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  1. Updates for Friday, 6 January 2017
  2. Delays of 'up to eight hours' expected at Cambridgeshire hospitals this weekend
  3. Yaxley double-fatal crash: Man charged in connection with the death of two men in Yaxley

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Goodbye for now

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Well done. You made it through the first working week of 2017!

*Insert party blower sound effect here*.

That's us done for the week, too. Thanks for your company.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

Stay tuned to this page over the weekend for any breaking news, and for highlights of Peterborough United's trip to Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Have a great weekend.

Local teams in FA Cup action

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

It's a big weekend (and Monday) in the FA Cup for our local teams.

Peterborough United travel to Premier League leaders Chelsea, while Cambridge United host Leeds United.

Here's Posh boss Grant McCann on his team's big match...

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You can hear full coverage of both games on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - 96 and 95.7FM, as well as the BBC Sport website (UK Only).

Parking charges to be cut

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Good news if you park in Cambridge.

Car park charges are set to drop on Mondays and Tuesdays as part of budget proposals from the city council. The reduced charges will be similar to those seen in 2012.

The council says that the price cut will "make these low peak times of the week more attractive to visitors and shoppers".

Parking sign
Ben Harris/Geograph

It's hoped that by tempting shoppers into the city on Monday and Tuesday, congestion around the city will be reduced at the most popular times of the week. The council says this will "improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions".

While car park charges for these two weekdays are set to be reduced, the cost of parking on other weekdays, evenings and overnight, will be frozen at 2015 levels.

The new charges will take effect from April 1.

Prof Stephen Hawking 'has made huge difference' to perception of Motor Neurone Disease

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

On Sunday Prof Stephen Hawking celebrates his 75th birthday.

Prof Hawking is Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, and also patron of the Northampton-based MND Association, which supports people with Motor Neurone Disease.

prof stephen hawking
MND Association
Stephen Hawking with Benedict Cumberbatch at a MND Association event in Buckingham Palace in 2016

Chris James from the MND Association said Prof Hawking had  "made a huge difference to people's perception of Motor Neurone Disease" and that he raised awareness of the disease "which we wouldn't have been able to achieve without him".

Mr James said that Prof Hawking had "achieved so much with his life and not been defined by his condition, but he is very unusual because a third of people die within a year of diagnosis and half within two years".

Watch: Robo-cleaner name to be voted on by you

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A new robotic cleaner is set to sweep the floors of Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

Custom-made in the shape of an ambulance, the robotic scrubber-dryer uses a GPS system to guide the it around the hospital.

It also has a series of built-in sensors that enable it to react to its surroundings, meaning it will stop immediately if a person steps in front of it.

And it needs a new name...

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Overnight weather: Feeling a tad warmer, with outbreaks of mainly patchy rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a cloudy, misty evening and night with outbreaks of generally light, patchy rain.

Less cold air moving in behind the rain, so temperatures not dropping as low overnight.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Saturday's weather map

Tomorrow rain will clear eastwards, but it'll remain rather cloudy and rather gloomy.

Top temperature: 8C (46F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

Watch: 'Time capsule' house wins lottery grant

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

The house of David Parr, an 'artist-painter’ who worked for the Cambridge decorative arts firm F. R. Leach in the 1800s, has won a £625,300 Heritage Lottery grant to repair and restore it, and open it to the public.

Parr lived there between 1886 and 1927. After his death in 1927, his granddaughter Elsie came to live in the house aged 12 and stayed there for the next 85 years.

Her regard for her grandfather’s work and the survival of her family artefacts has created a 20th Century time-capsule that tells remarkable stories of how ordinary people lived in Cambridge.

Chief officer: 'Leave A&E for those who really need it'

Earlier today we brought you news that you could face a lengthy delay if you visit accident and emergency this weekend.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has subsequently issued further advice.

Tracy Dowling, chief officer, said: "Our message to local residents is clear. A&E is for emergencies and life-threatening conditions.

"Patients who attend A&E with a minor illness or injury that could be treated elsewhere, such as Minor Injury Units, may be asked to use an alternative service or they are likely to face lengthy delays.

"Patients with more serious conditions or illnesses will take priority to be seen.

"If you are unsure where you should go, then call NHS 111. Open 24/7, NHS 111 will help you find the right service for your illness or injury.  By using the right service you can help us to ensure A&E is kept available for those who really need it."

Peterborough United

Peterborough will be inspired by Tottenham's win over Chelsea when they meet the Blues in the FA Cup, says boss Grant McCann.

