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Our live coverage for the week

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it from us today and indeed this week. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

It's been a busy one today, so if you missed anything scroll back through the feed to read more on...

  • A man from St Neots admitting to killing a man from St Ives
  • Substandard bridges in Cambridgeshire
  • A crash on the A1 involving a police firearms vehicle
  • The latest inductees to the Cambridge United Hall of Fame

Stay tuned to the BBC Cambridgeshire website over the weekend for any breaking news, plus a round up of the local football.

Have a great weekend. I'm off to put my feet up.

That's all from us

Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished. Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

You can read more tributes to John Surtees, who has died at the aged of 83, on the BBC Sport page .

We'll leave you with this picture of Surtees and his world championship-winning Ferrari at Silverstone.

John Surtees
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Have a good weekend.  


Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for another week from all of us here on the Beds, Herts and Bucks Local Live team.

We'll be back on Monday morning from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather. 

We hope you have a great weekend and remember to keep an eye here for any breaking news.

To quote my daughter, it's "chip Friday", so guess what I'm eating for dinner tonight...

See you again soon!

Evening weather update: Foggy tonight, bright tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a largely cloudy night with some patchy mist, fog and drizzle. It will also be very mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather forecast

Any mist and fog will clear on Saturday morning and, after a mainly cloudy start, we should see some brightness and sunshine developing.

In the best of any sunshine, temperatures could climb as high as 18C (64F).

There'll be a light wind between the south-west and south-east.

Find the latest weather where you live on the  BBC Weather website .

Northampton Buffy expert celebrates the vampire slayer's 20th anniversary

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It's been 20 whole years since Buffy The Vampire Slayer first hit our TV screens

Where's the time gone?!

It still has fans all over the world and made a star of its lead actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.

One of the world's leading experts on Buffy is Dr Lorna Jowett from the University of Northampton, and author of  Sex and the Slayer: a Gender Studies Primer For the Buffy Fan.

Sarah-Michelle Gellar

In a piece for Vice celebrating the series, Dr Jowett chooses her two favourite episodes - and explains why she feels Buffy is so important.

"Buffy can be a hero – a real hero. There are awful consequences but she is continually stepping up," she said.

University scientists reveal hunting secrets of tiny predator

Scientists in Cambridge have revealed how a fly manages the complex feat of taking off , intercepting its prey in mid-air and then injecting it with venom, all in under than a second.

What a nice sounding fella...

Robber fly: Hunting secrets of a tiny predator

The team at Cambridge University used high speed cameras to film the actions of the robber fly.

Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido from the university explained that normally "when we think of hunting animals we think of excellent vision and speed, but when you're so very tiny, you have a very small brain and limited sensory capacity".

"We wanted to know how this fly manages this predatory behaviour," he said.

They discovered its eyes are specifically adapted to the task. Larger lenses and a high density of extremely tiny sensors at the centre of its eyes allow it to see its prey from a distance, and to accurately "lock on" as it approaches.

The results are  published in the journal Current Biology .

Promotion all to play for in local derby

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

The managers of Luton Town and Stevenage have been stressing the importance of tomorrow's League Two promotion clash between the two sides, currently in 5th and 6th place respectively. 

Just two points separate the pair, with both in excellent form. 

The Hertfordshire side can go above the Hatters if they win at Kenilworth Road, but victory for Luton could see them break into the automatic promotion places.

Nathan Jones
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"It's a game that really whets the appetite in terms of league position, the geography and both clubs in good form," said Hatters boss Nathan Jones.  

Darren Sarll
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Boro boss Darren Sarll, said: "I absolutely love these games and if I'm a player this is the one I want my shirt for. 

"There's just so much more to it. There's such a competitive edge."  

Broken legs scupper flight plans

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Can you spot this feathered friend among the leaves?

Injured woodcock
Fenland Animal Rescue

This forlorn fella had to have his legs splinted after managing to break both of them - making take-off and landing a bit of an issue.    

He was found on a footpath near Peterborough and taken to Fenland Animal Rescue, where volunteers are nursing him back to health.

