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  1. Updates on Friday, 16 September 2016
  2. A1(M), M11 and A14 very slow
  3. Ramsey councillor comes second in UKIP leadership contest
  4. Weather warning in place for heavy rainfall

Live Reporting

By Sue Dougan

All times stated are UK

That's all from us today

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county. 

Today we brought you these stories:

If you'd like to catch up on the news, scroll down - and thanks for joining us today.

Weather outlook

BBC Weather

Weather forecast

After a very wet day, it'll be mostly dry with a few clear spells tonight. Cloud is also forecast, with some patchy rain in the far east. It will be breezy, but a fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures falling to 12C (54F).

Saturday will be rather cloudy in many places with some patchy light rain or drizzle. The brisk north-westerly winds will ease through the day, with temperatures reaching highs of 18C (66F).

Travel latest: Rail disruption into the evening

It's been one of those days for rail users in Cambridgeshire, with lightning strikes disrupting services earlier via Broxbourne, and a points failure at Stansted Mountfitchet.

There are delays and cancellations to services between Cambridge and Norwich, which are set to continue into the evening.

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Travel latest: A428 delays

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

It's not been the best of afternoons on Cambridgeshire's roads. We're just getting news in of delays on the A428, in both directions, from the A1198 at Caxton Gibbet.

Other roads experiencing delays:

  • A1(M) between junctions 15 and 16
  • A1 at St Neots
  • M11 northbound onto the A14
  • A14 spur road approaching Spittals

You can follow the latest on the BBC Cambridgeshire travel page.

'It means I'm not the only one'


Newsround asked some disabled children for their views about the Paralympics

The Rio Paralympics have been a massive success for ParalympicsGB - but what has it meant to children with disabilities in the UK?

Well, who better to ask than the children themselves?

If you want to find out more about disability sport click here - or find inclusive options on our full list of guides.

Travel latest: Digger falls off trailer onto A1(M)

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

This is the crash we've been telling you about, where it appears a small digger has tipped off a trailer onto the central reservation of the A1(M).

This picture has just been tweeted by Cambridgeshire Police.

Crash on A1M
Cambridgeshire Police

There are resulting delays for traffic between J15 (B1043) and J16 (A15 Norman Cross).  

Rail delays updates from Greater Anglia

BBC Travel

Following a lightning strike at Brandon and the subsequent disruption to services between Cambridge and Thetford, Abellio Greater Anglia has tweeted some updates: 

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For updates, follow BBC Travel.

Travel latest: A1(M) crash

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Here's the latest picture of tailbacks on the A1(M) this afternoon.

A vehicle, believed to be a digger, has fallen from a trailer and landed across the central reservation, between J15 (B1043) and J16 (A15 Norman Cross).

A1M accident
Crown Copyright

Travel latest: Accident on A1(M); M11 and A14 delays

We're getting reports of an incident on the A1(M) involving a vehicle which has fallen from a lorry.

It's affecting traffic on both north and southbound carriageways after J16.

Here's a view of the scene. More as we get it.

A1M Cambridgeshire
Crown Copyright

Meanwhile, the M11 is slow northbound onto the A14, from J10 at Duxford, and the westbound A14 is slow from the Milton interchange at the A10, towards the Girton interchange.

Regular updates here.

Lisa Duffy statement: 'I came a very strong second'

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

It's just been announced Diane James has won the contest to replace Nigel Farage as the party's leader.

She beat Ramsey councillor Lisa Duffy into second place by nearly 4,000 votes. 

In the last few minutes, Ms Duffy said: "I'm very pleased with the result I got. I came a very strong second, and I wish Diane all the best."

Lisa Duffy
Getty Images

Her statement continued: "I still have a strong role to play in the party, and in UKIP.

"I'm proud to be able to stand up and represent the party's grassroots, and I look forward to a united future for the party.

"As a united party, we will take on the government to force them to deliver Brexit.

"I'd like to thank everyone who's supported me."

Lisa Duffy will be joining Gerald Main live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire from the UKIP conference just after 17:00.

Diane James beats Lisa Duffy to be elected UKIP leader

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

UKIP deputy chairman Diane James has won the contest to replace Nigel Farage as the party's leader.

As her victory was announced, she said: "We did it, ladies and gentlemen... and I have just done it and I'm so pleased."

She added she was "deeply honoured" to succeed Mr Farage.

Ms James beat Ramsey councillor Lisa Duffy into second place by nearly 4,000 votes. 

Bill Etheridge came third, Phillip Broughton fourth and Liz Jones fifth. 

Travel latest: Severe delays on the M11 and A14

BBC Travel

There are reports of flooding effecting traffic on the westbound A14 between Junctions 27 and 26, Fenstanton and St Ives. HIgh

There are also delays on the southbound M11, from J12 (Barton and the A603) and J11 (A10), owing to a broken down car.

