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Summary

  1. Five youths charged with burglary offences in Peterborough during an investigation into 30 raids
  2. TV quizmaster and Cambridge graduate Richard Osman spots grammar gaffe in city restaurant sign
  3. Cambridge student says helping to excavate Bronze Age dwellings is her archaeological "dream come true"
  4. Updates on Monday, 1 February 2016

Live Reporting

By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the Cambridgeshire Live team on Monday, so goodbye... we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

    If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. University of Cambridge 'out of reach of most locals'

    Children from poor families in Cambridge have less chance of good exam grades than those in London's most deprived areas, says a report.  

    King's College, Cambridge

    The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission ranked every English council for disadvantaged children's prospects.

    Not one pupil eligible for free school meals in Cambridgeshire got into an Oxbridge university in 2014, it claims. A Department for Education spokesman said it was "determined to spread... educational excellence everywhere".

  3. Weather: Windy with clear spells and variable cloud

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a windy night with clear spells and variable cloud, but there may be a few showers at times, particularly in the south. 

    Minimum temperature 5C (41F).   

    Weather chart

    It will be mainly dry with sunny spells on Tuesday, but windy with gusts up to 45mph and feeling colder. Maximum temperature 9C (48F).  

  4. University of Cambridge and colleges unveil fresh vision for 1,400 homes on city's West Fields

    Cambridge News

    A consortium of colleges and Cambridge University have unveiled a fresh vision for a major development of some 1,400 homes on the green belt to the west of Cambridge.

  5. Fire service aims to recruit new people from variety of backgrounds

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A recruitment campaign for full-time firefighters in Cambridgeshire will begin on Saturday.

    Firefighters in training

    The county's fire service has recruited 30 new people over the past 18 months and is now looking for more from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

    Chief fire officer Chris Strickland, said: "Every single one of our new firefighters has brought something different and this reinforces why we want to receive applications from people with varying backgrounds and experiences."

  6. Bridge over main road shut for repairs until March

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A major road through the centre of Huntingdon has been shut until the middle of March for repairs to a railway bridge.

    Iron Bridge in Huntingdon

    Network Rail says work on the Iron Bridge on Ermine Street is part of its railway upgrade plan, to carry out extensive repairs and strengthening to keep trains running safely. 

    The road underneath will be closed to vehicles but pedestrians and cyclists will be able to get through. 

  7. Open University strike called off

    A strike at the Open University (OU) due to take place tomorrow has been called off.

    It follows discussions with the University and College Union.

    Open University sign

    The OU announced plans last year to close seven regional centres, including one in Cambridge. 

  8. Headlines: Teenagers charged over Peterborough burglaries... Soon-to-open Cambridge restaurant changes apostrophe gaffe in new sign

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    If you're just joining us, here's what's happening in Cambridgeshire today:

    • Five youths have been charged with burglary offences in Peterborough during an investigation into 30 raids 
    • Major road in Huntingdon closed to traffic until middle of March for rail bridge repairs 
    • TV quizmaster and Cambridge graduate Richard Osman spots grammar gaffe in city restaurant sign
  9. Bronze Age dwellings are Cambridge student's 'dream come true'

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    A Cambridge student says helping to excavate Bronze Age dwellings at Must Farm near Whittlesey is her archaeological "dream come true".

    Bronze Age finds

    Yun Chiang, a student at Lucy Cavendish College, has written a blog about her experiences on the dig, described by archaeologists as "Britain's Pompeii".

    The dwellings, dating from 1000-800 BC, fell into a river during a fire and were preserved in the silt.

  10. Pointless host points to apostrophe gaffe on restaurant sign

    A restaurant close to the university quarter of Cambridge changed its sign after comedian and TV presenter Richard Osman pointed out a grammar gaffe.

    Erroneous apostrophe

    The co-host of BBC quiz show Pointless posted a photograph on Twitter of "Daniel Steak's" in Regent Street, mentioning the erroneous apostrophe (left). 

    As reported in the Cambridge News, he wrote: "This new place in Cambridge has yet to open, so there's still time to do something about that apostrophe."

    And the owners did just that - but left a large gap (right).

  11. Teenagers charged over Peterborough burglaries

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Five youths have been charged with burglary offences across the Netherton, Bretton and Longthorpe areas of Peterborough.

    Anti-burglar device

    They were arrested during an investigation into 30 burglaries between July and September last year.

    Four boys, aged between 15 and 16, will appear at Huntingdon Youth Court later this month. A further 16-year-old boy was also charged, but he was already serving a sentence for armed robbery and no extra penalty was imposed, police said.

  12. Gulf War medic wants illnesses recognised

    Peterborough Telegraph

    A Gulf War veteran from Peterborough believes illnesses he is suffering are due to the government giving him untested vaccinations at the start of the conflict.

  13. Deadline day deal for Posh

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Peterborough United have made just the one signing on deadline day so far, with Exeter City striker Tom Nichols putting pen to paper for an undisclosed fee on a long-term contract. 

    Meanwhile, fellow striker Luke James, 21, has joined former club Hartlepool United on loan for the rest of the season.  

    You can get the latest deadline day deals at BBC Sport.

  14. Archaeological 'milestone' reached at Whittlesey Bronze Age dig

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Archeologists excavating Bronze Age dwellings near Whittlesey have reached what they describe as "a milestone", documenting their 1,000th piece of wood.  

    Wooden posts

    The Cambridge Archaeological Unit is about halfway through the eight-month dig to uncover the secrets of the site at Must Farm Quarry, dubbed "Britain's Pompeii".

    The circular wooden houses, built on stilts, formed part of a settlement partially destroyed by fire 3,000 years ago.

  15. Daytime traffic kept to 40mph for central reservation work

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Speed restrictions of 40mph on the A14, between J31 for Girton and J34 for Horningsea north and east of Cambridge, will remain in place during the day, an agency says.

    Traffic build up on A14

    Highways England said the central reservation was still unsafe despite repair work being completed in sections during the night. 

    Work to widen the road around J31 was completed last September but Aran Nugent from Highways England said the central reservation work was a separate project and would be completed in April.

  16. Motorist had 'no idea' she was driving with just three tyres

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Police say a woman driving with with just three tyres on her car "had no idea" she had lost one.

    Wheel missing tyre

    Officers from the Beds, Cambs and Herts road policing unit tweeted this photo this morning, adding she had been driving "for miles" like it.

  17. Weather: cloudy and windy, but clearing later on

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be cloudy and windy to begin with, and there may be a little light rain and drizzle for some. It will become brighter later on, but also colder with isolated showers possible. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F). 

    St Ives

    This was the scene this morning near St Ives captured by BBC Weather Watcher 'Rugby John'.

  18. Headlines: South Cambridgeshire MP 'shaken' by conditions for migrants... Man cut free from car after A428 crash

    If you are just joining us here are the headlines in Cambridgeshire this lunchtime:

    • South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen "shaken" by conditions for migrants during a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos
    • Scientists in Cambridge are calling for world health leaders not to be "complacent" over tackling the spread of Zika virus
    • A man in his 50s has to be cut free from his car after a crash on the A428 at Eltisley this morning