

Under the proposals from James Palmer, 6km (3.7 miles) of underground tunnels would be created for dedicated tramlines.

He told the BBC that "going underground is the path of least resistance" to ease the city's transport congestion.

£600,000 is going to be spent developing a business case for the project.

However, Liberal Democrat city councillor Rod Cantrill - who represents Newnham in Cambridge - said the plans need to consider the county.

"We need an integrated transport plan for the whole region," he said.

"A third of people in the region don't live in large urban areas like Cambridge - but in villages and small towns.

"We are not going to rely on a metro system for that."

Addenbrooke's radiotherapy service gets £1.9m boost

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Cambridge University Hospitals is to become the first NHS trust in the country to take delivery of an advanced radio therapy system for cancer sufferers.

The £1.9m machine - a "Radixact radiotherapy delivery system" - will help people with breast, prostate, colo-rectal, head and neck cancers.

The system will allow doctors to treat tumours more precisely.

It will be installed during an upgrade of the Addenbrooke's treatment room and is expected to be up and running by June.

A second machine - funded by the Trust - will arrive in January 2019.


Professional head of radiotherapy, Jemma Chapman, said: "The Radixact system is significantly more advanced that the one it replaces and, when combined with the other equipment we have, offers clinicians a wider choice of treatments for patients."

245 new homes for Cambridge's Ridgeons site

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Cambridge City Council has approved plans for 245 new houses on the soon-to-close Ridgeons site on Cromwell Road, according to the Cambridge News.

Ridgeons store

The building merchants recently announced a series of changes to its Cambridge branches, with the creation of a new branch in Norman Way and the closure of the existing Cromwell Road branch in April 2018.

The current buildings on the eight-acre site will be demolished and replaced with "affordable housing", a nursery and/or a community centre, a planning agenda revealed.

Cambridge scientists develop 'TruthBrush'

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A Cambridge company is developing technology to make brushing your teeth a little more effective.

The Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP) has developed a "TruthBrush" - which apparently turns the humble cleaner into a "sophisticated monitoring device".

"Miniaturised sensor technology" captures data about the way we brush our teeth - from how long we spend at it, to working out which bits we routinely miss - the CDP says.

It could mean, for example, a better toothbrush handle for elderly people struggling with dexterity issues - or a children's brush that lights up.


"It's a practical alternative to investing millions of pounds developing a fully connected brush with a whole host of features that consumers don't actually need or want," said George Bostock of CDP.

"A manual toothbrush in the right hands is as good as an expensive electric toothbrush. The challenge is getting people to clean their teeth properly with whatever device they use."