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Our live coverage for the week

I'm afraid that's it from us today and indeed this week.

Keep an eye on this BBC News live feed for the latest on the NHS cyber attack.

We'll return with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Northamptonshire on Monday from 08:00.

Have a great weekend.

Our live coverage for the week

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

I'm afraid that's it from us today and indeed this week.

Keep an eye on this BBC News live feed for the latest on the NHS cyber attack.

We'll return with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire on Monday from 08:00.

Have a great weekend.


Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from all us here at BBC Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

It's been another busy day as we've reported on cyber attacks at hospitals in Hertfordshire, as well as N-Dubz rapper Dappy appearing in court.

Regarding the hospitals, get the latest on this evolving story on this live feed here.

Of course you can read all of today's stories in our region by scrolling below.

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

Have a great weekend everyone. 

NHS attack 'could have been prevented', says security expert

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Dr Mils Hills, who is an associate professor of risk, resilience and corporate security at the University of Northampton, has told the BBC the cyber attack on the NHS "could have been prevented".

"It's most certainly going to have come from a user clicking something they shouldn't have, whether it's in an email or on an internet browser tab," he said.

"Hospitals should have measures to prevent this.

"It will be fixed and removed, but it will cost a lot. The task to fix it won't be difficult, but will be time-consuming.

"The problem is this is a pretty low-level attack and it's causing such chaos."

An NHS Digital statement said: "NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected."  

Sinkhole in Hemel shuts road

Hertfordshire Police has just tweeted that a sinkhole has been found in Hemel Hempstead. 

High Street Green is closed in both directions. 

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Hospitals cyber attack: MK Hospital not attacked

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

So far we know that all hospitals in Hertfordshire are affected by a nationwide cyber attack, but it doesn't look like any hospitals in Bedfordshire or Buckinghamshire are experiencing problems. 

Milton Keynes Hospital said as soon as it heard there were problems its IT specialists put into place measures to stop any potential problems occurring, and asked staff to be vigilant online.

Milton Keynes University Hospital
Mr Biz/Geograph

Hospitals cyber attack: Kettering General reports IT and phone problems

This is what Kettering General has put on Facebook in the last hour...

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We've yet to hear any further comment from the hospital.

Hospitals cyber attack: No Cambridgeshire hospitals affected

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Neither Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, Peterborough City Hospital nor Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon have been affected by a nationwide cyber attack.

However, Peterborough says it has taken down its emails and website as a "precautionary measure".

Jury record death by suicide in inmate death case

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The inquest into the death of inmate Michael Cameron at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes has found he died from suicide. 

Mr Cameron, 45, was on remand accused of attempted murder and was found hanging in his cell last April. 

He died two days later in hospital.  

The jury found: 

  1. A failure to carry out procedures and reviews adequately contributed to his death. 
  2. Observations carried out were inadequate - and contributed to his death. 
  3. A failure to respond appropriately to risk of self-harm and suicide, and not making an urgent referral for a full mental health assessment contributed to his death. 
Michael Cameron
Maureen Cameron

There have been 18 deaths at the prison since May 2013.

Hospitals cyber attack: 'Systems could be down for days'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A senior manager at East and North Herts NHS Trust has told the BBC the trust became aware of the cyber attack problems at about 11:30. 

He said patients at its hospitals were being risk-assessed, with ambulances being sent elsewhere.

He believed the problems could last all weekend and it was looking at using older phones as a form of contact. 

Lister hospital
East and North Herts NHS Trust

First residents move in to Northstowe

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The first residents have finally moved in to the new South Cambridgeshire town of Northstowe - almost 20 years after it was first planned.

New homes at Northstowe

Five years after the first planning application was approved, the first 92 of the 10,000 planned homes have been completed. 

Eventually the site on the old RAF Oakington base will have 24,000 people living there. That'll make it the UK's biggest new town since Milton Keynes. 

Two primary schools, a secondary school and a sports hall will also be created as part of the development.

First residents at Northstowe

It was opposed by some local people who cited concerns over noise and traffic congestion.

Hospitals cyber attack: Number of NHS organisations affected

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The NHS has just released a statement about its IT failures, believed to have been caused by a large-scale cyber attack. 

