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  1. Updates on Friday, 10 March 2017
  2. Cambridgeshire care firm ordered to pay £100,000 after teenager drowned at Bawsey Pits
  3. St Neots man admits murder of St Ives man

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it from us today and indeed this week. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

It's been a busy one today, so if you missed anything scroll back through the feed to read more on...

  • A man from St Neots admitting to killing a man from St Ives
  • Substandard bridges in Cambridgeshire
  • A crash on the A1 involving a police firearms vehicle
  • The latest inductees to the Cambridge United Hall of Fame

Stay tuned to the BBC Cambridgeshire website over the weekend for any breaking news, plus a round up of the local football.

Have a great weekend. I'm off to put my feet up.

Evening weather update: Foggy tonight, bright tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a largely cloudy night with some patchy mist, fog and drizzle. It will also be very mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather forecast

Any mist and fog will clear on Saturday morning and, after a mainly cloudy start, we should see some brightness and sunshine developing.

In the best of any sunshine, temperatures could climb as high as 18C (64F).

There'll be a light wind between the south-west and south-east.

Find the latest weather where you live on the  BBC Weather website .

University scientists reveal hunting secrets of tiny predator

Scientists in Cambridge have revealed how a fly manages the complex feat of taking off , intercepting its prey in mid-air and then injecting it with venom, all in under than a second.

What a nice sounding fella...

Robber fly: Hunting secrets of a tiny predator

The team at Cambridge University used high speed cameras to film the actions of the robber fly.

Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido from the university explained that normally "when we think of hunting animals we think of excellent vision and speed, but when you're so very tiny, you have a very small brain and limited sensory capacity".

"We wanted to know how this fly manages this predatory behaviour," he said.

They discovered its eyes are specifically adapted to the task. Larger lenses and a high density of extremely tiny sensors at the centre of its eyes allow it to see its prey from a distance, and to accurately "lock on" as it approaches.

The results are  published in the journal Current Biology .

Broken legs scupper flight plans

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Can you spot this feathered friend among the leaves?

Injured woodcock
Fenland Animal Rescue

This forlorn fella had to have his legs splinted after managing to break both of them - making take-off and landing a bit of an issue.    

He was found on a footpath near Peterborough and taken to Fenland Animal Rescue, where volunteers are nursing him back to health.

The charity's founder, Josh Flanagan, said the bird was lucky to have been spotted as "due to their natural camouflage, they are a rare sight indeed".

He's been put in a "natural" outdoor enclosure to minimise stress and it's hoped he will recover sufficiently to be released back to the wild.

"While some people will choose to euthanise an animal early on with similar injuries, we will always try to help it if we believe a successful outcome is achievable," Mr Flanagan added.

Andrew Hasler murder: Police congratulate 'selfless bravery' of neighbour

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Following the guilty pleas of Matthew Sharpe, who admitted killing Andrew Hasler and attempting to murder Charna Knights in St Ives, Det Insp Lucy Thomson said: "Charna suffered multiple stab wounds and thankfully made a recovery, however medics were unable to save Andrew.

"Although suffering multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination of Andrew concluded he died of a single stab wound to his heart.

"I would like to pay tribute to the selfless bravery of Andrew's next-door neighbour who put his own life at risk in order to help Charna.

"His actions that day ultimately saved her life."

Andrew Hasler murder: Neighbour 'kicked knife' out of murderer's hand

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

More now on the Andrew Hasler case, whose killer Matthew Sharpe (below)  admitted murdering the 28-year-old at the victim's home in St Ives .

Police have revealed the actions of Mr Hasler's neighbour managed to save the life of Sharpe's ex-girlfriend, who was also attacked by Sharpe at the house on Houghton Road.

Matthew Sharpe
Cambridgeshire Police

Detectives were told how a neighbour had gone round to the house after he heard a commotion going on inside.

The neighbour was confronted by Sharpe, from St Neots, on top of Charna Knights - Sharpe's ex-girlfriend - repeatedly stabbing her, while Mr Hasler lay severely injured on the floor.

The neighbour managed to pull Sharpe off Ms Knights and kick the knife out of his hand before restraining him, but Sharpe managed to get away.

