Peterborough News 18th August 2010

A summary of the Peterborough Breakfast Show from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire broadcast from 07:00 to 09:00 on Wednesday 18th August 2010.

The Liberal Democrats on Peterborough City Council have raised questions over whether an eleven year IT contract with Serco at a cost of £44 million pounds represents good value for money.
The local Pakistani community is redoubling its fundraising efforts for victims of the floods there.
From today local authorities will be able to sell any surplus energy they have from simple renewable sources back to the National Grid. Peterborough City Council look forward to doing that but have none available at present and no concrete proposals in the pipeline.

As the Coalition Government reaches its 100th day in office local heads of services including police and NHS reflect on the consequences for their departments, and pollsters report on how popular the Coalition is at this point.
Cambridgeshire Police comment on their continued success rate targeting cannabis farms in the region. ACPO say police resources were used to raid 7000 such farms in a year, and that British growers have taken over from South East Asians.
The number of young teenage tobacco smokers has fallen from 24% to 17% since new laws were introduced limiting purchases to 18 year olds, according to a report by the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Unit at University College London.
The wooly mammoth died out due to the spread of forests and the decline of grasslands, not human hunting ,according to a Durham University and Natural History Museum report. Peterborough Museum has various bones for inspection, and a medieval theme on offer during the school holidays.
Jeff Stebbings discusses extinct plants and insects, and says keep an eye out for tomato blight during any prolonged wet weather.

Mainly dry at first with some sunny spells, but increasing amounts of cloud bringing the chance of a shower, some heavy at times this afternoon. 20C 68F.

Darren Fower LibDem Cllr. Peterborough City Council.
Jenny Fidler Tobacco Report Author Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Unit University College London.
Samantha Dalton Cabinet Member for Environment Capital Peterborough City Council.
Dr Roger Mortimer Ipsos Mori Pollsters.
Ghulam Shabbir Pakistan Community Association.
Chief Inspector Paul Rodgers Cambridgeshire Police.
Stewart Orme Peterborough Museum.
Jeff Stebbings Garden Answers Magazine.

Presenter: Andy Gall
Producer: Heather Noble
Sport: Peter Swann
News: Suzi Roberts
Travel: Gemma King
Weather: John Lord
Phones: Kerry Devine