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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 13 May 2016
  2. People raise concerns over bank closures in the county
  3. Residents meet to discuss a row over plans for a £16,000 "prison yard" fence to keep otters out of a fishing lake in Manea
  4. MP opens what is claimed to be the UK's "smallest" village green in Little Shelford
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Mark Williamson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    That's it from us at Cambridgeshire Live for the week - thanks for joining us.

    If you're settling down to watch Eurovision tomorrow night, you can get yourself in the mood by finding out just how "Eurovision" you are with this quiz (we didn't do very well).

    Conchita

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Weather: Cloudy tonight... Dry tomorrow, but cooler

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloudy at first tonight with perhaps an odd spot of light rain, but most places dry with clear spells during the early hours. 

    Becoming chilly in the moderate northerly breeze, with temperatures dipping to 4C (39F).

    Weather map

    Quite a few places will be dry on Saturday with sunny spells and variable cloud, but a few scattered showers may develop, especially during the afternoon. 

    Feeling fresher than of late in a noticeable northerly wind, with temperatures reaching highs of just 13C (55F). 

  3. Cunco: First Frankel foal wins debut race at Newbury

    The first foal of the legendary Newmarket-trained Frankel has made a winning racecourse debut at Newbury.

    Cunco, sired by Frankel out of multiple group race-winning mare Chrysanthemum, won the Welcome To The Starlight Raceday Maiden Stakes this afternoon.

    Cunco
  4. Machete-wielding robbers strike in Cambridge in terrifying raid on betting shop

    Cambridge News

    Two machete-wielding armed robbers struck yesterday in Cambridge raiding a betting shop.

  5. Headlines: Peterborough councillor 'has not resigned', authority confirms... Man jailed for using car wash as drugs store

    Sara Varey

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    The headlines for Cambridgeshire this evening:

    • Despite newspaper reports that Peterborough City councillor Gul Nawaz had resigned, putting the Conservative's control of the authority in jeopardy, the council has confirmed he is staying with the party
    • A man who used a Cambridgeshire car wash to store and supply drugs has been jailed for six years, after drugs were seized in a raid to uncover human trafficking
    • Peterborough United have released six players, including defender Gabriel Zakuani
  6. Man jailed over drugs after Cambridgeshire car wash raid

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A man who used a Cambridgeshire car wash to store and supply drugs has been jailed for six years, after drugs were seized in a raid to uncover human trafficking.

    Eneja Dautaj

    Eneja Dautaj (pictured), 25, of Bramdean Crescent in Lewisham, London, was found guilty yesterday at Cambridge Crown Court of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs.

    Dautaj was arrested following a raid at a hand car wash in Swavesey on 26 January last year.

    Officers found six people all working and living in extremely poor conditions, who were taken away by officers to a place of safety.

  7. Resignation reports false: Tories still control Peterborough City Council

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    We don't really know what's happened behind the scenes... but following newspaper reports that Tory member Gul Nawaz had resigned - putting the Conservatives' week-long stranglehold on Peterborough City Council in jeopardy - we've just heard from the council that he never resigned and will remain a Tory councillor.

    We've got in touch with Mr Nawaz but he declined to comment.

    Therefore, the Conservatives DO still retain control over the city council.

  8. Man arrested in connection with £100,000 fraud case

    Police have arrested a man they wanted to trace in connection with fraud offences involving more than £100,000.

    A 46-year-old man is believed to be behind a number of frauds in Cambridgeshire.

    He was arrested in Coventry last night and is currently in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station.

  9. Transport minister says Cambridge deserves 'world class transport infrastructure' on visit to city

    Cambridge News

    The transport minister insists he wants Cambridge to have "world class transport infrastructure" as the city's transport revolution starts to take shape.

  10. Residents boast 'smallest village green'

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Size isn't important when it comes to village greens - at least that's what they say in Little Shelford. 

    Little Shelford Village sign

    The parish council believes it has the smallest village green in the UK.

    The 15m x 10m (49ftf x 33ft) triangular space has just been revamped with its first ever village sign. 

    It's being officially unveiled this afternoon by South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen. 

  11. East Anglian devolution: A reminder of what is on offer

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    George Osborne promised the East Anglian devolution deal would make sure "the rewards of economic growth are in the hands of local people".

