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  1. Updates on Friday, 20 October 2017
  2. Road to be closed for eight years for HS2 construction
  3. Long delays on M25 after accident and fuel spill
  4. Baby murderer loses appeal against conviction

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  1. Matthew Henry

    BBC Sport


    Matthew Henry

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea score two late goals as they come from behind to end a three-game winless run against Watford despite an unconvincing performance.

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    Video caption: A fire crew were called to tackle a blaze just 60m (200ft) from their base.

    The crew from Royston took four minutes to arrive on the scene.

  3. Overnight weather: Dry at first but some outbreaks of rain later

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    There'll be a few clear spells at first tonight where it will turn a little chilly, but thickening cloud will eventually bring outbreaks of rain from the west.

    Southerly winds will strengthen during the early hours, with temperatures initially falling to 8C (46F) but becoming milder by dawn.

    Wind chart

    There'll be a sunny start to Saturday morning, with just a few isolated showers, but these will become more widespread as cloud builds through the day.

    Windy with southwesterly winds gusting 40-50mph during the afternoon, temperatures peaking at 16C (61F).

    Get the full forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

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    Severe accident: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, at J14 for A509 affecting J13 for A421.

    M1 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound at J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident. Congestion to J13, A421 (Bedford).

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

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    Severe accident: A404 Berkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A404 Berkshire northbound severe accident, at A308 Marlow Road affecting A404.

    A404 Berkshire - Heavy traffic on A404 northbound in Bisham at Bisham Roundabout, because of an accident earlier on. Congestion to the A404(M) J9b junction.

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

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    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, between J20 for A41 and J21 for M1.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes blocked and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J20, A41 (Kings Langley) and J21 M1, because of an accident.

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

  7. Yellow weather warning issued ahead of Storm Brian

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    There's a yellow weather warning in place for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire tomorrow as Storm Brian moves across the UK.

    The Met Office says there's likely to be strong winds between 04:00 and 23:59.

    The warning says: "Some transport disruption is likely across the whole warning area, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

    "Short term loss of power and other services is also possible, as well as damage to trees."

    Met Office weather warning.

    Click here for more details from BBC Weather.

  8. University admissions shows a 'shocking' regional bias

    The sheer dominance by the top two social classes of Oxford and Cambridge University admissions has been revealed in newly released data.

    The data, obtained by David Lammy MP, shows a "shocking" regional bias, with more offers made to Home Counties pupils than the whole of northern England.

    The data on admissions by region provided by the universities themselves showed:

    • The North West, the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber between them received 15% of Oxford offers and 17% of Cambridge offers.

    The research also revealed that 27.9% of pupils in Middlesbrough qualify for free school meals, while only 5.5% qualify in Buckinghamshire.

    You can read the full feature here.

  9. Swan rescued by police in Buckinghamshire

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    It's been an eventful day for this swan, which was spotted on the A5 this morning.

    Luckily it's a tale with a happy ending.

    It wasn't injured and was driven away by Thames Valley Police to be released in a safer place.

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  10. Road to be closed for eight years for HS2 construction

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A road in Hertfordshire is to be closed for about eight years for construction of the new HS2 high speed railway between London and Birmingham.

    Chalfont Lane in Maple Cross will be shut from 8 November until early 2026.

    A new link road between Shire Lane and Hornhill Road will open in early 2018 for diverted traffic and new slip roads will be built to and from the M25 for heavy goods vehicles.

    M25 and Maple Cross map.

    A spokesperson for HS2 Ltd said: "HS2 is committed to working with residents, local authorities and other stakeholders to ensure that construction impacts are minimised.

    "Our aim is to maintain through access on local roads in the Maple Cross area and by redirecting our construction HGVs via temporary slip roads on and off the M25 we significantly reduce impacts on local traffic.

    "To help a smooth transition we will advertise and sign the closure in advance and clearly signpost the new diversion once it is implemented."

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    Severe disruption: A422 Buckinghamshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A422 Buckinghamshire both ways severe disruption, at B4034 Marlborough Street.

    A422 Buckinghamshire - A422 Monks Way in Milton Keynes closed and very slow traffic at Redbridge Roundabout, because of an overturned tractor. On the roundabout.

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

  12. Opportunity for young people to try their hand at sports reporting

    Do you know a youngster who'd like to report on their own sports story at the BBC?

    The BBC School Report Sports Reporter scheme is open for 16-18-year-olds, with applications open until 10 November.

    What's on offer?

    • 5 day placement within a BBC Local or Nations radio or online sports department
    • A mentor from your chosen BBC site
    • The opportunity to share your sports story with BBC audiences
    • Training with your BBC mentor to provide you with the required skills to tell your story. These could be: interviewing and sports story writing skills; editing skills; script writing and presenting skills of packages for radio and online

    What are we looking for?

    • You'll need to be aged 16-18 before the start of the scheme
    • You’ll need to be in full-time education*
    • A proven passion for sport
    • A fantastic story idea relevant to the location you’re applying to
    • You don’t need to have any prior journalism experience or training to apply

    *Please note this is an opportunity for people studying at school, college or a youth group. This is not a suitable opportunity for university students or apprentices studying at university level.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

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

    M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J22, A1081 (St Albans) and J23 A1(M), because of a broken down lorry.

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

  14. Long delays on M25 after accident and fuel spill

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A section of the clockwise M25 between J23 for South Mimms and J25 for Waltham Cross is expected to reopen shortly but it could take a while for tailbacks to clear.

    The Met Police said a car and a lorry collided at about 04:30 before a second lorry collided with the car shortly afterwards.

    Highways England said it caused "a large fuel spill" but the operation to the clear the road was nearly finished.

    One person was taken to hospital but his injuries are not life threatening.

    Section of M25 closed after accident.
    Congestion on M25.
  15. Strictly: 'Storm Brian' set to swirl onto the dancefloor

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    With Storm Brian set to affect southern Britain on Saturday, it would be remiss of us not to do some kind of link between the meteorological event and Watford entertainer Brian Conley's appearance on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night - probably involving a number of puns.

    Will he dance up a storm in this week's jive? Will the [low] pressure be on? Will the judges rain compliments upon him? Or will he - as Brian himself has tweeted - just be "wet and windy".

    There you go - that's all I can manage!

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