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  1. Updates on Friday, 8 September 2017
  2. Man felt he was being 'stoned to death' during mugging in park
  3. Luton boys banned from St Albans after robberies
  4. Paedophile jailed for 18 years
  5. The body of a decapitated cat has been found in Milton Keynes
  6. Retired Hertfordshire police dog Finn collects a prestigious award at a ceremony in London
  7. Roald Dahl book gets fresh Blake illusrations

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By Katy Lewis

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    Watford score two spectacular goals as they deservedly win away at Southampton to move up to fourth in the Premier League table.

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  2. Our coverage across the week

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    That's it for another week of live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    You can scroll down here to catch up with anything you might have missed.

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

    Have a great weekend.

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    Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, after Toddington Services.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Stationary traffic on M1 southbound after Toddington Services, because of all traffic being temporarily held and an obstruction on the road.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J17 for A412 and J16 for M40.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J17, A412 (Maple Cross) and J16 M40, because of a broken down car.

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

  5. Weather: Thundery overnight showers possible

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Further showers during the first part of the night could be heavy and thundery in places across the BBC East region, but everywhere should become dry with clear spells and isolated fog patches.

    Temperatures in rural areas are likely to drop.

    Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

    Weather chart

    Saturday should get off to a dry start with some sunshine, but eventually cloud will thicken and there'll be the risk of showers - some again turning heavy and thundery.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

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  6. Luton boys banned from St Albans after robberies

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A group of boys from Luton who travelled to St Albans to rob young people at knifepoint have been banned from the city for three months.

    St Albans Crown Court heard that nine teenagers - some wearing ski masks over their faces - walked to Sherwood Park late at night and stole three phones, a bag and a wallet from four victims.

    Prosecutor Ann Evans said the victims of the robberies were schoolboys aged 15 and 17.

    One of them told police he was threatened with "cheap kitchen knives".

    Map of St Albans.

    Eight defendants, who are now aged 16 and 17, denied conspiracy to rob on 4 June last year. One had pleaded guilty.

    One was sentenced to a 12 month Youth Referral Order and supervision.

    The others each received an 18-month Youth Referral Order, were ordered to carry out 20 hours unpaid work and were banned from St Albans for three months.

    The criminals cannot be identified due to their age.

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    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

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

    M25 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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  9. Man jailed for 18 years for sexual offences against children

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been jailed for 18 years for a string of sexual offences against children in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

    Andrew Williams

    After pleading guilty to the offences in May, Andrew Williams, 50, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court for 18 counts of sexual abuse offences relating to five victims, who were aged between four and 10 years old at the time of the crimes, which were committed between 2001 and 2015.

    As well as imprisonment, Williams must serve a seven-year licence period and remain on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

    Det Sgt Beth Hanna said: "Williams knew his young victims and abused their trust to groom them and carry out his abuse over a prolonged period of time.

    "The young victims and their families have been incredibly brave during the police investigation and the subsequent court case.

    "I hope this sentence will allow them to begin to move on with their lives safe in the knowledge that Williams can cause no further harm."

  10. South Oxhey attack victim thought he was being 'stoned to death'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A man in his 60s suffered fractured ribs when he was attacked by five youths in South Oxhey and said he felt like he was being "stoned to death".

    Hertfordshire Police said the victim was walking through South Oxhey Playing Fields at 21:35 on 27 August when he was approached by the youths.

    The attackers, who are described as five white youths aged between 13 and 17, asked him what was in his bag before throwing large sticks, stones and a lump of concrete at him.

    The victim suffered two suspected fractured ribs, bruising to his face and a cut near to his left eye.

    One, described as being about 13, was wearing a make-shift black balaclava. Another was on a bicycle and wearing a grey hoodie with the hood up, while another is described as being about 17 and 5ft 8in tall with brown hair, wearing a T-shirt and with a breaking voice.

    PC Daniel Cunningham called the attack "nasty and unprovoked".

