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Our live updates across the week

Kris Holland

BBC News

I'm afraid our live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks are coming to a close.

Scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, but we'll be back once again with the latest news updates from 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Our live updates across the week

Kris Holland

BBC News

I'm afraid our live updates for Cambridgeshire are coming to a close.

Scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, but we'll be back once again with the latest news updates from 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Our live updates across the week

Kris Holland

BBC News

I'm afraid our live updates for Northamptonshire are coming to a close.

Scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, but we'll be back once again with the latest news updates from 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Hartley vows Saints will learn lessons as Premiership returns

Northampton Saints' captain Dylan Hartley says they'll learn from their mistakes last season as they face Saracens in the season opener tomorrow.

Dylan Hartley
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Kieran Brooks will make his 50th appearance for the club, Mitch Eadie will make his debut and Lewis Ludlam will get his first Premiership appearance in the back row.

Harry Mallinder will start at 10, with injuries to Piers Francis and Stephen Myler.

Hartley says they'll be ready to take on one of the best teams in Europe.

And you can catch all the action on BBC Radio Northampton sport, on air at the earlier time of 13:30 tomorrow from Twickenham.

Northants pick Procter for promotion push

Northamptonshire have signed Lancashire all-rounder Luke Procter on loan in a bid to ease their injury problems ahead of their promotion push.

The 29-year-old has been drafted in for the rest of the County Championship season following injuries to Adam Rossington (broken thumb), Ben Sanderson (hamstring) and Nathan Buck (side strain).

Luke Procter
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Northants are fifth in Division Two with four matches remaining. They're 40 points behind second-placed Worcestershire who have played one game more.

Head coach David Ripley told the club's official website: "It's great to have Luke with us for the final push.

"He is an experienced cricketer who can come into the team and provide runs and wickets. I have always been impressed with his competitive nature.

"We have several injuries at the moment and his signing is a real boost for us."

Man dies and child hurt as car flips over into ditch

A man has died and a child taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash near Eye.

Police said the man was driving a black Range Rover on Crowland Road this afternoon when it was believed he lost control of the vehicle.

It then left the road and ended up on its roof in a ditch. He died at the scene.

A child passenger received "serious injuries" and was taken to Peterborough City Hospital, a spokesman said.

Anyone who saw the crash has been asked to get in touch with police.

Chris Turner statue unveiled in Peterborough

So... the big moment has arrived, complete with balloon release...

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The statue of Posh legend Chris Turner has been unveiled outside the Abax Stadium.

Tens of thousands of pounds were raised by fans to make the artwork of the former player and manager, who died in 2015 aged 64.

Warehouse fire: Fundraising page for owner of destroyed business in Ware

Meanwhile, a fundraising page has been set-up to support the furniture business destroyed by yesterday's fire in Ware.

Eleven fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms were required to extinguish the flames at Deans Furnishers.

Ware
Herts Fire and Rescue Service

On Thursday evening the owner was supported by friends and other businesses at the Saracens Head in Ware, which provided free pizza, while another local businessman has offered the company temporary warehouse space.

Sacha Bright from Business Agent, which arranged the Go Fund Me page, said she was also providing temporary office space for the owner.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Potential new busway routes revealed

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Routes that a proposed new busway link between Cambourne and Cambridge could take have been revealed.

The proposals by the Greater Cambridge Partnership include two on-road routes and one off-road route south of the A428 - which they say will avoid the West Fields.

Plans for new bus routes
Greater Cambridge Partnership

Amanda Fuller, from the Coton Busway Action Group, said "the off-road busway is hugely unpopular and is going to cost hundreds of millions of pounds - it is a big white elephant".

Rachel Stopard, the chief executive of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, said it was "listening" to worries and had "already removed one of the options that had most concerns".

The proposals will be considered by the partnership on 13 and 20 September.

If the plans are supported, a public consultation will take place between November and December.

Rev Richard's dogs help with Strictly training

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

It's all hotting up in the Coles household this week as Reverend Richard prepares for his stint on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

It seems that three pooches at his Northamptonshire home are helping him with his "staircase descending technique".

Let's hope they also help him with his paw-sodoble - I'll get my coat!

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Investigations into Ware fire continue

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has finished its "operational activity" after yesterday's fire at Deans Furnishers in Ware.

The incident is being handed over to surveyors, the local authorities and the highways team, it said.

Specialist crews are clearing asbestos from the site, with that work expected to be completed this afternoon.

