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  1. Updates for Friday, 22 December 2017

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Craig David

Mark Lawrenson takes on singer-songwriter Craig David in the latest round of Premier League matches.

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Pascal Gross

Matt Davis

BBC Sport

Pascal Gross' winner gives Brighton their first Premier League victory in eight games as they beat struggling Watford at the Amex Stadium.

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Football

Stevenage earn a first win in nine league games, thrashing Chesterfield to leave the visitors deep in relegation trouble.

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Football

Luton go four points clear at the top of League Two with a victory that ends Grimsby's four-game unbeaten run.

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National League

Boreham Wood are unable to secure a fourth successive league win as they are held a goalless draw at Solihull Moors.

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Team news

Brighton v Watford (15:00 GMT)

Brighton make three changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Burnley last weekend.

In come Tomer Hemed, Connor Goldson and Markus Suttner for the suspended Shane Duffy, Gaetan Bong and Glen Murray.

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It's four changes for Watford after the 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield last week.

Captain Troy Deeney is suspended and is replaced by Andre Gray.

Elsewhere Ben Watson, Tom Cleverley and Roberto Pereyra replace Adrian Mariappa, Etienne Capoue and the banned Abdoulaye Doucoure.

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Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, between J12 for A5120 and J13 for A421.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J13, A421 (Bedford), because of an accident earlier on.

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, at J17 for A412.

M25 Hertfordshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M25 anticlockwise at J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J11, A505 (Dunstable South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111.

M25 Greater London - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a vehicle fire.

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

Coventry celebrate goal

Coventry move to within one point of the automatic promotion places in League Two with a thrilling win over Wycombe.

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Disabled rugby fan Jason Felce uses half-time video to tell stadium he 'has a voice'.
Jason Felce surprised his family with a big screen video for the Worcester Warriors fans.
Noah Chesmain playing for Welling

Millwall left-back Noah Chesmain and Luton Town striker Aaron Jarvis join Boreham Wood on short-term loan deals.

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Delivery driver 'robbed of Christmas parcels'

A delivery driver has been robbed of his van thought to have been filled with Christmas parcels in Milton Keynes, police said.

At about 15:00 yesterday, the driver was hit on the head by a man while delivering £2,000-worth of packages on Clifford Avenue, Bletchley.

Clifford Avenue
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The offender, who was described as black, then got into the white Mercedes van - registration WR56 BKL - and drove off.

The delivery driver, a man in his 40s, was taken to Milton Keynes Hospital for treatment and later discharged.

Det Con Kim McHugh said: "This robbery happened in the middle of the afternoon just as the driver was delivering parcels, presumably, considering the time of year, many were destined as Christmas presents."

The officer appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J23 for A1 and J22 for A1081 affecting J24 for A111.

M25 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J23 A1(M) and J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J24, A111 (Potters Bar).

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

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, before J22 for A1081 affecting J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of a multi-vehicle accident and all traffic being temporarily held. Congestion to J23 A1(M).

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

Mother thanks 999 call handler who helped save her baby
Jasmin Legg has thanked the 999 call handler who helped save her four-week-old son's life.

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J12 for A5120 affecting J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - Very slow traffic on M1 northbound at J12, A5120 (Flitwick), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J11, A505 (Dunstable South).

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

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A1081 Airport Way and J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road) and J11, A505 (Dunstable South), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

CCTV appeal to find name of man killed at railway station

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Man at Hemel Hemstead train station
British Transport Police

Police investigating the death of a man at Hemel Hempstead railway station have released an image in an appeal to find out who he was.

The man was struck by a train and died on Monday.

Roger Andrew, of British Transport Police, said: "This was a tragic incident and we are working very hard to identify this man so we can offer his family support and let them know what has happened."We are confident that there is nothing to say this death is suspicious."

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J24 for A111 and J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J23 A1(M), because of an accident involving a car and lorry.

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

Severe accident: A418 Buckinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A418 Buckinghamshire both ways severe accident, between Wingrave Road and Park Gate.

