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Cambridge tech firm takeover could double UK workforce

The £24bn takeover of Cambridge technology company ARM Holdings could see its UK workforce doubled. Credit: Bay Area News Group/ABACA/PA Images

The £24bn takeover of Cambridge technology company ARM Holdings could see its UK workforce doubled. It employs more than 3,000 people in Cambridgeshire.

The British company is a major presence in mobile procession, with its processor and graphics technology used by Samsung, Huawei and Apple in their in-house designed microchips.

The deal has been welcomed by the new Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond who said it shows that Britain had lost "lost none of its allure to international investors" following Brexit.

The Chancellor Philip Hammond says the deal guarantees to double the number of jobs in the UK. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

"This £24 billion investment would be the largest ever from Asia into the UK.

"It would guarantee to double the number of jobs in ARM in the UK over the next five years and turn this great British company into a global phenomenon.

"Britain is open for business - and open to foreign investment. Softbank's decision confirms that Britain remains one of the most attractive destinations globally for investors to create jobs and wealth. And as ARM's founders will testify, this is the greatest place in the world to start and grow a technology business."

– Philip Hammond, Chancellor

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Open day to go ahead at French school despite Nice attack

Staff at the Alliance Française language school in Cambridge say they will be going ahead with their planned open day tomorrow despite the deaths of so many in the Nice attack.

They have invited members of the public to go along to an open day tomorrow to show solidarity with those killed in last night's attack.

The school is a meeting place for French nationals living in the region.

Queen touches down to open East Anglian Air Ambulance base

The Queen has arrived in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Queen has safely touched down ahead of a visit to Cambridge today to officially open the East Anglian Air Ambulance's new base.

Queen Elizabeth II will be shown around by her grandson Prince William who is a co-pilot for the charity.

The Queen will be shown around by Prince William. Credit: PA

The Queen is expected to be at the base for around 40 minutes before she has to head back to London to meet outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron.

Prince William arrives just in time for Queen's Cambridge visit

Prince William arrived in the nick of time. Credit: The Royal Family Twitter/ITV News Anglia

Prince William has arrived back at Cambridge Airport just in the nick of time for a visit from his grandmother, the Queen.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are due to officially open the East Anglian Air Ambulance's new base today.

William is a co-pilot for the charity and was deployed to Norfolk for a mission this morning.

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The Queen to open new East Anglian Air Ambulance base

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh Credit: PA

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are due to officially open the East Anglian Air Ambulance's new base today.

Their grandson Prince William is a co-pilot for the charity and has flown dozens of missions since joining last July.

The Royals will meet staff and former patients at the new facility at Cambridge Airport.

It's the start of a busy day for the Queen - this afternoon Her Majesty will meet Theresa May and formally invite her to become the new Prime Minister.

Consultation to reduce Cambridge congestion

Plans to reduce congestion. Credit: ITV News Anglia

People in Cambridge are being urged to have their say on new plans to curb congestion. Measures include improvements to public transport, peak-time closures of certain roads, cycling and walking networks and an expansion of resident parking zones. More than 50,000 people travel in and out of the city each day. The consultation will last 3 months.

Quentin Blake unveils new artwork

Quentin Blake with some of his artwork in 2013. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The children's illustrator Sir Quentin Blake is unveiling new artwork at Cambridge's Zoology Museum today.

The artist, who is best-known for his work with Roald Dahl, has created a series of blinds for the newly-refurbished Museum of Zoology.

An alumni of Cambridge University, he will return to the city on Monday to reveal the design. It will be visible from the outside of the David Attenborough Building on Pembroke Street, the recently-renamed home of the museum.

The bespoke designs include illustrations depicting museum specimens and the stories behind them. They include a cartoon of a Finback Whale, inspired by the 70-foot skeleton which will hang in the museum's entrance.

Professor Paul Brakefield, director of the Museum of Zoology, said: "I am delighted that Sir Quentin Blake is working with us on the re-opening project. His skill at depicting the specimens and their collectors in a fun and colourful way really adds an extra dimension to the museum. We are very excited that the blinds are now up, and that the exhibits will now start heading back to the museum from our stores, ahead of the re-opening in 2017."

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