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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That is it from all of us for this week on Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

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

Woburn's Ian Poulter seems to be having a good second day in The Open, where he's one shot behind the leaders who are on -4, so let's hope he can keep this form up over the next two days.

Ian Poulter
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Our live coverage across the day

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

That's it for this week on Local Live Northamptonshire.

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

Have a good weekend.

Campaigners attempt to take proposed warehouses development to High Court

Campaigners against warehouses planned between Raunds and Stanwick have reached a fundraising target of £6,000 to fight the application in the High Court.

The extension to Warth Park was approved by East Northamptonshire councillors in March.

Some people living nearby have now applied for a judicial review into the decision, which they claim is flawed.

Warth Park

"There are still people putting in to the fund," campaigner June Longhurst said.

"It's amazing because Raunds is a small town and the village of Stanwick is even smaller. It's really heart-warming."

The court action, if it goes ahead, will challenge the way the council reached its decision.

In response, the council issued a statement saying: "We've been informed that a request for a Judicial Review of the Warth Park planning application decision has been submitted.

"We cannot comment any further on the nature of the review, so as not to prejudice the process."

The developer, Roxhill, has also been approached for comment.

MK Lightning get ready to strike

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

The fixtures have been released for the new ice hockey Elite League season which starts in five weeks.

MK Lightning will be playing in it for the first time.

On the opening weekend Lightning are away to the reigning league and play-off champions, the Cardiff Devils on 9 September.

The next day MK will play their first home match at the MK Arena against four-times league champions, the Belfast Giants.

Visit the Elite League website for the full fixture list.

Ice rink
MK Lightning

Steelbacks travel to Leicestershire in T20 Blast

Northamptonshire's cricketers are back in Twenty20 action this evening.

The Steelbacks face Leicestershire at Grace Road, with play due to start at 18:30.

Leicestershire are top of the North Group in the T20 Blast, with four wins from their four matches so far.

Northamptonshire are fourth, and could go second with victory.

We'll have live commentary available here, with build-up from 18:00.

Leicestershire's Grace Road
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Homeless charity make a plea for pants

Remember that unwanted underwear you were given by your aunt for Christmas last year?

Probably gathering dust in their original packaging ever since?

Well, the Northampton Hope Centre want to take them off your hands.

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The charity, which works with homeless people at Oasis House in the town, have issued a plea for pants.

If you can help, their number is 0845 519 9371.

Bedford river death: Man named

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Police have released the name of a man, who died after being pulled from the River Great Ouse in Bedford on Tuesday morning.

He was Zbigien Lasocki, 39, of no fixed address, known as "Zibby".

Det Insp Lucy Thomson said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Embankment on Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

"The details we have of Zibby’s life are also quite limited and we need to build up a much clearer picture of who he associated with and where he stayed."

Zbigien Lasocki
Bedfordshire Police

A man arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on police bail.

Two new leads for paw-lice

Meet pup 1.....

Police dog Pup 1
BCH Police Dogs

and pup 2.....

The new recruits for BCH Police Dogs, who have yet to be named.

Police dog Pup 2
BCH Police Dogs

The 15-week-old German Shepherd brothers are now living with police staff and are being exposed to different environments in preparation for their new jobs.

That won't be for some time, as they only start their formal training when they're one year old.

They're due to be named by the public, and some of the names already being suggested on social media are, Doggy McDogface, Bodie and Doyle and Batdog and Robin.

Northamptonshire's newspapers: Songs of Praise in Northampton, near miss for balloon, sports awards

Here's what else is making the news around Northamptonshire on Friday, 21 July.

  • The Northampton Chronicle and Echo report that producers of the BBC's Sunday night television staple Songs of Praise are due to film a special edition of the show in Northampton to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death
  • Meanwhile, the Northamptonshire Telegraph have obtained dramatic dashcam footage of a hot air balloon that had a near miss with traffic on the A6
  • And the Daventry Express carry news that people are being encouraged to nominate their local sporting heroes for the annual Daventry District Sports Awards

M1: All lanes now open

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Hopefully Friday night's rush hour traffic will be a little easier, since all lanes have now reopened on the M1 northbound, between junctions 12 and 13, between Ampthill and Bedford.

Congestion does go back to Junction 10 at Luton though.

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Car on fire on M1

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

There are more problems on the M1 this afternoon.

After an earlier accident caused the northbound road to be closed between J12 and J13, a car on fire has now closed a lane on the same stretch.

Again, delays are expected.

Emergency services are on the scene.

Car on fire
Highways England

Golf: Watch the birdie

BBC Sport

At The Open, Woburn's Ian Poulter wrenches his sandwedge up behind his head and swallows the expletives he was tempted to let slip...

A moment of frustration, but that's only because he's gone oh-so-close to chipping in from the sand at eight and watched it stay up.

