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  1. Updates for Friday, 11 November 2016
  2. Armistice Day is being marked across Cambridgeshire

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Goodbye for this week

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

That's it from us at Cambridgeshire Live for this week. 

Before we go, on the day the country fell silent for the fallen, war veteran Jimmy Kemp, 91, from Cambridgeshire, tells children "there's no glory in war" when he gives talks to youngsters about the conflict he served in.

WW2 veteran on talking to children about his experiences

Moving words indeed. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with your regular news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire. Will see you then.

Weather: Dry for most - turning cold

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Dry for much of tonight with clear spells across the region, but cloud will increase with outbreaks of rain arriving from the west later. 

Chilly initially with temperatures falling to 2C (36F), but turning milder later as the southerly winds strengthen.

Weather map for Saturday

Saturday will be rather cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain for much of the day, turning drier but quite misty from the west later. 

Feeling cold in the wind and rain, despite temperatures reaching 9C (48F).

Visit BBC Weather for more details.

Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

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A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, at J28 Bucking Way Road Cambridge Services affecting J24 A1198.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 partially blocked and severe delays eastbound at J28, Bucking (Cambridge Services), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car and recovery work. Congestion to J24, A1198 (Godmanchester).

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Man jailed for dropping phone parts and drugs into Bedford prison

A man who tried to drop mobile phone parts and drugs over the wall of Bedford prison has been jailed for 21 months.

Bedford Prison
Rich Tea/Geograph

Petscarr Banya, 40, Swallowfield, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to two charges of attempting to convey articles into prison at Luton Crown Court. 

The package contained thirteen tablets containing illegal drugs and a number of mobile phone batteries and charger cables for Blackberry phones. 

The case comes in the same week when there have been riots in the jail, which was filmed by prisoners with phones.

On sentencing, Judge Michael Kay QC said: "I don't up the sentence because of that, but it's an observation." 

What else has been happening in Cambridgeshire?

Here's some of the stories our local news sites are reporting today: 

The Cambridge Evening News carries a story about a farmer who says the new A14 will snatch away 17 acres of his land.

The Ely Standard publishes pictures of people during the two-minute silence to remember the fallen on Armistice Day.

The Peterborough Telegraph covers the story of a £1m steakhouse restaurant coming to the city.

Meanwhile, Cambridge student newspaper Varsity carries an interview with the Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev.

Man had bleach squirted in face in Cambridge

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A man in his 20s required hospital treatment after bleach was thrown into his face in Cambridge in broad daylight.

The victim was attacked at the junction of East Road and St Matthews Street at about 15:30 on 7 November, and needed treatment to his eyes and mouth.

The offender is described at white, in his early to mid-20s, of medium build and clean shaven.

Michael Kennedy

A doctor found to have thousands of indecent images of children as well as animal pornography is jailed for more than two years.

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Michael Kennedy: How did police catch the former doctor?

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Police first received information about the former doctor Michael Kennedy via an internet provider.

The 52-year-old has been jailed for two years and eight months at Cambridge Crown Court after admitting making and possessing thousands of images of child pornography.

The force was advised by an internet provider that an internet address in Peakirk was being used to download indecent images of children. 

A warrant was carried out at Dr Kennedy's home address where he made admissions to possessing the images.

Det Ch Insp Neil Sloan, from the force said: "Never in my time as a police officer have I seen such an extensive collection of such images; more than 800,000 individual images all stored, filed and categorised like a library. 

"The quantity of imagery recovered in this case makes this the biggest investigation of this type in Cambridgeshire."

Paedophile doctor case 'biggest investigation of its kind'

Det Ch Insp Neil Sloan, from Cambridgeshire Police, has described the case of former Peterborough doctor Michael Kennedy as "the biggest investigation of its kind - relating to indecent images - seen in Cambridgeshire".

He said: "While there was no evidence of any contact offending, nor first-generation images - ones which Dr Kennedy had taken himself - it is clear from what was uncovered that Dr Kennedy has an unhealthy interest in indecent images of children and extreme pornography."