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Your pictures: Up close and personal

BBC Weather Watchers

It's no secret that our BBC Weather Watchers love a close-up when it gets a bit cold.

Here are some of the best pictures from around the county...

Parson Drove

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Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the 2017 FA People's Cup

Sign up to the FA People's Cup and you could win your way on to the hallowed Wembley Stadium turf at half-time during the FA Cup Final.

Entries are now open and you can find out all the details here.

Edwards up for Goal of the Month

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

It's been a bit of a cracker of a December for Peterborough United's Gwion Edwards, who was not only up for Player of the Month but is now a contender for "Goal of the Month".

Gwion Edwards
Joe Dent/Peterborough United

Edwards' stunning solo effort in the 5-2 win against Chesterfield sees him up for the award against Rochdale's Ian Henderson and Sammy Ameobi from Bolton.

This was how BBC Cambridgeshire Sport marked the moment the goal went in...

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Lunchtime weather: Cloudy and wet

BBC Weather

After a cold but bright morning, fog patches will gradually lift.

Cloud will gradually increase from the north-west through the rest of the day with outbreaks of rain arriving through the late afternoon and evening.

Temperatures will rise only slowly through the day. Highs of 6C (43F).

For more information, visit BBC Weather.

Thomas Fletcher (l) and Thomas Northam

A man is charged with causing the deaths of two men who were struck by a car in Cambridgeshire.

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Double-fatal crash: More on charges

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A man has been charged with killing two men in an apparent hit-and-run crash.

Thomas Fletcher, 19, and Thomas Northam, 22, died after they were struck by a BMW as they walked on Broadway in Yaxley, near Peterborough, at about 11:10 on Tuesday.

Richard Frost, 38, of Dorset Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex, has been charged with causing their deaths by dangerous driving.

He was arrested in Chelmsford on Tuesday. He is expected to appear before magistrates this afternoon.

Mr Frost has been further charged with actual bodily harm.

The two men who died were formally named by Cambridgeshire Police earlier.

BreakingDouble-fatal crash: Man charged

A 38-year-old man from Essex has been charged in connection with the death of two men in Yaxley, near Peterborough, on Tuesday.

Crowdfunding page set up for Yaxley crash victims

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A crowdfunding page has been set up "to help fund the funerals" of two men killed in Yaxley, near Peterborough, on Tuesday.

The page is aiming for a £10,000 target, with half of that almost reached.

Just Giving page target

Thomas Fletcher, 19, of Meadow Walk, Yaxley, and Thomas Northam, 22, of Lilac Walk, Yaxley, were killed when they were struck by a man driving a BMW, who subsequently fled the scene.

A description on the page says that both families are well-known in Yaxley and nearby Farcet, and that villagers "are devastated". 

A man, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing actual bodily harm, remains in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station.

Oatmeal gruel for supper, anyone?

Helen Burchell

BBC News

How's this for supper tonight: "1 pint of Oatmeal Gruel"?

I thought so ...

But that was one of the meals served up to petty offenders at "The Spinning-House" in Cambridge in the 1800s.

Cambridgeshire Police tweeted this picture to show what was on offer for inmates. 

Prisoner dinner menu
Cambridgeshire Police

Also on the menu was bread and tea for breakfast, cooked meat and bread and potatoes or soup, bread and suet pudding for dinner, and bread or oatmeal gruel for supper.

Lengthy delays expected at hospitals

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Stories of busy hospitals over the Christmas period and into New Year are nothing new.

However, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is warning that some patients could be looking at delays of up to eight hours to accident and emergency departments this weekend.

All three major hospitals in the county - Addenbrooke's, Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke - have reported pressures this week.    

Tracy Dowling, chief officer for the CCG, said patients should expect "lengthy delays".

Cambridgeshire hospitals

"People shouldn't be surprised if it's a minor injury if they're asked to go to one of their minor injury units," she said.

"It's important we keep emergency departments for emergencies."

Ms Dowling also added that Addenbrooke's did have 20 empty beds, but they were unable to be filled due to other people on the ward having flu.

New Cambridge station 'almost finished'

Waseem Mirza

BBC Look East

Cambridge's second railway station is now "80% complete" ahead of its opening in May, according to Network Rail.

The £44m Cambridge North station will serve the city's expanding technology parks and is expected to handle 3,000 passenger journeys a day.

New Cambridge North station
Network Rail

It was initially supposed to open more than a year ago, with Network Rail blaming "design and technical changes" for delays.

