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  1. Updates on Monday, 8 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage through the day

    That's all for today but we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel as it happens.

    Until then you can contact us through email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Showers and winds slowly easing overnight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    After a very windy day the blustery showers will mostly die out by late evening, with some clear spells developing overnight. Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).


    Much of Tuesday will be dry across the county with some sunny spells, and just the chance of an odd shower during the afternoon. It will feel more pleasant than today with lighter winds. 

  3. Stolen replica Postman Pat van took 'months' to make

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    A stolen replica of a Postman Pat red post van took months to convert from an £800 micro-car, said owner Ross Taylor.

    Postman Pat and replica of van

    The van, owned by a Pymoor-based crisp firm, was taken late last month. Postman Pat's black and white cat Jess was on board and is also missing.  

    "It's very complicated to start, so I think they must have lifted it onto a truck," Mr Taylor told the BBC.

  4. Howling success: Cambridge researchers create 'howl database'

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    A study of howling in wolves could could "shed light" on the early evolution of human language, according to researchers at Cambridge University.

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    The researchers created a database of 6,000 howls recorded from both captive and wild members of the candid family, including these wolves howling in Montana.  

    Dr Arik Kershenbaum, who led the study, said: "Wolves may not be close to us taxonomically, but ecologically their behaviour in a social structure is remarkably close to that of humans." 

  5. Football: Ryan Ledson and Darnell Furlong extend Cambridge United loans

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Everton midfielder Ryan Ledson (pictured) and QPR defender Darnell Furlong have extended their loan deals with Cambridge United for a further month.

    Ryan Ledson

    Ledson, 18, has featured in 14 games for the U's since joining in November.

    Full-back Furlong, 20, has made five appearances for Shaun Derry's side, and also played in 10 games on loan at Northampton Town earlier this season.

  6. Whittlesey pays final respects to firefighter Malcolm Bean

    Peterborough Telegraph

    Crowds lined the streets of Whittlesey to pay their final respects to a hugely popular firefighter and businessman.

    Fire engine in Whittlesey
  7. Headlines: Italy demands answers over death of Cambridge student in Cairo... School put on lockdown after reports of man with machete

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here are the headlines in Cambridgeshire this evening:

    • Italian government demands answers over death of Cambridge PhD student in Cairo
    • Longsands Academy in St Neots was put on temporary lockdown this afternoon after reports of a man with a machete in the area
    • Cambridge researchers say a study of wolves howling could help "shed light" on the early evolution of human language
  8. Tributes left for killed Cambridge student

    Candles and flowers were left outside the Italian embassy in Cairo over the weekend in tribute to Cambridge student Giulio Regeni, who was killed in the city while carrying out research for his PhD.

    Tributes left in Cairo
    Cairo tributes
  9. Police taking 'no further action' after reports of man with machete

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Police say "no further action" is taking place after reports of a man with a machete near Longsands Academy in St Neots.

    The school was put on lockdown for a while this afternoon while a search of the area was conducted.

    A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police told us they are "unable to speculate" as to whether it was a case of mistaken identity or a hoax.  

  10. School put on lockdown in St Neots after reports of 'man with machete'

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Longsands Academy in St Neots was put on lockdown this afternoon after reports of a man with a machete in the area just after 13:00.

    Longsands Academy

    Police said they conducted a thorough search but no-one was found. The lockdown has since been lifted.

  11. Italy demands answers over student's Cairo death

    Italy's foreign minister says he will not settle for "alleged truths" from Egypt over the death of Cambridge University student Giulio Regeni in Cairo.

    Giulio Regeni

    Egypt's privately-owned Al-Yawm al-Sabi news website, quoting the Egyptian Forensic Medicine Authority, said on Monday that Regeni "died instantly" after being hit with a "sharp tool on the back and front of his head".

    But Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Sunday that a second autopsy performed in Italy "confronted us with something inhuman, something animal".

  12. 7,000 tickets for Cambridge Science Festival booked in first two hours

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Seven thousand tickets for the Cambridge Science Festival were snapped up this morning in just two hours of them going on sale.

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    The annual two-week festival, which this year runs from 7 to 20 March, will see more than 300 events staged in the city, with a theme of examining the growing interaction between humans and technology.

    About 45,000 people attended the festival last year.

  13. Football: Nine-man Peterborough hold on to beat Chesterfield 0-1

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Tom Nichols (pictured) scored the only goal as nine-man Peterborough United held on for a dramatic win at Chesterfield in League One.

    Tom Nichols

    Posh are three points away from the League One play-off places following the result.

    Peterborough manager Graham Westley said"They were sensational when we had nine men, backs to the wall. It was all about work ethic, desire, hunger, organisation and resilience".

  14. Reward offered for stolen Postman Pat van

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    The owner of a stolen replica Postman Pat van is offering a £2,000 reward or "a lifetime's supply of crisps" to get it back.

    Postman Pat van

    Ross Taylor from Pymoor-based Corkers Crisps says he believes the thieves will find it difficult to sell after the crime was widely publicised on social media.

    Police launched an appeal for information last week, as reported in the Ely News.

  15. Cambridge researchers carry out 'largest ever study of howling'

    Wolves and domestic dogs have their own "dialects", according to researchers at the University of Cambridge, who have completed the largest-ever study of howling.


    Experts used computer algorithms for the first time to analyse howling, distilling over 2,000 different howls from members of the Canid family.

    Dr Arik Kershenbaum said it showed the various species had "distinguishing repertoires of howling", resembling vocal dialects.

  16. Environment Agency carrying out work on the Old Bedford River

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    "Desilting" is taking place on the Old Bedford River, on the Ouse Washes, to allow the water to flow more freely and prevent flooding.

    Darren Trumper, operations team leader for the Environment Agency, said almost half a mile of river had been cleared so far with three to four weeks' more work left to do.

    Old Bedford River
    Old Bedford River
  17. Weather: Very windy with gales

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will continue to be very windy with sunny intervals. Maximum temperature: 8C (46F)

    Field near Cambridge

    BBC Weather Watcher 'Ebb and Flow' took this picture near Cambridge this morning. 

    Remember, you can can send us your pictures for us to feature at any time via email, Facebook or Twitter.  

  18. Headlines: Cambridge student killed in Egypt suffered 'inhuman, animal-like violence'... Gales forecast for Cambridgeshire as Storm Imogen passes UK

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

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

    • Cambridge student Giulio Regeni found dead in Egypt suffered "inhuman, animal-like violence", according to the Italian interior minister
    • South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen says she will be "'a pain" for the government over action to help unaccompanied migrant children
    • Gales are forecast for Cambridgeshire as Storm Imogen passes over the UK
  19. Cambridge United: New Skipper Luke Berry scores penalty to earn three points against Dagenham

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    New Cambridge United skipper Luke Berry scored a late penalty to earn the U's a 1-0 victory over Dagenham on Saturday

    Luke Berry

    With eight minutes left, the captain finally beat the excellent visiting keeper Mark Cousins after Joe Worrall brought down Robbie Simpson. 

    Cambridge manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire the poor weather led to a "horrible game". "I knew it was going to be like that as soon as I arrived today, but we found a way," he said.