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  1. Unite leader to visit Luton Vauxhall plant
  2. Hygiene concerns lead to school pupils ditching red nose
  3. Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton dominates Australian Grand Prix practice
  4. Luton girls choir reunited after 40 years
  5. Updates on Friday, 24 March 2017

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By Alex Pope

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  1. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

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

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

    We'll leave you with some blooming marvellous pictures from the BBC Weather Watchers ...

    Hyacinths in Milton Keynes
    Daisies in Hitchin
    Daffodil in Stevenage

    Have a great weekend everyone. 

  2. Weather: Chance of frost tonight, but sunshine tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a dry night with mainly clear skies and possibly a few fog patches. 

    There could be a touch of frost in sheltered spots, with a low of 2C (36F).


    After a chilly start, Saturday should be fine and dry with long spells of sunshine. 

    There'll be a light to moderate north-easterly wind and inland temperatures could reach about 14C (57F).

    There's more at BBC Weather .

  3. 'Places you'd never expect to see a film'

    Gareth Lloyd

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A pop-up cinema is celebrating local attractions with film screenings across Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

    The Chilterns Vintage Cinema, created by Darren and Deborah Henderson, launched on 16 March.

    The cinema started with a showing of Four Weddings and a Funeral at Kings Chapel in Old Amersham, where some of the film's scenes were filmed.

    Venues on the tour include Hellfire Caves in High Wycombe, the Natural History Museum at Tring and the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton.

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    Video caption: A pop-up cinema is celebrating local attractions in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
  4. Dead puppies found dumped in bag

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    An investigation has been launched after the bodies for four newborn puppies were discovered in a carrier bag near the Nickey Line footpath in Hemel Hempstead. 

    The grim discovery was made by a woman yesterday, on National Puppy Day, who called the local dog warden.

    Dogs in a bag

    The RSPCA was then alerted and the charity said the dogs, thought to be Staffordshire bull terriers, may have come from an unplanned litter and the mother could be at risk. 

    "The reality is that unscrupulous breeders and sellers looking to make money out of the puppy trade means awful things are happening to puppies on a regular basis, and the RSPCA is having to pick up the pieces," a spokesman said.

    Anyone with any information is asked to call the  RSPCA or Dacorum Borough Council

  5. Rugby union: Walsham challenged to win last four games

    Chris Goreham

    BBC Radio Norfolk sport

    North Walsham 's Head of Rugby James Brooks is challenging his players to win all of their last four matches of the season. 

    The Vikings are fourth in London One North and go to Letchworth this weekend. 

    James Brooks

    Brooks, a former Northampton player, joined the club in the summer and said: "The guys seem to be enjoying their rugby, they're certainly playing well as the moment so to come away with the last four games as wins would be fantastic."

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J5 for A4 and J6 for A355 Slough.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J6, A355 (Slough), because of an accident.

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

  7. Colchester United check Garvan's fitness

    BBC Sport

    Colchester United will check on the fitness of Owen Garvan (pictured) before confirming their squad for tomorrow's League Two match at home to Luton .

    Owen Garvan

    The midfielder's been carrying a knee injury. 

    Defender Richard Brindley's pushing for a start after returning to action during the 2-0 defeat at Crewe last weekend.  

  8. Travel: Train lines around Milton Keynes re-open

    BBC News Travel

    After emergency services dealt with an incident by Kings Langley, lines have now reopened. 

    All services by London Midland and Virgin Trains are getting back to normal, but delays and cancellations are expected throughout the afternoon. 

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    Severe accident: M1 Buckinghamshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Buckinghamshire southbound severe accident, between J14 for A509 and J13 for A421.

    M1 Buckinghamshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J13, A421 (Bedford), because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

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

  10. Not feeling so chipper now, are you?

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Now this is taking "Chip Friday" to the extreme...

    This van, stopped in Hemel Hempstead, had gained a few pounds after its owners force-fed it with French fries - coming up on the scales a whopping 2.5 tonnes (2,268kg) over the legal limit.

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    It was subsequently put on a crash diet by the police.  

  11. Vauxhall meeting taking place to make sure 'there's a future' in Luton

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    A meeting is taking place between the general secretary of the Unite union, Len McClucksy, and shop stewards at the Luton Vauxhall plant. 

    Ahead of those talks I managed to talk to him. He told me he was here to "understand what some of the ongoing issues are", to find out what the "mood is like" and to "make sure our members feel comfortable, and have a future here".

    He added he wanted to "make certain that this plant is here for a long time to come". 

    Vauxhall Luton plant
  12. Commuters late for work after Thameslink delays

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Commuters have been feeling the impact of train disruptions on the Thameslink line through Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

    Following a broken down train this morning, services have been cancelled or delayed by up to 35 minutes and disruption is expected until 16:00.

    Laura-Jane Silverman sent us this photo, explaining there were big queues at St Albans station this morning.

    It took her two hours to get into West Hampstead, causing her to miss a big meeting. 

    She's hoping for an easier return journey.

    St Albans railway station

    Thameslink has been tweeting the latest information and updating its website

  13. Travel: Train lines blocked

    BBC News Travel

    Due to the ongoing incident at Kings Langley, coaches will be running between Northampton and Watford Junction on all London Midland services.

    Alternative transport will also run between Northampton and Wellingborough.

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    Virgin Trains  has also cancelled services between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction.

    Tickets are now being accepted via other routes.

  14. Travel: Delays on London Midland and Virgin trains

    BBC News Travel

    There are more train problems in and out of London...

    Due to emergency services dealing with an incident close to Kings Langley, all lines are currently blocked.

    It's affecting services on London Midland and Virgin trains through Beds, Bucks, Herts and Northants. 

    Delays of up to 30 minutes are expected until 14:00 and services may be cancelled.

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  15. No red noses 'a little over the top', says microbiologist

    Jonathan Vernon-Smith

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Following on from the news that a Bedfordshire school has rejected wearing red noses today over hygiene fears, we've spoken to a medical expert about what they think.

    Dr Andrew Nealt is a microbiologist at the Hertfordshire-based Rothamsted Research Institute. 

    He told me  it all seemed "a little bit over the top", as children are always spreading germs and are not the best at personnel hygiene as they don't always wash their hands. 

    Red Nose

    Headteacher Melanie Mercer said there were many cold and sickness bugs going around the school and there were fears the germs could spread if pupils shared noses.

    She said it was the school council that brought up the issue in assembly and the children voted against wearing them.

    She added that pupils were celebrating Red Nose Day in lots of other ways.

  16. Thameslink trains to be delayed for the rest of the day

    BBC News Travel

    Commuters on Thameslink trains travelling through Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire into London are due to face disruption into the afternoon.

    An earlier broken down train means some services are being cancelled or delayed by up to 35 minutes. Disruption is expected until 16:00. 

    All lines have re-opened, but the company says it's running "a very limited service" and is asking for your patience.