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  1. Welwyn-based Tesco fined £8m over spilled fuel

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Welwyn Garden City-based Tesco has today been ordered to pay more than £8m in fines and costs after pleading guilty at Preston Crown Court to a pollution incident.

    Between 2 and 3 July 2014 approximately 23,500 litres (5,169 gallons) of petrol escaped from a station filling tank in Haslingden, Lancashire.

    Tesco store

    The Environment Agency's joint investigation with partners found the incident resulted from Tesco's failure to address a known issue with part of the fuel delivery system. There was also an inadequate alarm system and poor emergency procedures, the agency said.

    A Tesco spokesperson said: "We sincerely regret the fuel spillage incident at our petrol station in Haslingden and we're sorry for the impact it had on the local environment, our customers and the community.

    "This was a deeply unfortunate isolated incident and one for which we have taken full responsibility.

    "Following the incident, we have inspected all relevant petrol stations, introduced a new real-time monitoring system and made a number of further improvements to protect against similar incidents happening again."

  2. Sentimental MG 'burned in arson'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A classic car that was the only thing a Cambridge man had left from his late father has been almost entirely destroyed in an arson attack, according to his wife.

    Burnt of MG

    Elizabeth McRae said thieves tried to steal the 1964 British Racing Green MG from a garage on Mortlock Avenue, Chesterton, early yesterday morning.

    However, they couldn't start the engine so set fire to it, she said.

    Burnt of MG

    Ms McRae, who's the wife of the car's owner, Charles Thomson, said "it's a horrible thing to do".

    "My husband is not [feeling] great," she said.

    "After restoring the car, it's been happily living in a rented garage for a couple of years until yesterday morning.

    "It's a real mess. We're not sure if it can be restored.

    "It was so shiny. I used to complain about how long he'd spend polishing it.

    "There's no green left. It's got no tyres and the bonnet and side panels have been 'disformed'."

    Police say they were called by the fire service at 03:20 and believe it was a deliberate act. Investigations are ongoing.

  3. 'Stung' suspect sought after beehive stolen

    Police are looking for someone that "may have been stung by a number of bees recently" after a beehive was stolen from a Northamptonshire village.


    Thieves took the hive from Everdon, near Daventry, at some time between 11:00 on 10 June and 18:00 on 12 June.

    Beekeeping equipment including a smock, brood boxes and a bee travel box were also taken.

    Northamptonshire Police is asking that anyone who knows of beekeeping equipment being sold in suspicious circumstances contacts the force.

  4. Two stabbed at Matalan car park

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Two men have been stabbed in the Matalan car park in Bletchley.

    Thames Valley Police was called to the attack on Watling Street shortly after midnight.

    Matalan at Bletchley

    Two men, both in their 20s, suffered facial injuries and were taken to hospital by ambulance.

    They have since been discharged. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, said police.

    No arrests have yet been made.

  5. EFL Cup: Local sides learn first-round opponents

    The draw for the first-round of the EFL Cup has just been made.

    MK Dons will travel to newly-promoted League Two club Forest Green Rovers, while Stevenage go to Championship side Millwall - who won the League One play-off final last month.

    Elsewhere, Luton Town will host Championship side Ipswich.

    The ties will be played in the week beginning Monday, 7 August.

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  6. EFL Cup: Posh host Barnet, U's to go to Bristol Rovers

    The draw for the first-round of the EFL Cup has just been made.

    Peterborough United will host League Two side Barnet, while Cambridge United will travel to League One club Bristol Rovers.

    The ties will be played in the week beginning Monday, 7 August.

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  7. Cobblers travel to QPR in EFL Cup

    Northampton Town have been drawn away at Championship club Queens Park Rangers in the first-round of the EFL Cup.

    The tie will be played in the week beginning Monday, 7 August.

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  8. Your pictures: June sun before hot weekend

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Earlier I said it was going to be scorchio today. By the looks of the weather so far, it appears I lied a little.

    However, that hasn't stopped our BBC Weather Watchers capturing these beautiful shots of the county...

