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Live Reporting

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for our live updates today but any breaking news and updates will be published here overnight.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather for the county from 08:00 on Tuesday.

    Have a great bank holiday weekend - just for once it looks as if we're in for some good weather.

  2. Higher than average number of nurse vacancies in Cambridgeshire

    Cambridgeshire is below the national average when it comes to the number of registered nurses working in hospitals.

    The UK vacancy rate for nurses is at 10%.

    Addenbrooke's has a 14.8% vacancy rate, Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke are at 11% and Papworth has the highest at 17%.

    Tom Sandford, the director of the Royal College of Nursing, says he's "concerned" with the news, and says "we really need to address the number of nurses we have in the system at the moment and train enough nurses for the future".


    The Department of Health says: "We are making sure we have the nurses we need to continue delivering world-class patient care - that's why there are almost 13,100 more on our wards since May 2010 and 52,000 in training".

  3. Giraffe sculpture: A tall story

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    When the Sawston tree was confirmed as dead, Phil Boswell and Carol Mutimer decided to do something creative rather than leave an ugly stump.

    Stowmarket tree surgeon Mr Hayford turned it into a giraffe over the course of five days using a petrol carving saw and creating the print on its "skin" using a blow torch "that people usually use for creme brulee", he said.

    Ben Hayford carving giraffe

    Although he has been a tree surgeon for 10 years, he has only been carving animals for about three months. "Before that I did the occasional mushroom and chair," Mr Hayford said.

    The giraffe is his fifth animal.

    Carved giraffe

    Others include a wolf at Colchester Zoo, a heron and salmon.

    "This was the largest carving tackled by myself and I'm over the moon with it," he said.

  4. 'Awesome' giraffe appears on Sawston street

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    A giraffe "loose" in a Cambridgeshire village has taken people by surprise when it appeared this week.

    The animal is the creation of specialist tree surgeon Ben Hayford who carved it from a dead tree in Sawston.

    Carved giraffe

    Instead of chopping down the horse chestnut and leaving a stump, the landowners asked Mr Hayford to make a feature of it. Villagers described it as "awesome" and a "unique piece of art".

    Ben Hayford carving giraffe

    The 15ft (4.5m) animal - not native to the south of the county - is on land owned by the village baker and hardware store owner on High Street.

    A naming competition will take place later.

  5. Passengers get ready to take off

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The great get away is expected from today as holiday makers make good use of the long bank holiday weekend.

    Luton airport say they're expecting it to be one of their busiest days as 60,000 passengers are set to take off and land.

    Passengers boarding plane

    Throughout the whole of the weekend, 225,000 are due through the airport, which is a 12.5% increase from last year.

    Top routes are Amsterdam, Budapest, Bucharest, Warsaw, Barcelona, Corfu and Larnca.

  6. The times they are a changing....

    Alex Harris

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Between them they have written some of the most famous and iconic songs of all time, so students at The University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education, will be undertaking a two-day course to study the songs of Bob Dylan and Leondard Cohen.

    Writer Jem Poster and musicologist Stephen Ferron will examine "lyrics and music" during the course in September.

    "Forever Young" students will study Dylan in sessions called Folk And Protest, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde.

    Bob Dylan

    Cohen's sessions are called Poet And Singer, Songs Of Leonard Cohen, Songs From A Room and Songs Of Love And Hate.

    Leonard Cohen


  7. Lewis Hamilton tops Belgian Grand Prix second practice

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Spa-Francorchamps

    Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton started his Belgian Grand Prix weekend in perfect fashion as he sets the pace in the second Friday practice session.

    Hamilton was 0.262 seconds quicker than Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in second, with Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas third.

    Hamilton's title rival Sebastian Vettel - 14 points ahead in the title race - was fifth quickest, 0.482secs down.

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen pipped Vettel by just 0.01secs to separate the German from the rest of the front-runners.

    Lewis Hamilton in the pits at Belgium Grand Prix
  8. Business rate refund on cards for Cambridgeshire

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    Some Cambridgeshire businesses, affected by the change in business rates, could qualify for a relief fund.

    The government changed the way rates were calculated back in April, with some companies paying thousands more a month.

    The most amount of money has gone to South Cambridgeshire District Council - awarded about £900,000.

    Peterborough City Council has been awarded about £500,000 and Fenland District Council £250,000.

    The government has now stepped in to try to speed up business rate relief to thousands of small firms.

  9. Mattress destroyed by knocked over lamp

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The picture below shows what damage a knocked over bedside lamp can cause to a bed.

    Burnt mattress

    Firefighters were called to the house on Highfield Close, Amersham, after a touch activated lamp fell on a foam mattress.

    The 60 watt bulb, caused the mattress to begin smouldering.

    There was some smoke damage to the house, but the woman in the property at the time got out safely.

  10. Stevenage fans fund new standium build

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Fans of Stevenage Football Club have raised £500,000 to build a new stand at the Lamex stadium.

