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  1. Updates on Friday, 15 September 2017

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all from Local Live

    Our news updates have now come to an end for the day and for the week, and it's time for us to head off home.

    Many thanks for your company - we hope you've enjoyed reading the stories we've brought you.

    Have a great weekend and we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday.

  2. The weekend weather outlook

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Any rain should clear tonight, with showers becoming confined to the Norfolk coast.

    It'll be mostly dry by morning with clear spells and a few fog patches.

    With temperatures falling as low as 4C (39F) there could be a touch of grass frost in rural areas.

    Weather graphic for 06:00 Saturday

    Tomorrow will be a day of sunny spells and scattered showers, which could turn heavy with hail and thunder.

    Top temperature of 15C (59F).

    Sunday will start cold, with a touch of frost in rural areas. Any mist and fog patches will clear to leave mainly dry conditions with sunny spells.

    There's a small chance of an isolated shower, which could be heavy and thundery.

    BBC Weather has more.

  3. Train services suspended for next few weekends between Cambridge and Stansted

    Alex Harris

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Greater Anglia services between Cambridge and Stansted Airport are suspended this weekend and for the next six weekends.

    It's so planned engineering works by Network Rail can take place.

    Replacement buses will be running instead.

    The work means the car park at Cambridge railway station will also be closed as the space is needed for the extra buses that are being laid on.

    Cambridge Railway Station
  4. Music of my youth

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    We should all have memories of the music we listened to as a child.

    Sadly mine is playing Wham! to annoy my sister (she liked Duran Duran) and disappearing to my room on a Sunday afternoon to listen to the charts.

    So memories, hopefully better than these, are being sought for a new National Lottery project.

    Funding of more than £60,000 has been awarded to the charity Babylon Arts to save Baby Boomers' memories of the music they listened to as teenagers in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

    It will focus on March, Wisbech, Mildenhall and Brandon for their project "Talkin' bout my generation: Musical memories of the Fens and Brecks Baby Boomers".

    It will lead to a documentary being created and a touring exhibition.

    Babylon ARTS group dressed up from different decades

    Meanwhile, £10,000 has been given to the Littleport Field Theatre Group to tell the story of Littleport through the memories of its residents.

  5. Strictly dance reveal

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    This is the moment any Strictly Come Dancing fan looks forward to...

    Today it's been announced what sizzling dance routine Cambridgeshire's Aston Merrygold and Jonnie Peacock will perform in the hit show when it returns next Saturday.

    It's all a case of When I Need You for Jonnie and Oti, as they'll be doing a Waltz to the Luther Vandross song.

    Aston will be attempting the Foxtrot with Janette and, of course, It Had To Be You by Harry Connick Jnr.

    Now where did I put that spray tan?

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  6. Cannabis plants worth quarter of million pounds discovered in Wisbech

    John Devine

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A cannabis factory containing 500 plants has been discovered in Wisbech.

    Police say the property on Oakroyd Cresent had a "potential future yield of up to £250,000".

    Cannabis factory

    They raided the property at about 10:30 this morning.

    Police van

    No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.

  7. Welcome to Cambridgeshire Live

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  8. The latest forecast: Sunshine and showers

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    A bright and sunny start to the day, with showers developing through the late morning.

    It's likely that some of these showers could be heavy at times.

    Feeling chillier than yesterday, with temperatures peaking at 14C (57F).

    The showers will fade overnight, leaving clear skies and a touch of ground frost.

    You can find a more detailed forecast on BBC Weather.

    Weather graphic showing heavy showers mid-afternoon over parts of the east of England
  9. Our live coverage across the day

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for the Local Live feed for today.

    The team will be back tomorrow from 08:00 bringing you news, sport, travel, weather and more.

    If you want to see what we have been up to today, just scroll through the page to catch up on all the news.

    See you tomorrow.

