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  1. Earthquake veterans honoured 80 years on

    Two Navy veterans who helped in the aid effort following an earthquake in Chile 78 years ago have been honoured. 

    Thousands of people were killed and many more made homeless in the city of Concepción in 1939. Frank Burton and Basil Trott, who are 98 and 97, were presented with medals for the bravery they showed in the aftermath helping to clear the area. 

    The Chilean ambassador to the UK, Rolando Drago Rodriguez, made the presentation in Cambridge. 

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    Video caption: Chile earthquake veterans honoured in Cambridge 80 years on

    "It is an honour for me to present the medals," he told the BBC. 

    "When we have problems in Chile, it's important to have solidarity from friends. 

    "Solidarity was demonstrated in 1939 by the British people."  

  2. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Sadly it's time for us to go for another week.

    But don't despair, we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather on Monday morning from 08:00. 

    Whatever you're doing this weekend, we hope it's a good one. 

    If it stays dry I might even mow the lawn! The drawbacks of spring ay...

    See you again soon.

  3. Goodbye

    Thanks for joining us for another week of Northamptonshire Live.

    That's it for now, but don't fret - we'll be back again on Monday from 08:00 with all the news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    Keep an eye on the  BBC Northampton website  for any news over the weekend - and have a good one!

  4. Goodbye

    Thanks for joining us for another week of Cambridgeshire Live.

    That's it for now, but don't fret - we'll be back again on Monday from 08:00 with all the news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

    Keep an eye on the BBC Cambridgeshire website for any news over the weekend - and have a good one!

  5. Charity saves dog from the Korean meat market

    Sinead Carroll

    BBC South Today

    A dog saved from a dog meat farm in Korea has found a new life in Buckinghamshire. 

    Faith, the collie cross jindo, is being trained by Buckinghamshire-based charity  Medial Detection Dogs .

    It uses dogs to sniff out conditions like cancer and is also helping people with diabetes. 

    Faith the dog and trainer

    The charity describes her as "beautiful and a whirlwind" and named her Faith, as despite all that has happened to her, she "has the most amazing faith in humans". 

    The charity is hoping to take on another dog from South Korea in the coming months. 

  6. Edinburgh talks of 'tough task' for Cobblers

    Cobblers manager Justin Edinburgh says they know tomorrow's game at Bolton Wanderers will be a "tough task". 

    Northampton Town are on the back of three consecutive wins - Bolton have scored eight goals in their last two, both away from home.

    Edinburgh says it will be one of the hardest games since he's be in charge.

    Justin Edinburgh

    "It's going to be extremely hard - a difficult game, very good opponents.

    "We know it's a tough task, but we're in good form ourselves, we go there full of confidence."

    BBC Radio Northampton will have full commentary tomorrow from 15:00 and all the build-up from 14:00 from the Macron Stadium, on 104.2 / 103.6 FM.

  7. What's happening in the football this weekend?

    Peterborough United boss Grant McCann is confident his side are heading in the right direction.

    They host Oldham in League One tomorrow and McCann (below) has asked for Posh fans to get behind his team.

    It's been a miserable March so far, with the club having failed to win in four matches.

    Grant McCann

    Meanwhile, Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry (below) says form counts for nothing at this stage of the season.

    The U's have 10 games left to play and go to third bottom Cheltenham in League Two, who haven't scored in three matches.

    They're currently 12th in the table - eight points of the play-offs.

    Shaun Derry
  8. Student jailed for assaulting man on train

    A Bedfordshire student has been jailed for a year after he was found guilty of assaulting a man on a late night train .

    Sam Pearce, 24, of Rickmansworth Road, Pinner, north west London, hurled film-maker Benjamin Kerr, from Flitwick, out of the carriage after the train stopped at Luton's Parkway Station on 17 June 2015.

    Sam Pearce

    Mr Kerr told St Albans Crown Court he was attacked when he woke up on the train and mistakenly told Pearce they had reached the "end of the line" at Bedford station, when in fact they were at St Albans.  

    He said he realised moments later he had made a mistake, but not long afterwards Pearce found him in another carriage and attacked him, before violently ejecting him from the train at Luton.  

    The student was found guilty on Monday of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

  9. Tractor among items stolen from farm

    It may have been a rather slow getaway, but a tractor similar to this was among a number of items stolen from a Northamptonshire farm.


    Between 16:20 yesterday and 09:15 today, containers on a farm off Earls Barton Road, Great Doddington, were broken into. 

    A Kubota B7001 tractor, similar to that pictured, two aluminium loading ramps and a red Honda rotavator were taken.

    Witnesses can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 111 555.

  10. Dr Dons

    A beaming Pete Winkelman collected an honorary degree from The University of Buckingham today. 

    The chairman of MK Dons was awarded a Doctor of Science at a graduation ceremony. 

    Pete Winkelman at a graduation ceremony

    He was one of five to be given the special accolade, including the former governor of the Bank of England, Lord Mervyn King.

  11. Eight swords handed in during knife amnesty

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Well this is certainly a terrifying sight...

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    The last in a series of knife amnesty sessions is being held by Northamptonshire Police today.

