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  1. Updates on Friday, 17 February 2017
  2. Person killed in A505 crash
  3. Cambridge students 'reach out' to dozens of homeless after note burning claim
  4. Cane used to beat Pink Floyd member at Cambridgeshire school to appear in exhibition
  5. Reaction following a decision to build a new bridge over the River Cam in Cambridge

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Cambridge United fought back from 2-0 down to beat Newport after a contentious injury time penalty.

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Our live updates through the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

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

We'll be back with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Monday from 08:00.

Thanks for joining us, and have a great weekend.

Corr return 'needs to be managed'

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Meanwhile, Cambridge United fans may have to wait a little longer before they see striker Barry Corr in the starting eleven.

The 31-year-old has made two substitute appearances since returning from a 14-month injury lay-off, and scored the equaliser at Yeovil on Tuesday.

Barry Corr
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Ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Newport, U's boss Shaun Derry said they're continuing to monitor his comeback.

"14 months is such a long time to be out for," said Derry.

"We've looked after him and we'll continue to do that.

"We'll have to manage his minutes properly before throwing him back into the starting line-up."

Full match commentary of Cambridge United v Newport can be heard on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire tomorrow from 14:00, on 96FM and Freeview channel 722.  

Posh looking to advance on league position

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough United travel to Walsall this weekend, looking to close the gap on the teams in the play-off places.

Posh are three points off the top six.

Inevitably in the build-up to the game there has been plenty of talk about Posh coming up against one of their former favourites, Erhun Oztumer (pictured).

Erhun Oztumer
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Posh were keen to keep hold of the midfielder, nicknamed "Turkish Messi", but he opted to join Walsall in the summer.

He's scored 12 goals for the Saddlers this term.

Posh boss Grant McCann knows he's a threat.

"Erhun is a good player," he said.

"I would have like to have kept him here, but for financial reasons we couldn't.

"We snuffed him out in the home game earlier in the season and we need to be aware of him again."

Full match commentary can be heard on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire tomorrow from 14:00, on 95.7FM and 1026MW.

Overnight weather: Generally dry and cloudy

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A few spots of drizzle around this evening and overnight but generally it will be dry and cloudy across the BBC East region.

Where we get any breaks in the cloud we could see some mist and fog developing. 

Light south to south-westerly winds and temperatures down to about 5C (41F).

Overnight weather map

A mild and cloudy start to Saturday and it could take a little while for any mist and fog to clear, although we're likely to see some sunny intervals developing eventually.

Highs of 12C (54F) and a light southerly breeze.

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

Helen Bailey murder trial: Defence finishes summing up

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The defence team in the case of Ian Stewart, accused of killing Royston author Helen Bailey, have finished summing up at St Albans Crown Court.

Today the jury was told Mr Stewart, 56, was trapped in a "terrible nightmare" after being accused of a murder he did not commit. 

His defence argued "others are guilty, not him", and it was two kidnappers called Nick and Joe who killed Ms Bailey.

Jurors heard the cesspit under the garage of their home on Baldock Road was the last place Mr Stewart would want to hide his bride-to-be.

Helen Bailey

Mr Stewart's team said "crucial" witness evidence demonstrated the Hertfordshire author was still alive beyond the date of the alleged murder.

Judge Andrew Bright has now started his summing up.

Mr Stewart denies murder, preventing a lawful burial, fraud, and three counts of perverting the course of justice. 

Court resumes on Monday.

A505 crash update: Man in his 70s dies

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've just received more information about the fatal crash on the A505 in south Cambridgeshire.

A man, believed to be in his 70s, died in the crash between Flint Cross and the M11.

Police said he was driving a white Audi A1 which struck a white Vauxhall Insignia at about 12:40.

The driver of the Vauxhall received serious injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital. 

The road is shut in both directions between the M11 and the A10 roundabout in Royston, but is expected to be open within the hour.

Cambridge students 'reach out' to dozens of homeless after note burning claim

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we brought you news students were gearing up to hand out food and drink to homeless people living around Cambridge.

