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  1. Updates on Friday, 26 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Katy Prickett

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye from Cambridgeshire Live - and have a great weekend

    That's all from our live page for the week and we hope you have a relaxing weekend, unless you're in the Cambridge Half-Marathon - in which case, good luck! 

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

    Don't forget - we love receiving your contributions to our live page. Send us your stories and pictures by emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Dry, chilly night and more frost expected

    A dry night with clear spells will bring frost, particularly in rural areas. Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

    Weather map

    Saturday will be mostly dry with some sunny breaks, although an occasional shower cannot be ruled out. Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).  

    For a more detailed forecast for where you live head to BBC Weather.

  3. Wimpole Hall marking Capability Brown's 300th birthday

    Louise Hubball

    BBC Look East

    When you think of the typical English countryside, you'll probably think of something designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown.

    Wimpole Hall

    He's the man who changed the landscape of 18th Century Britain and later this year it'll be 300 years since he was born. 

    The grounds of the National Trust's Wimpole Hall were transformed by him and, as you'll see in my report on BBC Look East tonight, it's holding a special art installation to celebrate his work. 

  4. Peterborough United v Swindon: 'No-one is panicking' says Posh boss Westley

    Nick Fairbairn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Peterborough are hosting Swindon tomorrow having failed to take a point from any of their last three matches. 

    Graham Westley

    Manager Graham Westley said: "Nobody is enjoying the results, but no-one is panicking. We're working away at the things we know - win football matches and we'll turn it around."

  5. Cambridge's King's College Chapel is restoring its historic organ

    Cambridge News

    King's College Chapel's organ is undergoing its most extensive restoration since the 1960s, with a team of expert craftsman removing it piece by piece, individually cleaning over 4,000 pipes.

  6. Headlines: St Neots man admits beheading wife... Restoration work begins on Parker's Piece in Cambridge

    Sara Varey

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here's the news making the headlines in Cambridgeshire this afternoon:

    • Timothy Allen has admitted beheading his wife Samantha Ho at their St Neots home and will be sentenced in March
    • Cambridgeshire chief constable Alex Wood says the county's roads are getting safer, as serious injuries drop by 20%
    • Restoration work has started on badly damaged turf on Parker's Piece in Cambridge, caused when an ice rink was placed there over Christmas
  7. March girls receive reply from Denmark to message in a bottle

    Johnny Dee

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A nine-year-old girl from March told me she found it "very, very exciting" when she received a reply from Denmark to a letter she had put in a bottle and thrown in the sea.

    Video content

    Video caption: Two girls from March who sent a message in a bottle receive a reply from Denmark.

    Poppy Cornwall and her five-year-old sister Grace cast the bottle into the waves from the beach at Old Hunstanton in Norfolk. 

    Maria Deleuran found it while walking on the west coast of Denmark and posted a message on the March Cambridgeshire free discussion Facebook site to trace the girls.                                    

  8. Commuters warned delays continue on Ely to Peterborough train line

    The signalling problem on the Peterborough to Ely rail line has been fixed, but CrossCountry trains are still subject to cancellations or delays of up to 30 minutes as the service returns to normal.

    Commuters waiting at Ely railway station this morning

    Buses replaced trains on the route for much of the day.

    National Rail Enquiries says CrossCountry tickets will be accepted on other train services while the disruption continues until about 17:00.

  9. Weekend traffic warning ahead of Sunday's half-marathon in Cambridge

    About 6,000 spectators are expected to watch this Sunday's half-marathon through Cambridge city centre featuring some 7,000 runners on a new one-lap loop starting on Victoria Avenue, with Midsummer Common being the main event hub. 

    The city's roads are likely to be busier than normal on the day of the event.  

    You'll be able to get the latest from BBC Travel.

  10. Cambridge United v Portsmouth: Derry urges his side to relish the big game atmosphere

    Nick Fairbairn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    As the U's get ready to travel to Portsmouth tomorrow, manager Shaun Derry say Fratton Park is a "fantastic place to play".

    Shaun Derry

    Pompey, who had a crowd of nearly 18,000 at their last home game, are eighth in League Two, just three places above Cambridge United.