Posh and U's men pipped to awards

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

You may remember earlier in the week that Peterborough United midfielder Gwion Edwards had been nominated for the League One Player of the Month award for December.

Well, the results were announced a short while ago, but unfortunately it wasn't to be for the Posh man. Edwards was beaten by Rochdale's Matty Lundy.

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It also wasn't to be for Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry. He was up for the Manager of the Month award after lifting the U's into the play-off places in League Two.

Derry was beaten by Colchester United's John McGreal.

Double-fatal crash: Victims named

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Two men who died after they were hit by a car at Yaxley, near Peterborough, on Tuesday have been formally identified as Thomas Fletcher (left), 19, of Meadow Walk, Yaxley, and Thomas Northam, 22, of Lilac Walk, Yaxley.

The collision happened on the B1091.

Thomas Fletcher and Thomas Northam
Thomas Fletcher (l) and Thomas Northam

A 38-year-old man from Essex, arrested in Chelmsford on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and actual bodily harm, remains in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station, Peterborough.

Double-fatal crash: Man still in custody

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A 38-year-old man, arrested in Chelmsford on Tuesday night on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and actual bodily harm, remains in custody, police confirm.

The arrest came following the deaths of two men on the B1091 in Yaxley, near Peterborough, on Tuesday after they were hit by a man driving a BMW. The driver subsequently fled the scene on foot.

Flower tributes at the side of the road

We're expecting formal identification of the victims to be confirmed shortly.

Regional weather: Frosty start, rain coming later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It will be a cold, bright start although there will be patchy fog in some places early on, but it will cloud over later with rain arriving this afternoon in the west and towards the evening in the east.

Maximum temperature: 5C (41F).

For more details, visit BBC Weather.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 6 January.

Did anyone else wake up with their car looking like this this morning? Yeah, me too.

Frozen car

It's a very cold one out there so take care - a full forecast for the day is on its way shortly.

Today we'll bring you more on the Yaxley double-fatal crash, plus we will also look ahead to a big FA Cup weekend for both our local football teams.

If you fancy getting in touch with the team, there are several ways to do it. You can email us, tweet us or message us on Facebook.

People laying flowers by the roadside.

Tributes are paid to two young men killed in an apparent hit-and-run crash near Peterborough.

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Goodnight from Cambridgeshire

That's it for our live coverage for today. Thanks for joining us - the team will return tomorrow from 08:00.

In the meantime, scroll back through today's feed to catch up on anything you've missed.

Also, keep an eye on this page for any breaking news from around Cambridgeshire overnight.

And if you have any stories or pics you'd like to share, you can send them to us by emailTwitter and Facebook

Second Yaxley hit-and-run victim "kind and gentle"

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

A friend of the second victim of a hit-and-run crash in Yaxley has described him as the "best friend I've ever had".

The man has been named locally as Tom Northam.

His friend Frazer Love (pictured) said: "We spent birthdays together, we went on holiday we together - we always spent a lot of time together.

Frazer Love

"He was so funny, he made everyone laugh and he was also kind and gentle.

"When I found out my heart just broke, it's not something I wanted to believe."

Weather: Cold and foggy overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

There's a chance of an isolated shower near the coast, but otherwise it'll stay dry but damp in places across the BBC East region.

There will be a widespread frost with mist and freezing fog patches overnight as the temperature dips to a minimum of -2C (28F), but it will be warmer towards the coast.

Weather map for BBC East

Friday will see freezing fog gradually lifting, although it may linger throughout the morning.  

Some bright spells developing, but turning cloudier through the day with the chance of patchy rain later and high of 4-6C (39-43F).

There are more details for where you are on the BBC Weather website.

Man still in police custody after two men killed in suspected hit-and-run

Kate Scotter

BBC News

A man arrested on suspicion of causing the deaths of two pedestrians killed in an apparent hit-and-run crash in Yaxley remains in police custody in Peterborough. 

Police are still questioning the man who was arrested in Chelmsford on Tuesday night. 

Police in Yaxley

One of the victims has been named locally as Thomas Fletcher. He was studying engineering at Peterborough Regional College, which paid tribute to the "well liked" student who'd worked hard for his qualifications. 

A spokesman said he was "always friendly and was helpful to his fellow students". 

The other victim has not yet been named. 

Travel: Anglian Water sorry for on-going traffic delays in Huntingdon

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Engineers from Anglian Water are working to repair a leaking water main which has been causing traffic disruption in Huntingdon all day.

