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Eleven Cambridgeshire athletes to compete at Rio 2016

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Eleven of this year's Team GB contingent at Rio 2016 come from Cambridgeshire, with four athletes - Nick Dempsey, Louis Smith, Hannah Macleod and Robbie Grabarz - having also competed at the London Games.

Grabarz, from St Neots, was in great form going into the high jump final.

High jumper Robbie Grabartz was a bronze medallist at the London Games

The track and field athlete was rated number one in the world prior to the London Olympics and won a bronze medal. He'll be competing in Rio on Monday15 August.

Our live coverage across the week

Thanks for following our live coverage across the three counties this week - regular updates will resume on Monday morning at 08:00, but there will be updates on major developing stories across the weekend.


Have a great weekend!

Our live coverage through the day

That's all for today.

You can follow Northamptonshire online in their County Championship match against Glamorgan.

Northampton Town kick off their League One campaign against Fleetwood Town, and we'll round-up the news and analysis on Monday.

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Delay expected due to Bryan Adams' concert

Delays are expected around Peterborough City Centre later with up to 10,000 people expected to attend the Bryan Adams' concert on the Embankment. 

It's part of his "Get Up" tour. 

Final preparations ahead of Bryan Adams concert in #Peterborough #Cambridgeshire

Final preparations ahead of Bryan Adams concert in #Peterborough #Cambridgeshire

Fans are advised to leave plenty of extra time to get to the venue.  

Our local coverage across the week

That's it for our regular updates for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with any major new stories published here until midnight.

Today we've heard that residents in Fulbourn are opposing a planning application for more than 100 executive homes and that the East of England Ambulance service are appealing to the public to think twice before dialling 999 after one man called the emergency services for a dying squirrel.

Louis Smith
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Good luck to all our local Olympians who are in action over the weekend including triple-medallist Louis Smith in his third Olympic Games... and if you're catching rocker Bryan Adams in action tonight in Peterborough, have a great evening.


Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A few evening showers in the region, but generally a fine end to the day with some further spells of sunshine. Tonight will be dry with light winds and lows of around 13C (55F).

BBC Weather

Some long spells of sunshine on Saturday, although it may turn hazy with highs of 24C (75F).  

For the latest forecast, visit BBC Weather.

Murder charge follows death of man with 'multiple crushing injuries'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A man has been charged with murder after another was found with what a post-mortem examination describes as "multiple crushing injuries".

Patrick Maloney, 43, was fatally injured at a travellers' site at Toddbury Farm, Little Billington on Tuesday.

Bedfordshire Police said he died as a result of injuries "consistent with being involved in a collision with a vehicle".

Thomas McCarthy, 24, from the same travellers' site has been charged with Mr Maloney's murder.

Little Billington travellers' site
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He will remain in police custody until his appearance at Luton Magistrates' Court tomorrow.  

A 42-year-old woman also arrested on suspicion of murder had already been released on police bail, which she is due to answer on 14 September.

BreakingMan charged with murder on travellers site

Bedfordshire Police are confirming a man has been charged with murder following the death of a 43-year-old on a travellers' site near Leighton Buzzard.

More to follow shortly....

Vicarage Road closed after hole appears

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Drivers are being advised to avoid Vicarage Road in Watford after the appearance of a hole in the road's surface.

The road has been closed at the junctions of Fearnley Road and Farraline Road while council workers determine the extent of the void.


Hertfordshire woman 'survives Afghanistan Taliban ambush'

A woman from Hertfordshire has survived a Taliban ambush on a tourist convoy in Afghanistan.

Karin Weston
Royston Rotary Club

Karin Weston from Buntingford was among a group of 12 tourists being escorted by the Afghan Army when it came under attack yesterday, as first reported in the Hertfordshire Mercury.

It's understood the group were visiting religious sites in a western province of the country when their minibus was hit by a rocket.

Hatters 'targeting title' as season opens

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones is targeting promotion as the Hatters start their League Two campaign with a long trip for tomorrow's match at Plymouth.

The Hatters could give league debuts to Danny Hylton, Jake Gray, Jordan Cook and Johnny Mullins. 

Nathan Jones
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Mr Jones believes his side should do well this season.

He said: "They're not pressures - they're ambitions... when you’re ambitious pressure comes with that. 

"I think we are third favourites, but I want to win the league so my ambitions are slightly bigger than the bookies' ones."

Man seriously injured in Chatteris horse-drawn hearse incident

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

A man has been seriously injured near Chatteris after becoming trapped while loading a horse-drawn hearse. 

