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  1. Updates on Friday, 13 October 2017
  2. Two people killed after crash
  3. Man arrested on suspicion of rape after Peterborough attack
  4. Don't let fireworks off 'willy-nilly' says councillor

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By Alex Pope

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The weekend weather: Warm, with sunny intervals

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A dry and cloudy night, with some clear intervals.

Feeling warm and humid for the time of the year, with temperatures only falling to 13C (55F).

Saturday will be mostly dry with a fair amount of cloud, but there should be some bright or sunny intervals.

The moderate SW wind should eventually fall light, and temperatures should reach around 20C (68F).

Weather graphic for 05:00 Saturday

Another dry day for Sunday, with more in the way of sunshine - although high cloud may turn it hazy at times.

Temperatures could climb to 24C (75F).

Looking ahead to Mnoday - it's expected to remain largely dry and warm, with sunny spells. There's some uncertainty as to when a cold front will push in from the west, bringing the risk of a few showers and cooler air.

Strictly: Smooth, smooth, quick, quick, smooth


The star shaped paddle boards have been put away for another year, after a wonderful movie week on Strictly Come Dancing.

So it's business as normal on Saturday night with Cambridgeshire's very own Aston Merrygold and Jonnie Peacock.

Aston will be attempting a Quickstep to Mr Blue Sky by ELO while Jonnie is getting all American Smooth, to Cry Me a River by Michael Bublé.

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'Concerns growing' for missing teenager

Police say they're "growing increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a missing 13-year-old Dullingham teenager.

Tyler Parmar-Andrews was last seen on Monday, at the Abbey Swimming Pool, in Pool Way, Cambridge.

There have been reported sightings of him around the Grafton Centre of Cambridge, but he's yet to be found.

Tyler Parmar-Andrews
Cambridgeshire Police

He's 5'1" and was wearing a blue Puffa style jacket, a black t-shirt with "Santa Cruz" on it, light grey jogging bottoms and red Nike trainers.

It's thought he might be in the Cambridge and Newmarket areas.

Thieves plunder 100 pumpkins in Hallowe'en heist

Cambridge News

Cambridge News are reporting this afternoon that green-fingered criminals have carved out a plan to ruin Halloween in Cambridgeshire, by stealing 100 pumpkins from a field.

They say a bumper crop was taken from a field off Long Drove in Ramsey Forty Foot sometime between 5 October and 9 October.

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Severe disruption: A11 Essex northbound

BBC News Travel

A11 Essex northbound severe disruption, between M11 J9 and A1307 Cambridge Road.

A11 Essex - Slow traffic on A11 Saffron Walden northbound between the M11 J9 junction in Great Chesterford and Four Went Ways in Babraham, because of an earlier vehicle fire. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Man arrested on suspicion of rape after Peterborough attack

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape, robbery and sexual assault after police say they're linking two attacks in Peterborough.

A woman in her 20's was sexually assaulted close to the Rhubarb Bridge on 30 September and a woman was grabbed and had her handbag stolen, also by Rhubarb Bridge on 6 October.

Map of Peterborough
Cambridgeshire Police

Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything, and want to locate any dash-cam footage.

Map of Peterborough
Cambridgeshire Police

The teenager has been released under investigation.

Road reopens after two women killed in crash

Puddock Road between Ramsey Hollow and Forty Foot Bank has just reopened after an earlier accident that left two women dead.

They were in the back of a car, when it left the road and ended up in water-filed ditch.

The road has been closed since about 07:00.

Two men, who were also in the car, are recovering in hospital.

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Art on display

At this very moment, one of the largest pieces of community art is being put up at Ely Cathedral.

The Great Community Mural will be on display this weekend to mark their Harvest Festival.

It features creative artwork submitted by churches from all over the country and has previously been on display at St Paul's Cathedral (pictured below) and is 10m by 3m (33ft by 10ft).

The Great Community Mural

As well as the artwork, vintage farm machinery is also being moved into place.

Tractor in Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral

Two women killed on Puddock Road

More information has just been released by Cambridgeshire Police, after two women were killed in a crash on Puddock Road, Ramsey Forty Foot this morning.

They were in the back of a silver Mazda 6, which left the road and went into a water-filled ditch at about 07:18.

Two men, who were in the front of the car, got out and were taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital with minor injuries.

The road is set to re-open within the hour.

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Don't let fireworks off 'willy-nilly' says councillor

Calls are being made in Peterborough for fireworks to mainly be used at specially organised events.

Ed Murphy, the Labour Group Leader at Peterborough City Council raised the issue at a full council meeting, which received council backing.

