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  1. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for another week from all of us here on the Local Live team for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

    If you've missed anything throughout the day, you can scroll through the page to read how Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton got on in practice at Silverstone, how neighbours are helping a keen gardener to buy more plants and how Easyjet is looking to open a new headquarters in Vienna.

    So whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope it's a good one.

    I know mine will involve a nice glass (or two). Cheers!

    Glass of wine
  2. Goodbye

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks for today folks - been a pleasure having you.

    We'll be back again at 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire.

    Scroll down to see what stories we've been covering today, and have a great weekend.

    See you soon!

  3. Kevin Kelly death: Retrial to take place after jury fails to reach verdict

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The jury in the case of man who denied killing a father in a street fight in Luton has failed to reach a verdict.

    Richard Wood, 27, from Luton, who now lives in London Road, Bognor Regis, was on trial at Luton Crown Court charged with the manslaughter of Kevin Kelly, 27, who's also from the town.

    The court had heard Mr Kelly (pictured) died as a result of a bleed on the brain.

    The retrial of Mr Wood has been set for January next year.

    Kevin Kelly
  4. Three taken to hospital after crash

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Two children and one man have been taken to hospital following the crash between a coach and a lorry on the A14 eastbound, near Godmanchester.

    Traffic queuing

    The ambulance service say both children had minor injuries and were taken only as a precaution.

    The coach driver has a minor ankle injury.

    Sixty people were reported to be on board, although this is unconfirmed.

  5. Festival to celebrate 'living legend' Dame Cleo Laine

    Roberto Perrone

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    To help celebrate her 90th year, Dame Cleo Laine and her family are hosting The Dankworth Family Festival in the grounds of her home in Wavendon, Milton Keynes, this weekend.

    The event that runs until Sunday is described as a "boutique festival celebrating all things jazz, blues, classical, poetry and art". All profits will go to the Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre.

    I'm live at the festival, on BBC Three Counties Radio this afternoon, where I interviewed the musical legend.

    Dame Cleo Laine and Roberto Perrone

    She's full of wit and sparkle and told me she always does as she's told with events like this.

    "I just go to where I am pointed, I'll put my face on and I will be there," she said.

    Talking about the event itself, she said: "We gather it all together and plonk it down in the garden and away they go."

    The soprano Lesley Garret is set to perform and described the Dame as a "living legend" and "beyond national treasure status".

  6. Family to raise awareness about water safety after son drowned

    This Sunday the family of a Cheshunt teenager who drowned while swimming in the Lee Valley country park is holding an "It's a Knockout-style event" to raise awareness towards water safety.

    On 25 May, Robbie Lea, 16, was swimming with friends in a former quarry at Cheshunt when he got into trouble. After being pulled from the water, paramedics were unable to save him.

    The event at Cheshunt Country Club is being held just three days before what would have been his 17th birthday.

    Robbie Lea

    His mother, Sarah, said: "I want the day to be a massive success to be able to make a difference.

    "It's going to be a mix of emotions on the day as it would be the weekend we would have been celebrating Robbie's 17th birthday.

    "It will be a great day for his friends, people that knew him and people that want to support the cause to come together and have some fun."

    The family is also fundraising for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.

  7. Crash between school coach and lorry on A14

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A coach carrying schoolchildren has collided with a lorry on the A14 eastbound, between junction 23 for Brampton and 24 for Godmanchester.

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    The ambulance service says multiple injuries are reported, but none appear to be serious.

    Police say the crash happened about 15:00 and queues are forming.

    We'll keep you updated when we know more.

  8. Lewis Hamilton second in British GP practice behind Valtteri Bottas

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    Valtteri Bottas led Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton to a Mercedes one-two in second practice at the British Grand Prix.

    Bottas headed Hamilton by just 0.047 seconds despite the Briton setting his best time on the slower soft tyre.

    Hamilton went off track through the fast Becketts section on his qualifying simulation run on the super-soft tyres and then pitted to check for damage.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third, 0.332secs behind Bottas, 0.128secs ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

    Milton Keynes-based Red Bull had looked quick in the first session - splitting the Mercedes and Ferraris - but fell back slightly in the second session to be fifth and sixth, Max Verstappen ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

  9. Level crossings highlighted in new safety campaign

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Network Rail has identified nine level crossings in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire that are potentially dangerous.

