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  1. Goodbye

    Well, that's the end of another week here on the Local Live news feed for Northamptonshire.

    The team won't be here this weekend, but we will be back on Monday morning bringing you more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Well, that's the end of another busy week here on the Local Live news feed for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    The team won't be here this weekend, but we will be back on Monday morning bringing you more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

    Whatever your doing this weekend, we all hope it's a good one.

  3. Goodbye

    Well, that's the end of another week here on the Local Live news feed for Cambridgeshire.

    The team won't be here this weekend, but we will be back on Monday morning bringing you more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

    Whatever your doing this weekend, we all hope it's a good one.

  4. Watch: The banana piano

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A local charity is using music, including a banana piano, to engage adults with learning difficulties.

    Electric Umbrella, based in Watford, works with people to encourage them to make music, work in groups and perform.

    The banana piano is one of many musical instruments the charity uses - the "makey-makey" technology can turn anything conductive into an instrument, including people.

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    Video caption: Charity uses a banana piano to help adults with learning difficulties
  5. Elsewhere in Northamptonshire

    Here's some of the other stories that are being reported in Northamptonshire today:

    • ITV News reports on a teenage carer from Northampton who has been presented with a special award from Prince William and Harry
    • Preparations to build a new deck above a Kettering General Hospital car park start this weekend and will see it shut on Saturday, reports the Northamptonshire Telegraph
    • Finally, the headteacher of a Northamptonshire primary school was treated to a surprise assembly, presents and cake after serving the 82-pupil school for 25 years, writes the Daventry Express
  6. Police name Corby crash victim

    A man who died after a car crashed with a lorry on the A43 in Corby has been named.

    Stephen Patrick Doudie, 50, of Beanfield Avenue, was at the wheel of a Ford Focus that struck a Scania lorry near the Geddington Road junction on 11 May.

    Police have appealed for any witnesses to the crash to come forward.

    Corby Geddington Road junction on A43
  7. Mazzarri prepares for 'emotional' goodbye at Watford

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford's outgoing manager Walter Mazzarri has thanked his players and the fans today as he prepares for his final match in charge of the club on Sunday.

    The Italian was sacked on Wednesday but will lead the Hornets against Manchester City in two days' time.

    "I would like to thank all the main characters of this season and these are the players and the fans," he said.

    Walter Mazzarri

    "I want to say I always gave everything I had here at Watford. I've been working 15 hours a day every day so I'm very tired.

    "Sometimes, even though it doesn't look like it, I am a person who keeps a lot of things inside. I do tend to be emotional. Also, it will be my last game and the thought of it is something I didn't imagine so it will be very emotional."

  8. Peter Shickle murder: A 'vicious and sustained attack'

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    At today's sentencing hearing for John Jamieson and Graham King for the murder of Peter Shickle, judge Richard Foster said: "There was a significant degree of premeditation to find Peter Shickle with the intention of inflicting really serious bodily harm in what was a revenge attack.

    "The jury must have been satisfied that you entered his flat intending to inflict really serious bodily harm or death. You were both the aggressors throughout - this was not a case of excessive self defence."

    John Jamieson
    Image caption: John Jamieson

    Luton Crown Court heard the pair went to Mr Shickle's flat planning revenge after he had been involved in an altercation with Jamieson's mother outside a pub in Stevenage a week earlier, on 28 October.

    Graham King
    Image caption: Graham King

    Insp Pushpa Guild from Hertfordshire Police said: "Jamieson and King carried out a vicious and sustained attack on Peter in his own home, which they had planned after hearing about the incident involving Jamieson's mother.

    “They will now both serve long sentences in prison where they will have time to reflect on the consequences of their actions."

  9. BreakingTwo men jailed for flat-screen TV murder

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Two men have been jailed for life for a revenge murder in which a large flat-screen TV was used as a weapon.

    John Jamieson and Graham King have been sentenced at Luton Crown Court after being found guilty of murdering Peter Shickle (below) at his Stevenage flat on 6 November.

    Jamieson, 36, of Wigram Way, Stevenage, has been given a minimum term of 19 years before he can apply for parole. Smith, 36, of Harrow Court, Stevenage, received a minimum term of 16 years.

    Peter Shickle
  10. Dementia worker to bring 'peace of mind' to families

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Today I've met Sue Greaves and her mother Margery King, who has dementia.

    Sue feels the new Dementia Support Worker set up by Bedfordshire Police is a really "important role".

    She told me it meant officers would now have a database on patients that could or have gone missing, saying "the quicker you can get them out there to look for them, that valuable time you can have to find them and bring them home safely".

    Sue Greaves and Margery King

    She thinks the idea will work like "insurance", saying "hopefully you never have to use it, but it's there if you need it".

    The biggest thing she believes it will bring her and others is "peace of mind".

  11. No sign of 'man in river'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Police say they were unable to locate a man who reportedly jumped into a river near the A47 earlier.

    The road was closed between Guyhirn and Rings End while a search was carried out.

    It's now re-opened, but queues remain.

  12. Pedalo challenge for Wellingborough man

    A Wellingborough man and his brother-in-law are travelling from Birmingham to London on the Grand Union Canal... by pedalo.

