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  1. Updates for Friday, 4 November 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Weather: Frost expected after rain clears

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Rain clearing eastwards this evening will bring lengthy clear spells and temperatures low enough for a frost in places in parts of the eastern region as the temperature drops to a minimum of -1C (30F).

Weather chart

Patchy cloud will bring isolated showers across northern counties later in the night.

Saturday outlook: A chilly start with frost in places. Some dry and bright weather but also frequent showers across northern and eastern counties. Feeling cold in a brisk northerly breeze.

More details on BBC Weather:

Goodbye from Cambridgeshire Live for this week

Thanks for joining us. We hope this weekend has whizzes and bangs and lots of excitement, but remember to wear gloves with your sparklers!

Keep an eye on this page over the weekend though - it's where we'll post any news updates if they happen.

You can stay in touch via emailTwitter or Facebook.

We'll end with this picture from BBC Weather Watcher Mr Mark, who captured this sunny scene at Longthorpe this morning.

BBC Weather Watchers/Mr Mark

Autumn? What autumn?

Fireworks guides for Cambridge and Peterborough

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Fancy some fireworks this weekend?

The Cambridge News has a guide featuring the big event on Midsummer Common and other bonfire nights near the city.

Meanwhile, the Peterborough Telegraph shares information on Peterborough Arena's Firework Fiesta and others north of the county.


Union challenges decision to make Archant journalists redundant

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A leading journalists' union has challenged the decision to axe 57 jobs by a newspaper publisher that sells titles in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. 

The National Union of Journalists said it was "extremely concerned by the proposed job losses at Archant".

NUJ logo

"There is little in the reported statements from Jeff Henry, chief executive, or Matt Kelly, chief content officer, to indicate how moving to an 'audience first' approach can justify the loss of at least 17 jobs," Andy Smith, national executive member, said. 

"Putting 57 staff at risk of redundancy, particularly at this time of year, will be incredibly stressful for them all, and our first responsibility is to support our members through this process. 

"Though the consultation is at a very early stage, it is difficult to see how these proposals can have any other effect than to impose more work and more stress on an already overburdened staff."

Snailwell fire: Picture reveals black smoke filling the sky

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

We've received this photo from someone who was near the woodchip fire at the Lynx Business Park earlier today in Snailwell, near Newmarket.

The blaze was brought under control by lunchtime.

The person who snapped this doesn't want us to share their details - but you can see why crews from across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk had to attend as the smoke filled the sky.

Fire at Lynx Business Park, Snailwell

Staples car crash: In pictures

Helen Foster posted these pictures just after the crash into the Staples shop in Huntingdon....

Car crashed into Staples, Huntingdon
Helen Foster

No-one was injured in the incident.

East of England Ambulance Service confirmed it had attended the scene and assessed two patients, a woman in her 80s and another in her 40s.

Snailwell fire started accidentally, fire service confirms

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The cause of a fire in a wood chip silo at the Lynx Business Park at Snailwell has been confirmed as accidental.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said crews from Burwell, Huntingdon, Newmarket, Mildenhall and Bury St Edmunds attended the blaze - and were met by 15m-high flames as they arrived.

They got the fire under control and returned to their stations by 13:45.

Empathy study: 80% of those who stopped to help 'injured cyclist' were women

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

More now on that experiment in Cambridge we've been reporting today. As part of the study, one researcher posed as an injured person, sitting on the grass beside his upturned bicycle and as soon as a member of the public approached, he started to rub his ankle.

Irrespective of whether passers-by stopped or not, they were intercepted a little further up Trumpington Road by another researcher, who told them she was conducting a "memory" experiment. She asked them to describe what they had seen along the road in the last few minutes and to complete Empathy Quotient (EQ) and Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) questionnaires online in their own time. 

Trumpington Road, Cambridge

As the team predicted, EQ scores were higher in those who had stopped to help the injured cyclist, than in those who walked past him.

But the number of autistic traits a person recorded was not related to whether they stopped to help or not, suggesting that empathy is the key factor, not autistic traits. Nor did age predict who stopped or not. 

And of those who stopped to help, 80% were female.  

Appears the fire has been dampened down...

We've had a reporter in Snailwell, but it appears the fire on the Lynx Business Park has now been put out - there's no smoke or flames to be seen.

We're trying to get the latest from the fire service as we speak.

Car crashes into Huntingdon Staples store

Julia Greenaway

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

We're just getting reports about a car which has crashed into the Staples shop in Huntingdon.

Cambridgeshire Police told us a VW Polo drove into the shop at about 11:25, but there were no injuries.

The shop is on St Peter's Road at Huntingdon Retail Park. 

We'll bring you more when we can.