Another officer then reported they had stopped a silver Peugeot at the Harrison Road Bridge over the River Ouse and the suspect had jumped into the river.

He was pulled out and found to have self-inflicted injuries.

Sharpe was taken to hospital, where he remained for two nights before he was charged.

Matthew Sharpe

Matthew Sharpe repeatedly stabbed his former girlfriend in the attack in which Andrew Hesler was killed.

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Man rescued from car in water-filled ditch

Helen Burchell

BBC News

An elderly man had to be rescued after becoming trapped in his car when it ended upside down in a water-filled ditch.

The accident happened along March Road in Turves on Thursday afternoon.

Car in ditch
Cambs Fire and Rescue Service

Three crews from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service helped get the man out of the car, which was stuck in about 3ft (0.9m) of water.

He was taken to the safety of dry land on an "inflatable water sled".

The man was checked by paramedics at the scene, but was not injured. Just a bit wet. 

Corrie Mckeague: Search for airman continues at landfill site

Helen Burchell

BBC News

As the search for missing RAF airman Corrie Mckeague enters its fifth day, we've been sent the latest images from the landfill site at Milton, near Cambridge.

Search at Milton landfill
Search at Milton landfill site

The 23-year-old gunner was last seen on a night out in Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of 24 September.

Police traced the route of a bin lorry that picked up refuse from the Horseshoe area of the town, where Mr Mckeague was last seen on CCTV. 

They now say they are "confident" his body will be found at the landfill site.  

Search at Milton landfill
Search of landfill at Milton
Search at Milton landfill

It could take the team of eight trained officers up to 10 weeks to sift through the rubbish, which covers an area of about 920 sq m (9,900 sq ft).

Search of Milton landfill

Substandard bridges in Cambridgeshire

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

More than 2,500 bridges in England are not fit to support the heaviest lorries, a study has found .

The RAC Foundation discovered 2,512 council-maintained bridges are not suitable for 44-tonne vehicles.

It includes 64 of the 878 bridges in Cambridgeshire. That's 7% of council-maintained bridges not up to holding the heaviest loads.

In Peterborough, 14 of the 369 bridges are substandard.    

Area with most substandard bridges

Both Peterborough City Council and the county council were asked how many bridges would return to full load capacity in the next five years.

Cambridgeshire County Council is expecting to restore 16. Peterborough, however, won't be restoring any.

The councils were also asked how many would be restored to full load carrying capacity if there was no restriction on resources.

The county council said 36. Peterborough said all 14 would be restored.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation which carried out the research, said: "In the face of growing traffic volumes and ageing infrastructure, the danger is that without an adequate long-term funding settlement we will see more rather than fewer bridges with weight restrictions, with the backlog bill getting bigger all the time."

Construction begins on new insulation factory

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Up to 160 jobs are coming to Huntingdon as the construction of a new factory begins.

Insulation company IKO is building a nine acre (40,000 sq m) site at Alconbury Weald.

Artists impression of new factory
Artists impression of new factory

The factory is costing £30m and will manufacture and store insulation board for roofs, floors and walls.

Back in August, concerns was raised by residents over IKO's plans to store 49 tonnes of flammable chemical Pentane, used in the process of making the insulation foam, at the site.

In response, a spokesman for IKO said it understood "natural concern over the storage of chemicals", but reassured residents the substance was "less volatile than petrol and will be stored in lower amounts than the fuel at a typical petrol station". 

However, it obtained planning permission and it's due to open in March next year.

Police firearms vehicle involved in A1 crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

If you've been sat in queues on the A1 around Brampton Hut this morning, here's why...

The road remains closed northbound after a crash involving a police firearms vehicle and a Land Rover Discovery.

The driver of the Land Rover, which flipped and landed on its roof, walked away with minor injuries.

The two police officers, who were in the marked police BMW, also suffered minor injuries.

Police said the firearms unit was on its way to training and not responding to a 999 call.

The northbound carriageway, between Brampton Hut and the Spittals interchange, will remain closed "for some time" while officers look into happened, a spokeswoman said.

St Ives stabbing: Man admits murder and attempted murder

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

As we mentioned earlier, a man has admitted murdering a 28-year-old man by stabbing him to death.