    "We're doing this in memory of my son Freddie," Luke Barker told BBC Radio Northampton.

    pedalo
    Image caption: Luke Barker (right) from Wellingborough, and his brother-in-law Russ Palmer are taking on the challenge for two charities with a common cause

    "He was stillborn. We're raising money for two charities which really helped us - Sands UK and Children are Butterflies."

    Both charities work to research and prevent stillbirths and neonatal deaths, as well as offering emotional and financial support for bereaved parents.

    Luke and his brother-in-law have raised £1,700 of their £5,000 fundraising target and began their journey today. They aim to finish in London in 10 days' time.

    The attempt follows on from other charitable challenges the pair have taken on for the same causes, including the Great North Run and cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End.

    "We wanted to do our next challenge on a canal, and we didn't want to cycle it so we decided on a pedalo," said Mr Barker.

    "It's a standard pedalo that you'd see on the beach - the cheapest one we could find on eBay!"

  13. Jeremy Corbyn visits Peterborough

    Ben Stevenson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been in Peterborough this afternoon to gather support for his party ahead of next month's general election.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    He addressed the public at Peterborough United, where he set out his plans for if he wins, starting by saying that he would "revamp mental health care".

    He also vowed to "protect winter fuel payments" and "triple-lock pensions" - something he said "no other party is promising".

    On Conservative plans to introduce a means test for the winter fuel allowance, Mr Corbyn said it would cause "great hardship" and anxiety for millions of pensioners.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    The politician was also quick to criticise many more of the Conservative pledges that came out in their manifesto yesterday, describing the document as "extraordinary in its extraordinariness".

    He claimed the Tories were "under funding schools", which was "holding individuals and the country back".

    Afterwards the Labour leader met with supporters. He told the BBC he was confident Labour would win seats in the east of England.

  14. First ever Dementia Support Worker starts job with police

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    In Bedfordshire almost 7,000 people are living with dementia and every year about 100 of them go missing.

    So to deal with this, Bedfordshire Police has become the first force in the country to have a Dementia Support Worker.

    Catherine Bishop (left) works for the Alzheimer's Society and is based at the force's headquarters in Kempston.

    Catherine Bishop dementia support worker with Sue Greaves and Margery King

    Her role is to improve the way the police respond when someone goes missing, and in many cases to stop it from happening in the first place.

    She says it's an "innovative" idea.

  15. Rail disruption: Services returning to normal

    It was not a good morning to be a rail commuter in Corby, Kettering or Wellingborough...

    Trains

    A signalling fault between Harpenden and Luton saw East Midlands trains cancelled, with lines blocked.

    The problem was fixed earlier this morning, but things have took a while to get back to normal.

    Passengers were asked to find alternative routes, with tickets accepted on West Coast Mainline services, including at Northampton train station.

    However, East Midlands services are now running to schedule.

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    Delays on the Thameslink service, which uses the same line, are anticipated to continue until at least 16:00.

  16. Rail disruption: Delays expected until 16:00

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    I'm at St Albans Station where things are slowly getting back to normal on East Midlands and Thameslink trains into London, but some problems remain.

    After signalling problems first thing this morning a number of trains were cancelled and delayed.

    Destination boards

    The very latest is there will now be disruption until about 16:00.

    Destination boards
  17. Cobblers' defender McDonald signs for Coventry

    Caroline Densley

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town defender Rod McDonald has joined Coventry City for an undisclosed fee.

    Rod McDonald

    The 25-year-old made 29 starts for the Cobblers in his two-year stay and was part of the side that won the League Two title in 2016.

    "Rod has found first-team opportunities limited," said Northampton manager Justin Edinburgh.

    "We were honest with Rod at the end of the season. We said that because he hadn't played as much first-team football as he would have liked he was available to move to another club.

    "We are working hard to improve the squad over the summer and we believe it is in the best interests of all parties that Rod makes this move. We wish Rod every success in his future career."

  18. A47 closed due to 'man in river'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Cambridgeshire Police says the A47 is closed between Guyhirn and Rings End following reports a man jumped into the river.

    A search is under way.

    Officers are advising drivers to avoid the area.

  19. Teenager hurt after being hit by car

    A 14-year-old girl suffered leg injuries after being hit by a car in Bletchley on Wednesday.

    Police said the girl was struck by a silver car that looked like a Renault Clio at about 15:35 near the junction of Clifford Avenue and Duncombe Street.

    They say the female driver of the car did stop, but after checking on the teenager drove off.

    Police now want to speak to her. She's described as an Asian woman, in her 30s and was wearing a hijab.

    Water Eaton Road
  20. Watford 'lacked ambition', says Mazzarri

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Walter Mazzarri has his final pre-match press conference today and it's set to be an awkward one.

    The Italian was sacked on Wednesday and he's since spoken to Spanish media saying Watford lacked the ambition and mentality of some of his former clubs. How will he respond to some no-doubt uncomfortable questions today?

    The search for his successor continues.

    Hull boss Marco Silva is thought to be the number one choice.

    Walter Mazzarri

    Former Russia national manager Leonid Slutsky, ex Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri and former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli are also being mentioned.

    Many Watford fans would also be happy to see the return of Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, who led the Hornets to the Premier League two years ago.