    Over the past week it's been encouraging people to surrender weapons anonymously.

    Officers are at Semilong Road until 16:00 and, already this afternoon, they've been handed eight swords.

  12. Chilean ambassador speaks about work of Cambridge veterans

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Today we've been talking about Frank and Basil - two navy veterans honoured today for their help following the Chilean earthquake disaster nearly eight decades ago.

    Here's the man who awarded the Cambridge pair medals today - the Chilean ambassador to the UK, Rolando Drago Rodriguez.

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  13. Drivers appear blasé after being caught using phone while driving

    Justin Dealey

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    While Thames Valley Police officers have been using an unmarked lorry to catch motorists using their mobiles, I've been out with Bedfordshire Police to see what it's doing. 

    HGV and police motorbike

    In the two hours I was with the force, three people were pulled over and  I managed to talk to two of them

    What I heard amazed me, as they didn't seem that bothered that they had received six points on their licence and a £200 fine. 

    Michael told me he was his phone as his speaker was broken, and said "I know it's wrong but it was a necessity. If I have to take a call for work then I will take a call for work". 

    When I challenged him on if he will do it again, he said he will "try". 

    Marcus was caught syncing his phone to his bluetooth and said: "Yes, it's wrong in the eyes of the law. It's not that I don't think it's dangerous, but there's a lot of other things happening on the roads." 

  14. A look at the papers

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  15. GBBO: The gift that keeps on giving

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Yes - Beds, Herts and Bucks has another link to the Great British Bake Off

    Not content with having two winners from the area - Milton Keynes' Nadyia Hussain and Barton Le Clay's Candice Brown - we can now claim former Buckinghamshire New University graduate Noel Fielding as our very own.

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    The comedian and actor, best known for the surreal BBC sitcom The Mighty Boosh, has been announced as the show's new presenter, along with Sandi Toksvig. 

    I also saw him at a gig at the Clock Inn in Milton Keynes years ago, so I hope this also counts?!

  16. How much?

    Jozef Hall

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Earlier this week, you may remember we mentioned that you, humble taxpayers, are still paying for the regional fire control centre that never was .

    The Waterbeach headquarters would have answered all emergency fire calls from Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and north Essex.

    However, the project was  abandoned in 2010  after the coalition government determined the "requirements of the project cannot be delivered to an acceptable timeframe".

    Mothballed fire control centre in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire

    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) initially refused to comment on why it had failed to let the building.

    However, we've now finally got a breakdown of exactly how our money is being used to support this ongoing venture.

    The total costs in 2015-16 were:

    • Rent (net): £1,384,903.36
    • Rates: £49,296.33
    • Service charge: £17,268.76
    • Water: £246.78
    • Electricity: £25,605.73
    • Fixed Maintenance: £200,227.33
    • Reactive Maintenance: £1,166.57

    Total: £1,678,714.86 = £4,599 a day

    Yep, going on for £2m a year.

    Man snapping pencil

    We asked the DCLG to comment on the figures. We especially wanted to know why £26,000 of electricity was being used each year when no-one was there, but they wouldn't. 

    With another 14 years left on the lease, the final spend will dwarf the millions spent so far on a service which has never been used. 

    White elephant? You decide...

  17. Cobblers midfielder set for trip to 'languishing' former club

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Northampton Town make the trip to Bolton tomorrow.

    Cobblers midfielder Matt Taylor says he's surprised his former side have ended up in League One.

    Bolton are third in the table, just a point off the automatic promotion places, and have scored 8 goals in the last two games. 

    Matt Taylor

    Taylor, who scored his second goal in as many matches on Tuesday night, said: "It's disappointing as a former player to see them languishing in the lower reaches of English football, but they've got a good, strong squad.

    "They've managed to hold on to the majority of their players from last season and I assume they have one of the biggest budgets in the league, so they'll be looking to bounce back at the first opportunity. 

    "For me it'll only be a good day if we go there and get something. If we go there and get nothing it won't be enjoyable."

  18. Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by car

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A woman in her 50s has been left in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Luton on Wednesday.

    Police say she was hit by a grey Audi A3 Sport at about 21:20 on the Dunstable Road, by Wordsworth Road. 

    Dunstable Road

    Her injuries are described as serious and she's currently in a stable condition in hospital. 

    Police are appealing for witnesses. 

  19. Weather: Cloudy afternoon ahead

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Sadly the bright skies of Wednesday are a dim and distant memory as it's gone rather cloudy over the three counties, as this picture by BBC Weather Watcher Steves Skies shows. 

    Field in Ampthill

    For the rest of the day it will be a dry but rather cloudy day although there will be some brighter spells, most likely in eastern areas. 

    Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F). 

  20. Weather: Cloudy day in Cambridgeshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Sadly the bright skies of Wednesday are a dim and distant memory as it's gone rather cloudy in Cambridgeshire, as this picture by BBC Weather Watcher Secretsunbather shows. 


    For the rest of today it'll gradually turn cloudier and breezier through the day and there'll be some outbreaks of rain in a few places by the evening. 

    Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).