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Falcon believed to be 'deliberately and illegally shot'

A young peregrine falcon that looks like it's been deliberately and illegally shot faces an uncertain future.

The RSPB says the juvenile bird of prey was found a few weeks ago. After undergoing an X-ray, a pellet from an air rifle was found inside.

X-ray of falcon

The bird was identified as one of three that fledged from a local nest in Cambridgeshire earlier this year.

It's being looked after at the Raptor Foundation, but as yet it doesn't know if it will survive.


Peregrines are protected by UK law and are on the National Wildlife Crime Priority list.

Anyone found guilty of killing or harming a peregrine could face an unlimited fine and, or, six months in jail.

PC Alun Bradshaw says: "This was a senseless act, causing injury and distress to a protected bird."

'Eco-mosque' prepares to open its doors

One of the first "eco-mosques" in Europe will open its doors this weekend in Cambridge.

On Sunday tours of the building off Mill Road will take place.

The £15m place of worship is currently under construction and will have space for up to 1,000 people.

It will contain many environmental features from heat pumps to rainwater harvesting.

Cambridge Mosque

The event is part of the annual Cambridge Open Eco Homes.

It's due to open in November 2018.

In-form Saints head to Gloucester on the back of four wins

Northampton Saints' wing George North says some "brutal honesty" in team meetings is what's put them back on track this season.

They go to Gloucester tomorrow afternoon in the Premiership top of the table after four wins in a row.

George North
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Piers Francis will make his debut at Kingsholm; there's a first start for scrum-half Cobus Reinach; and the England captain Dylan Hartley returns from injury.

North (above) starts once more on the right wing.

BBC Radio Northampton is live from Kingsholm tomorrow afternoon - Gloucester v Saints kicks off at 15:00, on 104.2FM.

Pharmacist jailed for showing beheading video to child

A man who showed a beheading video to a child has been jailed for six years.

Pharmacist Zameer Ghumra, of Leicester, tried to brainwash primary school-age children into supporting the so-called Islamic State.

Ghumra, 38, who told boys they should kill people who insulted Islam, was convicted at Nottingham Crown Court of disseminating "terrorist propaganda".

Judge Gregory Dickinson QC said it was a "determined effort" to radicalise children and turn them into terrorists.

Zameer Ghumra

During his trial the court heard he had been working as a pharmacist in Oundle and told a customer members of the so-called Islamic State were "not bad people, they're only defending themselves".

True grit

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

He may have retired from athletics, but Usain Bolt seems to have a new job.

The Olympic gold medallist could soon be seen spreading salt on Buckinghamshire's roads...

OK, so we're not talking about the world record holder, but "Usain Salt" - a new gritter for Buckinghamshire County Council.

The name came from six-year-old Dylan Lambourne, who says "Usain Salt should be the fastest and best gritter ever".

He entered the gritter naming competition and won.

And here he is, showing off his best bolt...

Dylan Lambourne
Buckinghamshire County Council

World championships 'struggling' to find enough conkers

Fingers are crossed that there will be enough conkers at this year's World Conker Championships in Southwick.

Organiser St John Burkett says they're "struggling a bit" to find enough as "fruit everywhere did very well this year and conkers have fallen early off the trees, so we're hoping we have enough".

He added that if anyone has any spare they could bring them to the village today, as 3,000 are needed for Sunday's event.

About 230 competitors have signed up to compete from 14 different countries, meaning the event is now full.


PCs help 'make a difference' after Hurricane Irma

Last month Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, leaving at least five people dead in the British Virgin Islands.

British Virgin Islands
Cambridgeshire Police
British Virgin Islands
Cambridgeshire Police

To help restore order, two officers from Cambridgeshire Police have been in the country volunteering.

Ely-based PC Den Williams (below right) and PC Ross Beesley (below left), from Wisbech, spent their time trying to prevent looting, robberies and panic buying.

PC Ross Beesley, PC Den Williams and children
Cambridgeshire Police

PC Williams said: "Words cannot describe the devastation.

"We saw 40ft containers that had been thrown around, homes without roofs and what was an island full of lush greenery turned into something like what you would see in a Hollywood movie.