Up to 12 specialist officers were seconded to the case, which involved still images and moving videos.

In court, Kennedy's wife held her head in her hands while some of the more explicit evidence was read out.

The court heard how the GP found schoolgirls attractive and that his main interest was in girls aged 12 and 14 years old.

The defence barrister for Kennedy told Cambridge Crown Court her client was "appalled with himself".

Doctor had more than 850,000 images of children

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The case of Peterborough doctor Michael Kennedy came to light when a police warrant uncovered more than 80 electronic devices at Kennedy's home in St Pegus Road, Peterborough, containing almost 850,000 images of children.

Of the images seized, 2,002 were deemed as Category A - the most serious level.

Police confirmed there was no evidence to suggest Kennedy had made or downloaded any of the images at his workplace, the Millfield Medical Centre in Peterborough

They also stressed there was no evidence to suggest Dr Kennedy had abused his patients or had photographed or filmed any of the images himself.

Former doctor jailed over child pornography images

Mousumi Bakshi

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A former Peterborough GP has been jailed for two years and eight months at Cambridge Crown Court after pleading guilty to making and possessing thousands of indecent images relating to child pornography. 

Michael Kennedy
Cambridgeshire Police

Michael John Kennedy, 52, of St Pegus Road in Peterborough, was suspended by the General Medical Council following his arrest in March. 

At a previous hearing he pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, one count of possessing prohibited images of children and three counts of possessing extreme pornographic images, some involving necrophilia and bestiality.

Remembering the fallen in Peterborough

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Here's what the two minutes' silence looked like in Bridge Street earlier today, as the people of Peterborough remembered those who have died in battle.

Silence in Peterborough
Silence in Peterborough

Travel: Delays expected on trains through Broxbourne until 16:00

Urgent repairs to the track are taking place between Broxbourne and Roydon, while Network Rail inspects a problem. 

Trains between Broxbourne and Stansted Airport / Cambridge / Hertford East are expected to be delayed by up to 60 minutes. 

A shuttle train service is currently running between London Liverpool Street and Broxbourne, and between Bishop's Stortford and Cambridge.

Sevices are expected to get back to normal by 16:00.

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Man, 87, dies after crashing into tree

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

An 87-year-old man has died after his car crashed into a tree in Huntingdonshire.

Police say Thomas Beeby, from Brington Road, was travelling along the B660 road at Old Weston when his red Suzuki Grand Vitara continued straight at the T-junction with Brington Road.

It happened at 17:50 last night.

Travel: Train delays around Broxbourne

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Urgent repairs to the track are taking place between Roydon and Broxbourne.

Trains are unable to run from Stansted Airport and Cambridge towards Broxbourne. 

Network Rail engineers are expected on site this lunchtime to inspect the defective section of track.

Once the line reopens, a good service is expected to operate from 15:00.

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It's not all about fighting fires, you know

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire firefighters were called to Chesterton in Cambridge this morning at about 06:20 to rescue this pony from the water.

Pony rescue
Martin Bond
Pony rescue
Martin Bond

They used specialist in-water kit to enter the river and lead the pony to safety. 

Pony rescue
Martin Bond
Pony rescue
Martin Bond

Thanks to photographer Martin Bond, who posts a picture of Cambridge every day on his Twitter feed, for sharing his photos with us.

You can take a horse to water...

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A picture, they say, speaks a thousand words. And I'd just like to share with you a scene from early this morning in Chesterton, thanks to photographer Martin Bond. 

Pony rescue in Cambridge this morning
Martin Bond

Mr Bond tells me he went down to the river to catch the rowers as they went past, and this is what he saw - a pony in the water being rescued by fire crews.

Want to know what happened next? More pictures of the rescue follow.

Cambridgeshire Police remember the fallen

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Making the most of modern technologies, Cambridgeshire Police streamed its Armistice Day service on Facebook Live.

You can watch it again here.

Armistice Day service
Cambridgeshire Police

Armistice Day being reflected across the UK

People have been marking Armistice Day, with services being held across the UK.


This short video (below) tells you how the tradition of wearing poppies came about, and you can read more about today's ceremonies here.

