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  1. Crash driver sentenced for second time after one victim dies

    Elinor Cross

    BBC Radio Northampton

    A driver who caused a crash eight years ago has been sentenced for a second time after one of the victims died.

    Michael Mattacola, then 25, lost control of his BMW car in heavy rain on the A45 London Road in Northampton in 2009.

    It veered into the path of a car carrying married couple Dawn and Norman Chandler, who were injured and had to be cut free.

    Northampton Crown Court

    He was found guilty of careless driving and fined £700.

    But Mrs Chandler's health deteriorated as a direct result of injuries caused by the crash and she died in 2016, aged 71.

    Mattacola pleaded guilty at Northampton Crown Court to a fresh charge of causing death by careless driving. He was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence, ordered to do 200 hours' community service and banned from driving for a year.

  2. Travel: Two lanes closed on M40

    BBC News Travel

    Two lanes are closed on the M40 northbound in Buckinghamshire after a crash near Junction 1A for Denham.

    Delays are expected until 18:45.

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  3. Two men armed with axe and crowbar rob man

    Two men armed with an axe and a crowbar robbed a man in Buckingham on Sunday.

    At about 17:45 the men approached the victim on Cornwalls Meadow and demanded money from him.

    Cornwalls Meadow, Buckingham

    The man handed over money after the crowbar was hit against a wall above his head by one of the offenders. The victim wasn't injured in the incident but was left shaken.

    Police have described both men as white, about 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and in their late teens to mid-20s.

    One is said to have been of medium build with mousey brown/blonde wavy hair, and the other is said to be slim with short dark hair.

  4. Panto stars give to Foodbank... oh yes, they do!

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The cast and crew of the pantomime Sleeping Beauty, at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable, decided to give back to the community today.

    Instead of buying cast presents and cards, they donated several trays of food and goods to the Dunstable Foodbank.

    Panto stars donating to Foodbank

    It was the idea of Eastenders and West End star John Partridge who told me they wanted to do something as "it's hard times for everyone and some people are struggling".

    Panto stars donating to Foodbank

    He had the support of other cast members include Sally Lindsay.

    Panto stars donating to Foodbank

    Mike Pittam from the Foodbank said: "It's such a lovely nice orginal idea.

    I've been involved in the foodbank for four years and I've never been to a theatre to collect food before."

  5. Three injured in car and lorry crash

    Three people have been injured after a lorry and car crashed at the Haddon Services on the A1 near Peterborough.

    One person had to be cut free from the wreckage by firefighters after the accident at about 12:10.

    East of England Ambulance Service said one patient had a suspected broken leg, one had a head injury and another had chest pain.

    All three were taken to Peterborough City Hospital.

  6. Nine-burglary spate being investigated

    Police officers are investigating a spate of house burglaries in Cambridge.

    Thieves have struck nine times in the past two weeks in the Arbury and East Chesterton area of the city, as the Cambridge News reports.

  7. Glenn Miller mystery: Notebook sheds light on death

    One of the most enduring mysteries of World War Two may have been solved with the help of a teenage plane spotter.

    Music legend Glenn Miller's plane vanished over the Channel without a trace in 1944, after taking off from RAF Twinwood in Bedfordshire.

    Now a US historian has written a book which used a notebook from plane spotter Richard Anderton to help prove his theory about the American big band leader's death.

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    Video caption: Teenager's notebook sheds light on Glenn Miller death
  8. Body of mutilated swan found

    The body of a mutilated swan has been found dumped in a carrier bag.

    A member of the public made the grim discovery in an Ikea bag at the side of the M11 at Trumpington on Thursday, Cambridgeshire Police says.

    The wings had been cut off the dead bird, a spokeswoman said.

    The bird had been shot dead, according to the Cambridge News, although police were unable to confirm this.

    The spokeswoman said as there was "no requirement for police action at this time", officers had informed the Wildlife and Wetland Trust at Welney - which is home to a number of swans - and Countryside Watch - an organisation that works closely with the police to monitor and reduce rural crime.

  9. Happy #ChristmasJumperDay

    Christmas jumpers have become as much part of festive fun as crackers and mulled wine, and among those getting involved in #ChristmasJumperDay this year are the statues at Centre:MK.

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  10. Aljaz Bedene to play for Slovenia instead of Great Britain

    BBC Sport

    Hertfordshire-based tennis player Aljaz Bedene is to switch his allegiance back to Slovenia despite becoming a British citizen in 2015.

    Aljaz Bedene

    The world number 49, who lives in Welwyn Garden City, will play for the country of his birth again next year in an attempt to compete at the 2020 Olympics.

