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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 29 September 2017
  2. Elderly woman dies in hit and run
  3. Teenager suffering life-threatening injuries after crash
  4. Nascot Lawn: 'Inaccurate legal advice' postpones closure
  5. Former Tesco directors arrive for trial
  6. Rare albino squirrel snapped

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Jersey Reds v Bedford Blues

Tim Pryor

BBC Radio Jersey

Jersey suffer a second consecutive loss as Bedford get back to winning ways with a narrow Championship victory.

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Richarlison

Kris Holland

BBC Sport

Watford come from 2-0 down and save a point against West Brom thanks to an added-time header from Richarlison.

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Danny Hylton

Danny Hylton's first-half brace helps Luton comfortably see off Newport County in League Two.

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Parents of children at a school in Aylesbury said they wanted to stop drivers blocking the entrance.

The latest weather forecast

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Much of tonight will be dry with clear spells and small amounts of cloud.

A few mist patches may form later.

It'll turn chilly, with temperatures dropping to 6C (43F) in a light south-westerly breeze.

Weather graphic for 05:00 tomorrow
BBC

It will be a dry and bright morning tomorrow with spells of hazy sunshine.

Increasing cloud will bring a few showers from the west during the afternoon.

There will be light south-westerly winds, with temperatures peaking at 18C (64F).

BBC Weather has more.

Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise severe accident, between J16 for M40 and J17 for A412.

M25 Buckinghamshire - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise between J16 M40 and J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident involving two cars. Congestion to J13, A30 (Staines).

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

Duke 'keen to fly' world's longest aircraft

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It seems like the Duke of Cambridge has unofficially given Airlander 10 - the world's longest aircraft - his royal seal of approval.

The future king met Chris Daniels from the company that operates it at the launch event of the International Festival of Business in London.

Chris Daniels and Prince William
Hybrid Air Vehicles

Mr Daniels told me Prince William was aware of Airlander from his time as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and knew its Cardington airfield home was a no-fly zone.

He also revealed the duke said he was "keen to fly it".

Chris Daniels and Prince William
Hybrid Air Vehicles

He was then presented with an Airlander 10 stress ball, and apparently said Prince George would "love it".

Strictly: Show Us Your Charleston

The moves have been set, the spray tan applied and thousands of sequins glued on.

That can only mean one thing - Strictly Come Dancing is back on Saturday night.

Hertfordshire's very own Brian Conley is getting ready to perfect his Cha Cha Cha... but not before some very impressive arm waving...

Before they did any training, we asked our celebs do give us their best Charleston

Local paper round-up: 'Fracas' at hospital, 'pyro' at Chairboys' match and speed cushions

Let's have a look at what some of our local papers are covering today...

  • The Watford Observer reports that police were called to Watford General Hospital on Thursday night after a fracas erupted between protesters and contractor staff at a demonstration against "poverty pay"
  • Wycombe Wanderers are investigating after a pyrotechnic device was let off in the away end after the final whistle at the Chairboys' match against Colchester, reports the Bucks Free Press
  • Meanwhile, the Hertfordshire Mercury writes that Hertfordshire County Council has apologised after an "administrative error" saw speed cushions installed in Bishop's Stortford before a public consultation was carried out. It says they now have to be removed.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J6 for A355 Slough.

M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J6, A355 (Slough), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Former Tesco execs 'pressured staff to cook books'

Chris Bush arrives at court
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Prosecutors have alleged that three former Tesco executives encouraged the manipulation of profit figures, lied to auditors and misled the stock market.

The senior executives were "cooking the books" to secure huge compensation packages, and bullying subordinates into compliance, lead prosecutor Sasha Wass told London's Southwark Crown Court.

"The three defendants on trial are not the foot soldiers," she said. "The defendants in this case are the generals in a position of trust and had huge compensation packages to safeguard the financial health of Tesco."

Christopher Bush, who was managing director of Tesco UK (pictured centre), Carl Rogberg, who was UK finance director, and John Scouler, who was UK food commercial director (not pictured), all deny charges of fraud and false accounting.

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 - Queuing traffic on A1(M) northbound between J6, A1000 (Welwyn) and J7, A602 (Stevenage), because of an accident earlier on. Congestion to J5 B197.

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 J18 for A404 and M25 J19.

M25 Hertfordshire - Stationary traffic on M25 clockwise between J18, A404 (Chorleywood) and M25 J19, Watford, because of a broken down car and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

A one in 100,000 chance of snapping that!

