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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 2 June 2016
  2. Meeting to discuss Cambridge congestion
  3. Twenty people involved in Wisbech fight, leaving one man with a broken elbow
  4. Burglars steal £400 from a 101-year-old woman
  5. Cambridge United sign midfielder Piero Mingoia from League Two rivals Accrington Stanley on a two-year deal
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Hereward champion's fundraising walk

    Well, while we've been following the Cambridge City Deal... and the U's latest signing... spare a thought for David Maile, who set off on from Peterborough Cathedral today, en route to Ely.

    Barges on the Nene, Peterborough

    He's walking the 42-mile Hereward Way and plans to complete it tomorrow, in a bid to raise £500 towards noticeboards in the two cities, to commemorate folklore hero, Hereward the Wake.

    Hereward Way sign

    The Anglo-Saxon soldier resisted the Norman Conquest and his last stand was at the Isle of Ely - and David feels he deserves more local recognition.

    Barges on river

    Thanks for joining us today - and we do hope you'll join us again tomorrow.  

  2. Weather: A mild and possibly drizzly night

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Cloud will thicken, but that means the night will stay fairly mild, with the odd spot of rain or drizzle likely. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

    Weather map

    Friday will be another cloudy day, with some brighter breaks possible, before more light rain spreads in. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). For an up-to-date forecast where you live, go to BBC Weather.  

  3. City deal: The headlines

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    Well, it's been a busy day for the City Deal Assembly

    It's made up of councillors, business leaders, the universities and the NHS. Today it held a public meeting in Cambourne to discuss ways of tackling congestion in Cambridge, using £100m government transport and infrastructure money.

    Milton Road, Cambridge

    The assembly approved an eight point plan aimed at solving congestion, which includes:

    • Peak-time road closures
    • A workplace parking space levy
    • Extending residential parking zones
    • Increasing the number of park-and-ride spaces

    But do bear in mind the assembly doesn't make decisions - that's down to the executive board, which meets next week.

  4. Art attack!

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    What do you get when you mix a four-year-old boy, a Lego statue worth thousands of pounds and a "no touch sign"...

    A massive pile of multicoloured rubble, of course!

    Photo of broken statue of Nick from the film Zootopia at the LEGO expo in China.

    BBC News is focusing on art disasters after a Chinese boy had a little accident at an expo.   

    It goes into details about other "accidents" including how in 2006, an adult visitor tripped over his shoelace and destroyed three 300-year-old Chinese Qing Dynasty vases at Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

    Repaired Ming vases on displayed in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

    They were eventually repaired and are now in display in a glass case. 

  5. Police dog back on paw patrol

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Police dog Zak

    Poor Zak, who's part of the Beds, Cambs and Herts dog unit, has been off sick for the past 14 months...

    But he's now got his bark back, and even detained two men after a burglary on his first shift back. 

  6. If at first you don't succeed... try, try, try, try and try again

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Luckily when I passed my driving test many moons ago (first time I'd like to add) there was no theory test, so I have no idea how hard they are.

    But through a Freedom of Information request we've learned a 30-year-old man from Peterborough failed his test a whopping 86 times. 

    Yes, 86. 

    Learner plate on Mini

    But he's not alone - a 25-year-old woman, also from Peterborough, failed her theory test 53 times.

    They didn't take them again, figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency show.

  7. Water rip-off: Man conned out of £900 after buying plastic bottles instead of phone and laptop

    CCTV has been released of two men police want to speak to after a laptop and mobile phone were sold to a man for £900 - but all he got was two water bottles.

    Suspects in Ladbrokes

    The victim was approached at about 11:20 on Friday at Huntingdon Ladbrokes and he then went to Sainsbury's car park to buy the items. 

    But two men left at speed after he handed over the money, and when he got home he realised the bag had nothing in it but plastic bottles.

  8. Congestion charge not back on the table

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    The first hurdle to close key commuters roads in Cambridge has been cleared. 

    The proposals have been approved by business leaders and councillors at today's City Deal Assembly in Cambourne. 

    The executive board has voted against bringing congestion charge plans back to the table.

    The notion by councillor Tim Bick was defeated by eight votes to three. 

  9. Trees making way for road lanes receives recommendation

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    The City Deal Assembly here at Cambourne have approved a scheme to remove trees to make way for extra bus and cycle lanes along Milton Road and Histon Road. 

    The chair said it would note the vote was split. The final decision will be down to the executive board next week. 

    City Deal Assembly meeting
  10. Cambridgeshire BHS stores to close after company goes into liquidation

    Department store BHS is to go into liquidation with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs, after efforts to find a buyer failed.

    The company has two stores in Cambridgeshire - in Cambridge and Peterborough.

    BHS sign in Cambridge

    The decision followed a lengthy bidding process aimed at saving the firm, which went into administration in April.

    In the end, none of the offers was judged acceptable by administrators Duff & Phelps.

