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  1. Our live updates across the day

    That's it for live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks this week. Scroll down the feed to look back at any stories you may have missed.

    We'll resume our live updates at 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Goodnight Northamptonshire

    That's it for live updates for Northamptonshire this weekend. Scroll down the feed to look back at any stories you may have missed.

    We'll resume our live updates at 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Goodnight Cambridgeshire

    That's it for live updates for Cambridgeshire this week. Scroll down the feed to look back at any stories you may have missed.

    We'll resume our live updates at 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. Northamptonshire Police launches new policing model

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Today I'm at Northamptonshire Police's shiny new £21m building near Kettering, where the force is launching a new way of working.

    Northamptonshire Police HQ

    But before we go into that, here's what the new custody suite looks like.

    Firstly, here's where you check-in...

    Custody suites entrance

    Suspected offenders then walk along this corridor...

    Custody suites

    Before arriving at their destination...

    Inside a custody suite

    Chief Constable Simon Edens says this new "policing model" is based on "thorough research and in-depth analysis of the demand for our services".

    So what does that mean?

    More resources to investigate crime and protect the most vulnerable, says the force. However - this doesn't mean more officers, just them being deployed differently.

    The new model also means separate teams - so neighbourhood officers will concentrate on community relations, while another team responds to 999 calls and a third team investigates crime.

    There'll also be a team dedicated to tackling cyber crime, as well as a new domestic abuse prevention and investigation unit.

    The changes are being made without extra funding - instead Northamptonshire Police is using its annual budget of nearly £116m differently.

    Police and crime commissioner Stephen Mold says he believes the changes will improve the service the public receives.

    You can see more with me on BBC Look East, at 18:30 on BBC One.

  5. Air show will see vintage planes take to the sky

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The Battle of Britain Air Show takes place at Duxford this weekend as the Imperial War Museum continues to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

    Spitfire

    Among the events are a flying display of more than 40 historic aircraft - including a flypast of 14 Spitfires - and a Meet the Authors marquee will also host some of the most renowned Second World War writers.

    It means - and it probably goes without saying - that traffic around the M11 Junction 10 and A505 is expected to be busier than usual. Drivers are advised to follow signposted routes to the site.

  6. Norwegian deal for Luton-based Monarch Airlines?

    Monarch Airlines has refused to confirm speculation it has been approached by Norwegian Air Shuttle to buy all or part of the business.

    Luton-based Monarch employs 2,750 staff and flies to more than 40 destinations.

    Sky News has reported that the airline is exploring a joint venture or a feeder deal with another carrier - while industry sources have told the Press Association that Norwegian Air is keen to bolster its global network.

    But neither party will confirm the reports.

    Monarch said it was "having regular discussions on a number of options with potential strategic partners" - and Norwegian Air said it doesn't "comment on speculation".

    Fears for Monarch's future were put to rest by a £165m investment boost from its majority shareholder Greybull Capital in December.

    Monarch Airline aeroplane
  7. Drug driving arrest following A1M crash

    A lorry driver involved in a crash on the A1M has been released under investigation after being arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

    Lorry involved in crash

    The crash between the lorry and a van happened near junction 15 for Sawtry at about 11:30.

    Lorry involved in crash

    No-one was seriously injured but two lanes of the northbound carriageway were closed for a time.

    Lorry involved in crash
  8. MK Dons travel to rivals tonight

    Milton Keynes Dons travel to rivals AFC Wimbledon this evening.

    Dean Lewington

    There are strict ticketing arrangements in place, with the Dons laying on a live stream of the game to fans at Stadium:MK.

    Long-serving Dean Lewington didn't play in last season's game at AFC, so might his experience be called on tonight?

    "I'll pick a team that I think will win the game," manager Robbie Neilson said.

    "Dean understands that, he's a top professional, he's trained really well."

  9. Music therapy trial starts for stroke patients

    A pioneering trial for stroke patients is taking place in Cambridgeshire.

    It's the first year-long UK hospital trial to assess whether music therapy can help people recover following a stroke.

    Work is now under way at Addenbrooke's Hospital, led by Dr Alexander Street of the Music for Health Research Centre at Anglia Ruskin University.

    He said: "Just listening to patient-selected music significantly - and this is statistically significant - improves attention and language recovery and mood.

    "It's globally processed. It's like a colleague of mine once said, 'it's like a mega-vitamin for the brain'."

  10. March body find: Police await results

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we mentioned a body had been found in the public toilets on Broad Street in March.

    Police have now confirmed it was the body of a man in his 40s.

    Officers are still currently treating the death as non-suspicious, but they are awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination.

  11. Four vehicles involved in M1 crash

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    M1 crash

    We've just had some more information from the police about the multi-vehicle crash which closed the M1 northbound between J8 and J9 earlier.

    The vehicles involved were a Vauxhall Meriva, a Peugeot, a Ford Transit panel van and a Ford Transit Luton van.

    One man has been airlifted to hospital for treatment.

    Hertfordshire police officers are still at the scene and are assisting with vehicle recovery.

    M1 crash
  12. M1: Two lanes re-open after crash

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Two lanes have now opened on the northbound M1 following a multi-vehicle crash between J8 and J9.