"Yet the people were still upbeat. Despite losing everything themselves they were committed to helping others."

Police and residents of British Virgin Islands
Cambridgeshire Police

PC Beesley said: "The moment we landed and our presence was known, we were starting to make a difference. We were able to take some control and allow everyone to get on with trying to rebuild what they had lost.”

PC Den Williams
Cambridgeshire Police

PC Williams added: "Being in 40C heat, wearing full body armour and not being able to wash above the neck because of the E.coli in the water was a low.

"We were living without the basics but we had a roof over our heads, were fed and watered, which is more than most had out there.

"I feel very privileged to have had the chance to go."

Police patrols in Peterborough following sex attack

A police patrol will be in Peterborough tomorrow talking to passers-by and putting up notices after a woman was sexually assaulted at knifepoint.

A woman in her 20s was attacked by a 5ft 8in tall Asian teenager as she walked towards Ivatt Way, between 11:00 and 11:30 on 30 September.

Officers will be in the area of a footpath near Rhubard Bridge, where the A47 meets Lincoln Road in the city.

Area around Rhubarb bridge

Extra patrols will also roam the area during the next few weeks, police said.

Strictly: Rev Richard Coles has sole

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Finedon's very own reverend Richard Coles is sticking with his Northamptonshire roots and favouring a good old pair of classic men's shoes to practice his Strictly routine in.

His welted footwear of choice appears to be a pair of brogues, although there is some debate on social media as some believe they are Oxfords.

I think he's done it to prove he's got plenty of "sole".

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Man jailed for stabbing friend 12 times

A man from St Albans who stabbed his friend 12 times with a kitchen knife has been jailed for 17 years.

Craig Sutherland, 40 from Thorn House, Townsend Avenue, St Albans, carried out the attack last September after getting locked out of his flat.

St Albans Crown Court heard Sutherland had been drinking at his home with 46 year-old Vinny Rajput.

The two had a row when Sutherland used Mr Rajput's phone to order some drugs and Sutherland got locked outside.

When he smashed his way back into the flat with a brick, and attacked Mr Rajput, armed police were called to arrest him.

Craig Sutherland
Hertfordshire Police

Sutherland (above), who had 57 previous convictions, was found guilty of attempted murder.

Judge Marie Catterson also passed an extended sentence of five years, telling the court she had come to the conclusion he was a dangerous offender and posed a significant risk to the public.

It means that when Sutherland is released from his jail term he will be under observation by authorities for five more years and could be recalled to prison if offences are committed.

Road remains closed after vehicle hits pub

A road closure remains in place on the A507 in Husbourne Crawley, Bedfordshire, while the exterior of the White Horse pub is repaired.

White Horse pub

Part of the wall was smashed after two cars collided at about 17:15 yesterday.

White Horse pub

The vehicles have since been recovered and the occupants of the cars treated for slight injuries.

Smoking banned throughout hospital grounds

Milton Keynes Hospital is now smoke free.

Milton Keynes hospital
Milton Keynes hospital

Signs have appeared to make sure patients, visitors and staff know they are not allowed to smoke anywhere on the grounds, including outside buildings or in car parks.

Milton Keynes hospital
Milton Keynes hospital

The hospital says it's part of "ongoing plans to contribute to improved public health and wellbeing".

Milton Keynes hospital
Milton Keynes hospital

E-cigarettes and vaping are also prohibited.

Japanese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton top in wet second practice

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Singaore

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton was fastest in a rain-hit second practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix, in which only five drivers set a lap time.

The Briton, driving for Brackley-based Mercedes, was 0.799 seconds quicker than Force India's Esteban Ocon.

The Frenchman's team-mate Sergio Perez was third fastest ahead of Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the dry morning session, ahead of Hamilton and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Lewis Hamilton
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'Crisis' warning over homeless addicts admitted to hospital

Craig Lewis

BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

The number of homeless people admitted to Northampton General Hospital with problems relating to drink and drugs has doubled over the past three years.

