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  1. Milton Keynes taxis 'safer than ever' after driver scandal, licensing boss says
  2. Police commissioner dismisses fatal crash chase reports
  3. Laura Trott sets new world record with pursuit team
  4. Ighalo 'honoured' by new Watford deal
  5. Weather: Sunny and dry, peaking at 26C (79F)
  6. Live updates for Friday, 12 August

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Olympics Rio 2016: Usain Bolt wins gold.
A round-up of all the action from day nine of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
GB's Whitlock secures men's pommel gold
Max Whitlock claims gold in the men's pommel final, securing his and Great Britain's second ever gymnastics gold medal just 90 minutes after the first in the men's floor whilst fellow teammate Louis Smith secures silver.
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A 61-year-old man is arrested over the murder of a man who was attacked in a pub in Burnham, near Slough.

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Kieran Agard of MK Dons heads in his teams equaliser during the Sky Bet League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Millwall at StadiumMK

Kieran Agard makes a sensational start to his MK Dons career as his first-half brace salvages a draw against Millwall.

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Nathan Redmond celebrates equalising for Southampton against Watford

Neil Johnston

BBC Sport

Nathan Redmond scores on his first Premier League appearance for Southampton to rescue a point against Watford at St Mary's Stadium.

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Anthony Stewart's injury-time winner against Grimsby earns Wycombe their first victory since March.

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Southampton 1-1 Watford- Mazzarri reacts
Watford boss Walter Mazzarri says he is pleased with the way his players reacted after going down to 10 men in a 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Southampton 1-1 Watford- Puel reacts
Southampton boss Claude Puel says his players were much better after half-time as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Watford.

Jon Stead's first goal of the season salvages a point for Notts County against Stevenage at Meadow Lane.

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A second-half equaliser from Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves earns the Glovers a point at Luton.

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Southampton 1-1 Watford

Trevor Sinclair

Former England winger on Final Score

It was definitely a free-kick and yellow card (for Ben Watson) but the other defender would have got across. It wasn't a red card. The referee should have given himself a bit of time.

George Inn Burnham

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died in a pub brawl in Burnham, near Slough.

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Southampton 0-1 Watford

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Aston Villa forward on Final Score

What is catching my eye is Watford. They seem to be very confident on the ball and once they get into the final third out wide they cross it and they are getting players in the box. It looks a very simple philosophy and they look comfortable playing it.

Soares Cedric

Team news

Southampton v Watford (15:00 BST)


Southampton's new £10m winger Nathan Redmond makes his Premier League debut for his new club after arriving from Norwich City in the summer.

Boss Claude Puel has named his other three new signings Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg,Alex McCarthy and Jeremy Pied on the bench.

Southampton XI: Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Van Dijk, Targett, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Long.


Watford are without club record signing Isaac Success and new defender Brice Dja Djedje because of injury. Teenage striker Jerome Sinclair, who joined from Liverpool this summer, is on the bench.

Watford XI: Gomes, Cathcart, Prodl, Britos, Amrabat, Capoue, Behrami, Guedioura, Holebas, Deeney, Ighalo.

Cyril Banks and charity representatives

A World War Two veteran whose life savings were stolen gives thousands of pounds to charity after an online campaign helped him raised £18,000.

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Our live coverage for Friday

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for the time being. Regular update from the Local Live team for Beds, Herts and Bucks have now stopped.

We'll be back on Monday morning at 08:00, hopefully reporting on more medals for Three Counties Olympians.

You can read all the stories we've covered today by scrolling through the news feed. 

Here's a roundup: 

  • Tributes are paid from the football club where a teenager killed on the A43 along with his mother and brother played. 
  • Strikes are planned for Virgin trains that run through Hertfordshire, but the company says services won't be affected. 
  • Taxis in Milton Keynes are safer than ever before, according to the councillor in charge of licensing. 

Weather: Mainly dry with clear spells tonight

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Staying mainly dry with clear spells this evening, but it will turn increasingly cloudy with an odd spot of light rain possible as it dips to about 14C (57F).

Map for weather

A rather cloudy Saturday with the small chance of light rain, but most places will stay dry and the cloud will break to allow for some bright or sunny spells.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). 

Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Rio 2016: Local athletes to cheer for

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

As reported earlier, we already know that MK's Greg Rutherford is going in the long jump tonight, but we have a whole host of other athletes from the Three Counties who are taking part in the Rio Olympics..

Hertfordshire's very won Laura Trott already has a world record to her name but she could also get a medal in the women's team pursuit. You can see her at 14:00 on Saturday. 

Laura Trott
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Then on Sunday could Hemel's Max Whitlock add to his medal haul as he goes in the pommel horse final at 17:50?

