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Severe accident: A14 Cambridgeshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A14 Cambridgeshire westbound severe accident, at J27 Cambridge Road affecting J31 M11.

A14 Cambridgeshire - A14 in Fenstanton blocked and queuing traffic westbound at J27, Cambridge (Fenstanton), because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion to J31, M11 (Girton).

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

Officers concerned for missing teenager

Police say they're trying to find this teenager who's gone missing from Peterborough but could be in West Yorkshire.

Taybah Khan
Cambridgeshire Police

Taybah Khan, 13, was last seen at about 22:30 last night in Bretton, but is from Bradford.

She was visiting family in Peterborough but officers say she could have returned to West Yorkshire.

The teenager was last seen wearing black leggings with a black sweatshirt and grey and white Adidas trainers.

We are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare and are urging Taybah to get in touch to confirm she is okay."

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Family land included in Central Beds 'call for sites'

Dunstable Gazette

A farmer was shocked to find his fields have been included as possible development land in Central Bedfordshire Council’s Local Plan.

Friday fluff: Cop dogs salute their Chinese year

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, police have put together a parade of pooches.

Friday marks the start of the Year of the Dog, so what better excuse to look at pictures of "man's best friend"?

There are more than 40 dogs in the joint police unit covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

They're a skilled lot, doing everything from tracking suspects to sniffing out drugs and cash.

Happy pooch year to you all.

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Severe accident: A1 Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, at Brampton Road.

A1 Cambridgeshire - A1 Great North Road in Brampton exit slip road closed and very slow traffic northbound at Brampton Turn Off, because of an accident involving two vehicles and ice.

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

Woman treated after Godmanchester house fire

A woman had to be treated for the effects of breathing in smoke after a house fire on Wednesday night.

It broke out on the first floor of the house in The Avenue in Godmanchester at about 21:00.

The woman was already out of the building by the time crews from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service arrived.

A spokesman said the cause of the fire was accidental.

Firefighters tackle 300-tyre fire near Peterborough

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said crews were called out at about 17:00 yesterday to the tyre fire at Chesterton near Peterborough.

A spokesman said they worked with the "farmer to ensure the fire burned out safely".

He added: "Crews have since returned to reinspect the fire and have now left it to the farmer."

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Oxbridge outreach programme to grow

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Oxford and Cambridge are increasing their support for Target Oxbridge

A programme to help more black students win places at Oxford and Cambridge is to almost treble in size.

Oxford and Cambridge have increased support for Target Oxbridge which helps black students with university visits, mentoring and advice.

It follows criticism of both universities over the low number of offers made to working class and non-white applicants.

Target Oxbridge said the backing meant 160 funded places can run next year.

Severe disruption: A1(M) Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Cambridgeshire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for A14 and J15 for B1043 Old North Road.

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J14, A14 (Alconbury) and J15, B1043 (Sawtry), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

People carrier in house, Silverwood Road, Peterboroug

Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment and worked with ambulance crews to release a casualty.

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Cambridge museum gets into Valentine's spirit - with cake

Staff at the Scott Polar Museum in Cambridge are getting into the spirit of Valentine's Day by hauling out a chunk of old cake.

But it's not just any old cake - it's a 110-year-old slice of polar explorer Capt Scott's wedding cake.

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They're feeling all loved-up over some of the more unusual artefacts kept at the museum, and although this one has been well-documented, its story never fails to enthrall.

The slice of aged sponge belonged to Edward Wilson, who died with Scott in Antarctica - and who accidentally sat on the cake after popping it in his jacket pocket.

You can read more about the "romantic" adventures of this cake here.

Always the bridesmaid: Streets fail in 'most romantic name' bid

Two streets in the east of England in the running to be crowned as having the "most romantic name"... have failed to top a public poll.

Fourteen streets across the UK were shortlisted by charity Living streets - among them Trueloves Lane in Ingatestone, Essex, and Sweetpea Way in Orchard Park, Cambridge.

Trueloves Lane, Ingatestone
Truelove's Lane in Ingatestone was in the running for romantic street names...
Sweetpea Way, Cambridge
...As was Cambridge's Sweetpea Way

While both sound very romantic - and more than 1,200 people took part in the poll - they failed to beat the loved-up Love Street in Paisley, Scotland, which came out on top.

Trueloves lane, however managed second place with 159 votes - only five fewer than the winner, while Sweetpea Way came in sixth place with 126 votes.

Union Street in Manchester came in last, with only 28 votes.

Cambridgeshire's libraries to charge for computer use

People who want to use computers in Cambridgeshire's libraries are to be charged £1 per hour in a bid to bring in about £110,000 a year to help support the service.

The county council runs 32 libraries and four mobile libraries, and says it main one - Central Library in Cambridge - is the fourth busiest in the country.

Central Library in Cambridge

As it looks to bolster its funding to continue the service, the council agreed to introduce the charge from the end of April at a meeting on Tuesday.

Users over 18 will be charged £1 an hour - although an initial 30 minutes' use will be free. Council and government websites will also remain free to access.

Mathew Shuter, chair of the community infrastructure committee on the council, said there was evidence some people spent "many hours" on the libraries' computers, effectively "blocking" others from using them.

Tara Westover

Sean Coughlan

BBC News education and family correspondent

Tara's fundamentalist family in rural Idaho would not let her go to school, but she got a PhD from Cambridge.

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Severe disruption: A1(M) Cambridgeshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Cambridgeshire northbound severe disruption, between J15 for B1043 Old North Road and J16 for A15 London Road.

