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Our live coverage through the day

That's the last of our updates for this week, thanks for joining us.

Prince William has given us a glimpse of the emotional toll that comes with being an East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot, while silver medallist Louis Smith told us Rio was "the hardest Olympics of his life". 

If you're looking for something to do this Bank Holiday weekend, why not head to Grantchester Meadows...

Grantchester meadows
John Sutton/Geograph

It's hosting a giant screen for outdoor films...

Screen at Grantchester meadows

Enjoy the Bank Holiday and we'll see you on Tuesday at 08:00.

Our live coverage through the day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for regular updates from all the Local Live team here at Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday morning with all your news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great bank holiday weekend. 

One of the main stories we've been following today is the moving of the Airlander 10 back into its home at Hangar 1 in Cardington, after it nosedived on its second test flight on Wednesday. 

Steve Marshall took some fantastic photos of Martha Gwyn as she was being towed. 

We've put them together and made a little film, which you can watch below. 

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Our live coverage through the day

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished. Thanks for following us today.

You can head to our Twitter feed and Facebook page for more updates on the Greenbelt Festival at Boughton House this weekend.

Plus the BBC Sport website has full coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and we'll see you on Tuesday at 08:00.

Whitlock busts his moves all over the country

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It's certainly been a busy week for double gold winning Olympian Max Whitlock. 

Not content with winning three medals at the Rio Olympics, since he arrived back home on Tuesday he's been busting his moves all over the country. 

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock
Maz Whitlock on BBC Breakfast
Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock

U's boss Derry confident his team will soon hit winning streak

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

It's been a tough start to the season for Cambridge United, who've failed to win any of their opening four matches in League Two.

It's left manager Shaun Derry "half-baffled".

Shaun Derry
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The U's are hosting Luton in League Two tomorrow and the manager is "absolutely certain it's going to change for the better".

New striker Uche Ikpeauzu is unlikely to feature because of a lack of match fitness. Derry said his players need to build on Tuesday's promising performance against Wolves. 

Posh players need to 'stamp their authority' on MK Dons, says boss McCann

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

"We'll show no fear" is the message from Peterborough United boss Grant McCann, ahead of their trip to MK Dons tomorrow in League One.

"Stadium MK is a big stadium and we always bring a lot of fans there," he told me.

"It's a game where we need to go and stamp our authority."

Grant McCann (centre)
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The Posh manager insists his players are "acutely aware" of the importance of the fixture, having lost their last two matches.   

Man jailed for second time for air arms offences

A man from Bedford found with a shotgun in the taxi he was travelling in has been jailed for seven years. 

Tests found DNA belonging Nazidh Shehzad, 35, on the weapon, which was in the boot along with four shotgun cartridges and a stash of heroin. 

Shehzad had previously served a five-and-a-half jail sentence for having a sawn-off shotgun which was found in his home.

Nazish Shehzad
Bedfordshire Police
Bedfordshire Police
Cartridges and drugs
Bedfordshire Police

Greenbelt Festival: Day one

The Greenbelt Festival near Kettering is under way and the sun has been shining.

Between eight and nine thousand people are expected to attend the "faith, arts and justice" event over the bank holiday weekend.

Here are a few photos from this afternoon. BBC Radio Northampton will be there across the weekend. 

people next to a tent

Page hoping Cobblers take 'confidence and momentum' from EFL Cup match

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town manager Rob Page says tomorrow's game against Coventry will be "entertaining", but admits the team has "aspects we need to work on".

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Page saw glimpses of how he wants the team to play in their EFL Cup victory against West Brom on Tuesday.

He says the win on penalties has given the Cobblers "confidence and momentum" as they head to the Ricoh Arena.

Convicted rapist showed 'no remorse'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

"You callously abused her. The psychological effects on her were very serious and likely to be long-term. The offences were pre-planned and were motivated by your desire for sexual gratification."

Those are the words of Judge Andrew Bright, who today sentenced, Alfred Lines, 74, to over 10 years in jail for the rape and abuse of a young girl in Hertfordshire. 

Referring to the interview with a probation officer before he was sentenced, the judge said Lines, who had been married for 50 years, had shown "self pity, not remorse".

Teenage rape victim unable to 'forgive attacker'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

After Alfred Lines, 74, from Little Paxton in Cambridgeshire was sentenced to more than 10 years in jail for the rape of a young girl, the victim read a statement out at St Albans Crown Court. 

She was aged between 11 and 12 when she was abused in Ware, Hertfordshire, and is now a teenager.

She said: "I have been unable to grow up. I am afraid to have a boyfriend. I can't get it out of my mind that something like this will happen again. I cannot forgive him. I think he should go to prison, regardless of his age."