Snailwell fire: Blaze at Lynx Business Park

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

We've just had it confirmed the fire is at Tristel Solutions on the Lynx Business Park on Fordham Road, which is two miles north of Newmarket and the A14.

Firefighters tackled the blaze from above using an aerial appliance. 

Cambridgeshire Fire Service has no information on its incident log about whether people had to be evacuated from the site. 

Have you been affected? Let us know via emailTwitter or Facebook.

Snailwell fire: Eight crews from Suffolk attending

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

We're chasing Cambridgeshire police and fire for more details.

But we've just heard that eight crews from Suffolk are attending the fire, which is at a business park at Snailwell, near Newmarket.

More details as we get them.

BreakingFirefighters tackle large blaze at Snailwell business park

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Fire Service has just confirmed it is tackling a blaze at a business park in Snailwell - close to the Suffolk border.

It was called at just before 10:00 after the fire broke out at a woodchip silo.

Flames were reaching 15m high and 30 firefighters are tackling the blaze, a spokesman said.

We'll bring you more soon.

Seth Dixon

A mother whose son was killed by a driver using a hands-free phone calls for a total ban on mobile use for drivers.

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Second man charged after woman and children tied up in Peterborough robbery

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A second man has been charged over a robbery in Peterborough, where a woman and her young children were tied up.

The 25-year-old man will appear at Peterborough Magistrates' Court later charged with robbery, false imprisonment and kidnap.

Another man, aged 21, was charged with robbery earlier in the week.

Study shows 6% of people stopped to help mocked-up injured man

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

If you saw an injured person by the side of the road, would you stop and help them, or are you more likely to walk on by?    

In a Cambridge University study, just sixty people out of 1,000 passers-by stopped to help a cyclist who was pretending to be injured - that's 6%.

Richard Bethlehem on Trumpington Road, Cambridge

A psychology team mocked-up a crash scene on Trumpington Road in Cambridge as part of a wider investigation into empathy.

Richard Bethlehem (above), the PhD student who led the study, said: "The accident wasn't that serious so probably a lot of people looked back and tried to judge the situation."

Brexit ruling: 'Right and proper' MPs should have a say, Remain campaigner says

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Lucy Nethsingha, the leader of the Liberal Democrats on Cambridgeshire County Council and Remain campaigner, said she's delighted with yesterday's High Court ruling that the Brexit process can't begin without parliamentary approval.

"Not because I want to overturn the result of the referendum, but because it is actually a victory for parliamentary democracy," she said.

"It is right and proper that MPs should have a say on something as significant as this."

Ruling 'won't prevent Brexit', says Leave campaigner

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

This morning we're looking at the fallout from yesterday's decision by the High Court that the process of Brexit cannot begin without parliamentary approval.  

Theresa May is insisting her Brexit timetable won't be delayed by yesterday's High Court ruling and she is due to tell the president of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, that she still plans to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by the end of March.

Jay Beecher, from Peterborough, who was part of the Vote Leave campaign, says he doesn't think the ruling will prevent Brexit, even if the government loses its appeal against the decision.

"At the end of the day... all this means is that the decision to trigger Article 50 will be taken out of the hands of Theresa May and placed into the hands of our elected MPs who will vote on the matter," he said.

"Let's be frank, if any MP is prepared to vote against the will of his own constituents then he isn't fit to be an MP at all, and the backlash from the voters will be enormous."

Weather: Mainly dry with sunshine, but some showers are possible

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A mostly dry and bright day with sunny spells and light winds. 

Scattered showers will affect some areas, especially during the afternoon. It will feel chilly once again with a high of 9C (48F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome back to Local Live for Cambridgeshire, where we'll bring you news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day.

Today we're continuing to look at the fallout from yesterday's decision by the High Court that the process of Brexit cannot begin without parliamentary approval.

But first, we'll see what the weather has in store with a full forecast... 

The Queen arriving

The Queen's lifelong dedication to thoroughbreds has been celebrated as she unveiled a statue of herself in the town famed for its horseracing links.

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Paul Gaynor, Gaston Van Houwelingen and Jon Roe were jailed

Three men are jailed for their part in violence between football fans as Peterborough United played Millwall.

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That's all from us today

Live updates for Cambridgeshire have now finished - we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Have a good evening. 


Weather: Milder tonight with a chance of rain tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a cold and rather cloudy end to the day, with the risk of showery rain later this evening and overnight. A milder night than last night, with more cloud cover and a low temperature of 6C (43F).


It will be a rather cloudy start to tomorrow, with the chance of a few spots of showery rain.

Becoming brighter but turning cloudier in the east later, with highs of 11C (52F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Local paper round-up: Men jailed for pub disorder and props stolen from 'haunted house'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Here are some of the top stories making the news in the local papers today. 

