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Goodbye for this week

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

That's it from us at Cambridgeshire Live for this week. 

Before we go, on the day the country fell silent for the fallen, war veteran Jimmy Kemp, 91, from Cambridgeshire, tells children "there's no glory in war" when he gives talks to youngsters about the conflict he served in.

WW2 veteran on talking to children about his experiences

Moving words indeed. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with your regular news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire. Will see you then.

Our live coverage through the day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for regular updates from all the team here at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

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

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe

Now for all your lovers of sequins, spray tan and slinky outfits, Milton Keynes' very own Greg Rutherford will be back on the dancefloor of Strictly Come Dancing at 18:55 on Saturday night. 

He's dancing the Paso Doble, so let's hope it's a case of "ole" and not "adios"!

Our live coverage across the week

Regular updates for Northamptonshire have now come to an end for the week - thanks for stopping by. 


The team returns Monday from 08:00 with more live updates of news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

Have a great weekend. 

'Monster' jailed for 21 years for rape of young boy

A man convicted of child sex abuse has been jailed for 21 years at Luton Crown Court today.

Luton Crown Court

Paul Scott of Wickenfields, Ware, arranged for groups of men to visit a house in Bedfordshire to rape a young boy on many occasions, a jury was told. 

The 63-year-old had pleaded not guilty to seven charges involving the rape of a child under 13. He was found guilty of six of those offences following a trial in October. 

He also pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children and breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. Scott had been jailed in 2011 to three years and nine months in prison for making, possessing and distributing images of child abuse.

During the latest sentencing, Judge Stuart Bridge said: "You were cold, callous and calculating. Some of the men involved finally told you it had to stop and called you a monster. They were absolutely right."

Man jailed for dropping phone parts and drugs into Bedford prison

A man who tried to drop mobile phone parts and drugs over the wall of Bedford prison has been jailed for 21 months.

Bedford Prison
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Petscarr Banya, 40, Swallowfield, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to two charges of attempting to convey articles into prison at Luton Crown Court. 

The package contained thirteen tablets containing illegal drugs and a number of mobile phone batteries and charger cables for Blackberry phones. 

The case comes in the same week when there have been riots in the jail, which was filmed by prisoners with phones.

On sentencing, Judge Michael Kay QC said: "I don't up the sentence because of that, but it's an observation." 

What else has been happening in Cambridgeshire?

Here's some of the stories our local news sites are reporting today: 

The Cambridge Evening News carries a story about a farmer who says the new A14 will snatch away 17 acres of his land.

The Ely Standard publishes pictures of people during the two-minute silence to remember the fallen on Armistice Day.

The Peterborough Telegraph covers the story of a £1m steakhouse restaurant coming to the city.

Meanwhile, Cambridge student newspaper Varsity carries an interview with the Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev.

'Safety is paramount importance' after vehicle crashes into home

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

Hertfordshire County Council says the "safety of Hertfordshire residents is of paramount importance" after a car ploughed into a Hemel home for a second time.

It's confirmed it's reviewing the circumstances and is awaiting the details from the police. 

Damage to home

A 23-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking without owner's consent and has been bailed by police until 17 December.   

Fourth defendant in murder case fails to appear in court

A fourth person charged with murdering David Miller in Northampton has failed to appear at Birmingham Crown Court.

Mr Miller, 56, was found dead at his home in Patterdale Walk last June.

Three other defendants pleaded not guilty earlier in the day, but Ian Cuthbertson, 50, of no fixed address, did not arrive in court in time.

The case has been adjourned.

'Lucky' family not seriously hurt after car crashes into home

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A family from Hemel Hempstead have told me they can't believe how lucky they've been to escape mainly unharmed after a car lost control and ploughed into their home.

Becky Tunstall was having a glass of wine when a vehicle came through her kitchen wall on Cattsdell, on the evening of 28 October.

Fire engines
Becky Tunstall

It's not the first time a car has hit the property. Back in 2002, a teenager died after the car she was travelling in went into the same spot.

Damage to home

It's led to renewed calls from residents for the introduction of traffic calming measures to stop other families going through the same ordeal.  

Damage to home

Crumbs this looks good!

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A year ago Waddesdon Manor asked the Biscuiteers to create the French Renaissance-style chateau in Buckinghamshire in gingerbread. 

Expert icers Serena and Lorena started off making technical drawings and planning the biscuit architecture.

Plans for making biscuit Waddesdon and icing bags

In September they started baking. 

Waddesdon Manor in real life and in biscuit form

They lovingly recreated the rich details of some of Waddesdon's most beautiful rooms, including its paintings, furniture and ceramics, each modelled and hand-iced in dazzling and meticulous detail.  

