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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 24 March 2017
  2. Huntingdon Road crash: Driver dies in hospital
  3. Waitrose store to close despite residents' rally

Live Reporting

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. Thanks for your company this week.

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

    Keep an eye on BBC Cambridgeshire over the weekend, including match reports from both Peterborough United and Cambridge United.

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, including...

    • More on a crash in Cambridge that left a man dead
    • A Waitrose store confirming it will close
    • A swan found on the A10 with a broken foot and "arthritis in his hips"
    • And much more...

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Weather: Chance of frost tonight, but sunshine tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a dry night with mainly clear skies and possibly a few fog patches. 

    There could be a touch of frost in sheltered spots, with a low of 2C (36F).

    weather

    After a chilly start, Saturday should be fine and dry with long spells of sunshine. 

    There'll be a light to moderate north-easterly wind and inland temperatures could reach about 14C (57F).

    There's more at BBC Weather .

  3. Councillor 'disappointed' at supermarket closure

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A local councillor who started a petition to save a Waitrose store from closure has been responding to news that his attempt was in vain.

    Bosses of the Huntingdon branch on St Benedict's Court confirmed this morning that the store would shut in September, stating that improvements needed on the 40-year-old store outweighed its ability to make a profit.

    Stephen Greenall, Lib Dem deputy leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, said: "It's really disappointing news, especially after over 2,700 people supported the petition.

    "I have written to Waitrose to ask if they will consider a profitable option, which will keep what is clearly a well-loved brand in the town."

    A spokesman for Waitrose said the suggestion would be passed on to senior management.

  4. Your pictures: Rivers in the sun

    BBC Weather Watchers

    You want pictures of rivers in the sunshine, I hear you say? 

    Then you shall get pictures of rivers (and a reservoir) in the sunshine!

    Luckily our BBC Weather Watchers are on the case.

    Here are some of the best taken today in the spring sunshine...

    Longthorpe
    Cambridge
    Huntingdon
    Ramsey St Mary's
    Whittlesey
    Grafham
  5. To all you mums out there

    #GetInspired

    With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, let Ironman athlete Jon Alexander tell you the story of his mum, Sue, and how she has always been his inspiration....

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    Video caption: Ironman is now his mum's biggest fan

    You can find out how to get into triathlon with our Get Inspired guide.

  6. Courage of crash train driver recognised by award

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The courage of train driver Stuart Connell on a Greater Anglia service between Cambridge and Norwich which hit a tractor has earned him the title of Abellio Employee of the Year. 

    Both train and tractor drivers were seriously hurt at the level crossing after the vehicle was given insufficient time by a signaller to cross the line, a report found .

    Crash train

    The crash happened at Roudham, near Thetford, in Norfolk, last April. Investigators said the signaller might have had a lapse in concentration. 

    At the awards ceremony, Greater Anglia managing director said: "Driver Stuart Connell is a professional through and through and understands his responsibility as a driver is to ensure the safety of his passengers. 

    "His dedication to his role really shone through and he prides himself on doing his job to the best of his ability. 

    "His professionalism and dedication to the role was further demonstrated when he returned to work at the earliest opportunity, despite his injuries preventing him from driving."

  7. A10 swan had broken foot and 'arthritis in his hips'

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    You might remember earlier this week we told you about a swan sitting beside the busy A10  near Waterbeach, startling passing motorists.

    Swan by side of A10

    Well, it turned out the poor old chap had injured himself and couldn't go anywhere, so he was just sitting and watching the traffic go by.

    Volunteers from Fenland Animal Rescue turned up to check him out and discovered he had a broken bone in his foot.

    Swan with broken foot

    "X-rays showed the swan had arthritis in his hips as well," the charity's founder Josh Flanagan told us.

    "He's quite an old boy - probably about eight years old - so we will look after him until he's better and then we will semi-retire him. 

    "He'll go to a private lake where he'll be safe and comfortable," he added.

  8. Helicopter given Red Nose Day makeover

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Also in the Comic Relief spirit is the team over at the East Anglian Air Ambulance, with helicopter Anglia One sporting a rather fetching red nose. 

    View more on twitter

    Oh, and yours are great too lads!

    BBC One coverage for Red Nose Day  kicks-off at 19:00 .

  9. Stephen Hawking searches for new voice (sort of)

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Ok, it may not be the exact story you were expecting, but if you're looking for LOLs*, then you've come to the right place.

    Today is Red Nose Day , culminating with the regular marathon show on BBC One tonight.

    But if you can't wait until then, we've got some brilliant banter*, from none other than Cambridge's Stephen Hawking.

    A warning though - as well the chance you might find yourself ROFLing*, it's also a tad rude in places...

    View more on twitter

    *Guide to comedy speak

    LOL - Laugh out loud

    Banter  - A term used to describe something funny

    ROFL - Rolling on the floor laughing

  10. Crash train driver award for putting life on line to save passengers

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A train driver who put the safety of his passengers above his own after a collision with a tractor at a level crossing has been named Employee of the Year by rail operator Abellio

    Stuart Connell was driving the Greater Anglia service from Cambridge to Norwich when the train  hit the tractor at Hockham Road near Thetford on Sunday, 10 April, 2016.

    Stuart Connell

    Travelling at 87mph, Mr Connell (pictured) saw a tractor pull out on the level crossing ahead of him and he had seconds to act. 

