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  1. A fire has broken out at St Bede's School in Cambridge
  2. The secretary of state for communities and local government is in Wisbech to discuss turning it into a "garden town"
  3. Cambridgeshire County Council will reduce opening hours at its libraries to save £2m
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Katy Prickett

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage through the day

    That's it from the Cambridgeshire Live team for today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county.

    Don't forget you can get involved by sending us your stories and pictures at any time via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Wisbech garden town: MP Steve Barclay says 'there's a strong business case' for reopening train line

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Wisbech MP Steve Barclay has told me "we're making real progress" with plans to reopen the town's railway line.

    Steve Barclay & Greg Clark

    It's an essential part of the "garden town" development proposals outlined by Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark (middle) during his visit to Fenland earlier.

    Mr Barclay (far left) says employers, councils and schools have all come together to give a "strong business case" for the line - which would not only offer affordable housing to Cambridge workers but attract people who want to live and work in Wisbech.

  3. Weather: Showers possible, but clear skies means a chilly night

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be rather a cloudy evening, with the risk of showers in the first part of the night. Drier later with clear spells and a cold night. Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

    Weather map

    Thursday should start cold, with a touch of frost even, then a fine, dry morning with sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 12C (53F). For the latest forecast where you live, go to BBC Weather.

  4. Communities secretary says 'devolution won't be forced on anyone'

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    East Anglian devolution will not be forced on anyone who doesn't want it, according to Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark who has been visiting the region today.

    Greg Clark MP

    But Mr Clark, who was looking at proposals for a new garden town for Wisbech, also suggested the scheme, which has a lot of local support, would happen more quickly if devolution was in place.

    His plans to give Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire extra powers and a directly elected mayor have come in for criticism since they were announced a fortnight ago.  

  5. Headlines: Devolved East Anglia needs elected mayor, says government minister... New fire chief is acting boss Chris Strickland

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    The headlines for Cambridgeshire this afternoon:

    • The local government secretary Greg Clark says an elected mayor is essential to plans for devolving powers to East Anglia
    • St Bede's school in Cambridge will reopen after the Easter holidays as planned, despite a fire earlier today
    • And the new boss of the county's fire service is Chris Strickland
  6. 'First' history of the English Channel in the 18th Century published by Cambridge historian

    Renaud Morieux teaches British history at Cambridge University, which tweets he's written the first book on the history of the English Channel in the 18th Century...

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  7. Firefighter finds 'novel way of packing equipment'

    The agility displayed by a Cambridgeshire firefighter is something to behold in this tweet...

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  8. Library hours to be cut as county council's budget squeezed

    Alex Harris

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Huntingdon and Ely's libraries will no longer open on Sundays as part of a raft of opening hour changes announced by Cambridgeshire County Council.

    Huntingdon library

    The changes will save £700,000, says the council, and are necessary after further reductions in government funding come into force from 25 April.

    March, St Neots and Wisbech libraries will all reduce their opening hours, while a decision has yet to be taken about opening times for St Ives' library.

  9. New fire chief Chris Strickland 'brings innovative solutions'

    Cambridgeshire's new fire chief Chris Strickland says he is "thrilled" to continue to work with the county's "dedicated" fire and rescue staff.

    Chris Strickland

    Mr Strickland has been temporarily in charge of the service since January.

    Sir Peter Brown, chairman of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority, said: "Chris has been chosen to bring innovative solutions and to continue to drive forward the organisation, while striving to deliver the best service we can."

  10. Wisbech: Fenland's deprivation levels 'getting worse'

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    Fenland District Council is hopeful that developing Wisbech as a garden town will help it tackle Fenland's deprivation levels.

    Churchill Road, Wisbech

    The council says the district is now ranked the 80th most deprived local authority out of 326 authorities - in 2004 it was ranked 142.  

  11. Mayor 'essential' to East Anglian devolution plans

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    As well as discussing the garden town plans for Wisbech, I've been speaking to minister Greg Clark about the government's proposal to devolve powers to an "East Anglian powerhouse".

    Tom Horn and Greg Clark

    Mr Clark (right) told me that if the government was going to hand billions of pounds of transport money to the region, it needed to be handed to a mayor with a mandate - and not to "a committee whose members may change from month to month".

    Norfolk and Suffolk county councils want to go ahead with a devolved East Anglia, but Cambridgeshire County Council said changes are needed before it could sign up.

  12. Wisbech garden town: Flood mitigation essential to proposals

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Flood mitigation would be another key feature of the garden town proposal for Wisbech.

    Map showing proposed Wisbech expansion

    The majority of the land earmarked for up to 10,000 new homes is in Flood Zone 3 - which means it has a high probability of flooding or is flood plain.

    As we locals know, Wisbech is surround by land which needs constant pumping and drainage to prevent it reverting back to wild and boggy fen.

  13. Wisbech garden town: Reaction from residents

    Sara Varey

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    I spoke to people in Wisbech yesterday about the proposal to turn it into a garden town - and got mixed reactions.

    Market Square, Wisbech

    Most people told me infrastructure would be key and backed the plans for the return of the railway station with lines to Ely, Cambridge and beyond.

    But one man said he reckoned it was all talk. "They've been going on about doing things here for years, but it never happens," he told me.

  14. Wisbech: A Domesday Book town with anti-slavery connections

    After proposals for a garden town were put forward, what do we know about Wisbech? 

    The Crescent, Wisbech

    Source: A history of Wisbech

  15. Chris Strickland confirmed as Cambridgeshire's new fire chief

    Cambridgeshire has a new chief fire officer.

    Cambridgeshire Fire Service engines

    Chris Strickland has been the county's assistant chief fire officer since 2007, having previously worked for Hertfordshire Fire Service since he was 18.

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority made the decision to approve Mr Strickland's appointment today after "a competitive assessment process last week".

  16. Weather: Showers could develop later

    BBC Weather Watcher "crowland lincs" snapped this fantastic sunny morning at Turves.

    Turves, Cambridgeshire

    But we're being warned that showers could develop later, with highs of 11C (52F). For a more detailed weather forecast where you live, go to BBC Weather.    

  17. Headlines: Garden town proposal outlined for Wisbech... Thieves steal essential supplies from Cambourne's foodbank

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

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

    • Proposals are outlined for transforming Wisbech into a garden town, with 10,000 homes and rail links to Cambridge
    • St Bede's School in Cambridge will reopen after the Easter holiday following a fire earlier today
    • Thieves have stolen several boxes of essential supplies from the foodbank in Cambourne
  18. Wisbech 'garden town': Regeneration 'key' to expansion proposal

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Greg Clark has been visiting Wisbech this morning - and hearing that regeneration of Wisbech's Georgian town centre is a key aspect of the "garden town" proposals.

    Stephen Barclay and Greg Clark

    The secretary of state for communities and local government has been shown around by MP Steve Barclay.

    Up to 10,000 new homes could be built under the plans.

  19. St Bede's to open as usual after Easter holidays following fire

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    I've spoken to a staff member at St Bede's Inter-Church School in Cambridge who said the school is putting plans in place to reopen as scheduled after the school holidays.

    Fire damage St Bede's School

    The fire broke out in a classroom in the technology building, but did not spread to other parts of the Birdwood Road campus.

    Staff and parents have been emailed about the incident. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue has begun an investigation into the cause of the blaze.