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Summary

  1. Closing headlines on Monday, 4 April 2016
  2. Seven members of a gang which stole artefacts from museums, including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, are jailed
  3. Official report into collapse of £725m Cambridgeshire NHS contract calls for pause on all similar contracts
  4. A Cambridgeshire farmer is leading a campaign to make his village entirely self-sufficient
  5. Work to lay more than 1km (0.6 miles) of new sewer main starts in Godmanchester, which is expected to cause disruption to roads
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    That's it for Cambridgeshire Live today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    We'll see you then.

  2. Weather: Dry tonight and tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Any residual showers will die away over the next couple of hours to leave a dry night across the county, with some clear spells developing in places

    This will allow a few mist and fog patches to form in prone areas such as the River Cam valley, towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will be predominantly dry with only very isolated showers possible. Some warm sunny spells should develop through the day, with these perhaps most widespread late on. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).  

  3. Addenbrooke's surgeon Per Hall shares expertise with African surgeons in trip to Ethiopia

    Cambridge News

    A surgeon from Addenbrooke's Hospital has just returned to the UK after a two-week trip in Ethiopia performing cleft lip and palate surgery and training other surgeons.

  4. Pressures continue at Peterborough City Hospital

    David Keller

    BBC News

    It's been under pressure for a few weeks now, but following an "extremely busy weekend" at A&E, Peterborough City Hospital wants people to continue to think about whether they should be attending the department at all.

    Peterborough City Hospital

    "If your condition is not urgent, or you are unsure of the severity or urgency of your condition, in the first instance, call NHS 111 or contact your local chemist or GP for advice," said Celia Kendrick, deputy general manager for emergency and urgent care.  

  5. News headlines: Men jailed over museum raids... NHS says it 'must learn' from outsourcing contract collapse

    Julia Greenaway

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Here's the latest headlines for Cambridgeshire:

    • Seven members of an organised crime gang have been jailed for their roles in stealing artefacts worth up to £57m from museums, including the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge
    • NHS England says it "must learn" from a report criticising the multi-million-pound contract between Uniting Care Partnership and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group which collapsed
    • Peterborough City Hospital continues to be stretched through unprecedented demand at A&E
  6. NHS England says it 'must learn' from outsourcing contract collapse

    Tom Barton

    BBC Look East political reporter

    In response to the report criticising the deal between Uniting Care Partnership (UCP) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England said it "must learn" from the contract's termination.

    Hospital ward

    "[The report] contains useful initial lessons to inform how the NHS approaches similar contracts in future and we will consider its findings carefully," a spokesman said.

    "The report recommends specific follow-up investigations into the role of external advisors, the effectiveness of the Gateway review process and the role of the CCG leadership and governance during the procurement and contract period. We will initiate a second stage of review investigating these areas as soon as possible."

  7. £725m NHS outsourcing contract 'should have been delayed'

    Tom Barton

    BBC Look East political reporter

    The contract between the Uniting Care Partnership (UCP) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) "should have been delayed" because it wasn't ready to go live, a report says.

    It notes that when the contract began in April 2015 there was not "a finally agreed value of the contract for the first year".

    The review for NHS England also found that both parties failed to take account of the fact that because UCP was not an NHS organisation, but a consortium of two NHS trusts, it would be liable for VAT. The error would have cost £5m annually.

  8. Fitzwilliam Museum 'grateful' for police investigation

    A short statement has been released by the Fitzwilliam Museum in relation to today's museum gang sentencing.

    It says it is "very grateful to the police and other agencies involved in the investigation for their hard work in securing the convictions of those who have been sentenced today, and their ongoing enquiries to recover the stolen artefacts".

    Fitzwilliam Museum
  9. Six more people being sentenced over museum raids tomorrow

    Jo Black

    BBC News

    A further six defendants will be sentenced tomorrow at Birmingham Crown Court over the museum raids.