Fire in Ware
PottersBar Fire

Roads around the Star Street area are still closed due to concerns about the structural safety of the building.

Investigations will continue into what caused the fire.

Drone flying over fire scene
Reqs the fire dog

Behind the scenes as new museum constructed

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

If you've been in St Peter's Street in St Albans during the past year, you can't fail to have noticed the work going on at the Town Hall.

Work on the Grade II-listed building started last year to transform it into a new museum for the city, at a cost of about £7.75m.

And if you've been wondering what's been going in inside - these pictures will give you an idea.

It's due to open in Spring 2018.

St Albans Museum
St Albans Museums
St Albans Museum
St Albans Museums
St Albans Museum
St Albans Museums
St Albans Museum
St Albans Museums

Local paper round-up

Here are some other stories making the news today:

Theatre cancels panto performance for Strictly final

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Milton Keynes Theatre has cancelled the evening performance of its panto on the night of the Strictly Come Dancing final because one of its stars has joined the programme's line-up.

Brian Conley
Milton Keynes Theatre

Comedian and pantomime star Brian Conley is playing Buttons in Cinderella this Christmas - which opens on 9 December. He's also a contestant in the latest series of the BBC's popular ballroom and Latin dance competition, which starts in September.

The Strictly final is on the 16 December and, while no-one knows how well he will do in the show, all the contestants return on that night for a final group dance.

A theatre spokesman said: "As a result of his filming commitments it has been necessary to cancel the 19:00 performance of this year's pantomime, Cinderella, on Saturday 16th December.

"Our Box Office are contacting all customers that are affected by this, arranging to move their tickets to an alternative performance."

Of course, if he does particularly well, it might throw the opening performances of the panto on 9 December into doubt, but the theatre said it "hadn't been made aware of any other scheduling conflicts".

Stacey Solomon
MAX TOLLWORTHY/SILVERHUB

Last Christmas the theatre suffered a backlash when X Factor star Stacey Solomon read lines from a clipboard on the opening day of the pantomime, just hours after she returned from ITV's I'm A Celebrity in Australia.

Announcing Conley's appearance on Strictly, theatre director Emma Sullivan said:"We're all incredibly excited to get behind Brian as he takes to the ballroom floor, and hope he will bring some of his newfound steps to the MK stage for this year's pantomime.

"We can't wait to watch him on our screens every weekend, and will be rooting for him to get to Blackpool!"

The Blackpool programme is in November - I suspect they might not want him to get much further than that!

Woman suffers 'memory loss' after sex assault

Police in Milton Keynes have released details of a sexual assault which happened earlier this month.

A woman in her 20s was attacked while walking from a cash point to the car park at Westcroft Retail Park. It happened at about 23:30 on 3 August.

She managed to fight off the man but needed hospital treatment for concussion.

Thames Valley Police said the delay in releasing details was because the woman suffered memory loss.

BBC Northampton update

There's good and bad news following our earlier technical problems.

Bear with us - we're back on air, but are still unable to play any of our usual jingles and tracks, or recorded voice reports.

BBC Three Counties update

There's good and bad news following our earlier technical problems.

Bear with us - we're back on air, but are still unable to play any of our usual jingles and tracks, or recorded voice reports.

We've still got problems with our phone lines, so it's best to text if you wish to contact us.

A reminder of that number - 81333, and start your text with "3CR".

Two-year wait continues for mains utilities at Northants school

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Two years after a brand new school opened in Kettering, the building has still to be connected to mains gas, electricity, broadband and water.

Hayfield Cross Church of England School opened in September 2015 as part of the big Kettering East housing development, known as Hanwood Park.

The main road to the school has yet to be finished, so that means no permanent utilities have been connected.

Instead water is pumped to the school, there's bottled gas and a mobile phone and generator are used. The internet is connected via a satellite and it has its own sewage system.

Helen Cracknell, the chair of governors, said the situation was "not ideal", but "none of the children have suffered because of the issues". However, she said it means the head teacher has to spend his time "having to look at this, when he should be concentrating on the quality of education".

She says they're working with the council and the developers to get the matter resolved and hope a permanent solution is "round the corner".

Northamptonshire County Council, which is responsible for the school, said: "We are progressing works to address the issues the school are facing as a result of having no access to permanent utilities.

"NCC continue to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to resolve these issues as soon as possible."

