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Our live coverage across the day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for regular updates from all the team here at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks, but we'll continue to share any major updates with you here overnight.

If you missed anything today, just scroll back through our news stream.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, but just before we go - the final preparations are being made for this year's Bedford River Festival.

River Festival setting up on Bedford's embankment
BBC
Setting up at Bedford River Festival
BBC
Music stage
BBC

More than 250,000 visitors are expected at the two day, free bi-annual event along the town's Embankment. 

Highlights include three stages, more than 100 boats, 65 local bands, a carnival parade and lots of chips!

Our live coverage across the day

That's all for today's regular updates from the Northamptonshire Live team, but we'll continue to share any major updates with you here overnight.

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

Have a lovely weekend.

Our live coverage across the day

That's it for regular our updates today, but keep an eye on this page for any breaking news overnight from across Cambridgeshire.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 when we'll have more news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

Car park takes shape at Luton Airport

Luton Airport is currently undergoing a bit of a transformation as £110m is being spent on re-developing the site including improving road access and increasing destinations. 

A brand new car park is also being built. This is how it looks from the airport's control tower. 

New car park being built at Luton Airport
LLA

Concerns grow for missing Clophill teenager

Police say they're growing concerned for the welfare of a 15-year-old from Clophill who hasn't been seen since Monday. 

Taylar Stanton was last seen wearing a navy denim jeans with a dark hooded top and white Adidas trainers. 

She's 5'4" tall, slim with long, black, straight hair.

Taylar Stanton
Bedfordshire Police

Police warning over Pokemon Go

Police in Northamptonshire have issued a warning about the use of mobile phone game Pokemon Go after it was revealed the county was a hotspot for gamers. 

A smartphone update of the Nintendo Game Boy classic, it encourages players to catch monsters via a combination of GPS and augmented reality.

Its popularity has prompted a series of safety warnings and reports of players finding themselves in dangerous situations.

Picuture of Pokemon game
AP

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "due to the current threat levels, anybody found on a police site for non-police business and without authorisation will be challenged".

He added: "Don't be tempted to take your phone out in busy or unlit areas where you could be a target for thieves, never play the game while driving and... concentrate on dangers around you."

Watford couple 'ran for their lives' in Nice

A Watford holidaymaker has described how she and her husband ran for their lives during the Nice attack.

Fay Avanzo, who arrived back into Luton Airport, says she threw themselves to the ground to hide from the man. 

She says "we literally just finished watching the fireworks and were heading back. As we were walking, we noticed on the opposite side of the road people were running and I said to my husband, something is going on." 

Nice attack
Getty Images

She added "we were about 50 yards away from the lorry and heard the gunfire shots. We ducked down between a truck for a few minutes while the shooting was going on. Then he grabbed my hand and we ran."

Weekend weather update: Hazy sunshine and feeling humid

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

If you've had any rain today, it will clear through the early evening, staying dry with light winds overnight. Feeling very humid and muggy as temperatures fall no lower than 15C (59F).

Rather cloudy on Saturday but with some hazy sunshine at times, and while much of the day will be dry there is the chance of a few showery outbreaks of rain.

Feeling warm and very humid with temperatures reaching highs of 25C (77F).

Minimum temperatures for Saturday
BBC

Get the detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Cambridge ice rink idea moves forward

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

An ice rink on the outskirts of Cambridge has moved a step closer to reality after South Cambridgeshire councillors approved a loan to start the build.

The £1.85m payment to the Cambridge Leisure and Ice Centre would be repaid to the council over 25 years. 

The rink, with space for up to a thousand spectators, is set to be built next to the Newmarket Road Park and Ride site, close to Cambridge Airport.

Golf: Evans set to miss out at Troon

Gerald Scott

BBC Sport Online

Ryan Evans
PA

Northamptonshire golfer Ryan Evans looks like missing the cut at his first Open Championship after a four-over-par 75 on the second day at Royal Troon.

The former Avon Cosmetics telesales operator from Corby looked to be well-placed after a level par 71 in the opening round.

But Evans, who plays at Wellingborough, dropped five shots on day two, picking up just one birdie at the 16th, to stand 14 shots adrift of clubhouse leader Phil Mickelson.

Royal Troon leaderboard

Bedfordshire police get tough on 'illegal' online gaming

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A 17-year-old from Bedford has been cautioned after he was caught "cheating" at online gaming because it "can swiftly evolve into committing more serious criminal offences," Bedfordshire Police said.

They added although people may not realise it's a crime they will "bring to justice anyone who carries out illegal activity over the internet." 