A post has recently gone up on the event's Facebook page, which says up to 40 rough sleepers were helped yesterday evening.

About £400 has also been raised by the event, which was organised after a Cambridge student was filmed appearing to burn a £20 note in front of a homeless man.

Students handing out food and water to homeless people

Ella Jenkinson, who organised "Let's Love Cambridge's Homeless", posted on the page thanking people for their help.

"Our estimates suggest we reached around 30-40 individuals sleeping rough," she said.

"We really appreciate you giving up your time!"

Corrie Mckeague: Further preparatory work needed at Milton landfill site

Police searching for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague say the preparatory work at the landfill site at Milton in Cambridgeshire is going to take longer than previously expected.

Milton landfill site

Some 8,000 tonnes of bulk material need to be removed to allow safe access to where the search needs to take place. 

Det Supt Katie Elliott said: "The work to trace Corrie remains a priority.

"It was initially hoped the search could start next week, but the logistics of building access routes and ensuring the area is safely accessible for those who will be carrying out the work mean further preparatory activity will need to be done first. 

"This is a considerable task and we need to ensure everything is in place before officers begin the process of going through the waste in the landfill. 

"We have been liaising with Corrie's family around the timescales involved and, while we can't confirm a start date, this preliminary work will be completed as quickly as possible, so the full scale search can take place."  

Police 'photograph' locomotive in Peterborough

Time for a quick game of "spot the Tornado".

British Transport Police may be good at policing transport, but they're not so hot when it comes to photographing it.

And they admit it... it's not just us being big meanies.

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If you're struggling, here's what the Tornado should look like...


If you don't know, the Tornado is Britain's newest steam locomotive - the first mainline steam engine to be built in the UK since the 1960s.

It was travelling through Peterborough last night on its way back to London, after three days of timetabled services to mark the reopening of the Settle-Carlisle line in the North.

Person killed in A505 crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

One person has died on the A505 between Flint Cross and the M11 in south Cambridgeshire, police have confirmed.

The crash, involving two cars, happened at about 12:40.


The road is closed in both directions.

Don't let Gary down!


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

Here's one from our friends at BBC Get Inspired. I dedicate it to someone very close to me who, it is fair to say, is something of a fan of Mr Lineker - and has a life-size cardboard cut-out of him that I carried across the piazza at Media City.

Anyway, Gary would endorse the sentiment that it’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup - as long as you do it by the deadline anyway - and that is at midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Why not match these mums?


Six months ago, many of these mums were just watching their kids play.

Now they're getting ready to play in the FA People's Cup....

FA People's Cup 2017: Football mums will show daughters how it's done

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Crash closes A505

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

There's been a two car collision on the A505, between the junction for the M11 and Flint Cross.

It's causing queues in both directions.

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We've got calls in to the emergency services and will update you when we know more.

Severe accident: A505 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A505 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between B1368 and M11 J10.

A505 Cambridgeshire - A505 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the B1368 junction in Flint Cross and Duxford, because of an accident involving two cars.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Lunchtime weather: Light winds but feeling warm

BBC Weather

It's not been the brightest of starts to the morning, as these BBC Weather Watchers pictures show...


Brighter spells are likely to develop into the afternoon, with perhaps some sunshine in places.

However, there will be light winds everywhere and feeling very mild. Highs of 11C (52F).

Residents oppose 'destructive' river crossing

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

However, the approval of a new £4.5m bridge over the River Cam has not satisfied everyone.

Both Fen Ditton Parish Council and campaign group Friends of Ditton Meadows have been vocal in their opposition to the bridge in the past, with the latter stating they "oppose any form of destructive development in Ditton Meadows, including the new river crossing".

Ditton Meadows

A petition set up by the group had more than 300 signatures when it was submitted to Cambridgeshire County Council.

We've contacted Friends of Ditton Meadows for further comment following the bridge's approval.

What is the Chisholm trail?

