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Scientists use massive water tank to test HGV aerodynamics

Think of aerodynamics and you probably think of aircraft, Formula One or the type of skin suit worn by our Olympic cyclists.

But, researchers, from the University of Cambridges Centre for Sustainable Road Freight have been using a special water tank facility to develop a more aerodynamic trailer design for HGVs.

The work means the trucks will produce lower CO2 emissions.


Cambridge pensioner found guilty of sexually abusing young girls over 23 years

Sazzad Miah was found guilty of 18 sexual offences. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A pensioner has been found guilty of sexually abusing girls as young as four in a series of offences which spanned 23 years.

Sazzad Miah, 83, was arrested in October last year after police received information about the abuse.

Cambridge Crown Court heard how he abused one girl over a period of 12 years between 1992 and 2004 and another over eight years between 2004 and 2012.

Two were as young as four, another was five years old and another was 10.

Miah, from Cambridge, denied any wrongdoing but after a 16-day trial he was found guilty of 18 offences.

They included five counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecency with a child, four counts of rape, two counts of rape of a child under 13, four counts of sexual assault of a child under 13 and one count of sexual activity with a child.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

“The victims in this investigation have been extremely courageous and I am pleased that they were able to disclose the horrific abuse they have suffered at the hands of Miah. “Child abuse is totally unacceptable and we will support victims of such crimes and work tirelessly to bring the offender to justice.”

– Det Insp Andrea Warren

For information and advice about child abuse, including sexual abuse, visit the police website

Anyone who suspects a child is being abused should contact police on 101 or report online at


Pedestrian hit by guided bus in Cambridge

The Cambridge guided busway Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A pedestrian is believed to have been hit by a guided bus in Cambridge during this morning's rush hour.

Emergency services were called to reports of a collision on the guided busway near Purbeck Road, close to Cambridge University Press. The ambulance service said it was first called at 8.17am with police alerted at 8.34am.

The East of England Ambulance Service said a man, believed to be in his 30s, was treated at the scene with leg and shoulder injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

A police spokesman said he had "suspected serious but not life-threatening injuries".

The guided busway connects areas around Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to the city centre, via Cambridge station.

Honoured Mary Beard says her children will treat her as a pantomime dame

The Cambridge classics professor and television presenter Mary Beard is now a Dame. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Cambridge classicist Mary Beard said it was a "smashing honour" to be made a dame in the Queen's Birthday honours.

Beard, who was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours, will receive a damehood for services to the study of classical civilisations.

The University of Cambridge professor is well-known for her online presence and regular appearances on classics and discussion panel programmes on the BBC, as well as contributing to Radio 4 series A Point Of View.

Yet she expects her friends and family to throw around a few jokes.

"I think there will be a bit of ribaldry to be honest - and a few jokes about 'pantomime dames'. But all good fun," she said.<

"It is of course a smashing honour. I feel especially pleased that someone working on the ancient classical world gets honoured in this way.

"I'd like to treat it as a bit of a tribute to the Greeks and Romans themselves - as well as to all my wonderful academic colleagues who also do so much for the study of antiquity."<

– Dame Mary Beard

Emergency crews sent to serious flat fire in Cambridge

Crews were sent to a serious flat fire on Mill Road Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Emergency crews have been tackling a serious fire at a flat in Cambridge.

Firefighters were called to Mill Road near to the junction of Cockburn close overnight.

Part of the road was closed while firefighters dealt with it and people were being urged to avoid the area.

Crews spent the evening dampening down.

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