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That's all from us today

Live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks have now finished.

You can find more details on the disruption to trains because of the derailment at Watford Junction via the BBC Travel website.

You can follow all the weekend's football via the BBC Sport website.

See you on Monday.

That's all from us today

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

You can find more details on the disruption to London Midland trains via the BBC Travel website.

Tomorrow, Ellie Robinson, Northampton's 15-year-old Paralympic gold medallist, competes in her final event - the 100m freestyle S6. You can follow that on the BBC Sport website.

See you on Monday.

Ellie Robinson
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That's all from us today

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county. 

Today we brought you these stories:

If you'd like to catch up on the news, scroll down - and thanks for joining us today.

Weather outlook

BBC Weather

Weather forecast
BBC

After a very wet day, it'll be mostly dry with a few clear spells tonight. Cloud is also forecast, with some patchy rain in the far east. It will be breezy, but a fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures falling to 12C (54F).

Saturday will be rather cloudy in many places with some patchy light rain or drizzle. The brisk north-westerly winds will ease through the day, with temperatures reaching highs of 18C (66F).

Watford boss Mazzarri has 'very good relationship' with Mourinho

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri has dismissed suggestions of bad feeling between himself and Jose Mourinho, ahead of his side's meeting with Manchester United on Sunday.

The pair were rival managers in Italy when Mazzarri was at Sampdoria and then Napoli and Mourinho was at Inter. During that time Mourinho once compared Mazzarri to a donkey, and Mazzarri said Mourinho "talks rubbish".

Walter Mazzarri Jose Mourinho
Reuters/PA

"I have a very good relationship with Mourinho," said the 54-year-old Italian, who took over at Vicarage Road in the summer.

He told me: "Sometimes the press looks at what happened before in Italy but that is normal, because when you fight for a top position it's normal that sometimes you say a couple of things one to the other. 

"But I have a good professional relationship with him; there's professional respect."

Saints 'stepping up a level' against Premiership champions Saracens, says coach King

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints need to take the game to Saracens tomorrow afternoon when the two teams meet in the Premiership, according to coach Alex King.

Although they're just two games into the new campaign, Saturday's trip to Allianz Park will be one of Saints' toughest matches of the season, against a team that won the Champions Cup and Premiership double last year.

Alex King
Getty Images

King says they need to "replicate the first half" the Saints had against Bristol in their 32-10 victory, but admitted they are "going up a level in class" in facing Saracens.

Travel latest: Rail disruption into the evening

It's been one of those days for rail users in Cambridgeshire, with lightning strikes disrupting services earlier via Broxbourne, and a points failure at Stansted Mountfitchet.

There are delays and cancellations to services between Cambridge and Norwich, which are set to continue into the evening.

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Stevenage company to develop 'laser-directed energy weapon'

A Hertfordshire company is to begin developing a futuristic laser weapon which could bring down enemy missiles in mid-air, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced.

Michael Fallon
EPA

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is finalising a £30m deal in the first phase of a programme which could see UK armed forces equipped with weapons once thought to belong to the realms of science fiction. 

Under the agreement, missile manufacturer MBDA, based in Stevenage, is to build a "capability demonstrator" for a "laser-directed energy weapon", leading to the development of a one-off prototype to be delivered by 2019. 

Ex-Bedford councillor cleared of rape

A former Bedford Borough councillor broke down in tears in the dock today when a jury cleared him of sex charges against a disabled woman.

Paul Prescod, from Wootton, was found not guilty at Luton Crown Court of two charges of rape, four of sexual assault and two of assault by penetration.

Paul Prescod
SBNA

Mr Prescod said the allegations had changed his life; he had been suspended from Bedford Borough Council and was on medication for sleep and stress problems.  

Despite the not guilty verdicts, Judge Richard Foster made a Restraining Order, banning the former Liberal Democrat councillor from contacting the woman directly or indirectly.

Man remanded in custody over Suhaib Mohammed shooting

A 33-year-old man has been remanded in custody charged with murdering a Milton Keynes teenager. 

Mohammed Noor appeared at Luton Crown Court today via a video link from Woodhill jail.

