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Severe accident: A5120 Bedfordshire both ways

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A5120 Bedfordshire both ways severe accident, between Greenfield Road and Steppingley Road.

A5120 Bedfordshire - A5120 Dunstable Road in Westoning closed and it's slow in both directions between the Greenfield Road junction and the Steppingley Road junction, because of an accident involving car and a lorry.

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Former England cricketer Monty Panesar wants people to stop knocking his hometown of Luton
Former England cricketer Monty Panesar on changing his view of his hometown.

Severe roadworks: A422 Bedfordshire both ways

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A422 Bedfordshire both ways severe roadworks, between A428 and A509.

A422 Bedfordshire - A422 closed in both directions between the A428 junction in Bedford and the A509 junction in Chicheley, because of resurfacing work. Diversion in operation - via Olney and Turvey using the A509 and A428.

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Severe accident: A1 Bedfordshire southbound

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A1 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, between the Edworth turn-off and A1.

A1 Bedfordshire - A1 in Edworth blocked and stationary southbound between the the Edworth turn-off junction and the A1(M) J10 (Stotfold junction, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: A1 Bedfordshire northbound

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A1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, from A603 to A421.

A1 Bedfordshire - A1 Great North Road closed and queues northbound from Sandy Roundabout in Sandy to Black Cat Roundabout in Chawston, because of emergency repairs. Diversion in operation - Hollow yellow triangle symbol, via the A603 and A421.

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Severe accident: A421 Bedfordshire southbound

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A421 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, at A1 Great North Road.

A421 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and queues on A421 southbound at Black Cat Roundabout, because of an accident involving motorbike. On the roundabout.

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

Blouse in fridge declared 'best mistake ever'

Those on the early shift at BBC Three Counties Radio in Dunstable were surprised to find that someone - hopefully a colleague - had left a white blouse in the office fridge overnight.

Marveling at the workmate's forward-planning skills in advance of what could be the UK's hottest day ever (imagine arriving after a hot commute and slipping in to something cool), it prompted a breakfast phone-in on novel ways to beat the heat.

Blouse in the fridge
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However, it turned out that said colleague left it there "by mistake" - as you do - while collecting her sandwiches from the fridge before leaving on Wednesday.

However, posing in the white shirt in sweltering midday temperatures, journalist Jane Killick declared her lapse the "best mistake ever" and is going to put it back in there tonight!

Jane Killick
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Buildings offered up as heat respite

A thoughtful council has offered up one of its rooms today for people to gain respite from the heat.

Flitwick Town Council said it had opened its main function suite in The Rufus Centre to residents of the Bedfordshire town.

The Lockyer Suite is fully air-conditioned, has free wifi, games for the children and a quiet corner for reading. It will be open until 17:00.

The Rufus Centre
Flitwick Town Council

Meanwhile, All Saints church in the village of Milton in Cambridgeshire has also been opened as a "heat sanctuary" as it's "nice and cool" inside, churchwarden Nat Johnson said.

It will be open until 16:00.

UK heatwave: Rail companies urge passengers not to travel

With temperatures predicted to soar to an unprecedented high of 39C (102F) today, many train companies in the eastern region are urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Network Rail has announced that speed restrictions will be in place for most of the day because of fears that rail tracks could buckle.

Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern have said there will be delays and cancellations to services across the whole network.

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East Midlands trains are not calling at Bedford and Southern trains to Milton Keynes are not running.

Greater Anglia has advised people against travelling unless its urgent.

John Halsall, from Network Rail, said: "I've been working on the railway for 10 years - I've never encountered temperatures like this or put in the level of blanket speeds that we're talking about.

"We're not making this decision easily but it is essential in terms of passenger safety."

Severe disruption: A1 Bedfordshire southbound

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A1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, from A421 to A603.

A1 Bedfordshire - A1 High Road closed southbound from Black Cat Roundabout in Chawston to Sandy Roundabout in Sandy, because of a burst water pipe. Diversion in operation - Hollow Diamon diversion symbol, via the A421 and A603 through Great Barford, Bedford and Willington.

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Severe accident: A421 Bedfordshire southbound

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A421 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, from A6 to A428 The Branston Way.

A421 Bedfordshire - Lane closed on A421 southbound from the A6 junction to Marsh Leys Roundabout, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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