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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 19 May 2017
  2. Trains delays are expected until the afternoon after signalling problems caused chaos for London commuters
  3. Jobs will go in Charles Wells brewery sale
  4. Luton Town miss out on League Two play-off final

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport

    City celebrate Watford win

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City seal their place in next season's Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola's debut season.

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  2. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Well, that's the end of another busy week here on the Local Live news feed for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    The team won't be here this weekend, but we will be back on Monday morning bringing you more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

    Whatever your doing this weekend, we all hope it's a good one.

  3. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J4 for A404 and J5 for A40.

    M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 northbound between J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout) and J5, A40 (Stokenchurch), because of an accident.

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

  4. Watch: The banana piano

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A local charity is using music, including a banana piano, to engage adults with learning difficulties.

    Electric Umbrella, based in Watford, works with people to encourage them to make music, work in groups and perform.

    The banana piano is one of many musical instruments the charity uses - the "makey-makey" technology can turn anything conductive into an instrument, including people.

    Video content

    Video caption: Charity uses a banana piano to help adults with learning difficulties
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    Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, between J7 for A602 and J6 for A1000.

    A1(M) Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A1(M) southbound between J7, A602 (Stevenage) and J6, A1000 (Welwyn), because of an accident.

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

  6. Overnight weather: Further showers but some clear spells too

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening and overnight we'll see a mixture of showers and clear spells, with mainly light winds.

    Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

    Overnight weather map

    There'll be a chilly start to the day on Saturday, with a few overnight showers lingering, but many parts will start dry with some sunshine.

    More showers will eventually push in from the south-west, some of which could be heavy and thundery.

    Highs of about 16C (61F).

    Sunday should be largely dry, and feel a bit warmer.

  7. Mazzarri prepares for 'emotional' goodbye at Watford

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford's outgoing manager Walter Mazzarri has thanked his players and the fans today as he prepares for his final match in charge of the club on Sunday.

    The Italian was sacked on Wednesday but will lead the Hornets against Manchester City in two days' time.

    "I would like to thank all the main characters of this season and these are the players and the fans," he said.

    Walter Mazzarri

    "I want to say I always gave everything I had here at Watford. I've been working 15 hours a day every day so I'm very tired.

    "Sometimes, even though it doesn't look like it, I am a person who keeps a lot of things inside. I do tend to be emotional. Also, it will be my last game and the thought of it is something I didn't imagine so it will be very emotional."

  8. Peter Shickle murder: A 'vicious and sustained attack'

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    At today's sentencing hearing for John Jamieson and Graham King for the murder of Peter Shickle, judge Richard Foster said: "There was a significant degree of premeditation to find Peter Shickle with the intention of inflicting really serious bodily harm in what was a revenge attack.

    "The jury must have been satisfied that you entered his flat intending to inflict really serious bodily harm or death. You were both the aggressors throughout - this was not a case of excessive self defence."

    John Jamieson
    Image caption: John Jamieson

    Luton Crown Court heard the pair went to Mr Shickle's flat planning revenge after he had been involved in an altercation with Jamieson's mother outside a pub in Stevenage a week earlier, on 28 October.

    Graham King
    Image caption: Graham King

    Insp Pushpa Guild from Hertfordshire Police said: "Jamieson and King carried out a vicious and sustained attack on Peter in his own home, which they had planned after hearing about the incident involving Jamieson's mother.

    “They will now both serve long sentences in prison where they will have time to reflect on the consequences of their actions."

  9. BreakingTwo men jailed for flat-screen TV murder

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Two men have been jailed for life for a revenge murder in which a large flat-screen TV was used as a weapon.

    John Jamieson and Graham King have been sentenced at Luton Crown Court after being found guilty of murdering Peter Shickle (below) at his Stevenage flat on 6 November.

    Jamieson, 36, of Wigram Way, Stevenage, has been given a minimum term of 19 years before he can apply for parole. Smith, 36, of Harrow Court, Stevenage, received a minimum term of 16 years.

    Peter Shickle
  10. Dementia worker to bring 'peace of mind' to families

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Today I've met Sue Greaves and her mother Margery King, who has dementia.

    Sue feels the new Dementia Support Worker set up by Bedfordshire Police is a really "important role".

    She told me it meant officers would now have a database on patients that could or have gone missing, saying "the quicker you can get them out there to look for them, that valuable time you can have to find them and bring them home safely".

    Sue Greaves and Margery King

    She thinks the idea will work like "insurance", saying "hopefully you never have to use it, but it's there if you need it".

    The biggest thing she believes it will bring her and others is "peace of mind".

  11. First ever Dementia Support Worker starts job with police

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    In Bedfordshire almost 7,000 people are living with dementia and every year about 100 of them go missing.

    So to deal with this, Bedfordshire Police has become the first force in the country to have a Dementia Support Worker.

    Catherine Bishop (left) works for the Alzheimer's Society and is based at the force's headquarters in Kempston.

    Catherine Bishop dementia support worker with Sue Greaves and Margery King

    Her role is to improve the way the police respond when someone goes missing, and in many cases to stop it from happening in the first place.

    She says it's an "innovative" idea.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J23 for A1 and J24 for A111 affecting J22 for A1081.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J23 A1(M) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J22, A1081 (St Albans).

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

  13. Rail disruption: Delays expected until 16:00

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    I'm at St Albans Station where things are slowly getting back to normal on East Midlands and Thameslink trains into London, but some problems remain.

    After signalling problems first thing this morning a number of trains were cancelled and delayed.

    Destination boards

    The very latest is there will now be disruption until about 16:00.

    Destination boards
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    Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound at J11 A505 Dunstable Road, 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: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

    M1 Bedfordshire - M1 exit slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  16. Teenager hurt after being hit by car

    A 14-year-old girl suffered leg injuries after being hit by a car in Bletchley on Wednesday.

    Police said the girl was struck by a silver car that looked like a Renault Clio at about 15:35 near the junction of Clifford Avenue and Duncombe Street.

    They say the female driver of the car did stop, but after checking on the teenager drove off.

    Police now want to speak to her. She's described as an Asian woman, in her 30s and was wearing a hijab.

    Water Eaton Road
  17. Watford 'lacked ambition', says Mazzarri

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Walter Mazzarri has his final pre-match press conference today and it's set to be an awkward one.

    The Italian was sacked on Wednesday and he's since spoken to Spanish media saying Watford lacked the ambition and mentality of some of his former clubs. How will he respond to some no-doubt uncomfortable questions today?

    The search for his successor continues.

    Hull boss Marco Silva is thought to be the number one choice.

    Walter Mazzarri

    Former Russia national manager Leonid Slutsky, ex Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri and former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli are also being mentioned.

    Many Watford fans would also be happy to see the return of Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, who led the Hornets to the Premier League two years ago.

  18. HMP Spring Hill absconder found

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A prisoner who absconded from HMP Spring Hill in Buckinghamshire more than a month ago has been found.

    Thames Valley Police says Mark Merchant, 40, has been located.

    He absconded from the open prison, close to Aylesbury, on 4 April.