He's accused of shooting Suhaib Mohammed at a house in Osprey Close in Eaglestone early on Tuesday morning.

There will be a plea hearing on 9 December.

Atul Shah murder: Luton pair jailed for life

Two men have been jailed today for torturing a cannabis grower and bludgeoning him to death with a dumbbell.

Atul Shah, 47, was found dead in Crescent Road, Luton, on 6 January.

Atul Shah
Bedfordshire Police

Kyle Pitchford-Price and Luke West, both from Luton, were given life sentences at Luton Crown Court after they were found guilty of murder.

Pitchford-Price was jailed for 30 years and West for 26 years. Judge Richard Foster said the attack was an example of "extreme violence".

Train derailment: Disruption continues

The disruption continues due to the landslip and train derailment near Watford Junction.

If there any major updates or changes, we'll bring them to you.

But now we'll take a look at what else has been happening across Beds, Herts and Bucks today.

Cobblers set to face 'great club' Chesterfield

Joe Townsend

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Rob Page goes back to one his old clubs tomorrow, as Northampton Town travel up to Chesterfield in League One.

The Cobblers boss played for the Derbyshire side between 2008 and 2011.

Page says he looks back on his time there fondly.

Rob page
BBC

I've got some good memories from playing there. It's a great little football club with a great fanbase."

Rob PageNorthampton Town manager

Daventry UTC needs to 'improve marketing' to attract students

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The principal of Daventry's University Technical College says he's taking action to recruit more students.

When it opened the government said the UTC would have 600 students by this month, but there are currently just 147 on the roll. 

Daventry UTC
BBC

Across the country 50 UTCs have launched since 2014, but four of them have been forced to close.

Daventry principal Russell Ball said the college is "sustainable", but it is "concerned" about the number of students and the Department for Education says it "needs to improve their marketing".

Travel latest: A428 delays

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

It's not been the best of afternoons on Cambridgeshire's roads. We're just getting news in of delays on the A428, in both directions, from the A1198 at Caxton Gibbet.

Other roads experiencing delays:

  • A1(M) between junctions 15 and 16
  • A1 at St Neots
  • M11 northbound onto the A14
  • A14 spur road approaching Spittals

You can follow the latest on the BBC Cambridgeshire travel page.

Travel: All lanes reopened on M25

Train derailment: Evening train service to be a 'challenge'

Tom Joyner, from London Midland, says: "With just half the number of tracks available and trains and train crew in the wrong place, the evening peak in and out of Euston will be challenging. 

"We won't be able to run a full service until the damaged trains can be moved and Network Rail can repair the track.

"I would like to apologise to our passengers for the disruption but I would also like to praise everyone who has shown such great patience and understanding today."

Railway line
REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Below is a picture of the damage caused to one of the trains. The latest travel information can be found here

Train damage and track photo
Network Rail

Train derailment: Network Rail making landslip 'safe'

Network Rail says its priority now is to make the landslip safe, which is by the Hunton Bridge tunnel, just a few miles north of Watford.  

It hopes to fully reopen the railway as soon as possible.

A full investigation will take place to find out what happened, a spokesman said.

Railway track
Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Railway track
Steve Parsons/PA
Railway track
REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Travel latest: Digger falls off trailer onto A1(M)

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

This is the crash we've been telling you about, where it appears a small digger has tipped off a trailer onto the central reservation of the A1(M).

This picture has just been tweeted by Cambridgeshire Police.

Crash on A1M
Cambridgeshire Police

There are resulting delays for traffic between J15 (B1043) and J16 (A15 Norman Cross).  

Train derailment: Recovery operation under way

Here's a clip featuring Martin Frobisher, from Network Rail, at the site of the train derailment in Watford, where train recovery is due to begin.

He explains it was "very fortunate" no-one was hurt.