Max Whitlock
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Also keep an eye on Bedford's Phelan Hill going for gold in the Men's Eight rowing final and Amber Hill, who practises at the Churchill Shooting Club in High Wycombe, and is trying to get into the shooting final. 

Phelan Hill

Special football tribute planned for teenager killed on A43

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A special tribute is being planned for one of the victims who died on the A43 in Berkshire on Tuesday

Named locally as Ethan Houghton, the 13-year-old played for Dunstable Town FC U14s. He died along with his mother Tracy Houghton, 11-year-old brother Joshua and another 11-year-old. 

Duntable Town Football Club
Dunstable Town Football Club

The club says it's "deeply shocked" by the news and are planning to pay tribute to Ethan at the next first team home match on 20 August by wearing black arm bands, putting a picture of Ethan on the front page of the programme and getting all his under-14 team mates to walk out with the first team players onto the pitch. 

It says Ethan was "a very popular lad who will be sorely missed".

Look to the skies...

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

There's another chance tonight to see the spectacular Perseid meteor shower.

Hundreds of meteors will streak across the sky in the beautiful natural firework show, visible around the world.         

Mark Gallaway from the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire says viewing could be better than last night and the shower could peak by tomorrow night. 

University of Herfordshire

What you can see is a photo taken by the "allsky" camera on the roof of the Bayfordbury Observatory in Hertfordshire.   

Watch: 'Expectant' news from Wendover Olympian

BBC Sport

Wendover's James Rodwell is part of the rugby sevens squad which took silver for Team GB at the Olympics last night. 

Rodwell played schools rugby in Tring and Berkhamsted, and is now the most capped England sevens player of all time. But after winning the silver in Rio, he made another announcement...

Virgin says timetable 'won't be affected' by strike

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Virgin says its timetable will be "unaffected" during the walkouts planned by the RMT union

The firm, which operates services through Hertfordshire, said it was making changes to customer-facing roles "which will see a single person take responsibility for the customer experience on our trains".

It said the union "walked out of talks" on Thursday after "refusing to enter further discussions".

Virgin train

With our guarantees that there will be no compulsory redundancies, no impact on safety and a full timetable in place during the walk-outs, these strikes will cost RMT members pay for no reason, and we urge the union to rejoin us around the negotiating table.

David HorneMD Virgin Trains East Coast

Rail minister condemns planned train strikes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The rail minister, Paul Maynard, has condemned the RMT union, after it announced that members who work for Virgin Trains East Coast, which run through Stevenage, are to hold three 24-hour strikes this month, including one on Bank Holiday Monday. 

Virgin train
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The RMT says Virgin provoked the strike by trying to bulldoze through a package of measures that would destroy jobs and harm working conditions. 

But Mr Maynard said the union appeared determined to try to wreck the daily lives of passengers. 

Volunteers from Luton at Muslim conference aim to prevent radicalisation

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Safdar Ali and his family from Luton are volunteering this weekend at Jalsa Salana, the largest Muslim conference in the UK. 

The conference will advise Muslims how to tackle extremism, radicalisation and the threat of terrorism in their communities. 

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Luton family spreading message of 'love and peace' at largest Muslim conference in UK

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Today I'm in Hampshire at Jalsa Salana, the largest Muslim conference in the UK. 

About 30,000 Ahmadiyya Muslims are expected from across the UK and the world this weekend and I've come to meet and talk to Safdar Ali and his extended family from Luton. 

He is volunteering on the sound stage. 

He says he's here to spread "love, peace and true Islam to the world".

Flags at Jalsa Salana

Floral tributes laid for Bedfordshire family killed in road crash

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Floral tributes have been left outside the home of a Bedfordshire mother who was killed along with three children on the A43 in Berkshire on Tuesday. 

The 45-year-old has been named locally as Tracy Houghton from Dunstable and worked for Central Bedfordshire Council. 

She died along with her sons, Ethan, 13 and Joshua, 11. An 11-year-old girl from Bedfordshire also died. 

People in the area say they're still coming to terms with the terrible news. 

Floral tributes
Home of Tracy Houghton

'Prayers' for Bedfordshire family killed on A43

People who knew the Dunstable mother and her two sons who died in a car crash on the A43 on Tuesday have been talking about their shock after hearing the news. 

Simon Reilly, from Dunstable Town Football Club, has tweeted this tribute: 

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Rio 2016: Greg gets ready to jump to it

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

All eyes will be on Milton Keynes long jumper Greg Rutherford tonight. 

He'll start the defence of his long jump title at about 21:20 in Rio

He goes into the event as holder of all four major long jump titles (Olympic, Commonwealth, European and World). 

