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  1. Updates on Thursday, 7 July 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Nic Rigby

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Nic Rigby

BBC News

It's goodnight from the BBC Local Live team for Cambridgeshire.

Today we covered news of another crash involving a guided busway vehicle at Trumpington and the conviction of two men for an aggravated burglary in Coton.

You can now scroll back and recap the stories we have covered. 

We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow. Have a great evening.

Cambridge Museum's folklore project wins grant

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Museum of Cambridge says a grant of nearly £90,000 will allow it to help collect modern folklore from across the county and better display its own collection.

Witch balls
Museum of Cambridge

Museum manager Lorna O'Brien said she was delighted at the grant from the Museums Association's Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund.

Ms O'Brien said: "We are delighted. It is a very exciting project to look at new traditions and modern folklore.

"It is shaped by the ethos of the former museum curator Enid Porter."

Morris dancers at Lode
Museum of Cambridge

She said it will work with other museums to take its collection and folklore performers out into the community.

The museum's collection includes witch balls (pictured) - blue glass balls which were hung in the window to protect the house from malevolent spells and to trap the reflection of any witch who tried to look in.

It also includes photographs of morris dancing (pictured) and local festivals. 

Plough Monday at Swaffham Prior
Museum of Cambridge
Event at Coton
Museum of Cambridge

Weather: Rain coming but clearing by tomorrow afternoon

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A cloudy evening and night with showery outbreaks of rain developing later, turning heavy into the early hours. Lows of 14C (57F).


Cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain at first tomorrow, some heavy.  

Gradually clearing to drier, brighter conditions. Highs of 22C (72F).

BBC Weather has the latest.

Cambridgeshire museum folklore project wins funding

Museum of Cambridge has won a grant from the Museums Association's Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund to study and preserve the folklore traditions of villages in Cambridgeshire.

The museum has been given £89,375 to fund its work on the folklore and oral history collection of Enid Porter, the museum's longest serving curator (she was curator between 1947 and 1976).  

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Series of films to be shown to remember Syd Barrett

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Now on to some other news... To help mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Cambridge's Syd Barrett, the Cambridge Film Festival has announced it will show a series of his films in October. 

The centrepiece will be 'Get All That Ant?' - a documentary filmed by a former school friend and fellow art student of Barrett, Anthony Stern. 

The Pink Floyd star co-founded the band in 1976. 

Syd Barrett
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Aggravated burglary couple targeted through ex-taxi driver

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We've been following the news that two men were convicted at the Old Bailey today for the aggravated burglary of a couple in their 70s in Coton.

The court also heard former cleaners John McCarthy and Richard Leslie were linked to Marc Smith, 43, of Fallowfield, Cambridge, who admitted handling stolen goods.

Prosecutor Maryam Syed said the victims were targeted through Smith, who had previously worked for a taxi firm the couple used.

When Smith's home was searched, police found a new kiln for smelting down precious metals as well as £15,000 in cash.

The three defendants will be sentenced alongside Jacob O'Dell, 20, of Brackley Close, Cambridge, who admitted sending malicious communications to a witness on Facebook last year.

The court heard two other men involved in the burglary have never been caught.

Coton attack victims 'still suffering'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The daughter of a couple in their 70s beaten in an aggravated burglary has spoken of the continuing suffering of her parents, as two men were convicted of the theft.

Old Bailey
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John McCarthy and Richard Leslie were found guilty at the Old Bailey today.

In a statement, the victims' daughter, who does not wish to be named, said: "The horrific details of the crime have been laid out unsparingly in the course of the trial and the monetary loss has been tallied.

"What hasn't been said is the personal loss my parents have suffered and continue to suffer; their loss of their sense of security... the loss of precious memories; as family heirlooms, medals, wedding gifts collected over generations, were melted down and sold for scrap.

"Our lives have been irreparably changed as a result of these men's actions. I can only hope that they lose their liberty for a long time because my parents have already received a life sentence."

