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  1. Updates on Friday, 6 October 2017
  2. Police patrols in Peterborough following sex attack
  3. PCs help 'make a difference' after Hurricane Irma
  4. Bronze Age torc to go on display in Ely

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Weather: Clear spells tonight, cloudy and breezy tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a fine end to today with sunny spells.

    There will be some clear spells overnight, but generally it will remain rather cloudy with the chance of rain by the end of the night. Lows of 7C (45F).

    Weather map

    Saturday will be cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain - some heavy - but it will become brighter later. Highs of 16C (43F).

    Get more where you live at BBC Weather.

  2. Falcon believed to be 'deliberately and illegally shot'

    A young peregrine falcon that looks like it's been deliberately and illegally shot faces an uncertain future.

    The RSPB says the juvenile bird of prey was found a few weeks ago. After undergoing an X-ray, a pellet from an air rifle was found inside.

    X-ray of falcon

    The bird was identified as one of three that fledged from a local nest in Cambridgeshire earlier this year.

    It's being looked after at the Raptor Foundation, but as yet it doesn't know if it will survive.


    Peregrines are protected by UK law and are on the National Wildlife Crime Priority list.

    Anyone found guilty of killing or harming a peregrine could face an unlimited fine and, or, six months in jail.

    PC Alun Bradshaw says: "This was a senseless act, causing injury and distress to a protected bird."

  3. 'Eco-mosque' prepares to open its doors

    One of the first "eco-mosques" in Europe will open its doors this weekend in Cambridge.

    On Sunday tours of the building off Mill Road will take place.

    The £15m place of worship is currently under construction and will have space for up to 1,000 people.

    It will contain many environmental features from heat pumps to rainwater harvesting.

    Cambridge Mosque

    The event is part of the annual Cambridge Open Eco Homes.

    It's due to open in November 2018.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M11 Essex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M11 Essex northbound severe accident, between J8 for A120 and J9 for A11 Saffron Walden.

    M11 Essex - One lane closed, queuing traffic and delays on M11 northbound between J8, A120 (Bishop Stortford) and J9 A11 Saffron Walden, because of an accident involving two motorcycles. Congestion to J7, A414 (Harlow).

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

  5. PCs help 'make a difference' after Hurricane Irma

    Last month Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, leaving at least five people dead in the British Virgin Islands.

    British Virgin Islands
    British Virgin Islands

    To help restore order, two officers from Cambridgeshire Police have been in the country volunteering.

    Ely-based PC Den Williams (below right) and PC Ross Beesley (below left), from Wisbech, spent their time trying to prevent looting, robberies and panic buying.

    PC Ross Beesley, PC Den Williams and children

    PC Williams said: "Words cannot describe the devastation.

    "We saw 40ft containers that had been thrown around, homes without roofs and what was an island full of lush greenery turned into something like what you would see in a Hollywood movie.

    "Yet the people were still upbeat. Despite losing everything themselves they were committed to helping others."

    Police and residents of British Virgin Islands

    PC Beesley said: "The moment we landed and our presence was known, we were starting to make a difference. We were able to take some control and allow everyone to get on with trying to rebuild what they had lost.”

    PC Den Williams

    PC Williams added: "Being in 40C heat, wearing full body armour and not being able to wash above the neck because of the E.coli in the water was a low.

    "We were living without the basics but we had a roof over our heads, were fed and watered, which is more than most had out there.

    "I feel very privileged to have had the chance to go."

  6. Police patrols in Peterborough following sex attack

    A police patrol will be in Peterborough tomorrow talking to passers-by and putting up notices after a woman was sexually assaulted at knifepoint.

    A woman in her 20s was attacked by a 5ft 8in tall Asian teenager as she walked towards Ivatt Way, between 11:00 and 11:30 on 30 September.

    Officers will be in the area of a footpath near Rhubard Bridge, where the A47 meets Lincoln Road in the city.

    Area around Rhubarb bridge

    Extra patrols will also roam the area during the next few weeks, police said.

