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  1. Our live coverage across the week

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Our live updates have now come to an end for another week.

    You can scroll down to catch up with any stories you might have missed.

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

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Police confirm cash machine stolen

    Bedfordshire Police are confirming the Co-op in Cranfield near Bedford was ram-raided earlier this morning.

    Officers were called out at about 01:40 to the Mill Road store.

    The store's cash machine had been stolen, there was extensive damage to the front of the store and the 4x4 car used in the raid was left there.

    A dark-coloured estate car and group of men were seen making off.

  3. Arrest after educational hut destroyed by fire

    Suffolk Police say they have arrested a 13-year-old boy on suspicion of setting fire to the thatched hut in Christchurch Park in Ipswich.

    The hut, near the children's playground, was built two years ago as an educational resource aiming to show how our ancestors lived.

    It was completely destroyed on the evening of Monday, 24 July.

    The boy has been released under investigation.

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  4. Weather: Dry tonight, but a few showers and hail possible

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    The last of any showers dying away to leave a dry night across the BBC East region with clear spells and mainly light west to north-westerly winds.

    Temperatures for many of us staying in double figures, but some spots could fall to around 9C (48F).

    Apart from a few light showers, Saturday should begin largely fine and dry with some sunshine but eventually heavier showers will move west to east and some of these could produce hail and thunder.

    The winds could become quite blustery for a time with isolated gusts of 40mph. Top temperatures around 21C (70F).

    Sunday should be fine and dry with sunny spells. Cloud is expected to eventually thicken from the west and temperatures again climbing to around 21C (70F).

    BBC East weather graphic

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

  5. Man charged with attempted murder of baby in Luton

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A man has been charged with attempting to murder a baby in Luton.

    Sam Ziemelis was arrested after an incident at 02:00 in Reginald Street, at which several adults were also injured.

    Reginald Street in Luton

    Mr Ziemelis, 30, of Reginald Street has been charged with one count of attempted murder of a child under the age of one, two counts of assault by beating and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

    Police said Mr Ziemelis appeared before Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday and he was remanded into custody pending a further court hearing on 18 September.

    Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident and would appeal for anyone with information to contact police.

  6. Football league season begins: Posh and Cambridge should challenge again

    Steve Jackson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    With both Peterborough United and Cambridge United falling just short of the play off places in League One and League Two respectively last time out, both sides, based on summer recruitment, ought to be at least flirting with the top of the table again this term.

    Shaun Derry and Grant McCann
    Image caption: Shaun Derry and Grant McCann

    Grant McCann’s Posh side have had a rigorous clear-out and are building a side in the manager’s own image. Shaun Derry’s U’s have pruned judiciously, and will be looking to start with a bang after failing to win any of their first eight league games at the beginning of last season. That awful run cost them, at minimum, a play-off berth.

    Posh freshened-up

    McCann has shipped out 11 players on a permanent basis, three more on loan and brought in 10 new faces along with a new assistant in David Oldfield.

    Striker Ricky Miller, a proven goal-scorer at lower league level, will miss the first six matches through a suspension sustained whilst at Dover Athletic, but he’s a local boy who’s been prolific during the summer friendlies and could well prove to be one of the bargains of the close season.

    Posh have a habit of buying or recruiting well from the lower reaches of the pyramid and turning front men into stars that do well higher up.

    Britt Assombalonga, Craig Mackail-Smith, George Boyd and Conor Washington have all made the grade in either the Championship or the Premier League.

    McCann looks, too, to have refreshed his defence in an effort to lock up the back door whilst allowing his side to continue to move forward with flair.

    Cambridge gain a cutting edge

    Shaun Derry’s task is different - too few goals scored by players other than the prodigious Luke Berry last season, and too many conceded at the wrong end at the wrong time.

    A decent footballing side, there was not enough of an end product to match their often outstanding approach play.

    Derry will be looking to add a clinical edge to his side, who have already proved they can shut opposition teams out when the need arises, notwithstanding the odd lapse in concentration.

    Jabo Ibehere will add much-needed experience and a cutting edge up front and Uche Ikpeazu should thrive on the back of Ibehre’s know-how.

    The U’s have lost talented goalkeeper Will Norris to Wolves, but have replaced him with David Forde, who recorded a record number of shut-outs as Portsmouth won League Two last term.

    It does, though, look set to be another roller coaster of a season. Strap in, and turn on!

    We’ll be with the Posh and the U’s every step of the way – every kick of every match, home and away on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, starting this Saturday at 14:00 with your host, Peter Swan.

    Peterborough are at home to Plymouth, while Cambridge United travel to Exeter.

    Commentary is only availabe on your FM, AM and DAB radio, as the BBC does not hold the rights to webstream Football League games.