Aggravated burglary pair wore forensics suits in Coton attack

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Two men, found guilty over the aggravated burglary of a couple in their 70s from Coton, wore forensics suits when they tied up the pair with duct tape, beat them and locked them in a utility cupboard.

John McCarthy, 35, of Greystoke Court, Cambridge, and Richard Leslie, 37, of Thornville Grove in Mitcham, south London, attacked the couple in November 2014 and were convicted at the Old Bailey today.  

The man was hit with a chair while the woman was forced to walk on shards of glass, the jury heard.

During the trial Maryam Syed, for the prosecution, said the "shaken and tearful" couple had managed to free themselves after the husband crawled through a window, and they then fled to their daughter's house.

BreakingTwo men who beat and tortured elderly couple in Coton found guilty

Two men who bound, beat and tortured a couple in their 70s, making off with £20,000 in cash, ornaments and jewellery from their home, have been found guilty of aggravated burglary. 

Items stolen
Cambridgeshire Police

John McCarthy, 35, of Greystoke Court, Cambridge, and Richard Leslie, 37, of Thornville Grove in Mitcham, south London, attacked the couple in Coton, Cambridgeshire, in November 2014.

Both denied the charge but were found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey.

U's to host match to raise funds for hit-and-run victims

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United is hosting a football match to raise money for Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs, seriously hurt in a hit-and-run last week. 

The driver is yet to be caught. 

Shaun Whiter
Shaun Whiter

The club says more details will be released soon. 

A fundraising page for the pair have nearly reached £45,000.

Mum of amputee footballer praises 'amazing' work of hospital staff

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Shaun Whiter's mum has thanked staff at Addenbrooke's Hospital, where her 27-year-old son is being treated after a hit-and-run crash which left him needing both legs amputated.

Shaun Whiter / Addenbrooke's Hospital
Family Photo / BBC

"They've treated him and given him so much dignity," Pauline Whiter said. "They've been truly amazing".

Mr Whiter, a footballer who was about to begin training with Newmarket Town, was pinned against his car when another vehicle crashed into it when he was helping his friend Joey Abbs change a tyre near the Suffolk town on Friday night.

'This is a secret that shouldn't be kept'

Jodie Smith

BBC News

The mother of a footballer who lost his legs in a hit-and-run crash hopes the driver responsible "didn't realise the amount of damage and that's why they didn't stop".

Shaun Whiter, 27, who works as an estate agent in Stansted Mountfitchet and was due to begin training with Newmarket Town, was helping his friend change a flat tyre near Newmarket on Friday night when a car hit them and drove off.

Shaun Whiter
Family photo

His mum Pauline Whiter said she hoped the driver involved would come forward and speak to police.

"We hope they're a good human being and now they know what's happened, they will come forward, or someone they shared a confidence with will, " she said. "This is a secret that shouldn't be kept".

World Pea Shooting Championships in Witcham

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The World Pea Shooting Championships is taking place in Cambridgeshire on Saturday.

Pea shooting at the championship in a previous year

The event, taking place at Witcham, near Ely, will see pea shooters of all abilities coming to the village.

Like any other sport, it takes practice, determination and discipline, but unlike any other sport, you also need a lot of peas...

Traditionally pea shooting was a school playground game, but competitors battling it out for the world title take it very seriously - some use high-tech methods including the use of lasers to up their game.

Pea shooters and peas (maple peas) will be on sale for people wanting to take up the past-time.

Weather: Dry afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be dry and bright across many areas, with sunny spells at times. Highs of 22C (72F).

Timeline of a troubled Guided Busway

Cambridgeshire's Guided Busway has a chequered history and suffered a number of problems even before it opened in 2011.

Here's a timeline of some of the events:

The busway

Domestic abuse reports increase in Cambridgeshire

Reports of domestic abuse in Cambridgeshire have risen by 70% in the past five years, new figures from Cambridgeshire police show.

