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Diego Costa scores the winner for the second game in a row as Chelsea come from behind to beat Watford at Vicarage Road.

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Watford complete the double signing of Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra and Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul.

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Our coverage today: The live feed returns on Monday

That's all from us today, unless any major stories break.

Today we've reported on the group of teenagers who've admitted attacking a Watford supporter, which left him fighting for his life. Five of the teens have changed their pleas to guilty.

Also, an Albanian double killer who posed as a Kosovan refugee to enter the UK illegally is set to be extradited back to his native country after living freely in Borehamwood for nearly two decades.

We'll be back with regular updates from 08:00 on Monday - have a good weekend. 

Luton and Stevenage managers looking forward to local derby

The managers of Luton Town and Stevenage say they are looking forward to the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire derby on Saturday. 

The Boro are looking to record their first league win of the season, while Luton will be hoping to keep hold of top spot.

Hatters boss Nathan Jones says he's looking forward to going there as "it's a big local derby, there'll be a big crowd and I know we'll travel well".

Stevenage boss Darren Darll says he "loves this game... it's where you see the town unite, where you see a lot of pride".

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Csongor Sandor: Ex-police officer had 'extraordinary levels of perversion'

A police jailed for nine years for sex offences had "extraordinary levels of perversion", a judge said.

Csongor Sandor, 30, who was living in Luton, admitted sex assaults against children.

Judge Kay said the case involved "extraordinary levels of perversion".

He said because of the risk Sandor posed, he was going to pass an extended prison sentence of 13 years and eight months.

Judge Kay told Sandor the custody element of the sentence was eight years and eight months and, once released, he would be subject to an extended period on licence of five years.

His name will also go on the sex offenders' register.

Avni Metra extradition: Home Office tight-lipped over timeframe confusion

Craig Lewis

BBC News

We'd like to confirm whether double murderer Avni Metra is likely to be extradited in 17 days or at least two months... but the Home Office is refusing to tell us.

Earlier today, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard the Albanian would be returned to his home country 17 days from today.

But subsequently, the Home Office said home secretary Amber Rudd has two months to make a final decision on his extradition.

We asked them to explain the discrepancy, but a spokesman said: "We wouldn’t be able to share that information I’m afraid."

What is certain is when he eventually returns to Albania, Metra will face a retrial over two counts of murder and firearms offences.

He was convicted of the charges in his absence after escaping to Britain in the 1990s, posing as an asylum seeker from Kosovo.

Scene of the fire

A company is fined £270,000 following a fire at a Black Country distillery that melted lamp-posts and saw residents evacuated.

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Ex-police officer jailed for sex offences

A former Hungarian policeman who was living in Luton has been jailed for nearly nine years after committing sex offences on a young girl.

Csongor Sandor, 30, was living in Dallow Road in the town with his partner, when he took a vile photo on his smart phone as he assaulted the toddler in March of this year.

But in June, detectives in the town, acting on information they'd received, went to his home where he was arrested and the phone was seized.

Today, Luton Crown Court was told the phone still had on it the appalling picture of the child being sexually assaulted, that he had taken three months before.

Csongor Sandor
Bedfordshire Police

Also found on the phone were other depraved images of youngsters that Sandor had stored.

Sandor pleaded guilty via a video link from the prison where he is being held to assaulting a child under 13 by penetration and three offences of making indecent photos of a child.

Aylesbury United stadium blaze: Latest

Bucks and MK Fire Service has told us crews using thermal imaging equipment are tackling the blaze at Alyesbury United's former ground in Buckingham Road.

Update: 2 hose reels, 4 breathing apparatus, thermal imaging camera & ventilation fan in use at derelict site…

Avni Metra extradition: Secretary of State to make final decision of extradition

The Home Office has confirmed the Secretary of State has two months to make a decision on the extradition of Avni Metra, who was found in a flat in Herfordshire after being on the run from authorities in Albania for 18 years.

That timeframe seems to contradict the 17 day figure given in court today. We've asked the Home Office for further clarification and will let you know their answer as soon as we have it.

Metra had been sentenced for the double murder of two brothers in his native country - after he had moved to England, entering the country as an asylum seeker.

