Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Jimmy Gopperth

Jimmy Gopperth scores a hat-trick as Premiership leaders Wasps secure a bonus-point win over Gloucester.

Read more
Andre Ayew

Shamoon Hafez

BBC Sport

Substitute Andre Ayew scores a second half equaliser to earn West Ham a Premier League point against Watford.

Read more

Severe disruption: A600 Bedfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A600 Bedfordshire both ways severe disruption, at B658 Bedford Road.

A600 Bedfordshire - A600 Deadman's Cross blocked in both directions at the B658 Bedford Road junction, because of a fallen tree.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time


Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from all of us here on Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

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

But before we go, for 33 years this 600-year-old brass rose was thought lost forever from St Mary's church in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire. 

Brass rose

But after years of searching, it was finally tracked down to a vault in a Bedford bank. 

You can see more on this story by tuning into BBC Look East tonight from 18:30 , on BBC One.

See you next week!

Watch: Drones used to survey Milton Keynes sewage system

Gareth Lloyd

BBC Three Counties Radio

Floating drones are being used to survey the sewers under Milton Keynes.

The state-of-the-art technology from Anglian Water means they can access more than 2.5 miles (4km) of the main trunk sewers, which take used water from homes to the Cotton Valley water recycling centre.

The drone unit is floated down the pipes and uses laser, sonar and high definition CCTV to scan the pipes as it goes.

It builds 3D models of the sewers and reports the condition and silt build-up in the pipes.

Drones used to survey Milton Keynes sewage system

Mazzarri wants more 'consistency' from Watford

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has called for consistency from his team ahead of tomorrow's tea-time Premier League match at home to West Ham. 

The Hornets are currently 13th in the table, 10 points from the relegation zone.

"I like my team mainly part-time; in some moments in the game I like them much more than at other times," said Mazzarri. 

"I like to see if possible if my team plays with more continuity without having these lapses of concentration in games," he added. 

Walter Mazzarri
Getty Images

Overnight weather: Dry at first with patchy rain later

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

A dry start to the night across the BBC East region with clear spells, but patchy rain will eventually spread in from the north-west. 

The winds will pick up to a moderate-to-fresh south-westerly, and temperatures will drop to 3C (37F).

Overnight weather map

Saturday will be blustery with a fresh, occasionally strong, south-westerly wind. 

Early rain will clear eastwards and it should then become drier and brighter, before more rain spreads in from the north-west. 

Highs of 10C (50F).

Get the full forecast where you are from BBC Weather .

'Keep The King' campaign launched

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The Fairy King is a 12ft (2.4m) high sculpture that's currently by the visitors' centre at Rushmere Country Park, near Leighton Buzzard.

It's been carved from an ancient fallen oak by local wood carver Ian Freemantle, and has been in place since Christmas (hence the snow). 

The Fairy King
The Greensand Trust

It's proved so popular with visitors, Greensands Trust , which runs the site, has been given the chance to buy it outright and needs to raise £2,000 by 20 March. 

It's set up a crowdfunding page to " Keep The King " and has so far raised more than £600. 

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J24 for A111 and J23 for A1 affecting J25 for A10.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J23 A1(M), because of an accident. Congestion to J25, A10 (Enfield).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Helen Bailey: Bowls club member describes killer and his first wife

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Bill Manley is a member of Bassingbourn Bowls Club and knew Helen Bailey's murderer Ian Stewart very well.

He told me Mr Stewart "did a good job" as the club's treasurer for several years, but said he "could be a bit stand-offish".  

"You could say he was a little bit of an odd bird", he said, adding he was a "ferocious player" who "did not like to come second". 

Bill Manley

Asked what he thought when he heard about the death of Stewart's first wife - Diane - from an epileptic fit in 2010, he said: "Everyone was just pole-axed by it because she was a youngish, fit, healthy woman." 

He added that she was "dynamic" and got involved with club's events and "she'd never even had a cold". 

After her death, Stewart dropped out of running the bowls club.

After Stewart was found guilty of Helen Bailey's murder, he said: "You can never forgive that kind of thing and I hope I never, ever see him again.

"It's horrific what he's done." 

Severe disruption: A414 Hertfordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A414 Hertfordshire westbound severe disruption, between A414 and M1 J7.

A414 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A414 North Orbital Road westbound between Park Street Roundabout in St Albans and Junction 8 Hemel Hempstead in Bedmond, because of debris on the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Helen Bailey: Fake kidnapper 'Joe' wants his name cleared

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Seventy seven year old Joe Cippullo unexpectedly found himself in the middle of a high-profile murder trial.

Ian Stewart, the killer of Hertfordshire author Helen Bailey, described his appearance when making up two fake kidnappers who allegedly murdered his bride-to-be.