    New International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules mean he is not permitted to play for Britain in the Olympics or Davis Cup.

    Bedene, 28, who was British number two, said he does not want to miss out on "two events that mean so much to me".

  11. Library and theatre reopens after flooding

    After a flood closed Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre yesterday, the building is open again today.

    Staff spent yesterday removing dirty water and restoring heating and electricity after a joint in some pipework pulled apart.

    The theatre's bar and lounge area will remain closed for repairs.

    Leighton Buzzard theatre
  12. Dash to reschedule postponed Santa Run

    A Santa Run, that was postponed after the heavy snow fall in Luton last week, is expected to go ahead in just a few days' time.

    The annual Keech Hospice Care race at Wardown Park has been rescheduled from last Sunday to this Sunday.

    Registration starts at 10:00, with the festive dash taking place at 11:00.

  13. Don't be alarmed by armed officers, say police

    Thames Valley Police has told people not to be alarmed if they spot armed officers on the streets in the run up to Christmas.

    The force says the armed presence is to keep the public safe and it has advised people to wish officers a Merry Christmas as they are "super-friendly".

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  14. Woman arrested after barber's shop stabbing


    A 23-year-old Watford woman has been arrested following an altercation at a barber's shop in Watford that left a man with puncture wounds to his shoulders and back.

    The barber room

    She is alleged to have stabbed the victim with a pair of scissors between 15:10 and 15:20 on 8 December at the Barber Room in St Albans Road.

    The victim received hospital treatment but his injuries were not life-threatening and he will make a full recovery.

    Hertfordshire Police have called for witnesses to come forward. The woman has been released while inquiries continue.

    Det Const Julie Vint said: "This was an isolated incident and both of the people involved are known to each other."

  15. Spoiler alert: What's happened to the St Albans Christmas lights?

    If you don't want to know what's happened to the St Albans Christmas lights, and would rather be surprised, then look away now.

    St Albans Christmas lights

    Many people have complimented this year's new multi-coloured display in St Peter's Street and their vibrant red, blue and green colours but the organisation responsible for them - St Albans Business Improvement District (BID) - has been working to keep a secret.

    Last night, all 85,000 bulbs that had been branch-wrapped on to 35 trees changed to white.

    St Albans Christmas Lights

    The lights, which are dual-bulb LEDs so have the ability to be two colours each, are bespoke, state-of-the-art low-power technology that have been made for St Albans this year to last until 2022 at least.

    BID manager Helen Burridge said the response to the lights had been "overwhelmingly positive" but that some said they would have preserved a "more restrained palette". The lights are due to change back for the new year.

  16. Teenager dies at Leighton Buzzard railway station

    A 14-year-old boy has died, after being struck by a train in Leighton Buzzard.

    British Transport Police say they were called to the railway station at 15:59 on Thursday afternoon.

    His death is not being treated as suspicious.

    His next of kin has been informed and his family is being supported by specially trained officers, they say.

    Leighton Buzzard railway station

    The incident caused major disruption to services to and from London Euston throughout last night.

  17. Watford Labour Party selection row escalates

    A row over the process to elect Labour's next parliamentary candidate for Watford has intensified after claims of "postal vote irregularities".

    A hustings meeting on Thursday night, where candidates were due to address voters, was cancelled.

    The dispute started last week when Labour's National Executive Committee insisted Unite union-backed candidate Mike Hedges should be on the shortlist after the local selection committee had rejected him.

    But Unite has now claimed that postal voting forms handed out to party members in November did not have space for a signature - a vote cannot be counted without it.

    A national Labour Party spokesman has said the "selections are taking place in line with Labour's rules and procedures."

  18. Is Peacock strutting towards another title?

    Two-time Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock is one of 12 nominees for the title of the BBC Sports Personality 2017.

    The 24-year-old sprinter from Doddington, near March, had his right leg amputated below the knee as a five-year-old after contracting meningitis.

    Jonnie Peacock graphic

    Peacock also became the first disabled contestant in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing show.

    You can read more here about his achievements as part of BBC Sport's profiles of all the sporting personalities vying for this year's title.

    The winner will be announced on BBC One, Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website on Sunday at 18:45.

  19. Goal of the Month for Luton player

    A goal scored from well inside his own half has won a Luton Town player the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month for November.

    Olly Lee said he was "delighted" with the accolade.

    "I just nicked the ball in midfield and looked up and saw the keeper off his line and thought ‘Why not?’. It was just instinct; I looked up and the keeper seemed to be closer to me than the goal," he said.

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