    A mini-bond crowdfunding scheme was set up and managed to hit its target a month early.

    More than 200 fans pledged between £500 and £25,000, in return for 4% interest in cash, or 8% to spend at the club.

    Lamex stadium

    The money will be combined with a Football Foundation Grant of £450,000, so building work can start.

    One of the backers, was best-selling author, Ken Follett.

  11. For crying out loud...

    John Devine

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Oyez, Oyez, Oyez... a shout has gone out to find the next St Neots town crier.

    Members of the public are being invited to audition for the job, with the Live Town Crier Trials taking place on 30 September.

    I spoke to Pearl Capewell, Peterborough's Town Crier.

    She told me some of the attributes that are needed are a "good, loud, clear voice" and to be "fit and healthy".

    Pearl Capwell, town Cryer
  12. Bank holiday weekend of rail disruption ahead

    Rail passengers travelling into Euston station this weekend are being reminded to expect disruption.

    The station is being closed to allow work to begin on HS2, the high speed link between London and Birmingham via Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.

    On Saturday trains will only run as far as Hemel Hempstead, and on Sunday, Milton Keynes.

    Ross Easton from Network Rail says the work is "essential, to development better service for passengers in the future".

    Train at Euston station

    Paul Minton, a rail campaigner says he's been left "surprised" by the disruption.

    He believed the work would start next year, but he understands it needs to start as "long term we should get better services, in the short term we are having to put up with some disruption to get there".

  13. Belgian Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen tops practice

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Spa-Francorchamps

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen headed title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in first practice at the Belgian Grand Prix.

    The Finn pipped Stevenage's Hamilton by just 0.053 seconds, with the Mercedes driver 0.092secs ahead of Vettel, who leads the championship by 14 points.

    The three were 0.7secs clear of the field, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in fourth and fifth.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas was sixth after an off-track moment.

    The headline lap times appeared to understate what looked like a significant advantage for Hamilton over the Ferraris.

    The Briton set his fastest lap on the hardest tyre option available this weekend, the 'soft', while Raikkonen and Vettel used the softest, the so-called 'ultra-soft'.

  14. Statue for Turner takes shape

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    In exactly a weeks time, this empty plinth will look a little different.

    Statue plinth

    Next Friday a life-sized, bronze statue of Cambridgeshire football legend Chris Turner will be unveiled at Peterborough United.

    Chris Turner

    Turner, who managed and played for The Posh and Cambridge United, died two years ago aged 64 after a battle with dementia.

    Statue plinth

    More than £100,000 was raised to create and build the artwork.

    Statue plinth

    It's being created by sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn.

  15. On your bike!


    Jonathan Park

    BBC Look East sport

    With three days of MotoGP at Silverstone this weekend, things are really starting to rev up here.

    The car park has already been taken over by two wheels, and more are expected tomorrow and on Sunday.

    View more on twitter
  16. Cricket: Cook's out!

    BBC Sport

    Not such a great Test match so far for Bedfordshire's Alastair Cook.

    In the day night game at Edgbaston, the Essex batsman scored 243 as England won the test by an innings and 209 runs.

    On day one of the second fixture at Headlingley though, he’s been dismissed for just 11.

    England won the toss and chose to bat and are currently 26-2.

  17. MotorGP roars into Silverstone

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    More than 155,000 people will descend on Silverstone this weekend for MotoGP.

    The main race takes place on Sunday, but practice has started today with qualifying tomorrow.

    The event is currently being held in Northamptonshire, making it the fourth time it's been held at the track.

    MotoGP 2016

    There's some uncertainty where it will be held in the future after Circuit of Wales lost the rights to hold the event in Wales.

    Simon Patterson from Motorcycle News said: "There's a real, real strong desire [for the race] to stay at Silverstone.

    "It's a fairly unique circuit in our calendar, there's not many places you can take a MotoGP bike up to 220mph in sixth gear."

  18. Bedford tower fire: In pictures

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue have released more pictures about the fire that caused smoke to rise up a Bedford tower block last night.

    Flat fire

    They say they were called at 20:10, and it was all finished by 21:39.

    Flat fire
    Flat fire
  19. Bedford tower fire: One person injured

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    We've been given more information about the fire in a 12 storey building in Bedford last night.

    Fire in flats

    Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue say four fire engines from Bedford, Kempston and Sandy attended the incident at Beckett Court, on Roise Street, which has 68 flats.

    Fire in flats

    They say firefighters found the fire in the ground floor bin room and the fire was put out at 21:08.

    Fire in flats

    Smoke rose through the building and mainly affected floors six to 11.

    A woman taken to hospital with smoke inhalation was on the top floor.

    Fire in flats

    Andy Draper, from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue, said: "This incident shows the importance of our 'stay put' message. Residential apartments are the safest place to be if the fire is not directly on the residents’ floor.

    "Leaving your flat puts you at risk from smoke and fumes that we wear breathing apparatus to protect ourselves from. In addition it also allows the emergency service a clear access route around the building."