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  1. Updates for Friday, 14 October 2016
  2. Rail company admits its service has "not been good enough"
  3. Cambourne to Cambridge off-road busway is "not ruled out"

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from us

    Live updates for Cambridge have now finished.

    We'll be back on Monday with all the news, weather, sport and travel you need for the county.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Weather: Rain around, but also sunny spells

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of patchy rain spreading across eastern parts of the region. Staying drier across the west, with lows around 9-11C (48-52F).


    Tomorrow there may be a few light showers at first, but otherwise it will be a largely dry day with sunny spells - especially during the early afternoon. Highs of around 16-17C (61-63F).

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  3. Cambridgeshire local news round-up

    Here's what else is happening around the county:

    • The Cambridge Evening News is reporting a new public piazza at Cambridge Station has been branded "bland, boring and box-shaped", with "nothing for the standard local"
  4. Ex-minister fears farmers will suffer following Brexit

    Deborah McGurran

    BBC Political editor, East of England

    Former Cambridgeshire MP and Farming Minister, Sir Jim Paice, fears some farmers will go out of business post-Brexit.

    He told Sunday Politics East: "I fear, sadly, farmers are going out of business and I fear there will be more. 

    Sir Jim Paice

    "I am not a protectionist, but I am anxious it is fair trade and that means if we have to comply with controls on pesticides or animal welfare, then we should only import food produced to the same standards. 

    "To import food produced to lower standards than our farmers are allowed to produce would be very unfair competition."

    You can hear more on Sunday Politics East on Sunday at 11:00 on BBC One. Other guests include South East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer, UKIP MEP Patrick O'Flynn and Luton MP Kelvin Hopkins.

  5. MP says Peterborough a 'dumping ground' for homeless people

    Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson says he's concerned the city is being used as a "dumping ground" for the homeless. 

    Government statistics suggest there are 124 homeless people in priority need in the city, while Cambridge has just 24.

    Figures released today show homelessness in Peterborough has risen by more than a third in two years.

    stewart jackson

    Last month the city council started using Travelodge hotels to help cope with the rise in people needing homes.

    The authority said it has seen an "unprecedented spike" in the number of people it had to look after and was spending more than £1m to meet emergency housing needs.

    Tonight, Mr Jackson is holding a public meeting to investigate a housing deal that could see 70 families be made homeless at St Michael's Gate in Parnwell.

  6. 'Sentimental' words on Cambridgeshire gravestone refused

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A woman has been refused permission to put the words she wanted on her husband's gravestone in Cambridgeshire because they have been branded as overly sentimental, reports The Telegraph.

    St Andrew's church yard in Witchford

    Tom Scott, 44, died last March and his widow, Clara, came up with a poem for the headstone in St Andrew's churchyard in Witchford.

    But Judge Anthony Leonard, who is chancellor of the Diocese of Ely, said the words had no Christian significance.

    Sheldon Jackson, who writes for the Cemetery Club blog, says there should be much more freedom surrounding this issue.

    "You can have this standard, 'in loving memory' and 'from the remembrance of' but I think, even if you choose to have the works of say, Shakespeare or something on your headstone, surely the words chosen by your family are a far more reflective and honest way of remembering you, than a standard piece of prose or text," she said.

    The Diocese of Ely said it was "bound by the chancellor’s ruling in this matter, which has been made in accordance with the law relating to Church of England churchyards and memorials, in existence since 2004".

    Its statement added: "We are working to ensure the regulations governing churchyard memorials are applied correctly and fairly throughout the diocese, and regret any distress caused to the late Mr Scott's family."

  7. Epitaph not allowed as 'too sentimental'

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    Video caption: A wife cannot put her epitaph on her husband's headstone as it seen as 'too sentimental'
  8. Dropped your fridge-freezer while giving it a wash?

    The Conservators of the River Cam have found it...

    View more on twitter

    Jed Ramsay, river manager, said one of their boats spotted it in the river today.

    "It's relatively common to find sofas or bicycles, but a fridge-freezer... I thought it must take more effort to dump it in the river, rather than call the council to get rid of it," he said.

    Mr Ramsay said the team once found a car which had been cut up before being dumped in the Cam, but generally their finds are more mundane.

    "Dumping these things in the river is pretty selfish behaviour," he added.

  9. Cyclist in hospital after Cambridge crash

    A cyclist has been taken to hospital after a crash with a lorry in Cambridge. 

    Emergency services were called to Grange Road at just before 11:00.

    The East of England Ambulance Service said the rider was left with injuries to his head and shoulder that were not thought to be serious.

  10. One from the Archives: Allied commanders receive Cambridge University degrees in 1946

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Seventy years ago this month, Second World War Allied commanders Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery (left) and General Dwight Eisenhower were photographed wearing caps and gowns, as they received honorary degrees of Doctor of Law at Cambridge University.

    Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery (left) and General Dwight Eisenhower receiving honorary degrees of Doctor of Law at Cambridge University
  11. Cox keen for your Unsung Hero nominations


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    Video caption: Cox wants your Unsung Hero nominations

    Rio Paralympics gold medallist Kadeena Cox has become the latest sports star to call for your BBC Unsung Hero nominations.

