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Caroline Chapman

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A superb first-half performance earns Arsenal their first Premier League win of the season against Watford.

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Our live coverage through the day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for regular updates from all the Local Live team here at Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday morning with all your news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great bank holiday weekend. 

One of the main stories we've been following today is the moving of the Airlander 10 back into its home at Hangar 1 in Cardington, after it nosedived on its second test flight on Wednesday. 

Steve Marshall took some fantastic photos of Martha Gwyn as she was being towed. 

We've put them together and made a little film, which you can watch below. 

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Weather: Staying dry this evening, possible thunderstorms tonight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will start dry with clear spells allowing a few mist or fog patches to form, but cloud will increase from the south with one or two thunderstorms possible later. 

A fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures down to 11C (52F).

Weather map for the East of England
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There will be some hazy sunshine in places on Saturday, but showers and thunderstorms will tend to merge into longer spells of rain, giving the risk of some local flooding. 

Feeling quite humid, with temperatures potentially as high as 25C (77F).

Get your local Bank Holiday forecast at BBC Weather.

Whitlock busts his moves all over the country

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It's certainly been a busy week for double gold winning Olympian Max Whitlock. 

Not content with winning three medals at the Rio Olympics, since he arrived back home on Tuesday he's been busting his moves all over the country. 

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock
Maz Whitlock on BBC Breakfast
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Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock

Man jailed for second time for air arms offences

A man from Bedford found with a shotgun in the taxi he was travelling in has been jailed for seven years. 

Tests found DNA belonging Nazidh Shehzad, 35, on the weapon, which was in the boot along with four shotgun cartridges and a stash of heroin. 

Shehzad had previously served a five-and-a-half jail sentence for having a sawn-off shotgun which was found in his home.

Nazish Shehzad
Bedfordshire Police
Shotgun
Bedfordshire Police
Cartridges and drugs
Bedfordshire Police

Convicted rapist showed 'no remorse'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

"You callously abused her. The psychological effects on her were very serious and likely to be long-term. The offences were pre-planned and were motivated by your desire for sexual gratification."

Those are the words of Judge Andrew Bright, who today sentenced, Alfred Lines, 74, to over 10 years in jail for the rape and abuse of a young girl in Hertfordshire. 

Referring to the interview with a probation officer before he was sentenced, the judge said Lines, who had been married for 50 years, had shown "self pity, not remorse".

Teenage rape victim unable to 'forgive attacker'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

After Alfred Lines, 74, from Little Paxton in Cambridgeshire was sentenced to more than 10 years in jail for the rape of a young girl, the victim read a statement out at St Albans Crown Court. 

She was aged between 11 and 12 when she was abused in Ware, Hertfordshire, and is now a teenager.

She said: "I have been unable to grow up. I am afraid to have a boyfriend. I can't get it out of my mind that something like this will happen again. I cannot forgive him. I think he should go to prison, regardless of his age."

St Albans Crown Court
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Pensioner jailed for rape of teenager

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A 74-year-old Cambridgeshire man has been jailed for 10 years and four months for the rape and sexual abuse of a young girl.  

Alfred Lines from Little Paxton, St Neots, pleaded guilty to two charges of rape of a child under 13, two of sexual assault on a child aged under 13 and one of assault by penetration. 

He was sentenced today at St Albans Crown Court for the attacks which happened in Ware, Hertfordshire, when the victim was aged between 11 and 12. 

Alfred Lines
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Inmate dies at Woodhill prison

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man has died at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes, a coroner's officer has said. 

The prison has come under increased scrutiny from inspectors over the number of deaths at the prison in recent years.

The coroner's officer was notified of the latest death on Thursday afternoon.   

Exterior view of HMP Woodhill
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Record-breaking bank holiday weekend expected at Luton Airport

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

This bank holiday weekend could be the busiest yet for Luton Airport, in its 78-year history. 

Between now and Monday the airport is expecting about 200,000 passengers to arrive and depart. That's up 15% on this time last year. 