St Albans Crown Court

Pensioner jailed for rape of teenager

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A 74-year-old Cambridgeshire man has been jailed for 10 years and four months for the rape and sexual abuse of a young girl.  

Alfred Lines from Little Paxton, St Neots, pleaded guilty to two charges of rape of a child under 13, two of sexual assault on a child aged under 13 and one of assault by penetration. 

He was sentenced today at St Albans Crown Court for the attacks which happened in Ware, Hertfordshire, when the victim was aged between 11 and 12. 

Alfred Lines
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Baby dog death adjournment: 'Latest twist in a tragic story'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The latest adjournment in the sentencing over the death of six-month-old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon is the latest twist in this tragic story, which has been playing out since October 2014.

As the family arrived at court this morning, both mother Claire Riley and grandmother Susan Aucott were hidden under umbrellas, closely guarded by a large number of friends and family members.


The scene turned into a heated scuffle, with cameras being pushed and shoved away as they made their way inside the court.

Later, Riley and her family came back outside to have a cigarette and it was then she appeared to become unwell, bent double and began leaning on the wall of the court.

An ambulance was called, she was wheeled inside it, and taken to hospital.

The hearing was later adjourned until 15 September.

Free diving lessons at Cambridge pool

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Have you still got the Olympic bug? Think you could be up there with the best?

Well this weekend, Cambridge Dive Team is celebrating Dan Goodfellow's bronze medal by offering free diving lessons at Parkside Pools, as part of the 'I Am Team GB' programme.

Olympic divers Dan Goodfellow and Tom Daley hold their medals
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Sharyn Bord, president of the Cambridge Dive Team, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "We've had immense interest since the Olympics. People want to know how they can try diving and we thought this could answer their question.

"Just turn up and give it a go."

The free lessons will take place on Saturday from 11:05 for 20 minutes. 

On this weekend: 30 years ago Communards become number one

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

It was on this weekend 30 years ago that the Communards went to number one in the UK charts with their cover of Don't Leave Me This Way.

The man of the far left playing the keyboard in Northamptonshire's own Richard Coles, the man who is now vicar of Finedon.


And if you missed Celebrity MasterChef, this is what he looks like these days...

Richard Coles

Inmate dies at Woodhill prison

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man has died at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes, a coroner's officer has said. 

The prison has come under increased scrutiny from inspectors over the number of deaths at the prison in recent years.

The coroner's officer was notified of the latest death on Thursday afternoon.   

Exterior view of HMP Woodhill
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Record-breaking bank holiday weekend expected at Luton Airport

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

This bank holiday weekend could be the busiest yet for Luton Airport, in its 78-year history. 

Between now and Monday the airport is expecting about 200,000 passengers to arrive and depart. That's up 15% on this time last year. 

Some of the most popular destinations this weekend, if you fancy packing your bags, are Copenhagen, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Palma De Mallorca.

Passengers boarding a plane at Luton Airport
London Luton Airport

More than 70 miles of roadworks to be completed or lifted in the east ready for Bank Holiday weekend

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Some good news if you're planning on heading out over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Highways England have confirmed that more than 370 miles of roadworks across the UK will be lifted or completed on motorways and major A roads ready for the weekend.

Here in the east, that's about 70 miles worth of roadworks.

In particular the works will be lifted on -

  • A428 near St Neots
  • A14 between junctions 36 and 22, as well as junctions 30 and 31 on the opposite carriageway
  • A1307 Huntingdon Road near Cambridge
  • A1 southbound between junction 15 for Sawtry and junction 14 for the A14. 

Cobblers looking for win to extend unbeaten league run

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town will have to put the visit of Manchester United in the EFL Cup next month to the back of their minds as they hope to secure their first win of the season away to Coventry in League One tomorrow.

However, with four straight draws they have extended their unbeaten league run, which started in December last year.

28 games unbeaten for the Cobblers in the league
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Travel: Delays on Paston Parkway in Peterborough

BBC Travel

Watch out if you're heading on the A47 Paston Parkway at the moment. There's queuing traffic westbound around junction 20, because of the roadworks. 

Congestion is currently back to the A1139 Eye Road junction.

Stay up-to-date with BBC Travel.

BreakingBaby dog death mother and grandmother sentencing adjourned until September

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The sentencing of a mother and grandmother of a baby killed by a dangerous dog has been adjourned until 15 September.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked at her home in Daventry in October 2014 by an American pit bull, owned by her mother.

The six-month old girl was being looked after by her grandmother at a house in Morning Star Road when the she was attacked by the dog.

The American pit bull is a banned breed and in August 2015 Molly-Mae's mother, Claire Riley, 23 and the baby's grandmother, Susan Aucott, 55, pleaded guilty being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog resulting in death.

