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Summary

  1. Couple's dog 'mauled to death outside home'
  2. Chalk quarry graveyard of burnt-out cars
  3. Driverless cars on the move in Milton Keynes
  4. Owner shell-shocked as stolen tortoise Toby tracked down
  5. Updates on Friday, 10 March 2017

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

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

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

We hope you have a great weekend and remember to keep an eye here for any breaking news.

To quote my daughter, it's "chip Friday", so guess what I'm eating for dinner tonight...

See you again soon!

Evening weather update: Foggy tonight, bright tomorrow

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

It will be a largely cloudy night with some patchy mist, fog and drizzle. It will also be very mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

Weather forecast
BBC

Any mist and fog will clear on Saturday morning and, after a mainly cloudy start, we should see some brightness and sunshine developing.

In the best of any sunshine, temperatures could climb as high as 18C (64F).

There'll be a light wind between the south-west and south-east.

Find the latest weather where you live on the  BBC Weather website .

Promotion all to play for in local derby

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

The managers of Luton Town and Stevenage have been stressing the importance of tomorrow's League Two promotion clash between the two sides, currently in 5th and 6th place respectively. 

Just two points separate the pair, with both in excellent form. 

The Hertfordshire side can go above the Hatters if they win at Kenilworth Road, but victory for Luton could see them break into the automatic promotion places.

Nathan Jones
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"It's a game that really whets the appetite in terms of league position, the geography and both clubs in good form," said Hatters boss Nathan Jones.  

Darren Sarll
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Boro boss Darren Sarll, said: "I absolutely love these games and if I'm a player this is the one I want my shirt for. 

"There's just so much more to it. There's such a competitive edge."  

Construction begins on new MK galleries

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

This is the moment when Ron Unwin helped to lay the stone...

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And this is the site where the new galleries will be...

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It's hoped the building work will be completed by December, but as the charity says it still needs to raise £1.5m , it should be fully kitted out and open by April. 

The history of Milton Keynes to be marked in new museum galleries

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

A foundation stone has been laid where two major new galleries are to be built at Milton Keynes museum

The £7.2m buildings will tell the story of the new city, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

It will tell the story of the area where MK lies through the Bronze, Roman, Medieval and Tudor ages, up to the Civil War and then present day.

It was laid by Ron Unwin, the last surviving member of a team who helped save some of the area's heritage from the bulldozer in 1972. 

He still works as a volunteer at the site. 

Foundation stone
BBC

Millions of pounds to be spent on the roads

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The government has announced a £3.3m upgrade for the A5 to the north of Milton Keynes. 

The money will be used to reduce congestion at the Old Stratford roundabout by widening the carriageways.  

A5 roundabout
Google

An additional £2.8m will also be spent in the east of England to ease congestion. 

That's on top of £22m that will be spent on building the M1-A6 link road, north from junction 11a of the M1. 

Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, after J25 for A10 affecting J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is just over 30 minutes. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

Man charged after entering restricted area at airport

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man from London has been charged with entering a restricted area at London Luton Airport.

The 26-year-old was arrested on Tuesday and has also been charged with possession of a Class B drug.

He's been bailed and is due to appear at Luton Magistrates' Court on 27 March. 

Aerial shot of Luton Airport
London Luton Airport

Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, between M1 J10 and J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between M1 J10, Luton Airport Spur Road and J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Dog 'mauled to death' in street

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

An elderly couple was left devastated after witnessing their Yorkshire terrier being mauled to death outside their home.

Ron, 75, and his wife Valerie, 72, from Milton Keynes, were taking their four terriers out for a walk on Saturday morning in Oldbrook when the black "Alsatian-type" dog attacked.

Their smallest dog, Lacey, suffered internal injuries and broken legs. She was put down at a veterinary surgery later that afternoon.

The couple, who did not want to give their surname, have released CCTV footage of the attack to publicise the danger to small dogs of large dogs being off the lead.

We have edited the footage to take out the most distressing scenes but some viewers may find the video upsetting.

The pods checking out Milton Keynes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The driverless pods are undergoing mechanical tests today.

That means they're checking things like gradients, where barriers are and how they can turn in a circle. 

It's their way of scanning and learning their routes. 

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Driverless cars on the move in Milton Keynes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

An interesting sight has been spotted around Milton Keynes today. 

The first day of driverless car surveying is taking place.

The UKAutodrive pods are learning routes between The Centre:MK and the railway station, so they can check the space around them and build up a 3D map. 

The pods are being driven by remote control, as full driverless testing is still months away. 

Driverless pod
UKAutodrive

Milton Keynes is one of four places  in England that's been picked to test driverless cars, along with Greenwich, Bristol and Coventry.

