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Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

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A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, at J7 for A602 Broadhall Way.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - Road closed and it's slow moving on A1(M) southbound at J7, A602 (Stevenage South), because of an accident. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slip roads.

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

Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound

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A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound severe accident, from J7 for A602 Broadhall Way to J8 for A602 Stevenage.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - All traffic being temporarily held, an overturned car and an accident on A1(M) northbound from J7, A602 (Stevenage South) to J8, A602 (Stevenage).

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

How is your local A&E doing?

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Watford General Hospital, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust saw 81.2% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 87.6%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust a total of 2,464 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 76 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

How is your local A&E doing?

East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which runs The QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, missed its A&E waiting target of seeing patients in less than four hours last month.

Hospitals are meant to treat, assess or discharge 95% of patients in that time. East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust saw 80.5% according to figures released for April. This is down on the figure for 12 months ago, which was 85.6%.

How is your local A&E performing?
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At East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust a total of 2,615 patients were not seen within the four-hour window in April.

The trust was ranked 83 of 129 trusts of hospital trusts in England.

As a whole, the NHS has failed to meet this target since July 2015. A hospital trust's performance figures include the main accident and emergency department and any minor injuries or care centres it runs.

NHS England has asked patients only to attend A&E department with "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

Check NHS cancer, A&E, ops and mental health targets in your area.

This story has been generated using NHS data, BBC analysis and some automation.

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Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, between J8 for A602 Stevenage and J7 for A602 Broadhall Way.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - Stationary traffic on A1(M) southbound between J8, A602 (Stevenage) and J7, A602 (Stevenage South), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

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A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe disruption, from J8 for A602 Stevenage to J7 for A602 Broadhall Way.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A1(M) southbound from J8, A602 (Stevenage) to J7, A602 (Stevenage South), because of a police incident.

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

'Tories take a hit while Lib Dems gain ground'

Ben Schofield

Political Reporter, BBC Look East

With more councils being declared, two trends are emerging: the Conservatives taking a hit and the Liberal Democrats gaining ground.

In Welwyn Hatfield the Conservatives are now two short of a majority, having previously controlled the council by a whisker. The Lib Dems saw their seat tally here increase from eight to 12.

The Tories kept firm hold of East Hertfordshire Council, albeit with a reduced majority. The Lib Dems here have seen their ranks swell from just one councillor to six.

Little changed in Labour-held Stevenage and Luton.

The Green Party have two new seats in East Hertfordshire,

Not a good night for Tories in Herts and Beds

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

We're not even halfway there with the results yet, but 3 May is not a great day to be waking up as a Conservative in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Although they've held on to Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Dacorum and East Herts councils, they've lost overall control of both Welwyn Hatfield and St Albans, where Tory Leader Alec Campbell has lost his seat.

The Lib Dems have been the biggest benefactors from all of this, gaining more than 20 seats, while Labour have held Luton and Stevenage.

Friday's counts include all of Central Beds, Bedford's Mayoral election and a third of Milton Keynes Council, where the Tories are defending 12 seats.

And that means the day could yet get worse for the Conservatives.

Labour retain control in Stevenage

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

As expected, Labour has retained control in Stevenage where a third of the seats were up for election.

Of the 13 seats, Labour won nine, gaining two from the Conservatives but losing one to the Lib Dems, giving them 27 seats in total - a gain of one.

The Conservatives won the other two of the four seats they were defending, giving them seven seats on the council.

The Lib Dems also won two seats, giving them a total of five.

Stevenage Borough Council: Labour hold

Labour has retained control of the council in Stevenage.

Hertfordshire: Polls held for 10 councils

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

There have been no county council elections this year but all 10 lower-tier councils in Hertfordshire - the districts and the boroughs - have had ballots on Thursday.

In Dacorum, East Herts and Hertsmere, everybody is up for election, while a third of all councillors are standing in the other seven authorities: Broxbourne, North Herts, St Albans, Stevenage, Three Rivers, Watford and Welwyn Hatfield.

St Albans District Council
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The Conservatives run seven of the 10 authorities, with the Liberal Democrats in charge of Three Rivers and Watford, and Labour responsible for Stevenage.

The Tories are expected to hold Dacorum, East Herts, Hertsmere, Broxbourne and North Herts, while Labour should hold on to Stevenage and Watford is likely to stay Lib Dem.

But Welwyn nearly went to no overall control in 2018 and St Albans could also be interesting. There the Conservatives are defending 14 seats but have a majority of 12.

Three Rivers could go to no overall control, although the Tories are defending lots of seats.

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