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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

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.


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.

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"

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.

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.

'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."

Epitaph not allowed as 'too sentimental'

A wife cannot put her epitaph on her husband's headstone as it seen as 'too sentimental'
A woman has been refused permission to put the words she wanted on her husband's gravestone because  they have been ruled as "over sentimental and not of Christian significance".

Clara Scott has been told by the chancellor of Ely Diocese, who approves matters relating to consecrated church yards, that the tribute "conflicts with church regulations". 

Sheldon Jackson, who writes for the Cemetery Club blog, told BBC Radio 4's The World at One it was much more meaningful to put "words chosen by your family who knew you, rather than a standard message" on your headstone. 

(Photo: Female stone cutter working on a headstone  Credit: Getty Images)

Dropped your fridge-freezer while giving it a wash?

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

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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.

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.

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
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Cox keen for your Unsung Hero nominations


At Rio 2016 Cox became the first British Paralympian to win golds in multiple sports at the same Games since 1984

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.

Luke McGee

Peterborough United boss Grant McCann says he would want to sign on-loan Tottenham keeper Luke McGee on a longer deal.

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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
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

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.

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
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

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
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

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.

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
Cambridge Archaeological Unit
Pottery shards
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

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".

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."

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."

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."

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".

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.

Weather: Early sunshine possible but turning cloudier

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry start with some sunny spells, but cloud will thicken through this afternoon, with outbreaks of rain spreading in from the south east towards evening.

Feeling cool under the cloud cover with outbreaks of rain affecting mainly eastern parts. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). BBC Weather has more.

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Severe disruption: M11 Cambridgeshire southbound

BBC Travel

M11 Cambridgeshire southbound severe disruption, at J10 for A505.

M11 Cambridgeshire - M11 entry slip road closed London-bound at J10, A505 (Duxford).

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Weather: Mostly dry and cloudy

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Most places will be dry, but staying rather cloudy.

There's the chance of a few isolated showers on the coast and across north Norfolk.

Turning chilly, with temperatures reaching a low of 6C (42F).

Weather graphic for Friday 15:00
BBC Weather

Tomorrow will be a mainly dry but chilly day, with some bright and sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Watch: Louis Smith explains his actions after 'mocking Islam'

BBC Radio 5 live

Earlier we brought you the story that Louis Smith had appeared on BBC 5 Live, apologising after being caught on video apparently mocking Islam.

He went on air to explain his "shameful" behaviour, and talked about how he's received death threats. 

You can see part of the interview below. 

Gymnast Louis Smith says he's had death threats for mocking Islamic prayers.

Posh struggling with 'few niggles'

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough manager Grant McCann admits several players are struggling with knocks ahead of the trip to Fleetwood on Saturday.

"We've picked up a few little niggles, but I'm hoping those three or four players will be alright for the weekend," he said.

McCann wouldn't divulge which players were on the treatment table, but both Marcus Maddison and Chris Forrester picked up knocks last Saturday. 

Michael Smith is available after returning from international duty, while Lee Angol, Brad Inman and Jermaine Anderson have long-term injuries.  

Peterborough's Marcus Maddison

Stop, look and listen before you cross the road!

Local paper round-up: Mother facing eviction and drugs factory closed down

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Here are the stories making the local papers: 

  • The Peterborough Telegraph reports on how a mother facing eviction from St Michael’s Gate in Parnwell says she doesn’t want to let her five-month-old daughter down as she looks for a new home
  • A cannabis factory was closed down in Ferry Lane, Newton, yesterday after police received a call from a member of the public, according to Wisbech Standard
  • A new public 'piazza' at Cambridge Station is set to open next week, following a two-and-a-half year, £4m renovation, as featured in Cambridge News

It's the appropriate time to accept an allowance increase, says deputy leader

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

The decision to award councillors at Peterborough City Council an allowance increase has been defended by the deputy leader of the Conservatives.

Wayne Fitzgerald said the amount was set by an independent panel, and not the council.