Stabbed police dog Finn wows crowds at Crufts

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Guess who's making a guest appearance at Crufts today?

It's PD Finn - the police dog who hit the headlines last October after being stabbed on duty with his handler in Stevenage.

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He's manning a stand showing members of the public the work of police dog units across the UK - although it pretty much looks like today this cop dog is mostly playing with his ball while lapping up the attention!

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Finn and his handler, PC Dave Wardell, have both recovered from their injuries and returned to active duty just before Christmas.

But today, well, it's a game of ball for Finn and "public relations" for his dad.

"Finn and I have just been into one of the show rings, and he's been given a huge round of applause," PC Wardell said.  

Owner shell-shocked as stolen tortoise Toby tracked down

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Earlier we mentioned the tale of the theft of tortoise Toby .

A "big thank you" has now been given to Ginny, who helped reunite Toby with his owner Mr Berry (middle).  

Ginny (right) offered to foster Toby after he was taken to the vets by two concerned locals, who spotted him being sold for £20 at a Luton pub.

After being told by a friend about the social media campaign to track Toby, Ginny contacted the police.

PC Ryan (left), from Bedfordshire Police, said: "We're pleased to report that he's now coming back out of his shell." 

PC Ryan, Toby and Toby's owners
Bedfordshire Police

He said those responsible for the break-in where Toby was snatched haven't been caught yet, but added: "We're keen to trace the two Good Samaritans who took Toby to the vets, as they may be able help with further information about the person who sold him."

Two reasons to smile for Stevenage

Luke Ashmead

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Not content with one accolade, Stevenage have won two!

The Hertfordshire club got a clean sweep in the Sky Bet League Two end of month awards, with Darren Sarll picking up best manager and Matty Godden the best player gong.

Matty Gooden and Darren Sarll
Stevenage FC

Stevenage have won five and drawn one in their last six games, helped by Godden's six goals. 

Godden said: "It has been a great month and I am in the form of my life. As a team we have been doing fantastic recently and it has been a perfect storm.  

"It is nice to get individual accolades, but I couldn't do it without my team-mates."

Wetherspoons chairman criticises 'dinner party' Budget

The chairman of Watford-based JD Wetherspoons has criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond for a "dinner party" Budget that failed to tackle tax inequalities between pubs and supermarkets.

Tim Martin (pictured) said pubs paid 20% VAT on food sales while supermarkets paid "almost nothing", enabling them to subsidise alcoholic drink prices.

"In effect, this was a Budget for dinner parties - no doubt the preference of the chancellor and his predecessor," he said.

"Dinner parties will suffer far less from the taxes outlined above, whereas many people prefer to go to pubs, given the choice."

He said the firm's business rates bill will also increase by £7m this year.

Tim Martin
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On Wednesday, the chancellor provided tax relief of about £1,000 per pub if they had a rateable value of less than £100,000.

Philip Hammond said this would help 90% of pubs in England.

Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, between J2 for A355 and J1A for M25.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M40 London-bound between J2, A355 (Beaconsfield) and J1a M25, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Where are the best places to live in the South East?

Fifteen locations in the South East, including Finchampstead, Marlow, Wallingford and Tadley have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times. 

The locations were assessed on a wide range of factors, from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops in order to compile the definitive top locations to make your home.

The judges also used their own experience of the villages, towns and cities, such as local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property to choose the top locations. 

Wallingford
Andy Peacock
Sunset over Wallingford town centre
Marlow
Rob Farrow
Marlow Church and bridge
St James' Church
Brendan and Ruth McCartney
St James' Church, Finchampstead, Berkshire

A bridge too far?

BBC News England

More than 2,500 bridges in England are not fit to support the heaviest lorries, a study has found .

The RAC Foundation discovered 2,512 council-maintained bridges are not suitable for 44-tonne vehicles.

It includes the Grade I-listed bridge in Marlow, which was closed for months last year after it was driven over by a lorry more than 10 times heavier than its weight limit.

Marlow Bridge
Paul Merchant/ My Marlow

Police in Buckinghamshire began enforcing its three tonne (3,000kg) weight restriction from 1 March, which means many vans and 4X4s cannot cross.

Weight restriction on Marlow bridge
BBC

Shell I tell you a story...

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we reported that Toby the tortoise was stolen from his home in Luton. 

Well, today we have some good news...

Toby the tortoise
Bedfordshire Police

Toby has been found and is back home safe and well - all thanks to the power of social media. 

Here's how the story unfurled...

First he was offered for sale for £20 in a pub. Two people decided to buy him as they were worried for his safety, so took him to the vets. 

At the vets another person offered to take him home. When they explained the story to a friend, that friend said they had seen a post on Facebook about Toby. 

