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  1. Updates on Friday, 22 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Alex Pope

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That's it for this week from everyone on Cambridgeshire Local Live. 

We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Weather: Clear night ahead

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry and breezy evening with clear spells, followed by a dry and predominantly clear night, with winds easing. 

Weather map

Becoming chilly later in the night, with perhaps a touch of frost where skies remain clear for longest. Some fog patches may also form by dawn.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F). 

Can you fix it? Local group seeks DIY helpers

Kerry Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A search has started to find people who are handy with a hammer, super with a saw and understand an u-bend. 

Cutting of a tin

The Peterborough-based skills share scheme Greeniversity is looking for volunteers to run classes in DIY skills so they won't die out.

They say being able to repair a home comes top of the list of endangered everyday skills in the UK.

Travel news: M11 exit slip closed this weekend

Make sure you plan your journey over the weekend if you're using the M11 northbound exit slip junction at Madingley.

It will be closed from 20:00 tonight until 05:00 on Monday. 

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Cambridge volunteers getting ready to help refugees in Calais

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Forty-two volunteers from the Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group are preparing to head out to France tonight to help refugees staying at the Calais Jungle camp.

Migrants and volunteers clear part of the camp known as the Jungle
Getty Images

Members of the convoy. that includes 10 cars and a van, will spend the next two days building shelters, maintaining the camp and distributing food and clothes. 

They're also taking items including tents, sleeping bags, winter coats and shoes donated by local people. 

Chief of Cambridgeshire CCG to step down

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Dr Neil Modha has announced he is stepping down as chief clinical officer for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

He says he's taken the decision after being in the job for four years to "rebalance and refocus my work and family commitments". 

It was under his watch that the CCG commissioned Uniting Care to run health services for older people in the county. The £800m outsourcing contract collapsed last month. 

Headlines: Cambridgeshire medical leader to leave job after four years in post... Super spud grower scoops special award

Kerry Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the headlines for this Friday evening: 

Prize-winning grower warns of spud shortage

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A potato grower from Cambridgeshire says the lack of cold weather this winter is likely to mean a shortage of potatoes. 


John Boutwood, managing director of Isle of Ely Produce, says it could also mean a price rise. 

He says it's all "down to the mild weather, as when they put them into storage the temperature was very, very warm and a breakdown happens in the potatoes because their skins haven't set properly".

Posh sign Spurs striker Coulthirst

Steve Jackson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Peterborough United have confirmed the signing of 21-year-old Shaquile Coulthirst from Tottenham Hotspur. 

Shaquile Coulthirst
Getty Images

He's coming to the Posh on a three-and-a-half year deal. 

The striker becomes the third arrival at London Road in 24 hours, after Harry Toffolo and Adil Nabi.

Outstanding achievement award given to Cambridgeshire potato grower

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A potato grower from Cambridgeshire has won the Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2016 National Fish & Chip Awards

John Boutwood

John Boutwood is managing director of  Isle of Ely Produce, which grows potatoes around Ely and Littleport. 

It distributes more than two million bags of spuds to chippies in UK and Ireland every year.

Cambridgeshire quarry a treasure trove for achaeologists

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The site of sea monster Eve's final resting place in a Fenland quarry has become a treasure trove for archaeologists, giving up a number of important finds over the years.

Excavation of plesiosaur bones at Must Farm quarry

Cambridge archaeologists are currently excavating the remains of a Bronze Age settlement described as "Britain's Pompeii" because it is so well-preserved. 

However, Eve is much older than the roundhouses. She’s about 165 million years old. Plesiosaurs died out about 66 million years ago at the same time as the dinosaurs.

Brian's breakfasts a draw at 'world's fifth-best' B&B

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Praise is being heaped upon a Cambridgeshire B&B.

Brian and Lesley Corbett

Sayle House has just been ranked as the fifth-best in the world by review website TripAdvisor

It seems like the breakfasts are a winning factor. Guests' comments on the site include: "Brian's breakfasts deserve a special mention"; "Beautiful house, excellent breakfast, wonderful hosts" and "One of the best B&Bs we've ever stayed in."

All about Eve: The fishy diet of a Cambridgeshire 'sea monster'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The Must Farm quarry plesiosaur, nicknamed Eve, would have enjoyed a diet of other marine animals such as fish, shellfish and squid, Oxford University palaeontologist Dr Roger Benson says.

