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Summary

  1. The proposed new town at Northstowe is on a list of pilot sites where the government says it will "directly commission" the building of new affordable homes
  2. Donations from Cambridgeshire are being delivered to flood victims in the north of England
  3. The Duke of Cambridge says becoming a father has made him more emotional
  4. Updates for Monday, 4 January 2016

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 Cambridgeshire Live today. We'll be here again tomorrow at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

    Don't forget you can send us your stories and pictures at any time via emailFacebook or Twitter.  

  2. Weather: Occasional showers, perhaps heavy in places

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Occasional showers will continue to feed in across the county overnight, turning heavy at times. 

    Winds will drop to allow isolated mist or fog patches to develop towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather

    You can find out the latest where you live at BBC Weather.

  3. Priceless written treasures to go on display for Cambridge University Library's 600th birthday

    Priceless written treasures, including Darwin's papers on evolution and the earliest reliable text of Shakespeare's plays, are going on public display to mark the 600th anniversary of Cambridge University Library.

    Manuscript

    Since 1710, the library has been entitled to one copy of every publication in the UK and Ireland - from great works of literature to copies of Woman's Own and The Beano.

    The exhibition, beginning in March, also includes Edmund Halley's handwritten notebooks of Halley's Comet from 1682 and Stephen Hawking's draft typescript of A Brief History of Time.

  4. Council has 'conversations' with government over Northstowe starter homes

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    South Cambridgeshire District Council says it has "started conversations" with the government over the building of starter homes at the planned new development of Northstowe. 

    Site of proposed new homes

    David Cameron announced Northstowe is included on a list of pilot sites where the government will "directly commission" the building of affordable homes.

    Tim Wotherspoon, cabinet member for strategic planning, said: "We have already started conversations with the Homes and Communities Agency about this emerging national policy and how we can meet local housing needs at Northstowe".  

  5. Headlines: Police investigation following New Year's Day hunt... Priceless books set to go on display in Cambridge

    Kerry Devine

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this evening:

  6. Hunt fox death hunt being taken 'seriously' by police

    Mousumi Bakshi

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Police investigating the death of a fox during a Cambridgeshire hunt say they are "taking the matter seriously". 

    Hounds

    Detectives are trying to establish whether the killing during the Fitzwilliam Hunt, near Peterborough, on New Year's Day, was lawful or not.

    The hunt is yet to respond to requests for comment

  7. Sports car stripped and left on bricks after Peterborough burglary

    Peterborough Telegraph

    The keys to a high performance sports car were stolen in a burglary before the car was stripped and dumped in Peterborough this morning.

    Car with wheels stolen
  8. Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum marks 200th anniversary this year

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Another of Cambridge's best known historic buildings is also marking a milestone in 2016 -  The Fitzwilliam Museum is celebrating its 200th anniversary.  

    Fitzwilliam Museum

    Viscount Fitzwilliam left his art and library - with £100,000 (about £74m today) to house them - to Cambridge University in 1816, and this was used to set up the Fitzwilliam Museum. 

    You can see some of the highlights from the museum's collection here.

  9. Police launch investigation following New Year's Day hunt

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Cambridgeshire Police has launched an investigation into the death of a fox during a hunt on New Year's Day. 

    Hounds

    The force said officers were made aware of the death in the annual Fitzwilliam Hunt, which takes place near Peterborough. 

    It said it will be investigating whether or not the fox was killed lawfully. It is illegal for hunting dogs to kill foxes. 

  10. Latest news: Fox killed in Cambridgeshire hunt... Beach rescue woman 'feared for her life'

    Kerry Devine

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here are the headlines in Cambridgeshire this afternoon:

    • Police launch investigation after fox killed during Cambridgeshire hunt
  11. Cambridgeshire beach rescue woman thanks coastguard

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Lorrayne Starr, from Cambridgeshire, has thanked members of the coastguard who rescued her from mud on a Norfolk beach.

    Coastguard helicopter

    A helicopter winched her to safety after she became trapped trying to rescue her dog during a walk at Trimingham on New Year's Day.

    The St Ives primary school teacher told the Eastern Daily Press: "For the first time in my life I was really scared that we were both going to die".

  12. One of the world's 'greatest libraries' celebrates 600 years in Cambridge

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    The 600th anniversary of one of the world's "greatest libraries" is being celebrated in 2016.

    Cambridge University Library

    Cambridge University Library was first mentioned by name in 1416. The current building (above), which opened in 1934, now houses nine million books.

    An exhibition of some of the treasures from the collection will open in March.

  13. Weather: Scattered showers this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Most parts will see scattered showers this afternoon - some of which may be heavy. Maximum temperature: 9C (48F). 

    Rainbow

    BBC Weather Watcher "Ebb&flow" captured this rainbow over fields near Cambridge this morning.

    You can find out the latest where you live at BBC Weather.   

  14. Have your say on five Cambridge cycling projects set for £4.2m City Deal boost

    Cambridge News

    Now is the chance to have your say on five new cycling schemes that have come to fruition thanks to £4.2m of investment by Cambridge's City Deal.

  15. Cambridgeshire beach rescue woman 'feared for her life'

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    A Cambridgeshire primary school teacher who became trapped in mud while trying to rescue her dog from a Norfolk beach says she feared for her life.

    Rescue operation

    Lorrayne Starr, 49, from St Ives, became stuck in wet clay after she tried to rescue her pet from the bottom of cliffs at Trimingham on New Year's Day.

    Coastguards used a helicopter to winch her to safety.

  16. Rape awareness campaign launched by Cambridgeshire Police

    Mousumi Bakshi

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Cambridgeshire Police is unveiling a month-long rape and serious sexual assault awareness campaign today.

    Rape poster

    The force says it aims to highlight issues around consent and the importance and encouragement of reporting assaults.

    Det Insp Leigh Allman says it is "absolutely committed" to tackling sex crimes.

  17. Wildlife park offered hundreds of Christmas trees as big cat toys

    A Cambridgeshire wildlife park says it has been inundated with offers of Christmas trees for its tigers.

    Tiger with Christmas tree

    Shepreth Wildlife Park collects Christmas trees, being thrown out at this time of year, as big cat toys.

    Curator Rebecca Willers says it was offered about 600 trees from local garden centres, but it only had room to accept the first 30.

  18. Headlines: Government 'rolling its sleeves up' at Northstowe... Wildlife park inundated with offers of Christmas trees for big cats

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

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

    • The government is "rolling its sleeves up" at Northstowe to build new homes, says David Cameron
    • Shepreth Wildlife Park has been offered about 600 Christmas trees as toys for its big cats
    • Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum is marking its 200th anniversary in 2016
  19. Cyclist 'lucky' not to be garrotted by Christmas lights wire

    David Webster

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A cyclist says he was lucky not to be garrotted by a length of wire from Christmas lights strung across a cycle path in Cambridge.

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    Gary Seddon was cycling with his son near the Newmarket Road Park and Ride when they almost hit the wire on Saturday. 

    He says he has reported it to police.