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've been talking about a new bridge that will form part of the Chisholm trail in Cambridge. But what is it?

It's a mostly traffic-free route between Cambridge Station and the new Cambridge North Station and forms part of the Greater Cambridge City Deal.

It would also link up to routes to Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Biomedical Campus in the south of the city, and the business and science parks in the north.

Artists impression of bridge
Knight Architects
Artists impression of bridge
Knight Architects
Artists impression of bridge
Knight Architects

The north-south route closely follows the railway line, which the City Deal board says would provide a "quicker and safer route, largely off-road or along quiet streets and avoiding busy junctions".

The trail would also connect to the Busway by the two railway stations, allowing people to travel to other parts of the city and county.

Bird man helps control pigeons

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Meet Mark and his hawk, Faith.

He's part of a pest control firm that uses the birds of prey to disperse other birds.

The pair are often hired by councils and other organisations, such as Cambridge University, to control pigeons and gulls.  

What is it like to work as a falconer?

A Freedom of Information request by the BBC revealed the amount spent by councils on pest control across the country rose from £452,000 in 2013-2014 to £830,000 in 2015-2016, with some interesting figures across the East of England.

Falconer Mark White, of Suffolk-based Step Pest Control, said councils were increasingly using non-lethal methods of bird control.

He uses a combination of methods ranging from netting and spikes, special gels which look like fire, hawks and even a high-powered laser beam.

Mr White, who's lives in Norfolk but grew up in Essex, said a lot of people think pest controllers "use hawks for killing".

"It is in fact the complete opposite.

"We use the birds for disruption and discourage killing as much as possible."

The British Pest Control Association said the increase in spending might reflect a growing awareness of public health risks posed by some birds.

Clean Bandit tickets on sale for Thetford Forest gig

Tickets for the Clean Bandit gig at Thetford Forest this summer have gone on sale.

Clean Bandit
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The Cambridge band, who appear on 2 July,  join Elbow, Olly Murs and Rick Astley in the line-up for the Forestry Commission's "Forest Live" concert series, which has been running for 16 years.

Severe accident: A1198 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1198 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between A603 and Whaddon Gap.

A1198 Cambridgeshire - A1198 Old North Road in Bassingbourn closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A603 junction and the Whaddon Gap junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Campaigner 'very pleased' at bridge decision

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

As mentioned yesterday, a new cycle bridge over the River Cam from Chesterton to Ditton Meadows in Cambridge has been approved by Cambridgeshire County Council.

It's one of the links that's going to make up the £8.4m Chisholm Trail - effectively a cycleway between the new Cambridge North and central railway stations, with links to the science park and Addenbrooke's.

Bridge over Cam

The council believes the route could see 4,000 trips every day.

Jim Chisholm, the man who has been campaigning for this for 15 years and who the route is named after, said he was "very pleased".

"It will be a good route for walking and cycling, joining lots of different bits of Cambridge," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"What we can hope is that it will encourage more people to leave their car at home and get on their bikes.

"It's a natural choice."

Ian Bates, chairman of the economy and environment committee for the county council, said: "With thousands of journeys across the bridge and thousands of new jobs expected in the area, this will provide a much needed link."

Work is due to start later this year. 

Cane used to beat Pink Floyd member at school to appear in exhibition

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A cane used to beat Pink Floyd's Roger Waters when he was a schoolboy in Cambridgeshire is among more than 350 items appearing at an exhibition documenting the band's 50-year story.

Nick Mason (left), Roger Waters (right)
Pink Floyd's Nick Mason (left) alongside Roger Waters

Waters (right), 73, said he was "particularly eager" to see the wooden cane, which was also used on late band mate Syd Barrett and Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson.

The punishment was used by the headmaster at Cambridge and County High School for Boys on his pupils and inspired the cane-wielding school teacher character from the band's "The Wall" tour.

Asked what the beatings were like, Waters said: "It was flimsy. The headmaster didn't really have his heart in capital punishment or corporate punishment".   