Artists impression of a plesiosaur

She wasn’t the fastest-swimming marine reptile, but she didn't need to be: fish swam a lot more slowly in the Jurassic period as many of them were “armoured” with bony skeletons and thick enamel scales, Dr Benson said.  

Nevertheless, Eve would still have cruised through the Fenland waters at a speed of about 5mph (8.2km/h) – that’s faster than an Olympic champion.

Travel update: Delays on A1 at Wittering

There are delays on the A1 in the Wittering area, police have tweeted.

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Rare 'sea reptile' found in Cambridgeshire gifted to museum

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Fossilised bones of a rare 'sea reptile' found in Cambridgeshire have been donated to a museum in Oxford so experts can determine if it's a previously unknown species of plesiosaur. 

Plesiosaur vertebrae

Experts say some anatomical features of this creature have only been seen in much smaller specimens. 

The company Forterra gifted the remains, now nicknamed "Eve", to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History after they were discovered at Must Farm quarry, near Whittlesey. 

More than 42,000 people attend LAMMA show in Peterborough

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It's been confirmed that more than 42,000 people attended the LAMMA agricultural show held in Peterborough this week.

LAMMA show
Farmers Guardian

The two-day event at the East of England Showground on Wednesday and Thursday had 1,000,000 sq ft (92,903 sq m) of net exhibition space, making it the biggest annual trade show in the UK. 

The show returns to the Peterborough on 18 and 19 January 2017.

Weather: Brightening up this afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon will gradually become much drier from the west with some bright spells just about possible in Wisbech and other central parts before dusk. 

St Ives
Rugby John / Weather Watcher

Strong, gusty southerly winds will ease later. 

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Scientist recalls the 'wow moment' he uncovered a 'sea monster'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A member of the group that discovered the fossilised bones of a 'sea monster' in Cambridgeshire has described the moment he uncovered the remains of the creature.

Oxford Clay Working Group member Dr Carl Harrington said: "As I was digging amongst the wet clay, the snout of a plesiosaur started to appear in front of me. 

A plesiosaur

"It was one of those absolute ‘wow’ moments – I was the first human to come face-to-face with this reptile.”    

Senior officer says increase in reports of violence 'positive'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Police area commander for Cambridge, Supt Jon Hutchinson, has been talking about the increase in reported violent crime in the county.

Cambridgeshire crime map

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire it was "a positive thing" that recorded crime had gone up "because... we don't feel that crime has gone up - it's just the cases that are reported to us have".  

He added that the way violent crime was recorded had changed, and that now all incidents have to be reported when in the past that wouldn't have always happened.

Dangerous load stopped on A1 at Alconbury

Police have issued a warning about drivers not being able to see clearly out of the back of their vehicles.

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Fire service issues warning after chip pan blaze

Two Cambridgeshire fire crews were called to a house in Beech Close in Huntingdon last night after a chip pan fire. 

The occupants had safely evacuated before the crews arrived.  

Chip pans can be extremely dangerous so we would always encourage people to use other methods of cooking chips, such as in an oven."

Spokesman, Cambridge Fire and Rescue

Help need to find men after man headbutted in nightclub

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A CCTV image of two men Cambridgeshire police want to talk to in connection of a serious assault in a Cambridge nightclub has been released.

CCTV image of two men
Cambridgeshire police

A 20-year-old man was headbutted in Lola Lo, in Corn Exchange Street, in the early hours of 11 December. 

He was left with serious facial injuries. 

Woman robbed on own driveway in 'unprovoked and cowardly attack'

Katharine Park

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A woman has been left with facial injuries after being robbed on her own driveway in Eaton Ford, St Neots at 22:30 on Tuesday. 

A male attacker punched her in the face and continued to punch her as she lay on the floor. He then stole her handbag. 

Det Con Karin Peters from Cambridgeshire Police said: "This was an unprovoked and cowardly attack, which has left its victim injured and badly shaken."

Cambridge B&B owners 'amazed' it's fifth-best in the world

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A couple who run a bed and breakfast in Cambridge, which has been ranked as the fifth-best in the world, say they are "amazed" to receive the accolade.

