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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 7 October 2016
  2. Multimillion-pound drug haul seized by cops in Peterborough
  3. Cambridgeshire neo-Nazi rally: Field owner 'had no idea'
  4. Council's proposed mooring policy labelled 'ludicrous'

Live Reporting

By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye for now

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's us wrapping up for the day and indeed the week. Thanks for your company.

    We'll be back bright and early from 08:00 on Monday with live updates from around Cambridgeshire.

    If you spot anything we should know about over the weekend, send it over to us by email, on Twitter or via our Facebook page.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Weather: Rather cloudy, but staying mostly dry

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    There'll be little change from earlier through this evening and overnight, with often cloudy skies and the odd shower possible. 

    Whilst the moderate easterly breeze will gradually ease, it will remain chilly with a minimum temperature of 11C (52F).

    Map of the east

    The cloudy skies could potentially bring a few further showers through tomorrow. Some brighter or sunny spells are likely as it peaks at 16C (61F).

    Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

  3. Haiti emergency hurricane appeal launched

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    This is Homer. He lives and works near Les Cayes in the south of Haiti, one of the places worst-hit by Hurricane Matthew earlier this week.

    Homer in Haiti

    Homer's a 59-year-old amputee supported by Cambridge-based charity CBM UK.

    He's responsible for a family of eight people who live in Les Cayes.

    The charity tells me he's not been able to reach his family to help them because the roads are blocked.

    For the last three days, they have been surviving on fruit fallen from trees during the hurricane. His own crops have been destroyed, his cattle died, and the roof of his home collapsed. 

    Les Cayes, Haiti

    "We people with disabilities, we are still more vulnerable than the others at the time of disasters. We need support to cope during these difficult times, and structures so we can continue to live like everyone else," Homer said.

    CBM UK has launched an emergency appeal to provide immediate assistance for people like him, and help rebuild homes in the aftermath of the hurricane.

  4. Haiti charities mopping up after hurricane

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Two Cambridge charities working in hurricane-hit Haiti are mopping up and counting the cost after the country was battered by 145mph (230km/h) winds.

    Hurricane Matthew hit the island, destroying the main bridge linking the capital Port-au-Prince with the south of the country.

    Les Cayes, Haiti

    More than 400 people are believed to have died.

    Cambridge-based charity SOS Children's Villages, which runs a number of homes for orphans in Haiti, said while everyone was safe it had received reports of flooding and damage to the roofs of SOS homes and their school in Les Cayes, the south.

    Meanwhile, CBM UK, an Oakington-based charity working with disabled people in the country, said it was "still struggling to get a full picture from our staff and partners on the ground".

    SOS school in Les Cayes

    While its staff were all safe, dozens of disabled people helped by their partner organisations have lost their homes.

  5. Derry: U's have 'change in mentality'

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry says the trip to Blackpool will be another big test for his team. 

    An EFL Trophy win for United on Tuesday saw their winning run extend to four games.

    The U's will be without the injured Medy Elito and George Maris at Bloomfield Road.

    Derry feels the U's are back on track after a poor start to the season.

    Shaun Derry

    "The four wins helps," he said.

    "We're going there with a change in mentality and confidence that has been born out through a lot of hard work".

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire will have full match commentary from 15:00 on 96FM, 95.7FM, 1026MW and Freeview channel 722.

  6. Posh boss: 'I know when I've got things wrong'

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Manager Grant McCann insists he's thriving under the pressure of trying to deliver promotion at Peterborough United.

    Posh go into tomorrow's home tie with Bury without a win in eight games, but McCann is adamant a good run is just around the corner.

    The Northern Irishman said he's a "big enough man" to know when he's got things wrong, but is determined to get the best out of his players.

    "We know we're not a million miles away. We know we're putting performances in.

    "Now we need to start turning them into wins".

    Grant McCann

    Posh kick off at the earlier time of 12:00 tomorrow, owing to an appearance on TV. Full match commentary can be heard on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - 95.7FM, 96FM, 1026MW and Freeview channel 722.

  7. 'Bumper crop' for this year's World Conker Championships

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    Organisers say they have had "a bumper crop" of conkers this year, as the World Conker Championships takes place on the Northamptonshire-Cambridgeshire border on Sunday.

    The annual event is being held at Southwick, near Oundle.

    Despite the cracking crop, fewer competitors from Europe are expected than in previous years.

    If you don't know the rules of the championships, here's a quick guide... 

    Video content

    Video caption: "Bumper crop" for this year's World Conker Championships in Northamptonshire.
  8. Multimillion-pound drug haul seized by cops in Peterborough

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Cocaine worth almost £3m has been seized by police in Peterborough.

    It was found in a van earlier this week.

    Cocaine seizure

    A 36-year-old man from the West Midlands was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and has been bailed.  

  9. Local paper round-up

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a round-up of whats being reported on in the local papers today ...

    • The Cambridge News have more on a teenager, who was filmed beingttacked by a gang with a hockey stick near Cambridge.
    • The Hunts Post are reporting on a petition being launched in a bid to see a new pedestrian crossing installed in Huntingdon
    • And the Peterborough Telegraph are on the hunt from the city's 'Pub of the Year'.
  10. UKIP MEP responds to 'altercation' claims

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we bought you reaction from Cambridgeshire councillor Lisa Duffy to news that two UKIP MEPs had been involved in "an altercation" yesterday, resulting in one being knocked out.

    Mike Hookem, who was involved in the incident with fellow UKIP MEP, Steven Woolfe, has told the BBC he did not throw a punch at his colleague, nor did he injure Mr Woolfe.

    Speaking to Radio Humberside, the MEP described the event as a "scuffle".

