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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 26 May 2017
  2. 'Sadistic' child abuser convicted
  3. Cambridge University hires Lego professor
  4. 'Armed officers' expected to patrol air show
  5. Injunction to stop punt touts

Live Reporting

By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage for the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for our live coverage for today and indeed this week. Thanks for your company.

    As it's a Bank Holiday weekend, we'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00.

    Until then, scroll down thorugh today's page for anything you may have missed.

    Have a great (hopefully sunny) weekend and see you next week.

  2. Weekend weather: Hot and humid

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    It's set to be a beautiful evening across the BBC East region, with fine and dry weather and clear skies, though it could feel muggy overnight. Some sea mist and fog may move in along the Norfolk coast for a few hours.

    Weather map

    Tomorrow is going to be another dry and sunny one, feeling hot and humid. Cloud will increase from the west and bring the risk of a few isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms during the afternoon, although many places will remain completely dry.

    Moderate southeasterly winds, becoming light southwesterly by the end of the day.

    Highs of 28C (82F).

  3. Mosque collection after terror attack

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    The region's biggest mosque is fundraising today for families of the victims of Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

    People praying

    The Faizan e Madina Mosque on Gladstone Street in Peterborough is expecting more than 2,000 people to attend prayers and to make a donation.

    Abdul Choudhuri, chair of the mosque, says that "the hope is a fair bit of money will be collected to give to those people".

    Collection outside mosque

    "We want to show solidarity to the families who have lost loved ones," he said.

    "We are very hurt that these people [the terrorists] are calling themselves Muslim.

    "Islam is a religion of peace. They are not Muslim."

  4. Drink driver who killed pedestrian is jailed

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A drink driver who killed a pedestrian in Wisbech has been jailed for more than six years.

    Michael Johnson (pictured), 51, was driving a Rover 75 when he hit 49-year-old Arturas Matuzevicius in Kirkgate Street on 21 March.

    Michael Johnson

    Mr Matuzevicius of Lilac Close in Wisbech, died at the scene.

    Johnson, of Waterlees Road in the town, was nearly four times over the drink-drive limit.

    Yesterday, Johnson pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst over the prescribed limit and causing death by driving whilst unlicensed at Huntingdon Crown Court.

    He was sentenced to six years and six months in prison and disqualified from driving for 13 years and three months.

    PC Peter Bimson said: "Johnson decided to make that journey knowing he was unlicensed and in excess of the drink-drive limited.

    "He showed a complete lack of regard for his safety and that of other innocent people. Tragically that decision led to the death of Mr Matuzevicius."

  5. Video: 'My carelessness killed my dogs'

    A man whose three dogs "slowly cooked" to death in a hot car has spoken about the devastating impact his actions have had.

    Jonathan Theobald, 66, left his dogs Daisy, Rascal and Mitch in the car for more than four hours on 16 June 2016 while he went to a gym.

    Almost a year later, speaking about what happened that day reduced him to tears.

    Video content

    Video caption: Peterborough hot car dog death owner speaks about his 'carelessness'

    "My carelessness killed them," he said in a video released by the RSPCA for its campaign "Dogs die in hot cars".

    "I got it badly wrong," he said, recalling the day temperatures reached 16-19C (61-66F) with high humidity levels.

    The RSPCA said that day was overcast, and would not have seemed particularly hot, but it would have been far hotter inside the vehicle.

    An RSPCA spokesman said: "[They] would have overheated, they would have had fits. They may have slowly cooked, essentially."

    In September 2016, Theobold admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his three dogs and was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

    He was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

    Theobald has taken full responsibility for what happened, but said without his dogs "the house feels painfully empty".

  6. 'Sadistic' child abuser convicted

    A "sadistic" man who repeatedly abused a six-year-old girl, making her stand naked in front of a window and subjecting her to "water boarding", has been convicted of child cruelty.

    Garth Gatland, 39, of Austin Drive, Cambridge, also abused a boy, 15, making him hide drugs for him over a two-year period between 2014 and 2016.

    Gatland denied two counts of child cruelty, but was found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday.

    He will be sentenced at a later date.

    Cambridge Crown Court

    His co-defendant Marie Maltby, 32, also of Austin Drive was found not guilty of two counts of child cruelty.

    A forensic scientist found traces of cocaine in the girl's hair, suggesting she had either "ingested cocaine or been exposed to it", Cambridgeshire Police said.

    Over the course of two years the girl was repeatedly hit with implements including a wooden spoon, made to stand in "stress positions" and regularly tipped out of her bed while she was sleeping, police added.

    Gatland would make her run for up to four-and-a-half hours barefoot on a treadmill so she would sleep at bedtime, officers said.