    They fear children distracted by wearing headphones and looking at their phones could be seriously injured and killed.

    So as part of a new safety campaign launched today, it is using new "geo-fencing technology" to highlight which crossings could be unsafe. It works by an "ad" appearing if they are on a mobile device by one of the crossings.

    Level crossing light

    "Many people are aware of the issue of distraction for drivers, but it is very worrying that so many young adults admit to putting themselves at unnecessary risk by getting distracted when crossing the railway," Allan Spence, from Network Rail, said.

    "By paying attention to the warnings at level crossings and avoiding distractions, we can all keep ourselves out of harm’s way," he added.

    The crossings that are causing concern are in places including Bledlow Cum Saunderton, Chearsley, Stoke Mandeville and Cotton Mill Lane.

  10. Water warning after animal rescue spate

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    An animal rescue charity is warning about the dangers of allowing pets to swim in open water after a dog drowned.

    Volunteers from Fenland Animal Rescue have been called out seven times in the last two months to rescue dogs and a horse, founder Joshua Flanagan said.

    Unfortunately one of the dogs died in the river in Cambridge just minutes before his team arrived.

    "Under no circumstances should you allow your animals to enter the water," he said.

    Dog in river
    Image caption: Dogs love the water but there are hidden dangers, says a rescue charity

    The charity was called in after a dog got into difficulty in the river at Jesus Green last Saturday.

    "It had got its paw trapped in weed and probably went into shock as the water was so cold," Mr Flanagan said.

    "Despite us arriving within minutes, sadly it died."

    The charity recently had to rescue a horse from a river after its owner took it for what they thought was a paddle on a hot day.

    "They thought they were walking it into shallow water, but it turned out to be much deeper," Mr Flanagan said.

    "This latest incident [the dog] is just one of seven that our team have attended in the past eight weeks, so I want to take this time to remind the public about how dangerous these open waterways can be, to both humans and animals.

    "This is a tragic event that has left a family grieving for their animal, and it is not one I wish to see repeated."

  11. Council opposes fire service to come under control of PCC

    Andy Holmes

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    Plans to bring the fire service in Hertfordshire under the control of the police and crime commissioner (PCC) look set to be rejected by Hertfordshire County Council.

    The council currently runs the service, but a consultation has been launched by the PCC for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, as he wants to hold both services to account, with a chief constable and chief fire officer still in charge.

    A meeting of the Community Safety and Waste Management Cabinet Panel voted to oppose the plans.

    Fire engine

    Councillor Terry Hone, who represents Letchworth South, said: "We do recognise that it's important for emergency services to work together, so the recommendation the panel is making to Cabinet is that the best option for the fire service would be for it to remain part of the county council, but with the PCC given a strong formal role in how it's run."

    The panel's recommendations will go to a full council meeting on 18 July.

    The consultation runs until 14 August.

  12. Fresh knife amnesty after previous success

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    After proving its worth last time, Cambridgeshire Police is set to run another knife amnesty across the county.

    Operation Spectre allows members of the public to hand in weapons without prosecution.

    Man holding knife

    The previous amnesty in May saw 105 knives recovered in the first week.

    From Monday, bins will be placed at Thorpe Wood Police Station and Bayard Place in Peterborough, Parkside Police Station in Cambridge, as well as police stations in Cambourne, Ely, March, Huntingdon and Wisbech.

    From July 2016 to June 2017 there were 220 possession of weapons offences in the county. 117 were in Peterborough, 49 in Cambridge and 12 in Wisbech.

  13. £2m boat resumes journey

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Remember the brand spanking new boat making its way through Cambridge yesterday?

    It's on the move again, as it heads to Ipswich for sea trials.

    The vessel began its journey in Oundle, Northamptonshire, yesterday, travelling through Cambridge city centre.

    But not on the A14, as you may expect, as the load is too big for the trunk road's bridges.

    It's pictured here close to Needham Market in Suffolk earlier this morning...

    Boat on the back of a lorry

    A specialist team has been on hand to remove traffic lights and railings along the route so it can fit through.

    The 65ft (20m) boat, escorted by police along the way, was kept in a layby near Cambridge overnight.

