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By Adam Jinkerson

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  1. Our live coverage across the week

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Our live updates have now come to an end for another week.

    You can scroll down to catch up with any stories you might have missed.

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

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Police confirm cash machine stolen

    Bedfordshire Police are confirming the Co-op in Cranfield near Bedford was ram-raided earlier this morning.

    Officers were called out at about 01:40 to the Mill Road store.

    The store's cash machine had been stolen, there was extensive damage to the front of the store and the 4x4 car used in the raid was left there.

    A dark-coloured estate car and group of men were seen making off.

  3. Weather: Dry tonight, but a few showers and hail possible

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    The last of any showers dying away to leave a dry night across the BBC East region with clear spells and mainly light west to north-westerly winds.

    Temperatures for many of us staying in double figures, but some spots could fall to around 9C (48F).

    Apart from a few light showers, Saturday should begin largely fine and dry with some sunshine but eventually heavier showers will move west to east and some of these could produce hail and thunder.

    The winds could become quite blustery for a time with isolated gusts of 40mph. Top temperatures around 21C (70F).

    Sunday should be fine and dry with sunny spells. Cloud is expected to eventually thicken from the west and temperatures again climbing to around 21C (70F).

    BBC East weather graphic

    For a more detailed forecast for where you are, visit BBC Weather.

  4. Football League: High hopes for Dons and Hatters

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    MK Dons go into the new League One season with hopes of promotion (the bookies have them as fifth favourites).

    Manager Robbie Neilson left his summer signings quite late, but looks to have done shrewd business with loan signings - notably Ethan Ebanks-Landell from Wolves andAaron Tshibola from Aston Villa.

    The defence and midfielder look pretty strong, but with Chuks Aneke injured until September the attack looks a bit light.

    In League Two, Luton Town must have a huge chance after losing out in the play-offs last season and making significant signings in the summer.

    The recruitment of striker James Collins and midfielder Alan McCormack are the key ones. Considered joint favourites, The Hatters need to do their talking on the pitch – no excuses is the mindset, so there’s pressure on them to get off to a good start.

    Stevenage have added a bit more youth to their team as Darren Sarll wants to see more energy from his side.

    It's meant some of the senior players have left and some of the ones who have come in have a non-league background so it will be a bit of a gamble.

    The Borough probably over-achieved last season in nearly making the play-offs and if they repeat that again not many fans would be complaining.

    It’s been a fairly quiet summer for Wycombe Wanderers.

    The loss of Aaron Pierre will be felt although Adam El-Abd is a useful replacement.

    Wycombe will rely on a fairly ageing squad, particularly in attack, but they won’t want too many injuries as, once again, it's a thin squad. Play-off would be a good achievement for the Blues.

  5. Man charged with attempted murder of baby in Luton

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A man has been charged with attempting to murder a baby in Luton.

    Sam Ziemelis was arrested after an incident at 02:00 in Reginald Street, at which several adults were also injured.

    Reginald Street in Luton

    Mr Ziemelis, 30, of Reginald Street has been charged with one count of attempted murder of a child under the age of one, two counts of assault by beating and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

    Police said Mr Ziemelis appeared before Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday and he was remanded into custody pending a further court hearing on 18 September.

    Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident and would appeal for anyone with information to contact police.

  6. Fourth arrest after noxious spray assault in High Wycombe

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A fourth person has been arrested in connection with an incident where a taxi driver was sprayed in the eyes with an unknown substance.

    The taxi driver, a 43-year-old man, dropped off three customers in George Street, High Wycombe at about 01:00 on Sunday.

    George Street, High Wycombe

    The customers left the taxi, a black Toyota Prius, without paying so the taxi driver followed them and they then paid him.

    However, one of the customers then sprayed an unknown substance in the victim's eyes.

    The customers fled the scene in an unknown direction.

    A 14-year-old boy from Princes Risborough was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent this afternoon.

    A 16-year-old boy from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Wednesday afternoon.

    A 15-year-old boy from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Monday.

    Another 15-year-old boy also from High Wycombe was also arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Sunday.

    All four have been released under investigation.

    The victim remains in hospital in a serious, but stable, condition.