Matthew Sharpe, 40, of Humberley Close, Eynesbury, St Neots, killed Andrew Hasler at his home on Houghton Road, St Ives, on 8 January.

Sharpe also admitted the attempted murder of 27-year-old Charna Knights, who was at the same property.

Police cordon

Mr Hasler suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and died at the scene. Ms Knights was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and survived.

Appearing at Cambridge Crown Court by video-link from Bedford Prison, wearing glasses and a black T-shirt, Sharpe spoke only to confirm his identity and enter his guilty pleas.

He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on 7 April.

In a statement, Mr Hasler's family paid tribute, saying: "Andrew was a much-loved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend.

"Kind-hearted and living his life to the full, he came into the world early and has left us far too soon. We miss you, Andrew."

'Systemic failure' after teenager drowned on day out while in care

Nic Rigby

BBC News

We reported earlier that a firm had been ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned at an old sand quarry at Bawsey Pits near King's Lynn.

Bawsey Pits
Evelyn Simak/Geograph

Castle Homes Limited, which ran Castle Lodge home for young people in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations.

Outlining the prosecution case, Quentin Hunt said employees of the home had taken boys on a trip to Bawsey Pits near King's Lynn on 16 July 2013.

The staff made no efforts to stop Umar Balogun, 16, and another boy from getting into the water even though there were a number of "no swimming" signs.

Bawsey Pits
Ray Sullivan/Geograph

Mr Hunt said: "Mr Balogun was seen to duck under the water and did not reappear.

"Mr Balogun may have got caught out by the changing depth. He subsequently became entangled in weeds and drowned.

"A diver was sent to the scene and subsequently recovered the body." 

Castle Lodge offered one-to-one care of youngsters who "showed signs of sexually inappropriate behaviour", the court heard.

Mr Hunt, for the Health and Safety Executive, said that while there were "generic risk assessments", individual assessments were not made for trips like the one to the pits.

The lawyer said there was "systemic failure" at Castle Lodge which went on over a "long period".

St Ives stabbing: St Neots man admits murder

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A man has admitted stabbing a man to death in St Ives.

Matthew Sharpe, 40, of Eynesbury, St Neots, attacked Andrew Hasler, 28, at his home on Houghton Road, St Ives, on 8 January.

Andrew Hasler
Cambridgeshire Police

Mr Hasler (pictured) was found at his home with stab wounds to his chest. He died at the scene.

Sharpe pleaded guilty to his murder at Cambridge Crown Court and also admitted attempting to murder a woman, 27, who was seriously injured at the house.

He appeared at court via video link and will be sentenced at a later date.

BreakingMan admits St Ives murder

Matthew Sharpe, 40, of Eynesbury, St Neots, has admitted murdering Andrew Hasler, 28, at his home in Houghton Road, St Ives, in January.

More to follow.

Good samaritans intervene as woman pensioner is mugged

Passers-by came to the help of a 77-year-old woman as she fell victim to an attempted robbery in Newmarket earlier this week.

Members of the public managed to detain the suspect in the attack which left the woman with cuts and bruises - for which she required hospital treatment - in Exeter Road around 19:10 on Wednesday.

She had been the victim of a bag snatch as she walked along the road, near to the junction with Rayes Lane. 

A 25-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the attempted robbery and is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates' Court today.

Police say they would like to thank the members of the public who helped.

Dion Dublin among U's quartet inducted into Hall of Fame

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

The Cambridge United Hall of Fame opened its doors last night, as four club legends were inducted.

On the list at last night's ceremony were former players Dion Dublin (right) and Paul Wanless (left), player and manager John Beck (centre) and groundsman Ian Darler.

Dion Dublin, Paul Wanless and John Beck
Simon Lankester

The Hall of Fame was set up in 2016 by  100 Years of Coconuts  - the heritage arm of Cambridge United supporters' trust CFU - a recognises outstanding contributions to the development and history of the football club.

The latest four join player-supporter Russell Crane, player Rodney Slack and supporter Lil Harrison, who were inducted at the Hall of Fame launch ceremony last summer.