Mr Cippullo ended up in court as part of the prosecution case, which explained it was all a lie.

Speaking exclusively to me, Mr Cippullo said he knew murderer Ian Stewart from when they played bowls together in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.

Police searching Helen Bailey's home
South Beds News Agency

He told me he last saw Stewart six years ago.

Mr Cippullo, who didn't want to be photographed, said he "doesn't understand why he went to court", and that Helen Bailey's murderer was "stupid to say all those lies".

He said he was "disappointed" by what had happened to him, as he only knew Mr Stewart from saying "hello".

He explained he was happy to go to court as he "respects the law", but now wanted his named "cleared". 

He told me some people now think he was involved in the case and he wants that to be struck from the record.

"Clear my name, that is all," he said. 

Exclusive: The real 'Joe' in the Helen Bailey murder case speaks out

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

During his murder trial, Helen Bailey's killer Ian Stewart made up an elaborate lie and  said two men called Nick and Joe  kidnapped and killed his fiancée.

Today I spoke exclusively to Joe Cippullo - the man the prosecution team brought into court because he resembled Stewart's description of "Joe".  

And now he wants his name cleared...

Ian Stewart, Helen Bailey and Boris
South Beds News Agency

Stay posted for more.

Norwich bookshop nominated as top independent

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Shops in Norwich, Bedford, Huntingdon and Suffolk have been nominated for the title of top independent bookshop in the country.

The Book Hive in London Street, Norwich, which opened about eight years ago, has been named with four others in the East category of the British Book Awards.

The Book Hive, Norwich

The bookshop's owner Henry Layte said: "It's always nice to be be on this list. The only reason I decided to set up an independent bookshop in Norwich was that there wasn't one in the city."

Mr Layte has also started publishing books with Propolis Books, which is due to publish the new collection by celebrated poet Simon Armitage. 

Other shops in the East category to be nominated are: Niche Comics in Huntingdon,  Lindum Books in Lincoln,  Harris & Harris in Clare in Suffolk (pictured below) and  Rogan’s Books in Bedford.

Harris & Harris, Clare
Harris & Harris

Tom Tivnan, features and insight editor of The Bookseller, said: “We have really been astounded this year by the sheer breadth, depth and quality of the entries. Whittling them down to the shortlists has been an extremely difficult process. It’s still tough out there for indies, but these shops are showing how resourceful, creative and passionate booksellers can not only survive, but thrive in today’s market.”

Customers can say share their views on the bookshops with The Bookseller Magazine online  here.

HS2: 'Can't come soon enough', says Chambers of Commerce

"Overall everyone will benefit". 

Those were the views of Jane Gratton, from the British Chambers of Commerce, after approval for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham got the go-ahead.

She said it's welcome news for the economy. 

"The simple message is we need it, we've needed it for a long time and it can't come soon enough for providing the capacity we need and increasing connectivity," she said.

Anti HS2 sign.

Many people are against it, however. Critics argue the track, which will run through Buckinghamshire and south Northamptonshire, is a waste of billions of pounds and will damage the environment.   

School ceiling collapse broke girl's jaw

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

Today I've been at Southwood School in Milton Keynes, where two children were hurt when a large chunk of the sports hall roof dislodged and fell on top of them. 

It happened at 15:30 yesterday, at the height of Storm Doris, and an investigation is taking place to identify if the wind was to blame.

Southwood School

We now know the most seriously injured girl looks likely to make a full recovery, but has been left with a broken jaw and head injuries.

The other child was treated at the scene and is back at school today. 

Parents have been telling me it really shook them up, but they were allowed into the school this morning to show their children that the main building was safe. 

The sports hall remains shut.

Thames Valley Police confirmed the girl remained in a "serious, but stable condition" in hospital. 

Severe accident: M25 Berkshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Berkshire clockwise severe accident, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40 affecting J13 for A30.

M25 Berkshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, because of an accident involving four vehicles. Congestion to J13, A30 (Staines).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Grand Prix at Silverstone the 'greatest weekend in sport' - Lewis Hamilton

BBC Sport

Stevenage F1 driver Lewis Hamilton says fan engagement is the key to the sport's survival, after testing the Brackley-built car he hopes will make him world champion for the fourth time in 2017.

At the launch of Mercedes' 2017 F1 car at Silverstone he said others could learn from the British Grand Prix...

Lewis Hamilton: Fan engagement key to F1 success

Care still required on roads today in Doris' aftermath

Essex Fire and Rescue service say great care is still needed on the county's roads today, despite Doris having blown herself out. 