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    Severe accident: A40 Buckinghamshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A40 Buckinghamshire both ways severe accident, between A4010 Bradenham Road and Plomer Hill.

    A40 Buckinghamshire - A40 in High Wycombe closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A4010 Bradenham Road junction and the Plomer Hill junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

  8. Video content

    Video caption: Deer released from St Albans restaurant water wheel

    The muntjac was released back into the wild by its RSPCA rescuers.

  9. From the archives: Wheelchair netball at Stoke Mandeville 1953

    Some 64 years ago this month, a game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team took place at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire.

    Sports organised at the hospital later developed into the paralympic movement.

    A  game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team was photographed at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire
    A  game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team was photographed at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire.
  10. Letchworth sex offender jailed for talking to children

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A sex offender has been sent back to jail for 12 months for breaching an order not to talk to children.

    Daniel Shead, now 27, was jailed for six years in February 2014 for sexual offences against a 14-year-old girl.

    St Albans Crown Court

    Shead, from Maddles, Letchworth, was also given a 10-year sexual offences prevention order which banned him from having unsupervised contact with girls aged under 16.

    He appeared at St Albans Crown Court after admitting breaching the order by talking to two children while released early from his sentence on licence. He was also said to have lent them a speaker to play music.

    Shead, who was not represented, told Recorder Patrick Fields: "The kids were arguing. I tried to stop them fighting. I am not a risk to any child.

    "I had no intention to cause any harm. This is blown out of proportion."

    Recorder Patrick Fields told him: "You may not accept you were guilty in 2014, but you were convicted.

    "The sexual offences prevention order was there to protect young children. You are not to have unsupervised contact with them.

    "Court orders are serious orders - if they are breached they have to be dealt with."

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    Severe accident: A1 Hertfordshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Hertfordshire both ways severe accident, at M25 J23 affecting M25 J25.

    A1 Hertfordshire - A1 Roundabout partially blocked, queuing traffic and delays at the M25 J23 junction, because of an accident. On the roundabout. Congestion on A10 to Enfield, on A1081 to St Albans and on A1(M) to J2, A1001 (Welham Green).

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

  12. From the archives: Filming at Pinewood in 1958

    Some 59 years ago this month, a photographer was let on to the set of Operation Amsterdam, being filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

    Actors Eva Bartok, Peter Finch, Tony Britton and Alexander Knox are pictured in an old Mercedes.

    Actors Eva Bartok, Peter Finch, Tony Britton and Alexander Knox are pictured in an old Mercedes at Pinewood Studios
  13. Muntjac deer rescue from mill wheel in St Albans restaurant

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A muntjac deer had to be rescued by the RSPCA after getting stuck in the wheel of a water mill in the middle of a restaurant in St Albans.

    The deer trapped

    Staff at the Moor Mill Beefeater in Bricket Wood are used to visitors being wowed by the restaurant’s indoor traditional water mill feature, but on Wednesday diners were witness to an unexpected animal rescue.

    Restaurant staff member Nathan Lobar heard a commotion coming from behind the glass doors that frame the restaurant’s old water mill wheel feature, and once they unlocked the doors to investigate further, they spotted the small muntjac deer staring back at them.

    They immediately called the RSPCA for help.

    The mill wheel

    Animal collection officer Kate Wright, who is experienced in dealing with unusual animal rescues, arrived to help the distressed deer.

    She said: "This poor muntjac deer was in a real fix. She was stuck in between two paddles on the water wheel, really frightened and unable to free herself.

    Outside the restaurant

    "It’s most likely she fell into the river from outside (see picture above) and was drawn under the building by the current where she became caught up in the water wheel, and in struggling to climb up to get out of the water, had become stuck in the paddles.

    "She was thrashing about and loudly barking, as it would have been very distressing for such a timid wild animal to find herself stuck like that, so I knew I’d have to work fast to free her.

    "The rescue was fairly tricky as the deer had got her front leg and head tightly stuck but with some work, I eventually managed to free her."

    The deer was later released back into the wild.

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A414 and J3 for A414.

    A1(M) Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A1(M) southbound between J4, A414 (Hertford turn off) and J3, A414 (St Albans).

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