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Adam Jinkerson

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  1. Goodbye for now

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for live updates for today and indeed this week.

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

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, including an arrest in relation to alleged football abuse in the county, plus a train departure board that plunged, momentarily, back into the 12th Century.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Man, 60, assaulted in his own home

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A man in his 60s has been assaulted in Horningsea after three men burst into his home.

    The attack happened about 18:00 yesterday on Priory Road.

    One of the men pushed the victim to a bedroom and held him down on a bed while the other offenders searched the property. It is believed the offenders made off with money.

    The victim believes one of the offenders, who spoke with an Irish accent and is described white, in his 30s, about 6ft tall, "powerfully built" and wearing a dark hooded top, had visited his home earlier in the week.

    The second offender is described as about 5ft 7in tall, in his early 20s, with a black afro hairstyle and stubble. The victim was unable to give a description of the third offender.

  3. Council tax to rise by 5% in Peterborough

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    Council tax in Peterborough looks set to go up by 5% in April - 1% higher than originally planned.

    The authority has just released the second part of its budget for 2017-18.

    Five percent is the maximum that councils are able to put their tax up by without having a referendum.

    The council says it has no choice but to make the increase as it's faced with a £28m budget gap.

    It's also looking at a similar increase next year. 

  4. Weather: Cloudy with patchy light rain

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Occasional clear spells overnight, but generally cloudy with outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain in a moderate breeze across the BBC East region.

    Weather chart

    Less cold tomorrow but expect a cloudy day with some further outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain. 

    There's a chance of sunshine in the west of the region before sundown. 

    Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F)

    More details from BBC Weather

  5. Sculpture unveiled to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A sculpture commissioned by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has been unveiled at Sawston Village College.


    Pupils at the south Cambridgeshire school worked with artist and former pupil Neil Jones to create a wall sculpture inspired by the Gillian Clark poem "Birdsong".

    Jonathan Culpin, principal of the college, said it was a "very exciting project to be involved in".


    "The sculpture signifies hope and how life can carry on after some of these horrible things have taken place," he said.

    "There is a sense of horror, but also a sense of strength and resilience."

    Today marks Holocaust Memorial Day - the date the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated in 1945.

  6. Ely junction plans 'will take a while'

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    MPs and business leaders have been told that plans to upgrade the Ely rail junction are complex and will take a while to deliver.

    There's been a long campaign to improve the junction, which would allow for more frequent services from King's Lynn and Norwich to Cambridge, Peterborough and on to London.

    Ely junction description

    Network Rail told a summit in Downham Market earlier that due to problems in redesigning the junction and a nearby level crossing it wouldn't be able to start work until after 2019.

    The meeting was told that improving the junction would bring a significant boost to the local economy.

    Today local councils and business groups pledged almost £8m to fund a study into the project to keep things moving.

  7. Football coach held over abuse allegations

    Jozef Hall

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    We know the man arrested today by Cambridgeshire Police in its ongoing investigation into abuse in football is Michael Sean Carson, better known as "Kit".

    Mr Carson, 74, is well known in footballing circles locally and indeed internationally, for what has at times been described as his "pioneering" youth development work - working with youngsters between the ages of nine and 16, and organising more than 30 tournaments abroad.

    He joined Norwich City as youth manager in 1983, leaving 10 years later to take up the post of academy director at Peterborough United.

    Kit Carson

    It was there, over the next 10 years at London Road, working with mangers including Chris Turner and Barry Fry, that Mr Carson developed a reputation for excellence within youth coaching, nurturing 13 youngsters to international honours.

    In 2001, Mr Carson moved to Cambridge United, becoming head of youth development under manager Jon Taylor - a position he held until 2006.

    Following a spell with Histon Football Club, he began coaching youth teams in Finland from 2012. It's unclear whether he's still actively involved coaching there.

    We understand the allegations relate to his work at Cambridge United and Peterborough United.

    Police confirmed they arrested a man in his 70s at his Cambridge home and took him into custody on suspicion of indecency with children, and indecent assault.

    Cambridgeshire Police are encouraging anyone with concerns about these allegations to contact them on 101 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.  

  8. BreakingPolice arrest coach over football abuse allegations

    The man arrested today by Cambridgeshire Police in their ongoing investigation into abuse in football is Michael Sean Carson, better known as "Kit". 

    He has worked extensively as a coach and scout for clubs including Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City.

    Police have confirmed they have arrested a man in his 70s.

  9. Your pictures: A frosty morning across the county

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been another icy morning across Cambridgeshire, which always makes for some great pictures.

    Here are some of the best from our BBC Weather Watchers...

  10. Lunchtime weather: Cold but turning brighter

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be cold with brisk winds and there will be frost and icy patches.

    Cloud will be thick enough for some rain, sleet or snow, but it will become occasionally bright later.

    Further rain is expected towards evening. Highs reaching 5C (41F) by tonight.

    Weather outlook
  11. The next train departing from platform three, is...

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    It's not every day you have to consult your Middle English dictionary at the train station...

    But it appears a word, which originated from the year 1150, slipped into a departure board at Cambridge train station this morning.

    Departure board

    Dominic Smith spotted the use of the word "thence" to describe the fact the train would be heading to London King's Cross on the 07:55 service.

    A spokesman for Greater Anglia, which runs the station, said: "It is the first and last time it will be used at a Greater Anglia station."

    We'd love to know if you've spotted any Middle English slipping into everyday use. Send us an email, tweet or Facebook message.

  12. Arrest in football abuse investigation

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A man in his 70s has been arrested in connection with allegations of abuse related to football in Cambridgeshire.

    Detectives arrested the man at a property in Cambridge this morning.

    The man, who is in his 70s and from Cambridge, has been arrested on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.

    He is currently in police custody.

  13. BreakingArrest in connection with alleged football abuse

    A man in his 70s has been arrested by police in connection with historical allegations of abuse related to football in Cambridgeshire.

  14. Lease extension for 'oasis of tranquillity'

    Dotty McLeod

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire breakfast show presenter

    "A fresh start" is how an extension to the lease of The Green Backyard in Peterborough is being described this morning.

    The charity on Oundle Road has just been given a 12-year lease by the city council.

    It promotes gardening, green spaces and wildlife off one of Peterborough's busiest junctions.

    Green Backyard

    There had been uncertainty regarding its future, with campaigners battling for five years to save it.

    Paul Hetherington, from the charity, says the new lease "means everything".

    "It's really thanks to all of the people of Peterborough and the surrounding area that made the council listen," he said.

    Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities and environment capital at the city council, called the site "an oasis of tranquillity".    

    As part of the new lease, The Green Backyard will have to adhere to a set of recommendations from the council, including a six-month window to make improvements to the appearance of the site.

  15. 'I feel like we've won the FA Cup'


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    Video caption: FA People's Cup: Watch the best goals from 2016 finals

    As we look forward to a weekend of FA Cup action, watch some of the best goals from the FA People's Cup - the UK's biggest free five-a-side tournament - and what it means to those who lifted the trophy.

    You can get involved in the 2017 FA People's Cup, in one of 16 categories, now! Find out how to sign up here.

  16. Woman dies in A1 crash

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A woman has died in a crash on the northbound carriageway of the A1 at Eaton Socon.

    The collision, between a Ford Focus and a Vauxhall Astra, happened at about 15:00 yesterday.

    The driver of the Ford, aged in her 30s, died at the scene. Police have appealed for witnesses.