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  1. Updates on Friday, 11 August 2017
  2. Police car rammed as illegal hare coursing starts early this year
  3. Grabarz leaps into high jump final at World Champs
  4. New mayoral authority looks at wage bill
  5. University Challenge star 'flattered' by romantic proposals
  6. Giant Lego animals seen in Great Ouse washes

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By Alex Pope

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That's it from the Local Live team for this week, so goodbye and enjoy the weekend whatever the weather brings us.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

Weather: Dry night ahead

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

The weather for this evening and tonight will be mainly dry at first across the BBC East region, but cloud thickening from the west will bring the chance of some patchy light rain.

There will be light to moderate southwesterly winds, which will turn more westerly later.

The temperature will dip to 13-15C (upper 50sF).

Weather map

Tomorrow it will mainly dry with a mixture of sunny spells and patchy cloud, but thicker cloud could bring one or two isolated showers, mainly across Norfolk.

Highs around 20-22C (near 70F).

Combined authority wages bill to be reviewed

Waseem Mirza

BBC Look East

The wage bill paid to staff of the new Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority could be reassessed.

Five councillors on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee want the £1.8m annual wage bill to be reviewed and want to provide residents with the "best value for money".

Their signatures were sufficient to "call-in" the controversial decision, as they are worried the wage bill is nearly 25% higher than what was originally budgeted for.

James Palmer, the Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, says they are "committed to being a lean authority and will still be in comparison to other combined authorities".

He claims for every £1 the authority costs, the county will give £30 back in investment.

University Challenge star turns down romantic proposals

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A University Challenge contestant from a Cambridge college has revealed how he received a "flood" of romantic proposals following the BBC TV show.

Bobby Seagull shot to fame earlier this year after taking Emmanuel College to the semi-finals.

He says after the show "a lot of people tried to message me through Facebook and Twitter and it was very flattering... they said I was really positive and they loved my personality.

"But I am always juggling lots of different things at the same time, so I think I would be a terrible boyfriend.

"For now I am a bit too busy to be a good dater, but maybe when everything dies down I will have time to date again."

Bobby Seagull

Seagull, and his University Challenge rival Eric Monkman have their own BBC Radio 4 programme coming up...

Monkman And Seagull's Polymathic Adventure will be broadcast 20:30-21:00 on Monday, 21 August.

Video: The moment Grabarz jumped to success

BBC Sport

This is the moment that St Neots' Robbie Grabarz made it into the men's high jump final at the World Athletics Championships.

GB's Grabarz clears 2.31m to make final

He admitted he got a bit carried away with the support of the home crowd at the London Stadium.

"Dealing with that crowd - it's going to be bigger, it's going to be more exciting in the final and I was too excited and ran too fast at the beginning, didn't control it enough and nearly made a total mess of it," he said.

"To come out there in front of a crowd just screaming my name is so exciting, and it really doesn't happen that often.

"I've just got to keep calm and jump higher in the final."

Follow the championships with BBC Sport.

Giant Lego animal invasion alert!

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Enormous birds and animals have invaded a nature reserve on the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk border.

Lego frog
WWT Welney

But don't panic... they're made of Lego and are currently touring all Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust reserves in the UK.

At the moment they're at Welney in The Fens and they're staying there until 3 September.

As well as this massive 1.5m (5ft) frog, there's a Bewick's swan, an emperor dragonfly, a kingfisher, an otter and more.

Lego otter
WWT Welney

Watch this timelapse video below to see how they were made or pop along to Welney and see them in the flesh, so to speak.

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Robbie Grabarz jumps into World Athletics final

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

There's good news for St Neots athlete Robbie Grabarz.

He's cleared 2.31m to get through men's high jump qualifying at the World Athletics Championships in London, on his third attempt.

The 29-year-old will now take part in the final on Sunday from 19:00.

Robbie Grabarz
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Pitch perfect start to the season

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Final preparations are being made for Cambridge United's first home game of the season.

They've got two away games under their belt and Carlisle United are the first visitors to the Cambs Glass Stadium tomorrow for a 15:00 kick-off.

