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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 29 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Goodnight from the Cambridgeshire Live team. We'll be back again tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

    You can send us your stories, pictures and comments at any time by emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Winds strengthening overnight ahead of rain tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It will become cloudier and notably windier overnight, with possible gales in parts of Cambridgeshire as Storm Frank arrives in the UK.

    Temperatures will fall to 8C (46F). You can find more details of the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Cambridge pupils likely to appear in court over 'Auschwitz theft' items

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Two pupils from Cambridge accused of stealing artefacts from Auschwitz are likely to appear in court after withdrawing their admission of guilt, according to Polish prosecutors.


    The teenage pupils, at the independent Perse School in Cambridge, were allegedly found with with buttons and fragments of a spoon (pictured) from the camp during a school trip.

    In June it was reported they had been fined after admitting responsibility, but now prosecutors say the pair have changed their minds and face a trial.

  4. Fighting off geese and Santa stops by: College staff tell all about working when the students go

    Cambridge News

    With their bustling dining halls and chattering corridors falling silent as the student population is away for the holidays, you'd be forgiven for thinking life at Cambridge's colleges grind to a halt at Christmas time.

  5. Cambridgeshire PCC calls for bigger fines for drivers using mobile phones

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Drivers using mobile phones should face bigger fines, the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner says.

    Sir Graham Bright

    Sir Graham Bright is backing government plans to increase fixed penalty fines from £100 to £150 for drivers caught using a mobile. 

    He says more than  2415 tickets were issued to people using mobile phones while driving in Cambridgeshire in 2014.

  6. Cambridge scientists enjoy a white Christmas - on South Georgia

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    It might be a mild December in Cambridgeshire, but a team from Cambridge based British Antarctic Survey certainly got a white Christmas on South Georgia.

    South Georgia

    Scientists and support staff at the research base on the remote southern island tweeted this seasonal greeting, posing outside an old church built by whalers.   

  7. Watch: Victorian bakers rise to the TV challenge at Sacrewell Mill

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a clip from BBC Two's new series Victorian Bakers, filmed at Sacrewell Mill near Peterborough.

    Video content

    Video caption: The bakers' first loaves are oven ready but their Victorian dough is misbehaving.

    The programme sees if four modern bakers can rise to the challenge of baking using ingredients and methods from the 19th Century.

    The first episode is broadcast on 5 January.

  8. Cambridge teenagers could face trial over Auschwitz theft

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Two teenagers from a school in Cambridge could face a trial in Poland after items were taken from the former Auschwitz death camp.


    The 17-year-old pupils, from the independent Perse School, were questioned during a school trip in June after picking up items from a building containing the belongings of people killed at the concentration camp.

    At the time, a spokesman for the school said the boys had been given a year's probation, suspended for three years, but the BBC has been told they could now face trial.

  9. Headlines: Wisbech woman critical after car submerges... Motorcyclist killed in crash

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    If you're just joining us, here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this afternoon:

    • A 21-year-old woman from Wisbech is in a critical condition after being rescued from a submerged car
    • A 21-year-old motorcyclist, also from Wisbech, has died following a crash in Spalding last night
    • Two Cambridge pupils could face trial over theft from Auschwitz during a school trip in June
  10. Birds found dead in Peterborough aviary

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    The RSPCA has been called to investigate the deaths of a number of birds at an aviary in Peterborough’s Central Park.

    Dead finches

    About 20 zebra finches were found dead this morning and removed by workers from contractor Amey, which runs the park for Peterborough City Council.

    The company says it contacted the RSPCA, which advised taking some of the dead birds to a vet for a post-mortem examination.

  11. Four men arrested in Cambridge following Boxing Day disorder

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a "violent disorder" outside a Cambridge pub on Boxing Day night.

    Jenny Wren pub

    Four men were arrested following the incident outside the Jenny Wren, on Campkin Road, between 20:00 and 12:00, which resulted in three men being taken to hospital with "serious injuries", police said.  

    The four men aged 48, 28, 24 and 22 have all been released on bail.

  12. East of England councils facing savings bill of £1.2bn

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Councils in the East of England need to make budget cuts of £1.2bn, BBC research has found, leaving many facing "unpalatable" decisions.

    Piggy bank

    Peterborough City Council needs to save £166m over five years from its £139m annual budget. 

    Cambridgeshire County Council need to find savings of £120m over the same period from their £530m annual budget.

  13. New Victorian style bake off TV series filmed at Sacrewell Mill

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    A Grade II listed watermill in Cambridgeshire is the backdrop for a new BBC series challenging four modern bakers to a Victorian style bake off using traditional recipes and equipment.

    Sacrewell Mill

    Episode one of Victorian Bakers was filmed at the 18th Century Sacrewell Mill near Peterborough. It will be screened on 5 January on BBC Two.

  14. Salads, buns and pies - BBC Food dishes up ideas for Christmas leftovers

    If you've still got some cold cuts left over, roasted vegetables and any number of other festive goodies, the BBC Food team has a few idea for what do to make the leftovers feel brand new.

    From Paul Hollywood's Turkey, stuffing and cranberry Chelsea buns, to a Sri Lankan turkey curry from Rick Stein.

    Christmas dinner
  15. More than 800 emergency calls in Cambridgeshire during 'challenging' Christmas

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    The ambulance service says it received 804 emergency calls from people in Cambridgeshire between 19:00 on Christmas Eve and 23:30 on Boxing Day. 


    This compares to 802 calls form the county to the East of England Ambulance Service last Christmas.

    Chief executive Robert Morton said: “Our staff and volunteers worked extremely hard to help respond to every call in the most appropriate way".

  16. Staff threatened with knife during Christmas Eve robbery

    Staff at a Tesco Express in Huntingdon were threatened with a knife during a robbery on Christmas Eve. 

    Two men entered the store in Stukeley Meadows, Huntingdon, about 21:15 and demanded money. A member of staff handed over £600 cash and the men ran off in the direction of Lake Way.

    Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

  17. Storm Frank: Worst of weather set to miss Cambridgeshire

    BBC Weather

    Storm Frank threatens to bring more misery to parts of the UK later today, but Cambridgeshire should escape the worst of it.

    Weather chart

    BBC weather presenter Sarah Keith-Lucas says: "The wind and the rain will strengthen during the course of Tuesday, all down to Storm Frank".  

  18. Headlines: Wisbech woman critical after car submerges... Motorcyclist killed in crash

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here are the headlines in Cambridgeshire this afternoon:

    • A 21-year-old woman from Wisbech is in a critical condition after being rescued from a submerged car near Holbeach
    • A 21-year-old motorcyclist, also from Wisbech, has died following a crash in Spalding last night
    • Ambulance service chief praises staff after 800 emergency calls received in Cambridgeshire over Christmas
  19. Travel: One lane closed on the M11 northbound near Cambridge

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed on the M11 northbound just before junction 13 for Madingley, to allow for the recovery of a lorry that left the road early this morning.