    Despite being in imminent danger himself, Stuart put the safety of his passengers and the tractor driver above his own, ducked down and pulled the emergency brake, before warning passengers. 

    He was named Employee of the Year at the Abellio Achievement Awards 

    Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: "Stuart demonstrated a unique ability to put others' safety before his own."

    Front of crash train
  11. HSE to work alongside police in Corrie investigation

    Police say the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be working alongside officers searching through a landfill as part of the investigation into  Corrie Mckeague's disappearance .

    Search of Milton landfill site

    A team of officers from Suffolk and Norfolk police forces are continuing work at the site at Milton near Cambridge, and they've now been through more than 845 tonnes of material in the search.  

    Det Supt Katie Elliott said: "Officers have been liaising with the HSE as part of the investigation into the circumstances around what happened to Corrie.  

    "If there is a find on the site then the HSE will have a role to play in looking into the procedures that were in place and we have been speaking with them to ensure they are aware of our investigation to date.  

    "Officers have completed thousands of hours of inquiries to find Corrie and, through the work that has been completed over the past few months, we have gathered a substantial amount of information which will inform both our own and any potential HSE investigation as we move forward."

    Follow developments in the Corrie Mckeague case here .

  12. Search team doubles in size since Corrie disappearance

    The chairman of Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue  (Sulsar) has described as "amazing" news that a planned charity concert in Corrie Mckeague's name is to raise funds for the organisation.

    Corrie's mum Nicola Urquhart announced the idea earlier this month.

    Corrie Mckeague

    Andy King, from Sulsar, said people in the county used not to know anything about what his organisation did: "Now we've got fund-raising events and concerts in aid of us, it's almost been overwhelming for the team.

    "It's also meant a huge amount to us to have [our] efforts recognised - [it's] been tremendous and not something we've ever been used to.

    "The effect it's had on the team, both in morale and numbers has just been incredible. 

    "The team is over twice the size now that it was before Corrie went missing."

  13. BreakingHuntingdon Road crash: Driver dies in hospital

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Today we've been covering a serious crash on Huntingdon Road in Cambridge that caused the road to be shut for most of the morning.

    We've now found out the driver has since died in hospital.

    Police have updated us to say the man, who was driving a blue Volkswagen Golf GTE, struck a lamp post near the junction with Thornton Road at about 03:45.

    No-one else was involved in the crash.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A14 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe accident, at J28 Bucking Way Road Cambridge Services.

    A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 in South Cambridgeshire blocked and queuing traffic eastbound at J28, Bucking (Cambridge Services), because of an accident.

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

  15. The FA People's Cup is back!

    #PeoplesCup

    It's the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup this weekend and you'll be able to keep up with all the action on our live text pages from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

    There'll be loads more cracking goals like these ones, analysed by the Football Focus team after the first round.

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    Video caption: People's Cup goals analysed by the pros
  16. Search and rescue team spend 6,000 hours looking for Corrie

    Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue  has spent more than 6,000 hours looking for RAF Honington gunner Corrie Mckeague, who disappeared six months ago , says its chairman.

    Search team

    Andy King continued: "Even while the public searches were being planned and then being undertaken, the team was still out looking at other areas based on information that came from the phone lines.

    "Every potential place that Corrie could have been, where somebody suggested, has been searched."

    The focus of the search for Mr Mckeague is now a landfill site in Cambridgeshire. 

  17. Six months since Corrie Mckeague was last seen

    It's six months since missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie Mckeague was captured on CCTV cameras in Bury St Edmunds for the final time in the early hours of Saturday, 24 September.

    He'd been on a night out with friends on the Friday, and hasn't been seen since.

    Corrie Mckeague

    Police have been searching a landfill site at Milton near Cambridge for Mr Mckeague's body for nearly three weeks, after a re-examination of information from a refuse company led them to believe he could have been taken in a waste lorry to the site.

    They say the search could take up to 10 weeks. So far they've sifted through about 800 tonnes of waste.

  18. Ely North Junction: The long wait

    There's been a long and high profile political campaign to improve the Ely North Junction. 

    It lies on one of the main arteries of the eastern region. Trains from Norwich, King's Lynn, Peterborough, Ipswich and Cambridge all converge on the station along with freight services connecting Felixstowe to the Midlands.

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    Campaigners say that if it were improved it would be possible to run longer and more frequent services.

    But the promised work, which had been due to start this year, was indefinitely delayed after Network Rail realised it had over-committed on projects and run out of money. 

    With its new budget not starting until 2019, no preparatory work could start until then.

    The fact that the private sector has stumped up the cash for a feasibilty study shows how much this project means to the region's business community.

    There is still no start date despite today's announcement and there won't be one for some time.

    But you get a sense that things are at last slowly moving forwards.

  19. Rail junction project finally moves forward

    MPs, business leaders and rail operators were at Ely railway station this morning to celebrate a small, but potentially significant, step forward in the long campaign to improve the Ely North Junction. 

    The main business organisations for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire (including the Greater Cambridge/Greater Peterborough LEP and the New Anglia LEP ) along with rail freight operators, have put up a total of £8.8m to fund a technical and feasibility study. 

    Their hope is that the privately-funded initiative will speed up the project and make it more likely to go ahead when Network Rail draws up its new budget for 2019. 

    MPs and business leaders at Ely