Firefighters were called to the scene on Thursday. He was later flown to hospital with a serious leg injury.

Chatteris-based Townies Carriage Hire confirmed the man was a member of staff and said they were supporting his family.

The company added: "We are deeply upset by this very serious incident and we are doing all we can to support a much loved and respected member of the team, and his family through this difficult time."

Dons boss predicts 'really hard' opening month

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Despite relegation to League One last season, MK Dons manager Karl Robinson is predicting a tough start to life in the lower league. 

His side travel to Shrewsbury for the first game of the season.

Karl Robinson
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Robinson said: "The first four weeks are going to be really hard for us because we haven't been able to get the players we wanted to get.

"It's going to be the hardest first game of the season I have ever played.”

Rio 2016: Northamptonshire's ones to watch - Tracy Whittaker-Smith

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Trampolining became an Olympic sport back in 2000 in Sydney and the rise in popularity of the discipline both in Northamptonshire and across the country is, in part, down to Tracy Whittaker-Smith.

Tracy Whittaker-Smith
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She is the driving (or should that be bouncing) force behind the Northamptonshire Trampoline Gymnastics Academy and is the head coach for the Great Britain trampoline team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

She was also a coach at London 2012 and took Northampton's Jamie Moore to the Sydney 2000 games to compete in the inaugral trampolining competition.

Whittaker-Smith's team starts their quest for a medal on Friday, 12 August.

Travel news: Long delays on A14

BBC Travel

There are major delays on the A14 this evening following an accident at J28 for Barhill, stretching back to the Spittals interchange at J23.

The M11 northbound is also congested between J11 at the A10 and J13 for the A1303.

#Cambridgeshire Long delays on the #A14 e/bound, due to an accident approaching #BarHill. Approx' 10 miles of queues back to #Huntingdon.

Clare Balding meets Louis Smith

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Clare Balding - who will anchor BBC TV's Rio coverage - has been meeting triple Olympic medalist Louis Smith as he prepares for his third Olympic Games.

The programme - Clare Balding Meets - will be broadcast tonight at 22:00 on BBC Two.

The TV presenter has also been speaking to Cambridgeshire Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock who told her about his mother's conversation with a medium who predicted his 100m victory at London 2012.

The Rio Paralympics begin on 7th September.

Rio 2016: Northamptonshire's ones to watch - Dylan Fletcher

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton sailor Dylan Fetcher will partnering Alain Sign in the 49er class in the Olympics sailing, which starts a week today.

Dylan Fletcher
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Although born in London, the 28-year-old now lives in Northamptonshire and trained at the Northampton Sailing Club at Pitsford, starting aged 11 when his parents sent him on a week's course at the club.

In fact, Flectcher has been dreaming of an Olympic medal for a while. 

In this article from 2006, a 14-year-old Dylan cites his ambition as a gold at 2012 London Olympics. 

He might have had to wait another four years, but he'll be hoping to make good on that dream a decade on.

Rio 2016: The East gymnasts going for gold

Three gymnasts from the East of England are hoping to come home from Rio 2016 with medals hanging from their necks.

Max Whitlock, from Hemel Hempstead but who now trains in Basildon, Brinn Bevan, also from Essex, and Louis Smith, from Peterborough, will compete for Team GB along with Kristian Thomas and Nile Wilson.

BBC Look East caught up with the trio ahead of their departure for Brazil last week:

Max Whitlock said he felt honoured to be selected to represent Team GB. 

"I want to go there, enjoy experience and do my best... The results that we have got behind us as a team, gives us a lot of confidence and hopefully we can all have successful competitions out in Rio."

Get the latest from Rio 2016 with BBC Sport.

Dons boss praises new signing

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has been outlining some of his reasons for signing Scott Wootton on a free transfer a day before their League One opener at Shrewsbury tomorrow.

Mr Robinson said: "Scott is someone I've known since he was 13 and I've seen his career blossom. It was a really proud moment seeing him start for Manchester United's first team and he's played in the Champions League for them as well."  

Karl Robinson
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Rio 2016: Northamptonshire's ones to watch - Charley Hull

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Tonight it's the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, so ahead of that we'll look at the Northamptonshire competitors and coaches who'll be hoping to shine in Brazil.

First up is Burton Latimer golfer Charley Hull.

Charley Hull
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The 20-year-old will be joining Scotland's Catriona Matthew for Team GB in the golf competition which starts on Wednesday, 17 August.

