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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday, 6 July 2016
  2. Sister of serviceman killed in Iraq calls Tony Blair "world's worst terrorist" after publication of Chilcot report
  3. Police hunt man who posed as police officer and stabbed woman at her home
  4. Amazon to create up to 1,000 new jobs in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. And as we say goodnight, here's a cake you wouldn't want to burn...

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    What you can see isn't just any old model of Linton Fire Station, but a cake made to look like it. 

    It was created by Bex Jacklin and won the Star Bake award in The Fire Fighters Charity's national Bake a Difference.

    Linton Fire station made out of cake

    The fire station was also awarded the Golden Rolling Pin for raising £1,250, the most raised by an organisation for its bake sale. 

    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us.

  2. Pub offers potatoes as well as pints

    Johnny Dee

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A pub is normally the hub for local gossip and a good pint, but at The White Hart in Alconbury Weston it's all about fruit and vegetables.

    The "local" has become a hub for the village's community food scheme which encourages people to grow their own food and share it. 

    Anthony Davidson, head of the Alconbury food project

    So far a stall has been set up outside the pub giving away seeds, and plans are in place to create an area for people to sell their surplus wares at prices cheaper than the supermarkets.

  3. Amazon to create up to 1,000 new jobs

    Mousumi Bakshi

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Amazon has confirmed it will create up to 1,000 new jobs in the UK at its centres in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

    The company said the roles would include software engineers, computer programmers and corporate managers.

  4. Weather: A dry, mild night

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    After a dry and fine evening with hazy sunshine, it'll be a mild night. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

    Weather map

    Thursday will be a cloudier day, but with some bright or sunny spells. A few showers are possible. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). For the the latest weather where you live, go to BBC Weather

  5. Sex abuser Benjamin Morris 'showed no remorse'

    Det Con Jo Nicholson from Cambridgeshire Police said Benjamin Morris "abused his position of trust and showed no remorse for his actions, blaming the victims for what happened".

    Cambridge Crown Court

    The 32-year-old was jailed for 16 years at Cambridge Crown Court (above), after being found guilty of serious sexual assaults on two boys he befriended when they were just eight and nine. His crimes came to light when he was accused of assaulting a 14-year-old in the USA. 

    Det Con Nicholson said: "I hope this sentence will provide some form of closure for the victims and allow them to move on with the rest of their lives."

  6. Man jailed for sex assaults on boys

    A man who sexually assaulted two boys he befriended at an after-school club has been jailed for 16 years.

    Benjamin Morris

    Benjamin Morris, 32, of Bourn Road, Cambridge, pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to sexual assaults on the two boys when they were under 13.

    Cambridgeshire Police investigated him after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl while visiting friends in Vermont in the United States. He was also found guilty of that offence.

  7. Cambridgeshire man first in country jailed for coercive control offences

    A Peterborough man has started a six-year jail sentence after becoming the first person in the country to be jailed for coercive control offences

    Valerijs Pudovs, 49, of Deene Court, was found guilty of coercive and controlling behaviour, attempted grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and false imprisonment at Huntingdon Crown Court on June 13. 

    Valerijs Pudovs

    He was sentenced yesterday. 

    The offences related to threats and attacks on his former partner. Pudovs has also been made the subject of a lifelong restraining order.

  8. Cambridgeshire children's hospice gets 'outstanding' rating

    Emma Maclean

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A children's hospice in Cambridgeshire has been given the highest possible rating by the Care Quality Commission.

    The Milton branch of East Anglia's Children's Hospices has been ranked as "outstanding" following an inspection carried out in February. 

    EACH Children's hospice, Milton

    Inspectors said the staff were caring and compassionate and people were provided with safe, caring and effective care.   

  9. Ipswich Town pledges support for hit-and-run footballers

    Ipswich Town has pledged its support to two footballers injured in a hit-and-run crash in Newmarket on Friday.

    Newmarket Town's Shaun Whiter had both legs amputated and Soham Town Rangers' Joey Abbs was seriously injured.

    Ipswich Town says a team featuring former players will take on Newmarket Town in a benefit match on 31 July.

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  10. Sentencing in Jeff Henry case due tomorrow

    Mousumi Bakshi

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    I've just spoken to the clerk at the Old Bailey who's informed me the judge will now sentence the three men for their roles in the killing of Cambridge man, Jeff Henry, tomorrow. 

    In May, Martin Saunders from Huntingdon, and Anthony Kenny, from St Ives, admitted manslaughter. 

    A third man, Ben Maguire, will be sentenced after he admitted conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and assisting an offender.