  • Seven men are jailed after a serious disorder outside a Peterborough pub is reported in the Peterborough Telegraph
  • The blue light crash toll in Cambridgeshire is revealed in the Cambridge News
  • The Hunts Post features how props, including six chainsaws and four fog machines, have been stolen from the haunted house attraction "Horror at Hinchingbrooke House"

Behind the scenes: Police security operation for Queen

How the newspapers reported the Queen's visit

Here's a look at how the Queen's trip to Newmarket has been reported in the local press:

The Queen at Newmarket
Suffolk Free Press
The Queen at Newmarket
Bury Free Press
Barry Corr

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry says there is no timeframe on striker Barry Corr's return from a knee injury.

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Football fans jailed over 'large fight'

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Three football fans have been jailed for their part in a "large fight" near Peterborough United's ground.

Beer bottles were used as weapons on Oundle Round as Peterborough played Millwall on 3 October 2015.

oundle road map

Paul Gaynor, 34, of Southwick, was jailed for 15 months after being convicted of affray.

Jon Roe, 30, of Southwark, and Gaston Van Houwelingen, 44, of Newham, were jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to affray.

Four more men were given suspended jail sentences. All seven were also handed football banning orders, preventing them from attending football matches for between three and eight years.

Unhealthy children in East on rise

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

There has been another rise in the number of unhealthy children in the East of England. 

Figures released by the NHS show that 31.7% of 10 to 11-year-olds in the East of England are either overweight or obese, an increase of 1% on last year. 

But there is good news for Cambridgeshire, as the county has the lowest figure of children who fall into the unhealthy category - at 28.2%. 

The worst area is Luton, where that figure is 40.9%.

Child with pizza

Two hundred new jobs coming to Peterborough

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The contact centre at RSA in Peterborough is set to expand, with the creation of 200 new jobs. 

The business, based at Lynchwood House close to Peterborough Showground, is looking to recruit the staff over the next year.

It currently employs 600 people in the city. 

RSA sign

Watch: Highlights of the Queen's visit to Newmarket

Watch: Behind-the-scenes preparations for Queen's visit

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Ahead of the Queen coming to Newmarket this morning, teams were out very early making sure everything was ship-shape and Bristol fashion. 

I met one of them, Charlie Langton, who made the sculpture of the mare and the foal.

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In Pictures: Highlights of the Queen's visit

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Today was the day the Queen came to Newmarket to officially unveil a statue and open the long-awaiting National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.

The Queen arriving

Her first job was to unveil the statue, a gift from the town of Newmarket in celebration of her 90th birthday: 

The Queen by her statue

Here she is with the Mayor of Newmarket Andy Drummond:

The Queen and the Mayor of Newmarket Andy Drummond

The statue of the Queen was created by Etienne Millner and the mare and foal by Charlie Langton: 

Statue of Queen with foal and mare

A keen horsewoman, the day was to celebrate her lifelong dedication to thoroughbreds:

The Queen

Queen thanks Newmarket for 'having us'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Hundreds came out to meet her. 

The bands played and the flags were waving. 

The royal helicopter has now left and Newmarket is now returning to normal after the Queen's visit. 

The Queen
The Royal Family

She officially declared the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art open.

In at tweet The Royal Family thanked Place House:

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The Queen has now left Newmarket...

We'll bring you more reaction to her visit throughout the afternoon.

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Jack-knifed lorry on B1063 causes road block near Newmarket

BBC Travel

BBC Travel reports the B1063 Newmarket Road in Cheveley is blocked at the High Street junction, because of a jack-knifed lorry.

Newmarket cheers for the Queen

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Jo Christy was in place at about 11:00 this morning to see the Queen's cortege drive along Newmarket High Street. 

Jo Christy and friends

She told me that hundreds of people were there and the atmosphere was really "fun", especially when the Royal Hospital School band played the Star Wars theme.

Royal cortege

Jo said once the Queen had driven past them, everyone ran down the road for a second glance as she went round the Clock Tower. 

Queen in car
Queen in car

Royal visit: Giddy Up!

The Queen saw one of her jockeys, Pat Cosgrove, demonstrating a pivotal horseracing simulator at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art this morning.

The Queen seeing a horseracing simulation
The Royal Family

The Queen given Newmarket Monopoly game

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The Queen has visited Palace House and been given a copy of Newmarket Monopoly.

According to the Racing Post, the version of the game sees the squares placed in chronological order of construction, rather than by market value.

And rather than regular houses and hotels, players can buy horses and stallions - the Racing Post says.

The Queen in the Palace House shop
Palace House