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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 9 December 2016
  2. Jail for man involved in Coton burglary
  3. Head injuries in Peterborough collisions
  4. Two arrested after Wisbech building fires
  5. Councils make millions on parking charges, according to RAC

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By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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Weather: Early mist and fog, then outbreaks of rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Quite foggy to start in some places, but this soon clearing as cloud and patchy rain and drizzle begin to break out during the morning with a high of 8C (46F).

Here is my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome to a brand new week of live updates for Cambridgeshire.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the county.

Today starts with a warning - a yellow one for heavy fog from the Met Office.

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Take care on your commute. Remember those fog lights!

Also five was the magic number for our local football teams over the weekend. More on that shortly.

As ever, you can get in touch with us via email, Twitter and Facebook.

Giant Lego polar bear built by Huntingdon couple
A giant polar bear is a 'Lego-mad' Huntingdon couple's latest Christmas creation.

Severe accident: A428 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC Travel

A428 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, at A1198 Ermine Street South.

A428 Cambridgeshire - A428 Cambridge Road in Caxton Gibbet closed eastbound at the A1198 Ermine Street South junction, because of a serious accident.

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Severe accident: A14 Northamptonshire eastbound

BBC Travel

A14 Northamptonshire eastbound severe accident, between J13 A605 and J18 Beltons Hill.

A14 Northamptonshire - A14 closed eastbound between J13, A605 (Thrapston) in Thrapston and J18, Beltons (Barham) in Spaldwick, because of an accident involving one car.

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Newport County

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

Mother nature cruelly robbing a teenager of a wonder strike is among five things you may have missed from Saturday's EFL matches.

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Football

Peterborough end Chesterfield's recent revival with victory in a game highlighted but a number of spectacular goals.

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Severe accident: A47 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between B198 Cromwell Road and A1101 Elm High Road affecting Church Road.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 in Wisbech closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B198 Cromwell Road junction and the A1101 Elm High Road junction, because of an accident involving a cement mixer and two or three cars. Congestion on A1101 to the Church Road junction and on B198 Cromwell Road to the New Bridge Lane junction.

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Severe accident: A1304 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC Travel

A1304 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, at A14 J38.

A1304 Cambridgeshire - A1304 in Newmarket closed at the A14 J38 junction, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A10 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC Travel

A10 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between Royston Road and A505 Royston bypass.

A10 Cambridgeshire - A10 in Melbourn blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between Melbourn turn off and the A505 Royston bypass junction, because of an accident.

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Our live coverage across the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it from us for today and indeed this week. Thanks for your company.

We'll be back Monday from 08:00.

Stay tuned to this page over the weekend for any breaking news from around Cambridgeshire

We'll leave you with this video of "Snowy" Farr. The Cambridge eccentric has his MBE sold at auction today...

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Have a great weekend.

Posh's home form could be a factor

BBC Sport

"Could do better" is Peterborough United boss Grant McCann's assessment of his side's home form so far this season.

Posh have taken 15 points from 10 league games at the ABAX ahead of tomorrow's clash with Chesterfield.

Posh's opponents are in the relegation zone and have been beset by boardroom and financial problems, but Posh boss McCann reckons that could have a galvanising effect on the Spireites.  

Grant McCann
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"I'm sure Chesterfield's manager will be saying to the players that they all need to stick together and start climbing up the league".

Full match commentary is available on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire from 14:00 tomorrow - 95.7FM and 1026MW.

U's will 'travel with confidence'

BBC Sport

"Maintain high standards on the road," that's the message from Cambridge United boss Shaun Derry as they head to Hartlepool in League Two tomorrow.

The U's, who lost in the EFL Trophy at Bradford on Wednesday, have lost just three times away from home in the league this term.

Derry says his men will "travel with confidence".

Shaun Derry
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"We're a confident team at this moment in time," he said.

"The challenge we've got on Saturday is to keep the away form as strong as it has been. The challenge is to keep the level of performance as high as it has been as well."

Full commentary is available from 14:00 on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 96FM and Freeview channel 722.

Cathedral quiz: And the winners are...

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

It appears that today's earlier round of Guess the Cathedral caught your imagination... though I'm now thinking it may have been far too easy.

Silhouette of Ely Cathedra
BBC/Tiny Buscuit

Well done to the following...  

  • Lorena Brondani
  • Colin Bradford
  • Jason Murfitt
  • B Palmy

Who all guessed correctly by email the silhouetted building was Ely Cathedral.