The force was called to 120 incidents, which were mainly fallen trees throughout the storm yesterday, and in the hours afterwards. 

Nigel Dilley, emergency planning divisional officer from the fire service, said: "We gave out advice yesterday about don't drive unnecessarily, slow down and allow for extra time, that sort of continues really - just having a heightened awareness for the next few days, because there are still trees in precarious positions."

Tree down in Epping

Trains going between Harlow and Roydon: Cancelled, delayed or revised

Greater Anglia says due to a fallen tree blocking the line, trains are affected between Harlow and Roydon.

View more on twitter

Storm Doris: Debris expected to take 'days' to clear

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The impact of Storm Doris is still being felt across Beds, Herts and Bucks.

At the moment Watton Road in Knebworth is closed because of a fallen tree. 

Hertfordshire County Council's highways team  confirmed it received more than 400 reports of fallen trees .

Its "priority" is to clear debris, but this is expected to take "a few days", a spokesman said. 

View more on twitter

Vauxhall takeover bid: Peugeot 'pro-union', claims Unite

John Moylan

BBC industry & employment correspondent

The head of the Unite union Len McCluskey has described his first meeting with Peugeot boss Carlos Tavares as "very open and relatively positive".

Mr McCluskey said he was pleased about some of the assurances that he'd been given about  honouring existing agreements  at Luton and Ellesmere Port plants. 

Vauxhall plant in Luton
Getty Images

He said: "He was very pro-union. He talked in terms of not being here to shut plants. 

"That's not his nature. He pointed out that since being chief executive of Peugeot he hasn't shut a single plant. 

"So I'm going to take him on face value at the moment and hope that I am not disappointed in the future."

Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, after J12 for A5120 Flitwick affecting J10 for .

M1 Bedfordshire - Queuing traffic for nine miles on M1 northbound after J12, A5120 (Flitwick), because of an accident earlier on. Travel time is about 30 minutes. Congestion to J10, Luton Airport.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Vauxhall takeover bid: Meeting planned for later

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The head of the French car group planning to take over Luton-based Vauxhall will meet the UK government and unions today. 

The proposed deal could be signed within weeks. 

There are deep concerns about what the deal could mean for Vauxhall's plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port, where nearly 4,000 people work. 

Speaking to reporters, the PSA boss said existing labour agreements would be respected, but he stopped short of ruling out job losses.

Vauxhall plant in Luton
Getty Images

Storm Doris damages distinctive Bedford building

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Specialist climbers have been called in to check on damage to the Oasis Beach Pool in Bedford

The distinctive pyramid building suffered damage to its roof after yesterday's high winds.

Because of this, the pool remains closed. 

Oasis Beach Pool in Bedford

School ceiling collapse victim expected to make 'full recovery', says MP

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

I've just been told some good news regarding the young girl hurt when part of a ceiling landed on her at Southwood School in Milton Keynes.

Mark Lancaster, the MP for Milton Keynes North, told me "while she is in John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with serious injuries to her head", they are now not thought to be life-threatening and she is "expected to make a full recovery". 

He also confirmed the other child who received minor injuries returned to school today.

Southwood School Milton Keynes

Southwood School ceiling collapse: Pupils back at school

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

Parents have been sending their children back to Southwood School this morning, despite the sports hall ceiling collapsing yesterday and leaving one child in hospital.

They've been telling me they believe the school is safe, even though dropping them off has "felt hard". 

Veronica had two children in the hall when it fell and said "you can't image what I went through". Her son told me the ceiling came down "right next to him", but he's fine. 

Her daughter described hearing a "really loud noise" and finding it "really scary". She then said the "teachers got us out and had to call an ambulance".

Southwood School

One father also told me he was "relieved" his nine-year-old daughter was OK, so she's back in class today.

He didn't question the school for opening, saying: "I'm sure they know what to do".   

Severe disruption: A4155 Buckinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A4155 Buckinghamshire both ways severe disruption, between Newtown Road and Willowmead Gardens.

A4155 Buckinghamshire - A4155 Little Marlow Road in Marlow closed in both directions between the Newtown Road junction and Petrol station, because of a fallen tree.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Southwood School ceiling collapse: Help being offered to pupils

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

I've been to Southwood School in Milton Keynes, where a child was left with life-threatening injuries when the sports hall ceiling collapsed .

It happened yesterday afternoon during an after-school club.

Headteacher Elaine Hawkins was visibly upset when I spoke to her, but she wants it known to parents that the school is open today as normal, it's been checked by health and safety officials and the sports hall is cordoned off. 

Southwood School in Milton Keynes

She said she's never had to deal with anything like this before and she's awaiting further news from the child's parents, who're currently with the girl in hospital. 

