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  1. Goodbye for now

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for live updates for today and indeed this week.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, including an arrest in relation to alleged football abuse in the county, plus a train departure board that plunged, momentarily, back into the 12th Century.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Goodbye for now

    That's it for live updates for today and indeed this week.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, including more on Tesco's multibillion-pound deal to buy Northamptonshire company Booker Group.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Players returning as Cobblers face Coventry

    BBC Sport

    In more derby day sport, Aaron Phillips (pictured) and Paul Anderson could return to Northampton Town's squad for Saturday's home game against Coventry.

    Rod McDonald is also back in training while Brendan Moloney is still about a fortnight away from making a comeback.

    "Aaron is back in full training and so is Paul," boss Justin Edinburgh told the Cobblers' website.

    "Rod had a bit of a twinge in his back before Milton Keynes but he trained on Thursday and as long as he doesn't suffer a reaction he will be in contention.

    "Brendan saw a specialist last week, he had a little bit of swelling on his knee that wasn't moving so he had that drained. That's freed up a bit of movement and he's now stepping up his recovery."

    Aaron Phillips
  4. Saints' derby day line-up confirmed

    BBC Sport

    Northampton Saints' have announced their line-up for Saturday's derby day Anglo-Welsh Cup trip to Leicester.

    Captain Christian Day (below) returns for his 200th appearance and David Ribbans makes his club debut after arriving from Western Province earlier this month. 

    Elsewhere, Sam Olver comes in for the injured JJ Hanrahan and Sam Dickinson will have his first action since November's win over Worcester.

    Christian Day
  5. Man, 60, assaulted in his own home

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A man in his 60s has been assaulted in Horningsea after three men burst into his home.

    The attack happened about 18:00 yesterday on Priory Road.

    One of the men pushed the victim to a bedroom and held him down on a bed while the other offenders searched the property. It is believed the offenders made off with money.

    The victim believes one of the offenders, who spoke with an Irish accent and is described white, in his 30s, about 6ft tall, "powerfully built" and wearing a dark hooded top, had visited his home earlier in the week.

    The second offender is described as about 5ft 7in tall, in his early 20s, with a black afro hairstyle and stubble. The victim was unable to give a description of the third offender.

  6. Council tax to rise by 5% in Peterborough

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    Council tax in Peterborough looks set to go up by 5% in April - 1% higher than originally planned.

    The authority has just released the second part of its budget for 2017-18.

    Five percent is the maximum that councils are able to put their tax up by without having a referendum.

    The council says it has no choice but to make the increase as it's faced with a £28m budget gap.

    It's also looking at a similar increase next year. 

  7. Send your good luck messages to the Chairboys

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Meanwhile, Wycombe Wanderers supporters are being encouraged to send good luck messages to the Chairboys ahead of the FA Cup tie against Tottenham.

    The club said Twitter posts with #GoodLuckAtTheLane will be collated here and shown to the players before the game. 

    View more on twitter
  8. Wycombe Wanderers prepare for Spurs game

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    There is great interest in a possible FA Cup giant killing on Saturday and yesterday cameras were allowed into Wycombe Wanderers' training session, ahead of their fourth round match against Spurs on Saturday.

    They also caught The Beast - aka Adebayo Akinfenwa - getting in some training in the gym.

    Wycombe Wanderers
    Wycombe Wanderers
    Wycombe Wanderers Adebayo Akinfenwa
  9. Mystery after man found with head injuries in Royston

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Police are trying to find out how a man ended up with serious head injuries in Royston in the early hours of Wednesday.  

    They say the 65-year-old man had been near Morrisons and Princes Mews at about 00:40. 

    He was taken to hospital, but has since been released. 

    Police are keen to talk to anyone who saw anything, including two men who were in the area at the time.

    Morrisons supermarket
  10. Sculpture unveiled to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A sculpture commissioned by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has been unveiled at Sawston Village College.


    Pupils at the south Cambridgeshire school worked with artist and former pupil Neil Jones to create a wall sculpture inspired by the Gillian Clark poem "Birdsong".

    Jonathan Culpin, principal of the college, said it was a "very exciting project to be involved in".


    "The sculpture signifies hope and how life can carry on after some of these horrible things have taken place," he said.

    "There is a sense of horror, but also a sense of strength and resilience."

    Today marks Holocaust Memorial Day - the date the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated in 1945.

  11. Big Garden Birdwatch: 'Charismatic migrants' expected in UK gardens

    As well as blue tits and house sparrows, unusual migrant birds could be spotted in our gardens during the RSPB's annual birdwatch.

    More than half a million people are expected to take part in this year's Big Garden Birdwatch

    The Bedfordshire-based RSPB said people may be able to spot Scandinavian visitors such as waxwings (pictured), redwings and fieldfares.

    The charity said the birds had left their homelands to feed on the UK's bumper berry crop.

  12. Watch the birdie!

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    For nearly 40 years now the Bedfordshire-based RSPB has been asking members of the public to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, but this year it's been extended by a day. 

    The charity is asking as many people as possible to log the birds that land in their garden in an hour and it can be completed on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. 

