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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday, 12 January 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Cambridgeshire Live today

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us. We'll be back at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county. 

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

Weather: Showers tonight clearing towards dawn

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Showers will push eastwards through the first part of the night, clearing to leave patchy cloud and clear spells. Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Weather chart
BBC

'Vital' school crossing patrols will not be cut

School crossing patrols will no longer be cut as part of the efficiency savings by Cambridgeshire County Council, councillors have decided.

School crossing sign
BBC

The council proposed stopping funding patrols outside schools to save £171,000.

But today members of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee voted to remove them from budget saving proposals after deeming them a "vital" service.

Petition to stop Cambridge Biomedical Campus building on green belt near Nine Wells nature reserve

Cambridge News

Plans to release part of Cambridge's green belt for further expansion of the Biomedical Campus puts one of the city's best-loved nature reserves at-risk, it is claimed.

Councillors vote to start street light switch-off at 02:00

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Councillors in Cambridgeshire have voted to switch-off street lights in the county at 02:00. 

Street lights in Cambridge
BBC

The county council wanted to turn off or dim streetlights between midnight and 06:00 to save £272,000 a year.

But after a consultation revealed public opposition to the plans, members of the Highways Committee decided to push the start time back by two hours. 

Headlines: 'Best ever' Bronze Age houses uncovered near Peterborough... Flood alerts remain in place

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the headlines in Cambridgeshire this evening:

  • Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the "best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain"
  • Junior doctors strike at Cambridgeshire's hospitals
  • Environment Agency flood alerts remain in place

Firefighters use cutting equipment to free trapped horse

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Firefighters used cutting equipment to free a horse trapped on a metal fence in Doddington.

Rescue of horse
Cambs Fire and Rescue

A crew from Chatteris had to get the horse - called Harry - sedated by a vet before cutting him free yesterday.

Last year Cambridgeshire Fire Service received an award after rescuing a donkey from a storm drain.

Flood alerts remain in place across Cambridgeshire

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The Environment Agency currently has eight flood alerts in place across Cambridgeshire. This was the River Granta at Linton earlier today.

Rive Granta
BBC

The North Bank in Whittlesey and the A1101 at Welney remain closed due to flooding.

Travel: Accident on A141 near Guyhirn

BBC Travel

Police are at the scene of a two vehicle crash on the A141 at Hobbs Lot Bridge, near Guyhirn. The road is partially blocked.

Scene of accident
Cambridgeshire Police

Armed pub raid an 'isolated incident' say police

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

An armed robbery on the Golden Hind pub on Milton Road in Cambridge is being treated as an "isolated incident" by police.

Golden Hind
BBC

Two customers and a member of staff were assaulted by four or five masked men armed with weapons including a metal bar and a baseball bat, at 21:30 on Sunday.

The men took cash before making off in a black Ford Mondeo. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Whittlesey archaeologists 'peek through the curtains' at Bronze Age life

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Preserved Bronze Age remains at Must Farm quarry give the "opportunity to peek through the curtains and see people in their daily moment," says archaeologist Selina Davenport. 

Selina Davenport
BBC

Archaeologists have revealed exceptionally well-preserved Bronze Age dwellings during the excavation near Whittlesey, providing an "extraordinary" insight into domestic life 3,000 years ago.

"We’re all just really nosey and we just want to see what people are doing," she added.

Weather: Becoming increasingly windy and showery

BBC Weather

It will turn increasingly showery into the afternoon but still with some sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 6C (43F). 

Cambridge college buildings
BBC

This was the scene in Cambridge this morning, photographed by BBC Weather Watcher 'Cantab'.

Bronze Age finds could be evidence of 'undiscovered community' in Fens

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The Bronze Age settlement at Must Farm quarry could be evidence of an "undiscovered community" that thrived 3,000 years ago in Britain’s largest wetland, say archaeologists.

Spear point
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

The Cambridge Archaeological Unit is  currently halfway through an excavation at the site near Whittlesey.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, says the dig "gives us a graphic picture of life in the Bronze Age".

Archaeologists believe inhabitants of Bronze Age settlement fled fire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Archaeologists believe it is possible the inhabitants of a Bronze Age settlement at Whittlesey were forced to leave everything behind when it caught on fire.