The tournament is a standard four round, lowest score wins, and while some of the top names from the men's game have pulled out, the vast majority of the best female players are in Rio.

'Shocking level of violence' in marriage feud

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Sentencing Shah at Luton Crown Court, Judge Michael Kay QC said: "There has been a feud between two families over a marriage.

"It is truly shocking that this level of violence and hatred can arise over something like a marriage."


First innings lead for Northants as Glamorgan all out

Alex Winter

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northamptonshire's second innings is under way in St Helen's having bowled out Glamorgan for 236 giving the county a first innings lead of 85.

St Helen's

Sanderson and Azharellah both took three wickets while spinner Graeme White chipped in with two wickets.

We've got full commentary online or via the BBC Sport app.

Victorian plunge pool discovered at Delapre Abbey

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Contractors working on the restoration of Delapre Abbey have discovered an unusual archaeological feature – a Victorian plunge pool.

Victoria plunge pool

The £7.2m revamp has been under way since March last year, co-funded by Northampton Borough Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The abbey started life as a Cluniac nunnery in the 12th Century and has served many different purposes since.

The council is hoping to open the house by February 2017.

£200,000 worth of tools stolen from wind turbine site

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

About £200,000 worth of tools have been stolen from a wind turbine construction site in Doddington.

A large shipping container at Ransonmoor Farm in Benwick Road was broken into between 19:00 on Monday 1 August  and 15:40 on Wednesday 3 August, police say.

Image of wind turbine
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Specialist equipment such as drills and other tools were taken. A second container housing larger items was also broken into.

Anyone with information, or who may have recently been offered tools for sale, is asked to contact Crimestoppers or Cambridgeshire Police on 101.

Feud was over 'love match'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Khalid Chaudhry told the court the feud stemmed from his son having a 'love match' with his wife, rather than her having had an arranged marriage.

Algar Shah, who has been jailed for 18 months for making threats to kill and possessing a knife, denied he had been at the shop where the confrontation had taken place.

He also denied there was any bad blood between the families.

Prosecutor Neil King told the trial Shah was picked out at a police identity parade by the victim and another worker at the Pak Food Store in Luton.

Remember this: Cambridge firm Sinclair unveils pocket TV

With the Rio Olympics about to start... we're not quite sure you'd want to watch it on this!

Sinclair Micovision
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Fifty years ago this month, Sinclair Radionics, founded by home computer pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair, unveiled the Sinclair Microvision - the world's first complete pocket television set... we know, you'd have needed a big pocket!

Manufactured by Sinclair Radionics Ltd of Cambridge, this 20 transistor set has a tube with a diagonal measurement of only 2in (5cm).

Sir Clive later developed the ZX80, ZX81 and Spectrum home computers.

Trial hears of confrontation at food store

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The trial at Luton heard Algar Shah had gone to the Pak Food Store on Bishopscote Road and confronted Mr Chaudhry, who was making a delivery there.

The prosecution said Shah had said (in Punjabi): "Come out. I want to break your teeth".

Luton Crown Court
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He was dragged out of the shop by staff while shouting "I will come back with a knife. I will kill you".

He returned and Mr Chaudhry said: "He was aggressive. I was scared."

Rio 2016: Louis Smith gears up for his third Olympics

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Gymnast Louis Smith, who trains at Huntingdon Gym, will compete in his third Olympics tomorrow. 

Smith was a bronze medallist in Beijing and won silver on the pommel horse and bronze in the all-round competition in London four years ago.

Before his departure for Rio he told BBC Look East: "To really help my chance of making the team I had to prove to the selectors I'm a gymnast and not a celebrity who does gymnastics part time."

Louis Smith

Smith retired in 2013, but made his comeback in 2014 in time for the Commonwealth Games where he was placed third in the pommel horse.

"When I came back after my break I not only had to get my fitness back but I had to improve, which was tough," he said.

He has been settling in to the athlete's village this week, and even had the opportunity to get in some practice with his team mates in the gymnastics venue.   

Me and @Kristian_Thomas look so big compared 😂. Different sizes & qualities but we have the same responsibilities 💪❤

Me and @Kristian_Thomas look so big compared 😂. Different sizes & qualities but we have the same responsibilities 💪❤

Olympic medallist Louis Smith is about to compete in his third Games

The mens' competition gets under way on Saturday. You can see the full schedule here.  

Video: Northampton's biscuit-dunking robot

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Earlier we told about the attempt by Wired magazine to answer the question of which biscuit is best for dunking.