They then contacted the police and to cut a long story short, Toby is now back where he should be. 

Police are now appealing to find the people who bought him, as they're hoping they may be able to help with their investigation into the theft.

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Misuse of level crossing where man died caught on CCTV

Joggers, drivers and dog walkers breaking safety rules at a level crossing where a man died in January have been caught on CCTV. 

Harminder Dhillon, 62, was killed when his car was hit by a train at Lidlington, Bedfordshire, on 3 January.

Network Rail has released footage showing other crossing users ignoring warning lights and signals that a train is coming.

Misuse of level crossing where man died caught on CCTV

"We are shocked that despite the fact that a motorist died at this level crossing, there is still routine misuse there," said Ben Parish from Network Rail.

"In January, somebody's father, son, husband or friend was killed because of level crossing misuse. That is one death too many.

"I understand that people lead busy lives and we all have somewhere to be - to get to work, pick the kids up or care for a loved one.

"However, waiting for a crossing to open will only add a few minutes on to your journey. Wouldn't you rather get to your appointment a few minutes late than not at all?"

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, at J20 for A41.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 entry slip road blocked clockwise at J20, A41 (Kings Langley), because of a broken down car and recovery work.

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

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Mauled dog: Owner having 'panic attacks'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

When I spoke to Valerie about her dog Lacey, who was mauled to death by another dog outside her Milton Keynes home, she was still visibly upset and in shock days later. 

She told me she's struggling to get out of the house and is having panic attacks. 

"As soon as I open the front door it all comes flooding back. I can't get it out of my head - it will stay with me until the day I die," she said.

She now wants the laws to be changed as she said the German Shepherd-type dog that attacked Lacey didn't have a muzzle or a collar on. 

She's also relieved that her three other dogs - Fudge, Lottie and Charlie (pictured) - are OK. 

Dogs - Fudge, Charlie and Lottie
Valerie

She told me police are investigating - we've contacted Thames Valley for comment.

Couple's dog 'mauled to death outside home'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

A couple from Milton Keynes have been telling me how they've been left "terrified" after one of their four Yorkshire Terriers was attacked and killed by another dog in Oldbrook. 

As reported in the MK Citizen , Lacey (pictured) was mauled to death outside their home on Saturday by what has been described as a German Shepherd-type dog.

Lacey
Valerie

Ron, 75, who did not want to give his surname, said it happened as he was heading out for a walk with his wife.

"I had two of the dogs and my wife had the other two," he said.

"The dog lunged at my arm and pulled me down to the ground as it tried to get to my dog. It bit me four times."

He said a passing postman helped get the terriers to safety, but Lacey was too injured to be saved.

Chalk quarry graveyard of burnt-out cars

Bedfordshire chalk quarry a 'hotspot' for burnt out cars

A chalk quarry with more than 40 burnt-out cars in it is thought to be a "hotspot" for off-road bikers and anti-social behaviour, police said. 

Sundon chalk quarry, in Upper Sundon, Bedfordshire, was classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in 1989. 

The sprawling site, which forms part of the Chiltern Way footpath, is host to dozens of vehicles which have been crashed within the pits and then set on fire. 

A police spokeswoman said the site was considered a "hotspot of this type of crime". The force is expected to comment further later. 

Four arrests after police chase in Hertfordshire

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

Weather: Chilly start, cloud thickening from the west through the day

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It'll be a chilly start to the day but during the morning, milder air will push in and cloud will thicken. For many it will stay dry today but there is a chance of a spot of rain at times with a high of 11C (52F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Welcome back to Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

David Keller

BBC News

Morning all. Hope you're well.

Stay with us for the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the region until 18:00 tonight.

Get in touch with us at any point today, via email , Facebook and Twitter .

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J26 for A121 and J25 for A10.

M25 Essex - Heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of problems earlier.

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

Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise severe accident, after J16 for M40 affecting J15 for M4.

M25 Buckinghamshire - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise after J16 M40, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J15 M4.

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

Severe accident: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe accident, between J27 for M11 and J26 for A121.

M25 Essex - Heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J27 M11 and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of an accident earlier on.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Hertfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire both ways severe disruption, at J8 for .

M1 Hertfordshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road at J8, / (Junction 8 Hemel Hempstead), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Misuse of level crossing where man died caught on CCTV
Network Rail says it is "shocked" by the footage shot at a crossing where a man was killed in January.

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, between M1 J10 and J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound in Luton between M1 J10, Luton Airport Spur Road and J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - M1 in Dunstable lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

That's all for today

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Thanks for your company.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, weather, travel and sport updates.

Before we head off, let's take a look at some of the key stories we've covered today...

Luton sky
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