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Local paper round-up: Rail depot, Spitfire crash and family contesting by-election

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in the news today:

  • Residents will have further time to take part in the ongoing consultation on Rail Central, the proposed new strategic rail freight interchange near Northampton, reports the Northampton Chronicle & Echo
  • The Daventry Express says a Spitfire was damaged after crashing during a landing at Sywell Aerodrome
  • A grandson was beaten by his nan in a Burton Latimer by-election. Jenny Davies (Lib Dem) claimed one of the two available seats on the town council beating her grandson Michael Davies (Labour), according to the Northamptonshire Telegraph

Train derailment: Commuter picture

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

What you can see is a closer picture of the landslide that caused a train to derail in Watford this morning. 

It was taken by Ian Saunders, who was on the 06:54 train from Watford Junction to Birmingham.

He took it just as he came out of the tunnel after he was put on a rescue train and taken to Kings Langley. 

Landslide
Ian Saunders

Travel latest: A1(M) crash

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Here's the latest picture of tailbacks on the A1(M) this afternoon.

A vehicle, believed to be a digger, has fallen from a trailer and landed across the central reservation, between J15 (B1043) and J16 (A15 Norman Cross).

A1M accident
Crown Copyright

Travel latest: Accident on A1(M); M11 and A14 delays

We're getting reports of an incident on the A1(M) involving a vehicle which has fallen from a lorry.

It's affecting traffic on both north and southbound carriageways after J16.

Here's a view of the scene. More as we get it.

A1M Cambridgeshire
Crown Copyright

Meanwhile, the M11 is slow northbound onto the A14, from J10 at Duxford, and the westbound A14 is slow from the Milton interchange at the A10, towards the Girton interchange.

Regular updates here.

Train derailment: Woman in hospital

We've just had it confirmed a woman who suffered chest pains after this morning's train crash was taken to Watford General Hospital. 

The ambulance service said her condition was stable upon arrival.

It's also updated us to say a man who suffered neck injuries did not need hospital treatment. 

Watford train derailment
Steve Parsons/PA
Watford train derailment
Steve Parsons/PA
Watford train derailment
Steve Parsons/PA

Singapore Grand Prix: Sergio Perez talks sombreros and Tom Cruise

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

I've caught up with Silverstone-based Force India's Sergio Perez, as he discusses his career in F1, wearing sombreros and being mistaken for Tom Cruise.

Formula 1: Up close and personal with Sergio Perez

Train derailment: Delays expected to last into weekend

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

I've just got off the phone to London Midland, which says services will be delayed for the rest of today and into the weekend. 

The two trains that crashed this morning are still in the tunnel near Watford. The company expects them to be there for a while as it's not an easy job to move them. 

A spokesman said because it's such a well-used line it could cause more disruption to move them now, as they're next to two busy lines. 

He said engineers will have to make a "judgement call" on when they are taken out. 

London Midland has released this map to show the alternative routes people can take.   

Rail route map
London Midland

Train derailment: Some lines returning to normal

Nico Rosberg crashes as Max Verstappen fastest in Singapore GP practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Max Verstappen edged team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in a Red Bull one-two, with Lewis Hamilton fourth in first practice at the Singapore Grand Prix.

nico rosberg
AFP

Hamilton's Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg, fifth fastest, crashed late in the session, misjudging his entry to turn 18 and wiping off his front wing.  

Lisa Duffy statement: 'I came a very strong second'

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

It's just been announced Diane James has won the contest to replace Nigel Farage as the party's leader.

She beat Ramsey councillor Lisa Duffy into second place by nearly 4,000 votes. 

In the last few minutes, Ms Duffy said: "I'm very pleased with the result I got. I came a very strong second, and I wish Diane all the best."

Lisa Duffy
Getty Images

Her statement continued: "I still have a strong role to play in the party, and in UKIP.

"I'm proud to be able to stand up and represent the party's grassroots, and I look forward to a united future for the party.

"As a united party, we will take on the government to force them to deliver Brexit.

"I'd like to thank everyone who's supported me."

Lisa Duffy will be joining Gerald Main live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire from the UKIP conference just after 17:00.

Ben Duckett: 'Dream' to play for England

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northants' opener Ben Duckett says it's a "dream" to be picked for the England squad to tour Bangladesh.

The 21-year-old says he would like to spend the rest of his career with the county.

Northants' opener Ben Duckett says it's a "dream" to be picked for the England squad

Diane James beats Lisa Duffy to be elected UKIP leader

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

UKIP deputy chairman Diane James has won the contest to replace Nigel Farage as the party's leader.

