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Summary

  1. Vandals who "beheaded" a statue "are no better than ISIS", the president of the Church Monuments Society claims
  2. Wisbech murder victim named by police
  3. Junior doctors in Cambridgeshire end second day of their all-out strike
  4. A cold spring is threatening Fenland's asparagus crop
  5. Updates for Wednesday, 27 April 2016
  6. News, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By David Keller

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Thanks for joining us on Cambridgeshire Live. I'm afraid that's it for today.

    We'll be back with live news, sport, weather and travel updates for the county from 08:00.

  2. Weather: More showers this evening; drier tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening will see sunny spells and scattered showers, some heavy and thundery with the risk of hail. 

    Some clear spells developing overnight, particularly across the west where temperatures could drop below 0C (32F), bringing the risk of a frost.

    Weather map

    Thursday will see a mainly dry day with bright and sunny spells. Turning cloudy later with a band of showers moving through by the evening. Highs of 12C (54F).  

  3. Church statue attack 'incredibly sad', says vicar

    The Reverend Rebecca Gilbert, who serves All Saints Church at Haslingfield, which was struck by vandals, has got in touch to air her dismay at the attack on a 17th-Century statue.

    Head knocked off Haslingfield church statue

    "It is incredibly sad to think that someone could do this to a monument that sits within a place of worship for many, and is placed at the heart of the village," she said.

    "The craftsmanship of William Wright dates back to the 1600s and represents something of the valued heritage and, indeed, commitment to the Christian faith which continues today."

  4. Greater Anglia contacting rail crash passengers

    Passengers on a Norwich to Cambridge train that crashed into a tractor on a Norfolk level crossing are still being contacted by the train operator.

    Train crash

    Abellio Greater Anglia's service was carrying 135 passengers when the crash happened on 10 April. Network Rail had given permission to the tractor driver to cross the line at Roudham, near Thetford. 

    Jonathan Denby from Abellio Greater Anglia said the driver and conductor had been visited and that the company was getting in touch with all affected passengers to offer support.

  5. Fund for statue of footballing legend reaches halfway point

    Today marks a year since the death of Cambridgeshire football star Chris Turner

    Chris Turner

    Turner managed and played for both Cambridge United and Peterborough United and died last April at the age of 64, following a battle with front lobe dementia. 

    A fundraising campaign to erect a statue of Turner outside the football stadium in Peterborough has now raised £44,000 towards its £80,000 target, according to Adi Mowles from the organising committee.

  6. Police release CCTV footage after robbery of boy at swimming pool

    Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the robbery of a 13-year-old boy.

    CCTV

    He was assaulted and had his money stolen in the changing rooms of the Regional Swimming Pool on Bishops Road, Peterborough, police said.

    Police have asked anyone who knows the men in the footage, taken on 26 March, to get in touch.

  7. Headlines: Wisbech stab victim named... Fund for footballing legend statue reaches halfway mark

    David Keller

    BBC News

    If you're just joining us, here's the latest news in Cambridgeshire:

    • A woman stabbed in the neck in Wisbech is named as 52-year-old mother-of-three Laraine Rayner
    • Vicar of Haslingfield church which had a statue attacked by vandals says she's "incredibly sad" at the damage
    • A fund for a statue in honour of Cambridgeshire footballing legend Chris Turner has reached its halfway point, exactly a year after his death
  8. Wisbech killing: Family pay tribute to 'happy' mother-of-three

    A tribute has been released by the family of Wisbech stabbing victim Laraine Rayner.

    It says: "Laraine was a cheerful, happy lady who was always there for other people. 

    "She would often come out with one-line comments that would make people laugh. She will be sadly missed by all the family."

  9. Wisbech killing: Stab victim was mother-of-three

    Police have named a mother-of-three found dead at a property in Mill Road, Wisbech, on Sunday as 52-year-old Laraine Maria Rayner.  

    Laraine Maria Rayner

    A post-mortem examination carried out by Home Office pathologist, Dr Nat Cary, concluded Ms Rayner died from a stab wound to the neck, Cambridgeshire Police said.