Ely Cathedral
Steve Daniels/Geograph

Car fire closes A428

BBC Travel

The A428 westbound at Cambourne is closed due to a car fire. Traffic has been diverted towards Dry Drayton. It's currently causing very heavy traffic.

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Weather: Drizzle tonight and rain tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A dry start to the night but it will turn cloudier with some patchy rain and drizzle spreading eastwards later. It’ll be mild and frost free with lows of 8C (46F).

weather
BBC

Saturday will get off to a cloudy, misty and damp start with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. During the afternoon some more persistent rain will move in from the west, turning heavy at times with highs of 14C (57F).

You can find further details on the forecast where you live on BBC Weather.  

Watch: Family showcases giant collection of nativity scenes

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

When the festive season approaches many of us dust down Christmas ornaments and decorations... but it's probably safe to say you don't have a nativity scene collection like this.

A mother and daughter team from Waterbeach have got a 350-strong assortment of nativity scenes sourced from around the world.

The first in the collection was carved in Bethlehem and made from olive wood... the latest is made from loom bands!

A family from Cambridgeshire has got a large collection of nativity scenes

Jail for man involved in Coton burglary

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A man who handled goods stolen during a burglary in Cambridgeshire in which an elderly couple were tortured has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years.

Marc Smith, 43, from Cambridge, was sentenced at the Old Bailey earlier for handling stolen goods, including sentimental ornaments and jewellery, taken during the burglary in Coton. He had previously pleaded guilty.

Mark Smith
Cambridgeshire Police

The pair who carried out the burglary were sentenced last week to 15 years in prison each.

John McCarthy, 35, of Cambridge, and Richard Leslie, 37, of south London, attacked the couple in Cambridgeshire in November 2014.  

The thieves were armed with a sledgehammer and crowbar and bound the couple, in their 70s, with tape breaking the female victim's toe and teeth.

Head injuries in Peterborough collisions

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The ambulance service have given us an update on two crashes they have attended in Peterborough city centre.

They say two pedestrians have head injuries after being hit by vehicles in separate collisions.

Paramedics took a woman to hospital after a collision with a car on Rivergate at just after 13:00.

A man in his 60s was injured in similar circumstances in nearby Bridge Street 15 minutes later.

Neither injury is believed to be life-threatening.

Reports of accidents in Peterborough

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Expect delays if you're heading into the centre of Peterborough.

There are reports of two accidents that are causing tailbacks in the city.

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Police say they were called to reports of a collision between a car and pedestrian on Rivergate at 13:25.

There has also been a crash on Bridge Street - reported around 15 minutes earlier.

Cambridgeshire Police can't yet confirm whether anyone has been hurt.

Lunchtime weather: Cloudy but warm

BBC Weather

I think it's safe to say it's a bit of a grey day... but cloud will eventually clear to bring some brighter spells.

Most parts should stay dry with it feeling very mild for December at 14C (57F).

Histon
BBC

Video: Posh boss bans blues talk

BBC Sport

Peterborough United manager Grant McCann has banned talk of Chelsea from the dressing room.

Posh will travel to Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup third round if they beat Notts County in their replay on 20 December.

McCann has told his players not to be distracted by a potential clash with the Premier League giants.

He wants his men to focus on Saturday's clash with Chesterfield.

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Your pictures: Stunning cathedral shot

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Who's up for a quick game of "Guess the Cathedral"?

I just made it up about five minutes ago, but have already tried it on colleagues here at Local Live towers and no one has guessed it right so far...

Ely Cathedral
BBC/Tiny Buscuit

It's a cracking picture, snapped by BBC Weather Watcher 'Tiny Biscuit'.

You can send us your guesses by email. Hint: It's not Peterborough...

False alarm bells for concerned resident

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A concerned neighbour called the police in Wisbech this morning after hearing an alarm going off at an elderly residents' house on West Street in Wisbech.

Police say that they attended to property to find the lady well... if a little "shocked".

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After further investigation, policed found the alarm was actually a clock alarm the occupant of the house had not heard.

Car park money 'reinvested' into services

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

This morning we've been focusing on a new report from the RAC foundation that found councils in Cambridgeshire made more than £10m in parking charges and fines last year.

Cambridge was ranked 13th in the UK for parking income for councils outside of London.

The leader of Cambridge City Council, Lewis Herbert, says that the money they make from car parking charges is re-invested into the city.

"We're about to rebuild Park Street car park at a cost of £30-40m. It's a very large sum.

"We do think that people who come into Cambridge should make a modest contribution to services in the city."

Park Street car park in Cambridge
Ben Harris/Geograph

Earlier we heard from Steve Tierney, a Conservative councillor in Fenland who says that making a loss to keep parking free is "worth it" to keep shops and businesses open.

