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Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring for West Ham

Neil Johnston

BBC Sport

David Moyes is targeting a top-10 finish after his West Ham side put further distance between themselves and the relegation zone with a 2-0 win over Watford.

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Mirror purchase of Express 'could be good news' for Luton

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Gavin Shuker, the Labour MP for Luton South, believes Trinity Mirror could print all of its newspapers in the town.

It has been confirmed today that the Daily Mirror owners have bought the publishing assets of Northern & Shell, which prints the Express and Daily Star newspapers in the town.

Print works

Speaking outside the plant, Mr Shuker welcomed the news.

He said: "What we now need is certainty for the work force.

"They have a fantastic facility here in Luton, and I am sure it will be one of the assets that Trinity Mirror will be looking at retaining."

Ram raiders cause 'considerable damage'

Two BMW cars have been used to carry out a ram raid at a Stotfold supermarket.

The grey 118 and X5 cars crashed into the Co-op store on Mulberry Close on Monday evening at about 22:00 in an attempt to remove the cash machine

They caused what police described as "considerable damage" the raisers left in a third car, a dark saloon.

Ram raid in Stotfold
Stotfold ram raid

John McBurney, who saw the damage, said he witnessed another ram raid in the town two years ago when a cash machine was taken from a Barclays branch on Regent Street.

He's now worried this will mean the town will no longer have a cash machine.

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J6 for A355 Slough and J5 for A4 affecting J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J6, A355 (Slough) and J5, A4 (Langley), because of an accident earlier on. Congestion to J8.

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

Help needed from tool shop owners after violent robbery

Police are asking tool shop owners to get in touch if they sell a particular crowbar that was used in an armed robber on a supermarket.

The plea from Bedfordshire Police came after robbers threatened staff at Budgens in High Street, Cranfield, with a knife in a robbery and left the tool (pictured below) behind.

It happened on 3 January, at about 21:30. The two robbers, got away with £300,000.

Bedfordshire Police

Det Con Aroop Nandre said: “This was a disturbing robbery.

"The crowbar is quite distinctive and I would appeal to owners of tool shops to get in touch if they sell this particular type of tool.”

Leighton Buzzard carpet fitter’s makeover for ex-soldier

Leighton Buzzard Observer

A kind Leighton Buzzard carpet fitter organised a special house makeover after his heart was touched when he met a brave ex-soldier.

Eight lives left for Kimpton kitten

Welwyn Hatfield Times

A kitten in Kimpton has been left with singed paws after he scampered into the engine of a Peugeot van.

Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson, 34, fell between the train and platform at Bishop's Stortford Station, losing both legs.

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Luton's Raymond Aldous has been involved in scouting for 74 years
A man who has been a scout for 74 years says young people need to learn a variety of skills.

Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, at J14 for A3113 Airport Way affecting J16 for M40.

M25 Greater London - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of an accident involving a van and all traffic being temporarily held. Congestion to J16 M40.

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

Abbots Langley shooting: Convicted man allowed to appeal

A Hertfordshire man jailed for having a gun at a rap party has won permission to appeal and clear his name.

Police at Abbots Langley shooting

Sharriff Dacres, 23, of Tower Cottrells, Hemel Hempstead, was cleared of attempted murder last February after a 28-year-old man was shot in the shoulder outside High Elms Manor, in Abbots Langley, near Watford, in June 2016.

But jurors at Harrow Crown Court found him guilty of possessing a prohibited firearm and he was jailed for seven years.

On Thursday at London's Criminal Appeal Court, his lawyers argued that his conviction was "unsafe" and should be overturned, criticising the identification procedure that led to the finger being pointed at Dacres and complaining about the way the trial judge summed up the evidence to the jury.

Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mr Justice Nicol and Judge Richard Marks QC, granted Dacres permission to appeal.

James Bay comes back - with a twist

Mark Savage

Music reporter, BBC News

Hitchin's James Bay is about to pull off one of the most audacious bait-and-switch acts in recent pop history.

It's not just the hat and the hair that have changed, his music is totally unexpected.

James Bay
Virgin EMI

Back in 2015, critics thought they had him figured out: A young man with an old soul, churning out earnest-but-catchy guitar ballads like the inescapable Hold Back The River.

His album Chaos and the Calm was the biggest-selling debut of 2015, selling 345,000 copies and earning Brit and Grammy nominations.

But Bay's second album is filled with little experiments and musical flourishes, from the Strokes-inspired thrash of Pink Lemonade to the juddering electro-gospel of In My Head.

You can read the full article in BBC Entertainment.

£3.6m bin lorries unveiled for Aylesbury Vale

Mix 96

Brand new bin lorries, costing £3.6m, are now out collecting waste across Aylesbury Vale.

Loates Lane 'ghost' footpath solves traffic problem

Watford Observer

A “ghost” footway has solved road safety problems in Watford.