Waddesdon Manor in real life and in biscuit form

Man had bleach squirted in face in Cambridge

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A man in his 20s required hospital treatment after bleach was thrown into his face in Cambridge in broad daylight.

The victim was attacked at the junction of East Road and St Matthews Street at about 15:30 on 7 November, and needed treatment to his eyes and mouth.

The offender is described at white, in his early to mid-20s, of medium build and clean shaven.

Michael Kennedy: How did police catch the former doctor?

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Police first received information about the former doctor Michael Kennedy via an internet provider.

The 52-year-old has been jailed for two years and eight months at Cambridge Crown Court after admitting making and possessing thousands of images of child pornography.

The force was advised by an internet provider that an internet address in Peakirk was being used to download indecent images of children. 

A warrant was carried out at Dr Kennedy's home address where he made admissions to possessing the images.

Det Ch Insp Neil Sloan, from the force said: "Never in my time as a police officer have I seen such an extensive collection of such images; more than 800,000 individual images all stored, filed and categorised like a library. 

"The quantity of imagery recovered in this case makes this the biggest investigation of this type in Cambridgeshire."

Paedophile doctor case 'biggest investigation of its kind'

Det Ch Insp Neil Sloan, from Cambridgeshire Police, has described the case of former Peterborough doctor Michael Kennedy as "the biggest investigation of its kind - relating to indecent images - seen in Cambridgeshire".

He said: "While there was no evidence of any contact offending, nor first-generation images - ones which Dr Kennedy had taken himself - it is clear from what was uncovered that Dr Kennedy has an unhealthy interest in indecent images of children and extreme pornography."

Up to 12 specialist officers were seconded to the case, which involved still images and moving videos.

In court, Kennedy's wife held her head in her hands while some of the more explicit evidence was read out.

The court heard how the GP found schoolgirls attractive and that his main interest was in girls aged 12 and 14 years old.

The defence barrister for Kennedy told Cambridge Crown Court her client was "appalled with himself".

What the papers say...

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire today:

The Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports an 82-year-old woman had her car broken into and her disabled parking badge stolen from a Northampton car park.

A convenience store in Raunds was robbed by two armed men, says the Northants Telegraph.

In the Northants Herald & Post there's more on Paralympic swimmer Ellie Robinson's success at the Northamptonshire Sports Awards last night.

Travel: A10 blocked by Hoddesdon

The A10 in Hertfordshire is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic northbound before Hoddesdon, because of an accident.  

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Watch: 'Biscuit architects' creation

This is a creation that may even impress Paul Hollywood...

It's Waddesdon Manor made out of gingerbread. 

Watch it in its full, tasty glory below.

Gingerbread house of Waddesdon Manor unveiled

That takes the biscuit!

A gingerbread model of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire has been unveiled by the National Trust, after "biscuit architects" took 500 hours to make it.

The 1.5m (5ft) long model used 240 eggs, 216kg (34 stone) of icing and 30kg (4.7 stone) of sugar.

The model even includes miniature porcelain plates, chandeliers, tables and chairs (guess which is the real one - amazing ay?)

Waddesdon Manor and Gingerbread Waddesdon Manor

Doctor had more than 850,000 images of children

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The case of Peterborough doctor Michael Kennedy came to light when a police warrant uncovered more than 80 electronic devices at Kennedy's home in St Pegus Road, Peterborough, containing almost 850,000 images of children.

Of the images seized, 2,002 were deemed as Category A - the most serious level.

Police confirmed there was no evidence to suggest Kennedy had made or downloaded any of the images at his workplace, the Millfield Medical Centre in Peterborough

They also stressed there was no evidence to suggest Dr Kennedy had abused his patients or had photographed or filmed any of the images himself.

Former doctor jailed over child pornography images

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A former Peterborough GP has been jailed for two years and eight months at Cambridge Crown Court after pleading guilty to making and possessing thousands of indecent images relating to child pornography. 

Michael Kennedy
Cambridgeshire Police

Michael John Kennedy, 52, of St Pegus Road in Peterborough, was suspended by the General Medical Council following his arrest in March. 

At a previous hearing he pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, one count of possessing prohibited images of children and three counts of possessing extreme pornographic images, some involving necrophilia and bestiality.

Train delays into London should now be over

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It's the news most commuters in and out of London have been waiting for since Tuesday. 

It now looks likes the overhead wires and signalling problems have now been fixed in Luton and trains will now be able to run normally.

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Third person denies murdering Northampton man

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Three people have now denied murdering Northampton man David Miller, who was stabbed and dismembered at his home on Patterdale Walk in June.