"The word 'legend' is bandied about too freely in football, but it's an apt description for each of tonight's four inductees," said Coconuts chair Pat Morgan.

"They all have a special place in the hearts of everyone connected with Cambridge United."

Firm fined £100,000 after drowning in Norfolk pit

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A firm has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned on a trip to an old sand quarry in Norfolk.

Bawsey Pits

Castle Homes Limited, which ran the Castle Lodge home for young people in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations over the incident in July 2013

Two support workers also faced charges over the death of Umar Balogun, from Waltham Forest, north-east London, at Bawsey Pits near King's Lynn, but were cleared following a trial at King's Lynn Crown Court .

At the Old Bailey, Judge Mark Dennis QC ordered Castle Homes to pay a fine of £80,000 and £20,000 prosecution costs to the Health and Safety Executive. 

He said the death exposed "flaws in the system" as well as "obvious errors" on the day, including failing to make a risk assessment for the trip. 

Both staff members who went on the trip were "raw recruits" when there was another more experienced person who could have gone, he said.

Breaking Firm ordered to pay £100,000 after teenager drowned at Bawsey Pits

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A firm has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its caredrowned on a trip to Bawsey Pits near King's Lynn.

Castle Homes Limited, which ran Castle Lodge home for young people, in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations over the incident in July 2013. 

Severe accident: A1 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, between A14 J21 and A1.

A1 Cambridgeshire - A1 in Brampton closed, slow traffic and long delays northbound between Brampton Hut and the A1(M) J14 junction, because of accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - Drivers should follow the solid black triangle via the A14 J21 eastbound to J23 at Spittals Interchange, then A14M northbound to re-join A1 at Alconbury.

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

Your pictures: Morning sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

You know the saying...

Let's hope the shepherds are wrong, but it's certainly made for some stunning pictures this morning, courtesy of our  Weather Watchers .

Little Paxton

Weather: Chilly start, cloud thickening from the west through the day

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It'll be a chilly start to the day but during the morning, milder air will push in and cloud will thicken. For many it will stay dry today but there is a chance of a spot of rain at times with a high of 11C (52F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 10 March.

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

Coming up today we'll have more on the continuing search for the missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague, plus a look ahead to the weekend's sport.

First up though, a full weather forecast.

You can get in touch with the team by email , Facebook or by sending us a tweet using #cmblive.

Corrie Mckeague: Search continues at landfill site
Officers have so far sifted through 65 tonnes of waste at the 900 sq m site.
Kamal Rahman (left) and Mahmudur Rohman (right)

Over 100 tonnes of turkey mince was supplied to restaurants deceived into thinking it was halal lamb.

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That's it for Thursday

Katy Prickett

BBC News

Thanks for joining us today.

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

Before we head off, here's a recap on some of the key stories we covered today:

  • Work began on a £36m, 1.7km (1 mile) bypass for Ely
  • Fire service says flytipping in Peterborough results in 20 to 30 fires a month
  • And two Peterborough men were convicted of halal meat fraud
BBC Weather Watchers/Impington Geoff

A10 crash victim named as Norfolk man

Police have named the man who died in a collision on the A10 near Cambridge this morning.

He was Anthony Bradshaw, 51, of Fir Road in Thetford in Norfolk.

He was driving a silver Citroen C4 near Milton at about 08:25, when he was in collision with a blue Nissan Micra.

Police are asking for witnesses to contact officers by calling 101.

Corrie Mckeague's mum 'amazing', search organiser says

The chairman of a search organisation which has been helping to try to find Corrie Mckeague says the airman's mother has "nothing to apologise to anyone for".

In a Look East interview last night, the RAF Honington serviceman's mother Nicola Urquhart said she was "so upset that [to have] brought over 120,000 people into this", referring to those who had joined the search for her son online and in person.

Police searching a landfill site at Milton near Cambridge said yesterday they were "confident" Mr Mckeague's body would be found there.

Andy King

Andy King, search manager and chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, said Mrs Urquhart had been "amazing".

"I think I can say on behalf of 120,000 people and certainly on behalf of the team that she doesn't need to apologise to anybody for anything that she's done. 

