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  1. Updates for Cambridgeshire on Thursday, 3 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight from Cambridgeshire Live

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  2. Headlines: Tech companies 'should protect users better'... One person seriously injured when bus and two cars collide in Peterborough

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here are the stories we're leading with in Cambridgeshire this afternoon:

    • A cyberstalking expert calls on tech companies to protect users better after a man is given a life sentence for raping women he'd found through an online dating company
    • A bus and two cars have crashed in Peterborough, seriously injuring one person
    • Addenbrooke's Hospital issues a plea for people not to turn up at A&E unnecessarily
  3. Weather: Dry evening but rain expected around dawn

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    After a dry start, rain will move in later, some of it heavy around dawn. Minimum temperature: between 1 and 3C (33 to 35F).

    Weather map

    Friday will start cloudy, with the risk of rain or sleet, but become driver and brighter as the day progresses. Maximum temperature: 6 or 7C (43 or 44F). 

    For the latest updates where you live, head to BBC Weather.  

  4. Thieves 'spent five hours' dismantling stolen summerhouse

    The thieves who stole a 16ft by 8ft (4.8m by 2.5m) summerhouse from a company in Littleport must have spent five hours dismantling it, according to proprietor Paul Elsegood.

    Wooden shed

    It's the second time Littleport Timber Buildings has been targeted - thieves stole the same £3,000 model on 23 December.

    Mr Elsegood said nearby CCTV showed the thieves arriving just before 19:00 last night and leaving at about 00:15 this morning, adding: "It's gut-wrenching as it takes two men three days to build."

  5. School 'assisted authorities' over abuse allegations

    The headmaster of Kimbolton School said it had "given the authorities every assistance during their investigations" which have led to two former teachers being charged with child sex offences.

    Kimbolton School entrance

    Simon Ball, 42, of Combe Avenue, Greenwich, London, is charged with five counts of sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 17. Scott Whitlock, 45, of no fixed abode, is accused of making, possessing and distributing indecent child images, as well as publishing an obscene article

    Headmaster Jonathan Belbin said the well-being of children at the school was "our overriding priority".

  6. Response to Syrian refugee crisis discussed at Cambridge conference

    Tom Barton

    BBC Look East political reporter

    Councils and voluntary organisations from across the East of England have met in Cambridge to discuss their response to the Syrian refugee crisis. 


    The government is committed to accepting 20,000 vulnerable refugees from camps around Syria, but needs councils to volunteer to provide homes for them. 

    Some of the first refugee families arrived in Cambridge before Christmas. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look East from 18:30.

  7. Cambridge United hope to extend Ryan Ledson's loan deal

    Steve Jackson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry (pictured) is optimistic that Ryan Ledson's loan from Everton will be renewed.

    Shaun Derry

    Derry said: "I think he wants to stay here. He's enjoying playing for us. I'm sure Everton will let us know if Ryan is going to be recallled, but at this moment I think both clubs are happy with the arrangement." 

    Ledson's deal is due to expire after Saturday's match with Exeter.

  8. Four injured in Peterborough bus crash

    Four people were injured when a bus and two cars collided in Goodwin Walk in the Werrington area of Peterborough this afternoon.

    Goodwin Walk, Peterborough

    Cambridgeshire Police were called at about 14:37 by the ambulance service. The fire service is also in attendance. 

    One person has serious but not life-threatening injuries, while the other three have minor injuries.

  9. Fireman Sam gets into the spirit of World Book Day

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    This is junior Fireman Sam.

    Junior Fireman Sam

    He's very excited about World Book Day today, as it's a chance for children to dress up as their favourite book character. 

    Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue is after photos of your children with their favourite firefighting book. If you send one in to their Facebook page, your child could win a £10 book voucher.

  10. Don't go to A&E with flu, warn Addenbrooke's staff

    Emma Howgego

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A warning has been given by Addenbrooke's for people not to turn up at the accident and emergency department if they have flu-type symptoms.

    Outside Addenbrooke's Emergency department

    The hospital says it's seen more than 1,600 patients in the past five days and approximately one third of them were people who could have been treated by other services.

    There are also visiting restrictions on some wards at Cambridge University Hospitals because of the illness.

  11. Weather: Turning increasingly cloudy with occasional showers

    BBC Weather

    It will turn increasingly cloudy this afternoon, with perhaps the odd light shower.


    However, it'll feel warmer than yesterday in a light westerly wind.

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

  12. Elderly couple have cash taken from bank account in distraction burglary

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Below are the images of three people Cambridgeshire Police wants to trace after money was taken from an elderly couple's bank account. 

    CCTV images

    Police said the couple were distracted while using the Barclays cash machine in Huntingdon High Street on 19 February. They said a large amount of cash was stolen.

  13. M11 crash victim Dane Curran 'momentarily distracted' before collision with BMW

    Cambridge News

    A motorcyclist died after his machine ploughed into the back of a queue of traffic on the M11 at Duxford at 70mph.

    Dane Curran
  14. Prisoner charged with inmate's murder

    A prisoner has been charged with murdering a fellow inmate at HMP Peterborough.

    Terry Ojuederie

    Terry Ojuederie, 42, from Watford, was pronounced dead at the scene on 9 December after police were called to reports of violence in the jail.

    A 25-year-old prisoner was arrested at the time and has now been charged. Following the incident he was transferred to HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes. He will appear before Peterborough magistrates on 6 April.

  15. Last-minute rush at fancy dress shop for World Book Day costumes

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The benefits of World Book Day, on which schoolchildren dress up as characters from their favourite stories, are being felt across Cambridgeshire.

    Jane Harrington with child catcher costume

    Jane Harrington runs Fancy Pants Costume Hire in Fordham and told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire she had been inundated with parents calling her over the past few days for costumes. 

    She says it's a great day not only for trade but also to encourage children to read. 

  16. Internet dating site rapist jailed for life

    A "sexual predator" who raped five women, including one from Cambridgeshire, after meeting them on internet dating site has been sentenced to life. 

    Jason Lawrance

    Jason Lawrance, 50, from Liphook, Hampshire, was told by a judge at Derby Crown Court that he would serve at least 12 years six month without parole.    

    Judge Gregory Dickinson, said Lawrance was "devious, manipulative and highly dangerous to women".  

  17. Headlines: Rapist jailed for life... Former Cambridgeshire teachers charged with sexual offences against children

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here are the main news stories making the news this lunchtime: 

    • A man who raped five women he contacted through dating website, including one from Cambridgeshire, is jailed for life