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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 1 September 2017

Live Reporting

By Kris Holland

All times stated are UK

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A gang member trying to recruit post men

John Gibson

Inside Out West Midlands

A gang offers £1,000 a week to Royal Mail staff to steal bank cards, a BBC investigation finds.

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Weather: Drier and brighter after dull start

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

After a dull and damp start with cloudy skies and some light rain and drizzle the afternoon will be drier and brighter across the BBC East region.

Weather chart
BBC

It will become warmer as sunny spells develop across the west of the region.

Maximum temperature: 20C (70F)

More details from BBC Weather:

Welcome to a new week of live news for your area

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A new week of live updates for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire starts here as autumn approaches and gardens are still full of life and colour.

We'll be here until 18:00 keeping you up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel as it happens.

Stevenage
Carla's Garden

We'd love to know what's going on in your area and you can get in touch easily by the "Get involved" button at the top of the page.

It's Sara Thornton next with the weather.

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J24 for A111 and J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J23 A1(M), because of an earlier overturned car. Travel time is 60 minutes. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5120 and J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J11, A505 (Dunstable South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: A507 Bedfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A507 Bedfordshire both ways severe accident, between Shefford Road and A600 Hitchin Road.

A507 Bedfordshire - A507 in Shefford closed in both directions between the Shefford Road junction and the A600 Hitchin Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A505 Dunstable Road and J10 for A1081 Airport Way.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J11, A505 (Dunstable South) and J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Poppies in a field

A carpet of crimson is planned across the UK to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

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Iver child bollards aim to deter speeding outside schools
"Hideous" bollards shaped like children are installed outside schools to deter speeding motorists.
Football

Academy graduate Callum Brittain's first senior goal sees MK Dons salvage a 1-1 draw against Oxford United at Stadium mk.

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Football

Wycombe make the most of a first-half horror-show from Forest Green Rovers to claim their first home win of the season.

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Football

Lincoln's game with Luton finishes as a stalemate despite some entertaining football being played in their League Two draw.

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Football

Joe Martin scores a fine fine free-kick late on to earn Stevenage a win at Cheltenham in League Two.

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About 100 officers raided addresses in Maidenhead, Farnham Royal and Kidderminster.
Police seize car parts which they suspect were stolen from across England by forced workers.
Luton Town's walking football team appeals for new players
A League Two football club has one of the best walking football teams in the country.

Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, between J7 for A602 and J6 for A1000.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - A1(M) blocked and stationary traffic southbound between J7, A602 (Stevenage) and J6, A1000 (Welwyn), because of an accident. Congestion to J8, A602 (Stevenage).

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

Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound severe accident, between J6 for A1000 and J7 for A602.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - A1(M) closed northbound between J6, A1000 (Welwyn) and J7, A602 (Stevenage), because of accident investigation work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Loic Remy

La Liga side Las Palmas sign 30-year-old Chelsea striker Loic Remy on a two-year deal in what is reported to be a free transfer.

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The 302ft (92m) Airlander is back on its mast ready for more test flights

The company behind the Airlander 10 hybrid aircraft says it needs new facilities for the future.

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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A4 and J4B for M25.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25, because of an accident.

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

Our live updates across the week

Kris Holland

BBC News

I'm afraid our live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks are coming to a close.

Scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, but we'll be back once again with the latest news updates from 08:00 on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, after J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise after J23 A1(M), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J22, A1081 (St Albans).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J21A for A405 and J22 for A1081.

M25 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J21a, A405 (St Albans) and J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, at J20 for A41.

M25 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J20, A41 (Kings Langley), because of an accident involving three cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J22, A1081 (St Albans).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J24 for A111 and J25 for A10.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Warehouse fire: Fundraising page for owner of destroyed business in Ware

Meanwhile, a fundraising page has been set-up to support the furniture business destroyed by yesterday's fire in Ware.

Eleven fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms were required to extinguish the flames at Deans Furnishers.

Ware
Herts Fire and Rescue Service

On Thursday evening the owner was supported by friends and other businesses at the Saracens Head in Ware, which provided free pizza, while another local businessman has offered the company temporary warehouse space.

Sacha Bright from Business Agent, which arranged the Go Fund Me page, said she was also providing temporary office space for the owner.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Investigations into Ware fire continue

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has finished its "operational activity" after yesterday's fire at Deans Furnishers in Ware.

The incident is being handed over to surveyors, the local authorities and the highways team, it said.

Specialist crews are clearing asbestos from the site, with that work expected to be completed this afternoon.

Fire in Ware
PottersBar Fire

Roads around the Star Street area are still closed due to concerns about the structural safety of the building.

Investigations will continue into what caused the fire.

Drone flying over fire scene
Reqs the fire dog

Behind the scenes as new museum constructed

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

If you've been in St Peter's Street in St Albans during the past year, you can't fail to have noticed the work going on at the Town Hall.