Earlier today Riley collapsed outside court and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Weather update: Fine and sunny

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The hot weather continues and what started as a slightly dull day has turned in to a beautiful one.

It will remain dry, with cloud limited. Although it will be less humid than recently, it will still feel warm in the sunshine. Highs of 24C (75F).

Your sunny Weather Watcher pictures have been pouring in, reflecting just how beautiful it is across the county. 

Sun shining on a river in Longthorpe
Paul's Patch / BBC Weather Watchers
Fishing rod sits in a lake
Lakeside Geoff / BBC Weather Watchers
Green grass in a sunny field
Dougie's Domain - Newmarket

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Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Greenbelt Festival

The Archbishop of Canterbury is one of the high-profile visitors at the Greenbelt Festival near Kettering this weekend.  

The Most Reverend Justin Welby will lead a special worship on Sunday morning, which will be free to enter.

Archbishop of Canterbury

The festival regularly attracts the biggest names of Christian music and many mainstream musicians.

Former hostage Terry Waite will also attend the event.

The previous envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury was taken hostage in Lebanon in 1987, where he was held captive for nearly five years.

Thousands of people expected at Greenbelt Festival

The annual Greenbelt Festival starts today at Boughton House near Kettering.

Between eight and nine thousand people are expected to attend the three-day arts, faith and justice event.

The festival started in 1974 and it's the third time Boughton House has hosted it.


There will be about 300 contributors, ranging from religious speakers, bands, performance poets and comedians.

During the past year, the organisers behind Greenbelt have raised £60,000 which is then donated to projects around the world that combine arts, faith and justice.  

What's gathering us is our humanity; our excitement about the arts...I suppose our excitement about life and trying to work out what it means to live as a Christian today.

Paul NorthupCreative Director, Greenbelt Festival

Things hotting up in St Albans

BBC Weather Watchers

Temperatures of up to 24C (75F) were forecast for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire today but it seems like things are really hotting up in St Albans. 

Weather Watcher Team amazing says the temperature hit 31C (88F) in St Albans this morning. 

St Albans

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Two day care centres for people with dementia could close in Northamptonshire

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

We'll return to the sentencing of the mother and grandmother of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon this afternoon but on to some other news today...

Two Northamptonshire day care centres for people with dementia could be closed to save the county council £440,000.

Drayton Centre

A consultation will now take place on shutting the Drayton Day Centre (pictured) in Northampton and Stephenson Court Day Centre in Kilsby, north of Daventry. Fifty people use the two centres - and the authority says alternative support would be found for them.  

Louis Smith on Rio 2016: 'I felt a lot of pressure to justify my selection'

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been catching up with Olympic silver medalist and Peterborough boy Louis Smith for the first time since returning from Rio 2016.

On Rio 2016

He told me that this "had been the hardest Olympics" of his life.

"When I did qualify for the team, a lot of people thought I shouldn't have. I felt a lot of pressure to justify my selection by doing a good result.

"It's been a long graft to get to where I am. It's so humbling and I'm proud to look back on what I've done".

Louis Smith hugs team-mate Max Whitlock
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On the plane journey home

"Gold were in first, silver were in business, bronze were in premium economy and those who didn't medal were in where the 'muggles' sit" he joked.

"The whole plane was just a joy to be on".

Louis Smith waves
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On Tokyo 2020

"Tokyo 2020 is definitely in my mindset. I would love to go. I would love to give it one last chance to try and claim that gold. But i'll be 31 in Tokyo. You don't get many gold medal winners at 31 in gymnastics so i'd definitely be pushing the boundaries of what a 31-year-old can do in the sport."

Troke sentencing: Judge expresses sadness

Gareth George

BBC Look East

At today's sentencing at Colchester Magistrates' Court, judge John Woollard told Leonie Troke: "I want to express the sadness that I have that nothing I could do today will have the effect of bringing Mrs Wilcox back, or repair the serious injuries caused to your daughter." 

Troke, from Wendover in Buckinghamshire, sat in the dock with her head bowed and broke down. 

She was ordered to do 180 hours community service, disqualified from driving for 18 months, and ordered to pay £145 in court costs and charges. 

Colchester Magistrates' Court
Geograph/Glyn Baker

Outside court, the family of Jean Wilcox, 82, - the passenger who died in the crash -  said they were happy with the sentence.   

Troke sentencing: Mother 'clipped kurb' in accident that paralysed daughter and killed pensioner

Gareth George

BBC Look East

The judge at Colchester Magistrates' Court heard how the crash happened in July 2015 near the village of Great Wigborough in Essex when Buckinghamshire mother, Leonie Troke was driving a VW Polo. 

Her two daughters, aged five and two, were in the back. 