A spokesman for Amber Rudd said the home secretary will consider the following issues:

  • Whether the person is at risk of the death penalty
  • Whether speciality arrangements are in place (these ensure the person may only be proceeded against in respect of the conduct for which extradition was ordered)
  • Whether the person has previously been extradited to the UK from another country. 
  • Whether the person has previously been transferred to the UK by the International Criminal Court

Metra currently remains in custody.

Fire at Aylesbury United's former football ground

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Latest incident: Three fire engines currently at scene of fire at Aylesbury United FC's former ground in Buckingham Road, Aylesbury

Avni Metra extradition: Metra showed little emotion

Alex Bushill

BBC London News

Today at an extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, convicted double murdered Avni Metra remained neutral and gave very little reaction. 

The only time he showed any emotion was when Jude Margot Coleman summerised her arguments and he nodded his head.

He was wearing brown jeans and a light blue short sleeved shirt and spoke through an interpreter. 

In total the hearing lasted about half an hour. 

Westminster Magistrates'Court

Nic Cruwys assault: Guilty pleas from teens who left footie fan in a coma

Football fan Nic Cruwys was left in a coma for three months after an unprovoked attack by five teenagers following Watford match against Wolverhampton Wanderers last year.

Today, five teenagers admitted their part in the assault.

Daniel Lloyd, of Longfellow Road, Dudley, Joseph Lister, of Palmer Close, Wednesfield and a 15-year-old, who cannot be named, admitted grievous bodily harm.

Robert Beech, of Springfield Road, Wednesfield, admitted threatening behaviour, while Ryan Meer, of Watling Street, Gailey, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to affray.

All five were acquitted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent following a trial which lasted almost two weeks.

Nic Cruwys assault: Teens plead guilty to attacking Watford fan

Five teenagers have admitted their part in an attack which left a football fan fighting for his life.

Four 19-year-olds and a youth changed their pleas during a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Nic Cruwys
West Midlands Police

The attack left Watford fan Nic Cruwys in a coma following a match at Wolverhampton Wanderers on 7 March 2015.

The five, and another teenager who previously admitted grievous bodily harm, will be sentenced on September 9.

Avni Metra extradition: Interpol failed to track him down

Alex Bushill

BBC London News

Avni Metra was granted British asylum in 1998 after he posed as a Kosovan refugee using the fake name of Abdul Mekra. 

He was convicted of killing two brothers by an Albanian court and sentenced in his absence to 25 year in jail. 

Wanted by Interpol, he managed to stay under the radar for 18 years and was eventually tracked down by journalist from the Daily Mail in his flat in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire in June. 

Avni Metra extradition: 'International investigation' at Daily Mail found double killer

The Daily Mail says its "international investigation" tracked Avni Metra to his home in Borehamwood in a matter of days.

The paper said: "Police had no idea where he was and made little attempt to find him even though he was on an Interpol ‘most wanted’ list and had been arrested in London for wife-beating."

Reporters filmed the 53-year-old when they tracked him down after he falsely claimed to be a Kosovan refugee.

In a video on the paper's website, Metra said he's "Kosovan" and has "never" killed anyone.

Avni Metra extradition: How the Daily Mail tracked down Albanian double killer

Albanian double killer Avni Metra, whose extradition to his native country was ordered at Westminster Magistrates' Court today, was tracked down after an investigation by the Daily Mail.

Metra, from Borehamwood, was tracked down by the paper in a matter of days after being on the run from Interpol for 18 years.

When the reporters had tracked him down, they alerted police and he was arrested a few days later. 

Avni Metra extradition: Murderer due to be surrendered to Albanian authorities in 17 days

Alex Bushill

BBC London News

Today I was at Westminster Magistrates' Court  to hear that Avni Metra, 53, is to be extradited to his native Albania where he will face trial for the double murder of two brothers. 

He has already been convicted in absentia and sentenced to 25 years, but has the right to a retrial.

Metra came to the country 18 years ago claiming to be an asylum seeker and lived in Borehamwood. 

He will be surrendered to the Albanian authorities 17 days from today.

Westminster Magistrates Court

Avni Metra extradition: Home Secretary to make formal decision

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The case of Avni Metra, the double murderer who a judge today ordered should be sent back to his native Albania, will now be sent to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.