Almost his first birdie of the day.

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Travel: Severe delays on M1

BBC News Travel

There are currently severe delays on the M1, northbound between junctions 12 and 13, after an earlier accident between a lorry and a car.

Traffic has now been released, but one lane is still closed while the clean-up takes place.

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Two former Doctors clash over Jodie Whittaker casting

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Two ex-Time Lords have had a war of words over Jodie Whittaker being cast as TV's first female Doctor.

Peter Davison, who played the Doctor from 1981 to 1984, said he "liked the idea" of a male Doctor and that he felt "a bit sad" the character might no longer be "a role model for boys".

His comments were promptly dubbed "rubbish" by his successor Colin Baker, from High Wycombe.

Peter Davison, Jodie Whittaker and Colin Baker
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"You don't have to be of a gender to be a role model," said the actor, who portrayed the Doctor from 1984 to 1986.

"Can't you be a role model as people?"

The actors were speaking on Thursday at Comic-Con, the world's largest celebration of film, TV and pop culture.

Travel: Crash closes lanes on M1

BBC News Travel

A crash between a lorry and a car means two lanes are closed northbound on the M1, between J12 for Ampthill and J13 for Bedford.

It means there are now long delays in the area.

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Afternoon weather: Sunny spells

BBC Weather

It'll remain mainly dry with some bright or sunny spells this afternoon.

There is the chance of a shower, though - especially in the west of the county.

The high is 20C (68F).


For more, go to BBC Weather.

Kidnap being investigated in Hemel Hempstead

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap after reports a woman fell from a moving vehicle in Hemel Hempstead.

Police were called to Redbourn Road by Aldi at 19:37 last night.

A vehicle, thought to be a silver Vauxhall Astra, was seen leaving the scene and travelled towards Queensway.

Redbourn Road
South Beds News Agency

The woman, in her 30s, remains in hospital with a knee injury.

The man, in his 30s, remains in police custody.

Northampton sign ex-Wycombe defender Pierre

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Northampton Town have signed former Wycombe Wanderers centre-back Aaron Pierre on a three-year deal.

The 24-year-old Grenada international was out of contract at Wycombe, where he made 149 appearances after joining from Brentford in 2014.

He was offered a new deal at Adams Park and had recently been on trial with Championship side Bristol City.

"He is a strong and powerful centre-back and is improving all the time," said Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh.

Aaron Pierre
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How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

BBC News England

How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

Traffic jams are an unavoidable feature of any British holiday - or are they?

These tips might help you reach your destination more quickly.

How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

Switching our attention to the Corrie Mckeague search

Thanks for following our regular updates on Cambridgeshire Live.

Following the announcement police are going to update us on the search at Milton tip for missing airman Corrie Mckeague, we've set up a dedicated live page for the story, which you can follow here.

Corrie Mckeague
Suffolk Police

We'll be back with regular updates for the county at 08:00 on Monday.

MPs break up for the summer

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

As MPs begin their summer recess, I thought it was a good opportunity to look back on some of my most memorable political moments of the last few months.

1. One of the defining moments in the General Election campaign was the BBC's Big Election debate, live from the Senate House in Cambridge. Theresa May said she wouldn't take part, but Jeremy Corbyn did, and received a hero's welcome when he arrived in the left-leaning city.

Political Leaders taking part in BBC Election debate

2. On results night I was at the Guildhall in Cambridge, where Daniel Ziechner dramatically increased his majority over Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert. He left the election count to a rousing reception from his supporters.

Daniel Zeichner mobbed by fans after Cambridge win

3. The other big surprise of the night was Labour's Fiona Onasanya ousting Stewart Jackson from the Peterborough seat. During her maiden speech she said she referred to herself as MPFI, because her aim was to make people "feel inspired". She invited her mum along to watch her big day.

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4. And finally, it wasn't long before South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen was ruffling feathers again, this time criticising the deal the government had done with the DUP. Heidi said she wanted to put on record her "distaste for the use of public funds to garner political control" and warned that "never again" should a government prioritise spending in such a way.

Car damaged after man hid under it during argument

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

An argument in a school car park which led to one man hiding under a parked vehicle while another tried to drag him out is being investigated by police.

Two men were seen arguing outside Middleton Primary School in Bretton, Peterborough, at about 15:15 on Tuesday, police said.

Middleton Primary School sign

A spokesman said one of the men hid under a parked silver Audi A6 while the other tried to pull him out.

During the altercation the Audi was damaged.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Golf: Shinkwin and Hatton miss the cut

BBC Sport

At The Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale, Watford's Calum Shinkwin, who finished second in the Scottish Open, had a disappointing second round 78 to leave him +12 and missing the cut.

Wycombe's Tyrell Hatton is in a similar position finishing on +11 after his second round.