He believes that "fireworks should be used primarily at controlled events and that the further restriction of sale and use benefit public safety, community cohesion, reduce casualties and such a policy receives support from the Fire Service, animal welfare charities and the NHS".

Keith Edkins/Geograph

He says he brought the action as he just wants people to "stay safe".

He added it's "not about banning people but about encouraging people to go to organised events and not let them off willy-nilly".

Road remains closed after two people killed in crash

Puddock Road between Ramsey Hollow and Forty Foot Bank, in Huntingdonshire, remains closed this morning after two people were killed in a crash.

Police say four people were in the vehicle, which left the road and ended up in a water-filed ditch after 07:00.

Two people, who were in the back of the vehicle, died while two people in the front have been taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital with minor injuries.

The road is expected to remain closed for the rest of the morning.

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BreakingTwo people killed after crash

Two people have been killed after the vehicle they were in left the road and ended up in a water-filled ditch.

Police are investigating after the crash on Puddock Road, off Ramsey Forty Foot, Huntingdonshire at about 07:18.

We'll bring you more on this shortly.

Weather: Feeling warm for October

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A generally cloudy and windy day, with some warm or bright spells.

It'll be mostly dry, with the chance of a few spots of light rain or drizzle.

It's very warm for the time of the year, with temperatures peaking at 19C (66F).

BBC Weather has a more localised forecast for you.

Peterborough crash

Andzejus Traskinas was sentenced after admitting two counts of death by dangerous driving.

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Weather: Staying dry into Friday

Staying fine and dry across the BBC East region with clear spells, but variable cloud arriving from the west.

It'll drop to 9C (48F).

Friday will be rather cloudy at times, but high pressure to south and east will bring sunny spells and highs of 20C (68F).

BBC East weather map
Norwich school sends Lego dog and astronaut into space
The spacecraft fell into the sea, washed up in Germany and was returned to the school.

'Don't pull the cord' plea if taken ill on the train

Greater Anglia passengers are being asked not to pull the emergency cord if there's a medical emergency on board a train.

The rail company and the East of England Ambulance Service have agreed a new process for their control rooms to work together to allow them to get to the aid of sick passengers as quickly as possible.

It asks passengers to either dial 999, or ask a member of staff for help, but not to pull the emergency cord.

The ill passenger would be helped off the train when it arrives at the next station.

Interior of Greater Anglia carriage

If the cord is pulled, the train might stop between stations and may be inaccessible for a conventional ambulance.

This could result in the passenger having to wait longer for medical assistance, as well as causing delays to train services.

Last year it says trains were delayed to the equivalent of seven days due to passengers becoming ill on the Greater Anglia network.

Upgrade work to boost rail services

The project to upgrade the Ely rail junction will see both the Greater Cambridge Greater Anglia LEP and New Anglia LEP fund technical and feasibility work associated with the Ely area.

They will each provide £3.3m, along with £2.2m from the Strategic Freight Network.

This study, carried out by Network Rail, will provide options for funders to increase rail capacity and provide improvements for freight and pasenger services from King's Cross to King's Lynn, Ipswich to Peterborough, and Felixstowe to Nuneaton and beyond.

Train on tracks

The following rail lines are served by the Ely area:

  • Norwich to Thetford, Brandon and Cambridge, currently an hourly service
  • Norwich to Liverpool via Peterborough, hourly
  • Ipswich to Peterborough, two hourly
  • King's Lynn to London, half hourly at peak times, hourly at other times.
  • Wisbech to Cambridge where the track is in place and available to reopen

Ely rail junction upgrade work 'a priority'

The transport secretary Chris Grayling says work to upgrade Ely's rail junctions will be done between 2019 and 2024.

The South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss secured the promise from the minister yesterday, when she led a delegation of local MPs, train operators and business organisations to argue the work was vital for the eastern region.

MPs and business organisations with the Transport Secretary
Elizabeth Truss MP

Ms Truss said the Mr Grayling agreed the Ely programme was a priority.

She said one of the key aspects was ensuring the scheme was property costed by Network Rail and the local enterprise partnerships have agreed to provide every assistance with this.

The work will begin once the costings are finalised.

Ely serves trains heading in five directions - to Peterborough, King's Lynn, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.

This will be an incredible boost to the region and the UK as a whole, investing in key infrastructure that will really transform rail travel in Norfolk."

Elizabeth Truss MP(Con) South West Norfolk
Maria De Villota

Maria De Villota lost an eye in a crash while testing for Marussia and died a year later aged 33.

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Air ambulance report to A1301 crash at Sawston

There are delays on the A1301 through Sawston this morning after a collision reported to involve a motorbike.

The air ambulance has attended the scene.

