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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 15 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from the Cambridgeshire Live team for Monday. We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather in the county.  

    You can send us your stories and pictures at any time via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Dead rat delicacy proves too tempting for runaway eagle owl

    Kerry Devine

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    The lure of a dead rat on a string was just too tempting to resist for Benny the eagle owl.

    Benny the eagle owl

    Owner Mark Smith used the dead rodent to recapture the bird which has been on the loose in Peterborough since 5 November.

    It is thought she had been surviving by tucking in to some of the Cathedral Square pigeons.

  3. Weather: Rain clearing northeastwards through the evening

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    A band of rain will clear northeastwards through this evening, but further showers will follow from the southwest overnight, some will be heavy at times. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

    Weather map

    For a more detailed forecast for where you live, head to BBC Weather.

  4. Mystery couple in Peterborough photo proposal overjoyed

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    A man inadvertently captured proposing to his girlfriend has thanked the photographer, who tracked him down via social media.  

    Proposal in front of Peterborough Christmas tree

    Emma Gordon took several photos of Peterborough's Christmas tree on Thursday, but only noticed the couple in them later on.

    Ian Peasgood came forward after seeing a Facebook appeal to trace the couple.

    Quote Message: It's absolutely fantastic. I didn't get a photo at the time, so this is perfect." from Ian Peasgood
    Ian Peasgood
  5. Fields and fields: Where have we stopped?

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Once a regular commuter on the Cambridge to Norwich line, I'll never forget the first time the train trundled to a halt in the middle of the Fens – before looking up and seeing that I'd stopped at a station – Shippea Hill, the UK's quietest according to new figures.

    Shippea Hill Station

    It's a request stop - you've got to tell the conductor you want to stop there, and from memory there was just one train in the morning that allowed you to do so.

    I recall one teenager getting either on or off some mornings, but I have no idea how they got there or where they would be going to. Despite being just 10 minutes or so outside the cathedral city of Ely, there's just fields... and fields... and not a lot else.

  6. Police seek hit and run van driver

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Police are seeking the driver of a van who failed to stop after striking a cyclist in Peterborough

    The man, in his 30s, suffered minor injuries when he was hit on Welland Road about 05:15 on 9 December.

  7. Headlines: Cambridgeshire pupils set for 'space chat' with UK astronaut... Eagle owl recaptured in Peterborough

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this evening:

    • Pupils at a Cambridgeshire primary school have been chosen to do a live link-up with UK astronaut Tim Peake
    • Shippea Hill Station in Cambridgeshire is the UK's quietest according official figures
    • An escaped eagle owl is recaptured in Peterborough after being lured with a dead rat
  8. Councillors vote on writing cuts letter to prime minister

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    I've been at Shire Hall where councillors narrowly voted against writing a letter to David Cameron about the effect of cuts in the county. 

    Cambridgeshire County Council

    The vote took place during a debate on cuts to local government funding - the proposal was rejected by 31 votes to 25.    

  9. Illegal fishing by gangs and migrants 'must be tackled'

    Jon Welch

    BBC News

    The issue of poaching by criminal gangs and by Eastern European migrants fishing for food needs to be tackled by police, an ex-detective has said.  


    Former policeman Paul Thomas has been appointed as regional enforcer in Cambridgeshire by the Angling Trust to help crackdown on poaching.

    He said in Cambridgeshire there were particular concerns with migrant anglers from Eastern Europe.

  10. Cambridge families flock to science centre to watch Tim Peake blast off to the space station

    Cambridge News

    As a nation turned its attention to the skies above Kazakhstan to watch Major Tim Peake blast off to the ISS, could the UK's next space pioneer come from Cambridge?

  11. Come back Benny: Rat delicacy fails to lure Peterborough owl back to owner

    An eagle owl called Benny is on the loose in Peterborough -  after escaping on Bonfire Night.

    Benny the owl

    Owner Mark Smith is trying to recapture Benny using a dead rat on the end of a piece of string... unfortunately she isn't hungry.

  12. Cambridgeshire station 'quietest' in UK

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Staying with trains... and Shippea Hill Station in Cambridgeshire tops a list of the 20 quietest stations in the UK.

    Shippea Hill Station

    Figures from the Office of Rail and Road show the fenland station was used by passengers just 22 times in 2014-15.

    The station is situated in the middle of the fens some distance away from any large settlement.

  13. Plans submitted for bypass at congestion hit level crossing

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Plans to bypass the congestion blighted King’s Dyke level crossing at Whittlesey, which is used by about 12,000 vehicles a day on the section of the A605, have been submitted by Cambridgeshire County Council.

    King's Dyke level crossing

    There are also about 120 train movements across the crossing every day - resulting in delays for drivers of between eight and 25 minutes every hour.

    The council says the work will cost about £17m.

  14. Cambridge United players make Christmas hospital visit

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Cambridge United players are visiting children in Addenbrooke's Hospital this afternoon.

    Cambridge United players

    Mascot Marvin the Moose joined members of the squad on the club's annual Christmas trip to see young patients at the Cambridge hospital. 

  15. Cambridgeshire pupils set for 'space chat' with UK astronaut

    Mousumi Bakshi

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Pupils at Icknield Primary School, in Sawston, have been chosen to link up with UK astronaut Tim Peak in space via amateur radio.

    Pupils watching Tim Peake rocket launch

    The pupils will be able to ask Tim questions about his work on board the International Space Station (ISS) during a 10 minute window of opportunity when the ISS is directly above the UK. 

    Due to the inability to predict its precise orbit, they won't know the exact date until around two weeks before.

  16. Councillors take time out from official business to sing carols

    Councillors at Cambridgeshire County Council took time out from official business to sing a few carols at Shire Hall today. 

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    The short carol service raised money for Cambridgeshire Children's Fund. 

  17. Your pictures: Peterborough Christmas tree proposal

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    These pictures capture what appears to be a marriage proposal in front of the Christmas tree in Peterborough's Cathedral Square.

    Christmas tree proposal

    Emma Gordon says she was photographing the Christmas lights and didn't notice the couple until she was going through the pictures at home.

    Do you know who the couple are?  You contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  18. Headlines: Cambridgeshire pupils chosen for 'space chat'... Christmas tree proposal couple sought

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    Here are the headlines in Cambridgeshire this afternoon:

    • Pupils at Icknield Primary School have been chosen to speak to UK astronaut Tim Peake in space
    • Illegally caught fish in Cambridgeshire is being sold on black market
    • Couple snapped during Peterborough Christmas tree proposal
  19. Illegally caught fish 'sold on black market'

    Fish being illegally caught in Cambridgeshire's rivers are being sold on the black market, a former detective says.

    River Great Ouse

    Paul Thomas, from the Angling Trust, says fish stocks in the county's waterways are being depleted by poaching on an "industrial scale".

  20. Weather: A cloudy and rainy afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Mostly cloudy this afternoon with rain moving northeast in the afternoon with a top temperature of 11C (52F).

    Misty field

    For a more detailed forecast for where you live, head to BBC Weather.