How the poppy tradition began

We'll now resume our live news where you live.

Armistice Day silence

At 11:00 the country will fall silent to remember and honour the nation's war dead for Armistice Day.

As a mark of respect we're pausing our stream. 



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Some of the sports stars who got involved in last year's event at BBC Sports Personality of the Year
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Do you know someone who does that little bit extra to make sport happen? 

Why not give them a chance to get a call from their sporting hero from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year red carpet?

The #BigThankYou is Britain's biggest celebration of sports volunteers and recognises the thousands of unsung heroes who give up their time to work tirelessly so others can enjoy many sport and fitness activities.  

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Former doctor due for sentence for possessing indecent images

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

A former doctor from Peterborough will be sentenced later today for possessing hundreds of thousands of indecent images

Michael Kennedy, who used to practice at Millfield Medical Centre, pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to indecent images in August. 

The charges relate to indecent images of children and extreme pornographic images involving animals. 

More than 80 devices found at his home were found to hold more than 800,000 images, of which 2,000 of which were classified at category A - the worst level.

He is due to be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court later.

Cambridgeshire remembers on Armistice Day

A World War Two veteran from Cambridgeshire says the horrors of war must continue to be remembered and passed down through the generations. 

On Armistice Day, 91-year-old Jimmy Kemp, who served in Burma, insists the harsh reality of conflict cannot be forgotten.

Thousands of people across the county will fall silent at 11:00 for two minutes.

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Chris Ginn, chairman of Cambridgeshire Royal British Legion, says young people are keen to find out what happened in both world wars.

"Youngsters are always very eager to learn about, I suppose, the horrific side of war, and we must remember as well that they see things on television now which didn't happen in the past," he said.

"Youngsters really do have a strength to accept and take that in - we perhaps put them down too much."  

Weather: Dry and bright

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly start to the day, but it's looking dry and bright with sunny spells developing.

There's a few mist and fog patches towards The Wash.

Light winds, with temperatures reaching 10C (50F).

It will remain dry overnight, with cloud and rain spreading in from the west towards dawn.

Temperatures falling to 4C (39F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire

David Keller

BBC News

Hope you have your de-icer ready... you might need it this morning.

We'll have a full weather forecast shortly, plus stay with us for the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire on Armistice Day.

Severe accident: A11 Suffolk southbound

BBC Travel

A11 Suffolk southbound severe accident, between A1101 and B1085 affecting B1106.

A11 Suffolk - A11 in Barton Mills closed and severe delays southbound between Fiveways and the B1085 junction, because of accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - A1101 south to Fornham All Saints, and the B1106 to the A14 back to Newmarket. Congestion to Elveden.

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Goodbye from a rainbow-spanned Cambridgeshire Live

That's it from us for tonight - but do keep an eye on this feed, because any news stories that break overnight will appear here.

And in the meantime, rainbows have been breaking out across Cambridgeshire today - enjoy these glorious pics from BBC Weather Watchers SJ's Lodge, Steve Beeman and FridayFizz...

BBC Weather Watcher/SJ's Lodge
Stow cum Quy
BBC Weather Watcher/Steve Beeman
BBC Weather Watcher/Friday Fizz

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

Remember you can still send us your stories, pictures and comments at any time.

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Weather: A cold and frosty night

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Heavy showers will gradually die away, to give clear spells. This will lead to mist and fog with a widespread ground frost, as the temperatures could dip to -1C (30F).

Weather graphic for 15:00 tomorrow

Brighter spells developing on Friday as it reaches 9C (48F), but it'll turn cloudy later.

BBC Weather has more details for you.

Jake Gosling

Bristol Rovers' Jake Gosling returns early from his loan at Cambridge, but he will be unable to play until January.

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Gillian Beasley

A council calls in police amid concerns a decision to defer cutting bus subsidies was based on fake survey responses.

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Uber launches in Cambridge

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

The alternative car service Uber has been launched in Cambridge.

Uber allows you to book a car using an app, without waiting at a rank or calling a taxi company. The cars are private vehicles driven by licensed drivers.