  10. Richard Bond

    Business correspondent, BBC Look East

    new plant at Peterborough

    Richard Bond

    Business correspondent, BBC Look East

    The Centrica 'fast response' plant will provide back-up energy when renewable sources cannot, supplier says.

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  11. Weather: Sun and showers ahead

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Rather cloudy with scattered showers across the BBC East region this evening, with the rumble of thunder possible across Norfolk.

    Showers dying away after midnight for most, with clear spells later as the temperature dips to 6C (43F), although places like Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex could be lower.

    Friday will see a mainly dry start, but thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain, and then a mixture of sunshine and scattered heavy showers later.

    The temperature will peak at about 14C (57F).

    BBC Look East weather map
  12. More money for schools in Cambridgeshire

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The government has announced extra funding for schools in Cambridgeshire.

    The figures have only just been released, but it looks as if ministers will be giving an extra £15m to schools in the Cambridgeshire County Council area and a further £6m to schools in Peterborough over the next two years - an increase of 3.7% and 3% respectively..

    The announcement came as part of a new funding formula which sees an increase in the amount paid per pupil and an additional grant for rural schools.

    Generic image of a pupil seated at desk, writing in exercise book

    The extra money follows an intensive campaign by teaching unions which saw many schools taking the unprecedented step of writing to parents to ask them to raise the issue with their MP. The issue also featured heavily in the general election.

    MPs from Cambridgeshire have, over the years, often raised the issue in the Commons arguing that, as a rural county, it's lost out to urban areas under the old funding formula.

    Schools have cut bus services, reduced courses and shed teaching support staff because of the growing pressure on their finances.

    This extra money will help, but critics say that it barely covers the cost of inflation and they will fear that schools will continue to struggle.

  13. Residents worried about 'noise and pollution' from planned gas power plant

    Sue Marchant

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A meeting was held last night at St Mary's Church in Burwell for residents to discuss plans to build a gas generated power plant in the village.

    I meet with many people who told me they were worried about "pollution, sound, size of the engines" and "noise".

    The company behind the plans, Island Green Power says "the planning applications are supported by a range of technical studies, including a noise and air quality assessment, and the reports are in the process of being checked by the council's officers".

    Meeting at St Mary's Church

    A decision by East Cambridgeshire District Council on whether to grant planning permission is expected in November.

  14. Lorry driver to be sentenced for fatal crash on A140

    A man who admitted causing a crash on the A140, which killed a father and seriously injured his daughter, is to be sentenced today.

    The collision, between a car and two lorries, happened at the Mendlesham turning on 25 July.

    The road was closed for 19 hours.

    The A140 near Mendlesham

    The driver of the car, Colin Fisk, from Kesgrave, died at the scene. His seven-year-old daughter Jacee was airlifted to hospital.

    Last month, 51-year-old lorry driver Dalius Matulaitis, from Rectory Gardens, Wisbech, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to causing death by dangerous driving and serious injury by dangerous driving.

    Matulaitis was remanded in custody and will return to the court for sentencing.

  15. Weather: Sunshine and showers

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    A cool and cloudy start to the day across the BBC East region, with a mix of sunshine and heavy and blustery showers developing later.

    Remaining breezy, with the north westerly wind making it feel quite chilly.

    Top temperature: 15C (59F).

    You can find a more detailed forecast for where you are at BBC Weather.

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  16. Welcome back

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome back to the Local Live feed for Thursday.

    This means we'll be here until 18:00 bringing you news, sport, travel and in a moment a full weather report.

    Stay with us.

  17. Goodbye from Local Live

    Orla Moore

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for another day of live news updates - thanks for your company.

    We'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 tomorrow.

    Don't forget you can still keep in touch - just click on the "Get Involved" button at the top of the page.

    In the meantime, here's a nice shot of the afternoon sun over St Ives in Cambridgeshire, taken by our Weather Watcher 'Walking with Bertie'.

    Have a lovely evening.

    St Ives