The data shows the district made a £300,000 loss in 2015-16.

Parking loss 'worth it' to keep spaces free

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

More on the news this morning that councils in Cambridgeshire made more than £10m in parking charges and fines last year, according to the RAC Foundation.

While councils like Cambridge City made a profit of £6m and Peterborough £2.2m - East Cambridgeshire and Fenland sustained losses of £80,000 and £300,000 respectively.

Steve Tierney, a Conservative councillor in Fenland, says the loss is worth it to keep town centre car parking free.

Car parking spaces sign
Ben Harris/Geograph

"In tough times when councils are strapped for cash, it can seem like an easy way to make money", said Mr Tierney.

"Unfortunately I think that's very short sighted.

"The real consequences of bringing car parking charges in where there are none, is that you end up with shops and businesses that close."

Two arrested after Wisbech building fires

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Two separate fires at the same location have been attended by the fire service on two consecutive days.

Emergency services were called to Old Lynn Road in Wisbech on Wednesday evening and again last night.

Firefighters putting out a fire
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Firefighters putting out a fire
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

A boy and girl, both aged 17 from Wisbech, have been arrested on suspicion of arson.  

Green light for earlier traffic light failure

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Councils make millions on parking charges

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Councils in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough made more than £10.5m through parking charges and fines last year.

Cambridge was ranked 13th in the UK for parking income for councils outside of London.

They made a surplus of more than £6m in 2015-16. That's a 7% increase on 2014-15.

Peterborough had more than £2.2m left at the end of the year.

Traffic warden
Gerald England/Geograph

At the other end of the scale, South Cambridgeshire made nothing and Fenland made a loss of more than £300,000.

The RAC Foundation, which carried out the research, said local authorities nationally had made a surplus of £756m in 2015-16 - 9% higher than in 2014-15.    

Traffic light failure in city centre

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

There's currently a traffic light failure at the junction where Hills Road meets Cherry Hinton Road in Cambridge.

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The travel map is currently showing slight delays leading up to the faulty lights. Take care if you're travelling along that route.

Weather: Mainly cloudy but dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A cloudy and misty start to the day however, during the morning, some brighter spells may develop. Most parts should stay dry throughout the day with a high of 13C (55F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.  

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to Local Live for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 9 December.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

A full forecast is on the way shortly. It can't just be me who thought it was feeling a little bit tropical out there this morning. The temperature is currently in double digits outside our studios in Cambridge!

As ever, you can get in touch by email, Twitter and Facebook.

Goodnight from Cambridgeshire Live

Thanks for joining us today for Local Live for Cambridgeshire. We'll be back at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

And we end with a reminder that after six defeats in a row, Cambridge University men's team beat Oxford in the Varsity Match at Twickenham - 23-18.

It's fair to say they look pretty happy with the result...

Varsity match Cambridge winners 2016
BBC

Fewer EU students apply for Cambridge University after Brexit

Katy Prickett

BBC News

A bit of context now for our report earlier that Cambridge University has received fewer applications from European Union students to study there during the next academic year.

Overall, 16,875 people from the UK, EU and around the world applied for a place as an undergraduate at Cambridge by the deadline of 15 October, a university spokesman has confirmed.

King's Parade, Cambridge
Christopher Hilton/Geograph

This year, 2,277 were from EU countries - this compares to 2,652 in the last admission cycle.

And how many might get a place? Well, last year, the university offered places to 3,449 students.

Weather: Misty overnight, but mild again on Friday

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Remaining cloudy, with the chance of isolated showers. 

It'll become dry, with clear spells developing in light south westerly winds, with temperatures falling to 6C (42F).

Weather graphic
BBC

There may be a few mist patches first thing in the morning. It'll remain cloudy, with occasional bright spells and stay mild with temperatures reaching 13C (55F) on Friday.

You can find further details for where you live on BBC Weather.

Cambridge men win Varsity match

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Cambridge beat Oxford for the first time in seven years in the 135th men's Varsity match at Twickenham, while Oxford women win.

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Applications for EU students to Cambridge are 'down 14%'

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Cambridge University says it's seen 14% fewer applications from European Union students since the vote to leave the EU.

The university has warned there's a "significant risk" European lecturers and researchers won't work in the UK if forced to apply for visas.

Cambridge is one of several higher education institutions raising warnings about the challenges posed by Brexit.

Senate House Cambridge
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Rail warning after signalling problem at Peterborough

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Great Northern is warning that all train lines running through Peterborough have been disrupted after a signalling problem...

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