A418 Buckinghamshire - A418 Wingrave Cross Roads in Wingrave closed in both directions between Wingrave Crossroads and the Park Gate junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J1A for M25 and J1 for A40.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 northbound between J1a M25 and J1, A40 (Denham Roundabout), because of an accident.

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

Luton stabbing: Teenager arrested

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a man was stabbed in Luton.

Police were called to Derwent Road on Tuesday at about 19:50 following the stabbing. The man was taken to hospital but not seriously injured.

The teenager was arrested in Kempston this morning.

Derwent Road, Luton
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Campaigners oppose 'wrong place' new town proposals

Campaigners say a new town of between 4,500 and 6,000 homes, planned for at least one of four locations north of Bedford, is in "absolutely the wrong place".

Baroness Young of Old Scone is part of Keep North Beds Green, a new group set up to oppose the proposals.

The scheme to build new towns at Lee Farm in Sharnbrook, Thurleigh, Twinwoods or Wyboston is part of Bedford Borough Council's local plan for housing development. Keep North Beds Green says the area is already too congested.

The council said its draft plan will go out for public consultation, if it is approved by its executive on 10 January.

Map showing possible new town locations
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An odd place to park...

A driver has been fined for parking their car in the middle of a road in Beaconsfield.

Officers from Thames Valley Police said they hoped the motorist would "think again" about parking in a similar fashion after receiving three points and a £100 fine.

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident involving lorry and cars.

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

Badminton England funding cut: One year on

This time last year it was announced UK Sport was withdrawing its funding to Badminton England. The Milton Keynes-based federation was one of seven sports to lose its funding.

One year on, the former England women's singles number one, Fontaine Wright, has spoken of the effects of the funding cut.

"It's been a bit of a whirlwind," she said.

Fontaine Wright
The Racketline

"I basically had a few months to figure out my life once I lost that funding. It's really hard; you get yourself to a position where you've made good progress - I was number one - then you have to start over."

Wright explained the funding was used for a variety of things including physiotherapy, training, shuttles, insurance, tournament entry fees and travel costs.

Badminton England attempted to overturn the decision by UK Sport, but failed in their bid.

Milton Keynes casino funds help for gambling addicts

Milton Keynes Citizen

More than £1m has been docked from the profits of the city’s casino to fund support for gambling addicts.

Paintball attacks in Bishop's Stortford

Residents in Bishop's Stortford are being blighted by paintball attacks.

Balls fired at Birchwood High School caused £20,000 worth of damage and six other residential addresses have been targeted in Parsonage Lane, Stansted Road, Cranwell Gardens, Hurn Grove and two in Linkside Road.

All the offences took place between 15 and 20 December and involved yellow paint.

Sgt Mark Collins said: "Those responsible may think this is a bit of fun, but they are actually committing a criminal offence and will be dealt with as such.

"Not only are they causing damage to people’s property, but firing any missile without permission of the landowner, even paint, is a criminal offence and very dangerous."

The force has asked for anyone with any information to come forward.

Severe accident: M1 Hertfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire northbound severe accident, between J9 for A5183 and J10 for A1081 Airport Way affecting J6A for M25.

M1 Hertfordshire - Very slow traffic on M1 northbound between J9, A5183 (Redbourn) and J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road), because of an accident earlier on. Congestion to J6a M25.

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

Severe accident: A507 Bedfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A507 Bedfordshire both ways severe accident, at The Causeway.

A507 Bedfordshire - A507 in Clophill blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at The Causeway junction, because of an accident.

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

Jordan Reynolds: Great Britain boxer on his passion for ballroom dancing
Great Britain boxer Jordan Reynolds shows off his new-found dancing skills on the streets of his hometown Luton.
Blair Turgott

National League side Boreham Wood sign winger Blair Turgott on a permanent deal after Stevenage cancel his contract.

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Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe accident, around J16 for M40 affecting J17 for A412.

M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise around J16 M40, because of an accident. Congestion to J17, A412 (Maple Cross).

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