  7. Fourth arrest after noxious spray assault in High Wycombe

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A fourth person has been arrested in connection with an incident where a taxi driver was sprayed in the eyes with an unknown substance.

    The taxi driver, a 43-year-old man, dropped off three customers in George Street, High Wycombe at about 01:00 on Sunday.

    George Street, High Wycombe

    The customers left the taxi, a black Toyota Prius, without paying so the taxi driver followed them and they then paid him.

    However, one of the customers then sprayed an unknown substance in the victim's eyes.

    The customers fled the scene in an unknown direction.

    A 14-year-old boy from Princes Risborough was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent this afternoon.

    A 16-year-old boy from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Wednesday afternoon.

    A 15-year-old boy from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Monday.

    Another 15-year-old boy also from High Wycombe was also arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Sunday.

    All four have been released under investigation.

    The victim remains in hospital in a serious, but stable, condition.

  8. Northampton Town: Top ten a realistic target

    Caroline Densley

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    It's been a rather busy summer at Sixfields - there's been investment from Chinese firm 5U Sport - the team headed to Spain for a weeks training and twelve new players arrived.

    Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh
    Image caption: Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh

    The Cobblers face Shrewsbury in their opening game of the League One season - the last time the two teams played each other was back in April. Of the match day squad that day, only half the players still remain on the books at Northampton Town.

    I feel there's some real intent for progression this season.

    Manager Justin Edinburgh has brought in Regan Poole, the teenage defender from Manchester United on loan; Ash Taylor, who has so far impressed in central defence, he's ex-Aberdeen; and most recently striker Chris Long, who has played for England at every age group from under 16s through to under 20s.

    There's still much discussion around the need for a goalkeeper to challenge David Cornell after the departure of Adam Smith to Bristol Rovers.

    The Cobblers have been linked to Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman - Edinburgh says he's got a couple of targets in mind -- but he's going to wait until they get the right person.

    I'm going to go for a top ten finish this season -- I think that'll be the progression the club deserves.

    We'll be at every Cobblers match home and away this season, but commentary is restricted to your radio as the BBC does not have the rights to webstream matches.

    There's also the return of Thursday Night Football from 18:00 on BBC Radio Northampton.

  9. No more cheerleaders at Billericay football club after all

    BBC Essex

    We’ve been reporting on doubts over the future of Billericay Town Football Club's cheerleading squad

    The club's owner Glenn Tamplin has told the BBC it has now been decided that all the cheerleaders are going because they are causing too much of a distraction and negative publicity.

    "We have a lot more things to talk about than cheerleaders, like winning games," he said.

    Mr Tamplin said one of the girls in the team messaged a player, which was forbidden.

    At first, he said, he wanted to give the cheerleaders one more chance, but national press publicity had proved a distraction.

  10. From the archives: Wheelchair netball at Stoke Mandeville 1953

    Some 64 years ago this month, a game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team took place at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire.

    Sports organised at the hospital later developed into the paralympic movement.

    A  game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team was photographed at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire
    A  game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team was photographed at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire.
  11. Letchworth sex offender jailed for talking to children

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A sex offender has been sent back to jail for 12 months for breaching an order not to talk to children.

    Daniel Shead, now 27, was jailed for six years in February 2014 for sexual offences against a 14-year-old girl.

    St Albans Crown Court

    Shead, from Maddles, Letchworth, was also given a 10-year sexual offences prevention order which banned him from having unsupervised contact with girls aged under 16.

    He appeared at St Albans Crown Court after admitting breaching the order by talking to two children while released early from his sentence on licence. He was also said to have lent them a speaker to play music.

    Shead, who was not represented, told Recorder Patrick Fields: "The kids were arguing. I tried to stop them fighting. I am not a risk to any child.

    "I had no intention to cause any harm. This is blown out of proportion."

    Recorder Patrick Fields told him: "You may not accept you were guilty in 2014, but you were convicted.

    "The sexual offences prevention order was there to protect young children. You are not to have unsupervised contact with them.

    "Court orders are serious orders - if they are breached they have to be dealt with."

  12. Northamptonshire wicket keeper David Murphy to retire

    BBC Sport

    Northamptonshire wicket keeper David Murphy has made the decision to retire from professional cricket.

    The 28-year-old is to leave Wantage Road at the end of the season in order to pursue a career outside the game.

    David Murphy poses in the Specsavers County Championship kit during the Northamptonshire County Cricket photocall held at The County Ground on 5 April, 2017 in Northampton, England.

    Murphy joined the Northamptonshire Academy in 2007 after representing Hertfordshire at age-group level.

    He graduated to the county’s first team in 2009 – whilst still studying at Loughborough University.

    "After some careful consideration, I have decided that the 2017 season will be my last as a professional cricketer," he said.