    You've got just over a week to get your nominations in (the deadline is Sunday, 23 October) and you can find out how to here.

  12. Manea Fen colony: 19th Century alternative living

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    The colony at Manea was one of four in the UK inspired by the democratic socialist ideas of Robert Owen.

    It was set up by Upwell landowner William Hodson, who hand-picked the first members who had to be "working men... not mere professors".

    CAU team and volunteers

    Forty-five rules were drawn up and there was a working day that lasted from 06:00 to 17:30. There were four meals a day and nightly entertainments included debating on Monday and reading and dancing on Saturday.

    After the colony collapsed, its buildings remained in use until the last ones were pulled down in the 1950s.

    The archaeologists (above with volunteers) will create a film of the Manea dig, which they hope to put on their website by Christmas.

  13. The colony at Manea Fen: A community affair

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    In the short time the colony existed, it's believed they built 24 cottages, two large communal halls (one of dining and one as a library), a kitchen, workshops and a 60ft (18m) tower to view the Fenland countryside.

    Foundation stones, colony at Manea Fen

    Archaeologists, with a team of local volunteers, found two brick-lined sunken floors (above) which may have belonged to outhouses, with a number of pits full of 19th Century rubbish.

    Early 19th Century brick

    Bricks marked "Drain" (above) were used in the outbuildings, which meant they were exempt from tax between 1826 and 1850 - provided they were used for drainage structures and not other buildings. This "raises questions about the colonists' adherence to contemporary law," said Dr Brittain.

    The dig is one of a number of projects run by the three-year Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership scheme, funded by a £900,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

  14. Archaeologists complete Manea Fen colony dig

    Katy Prickett

    BBC News

    It was a 19th Century Utopian settlement set up in 1838 that promised its inhabitants "cooperative ownership, suffrage and equal distribution of wealth".

    But despite nearing self-sufficiency, the colony at Manea Fen was disbanded in 1841.

    Late 18th Century coin, barrel tap key
    Pottery shards

    Now archaeologists have completed an excavation of the site, which they believe is the first ever dig in the UK of a 19th Century alternative living community.

    The team from Cambridge University are sifting through the pottery, glass, metalwork and other finds. Site director Marcus Brittain hopes it will help them explore "the character of Utopian settlement".

  15. Board calls on government to give more time to tackle congestion

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    As we've been telling you this morning, the Greater Cambridge City Deal board has not ruled out building a new off-road busway between Cambourne and Cambridge, at a cost of £142m.

    But it has said that more time is needed to meet targets set by the government to tackle congestion.

    Lewis Herbert, chairman of the board, said: "The government set us a target of achieving various objectives by 2019.

    "So it isn't a vanity project. We want the government to give us the time of a 10-year plan and then we won't be under this pressure to deliver schemes in four years."

  16. Cambourne to Cambridge busway 'essential' to beat congestion, says board

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    A planned busway between Cambourne and Cambridge is an "essential" project to meet government targets, according to the leader of the Greater Cambridge City Deal board.

    Lewis Herbert

    MP Heidi Allen has called the £142m proposals a "vanity project".

    But Lewis Herbert, chairman of the board, said it was needed to tackle the increasing congestion problems.

    He said: "We've got the dualling of the A428 occurring, we've got large volumes of cars coming in from that route from the west, the existing busway carries 3.75m passengers a year.

    "We can't put off the fact that we have got to tackle congestion."

  17. Govia Thameslink Rail admits its service has 'not been good enough'

    BBC News England

    The boss of Govia Thameslink Rail, which operates the Thameslink and Great Northern services, has admitted "our service on parts of the franchise has not been good enough", but said the issues raised from the Transport Select Committee report were already public.

    Peterborough station

    GTR's chief executive Charles Horton, said: "Our passengers have already seen 400 new vehicles on our network in the past two years [and] extended smart card technology across our network.

    "We remain committed and determined to modernise the railway and deliver a better service for everyone."

  18. MPs urge ministers to 'get a grip' of rail franchises

    BBC News England

    MPs say Govia rail passengers have suffered a "woeful" service for more than a year.

    The Transport Committee says the government should be prepared to restructure or terminate the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchises, operated by Govia Thameslink Railway.


    Ministers were urged to "get a grip" on monitoring rail franchise agreements.

    Committee chairman Louise Ellman said passengers must be "furious, and rightly so".

  19. Cambourne to Cambridge busway a 'vanity project', says MP

    The Greater Cambridge City Deal board has refused to rule out building a new off-road busway between Cambourne and Cambridge, at a cost of £142m. 

    That's despite considerable opposition at a meeting last night, including from the South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen, who called the proposals a "vanity project".   

    Heidi Allen

    Out of five options that were drawn up, city deal officers concluded the best was an expensive off-road route. However, this was unpopular with people concerned about the cost, and impact on the environment and villages like Coton. 

    The board asked for more work to be done on exploring the other options. It's hoped a busway would cut the number of cars coming into the city as Cambourne expands.