He added it was "appropriate" to accept the offer now, as they've turned down a rise for the past seven years and if they kept on delaying the increase it would "buildup and cause a bigger problem in the future".

Allowance increase for Peterborough councillors not approved by all

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Not everyone was for councillors in Peterborough having an allowance increase.  

Although the Conservative Group on Peterborough City Council approved a 30% increase, the Labour Group voted against the proposal, and the Liberal Democrats abstained.  

Mohammed Jamil, the Labour leader of the council, says it is not "appropriate" when the council has to take over £20m from its budget.

Peterborough Town Hall
Geograph/Paul Bryan

We've approached the Conservative Group for a response.

Campbell takes Quek back to her roots


Quek shows Campbell the gold medal she won with the Team GB women's team in Rio

As part of his first Get Inspired show on Radio 5 live, Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell has taken Rio 2016 hockey champion Sam Quek back to her first Premiership hockey club.

Sam talks about her journey through hockey, how she nearly turned her back on the game and how she and the team are inspiring the next generation.

You can hear more of the interview with Sam - and lots more about getting into sport - from 20:30 BST tonight.

Councillors in Peterborough to get expenses rise

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

An expenses rise of almost 30% is being given to councillors in Peterborough. 

Politicians voted for the increase at a meeting last night. 

It was recommended by an independent panel and means councillors can now claim a basic allowance of over £10,000, when it used to be just under £8,000. 

It is the first rise since 2009, and will cost the council £186,000.

Peterborough City Council offices
Geograph/Michael Dibb

Lunchtime weather: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

BBC Weather Watchers

This fantastic picture of a rainbow over Cambridge was caught this morning by BBC Weather Watcher ebb&flow

Although there was some rain this morning, it looks like this afternoon is going to be drier and brighter

Rainbow in a field

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Decision expected on new bus route for Cambridgeshire

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

A decision is expected to be made today on the route of a new bus way to the West of Cambridge.

It's hoped the track will eventually link Cambridge to Cambourne, following the A428. 

The preferred option being considered by the Great Cambridge City Deal board today is an off-road route costing £142m. But concerns have been raised about the impact on the environment and local communities. 

Route map
Greater Cambridge City Deal

Cat on a 'not' tin roof

Addenbrooke's at 250: Working to be one of the best hospitals in the country

Paul Stainton

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Roland Sinker is the CEO of Addenbrooke's, having started the job in November last year. 

He's in charge of 9,000 members of staff and it's his job to improve the hospital's current "requires improvement" rating with the CQC.

He told me they were improving and they're "on a journey to putting this hospital back where it really should be, in the top three of four in the country".

His priorities are making the best use of the money they have and making sure people aren't unnecessarily being kept in hospital. 

Roland Spicer and Paul Stainton

Ennis-Hill wants YOU to get active!

Jessica Ennis-Hill retires from athletics

'I've seen the benefits you have from being active and being healthy'

British athletics needs a successor to Jessica Ennis-Hill following her retirement from the sport and the lady herself wants to help people be more active and find a way into sport - starting with two fun days combining music and running.

"For me it's about communicating my experiences about keeping fit with the general public," she says. "To help people take those first steps to being more active than they already are and finding a way into sport."

Find out how anyone can get involved with just about any sport with our special guides.

Addenbrooke's at 250: Amazing artefacts on display

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Not only will there be lots of cake at Addenbrooke's Hospital today to mark its 250th birthday, a new museum is being unveiled. 

It's situated along the "Clown Corridor", next to the concourse. 

Addenbrooke's museum

The archives used to be in the basement but now things like tonsil guillotines, account books, medical bags and old paperwork will be on show. 

Museum artifacts

One of the account books show that in the first year the hospital opened, 263 patients were seen and 26 died.

Addenbrooke's at 250: 'Founder's Day baby born'

The first baby to be born at Addenbrooke's on its 250th birthday is Juliet. 

She came into the world at 03:06 this morning and weighs 2.930kg, that's a healthy 6lb and 5 oz.  

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