  9. Man in court accused of murdering teen Koy Bentley

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A 21-year-old man appeared at St Albans Crown Court today accused of the murder of teenager Koy Bentley in Watford.

    Abdi Ali, 21, of Boundfield Road in Lewisham, has also been charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

    Koy Bentley

    He was remanded in custody by Judge Andrew Bright QC.

    Koy Bentley (pictured), who was 15, died from a fatal stab wound to the chest inside a flat on Water Lane, Watford, on 5 June.

    On Wednesday a 15-year-old boy from Willesden, north London, who was earlier charged with Koy's murder, was also remanded in custody when he appeared at the crown court.

    A plea hearing has been set for 13 July. A trial date was set for 13 November with a two to three week estimate.

    A 24-year-old man from Greenwich, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, has been bailed until 4 July.

  10. Andrea Leadsom confronted by residents at Grenfell Tower

    Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons and MP for South Northamptonshire, has been answering heated questions from local residents during a visit to the area near Grenfell Tower.

    She told Sky News "it is absolutely vital" to get answers on what happened, adding she totally understands the anger felt by people in the community.

  11. Families head to Hamerton

    Lara Rostron

    BBC Look East

    I'm a Hamerton Zoo Park, which reopened this morning three weeks after a keeper was killed by a tiger.

    Rosa King (below), 33, died when the animal entered the enclosure she was in.

    Rosa King
    Hamerton Zoo entrance

    Ali Harris (below), 28, from Cambridge, is one of the people attending today with her six-year-old son Jack, to celebrate their birthdays.

    Ali Harris with son Jack.

    She says the incident hasn't worried her - she still feels safe as the attack happened in the pen - and they're looking forward to a day out.

    Rebekha Dunstan (below), 25, from Chatteris, is also here with two-year-old William.

    She says she's been here before and the attack was "not an issue" as the tiger didn't escape.

    Rebekha Dunstan

    It's the first time Jess Harris (below), 24, from Cambridge, has visited the zoo.

    She said she's sad about what happened but not worried about her safety.

    Jess Harris
  12. Suspects shouted 'shoot him again' after attacking man with air pistol

    A man has been shot in the foot with an air pistol in Northampton.

    It happened at some point between 12:00 and 13:00 yesterday in a car park behind Subway on Wellingborough Road.

    Subway, Northampton

    The victim described being attacked by two men, who spoke in Russian, who then said "go on, shoot him again", but he managed to escape with a superficial wound.

    The suspects were described as slim white men who wore dark clothing, and one had a dark beard. The weapon was a black handheld air pistol.

    Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.

  13. Fundraising call to convert pop stars' bus into homeless shelter

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A campaign to convert a double-decker bus used by pop royalty into a shelter for homeless people in Milton Keynes is launching a campaign to raise £20,000.

    The Bus Shelter MK, which has 16 bunks, was previously used on tours by stars including Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart.

    Thomas Davis and the bus

    The charity has already raised £10,000 to purchase the former band bus and Bus Shelter MK must now find an additional £20,000 to complete the project and welcome their first residents.

    Thomas Davis (pictured), who started the project, said: "Sleep is just the beginning.

    "All that many homeless people want is a chance to turn their life around and build a better future.

    Inside the bus

    "It's hard to find a job when you don't have the right advice, professional support or even a postal address - the Bus Shelter MK will provide all of this."

    The bus will provide a warm and safe place for people to sleep that will be open every day of the year.

    A separate bathroom and laundry unit will be parked alongside and residents will be given a mailing address so they can access medical services and apply for work.

  14. Woman driver dies after three-vehicle crash on A1

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A woman has died after her car hit a van and a lorry on the A1 near Borehamwood.

    The crash happened on the northbound carriageway just before 11:10 on Wednesday.

    Police said a Ford KA struck a Mercedes Sprinter van and a Daf 44-tonne lorry, both of which were parked in a layby south of Rowley Lane.

    The driver of the KA, a woman in her 40s, suffered serious injuries and was taken to St George's Hospital in London for treatment, but died later that day.

    The driver of the van suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. The lorry driver was unhurt.

