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  1. Weather: Dry night ahead

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    The weather for this evening and tonight will be mainly dry at first across the BBC East region, but cloud thickening from the west will bring the chance of some patchy light rain.

    There will be light to moderate southwesterly winds, which will turn more westerly later.

    The temperature will dip to 13-15C (upper 50sF).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow it will mainly dry with a mixture of sunny spells and patchy cloud, but thicker cloud could bring one or two isolated showers, mainly across Norfolk.

    Highs around 20-22C (near 70F).

  2. Combined authority wages bill to be reviewed

    Waseem Mirza

    BBC Look East

    The wage bill paid to staff of the new Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority could be reassessed.

    Five councillors on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee want the £1.8m annual wage bill to be reviewed and want to provide residents with the "best value for money".

    Their signatures were sufficient to "call-in" the controversial decision, as they are worried the wage bill is nearly 25% higher than what was originally budgeted for.

    James Palmer, the Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, says they are "committed to being a lean authority and will still be in comparison to other combined authorities".

    He claims for every £1 the authority costs, the county will give £30 back in investment.

  3. World leaders at Scarecrow Festival

    It seems like the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival has gone a little bit political.

    There's Lord Buckethead.....

    Lord Buckethead

    President Macron, or should that be "Macrow"...

    President Macrow

    ...and latest but not least, Putin and Trump.

    Putin scarecrow
  4. Man charged with pulling gun on police in Stanstead Abbotts

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Yesterday we reported that a police officer had been hurt after a man produced what they suspected to be a gun, before driving away in Stanstead Abbotts near Hertford on Wednesday.

    Police have just confirmed a 36-year-old man from Hertford has been charged with using an imitation firearm to resist arrest, escaping from lawful custody and assaulting a police officer.

  5. Thousands to be spent in improving diabetes care

    Some £473,244 has been secured to invest in diabetes care in Bedfordshire.

    The county's NHS clinical commissioning group says the money will be used to try and keep people well and reduce the cost the disease has on the health service.

    They hope they'll be able to educate people to help them manage the condition, reduce the number of amputations by improving referrals to specialist teams and increase the number of specialists to improve early diagnosis rates and access to specialist care.

    Checking blood sugar levels
  6. University Challenge star turns down romantic proposals

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A University Challenge contestant from a Cambridge college has revealed how he received a "flood" of romantic proposals following the BBC TV show.

    Bobby Seagull shot to fame earlier this year after taking Emmanuel College to the semi-finals.

    He says after the show "a lot of people tried to message me through Facebook and Twitter and it was very flattering... they said I was really positive and they loved my personality.

    "But I am always juggling lots of different things at the same time, so I think I would be a terrible boyfriend.

    "For now I am a bit too busy to be a good dater, but maybe when everything dies down I will have time to date again."

    Bobby Seagull

    Seagull, and his University Challenge rival Eric Monkman have their own BBC Radio 4 programme coming up...

    Monkman And Seagull's Polymathic Adventure will be broadcast 20:30-21:00 on Monday, 21 August.

  7. Scarecrow festival in Flamstead

    Toby Friedner

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Rather strange sights have been spotted at sites around Flamstead near Harpenden.

    You can expect to see Paddington Bear.....

    Paddington scarecrow

    A very scared crow..

    A scared crow

    Jeremy Crowbin...

    Jeremy Crowbin

    and Shrek....

    They're dotted all around the village for the annual Scarecrow Festival, which runs until Sunday.


    The event's been going since 2002, to raise funds for the upkeep of the village church and the Herts Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre.

    Thousands of people are expected.

  8. Video: The moment Grabarz jumped to success

    BBC Sport

    This is the moment that St Neots' Robbie Grabarz made it into the men's high jump final at the World Athletics Championships.

    Video content

    Video caption: GB's Grabarz clears 2.31m to make final

    He admitted he got a bit carried away with the support of the home crowd at the London Stadium.

    "Dealing with that crowd - it's going to be bigger, it's going to be more exciting in the final and I was too excited and ran too fast at the beginning, didn't control it enough and nearly made a total mess of it," he said.

    "To come out there in front of a crowd just screaming my name is so exciting, and it really doesn't happen that often.