    The girl was covered with bruises and burns to her back, legs, feet and neck when the abuse was uncovered in October, after an acquaintance of Gatland reported it to police.

    "Gatland subjected his victims to a catalogue of sadistic abuse," Det Con Chris Down said.

  7. Injunction to stop punt touts

    A Cambridge councillor says creating a new law, to ban punt operators from using a certain site in the city is necessary.

    John Hipkin, an independent, says operators are a nuisance.

    Cambridge City Council is to apply for an injunction from the High Court, banning punt firms from using Garrett Hostel Lane.

    Garrett Hostel Lane

    The council says its land "is being used without authority or permission by unlicensed punt businesses."

    "We're not going to put them in prison," said Mr Hipkin.

    "We're going to seek an injunction and if they offend against that injunction, they will face the full force of the law."

    Operators using the site declined to comment to the BBC.

  8. Keep cool in the big top...

    BBC Weather Watchers

    "The circus is in town lol" said one of our BBC Weather Watchers called Secretsunbather.

    There was a clear blue sky when this picture was taken about 06:45, and the temperature in the Fenland town is due to peak at 25C (77F) according to BBC Weather.

    Circus in Whittlesey
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1307 Cambridgeshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1307 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, around Brooklands Avenue.

    A1307 Cambridgeshire - Slow traffic on A1307 Hills Road in Cambridge around the Brooklands Avenue junction, because of an accident earlier on.

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

  10. Collision between cyclist and lorry

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Four road closures are in place in Cambridge at the moment due to a serious incident.

    Police say they attended a collision between a lorry and a car at the junction of Brooklands Avenue and Hills Road around 09:30.

    The cyclists' injuries are thought to be "serious, but not life threatening", say police.

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  11. Racing: Big Orange lays down Gold Cup marker

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk sport

    Newmarket-trained Big Orange has to be a serious contender for next month's Ascot Gold Cup after a hugely impressive win at Sandown yesterday.

    Big Orange

    With Frankie Dettori onboard the pair totally dominated the field in the Henry II Stakes.

    "He's a hard horse to ride against if you take him on too soon," said trainer Michael Bell.

    "He's such a good horse, if jockeys come and join him five furlongs out they've almost got to hope to play their hand late. He's a high-class stayer."

  12. 'Armed officers' expected to patrol air show

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    The 20,000 people heading to Duxford air show this weekend should expect an increased number of police officers at the event, including armed officers, organisers say.

    In light of the bomb attack in Manchester on Monday night, police are warning it may take longer to gain access to the event.

    The Assistant Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, Dan Vajzovic, who is also in charge of policing airshows nationally, says armed patrols "have been stepped up".

    Duxford from above

    "We have increased the number of officers at Duxford and there may be armed officers on patrol at large events across the county," he said.

    "I wouldn't be at all surprised if there were armed police at the air show, on high visibility patrol.

    "I'm very content that the air show will pass off safely."

    The festival at Imperial War Museum Duxford takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with increased traffic expected around Junction 10 of the M11.

  13. Weather: Hot and dry

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Another hot one due across Cambridgeshire, feeling very dry and very warm with long periods of sunshine.

    More breeze than Thursday.

    Highs of 24C (75F).

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    Video caption: The 100 day countdown to the Tour of Britain begins

    The Tour of Britain begins in 100 days, with some of the world's top cyclists due to visit the county on stage six of the event.

  15. Tour of Britain starts in 100 days

    The start of the Tour of Britain, which will visit the county for one of the early stages, is just 100 days away.

    Students at Kesgrave High School

    Stage six, on Friday 8 September, will see some of the world's top cyclists racing between Newmarket and Aldeburgh.

    Sarah Shinnie, sports development officer at Suffolk Coastal council, says they're seeing a lot of support from communities along the route: "We've got Wickham Market, who are coming up with some fantastic ideas to engage not only the primary schools but the local communities, the local shops, including cycle shops.

    "In Framlingham we've got some harebrained ideas as to what we want to do round the castle. It's going to be going right past that so we're really excited.

    "And then in Aldeburgh itself it's welcoming back the tour. It's had the women's Tour before, and now it's getting the men's Tour, so it's really upping its game."

  16. Meet Professor Lego...

    He's happy as Larry to be the brand new face of those beloved plastic building blocks.

    View more on twitter

    Professor Paul Ramchandani has been appointed Cambridge University's first "Lego professor of play".

    Will it be all fun and games for him?

    Read more about the role in a full BBC feature.

    He's getting £84,000 to research the role of play and mental development, among other things.

    The post is funded by the Lego Foundation.