A Freedom of Information request by the BBC found that in 2014, 20 people were seen with drug issues, but by 2016 that number had risen to 39.

When it comes to alcohol, in 2014 it was 13 and then increased to 28 in 2016.

Kettering General Hospital didn't reply to the request.

Homeless man and dog

The government says: "Tackling homelessness is a complex issue with no single solution, but we're determined to create a country that works for everyone."

"Figures show that drug and alcohol abuse is falling - but we will not be complacent.

"To help local authorities, we are giving them £16bn over the current spending period to deliver these services and reduce health inequalities."

Strictly: Brian Conley in the show '100%'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

There are media reports that Hertfordshire's Brian Conley "wants an early exit from Strictly".

The Daily Mail claims it's because he needs to concentrate on his up-and-coming stint as Buttons in Milton Keynes' production of Cinderella, which starts on 9 December.

He categorically claims on social media: "Just woke to news that I apparently want to be out of strictly what utter..." ahem, let's just say the language gets colourful.

"I'm loving this & 100% want to stay in as long as poss," he continues.

The theatre has already confirmed that there will be no evening performance of the panto on 16 December, as however far Brian gets he will need to be back for the Strictly final which is on that night.

Here's how he's getting on with rehearsals...

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Plans to build 'smart' motorway picking up speed

The final public exhibition to find out about plans to upgrade the M1 between junction 13 for Bedford and junction 16 for Northampton is taking place tomorrow.

Highways England is behind the project to turn the 23.6-mile (38km) route into a "smart" motorway.

It hopes it will "reduce congestion and improve journey times" with the road at times being four lanes instead of three, but at the loss of the hard shoulder.

It will take place between 11:00 and 15:00 at Collingtree Village Room on the High Street.

Smart motorway
Highways England
A smart motorway already built

The work is set to start in March and due to be completed by June 2021. It will cost £349m.

The M1 is already a "smart" motorway between junctions 9 and 13 and work is under way to upgrade it between junctions 16 and 19.

Police ask hit-and-run driver to 'do the right thing'

A week after a woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver in St Albans, police have made a direct appeal to the driver to hand themselves in.

Barbara Liddle
Herts Police

Great-grandmother Barbara Liddle, who lived in the city all her life, was found lying on Camp Road with serious injuries shortly after 20:20 on 28 September. She died at the scene.

Hertfordshire Police said the 76-year-old was struck as she crossed the road outside her home. She was due to be picked up by a friend to go to a darts match.

Officers said her injuries were consistent with being hit by a moving vehicle, but it had left the scene before the force arrived.

They want to speak to the drivers of a medium-sized light-coloured car, possibly a BMW, and a small dark-coloured hatchback. Both were seen in the area around the time of the crash.

Det Insp Chris Puddy, said: "To the person who was driving the vehicle involved, you have caused unimaginable pain and suffering to Barbara's family.

"You cut her life short and her loved ones now have to live without their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

"I am asking you to do the right thing and hand yourself in."

Mrs Liddle's family described her as "a devoted, warm and sociable" person, for whom darts was her "passion".

He son Kevin said: "She was the best."

Sunrise, sunset

The first full moon after the Autumn equinox is known as the Harvest Moon.

In days gone by it signalled to farmers the time of year to harvest their crops.

With a bright white moon shining high in the sky, the extra light would extend the amount of time farmers could work on the crops in their fields.

Andrew Sharpe captured it spectacularly over Ely last night...

Sunset over Ely
Andrew Sharpe

And then he photographed a "chilly morning" over the Fenland city as the sun rose...

Sunrise over Ely
Andrew Sharpe

Bronze Age torc to go on display in Ely

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The wait is finally over...

From tomorrow you'll be able to see this large gold torc found by metal detectorists in Cambridgeshire and valued at a whopping £220,000.

The bracelet-like ring is more than 3,000 years old, is much larger than usual examples and is made of 730g (26oz) of almost pure gold.

It will be on show at Ely Museum after it was found in a field last year.

And here it is...

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Grant Shapps: 'Change' in leadership needed


The Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield, Grant Shapps, has appeared on BBC Breakfast saying: "I want to see a leadership election in which I have no idea who I would support."