The charity's founder, Josh Flanagan, said the bird was lucky to have been spotted as "due to their natural camouflage, they are a rare sight indeed".

He's been put in a "natural" outdoor enclosure to minimise stress and it's hoped he will recover sufficiently to be released back to the wild.

"While some people will choose to euthanise an animal early on with similar injuries, we will always try to help it if we believe a successful outcome is achievable," Mr Flanagan added.

Construction begins on new MK galleries

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

This is the moment when Ron Unwin helped to lay the stone...

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And this is the site where the new galleries will be...

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It's hoped the building work will be completed by December, but as the charity says it still needs to raise £1.5m , it should be fully kitted out and open by April. 

The history of Milton Keynes to be marked in new museum galleries

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

A foundation stone has been laid where two major new galleries are to be built at Milton Keynes museum

The £7.2m buildings will tell the story of the new city, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

It will tell the story of the area where MK lies through the Bronze, Roman, Medieval and Tudor ages, up to the Civil War and then present day.

It was laid by Ron Unwin, the last surviving member of a team who helped save some of the area's heritage from the bulldozer in 1972. 

He still works as a volunteer at the site. 

Foundation stone

In pictures: Surtees and Silverstone

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

It no surprise that John Surtees, who has died aged 83 , was a regular at Silverstone, both during his career and after it.

Surtees was the only man to win grand prix world championship on both two wheels and four.

He started his career on motorcycles, winning four 500cc motorcycling titles - in 1956, '58, '59 and '60.

John Surtees
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He then went on to win the F1 crown with Ferrari in 1964. Here he is in the famous red car at Silverstone in 1966...

John Surtees
Getty Images

After he stopped racing he came back to Northamptonshire many times, including in 2011 for the opening of the Silverstone Wing...

          John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button
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John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button

He was even at the British Grand Prix up until last year. 

Here he is in 2015 with the man trying to emulate him and win a world championship for Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel.

Sebastian Vettel and John Surtees
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John Surtees: 'A legend and a gentleman'

Tributes have continued to come in for motorcycle and Formula 1 world champion John Surtees.

Silverstone-based Force India said he was a "gentleman" and a "true racer"...

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Brackley-based Mercedes driver Valteri Bottas described him as a "legend" and posted a picture of them meeting after Bottas finished second in the 2014 British Grand Prix, while driving for Williams...

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Millions of pounds to be spent on the roads

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The government has announced a £3.3m upgrade for the A5 to the north of Milton Keynes. 

The money will be used to reduce congestion at the Old Stratford roundabout by widening the carriageways.  

A5 roundabout

An additional £2.8m will also be spent in the east of England to ease congestion. 

That's on top of £22m that will be spent on building the M1-A6 link road, north from junction 11a of the M1. 

Man charged after entering restricted area at airport

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man from London has been charged with entering a restricted area at London Luton Airport.

The 26-year-old was arrested on Tuesday and has also been charged with possession of a Class B drug.

He's been bailed and is due to appear at Luton Magistrates' Court on 27 March. 

Aerial shot of Luton Airport
London Luton Airport

John Surtees tribute from the circuit where scored his first Formula 1 podium

The motor-racing world has been paying tribute to John Surtees.

The former Formula 1 and motorcycling world champion has died at the age of 83, his family has announced .

Surtees is the only man to have won the grand prix world championship on both two wheels and four.

After a successful motorcycling career, at the age of 26 he switched to F1. It was at Silverstone he showed his skill in a car, finishing second in the 1960 British Grand Prix in only his second race.

The Northamptonshire circuit has paid tribute to Surtees and posted a picture of him with multiple motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi.

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While Brackley-based Mercedes said Surtees was inspirational...

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Andrew Hasler murder: Police congratulate 'selfless bravery' of neighbour

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Following the guilty pleas of Matthew Sharpe, who admitted killing Andrew Hasler and attempting to murder Charna Knights in St Ives, Det Insp Lucy Thomson said: "Charna suffered multiple stab wounds and thankfully made a recovery, however medics were unable to save Andrew.

"Although suffering multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination of Andrew concluded he died of a single stab wound to his heart.

