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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks for joining us for today's Cambridgeshire Live. We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    Today we covered the merger of Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough City hospitals - staff at the former have told us they are anxious and uncertain about the future.

    We've also brought you news that the first homes have been approved for Northstowe, and covered the story of Camsar's newest (and cutest!) recruit

    Scroll below to take a read. 

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Overnight weather: Cloudy and mainly dry

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening and overnight it'll be rather cloudy, but mainly dry, although there's a chance of occasional showers.

    Lows of 12C (54F).

    Saturday's weather map

    Saturday will start bright and dry, but it'll turn cloudy later, with heavier rain in the evening and overnight. Top temperature: 20C (68F).

    BBC Weather has the full forecast where you live.

  3. Watch: Campaign to get women and girls active is launched

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    The sports partnership for Cambridgeshire, Living Sport, is launching its Let's Go Girls campaign tomorrow at Milton Country Park.

    The campaign aims to encourage women to try new sports and activities to break down barriers which might be stopping them currently taking part. 

    New runner Sarah explains why she was motivated to get moving:

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    Video caption: A campaign to get women and girls active in Cambridgeshire has launched
  4. Football action this weekend: Posh v Swindon Town

    "Focus on the positives" is the message from Peterborough United boss Grant McCann to his players ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Swindon.

    Posh lost 6-1 to Norwich under 23s in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday, but McCann wants his men to think back to last Saturday's league victory at MK Dons

    He could hand debuts to new signings George Moncur (pictured), Nathan Oduwa and Luke McGee for tomorrow's home clash with Swindon.

    Midfielder George Moncur

    Posh will make a late decision on Hayden White who has a groin injury, Lee Angol and Brad Inman remain sidelined while Michael Smith is on international duty.  

    It's an early kick-off at 12:15.

    Also this weekend, St Neots take on Stamford in first round qualifying for the FA Cup, and Cambridge City are at home against Flackwell Heath.

  5. McGurk waits on injury as Mansfield visit Cambridge Utd

    Nick Fairbairn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Cambridge United striker Adam McGurk (pictured) has returned to full training following knee ligament damage. He'll face a fitness test ahead of tomorrow's match against Mansfield.

    Shaun Derry, manager, said: "I'd be delighted if he was available this weekend, but only if he's 100%."

    George Maris is also back in training after a groin strain, but is likely to miss out against Mansfield. Harrison Dunk remains sidelined.

    Cambridge United's Adam McGurk

    Cambridge United v Mansfield Town will be live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on FM, MW and digital radion, but not online.

  6. Judith Burns

    Education reporter

    Graduating students

    Judith Burns

    Education reporter

    Oxford and Cambridge, academically elite, oversubscribed but criticised as socially exclusive - do these degrees really live up to their reputation?

    Read more
  7. Watch: Me and my Shadow - the county's latest search-and-rescue recruit

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    This is very cute Shadow - the latest recruit for Camsar, the county's search and rescue team.

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    Video caption: Meet Camsar's new canine search and rescue recruit

    Camsar will be tweeting updates about Shadow's progress through training, in the months to come.

    He'll also be the star attraction as the team attempt to set a world record for the biggest game of hide-and-seek at Milton Country Park near Cambridge this weekend.

  8. Countdown to this weekend's football..

    BBC Sport

    Top flight matches are on hold for the international fixtures this weekend, but not down in Leagues One and Two...

    Peterborough United are at home to Swindon on Saturday with a 12:15 kick-off in the third flight.

    In League Two, Cambridge United are at Mansfield Town with a 15:00 kick-off.

  9. Cherry Hinton high street revamp welcomed by safety researchers

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    Improvement works are almost complete in Cherry Hinton's High Street - with a new, lower speed limit of 20mph and special provision for cyclists.

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    Video caption: Cherry Hinton high street revamp nears completion

    Richard Owen from the research group Road Safety Analysis told us that it'll "almost certainly" be safer and the stretch of road had a very poor collision record, particularly involving cyclists.

    He said: "I think what the council is doing here is almost cutting edge - reducing the speed limit, removing the centre white lines and taking out the speed bumps and making more space for cyclists.

    "There's good international research to show that if you remove the centre white lines, drivers move more slowly."

  10. Hospitals merger meeting due at town hall

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Earlier we brought you the story that staff at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon were "anxious" about a proposed merger with Peterborough City Hospital.

    A public meeting about the changes is taking place at Peterborough Town Hall at 16:00.

    If approved, the merger would come into effect in April and managers claim it would help save £9m.

    There will be further public meetings at Huntingdon Town Hall on 5 September and at the Priory Centre, St Neots, on 19 September.

  11. Watch: Kittens crying over spilt milk

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    When you're thirsty, you're thirsty... but learning to drink your milk, rather than wear it, is not always that easy.