He made the comments after calling for Theresa May to step down as leader.

He says it is "better to make that change and have a free open democratic, leader election which put us in a better situation."

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Meanwhile, cabinet ministers have been rallying around the prime minister after her accident-prone conference speech.

Michael Gove said she was a "fantastic" leader, had widespread support, and should stay "as long as she wants".

Grant Shapps: Tories within rights to urge May to go

BBC Politics

Tory MPs are "perfectly within their rights" to urge Theresa May to quit, a former party chairman has told the BBC.

Grant Shapps, the MP for Welwyn Hatfield, has admitted being one of the leaders in an attempt to persuade Mrs May to call a leadership election, and said up to 30 MPs support the move.

Cabinet ministers have been rallying around the prime minister after her conference speech was overshadowed by a prankster and her persistent cough.

Damian Green said it was "nonsense" to suggest she should go over the speech.

But Mr Shapps, who was co-chair of the party between 2012 and 2015, told the BBC Mrs May was a "perfectly decent person" but had "rolled the dice" and lost over her decision to call a snap election.

Grant Shapps

He said he had previously informed No 10 that a growing number of Tory MPs were keen to have a leadership election.

"The time has come. You can't just carry on when things aren't working. The solution is not to bury heads in the sand," he said.

Mr Shapps said the "up to 30 MPs" who backed his plan did not include any current members of the cabinet, but did include five former cabinet ministers.

Road closed after pub damaged in Bedfordshire

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

If you're trying to get along Mill Road between the A507 at Ridgmont and Husborne Crawley this morning and found the road was closed, this is why...

The White Horse pub, Husborne Crawley
The White Horse pub, Husborne Crawley

It's believed that a vehicle went into the White Horse pub.

The road is expected to be closed until Sunday while repairs are carried out.

The White Horse pub, Husborne Crawley

Today's weather: A chilly, sunny start

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a rather chilly start, but there will be lots of blue sky and sunshine around today and the winds will be lighter than yesterday.

It is due to stay dry, so should also feel very pleasant in the sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

BreakingPolice called to college after boy injured

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A college campus is reportedly on "lockdown" after a teenage boy was injured.

Hertford Regional College

Police were called at 15:05 to reports that a teenage boy had been injured at Hertford Regional College in High Road, Turnford, Broxbourne.

Officers are currently at the scene and are working to establish the exact circumstances around the incident.

Paramedics treated the boy at the scene and he has since been transferred to hospital via ambulance.

Teenager sexually assaulted in Hoddesdon

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and theft after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Hoddesdon on Monday.

The girl was walking in Rye Park, when the boy, who was known to her, took her mobile phone and refused to give it back.

He pushed her into a bush and sexually assaulted her.

Entrance to Rye Park

He stopped when a woman walking a dog passed by.

Police are trying to find the witness who stopped.

Sales takes full-time post at Northants CCC

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Northamptonshire have appointed former captain David Sales as the club's full-time batting coach.

Sales made more than 500 appearances for the county in all competitions between 1994 and 2014 and scored more than 22,000 runs.

He joined the coaching staff on a part-time basis earlier this year.

David Sales
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Head coach, David Ripley, said: "We are delighted that the role has grown into a full-time post.

"David obviously has a lot of invaluable experience and will oversee the batsmen from the first team right down through the age groups."

Future of Peterborough Panthers 'in jeopardy'

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough Panthers have released a statement this afternoon saying their future in speedway has been "placed in serious jeopardy again".

It comes after the club's owner, Ged Rathbone, was given a five-figure fine from the Speedway Control Bureau for allowing Jack Holder to miss the Championship Fours competition and ride in Poland on 6 August, following a hearing this week.

Peterborough Panthers
Steve Hone

The club says they "will now carefully consider their position, but intend to honour all remaining racing commitments in 2017 for their fabulous supporters who have backed the club so well home and away".

Rathbone remains suspended from the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).

Specials on parade

A search has started by Bedfordshire Police to find out who their first black police officer was in 1964.