She added that yesterday was "not an easy day, not a day we would want again".

"We now want the children back in school, so we can give them our help and care to get them through a difficult situation," said Ms Hawkins.

HS2: What happens now?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

After three years of debate in parliament, royal assent has been approved for the first phase of the £55.7bn HS2 high speed rail link between London and Birmingham.

HS2 train

But what happens now?

  • Phase one of the project is scheduled to open in December 2026, with a second Y-shaped phase launching in two stages
  • Construction work on phase one is set to begin in the spring
  • Phase 2a, from the West Midlands to Crewe, will open in 2027 if approved
  • Phase 2b, from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Leeds, South Yorkshire and the East Midlands, will begin operating in 2033 - again, if approved

Wildlife campaigners' HS2 concern

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Yesterday the go-ahead was formally given for the first phase of the HS2 high speed rail link between London and Birmingham.

Finemere Wood

After three years of debate in parliament, royal assent has been approved, opening the way for construction work to begin.

Supporters say the multibillion-pound project, which will run through Buckinghamshire and south Northamptonshire, will boost the economy, while critics argue it is a waste of money and will damage the environment.  

Wildlife campaigners in Buckinghamshire say HS2 will have considerable impact on two nature reserves -  Calvert Jubilee  and  Finemere Wood .

HS2 programme director Mike Lyons, said: "We'll be undertaking a number of surveys, we'll be doing ground investigation and we'll be relocating local wildlife to make sure they are safe ahead of the construction programme." 

Bedfordshire school tree must be felled after storm

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Meanwhile, we've been sent a picture of this large cedar tree that came down by the entrance to the Arnold Academy in Barton-le-Clay.

Tree down at Arnold Academy
Arnold Academy

Headteacher Steve Kelly said the school had been instructed to take the whole tree down as it's now a health and safety risk.

Severe disruption: A10 Greater London southbound

BBC News Travel

A10 Greater London southbound severe disruption, after A110 Southbury Road affecting Carterhatch Lane.

A10 Greater London - Heavy traffic on A10 southbound in Enfield after the A110 Southbury Road junction, because of an earlier car fire. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to the Carterhatch Lane junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Southwood School ceiling collapse: What is known so far?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Thames Valley Police said it was "possible" the ceiling collapse at Southwood School in Milton Keynes was caused by Storm Doris, but an investigation is under way.

Supt Vince Grey said: "We will be conducting a joint-investigation with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service to determine the cause.

"There is a cordon in place within the school, but no other buildings have been affected and there are no road closures in place at this time."

A spokesperson for the school said: "We are co-operating fully with the relevant authorities in this investigation.

"Our thoughts are of course with this child and her family at this very difficult time."

Girl seriously injured in sports hall ceiling collapse

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A girl is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a ceiling collapsed at a school in Milton Keynes yesterday.

Southwood School in Bryony Place, Conniburrow

Emergency services were called to Southwood School in Bryony Place, Conniburrow, at about 15:30.

A section of ceiling measuring 8ft x 5ft (2.4m x 1.5m) had fallen from the sports hall. It is not yet known if it was caused by strong winds.

About 40 people were in the hall at the time and a second girl suffered minor injuries.

Travel: Ongoing rail disruption after Storm Doris

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Yesterday's bad weather is continuing to affect train services in the region this morning.

Commuter services between Bedford and London will again be disrupted due to overhead line damage at St Albans.

Thameslink says only two tracks are open between Leagrave and Radlett and services will continue to be disrupted throughout the day.

Great Northern trains are also delayed and London Midland  said it is likely some early train services between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction will not run, in order to carry out repairs to overhead wires.

East Midlands and Chiltern have a normal timetable.

View more on twitter

Weather: A cold, but often sunny day with much lighter winds

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It will be a cold start, with sunny spells and any very isolated wintry showers will soon fade away. Most will then have a fine and cold day with much lighter winds and some spells of sunshine and a high of 8C (46F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Welcome back to live updates from Beds, Herts and Bucks

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome back to live updates of news, weather, travel and sport for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

We'll be with you until 18:00 and, as the UK clears up after  Storm Doris , a full weather forecast will be with you shortly.

This morning we'll also be looking at the latest situation at a school in Milton Keynes where a girl has been injured in a ceiling collapse.

Plus, as the go-ahead has formally been given for the first phase of the HS2 high speed rail link between London and Birmingham, we'll be getting reaction from Buckinghamshire - a county through which the route will run. 

As always, if you want to get in touch you can  emailFacebook  or  Twitter

Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, before Toddington Services.

M1 Bedfordshire - M1 busy but moving and one lane closed northbound before Toddington Services, because of an accident involving two cars.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time