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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 23 December
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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 today. We'll be here on Christmas Eve until 16:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

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

  2. Weather: A Few showers overnight, turning heavier on Christmas Eve

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will tend to increase through the evening with a few showers persisting through the night. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F). 

    Christmas Weather

    Tomorrow will see heavy rain with strong winds later in morning, which will clear during early afternoon. Some late afternoon sunshine is possible with isolated showers and it will turn chilly. 

    You can find a more detailed forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.  

  3. Watch: Van driver does U-turn on A14 at rush-hour

    Marek Scyzor sent us this video capturing the moment a van does a U-turn on the A14 in Cambridgeshire.

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    Video caption: A driver's car camera captures the moment a van does a U-turn on A14 in Cambridgeshire

    As reported in the Peterborough Telegraph, he caught the van turning round and driving back the wrong way on an in-car camera on Tuesday evening near junction 33 for Milton.

    Cambridgeshire Police say: “Congestion and accidents can cause tailbacks and delays on the county’s roads but that is no excuse for this type of driving behaviour".

  4. Headlines: Van driver filmed doing U-turn on A14... Preparations under way for carols from King's

    Kerry Devine

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    If you're just joining us, here are the headlines for Cambridgeshire:

    • A van driver has been captured on film doing a U-turn on the A14 at rush hour in Cambridgeshire
    • Labour peer calls for accountability over collapse of £80m NHS contract in Cambridgeshire
    • Preparations are under way for the annual Christmas Eve carol service at King's College Chapel, broadcast around the world
  5. Football: Peterborough United defender extends deal

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Peterborough United defender Miles Addison has signed a new one-month contract with the League One side.

    Miles Addison

    The 26-year-old has made just one appearance since joining Posh in November, scoring in the 3-2 win over former club Barnsley.

  6. Million-bulb Christmas light display raises thousands to help cancer sufferers

    Johnny Dee

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A million-bulb Christmas light display in Cambridgeshire has raised £8,000 for charity.

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    Video caption: Turves couple light up Fens with one million Christmas lights.

    Robert and Amanda Dempsey think their display in the village of Turves is the biggest in East Anglia. 

    They decided to collect donations for Cancer Research UK, following the death of Mr Dempsey's mother.  

  7. Watch: Behind the scenes at King's College Chapel

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    With final preparations under way for carols from King's College Chapel on Christmas Eve, here's a behind-the-scenes glimpse of last year's broadcast.

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    Video caption: On its 60th anniversary, Juliet Stevenson narrates the story of Carols from King's.

    A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship.

    It was first broadcast by the BBC in 1928 and is now transmitted to millions of people around the world.  

  8. Someone 'needs to take responsibility' for NHS contract collapse, peer says

    Mousumi Bakshi

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Labour peer Lord Hunt says someone must be accountable for the collapse of an £800m NHS contract to provide elderly care in Cambridgeshire.

    Lord Hunt

    The government confirmed NHS England will commission an investigation into why UnitingCare cancelled the contract, in response to a question from Labour's deputy leader in the Lords.  

    Lord Hunt (pictured) told BBC Look East that ultimately someone "needs to take responsibility".

  9. Watch: In The Bleak Midwinter performed by the King's College Choir

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    The choir of King's College in Cambridge perform In The Bleak Midwinter, which features in the annual Christmas Eve carol service tomorrow.

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    Video caption: The choir of King's College in Cambridge perform In The Bleak Mid-winter.

    You can see more performances and behind the scene clips of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from the BBC here.

  10. Mild weather means quieter Christmas for Addenbrooke's Hospital

    Mousumi Bakshi

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A senior doctor at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge says it's a "pleasant surprise" that it hasn't seen an expected rise in admissions - due to the mild weather. 

    Addenbrooke's Hospital

    The Christmas period is usually one of the busiest times for hospitals, but consultant Stephen Wallace told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire the unseasonably warm weather meant it was quieter than expected.

  11. Weather: A sunny afternoon feeling fresher than of late

    BBC Weather

    Decent sunny spells are set to continue through the day. It will however feel fresher than of late. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

    Joy Christmas decoration

    This photo was taken in Cambridge today by BBC Weather Watcher ebb&flow.

    You can find a more detailed forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.

  12. Practice makes perfect for Christmas Eve carols at King's

    Inside King's College Chapel, senior organ scholar Tom Etheridge practices Hark the Herald Angels Sing for the annual carol service tomorrow.  

    Senior organ scholar Tom Etheridge

    The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been broadcast live by the BBC on radio since 1928. A television version is recorded earlier in December for broadcast over Christmas.  

  13. Headlines: Two children remain in a critical condition in Cambridge hospital following crash...Preparations under way for carols from King's

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire so far today:

    • Two children remain in a critical condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital following a crash on the A17 near Wisbech in which a woman died
    • Preparations have begun for the annual Christmas Eve carol service at King's College Chapel, broadcast around the world
    • One in four people visiting A&E in Cambridgeshire in 2015 could have been treated elsewhere, say health officials
  14. Man spends second night sleeping in the queue for Christmas Eve carols

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Ian Demassini has spent his second night sleeping outside King's College Chapel, to make sure he is first in the queue for the annual Christmas Eve carol service. 

    Ian Demassini

    Hundreds of people queue for hours to get into the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which has been broadcast by the BBC since 1928. 

    Mr Demassini describes the candlelit service as "utterly magical".

  15. Peterborough's most popular baby names of 2015 revealed

    The most popular baby names in Peterborough in 2015 are Olivia and Mohammed, according to figures released by Peterborough Register Office.

    Baby

    Olivia climbed from fourth place in 2014 to take the top spot, while it was the eighth year in a row at the top for Mohammed

    Judy Wilson, superintendent registrar, said: "Peterborough has a well established Muslim community and we know parents have a preference to choose Mohammed."

  16. Mild December weather stops hedgehogs hibernating

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Mild December weather is playing havoc with the body clocks of hedgehogs, according to experts in Cambridgeshire.

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    Video caption: The current warm weather means hedgehogs are struggling to hibernate.

    The unseasonably warm temperatures mean the normally nocturnal creatures haven't been hibernating as they should at this time of year.  

    Liz Dams, who helps run the hedgehog hospital at Shepreth Wildlife Park, near Cambridge, says they are inundated.