Computer game
AP

This type of activity will not be tolerated and it is vital that we halted this individual’s practices and diverted him away from further offending by educating and providing him with guidance in regard to safe and lawful online activity."

Det Insp Sarah Livingstone

Silverstone Formula Student event 'not easy to win'

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Thousands of engineering students from all over the world have descended on Silverstone for the "Formula Student" event.

The annual competition involves teams from universities and colleges in more than 30 countries - each having to design, cost, build, and prove a racing car. 

Organiser Beth Georgeou said it's not easy to win: "There are three static events that don't involve the car.

"There's the design, business presentation and cost, there's the track, acceleration and endurance.To get the total a thousand points, they need to compete and place well in all of the events," she said.

Teenager cautioned for 'cheating' at online gaming

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A teenager has been cautioned by police for committing cybercrimes that let him win at online gaming. 

The 17-year-old, from Bedford, used a specialist tool that disrupted and slowed down the internet connections of other players. 

He was cautioned as it constitutes a criminal offence.

Gamer with headset on
Getty Images

Northampton man recovering after Nice attack

Alex Bates, from Stanwick, said he thought he was going to be killed in the attacks in Nice.

He said: "It was the worst moment of my life, without any doubt, because you really did think you were going to be killed and that's the bottom line. That's the terrible part of it all.

"I thought somebody was opening fire on the crowds like we have seen in the past, so we were really, really worried for our lives, as everybody was."

Police attend the scene in France
Reuters

Mr Bates and his wife, who were half-a-mile or so from where the truck ended up, praised the police in Nice who had paraded earlier in the evening as part of the Bastille Day celebrations.

"Everybody was enjoying the day and it was such a tragedy that it ended up like this. It's just unbelievable - we can't really believe this has happened in a place like Nice."

Latest on Nice lorry attack

Helen Bailey: Police had been searching home for five days

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Author Helen Bailey was last seen on 11 April when she went walking with her miniature dachshund, Boris, close to her home in Royston, Hertfordshire.

The 51-year-old writer, created the Electra Brown series for teenagers. 

Police have been searching her home since Monday, which was the three month anniversary of her disappearance. 

Helen Bailey on BBC TV in December 2015
BBC

A 55-year-old man from Royston, who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday and released on bail, has been re-arrested on the same charge.

Helen Bailey: Family being supported after body found

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Det Ch Supt Paul Fullwood says: "Helen’s family have been updated of this significant development and are continuing to receive support from specialist family liaison officers. 

"As you can fully appreciate this will be an extremely difficult time for them and they have requested their privacy be respected at this time.

Helen Bailey
Hertfordshire Police

"We are also mindful that Helen’s disappearance, which has attracted significant media attention, has not only had an impact on her family and friends but also the local and wider community. 

"However, as we have a man in police custody it is not appropriate for us to make any further comment."

Nice lorry attack: 'People came screaming into the square'

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

A Northamptonshire man has described the terrifying moment he thought he was going to be shot dead amid the chaos of the lorry attack in Nice.

Alec Bates, who lives in Hua Hin, Thailand, but is originally from Stanwick was on holiday with his wife Jo when the attack happened. 

He said: "After the firework display had finished we walked up to the square and within literally minutes there was absolutely panic - there was a mass of people, hundreds of people, who came screaming into the square.

"We did hear noises which we thought may have been fireworks after the firework display by individuals, but it may have been the shots that we heard...

"We could see the terror on people's faces and we then decided that there was no option but to run right out and get shelter."

Map of lorry attack route in Nice
BBC

The killing of 84 people celebrating Bastille Day is the worst attack on France since the 13 November attacks 2015.

About 50 remain in hospital "between life and death", President Francois Hollande says.

No group has said it carried out the attack.

Pokemon Go fans asked to 'respect surroundings'

Pokemon fever has rebooted and is sweeping the world... and it appears that our offices on Cambridge Business Park haven't escaped the craze - featuring as a 'Pokestop' (that's a location).

The augmented reality game uses your smartphones GPS. You play by walking around the real world catching cutesy little virtual monsters like Pikachu and Jigglypuff in places near your phone location and training them to fight each other.

Person playing Pokemon GO
BBC

However, it's not going down too well with the business park's security guards - who have been politely turning Pokemon trainers (the public) away.

A spokesperson for the Business Park said: "It’s great to see people having fun playing this popular game around the business park. For us, it’s all about getting the balance right between people enjoying their surroundings and maintaining a professional environment for all our occupiers."