  7. Sunrise, sunset

    The first full moon after the Autumn equinox is known as the Harvest Moon.

    In days gone by it signalled to farmers the time of year to harvest their crops.

    With a bright white moon shining high in the sky, the extra light would extend the amount of time farmers could work on the crops in their fields.

    Andrew Sharpe captured it spectacularly over Ely last night...

    Sunset over Ely

    And then he photographed a "chilly morning" over the Fenland city as the sun rose...

    Sunrise over Ely
  8. Bronze Age torc to go on display in Ely

    Dotty McLeod

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    The wait is finally over...

    From tomorrow you'll be able to see this large gold torc found by metal detectorists in Cambridgeshire and valued at a whopping £220,000.

    The bracelet-like ring is more than 3,000 years old, is much larger than usual examples and is made of 730g (26oz) of almost pure gold.

    It will be on show at Ely Museum after it was found in a field last year.

    And here it is...

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  9. Today's weather: A chilly, sunny start

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    It's a rather chilly start, but there will be lots of blue sky and sunshine around today and the winds will be lighter than yesterday.

    It is due to stay dry, so should also feel very pleasant in the sunny spells.

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

  10. Weather: A colder night...

    A fine sunny end to the day across the BBC East region, but isolated showers are possible, particularly in north east Norfolk.

    It'll be clear overnight with the risk of a touch of ground frost in sheltered spots as it dips to 5C (41F).

    Friday will have a cold start followed by sunny spells and the risk of showers feeding in across eastern parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

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

    BBC East weather map
  11. Future of Peterborough Panthers 'in jeopardy'

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Peterborough Panthers have released a statement this afternoon saying their future in speedway has been "placed in serious jeopardy again".

    It comes after the club's owner, Ged Rathbone, was given a five-figure fine from the Speedway Control Bureau for allowing Jack Holder to miss the Championship Fours competition and ride in Poland on 6 August, following a hearing this week.

    Peterborough Panthers

    The club says they "will now carefully consider their position, but intend to honour all remaining racing commitments in 2017 for their fabulous supporters who have backed the club so well home and away".

    Rathbone remains suspended from the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).

  12. Police tackling 'abuse of position for a sexual purpose'

    Police forces in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire have been praised for tackling the issue of officers abusing their position for sexual gain.

    The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) says the forces now have a plan in place to prevent further cases and it shows concerted action is being taken.

    The highest profile case in Hertfordshire was of PC Simon Salway who was jailed for three years in 2016 for having sex with vulnerable women he met through work.

    Simon Salway

    In Bedfordshire, Det Con Jamal Hassan, 36, admitted four counts of misconduct in public office.

    He was jailed for six years for filming himself performing a sex act in a child's bedroom while on duty.

    Jamal Hassan

    The HMICFRS says other forces still have work to do, including Thames Valley Police which provided insufficient information.

    Thames Valley said: "In response to the review by HMICFRS, over recent months we have been putting in place systems and processes to enable us to better track and bring to light any potential misconduct on the part of our officers and staff.

    "We expect to be able to demonstrate substantial progress in our management of this area when HMICFRS carry out their follow up inspection."

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1198 Cambridgeshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1198 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, around Graveley Way.

    A1198 Cambridgeshire - Slow traffic on A1198 in both directions in Hilton around the Graveley Way junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  14. Greater Anglia investigation into 'breach of safety'

    Greater Anglia is investigating what the RMT Union is calling a serious breach of safety during a 24-hour strike on Tuesday.

    It happened at Ipswich station, where the union says two passengers got off a train on the wrong side because stand-in guards opened the wrong doors.

    Ipswich rail station

    The rail company says all staff manning trains that day had the proper training.

    RMT members are in dispute about the future provision of guards on trains.

    A second 24-hour walkout is under way today, following Tuesday's action.

    Greater Anglia says it will safely provide a full service on its network, which covers Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk and parts of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.