"I would like to pay tribute to the selfless bravery of Andrew's next-door neighbour who put his own life at risk in order to help Charna.

"His actions that day ultimately saved her life."

Andrew Hasler murder: Neighbour 'kicked knife' out of murderer's hand

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

More now on the Andrew Hasler case, whose killer Matthew Sharpe (below)  admitted murdering the 28-year-old at the victim's home in St Ives .

Police have revealed the actions of Mr Hasler's neighbour managed to save the life of Sharpe's ex-girlfriend, who was also attacked by Sharpe at the house on Houghton Road.

Matthew Sharpe
Cambridgeshire Police

Detectives were told how a neighbour had gone round to the house after he heard a commotion going on inside.

The neighbour was confronted by Sharpe, from St Neots, on top of Charna Knights - Sharpe's ex-girlfriend - repeatedly stabbing her, while Mr Hasler lay severely injured on the floor.

The neighbour managed to pull Sharpe off Ms Knights and kick the knife out of his hand before restraining him, but Sharpe managed to get away.

Another officer then reported they had stopped a silver Peugeot at the Harrison Road Bridge over the River Ouse and the suspect had jumped into the river.

He was pulled out and found to have self-inflicted injuries.

Sharpe was taken to hospital, where he remained for two nights before he was charged.

Local paper round-up: Bus delays, more shops for Corby and A5 to shut

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  • The Northampton Chronicle and Echo has also been covering the borough council's attempt to ease traffic around the bus station. The paper has spoken to shop owners on the Drapery, who say gridlocked traffic caused by buses is driving trade away.
  • Plans have been submitted to build four shops in the car park of Corby's Morrisons store, reports the Northamptonshire Telegraph
  • While  the Daventry Express says the A5 will be closed for more than a mile in both directions next week to carry out urgent temporary line markings

Man rescued from car in water-filled ditch

Helen Burchell

BBC News

An elderly man had to be rescued after becoming trapped in his car when it ended upside down in a water-filled ditch.

The accident happened along March Road in Turves on Thursday afternoon.

Car in ditch
Cambs Fire and Rescue Service

Three crews from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service helped get the man out of the car, which was stuck in about 3ft (0.9m) of water.

He was taken to the safety of dry land on an "inflatable water sled".

The man was checked by paramedics at the scene, but was not injured. Just a bit wet. 

Corrie Mckeague: Search for airman continues at landfill site

Helen Burchell

BBC News

As the search for missing RAF airman Corrie Mckeague enters its fifth day, we've been sent the latest images from the landfill site at Milton, near Cambridge.

Search at Milton landfill
Search at Milton landfill site

The 23-year-old gunner was last seen on a night out in Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of 24 September.

Police traced the route of a bin lorry that picked up refuse from the Horseshoe area of the town, where Mr Mckeague was last seen on CCTV. 

They now say they are "confident" his body will be found at the landfill site.  

Search at Milton landfill
Search of landfill at Milton
Search at Milton landfill

It could take the team of eight trained officers up to 10 weeks to sift through the rubbish, which covers an area of about 920 sq m (9,900 sq ft).

Search of Milton landfill

The pods checking out Milton Keynes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The driverless pods are undergoing mechanical tests today.

That means they're checking things like gradients, where barriers are and how they can turn in a circle. 

It's their way of scanning and learning their routes. 

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Driverless cars on the move in Milton Keynes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

An interesting sight has been spotted around Milton Keynes today. 

The first day of driverless car surveying is taking place.

The UKAutodrive pods are learning routes between The Centre:MK and the railway station, so they can check the space around them and build up a 3D map. 

The pods are being driven by remote control, as full driverless testing is still months away. 

Driverless pod

Milton Keynes is one of four places  in England that's been picked to test driverless cars, along with Greenwich, Bristol and Coventry.

Weather: Sunny spells possible

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be cloudy but mostly dry. However, we may see a few sunny spells and it will feel quite mild, with highs of 11C (52F).


There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Stabbed police dog Finn wows crowds at Crufts

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Guess who's making a guest appearance at Crufts today?