Meanwhile Woburn's Ian Poulter tees off about now, -3 par.

Calum Shinkwin
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Passenger numbers on the up at Luton Airport

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Today is the last day of term for most schools, so that means the summer holiday rush has begun.

This weekend more than 83,000 passengers are set to jet off from London Luton Airport, with more than 29,000 travelling today, about 26,000 on Saturday and more than 28,000 on Sunday.

That's an increase of 4.5% compared with the same weekend last year.

New figures from the airport show passengers from Beds, Herts and Bucks have increased steadily over the past few years:

  • From Buckinghamshire, 900,000 passengers used the airport in 2016, compared to 750,000 in 2015.
  • Most travellers in this county are from Milton Keynes.
  • From Bedfordshire, 1.66m passengers used the airport in 2016 compared to 1.21m in 2015.
  • Bedford travellers make the most journeys from the airport in the county, followed by Luton.
  • Meanwhile, from Hertfordshire 1.95m passengers used the airport in 2016, compared to 1.5m in 2015.
  • St Albans residents are the most frequent Hertfordshire users.
Airport passengers
London Luton Airport

Travel: Vehicle fire closes part of M40 by High Wycombe

BBC News Travel

Emergency services are currently dealing with a lorry fire on the M40, by junction 4 for High Wycombe.

The southbound exit slip road is now open again, but the main carriageway is still blocked.

There are long delays in the area.

Lorry on fire on M40
Highways England
Fire on M40
TVP Roads Polciing

Festival to close its doors

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

As we've mentioned, the Secret Garden Party, currently taking place in Abbots Ripton near Huntingdon, will be closing its doors for the final time on Sunday.

Paint party
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The four-day "party", which has been running for 15 years, has hosted a multitude of artists over the years from Ed Sheeran to Clean Bandit.

It's also seen a variety of famous faces over the years, most notably Prince Harry.

One year five lookalikes were hired to allow the real prince to blend in with the crowd and throw people off the scent.

Prince Harry
Gobinder Jhitta/Fanatic

Geoff Richardson, chair of the local parish council, said: "A large number of people now know the village of Abbots Ripton exists.

"There's probably been 200,000 people here over the time it's been operating."

White lion: Some facts

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

The view of the white lion has been synonymous with the Dunstable Downs for decades, but did you know...

  • The carving was completed in 1933
  • The outline of the lion is 250m (820ft) long
  • The lion, which is not an outline but a solid shape, was designed by artist R B Brook-Greaves
  • It was manually dug out using picks and shovels

Concerns hillside chalk lion losing its roar

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

A white lion cut into the Dunstable Downs is a well-known local landmark, but I've been hearing from people that it's been looking a little shabby of late.

I've been told by one resident "it's nowhere near what it was 10 years ago", with another saying "it's almost invisible from Ivinghoe now".

White lion on hill
George Mahoney/Georgraph
The Whipsnade white lion captured 15 years ago...

Miki Mitchell, from Berkhamsted, said: "It's one of those things that's just for the area and it really ought to be cleaned up."

Whipsnade white lion
Colin Smith/Geograph
...compared to 11 months ago.

Owen Craft, the general manager of Whipsnade Zoo which is responsible for the lion, stressed it was important to the attraction, adding that every year it gets a deep clean.

"The last month or two we've seen an unprecedented level of weed growth, but our horticulturalists are regularly de-weeding it.

"Over the next few weeks we are looking to continue this so it will spruce up again for the summer."

He explained the zoo was looking to lay fresh chalk on top in the long term to make it look whiter.

"Rest assured we at Whipsnade are committed to improving the visibility of the lion," said Mr Craft.

More than 80 'home alone' children reports in two years, says charity

The NSPCC has referred more than 80 cases of children being left home alone in Northamptonshire to the police and social services in the past two years.

The referrals follow calls from concerned members of the public to the children's charity.

Although the law doesn't give a minimum age at which children can be left on their own, parents and carers can be prosecuted for neglect if children are put at risk of suffering or injury.

"Our advice is that children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight," Emily Cherry, from the NSPCC, told the BBC.

"Children under 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency, and of course babies and very young children should never be left home alone."

Home alone boy
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Worried callers to the NSPCC helpline have reported children being left alone overnight and young children having to feed themselves and use dangerous kitchen equipment.

Fifteen calls or emails from people in Northamptonshire asked for guidance on when a child could be left unattended. However, a further 84 were considered so serious by the NSPCC that they were passed on to Northamptonshire Police or social services to be followed up.

"We do know and understand that this is a really difficult time for parents," Ms Cherry said. "And where you don't have the clarity in the law and availability of child care, we know that parents will be making these decisions.

"But it must be done really clearly with the child's needs at heart, and their protection at heart."