David Wratten, the chairman of Cambridge City Licensed Taxis, told the BBC customers needed to look out for hidden surcharges for Uber users.

"I would warn people to be very careful," he said.

But Fred Jones, Uber's Cambridge general manager, said the app offered a "completely transparent" payment system.

"It includes a fair estimate of costs before passengers book a trip," he said.

"At the end of the trip they're sent an email receipt which includes a breakdown of the fare costs and a map of the exact route travelled."

Gosling returns to Bristol Rovers

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United have confirmed loanee Jake Gosling has returned to parent club Bristol Rovers.  

Gosling, 23, joined the U's on loan until January back in August, but made just seven appearances.

lliott Frear of Forest Green takes on Jake Gosling of Bristo
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Peterborough shop fined for selling out-of-date food

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

A store in Peterborough has been fined for selling out-of-date food.

Environmental health officers inspected Maxum Foods Limited on Park Road in February and issued a written warning.

However, during a follow-up visit in June a number of cooked meats, yogurts and mayonnaise-based products were found for sale. Many were several days past their use-by date.

The company was fined £2,800 at Peterborough Magistrates' Court, and ordered to pay costs of £640.

Irene Walsh, of Peterborough City Council, said: "The business has shown no regard to the law and has put the health of their customers at risk."

In the papers today...

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

The top stories making the county's papers today:

  • The Peterborough Evening Telegraph leads the tributes to a GP in Spalding who died in a road crash just days after he retired
  • The Cambridge News reports on praise for the fire service after a blaze in the city's Jimmy's Night Shelter
  • The Newmarket Journal is pointing readers to the skies with a Taurid meteor shower expected this weekend. The paper says the meteors, known as Halloween Fireballs, are caused by debris from larger comets and should be visible in this weekend's clear skies.

Attack on guide dog 'extremely worrying'

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association says trauma like that suffered by Uska, a golden Labrador guide dog who was attacked on Sunday, can cause behavioural changes that can lead to early retirement.

Uska the dog

Helen Sismore, the charity's community engagement officer for the East, described the attack by a German shepherd as "extremely worrying".

She says the charity deals with around 10 attacks a month on working guide dogs.

"The dogs cost more than £50,000, take 18 months to train and then a year to bond in that partnership. If behaviour changes we have to retire that dog," she said.

Uska's owner, who did not want to be identified, described the German shepherd's owners as "beyond irresponsible".

"It could've been a small child, somebody elderly," the owner said of the attack in Ramsey.

"Losing your sight, you lose your confidence and your independence, so something like this sets you right back again."

Guide dog left 'subdued' after 'terrifying' attack

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

The owner of a young guide dog has spoken of the "terrifying" moment he was attacked by a German shepherd on the loose. 

Uska, a golden Labrador, was crossing the junction of Whytefield Road and School Lane in Ramsey on Sunday when he was repeatedly bitten on the back and neck.

Sad guide dog Uska

His owner, who did not want to be named, told the BBC: "I thought he was going to kill my guide dog and probably attack us.

"It was a very vicious, nasty attack."

Uska suffered swelling and bruising and it's thought his harness prevented more serious injury.

His owner said he had been left "subdued" by the incident.

Godmanchester remembers local soldiers

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Godmanchester is marking Remembrance Day with a poignant tribute to local men lost at the Somme.

Fourteen local soldiers were killed in the 1916 battle.

Each of them will be remembered at 14 homes and businesses, with displays, posters and information detailing their lives and regiments. 

Each part has been donated and created by local people. Have a look: 

Silhouette of local soldier
Godmanchester remembers its war dead
GOdmanchester remembers its war dead

Queen's carpet becomes poppy brooches

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

What can you make with a roll of red carpet, some old pool table felt and bits of coffee bean sacks at this time of year?

A poppy brooch, of course.

Crafty hands at the Re-imagine Resource Centre in Witchford, Cambridgeshire, have been creating the brooches after the roll of carpet was donated from the Queen's recent visit to Newmarket. 

They cost £2 each. All proceeds to the Poppy Appeal

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