  11. Six migrants found in Cambridgeshire lorry

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    Comments from Cambridgeshire's chief constable about more migrants being found in lorries in the county come after four adults and two teenagers were found on the A14 at Milton yesterday. 

    Before that, in February 19 migrants called from inside a lorry on the dual carriageway at Fenstanton. 

    Ambulances after migrants found in lorries in June 2015

    Then in December 2015, 24 migrants were found in the back of a lorry on the A14 close to Oakington. They were Iranian and Kurdish and were taken to hospital.

  12. Migrants found in lorries 'set to increase'

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    On the subject of more migrants being found in lorries in Cambridgeshire, the chief constable of Cambridgeshire, Alec Wood, revealed to me that the number could continue to increase. 

    "We've seen examples of people trying to cross the Channel in boats... so if that continues then it's possible, and what we have to do is make sure we provide an appropriate response," he said.

    Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Police, Alec Wood

    "Every time our officers are dealing with something of that nature, that means they're not dealing with something that perhaps is a priority locally, which is something that does concern me. 

    "We are anticipating that we may see further increases... we need to be on top of it."

  13. Increase in illegal migrants found in Cambridgeshire lorries, says police chief

    Sally Chidzoy

    BBC Look East home affairs correspondent

    The chief constable of Cambridgeshire has told me he's noticed an increase in the number of suspected illegal migrants found hiding in lorries. 

    Alec Wood says there's been a rise in the number of cases coming across his desk in recent months compared to a year or two ago. 

    Police scene when migrants were found in a lorry in June 2015

    He said most detections were on the A14 and A1.     

    "We have had examples of migrants that have come out of the back of lorries that have pulled over in lorry parks and at cafes in our county," he said.

  14. EU referendum Facebook Live: Time to ask your questions

    Our BBC East political team of Andrew Sinclair and Tom Barton will be hosting a Facebook Live event tonight, answering your questions on the EU referendum in the East from 18:45.

    You can ask questions via Facebook comments during the broadcast, but if you'd like to get in early, you can post them here.

    Facebook Live invitation
  15. Fatal car driver left scene on foot

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Cambridgeshire police has told us the driver of the red BMW involved in yesterday's fatal crash in Littleport "left the scene on foot".

    Sgt Mark Dollard from the road policing unit believes he's also injured, adding "our primary concern is for his welfare".

    "I urge anybody with information about his location to get in touch," he said.

  16. Driver flees following fatal crash

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A driver of a red BMW 325i is on the run after a fatal collision in Littleport yesterday evening.

    The car's front seat passenger, a man in his 20s, died after a crash between a blue Ford Focus on Branch Bank, Littleport.

    The back seat passenger in the BMW is recovering at Addenbrooke's Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. 

    The driver and two children in the Ford Focus received minor injuries.

    Branch Bank, Littleport
  17. Transcripts of Bush-Major conversations released

    Martin Rosenbaum

    Freedom of information specialist

    I've been looking through the transcripts of conversations between George Bush senior, and the former Huntingdon MP and prime minister, Sir John Major. 

    They show that when in power the two world leaders frequently commiserated with each other on their unpleasant experiences of the election process, which neither appeared to enjoy.

    "It's been a miserable five months here campaigning", President Bush said in March 1992 to Sir John, who replied: "It's been miserable here too".

    Sir John told Mr Bush that he had walkabouts which "were really nasty and ugly" and the crowds were "horrendous".

    He also gave the president his disgruntled view of the British media, that "the Conservative press here has been bloody" and "haven't been reporting our policy", while "the BBC has been appalling too", adding that "for what is supposed to be a public television service, it is not impartial at all".

  18. City Deal discusses road closures and parking levy

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    Two of the subjects being discussed at the City Deal meeting include peak-time road closures and bringing in a workplace parking levy. 

    Assembly members say a "big bang" approach is needed for road closures to make sure congestion is not just moved elsewhere.

    City Deal Assembly meeting

    On bringing in a workplace parking levy, assembly member Tim Wotherspoon says he has reservations as he's concerned about where the money would go. 

    Representatives from the big city employer Marshall says the levy is a tax on jobs as their employees don't have anywhere else to park.

  19. Residents ask questions over Cambridge congestion plans

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    Several Cambridge residents have had their say at the City Deal meeting so far.

    One Milton Road resident asked why the declining park-and-ride numbers aren't being addressed. 

    Robin Pellew from Cambridge Past Present and Future also wanted to know why the public weren't asked if they wanted a congestion charge, which was dropped prior to the report being published.

    City Deal Assembly Meeting
  20. Parking and congestion solutions being discussed at City Deal Assembly

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    Some of the proposals being discussed at the City Deal Assembly in Cambourne today include a workplace parking space levy, peak-time road closures, more resident parking zones and park-and-ride spaces.

    Leaflet from Milton Road Residents Association

    There are also plans to change Milton Road and Histon Road to make extra bus and cycle lanes.

    Three petitions have been submitted to the assembly, including one from The Milton Road Residents Association which is against the removal of trees. 

    This video explains more on the congestion problems the city faces.

    View more on youtube