It comes with a book detailing the dates and reasons for the beatings, with Waters admitting he felt "inordinately proud" of his own entry for fighting, adding "six strokes for fighting is my entry".

Drummer Nick Mason (left) revealed that Thorgeson, who died in 2013, had been the school's most punished pupil, according to the log book.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains runs from 13 May to 1 October at the V&A in London.

Meanwhile, the pair also revealed they would consider playing Glastonbury again, with Mason, saying: "I think it would be nice to add it to the list." 

Friday's weather: Mild start with sunshine later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

There's a spring-like feel in the air today with a dry start and brighter spells developing, perhaps with some sunshine in places.

There will also be light winds everywhere and it'll feel very mild with highs today of 11C, 52F.

Check the latest forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 17 February.

Who's got that Friday feeling?

We'll be here until 18:00 to bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates as they happen. 


  • Pink Floyd memorabilia that's to feature in an exhibition documenting the band's 50 year history.
  • More on the students that helped hand out food and drink to the city's rough sleepers last night.
  • Plus a round up of all the weekend sporting action.

If you want to get in touch with the team, you can email us, tweet us, or message us on Facebook.

Severe disruption: A1096 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1096 Cambridgeshire both ways severe disruption, between Meadow Lane and Hemingford Road.

A1096 Cambridgeshire - A1096 Harrison Way in St Ives closed in both directions between the Meadow Lane junction and the Hemingford Road junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M11 Essex southbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Essex southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A11.

M11 Essex - Two lanes closed on M11 southbound at J9, A11 (Saffron Walden), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Ian Stewart and Helen Bailey

The man accused of killing children's author Helen Bailey "grossly deceived" her, a trial is told.

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That's all for today

I'm afraid that's it for our rolling news for Cambridgeshire today. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all you need to know in the county, with the latest news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.

If you're just joining us, scroll down to see what's been going on in the county today.

Have a great evening, and see you again soon!

Paralysed jockey having a riding lesson next week

A Newmarket-based jockey who's been paralysed from the waist down since a fall at Kempton in October, says he's going to be back in the saddle next week.

Freddy Tylicki

Freddy Tylicki said: "I'm going to have a riding lesson next Wednesday.. it's been offered to me and I've accepted the challenge with both hands.

"Not sure what it's going to be like but I'm really looking forward to it.

"Obviously it's not going to be a racehorse, it'll be something slower, but life goes on, you've got to make the most of it and roll on next Wednesday. 

"To be sitting on horseback again, it's going to be amazing... it's something I've always done and something I love."

Elsewhere in Cambridgeshire

What else is happening in the county?

  • The Peterborough Telegraph says a 10-year-old girl is recovering at home after having her skull fractured in an alleged hit and run incident in Peterborough city centre
  • Meanwhile, the Cambridge News reports a man in his 50s was taken to hospital after being set upon by two men with what is thought to be a baseball bat

Helen Bailey: Accused branded a 'devious killer'

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

The prosecution in the trial of Ian Stewart, accused of murdering Hertfordshire author Helen Bailey, have described him as a "devious killer".

Mr Stuart Trimmer QC told St Albans Crown Court if the accused's story was true that two men named Nick and Joe kidnapped Ms Bailey, then why hadn't he said anything about the pair to detectives on 15 July when her body was found.

Helen Bailey
Hertfordshire Police

The prosecutor said it was only in November Mr Stewart mentioned Nick and Joe for the first time.

Mr Trimmer said: "The defence case statement was late because he was beavering away, examining the prosecution papers to come up with a tale he was making up."

He said Mr Stewart's story had been "woven around" the crown's case and was "utterly absurd"

Summing up to the jury, he said: "Stewart is the gorgeous grey-haired widower. You've seen him, heard his story. You have seen how she changed her entire wealth structure in his favour and you've heard a host of lies.

"He is a devious killer. Look at all the evidence and you will conclude he is the killer as charged."

