Cambridgeshire’s top 5 news stories on October 12, 2021

Cambridgeshire Live readers were saddened in their droves when police named the victim of a fatal crash today (October 12).

The death of a 33-year-old is undoubtedly the most hard-hitting and emotional story we covered on Tuesday.

But we have more updates and guides to keep you informed, too.

In case you have missed any of the big stories locally today, scroll down to catch up.

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Monday’s (October 11) round up included news of a new children’s hospital, pleas from local foodbanks and the sad tale of a driver who caused the death of a much-loved war veteran.

Unfortunately Tuesday brought news of more tragedies, but also of cosy pubs, the area’s unhealthiest places and a lot more.

Here are the stories you may have missed:

Tributes to Christopher Hunt after A47 crash death

Christopher Hunt, 33, of Branston Road, Uppingham, died when the red Ford Fiesta he was driving was involved in a collision with two other vehicles at about 8.10pm on Friday (October 8).

One other person remains in a life-threatening condition.

But on Tuesday (October 12) police named Christopher and released a family tribute to him.

Christopher Hunt, 33, of Branston Road, Uppingham, died when the red Ford Fiesta he was driving was involved in a collision with two other vehicles on the A47

It hailed him as a “loving father” and a “perfect son”.

Read the complete story.

Cambridgeshire MP refuses to say sorry for Government’s Covid failings

North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay defended the Government’s record on handling the coronavirus pandemic – despite a cross-party report by MPs saying slow action in 2020 cost thousands of lives.

Experts have suggested the first wave death toll of 40,000 could have been halved if Boris Johnson had locked England down earlier.

Mr Barclay, who is Minister for the Cabinet Office, appeared on Sky News and was asked if he wanted to say sorry.

He failed to apologise more than a dozen times.

complete details here.

The unhealthiest areas of Cambridge – mapped

Ever wondered where the healthiest and unhealthiest places to live are in our area?

Data gathered by the Consumer Data Research Centre takes into account positive factors relating to health such as access to healthcare, GPs, hospitals, dentists, pharmacies, air quality and leisure.

Those numbers have been crunched into maps.

See the maps and read the story.

Pink Floyd guitar to be sold for charity

Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett’s guitar will be auctioned off to raise funds a national charity and a Cambridgeshire hospice.

The singer-songwriter left the band in 1968, as they were about to unprotected to global recognition, and lived in his mum’s basement in Hills Road, Cambridge.

Barrett recorded two solo albums but suffered from mental decline, which was blamed on his drug use, ultimately becoming a recluse.

A guitar once owned by the Pink Floyd founder member is being sold by Cheffins for charity by his nephew Mark Barrett. Pictured is Mark with the guitar that is estimated to sell for over £5,000.

He died of pancreatic cancer in 2006 at the age of 60.

But now his guitar could make much-needed funds for a good cause.

Read more on the guitar’s sale.

Critics select vicinity’s pubs as among ‘UK’s cosiest’

Writing for Mail+, author Olly Smith and writer Tom Parker Bowles looked at their favourite cosy pubs from across the United Kingdom giving us a comprehensive list of places to visit.

The pair picked out The Cambridge Blue in Cambridge as their cosiest pub in the county.

Olly wrote: “THE pub I drink in when visiting Cambridge on my Three Wine Men tasting tours, as it lives up to its billing as a traditional pub with modern beer and a real-ale paradise.”

Read their complete verdict on the local boozers.

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