    Derry said: "It galvanises footballers to play in front of that kind of crowd - they get right behind their team which can be fantastic tool for the home team, but also incredible for the away side."

  11. St Neots beheading: Neighbour speaks about couple

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    A former neighbour of the St Neots man who beheaded his wife spoke to me at the time of her death about the couple.

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    Video caption: An ex-neighbour of the St Neots man who beheaded his wife last year speaks of his shock.

    Ian Worsfold said Timothy Allen and Samantha Ho had lived in Curlew Place for about two years and "always joined in" community events. 

    Allen, 40, admitted the manslaughter of his wife on the grounds of diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey and will be sentenced in March.  

  12. Roads becoming safer in Cambridgeshire, says chief

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Cambridgeshire's chief constable Alec Wood says the county's roads are becoming safer, despite his officers recording the highest number of drivers going more than 100mph during 2015.

    Alec Wood

    Thirty four motorists were killed in Cambridgeshire last year, but serious injuries were reduced by 20%.

    Mr Wood was speaking on the day local authorities will sign a "Declaration of Intent" to commit to reducing road collisions across the county.

  13. Ely to Peterborough bus replacement service will last until 16:00

    A bus replacement service between Ely and Peterborough will continue running until about 16:00 today, National Rail Enquiries say.

    Replacement bus service, Ely railway station

    The disruption is due to a signalling problem at March and affects Abellio Greater Anglia and Cross Country trains, extending journey times by about 20 minutes. 

    East Midlands Trains are running, but are also taking 20 minutes longer than usual.

  14. Weather: Sunny spells expected later but it'll stay chilly

    BBC Weather Watchers

    BBC Weather Watcher 'ebb&flo' captured this picture just outside Cambridge earlier today. 

    We're forecast to have sunny spells this afternoon but staying chilly, with maximum temperatures of 7C (45F).

    Country near Cambridge

    For a more detailed forecast for where you live head to BBC Weather

  15. Headlines: St Neots man admits beheading his wife... Addenbrooke's and Peterborough hospitals debt figures revealed

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here are the stories we're leading with in Cambridgeshire at lunchtime:

    • St Neots man Timothy Allen admits beheading his wife and will be sentenced in March
    • Cambridgeshire's chief constable Alec Woods says the county's roads are becoming safer
    • Cambridgeshire's hospital debt figures are revealed - Addenbrooke's Hospital is £48m in debt while Peterborough City Hospital has a deficit of £38.5m
  16. Samantha Ho's family 'put faith in justice system' to make amends for her death

    The family of the scientist who was beheaded by her husband said "a part of us died" when she was "tragically taken away from us".

    Samantha Ho's head and body were discovered separately in St Neots last summer and her husband Timothy Allen has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    Ms Ho's family said: "No plea nor verdict can bring Samantha back though we put our faith in the justice system to make amends to the crime."

  17. St Neots beheading: Police offer 'deepest sympathies' to family

    Cambridgeshire Police said the ambulance service called them with "a report of concern" about a man at a house in St Neots on 29 August.

    Curlew Place, St Neots

    Armed officers forced their way into a house in Curew Place shortly after and found Samantha Ho's body - the post-mortem concluded she'd died from multiple cuts to the neck. Her husband has now pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. 

    Det Ch Insp Richard Wall said: "Our deepest sympathies are with her family and friends at this difficult time."

  18. St Neots beheading: Crown accepts lesser charge of manslaughter

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Timothy Allen's murder trial was due to start at Cambridge Crown Court earlier this week, but during a brief hearing before Mrs Justice McGowan at the Old Bailey today, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility

    The plea to the lesser charge was accepted by the prosecution and sentencing was adjourned until 17 March at either a London crown court or in Cambridge. 

    The defendant entered his plea via video link from Wymondham Police Station in Norfolk.

  19. 'Tragic case' says officer who investigated the St Neots beheading case

    Cambridgeshire Police say their "deepest sympathies" are with Samantha Ho's family and friends, after her husband admitted killing her.

    Forensic officer, Curlew Place, St Neots

    The bio-scientist was beheaded by Timothy Allen last summer - he admitted her manslaughter earlier, on the grounds of diminished responsibility. 

    Det Ch Insp Richard Wall said it was "a tragic case".