They used a robotic arm built by Northampton company igus, so I went along to meet the arm, and see it in action...

A robot built in Northampton has helped to answer which biscuit is best for dunking in tea

Man jailed after 'family marriage feud'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A man has been jailed for 18 months after making threats to kill in a "feud" between two families over a marriage.

Algar Shah, 36, of Alder Crescent, Luton had denied making threats to kill Khalid Chaudhry at the town's Pak Food Store, and of possessing a knife.

The jury at Luton Crown Court found him guilty after a three-day trial.

The court heard the feud stemmed from a "love" marriage between Shah's sister and Mr Chaudhry's eldest son.

Weather update: Cloudy but intervals of sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and bright afternoon with spells of warm sunshine for most of us. Although it should stay mostly dry, some cloud will build through the rest of the day and this could bring one or two light showers later on.

Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).

Field near Cambridge

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Ebb & Flow who took this shot just after 06:30 this morning near Cambridge.

Some of Cobblers squad will be left 'disappointed'

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town boss Rob Page say he is looking forward to that start of the League One season as much as his squad. 

Rob Page
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As a player your really look forward to it, but I am going to have to disappoint a few players because they won't be in the starting eleven

Rob PageNorthampton Town manager

Rikki Neave death: Child murder suspect will 'not contest' extradition

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

A man suspected of murdering a six-year-old boy 22 years ago is to be extradited from Portugal after leaving the UK while on bail.  

Rikki Neave's naked body was found in woodland near his Peterborough home in November 1994. He had been strangled.

James Watson, 35, from Peterborough was arrested and bailed in April. He was re-arrested in Lisbon on Tuesday. He appeared in court where police said he was "not fighting extradition".

James Watson in Portugal

Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield reopened after legionella bacteria discovered

Welwyn Hatfield Times

Hertfordshire Sports Village in Hatfield has reopened after it was forced to close when legionella bacteria was discovered.  

MK Dons sign Scott Wootton

BBC Sport

MK Dons have signed Scott Wootton on a free transfer. 

The central defender, 24, has agreed a two-year contract having earlier this summer left Leeds. 

Scott Wootton i white
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"This is a really good, forward-thinking club and I'm delighted to be here," he told MK Dons' official website. 

Wootton, who has previously been at Manchester United, Peterborough, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham, becomes the Dons' fourth signing of the past week following George Williams, Chuks Aneke and Lee Nicholls.

Cobbler boss page says he needs 'every single player' in his squad

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

The season hasn't even start, but already Northampton Town manager Rob Page is looking at resting players.

The Cobblers face Fleetwood tomorrow in their League One opener and on Tuesday they travel to Barnsley for the EFL cup, which Page is also thinking about.

Rob Page
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I'm going to need every single player in that squad over the course of the season, and there could even be changes for the Barnsley game

Rob PageNorthampton Town manager

Selwyn's master on Rio coverage

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Roger Mosey - who was in charge of the BBC's London Olympics coverage in 2012 - has been tweeting his thoughts about the Rio Games.

Mosey became master of Selwyn College Cambridge in 2013 after leaving the BBC.

Selwyn's Master, Roger Mosey, adds memories of London 2012 to this piece previewing the BBC's coverage of Rio.…

Cambridge United boss 'very sure' about opening match line up

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United's season gets under way tomorrow with a home fixture against Barnet and manager Shaun Derry says he's been "very sure" about who's going to be playing in the season opener.

He's described striker Ben Williamson as "magnificent", but admits he now faces strong competition for his place in the side.

U's manager Shaun Derry previews the new season

The Us start the season with an injury worry with Adam McGurk facing a late fitness test after a recent knee injury.

Lack of Cobblers' home kit 'embarrassing and disappointing'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The Northampton Town chairman has described the club's lack of a home kit as "embarrassing".

Yesterday, the club revealed that a delivery delay with the suppliers has left them without enough home kit to wear for their first match of the season at Sixfields against Fleetwood on Saturday.

Northampton Town
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Kelvin Thomas said he was "very disappointed", but the club made an early decision to "play in the away kit [pictured] and draw a line under it".

However, he did admit that it "gives the other clubs a chance to take the mick out of us".

Weather: Dry and sunny into the weekend

Sunny with some cloud for the rest of the afternoon as the temperature peaks at 22C (72F) across the three counties.

Dry and sunny on Saturday, with temperatures rising to a peak of 22C (72F) again in the late afternoon.

St Albans weather

For more detail, visit BBC Weather.