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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 21 July 2017
  2. Kidnap being investigated in Hemel Hempstead
  3. Cyclist, 91, was doing time trial when killed in crash
  4. Concerns hillside chalk lion losing its roar
  5. Poulter in action on day two of The Open

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That is it from all of us for this week on Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

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

    Woburn's Ian Poulter seems to be having a good second day in The Open, where he's one shot behind the leaders who are on -4, so let's hope he can keep this form up over the next two days.

    Ian Poulter
  2. The latest regional weather forecast

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Outbreaks of rain will move eastwards this evening and overnight, heavy at times and accompanied by gusty winds.

    It may stay dry in the extreme east until the early hours of tomorrow.

    Temperatures falling to 12C (54F).

    Weather graphic for 05:00 tomorrow, showing rain across parts of East Anglia

    A wet start to tomorrow for many eastern areas, but drier and brighter in the west for a time.

    Eventually widespread showers will develop, and some of these could be heavy and thundery. Onshore winds could prevent these showers towards the coast, and there will be spells of sunshine.

    Temperatures reaching 22C (72F).

    Sunday will see sunny spells and scattered showers, which could be heavy and thundery.

    Take a look at BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast for where you are.

  3. MK Lightning get ready to strike

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    The fixtures have been released for the new ice hockey Elite League season which starts in five weeks.

    MK Lightning will be playing in it for the first time.

    On the opening weekend Lightning are away to the reigning league and play-off champions, the Cardiff Devils on 9 September.

    The next day MK will play their first home match at the MK Arena against four-times league champions, the Belfast Giants.

    Visit the Elite League website for the full fixture list.

    Ice rink
  4. Bedford river death: Man named

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Police have released the name of a man, who died after being pulled from the River Great Ouse in Bedford on Tuesday morning.

    He was Zbigien Lasocki, 39, of no fixed address, known as "Zibby".

    Det Insp Lucy Thomson said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Embankment on Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

    "The details we have of Zibby’s life are also quite limited and we need to build up a much clearer picture of who he associated with and where he stayed."

    Zbigien Lasocki

    A man arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on police bail.

  5. Two new leads for paw-lice

    Meet pup 1.....

    Police dog Pup 1

    and pup 2.....

    The new recruits for BCH Police Dogs, who have yet to be named.

    Police dog Pup 2

    The 15-week-old German Shepherd brothers are now living with police staff and are being exposed to different environments in preparation for their new jobs.

    That won't be for some time, as they only start their formal training when they're one year old.

    They're due to be named by the public, and some of the names already being suggested on social media are, Doggy McDogface, Bodie and Doyle and Batdog and Robin.

  6. Post update

    Poulter (-4 after 14)

    Another hole, another par for Ian Poulter.

    The Englishman has made just one birdie today, but is playing himself into contention.

    He sends a tee shot sailing through the drizzle at 15 and it skips on up to the slightly longer grass at the edge of the fairway.

  7. M1: All lanes now open

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Hopefully Friday night's rush hour traffic will be a little easier, since all lanes have now reopened on the M1 northbound, between junctions 12 and 13, between Ampthill and Bedford.

    Congestion does go back to Junction 10 at Luton though.

    View more on twitter
  8. Birdie for Poulter!

    Poulter (-4 after 12)

    It's seriously bleak looking down the 12th as Ian Poulter strolls up to the tee.

    But he sends one soaring through the grey sky and on to the green, another birdie chance for the Englishman.

    Can he take this one? There's a decent crowd following Poulter now and they share a collective hold of breath as he rolls it towards the hole from around 15 feet... and down it goes!

    Nothing bleak about that. The Poulter support club cheers. The man himself salutes. He's in the mix. Tied third, one off the lead.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5120 and J13 for A421 affecting J10 for M1.

    M1 Bedfordshire - M1 partially blocked and very slow traffic northbound between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J13, A421 (Bedford), because of a car fire. Travel time is at least 60 minutes. Congestion to J10, M1 (Luton Airport Spur Road).

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

  10. Car on fire on M1

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    There are more problems on the M1 this afternoon.

    After an earlier accident caused the northbound road to be closed between J12 and J13, a car on fire has now closed a lane on the same stretch.

    Again, delays are expected.

    Emergency services are on the scene.

    Car on fire
  11. Post update

    Poulter (-3 after 11)

    Twenty-footer for Ian Poulter to make his first birdie of the day... the Woburn pro stands over it, sends it on its way, but he knows that's never dropping.

    It's not the simplest of par putts, either. He leans on his putter waiting for Alex Noren to play.

    Now it's the Englishman's turn. He's in confident mood and that is confidently dispatched for another par.

  12. Golf: Watch the birdie

    BBC Sport

    At The Open, Woburn's Ian Poulter wrenches his sandwedge up behind his head and swallows the expletives he was tempted to let slip...

    A moment of frustration, but that's only because he's gone oh-so-close to chipping in from the sand at eight and watched it stay up.

    Almost his first birdie of the day.

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  13. Travel: Severe delays on M1

    BBC News Travel

    There are currently severe delays on the M1, northbound between junctions 12 and 13, after an earlier accident between a lorry and a car.

    Traffic has now been released, but one lane is still closed while the clean-up takes place.

    View more on twitter
  14. Two former Doctors clash over Jodie Whittaker casting

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Two ex-Time Lords have had a war of words over Jodie Whittaker being cast as TV's first female Doctor.

    Peter Davison, who played the Doctor from 1981 to 1984, said he "liked the idea" of a male Doctor and that he felt "a bit sad" the character might no longer be "a role model for boys".

    His comments were promptly dubbed "rubbish" by his successor Colin Baker, from High Wycombe.

    Peter Davison, Jodie Whittaker and Colin Baker

    "You don't have to be of a gender to be a role model," said the actor, who portrayed the Doctor from 1984 to 1986.

    "Can't you be a role model as people?"

    The actors were speaking on Thursday at Comic-Con, the world's largest celebration of film, TV and pop culture.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, between J12 for A5120 and J13 for A421 affecting J10 for M1.

    M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J13, A421 (Bedford), because of an accident earlier on and collision clear up work. Travel time is at least 60 minutes. Congestion to J10, M1 (Luton Airport Spur Road).

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

  16. Travel: Crash closes lanes on M1

    BBC News Travel

    A crash between a lorry and a car means two lanes are closed northbound on the M1, between J12 for Ampthill and J13 for Bedford.

    It means there are now long delays in the area.

    View more on twitter
  17. Kidnap being investigated in Hemel Hempstead

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap after reports a woman fell from a moving vehicle in Hemel Hempstead.

    Police were called to Redbourn Road by Aldi at 19:37 last night.

    A vehicle, thought to be a silver Vauxhall Astra, was seen leaving the scene and travelled towards Queensway.

    Redbourn Road

    The woman, in her 30s, remains in hospital with a knee injury.

    The man, in his 30s, remains in police custody.

  18. Northampton sign ex-Wycombe defender Pierre

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    Northampton Town have signed former Wycombe Wanderers centre-back Aaron Pierre on a three-year deal.

    The 24-year-old Grenada international was out of contract at Wycombe, where he made 149 appearances after joining from Brentford in 2014.

    He was offered a new deal at Adams Park and had recently been on trial with Championship side Bristol City.

    "He is a strong and powerful centre-back and is improving all the time," said Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh.

    Aaron Pierre
  19. Poulter looking after business

    Poulter (-3 after 5)

    Des Smyth

    Former Ryder Cup vice captain on BBC Radio 5 live

    Ian Poulter is in a nice rich vein of form.

    He played the Irish Open well, he played last week well and is looking after his business very well today.