It says: "A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack which is affecting a number of different organisations.

"The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor.

"At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed. 

"NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and to recommend appropriate mitigations."

It added it doesn't believe the NHS was "specifically targeted". 

Hospitals 'cyber attack': What a GP sees

Rory Cellan-Jones

Technology correspondent

Hospitals 'cyber attack': Is it affecting Cambridgeshire?

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

You may have seen the breaking news in the last few moments that hospitals across England have been affected by what's believed to be a cyber attack, leading to serious IT failures.

Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge says it is not affected and everything there is running as normal.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon and Peterborough City Hospital (PCH) have yet to confirm whether they have been affected, although PCH's website appears to be down.

We'll bring you the latest when we get it. 

'Cyber attack': Another hospital trust affected

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

I've just had it confirmed that West Hertfordshire Hospitals has also been affected by what's thought to be a cyber attack. 

A spokesperson says Watford Hospital, Hemel Hempstead Hospital and St Albans are experiencing issues. 

They wouldn't go into any more details, but as soon as we have them we will bring it to you. 

Hospitals 'cyber attack': Is it affecting Northamptonshire?

You may have seen the breaking news in the last few moments that hospitals across England have been affected by what's believed to be a cyber attack, leading to serious IT failures.

Northampton General Hospital Trust says it hasn't been affected, but has taken precautionary measures to protect IT systems and has closed down its email accounts.

Kettering General Hospital has yet to confirm whether it has been affected.

We'll bring you the latest when we get it.

Hospitals affected by possible cyber attack

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

It seems like the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust isn't the only trust affected by today's alleged attack.

The Blackpool Hospitals NHS Trust says it is also having issues with its computer systems and we believe others are having problems. 

So far we know Bedford Hospital hasn't been affected and we're waiting to hear from other hospitals in Beds, Herts and Bucks.

Breaking'Cyber attack' leads to hospitals IT shutdown

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A major IT problem is affecting several hospitals in Hertfordshire after a suspected cyber attack. 

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which runs the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertford County Hospital, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and the New QEII in Welwyn Garden City, says it's experiencing problems with the computers and phones and has shut them down. 

They're postponing all non-urgent activity for today and are asking people not to come to A&E at the Lister.

IT specialists are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible, a statement from the Trust says.

Dappy allegedly held knife at partner

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

At today's hearing, Hatfield Remand Court heard Dappy allegedly brandished a curved knife during a heated domestic argument with his partner, Imani Campbell, on the driveway outside their Hatfield home, which they share with their 18-month old daughter. 

Christopher Daw QC, who appeared on behalf of Dappy, told the magistrates his client disputed the prosecution's version of events. 

He said Costas Contostavlos (as he's also known) had suffered a number of wounds himself during the incident.

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Mark Fleckney, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said because of the seriousness of the case it should be committed to the crown court.

He said bail was opposed on the grounds that there was a risk of him interfering with witnesses in the case and committing further offences. 

Throughout the hearing Dappy held his hands together as if in prayer as his barrister argued he should be granted bail with the condition of him not entering Hatfield. 

He said he had the offer of being able to live with an aunt and uncle in London.

As he was led from the dock, he nodded to relatives and friends gathered in the public gallery.

Northants travel to Leicestershire in One-Day cup

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

With little at stake for Northamptonshire's cricketers, head coach David Ripley has rotated his squad for this afternoon's Royal London One-Day Cup match at Leicestershire. 

Having lost heavily against Yorkshire on Wednesday, the Steelbacks cannot now reach the knock-out stages of the 50-over competition.  

Josh Cobb, Ben Sanderson, Rory Kleinveldt and Alex Wakely are among the Steelbacks players carrying injuries and are rested for today's match.

Grace Road
@NorthantsCCC / Twitter

"We want to try and be as competitive as we can," said Ripley. "But realistically the competition has gone.

"It's a chance to mix and match a little bit and hopefully finish with a bit of a flourish."

Play got under way at 14:00, and we have live commentary available here with Northants 95-1 from 13 overs batting first.

