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  1. Closing headlines on Monday, 18 January 2016
  2. Two RAF bases are to be sold off for housing, the government confirms
  3. Cambridge City Council is trying to introduce an order on punting touts
  4. An Ely restaurant has been badly damaged after a diner drove into it
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Patrick Byrne

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Local Live is finished for today but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, weather, sport and travel for Cambridgeshire.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Dry with long clear periods and high cloud

    BBC Weather

    Tonight it's becoming very cold with a widespread, hard frost as temperatures fall as low as -7C (19F) in some rural spots. 

    Weather picture

    A cold, frosty but sunny and dry start to Tuesday while feeling cold in a light northwesterly breeze. Maximum temperature: 4C (39F).

    Get more details on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Football: St Neots plan to appoint interim manager

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    St Neots Town owner Lee Kearns says he's intending to appoint an interim manager as successor to David Batch.

    Batch resigned on Thursday, just over a year after joining the Saints from Sudbury. St Neots are currently 18th in the Southern League Premier Division.

    Quote Message: "We want to find someone to get us through to the end of the season, at which point we'll make a decision on next year." from Lee Kearns St Neots Town owner
    Lee KearnsSt Neots Town owner
  4. Air ambulance dedicated base opens at Cambridge Airport

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A new dedicated helicopter pad and building for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and its crew of pilots and administrators has opened at Cambridge Airport.

    East Anglian Air Ambulance

    The service says it can now respond more quickly to emergency calls in its area covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. 

    The new building has a proper area to debrief crews after difficult jobs, and a large drugs and equipment store to give them more space to prepare for shifts, a spokesman said.

  5. News update: RAF bases being sold off for housing... Striker pleased to make permanent move to the U's

    David Keller

    BBC News

    If you're catching up:

    • Two RAF bases in Cambridgeshire occupied by the American air force until the late 1990s are among 12 being sold off for housing by the Ministry of Defence
    • An elderly woman trying to park outside an Ely restaurant for a Sunday lunch accidentally crashed into it
    • Striker Ben Williamson says he is pleased to have agreed a permanent deal with Cambridge United
  6. Tribute to fire service stalwart who died of heart attack

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue has issued a tribute to Whittlesey fireman Malcolm Bean, who died suddenly following a cardiac arrest at his home on Thursday aged 57.

    Malcolm Bean

    He joined the service in June 1985 as an on-call firefighter at Whittlesey, where watch commander Mark Brown said: "Malc had a great sense of humour, jovial character and an easy going manner, so his sudden death has been devastating to us all." 

  7. Two RAF bases to be sold for housing, minister reveals

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Two RAF bases in Cambridgeshire occupied by the American air force until the late 1990s are among 12 being sold off for housing by the Ministry of Defence, to raise £500m.

    RAF Alconbury

    The government has confirmed RAF Molesworth, where cruise missiles were based, and RAF Alconbury, from where special operations were carried out, will go on the market. 

    Mark Lancaster, minister for defence, personnel and veterans, said money raised from the disposal will be ploughed back into defence budgets and the sale of the 12 sites will provide land for around 15,000 new homes.

  8. Harley Davidson bike stolen from Littleport garage sought

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A modified Harley Davidson motorcycle worth £13,000 has been stolen from a garage in Littleport.

    Stolen Harley Davidson

    In a bid to trace its whereabouts police have issued its registration as AE51KVZ and said it was stolen from Kingsmeads Court on 11 January, between 17:00 and 19:00.

    Sgt Phil Priestley said: "The motorcycle is unique because of aftermarket modifications, including an alternative saddle. The theft has had a significant impact on the victim - a motorcycle enthusiast."

  9. Owner feels 'so sorry' for driver who crashed into her restaurant

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Despite her restaurant being badly damaged after a car crashed into it, Ann Jarman, who runs the Old Fire Engine House in Ely, said she feels "so sorry" for the driver.

    Old Fire Engine House, Ely

    "The family was coming in for a celebration lunch. Poor thing. She was trying to park and I think her foot just slipped," she said.