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

If you go down to the woods today, you never know what you might spot.

Neil McCarty was lucky enough to see a very rare sight when he went for a walk on the outskirts of Bedford.

At first he thought it was a cat stuck up a tree, as all he could see was a white ball of fur, but on closer inspection it was an albino squirrel.

Albino squirrel
Neil McCarty

So like every good photographer, he went back the next day "hung around for ages" and caught these amazing images.

Albino squirrel
Neil McCarty

He says it's a bit of a change from his day-to-day job of music photography, as he usually snaps "grungy bands in the dark".

Albino squirrel
Neil McCarty

"The irony is I have snapped some amazing artists passing through Bedford over the last five years, many who have gone on to be huge... and I am going to get my 15 seconds of fame over a squirrel," he said.

The odds of a squirrel being born white is thought to be about one in 100,000.

Nascot Lawn: 'Inaccurate legal advice' postpones closure

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Yesterday we brought you news that a reprieve had been given a Herfordshire centre for disabled children.

Nascott Lawn in Watford was set to close in October, but that date has been moved to January, according to families.

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) claimed the closure was necessary because of its "serious financial situation".

However, it has since been in touch to say it has "set aside its decision" to stop paying for the site after receiving "inaccurate legal advice".

Nascot Lawn
NHS

It will now speak to families and "make a new decision regarding the running of respite services at Nascot Lawn".

Former Tesco directors arrive for trial

BBC Business Live

Three former executives of Hertfordshire-based Tesco have arrived at Southwark Crown Court to stand trial over their alleged role in a £326m accounting scandal at the retailer.

Former UK finance chief Carl Rogberg, UK managing director Christopher Bush and UK food commercial director John Scouler are charged with fraud by abuse of position and false accounting between February and September 2014.

They have all denied the charges.

The trial is expected to last 13 weeks.

Lewis Hamilton off pace in Malaysia practice as Romain Grosjean crashes

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Singaore

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the pace in second practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix as Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton struggled in his Mercedes.

Vettel headed team-mate Kimi Raikkonen by 0.604 seconds, with the Milton Keynes Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen third and fourth and Hamilton sixth.

Lewis Hamilton
Getty Images

The Briton, 28 points ahead of Vettel, was a massive 1.416secs off the pace.

The session came to an end early following a major crash involving Haas' Romain Grosjean.

Camp Road, St Albans

The woman aged in her 70s was found with "serious injuries" but died at the scene.

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Teenager suffering life-threatening injuries after crash

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Meanwhile, a 14-year-old girl is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash in Chalfont St Peter.

Police say the teenage cyclist was found on Austenwood Lane with serious head injuries at about 17:15 on Wednesday.

Austenwood Lane by Bull Lane
Google

PC John Belson said: "This was a particularly traumatic incident involving a school child on her bicycle.

"Our thoughts firstly go out to her family at this difficult time. I really wish to hear from anyone who saw what happened to contact me or recalls seeing a cyclist around the time in question."

Woman seriously hurt in 'hit and run'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A woman has been left with serious head injuries after being struck by a vehicle, police say.

Camp Road, St Albans
BBC

She was found lying on Camp Road, St Albans, at about 20:20 on Thursday evening.

Anyone who saw what happened has been asked to get in touch with police.

The weather: Heavy rain, but brightening later

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

A cloudy and grey start to the day, with occasional rain through the morning.

Drier, sunnier weather will arrive in the afternoon, with winds easing.

Temperatures peaking at 18C (64F).

Tomorrow is the best day of the weekend - there'll be mainly sunny spells, with the chance of a few light showers.

We can expect blustery heavy showers on Sunday.

There's a more detailed forecast on BBC Weather.

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, after J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise after J23 A1(M), because of an accident involving a tanker and car and recovery work. Congestion to J22, A1081 (St Albans).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J23 A1(M), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J25, A10 (Enfield).

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, after J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound after J11, A505 (Dunstable South), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

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 - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Police investigation

Police raided a property in Burnham and industrial premises as part of an investigation.

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Dennis the cat

The popular moggie is a familiar face among staff and students at the University of Buckingham.

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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, at J21A for A405 affecting J22 for A1081.

M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J21a, A405 (St Albans), because of an accident involving two cars and a van. Congestion to J22, A1081 (St Albans).