Bedford's new £35m Riverside Leisure complex opens today

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

A landmark development in Bedford is being officially opened today.

It's hoped the £35m Riverside Leisure complex will draw more visitors into the town centre.

Riverside development
Bedford Borough Council

The complex, on the site of the now-demolished Town Hall, includes restaurants, a cinema, hotel and new homes. It's the first time there's been a cinema in the town centre since the Cannon closed on St Peter's Street 25 years ago.

The development hasn't come without controversy.

A glass footbridge across the River Ouse was replaced with a much cheaper design due to cost and it's also cast further doubt on the future of the Aspects Leisure Park situated at the other end of Bedford Embankment.

Family pays tribute to 'lovely, bubbly' teen

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police in Hertfordshire have named a teenager killed in a road crash last Friday afternoon.

Joshua Porter
Family photo

Joshua Porter, 18, died when the car he was a passenger in struck a tree along the A414 between Hemel Hempstead and St Albans, just before 14:15.

The teenager, who lived with his family in Bushey, was studying at West Herts College and played for Fullerians Rugby Club in Watford.

His mum Deborah described him as an "outgoing, loving and bubbly" person.

Police call for information in Corby after sex assault

A mobile police station is going to be in Lyveden Way, Corby, today almost two weeks after a woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault in the town.

It's hoped it will encourage people to come forward with information.

A 21-year-old woman was attacked in the area between 16:15 and 16:45 on 19 August.

The victim was assaulted by a man described as black, between 5ft 11in and 6ft tall and with an average build. He wore a red top.

Officers will be at the junction of Butland Road between 10:00 and 14:00, handing out leaflets and providing reassurance.

There will also be leaflet drops to homes in the area while this evening police officers will be handing leaflets to cab drivers operating out of the taxi area in the old village.

Det Insp Wayne Preece said: "This was an extremely serious incident and we are asking people with any information about it to come forward to help us find this man.

"There will be a range of activity going on in the immediate area today and this evening and we are hoping we can encourage people to come forward."

Football deadline deals

BBC Sport

Cambridge United completed their final summer signing just minutes ahead of Thursday's 23:00 transfer deadline.

George Taft
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Defender George Taft has rejoined on loan from Mansfield until January.

The 24-year-old had a previous three-month loan spell with the U's in 2015, where he scored once in 13 appearances.

Peterborough United's only piece of deadline day business involved a contract extension. Midfielder Marcus Maddison signed a new three-year deal and will stay with the Posh until 2020.

This weekend the U's are hosting Colchester in League Two, while Posh are heading to Doncaster in League One.

Ware fire: Roads to remain closed for 'foreseeable future'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire Highways say roads around the Star Street area in Ware will remain closed for the "foreseeable future" after yesterday's warehouse fire.

It said this was due to the building being unstable.

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Chris Turner statue to be unveiled

A statue of former Peterborough United player and manager Chris Turner is due to be unveiled today.

The sculpture will be revealed at the club's London Road stadium at 15:00.

Chris Turner died in April 2015, aged 64, after being diagnosed with a form of dementia in 2006.

He also had spells at Cambridge United as a player and manager.

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Technical problems affect BBC Local Radio stations

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Technical problems are continuing to affect output at a number of BBC Local Radio stations this morning, including at BBC Three Counties.

Engineers are working to fix the problem but at the moment it's not known how long it will be before normal service resumes.

Technical problems affect BBC Local Radio stations

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Technical problems are continuing to affect output at a number of BBC Local Radio stations this morning, including at BBC Radio Northampton.

Engineers are working to fix the problem but at the moment it's not known how long it will be before normal service resumes.

'Erratic driver' damages up to 30 cars in Northampton

A van being "driven erratically" damaged up to 30 cars in Northampton yesterday afternoon, according to police.

The vehicle, which had sparks flying from it and was on three wheels, was driven along Oliver Street, Kingsley between 16:15 and 16:30.

The van was also seen going into Perry Street, Turner Street and St Michael's Mount, on the corner of Henry Street.

Police have arrested two Northampton men aged 27 and 23, but officers have asked for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

Warehouse blaze: Drone captures scale of damage

Roads remain closed in Ware town centre this morning after yesterday's fire at Deans Furnishers on Star Street.

Fire crews were on the scene until late last night.

These drone pictures capture the extent of the damage to the building.

Ware
Herts Fire and Rescue Service
Ware
Herts Fire and Rescue Service
Ware
Herts Fire and Rescue Service

Safety investigations now have to take place and fire crews need to determine how the blaze began.