A1(M) Cambridgeshire - One lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J15, B1043 (Sawtry) and J16, A15 (Norman Cross), because of vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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


Scunthorpe twice come from behind to snatch a precious point in their play-off pursuit with a draw at Peterborough.

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Cambridge twice come from behind to grab a 3-2 win that leaves opponents Chesterfield deep in relegation trouble.

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Hooded Cambridge flasher sought

A flasher is being sought by police after exposing himself to a dog walker.

The man exposed himself to a woman as she walked her dog in Wandlebury Country Park near Cambridge at about 16:00 on Thursday, police said.

He "emerged from the trees and signalled for a female dog walker to look over before dropping his trousers and exposing [himself]".

He is described as white, approximately 30 years old and wearing a dark, hooded tracksuit.

"This incident follows a pattern of six similar instances throughout 2017 in which a male has exposed himself in public," said Det Con Mark Hodgson.

None of the victims was assaulted, but all were left shaken, he added.

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Opponents to the new plant are concerned about emissions causing diseases and respiratory problems.

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Driver clocked at 107mph near Cambourne just as kit turned on

Police stopped a speeding motorist travelling at 107mph (172km/h) just as the morning's rush hour was starting.

The driver was clocked on the A428 near Cambourne at 07:15 - just one minute after Cambridgeshire Police set up their speed-checking equipment.

The road has a 70mph (112km/h) speed limit.

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"The man who was driving has been reported to our cameras, tickets and collisions department who will process a summons," a police spokesman said.

Cambridge Uni's Mary Beard to front BBC TV's Front Row

Cambridge University classicist and broadcaster Professor Mary Beard is to front the new BBC Two series of Front Row from the spring.

The arts and culture programme will be broadcast live on Friday at 23:00.

Prof Mary Beard

"Mary's take on the week in arts and culture is bound to be dynamic and exciting as she has the fearless intellect, critical eye and warm wit to host a discussion of the week's talking points," Alice Feinstein, Front Row's commissioning editor says.

Prof Beard says she's looking forward to this latest addition to her arsenal of broadcasts: "I am really excited about this - live and late on a Friday.

"I can promise that it will be edgy, from the heart and from the head."

Taskforce to oversee future of Bircham Newton CITB site

The chief executive of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in West Norfolk says a local task force has been set up to try and work out what will happen to the site and its 600 employees.

Construction worker

The CITB announced last year its headquarters in Bircham Newton may move to Peterborough by 2019 following a government decision for the training board to be smaller and more flexible.

The CITB, which is funded by a levy on building firms, will no longer carry out specialist in-house training, instead this will be met by mobile external private sector providers.

Local authorities, the Conservative MP for North West Norfolk Henry Bellingham and the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn are among those trying to hammer out a plan.

Suspected modern day slaves in Ely found new homes

Six Romanians, believed to have been held as slaves at a house in Ely, have been found new work and accommodation elsewhere.

The men and women, aged between 18 and 45, had been brought to the UK to work in a salad factory, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) said.

A Romanian couple, aged 31 and 32, were arrested at the Ely property on suspicion of modern-day slavery and gangmaster offences on 5 February and released under investigation later that day.

The six workers have now been found "suitable employment away from the area... with appropriate accommodation", a GLAA spokesman said.

"All will remain contactable by GLAA investigators to ensure their transition to their new life [and] each has been provided with details of the appropriate consular official... to provide tangible support."

Severe accident: A1260 Cambridgeshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1260 Cambridgeshire both ways severe accident, at A1179 Longthorpe Parkway J33 affecting A1139 Fletton Parkway J3.

A1260 Cambridgeshire - Queuing traffic and the main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on A1260 Nene Parkway in Peterborough at the A1179 Longthorpe Parkway J33 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles and debris on the road. Diversion in operation - up the slip road and back on via the roundabout. Congestion to Hampton Roundabout.

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

Severe disruption: A47 Cambridgeshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A47 Cambridgeshire eastbound severe disruption, between A141 March Road and B198 Cromwell Road affecting A605.

A47 Cambridgeshire - A47 Fen Road closed and queuing traffic eastbound between the A141 March Road junction in Guyhirn and the B198 Cromwell Road junction in Begdale, because of a broken down lorry and an oil spillage. Police directing traffic. Congestion on A141 March Road to the A605 junction and to the B1167 New Cut junction.

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


Hannah Richardson

BBC News education reporter

Secondary school tables just published show one in eight in England is below government standards.

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Dyfed Powys detectives who participated in Operation Julie, following the trial at Bristol Crown Court

Neil Prior

BBC News

It is 40 years since police went undercover as hippies in mid Wales as part of one of the world's biggest ever counter-drug operations.

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Papworth hall c. 1918 and 2018

The hospital is a globally recognised transplant centre and once treated TB patients in wooden huts.

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Should Britain's train services be renationalised?
British Rail was privatised in 1994 but the debate continues over who should run our train services.

Officers injured during burglary arrest

Alex Harris

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Two Cambridgeshire Police officers were injured while responding to reports of a burglary in Trumpington.

Police were called to Hauxton Road just after 18:30 on Friday evening.

They arrested one man, but up to four others escaped.

Two officers were hurt during the incident, and were taken to hospital with cuts and bruises but later discharged, a spokesman for the force said.

He described the arrest as a "significant breakthrough" in an operation to counter a string of burglaries in Cambridge.


Max Ehmer scores three minutes into stoppage time to earn Gillingham a hard-fought draw against Peterborough.

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