    "I've just got to keep calm and jump higher in the final."

    Follow the championships with BBC Sport.

  9. Giant Lego animal invasion alert!

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Enormous birds and animals have invaded a nature reserve on the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk border.

    Lego frog

    But don't panic... they're made of Lego and are currently touring all Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust reserves in the UK.

    At the moment they're at Welney in The Fens and they're staying there until 3 September.

    As well as this massive 1.5m (5ft) frog, there's a Bewick's swan, an emperor dragonfly, a kingfisher, an otter and more.

    Lego otter

    Watch this timelapse video below to see how they were made or pop along to Welney and see them in the flesh, so to speak.

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  10. Essex estate agent's 'poor taste' joke highlights Brixworth

    Jodie Halford

    BBC News

    An estate agent's bid to highlight the best spots for property "outside a nuclear impact zone" has been lambasted as being in poor taste - but what it has done is show up Brixworth near Daventry as a place of safety should the worst happen!

    Map showing nuclear impact zones

    Emoov's press release included a map of blast impact radiation radiuses around the UK in the event of a nuclear war and in doing so showed where the best places to buy property might be.

    It was labelled as "the worst press release ever", by a Times journalist.

    Russell Quirk, from Essex-based online agent eMoov, apologised for any offence, but said it was "completely tongue in cheek".

    The agent's press release referred to tensions between North Korea and the US, commenting that people might be worried about "World War Three kicking off".

    "Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are a pair of clowns, frankly, and they're acting like jokers," Mr Quirk, of the Brentwood-based agency, said.

    "And on that basis, we thought we'd put out something tongue-in-cheek to show our satirical, humorous side."

    An assistant editor at The Times, David Byers, tweeted screenshots of the release and commented: "Genuinely in shock! Who could have imagined this press release was a good idea??"

  11. Rev Richard Coles: Kept Strictly secret for months

    Richard Smith

    BBC News

    I've had the great pleasure of talking to the Reverend Richard Coles to find out more about his love of all things sequined and fake tanned!

    The Finedon vicar revealed this morning he's to appear in the latest series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and it took him just three seconds to agree.

    He said that "with great difficutly" he'd kept it a secret since March.

    He was asked by the shows bosses if he was prepared for an intense degree of interest in him, and had to undergo a medical which was "hilarious".

    He added that "most sensible people would have improved their fitness, but I'm now fatter and more knackered".

    Rev Richard Coles

    Mervyn Hemmington from Northamptonshire has come up with the best Strictly pun so far, by saying he's "looking forward to seeing his pastor doble".

    While Sally Denny says: "I can see that for the first time ever, we will be watching this religiously!!!"

  12. Robbie Grabarz jumps into World Athletics final

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    There's good news for St Neots athlete Robbie Grabarz.

    He's cleared 2.31m to get through men's high jump qualifying at the World Athletics Championships in London, on his third attempt.

    The 29-year-old will now take part in the final on Sunday from 19:00.

    Robbie Grabarz
  13. Under threat village church bid to raise £1m

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A Hertfordshire church which has rare medieval paintings on its walls will have to be closed within two years unless £1m is raised, according to the priest.

    St Leonard's Church, Flamstead

    The money is needed to fix the roof and walls of St Leonard's in Flamstead, near Harpenden, which have been damaged by water.

    Vicar Tom Sander said it's becoming harder to raise the money.

    "The Heritage Lottery Fund had a specific fund for places of worship like churches which make up about 40% of the listed buildings in the entire country," he said.

    "That fund has now been closed and merged into the wider Heritage Lottery Fund and while we're still eligible to apply, the likelihood of us being successful has got a lot smaller."

  14. Man temporarily blinded by mystery white powder in Northampton knife attack

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A man in his 20s was temporarily blinded after being threatened with a knife and covered in a white powder in Northampton last Friday at about 22:15.

    It happened when he was walking along the path of Billing Brook, Thorplands.

    He was approached by a group of six young men who accosted hime, searched him and then ran away empty-handed.

    Police said it was unclear what the powder was, but the victim did not require hospital treatment and made recovered his sight.

  15. Pitch perfect start to the season

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Final preparations are being made for Cambridge United's first home game of the season.