Shaun Derry’s men will be looking to pick up their first three points of the season.

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Robbie Grabarz prepares to jump for glory

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The London 2012 bronze medallist - Robbie Grabarz of St Neots - is about to start his campaign for a medal at the World Athletics Championships this morning.

Qualifying for the high jump starts about now.

He's hoping for a medal, but Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim is the man to watch having won four Diamond League competitions this year.

Robbie Grabarz
Getty Images

Weather brings forward illegal hare coursing 'season'

Josef Hall

BBC Look East

Illegal hare coursing has already begun in the county and and it's all down to the weather according to Cambridgeshire Police.

Hare in a field of harvested field of rapeseed
Getty Images

Hare coursing involves hares being chased by dogs and bets are also placed on the outcome. It was banned in 2004.

Cropped fields are often the land of choice for the coursers because crops stop the dogs from running.

This year's early harvest has seen the coursing "season" increase from the usual six months (October to March) to 10 months, with a July start.

The coursers themselves are employing more desperate tactics than ever, the force has said.

Ch Insp James Sutherland said: "The coursers are becoming more and more determined with their methods - more violent.

"Just yesterday one of our Rural Crime Team vehicles was rammed whilst out."

Video weather forecast: Mainly dry, but cloudy

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Sunshine this morning will give way to cloud and rain this evening across the BBC East region.

The weekend will be cloudy, but dry with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F).

A1 glass clear-up: All lanes re-opened

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we told you about a clean-up operation on the southbound carriageway of the A1 at Water Newton near Peterborough after a car transporter left glass on the road.

The good news is that all lanes re-opened at about 20:30 on Thursday.

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Today's weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

It's due to be dry and sunny for most of the day, but there's a chance of it becoming cloudier later this afternoon with some patchy rain coming in from the west.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

For a full forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Sunrise at Felixtstowe
Wesley Stankiewicz

Welcome back to live updates

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to Local Live - we'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for your area.

Today is due to be mostly dry and sunny for most of the day but a regional weather forecast will be with you shortly.

Get in touch with us at any time using the Get Involved button at the top of the page.

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That's it for our live updates today, thank you for your company.

Scroll down to catch up on the stories we've been covering.

We'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow.

Meanwhile, any breaking news will still appear here overnight.

Have a great evening.

Video: Sweeping operation on the A1 near Peterborough

The police have now posted footage of the team trying to clear glass off the A1 on the southbound carriageway at Water Newton near Peterborough:

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Weather: Dry overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry this evening - any cloud in the BBC East region will thin and break to bring clear spells and some chilly temperatures overnight as it dips to 8C (46F) in light westerly or south westerly winds.

There will be a chilly start to Friday, with sunny spells and highs of 22C (72F).

BBC East weather map

It will gradually turn cloudier during the afternoon with patchy rain by the evening, spreading across the region overnight in light to moderate south westerly winds.

For a more detailed forecast of where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Watch 'phenomenal' Edwards run out Luff

BBC Sport

Watch Southern Vipers captain and Pidley's very own Charlotte Edwards' superb run-out of Western Storm's Sophie Luff during their victory in the opening T20 Women's Super League match at Southampton.

Glass closes lanes on A1

There are heavy delays on the A1 near Peterborough this afternoon.

One lane of the road between the A47 and A605 (Oundle Road) remains closed after a car transporter left glass on the road.

There are delays of an hour and a half.

The BCH Road Policing team has been clearing it up and commented on Twitter that they "just need a better road sweeper than us!!!"

BCH Road Policing

Contract agreed for A605 King's Dyke crossing

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The construction contract to build a new crossing on the A605 at King's Dyke between Whittlesey and Peterborough has been agreed today.

Cambridgeshire County Council won't divulge which company has been given the work, but says "we will be letting residents know further details when we have reached a point of signing contracts and are able to comment publicly".

Map of new work
Cambridgeshire County Council

The new road will be 1.1km (0.68miles)-long, over the railway line via a 32m (105ft)-long bridge with a separate cycle and footpath.

