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  1. Updates on Friday, 27 May 2016
  2. Plans for two separate devolution deals for East Anglia have been handed to the government
  3. Man attempts to rob a Cambridge bookmakers dressed in hi-vis clothing and holding an umbrella
  4. New figures show more than 110,000 patients went to Cambridgeshire's A&E departments in one year when they didn't need to
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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By Adam Jinkerson

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That's all folks!

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for today. Thanks for joining us across the week. 

Enjoy the extended weekend, bathe in the sunshine (while it lasts) and join us again on Tuesday morning from 08:00, for the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire.

University students stick with the NUS

David Keller

BBC News

Students at the University of Cambridge have chosen to remain affiliated to the NUS, with 51.52% of students voting against a disaffiliation motion held by the Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU). 

The vote follows concerns of anti-Semitism after Malia Bouattia's election as president. A handful of other student unions have already held similar votes with more to follow, including Oxford next week.

American Memorial Day marked at city cemetery

Louise Hubball

BBC Look East

Memorial Day is being marked this Bank Holiday Monday at the Cambridge American Cemetery.

The site contains the remains of 3,812 American military servicemen and women, with many fighting out of East Anglian airbases during World War 2.

A further 5,127 names are recorded on the Wall of the Missing.

Here's a brief look at what you can see at the cemetery, which is one of the biggest for American personnel outside the US.

Royal Mail unveils stamps to mark 50 years of Pink Floyd

BBC Entertainment and Arts

A set of stamps celebrating 50 years of rock group Pink Floyd have been unveiled by Royal Mail.

Pink Floyd, whose founding member Syd Barrett lived in Cambridge, became known for its innovative album covers, which were made in collaboration with leading graphic designers and photographers.

Pink Floyd commemorative stamps
Royal Mail

Ten stamps will be on sale on 7 July, marking five decades since the band turned professional.    

Bank Holiday weather: Fairly dry across the weekend, rain by Monday evening

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

If you fancy heading out and about in the county this weekend... don't leave it until late on Monday!

It will be cloudy, but dry across Saturday and Sunday, but rain is due to come Monday evening. Highs of about 19C (66F).

Bank Holiday weather forecast

BBC Weather has the latest.

Headlines: Devolution deals handed to government... Man attempts robbery with umbrella and hi-vis clothing

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Here's how Friday has shaped up so far... 

  • Plans for two separate devolution deals for East Anglia have been handed to the government
  • A man has attempted to rob a Cambridge bookmakers dressed in hi-vis clothing and holding an umbrella 
  • New figures show more than 110,000 patients went to Cambridgeshire's A&E departments in one year when they didn't need to

Swans given 'security guards' for races

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

It's good news if you're a swan lover, or indeed a swan...

"Security guards" will be patrolling Cambridge's rivers to protect them during races in Cambridge this summer.

Volunteers will "escort" the birds to "a safe area" of the River Cam to protect them from possible injuries caused by oars.


Earlier this month the conservators of the river said they expected to see an increase in the city's swan population "thanks to the misplaced kindness of Cambridge residents and the widespread availability of bread".

Driver flees scene of Wisbech crash

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

There wasn't much left of this tyre when police stopped a car that left the scene of a crash in Wisbech last night.  

Flat tyre
Cambridgeshire Police

The driver of the black Vauxhall Astra drove off after crashing on the A47 Cromwell Road roundabout at about 22:30.

Police caught up with the vehicle on the A1101 at Outwell about five miles away, where it was forced to stop and the driver was arrested.

A breath test was carried out and the driver failed, being twice over the legal alcohol limit.

Bats doing well at bat cave 'heaven'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

If you live in Clayhithe, near Waterbeach, you may have spotted these signs that have been erected around an 18th Century cottage.

Bat Roost sign
Conservators of the River Cam

They've recently been put up by the Bat Conservation Trust, informing people the derelict cottage is now an official "bat roost" for the species, which is protected by law.

The bats were discovered in March by builders in a wall at the property belonging to the Conservators of the River Cam.

River manager Jed Ramsay said the bats were "doing well" in their new home.

Willow Festival petition passes 1,000 signatures

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A petition to keep the Willow Festival at the Embankment in Peterborough has been signed by more than 1,000 people.

It was revealed yesterday the city council was stopping the event due to a failure by organisers to pay money or answer safety concerns.

Organiser Mark Ringer described the claims as "fantasy", and said he was preparing as normal.

The Willow Festival 2014

Decision on Hatchfield Farm homes won't be made until after EU referendum

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

A decision is in sight over controversial plans to build 400 new homes at Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket.

The final decision, which is being made by Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark, has been delayed several times

But today Forest Heath council revealed the government had told it an announcement would be made after the 23 June EU referendum.

Hatchfield Farm protesters

Local paper round-up

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Here's a round-up of the top stories in the local papers:

  • The Cambridge News are leading with the story that Cambridge will need around 2,400 new homes every year if the city is to keep pace in the global economic race and satisfy the soaring need for affordable housing
  • The Peterborough Telegraph reports on a group of travellers that have set up an encampment in Westwood. They're believed to be a different group of individuals to those who were evicted from Bretton Park earlier today.

Best-dressed robber awards

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The interesting umbrella and hi-vis clothing combo used as a disguise in an attempted robbery of a Cambridge bookies has got us thinking...

What other hilarious disguises have robbers used to grab a quick buck?

Man with umbrella disguise
Cambridgeshire Police

This man (below) with a plastic carrier bag covering his head robbed a shop in Hemel Hempstead in 2014...

