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    Severe disruption: A600 Bedfordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A600 Bedfordshire both ways severe disruption, at B658 Bedford Road.

    A600 Bedfordshire - A600 Deadman's Cross blocked in both directions at the B658 Bedford Road junction, because of a fallen tree.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  2. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it from all of us here on Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

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

    But before we go, for 33 years this 600-year-old brass rose was thought lost forever from St Mary's church in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire. 

    Brass rose

    But after years of searching, it was finally tracked down to a vault in a Bedford bank. 

    You can see more on this story by tuning into BBC Look East tonight from 18:30 , on BBC One.

    See you next week!

  3. Watch: Drones used to survey Milton Keynes sewage system

    Gareth Lloyd

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Floating drones are being used to survey the sewers under Milton Keynes.

    The state-of-the-art technology from Anglian Water means they can access more than 2.5 miles (4km) of the main trunk sewers, which take used water from homes to the Cotton Valley water recycling centre.

    The drone unit is floated down the pipes and uses laser, sonar and high definition CCTV to scan the pipes as it goes.

    It builds 3D models of the sewers and reports the condition and silt build-up in the pipes.

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    Video caption: Drones used to survey Milton Keynes sewage system
  4. Mazzarri wants more 'consistency' from Watford

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has called for consistency from his team ahead of tomorrow's tea-time Premier League match at home to West Ham. 

    The Hornets are currently 13th in the table, 10 points from the relegation zone.

    "I like my team mainly part-time; in some moments in the game I like them much more than at other times," said Mazzarri. 

    "I like to see if possible if my team plays with more continuity without having these lapses of concentration in games," he added. 

    Walter Mazzarri
  5. Overnight weather: Dry at first with patchy rain later

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A dry start to the night across the BBC East region with clear spells, but patchy rain will eventually spread in from the north-west. 

    The winds will pick up to a moderate-to-fresh south-westerly, and temperatures will drop to 3C (37F).

    Overnight weather map

    Saturday will be blustery with a fresh, occasionally strong, south-westerly wind. 

    Early rain will clear eastwards and it should then become drier and brighter, before more rain spreads in from the north-west. 

    Highs of 10C (50F).

    Get the full forecast where you are from BBC Weather .

  6. 'Keep The King' campaign launched

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The Fairy King is a 12ft (2.4m) high sculpture that's currently by the visitors' centre at Rushmere Country Park, near Leighton Buzzard.

    It's been carved from an ancient fallen oak by local wood carver Ian Freemantle, and has been in place since Christmas (hence the snow). 

    The Fairy King

    It's proved so popular with visitors, Greensands Trust , which runs the site, has been given the chance to buy it outright and needs to raise £2,000 by 20 March. 

    It's set up a crowdfunding page to " Keep The King " and has so far raised more than £600. 

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    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J24 for A111 and J23 for A1 affecting J25 for A10.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J23 A1(M), because of an accident. Congestion to J25, A10 (Enfield).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. Helen Bailey: Bowls club member describes killer and his first wife

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Bill Manley is a member of Bassingbourn Bowls Club and knew Helen Bailey's murderer Ian Stewart very well.

    He told me Mr Stewart "did a good job" as the club's treasurer for several years, but said he "could be a bit stand-offish".  

    "You could say he was a little bit of an odd bird", he said, adding he was a "ferocious player" who "did not like to come second". 

    Bill Manley

    Asked what he thought when he heard about the death of Stewart's first wife - Diane - from an epileptic fit in 2010, he said: "Everyone was just pole-axed by it because she was a youngish, fit, healthy woman." 

    He added that she was "dynamic" and got involved with club's events and "she'd never even had a cold". 

    After her death, Stewart dropped out of running the bowls club.

    After Stewart was found guilty of Helen Bailey's murder, he said: "You can never forgive that kind of thing and I hope I never, ever see him again.

    "It's horrific what he's done." 

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    Severe disruption: A414 Hertfordshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A414 Hertfordshire westbound severe disruption, between A414 and M1 J7.

    A414 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A414 North Orbital Road westbound between Park Street Roundabout in St Albans and Junction 8 Hemel Hempstead in Bedmond, because of debris on the road.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. Helen Bailey: Fake kidnapper 'Joe' wants his name cleared

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Seventy seven year old Joe Cippullo unexpectedly found himself in the middle of a high-profile murder trial.

    Ian Stewart, the killer of Hertfordshire author Helen Bailey, described his appearance when making up two fake kidnappers who allegedly murdered his bride-to-be.

    Mr Cippullo ended up in court as part of the prosecution case, which explained it was all a lie.

    Speaking exclusively to me, Mr Cippullo said he knew murderer Ian Stewart from when they played bowls together in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.

    Police searching Helen Bailey's home

    He told me he last saw Stewart six years ago.

