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  1. What's in the papers? Ding dong...

    Hunts Post

    Church bells that fell silent more than six months ago are set to ring out again in time for Sunday's Remembrance commemorations, the Hunts Post reports.

    The bells at St Thomas a Becket Church in Ramsey couldn't be used while major repairs to the roof of the historic building were carried out.

  2. Conman offers to split Lottery winnings

    Laura Devlin

    BBC News

    A conman who tells his victims he cannot claim his Lottery prize money without their help is duping people out of thousands of pounds.

    Hertfordshire Police is warning the man concocts a story that, as an immigrant, he cannot collect his winnings but will split the cash if they do it for him.

    He has already duped people of money and jewellery that he takes as security.

    Five reports have been made to Hertfordshire Police, with some victims losing up to £5,000.

    National Lottery ticket
  3. 'Woman in 20s' died in Murrow crash

    Police have confirmed that a woman in her 20s died in a two-vehicle crash in Murrow, near Wisbech, on Thursday morning.

    It happened on Black Drove at about 07:10.

    The victim has not yet been named, but was the driver of a Vauxhall Astra that collided with a Ford Transit van.

    Two passengers in the car were airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

    On Thursday evening Cambridgeshire Police confirmed they remained in a "critical, but stable condition".

    The male driver of the van suffered minor injuries.

    Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

  4. In the papers: Record-breaking goalscorer finally given gravestone

    Herts Advertiser

    The grave of a St Albans footballing legend has been memorialised with a headstone after nearly a century laying in unmarked land, the Herts Advertiser reports.

    Wilfred "Billy" Minter played for Hatfield Road Old Boys before sidestepping to St Albans City Football Club and the Herts County XI throughout the 1920s, the paper says.

    He was a record-breaking scorer with 356 goals in 362 games for St Albans and 57 in 37 matches for Herts, it adds.

  5. Children in Need: Rickshaw Challenge in Herts and Bucks

    The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge will be in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire this morning.

    Rickshaw Challenge 2017

    This year's team will pedal 500 miles to raise money for BBC Children in Need. In a first for the challenge, the team will embark on their journey from London, riding north to Glasgow.

    Today, day two, they are travelling 63 miles (100km) from north London to Banbury, through Rickmansworth, Chesham, Tring, Aylesbury and Quainton.

    You can check out the route and where they are here.

  6. In the papers: Allotment rent increase 'like Robin Hood in reverse'

    Milton Keynes Citizen

    A Milton Keynes allotment subsidy is like "Robin Hood in reverse", reports the Milton Keynes Citizen.

    Broughton and MK Village parish council has increased the rent from £21 this year to £60 next year for plots at Broughton Road, Walton Road, Claridge Park and Kemsley Crescent.

    But parish councillor John Bint has defended the rise as taxpayers shouldn’t be funding the ‘middle class’ hobby.

  7. In the papers: 90-year-old High Wycombe hostel could be 'overhauled'

    Bucks Free Press

    An isolated council-owned hostel could soon be replaced by a new 'modular building' in the centre of High Wycombe according to the Bucks Free Press.

    The 90-year-old building, which currently has 35 bedsits, could be transformed into a modern 57-bedroom complex in Desborough Road.

    Residents say the site lacks shops, schools and public transport connections.

  8. Sex attack on girl, aged 13, in Corby

    Detectives in Corby are investigating a sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl.

    Officers say she was assaulted on Saturday between 09:30 and 23:00 in Fawcett Way between the Corby International Pool and the Boating Lake.

    Three men, aged 49, 26 and 25, have been arrested and released under investigation. Any witnesses or anyone with information is being asked to contact the police.

  9. Plans for 2,800 homes near St Neots

    Hunts Post

    Developer Urban & Civic has submitted outline plans for almost 3,000 new homes and a business park in St Neots, the Hunts Post reports.

  10. Northamptonshire recruits South African social workers

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Northamptonshire County Council is to recruit social workers from South Africa as part of proposals to save almost £10m.

    Northamptonshire County Council

    The authority is currently consulting on a range of proposed cuts to services, including libraries, and bus subsidies.

    A report going before councillors on Monday says the authority aims to employ 10 full time social workers from South Africa from April 2018.

    The move would save £310,000 by cutting the use of agency staff.

  11. In the papers: Stewartby chimneys could be demolished

    Bedford Today

    The four towering Stewartby chimneys could be demolished to make way for 1,000 new homes.

    As reported in Bedford Today, The Grade II-listed chimneys are on the site where the current owners Hanson want to develop.

    Stewartby chimneys
  12. Milton Keynes Museum lends to musical instrument collection

    Orla Moore

    BBC Local Live

    monkey automaton

    Milton Keynes Museum has provided more than 70 items to a project charting historically-significant musical instruments.

    MIMIM-UK is a virtual, online museum featuring sound, pictures and information gathered from 200 UK collections - and put together by the Royal College of Music in London.

    MK collection

    Exhibits from Milton Keynes Museum include a flute from 1790, a 100-year-old guitar-zither and a triangle from Hanslope dating from around 1913.

    A clapping monkey automaton is also among the collection.