Man robs a shop with plastic bag on his head
Hertfordshire Police

Meanwhile, this man (below) was jailed for robbing a Surrey jewellers while dressed as a woman.

Man robs a jewellers dressed as a woman
Surrey Police

Creating a splash at 80: Peterborough Lido celebrates anniversary

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

There'll be a big splash at Peterborough Lido this weekend as it celebrates its 80th birthday.

Peterborough Lido

The outdoor pool first opened in 1936 and has been welcoming swimmers ever since, despite being badly damaged by German bombs in 1940.

It reopens for the new season on Saturday and entry is free for the day.

Southport goal Chadwick's 'best moment'

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Luke Chadwick
Getty Images

Ex-U's midfielder Luke Chadwick thinks about his first goal for Cambridge United most days, despite winning the Premier League in 2001 with Manchester United.

"My dream as a kid was always to play for Cambridge United so that moment when I scored against Southport at the Newmarket Road End is without a doubt the best moment of my career," he said.

Chadwick is now back with the U's in a coaching role.

Weather: Warm sunny spells

BBC Weather

It's been a beautiful morning across Cambridgeshire and it will continue to feel pleasantly warm across the rest of the day.

Cambridgeshire Weather Update

This great photo came in from Weather Watcher 'Paul's Patch', who captured Longthorpe in all its spring glory a short while ago.

Longthorpe in the sun
BBC Weather Watchers/Paul's Patch

Travellers evicted from Bretton Park

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've just seen in the Peterborough Telegraph that police have completed the eviction of an illegal travellers encampment in Bretton.

Peterborough police tweeted this picture earlier this morning.

View more on twitter

The newspaper reported that the unauthorised encampment first appeared at Bretton Park last Friday.

A14 westbound: All lanes now re-opened

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to police who confirmed no-one was injured in the A14 crash we just mentioned, and all lanes of the westbound carriageway have now re-opened.

Congestion is currently back to J12 on the M11, so it'll take a while for that backlog to clear.

A14 westbound closed between Cambridge Services and Fenstanton

BBC Travel

The A14 is currently closed westbound between J28 at Cambridge Services and J27 for Fenstanton because of an accident involving a lorry, car and van. 

Congestion is back to J31.

More than 300 a day 'needlessly at A&E'

New figures show more than 110,000 patients went to Cambridgeshire's A&E departments in one year when they didn't need to. 

Addenbrooke's Hospital

That's an average of more than 300 a day, and represents one in three visits to the Accident and Emergency units at Peterborough City Hospital, Addenbrooke's and Hichingbrooke hospitals.

The figures comes from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, which says it is "crucial" that people choose the right health service to keep A&E free for people who need it.

People are urged to call NHS 111 if they are unsure where they should go for their particular symptoms.

Taking a disguise to the next level

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

When police said this man who attempted to rob a bookies in Cambridge was dressed in a "distinctive way", they weren't joking...

Attempted robbery suspect dressed in a hi vis jacket carrying a purple umbrella.
Cambridgeshire Police

With his face covered by a scarf, this umbrella-wielding man in hi-vis clothing entered Coral on Emmanuel Street on Sunday evening.

He demanded money, but fled empty-handed. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cambridgeshire Police.

Lack of public information about devolution criticised

Nic Rigby

BBC News

There has been criticism of the lack of publicly-available information surrounding devolution proposals for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire up to this point. 

Andy Wood, the independent chair of the East Anglia Leaders Group, met with government representatives yesterday. 

East Anglia flag

He admits there has not been enough public communication about the plans, but said "to talk more specifically about proposals at this point has the potential to weaken our negotiating position". 

A formal public consultation is to take place in the summer to allow local people and businesses to have their say on the plans.

Devolved powers plans up in the air

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Plans for devolving powers to an "Eastern Powerhouse" were first revealed by BBC Look East on 11 March, five days before they were officially announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in his budget.

George Osborne MP

The plans at the time called for an elected mayor covering Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, but this scheme quickly fell apart as it became clear Cambridgeshire councils did not want to join with their East Anglian neighbours.

On 13 May, it was revealed that a new scheme was being proposed for one authority covering councils in Cambridgeshire and another authority covering councils in Norfolk and Suffolk. But there are question marks over whether this would be acceptable to all the councils and the government.

Youngsters mark anniversary of Cambridgeshire riots

Children from Littleport Primary School will be marking the 200th anniversary of the Littleport and Ely riots today.

Littleport Primary School

They will be dressing up and going around a riot trail throughout the day.

Disturbances started on 22 May 1816 over the price of grain. More than 80 people were arrested for rioting and five men were subsequently hanged.

Devolution plans given to the government

Plans for two separate devolution deals for East Anglia have been handed to the government.

Punting in Cambridge
Getty Images

Under the scheme, powers from Whitehall for planning and transport would be transferred to two regional bodies - one covering Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and another covering Norfolk and Suffolk.

Although the government has yet to agree to the proposals, negotiations have been described as "positive". It was revealed last week a deal had to be in place by today, but it could be a few weeks until anything is fully signed-off.

Today's weather: Sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

There's going to be patchy cloud and warm sunny spells today, with a few light showers possible this afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Good morning and welcome to Local Live in Cambridgeshire

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Hello again. Stay with us while we bring you all the news, weather, sport and travel for the county between now and 18:00.

Some of the stories we'll be covering include plans for devolved powers in East Anglia, with a possible new body covering Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and we'll take a look at the 200th anniversary of the Littleport and Ely riots.