The delays are on the B1541 Riverside Road in both directions around the B1044 junction. 

The repair work is also causing congestion on the B1044 Post Street to The Causeway junction and to The Hollow junction.  

Burst water main in Huntingdon
Anglian Water

The company said customers' water supplies are not affected, but the freezing temperatures and the proximity of the leak to the road and properties means it needed to carry out the repairs as quickly as possible.

A spokeswoman said: “We are sorry for the delays being experienced by road users in Huntingdon today." 

Research into dementia rates near busy roads needs more study

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

The chief scientific officer at Cambridge-based Alzheimer's Research UK, Dr David Reynolds, says a study from researchers in Canada that found people living near major roads appear more likely to develop dementia, should be looked at "much more closely". 

Experts tracked more than two million people in Ontario for signs of the brain disease over the course of eleven years. The scientists suggested air pollution or noisy traffic could contribute to the brain's decline.

Traffic jam in Bangalore, India, 16 December 2016

Dr Reynolds says the study was interesting as they now need "to work out what factors are more important" and then "see if there is something we can do about them".   

Joan Hawes

Hospital bosses admit causing the death of a patient who was sent home and told her deep vein thrombosis (DVT) was a ligament injury.

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Addenbrooke's apologises for causing woman's death

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

In a statement after the inquest, a spokesperson for Cambridge University Hospitals said: "An investigation was carried out to make sure lessons could be learned from what happened to Joan and a detailed action plan has been put in place to improve the way deep vein thrombosis is recognised and treated.

"A formal apology has been made by the Trust to the family and we offer our sincere condolences for their terrible loss." 

Addenbrooke's Hospital
Rob Johnson/Geograph

Hospital admits causing woman's death

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Addenbrooke's Hospital has admitted causing the death of an elderly woman after mis-diagnosing her and sending her home, an inquest has heard. 

Joan Hawes, 77, attended the hospital in July thinking her leg pain might be a blood clot. 

Joan Hawes
Ashtons Legal

Medics sent her home with painkillers after diagnosing a ligament injury. The next morning she was found dead. 

Assistant coroner Simon Milburn ruled that Mrs Hawes died of natural causes because deep vein thrombosis had not been detected.

'Fit and healthy woman' died after hospital misdiagnosis

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Joan Hawes was assessed by a triage nurse when she arrived at Addenbrooke's Hospital and blood tests were ordered, her family's solicitor told an inquest in Huntingdon.

However during a later examination, she was told the pain in her knee was caused by a ligament injury and the tests were cancelled. 

She was discharged with painkillers and advised not to climb stairs. Mrs Hawes had spent the night downstairs. 

Addenbrooke's Hospital

In the morning she was found unresponsive on the toilet by her husband Terrence, 84, who called 999. A paramedic pronounced Mrs Hawes dead. 

Solicitor Amanda Cavanagh said the family received a letter on Tuesday from the trust which accepted "liability and causation in the death of Mrs Hawes". 

"The family are understandably deeply distressed at what has happened to Mrs Hawes - an otherwise fit and healthy woman," she said. 

Escaped rhea home 'safe and well'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Cambridgeshire Police tweeted to say "reports indicate that Chris Rhea is now Eric & has made it home for C'mas '17 safe n well".

"Great news to hear he came to no harm and is safe where he belongs," they added.

Rhea on the run
Cambridgeshire police

It is not yet known who caught the bird or where he had escaped from.

However, while Eric appears to have made it home, Lawrence - another rhea who has been missing since August, has still not been found.


A 6ft rhea on the loose since Christmas Day is finally caught and returned home.

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Roaming rhea fails to resist recapture

Helen Burchell

BBC News

We finally have the confirmation we've been waiting for. 

A rhea that's been roaming the Cambridgeshire countryside since Christmas has finally been caught.

The 6ft (2m) flightless bird, nicknamed Chris, was first spotted on farmland near Thriplow over the festive weekend.

Ashley Bullard

Despite efforts by police and others, the rhea, which is native to South America, evaded capture.

However, officers tweeted to say "Chris" has now been found. 

His real name was Eric, they added, and he has been returned safely to his owner.

Diana letter sells for thousands

Sarah Campbell

BBC News/Royal Correspondent

It seems like the sale of Princess Diana's letters are proving very popular as as letter explaining Prince Harry was "constantly in trouble" at school has sold for £2,400. 

Correspondence describing William's reaction to Harry's birth has just sold for £3,200 - that's £2,600 over the estimated price. 

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