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  1. Updates on Friday, 23 June 2017
  2. Peterborough-based Hotpoint issue fridge freezer notice after Grenfell fire
  3. Women accosted on guided busway path
  4. Work to repair sinkhole still ongoing
  5. MP raises Peterborough gridlock in Commons

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By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's the end of our live updates for Cambridgeshire.

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

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Evening forecast: Overcast night

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be a rather cloudy night with an odd spot of rain and moderate west to south westerly winds. It’ll be mild with temperatures falling to around 15C (59F).

    Weather forecast

    Saturday will remain rather cloudy, with some very patchy light rain in the morning. A few bright or sunny spells should eventually develop and there may be a few afternoon showers too.

    There’ll be a mainly moderate south-westerly wind and highs around 23C (73F).

  3. Mayor salary to be more than MP

    It's been recommended that the salary for the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is set at £75,000.

    An MP's base salary is just under that, at £74,900.

    The amount needs to be approved by the combined authority next week.

    Conservative James Palmer says he appreciates it's a lot of money, but will "prove he is worth it over the next four years".

  4. Former police station bought by Whittlesey council

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A deal to allow Whittlesey Town Council to buy a former police station in the town has been approved.

    The building was vacated by the police in August 2016 as part of a restructure, with officers relocated to March.

    Former Whittlesey police station

    In a sale supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Jason Ablewhite, the redundant building will be retained as a town and community asset.

    The decision to approve the sale of the freehold interest to the council was approved yesterday at the commissioner’s strategic board.

    Mr Ablewhite said it was "important that the building was retained... following the decision that it was not required as part of the operational police estate.

    "Therefore it seemed only natural to progress conversations with Whittlesey Town Council."

    Ralph Butcher, Mayor of Whittlesey, added: "As soon as the Whittlesey Town Council knew the police station was going to be closed we discussed the possibility of purchasing the property.

    "This giving Whittlesey Town Council an asset, right in the centre of the town, easily accessible to residents and in the long run will be more financially beneficial to our ratepayers."

  5. Money raised to help restore fire-damaged MG

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Friends of a Cambridgeshire man have raised nearly £800 towards the restoration of his late father's classic car after it was almost totally destroyed in an arson attack last week.

    Burnt out MG

    Thieves tried to steal Charles Thomson's 1964 MG from a garage in Cambridge, but they couldn't start the engine, so set fire to it instead, police said.

    The car also has additional sentimental value, as Mr Thomson and his wife used it as their wedding car.

  6. Memorial to be built for tiger attack victim Rosa King

    An appeal to build a memorial at Hamerton Zoo Park for keeper Rosa King has reached its target.

    The 33-year-old died last month when she was attacked by one of the tigers.

    Rosa King

    An online appeal has reached its £1,800 target. Any surplus donations will go to the Cheetah Conservation Foundation, organisers say.

    Details of the memorial have not been announced.

    The zoo reopened last week following a safety inspection.

  7. Hotpoint fridge freezer notice after Grenfell fire

    Peterborough-based Hotpoint has issued a "product notice" about some of its fridge freezers after police confirmed the fire which destroyed Grenfell Tower in London started in one of its models.

    Product notice from Hotpoint

    Seventy-nine people are feared dead after the blaze destroyed 151 homes in the Kensington tower block on 14 June.

    The government has ordered immediate testing of the Hotpoint fridge freezer that was involved.

    Grenfell Tower

    Hotpoint, which has its headquarters in Peterborough, is urging anyone who has a white Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP or graphite fridge freezer model number FF175BG to register their appliance with the manufacturer to receive any updates.

    "We have been made aware of a possible incident involving a Hotpoint branded fridge freezer, manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009, model numbers FF175BP (white) and FF175BG (graphite)," the company says on its website.

    If you've got one, you can get further details by clicking here.

  8. Women accosted on guided busway path

    Two women were accosted by a man who jumped out of bushes as they walked along the guided busway path near Cambridge.

    Police said the women, in their 20s and 30s, were walking along the stretch between King's Hedges and Impington at about 22:35 last night.

    The man attempted to grab hold of them both before making threats to harm them. They managed to break free and run home.

    The man is described as black, aged 30-40 and approximately 5ft 10in (1.8m) tall. He had a short beard and was wearing dark trousers and a dark hoodie.

    Police have asked anyone with information, or who saw the incident, to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

  9. Your pictures: Grey skies in the county

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Well we're certainly not seeing the same summer weather we've been experiencing over the past few days.

    However, that doesn't stop our BBC Weather Watchers from getting out and about, capturing the sights from around the county...

  10. Video content

    Video caption: Dashcam captures drink-drive crash in Mepal

    A drink-driver has been jailed after causing a fatal five-vehicle crash.

  11. 'Corpse flower' named by online poll

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    The Twitter poll to name the titan arum at the botanic garden in Cambridge has ended.

    The flower is set to bloom some time in the next seven days.

    View more on twitter

    And the winner is... Titus!

    The plant is one of two based at the garden and only flowers every few years.

    It's said to produce the "stench of rotting flesh" when it blooms.

    The second plant flowered back in 2015, attracting thousands of visitors.

  12. Work to repair sinkhole still ongoing

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    There's still a lane closure in place on Newmarket Road in Cambridge, as Anglia Water continues to fix a sinkhole that appeared earlier in the week.


    We're expecting an update on the progress of the repair soon.

    Traffic is diverting on to the bus lane as a result of the closure.

  13. Funding deal expected for new university

    Funding of £6.5m is expected to be agreed next week to accelerate plans for a new University of Peterborough.

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's new metro mayor James Palmer has allocated the funding as a priority, since being elected last month.

    The project aims to transform the University Centre Peterborough, which is currently under the umbrella of Anglia Ruskin University, into a fully-fledged University of Peterborough.

    The funding will be used over the next three years to increase student numbers from 800 to 3,000, and expanding the curriculum on offer.

    Mr Palmer said the university was "about opportunity".

    James Palmer

    "If there's people living in Peterborough and in the surrounding area that want to go university and they're not getting the chance at the moment, I know it's doing a good job," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    "We know that where a city has a university, it brings up the economy of the city. It's more than just education, it's what the university brings to a city.

    "We've been given £600m from the government so we can raise money from that, as well as from elsewhere.

    "I'm committed to this university. I think it's very important."

  14. MP raises Peterborough gridlock in Commons

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    The woes of Peterborough drivers earlier this week were raised in Parliament yesterday by the MP for North West Cambridgeshire.

    Roadworks which shut the entry slip road on to the A1 at junction 17 caused gridlock around the city, with drivers using other routes as diversions - causing further delays.

    Shailesh Vara told the Commons that it was "down to a decision by Highways England".

    Shailesh Vara

    "That decision was taken by Highways England without any consultation to local stakeholders, with inadequate notice to motorists and with ill regard for a diverted route," he said.

    Mr Vara called on the transport secretary to ensure the agency acted "in the best interests of the community rather than unilaterally".

  15. Weather: Cloudy and cool but remaining mostly dry

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Dry, cloudy and breezy with a few sunny spells possible throughout the day.

    It's going to feel cooler and fresher than in recent days.

    Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F)

    More details from BBC Weather.

  16. Good morning

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 23 June.

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

    First up, a full weather forecast for the day.


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  17. Our live coverage for the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for today's live updates. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow.

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

    Any breaking news from around the county will appear here overnight.

    Have a great evening.