Joseph Catlin, 30, of no fixed address, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court via video link from prison and pleaded not guilty.

Earlier today, Zena Kane, 36 and Michael Hallett, 58, both of no fixed abode, also entered not guilty pleas.

Another man, also charged with murder, is expected in court later.

Lewis Hamilton fastest in Brazilian Grand Prix practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Austin

Brackley-based Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton got his critical Brazilian Grand Prix weekend off to the ideal start with fastest time in first practice.

To take the title fight to the final race, Hertfordshire's Hamilton must stop team-mate Nico Rosberg winning the race on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton
Getty Images

Hamilton was 0.230 seconds quicker than the German, who was only third, the two separated by Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Hamilton was 0.096secs quicker than the Dutchman, whose team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest.

Hamilton was faster on both the medium tyres that the Mercedes drivers ran early in the session - by 0.05secs - and on the softs later on.

Body found in Wellingborough 'not suspicious'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Police have confirmed that the death of a man, whose body was found in Wellingborough this morning, is not being treated as suspicious.

A member of the public made the discovery on a bridge over Harrowden Road just after 06:00.

A cordon around the area has now been lifted.

A sunny afternoon in Northamptonshire

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

It's Friday afternoon and the county is bathed in sunshine. What more could you ask for?

BBC Weather Watchers "Seamosknee" and "Blue Shoes 42" have sent us these pics.

A sunny morning in a field Irthlingborough.
BBC Weather Watchers/Seamosknee
A sunny morning in Irthlingborough
Autumnal sunshine in Corby
BBC Weather Watchers/Blue Shoes 42
Autumnal sunshine in Corby

Northampton Saints team news

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Meanwhile, Sam Dickinson captains Saints for the first time tomorrow for the match against Gloucester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. 

Jamie Elliott starts for the first time this season having dislocated his shoulder in pre-season training.

James Craig is also back from injury to start and Ben Nutley is named on the bench.

Cobblers 'full of confidence' ahead of Gillingham clash

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Northampton Town return to league action tomorrow with a trip to Gillingham.

Northampton Town FC logo

The Cobblers are sixth in the League One table, which manager Rob Page says is a great platform to build on.

He said: "We've put ourselves in a great position. We've got a tough month coming up but we're looking forward to it. 

"We've had a bit of a break and we're full of confidence going into the Gillingham game. 

"We're the second-highest scorers in League One and have been working on getting rid of the silly mistakes that cause us to concede goals."

The Cobblers will be without midfielder Jak McCourt, who has suffered suspected nerve damage to his neck. 

Beagle 2 'did not crash-land' on the Martian surface

Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

Dr Manish Patel, of the Milton Keynes-based Open University, was among the hundreds of UK scientists who worked on the Beagle 2 mission

He agrees with the new evidence that suggests Beagle 2 took lots of scientific data but was unable to send it back.

"If Beagle 2 went into surface operations mode, it could have continued for some time performing the initial pre-programmed operations, happily taking data and waiting for a response from the orbiters," he said.

"It turned out to be a very lonely time for the lander at the surface," he said.

Beagle 2

The British-built Beagle 2 spacecraft was due to land on the Martian surface on Christmas Day in 2003.

Disappointingly, no signal was received. The search for a response from Beagle 2 continued for several months but the spacecraft was never heard from again.

Beagle 2 'was so close to Mars success'

Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

Scientists examining pictures from the failed British mission to Mars in 2003 say it came "excruciatingly close" to succeeding. 

They suggest the Beagle 2 spacecraft did not crash-land and may have collected data for several months. 

The mission was led by the late Prof Colin Pillinger, from the Milton Keynes-based Open University.

Colin Pillinger

Northamptonshire Police remembers the fallen

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Staff from Northamptonshire's emergency services gathered at the police headquarters earlier to mark Armistice Day.

The service of remembrance at Wootton Hall was led by force chaplain Viv Baldwin. 

Northamptonshire Police holding a remembrance service at Wootton Hall.
Northamptonshire Police

Wreaths were laid by the police chief constable, police and crime commissioner and chief fire officer.

Northamptonshire Police holding a remembrance service at Wootton Hall.
Northamptonshire Police

Services were also held at other police and fire stations across the county.

Remembering the fallen in Peterborough

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Here's what the two minutes' silence looked like in Bridge Street earlier today, as the people of Peterborough remembered those who have died in battle.

Silence in Peterborough
Silence in Peterborough

Travel: Delays expected on trains through Broxbourne until 16:00

Urgent repairs to the track are taking place between Broxbourne and Roydon, while Network Rail inspects a problem. 

