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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 31 March 2017
  2. Cambridgeshire MP calls for Longthorpe church heritage to be 'protected'
  3. Cambridge prepares for battle in the 2017 Boat Races

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By Adam Jinkerson

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Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That wraps up our live coverage for today and for the week.

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

Stay tuned to the BBC Cambridgeshire website over the weekend for breaking news and match reports, with both Cambridge United and Peterborough United in action.

Have a great weekend.

A dry night, with sunshine and showers tomorrow

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Tonight will be mostly dry across the BBC East region, with clear spells as temperatures drop to 7C (45F).

It's a mixed bag of weather for Saturday. There'll be sunny spells and the first of those April showers, some heavy with hail and thunder.

Temperatures could reach 15C (59F).

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

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Cambridge women prepare for Boat Race battle

Sue Dougan

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Meanwhile, Cambridge's women are preparing for a tough battle in this Sunday's Boat Race as they look to overturn the misfortune of 2016 when their boat nearly sank.

The drama at Barnes Bridge in windy conditions led to Oxford winning the 71st women's race comfortably. 

One of Cambridge's crew, Claire Lambe, made the final of the lightweight double sculls at Rio 2016.

"The events themselves are on very different scales," she said.

Boat Races: Cambridge women prepare for battle

"The history, prestige, sponsorship and media coverage of the Boat Race is massive and feels like it's on a bigger scale than the Olympics.

"Before the hooter you're full of adrenaline and ready to give everything."

Cambridge's women have only won twice in 10 years, but still lead overall by 41 wins to Oxford's 30.    

The Boat Races: William Warr set to face ex-Cambridge team-mates

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There are supposed to be only two options. In or out. Cambridge or Oxford. You can't be both.

In the long history of one of sport's most enduring rivalries, just two men had crossed the line.

You can now make that three.

When the 163rd Boat Race gets under way on the River Thames on Sunday, William Warr will be going up against his old Cambridge team-mates, rowing for Oxford.

William Warr and Ben Ruble
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Warr (left) was part of the Cambridge team that lost the 2015 race to Oxford, alongside Ben Ruble (right)

"It hasn't been easy. It was a decision I had to make, but guys I was really close with now barely speak to me any more," he told BBC Sport.

"Some have said they really hope I lose, that they completely disagree with what I'm doing, which I understand. It is a very strong bond.

"But life does go on. You need to think about your career - we are students, sometimes people forget that - and the research I am doing can help save lives, so to not go and do that because of some old rivalry would be selfish."

You can read more on this story here.

Shopping centre boss moves down the road

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

There's been an interesting transfer in the retail industry in Cambridge.

The manager of the Grand Arcade has left to become the new boss of the Grafton Centre.

The Grafton is currently in the middle of an multimillion-pound renovation, which is due to be completed next year.

Artists impression of Grand Arcade revamp
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John O'Shea said the shopping centre "won't be going head-to-head" with the Grand Arcade.

"The Grafton Centre will be a shopping centre for local people," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"£18.5m is exactly the right amount of money to be spending.

"You have to have a combinations of retail, you have to have restaurants and you have to have a leisure offer."

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Cambridge amateur photographer wins selfie prize

An amateur photographer from Cambridge has won Saatchi Gallery's selfie competition with her photo "The Substitute (holiday)".

The Substitute (holiday)
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Dawn Woolley's winning image was selected from over 14,000 entries by judges including artist Tracey Emin.

However, one thing that viewers may notice is that Ms Woolley does not appear in the photo - instead a cardboard cut-out of her does.

The Cambridge artist described her entry as an untraditional self-portrait. 

Her picture beat nine others in the contest.

Woolley said: "Primarily my artwork is self-portraiture, but not in the traditional sense.

"By creating artwork that establishes me as an object, it could be argued that I produce photographs that reinforce stereotypical images of the female body, but with apparent exhibitionism I create a substitute that renders my real body invisible."

The image, which shows a man holding her two-dimensional self as they lie on a lawn, is part of a series of pictures she has taken across Europe, including Cardiff, London, Malta and Paris, since 2008.

The finished collection will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London today, featuring all 14,000 entries to the competition.

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Lunchtime weather: Sunny with some showers

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After a bright start a band of cloud and patchy rain will move east.

Becoming brighter this afternoon with some sunny intervals but also one or two showers.

Temperatures a little down on those of Thursday.