Dappy refused bail in court hearing over alleged attack

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

N-Dubz rapper Dappy has been refused bail by magistrates after appearing in court today charged with assaulting his partner in Hatfield. 

The 29-year-old, who's real name is Costas Contostavlos, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court where it was told he would be pleading not guilty to assault by beating, having a bladed article in a public place and using threatening words and behaviour.

South Beds News Agency

The Big Brother runner-up was told there was a risk he could commit further offences if bailed and he was remanded in custody.

He will appear at St Albans Crown Court on 9 June for a pre-trial preparation hearing.

Local news round-up: Care home celebrates, sailing event and success for local band

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  • Staff at a care home near the centre of Northampton are celebrating after being ranked among the top 1% in the UK, reports the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.
  • The Daventry Express has news of a sailing and windsurfing festival aimed at families which begins on Saturday.
  • And NNBC has news of a Northampton-based band that are to perform at Camden Rock Festival.

Family 'desperate' to find son who's been missing for 18 years

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A fresh appeal has been launched to find a man from Hemel Hempstead who hasn't been seen for 18 years. 

Andrew Bateman went missing from his home on Lawn Lane on 12 April 1999. He was 27 at the time. 

His family are "desperate" to find him say the police and they just want to know he is "happy, safe and well".

It's thought Andrew, who also had the nicknames Leaf and Leafy, may have gone to London. 

Andrew Batemen
Hertfordshire Police

Checkatrade Trophy: Under-21 teams to remain in revised competition

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

League One and Two clubs have voted to retain invited under-21 teams in the Checkatrade Trophy for two more seasons, along with an increase in prize money and changes to selection rules.

In a one-season trial, 16 Premier League and Championship under-21 sides were added to this term's competition.

Clubs voted on three options: keeping academy teams, reverting to the old 48-team format or ending the competition.

Two-thirds of clubs lent their support to the 64-team format.

Darragh MacAnthony
Joe Dent

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony said "it's a trophy we need to keep".

"I personally love the trophy. We've won it before and we want to win it again. We certainly don't want it to stop," said MacAnthony, whose club voted to retain under-21 teams.

"I think they're adjusting the things that irritated fans and clubs last year. Common sense has to prevail.

"There's a lot more money in it this year for League One and League Two clubs. That's something that's always attracted us.

"Our fans will call us sell-outs, but the reality is we lose a lot of money every year, so a chance to get some of that back, we're never going to say no.

"That's the reality of the game."

Charging laptop causes fire

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A overheated computer led to a small fire at a Buckinghamshire home. 

Firefighters were called to Trenchard Avenue, Wendover, at about 05:30 after the laptop that was left on charge overnight set fire to some paper.

The family were woken by the smoke alarm and left safely.

Burnt laptop
Bucks and MK Fire

Crews have attended similar incidents in Stone and Thornborough in recent times.

Work of wartime 'modest' mathematician to be remembered

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A Bletchley Park mathematician is being recognised this weekend, 100 years after his birth. 

Bill Tutte, a Cambridge graduate from Newmarket, helped to unravel the Lorenz machine, which was a more complex system than the Enigma and used by the German high command.

Dr David Kenyon, the research historian at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, said his role was "important and little known" as he was such a "modest man". 

He explained that he came to the park from Cambridge University aged 24 and worked as a codebreaker in a department that had so far been unable to crack the code. 

In Tutte's memoirs he wrote "as an act of desperation, they gave it to me", and just a few months later he broke it. 

Bill Tutte
Richard Youlden

After the war he was appointed a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, before emigrating to Canada. 

He died on 2 May 2002, aged 84. 

Lorenzo machine
Shaun Armstrong

The Bill Tutte Symposium is on Sunday (his birthday) at Bletchley and Bill Tutte: Mathematician + Codebreaker opens to the general public on Monday. 

Mary had a little lamb...

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

...but it looks like it ran away.

This little one was found in the Stopsley area of Luton. 

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Daventry travellers could face eviction order

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Travellers camped on a playing field near Daventry could receive an eviction order from a magistrates court on Monday.

They've already been served with notice to leave by the council, but that expired at 10:00 yesterday.

The travellers remain camped on Easter Way Playing Field.