The court heard she clipped the kerb or a rut in the road, tried to correct the steering, overcompensated, and veered across to the other carriageway, crashing into a Vauxhall Astra. 

Her five-year-old daughter Lucille suffered injuries to her liver, spleen, lungs, spine and has been left paralysed from the waist down. 

Jan Wilcox, 82, from Waltham Cross who was a passenger in the Astra, died at the scene. 

Mother who paralysed own daughter in crash given community service order

Gareth George

BBC Look East

A mother who paralysed her own daughter in a crash in Essex, which also killed an elderly passenger, has been given a community service order. 

Leonie Troke, 38, of Halton Lane, Wendover, Aylesbury, had admitted causing death by careless driving. 

She was sentenced today at Colchester Magistrates' Court. 

Leonie Troke

In pictures part three: Airlander 10 being towed into hangar

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

This is the third and final part of a series of images taken by Steve Marshall of Martha Gwyn (aka Airlander 10), as she was being towed back into Hanger 1 at Cardington airfield. 

She's now back safely inside and will be assessed and repaired so she can go back into the sky and continue her test flights. 

Airlander going into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander going into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander back in hangar
Steve Marshall

Internal report coming 'soon' into missing Cobblers' millions

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The first report into how £10.25m of public money was lent to the Cobblers is drafted and will be finalised "soon".

Auditors from PriceWaterhouse Cooper say fieldwork is "complete" but a meeting needs to be had with Northamptonshire Police.


For months three parallell investigations have been going on into the £10.25m Northampton Borough Council lent to the football club - much of which apparently went missing.

Internal auditor PWC has been looking at the council's internal processes, and how they work.

Newly published council papers say the report will be finalised "as soon as possible".

We don't have a date for it's publication.

In pictures part two: Airlander 10 being towed into hangar

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Here's the next series of pictures taken by Steve Marshall as the Airlander 10 was being towed back into it's hangar yesterday afternoon after it's nose dive landing on Wednesday. 

He said it was "totally awesome" seeing it move. 

He was taking some photos of the open she as "its never open". Then he went round to photo Airlander 10 and when he realised it was moving he raced back to photograph it.

Here are the images:

Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall

Parish councils taking on responsibilities of bigger authorities

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

With bigger councils finding their finances more and more stretched, it's been revealed that parish councils are stepping in.

In Cambridgeshire, some parish councils are now paying for services including street lights, public loos and maintenance men.

In Bretton, the parish council now looks after street cleaning, with the help of 'The Glutton'.

The clerk of Bretton Parish Council, Bernard Champness, demonstrates how it works...

In pictures: Airlander 10 being towed into hangar

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Yesterday Steve Marshall just happened to be in the right place at the right time. 

He was in Cardington at about 15:30, while on a local delivery, when the Airlander 10, was being towed from it's landing position back into Hangar 1. 

Here are some of his excellent photos.

Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall

Sentencing in baby dog death case adjourned to afternoon

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Sentencing in the mother and grandmother of Molly-Mae Wotherspoon has been adjourned until 14:00 to see whether the baby's mother, Claire Riley, is out of hospital.

Riley, 23, was taking to hospital after collapsing outside court before the proceeding started.

Grandmother Susan Aucott, 55, remains at the court for the time being. The judge at the sentencing has said it is preferable to sentence them together.

Riley and Aucott pleaded guilty to owning a dangerously out of control dog, an American pit bull which attacked and killed six-month-old Molly-Mae in 2014.

Cambridge News: Vandals trash Cambridge pool for third time in a fortnight

Cambridge News

The Cambridge News is reporting that a paddling pool in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall has been vandalised for the third time in two weeks.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon death: A timeline of events

  • October 2014 - Six-month old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked by an American pit bull at her home in Morning Star Road, Daventry
  • August 2015 - Claire Riley (pictured) is charged with owning and Susan Aucott of being in control of a dangerously out-of-control dog, resulting in death.
  • September 2015 - Grandmother Susan Aucott appears at Northampton Magistrates' Court. Mother Claire Riley does not attend due to illness.
  • December 2015 - Susan Aucott denies the charge against her.
  • June 2016 - Both defendants admit to the charges against them. 
  • 26 August 2016 - The pair are due to be sentenced.
Woman and dog
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Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton second after first practice at Spa

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Spa-Francorchamps

Nico Rosberg was comfortably fastest ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a low-key first practice session at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The German was 0.73 seconds quicker than Hamilton, from Stevenage, who was just 0.069secs ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Mercedes were the only team to run the fastest tyre, the super-soft, as the team plan a weekend on which they know Hamilton will start from the back.

The world champion has a grid penalty for using too many engine parts.

Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes
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