The appeal was put out on social media to mark Throwback Thursday.

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Air quality in Northampton to be improved

The air quality in some places in Northampton is illegally poor.

A report by Northampton Borough Council found the areas around Northgate Bus Station, the Drapery, Abington Square, Wellingborough Road and St Edmund's Street have all been identified as exceeding nationally-set air quality objectives.

A single air quality management area for the town centre was approved by the council, to deal with the problem.

Wellingborough Road, Northampton
Alan Murray-Rust/Geograph

Mike Hallam, councillor from the ruling Conservative group, said it was going to be a "long term focus for the council".

One of the solutions is to "build new roads" he added, as "standing traffic, rather than traffic, actually causes the issue".

Police tackling 'abuse of position for a sexual purpose'

Police forces in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire have been praised for tackling the issue of officers abusing their position for sexual gain.

The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) says the forces now have a plan in place to prevent further cases and it shows concerted action is being taken.

The highest profile case in Hertfordshire was of PC Simon Salway who was jailed for three years in 2016 for having sex with vulnerable women he met through work.

Simon Salway
South Beds News Agency

In Bedfordshire, Det Con Jamal Hassan, 36, admitted four counts of misconduct in public office.

He was jailed for six years for filming himself performing a sex act in a child's bedroom while on duty.

Jamal Hassan
Bedfordshire Police

The HMICFRS says other forces still have work to do, including Thames Valley Police which provided insufficient information.

Thames Valley said: "In response to the review by HMICFRS, over recent months we have been putting in place systems and processes to enable us to better track and bring to light any potential misconduct on the part of our officers and staff.

"We expect to be able to demonstrate substantial progress in our management of this area when HMICFRS carry out their follow up inspection."

Police visit every address at Stevenage tower block

Every property in a Stevenage block of flats has been visited by Hertfordshire Police amid concerns about anti-social behaviour and witnesses being afraid of going to the police.

Yesterday, 17 officers and PCSOs went to every one of the 103 flats in Brent Court on Silam Road, which has 17 floors.

In total 40% of the residents were spoken to, and police say they will return in the evening soon to revisit anyone left out.

Brent Court

Sgt Duncan Hall said: "Although we have been actively encouraging people to contact us with information about ASB in this area, we understand that many residents, for numerous reasons, do not always do this.

"By visiting all of the people who currently live in the flats we have given them a chance to meet their local officers and raise any concerns they may have."

Walk this way - Everton fan's charity stroll arrives in Northants

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

If you happen to catch a man in just a pair of swimming trunks, complete with cap and goggles and nowhere near the sea, then don't worry.

This is "Speedo Mick" who's embarking on a personal challenge to walk 700 miles from Everton FC To Olympique Lyonnaise FC in France, all in aid of the Alder Hey Children's Charity, which raises money for the Liverpool children's hospital.

Today he's set off to walk 28 miles from Nuneaton to Northampton. He is also wearing trainers.

Apparently he's known for getting lost, so if you see him going the wrong way, maybe set him off in the right direction...

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Thomas Cook pilots' strike off


BBC Business News

Pilots at Peterborough-based Thomas Cook have called off eight days of strikes that had been planned this month, the Balpa union has said.

The strikes were cancelled after the two sides agreed to enter binding arbitration to resolve a pay dispute.

It means the strike planned for this Friday, a three-day strike from 12 October, and a four-day strike from 19 October have been called off.

"I am pleased that we have been able to find a peaceful way of resolving the pilots' pay dispute without further disruption to passengers," said Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton.

Thomas Cook plane

A statement from Thomas Cook said: "We remain keen to resolve this dispute in the interests of all involved and we will now focus on proceeding with the arbitration process."

Some flight times were changed for tomorrow because of the planned strike.

"We’ll be keeping to these revised departure times," the statement said.

Police break down barricade to get into Royston property

A large amount of Class A drugs has been recovered from a house in Royston after a police raid.

Hertfordshire Police

Hertfordshire officers said they had to get past a home-made barricade to get into the property, in Blake Close, at about 09:40 on Tuesday.