  14. Chalobah returns to Watford

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Nathaniel Chalobah's return to Watford from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee will no doubt be popular with the vast majority of Hornets fans.

    He's coming back to Watford five years after he left.

    He made a huge impact as a teenager in the Championship, had successful loan spells at various clubs including Napoli, Nottingham Forest and Middlesborough, before returning to the Chelsea first team last season, featuring 15 times.

    Nathaniel Chalobah'

    He's impressed at England under-21 level alongside another summer new recruit, Will Hughes.

    Along with Roberto Pereyra, Tom Cleverley and Abdoulaye Doucouré, the Watford midfield now has a very impressive look to it.

  15. Posh triallist 'happy' to be signed

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    Former Swansea defender Liam Shephard says he's ready to "kick on" now he's finally got his signing at Peterborough United over the line.

    The 22-year-old joined Posh on trial earlier this month, featuring against St Albans and Nuneaton.

    He said he "got to know the team very well" in the last three weeks, but in the back of his mind knew he wasn't signed...

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  16. Valtteri Bottas fastest in first practice, Lewis Hamilton second

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Valtteri Bottas set the pace as Mercedes dominated first practice at the British Grand Prix.

    The Finn, who won in Austria last Sunday, was 0.078 seconds quicker than Stevenage team-mate Lewis Hamilton, as the two swapped fastest times through the session.

    Hamilton's main title rival Sebastian Vettel was only sixth quickest, 1.411secs off the pace after a big spin at the fast Becketts curves and a trip over the kerbs at Village.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Hamilton is 20 points behind Vettel in the championship, with Bottas a further 15 points behind.

    Milton Keynes-based Red Bull were Mercedes' closest rivals out on the track on Friday morning as the weekend started under grey skies and with a chill wind and temperatures at only 15-16C.

  17. Solar panel car park given planning permission

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Plans to build a £3m solar car port in St Ives has been granted planning permission.

    It will see solar panels installed above parking spaces at the guided busway car park.

    Artist's impression of car park
    Image caption: Artist's impression of car park

    The energy they generate would supply electric car charging points and LED lights in the car park, with any excess energy being sold to the electricity grid.

    Now it's a matter of funding. A bid has gone in to the European Regional Development Fund to pay for 50% of the cost. The county council will then invest the other half.

    Over time, the aim is to recoup the investment through sale of electricity.

    The pilot project will be three times bigger than the current largest solar car port in the country in Nottingham, and if successful will be rolled out to sites around the county.

  18. Hemel Hempstead residents crowdfund for 74-year-old's garden

    Residents have raised money for a man's garden, described by passers-by as "joyous".

    Winston Abela, 74, has lived in Hemel Hempstead for four years and tends to his garden for four hours each day.

    So far more than £200 has been raised for him, as well of donations of flowers, tools and even a fish and chip supper every Friday.

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    Video caption: Hemel Hempstead residents crowdfund for pensioner's garden
  19. MK Dons 'beat other clubs' to secure Landell on loan

    Luke Ashmead

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Robbie Neilson says he had to "beat off a number of clubs, including Championship sides, to bring him here".

    The man the MK Dons manager is on about is Wolverhampton Wanderers' defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell, who's heading to Buckinghamshire on a season-long loan deal.

    The 24-year-old centre-back, who has 111 career appearances to his name, spent the 2016-17 season on loan with Sheffield United and helped them to the Sky Bet League One title, featuring 34 times and scoring five goals.

    Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Robbie Neilson

    "His record speaks for itself having won the League One title twice in the past four years. I'm very excited about having him as part of the squad this season," the manager added.

  20. Easyjet readies post-Brexit EU-based airline

    BBC Business News

    Luton-based airline Easyjet says Austrian authorities are poised to clear its new post-Brexit venture for take-off.

    The company is planning to establish a new airline, Easyjet Europe, which will have its headquarters in Vienna.

    This will "enable Easyjet to continue to operate flights both across Europe and domestically within European countries after the UK has left the EU (regardless of the outcome of talks on a future UK-EU aviation agreement)", said the airline in a statement.

    Easyjet lane

    It said the accreditation process was "now well advanced" and added that it hoped to receive an Air Operator Certificate and operating licence "in the near future".

    "The people and planes that will fly for Easyjet Europe are already employed and based in EU27 countries," it said.