Heavy rainfall is forecast for Cambridgeshire, for most of the day. It's expected to clear by late afternoon. This is the extent of the rainfall at 13:00.

Weather map

Programme looks at Capability Brown's unfinished Fenstanton garden

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Capability Brown, the renowned landscape designer, created some of the most magnificent landscapes in England, including the gardens at Madingley Hall in Cambridge. He bought the Manor House in Fenstanton in 1767.

Capability Brown's unfinished garden is brought back to life.

Despite working for some of the most influential people in the eighteenth century, he never got round to completing his own gardens at the Manor House in Fenstanton - the only property he ever owned. 

Garden expert and historian, Bunny Guinness presents a programme tonight on BBC2 in which she looks at what he might have created. If you miss it tonight, you can watch it here.  

Housing benefits guaranteed for those in supported housing

Waseem Mirza

BBC Look East

The government has pledged to extend protection of housing benefits to those who require supported housing.

It follows a report from Cambridgeshire County Council, which raised concerns about what would happen if those in sheltered accommodation were no longer able to afford their rent. 

It said uncertainty over housing benefits was stalling new accommodation, could leave a financial hole of millions and lumber the council with more people to take care of. 

Elderly gentleman
Getty Images

Deborah Latham, head of community support services at CHS Group, a charitable housing association which operates Cambridgeshire, said  40% of supported housing services would have had to close, had this funding not been made available. 

She said: "We've won the argument this far, we're hoping it continues into the future. We are reliant on the council at a time of massive cuts so we hope they continue to come up with the money.

"It is excellent news for people who live in supported housing."

Greater Anglia warn of delays to line opening at Brandon

Adverse weather - how is it affecting you?

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

We're braced for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms to sweep through Cambridgeshire from late morning and the Met Office has issued a weather warning for the county.

Getty Images

Lightning strikes continue to cause problems for rail passengers today, between Cambridge and Norwich, and on routes via Stansted and Broxbourne. Although operator Abellio says services are starting to get back to normal on the London Liverpool Street line.

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If it's already raining where you are, or your journey's been disrupted, you can share images and tell us how it looks via emailFacebook or Twitter.     

Greater Anglia update their information on Brandon lightning damage

Greater Anglia have updated their information about the problems caused by lightning damage at Brandon:

"Customers are advised to travel on Great Northern train services between Cambridge and Ely where you are advised to change for a rail replacement bus service between Ely and Thetford and a train shuttle service between Thetford and Norwich in both directions.

"Customers at Norwich may travel on Abellio Greater Anglia services to Ipswich and change at Ipswich for Ely."

Travel news: M11 southbound partly blocked

Traffic on the M11 southbound is slow between J12 for the A603 and J11 for the A10.

A broken down car is blocking a lane.

Meanwhile, there are delays heading northbound onto the A14.

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Weather outlook: Thunder and heavy showers expected to persist

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

It's been very unsettled across the East, resulting in thunderstorms, heavy rain and lightning strikes.

There have been several incidents affecting rail services across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire as a result of lightning and there are major delays on services via Watford following a landslip.

Here's the extent of the heavy rainfall at 10:00.

Weather map

The thundery conditions are expected to persist today.

This morning - heavy showers, possibly thundery, are expected to clear eastwards during the afternoon with sunny spells developing. Temperatures will reach 15C (59F).

Tonight, it's expected to be cloudy with rain persisting, but gradually easing through the night. It will also be rather breezy and will feel less humid than recently. Overnight temperatures will fall to 13C (55F).

Radar image of rain and thunderstorms

Here's the latest radar image, showing the rain and thunderstorms over East Anglia at 09:40. 

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Rail disruption: Delays between Cambridge and Norwich

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

There's news of further delays for rail users this morning.

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As well as major disruption to services via Broxbourne, Abellio Greater Anglia now reports disruption to services between Cambridge and Norwich, owing to a lightning strike at Brandon.  

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Rail disruption: Travel advice

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Abellio Greater Anglia has issued travel advice for anyone wishing to travel from Cambridge this morning.

Disruption is expected to continue throughout the morning on services via Audley End and Cheshunt, following a lightning strike in the Broxbourne area.

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Rail disruption: Major delays until 12:00

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

As we've reported, there's serious disruption for anyone travelling to London from Cambridge.

A lightning strike in the Broxbourne area has led to delays and cancellations to services using the line.

It's expected to last all morning.

View more on twitter

You can follow updates on Abellio's Twitter feed, or on its website.  

'I've had tremendous support', says Ramsey UKIP candidate

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

The new UKIP leader will be announced later today at the UKIP party conference, and it could be Ramsey councillor Lisa Duffy. 