Trains between Broxbourne and Stansted Airport / Cambridge / Hertford East are expected to be delayed by up to 60 minutes. 

A shuttle train service is currently running between London Liverpool Street and Broxbourne, and between Bishop's Stortford and Cambridge.

Sevices are expected to get back to normal by 16:00.

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Lewis Hamilton has 'nothing to lose' as he aims to deny Nico Rosberg

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Austin

Stevenage's very own Lewis Hamilton says he has "nothing to lose" in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, as he attempts to stop Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg clinching the F1 title.

German Rosberg, who has a 19-point advantage, will seal the championship if he is victorious at Interlagos, where he has won the past two seasons.

Lewis Hamilton
Getty Images

The Hertfordshire champion has never won in Brazil but clinched his first title here in 2008.

"I have had lots of experiences here. It's tough to come here and win, that's the goal," said the world champion.

"I don't really know why I have not won here."

Stevenage at 70: 'A lot of people know a lot of people'

Jodie Halford

BBC News

On a grey day in Stevenage town centre, shoppers mill around and try to keep warm in the cold winds.

The town was the first to be designated a new town on 11 November 1946, with the intention it should have cultural and leisure facilities to create "a new type of citizen - a healthy, self-respecting, dignified person with a sense of beauty, culture and civic pride".

Naomi and Elaine Rowe

Mother and daughter Elaine and Naomi Rowe, who are out shopping in the town, believe it has achieved some of what the planners set out to do - but not everything.

"It's got a leisure centre and the Fair Valley park, so it's achieved that. The shops are going downhill, but that's the same everywhere. There are no big stores here," said Elaine.

"It's OK to come here shopping but I'd rather there were more make-up shops. A lot of my friends hang around in Stevenage over by the leisure park. A lot of people know a lot of people, kids hang around together," Naomi added.

Two deny murdering Northampton man

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Two people have denied murdering a man who was stabbed and dismembered at his home in Northampton.

David Miller, 56, was found dead at the property on Patterdale Walk in the early hours of 14 June this year.

A house on Patterdale Walk in Northampton surrounded by a police cordon.

Zena Kane, 36, and Michael Hallett, 58, both of no fixed abode, pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder at Birmingham Crown Court this afternoon. 

They were remanded in custody.

Another two men, also charged with murder, are expected in court later this afternoon.

Stevenage at 70: 'Wonderful people live here'

Since 1971, Hilary Spiers has lived in Stevenage. 

She's brought her family up here and says it has a fantastic "community". 

She's the chair of the Stevenage Arts Guild says the town has "amazing things" like choirs and orchestras and is of course where Lewis Hamilton grew up.  

She says the "heart of the town lies with its people and I think that's all you can say about Stevenage, we have some wonderful people that live here".

Stevenage in 1981
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Stevenage in 1981
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Stevenage in 2005
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Stevenage at 70: 'As a town it's not somewhere I would want to live'

Jodie Halford

BBC News

The original vision for Stevenage - which was designated Britain's first new town 70 years ago today - was that it should be a self-contained community with easy access to the countryside, sports and leisure facilities.

Some shoppers in the town centre weren't convinced it had achieved those aims.

Mick Smith

"It fulfilled its brief in the past but there are more and more new estates going up and the infrastructure is not there to support the amount of people coming into the area," said Mick Smith, who lives nearby.

"The town is beginning to suffer for it and you can see it every time you come here.

"We come here because it's got the shops, but as a town it's not somewhere I would want to live."

Man, 87, dies after crashing into tree

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

An 87-year-old man has died after his car crashed into a tree in Huntingdonshire.

Police say Thomas Beeby, from Brington Road, was travelling along the B660 road at Old Weston when his red Suzuki Grand Vitara continued straight at the T-junction with Brington Road.

It happened at 17:50 last night.

Teenager left with skull fractures after Royston attack

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A teenager has been left with a fractured skull after an unprovoked attack in Royston

Hertfordshire police say two 16-year-old boys were assaulted at about 20:45 last Friday night on Fish Hill. 

One was hit several times on the head and body with what's thought to be baseball bat and he had to have surgery. 

Fish Hill Royston

Both boys were treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital but have now been released. Police want to speak to witnesses.

Travel: Train delays around Broxbourne

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Urgent repairs to the track are taking place between Roydon and Broxbourne.

Trains are unable to run from Stansted Airport and Cambridge towards Broxbourne. 

Network Rail engineers are expected on site this lunchtime to inspect the defective section of track.

Once the line reopens, a good service is expected to operate from 15:00.

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