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Alex Pope

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  1. By Matt Davis

    BBC Sport


    Southampton bounce back from their EFL Cup final heartbreak to beat Watford in an entertaining encounter at Vicarage Road.

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  2. Goodbye for now

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's another week of news, sport, travel and weather on BBC Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks done and dusted. 

    We'll be back with more on Monday from 08:00. 

    But before we go, it's going to be a busy weekend for some, as events are planned all over the three counties to mark the Great British Spring Clean

    It means people are being asked to do their bit to tidy up their communities. 

    Volunteers with bags of litter

    Luton got in on the act early and launched its campaign today. 

    So far more than 100 bags of rubbish have been collected thanks to more than 45 volunteers. As this picture shows, they were very proud of their work!

    Hope your weekend is rubbish - in a good way!

    See you again on Monday.

  3. Weather: Rain later, but feeling mild

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    A mainly dry evening, but rain will spread across the whole of the BBC East region later.

    It'll turn misty, but feel mild with temperatures falling to 7C (44F).

    WEeather graphic for 15:00 Saturday

    A grey and misty start to the weekend, with outbreaks of rain.

    It will become drier and brighter by Saturday afternoon, with sunny spells by the end of the day.

    Feeling mild, with temperatures reaching 11C (52F).

    Visit BBC Weather for more details where you are.

  4. Young talent on its way to Watford

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Colombian youngster Jorge Segura will join Watford in the summer.

    The 20-year-old centre back is considered one for the future, according to manager Walter Mazzarri. 

    "It's an investment that the club is doing for the summer not in the immediate moment. He's a very young player with lots of potential," he said.

  5. Beds police show 'influx of support' after damning government report

    Just a day after Bedfordshire Police was rated as the worst force in England by the HMIC , it has come out to show the praise it's been receiving on social media. 

    Even though the findings showed it had failed to keep people safe and reduce crime, it says it's had "an influx of support" from members of the public, and made a video of some of the comments...

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  6. Cat's amazing!

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    They say a cat has many lives and Sootie seems to be the living, breathing epitome of that. 

    This gorgeous black cat had been missing since 27 December after escaping from his "holiday home" in Bedford. 

    He was staying at his grandparents while on a small vacation from his home in Hemel Hempstead.

    His family regularly came back to Bedford to try and find him, but had no luck. 


    Then yesterday he was spotted by Tom Hawking, who saw a poster about a lost cat who matched Sootie's description.

    He made contact with the owners, and now for the "purrfect" ending, Sootie is back home and being looked after by his owner, 10-year-old Cody, who's overjoyed... and I'm sure is giving him lots of cuddles. 

  7. Workman loses arm as car hits him and he falls down manhole

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A workman has had his arm amputated in hospital after he was knocked down a manhole by a car.

    Police say he was working on the manhole on the roundabout between Marlowes and Combe Street in Hemel Hempstead on Thursday night.

    He was hit by a "small white Kia-type car" at about 22:25 but the driver failed to stop, officers said.

    A spokeswoman said it resulted in "life-changing" injuries, but he's stable in hospital.

    Combe street and Marlowes

    Officers believe the car drove along Leighton Buzzard Road, and has a possible oil leak and damage to the bodywork.   

    Police want to hear from anyone who's been asked to repair a similar car. 

  8. Magic moments from FA People's Cup


    Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

    Video content

    Video caption: More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

    You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

  9. Lego champs heading to the US

    Dotty McLeod

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    This is the team of six smart Lego-mad pals, celebrating the fact they didn't "brick it" when it came to knocking out the competition at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's First Lego League UK and Ireland challenge (that's a mouthful).

    Lego team members

    They also look like this because, as champs of the whole thing, they're off to St Louis in the US, upping the stakes as they compete in the First Lego League World Festival next month (slightly shorter).

    This is their trophy and winning Lego robot , which won a knock-out competition.

    The team, from schools in Comberton and Royston, Hertfordshire, showed off their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem-solving and communication.

    Lego trophy and robot

    Part of the competition also involved using a motorised Lego robot to solve various tasks, pre-programming it to complete them.

    The competition was "brilliant", team member Iona Berry, aged 12, said.

    And are they fazed by the trip to America, where they'll represent the UK and Ireland against more than 100 other teams?

    "It's going to be awesome," she said. "We can't wait!"

  10. 'Noisy' manhole cover keeping people awake in Dunstable

    Ollie Bayliss

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    For weeks now a loose manhole cover on the A5 in Dunstable has been driving local people to distraction. 

    It makes a loud banging noise every time a vehicle drives over it, and this is what it sounds like...

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    Matthew Radford lives in a flat directly overlooking the road and told me it's been getting worse and it's affecting his sleep.   

    But now for some good news...

    Man hole in road

    We found out Anglian Water was responsible for the cover and the company inspected it on Wednesday.

    It's hoping to have it fixed by the end of this weekend.

  11. A 'beast' of a car - Hamilton

    BBC Sport

    I think it's safe to say that after five days of pre-season testing, Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton is rather happy with his Northamptonshire-designed car for 2017...

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  12. St Albans Cathedral closed for filming

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    St Albans Cathedral is closed to the public today as a production company is filming inside.

    The word on the street is it's for the hit Netflix series, The Crown .

    Sign at St Albans Cathedral

    The second series, which stars former Doctor Who Matt Smith as Prince Philip, is due out in the autumn. 

    The cathedral refused to comment on the filming, but said it is  closed to visitors for the day  and there will be restricted access to footpaths around the building. 

    Some services have also changed location. 

  13. Shoreham air crash: Coverage continues on Sussex Live

    We've been bringing you a number of updates about the final publication into the Shoreham Airshow disaster  of 2015.

    Investigators found pilot Andrew Hill from Hertfordshire, who survived, didn't properly manoeuvre a loop stunt and his jet crashed on to a road, killing 11 people.

    We'll now return our attention to other news in Beds, Herts and Bucks, but if you would like to read more, you can follow regular updates on  Sussex Live .

  14. Shoreham air crash: 'Pilot can't remember anything'

    Richard Westcott

    Transport correspondent

    Accident investigators interviewed the pilot, Andrew Hill from Hertfordshire, several times but critically, he can't remember anything about the accident.

    They say his flight helmet had dents in so it's possible he hit his head.

    What that means is that although they know the aircraft was flying too low and too slow, and that the engine wasn't at full power when it should have been, they can only speculate as to why.

    Andrew Hill

    One possible explanation they've looked at is whether the pilot got confused with another jet aircraft, called a Jet Provost, that he normally flies.

    The height and speed he started the Shoreham manoeuvre would be right for the Jet Provost, because it is smaller and lighter than the Hunter.

    Aviation specialists have suggested that he may have got the planes muddled up. But it's unlikely that we will ever know for sure.

  15. Shoreham air crash: Statement from the organisers

    Claire Cottingham

    BBC Live reporter

    Quote Message: Following the publication of the final AAIB report into the Shoreham Airshow crash, the thoughts and sympathies of everyone associated with the Airshow are with the families of the victims on what will understandably be an emotional day.
    Quote Message: The report clearly confirms that a series of errors by an experienced and fully authorised pilot were the cause of the tragic crash on 22 August 2015.
    Quote Message: The report also contains important recommendations for the CAA, as well as the wider airshow industry, and these must be noted carefully. Any recommendations made by the AAIB that are aimed at improving the safety of air displays can only be welcomed.
    Quote Message: The organisers of the Airshow will continue to participate in the ongoing inquest as an interested party." from RAFA, organisers of the Shoreham Airshow Spokesman
    RAFA, organisers of the Shoreham Airshow Spokesman