Greg Rutherford

He'll also be in action in the early hours of Sunday morning, in the final - if he gets through, of course!   

Rio 2016: Wendover-born Rodwell claims a silver

BBC Sport

Wendover-born James Rodwell was part of the history-making GB rugby sevens team that won silver in Rio last night. 

It was the first time the sport has been played at the Olympics and Rodwell, who played schools rugby in Tring and Berkhamsted, has become the most-capped England sevens player of all time. 

After beating South Africa in the semis, the team lost to Fiji by 43-7. 

James Rodwell
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Better drivers will make more money, says licensing boss

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The chairman of Milton Keynes' licensing committee, Catriona Morris, told me she believes allowing only the best drivers licenses will make the passengers' experience better - and help make taxi drivers more money.

Ms Morris took over the role following the scandal of August 2014 when it was revealed serial rapist Nadeem Ahmed Kiani had been given a licence in 2011.

Passengers getting into a taxi
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She said: "I often say, 'I am not a job agency'. It is about making sure we have the best drivers. Then more people will get into vehicles and the drivers will make more money.

"The vast majority of drivers get that."

Weather: Warm sunny day

BBC Weather

As this stunning photo from Weather Watcher Gini in Bovingdon shows, it's certainly been a warm and sunny day in the Three Counties. 

The good news is the sun will stay around this afternoon although it will at times become hazy. 


Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

Committee chairman: 'I want drivers prepared to walk away from money to make sure people are safe'

Craig Lewis

BBC News

I've been talking to the chairman of the licensing committee at Milton Keynes Council about how things have changed since August 2014, when it was discovered serial rapist Nadeem Kiani was working in the city

Councillor Catriona Morris told me she was very careful about the type of person given a licence: "One of the things I say to them is 'What would you do if a drunk girl, in a short skirt and t-shirt - which she is entitled to wear - gets in your taxi?'

"I want to know they are not going to take advantage of her, or if she hasn't got enough money that they are prepared to get her somewhere safe and walk away from their £5."

Taxi sign

Committee deliberately kept in dark over convicted taxi drivers

Craig Lewis

BBC News

The committee given the task of assessing whether seven taxi drivers with criminal convictions should continue driving were not told which of thousands of cases they were.

Following the revelation in August 2014 that serial rapist Nadeem Ahmed Kiani - whose licence was immediately revoked by council leader Pete Marland (pictured) - had been working in the city, an investigation took place to reassess all drivers in Milton Keynes.

Pete Marland

Chairman of the licensing committee Catriona Morris said the seven drivers with convictions were part of this process, but she "didn't know who they were" to ensure "everyone was reviewed at the same level".

One of the seven handed in his licence, but the others were reviewed. Only two were considered fit to continue to drive - fitting the criteria of a new, more robust taxi policy.

Don't forget what day it is!

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

They say an elephant never forget so I hope they know what day it is...

Today is World Elephant Day... so let's hope they're being spoilt rotten at Woburn Safari Park! 

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Heatwave next week?

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Virgin Trains East Coast strikes to be held

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Workers from Virgin Trains East Coast have announced they are staging three 24-hour strikes

It means services through Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are likely to be affected. 

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from 03:00 on the 19 and 26 August and on Bank Holiday Monday. 

Virgin Trains
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They will also hold an overtime ban for 48 hours from August 27. 

The RMT says almost 200 jobs are threatened on the East Coast line with the removal of a safety regime that currently ensures a guard on every train.

Watch: Wendover's Rodwell gets a silver at Rio

BBC Sport

It was a silver medal for Wendover's James Rodwell as he and Team GB lost out to Fiji in the inaugural men's rugby sevens final at Rio

The final score was 47-7 to Fiji. 

Watch the highlights of the game below. 

'Shock' of councillor tasked with 'sorting out' taxi licensing in MK

Craig Lewis

BBC News

"Absolute shock" was the overriding reaction from current Milton Keynes Council licensing committee chairman Catriona Morris when she found out a serial rapist was working as a taxi driver in the town.

That was in August 2014 and as a result she was given the job of "sorting out" the council's licensing department.

Nadeem Ahmed Kiani

She described the decision to grant Nadeem Ahmed Kiani (pictured) a private hire licence in 2011 - and to renew it a year later after police flagged up concerns - as "completely unbelievable". 

"I said at the time, 'Would I let my daughter or mother into this vehicle?' I didn't understand why that wasn't what everyone else had thought," she said.

The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl

An interactive exhibition inspired by Roald Dahl is opening at the Wales Millennium Centre, promising the chance to delve into the author's imagination.

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Odion Ighalo (left) in action against Lorient in a pre-season friendly

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Watford and Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo reveals he had no hesitation in signing a new five-year contract.

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