Eastern Way Playing Fields

Checkatrade Trophy: Under-21 teams to remain in revised competition

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

League One and Two clubs have voted to retain invited under-21 teams in the Checkatrade Trophy for two more seasons, along with an increase in prize money and changes to selection rules.

In a one-season trial, 16 Premier League and Championship under-21 sides were added to the 2016-17 tournament.

Clubs voted on three options: keeping academy teams, reverting to the old 48-team format or ending the competition.

Two-thirds of clubs lent their support to the 64-team format.

Hatters team shirts from Gillingham ,match
Luton Town Football Club

Luton manager Nathan Jones, who was critical of this season's team selection criteria, said he was "pleased our feedback has been taken on board".

The club was fined £15,000 for failing to field full-strength sides in the EFL Trophy, with 12 clubs in total being punished. 

MK Dons was also fined £3,000. 

Jones continued: "Just as importantly though, the EFL have assured clubs that it isn't the thin end of the wedge in terms of Premier League clubs being able to enter B teams into the league.

"I know our supporter groups have been consulted all the way through by the club's board when giving our views, and hopefully any fears they had on that front have been allayed."

UK virtual reality firm Improbable raises $500m

Rory Cellan-Jones

Technology correspondent

A tech firm set up by Cambridge graduates which creates virtual reality simulations has secured one of the largest investments in a British technology company in recent years.

Japan's Softbank is investing $500m (£388m) in Improbable, but it will continue to be run by the two students who founded it.

Virtual reality

Improbable was founded just five years ago by Herman Narula and Rob Whitehead, who had studied computer science together at Cambridge University.

Their aim was to build large-scale virtual worlds and simulations - mainly for games developers but also for other clients who could use them in applications such as modelling transport systems.

Softbank is backing the firm in a funding round that values the business at more than $1bn.

The deal is said to be further evidence that the UK's technology sector can now compete with the best.

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton fastest in Spain

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Bahrain

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton set the pace as Brackley-based Mercedes impressed in first practice at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton was 0.029 seconds quicker than team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and a second clear of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in third and fourth.

Max Verstappen, driving for Milton Keynes-based Red Bull, was fifth, just 0.250secs behind Raikkonen.

McLaren-Honda's dismal season of unreliability continued, with Fernando Alonso sent into a spin by a major engine failure on his first lap.

Lewis Hamilton
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Teenagers throw 'urine' over man in Hertfordshire park

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Liquid, thought to be urine, has been thrown over a man in his 50s.

Police said two boys in their early teens verbally abused the man at Kings Weir in the Lee Valley Park at 16:00 on Tuesday. 

They then left but returned a short time later and threw the liquid over the man. 

They're described as white and aged between 13 and 17 years old. 

One was about 5ft 6in (171cm) tall, of medium build and he wore a grey hooded top and rode a black and green mountain bike. 

The other was 5ft 8in (177cm) tall, of stocky build and he wore all black and also rode a mountain bike.

White van man crosses the white line

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

It's safe to say the driver of this van was lucky not to have sustained more serious injuries after rolling the vehicle in the early hours of this morning.

Van on its roof
BCH Road Policing

Police said it happened at 02:00 on Wilburton High Street. 

The driver tested positive at the roadside for cocaine, but refused to provide a blood sample.

They were reported for refusing to provide a sample, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Cobblers announce pre-season dates

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Town will travel to non-league side Frome Town and host Championship club Derby County as part of their pre-season preparations this summer.

The Cobblers will travel to Frome, of the Evo-Stik Southern League, on Tuesday, 18 July.

Justin Edinburgh's side will then host Gary Rowett's Derby a week later at Sixfields on Tuesday, 25 July.

Derby finished ninth in the Championship last season.

Northampton's pre-season plans also include a training camp in Spain between 9-15 July and the Maunsell Cup final against Kettering Town at Latimer Park on Saturday, 22 July.

Luton play-offs: Thousands of fans set to travel

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton travel to Blackpool on Sunday for the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final, along with 1,700 Hatters fans. 