It's PD Finn - the police dog who hit the headlines last October after being stabbed on duty with his handler in Stevenage.

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He's manning a stand showing members of the public the work of police dog units across the UK - although it pretty much looks like today this cop dog is mostly playing with his ball while lapping up the attention!

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Finn and his handler, PC Dave Wardell, have both recovered from their injuries and returned to active duty just before Christmas.

But today, well, it's a game of ball for Finn and "public relations" for his dad.

"Finn and I have just been into one of the show rings, and he's been given a huge round of applause," PC Wardell said.  

Owner shell-shocked as stolen tortoise Toby tracked down

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Earlier we mentioned the tale of the theft of tortoise Toby .

A "big thank you" has now been given to Ginny, who helped reunite Toby with his owner Mr Berry (middle).  

Ginny (right) offered to foster Toby after he was taken to the vets by two concerned locals, who spotted him being sold for £20 at a Luton pub.

After being told by a friend about the social media campaign to track Toby, Ginny contacted the police.

PC Ryan (left), from Bedfordshire Police, said: "We're pleased to report that he's now coming back out of his shell." 

PC Ryan, Toby and Toby's owners
Bedfordshire Police

He said those responsible for the break-in where Toby was snatched haven't been caught yet, but added: "We're keen to trace the two Good Samaritans who took Toby to the vets, as they may be able help with further information about the person who sold him."

Two reasons to smile for Stevenage

Luke Ashmead

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Not content with one accolade, Stevenage have won two!

The Hertfordshire club got a clean sweep in the Sky Bet League Two end of month awards, with Darren Sarll picking up best manager and Matty Godden the best player gong.

Matty Gooden and Darren Sarll
Stevenage FC

Stevenage have won five and drawn one in their last six games, helped by Godden's six goals. 

Godden said: "It has been a great month and I am in the form of my life. As a team we have been doing fantastic recently and it has been a perfect storm.  

"It is nice to get individual accolades, but I couldn't do it without my team-mates."

Wetherspoons chairman criticises 'dinner party' Budget

The chairman of Watford-based JD Wetherspoons has criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond for a "dinner party" Budget that failed to tackle tax inequalities between pubs and supermarkets.

Tim Martin (pictured) said pubs paid 20% VAT on food sales while supermarkets paid "almost nothing", enabling them to subsidise alcoholic drink prices.

"In effect, this was a Budget for dinner parties - no doubt the preference of the chancellor and his predecessor," he said.

"Dinner parties will suffer far less from the taxes outlined above, whereas many people prefer to go to pubs, given the choice."

He said the firm's business rates bill will also increase by £7m this year.

Tim Martin
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On Wednesday, the chancellor provided tax relief of about £1,000 per pub if they had a rateable value of less than £100,000.

Philip Hammond said this would help 90% of pubs in England.

Council leader wants to get 'traffic running smoothly' around bus station

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

The leader of Northampton Borough Council says he "appreciates" the problems bus users have with delays around the North Gate Bus Station.

Jonathan Nunn (right), who took over the running of the Conservative-led authority in November, told me he was determined to improve the situation, admitting "the traffic is not flowing smoothly" around the station.

Stuart Linnell and Jonathan Nunn

The council has introduced a series of measures designed to ease congestion. 

However, many people told me the council should not have knocked down Greyfriars. Mr Nunn said "cold hard facts" did not support that view.

He told me : "It was costing £500,000 to maintain [Greyfriars] and it needed a refurbishment that would have cost £30m."

The North Gate Bus Station cost £7m  to build, while demolishing Greyfriars cost £4m.

Council brings in new measures to try to ease town centre bus problems

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

A series of measures to try and stop congestion around the North Gate Bus Station in Northampton have been announced by the borough council.

The building that replaced the now demolished Greyfriars has been open for three years, but still faces criticism from bus users and opposition parties on the Conservative-led council for being too small and in the wrong location.

On Monday buses again ground to a halt after roadworks shut one lane on Horsemarket.