    Earlier the motorway was closed in both directions, and two lanes remain closed northbound so there are long delays in the area.

    Earlier the fire service tweeted that it had released one person from a vehicle.

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  13. Northants defeat Notts in County Championship

    That was rounded off quickly, wasn't it...

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    Resuming on 107-3, Notts have been bowled out for just 189.

    Gleeson did much of the damage, which means Northants' promotion hopes are still alive. They face Leicestershire next week.

    Notts meanwhile need a maximum of 12 points to be promoted in their last game of the season against Sussex.

  14. Travel: 'Multi-vehicle collision' closes M1

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we told you about a "serious crash" on the M1 - we now have a few more details.

    Hertfordshire Police has told us the force was called just after 11:00 to reports of a multiple vehicle collision northbound, between J8 for Hemel Hempstead and J9 for Flamstead.

    Both the north and southbound carriageways have been closed to allow for the air ambulance to land.

    We'll bring you more details as we get them.

  15. Strictly: 'Father Richard is just so normal'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The village of Finedon is getting ready to cheer on its vicar in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

    Rev Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell

    Broadcaster, writer and former pop star Richard Coles is also the vicar of St Mary's Church and is one of 15 celebrities taking to the dance floor on Saturday night - with partner Dianne Buswell.

    Villager Joan Cale said there's much excitement around.

    "It's quite a different thing for Finedon to be facing and I think having seen the dance in church on Sunday, some people might have been a bit surprised to watch something like that, but everybody really enjoyed it," she said.

    "It was nice for us to be the first audience to see it."

    Meanwhile, Louise Lawrence said she thinks it will put the village on the map.

    "Finedon really needs this," she said.

    "It's just brilliant having him around and he's just so normal to us.

    "My kids don't know him as anything more than Father Richard, so for them to see him on the telly is just fantastic."

  16. Strictly: Brian Conley 'enthusiastic, but not that good!"

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    It's here - there's just one more sleep to go before the first live show of the latest Strictly Come Dancing series hits our screens on Saturday night.

    Fifteen celebrities and their professional dancing partners will take to the floor on the BBC One show, and Watford comedian, TV and musical theatre star Brian Conley will be one of them.

    He's performing the Tango with partner Amy Dowden to Temptation by Heaven 17.

    Brian Conley and Amy Dowden

    So how does he think he's going to do?

    "I've done a bit of dancing in the past. I'm an enthusiastic dancer but I'm not that good!"

    "It's much more than getting your footsteps right... it's your hands... and even the way your knees bend.

    "But I'm prepared to work hard and enjoy it - that's the main thing and I really have so far."

    Brian is also playing Buttons in Cinderella at the Milton Keynes Theatre this Christmas. The venue has already had to cancel the performance on the same night as the Strictly final, as he will be returning to the show for a final group dance - but what if he does very well and the show clashes with other performances?

    Well, it turns out a family member who is part of the Strictly team is not that confident!

    Conley's brother has been the floor manager of Strictly since it started, and when Brian asked him what would happen if his progress in the show affected the pantomime, he replied: "Bri, with the greatest of respect, you ain't going to win!"

    "I'm getting so much confidence from my brother, but who knows," Brian laughed.

  17. Time to celebrate World Rhino Day

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    It's World Rhino Day, don't you know?

    Apparently it's the day when organisations involved with rhinos raise awareness of the plight of five species of rhinos in the world - greater one-horned, white, black, Sumatran and Javan.

    They - and members of the public - "celebrate rhinos in their own unique ways".

    I'm not quite sure exactly what this means, but Whipsnade Zoo is joining in and reminding people that they are home to a herd of white rhinos, which are classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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  18. Rev Richard Coles looks forward to Strictly

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    So, it's finally here - the first live show of the latest Strictly Come Dancing series will be on our screens this Saturday night.

    Fifteen celebrities and their professional dancing partners will take to the floor on the BBC One show - and the vicar of St Mary's Church in Finedon will be one of them.

    The Reverend Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell

    Rev Richard Coles - priest, broadcaster and former pop star - will be performing a Cha Cha Cha with partner Dianne Buswell to There Must Be An Angel by Eurythmics.

    He said: "When they offered it [Strictly] to me I thought about it very carefully for about 1.2 seconds and then resolved that after reflection, yes I would like to do it.

    "Of course I'd love to be part of Strictly - it ticks so many of my boxes and I've always enjoyed the show, so to be part of it is very exciting."

  19. Vauxhall distribution site celebrates golden anniversary - with a golden lorry

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Vauxhall's main distribution centre in Luton is celebrating its 50th anniversary today.

    Vauxhall distribution

    Vauxhall Parts was one of the largest facilities in the country when it opened in 1967. The huge warehouse on Toddington Road stocks about 50,000 parts, many for the Vivaro van which is built on the line in Luton.

    It has a smaller workforce than five decades ago but distributes parts worth more than £1m every day, and now has direct access to the M1 via the new Junction 11A.

    Today, in celebration of its golden anniversary, a gold-wrapped truck will be unveiled by former England football captain Bryan Robson.