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  1. Updates on Friday, 12 January 2018

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Dario Saric and Aron Baynes

Mark Lawrenson takes on NBA stars Dario Saric of the Philadelphia 76ers and Aron Baynes of the Boston Celtics in the latest round of Premier League predictions.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure equalises for Watford

Andrew Mullen

BBC Sport

Abdoulaye Doucoure scores a controversial 90th-minute equaliser as Watford fight back from 2-0 down to draw with Southampton.

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Pair who ran three brothels jailed

Christina Motta (left) and Martin Cheetham
Avon and Somerset Police

Two people have been jailed after admitting running brothels in Bristol, Oxford and Milton Keynes.

Martin Cheetham and Christina Motta, both from Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to running brothels and controlling prostitution for gain between November 2015 and April 2016.

Appearing at Bristol Crown Court, Motta, 35, was jailed for 18 months while Cheetham, 42, was sentenced to 12 months.

Police said the pair made more than £24,000 in four months.

Police car 'smashed with metal bollard'

A metal bollard has been smashed into a police car.

Bedfordshire Police said it was attending a "dispute" on Dunstable High Street when the attack took place.

A spokesperson said police were called at about 14:10 and, after taking a statement, "came back to the police vehicle and discovered the rear window of the car had been smashed with a metal bollard".

People on social media have described the damage as "disgusting", "so disrespectful" and "idiotic".

It was not thought the two incidents were connected, said police.

Damaged police car
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Talks to take place over Luton school pay row

Talks are to continue between a teachers' union and a Luton school to resolve a row over pay.

Keith Anderson from the NASUWT said it was "hopeful of a resolution through conciliation."

He confirmed that talks were to continue between the Chiltern Trust, which runs Challney High School for Girls, and the union, through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

The union took six days of strike action in November, in pursuit of a 2% pay rise, but the school said staff would get a 1% rise in line with national pay deals.

Teachers on strike
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Teachers took strike action in November

A spokesperson from the Chiltern Learning Trust said: "Further strike action has been suspended and we have entered into further dialogue with the union about the matter.

"We hope to achieve a positive outcome for our community."

Paradise Wildlife Park's 'beloved' tiger dies

Paradise Wildlife Park has announced that Rocky, its eldest Amur tiger, has died, just weeks from his 20th birthday.

Rocky had not been well for some weeks and after extensive consultations with the zoo's specialist vet, Dr. John Lewis, the decision was made to put him to sleep on Thursday afternoon.

He arrived at the Broxbourne zoo nearly 20 years ago. He was collected from a travelling circus in Ireland at two weeks old after his mother rejected him at birth.

On its Facebook page, the zoo said: "Rocky leaves an amazing and deeply personal legacy at Paradise Wildlife Park which we’re sure will shine for years to come."

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Motorcyclist in hospital with life-threatening injuries

A motorcyclist is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash with a car in Milton Keynes.

The incident involving the black Suzuki motorcycle and a white Toyota Yaris happened on Watling Street at about 16:00 on Tuesday.

Watling Street, Milton Keynes
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The rider of the motorcycle, a 22-year-old man, was taken the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. His passenger, an 18-year-old man, was taken to Milton Keynes Hospital where he remains with serious injuries.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for anyone with information to contact it on the non-emergency number 101.

S Club 7's Paul puts his Brit Award on eBay

BBC Newsbeat

S Club 7's Paul Cattermole has listed his 2000 Best Newcomer Brit Award on eBay and it's picking up interest.

Paul Cattermole and his Ebay listing
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Cattermole, from St Albans, also offered a meet and greet, with photo, depending on how far away the winning bidder lived.

The item is described in "very good" condition but the listing mentions there are "signs of age".

S Club 7 became famous initially for Miami 7, a children's sitcom in which they all moved to America to try and become famous.

Bring It All Back, their first single, was the theme song to the show kickstarted their pop career.

Woman threatened with knife as men break in to home

A woman has has been threatened with a knife after three men broke in to a house in Luton.

Bedfordshire Police said the "distressing experience" happened on Thursday at about 03:00 on Dunstable Road, when four members of a family were in the house.

The raiders demanded money from one of the family.

Dunstable Road
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The men were wearing dark clothing.

One man was described as stocky and around 5ft 1in (1.55m); the second, average build at about 5ft 6in (1.67m); and the third, skinny and about 6ft (1.83m).

Town offers to pay for more police

Residents in Shefford have offered to pay more to keep extra patrols following incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway attended a packed public meeting of about 200 Shefford residents last night.