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

Severe accident: A41 Buckinghamshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A41 Buckinghamshire westbound severe accident, between New Road and Bedgrove.

A41 Buckinghamshire - A41 Aston Clinton Road in Aylesbury partially blocked and slow traffic westbound between the New Road junction and the Bedgrove junction, because of an accident involving lorry and car. Police directing traffic.

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

Weather: Showers possible overnight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Dry for much of the night across the BBC East region, with clear spells and occasional cloud, which will thicken with some showery outbreaks of rain later.

BBC East weather map
BBC

Staying mild with a light southerly breeze, temperatures falling to 11C (52F).

Rather cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain on Friday morning, but becoming drier and brighter from the west during the afternoon.

Breezy with a moderate south to southwesterly wind, temperatures peaking at 20C (68F).

For a detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, before J25 for A10.

M25 Greater London - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise before J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J24, A111 (Potters Bar).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, after J25 for A10.

M25 Greater London - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J25, A10 (Enfield), 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

Theresa May says the region's police forces are well-funded

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The Prime Minister has insisted that the region's police forces are well-funded, despite several of our forces expressing concerns over the past few weeks.

In an interview with Look East ahead of the Conservative party conference, Theresa May said: "We took a decision to protect police funding, the Labour party said police forces could take 10% cuts to their funding but we said we're going to protect that funding and that's what we've done."

The Prime Minister being interviewed
BBC

Police constables and police and crime commissioners in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire have warned that they will struggle to fund a 1% pay bonus for police officers, but the prime minister appeared to dismiss their concerns.

"It's up to individual police forces how they choose to address the issue of that police bonus," Mrs May said. "I think what's important for officers is that the government respected the decision which the police pay review body came forward with."

Police in the region
BBC

When told that some forces had warned they may have to make cuts, the prime minister said: "It is up to the police and crime commissioners how they wish to deal with this issue but I'm clear that there are reserves available to police forces around the country."

This reply may not go down well with some of our forces. Essex claims to have the lowest reserves of any force in the country, while Norfolk says it is already running a deficit of £9m.

Katherine Holloway, the police and crime commissioner for Bedfordshire, recently told Look East that she expected to be out of money within 18 months.

Multiple arrests after week-long drugs crackdown

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Police arrested 18 people as part of a drug crackdown in Hatfield.

A large quantity of class A and B drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia were seized from several properties and during police patrols over a week.

Drugs
Hertfordshire Police

Det Insp John Hazeldine said: "As drugs can genuinely blight local communities, we are determined to do everything to put a stop to such offences and drive these criminals out of Hatfield."

Police raid
Hertfordshire Police
Police raid
Hertfordshire Police

Ten people are facing further police action, while eight have been released.

Campaigners lose battle to save village pub

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Campaigners in Bedfordshire have lost their battle to save their village pub, as The Queen's Head in Tebworth has been sold off by brewers Charles Wells.

The Queen's Head, Tebworth
Geograph/Robin Webster

The brewery put the pub on the market in November after the retirement of its long-standing landlord.

Residents had said it was the village's only community focal point, and its loss would change the character of Tebworth forever.

After a fundraising campaign, an initial offer of £150,000 to buy the pub was rejected by the brewery.

The group failed to buy the pub at auction yesterday, when it sold for £271,000.

Primark to move into former BHS store in MK

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The empty BHS store in centre:mk is to be filled by Primark.

The company says it will open "one of its biggest stores" in 2018, and will occupy an "extension" of the current empty space on Silbury Arcade.

It will be 75,000 sq ft in size.

Primark store
Getty Images

Kevin Duffy, centre manager at centre:mk, said: "The new flagship store will be the single biggest store since we introduced Marks & Spencer to centre:mk nearly 25 years ago."

'Pigeon prevention' spikes placed on Stevenage tree
A council said the spikes were put on a tree in Stevenage town centre to prevent "mess and disease".

Going supersonic: Is this the best work experience ever?

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Is this the best work experience placement ever?

Student Murray Wells spent his university summer break helping out on one of the most exciting projects in British engineering.

The Bloodhound SSC project is building a supersonic car at its Avonmouth workshop in a bid to break the land speed record and reach 1,000mph.

The 21-year-old from Long Itchington, Warwickshire, is now back at the University of Hertfordshire while the car is in Newquay, Cornwall, for a month of testing.