Screenshot of BBC office in Pokemon GO game
Niantic, Inc/Pokemon GO

Have you been caught up in the Pokemon GO craze? Where is the most unusual place you caught a furry friend? You can tell us via our Facebook page or tweet us using #cmblive.

Helen Bailey: Body found in case of missing Royston author

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Officers investigating the disappearance of Hertfordshire author Helen Bailey say they've found a body in the grounds of her Royston home. 

Since Monday, specialist teams have been carrying out searches in the property. 

A 55-year-old man from Royston, who was arrested on Monday, has been re-arrested and is being questioned at Stevenage police station on suspicion of murder.

Helen Bailey
Hertfordshire Police

BreakingBody found at home of missing Hertfordshire author

Police have found what is believed to be a body in the case of missing Hertfordshire author Helen Bailey. 

The body was found within the grounds of her home.

More to follow...

Flag at half-mast following attacks on France

Willy Gilder

BBC Radio Northampton

Like many councils, Northampton County Council said it would have lowered its flag today as a tribute to those injured in France - had it not already have been lowered in memory of Cllr John Bailey MBE, who died suddenly on Monday following a short battle with cancer.

Flag at half mast
BBC

Cygnet up the swanny after 'run-in' with rower

Helen Burchell

BBC News

This little lady had to be rescued after sustaining a broken leg on the River Cam near Bait’s Bite lock.

Fenland Animal Rescue specialist Joshua Flanagan was called after a member of the public noticed the cygnet had been unable to move from the bank for two days.

He’s sure the injury was caused by a rower accidentally hitting the four-month-old bird.

Fenland Animal Rescue help a swan with a broken leg
Fenland Animal Rescue

While swans can be aggressive when protecting their young, Mr Flanagan said mum was “a very intelligent bird”.

“She knew we were trying to help her baby,” he said.

Fenland Animal Rescue help a swan with a broken leg
Fenland Animal Rescue

The cygnet is being transferred tomorrow to a specialist vet in Kent where her leg will be operated on.

When she’s well enough to be moved, she’ll be brought back to the rescue organisation’s rehabilitation centre in Whittlesey.

It will take several months before the cygnet regains full use of her leg, but Mr Flanagan’s sure she will eventually be able to return to the river.

Herts footballer describes horror in Nice following terror attack

Hertfordshire Mercury

A Herts footballer who was caught up in yesterday's horrific terror attack in Nice has said the city is a "ghost town".

Andrea Leadsom: Row over male nannies paedophile comment

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom issued a statement following a newspaper interview where she said it would be sensible not to employ a man to look after children in case they are a paedophile.

Andrea Leadsom
PA

Mrs Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire, told The Times: "Most of us don't employ men as nannies, most of us don't. Now you can call that sexist, I call that cautious and very sensible when you look at the stats.

She added: "Your odds are stacked against you if you employ a man. We know paedophiles are attracted to working with children. I'm sorry but they're the facts."  

A spokeswoman for Mrs Leadsom has since said: "Andrea Leadsom had a male nanny for five years and was not saying that men are unsuitable as nannies."

Hardingstone rape: Man arrested following report of rape in subway

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A 25-year-old man from Northampton was been arrested this morning on suspicion of raping a woman in an underpass in Hardingstone on 4 July. 

He currently remains in police custody.

The scene after the incident was reported
BBC

Easyjet able to change weekend flight plans to Nice

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The Luton-based company Easyjet has confirmed that anyone travelling on their planes to Nice this weekend can change their "flight date or destination, request a flight voucher or request a refund." 

They can do this by talking to staff at the airport or calling 0330 365 5000.

It's in response to the attack in Nice on Thursday night.

Easyjet plane
PA

They add our "thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims."   

They say today's schedules are running as normal. 

Gang attacks cyclist and steals his bike in daylight attack

Sarah Foster

BBC Radio Northampton

A cyclist was attacked by a group of men and had his specialist bike stolen in at attack in Northampton town centre, police said.

The victim said that he dropped the bike in fear after being punched by a man during the incident about 18:30 on Tuesday.

The attacker is described as 18 to 20 year old, of mixed race man and wearing a grey tracksuit.

He got on the golden-brown Rock Hopper Pro bike and rode off down Stockley Street, right into St Edmunds Road and then onto Wellingborough Road. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Bottisham Village College travellers 'hoping to leave tomorrow'

Emma Baugh

BBC Look East

I've just returned from the site at Bottisham Village College where members of the travelling community have taken up residence.