Metra came to the UK in the 1990s posing as a Kosovan asylum seeker. He was convicted of two counts of murder in Albania in his absence.

Mrs Rudd will make a formal decision on whether he should be extradited. In the meantime, Metra will remain in police custody, the Westminster Crown Court was told.

Avni Metra extradition: Double murderer had assaulted his wife in UK

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A double murderer who has lost his bid to avoid extradition back to his native Albania had claimed being sent back would contravene his right to a private and personal life.

Labourer Avni Metra had also told Westminister Magistrates' Court he had originally fled to Britain because his life was in danger after a friend was killed.

But today Judge Margot Coleman said: "You called absolutely no evidence to support your assertion that you would be denied the right to a fair trial.

"There are no grounds that have been heard before me to reach that conclusion.

"As far as your family are concerned, you were convicted of assaulting [your wife] and subjected to a restraining order."

Metra is also barred from seeing his children without permission, the court heard.

You've lived your life 'based on a lie,' says judge in murder extradition hearing

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A judge who today ruled Avni Metra can be extradited back to his native home of Albania says his move to Hertfordshire was "based on a lie".

Speaking at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Judge Margot Coleman said: "It's right that you have lived here for some time and that you have a wife and children.

"When you entered this country you did not say you were Avni Metra from Albania. You gave a false name, saying you were seeking asylum from Kosovo.

"It was on that basis you were given leave to remain in this country and subsequently granted a British passport." 

Metra, who was living in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, was arrested by Scotland Yard detectives on June 8 as he drove through Watford, after a tip-off from the Daily Mail.

Murderer Avni Metra to be extradited from UK to Albania

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A double murderer who posed as a refugee to enter the UK illegally is to be extradited.

Avni Metra, 53, came to Britain in 1998, one year after he killed two brothers in his native Albania.

He ended up living in Borehamwood for 18 years. 

Metra was convicted in his absence of both murders and possession of firearms, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard.

District judge Margot Coleman told Metra, who had argued he would not get a fair trial abroad, his life in Britain was "based on a lie".

Westminster Magistrates Court

A double murderer who posed as a refugee in order to enter the UK illegally can be extradited to his native Albania, a court rules.

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An Albanian double killer who posed as a Kosovan refugee in Hertfordshire to enter the UK illegally is set to be extradited back to his native country after living here freely for almost two decades.

Meeting planned to discuss airplane noise 'increase'

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A meeting has been arranged to resolve complaints about an increase in aircraft noise over some Hertfordshire villages, including Sandridge.

Luton Airport, The National Air Traffic Service, parish councils and community groups will attend the discussion on 4 October. 

The airport says it has introduced brand new technology to improve and narrow the flight path, while the number of people directly flown over has reduced from about 13,000 to 3,000.

Ariel view of Herfordshire from plane a plane descending towards Luton airport
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Today, aircraft are required to pass over Sandridge at a minimum of 4,000ft. The average altitude in this location is 5,900ft. We have committed to work with our communities and partners to further improve the flight path."

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Noise levels from Luton Airport planes 'very bad'

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

So just how bad are the noise levels under plane flight paths? "Very bad," according to Sue Oldfield, who lives in the middle of Sandridge.

She is one of a number of residents calling for a review into noise disturbance caused by planes from Luton Airport, and says she's noticed a definite change since the start of the year.

With the airport set to expand from its current 12m passengers per year to 18m by 2020, the campaigners fear things could get worse.

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Review needed into flight noise levels, says MP

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

The MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, Peter Lilley, says a review of flight path and noise disturbance over the Sandridge, Wheathampstead and Jersey Farm areas of Hertfordshire is needed.

Residents have contacted him saying there has been a marked change in noise levels in recent months. 

Mr Lilley wants Luton Airport, the Civil Aviation Authority and the National Air Traffic Service to look into the matter.

Jersey Farm sign and car on road

He said although changes have been made to improve noise levels he's had a "spate of complaints".

He said he's not opposed to airport expansion, but it must be done in a way that "minimises disturbance to the environment" and is "sensitive to where people live".

Hertfordshire residents want flight path review

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

Calls are being made for a review of flight paths used by aircraft taking off from Luton Airport.

It comes after some residents in the Hertfordshire villages of Sandridge and Jersey Farm contacted their MP, Peter Lilley.