Work on the Grade II-listed building started last year to transform it into a new museum for the city, at a cost of about £7.75m.

And if you've been wondering what's been going in inside - these pictures will give you an idea.

It's due to open in Spring 2018.

St Albans Museum
St Albans Museums
St Albans Museum
St Albans Museums
St Albans Museum
St Albans Museums
St Albans Museum
St Albans Museums

Theatre cancels panto performance for Strictly final

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Milton Keynes Theatre has cancelled the evening performance of its panto on the night of the Strictly Come Dancing final because one of its stars has joined the programme's line-up.

Brian Conley
Milton Keynes Theatre

Comedian and pantomime star Brian Conley is playing Buttons in Cinderella this Christmas - which opens on 9 December. He's also a contestant in the latest series of the BBC's popular ballroom and Latin dance competition, which starts in September.

The Strictly final is on the 16 December and, while no-one knows how well he will do in the show, all the contestants return on that night for a final group dance.

A theatre spokesman said: "As a result of his filming commitments it has been necessary to cancel the 19:00 performance of this year's pantomime, Cinderella, on Saturday 16th December.

"Our Box Office are contacting all customers that are affected by this, arranging to move their tickets to an alternative performance."

Of course, if he does particularly well, it might throw the opening performances of the panto on 9 December into doubt, but the theatre said it "hadn't been made aware of any other scheduling conflicts".

Stacey Solomon
MAX TOLLWORTHY/SILVERHUB

Last Christmas the theatre suffered a backlash when X Factor star Stacey Solomon read lines from a clipboard on the opening day of the pantomime, just hours after she returned from ITV's I'm A Celebrity in Australia.

Announcing Conley's appearance on Strictly, theatre director Emma Sullivan said:"We're all incredibly excited to get behind Brian as he takes to the ballroom floor, and hope he will bring some of his newfound steps to the MK stage for this year's pantomime.

"We can't wait to watch him on our screens every weekend, and will be rooting for him to get to Blackpool!"

The Blackpool programme is in November - I suspect they might not want him to get much further than that!

Woman suffers 'memory loss' after sex assault

Police in Milton Keynes have released details of a sexual assault which happened earlier this month.

A woman in her 20s was attacked while walking from a cash point to the car park at Westcroft Retail Park. It happened at about 23:30 on 3 August.

She managed to fight off the man but needed hospital treatment for concussion.

Thames Valley Police said the delay in releasing details was because the woman suffered memory loss.

BBC Three Counties update

There's good and bad news following our earlier technical problems.

Bear with us - we're back on air, but are still unable to play any of our usual jingles and tracks, or recorded voice reports.

We've still got problems with our phone lines, so it's best to text if you wish to contact us.

A reminder of that number - 81333, and start your text with "3CR".

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, after J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise after J23 A1(M), because of an accident involving car.

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

Bedford's new £35m Riverside Leisure complex opens today

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

A landmark development in Bedford is being officially opened today.

It's hoped the £35m Riverside Leisure complex will draw more visitors into the town centre.

Riverside development
Bedford Borough Council

The complex, on the site of the now-demolished Town Hall, includes restaurants, a cinema, hotel and new homes. It's the first time there's been a cinema in the town centre since the Cannon closed on St Peter's Street 25 years ago.

The development hasn't come without controversy.

A glass footbridge across the River Ouse was replaced with a much cheaper design due to cost and it's also cast further doubt on the future of the Aspects Leisure Park situated at the other end of Bedford Embankment.

Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe accident, at J16 for M40.

M25 Buckinghamshire - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J16 M40, because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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

Family pays tribute to 'lovely, bubbly' teen

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police in Hertfordshire have named a teenager killed in a road crash last Friday afternoon.

Joshua Porter
Family photo

Joshua Porter, 18, died when the car he was a passenger in struck a tree along the A414 between Hemel Hempstead and St Albans, just before 14:15.

The teenager, who lived with his family in Bushey, was studying at West Herts College and played for Fullerians Rugby Club in Watford.

His mum Deborah described him as an "outgoing, loving and bubbly" person.

A chilly night marks the start of autumn

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Today marks the start of meteorological autumn... and this was reflected in the overnight temperatures.

Santon Donwham, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, had the coldest night since 15 May, as this tweet from Weatherquest's Dan Holley shows.

How cold was it where you live?

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Ware fire: Roads to remain closed for 'foreseeable future'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire Highways say roads around the Star Street area in Ware will remain closed for the "foreseeable future" after yesterday's warehouse fire.

It said this was due to the building being unstable.

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Technical problems affect BBC Local Radio stations

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Technical problems are continuing to affect output at a number of BBC Local Radio stations this morning, including at BBC Three Counties.

Engineers are working to fix the problem but at the moment it's not known how long it will be before normal service resumes.