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC News

Pinch, punch and welcome back to live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 1 September.

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

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As always, if you want to get in touch you can by email,Facebook or Twitter.

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC News

Pinch, punch and welcome back to live updates for Northamptonshire on Friday, 1 September.

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

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As always, if you want to get in touch you can by email, Facebook or Twitter.

Good morning

Kris Holland

BBC News

Pinch, punch and welcome back to live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks on Friday, 1 September.

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

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Our live coverage across the day

That's it for Thursday's live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks, on a day where we've been covering the latest from the furniture warehouse blaze in Ware.

We'll be back with the latest updates at 08:00 tomorrow, but scroll down to see how the news developed across the day.

Have a good evening.

Our live coverage across the day

That's it for Thursday's live updates for Cambridgeshire.

Scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, but we'll be back once more with the latest news updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

Our live updates across the day

That's it for Thursday's live updates for Northamptonshire.

Scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, including the sacking of Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh after only a handful of games this season.

We'll be back once more with the latest news updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

A5 crash: Motorcyclist confirmed dead

We've had an update from police regarding the crash on the A5 at Lilbourne this morning.

Officers have confirmed that a motorcyclist died after crashing with other vehicles at 05:40 near the BP garage.

The road has only just reopened.

Officers investigating the crash would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed it.

'No shortage of quality applicants to replace Edinburgh'

Lee Harper

Former Northampton Town goalkeeper

At the end of the day a manager can set a team up, but if the players don't cross the white line and deliver, it doesn't matter what he does.

However, he is responsible at the end of the day. He's got to motivate them and get them playing. Maybe he hasn't done that, but the players must take some responsibility and now it is up to someone else.

Whatever manager comes in needs some time to mould a team out of the new players. There are plenty of names out there and there will be no shortage of top quality applicants.

Justin Edinburgh sacked: Who is in the frame to take over?

Kris Holland

BBC News

It's barely an hour or so since Northampton Town Football Club announced they sacked Justin Edinburgh as their manager, but that hasn't stopped the bookmakers getting to work.

One market has former Queens Park Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as favourite, with caretaker manager David Kerslake also deemed to be in the running.

Other names in the frame include former Reading coach Steve Clarke, ex-Fleetwood manager Steven Pressley and the current Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans.

However, in truth it's too early to tell if any of those are actually in contention.

'No surprise' Justin Edinburgh sacked as Northampton manager

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

With no game until 9 September, it's no surprise the club have made the announcement they're sacking him today.

Justin Edinburgh
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The Cobblers' league form makes for grim viewing, with Town bottom of the table, without a win so far this season and booed off the pitch in recent defeats.

However, given the club's support for Justin Edinburgh to build his own team over the summer, with 14 new arrivals, there is still an element of surprise.

The former Gillingham manager may yet be able to claim a positive legacy, having given local players Joe Iaciofano and Shaun McWilliams their first-team introductions.

But in the short-term, Edinburgh's assistant David Kerslake will take temporary charge and it will be interesting who they bring in next and what this will mean regarding the investment this year from 5USport.

A look at Northampton Town's worst ever start to a league season

Kris Holland

BBC News

Northampton Town have become the first EFL club to sack their manager in the 2017-18 season after they dismissed Justin Edinburgh earlier.

The club have lost all of their League One games so far this season and are bottom of the table.

Expectations at The Cobblers were high after the club received a big investment from Chinese company 5USport over the summer, with 14 players having joined the club so far in the summer transfer window.

After much hype, Town started the new season with a last minute 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town, with another 1-0 loss at home to Fleetwood Town punctuated by a first-round exit in the EFL Cup against QPR.

A heavy 4-1 reverse against Charlton meant the club had made their worst ever start to a league season, before a defeat to local rivals Peterborough United by the same scoreline on Saturday.

In what proved to be the former Gillingham manager's final game in charge, the Cobblers drew 1-1 with League Two side Cambridge United at Sixfields in the Checkatrade Trophy.

But the damage was already done, and chairman Kelvin Thomas has acted decisively after a run of 12 games without a win stretching back to March.

By numbers: Justin Edinburgh at Northampton Town

230 -days since the club appointed Justin Edinburgh as manager on 13 January

4 - number of points the club finished above the relegation zone

23 -games in charge

12 - games without a win in the league.

14 - players signed by the club so far during the transfer window