Mr Stewart, 56, of Baldock Road, Royston, denies murder, preventing a lawful burial, fraud, and three counts of perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

Mixed responses to new bridge over the River Cam

Cambridge Cycling Campaign have been behind the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge and expressed its "strong support for both the bridge design and location". 

Members of the group celebrated outside County Hall this afternoon including Jim Chisholm, whose name has been given to the Chisholm Trail that will link the north and south of Cambridge.

Plans of new bridge
Cambridgeshire County Council

Not everyone is for it though.

Fen Ditton Parish Council raised their objections to the "citing of the bridge on Ditton Meadows and the access on the northern bank of the River Cam", and the "effect" it will have on nearby views. 

Making a splash!

John Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

It's not often I can make a splash all in the name of investigative reporting, but today I jumped in with both feet!

I was lucky enough to take part in the East Anglian Puddle Jumping Championships, which are taking part at Welney Wetland Centre until Sunday. 

You're judged in the following three key categories. 

  1. The enthusiasm of the jumper
  2. The creativity of the jump
  3. The height of the splash (most importantly)
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I'll let you work out just how good I was!

Mr Fox's fantastic rescue

Helen Burchell

BBC News

This poor fox was badly hurt when he was hit by a car and became trapped underneath it, near March in Cambridgeshire.

Luckily, the driver called Fenland Animal Rescue volunteers to come to the aid of the animal.

Fox under car
Fenland Animal Rescue

After jacking up the car they released the fox, but it was unable to stand, so they rushed him to vets who took X-rays and scanned him for potential neurological damage.

Injured fox with vet
Fenland Animal Rescue

"This poor boy was in a terrible situation," Josh Flanagan, the charity's founder, said.

Thankfully, although in need of specialist treatment, there didn't appear to be any permanent damage.

X-ray of fox
Fenland Animal Rescue

"Mr Fox" has now been taken to the Rushden-based National Fox Welfare Society in Northamptonshire for a period of intensive care, where he's "doing very well". 

He'll then return to Fenland Animal Rescue, where staff will care for him for up to three months until he is able to be returned to the wild. 

Vets have told them the fox should make a full recovery.

Fox recovering after accident
Fenland Animal Rescue

"It's our belief that every animal deserves a helping hand and our end goal is to get Mr Fox back to the wild," Mr Flanagan said.

Sun, snowdrops and spring?

BBC Weather Watchers

No hats and thick scarves are needed in Cambridgeshire today.

The sun's been out, so the BBC Weather Watchers have been busy taking some stunning shots.

Sun through trees

New cycle bridge over River Cam approved

Approval has been given by councillors to build a new bridge over the River Cam in Cambridge.

Site of new bridge

The Abbey-Chesterton Bridge by Ditton Meadows will be used for cycling and walking and form part of  the Chisholm Trail .

Planning notice

The Cambridge Cycling Campaign say it's the culmination of 15 years of campaigning.   

Man killed in crash named by police

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A man has been named after being killed in a crash in south Cambridgeshire yesterday. 

Clive Kingsley, 63, from Bassingbourn, was riding his Royal Enfield motorbike on Long Lane in Fowlmere at about 16:45 when it hit a Smart forfour car. 

He died at the scene. The 19-year-old driver of the car was unhurt. 

Police are appealing for witnesses

Long Lane

Helen Bailey: Author 'absolutely besotted' with accused

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The prosecution in the trial of Ian Stewart, accused of murdering Hertfordshire writer Helen Bailey, said the author was "grossly deceived" by her fiancé, who had been preying on her since they met online.

Mr Stewart is accused of drugging his bride-to-be with sleeping pills before killing her and hiding her body in a cesspit.

Helen Bailey
South Beds News Agency

The trial was told the 56-year-old used affection to win his way into Ms Bailey's favour, and later her will.

Stuart Trimmer QC told the court she was "absolutely besotted".

Mr Stewart denies murder, preventing a lawful burial, fraud, and three counts of perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

Travel: A10 reopens

BBC Travel

The A10 has now reopened after an earlier accident by the junction of Stretham Road.

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