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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 30 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 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

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from the Cambridgeshire Live team today. We'll be back tomorrow, for the last time in 2015, with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county from 08:00.

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

    Have a good evening. 

  2. Your pictures: Cambridge colleges among most photographed places

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Data released for the first time shows Cambridge is one of the most popular UK locations outside London that people share with their social media followers.

    We'd love to see your pictures. You can send them via emailFacebook or Twitter.

    King's College Chapel
  3. Weather: A wet and windy night as Storm Frank moves away

    BBC Weather

    It will be wet and windy to begin with this evening as Storm Frank begins to clear overnight. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F). 

    Weather chart

    New Year's Eve will be mainly fine and dry. However, there will be a brief spell of strong winds and heavy rain moving through in the late afternoon or early evening. 

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

  4. People in Cambridgeshire donate goods for UK flood victims

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Chris Cooper, who works for the East of England Ambulance service, has been inundated with donations for flood victims in the north of England. 

    Donated goods

    Mr Cooper, who lives in Saffron Walden, has been collecting donations of food and other goods in the Cambridge area, including £200 worth of supplies from Tesco in Milton, he said.

    Thousands of homes are without power and severe flood warnings remain in place.

  5. Headlines: Cambridge firm awarded £369m contract to service RAF Hercules... Food donated for UK flood victims

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here are the headlines in Cambridgeshire this evening:

    • A £369m contract to service RAF Hercules aircraft has been awarded to Cambridge-based Marshall Aerospace helping to secure 1,200 jobs
    • Police are "increasingly concerned" for a missing Luton woman they believe could have travelled to Peterborough or Luton
    • People in Cambridgeshire support UK flood appeal with donations of food
  6. Company no nearer to finding out what happened to £100k stolen fireworks

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    The founder of a Cambridgeshire firework company that had £100,000-worth of pyrotechnics stolen just before bonfire night says they are no nearer to finding out who took them.

    Firework display

    Staff at Kimbolton Fireworks worked overtime to fulfil orders following the theft in the early hours of 25 October. 

    Ron Lancaster says the company has now recovered form the theft, but "has heard nothing" about what happened to the haul.

  7. Police think missing woman could be in Wisbech or Peterborough

    A missing woman from Luton could be in Peterborough or Wisbech, according to Police.

    Charlotte Hoey

    Bedfordshire Police are appealing for help in tracing Charlotte Hoey, 22, who was last seen by her family on Sunday. Officers say they are becoming increasingly concerned for her.

  8. Hercules contract 'a great deal' for Marshall Aerospace

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    A new £369m contract to service RAF Hercules planes in Cambridge is "a great deal for the RAF, taxpayers, and Marshall Aerospace,"  according to a government minister.

    Hercules aircraft

    The agreement will mean the RAF's fleet of Hercules transport aircraft will continue to be serviced at Marshall Aerospace's Cambridge base.

    Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, said the contract extends a "longstanding relationship".

  9. Storm Frank brings wet and windy weather to Cambridgeshire

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Forecasters say gales could hit parts of Cambridgeshire later today as Storm Frank passes over the UK.

    Weather map

    Fortunately, Cambridgeshire is escaping the worst of the weather, but hundreds of homes have been evacuated and thousands left without power in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  10. Police helicopter in action against hare coursers

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    The National Police Air Service helicopter has been searching for illegal hare coursers in Cambridgeshire today.

    View more on twitter

    There has been an increase in incidents in the county over last year. 

    Cambridgeshire Police say that in November 10 vehicles were seized and 18 people reported for hare coursing.

  11. Cambridge 'Auschwitz theft' teenagers should not be put on trial, Holocaust survivor says

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Two teenagers accused of stealing artefacts from the Auschwitz death camp during a school trip should not be put on trial, a Holocaust survivor says.

    Items from Auschwitz

    The Cambridge Perse school pupils, who were aged 17 at the time of the alleged theft, have withdrawn their admission of guilt, explaining they were not aware the items had special cultural significance.

    Eva Clarke, who lives in the city, was born shortly after her mother was moved from Auschwitz to Mauthausen concentration camp and says the boys should be given "the benefit of the doubt".

  12. Firefighters take plunge in fenland swan rescue

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Here's another image of firefighters taking a bracing dip near Manea to rescue a swan with a broken wing.

    Swan rescue

    Two crews from Chatteris and Dogsthorpe were called to Sixteen Foot bank on Tuesday to help Fenland Animal Rescue retrieve the injured bird.

  13. Weather: Wet and windy as Storm Frank moves through

    BBC Weather

    Cambridgeshire is escaping the worst of the weather from Storm Frank today, but it will get wet and windy this afternoon with a maximum temperature of 13C (55F).

    Field near Cambridge

    BBC Weather Watcher 'Ebb and Flow' took this picture of grey skies near Cambridge just after sunrise today.

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

  14. The name's Bond, James Bond - the real James Bond... and he's from Cambridge

    Cambridge News

    If you're off to the cinema to see the new movie Spectre, forget Daniel Craig – the real James Bond was a Cambridge man.

  15. Headlines: £369m contract awarded to Cambridge aerospace company... Strong winds set to hit the county later

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    If you are just joining us here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire:

    • The Ministry of Defence has announced a new £369m contract with Marshall Aerospace in Cambridge to maintain RAF Hercules planes 
    • Holocaust survivor says she is surprised that Cambridge 'Auschwitz theft' pupils could face trial in Poland  
    • Rain and strong winds set to hit parts of Cambridgeshire later today but the county is escaping the worst of Storm Frank
  16. Impington lake death not being treated as suspicious

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Cambridgeshire Police say the death of a man, whose body was found in water at Impington yesterday, is not being treated as suspicious. 

    The body of a man in his 30s was recovered from Cawcutts Lake at 15:00 yesterday. The case has been passed to the coroner.

  17. Cambridge aerospace to play 'crucial' role keeping RAF Hercules fleet operational

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    A new £369m contract to service RAF Hercules planes in Cambridge will help keep the fleet operational until 2030, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) says.

    Marshall's airport

    The support contract agreed with Marshall Aerospace will play a "crucial" role in extending the operational life of the aircraft, in line with the Government’s recent Strategic Defence and Security Review, the MoD said.

  18. Firefighters take to the water to rescue swan with broken wing

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Firefighters braved cold water near Manea yesterday to rescue a swan with a broken wing. 

    Swan rescue

    Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue have just released images of the crews from Dogsthorpe and Chatteris in action at Sixteen Foot bank yesterday.

    After being retrieved from the river, the injured swan was handed over to Fenland Animal Rescue.

  19. Surprise over Cambridge pupils 'Auschwitz theft' trial

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    A Cambridge woman whose family perished in Auschwitz says it is a "great shame," that two teenagers accused of stealing artefacts from the death camp, are set to face trial in Poland.  

    Auschwitz

    The boys, from the independent Perse School in Cambridge, were allegedly seen picking up buttons and fragments of a spoon, during a school trip in June.

    Eva Clarke, who works for the Holocaust Educational Trust, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire she was "surprised" that they were likely to end up in court.