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Summary

  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. Baby murderer loses appeal against conviction

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A man jailed for the murder of his partner's 13-month-old son has lost an appeal against his conviction.

    Noah Serra-Morrison was found dead at his home in Crawley Road, Luton, in November 2015.

    He had head injuries caused by blows with a blunt intrument and multiple fractures to his arms and legs.

    Medical experts said his injuries were so severe they were similar to those suffered by people in car crashes or high falls.

    Hardeep Hunjan and Noah Serra-Morrison.

    Hardeep Singh Hunjan, 28, was convicted of murder in July 2016 and jailed for at least 23 years.

    He took his case to the Court of Appeal but it was thrown out by judges yesterday.

    Mr Justice Jay said there was nothing to suggest his conviction was tainted.

  2. Police patrols increased after boy approached by driver

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Police are hunting a Mercedes driver who approached a 10-year-old in Gerrards Cross.

    The boy was walking along East Common, near to the Apple Tree Pub, at 15:30 on Wednesday when a man in a white Mercedes with a black convertible roof pulled up next to him.

    The man spoke to the youngster, got out of the car and attempted to grab his backpack, before the boy ran away.

    East Common, Gerrards Cross.

    Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Kerry Bradfield said:

    "We are asking anyone who has seen a white Mercedes with a black convertible roof in the Gerrards Cross area yesterday to come forward.

    "We are investing the circumstances of this incident but members of the public will see reassurance patrols in the area."

  3. Travel: M25 closed

    The M25 is closed clockwise between J23 for South Mimms and J25 for Waltham Cross due to a four-vehicle collision involving two lorries a van and a car.

    A diversion route is in place and Highways England say long delays are expected.

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  4. Today's weather: Wet and windy start

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    After a wet and windy start there will be a gradual improvement through the day and things will brighten up in the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, between J2 for A355 and J1A for M25.

    M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M40 London-bound between J2, A355 (Beaconsfield) and J1a M25, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, at J23 for A1 affecting J3 for A414.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J23 A1(M), because of an accident involving two lorries and car earlier on and all traffic being temporarily held. Congestion on A1(M) to J3, A414 (St Albans) and to J21a, A405 (St Albans).

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, between J21A for A405 and J22 for A1081.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J21a, A405 (St Albans) and J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of an accident involving van and three cars.

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

  8. Weather: Wet and misty overnight, brighter by Friday afternoon

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Rather cloudy across the BBC East region this evening with scattered showers becoming more prolonged later this evening, but they should clear to leave mild and misty conditions.

    There will be moderate southerly winds and lows of 10C (50F).

    BBC East weather map

    Friday will be cool, cloudy and breezy with more showers possible at first, but then brighter later.

    There will be west to south westerly winds and a peak temperature of 14C (58F).

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

  9. Fowl play!

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    We're hoping the police didn't get into a flap this morning when they were called to deal with a pheasant in a Luton shop.

    I wish I could claim the next joke, but sadly the social media team at Bedfordshire Police got there first and responded with "No fowl play is suspected here"...

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  10. Arson attack on Luton home

    Investigations are continuing after an arson attack on a Luton home "endangered the lives of the people inside the house".

    Police say the "nasty attack" happened at about 20:00 last night, when a lit piece of clothing was pushed through the letter box of the property on High Ridge, just north of the airport.

    They want to hear from anyone who saw anything, and speak to two young men who were on pushbikes around time of the incident.

    High Ridge, Luton
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    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, at J25 for A10 affecting J22 for A1081.

    M25 Greater London - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J25, A10 (Enfield), 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

  12. BreakingLuton man guilty of terror acts

    Mubashir Jamil, 22, from Belmont Road in Luton, has been found guilty of preparation of terrorist acts by making a travel booking and purchasing items for travel to Syria to engage in violent jihad.

    The verdict was read out a short time ago after a re-trail at the Old Bailey in London.

    More to follow on this page...

  13. Tortoise, 50, stolen from Cheshunt back garden

    A 50-year-old tortoise has been stolen from a garden in Cheshunt.

    Deano

    Hertfordshire Police said Deano was taken from his box in the back garden of a house in Holme Close between 02:30 and 08:00 on 15 October. He has been in the family for 28 years.

    PCSO Nicole Wilson said: "They were extremely upset to find that he had been taken.

    "I am appealing for anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area or has been offered a tortoise for sale since Sunday, to please get in touch."

    Deano
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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J6 for A355 Slough and J5 for A4 affecting J7 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M4 London-bound between J6, A355 (Slough) and J5, A4 (Langley), because of an accident involving three vehicles. Travel time is 30 minutes. Congestion to J7, A4 (Slough West).

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

  15. Officers ask public to 'keep 'em peeled' for stolen apple

    Thames Valley Police have asked people in a tweet to "#KeepEmPeeled" after a large decorative apple - which reportedly has a "massive following" - was stolen from Atkins Farm in Prestwood, near Great Missenden, this week.

    Stolen apple

    The fibre glass fruit, which stood outside My Fruit Orchard in Nairdwood Lane, went missing over the night of the 17 and 18 October.

    It is the logo of the company - which takes people's home-grown apples to be pressed, pasteurised and made into juice.

    My Fruit Orchard

    Clark Betz, from the company, who is offering a reward for its return, said the theft was "very disappointing".

    "It's got a massive following, people travel from all over to see it, they love it, it's iconic," he said.

    Mr Betz said he got the apple second-hand from a shop on London's Bond Street and it had previously been used as a prop.

    Made out of fibre glass, he said it was quite light, so someone could have walked away with it, but at about 90cm x 60cm in size, you would "struggle to get it into a car".

    "We just would like it back no questions asked," he said.

    Stolen apple
    Stolen apple
  16. Question Time set goes up in Dunstable

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The Grove Theatre has given us a peek at what's going on inside as they prepare for tonight's BBC Question Time - and it looks like they're pretty much ready to go.

    Question Time at the Grove Theatre
    Question Time at the Grove Theatre

    The programme, presented by David Dimbleby, is on BBC One at 22:45.