  11. Two people taken to hospital with neck injuries after A11 accident

    Two people have been taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital with suspected neck injuries after an accident on the A11 near Babraham this lunchtime

    East of England Ambulance Service Trust was called just after 12:30. 

    The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

    All lanes have now reopened on the southbound A11 between the A505 junction at Babraham and the M11 junction at Great Chesterford, but traffic is still slow. 

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  12. Huppert hoping to make a Parliamentary comeback

    Julian Huppert, the former Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge, has this afternoon confirmed he's hoping to get back into mainstream politics.

    He has announced he has applied for reselection as the Lib Dems' Parliamentary candidate. 

    He lost his seat to Labour's Daniel Zeichner in the 2015 general election. 

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  13. Parts of A11 in Babraham remain closed after earlier accident

    Firefighters and police are currently at the scene of an accident between two vehicles on the A11 at Babraham

    Cambridgeshire Fire Service have told us there are two casualties. 

    There are severe delays in the area and congestion to Six Mile Bottom.

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  14. Footballer who lost his legs vows to walk down the aisle

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    Footballer Shaun Whiter, who had to have both his legs amputated after being hit by a car on Friday, has vowed to "walk down the aisle" next year when he gets married, his cousin says.  

    Charlotte O'Brien said he had been in an induced coma.

    "He was only meant to wake up on Tuesday, but he was so fit that he actually woke on Saturday, 24 hours after the accident, and the first thing he said was 'Am I still getting married?'," she said.

    Shaun Whiter

    "So obviously Charlotte (his fiancee, Charlotte Way) said 'Yes, you try and stop me', so he said, 'Well, that's my target then - I'll be walking down the aisle'.

    Mr Whiter's friend Joey Abbs, a Soham Town player, was also seriously injured. 

    Cambridgeshire police are searching for the driver who left the scene without stopping

  15. 'Come forward - we are a forgiving family', cousin urges hit-and-run driver

    Kate Williams

    BBC Local Live

    The cousin of a footballer who lost both of his legs after a hit-and-run in Newmarket has urged the driver of the car to come forward.

    Friends and family are rallying round Shaun Whiter, who was hit after stopping to help friend Joey Abbs, a Soham Town footballer, change a tyre on Friday.

    A car crashed into both men but then drove off, leaving Mr Whiter with injuries so severe he had to have both legs amputated. 

    Shaun Whiter

    His cousin Charlotte O'Brien says: "Shaun was left for dead. The doctors have told us they can't believe he's alive. 

    "He just can't get his head around the fact that he was left, but we are a forgiving family.

    "We totally understand that in some circumstances you may panic and drive away, but just to make things a little bit easier for Shaun's recovery, we'd like the person to come forward."

  16. Crowds gather for unveiling of poppies

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Crowds have gathered in the Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough to see the unveiling of an art installation of 1,000 poppies. 

    It's to commemorate the Battle of the Somme and remember the 131 Peterborough soldiers who lost their lives in it.

    Poppies hanging for shopping centre ceiling
    Crows in shopping centre
    Service personnel and poppies in shopping centre

    The Sky of Poppies installation will stay in place until 18 November, the historic end of the Battle of the Somme.   

  17. Poppies take pride of place in Peterborough

    A thousand handmade poppies have been unveiled in the Queensgate shopping centre in Peterborough today.

    The Sky of Poppies art installation is the idea of local artist Charron Pugsley-Hill and since March hundreds of volunteers have made the individual felted flowers to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. 

    Here's some footage of poppies before they were put in place.

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  18. Chilcot report: Families say report 'worth the wait'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Sarah O'Connor today agreed that the Chilcot report took too long but had been worth the wait.

    Families who lost loved ones in the Iraq war held a press conference this lunchtime.

    They agreed that it would take take time to read through it all and it could be days or weeks before they knew what would happen next. 

    Sarah O'Connor on right
  19. Chilcot report: 'Why is Tony Blair not here?' asks bereaved sister

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    At a press conference held by the families of those killed in the Iraq war, Sarah O'Connor (pictured far right), from Cambridge, rolled her head in response to the reading-out of former prime minister Tony Blair's statement.

    Ms O'Connor, who lost her brother Sgt Bob O'Connor, said of Mr Blair: "Why is he not here looking at our eyes and actually seeing our faces?"

    In his statement, Mr Blair said he would take "full responsibility for the failing made in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq", but Ms O'Connor was unhappy that families had not had the chance to meet him personally. 

    "Our voices need to be heard and we will be heard," he said.

    Press conference Sarah O'Connor on the far right.