The current A605 carries over 12,000 vehicles a day, and is closed at the level crossing between eight and 25 minutes every hour due to trains.

Peterborough dinosaur named after Motorhead's Lemmy

A ferocious, sea-going crocodile, discovered fossilised in Peterborough in 1909, has been named after the late lead singer of Motorhead.

Like the hell-raising rock star Lemmy, the 19ft (5.8m)-long beast, now called Lemmysuchus (meaning Lemmy's crocodile), was no shrinking violet.

The species, believed to be present around Britain about 145 million years ago, needed to be renamed after University of Edinburgh scientists realised it had been wrongly classified.


The Motorhead frontman, who first found fame as bassist/singer with Hawkwind, died at the end of 2015.

Lorna Steel, Natural History Museum curator, said: "As a long-standing Motorhead fan I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to immortalise the rock star in this way.

"Although Lemmy passed away at the end of 2015, we'd like to think that he would have raised a glass to Lemmysuchus, one of the nastiest sea creatures to have ever inhabited the Earth."

He did, after all, write a song called Love Me Like A Reptile....

Bradley Carter death: Trial starts

The trial's begun of a Wisbech man charged with murdering another man in the Fenland town on Valentine's Day.

Mitchell Bird, 29, of Cox Close, Wisbech, is alleged to have assaulted 35-year-old Bradley Carter on 14 Februrary with a hammer and blows to the body.

Mr Carter (pictured) died five days later in hospital.

Mr Bird denies the charge - the trial is expected to last for two weeks.

Bradley Carter
Cambridgeshire Police

Severe accident: A1 Cambridgeshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Cambridgeshire southbound severe accident, between A47 and A605 Oundle Road Alwalton.

A1 Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on A1 Great North Road southbound between the A47 junction in City Of Peterborough and Alwalton in Chesterton, because of an accident involving car transporter and lorry and glass on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Arson attack on Peterborough house

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A house has been deliberately set on fire in Peterborough this morning.

Fire crews attended the fire on the ground floor of the house, on Central Avenue in Dogsthorpe, at about 02:40.

Crews form Dogsthorpe and Stanground attended.

It's not known if anyone was in the house at the time.

Farmers in the pink

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Farmers are being encouraged to paint their batteries pink and mark them with a postcode, after a number of recent thefts.

Cambridgeshire Police said more than 100 batteries were stolen between March and May from machinery, irrigation pumps and scrapyards.

Pink battery
Cambridgeshire Police

It's thought the thieves then sell them on for their lead content.

The bright colouring, makes them easier to track down and aims to try to stop criminals stealing them in the first place.

Dramatic images of Peterborough van blaze captured

Helen Burchell

BBC News

When you just happen to be passing with your camera...

Photographer Terry Harris spotted this van blaze on Wednesday night... not that it was hard to spot as it's pretty fierce.

Van fire in Peterborough
Terry Harris

The van went up in flames on Coneygree Road in the Stanground area of Peterborough at about 23:20.

Officers from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service had to wear breathing apparatus to extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire was accidental, a spokesman said.

Van fire in Peterborough
Terry Harris

'Foreign objects' found flushed down the loo

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

There can't be much worse than dropping your phone down the toilet, but it seems like swimming goggles and a toy dinosaur could come close!

These are just some of the interesting items that are found by Anglian Water at its Water Recycling Centre in Cambridge, which have been quite literally flushed away.

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Three years ago, we wrote a story about the £7m bill Anglian Water said it had for clearing out foreign objects and illustrated it with some pictures from its Lowestoft treatment works:

Waste at Lowestoft sewage treatment works
Anglian Water

Petition to save Rhubarb bridge gathers pace

A petition to save a foot and cycle bridge in Peterborough has reached 1,300 signatures in 12 hours.

Rhubarb bridge

Rhubarb Bridge straddles the A47 junction with Bourges Boulevard, but could be removed for ground-level crossings under a £5m redevelopment.

The council says that would improve access for people with disabilities.

Campaigners admit the bridge looks "tired", but argue that a like-for-like replacement should be built.