Barricaded door
Hertfordshire Police

An "emergency closure order" is now in place.

Police say "This prohibits anyone from entering the property over the next three months and anyone that breaches this can be arrested."

Boarded up door
Hertfordshire Police

Three men, aged 58, 47 and 39 from Royston, and a 16-year-old male from West London have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply.

They have been released under investigation.

Send in the clouds

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We always love being sent unusual images and today we've been sent two by buzylizzie.

They show a funnel cloud over Luton this morning.

Funnel cloud in Luton
Funnel cloud in Luton

You can send your into via Twitter using #bhblive or email.

Under the knife: Saving Police Dog Finn

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Vets who saved the life of a police dog, who was stabbed while chasing a suspected armed robber, have released moving videos recalling the night they battled to keep the near-death German shepherd alive.

One year ago today, the dog and his handler PC Dave Wardell were attacked in Stevenage.

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PC Wardell was stabbed in the hand, but the knife penetrated Finn's chest, puncturing a lung and coming within an inch of the dog's heart.

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Surgeons at Davies Veterinary Specialists in Hitchin spent four hours operating on the police dog, while PC Wardell waited for news.

Finn pulled through, and was home within days, but it took weeks for him to recover, during which time PC Wardell slept near him, supporting his "hero" every step of the way.

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The attack happened in the early hours of 5 October 2016.

In June, a 16-year-old was sentenced to eight months' detention for the attack.

Just before Christmas, PC Wardell and PD Finn returned to work together and Finn made an arrest on his first night back.

Finn retired from active duty on 30 March, shortly after his eighth birthday and is now enjoying the quiet life at home with the Wardell family and their other pets.

But Dave is pretty sure that in his dreams, Finn is still chasing down the criminals.

Police dog Finn on beach

Gas canisters used to blow up Crick cashpoint

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Gas canisters have been used to explode a cash machine in Crick, near Daventry.

Police say four offenders used crowbars to get into the Co-op store on the High Street at about 02:00 on Wednesday.

They stole cash boxes from the machine and made off towards Yelvertoft and West Haddon in a white Audi hatchback with dark alloy wheels.

Co-op, Crick

Police Dog Finn: One year on

Helen Burchell

BBC News

One year ago a police dog was nearly killed while chasing down a suspected armed robber.

PD Finn became famous after the story of how he survived a near-fatal knife attack was publicised around the world.

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Finn and his handler PC Dave Wardell were attacked in Stevenage in the early hours of 5 October 2016.

The dog's "miraculous" recovery was followed by the world's media and his return to active duty 10 weeks later was widely celebrated.

Vets operating on police dog
Davies Veterinary Specialists

Finn retired in March and now lives with "dad" PC Wardell and his family.

But the horror of that night, and the fear of losing his companion of almost eight years will stay with the officer forever, he says.

Stay with us here for the full story of how vets saved the life of this "hero" police dog.

PC Dave Wardell and PD Finn
Herts Police

Bikes and radio-controlled cars worth thousands stolen

A number of bikes and radio-controlled cars worth £10,000 have been stolen from the garage of a house in Northampton.

The bikes, a Giant Anthem X3 , an Orange Five, A Lapierre Audacio, a Giant Liv Avail 2 and a Canyon Nerve XC9, were taken between 03:00 and 03:20 on Tuesday in Floribunda Drive, Briar Hill.

A Tekno SCT 410.3 race track and a Schumacher radio-controlled car (pictured) were also taken.

Northamptonshire Police

M1 closure object tests 'inconclusive'

Tests on a "suspicious object", which caused a 14-hour closure of part of the M1, have so far proved inconclusive.

M1 suspicious substance

Motorists were left stranded after the 11-mile (18km) stretch between junctions 15 at Northampton and 14 at Milton Keynes was shut on Tuesday, 19 September as police investigated a bag found on the hard shoulder.

Thames Valley Police initially said it was a five litre container in a black bin bag and it contained a "highly corrosive" substance, "possibly hydrochloric acid".

After tests, the force said the substance was "still unidentified" but further tests were ongoing.