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Lego or Barbie? Which is the best toy for girls?

A Cambridge scientist has said toys like Barbie could be holding back girls from developing an interest in science and engineering.

Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University, wants girls to play with toys more traditionally given to boys.

What do you think? Which toy would you prefer your girl to play with?

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Cambridge is regional commuter capital

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Cambridge's commuter belt stretches as far as Harlow and Bishop's Stortford, according to new figures from the government.

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The Office for National Statistics stats suggest that Cambridge is now the regional capital for commuting - with workers travelling in from as far down as the M25.

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Burghley Horse Trials begin in Stamford

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It's the start of the Burghley Horse Trials.

Burghley Horse Trials Credit: ITV Anglia

Some of the world's best horses and riders will compete in the four day event at Stamford near Peterborough, which includes show-jumping and cross-country.

The police say that with tens of thousands of people attending, traffic in the area could be slow and that drivers should leave extra time.

35th Film Festival kicks off in Cambridge

Punters at the Cambridge Film Festival Credit: ITV Anglia

The 35th Cambridge Film Festival begins today. It's one of the UK's biggest film festivals, drawing on-screen stars as well as fans.

Last year nearly 13,000 people attended, and organisers hope that number rises again with attractions like Cinema on the River, where people watch movies from punts.

This year the festival features films from more than 30 different countries. It runs for ten days.

Former police officer sentenced

A former police officer who was based at Ely in Cambridgeshire has been sentenced after pleading guilty to theft and computer misuse.

Matt Bailey, 50, who retired earlier this year, was given a 16-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, at Lincoln Crown Court today (September 2).

Bailey, formerly a detective constable based at Ely, admitted the theft of a mobile phone and computer misuse at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court last month.

He received 13 months for computer misuse and three months for theft, to be served consecutively. He was also ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £1000 and compensation of £1070. Bailey will also be tagged on curfew for four months between 7pm and 7am.

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