    Here's a reminder of what's on offer:

    • A directly-elected mayor who would lead a new combined authority for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire
    • Powers over strategic planning and housing, including £175m ring-fenced funding for new homes
    • A devolved local transport budget
    • A £30m-a-year funding allocation over 30 years to boost growth 
  12. East Anglian devolution: Cambridgeshire has 'superiority complex'

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    A leading supporter of East Anglian devolution says Cambridgeshire has a "superiority complex", after councillors in the county proposed their own alternative deal.   

    East Anglian Flag

    Leaders in Cambridgeshire are proposing having two authorities - one for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and another for Norfolk and Suffolk - rather than a single authority.

    They say this would be more manageable and address "concerns" over establishing an elected mayor for East Anglia.

    But one councillor in favour of the existing deal told me they are just "cherry-picking".

  13. Peterborough United release Gabriel Zakuani and five other players

    BBC Sport

    Peterborough United have released six players, including defender Gabriel Zakuani.

    Gabriel Zakuani

    The 29-year-old DR Congo centre-back made 252 appearances in two spells, having initially joined Posh in 2008.

    Fellow defenders Shaun Brisley and Andrew Fox and strikers Souleymane Coulibaly, Kyle Vassell and Jack Friend have also left the club.

  14. B661 likely to remain closed for several hours

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Police say the B661 near Perry is likely to remain closed for several hours while a crashed lorry is recovered.

    Crash site near Perry
  15. Sir John Major says EU Leave campaign at risk of 'divisive' immigration stance

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    Sir John Major is set to make a speech today criticising the stance of those leading the campaign for Britain to leave the EU for their "rhetoric" on immigration.

    Sir John Major

    The former prime minister and Huntingdon MP will tell the Oxford Union: "Fear-inducing rhetoric risks provoking long-term divisions in the country."

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    But Eurosceptic Tory MEP David Campbell Bannerman, who defected from UKIP, has hit back on Twitter, saying Mr Major had been responsible for anti-Europe feeling by signing the Maastricht Treaty.

  16. Headlines: Conservatives at risk of losing control of Peterborough... Anger over £16k otter fence

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    If you are just joining us, here's the latest headlines in Cambridgeshire:

    • A councillor who is reported to be quitting the Conservatives in Peterborough, which would lose them control of the city council, says he is still in talks with the party
    • Anger over £16,000 otter fence plans in Manea
    • Police highlight "parking madness" at Cambridge Railway Station
  17. Alternative to East Anglian devolution deal proposed

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The battle for devolution in East Anglia has taken another turn, with council leaders in Cambridgeshire writing to the government to propose an alternative deal.

    East Anglian flag

    In the so-called "brother and sister" deal, instead of a single combined authority and a mayor, there would be two - one for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and one for Norfolk and Suffolk. 

    But the suggestion has not been well received by supporters of full East Anglian devolution.

    Local government minister James Wharton recently told MPs the government had no plans to consider any other deals.

  18. Parish council in hot water over otter fence

    Manea parish councillors have come out fighting over plans for an £16,000 otter-proof fence, which has landed them in hot water with residents.

    Anglers claim otters threaten fish stocks at Manea Pit, and a 5ft (1.5m) fence would help solve the problem. But residents at a meeting last night raised fears it would ruin the area's natural beauty.   

    Otter

    The parish council says fishing fees make the pit financially self-sufficient.

    Its chairman, Steve Emery, says it will listen to public opinion, but wants the fence to go ahead: "We've spent a lot of money over the year to make it accessible to everyone and it still will be with the fence around".

  19. Statement on councillor's future with Peterborough Tories expected later

    Mousumi Bakshi

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A councillor in talks over whether to remain with the Conservatives on Peterborough City Council has told me he will make a public statement once they have concluded.

    David Cameron

    If Gul Nawaz does resign to become an independent, it means the Tories will lose their majority on the council which they only won last week.

    It was the only Conservative gain in the local elections, prompting David Cameron to come to the city to congratulate the local party and supporters.

  20. Police highlight 'parking madness' at Cambridge Railway Station

    Mark Williamson

    BBC Local Live

    British Transport Police have criticised "parking madness" at Cambridge Railway Station.

    Bad parking

    As reported in the Cambridge News, officers took to Twitter to highlight poor parking by drivers using the car park.

    They say the offenders will be "dealt with".