They say there has been a rise in the noise from planes in recent months despite recent measures being brought in to restrict aircraft flying over more inhabited areas.


Milton Keynes man jailed for sex offences against children in Philippines

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to 16 years in jail for sex offences against young girls in the Philippines.

Stuart Goodman, 37, of Williams Close, Hanslope, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court to 17 counts, including conspiracy to rape a child under 13 abroad, conspiracy to cause a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, and distribution and possession of indecent images.

Stuart Goodman

The offences took place between 1 and 30 April 2011 against girls aged between three and six, who are believed to be from the Philippines.

Albanian double murderer wants to stay in UK for 'his family'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A father-of-four who is facing extradition to his native Albania has claimed he should be allowed to stay in the UK because of his family.

Avni Metra, from White House Avenue in Borehamwood, is wanted in his home country where he was convicted in his absence of two murders and possession of firearms dating back to the 1990s.

The 53-year-old fled to the UK claiming to be a Kosovan asylum seeker. Westminster Magistrates' Court will today decide if he should be extradited.

Hannah Hinton, representing the Albanian government, told an earlier hearing at the court that Metra had little contact with his children owing to a court order. 

She said: "He may wish to have contact with them, but he is having no substantive contact with them here. He is not their carer, he is not an active parent to the four children."

Borehamwood fugitive fled his native country to seek 'justice'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Speaking through an interpreter at Westminster Magistrates' Court last week, Avni Metra told the court he fled Albania because "a police friend told me 'leave the country otherwise you are going to be killed - either it'll be by the government or someone else. There is no justice... only corruption".

The Hertfordshire resident's identity was revealed through a Daily Mail investigation. He claimed in court he changed his identity on arrival in the UK because an interpreter told him Abdul "sounded more Kosovan".

The father of four, from White House Avenue, Borehamwood, is fighting his extradition on human rights grounds, claiming his right to a family life in the UK. His legal team also told the court he would not be able to seek legal aid in Albania for his retrial.

Westminster Magistrates' Court

Double murderer from Albania fights extradition from UK

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A double murderer who killed two people in Albania before fleeing to Britain fears he wouldn't get a fair hearing in his home country.

Avni Metra, 53, from White House Avenue, is today due to find out if he will  be extradited. 

Metra entered the UK in the late 1990s, claiming to be a Kosovan asylum seeker named Abdul Mekra. Sine then he's been living as a fugitive in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. 

He was convicted in Albania in his absence of two murders and possession of firearms dating back to the 1990s, but is entitled to a retrial.

He previously told Westminster magistrates he would not get a fair trial in Albania.

Charley Hull in bronze medal position

BBC Sport

Charley Hull is tied third, two shots off the lead, after two rounds of the women's Olympic golf.

The Northamptonshire player, who competes at Woburn Gold Club, shot a five-under round of 66 to move to eight under, two adrift of South Korean leader Inbee Park.

American Stacy Lewis produced the best round of the day - an eight-under-par 63. She is one shot behind Park at the halfway stage.

Charley Hull
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Wind warning for the next couple of days

Ambulance service begins 24-hour 'Twitterthon'

Ever wondered what happens behind the scenes when somebody dials 999? 

The East of England Ambulance Serivce has just started a 24-hour "Twitterthon" from around the region, so you can follow all the action in real time. 

Head over the service's Twitter page here.

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Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Today will start cloudy, with outbreaks of rain throughout the day. These will ease off towards evening with some brighter spells possible. 

It'll be breezier than of late. 

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F). 

BBC Weather has a more detailed forecast where you live.  

Hertfordshire double murder awaits extradition verdict

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A double murderer from Albania, who lived in Borehamwood for 18 years, is due to find out today if he's to be extradited back to his home. 

Avni Metra, 53, from White House Avenue, was granted asylum in the UK after posing as a Kosovan refugee called Abdul Mekra. 

He was convicted of the double murders after he left Albania in the 1990s 

Welcome back

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome back to regular news, sport, travel and weather updates from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. 

We'll be live today from now till 18:00. 

In a moment we'll have a full weather report but the story we'll be looking at first is if a Hertfordshire man, who's been convicted of a double murder in Albania, will find out if he's being extradited back to his home country.