    Rupert Masefield said the data was compiled to "build a picture about how different birds are doing". 

    Robin in garden in Sharnbrook

    Last year the most spotted bird in Bedfordshire was the house sparrow, but in Hertfordshire it was the blue tit.   

  13. New Corby Innovation Hub available for start-ups and warehouse space

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    A new innovation hub will provide the "perfect" office for start-up businesses, according to Corby Borough Council.

    The authority has taken ownership of a 65,000 sq ft (6,039 sq m) building off Bangrave Road in Corby, formerly known as the Pearson Training Academy, with the intention of re-branding it as the Corby Innovation Hub.

    The space is also being offered to those seeking industrial or warehouse space.

    Deputy leader of the council, Jean Addison, said: "I would urge any businesses looking for office or warehouse space to contact us to arrange a viewing."

  14. Helen Bailey: More photos released of cesspit under garage

    The photos below have been released today by Hertfordshire Police.

    Accessing a cesspit

    They were shown at St Albans Crown Court today when the jury heard how experts spent two days recovering Helen Bailey's body from the cesspit in her garage.

    Garage floor

    The former well is where the 51-year-old's body was found in July. 


    Only Ms Bailey's elbow was visible when police first looked inside the deep well, jurors at St Albans Crown Court heard.

    Opening up of the cesspit

    Her fiancé, Ian Stewart, 56, denies murder, preventing a lawful burial, fraud and three counts of perverting the course of justice.

    Search and rescue by the cesspit

    The case continues.   

  15. Helen Bailey: Photos shown to jury of crews accessing cesspit

    A series of photos have been released by police which were shown to the St Albans Crown Court jury in the trial over the death of Helen Bailey.

    Helen Bailey's home in Royston

    They were taken at the Royston home the author shared with her partner Ian Stewart, who denies murder.

    The garage of Helen Bailey's home

    They show the process taken to recover the 51-year-old's body found in the cesspit under their garage.   

    Digging a hole
    A hole in the cesspit
  16. Ely junction plans 'will take a while'

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    MPs and business leaders have been told that plans to upgrade the Ely rail junction are complex and will take a while to deliver.

    There's been a long campaign to improve the junction, which would allow for more frequent services from King's Lynn and Norwich to Cambridge, Peterborough and on to London.

    Ely junction description

    Network Rail told a summit in Downham Market earlier that due to problems in redesigning the junction and a nearby level crossing it wouldn't be able to start work until after 2019.

    The meeting was told that improving the junction would bring a significant boost to the local economy.

    Today local councils and business groups pledged almost £8m to fund a study into the project to keep things moving.

  17. Independents for Desborough want to make town 'more vibrant'

    The newly formed Independents for Desborough political party, set to launch tonight, will aim to "make the town more vibrant".

    Kevin O'Brien, Independents for Desborough

    Founder Kevin O'Brien said the party will be built around what residents really want.

    "The ultimate aim is to increase turnout [at the next election] and if we can get a majority, then fantastic."

  18. New Desborough political party set to launch

    A group of disgruntled residents who opposed parish council plans to increase tax by 400% have formed their own political party.

    Residents at a meeting opposing the council tax increase

    Independents for Desborough will launch at The Ritz in the town this evening.

    Founder Kevin O'Brien said the party manifesto will be "built around what the residents really want", with ideas including a town radio station and a loyalty scheme for people who use shops in the town centre.

    Last year, hundreds of residents called for a vote of no confidence in Desborough Town Council when it increased the annual levy from £19.10 to £96.98.

    Councillors argued the money was needed to fund a "truly wonderful future for Desborough".

    The vote was passed by a huge majority of the 2,200 residents who took part, but the leader of the town council said he wouldn't be standing down and the tax increase remained in place.

  19. Football coach held over abuse allegations

    Jozef Hall

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    We know the man arrested today by Cambridgeshire Police in its ongoing investigation into abuse in football is Michael Sean Carson, better known as "Kit".

    Mr Carson, 74, is well known in footballing circles locally and indeed internationally, for what has at times been described as his "pioneering" youth development work - working with youngsters between the ages of nine and 16, and organising more than 30 tournaments abroad.

    He joined Norwich City as youth manager in 1983, leaving 10 years later to take up the post of academy director at Peterborough United.

    Kit Carson

    It was there, over the next 10 years at London Road, working with mangers including Chris Turner and Barry Fry, that Mr Carson developed a reputation for excellence within youth coaching, nurturing 13 youngsters to international honours.

    In 2001, Mr Carson moved to Cambridge United, becoming head of youth development under manager Jon Taylor - a position he held until 2006.

    Following a spell with Histon Football Club, he began coaching youth teams in Finland from 2012. It's unclear whether he's still actively involved coaching there.

    We understand the allegations relate to his work at Cambridge United and Peterborough United.

    Police confirmed they arrested a man in his 70s at his Cambridge home and took him into custody on suspicion of indecency with children, and indecent assault.

    Cambridgeshire Police are encouraging anyone with concerns about these allegations to contact them on 101 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.