    Mr Hookem said the incident took place in an "ante room" to the main meeting room, adding "no punches" were thrown and there was no pushing.

    Steven Woolfe in hospital
    Image caption: UKIP MEP, Steven Woolfe (pictured), remains in hospital following the incident

    When asked if he was worried if he would be suspended from the party following an investigation into yesterday's events, he said he thought he may be suspended. But if he was, they'll have to suspend Mr Woolfe too - and he hoped the party wouldn't suspend either of them.

    Mr Woolfe is to remain under observation for a further 48 hours in hospital in Strasbourg "as a precaution".

  11. Spud race returns to Ely

    Johnny Dee

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    It's been compared to Monaco.

    It involves 20kg bag of potatoes.

    And it's happening this weekend in Ely. 

    It is of course the Ely Potato Race, taking place in the city centre tomorrow - with competitors racing with 20kg sacks on their backs.

    I've been in the city to find out more...

    View more on twitter
  12. Lunchtime weather: Cloudy and cool

    BBC Weather

    It will be a rather cloudy remainder of the day with a few showers around, although some places will remain dry. 

    It will stay rather cool in the easterly breeze, with highs of 16C (61F).

    Weather forecast

    Here was the rather grey scene in Cambridge a short while ago, sent in by Weather Watcher 'ebb&flow'.

    Cambridge countryside
  13. Council's proposed mooring policy labelled 'ludicrous'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Proposed changes to Cambridge City Council's mooring policy, which could see a group of barge travellers made homeless, are "ludicrous", according to one local resident.

    Plans are being put forward by the city council in a bid to reduce traffic and improve safety on the River Cam.  

    It could see those without a permanent mooring evicted, affecting hundreds of people. 

    Sharon, a local resident who lives in a house nearby to the river, says the council is "wasting time and money".

    "As residents we have organised petitions saying we want to keep the boats," she says.

    "We don't want them to go".

    River Cam

    Eleanor Tattum, who lives on the river, said that if her family is evicted, they "will become a burden on a council".

    "The council are penalising the working class". 

    the city council says these are just proposals at the moment, and a consultation will be launched so everyone can have their say.

  14. Adrian Greenwood stabbing: 'Accused searched for celebrity addresses online'

    Peter Cooke

    BBC South Today

    The jury has been hearing evidence from one of the officers in the case of a book dealer who was allegedly stabbed for a rare copy of Wind in the Willows.

    Adrian Greenwood (pictured), 42, was found dead at his four-storey Oxford house in April.  

    Adrian Greenwood

    Det Sgt Richard Earl from the Major Crime team confirmed at Oxford Crown Court that searches for celebrity addresses were found on the Samsung phone of 50-year-old Michael Danaher, of Hadrians Court, Peterborough, in a folder titled 'Enterprises'.

    They included Eamonn Holmes, Michael Parkinson, Rio Ferdinand, Simon Cowell, Katie Hopkins, Kate Moss and Greg Dyke.

    Mr Danaher denies murder.

  15. Lisa Duffy: Mike told me he 'never threw a punch'

    No doubt you've seen UKIP has been hitting the headlines after an "altercation" between its party's MEPs.

    The incident, understood to be between Steven Woolfe and fellow MEP Mike Hookem, took place during a heated UKIP meeting in the European Parliament. Accounts vary, with Mr Woolfe quoted in the Daily Mail saying a punch was thrown at him.

    Mr Woolfe collapsed after the incident.  

    Cambridgeshire councillor Lisa Duffy, who came second in the last UKIP leadership contest, told BBC Radio 4's Today she spoke to Mr Hookem, who said he "never threw a punch at Steven".

    Lisa Duffy

    "Mike said there was a small scuffle, but absolutely no punches were thrown.

    "A door opened and Steven fell backwards which was when he hit his head.

    "Members are really embarrassed about what is happening to the party."

    Mr Hookem is due to release a statement at about 14:00.

  16. Hate crimes on the rise

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    New figures released by police show more than 200 more hate crimes have been recorded across Cambridgeshire in the past six months, compared to the same time last year.

    Figures from April to September show an increase of two thirds, from 314 to 519.

    Police say people have been left feeling more vulnerable since the EU referendum, with the number of hate crimes peaking in July.

    Recent incidents have seen anti-Polish cards in Huntingdon and more recently, "Refugees Not Welcome" stickers in Cambridge.

    Hate crime sticker

    The county's police force is joining a week-long campaign to encourage victims of hate crime to report it.

  17. Cambridgeshire neo-Nazi rally: Field owner 'had no idea'

    Johnny Dee

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    I've managed to track down the owner of a field in Haddenham, whose land inadvertently hosted a neo-Nazi rally in September.

    When I asked the owner if she had any knowledge of the event, she said she "understood it was a private party", but "didn't realise it was a neo-Nazi party".

    "If we'd have known exactly what it was we wouldn't have allowed it to happen. 

    "It's not been held here before and it won't be held here again".

    About 350 people attended the rally at Haddenham near Ely on the anniversary of the death of Ian Stuart Donaldson, who founded white supremacist group Blood and Honour.

    Pictures from Neo Nazi rally video

    Cambridgeshire Police was duped into thinking the event on 23 and 24 September was in aid of charity Help for Heroes.

    Blood and Honour has been banned in a number of countries across Europe and in Russia.     

  18. Weather: Cloudier than recent days, but staying mostly dry

    Aisling Creevey

    BBC Look East weather

    Today will be rather cloudy with a few showers around, although some places will remain dry with a few brighter and sunny spells possible. Staying rather cool in the easterly breeze.

    Top temperature of 16C (61F). Here's my full forecast...

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.