    This little of feral kittens was taken in by volunteers from Fenland Animal Rescue, who found them in Bluntisham earlier this week.

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    Video caption: Fenland Animal Rescue needs new home for kittens

    Learning how NOT to cover themselves in milk is just one of life's little lessons they'll be taught before they're ready for re-homing in the coming weeks.

    "Each and every day they grow, and it makes us incredibly proud to see them turn from unwanted ferals, to beautiful, happy and playful kittens, despite them wearing their milk of course," one of the volunteers said.

    The charity is run entirely by volunteers and offers specialist rescue services for Cambridgeshire's wildlife and domestic animals.

  12. Paralympics 2016: the athletes depart


    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    Our Paralympians are Rio-bound, one week before the games begin.

    Paratriathlete Claire Cunningham, from Cambridge, has posted a tweet:

    View more on twitter

    She'll be competing alongside Lauren Steadman, also from Cambridge, on 11 September.

    You can find a full events schedule here.

  13. Simon Dobbin case: 12 men in court

    Earlier today 12 men appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court charged with violent disorder after an attack on Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin last year. 

    Those who pleaded not guilty to the charge were: 

    • Ryan Carter, 22, from Southend
    • Jamie Chambers, 23, from Southend 
    • Lewis Courtnell, 33, from Southend 
    • Philip McGill, 31, of Westcliff 
    • Michael Shawyer, 31, of Belgrave Road, Leigh-on-Sea
    • Greg Allen, 28, of Artillery Avenue, Shoeburyness
    • Matthew Petchey, 25, from Rochford    
    Philip McGill, Lewis Courtnell and Jamie Chambers
    •   Scott Nicholls, 40, from Langdon Hill, (pictured below), also denied the charge. 
    Scott Nicholls

    Four others did not enter a plea. They were:

    • Thomas Randall, 21, from Southend 
    • Alexander Woods, 20, of Westcliff 
    • James Woods, 20, of Westcliff 
    • Rhys Pullen, 20, of Wickford
  14. Other stories in the news today

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    Let's take a look at some other stories around the county:

  15. Cambridge

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    Video caption: Town and gown provide the inspiration, as Simon Preston creates a new dish for Cambridge.

    The friction between town and gown provide intriguing ingredients to inspire food innovator Simon Preston and chef Alex Rushmer to create a brand new signature dish for Cambridge.

  16. Twelve appear in court over football fan attack

    Alex Dunlop

    BBC Look East

    Twelve men have appeared in court charged in connection with an attack that left a football fan with brain damage. 

    Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin from Mildenhall in Suffolk, suffered life-changing injuries in an attack in Southend on 21 March last year. 

    Southend Magistrates Court

    The twelve, all from from south Essex are aged between 20 and 40. All have been charged in connection with the attack - eight pleaded not guilty and four entered no plea. 

    All but one were given unconditional bail. 

    The case of a 13th man, who's charged with assisting an offender and possession of a weapon has been adjourned. 

    The men will next appear at Basildon Crown Court at the end of the month.

  17. Parachutists' near-miss at Chatteris deemed 'most serious' by UKAB

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    An investigation into a near-miss above Chatteris aerodrome has concluded that it was "providence that had prevented a collision". 

    A Cessna 152 came within 300ft (91m) of eight parachutists after the pilot failed to spot them and flew the plane between their canopies. The incident took place on 15 May and was investigated by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB).

    UKAB said the pilot of the two-seater Cessna acknowledged he had "misappreciated his position" and deemed the degree of risk to be in the most serious category

    Parachutists in flight

    The pilot told investigators "the execution of this flight was not perfect".

  18. Wee green beasties!

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    Unusual shiny green bugs have been spotted in large numbers in Cambourne - and have been causing something of a stir owing to their odd iridescence.

    Leaf beetle sermylassa halensis

    They've been spotted in houses around the village, but Brian Eversham, chief executive of the Wildlife Trust for Cambridgeshire, assures us they are perfectly harmless.

    Leaf beetle sermylassa halensis

    He added they are a less common beetle species - sermylassa halensis - and they normally make their home in flower meadows.

    "They are small, less than a centimetre long, brown at the back, and iridescent green. They are perfectly harmless, active from early summer to November and lay their eggs late in the summer.

    "They are probably hunting for food - mainly goose grass."

  19. First homes at Northstowe given approval

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Local Live

    Detailed plans for the first 92 properties at Northstowe have been approved by South Cambridgeshire District Council, following a public consultation.

    The approval means that homes could begin to be built within weeks on land near the existing Longstanton guided busway park and ride site.

    Artist impression of Northstowe homes

    The plans detailed the homes' spacing and layout as well as landscaping and childrens' play areas. The application also covered the layout and location of roads, paths and cycleways.

    Tim Wotherspoon, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for strategic planning, said: " We want Northstowe to be of the highest quality and a fantastic place to live, work and go to school."