Charred bucket
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

The 3,000-year-old settlement, at Must Farm quarry, was destroyed by a blaze that caused the dwellings to collapse into the river, preserving the contents.

Charred wooden items, including a bucket (above), show that many possessions were lost in the flames.

Britain's ancient past preserved in waterlogged Fens

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

The Must Farm excavation is the first large-scale dig of deeply-buried sediments in the Fens.

Flag Fen
BBC

Other ancient finds preserved in the waterlogged Fen soil have been discovered in the past, including 11 Bronze Age canoes and a network of wooden platforms and posts at Flag Fen (above), thought to be a ritual causeway.   

Last year archaeologists also recovered a Spitfire that had crashed at nearby Holme Fen

How do Britain's Bronze Age buildings compare?

The Bronze Age houses recovered from river silt in Cambridgeshire are dated to 1,000-800BC, towards the end of Britain's Bronze Age. 

If we were to go back to that time, what other buildings could we have seen?

Karnak Temple
BBC

Headlines: Bronze Age houses uncovered in Cambridgeshire are Britain's 'Pompeii'... Councillors vote on street light switch-off times

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this afternoon:

  • Archaeologists have uncovered what they say are the "best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain" near Peterborough
  • Customers and staff are assaulted during an armed robbery at Cambridge pub
  • Councillors vote to start street light switch-off in Cambridgeshire at 02:00 instead of midnight

Bronze Age finds to be displayed in Peterborough

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Objects excavated from preserved Bronze Age dwellings near Whittlesey will eventually be put on display at Peterborough Museum and other venues, say archaeologists.

Findings
BBC

The £1.1m excavation at Must Farm Quarry is jointly funded by Historic England and land owner Forterra.  

Site preservation from 3,000 years ago 'feels like it was just yesterday'

Jo Black

BBC News

Archaeologist Mark Knight said preservation of the Bronze Age settlement in the Fens has been so good "it feels like it was just yesterday".

Mark Knight
BBC

"We will be looking at the contents of the pots so we will be able to tell you what they were eating the day their building burnt down. We will be looking at the garments so we will be able to tell you what they were wearing.

"It's so significant I think we're having to come up with new questions about what we might learn from the site."

Archaeologists step into Bronze Age home at Whittlesey quarry

David Webster

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Archaeologist Mark Knight at the Whittlesey dig said for the first time in British history they have been able to go inside a Bronze Age roundhouse.

Posts of Bronze Age homes
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

"We'll understand what the world they lived in looked like, what it smelt like. It's a world we've dreamed about getting into," he said.  

Archaeologists believe Bronze Age settlement contained five houses

Helen Burchell

BBC News

We've just been told archaeologists believe about five houses have been found at the Bronze Age excavation site near Whittlesey.

Bronze Age dig
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

The dig at Must Farm Quarry, by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, has also exposed a well-preserved palisade fence made of ash trees, "wattle" walls and the remains of the roof of one of the roundhouses.

Bronze Age jars containing food among finds at Whittlesey dig

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Jars with food still inside and wooden bowls are among finds made at the excavation of Bronze Age homes at Whittlesey.

Bronze Age jars
BBC

The circular wooden houses at Must Farm quarry are being described as the best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in the country.

Mark Knight, site director of the excavation, said: "Normally when you dig dry land sites, you're lucky if you find a few shards. Here we're finding complete pots, often with the food inside them." 

'Best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found'

Jo Black

BBC News

Archaeologists say Bronze Age homes excavated near Whittlesey are of "international importance". 

The circular wooden houses, built on stilts, form part of a settlement at Must Farm quarry and date to about 1000-800 BC. 

The site has been described as Britain's "Pompeii" and the "best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found" in the country.

Bronze Age homes uncovered at Whittlesey compared to Pompeii

David Webster

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Bronze Age homes uncovered in Cambridgeshire are being compared to the Roman city Pompeii - buried by a volcanic eruption - because they provide a time capsule into Bronze Age life. 

Bronze Age dig
BBC

The dwellings at Must Farm quarry, Whittlesey, were built on stilts on a river and destroyed in a fire 3,000 years ago. 

The remains plunged into the water and silt, preserving them so well that archaeologists said it felt almost "rude" to excavate them.

Glass beads show Bronze Age 'sophistication' at Whittlesey dig

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Glass beads from a necklace show a "sophistication not usually associated with the Bronze Age", according to archaeologists excavating at Must Farm Quarry, near Whittlesey.

