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Summary

  1. Man guilty of body in taxi murder
  2. Child sex exploitation report suggests taxi driver database
  3. Decision on new West Herts hospital 'should be made locally'
  4. Protected birds of prey shot
  5. Updates on Friday, 7 April 2017

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Patrick Jennings

    BBC Sport

    Son Heung-min

    Patrick Jennings

    BBC Sport

    Tottenham keep up the pressure on Chelsea with an impressive victory over Watford, their sixth consecutive Premier League win.

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  2. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for another week from all the team 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.

    As Julie Reinger has already predicted, Sunday is set to be a rather warm day, so make sure you have your garden furniture out of storage and you know where to find your sunglasses.

    Blossom

    See you again next week!

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    Severe accident: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe accident, between J13 for A30 and J12 for M3.

    M25 Surrey - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J13, A30 (Staines) and J12 M3, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, between J18 for A404 and M25 J19.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J18, A404 (Chorleywood) and M25 J19, Watford, because of an accident.

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

  5. Weather: Get ready for a warm weekend

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a dry night with long clear spells. There may be some patchy mist and fog and a touch of ground frost in places. 

    Minimum temperature: 2C (36F). 

    Weather map

    It will be a cold start to Saturday, but any mist and fog should quickly clear to leave a largely sunny day. 

    There may be a bit more patchy cloud in the east for a time. Light winds and highs inland of 18C (64F). 

    Patchy mist and fog should clear very quickly on Sunday to leave another fine, dry and very warm day, with temperatures about 22C (72F). 

    Much cooler and cloudier on Monday, with a few showers.

    BBC Weather has more.

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    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, between J13 for A421 and J14 for A509.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J13, A421 (Bedford) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident.

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

  7. Museum re-opening brings Luton Girls Choir out of 'retirement'

    The grand opening of the refurbished Wardown House, Museum and Gallery tomorrow is being marked by a special performance of Luton Girls Choir

    The group, which became world famous, was set up in 1936 but folded in 1977 when their founder died. 

    They've now reunited after 40 years and they've been rehearsing for the big day. 

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    Video caption: Luton Girls Choir reunited after folding when the founder died in 1977
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    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, between J13 for A421 and J14 for A509.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J13, A421 (Bedford) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident.

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

  9. Luton museum to re-open after multimillion-pound revamp

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    For the past year Luton's Wardown Park Museum has been slowly transformed. 

    Just over a year ago it closed its door to the public so a £3.5m redevelopment could take place. 

    Now the work is complete and tomorrow its doors will open again with a new name -  Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

    Wardown House

    Not only will you be able to see how a wealthy Victorian family lived and how Luton has developed over the years, but it includes many interesting artefacts and even  Queen Victoria's silk stockings .

    Wardown Museum
  10. Success: No truth in Voodoo curse

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    Video caption: Watford striker plays down Voodoo curse stories that are being reported in Nigeria.

    Isaac Success does not approve of the stories being reported in Nigeria that a Voodoo curse has been put on him.

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, at J15 for A45.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound at J15, A45 (Northampton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, at J2 for A355 affecting J3 for A40.

    M40 Buckinghamshire - Queuing traffic on M40 London-bound at J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of an earlier vehicle fire. Congestion to J3, A40 (High Wycombe East).

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J24 for A111 and J25 for A10.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J21A for A405 and J22 for A1081.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Delays on M25 clockwise between J21a, A405 (St Albans) and J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of an earlier overturned vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  15. Stolen Torah scrolls found by roadside after police appeal

    We reported yesterday that two valuable Torah scrolls had been stolen from the house of two a Rabbis in Barnet.

    They have now been found on a roadside in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, and returned to Rabbi Larry Tabick and Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick.

    Detectives are continuing to appeal for information to trace the suspect, who was disturbed at the property in Ashbourne Grove at 17:30 on 22 March during the break-in.

    He is described as white, around 5ft 10 ins and dressed in black with a scarf across his face.

    PC Louise Bates, of Barnet CID, said: "It is fantastic that these scrolls have been found and returned to their owners, but our efforts to try and find the person who carried out the burglary continue.

    “The scrolls were found in bushes near the Bentley Heath Cricket Club on Wagon Road. Have you seen anyone dumping anything at the roadside there in the last few days? We would like to hear from you."

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    Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J26 for A121 and J25 for A10.

    M25 Essex - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  17. Chinese delegates in MK 'optimistic' about trade with UK post-Brexit

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    So far today the Chinese entrepreneurs have visited Bletchley Park to see some of Milton Keynes' heritage and computing history. 

    Dr Philip Smith, chairman of the MK Business Leaders Partnership, says they've come to MK because of the "high-tech" industries on offer here. 

    He told me: "They want to know how we work, how we operate." 

    He said they've already worked with Dubai and the United Arab Emirates and have other countries in the pipeline.

    Chinese Trade Delegates

    LP Yau, the chief editor of Asia Weekly in Hong Kong, says they've come to the area to "explore the latest development in the UK, in particular in the wake of Brexit to see if there are any new initiatives between China and the UK". 

    He added: "Brexit is so unpredictable, but for the time being we are optimistic." 

  18. Protected birds of prey shot

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The body of a protected bird with more than 10 pieces of lead shot lodged in its body was found by a member of the public in Daintry Wood, close to Toddington in Bedfordshire. 

    Police and the RSPB are investigating after they believe the red kite was shot at close range. 

    Shot red kite

    It comes after Hertfordshire Police says another red kite had to be put down after it was shot in the Furneux Pelham area of Buntingford.

    Red kite bird

    The bird of prey (pictured above) is fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. 

    The RSPB says although they are now a common sight in Bedfordshire, in the 1980s red kites were one of the UK's rarest breeding birds.