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  1. Updates for Friday, 8 December 2017

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Scott Arfield

Mike Whalley

BBC Sport

Scott Arfield's first-half goal takes Burnley within a point of the Champions League places as they defeat 10-man Watford.

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Arrest made after Dunstable rape

A teenager has been arrested after a woman was raped in Dunstable last week.

Bedfordshire Police say it happened at about 04:00 on 1 December, when the woman was approached by a man who took her through an alleyway to a bin area behind The Crown pub.

The 17-year-old boy from Dunstable has been arrested on suspicion of rape and released under investigation.

The Crown in Dunstable
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Weather: Snow expected

There's a warning that snow could fall in the Eastern region this weekend.

In Northamptonshire, it's expected tonight.

The Met Office says snow may fall in Norfolk and Northants on Saturday, as "one or two snow showers are possible in the west."

On Sunday snow is predicted for the rest of the East.

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J20 for A41 and J19 for M25 affecting J21 for M1.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J20, A41 (Kings Langley) and J19, M25 (Watford), because of an accident. Congestion to J21 M1.

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

Southend Road, Grays

Police believe Paul Robertson was one of a group of armed people who tried to burgle the launderette.

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Bedford's Christmas tree festival has taken over St Paul's Church
Bedford's Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul's Church is raising money for the church and charity.

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J15 for A45 and J14 for A509 affecting J15A for A43.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident involving car and lorry. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Congestion to J15a, A43 (Northampton Services).

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

'Unexplained death' in MK

Thames Valley Police say they are currently dealing with an "unexplained death" in Milton Keynes.

They say they were called to Newport Road, at about 14:40 on Thursday.

Officers are still at the scene and are expected to be there for the rest of the day.

We'll bring you more as we have it.

Newport Road, Milton Keynes
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Nascot Lawn: Families set to launch fresh legal fight

The families of children who go to a respite centre in Watford are starting a new legal fight to save it, following another decision by the NHS to stop funding care at Nascot Lawn Respite Centre.

Nascot Lawn Respite Centre
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A legal challenge in the High Court was postponed earlier this year, when the NHS said it would review the decision to withdraw funding. But health bosses have once again decided to withdraw the money, putting the centre back at risk of closure.

Lawyers for the families say the NHS is breaching its duty under the National Health Services Act and the Equality Act, and that it had failed to lawfully consult with families.

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group said it could no longer fully fund services at the centre.

The CCG said its "serious financial situation" meant that it had to "focus spending on health services that we have a legal duty to provide".

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, between J24 for A111 and J25 for A10 affecting J21A for A405.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry. Travel time is 45 to 50 minutes. Congestion to J21a, A405 (St Albans).

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

Charly Musonda in action for Chelsea's under-21 side in the Checkatrade Trophy

Chelsea's under-21 side will host Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy third round, while Leicester's academy side will travel to Oldham.

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Shakin' Stevens endorses fire service message

The Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in Hemel Hempstead have put together their own road safety video to a Christmas classic - which has been endorsed by the original artist.

Green Watch has changed the words to the Shakin Stevens 1991 classic, Merry Christmas Everyone, but rather than filling you with festive cheer, it is dealing with the important matter of warning people not to drink and drive or use mobile phones behind the wheel.

Shaky himself has got behind the message by tweeting "well done guys".

The service said that in five seconds of looking at your phone while driving at 30mph you will miss 70m of road and about 20% of road deaths can be attributed to mobile phone use.

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Marlow residents left without internet after car crash

Bucks Free Press

Hundreds of frustrated Marlow residents have been left without internet for weeks after a car careered into a BT cabinet on a busy town centre road last month – and fear it could be two more months before it returns.

Waltham Cross stabbing

Hertfordshire Police start a murder inquiry after boy is pronounced dead in Waltham Cross.

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He's behind you! Grove Theatre panto gets under way in Dunstable

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Pantomime season is officially apon us..... oh yes it is!

This evening the curtain will rise on The Grove Theatre's production of Sleeping Beauty in Dunstable.

So far the theatre will not say how much water is needed for the bathroom scene, as they haven't had time to measure it yet.