In the year to June 2016 there were more than 5,100 reports - breaking the 5,000 barrier for the first time.

Generic domestic abuse

Fenland District Council says a quarter of violent crime is domestic and is holding a week-long campaign to highlight the problem.   

County council issues statement on Trumpington busway crash

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We've been following the news of the busway crash at Trumpington. 

Cambridgeshire County Council has just issued this statement:

"There was an incident on the busway where a Stagecoach vehicle left the track just after the Trumpington cutting travelling towards Trumpington.

"No-one was injured in this accident and there were no passengers on the vehicle. We will be carrying out a full investigation with the bus operator to find out what happened.

"We would like to reassure passengers that the busway has seen millions of journeys since it opened and remains a very safe way to travel."

Cambridgeshire MPs back candidates for next PM

Nic Rigby

BBC News

In other news, Conservative MPs are voting to choose the final two candidates in the contest to become the party's leader and the next prime minister. 

Michael Gove / Theresa May / Andrea Leadsom

Cambridgeshire's MPs have been lining up to pledge their support to the candidates - Justice Secretary Michael Gove (left), Home Secretary Theresa May (centre) and Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom (right).

Ms May is being supported by Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly, South East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer, North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay and South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen.

Shailesh Vara, MP for North West Cambridgeshire, is supporting Mr Gove, while Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has plumped for Ms Leadsom.

The party's MPs decide this afternoon which two candidates should be put to a vote of the membership of the Conservative party.

Five passengers injured in February busway crash

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The last major crash of a guided bus took place on 22 February, just yards away from the current crash site in Trumpington. 

Five passengers were injured, with two being taken to hospital.

Busway crash in February

A report following that crash found the bus was travelling at more than 53mph in a 30mph zone.

The driver was dismissed, operator Stagecoach said.

Bus derailed where it goes from dual to single track

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Campbell Ross-Bain, Guided Busway operations manager at Cambridgeshire County Council, told me it looks like the bus derailed in the cutting where it goes from a dual track to a single track. 

Campbell Ross-Bain

He said because of its position on the verge, the derailed bus will be recovered during "engineering hours" between midnight and 04:00 tomorrow.  

He said the half-mile stretch of busway at Trumpington will be closed in the meantime, but people will still be able to travel from St Ives through to Addenbrooke's Hospital. 

Fen Causeway partially blocked

In a separate update, there are long delays on the A603 and A1134 in Cambridge:

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Busway crash site being shut

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've just heard the section of Guided Busway where the bus derailed this morning is going to be shut all day while investigations take place.

It's going to be shut from Addenbrooke's Spur to where the crash site is near Hauxton Road in Trumpington.

However, all stops are being served except for Foster Road.

Busway crash follows other incidents

The latest Cambridgeshire Guided Busway crash follows a number of other incidents since it opened a few years ago.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Tom Horn has compiled a list here:

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Watch: Report from Trumpington guided bus crash site

Just to recap, a guided bus has derailed at Trumpington, south of Cambridge, close to where a crash happened in February.

It came off the busway as it was heading towards the park and ride station at about 07:30.

No passengers were on board and the driver was not hurt.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Jozef Hall reports from the scene.  

Guided Busway derailment: Investigation to start

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The operator of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, Stagecoach, has confirmed it'll be carrying out its own investigation following this morning's derailment. 

Andy Campbell, managing director, said: "As well as carrying out our own investigation, and accessing on-board CCTV footage, we will work with the police and other relevant bodies to establish the cause of this incident as quickly as possible."

He confirmed that no passengers were on board and the bus driver was not hurt.

Services are currently being diverted between Trumpington and Addenbrooke's. All stops are still being served with the exception of Foster Road.

Guided Busway derailment: Driver not injured

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Luckily no passengers were on the guided bus in Trumpington when it derailed at just after 07:30 this morning. 

