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'I, Tonya' stars Margot Robbie & Allison Janney

Mark Lawrenson takes on 'I, Tonya' stars Margot Robbie & Allison Janney to predict this weekend's Carabao Cup final and Premier League fixtures.

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Watford goal

Tom Rostance

BBC Sport

Watford captain Troy Deeney hits a late winner in a poor game as Everton's dire away form continues.

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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 lane closed on entry slip road and very slow traffic anticlockwise at J21a, A405 (St Albans), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121 affecting before J24 A111.

M25 Greater London - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of an accident involving car and a van. Congestion to before J24, Potters Bar.

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

Severe accident: M1 Hertfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire northbound severe accident, at J8 for A414 affecting J6A for M25.

M1 Hertfordshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road, one lane closed and queuing traffic northbound at J8, A414 (Hemel Hempstead), because of an accident involving overturned vehicle. Congestion to J6a M25.

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

'Neigh-bourhood' watch scheme starts in rural Beds

Bedfordshire Police have a new string to their bow to fight rural crime and it comes with a tail, four legs and like sugar cubes.

Horsewatch starts on Saturday and will provide "extra eyes and ears" according to the police.

Members of Horsewatch, which is made up volunteers similar to Neighbourhood Watch schemes, are being specially trained to patrol country roads.

They will also have distinctive clothing, provided by the British Horse Society.

Rural road
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The Bedford cafe offering chit-chat and friendship

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A friendship group, to give lonely people the chance to meet others is starting in Bedford.

Fay's cafe, based at the Riverside Tennis Club, will hold its first event on Saturday at 14:00.

It will then run every Monday morning and Saturday afternoon, offering free tea, coffee cake and chat.

Cafe
Charlie Fay

Charlie Fay, who is behind the idea, said the invitation-only event is is all about "helping to get people out of the house to meet others".

"It is not just for elderly people, but anyone who happens to be lonely," she said.

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, before J17 for A412 affecting J13 for A30.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise before J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to J13, A30 (Staines).

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

Challney High School for Girls

Emmanuel Egbe was at an all-girls school when he began messaging a pupil, a misconduct panel hears.

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James Shea in action for Luton

Luton keeper James Shea signs a new two-year deal with the League Two leaders, keeping him at Kenilworth Road until 2020.

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Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Greater London - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise at J25, A10 (Enfield), because of two broken down vehicles.

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

Luton considers waste bin collections every two weeks

Luton News

Luton residents are being asked for their views on fortnighly bin collections.

A report is going before Luton Borough Council’s Executive on March 5 asking councillors for approval to consult on the council’s Draft Waste Strategy 2018-2028.

Beds hospital merger delay due to 'finances'

The proposed merger of Bedford Hospital and Luton & Dunstable Hospital has been delayed.

The plan was for it to happen by 1 April.

The merger business case was passed to NHS Improvement (NHSI) in December.

Both the hospital chief executives say the delay is down to "financial agreements not yet in place".

Further meetings between the two boards are due to take place in June to review progress.

Bedford Hospital
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Richard Harrington MP calls on businesses to #PassOnPlastic

Watford Observer

An MP is encouraging businesses to reduce their single-use plastic usage.

Watford MP Richard Harrington in encouraging business in the area to #PassOnPlastic, as part of the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign.

Gareth Suffling

The Police Federation says more officers are asking for help after a detective was jailed for blackmail.

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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, after J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise after J23 A1(M), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J4B for M25.

M4 Berkshire - Two lanes closed on M4 London-bound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25, because of a shed load.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J24 for A111.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8.

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

Severe accident: A120 Hertfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A120 Hertfordshire both ways severe accident, between High Street and Station Road.

A120 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on A120 Stortford Road in both directions in Standon between the High Street junction and the Station Road junction, 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

Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for M40 and J17 for A412.

M25 Buckinghamshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J16 M40 and J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of a broken down car.

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

Man charged over shopping centre rape

Herts

A 31-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead has been charged with rape after a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted inside a business premises in Marlowes, on Tuesday evening.

The alleged offence happened at about 17:30 and the man was arrested by patrol officers shortly afterwards.

He has been charged with two offences of rape and one offence of actual bodily harm.

He appeared at Hatfield Remand Court this morning and has been remanded in custody.

M1 Newport Pagnell crash death trial: Jury sworn in

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of two men charged in connection with a crash on the M1 which killed eight people in a minibus.

Ryszard Masierak, 31, of Evesham, Worcestershire, and David Wagstaff, 53, of Stoke-on-Trent, were both driving lorries on the southbound carriageway near Newport Pagnell when the crash happened in the early hours of 26 August.

The minibus was travelling from Nottingham to London when its driver and seven passengers were killed.

David Wagstaff (left) and Ryszard Masierak (right)
South Beds News Agency
David Wagstaff (left) and Ryszard Masierak (right)

Both men face eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Mr Masierak is also facing drink driving charges.

Judge Francis Sheridan told the 12-person jury to ignore anything they've read, heard or seen about the case.

"You must decide the case on the evidence given in this courtroom and only on that evidence," he said.

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Greater London - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down car.

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

The Senedd and Westminster

James Williams

BBC Wales Brexit correspondent

The UK government makes what it calls a "considerable" offer to allay Welsh fears over devolution.

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Four arrests after Stanstead Abbotts stabbing

Four people, including two teenage boys, have been arrested after a man was stabbed in a Hertfordshire high street yesterday afternoon.

It happened just after 14:30 in Stanstead Abbotts when a 20-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach.

A 15-year-old boy from Ware; an 18-year-old from Widford; and a 16-year-old boy and a 53-year-old man, both from Stanstead Abbotts, have been arrested.

The victim was taken to hospital, where he remains.

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Hertfordshire - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J23 A1(M), because of a broken down car and all traffic being temporarily held.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J16 for M40.

M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J16 M40, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Heartbreak for Toddington florist burgled on Valentine’s Day

Dunstable Gazette

A Toddington florist was left heartbroken after her shop was broken into on Valentine’s Day, and she arrived to find her lovingly crafted bouquets and hampers stolen.

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J13 for A421 and J12 for A5120.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J13, A421 (Bedford) and J12, A5120 (Flitwick), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11A for Dunstable Northern Bypass and J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J11a Dunstable Northern Bypass and J11, A505 (Dunstable South), because of a broken down vehicle.

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