"She really just needs to concentrate on her own family."

Men made over £300,000 from halal meat fraud

Leicester City Council's Trading Standards estimated Dutch Bangla Ltd made a profit of between £300,000 and £400,000 between January 2013 and October 2014. 

The company's director, Mahmudar Rohman, and Kamal Rahman have been found guilty of conspiracy to fraud - after they claimed turkey mince was actually halal lamb.

Rohman was also found guilty of three counts of selling food not of the nature, quality and substance demanded, three counts of giving or displaying food exposed for sale but labelled wrongly, and making a false instrument and possessing an article used in fraud. 

Rahman was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Turkey mince labelled as lamb
Leicester City Council

Men used forged certificate to claim meat was halal

The investigation into Mahmudur Rohman (below left) and Kamal Rahman (below right) began after Leicestershire Food Safety team started a programme of testing in 2013, in the wake of the horsemeat scandal. 

This revealed meat being supplied to businesses as lamb was in fact turkey. 

Mahmudur Rohman ( left) and Kamal Rahman (right)

Leicester City Council's Trading Standards traced the "lamb" to Peterborough-based Dutch Bangla Ltd, whose director was Mahmudar Rohman. 

Trading standards officers also seized a forged certificate which said the meat had been certified as halal - meaning it had been slaughtered according to Islamic ritual and was suitable for consumption by Muslims.

Businessmen convicted over halal meat fraud

Two men who supplied over 100 tonnes of turkey mince they claimed was halal lamb have been found guilty of conspiracy to fraud.

Mahmudur Rohman, 46, of Rothbart Way, Peterborough and Kamal Rahman, 54, of Derby Drive, Peterborough, sold the meat to butchers and restaurants. 

The 21 month-deception was uncovered by Leicester City Council's trading standards.

Rohman and Rahman were convicted at Leicester Crown Court. They will be sentenced on 11 April.


Sod cut to mark the start of Ely's bypass

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A ceremony has taken place to mark the start of the construction of the £36m Ely bypass. 

Here are representatives from local government and the contractors - very happy about being chosen to cut the sod. 

Sod cutting ceremony
East Cambridgeshire District Council

Here they are proving that they have carried out their job, by holding the sod proudly up to the camera.

Sod cutting ceremony
East Cambridgeshire District Council

And finally, the all important group photo. 

Group photo at sod cutting ceremony
East Cambridgeshire District Council

NHS trusts record 15,000 excess deaths

The World Tonight

"Significantly high" death rates have been recorded at 19 of England's 133 NHS trusts, a BBC investigation has established .

There were 15,396 more deaths than expected at the trusts in the period between 2011 and 2016.

So how did Cambridgeshire fare?

Hospital beds
Getty Images

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was ranked 75th, and Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust came in at 53rd out of 133. 

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was fourth (with number one on the list having the fewest cases and 133 the most). 

Papworth Hospital did not feature in the figures.

Severe accident: M11 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M11 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, at J10 for A505.

M11 Cambridgeshire - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and queuing traffic on M11 northbound at J10, A505 (Duxford), because of an accident.

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

A10 crash: Road reopens

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

We've received more information about the crash on the A10 this morning by Milton. 

Police have confirmed that a man in his 50's died at the scene after the silver Citroen C4 he was in collided with a blue Nissan Micra. 

The road has just reopened. 

Witnesses are asked to call the Road Policing Unit on 101.

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'Excitement' as construction starts on Ely bypass

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

There's plenty of excitement in Ely today as work has finally started to build a bypass.

Bill Hunt, a Conservative East Cambridgeshire District councillor, says talk of the project has been going on for so long "it's like a boil being burst".

He says he can't wait for it to open as he believes it will take traffic away from local rat runs, including the A1123 between Soham and St Ives.

Artists impression of Ely bypass
Cambridgeshire County Council

But not everyone is happy. The scheme was criticised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and English Heritage, who said views of the cathedral would be harmed. 

Your pictures: Sunny day

BBC Weather Watchers

Today has been a gorgeous day weatherwise, with highs of 13C (55F) expected.

Our BBC Weather Watchers  have been inspired.

Sheep in a field
Crocus in Histon