There was just the driver on board and he wasn't hurt and didn't need to go to hospital. 

Police have been at the scene and are now happy to leave it in the hands of Stagecoach and Cambridgeshire County Council. 

Guided Busway derailment
Guided Busway derailment

Guided Busway derailment: 300 yards away from other derailment

Jozef Hall

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I'm at the scene of the Guided Busway derailment in Cambridge this morning.

It's staggeringly similar to an incident I reported on in February when another bus came off its tracks.

This morning the bus was travelling on the single tracks between Addenbrooke's and Trumpington and is now up on the verge and precariously on its side.

The other derailment was just 300 yards away and was on the double track.

Guided Busway derailment
Guided busway derailment
Guided busway derailment

Guided Busway derailment: Happened close to where another bus derailed

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

What you can see below are photos of a derailment on the Guided Busway in Cambridge this morning. 

Matt Brown sent them to us, saying: "Another Guided Busway derailment between Trumpington and Addenbrooke's. 

"This time on southbound side but almost exact same place as before".

In February we reported another bus had crashed at Trumpington, injuring a number of passengers.

Guided busway derailment
Matt Brown
Guided Busway derailment
Matt Brown

Guided Busway derailment: Windows smashed and damage to bus

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Kevin Pettengell was at the scene of the Guided Busway derailment at about 07:35 this morning.

He didn't see the bus crash but spotted the vehicle on the bank. 

He told us windows were smashed in and there was damage to the bus at one end. 

Buses are currently being diverted on Route A and there are some delays to the service. 

Guided bus derailment
Matt Brown

BreakingNo-one hurt in Guided Busway derailing

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire police has just told us it was called at about 07:35 this morning to the Guided Busway at Hauxton Road, Trumpington, following reports from a member of the public that a bus had come off the tracks. 

There were no passengers on board and the driver was not injured. 

As of 08:45, recovery of the bus was being arranged.

Disruption on Guided Busway after bus comes off tracks

There are delays are on the Guided Busway between Trumpington and Addenbrooke's this morning after a bus came off its tracks. 

Kevin Pettengell was at the scene and told us "there didn't appear to be any passengers on board, and the driver was safely out".

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BreakingBus comes off Guided Busway tracks in Cambridge

It's just been confirmed a bus has come off the Guided Busway in Cambridge, between the bus station and Addenbrooke's Hospital. 

It's close to the section where another bus derailed earlier this year around Trumpington.

This picture by Kevin Pettengell shows the scene this morning. We'll bring you more when we get it.

Guided bus off its tracks
Kevin Pettengell

Delays on Guided Busway in Cambridge - reports bus off the tracks

There are delays on the Guided Busway in Cambridge this morning between Trumpington and Addenbrooke's. We've been getting reports a bus has come off the tracks. 

We'll bring you more as soon as we get it. 

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Travel: All lanes now open on M11 southbound in Essex

We've just heard all lanes have now re-opened on the M11 southbound between junctions 7 and 6

But there are still severe delays and queuing traffic back to J8 for Bishop's Stortford.

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Weather: Dry and bright with light winds

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It will be a generally dry day but rather cloudy at times. The odd shower cannot be ruled out. 

There will be light winds and some sunny spells for many of us, and it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine. 

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F). 

Travel: Long delays on M11 southbound

If you're travelling down the M11 there's a warning of long delays this morning on the southbound carriageway in Essex after an earlier multi-vehicle accident. 

One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic for 10 miles between between J7 for Harlow and J6 for the M25. 

Congestion is back to J8 for Bishop's Stortford.  

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Good morning

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Welcome to Local Live for Cambridgeshire. 

We're here until 18:00 today with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

The main story we're looking at this morning is reports of domestic abuse in Cambridgeshire have risen by 70% in the past five years. Plus we'll bring you much, much more during the day.

First, we've got a travel update for those heading towards Essex.