Lisa Duffy
Getty Images

The post has been vacant since Nigel Farage stood down in July. 

Speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire earlier, Lisa Duffy told us: "I think it's an exciting day for us. I've had tremendous support and I'm really pleased where we've got to with our campaign."

When asked she thought Nigel Farage may yet make a comeback, she said: "He'll always be a part of UKIP, but I don't think he's got any ambition to come back at all. We have a massive future ahead of us."

The announcement is due about 13:30 today.

Rail disruption from Cambridge

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

But first this morning, news of problems on rail services from Cambridge.

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Abellio Greater Anglia report that services are severely disrupted this morning. 

Commuters heading for Liverpool Street are being warned to expect serious disruption after a lightning strike affected signalling equipment in the Broxbourne area.

You can follow updates on Abellio's twitter feed, or on their website.

Good morning

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Welcome to the live page for Cambridgeshire. Stay with us while we bring you live news, sport, weather and travel updates between now and 18:00.

The new UKIP leader will be announced later today, and it could be Ramsey councillor Lisa Duffy. The announcement will made later this afternoon.

In other news, the government has pledged to extend protection of housing benefits to those who require supported housing in the county.

And a new state-of-the-art hangar will be opened at the Duxford Imperial War Museum later. 

Don't forget, if you have any pictures, stories or comments you want us to feature, get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Goodnight for now from Cambridgeshire Local Live

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county.

Today, we brought you a police appeal for witnesses after a woman was raped in Peterborough, heard a health campus could be built on a 40-acre (16.2 hectare) site at cash-strapped Hinchingbrooke Hospital - and reported on a ban on punt touts in some parts of Cambridge city centre. 

If you'd like to catch up on the news, scroll down - and thanks for joining us today.

Punting on the River Cam

New laws making it illegal for Cambridge punt companies to tout for business are branded "fascist".

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Shaun Derry

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry calls for patience from fans following his side's poor start to the season.

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Weather: Heavy rain and thunderstorms tomorrow

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be humid with clear spells. There's a risk of scattered, heavy showers and thunderstorms moving northwards through the night.

Light winds, with temperatures falling to 15(C) (59F)

Weather chart for 04:00, showing heavy rain and storms across parts of East Anglia
BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued a warning for heavy rain for much of the region for Friday.

It'll be a mostly cloudy day with thunderstorms and rain - the heavy downpours could lead to some very localised flooding.

Moderate north westerly winds, with a maximum temperature of 20(C)  (68F).

BBC Weather has more information for where you are.

Holme Fen Spitfire pilot: Remembered at scene of death

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Pilot Officer Harold Penketh was just 20 years old when his plane crashed during a training mission in November 1940.

Holme Fen Spitfire dig
Oxford Archaeology East

Seven days later, a specialist team recovered his body. The Spitfire remained buried nose-down in the soil until a team of archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology East, working with veterans and service personnel, uncovered its remains nearly a year ago.

A fragment of bone belonging to Pilot Officer Penketh was uncovered during the dig, along with his cigarette case and watch.

Memorial planned for WW2 pilot who crashed at Holme Fen

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A memorial will be unveiled later this month dedicated to the pilot who lost his life when his Spitfire crashed at Holme Fen in 1940

In October last year, a week-long excavation of the crash site uncovered the plane, which was flown by Pilot Officer Harold Penketh. 

The unveiling will take place during a dedication service, close to the crash site.  

The Spitfire Mk 1A and Pilot Officer Harold Penketh
Aviva Group Archive

Village replaces money stolen from charity boxes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A cake sale and raffle has managed to raise money for four charities after charity boxes were stolen from a village hall last week.

This morning £200 was collected at the Ellesmere Centre in the village of Stetchworth, after a special coffee morning went ahead. 

The money will now be split between The RNLI, The local air ambulance, Marie Curie and Save the Children. 

The organisers said donations came in "thick and fast", adding "what an amazing community we have".

Raffle prizes

What a difference a few hours make...

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Early this morning, mist shrouded Ely Cathedral...

Ely Cathedral in fog

But as BBC Weather Watcher Elywatcher reveals, just two hours later the Ship of the Fens was bathed in brilliant sunshine...

Ely Cathedral

Newspaper round-up

Here's a round-up of news stories in Cambridgeshire's papers today:

The Cambridge News says new jobs have been brought to the city with the opening of a new hotel close to Cambridge Railway Station.

An explosion of an aerosol can alerted a Swaffham Prior couple to get out of their house and call the fire service, says the Ely Standard. 

And congratulations goes to Carol Goodwin, 58-year-old mum of eight, who's just completed her 100th marathon. You can read about her achievement in the Hunts Post.