    They've got two away games under their belt and Carlisle United are the first visitors to the Cambs Glass Stadium tomorrow for a 15:00 kick-off.

    Shaun Derry’s men will be looking to pick up their first three points of the season.

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  16. Whipsnade hippo named after Game of Thrones character

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The HBO TV show Game of Thrones has inspired the naming of a new hippopotamus at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable.

    The male calf, who was born on 21 July is called Hodor.

    His weight at birth was 30kg (66lbs) - the same as an adult Labrador dog.

    The zoo told me they were "keen to choose a name that was a blend between the calf's parents Hoover and Lola", but some staff were also massive fans of the show.

    "As the hippo will grow to a huge 1,500kg, they felt loveable giant Hodor was a very apt namesake," a zoo spokesman said.

    Hodor from Game of Thrones
    Image caption: Hodor, played by Kristian Nairn in the HBO series
    Hodor the hippo

    Zookeeper Angela Robinson says: "Hodor seems to be a very confident and playful young hippo and, like any youngster, he has taken a liking to winding up his mum by chasing and play-biting at her tail".

    Hodor and Lola the hippos

    He's pictured with his mother, Lola, as you can see they have the same pink skin markings, a natural variation in pigmentation, giving the appearance of wearing socks.

    Hodor and Lola the hippos

    The new calf is part of the European Endangered Species Programme, which helps ensure the survival of endangered species in zoos across Europe.

    Common hippos are classified as "vulnerable" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, but their populations are in decline due to threats including hunting and habitat loss.

  17. Robbie Grabarz prepares to jump for glory

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    The London 2012 bronze medallist - Robbie Grabarz of St Neots - is about to start his campaign for a medal at the World Athletics Championships this morning.

    Qualifying for the high jump starts about now.

    He's hoping for a medal, but Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim is the man to watch having won four Diamond League competitions this year.

    Robbie Grabarz
  18. Rev Richard Coles: Mum's 'realistic' response to Strictly moves

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Although we might be in a bit of a spin that Finedon's famous vicar, Reverend Richard Coles, will be foxtrotting his way onto Strictly this season, his mum has taken a more realistic approach to the news!

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    The Christian festival of Michaelmas is on 29 September.

    But the news has gone down well with Finedon resident, Mark Wallace, who told me "Supercolesydoingstrictleyhisfoxtrotisprecocious".

  19. How long could your summer holiday flight be delayed?

    BBC Business News

    Flight data from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) analysed by the BBC shows that passengers using Luton-based Easyjet had the longest delays of the 10 busiest airlines during the last two summers.

    EasyJet plane

    All flyers using EasyJet had an average delay of 24 minutes.

    The average delays at airports were worst for passengers flying from Gatwick - with Luton a close second.

    Passengers leaving Gatwick waited 27 minutes, while for those at Luton it was 24.

    The analysis, by the BBC's data journalism team, is based on the last two years of CAA data for all flights from or to UK airports during June to August.

    An EasyJet spokeswoman said: "EasyJet operates the largest number of flights of any UK airline, flying over 78 million passengers per year.

    "In 2017, EasyJet will operate 33% more flights than in 2011, with less than 0.8% delayed by more than three hours.

    "In fact, despite a number of adverse external factors like increasingly congested airspace, particularly in the London area, and record numbers of air traffic control strikes, over the last year EasyJet has actually reduced the proportion of flights delayed by more than three hours.

    "We work hard to minimise disruption and fully comply with all relevant regulations."

  20. Weather brings forward illegal hare coursing 'season'

    Josef Hall

    BBC Look East

    Illegal hare coursing has already begun in the county and and it's all down to the weather according to Cambridgeshire Police.

    Hare in a field of harvested field of rapeseed

    Hare coursing involves hares being chased by dogs and bets are also placed on the outcome. It was banned in 2004.

    Cropped fields are often the land of choice for the coursers because crops stop the dogs from running.

    This year's early harvest has seen the coursing "season" increase from the usual six months (October to March) to 10 months, with a July start.

    The coursers themselves are employing more desperate tactics than ever, the force has said.

    Ch Insp James Sutherland said: "The coursers are becoming more and more determined with their methods - more violent.

    "Just yesterday one of our Rural Crime Team vehicles was rammed whilst out."