The petition is on the website.

Community transport under threat in the county

The future of community transport in Cambridgeshire looks uncertain following a ruling by the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency.

Community transport provides a lifeline to people living in rural parts of the county and, until now, many community transport organisations have been operating under special arrangements.

These are established as so-called "non-commercial" transport operations, but causes friction with taxi drivers because they are regulated to a different standard.

The Driver Vehicle Standards Agency has now ruled that if those community drivers are carrying out commercial-type contracts won from a local authority in competition with other providers, the drivers need a higher standard which could mean current contracts being withdrawn and re-tendered.

Today's weather: Drier and brighter

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

After yesterday's cool and wet weather, today is due to be drier, brighter and warmer across the BBC East region, with just a chance of a few showery outbreaks of rain in some coastal areas.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Welcome back to live updates

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to Local Live - we'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for your area.

A regional weather forecast will be with you shortly, but it's already looking to be a bit brighter than yesterday and the word on the street - well in the BBC Weather Centre anyway - is that it's due to be warmer today.

Get in touch with us at any time using the Get Involved button at the top of the page.

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Churchend Brewery, an independent craft brewery near Nuneaton, takes the honours at a CAMRA festival.

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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Well that is it from all of us here on the Local Live team.

We've been here all day bringing you all your news, sport, travel and weather and will return at 08:00 on Thursday morning.

We hope the wet weather doesn't get you too down, but the good news is the weather is set to improve tomorrow, with some.. wait for it.. warmer spells expected.

Right better get my factor 30 out!

Cycling sensation Kiera Byland competes in Special Olympics

She's already a Special Olympics superstar, but 18-year-old Kiera Byland is on the hunt for more gold medals.

Last night she co-hosted the opening ceremony in Sheffield for over 2,600 athletes from across the country.

Today she's competing in the 10k time trial.

It wasn't easy for Kiera growing up with learning difficulties, but when she discovered cycling, her life changed dramatically.

Market on the move

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Huntingdon's market will soon be on the move.

From 6 September its new location will be on the High Street, after relocating from its historical site on Market Square.

Graham Campbell, the vice chairman of Huntingdon BID says it was a "supported" idea as "something needed to be done, the market has been in decline for many years and it really can't keep up with St Neots and St Ives."

High Street Huntingdon

"The general view was that this would add to the hustle and bustle of Huntingdon, make it a much more thriving and exciting place to be," he added.

Market Square Huntingdon
Keith Evans/Geograph

Not everyone is for the move as Bill Hensley, the Deputy Mayor believes it's a "dreadful" idea.

"We've had a market in the market square for over 800 years," he said.

He's worried that the annual carnival will now have to move as it goes thorough the High Street.

Extra Anglian Water teams out to deal with rain

Anglian Water have warned that because of the yellow weather warnings issued by the Met Office for rain for widespread parts of the region "they have extra teams out on the ground to check the network is working as it should".

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Self-taught animator makes World War One film at home
Ruth Coggins was inspired by her great-grandfather's battlefield photos from World War One.

Simon Dobbin: Wife calls for sentence increase

Simon Dobbin and daughter

The 12 men sentenced for an attack that left a football fan with brain damage should have their jail terms increased, according to the victim's wife.

Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, spent a year in hospital as a result of the attack which happened after his team, Cambridge United, played at Southend United's ground in March 2015.

The men were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court for violent disorder and given terms of between 16 months and five years.

Nicole Dobbin told BBC Essex: "Simon was clinically dead for seven minutes, so to have it just as violent disorder is a bit of a slap in the face to us.

"I don't think that five years' maximum sentence is long enough. By increasing the sentence it will hopefully deter people from taking part in such a vicious attack."

Mrs Dobbin has written to the Attorney General's office - which has the power to review so-called ULS cases - those deemed 'unduly lenient sentences'.

It's expected to reply to Mrs Dobbin within the week.

The family has also raised a petition online, which is halfway to its target of 2,000 signatures.

12 men sentenced over Dobbin
Essex Police