Peter Clarke

The new measure announced by the authority include:

  • Police carrying out enforcement on the Drapery, where private vehicles are not allowed
  • The yellow box junction at the junction of Sheep Street will be extended and repainted
  • Parking bays in Sheep Street will be changed to allow loading and unloading only 
  • Signage reminding traffic there is no left turn from Greyfriars into Sheep Street will be improved
  • Bradshaw Street will become one-way, allowing for dedicated lanes for those turning left and right

The council says the enforcement will start immediately, while work on roads and signs should be complete by the summer.

Academy trust hands back control of its 12 schools

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The  Education Fellowship Trust , which is based in Islip, is the first academy trust to give up all of its schools.

The Islip-based trust is responsible for the education of about 6,500 students in Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Maidenhead in Berkshire.

The trust said in a statement they stopped running the schools "following a review of financial constraints facing the education sector and the misalignment of values with the DfE".

The DfE said they have agreed to the move after "ongoing concerns regarding the educational performance of the majority of the trust's schools" and that all the schools will now be transferred to new sponsors.

Risdene Academy, Rushden
Risdene Academy, Rushden

The following five out of the Education Fellowship Trust's 12 schools were rated inadequate by Ofsted.

  • Ruskin Junior School, Wellingborough
  • Blackthorn Primary School, Northampton
  • Risdene Academy, Rushden
  • Rushden Community College, Rushden
  • Wrenn School, Wellingborough

Substandard bridges in Cambridgeshire

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

More than 2,500 bridges in England are not fit to support the heaviest lorries, a study has found .

The RAC Foundation discovered 2,512 council-maintained bridges are not suitable for 44-tonne vehicles.

It includes 64 of the 878 bridges in Cambridgeshire. That's 7% of council-maintained bridges not up to holding the heaviest loads.

In Peterborough, 14 of the 369 bridges are substandard.    

Area with most substandard bridges

Both Peterborough City Council and the county council were asked how many bridges would return to full load capacity in the next five years.

Cambridgeshire County Council is expecting to restore 16. Peterborough, however, won't be restoring any.

The councils were also asked how many would be restored to full load carrying capacity if there was no restriction on resources.

The county council said 36. Peterborough said all 14 would be restored.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation which carried out the research, said: "In the face of growing traffic volumes and ageing infrastructure, the danger is that without an adequate long-term funding settlement we will see more rather than fewer bridges with weight restrictions, with the backlog bill getting bigger all the time."

Construction begins on new insulation factory

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Up to 160 jobs are coming to Huntingdon as the construction of a new factory begins.

Insulation company IKO is building a nine acre (40,000 sq m) site at Alconbury Weald.

Artists impression of new factory
Artists impression of new factory

The factory is costing £30m and will manufacture and store insulation board for roofs, floors and walls.

Back in August, concerns was raised by residents over IKO's plans to store 49 tonnes of flammable chemical Pentane, used in the process of making the insulation foam, at the site.

In response, a spokesman for IKO said it understood "natural concern over the storage of chemicals", but reassured residents the substance was "less volatile than petrol and will be stored in lower amounts than the fuel at a typical petrol station". 

However, it obtained planning permission and it's due to open in March next year.

A bridge too far?

BBC News England

More than 2,500 bridges in England are not fit to support the heaviest lorries, a study has found .

The RAC Foundation discovered 2,512 council-maintained bridges are not suitable for 44-tonne vehicles.

It includes the Grade I-listed bridge in Marlow, which was closed for months last year after it was driven over by a lorry more than 10 times heavier than its weight limit.

Marlow Bridge
Paul Merchant/ My Marlow

Police in Buckinghamshire began enforcing its three tonne (3,000kg) weight restriction from 1 March, which means many vans and 4X4s cannot cross.

Weight restriction on Marlow bridge

Police firearms vehicle involved in A1 crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

If you've been sat in queues on the A1 around Brampton Hut this morning, here's why...

The road remains closed northbound after a crash involving a police firearms vehicle and a Land Rover Discovery.

The driver of the Land Rover, which flipped and landed on its roof, walked away with minor injuries.

The two police officers, who were in the marked police BMW, also suffered minor injuries.