    The restaurant had to be closed but has now been boarded-up and it was "business as usual" for customers, she added.

  10. 'Staff thought a bomb had gone off' in restaurant car smash

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    An elderly woman trying to park outside a restaurant for a Sunday lunch accidentally crashed into it.

    Crash at Old Fire Engine House in Ely

    As reported in the Ely News, the smash happened at about 12:30 at the Old Fire Engine House near Ely Cathedral.

    Restaurant owner Ann Jarman told the BBC "staff thought a bomb had gone off".

  11. Football: Ben Williamson 'delighted' with Cambridge United return

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Striker Ben Williamson (pictured right) says he is pleased to have agreed a permanent deal with Cambridge United, having enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Abbey.

    The 27-year-old has signed a contract which will keep him with the U's until the summer of 2017.

    Ben Williamson
    Quote Message: "My aims are simple. I just want to get in the team, stay in the team and put in good performances." from Ben Williamson Cambridge United
    Ben WilliamsonCambridge United
  12. Restaurant owner says 'miracle' no-one hurt after crash

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    The owner of a restaurant that had a car drive into it said it was a "miracle" no-one was hurt.

    Crash damage at Old Fire Engine House in Ely

    "If anyone had been in the room at the time I think they would have been pretty badly injured," said Ann Jarman, owner of the Old Fire Engine House in Ely.

    She said the stainless steel work surfaces had been "pushed right to the back against the fridges and there was glass everywhere".

  13. Punt touts face ban from Cambridge city centre

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    "Out of control" touts "hassling" the public to take punt trips could be banned from a swathe of Cambridge.


    City council leader Lewis Herbert said introducing a Public Space Protection Order would make touting for customers illegal in areas away from the River Cam, including King's Parade.

    "Essentially you've got groups of touts at each junction around the city centre," he said, branding them "a hassle".

  14. Weather: Dry and bright this afternoon

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    This afternoon will be dry and bright and there may be one or two sunny spells around later. Winds will be light but it will still feel cold, with a maximum temperature of 4C (39F).

    Elizabeth Rizzini presenting the weather
  15. Man in court after tractor chase in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A man from Wisbech has appeared in court after a tractor was chased between two counties by six patrol cars and a force helicopter.

    The tractor

    The vehicle was taken from a farm in Tilney St Lawrence, Norfolk, on Saturday before being abandoned in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, during the evening. 

    A 25-year-old man, from Wisbech, who faces charges of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, failure to stop, and driving without insurance, was remanded in custody for the the case to be heard at Norwich Crown Court next month.

  16. Headlines: Men jailed for Cambridge stabbing... Man in court after tractor chase

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here are the top stories making the news this afternoon: 

    • Two men from Luton have been sentenced to prison for stabbing a Saudi Arabian man in Cambridge
    • A man has appeared in court following a low-speed tractor chase over two counties
    • The East Anglian Air Ambulance's new base at Cambridge Airport is now "fully operational", according to the charity
  17. Two men jailed after Saudi Arabian man stabbed in Cambridge

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Two men from Luton have been jailed for nine years each after being found guilty of wounding with intent a 31-year-old man from Saudi Arabia in Cambridge last year.

    Cambridge Crown Court

    Ali Mohammed Tobeigi, 61, who moved to the UK from Saudi Arabia in 2014 claimed the victim had planned to kidnap his daughter and grandson and take them back to the country.

    Zackaria Sherrief, 59, had travelled with Tobeigi to "mediate" on the night of the incident in June, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

  18. Gum-flavoured e-cigarettes could attract children, says Cambridge study

    Advertisements for chocolate and bubble gum-flavoured e-cigarettes could attract children to try vaping, according to new research in Cambridge.


    The research, carried out by the University of Cambridge for the Department of Health, examined concerns that the use of e-cigarettes among children and adolescents could lead to tobacco smoking. 

    The study found school children shown adverts for candy-flavoured e-cigarettes expressed greater interest in buying and trying them than their peers.