As her victory was announced, she said: "We did it, ladies and gentlemen... and I have just done it and I'm so pleased."

She added she was "deeply honoured" to succeed Mr Farage.

Ms James beat Ramsey councillor Lisa Duffy into second place by nearly 4,000 votes. 

Bill Etheridge came third, Phillip Broughton fourth and Liz Jones fifth. 

Travel disruption: Major delays on M25

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed, due to flooding, on the anticlockwise carriageway of the M25, between  J21A (A405 and St Albans) and J21 (M1). 

Traffic is queuing from J24 at Potters Bar.

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Travel latest: Severe delays on the M11 and A14

BBC Travel

There are reports of flooding effecting traffic on the westbound A14 between Junctions 27 and 26, Fenstanton and St Ives. HIgh

There are also delays on the southbound M11, from J12 (Barton and the A603) and J11 (A10), owing to a broken down car.

Heavy rainfall is forecast for Cambridgeshire, for most of the day. It's expected to clear by late afternoon. This is the extent of the rainfall at 13:00.

Weather map
BBC

Train derailment: Disruption expected for rest of day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The knock-on effect is being felt for travellers today after this morning's derailment of a London Midlands train in a tunnel just outside of Watford. 

Peter Lloyd took this photo of a very busy Euston Station. 

​London Midland is advising customers not to travel unless absolutely necessary, as journeys are being "delayed by up to 60 minutes, revised or cancelled".

Euston railway station
Peter Lloyd

Hartley drops of Saints team to face Saracens with injury

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

England captain Dylan Hartley hasn't recovered from a back injury and is replaced at hooker by Mikey Haywood for the Saints to face Premiership champions Saracens.

It is the only change to the side which beat Bristol last week 32-10.

Dylan Hartley
Getty Images

France number eight remains in the side and will face England conterpart Billy Vunipola, who starts for Saracens.

Train derailment: Driver sounded 'panicky'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Another commuter Jack Burgess was a passenger on the 06:34 London Euston to Birmingham New Street train, which clipped the derailed train.

"Around 07:00 we went through the tunnel near Watford and there was a really loud scraping noise against the side of the train that got louder and louder, and then a very loud thud, which made the train bounce up and down a lot.

"The train then stopped and the driver got on the intercom, sounding very panicky," he said.

"He kept telling everyone to stay in their seats. We were stationary for four hours or so.

"I just got off a train at Milton Keynes and they're not letting me go to Birmingham."

Temporary lighting on derailed train
Jack Burgess

The photo you can see above is of the temporary lighting they set up on the derailed train. 

Train derailment: Passenger felt 'sharp brake'

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

"A little hairy". 

That's how commuter Henry described this morning's derailment in a Watford tunnel. 

He was on the train travelling from Berkhamsted into London that derailed and said he sat for an "awfully long time".

He was at the back of the train so he said he didn't feel the full impact, but he felt a "slide, sharp brake, a little skid" and then the train "stopped suddenly".

Partial-derailment at Watford tunnel, Virgin rescue train in distance
Network Rail

He said passengers were well looked after, but the day has been "long".

He's not putting his feet up though, as he's getting on another train into London to go to work. 

Programme looks at Capability Brown's unfinished Fenstanton garden

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

Capability Brown, the renowned landscape designer, created some of the most magnificent landscapes in England, including the gardens at Madingley Hall in Cambridge. He bought the Manor House in Fenstanton in 1767.

Capability Brown's unfinished garden is brought back to life.

Despite working for some of the most influential people in the eighteenth century, he never got round to completing his own gardens at the Manor House in Fenstanton - the only property he ever owned. 

Garden expert and historian, Bunny Guinness presents a programme tonight on BBC2 in which she looks at what he might have created. If you miss it tonight, you can watch it here.  

BreakingTrain derailment: All passengers moved to safety

Network Rail says all passengers from both trains have now been moved to safety following this morning's derailment close to Watford. 

It adds two of the four lines through the area are now open. 

Services are running, but it will be some time before a normal service resumes. 

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