Sayle House

Sayle House, in Chesterton Hall Crescent, run by Brian and Lesley Corbett, was also ranked second in the UK by review website TripAdvisor. 

Mr Corbett said as they had only been running for less than two years, it was a huge accolade. 

Man due in court after fatal collision

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A man is due at Cambridge Magistrates' Court this morning charged with causing death by dangerous driving. 

It's in connection with a collision on the B1043 near Silton at 07:00 on Wednesday when a man died.

'Sea monster' discovered in Cambridgeshire could be a new species

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A Jurassic "sea monster" found in Cambridgeshire could prove to be a new species of plesiosaur, experts believe.

Artist’s impression of Muraenosaurus leedsii
Nobumichi Tamura

Oxford archaeologists discovered the 165 million-year-old bones at Must Farm quarry near Whittlesey.

Described as "a fantastic fossil" and named "Eve", she is being studied by palaeontologists at Oxford University's Museum of Natural History.

Cambridge sculpture awarded listed status

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Kenneth Martin's Construction in Aluminium sculpture in Cambridge has been recently recognised and protected by Historic England.

Construction in Aluminium
Historic England

The sculpture, which stands outside the university's Department of Engineering in Trumpington Street, is one of 41 sculptures in the country to be awarded Grade II-listed status.

The piece, the "visual representation of the mathematical formula of jet propulsion" is said to "capture the mood of post-war public feeling".

Posh sign two players in 24 hours

BBC Sport

It's been a busy 24 hours for Peterborough United who have added two players to their squad and are set to sign a third later today.

Both defender Harry Toffolo (pictured), who's signed on loan from Norwich City, and midfielder Adil Nabi, signed from West Brom for an undisclosed fee, could make their debuts against Gillingham in League One tomorrow.

Harry Toffolo
Getty Images

First Fletton Quays company announced

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

It's been announced that development firm Bride Hall Developments will build the new Fletton Quays Development in Peterborough.

Fletton Quays Development
Peterborough City Council

The go-ahead for the regeneration project was given in December and includes 280 new homes, 14,000 sq m of office space and a hotel on the riverside plot.  

Bride Hall will build a new 9,000 sq ft office with an ancilliary car park - it will include the refurbishment of a Grade II-listed train shed, which is the proposed location for the council's new offices.

Peterborough gets government cash to tackle rogue landlords

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Peterborough City Council is to receive just over £112,000 from the government to tackle rogue landlords.


It's one of 48 councils to receive a share of £5m from the government to help ensure tenants are staying in clean and safe properties that are fit for purpose.

Recorded violent crime rises in Cambridgeshire

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Recorded violent crime, including sexual assaults, has more than doubled in the county over the past four years, according to data.

Crime scene tape

Figures out in May 2013 show there were 13 recorded violent crimes, including sexual assaults, in Cambridge.

In November 2015 that figure jumped to 195, a 1,400% increase, while St Neots saw an 88% rise over the same period.

County council questions NHS trusts over failed older people's health contract

Tom Barton

BBC Look East political reporter

Continuing the Uniting Care contract for Older People's Services in Cambridgeshire would have cost £9m a year.

That figure was revealed yesterday when officials from Cambridgeshire County Council questioned the chief executives of two NHS trusts about the collapse of the failed £800m contract.

Unting Care had been commissioned to run health services for older people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough but the service collapsed last month after less than a year. It has been made clear the contract will not be put back out for tender.

Today's weather: Milder, turning wet

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today is due to be cloudy with occasional rain during the morning which will become heavy for a time around midday.

This afternoon will gradually become much drier from the west.

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Travel: Congestion on A1 and A10

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the southbound A1 Great North Road in Wyboston between the Colmworth turn-off and the Black Cat roundabout.

The southbound A10 Ely Road in Waterbeach near the Waterbeach Road junction is also congested this morning.

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Latest headlines: Recorded violent crime rises in Cambridgeshire... Council questions NHS trusts over older people's health contract

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Here are the top stories we're looking at this morning:

  • Recorded violent crime - including sexual assaults - has more than doubled in Cambridgeshire over the past four years
  • Officials from Cambridgeshire County Council have been questioning two NHS trusts about the collapse of a failed older people's health contract
  • Peterborough is to receive just over £112,000 from the government to tackle rogue landlords

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Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

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