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Summary

  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

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage for the week

    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.

  2. 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 .

  3. 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...

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    Video caption: 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 .

  4. Broken legs scupper flight plans

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Can you spot this feathered friend among the leaves?

    Injured woodcock

    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.

  5. 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."

  6. 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

    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.

  7. 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

    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. 

  8. 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
  9. 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."

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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."

  13. '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

    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

    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".

  14. 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

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

    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."

  18. 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.