    Mr Cippullo, who didn't want to be photographed, said he "doesn't understand why he went to court", and that Helen Bailey's murderer was "stupid to say all those lies".

    He said he was "disappointed" by what had happened to him, as he only knew Mr Stewart from saying "hello".

    He explained he was happy to go to court as he "respects the law", but now wanted his named "cleared". 

    He told me some people now think he was involved in the case and he wants that to be struck from the record.

    "Clear my name, that is all," he said. 

  11. Exclusive: The real 'Joe' in the Helen Bailey murder case speaks out

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    During his murder trial, Helen Bailey's killer Ian Stewart made up an elaborate lie and  said two men called Nick and Joe  kidnapped and killed his fiancée.

    Today I spoke exclusively to Joe Cippullo - the man the prosecution team brought into court because he resembled Stewart's description of "Joe".  

    And now he wants his name cleared...

    Ian Stewart, Helen Bailey and Boris

    Stay posted for more.

  12. Norwich bookshop nominated as top independent

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Shops in Norwich, Bedford, Huntingdon and Suffolk have been nominated for the title of top independent bookshop in the country.

    The Book Hive in London Street, Norwich, which opened about eight years ago, has been named with four others in the East category of the British Book Awards.

    The Book Hive, Norwich

    The bookshop's owner Henry Layte said: "It's always nice to be be on this list. The only reason I decided to set up an independent bookshop in Norwich was that there wasn't one in the city."

    Mr Layte has also started publishing books with Propolis Books, which is due to publish the new collection by celebrated poet Simon Armitage. 

    Other shops in the East category to be nominated are: Niche Comics in Huntingdon,  Lindum Books in Lincoln,  Harris & Harris in Clare in Suffolk (pictured below) and  Rogan’s Books in Bedford.

    Harris & Harris, Clare

    Tom Tivnan, features and insight editor of The Bookseller, said: “We have really been astounded this year by the sheer breadth, depth and quality of the entries. Whittling them down to the shortlists has been an extremely difficult process. It’s still tough out there for indies, but these shops are showing how resourceful, creative and passionate booksellers can not only survive, but thrive in today’s market.”

    Customers can say share their views on the bookshops with The Bookseller Magazine online  here.

  13. HS2: 'Can't come soon enough', says Chambers of Commerce

    "Overall everyone will benefit". 

    Those were the views of Jane Gratton, from the British Chambers of Commerce, after approval for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham got the go-ahead.

    She said it's welcome news for the economy. 

    "The simple message is we need it, we've needed it for a long time and it can't come soon enough for providing the capacity we need and increasing connectivity," she said.

    Anti HS2 sign.

    Many people are against it, however. Critics argue the track, which will run through Buckinghamshire and south Northamptonshire, is a waste of billions of pounds and will damage the environment.   

  14. School ceiling collapse broke girl's jaw

    Mike Cartwright

    BBC Look East

    Today I've been at Southwood School in Milton Keynes, where two children were hurt when a large chunk of the sports hall roof dislodged and fell on top of them. 

    It happened at 15:30 yesterday, at the height of Storm Doris, and an investigation is taking place to identify if the wind was to blame.

    Southwood School

    We now know the most seriously injured girl looks likely to make a full recovery, but has been left with a broken jaw and head injuries.

    The other child was treated at the scene and is back at school today. 

    Parents have been telling me it really shook them up, but they were allowed into the school this morning to show their children that the main building was safe. 

    The sports hall remains shut.

    Thames Valley Police confirmed the girl remained in a "serious, but stable condition" in hospital. 

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    Severe accident: M25 Berkshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Berkshire clockwise severe accident, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40 affecting J13 for A30.

    M25 Berkshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, because of an accident involving four vehicles. Congestion to J13, A30 (Staines).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  16. Grand Prix at Silverstone the 'greatest weekend in sport' - Lewis Hamilton

    BBC Sport

    Stevenage F1 driver Lewis Hamilton says fan engagement is the key to the sport's survival, after testing the Brackley-built car he hopes will make him world champion for the fourth time in 2017.

    At the launch of Mercedes' 2017 F1 car at Silverstone he said others could learn from the British Grand Prix...

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    Video caption: Lewis Hamilton: Fan engagement key to F1 success
  17. Care still required on roads today in Doris' aftermath

    Essex Fire and Rescue service say great care is still needed on the county's roads today, despite Doris having blown herself out. 

    The force was called to 120 incidents, which were mainly fallen trees throughout the storm yesterday, and in the hours afterwards. 

    Nigel Dilley, emergency planning divisional officer from the fire service, said: "We gave out advice yesterday about don't drive unnecessarily, slow down and allow for extra time, that sort of continues really - just having a heightened awareness for the next few days, because there are still trees in precarious positions."

    Tree down in Epping