Buzzard 'died of natural causes'

Police in Hertfordshire investigating the death of a buzzard found near Stanstead Abbotts on Sunday have said there was no foul play involved.

Hertfordshire Constabulary

The force was looking into whether it died naturally or the death had been a malicious act.

A spokesman said: "A thorough examination has been conducted by a local vet who has found that it died of natural causes."

Woman suffers 'life-threatening' injuries in Luton assault

A woman has been taken to hospital with what police have described as life-threatening injuries after an assault in Luton on Thursday.

Bury Park Road, Luton

Bedfordshire Police say they were called to Bury Park Road at about 18:15.

They are appealing for witnesses and information.

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A505 Dunstable Road and J10 for A1081 Airport Way affecting J12 for A5120.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed, queuing traffic and delays on M1 southbound between J11, A505 (Dunstable South) and J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Congestion to J12, A5120 (Flitwick).

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

Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe accident, before J5 for A40.

M40 Buckinghamshire - Stationary traffic on M40 London-bound before J5, A40 (Stokenchurch), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident involving a lorry and car.

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

Eurovision You Decide promotional image

The winner was picked via a combined public and jury vote ahead of the contest in Lisbon in May.

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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, at J21A for A405.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J21a, A405 (St Albans), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J24 for A111 and J25 for A10 affecting J22 for A1081.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J22, A1081 (St Albans).

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

Hamster found in wheelie bin

The hibernating hamster's owners thought it had died so wrapped it in bedding and put it in the bin.

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Severe accident: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J14 for A509 and J15 for A45.

M1 Buckinghamshire - Queuing traffic and two lanes closed on M1 northbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, at J22 for A1081.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic clockwise at J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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 - M25 lane closed on exit slip road and queuing traffic clockwise at J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J22, A1081 (St Albans).

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

Steel industry: Richard Harrington hopes for sector deal
Business Minister Richard Harrington says he hopes a sector deal for steel can be signed soon.

'Feisty' red panda named after comedy star

A "feisty and bushy tailed" red panda has been called Miranda, after the actress and comedian Miranda Hart.

Laura Ashton, from Woburn Safari Park, said staff are big fans of Hart.

Miranda the Red Panda
Woburn Safari Park
Miranda the red panda

The one-year-old now joins pals Mambo and Mali at the park where she has claimed the role of "alpha female".

Miranda the Red Panda
Woburn Safari Park
Miranda eating some bamboo

"She is the feistiest of the three and can be easily identified by her beautiful, very fiery, ginger fur," said Laura.

There's not been any word yet from Miranda about her views on the naming honour.

But to quote her show: "Such fun!"

Severe accident: M1 Hertfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire northbound severe accident, at J9 for A5183 affecting J6A for M25.

M1 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound at J9, A5183 (Redbourn), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 20 minutes. Congestion to J6a M25.

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

Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest confirm Luke Dowling as successor to Frank McParland in the role of sporting director.

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Polizzi to the rescue of Bedford restaurant

A struggling Bedford restaurant featured on television last night.

Riobella, an Italian eatery in the centre of the town, was the focus of the Channel 5 show, Peyton and Polizzi's Restaurant Rescue.

It showed how Giovanni and Amanda Orlandi, talking to Alex Polizzi, were trying to turn their business around and finally make a profit after taking it over two years ago.

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The programme showed how the business was putting a strain on their marriage.

Vandals trash 20 street name plates

Vandals have destroyed about 20 street name plates in Harpenden in the past ten days.

Damaged sign
St Albans District Council

Signs in the Townsend Lane, Tuffnells Way and Roundwood Lane areas have all been targeted, with wooden-backing panels snapped in half before the metal name being bent out of shape and the debris discarded nearby.

St Albans City and District Council, which provides the signs called it "senseless and anti-social crime" and said it will cost more than £2,000 to replace them.

"This type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated," a Hertfordshire Police spokesman said.

'Fabulous Finn': Stabbed police dog's tale told in new book

The moving story of a police dog who nearly died after being stabbed protecting his handler is told in a newly-released book.

Fabulous Finn, co-written by German shepherd Finn's "dad", PC Dave Wardell, tells how the "hero" police pooch almost lost his life after being stabbed through the chest and head while apprehending a suspected armed robber in Stevenage in October 2016.

Fabulous Finn book cover
Quercus Books

PC Wardell spent weeks nursing the dog he credited with saving his life, and eventually the pair returned to active duty.

Finn on vet's table
PC Dave Wardell

A blog detailing Finn's recovery, written by PC Wardell as a way of coping with his own emotional issues following the attack, has now been turned into a book.

Speaking on Thursday, as the book was released, PC Wardell said he and Finn were "enormously proud to have our story in print so that the public can see just how amazingly brave Finn and all police dogs and service animals are".

PC Dave Wardell and police dog Finn
Herts Police/PC Dave Wardell