  • It's only Luton's second appearance in the Football League play-offs. They lost to Crewe in 1997 in what is now League One. The Hatters lost 2-1 at Gresty Road in the first leg of the semi-final, and then drew 2-2 at home. 
  • Luton appeared three times in the Conference play-offs, winning two semi-finals and losing one. They beat Wrexham in 2011 and 2012, but lost to York in 2010. 
  • Luton manager Nathan Jones captained Yeovil in the 2007 League One play-off final against Blackpool at Wembley. Blackpool won 2-0. 
  • Luton have beaten Blackpool twice this season. They won 2-0 at Blackpool in December, with goals from Jack Marriott and Cameron McGeehan. A late goal from Ollie Palmer gave the Hatters a 1-0 win at Kenilworth Road in April.
Luton fans
Luton Town Football Club

Luton Town get ready for the play-offs

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton Town are continuing their preparations for Sunday's play-off semi-final first leg at Blackpool.

The Hatters finished fourth in League Two with Blackpool bagging the last play-off place after beating Leyton Orient on the final game of the season.

Meanwhile, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has played down speculation linking them with Luton's James Justin, following the announcement the two sides will play a friendly in July.

Hatters boss Nathan Jones (below) will give an update on Justin's injury at his pre-match press conference today. 

Nathan Jones
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Man dies following A43 junction crash

Police say a 50-year-old man has died following a crash in Corby yesterday.

The local man, who has not yet been named, was driving a blue Ford Focus which collided with a red and white Scania lorry at the junction of the A43 and Geddington Road at about 07:15.

Geddington Road junction of the A43 in Corby

District judge criticised for banning journalists

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The judge presiding over yesterday's case at Stevenage Youth Court where a boy was found guilty of stabbing a police dog and his handler has been criticised for banning two journalists from court.

Dave Wardell and Finn
Hertfordshire Police

District judge Jo Matson said she was not prepared to let "hordes" of reporters in court to cover the case involving PC Dave Wardell and dog Finn (above) because of concerns over the teenager's welfare, and it was the court's discretion to decide how many people could come in.

When asked if there was an area of law related to her instruction, she repeated it was due to concerns over the teen's welfare.

She initially told all five reporters to leave before three were let in - although the prosecutor was already outlining the evidence.

Stevenage Magistrates Court

After confirming the Children and Young Person's Act did not permit such a measure, Press Association reporter Ryan Hooper and another local journalist then re-entered the court but were told to leave immediately by the judge.

After protests to the Judicial Communications Office and the HM Courts and Tribunals Service, Mr Hooper was allowed in 80 minutes later, but the trial's key witness had already given evidence and left. 

Ms Matson said: "I wasn't excluding [Mr Hooper] in any way, I want to make that clear to you - but the court can control the number of people that can come in." 

The Press Association said the judge was wrong to keep journalists out of court and there was a statutory right to attend youth court hearings with no limit on how many reporters might be there.

Legal editor Mike Dodd said: "In this case, the District Judge appears to have placed the defendant's welfare above the requirements of open justice."

The teenage boy will be sentenced next month. 

Like a duck to... no water?

John Devine

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've been to meet a couple from March who are concerned that a family of ducklings, which are expected to hatch from these eggs imminently, won't survive given they don't live near any water.

Duck eggs

Brenda and Phillip Smith discovered the nest while weeding in their garden.

"All of a sudden there was this big scuffle noise and something went up in the air," said Mr Smith.

"When we did a bit of investigating, we found there was a nest under one of the shrubs with 11 eggs in it.

"We don't know what to do as they need water."

Duck on eggs

I'm off to the Welney Wetland Centre to seek advice.

Do you have any advice? You can email us here.

New mayor announces 100-day plan

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The new Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough insisted there was "money in the budget" as he announced his priorities for his first 100 days in the role.

His plans include commissioning business cases for dualling the A47 and upgrading the A10, plus launching feasibility studies into a light rail and underground for Cambridge.

James Palmer

Conservative James Palmer, who was elected last Friday, also announced his commitment to building a University of Peterborough.

"We've been given some money by government - £170m for housing development and £600m for infrastructure and skills," he said.

"I wouldn't be putting forward these feasibility plans if we couldn't pay for them, and we will.

"I've spoken to the Prime Minister and she, like me, wants to invest in this county."