    The northbound carriageway remained shut for almost five hours to allow the emergency services to investigate the circumstances.

    PC Jackie Lister said: "I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, or the events leading up to it, to please contact me."

  15. Decision on Corr future soon

    Nick Fairbairn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Cambridge United will make a decision on the future of striker Barry Corr before the start of pre-season.

    The 32-year-old, who has struggled with injuries over the past two campaigns, is out of contract this summer.

    Barry Corr

    The U's have been monitoring his recovery and will check on his fitness before deciding whether to offer him a new deal.

    Chief executive Jez George said a fit and firing Corr would be an asset, but admits they can't risk a repeat of last season.

    "He's started one game in the past 12 months and as a football club at this level we can't take these types of risks if it's going to be a similar situation moving forward," George said.

    "The situation with Barry is that we have a duty of care to him to bring him back to full fitness. He's under contract with us until 30 June. We can't sign Barry on an extended term or offer him an extended contract if he's not fit."

  16. England name Saints duo in starting XV for second Argentina Test

    England have named Northampton Saints players Dylan Hartley and Piers Francis in their starting XV to face Argentina in Santa Fe tomorrow.

    Hooker Hartley captains the side, while new signing Francis is set to feature at inside centre.

    Last weekend England won a thrilling first Test 38-34, and they will look to complete a 2-0 series victory on Saturday.

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    The match is live on BBC Two, with coverage starting at 20:05.

  17. Ben Walker: Funeral of teenage footballer to take place

    The funeral of a Thrapston teenager who died after collapsing during a football match takes place today.

    Ben Walker, who attended Prince William School in Oundle, collapsed while playing for Thrapston Town Juniors on 28 April. He was an aspiring footballer and keen supporter of Aston Villa.

    Thrapston Town juniors
    Image caption: Ben Walker, front row far left, played for Thrapston Town Juniors

    Villa supporters held a minute's applause in his memory at their match against Brighton last month.

    "People will remember him," Nick Price from Thrapston Town, told BBC Radio Northampton.

    "Because he was so young, he hadn't really started his life. It [the funeral] is remembering the short life he had, but what he did in that short life and how he touched so many people in that time."

    A fundraising page set up to raise money for a memorial to Ben and to support his family has now raised more than £24,000.

    Image caption: People who knew Ben Walker left flowers and football shirts as tributes at the club's Chancery Lane home

    "He had a great sense of humour," added Steve Harvey, head of school at Prince William School.

    "He was a peacemaker and somebody that was always out and about making sure people were happy and jolly around the school."

    The boy's family have asked those attending the funeral to wear sport-related tops in his honour.

  18. New leader of Labour group on Peterborough council

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    Ed Murphy has been appointed as the new leader of the Labour group on Peterborough City Council.

    Mr Murphy represents Ravensthorpe and replaces Mohammed Jamil.

    Labour has 15 of the 60 seats on the council, which following a recent by-election has no overall control.

    The Conservatives are the biggest party, with 29 seats.

  19. Hamerton Zoo Park reopens today

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Hamerton Zoo Park reopens today, nearly three weeks after a keeper was killed by a tiger.

    Rosa King, 33, died when the animal entered the enclosure she was in.

    Rosa King

    The decision was taken in consultation with police, staff and Rosa's family.

    Huntingdonshire District Council carried out an inspection of the park and approved it for reopening.

    At a media call yesterday, Hamerton director Andrew Swales read a statement honouring Rosa King as the "the life and soul" of the zoo.

    He talked about her passion for working with big cats and her "incredible knowledge and passion for wildlife".

    Mr Swales also released previously unknown detail about the animal involved, saying the tiger was a rare Malayan male called Cicip. He confirmed the cat wouldn't be put down.

    A fundraising page has been set up for a memorial of Rosa at the zoo. It has raised £550 of the £1,800 required so far.

  20. Good morning

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome back to live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks on Friday, 16 June.

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

    It looks like it could be scorchio today.

    Welwyn Garden City

    A full forecast for the day is on the way shortly.

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