    "Although I still feel I have something to offer Northamptonshire as a player, I have received an extremely attractive proposal to work in law in London beginning in 2018."

    Phil Mustard of Durban cuts the ball for four runs as wicketkeeper David Murphy looks on during the second day of the LV County Championship Division One match between Northamptonshire and Durham at the County Ground on 14 April, 2014 in Northampton, England.
  13. From the archives: Filming at Pinewood in 1958

    Some 59 years ago this month, a photographer was let on to the set of Operation Amsterdam, being filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

    Actors Eva Bartok, Peter Finch, Tony Britton and Alexander Knox are pictured in an old Mercedes.

    Actors Eva Bartok, Peter Finch, Tony Britton and Alexander Knox are pictured in an old Mercedes at Pinewood Studios
  14. '500 job losses' in Sudbury

    The Unite union has said it has been confirmed that the engineering firm Delphi Diesel Systems will close its plant in Sudbury with the loss of 500 jobs.

    Last month the firm announced it was looking at the future of the site.

  15. County backs down over opening hours cuts to Northamptonshire archives

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire County Council has backed down from its decision to change the opening hours of the County Record Office.

    Some 3,000 people had signed a petition against the changes, which had included the suggestion that people should pay a fee of £31.50 to access the archives out-of-hours.

    Northamptonshire Records Office

    The record office, at Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, is where all the archives for the county are kept.

    Historians and family history researchers were furious about the restriction in opening hours that was due to come into force on 21 August - from four days a week to three mornings.

    They were dismayed at the idea of having to pay the new hourly fee for a service that is currently provided free of charge.

    Now the council has said it will continue with the existing opening hours of three days a week - but that it will review this before setting next year's budget.

    It has also promised to consult on any future changes.

  16. From the archives: PM visits Cambridge observatory in 1980

    Some 37 years ago this month, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was photographed with her husband Dennis at a visit to a telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in Cambridge.

    Also caught on camera was Dr John Baldwin, the senior radio astronomer.

    British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was photographed with her husband Dennis at a visit to the telescope at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  17. Muntjac deer rescue from mill wheel in St Albans restaurant

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A muntjac deer had to be rescued by the RSPCA after getting stuck in the wheel of a water mill in the middle of a restaurant in St Albans.

    The deer trapped

    Staff at the Moor Mill Beefeater in Bricket Wood are used to visitors being wowed by the restaurant’s indoor traditional water mill feature, but on Wednesday diners were witness to an unexpected animal rescue.

    Restaurant staff member Nathan Lobar heard a commotion coming from behind the glass doors that frame the restaurant’s old water mill wheel feature, and once they unlocked the doors to investigate further, they spotted the small muntjac deer staring back at them.

    They immediately called the RSPCA for help.

    The mill wheel

    Animal collection officer Kate Wright, who is experienced in dealing with unusual animal rescues, arrived to help the distressed deer.

    She said: "This poor muntjac deer was in a real fix. She was stuck in between two paddles on the water wheel, really frightened and unable to free herself.

    Outside the restaurant

    "It’s most likely she fell into the river from outside (see picture above) and was drawn under the building by the current where she became caught up in the water wheel, and in struggling to climb up to get out of the water, had become stuck in the paddles.

    "She was thrashing about and loudly barking, as it would have been very distressing for such a timid wild animal to find herself stuck like that, so I knew I’d have to work fast to free her.

    "The rescue was fairly tricky as the deer had got her front leg and head tightly stuck but with some work, I eventually managed to free her."

    The deer was later released back into the wild.

  18. Corby Tory group leader talks about decision to step down

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    We reported earlier that Rob McKellar has announced he is stepping down as Conservative group leader at Corby council to take up a new job at a property law firm.

    Corby council

    He has served as the elected council member for Weldon, Gretton and Priors Hall since 2011, and has led the opposition Conservative group for the past two years.

    He said: "My new professional role will be an incredibly demanding one requiring an enormous amount of focus and commitment.

    "Something will have to give and it is only right and proper that I take a step back from my political duties rather than sacrificing the service that I give to my constituents.

    "I have massively enjoyed my time spent as Conservative group leader and I am incredibly proud of the group's record on shaping the direction of Corby and its local authority."

  19. Tory leader on Corby council resigns

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    The Conservative leader on Corby Borough Council has announced he is to resign.

    Rob McKellar has been the opposition leader in Corby for the past two years, but has revealed he will be stepping down in November after accepting a new job at a property law firm.

    Corby council offices

    Mr McKellar will continue to serve as councillor for Weldon, Gretton and Priors Hall - a role he has held since 2011.

    Corby Conservatives will hold a leadership election during September, but Mr McKellar's deputy David Sims has already ruled himself out of the running.