Police said the firearms unit was on its way to training and not responding to a 999 call.

The northbound carriageway, between Brampton Hut and the Spittals interchange, will remain closed "for some time" while officers look into happened, a spokeswoman said.

St Ives stabbing: Man admits murder and attempted murder

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

As we mentioned earlier, a man has admitted murdering a 28-year-old man by stabbing him to death.

Matthew Sharpe, 40, of Humberley Close, Eynesbury, St Neots, killed Andrew Hasler at his home on Houghton Road, St Ives, on 8 January.

Sharpe also admitted the attempted murder of 27-year-old Charna Knights, who was at the same property.

Police cordon

Mr Hasler suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and died at the scene. Ms Knights was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and survived.

Appearing at Cambridge Crown Court by video-link from Bedford Prison, wearing glasses and a black T-shirt, Sharpe spoke only to confirm his identity and enter his guilty pleas.

He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on 7 April.

In a statement, Mr Hasler's family paid tribute, saying: "Andrew was a much-loved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend.

"Kind-hearted and living his life to the full, he came into the world early and has left us far too soon. We miss you, Andrew."

Shell I tell you a story...

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we reported that Toby the tortoise was stolen from his home in Luton. 

Well, today we have some good news...

Toby the tortoise
Bedfordshire Police

Toby has been found and is back home safe and well - all thanks to the power of social media. 

Here's how the story unfurled...

First he was offered for sale for £20 in a pub. Two people decided to buy him as they were worried for his safety, so took him to the vets. 

At the vets another person offered to take him home. When they explained the story to a friend, that friend said they had seen a post on Facebook about Toby. 

They then contacted the police and to cut a long story short, Toby is now back where he should be. 

Police are now appealing to find the people who bought him, as they're hoping they may be able to help with their investigation into the theft.

Planning permission for house for disabled man turned down, but family will appeal

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Yesterday we brought news about how an accessible house for a man with motor neurone disease was likely to be denied planning permission .

South Northamptonshire councillors did indeed refuse permission for Paul Robinson to create the five-bedroom home next to his listed cottage in Rothersthorpe.

However, his family says they'll appeal.

Robinson family

Councillors decided yesterday it would be "visually intrusive" in an historic village.

Mr Robinson's son, Duncan Greenaway, said he was "puzzled" by the decision.

He said the house was needed so it could be "truly accessible", while being big enough for the whole family.

Misuse of level crossing where man died caught on CCTV

Joggers, drivers and dog walkers breaking safety rules at a level crossing where a man died in January have been caught on CCTV. 

Harminder Dhillon, 62, was killed when his car was hit by a train at Lidlington, Bedfordshire, on 3 January.

Network Rail has released footage showing other crossing users ignoring warning lights and signals that a train is coming.

Misuse of level crossing where man died caught on CCTV

"We are shocked that despite the fact that a motorist died at this level crossing, there is still routine misuse there," said Ben Parish from Network Rail.

"In January, somebody's father, son, husband or friend was killed because of level crossing misuse. That is one death too many.

"I understand that people lead busy lives and we all have somewhere to be - to get to work, pick the kids up or care for a loved one.

"However, waiting for a crossing to open will only add a few minutes on to your journey. Wouldn't you rather get to your appointment a few minutes late than not at all?"

St Ives stabbing: St Neots man admits murder

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A man has admitted stabbing a man to death in St Ives.

Matthew Sharpe, 40, of Eynesbury, St Neots, attacked Andrew Hasler, 28, at his home on Houghton Road, St Ives, on 8 January.

Andrew Hasler
Cambridgeshire Police

Mr Hasler (pictured) was found at his home with stab wounds to his chest. He died at the scene.

Sharpe pleaded guilty to his murder at Cambridge Crown Court and also admitted attempting to murder a woman, 27, who was seriously injured at the house.

He appeared at court via video link and will be sentenced at a later date.

BreakingMan admits St Ives murder

Matthew Sharpe, 40, of Eynesbury, St Neots, has admitted murdering Andrew Hasler, 28, at his home in Houghton Road, St Ives, in January.

More to follow.