    Detectives say the Chinese artefacts stolen were worth about £18m but could have fetched up to £57m, and the case dwarfed the more high-profile Hatton Garden heist in London. 

    You can read the full story here.

  10. Men jailed for museum raids

    Jo Black

    BBC News

    Seven members of an organised crime gang who arranged for precious artefacts to be stolen from museums and auction houses across England have been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.

    The plots saw multi-million-pound items including Chinese jade and rhino horn taken from sites including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and an attempted theft at Norwich Castle Museum. 

    The jailed men were:

    • Danny Flynn, 45, of Orchard Drive, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, jailed for four years
    • Paul Pammen, 49, of Alton Gardens, Southend, Essex, jailed for five and a half years
    • Donald Chi Chong Wong, 56, of Clapham Common South Side, London, jailed for five and a half years
    • Daniel "Turkey" O'Brien, 45, from Smithy Fen, Cottenham, jailed for six years and eight months
    • Richard "Kerry" O'Brien Junior, 31, of Dale Farm, Oak Lane, Billericay, Essex, jailed for five and a half years
    • Alan Clarke, 37, of Melbourne Road, Newham, London, jailed for five and a half years
    • John "Cash" O'Brien, 68, of Fifth Avenue, Wolverhampton, jailed for five years and three months
  11. BreakingMembers of museum raid gang jailed

    Seven men from Cambridgeshire, Essex, London and the West Midlands, who were part of an organised crime gang, have been jailed for their roles in stealing artefacts worth up to £57m from museums across England, including in Norwich and Cambridge.

  12. Football: Former players reflect on Histon relegation

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    A number of former players have passed on their commiserations following Histon's relegation from the Southern League Premier Division. The Stutes were beaten 3-2 by Bedworth to rubber-stamp their third relegation in just five years.

    Former defender Erkan Okay has backed the club to rebuild at a lower level, while ex-goalkeeper Enol Ordonez says "it's a time for self-criticism and to come back stronger".

    Bridge Road
  13. Large CCG contracts 'should be reviewed'

    Tom Barton

    BBC Look East political reporter

    The report into the collapse of the multi-million-pound contract between Uniting Care Partnership (UCP) and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) also calls into question the ability of CCGs to handle large contracts.

    Elderly person

    "The current approach of complete delegation to CCGs to enter into large complex novel contracts without the need to provide any assurance to NHS England should be reviewed," it says.

    UCP won a competitive tender to run the contract to supply older people and adult community healthcare in Cambridgeshire just over a year ago, but it collapsed in December.

  14. Report recommends pause on NHS outsourcing contracts after collapse

    Tom Barton

    BBC Look East political reporter

    An official report into the collapse of a £725m NHS contract has called a pause on all similar contracts until a review has been completed "as a matter of urgency".

    The report, for NHS England, looked at the collapse of Uniting Care Partnership (UCP) which had been recruited by the local clinical commissioning group to deliver adult community services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

    It says the NHS should "review all current and planned CCG and NHS England contracts of this sort as a matter of urgency, prior to entering into any new commitments".

  15. Building work begins on new £16m cinema

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    This is what the site of a £16m six-screen cinema complex in Ely looks like today.

    Building work in Ely

    Work has just begun on the development on Downham Road, which will also include several restaurants. 

    It is expected to create around 280 new jobs, and is due to open in February next year. 

  16. Have craft beer-loving hipsters saved real ale in Cambridge?

    Cambridge News

    The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has been fighting for nearly 50 years to promote and encourage beer drinkers to branch out and try traditionally crafted brews.

    But their efforts may no longer be needed following the rise of 'hipster' culture and an explosion of microbreweries across the UK.

  17. Thomas Barrett found

    David Keller

    BBC News

    We mentioned earlier that Thomas Barrett had gone missing from his home in Longthorpe.

    Police have just told me he has been found "alive and well", and they have thanked members of the public for their help.