Travel: Accident on M1 now clear

BBC News Travel

There are currently delays on the M1, northbound between junctions 5 and 6, after a collision between a car and a HGV.

The good news is the debris has been cleared and all lanes have now re-opened.

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In pictures: Cambridgeshire's worst kept secret heads into second day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Festival goers at the Secret Garden Party will be waking up this morning to beautiful sunshine, as the festival near Huntingdon heads in to its second day.

Police say they are expecting more than 30,000 people to attend the sold-out event.

The last ever festival, which has been running for 15 years, kicked off yesterday with thousands of revelers already making the most of the fancy dress policy.

People dancing

The festival is themed every year, with "celebrity" being this year's subject.

Can you make out which well-known person this fox sculpture is meant to be?

Fox sculpture
Main stage

There's also this floating celebrity-style mansion, which doubles up as a dance stage...

Secret Garden Party stage

BBC Introducing in Cambridgeshire hosted its annual takeover the Living Room stage last night, putting on eight up-and-coming acts.

Sign outside the Living Room stage

And it's fair to say the crowds were definitely enjoying the music...

Inside the Living Room tent

Highlights of the Living Room takeover can be heard on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, tomorrow from 20:00.

The fox is meant to be Donald Trump, by the way.

Biggleswade residents voice concern over local plan

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

People living in the Biggleswade area have been voicing their objections to plans for more houses, which are being proposed by Central Bedfordshire Council.

The draft local plan, which outlines possible areas for development, is touring the area, gathering local views before it's finalised.

Simon Denchfield from the town has said the houses would be in the wrong place.

He said: "Biggleswade has already taken large scale development over the last five years and now they're proposing to put another 3,000 to 6,000 dwellings in and around [the town]."

Councillor Nigel Young said "no decisions have been made".

"This is the first stage of a consultation, at this point no sites have been allocated," he said.

Video: Abington Park Museum gets a facelift

A newly-refurbished part of the Abington Park Museum in Northampton will open this weekend.

Work has been under way since April to improve the Great Hall and function room at the 500-year-old Manor House.

BBC Radio Northampton has been along to take a look...

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Open Championship: Poulter to start day two at three under par

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Woburn's Ian Poulter has made a good start at the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Ian Poulter
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He will start day two at three under par after shooting a first round of 67 yesterday.

He tees off just after 13:00 - with the big question on everyone's lips - what trousers will he wear today and how did yesterday's bright white pair manage to stay white?

Meanwhile, Watford's Callum Shinkwin and Marlow's Tyrell Hatton are already out on the course for round two.

Shinkwin teed-off at 07:19 and was four over after four holes; Hatton started at 07:52 and was five over after two holes.

You can follow the action on BBC's live reporting page featuring text and video clips.

Cyclist, 91, was doing time trial when killed in crash

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A 91-year-old cyclist who was killed on the A41 near Aylesbury on Wednesday was riding in a time trial to try to set a new national record for his age, it has emerged.

Ray Dare died when he was in a collision with a van on the Ashton Clinton bypass at about 14:45.

The Kingston Phoenix Road Club, of which he had been a member for more than 60 years, posted a statement on its website expressing "huge sadness and shock".

Last-ever Secret Garden Party gets under way

Tom Simkins

BBC Introducing in Cambridgeshire

The four-day extravaganza of music and fantasy set in rolling countryside near Huntingdon - is under way for the very last time.

The Secret Garden Party began in 2003, when about 500 friends gathered at the bottom of a garden.. and grew over the years to host up to 30,000 visitors.

Headline acts this year are Metronomy, Crystal Fighters and Toots & The Maytals.

Founded by Freddie Fellowes, he revealed in March that the 2017 festival would be the last-ever at its Abbots Ripton home.

Secret Garden Party

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 21 July.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the county.

First up, a full weather forecast.


You can get in touch by email, Twitter and Facebook.

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC Radio Northampton

Welcome to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 21 July.

We'll be here until 18:00 keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel as it happens.


Don't forget that you can get in touch with the team by email, Twitter and Facebook.

Welcome back to live updates from Beds, Herts and Bucks

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hello and welcome to Friday's live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks. We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Today is due to be fine for much of the day with spells of sunshine but it looks like rain will arrive by this evening. I hope this beautiful looking cow - in a BBC Weather Watchers picture by Val - gets the memo and lies down to warn us of impending showers.

BBC Weather Watchers picture

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Goodbye from Cambridgeshire

That's it for today's Cambridgeshire Local Live.

We'll be back from tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Keep an eye on this feed - any breaking stories overnight will appear here.

And we leave you with this peaceful scene from Grafham Water, courtesy of BBC Weather Watcher, Grumpy.

Grafham Water
BBC Weather Watchers/Grumpy