Highs of 16C (61F)

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Church changes 'necessary' says diocese

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Earlier we brought you news that Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson criticised plans to modernise a church in the region.

St Botolph's church in Longthorpe is looking to bring in a new altar and pulpit and remove the pews.

Mr Jackson told the Commons the "architectural heritage" of the 700-year-old church was at stake.   

St Botolph's Church
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Reacting to Mr Jackson's comments, a spokesperson for the Diocese of Peterborough said: "Space is tight in the church building and difficulties arise at weddings, funerals and in normal Sunday worship. 

"The current proposals for the internal reordering of the worship space have been the subject of painstaking consultations, and the proposals have been amended in the light of feedback from the heritage community. 

"The proposed changes are necessary in order to improve access, enhance worship and to provide new opportunities for mission."

Brian Green, church warden at St Botolph, said: "The whole idea was to make it accessible for the wheelchair user, and to make the space more friendly and useful as well."

Boat Races: A potted history

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

As we've been mentioning, Cambridge and Oxford go head-to-head in the 163rd men's and 72nd women's annual Boat Races on Sunday.

Cambridge's men will be looking to build on their win last year, while the women's team will be hoping for better fortune after their boat almost sank.

Here's some of the most memorable moments in its history.

1829:  After Cambridge challenged Oxford to a race, the event was born. The first race took place at Henley-on-Thames on 10 June 1829 in front of a relatively impressive crowd of 20,000.

Oxford sealed a comfortable victory, which the official record says came by 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

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First ever boat race in 1829

1877: This year saw the race's one and only tie amid much controversy.

Among broken oars and high waves, Oxford believed they had been victorious, only for the race to be declared a dead heat.

The race sparked the introduction of finishing posts and the selection of a former 'Blue' as an umpire.

Boat race in 1877 sees dead heat
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Race in 1877 sees dead heat

1987 : An Oxford men's team, largely made up of reserves, beat Cambridge in a year when several American members of the squad quit after coach Dan Topolski replaced their fellow American Chris Clark.

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Oxford celebrate race win in 1987

2012:  The 2012 race saw what is deemed as probably the most controversial moment in its history.

The race was stopped halfway through when protester Trenton Oldfield swam in front of the boats. 

Cambridge went on to win the re-run by four and a quarter lengths.  

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Protester in the water of the men's race

2015:  This was the year the women's race took place on the same day as the men's, in what was seen as a long-overdue triumph for gender equality.

The first women's race took place in 1927, but it did not become an annual event until 1964.

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Oxford women celebrate winning in 2015

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Church heritage 'should be protected'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The MP for Peterborough has criticised plans to modernise a 700-year-old Cambridgeshire church.

The programme at St Botolph's in Longthorpe will see a new altar and pulpit and the removal of all the pews.

Mr Jackson, Conservative, said the church's heritage should be protected.

St Botolph's in Longthorp
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"The chancellor of the diocese of Peterborough have given the green light to ripping out the interior of the Grade I-listed, 13th Century St Botolph's church in Longthorpe, Peterborough," said Mr Jackson.

"Is it any wonder that the Church of England is losing the support of its parishioners when it so grievously fails to protect its own architectural heritage?"

Mr Lidington, the leader of the House of Commons, replied saying: "There is sometimes a difficult balance to be struck between what a congregation wants to meet the needs of worship and the historic fabric of a church."

We've contacted the Diocese of Peterborough for comment.

The Cambridge rower who battled pneumonia to race again

BBC Sport

Cambridge and Oxford will once again take to the Thames this weekend for the 2017 Boat Races.

But for one Cambridge rower, last year didn't turn out as expected.

Ashton Brown ended up with pneumonia last year after her team's boat nearly sank.

Here she talks about her battle to get fit for this year's clash...

Cambridge rower Ashton Brown battled pneumonia to race again

You can watch the Boat Races live on Sunday from 16:00 on BBC One.

Weather: Mostly bright and just the outside chance of a shower

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It will be a very mild start to the day, with any early brightness soon clouding over.

Through the afternoon the cloud will break up to reveal some good spells of sunshine and just the outside chance of a shower.

It will be a little less warm than yesterday, but temperatures could still reach 17C (63F).

Here's my full forecast...

You can find more details on the BBC Weather website .

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 31 March.

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

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This BBC Weather Watcher seems to think so...

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