    "The victim told us that he felt like he was being stoned to death and he was even followed by the youths as he attempted to flee their abuse," he said.

  11. Sir Quentin Blake illustrates Roald Dahl's final book, 26 years on

    BBC News UK

    Buckinghamshire author Roald Dahl's final children's book has been illustrated by his longtime collaborator Sir Quentin Blake, 26 years after it was first published.

    Billy and the Minpins cover by Sir Quentin Blake

    Billy and the Minpins was originally published as The Minpins in 1991, shortly after Dahl's death, with illustrations by Patrick Benson.

    An updated version has now come out with new pictures by Sir Quentin.

    It was the only children's book by Roald Dahl that Sir Quentin had not provided illustrations for.

    The author lived in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, for 36 years and penned titles including The BFG and Matilda from a hut in his garden.

  12. Council takes action to move on travellers at Houghton Regis

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Central Bedfordshire Council has taken legal action to evict travellers from the new Woodside Link at Houghton Regis.

    The travellers have been alongside the road, which was only opened to the public a few months ago.

    The council said it served notice on Wednesday and, if they don’t move on, the next step is to take them to court.

    Councillor Ian Dalgarno confirmed legal proceedings were under way, but health issues had caused a delay.

    He said: "A number of the ladies that are living in these caravans are pregnant and two of them gave birth over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

    "We've had to work with them to ensure that they've got the right medical attention and subsequently following those births we've given them time to settle and then we've served the notice to move them on."

  13. Decapitated cat found in Milton Keynes

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The body of a decapitated cat has been found in Milton Keynes.

    The cat was found in the cemetery opposite Oakridge Park in New Bradwell on Thursday morning and the RSPCA believes it was deliberately killed.

    The Milton Keynes branch of the RSPCA said an initial examination by a vet indicates the attack was malicious.

    The cat, which was black with a small patch of white underneath, was chipped, but the chip was unreadable, and they can't tell if it was male or female.

    The charity says its inspectors have contacted other agencies who're investigating a similar case.

  14. Mirror in talks to buy Express owner

    BBC Business News

    Trinity Mirror, the owner of the Daily Mirror, has said it is in talks to buy the Daily Express and Daily Star, which are both printed in Luton.

    Newspaper print line

    Trinity Mirror said it was in talks to buy all of the publishing assets of Northern & Shell, which also produces the celebrity magazine OK!.

    The Express and the Star are printed at West Ferry at Kimpton Road in Luton.

  15. Heavy night Finn?

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Hero police dog Finn looks like he's had one too many waters after his big night last night.

    The German Shepherd, who was stabbed while tackling a robber last year, was at the Grosvenor House Hotel last night collecting his Hero Animal of the Year award - and it looks like it was a late one!

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  16. Police Dog Finn collects animal hero award from Star Trek captain and EastEnder

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Retired Hertfordshire police dog Finn, who was stabbed whilst tackling a teenage robber in Stevenage last year, has collected a prestigious award at a ceremony in London last night.

    PC Dave Wardell and Finn

    Sir Patrick Stewart "made it so" as he and Michelle Collins presented Finn with the Hero Animal of the Year at the Animal Hero Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

    The seven-year-old police dog from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire dog unit nearly died in the attack and his plight inspired a campaign to change the law on sentences for harming service animals.

    PC Dave Wardell, Finn, Sir Patrick Stewart and Michelle Collins
  17. Vardy creates academy for non-league players

    BBC Sport

    Jamie Vardy's rise from non-league footballer to England international and Premier League winner has been well documented.

    Now he is hoping to discover the next star.

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    Video caption: Jamie Vardy's mission to find the next Vardy

    The Leicester and England striker has created the V9 academy with the aim of securing professional contracts for non-league players.

    From 1,000 applicants, 42 were chosen to attend a trial.

    Of those selected, four have been signed by professional clubs - Alex Penny (Peterborough United), Lamar Reynolds (Newport County), Danny Newton and Blair Turgott (both Stevenage).