Paul Mackin, the town's mayor, said the meeting "went well".

"Some people at the meeting said 'Can we pay some more?' so we are looking at the options of paying for additional police office in Shefford by raising funds locally. We need to examine how we can do that," he said.

Ms Holloway thanked those who attended.

Meeting in Shefford
Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J15, A45 (Northampton) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Pleasance, Gabriella and Ragamuffin

The owners of Ragamuffin, Pleasance and Gabriella said they are "heartbroken" after the attacks.

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Danny Williams

Watford loan defender Charlie Rowan to League Two side Accrington Stanley, who also sign free agent Danny Williams.

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Tafari Moore

League Two side Wycombe Wanderers sign Arsenal defender Tafari Moore on loan until the end of the season.

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Thames Valley police officer assault figures

Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, after J25 for A10.

M25 Greater London - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M25 anticlockwise after J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving a lorry, a taxi and a car. Approach with care.

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

Severe disruption: A428 Bedfordshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A428 Bedfordshire eastbound severe disruption, between Carlton Road and Stevington Road.

A428 Bedfordshire - A428 High Street in Turvey closed eastbound between the Carlton Road junction and the Stevington Road junction. Between 20:00 and 6:00 until 13th January

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

Driving through a Hemel Hempstead puddle could get you a £5k fine

Hemel Hempstead Gazette

If you drive your car through puddles and splash people in Hemel Hempstead, you could be heading for a £5,000 fine.

Mark McKee (left) and Ben Wilmot

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll says he is resigned to having to sell several of his young players at some stage.

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Watford fans mark first anniversary of Graham Taylor's death

Today marks the first anniversary of the death of Graham Taylor, widely regarded by Watford FC fans to be the club's greatest-ever manager

To mark the occasion, fans' group the The 1881 Movement, is planning to turn Vicarage Road into a sea of Watford scarves before Saturday’s match against Southampton.

They want supporters in all stands to hold their Watford scarves aloft as the familiar opening bars of Z Cars play, welcoming the teams on to the pitch.

Group founder Roy Moore said: "Our goal has always been about improving the atmosphere at the Vic and we’re hoping that the chance to pay tribute to our greatest ever manager will bring supporters in all four stands together and create something really special."

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The 1881 Movement was born out of a group of Watford fans coming together in 2013 with the aim of improving vocal support at Vicarage Road.

Herts County Council considers outsourcing libraries

Hertfordshire County Council is seeking the public's views on outsourcing its library services.

Marshalswick Library
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The authority said that over the next three years it wanted to improve library buildings and develop technology while maintaining the service it provided, but "ongoing pressure on local government budgets" meant that it must "consider further budget savings across all services".

It said some authorities - Suffolk, Devon, and Nottinghamshire - had had success by commissioning independent, not-for-profit organisations with charitable status to provide library services.

It said the benefits could include "a potential saving in non-domestic rates" and may allow libraries to access funding not be available to the council.

The consultation runs until to 18 February 2018 and the council is expected to make a decision in the spring.

Archaeological study taking place at Panshanger airfield

Welwyn Hatfield Times

Landowners at Welwyn Garden City’s Panshanger airfield are conducting an archaeological survey.

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Nottingham station fire disrupts services to St Pancras

A fire at Nottingham station this morning is disrupting trains on the Nottingham/London St Pancras route, which stop at Bedford and Luton.

Nottingham station is closed and all services delivered by East Midlands Trains cannot run in or out of it.

The operator said it did "not have a firm estimate" as to when the station will be able to re-open but it expected trains to be disrupted for the whole of Friday.

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Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J10 for A1081 Airport Way.

M1 Bedfordshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic northbound at J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road), because of a broken down vehicle.

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, at J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - M1 entry slip road partially blocked and slow traffic southbound at J11, A505 (Dunstable South), because of an accident.

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

Michael Folivi

Boreham Wood sign striker Michael Folivi from Premier League club Watford on loan until the end of the season.

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Midland Road, Bedford

An inquest heard the man had been the target of a police operation to catch him in possession of drugs.

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Severe accident: M1 Hertfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire northbound severe accident, at J9 for A5183.

M1 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on M1 northbound at J9, A5183 (Redbourn), 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

House of Lords

The House of Lords dismisses the Electoral Reform Society's allegations of a "something for nothing culture".

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Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Greater London - Very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4) and J15, M4, because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, between J26 for A121 and J27 for M11.

M25 Essex - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) and J27 M11, because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

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