Sawston bypass
Kate Davies

It happened close to the junction with Mill Lane where construction work is taking place at a level crossing.

This Google traffic flow map gives an idea of how the delays are having an impact road users...


Severe disruption: A605 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A605 Cambridgeshire both ways severe disruption, near Funtham's Lane.

A605 Cambridgeshire - Slow traffic on A605 King's Dyke in Whittlesey near the Funtham's Lane junction, because of a level crossing failure.

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

Today's weather: Chilly start, sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a chilly start this morning across the BBC East region and there will be lots of blue sky and sunshine around first thing, but more cloud will develop as we head into the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Severe accident: A1101 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1101 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, between B1169 Dowgate Road and Parson Drove Lane.

A1101 Cambridgeshire - A1101 Sutton Road in Leverington closed in both directions between the B1169 Dowgate Road junction and the Parson Drove Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe congestion: A14 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire both ways severe congestion, between J35 A1303 Newmarket Road and J37 A142 Exning.

A14 Cambridgeshire - Very slow traffic on A14 in both directions between J35, A1303 (Stow Cum Quy) and J37, A142 (Exning).

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

Rail line reopens after fatality

As we reported earlier, a person has died after being hit by a train at Whittlesey station.

Services were affected, but are now returning to normal. The incident is not being treated as suspicious.

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Person killed by train at Whittlesey station

BBC News Travel

British Transport Police says that train services through Cambridgeshire will be delayed until at least midday, after a person was hit and killed by a train at Whittlesey station.

Officers were called to the scene at 09:54 and attended alongside the ambulance service. The person died at the scene but the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

While the line remains closed, trains will be disrupted between Ely, March and Peterborough.

CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and Greater Anglia services have all been affected, with rail replacement buses in operation.

Whittlesea train station level crossing

Travel: Disruption on trains

BBC News Travel

National Rail says that rail journeys through the county are likely to be delayed until 12:00 while emergency services deal with an incident between Ely and Peterborough.

CrossCountry services between Stansted Airport and Birmingham New Street, East Midlands Trains between Norwich and Liverpool South Parkway and Greater Anglia trains between Ipswich and Peterborough are all affected.

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Strictly: Contestants' songs announced

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The dances and songs for Cambridgeshire's representatives in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing programme have been announced.

Former JLS singer Aston Merrygold, who is from Peterborough and was top of the leader board last week, will dance a Quickstep to ELO's Mr Blue Sky with his partner Janette Manrara.

Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara

Cambridge Paralympian Jonnie Peacock and his partner Oti Mabuse will take on the American Smooth to the Michael Bublé cover of Cry Me a River.

Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse

Weather: A dry and bright start

BBC Weather

It should be a dry and bright start to Wednesday for most.

It will feel rather warm in the sunshine, despite the breeze.

Later in the afternoon, rain will spread in from the north-west, becoming persistent and perhaps heavy at times.

The expected high is 17C (63F).

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Plans for hundreds of new homes rejected

Plans for more than 700 homes on the edge of Witchford, near Ely, have been rejected.

The homes were part of the East Cambridgeshire Local Plan, which will now progress to the final consultation stage, starting next month.

Councillor Coralie Green, who put forward the motion, said the council was "trying their best to balance the need for more homes while addressing concerns of residents".

Plans to scrap £1 charge for park and ride

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

The £1 charge to use Cambridge Park and Ride car parks could soon be dropped, in a move to help reduce congestion in the city.

County councillors have voted to move the proposal on to the next stage.

Since the charge was introduced in 2014, bus operator Stagecoach has reported a fall in passenger numbers of around 15%.

Park and ride
Michael Trolove/Geograph

Andy Campbell, managing director of Stagecoach East, said: "I was critical of the decision to introduce the charge at the time.

"I think this is the right thing to do. I think it will help ease congestion.

"I would like to give some credit to the county council, because when you make a decision and you find out it doesn't work, it takes some courage to change that decision."

Oxford doctor in court accused of hospital sex assaults

A doctor has appeared in court charged with two sexual assaults in hospitals in Oxford and Cambridge.

Anandagopal Srinivasan, 26, of Sandfield Road, Oxford, is accused of a sex assault at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital on 6 October last year.

John Radcliffe Hospital

A second assault is alleged to have taken place at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge on 24 October 2014.

He appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court and has been bailed to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 10 November.

Huntingdon Police Station

PC Josh Williams, of Cambridgeshire Police, admitted gross misconduct and said he was "deeply apologetic".

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Rosalind Franklin and blue plaque

A graffiti vandal decides the role of chemist Rosalind Franklin's research should be acknowledged.

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