Beads
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

Pots with meals still inside and clothing have been found at the site, along with textiles made from plant fibres such as lime tree bark. 

The finds date from about 1000-800 BC.

Headlines: 'Internationally significant' Bronze Age houses uncovered near Peterborough... Operations cancelled as junior doctors strike begins

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the the top stories in Cambridgeshire so far this morning:

Archaeologists seek to protect Bronze Age homes from damage

David Webster

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The excavation of Bronze Age dwellings at Must Farm Quarry, near Whittlesey, is taking place under a huge covered structure, to protect it from the elements. 

Whittlesey dig
BBC

Archaeologists say the work, which began in August, is necessary because there are concerns the water level at the site could fall some time in the future, meaning the remains of the houses could be damaged.

Masked men in armed raid on Cambridge pub

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Customers and a member of staff were assaulted during an armed robbery by masked men at the Golden Hind in Cambridge.

Police say four or five men entered the Milton Road pub at 21:30 on Sunday, armed with weapons including a metal bar and a baseball bat.  

Golden Hind pub
Google

They assaulted a member of staff and two members of the public before making off with cash in a black Ford Mondeo. No-one was seriously hurt.  

Bronze Age houses preserved in mud

David Webster

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Archaeologists who uncovered the UK's "best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings" in the Fens say the buildings were kept intact after a fire caused them to fall into a river.

Charred timbers
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

The circular wooden houses, built on stilts, were found at Must Farm quarry, at Whittlesey, and date to about 1000-800 BC.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: "A dramatic fire 3,000 years ago, combined with subsequent waterlogged preservation, has left to us a frozen moment in time".

Whittlesey Bronze Age houses of 'international significance'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Archaeologists say Bronze Age houses discovered at Whittlesey are of "international significance" and "will transform our understanding of the period".  

Excavation site
BBC

The circular wooden houses, built on stilts, form part of a settlement at Must Farm quarry.  

David Gibson, from Cambridge Archaeological Unit which is leading the excavation, said: "So much has been preserved, we can actually see everyday life during the Bronze Age in the round."

'Best ever' Bronze Age houses uncovered in Cambridgeshire

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the "best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain".

Bronze Age pots
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

The circular wooden houses, built on stilts, form part of a settlement at Must Farm quarry, near Whittlesey, and date to about 1000-800 BC.

An earlier test trench at the site revealed small cups, bowls and jars.  

Junior doctors strike: Picket line formed at Addenbrooke's Hospital

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This is the picket line outside Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where junior doctors began a 24-hour strike at 08:00.

Picket line outside Addenbrooke's
BBC

Hospitals in England are facing major disruption as junior doctors strike in a dispute with the government over a new contract.  

There are more than 55,000 junior doctors in England - a position covering people who have just graduated from medical school through to those with more than a decade of experience.

Travel: A1101 at Welney closed due to flooding

BBC Travel

The A1101 Wash Road at Welney remains closed in both directions, near Toll Farn corner, due to flooding.

Junior doctors begin strike at Cambridgeshire hospitals

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Junior doctors at Cambridgeshire's hospitals have gone on strike in a dispute with the government over a new contract.  

Addenbrooke's Hospital
BBC

Doctors are providing emergency cover only during the 24-hour walkout, which got under way at 08:00. 

Travel: Multi-vehicle accident on A605 near Peterborough

BBC Travel

The A605 at Elton near Peterborough is partially closed following a multi-vehicle accident.

Headlines: Bronze Age houses uncovered near Peterborough... Operations cancelled as junior doctors strike begins

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories in Cambridgeshire this morning:

  • Archaeologists have uncovered what they say are the "best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain" near Peterborough 

Weather: A bright start, becoming increasingly windy and showery

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It will be a chilly and bright start to the day. with sunny spells and showers. The showers could be heavy at times.

Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F). Head to BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast for where you live. 

Travel: North Bank at Whittlesey closed due to flood risk

BBC Travel

North Bank at Whittlesey has closed today due to the risk of flooding. The Environment Agency have issued a red warning meaning flooding is expected.

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Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Good morning. We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county. Flood warnings are still in place in parts of Cambridgeshire - we'll bring you a full forecast shortly.

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