    MK Museum

    "We are incredibly proud to be able to share our collection of instruments with people who otherwise might not be able to enjoy them," said museum director Bill Griffiths.

    "It shows the historical importance of those items in our care. Naturally it is worth making a song and dance about."

  13. Towie star's boyfriend: Jury out in acid attack trial

    Arthur Collins

    The jury in the trial of the former boyfriend of Ferne McCann, who has appeared in the TV shows The Only Way Is Essex and I'm A Celebrity, has been sent out to deliberate.

    Arthur Collins, 25, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, is accused of carrying out an acid attack in a nightclub in Hackney, east London, in April.

    More than a dozen people were injured when a corrosive substance was thrown over the dancefloor.

    Mr Collins has been on trial at Wood Green Crown Court charged with five counts of grievous bodily harm (GBH), and nine counts of actual bodily harm (ABH).

    His co-defendent Andre Phoenix, 21, of Clyde Road in Tottenham, north London denies four counts of GBH and two of ABH.

  14. In the papers: BBC film in Hertford

    Hertfordshire Mercury

    The Hertfordshire Mercury is continuing its live updates of the filming for a major BBC drama in the town.

    A Very English Scandal, from former Doctor Who supremo Russell T Davies, has been filming in Hertford all week with the town standing in for Barnstaple in Devon.

    Today, the cast of the new three-part TV show, starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw, are shooting scenes in Hartham Common.

  15. Candice's 'dream team' for bake to skate

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Barton-le-Clay's former BBC Great British Bake Off winner, Candice Brown, said partnering up with Matt Evers on the ITV Dancing on Ice show is like joining the "dream team".

    It's just been announced who she'll skate with on the show, which returns to our TV screens next year.

    It seems the skating professional is rather happy with Candice too, as he said on Twitter "I am literally over the moon #BunsOfSteel".

    We have yet to hear who will be partnering Luton's Monty Panesar as he swops cricket pads for skates.

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  16. Study on strengthening Marlow Bridge complete

    Orla Moore

    BBC Local Live

    Engineers have completed a safety study of Marlow Bridge - to see how it can be strengthened to cope with heavy vehicles.

    Marlow bridge

    The Grade I-listed bridge crosses the Thames and links Marlow, in Buckinghamshire, with the village of Bisham in Berkshire.

    It currently has a three tonne weight limit.

    The Transport for Buckinghamshire study - which started in April - followed extensive inspection and testing of the bridge structure.

    In September 2016, the bridge was closed for two months after it was used by a lorry which was more than 10 times heavier than the crossing's weight limit.

    Mark Shaw, Marlow Bridge

    Eighteen different options have been looked at, including weigh-in-motion technology and better signage.

    Mark Shaw, Buckinghamshire County Council deputy leader, said: "The engineers have even looked at the technology some authorities use in bus lanes to warn straying motorists to get out.

    "We need to weigh up all the options to make sure we're doing what will work to safeguard the bridge.

    "We want to make sure that we don't put this iconic structure at risk."

  17. Police to 'challenge requires improvement rating'

    Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has stated that the force is to "challenge" the latest "requires improvement" rating in the new report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).

    She believed the report "shows the force is moving in the right direction as there were three ‘requires improvement’ grades last year and there are two this year and one ‘good’ this time".

    PCC Kathryn Holloway

    Ms Holloway went on to explain the "good" is for "how well Bedfordshire Police uses its very limited resources compared with other police forces facing similar serious challenges such as the third highest terror risk in the country".

  18. Police 'disappointed' with requires improvement rating

    The Deputy Chief Constable of Bedfordshire, Garry Forsyth, says he's "disappointed" after the latest HMICFRS report said the force "requires improvement" in a review of effectiveness and efficiency.

    Deputy Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: "We are obviously disappointed with the overall grading but it is pleasing that the report recognises the continued hard work and determination of the force to keep people safe and there are a lot of positives to take from the findings."

    However, he also stated "it frustrating the report fails to take into consideration the wider context of challenges the force faces in its overall determination".

    Bedfordshire Police car

    He added that since the report improvements have been made, "including populating the community policing model, which was described as a weakness in the report".

    "Since June we have seen a 40% increase in staffing in community policing and we are hopeful the model will now be fully staffed by early 2018," he added.

    "It was also very encouraging to be graded as ‘good’ for the way we use our limited resources – and is a clear indication that we would be more effective at tackling crime and keeping people safe should we be adequately funded for the complex crime challenges we face here in Bedfordshire."

  19. Wellingborough homes see huge price hikes

    Average house prices in Wellingborough have seen a larger increase in the past year than anywhere else in the country, according to new figures from the Land Registry.

    Prices in the town rose by 15% in the year to August. The average national increase is 5%.

    House building
  20. Northamptonshire Police praised by watchdog

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

    Northamptonshire Police has been rated as good for keeping people safe and reducing crime.


    It follows an assessment by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

    This latest report assesses the force on its effectiveness and efficiency.

    It says Northamptonshire has a better understanding of the demands placed on it and how to meet that demand in the future.

    It will provide a boost for Chief Constable Simon Edens and Police & Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold following a critical report in March.

    Back then the force was rated as requiring improvement, with criticism of the way it tackled gangs and dealt with vulnerable victims.