Cast of Cinderalla
Limelight Studios

They have revealed some stage secrets and say there are about 200 costumes, the shortest costume change is less than a minute and 23 bottles of carbon dioxide is needed for the 15ft fire-breathing dragon.

Cooker caused tower block fire in Bletchley

More than 30 firefighters were called to a blaze on the 13th floor of a Bletchley tower block last night.

Crews from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the 18-storey Mellish Court just after 21:45 following a cooker fire in a flat.

The fire was out on arrival, but a woman was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

Mellish Court, Bletchley
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Pupils protest at Chalk Hills Academy in Luton

Luton News

Parents say children have been suspended from Chalk Hills Academy after protesting against the treatment of a teacher.

Preview: The Galaxy Britain Built - Droids, Darth Vader and Lightsabers

The Galaxy Britain Built celebrates the British contribution to the original Star Wars.
The Galaxy Britain Built celebrates the British contribution to the original Star Wars.

Presenter and Star Wars fan David Whiteley uncovers some never-before-heard stories from the geniuses who helped build the galaxy, from the costume designer and art director to the man who made the lightsaber. 

The programme documents the behind-the-scenes talent that helped bring the galaxy to life in the late 1970s. It also looks at how the British talent continues to be part of the Star Wars legacy to the present day.

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, before J24 for A111.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident involving a van.

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

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, at J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J23 A1(M), because of an accident involving a lorry and car.

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

St Albans cathedral dig uncovers late burial ground

After news archaeologists St Albans Cathedral have uncovered the lost grave of Abbot Wheathampstead, we can tell you a little bit more about what has been found at the site.

St Albans Cathedral dig
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Archaeologists have been excavating a burial ground dating from 1750 to 1850.

Records suggest the remains of 170 people were interred here and so far 80 have been excavated.

"Here we have a whole demographic of people buried – children, teenagers, adults and the older generation all in one graveyard often in family plots," he said.

"The bone preservation is excellent which allows us to get very good data on this population so we’ll be able to tell the ages of the individuals, when they died and if they suffered from any diseases that would affect the bones."

Ben Kennedy

Northern Ireland Under-21 winger Ben Kennedy signs a new contract with League Two side Stevenage until 2020.

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Severe disruption: M1 Hertfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J6A for M25 and J6 for A405 North Watford.

M1 Hertfordshire - M1 partially blocked and slow traffic London-bound between J6a M25 and J6, A405 (North Watford), because of emergency repairs. Matrix sign set to 40 mph.

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

Severe accident: A1184 Hertfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1184 Hertfordshire both ways severe accident, at West Road affecting Spellbrook Lane West.

A1184 Hertfordshire - A1184 Cambridge Road in Sawbridgeworth blocked, queuing traffic and delays at the West Road junction, because of an accident involving a lorry. On the roundabout. Congestion to the Spellbrook Lane West junction and to Harlow Mill roundabout.

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

Sergio Aguero (left) and Danny Hylton

BBC Sport profiles the highest-scoring team in England's top four divisions so far this season - and it is not Manchester City.

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Nathan Jones: Luton Town boss says 'It's nice to be compared to Man City'
Luton Town manager, Welshman Nathan Jones, tells BBC Look East that it's "nice to be compared to Manchester City".

Severe accident: M1 Hertfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, at J8 for A414.

M1 Hertfordshire - Stationary traffic on M1 London-bound at J8, A414 (Hemel Hempstead), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident involving a car.

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

Severe congestion: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe congestion, before J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J23 A1(M).

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

Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, between J10 for A1081 Airport Way and J9 for A5183.

M1 Bedfordshire - Three lanes closed on M1 southbound between J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road) and J9, A5183 (Redbourn), because of an accident.

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

Luton boss: 'It's nice to be compared to Man City'

Nathan Jones: Luton Town boss says 'It's nice to be compared to Man City'

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J14 for A3113 Airport Way and J15 for M4.

M25 Greater London - Three lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4) and J15 M4, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J21 M1 and J20, A41 (Kings Langley), because of an accident.

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