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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 21 April 2017
  2. Millions to be spent on new missile systems
  3. 'Complex' investigation continues into Cheshunt care home fire
  4. Pupils march in protest against rubbish
  5. Charge to see Hertfordshire bluebells returns
  6. Goalkeeper David Martin to leave MK Dons

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Skipping world record attempt hailed a success

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we brought you a story that Peter Thompson, from Bedfordshire, was aiming to skip his way into the record books by carrying out the most crossovers in one minute. 

    Well we've just been told he managed 112, which is 13 more than the current world record.

    It now just needs to be verified by the Guinness World Records.

    Peter Thompson skipping
    Peter Thompson skipping
  2. Jamie Strickland

    BBC Sport

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    Jamie Strickland

    BBC Sport

    Hull City play for an hour with 10 men but claim a gutsy victory against Watford to stay outside the relegation zone.

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  3. Goodbye for now

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

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

    Have a good weekend.

  4. Teacher completes 28-mile walk to school

    A head teacher has completed her 28-mile walk from her home in Rugby to Brackley Junior School.

    Promoting the Healthy Schools Project, Ros Peet set off at 04:30 and made it to school at about 15:00.

    Ros Peet said: "My children were waiting at the gate with a lovely reception singing One More Step Along the World I Go.

    "When I got to Helmdom, which is about four miles from school, my feet started hurting and I did wonder if I'd get there."

    She's raised about £800 the School Fund.

  5. Teenager denies brother's murder

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    A teenager has denied murdering his brother.

    Brandon Lavender, 18, of Brompton Close, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, is accused of stabbing Daniel Lavender, 26, on 16 January. 

    He was taken to hospital but died later.

    The accused appeared at Reading Crown Court earlier, and denied murder. He is expected to face a trial at the same court on 12 June.

  6. Weather: Cloudy with bright spells and much cooler

    BBC Weather

    A largely cloudy night with some patchy light rain pushing down from the north. The winds becoming light and variable and lowest temperatures around 6C (43F). 

    Weather graphic

    Once the last of any overnight rain has cleared, Saturday will be relatively cloudy with odd showers feeding southwards. There should be some bright or sunny spells and a top temperature of 13C (55F).

    A cold start to Sunday with a touch of frost in places, it’ll then be largely dry with some brightness and sunshine at times and the small chance of a shower. Temperatures again reaching around 13C (55F) at best.

    BBC Weather has more local forecasts.

  7. Millions coming to A&E hospitals

    Andrew Sinclair

    BBC Look East political correspondent

    The government has allocated about £3.5m to hospitals in Beds, Bucks and Herts to help them deal with winter pressures in accident and emergency departments. 

    The announcement was made in the Budget, but where the money is being sent has only just been released. 

    Here's a breakdown of who's getting what: 

    • Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, £850,000. 
    • Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, £995,000
    • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, £1m
    • East And North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, £596,976
    Milton Keynes Hospital
  8. BreakingThatched cottage on fire

    Fire crews are dealing with a "significant" blaze at a thatched cottage in Easton Maudit, between Wellingborough and Olney.

    More details to follow...

  9. Warburtons factory could close in Milton Keynes

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The bakery giant Warburtons has announced it's planning to close its factory in Milton Keynes, putting 218 jobs at risk. 

    The firm, based at the Giles Bakery on the Blakelands Industrial Site, has been run by Warburtons since a take-over in 2013, and makes a range of products including garlic bread.

    Giles Bakery

    In a statement, Warburtons said: "After much consideration we have made the extremely difficult decision to enter into a period of consultation.

    "This proposal is a result of significant ongoing challenges facing the business and is despite considerable time and financial investment."  

  10. School children help clean up MK rubbish

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    Pupils from schools in Milton Keynes have already started to do their bit to improve their community, by carrying out litter picks.

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  11. Man killed in van crash

    A man has died after a white van he was in crashed near Brackley.

    Northamptonshire Police said a Renault Trafic lost control "for reasons unknown" at the Duck End junction in Hinton-in-the-Hedges, at about 12:30, and rolled on to its side.

    Three people were in the van, which was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

    Police said they were still informing next-of-kin.

  12. Pupils march in protest against rubbish

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    Hundreds of children from six schools in Milton Keynes have marched to the council's offices this afternoon, calling for improvements to be made to the town's Redways.

    The pupils have come together to show that they are unhappy about the amount of rubbish that's being dumped on the cycleways and footpaths, and want to help clear it up. 

    Milton Keynes school children

    They're asking Milton Keynes Council to support new litter patrols, improve lighting and cut back hedges.

    We've asked the council to comment.

  13. Have you ever wondered how you can become a candidate in the election?

    Philippa Taylor

    BBC Local Live

    If Theresa May's recent announcement of a snap election in June has made you yearn to be an MP, here are a few guidelines for you to consider.

    You can't stand if you're:

    • Under 18
    • A member of the police forces
    • A member of the armed forces
    • A civil servant, a judge or a peer
    • You're subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or a debt relief restrictions order
    House of Commons

    If none of those conditions preclude you, and you're either a British citizen, a citizen of the  Republic of Ireland or a commonwealth country (with certain provisos) then you're over the first hurdle, and will need to consider these regulations:

    • You need a completed set of nomination forms and a deposit of £500 
    • You also need an election agent
    • You probably want to plan and run a campaign

    There - it's almost as simple as that. So what's stopping you? I'm off now to see how much money is in my piggy bank.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1 Cambridgeshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Cambridgeshire northbound severe accident, between B1041 Great North Road and Bell Lane.

    A1 Cambridgeshire - A1 Great North Road in Little Paxton closed and queuing traffic northbound between Little Paxton Turn Off and Southoe Turn Off, because of an accident.

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

  15. Anti-speeding device 'stolen from village'

    Thieves have stolen a speed monitoring device which was placed in a village to remind motorists of the 30mph limit, police say.

    It was installed by Highways England on Deanshanger Road in Wicken, near Milton Keynes.

    When officials went to check it last week, only the mounting bracket was left on the post, Northamptonshire Police said.

    It is thought to have been taken some time between 9 and 11 March.

    Deanshanger Road, Wicken with "Please Drive Slowly" sign
  16. Arrests made in Hackney club acid attack

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Police investigating the acid attack in a nightclub in Hackney have arrested a man in north London. 

    Arthur Collins (pictured), 25, from Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, is still being sought by police. 

    A 33-year-old woman from Hertfordshire arrested on suspicion of firearms offences yesterday has been released on bail.

    Officers have also searched addresses in Milton Keynes.

    Arthur Collins
  17. Teen's software 'behind more than one million cyber attacks'

    Angus Crawford

    BBC News correspondent

    The Old Bailey has today heard how a Hertfordshire teenager created the software behind more than 1.7 million cyber attacks on websites around the world. 

    Adam Mudd, who's now 19, from Kings Langley, has already pleaded guilty to three charges of creating the malware and selling it to other people.

    The hearing was told he built the "Titanium Stresser" tool on a computer in his bedroom, when he was just 15.

    Today, the prosecution described how the software was used to attack the servers of Cambridge University, Sony PlayStation and XBox.

    One company, Runescape, had to spend £6m protecting itself against such attacks and lost more than £180,000 in revenue, the court heard.

    Mudd is said to have made £386,000 from the software. He is due to be sentenced on Tuesday.