    A 43-year-old man from Wisbech has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital with minor injuries.

  10. BreakingPolice name Wisbech stab victim

    Police have named a woman found dead at a property in Mill Road, Wisbech, on Sunday as 52-year-old Laraine Maria Rayner.

  11. Hospitals to discuss closer working

    Directors at both Hinchingbrooke (pictured) and Peterborough City hospitals will meet next month to discuss the possibility of the two facilities working closer together.

    Hinchingbrooke Hospital

    Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust will meet on 23 May. Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will discuss plans the following day. 

    Members of the public are encouraged to attend both meetings.

  12. Weather Watchers: Bluebells bloom

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's a stunning scene in Gamlingay Woods on the Cambridgeshire-Bedfordshire border today, as captured in this picture by Betty.

    Gamlingay Woods
  13. Church statue attack 'leaves whole country poorer'

    Vandals who knocked the head off a 17th-Century statue at All Saints Church, Haslingfield have left "the whole country poorer", according to Jean Wilson from the Church Monuments Society.

    Statue

    "[Creator] William Wright is not represented in museums; his works have to be viewed in their ecclesiastical contexts. Those who have taken the trouble to seek out these works agree that he is a major artist," she said.

    "Haslingfield was privileged to have one of his works, was diligent in its care of it, and this has now been wrecked in an act of vandalism."

  14. Space seeds to sprout in Cambridge schools, thanks to astronaut Tim Peake

    Cambridge News

    Fears of a The Day of the Triffids-style takeover may sprout in the mind after it was revealed children in the Cambridge area are planting seeds from outer space.

  15. Diaries of Captain Scott's widow head to Cambridge

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Diaries and papers belonging to the widow of Antarctic explorer Captain Scott have a new home at Cambridge University Library, following their acceptance in lieu of inheritance tax. 

    Kathleen Scott with Captain Scott

    A scheme allows people to offer items of cultural and historical importance to the state in full or part payment of inheritance tax. 

    Of particular importance in the collection are documents covering the period of Scott's last Antarctic expedition.

    Cambridge University librarian Anne Jarvis said: “It’s a particular pleasure, as we celebrate our 600th anniversary, to welcome this exceptional archive to the university." 

  16. Churches in Cambridgeshire 'sitting ducks' for thieves

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    A former police officer who now works as a specialist in tackling metal theft says local communities in Cambridgeshire need to help stop churches being "sitting ducks" for metal thieves.

    Roof of church where lead has been stolen

    Lead has been stolen from the roof of three churches in Cambridgeshire in the past four weeks alone, according to police, including St Andrew's in West Wratting (above).

    Robin Edwards told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "There needs to be a lot more responsibility from communities... a much greater degree of vigilance."

  17. Weather: Sunshine and wintry showers

    BBC Weather

    It will be breezy this afternoon with a mixture of sunshine and showers. The showers will become heavier, with even a few flakes of snow possible.

    Cloudy sky near Newmarket

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). For a more detailed forecast for where you live head to BBC Weather.

  18. Roudham train crash driver praised

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    The driver of a Norwich to Cambridge train has been praised for his actions in a crash involving a tractor.

    The impact pushed the tractor off the rails as it was hit by the train

    A preliminary report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch says Network Rail gave the tractor driver permission to cross the unmanned level crossing at Roudham, near Thetford, on 10 April.

    Jonathan Denby, head of corporate affairs for Abellio Greater Anglia, says the actions of the driver reduced the severity of the crash: "The driver did exactly what he should have in the circumstances; he performed admirably."

  19. Headlines: Church memorial vandals compared to Islamic State... Fenland asparagus hit by cold snap

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    • Vandals who attacked a church memorial in Haslingfield have been compared to so-called Islamic State militants who destroyed historic ruins in Syria
    • An 11-year-old child from Cambridgeshire is among victims of "revenge porn" seen by police forces in England and Wales
    • The Fenland asparagus crop has been hit by the unseasonable cold snap, a farmer has warned