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  1. Updates for Thursday, 31 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Well, that's it for 2015 from the team here at Cambridgeshire Local Live.

    We'll be back on Monday with the latest news, sport, and weather updates. 

    Have a great evening and Happy New Year.

  2. Weather: Widespread frost expected into New Year's Day

    BBC Weather

    The showers will clear away east this evening with all parts seeing some long clear spells overnight, especially towards Ely.

    With the wind becoming light, a widespread frost is likely by Friday morning. 

    BBC Weather Map

      Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

  3. Peterborough couple who have fostered over 600 children are appointed MBEs

    A Peterborough couple have been telling BBC Radio Cambridgeshire how they didn't think being appointed MBEs in the New Year honours list was "for real". 

    Kathleen and Philip Gilbert

    Philip and Kathleen Gilbert have been foster carers for 29 years and have given a home to around 600 children. 

    The honour was for services to children and families.

  4. More blood donors needed in Cambridgeshire

    David Webster

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    An appeal had been launched by NHS Blood and Transplant for more people to give blood in 2016.

    NHSBT blood van

    The organisation says only three per cent of people are donors, adding that it only takes an hour and you could save or improve the lives of up to three people.

  5. Cambridge charity worker becomes a MBE

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The founder of a Cambridge-based charity, Bridges to Belarus, has been recognised in the New Year Honours list

    Dr Rachel Furley with goddaughter Sofia in Belarus.

    Dr Rachel Furley, who helps children affected by the Chernobyl disaster, has become an MBE. 

    Other charities she has been involved with include Wheels For Martin's Friends.

  6. Bank robbery leaves staff 'shaken'

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Staff at a Cambridgeshire bank which was robbed yesterday afternoon have been left "shaken."

    Four men armed with pieces of wood demanded staff open the safe at the Natwest Bank in St Neots. 

    Det Supt Amanda Foreman says they're now back at work and receiving support. 

  7. Police search continues at Emneth Hungate

    A search of a property in Emneth Hungate, near Wisbech, is continuing this evening, Norfolk Police has said.

    Officers were called to an address this morning as part of a planned operation, which resulted in a 71-year-old man - understood to be Tony Martin - being arrested in Wisbech on suspicion of possession of an illegal firearm.

    He remains in police custody.

  8. East house prices rise 12% over the year

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Houses prices in the region are rising more rapidly than anywhere in the country outside London, according to a new survey.

    New housing in Girton

    Zoopla says prices in the East are up almost 12% compared to this time last year.

    It's believed commuters are relocating to Cambridge after being priced out of the housing market in London.

  9. Watch: Police search house after Tony Martin arrest

    Following the arrest of a man, understood to be Tony Martin, on suspicion of possession of an illegal firearm, police have been searching Mr Martin's house at Emneth Hungate, near Wisbech.

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    Video caption: Police search Emneth Hungate house following Tony Martin arrest
  10. Care facility to help New Year's Eve 'revellers'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A care facility set up to help people who over-indulge this New Year's Eve will be in operation in Cambridge tonight from 22:00 to 04:00.  

    The safe refuge at St Columbus Church is being staffed by volunteers and medics from a number of groups including the ambulance service, police and Street Pastors NightLite. 

    The aim is to make sure alcohol-related violent crime is reduced and that the pressure on the A&E department at Addenbrooke's and emergency services is reduced.

  11. Bizarre animal rescues of 2015

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    One of the big stories of 2015 was that of Noah the donkey, who fell into a 7ft (2m) ditch in Heydon after thieves stole the cover from his field.

    Donkey rescue in Cambridgeshire

    Noah is, thankfully, now fully recovered, but his tale and several other animal rescues are included in a special online feature on the most bizarre animal rescues of 2015.

  12. At the scene in Emneth Hungate

    Louise Hubball

    BBC Look East

    On a cold, sunny day - the last of 2015 - the Norfolk village of Emneth Hungate was bustling with activity, in stark contrast to its remote and rural surroundings.

    As sheep grazed in the fields opposite, police officers could be spotted along a secluded track.

    I saw four 4x4 police vehicles leave the scene, with a police dog van, a grey police car in Norfolk Constabulary livery and a van with three officers outside parked along the lane.

  13. Tony Martin claimed 'self-defence' at trial

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    When Tony Martin was charged with murdering Fred Barras and wounding Brendon Fearon with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, local supporters protested outside the remand hearing.

    Exterior shot of Mr Martin's isolated farmhouse

    At his trial at Norwich Crown Court, in April 2000, Mr Martin argued he had been acting in self-defence, after finding the pair inside his isolated property at Emneth Hungate (pictured).

    He was convicted of murder, and jailed for life, but this was later reduced to manslaughter. He was released from custody in July 2003.

  14. Tony Martin case sparked national debate

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    Norfolk farmer Tony Martin became the focus of a national debate during and after his trial for shooting dead a teenager who was burgling his home.

    An aerial shot showing Mr Martin's isolated farmhouse

    In August 1999, he opened fire with a shotgun, killing 16-year old Fred Barras and wounding 29-year-old Brendon Fearon after they broke into his isolated farmhouse in Emneth Hungate (pictured), and was subsequently jailed for murder, later reduced to manslaughter.

    The debate centred on a homeowner's rights to use force to defend his property.

  15. Norfolk search follows Cambridgeshire arrest

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    After their arrest of a 71-year-old man, understood to be Tony Martin, on suspicion of possession of an illegal weapon, police are searching a property just over four miles away, in the west Norfolk village of Emneth Hungate.

    Map showing Wisbech and Emneth Hungate
  16. Picture: Police at scene of Emneth Hungate house

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A police search of an isolated property at Emneth Hungate, west Norfolk, is under way following the arrest of a 71-year-old man in Wisbech on suspicion of possession of an illegal firearm.

    The BBC understands the arrested man is Tony Martin.

    Police car at Emneth Hungate
  17. Arrest 'part of planned operation'

    Jon Welch

    BBC News

    Following this morning's arrest of a man, understood to be Tony Martin, Norfolk Police issued a statement saying: “As part of a planned operation, a 71-year-old man has been arrested in Wisbech this morning on suspicion of possession of an illegal firearm.”

  18. First pictures of police activity in Emneth Hungate

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    This was the scene in Emneth Hungate shortly after the arrest of a 71-year-old man in Wisbech earlier today, on suspicion of possession an illegal firearm.

    The BBC understands the arrested man is Tony Martin. 

    Police activity in West Norfolk, down a country lane
  19. Weather: Sunny spells and showers and a frosty early New Year's Day

    BBC Weather

    After a sunny start to the afternoon cloud will increase from the west and showery rain will arrive later in the day.

    Weather Map

      Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).