Residents at the site told me they are here for a family funeral and hope to leave tomorrow.

Police car leaves Bottisham Village College
BBC

St Albans lawyer caught up in Nice attack 'home soon'

Hertfordshire lawyer Harjit Sarang who was caught up in last night's attack in Nice says she and her children are okay. 

Ms Sarang, from Surrogacy Lawyers in St Albans, tweeted: "We're all safe and all is quiet in Nice"

She hopes to come "home soon."

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Flags lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect to Nice victims

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Flags are being flown at half-mast across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire today as sign of respect to the victims of the Nice attacks

Buckinghamshire County Council say "our thoughts are with everybody affected by the Nice attack". 

Flag flying at half-mast
Bucks County Council

Luton Borough council say "our thoughts and prayers are with France today, especially those who have lost loved ones. Hatred is weakness!"

And in Milton Keynes the council say "our flag is being lowered to half mast as a mark of respect for the victims."

'She can prove what she can do' - MP Chris Heaton-Harris on Leadsom

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Speaking about Andrea Leadsom's new position, Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris said it will be a chance for her to prove herself. 

He said: "It's a test for her. So she can now prove for herself [what she can do] because her critics were saying she didn't have that Cabinet experience, that she didn't have a secretary of state position with a big government portfolio, so she can now prove what she can do." 

Travel update: Delays on A14 eastbound

BBC Travel

We're just hearing from Cambridgeshire Police that there has been an accident involving two HGVs on the eastbound A14 at Fenstanton.

Congestion is currently back to J23 (Spittals Interchange).

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Red sky in morning shepherds warning?

BBC Weather Watchers

As the famous saying goes... 'red sky at night shepherd's delight, red sky in the morning shepherd's warning?'

It certainly looks like this morning started that way in Hoddesdon with this amazing photo from Weather Watcher janjan

But in Flitwick our Weather Watcher Down Dawns Secret Garden says it's not the case. "Red sky in the morning Shepard's warning? I do not think so. Bright blue sky with lovely pink sunrise caressed clouds."

Hoddesdon
BBC
Pink sky in Flitwick
BBC

Bottisham Village College working to 'resolve situation quickly'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Bottisham Village College have issued a statement to say they are doing everything in their power to "resolve the situation quickly" after several members of the travelling community set up residence on the school grounds last night.

The school has been closed for the day.

Bottisham sports centre sign with police car in the background
BBC

..we are working closely with the police and our solicitors about what we can do to bring this matter to a close. Around 12 trailers are currently on the school grounds having moved there last night. This has caused disruption to the school, students and parents and we do ask the travellers now to move on as swiftly as possible."

Bottisham Village College

Leadsom will be 'tested' by environment secretary job

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

The job of environment secretary will be a test for the South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom, according to one of the MPs who knows her best.

Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris was involved in Mrs Leadsom's leadership campaign. 

He says his colleague's new job is a good appointment and will be good for UK agriculture. Adding it will be a chance for Mrs Leadsom to show what she can do.

Rio 2016: Victoria Pendleton wins keirin at London 2012

BBC Sport continues the countdown to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with Great Britain's and Bedfordshire's Victoria Pendleton winning the women's keirin in her final Olympic Games at London 2012.

Watch full coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games across the BBC this summer.

New PM 'warm' and 'smiley' says brave Northampton police officer

Elinor Cross

BBC Radio Northampton

A Northamptonshire police officer who was recognised for his bravery with a meeting with the new prime minister says she is warm and smiley.

PC Gary Liddle (pictured second from right) dragged his colleague PC Rob Monk to safety after he was stabbed in the leg with a samurai sword by an offender in 2014. 

Northamptonshire police officers nominated for bravery
Gary Liddle

The pair met Theresa May at a special ceremony last night followed by the bravery awards that marked the work of officers around the country.

PC Liddle said the prime minister welcomed them with "warm handshakes and smiles all round... she took time out to be with us, despite her very busy schedule, and right in the middle of selecting her cabinet... I was delighted."

Travel news: Expect delays on M11 and A14

Bottisham Village College: Travellers move onto school grounds

Emma Baugh

BBC Look East

I've been at Bottisham Village College this morning where a large group from the travelling community have made residence on the school field forcing the school to close.

Travellers on Bottisham Village College grounds
BBC
Travellers on Bottisham Village College grounds
BBC

There's about 10 caravans here and they've set up camp on a field towards the back of the sports centre. 

From the road you can't see them at all, but police are keeping a presence in the area.