Some of the most popular destinations this weekend, if you fancy packing your bags, are Copenhagen, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Palma De Mallorca.

Passengers boarding a plane at Luton Airport
London Luton Airport
Tommie Hoban and Derrick Williams

Blackburn Rovers sign Derrick Williams for an undisclosed fee from Bristol City, while Tommie Hoban joins from Watford.

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Leonie Troke

A driver who paralysed her own daughter in a crash, and killed an elderly passenger in the car she hit, is handed a community service order

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Things hotting up in St Albans

BBC Weather Watchers

Temperatures of up to 24C (75F) were forecast for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire today but it seems like things are really hotting up in St Albans. 

Weather Watcher Team amazing says the temperature hit 31C (88F) in St Albans this morning. 

St Albans
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Troke sentencing: Judge expresses sadness

Gareth George

BBC Look East

At today's sentencing at Colchester Magistrates' Court, judge John Woollard told Leonie Troke: "I want to express the sadness that I have that nothing I could do today will have the effect of bringing Mrs Wilcox back, or repair the serious injuries caused to your daughter." 

Troke, from Wendover in Buckinghamshire, sat in the dock with her head bowed and broke down. 

She was ordered to do 180 hours community service, disqualified from driving for 18 months, and ordered to pay £145 in court costs and charges. 

Colchester Magistrates' Court
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Outside court, the family of Jean Wilcox, 82, - the passenger who died in the crash -  said they were happy with the sentence.   

Troke sentencing: Mother 'clipped kurb' in accident that paralysed daughter and killed pensioner

Gareth George

BBC Look East

The judge at Colchester Magistrates' Court heard how the crash happened in July 2015 near the village of Great Wigborough in Essex when Buckinghamshire mother, Leonie Troke was driving a VW Polo. 

Her two daughters, aged five and two, were in the back. 

The court heard she clipped the kerb or a rut in the road, tried to correct the steering, overcompensated, and veered across to the other carriageway, crashing into a Vauxhall Astra. 

Her five-year-old daughter Lucille suffered injuries to her liver, spleen, lungs, spine and has been left paralysed from the waist down. 

Jan Wilcox, 82, from Waltham Cross who was a passenger in the Astra, died at the scene. 

Mother who paralysed own daughter in crash given community service order

Gareth George

BBC Look East

A mother who paralysed her own daughter in a crash in Essex, which also killed an elderly passenger, has been given a community service order. 

Leonie Troke, 38, of Halton Lane, Wendover, Aylesbury, had admitted causing death by careless driving. 

She was sentenced today at Colchester Magistrates' Court. 

Leonie Troke
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In pictures part three: Airlander 10 being towed into hangar

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

This is the third and final part of a series of images taken by Steve Marshall of Martha Gwyn (aka Airlander 10), as she was being towed back into Hanger 1 at Cardington airfield. 

She's now back safely inside and will be assessed and repaired so she can go back into the sky and continue her test flights. 

Airlander going into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander going into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander back in hangar
Steve Marshall

In pictures part two: Airlander 10 being towed into hangar

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Here's the next series of pictures taken by Steve Marshall as the Airlander 10 was being towed back into it's hangar yesterday afternoon after it's nose dive landing on Wednesday. 

He said it was "totally awesome" seeing it move. 

He was taking some photos of the open she as "its never open". Then he went round to photo Airlander 10 and when he realised it was moving he raced back to photograph it.

Here are the images:

Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall

In pictures: Airlander 10 being towed into hangar

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Yesterday Steve Marshall just happened to be in the right place at the right time. 

He was in Cardington at about 15:30, while on a local delivery, when the Airlander 10, was being towed from it's landing position back into Hangar 1. 

Here are some of his excellent photos.

Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall
Airlander being towed into hangar
Steve Marshall

Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton second after first practice at Spa

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Spa-Francorchamps

Nico Rosberg was comfortably fastest ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a low-key first practice session at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The German was 0.73 seconds quicker than Hamilton, from Stevenage, who was just 0.069secs ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Mercedes were the only team to run the fastest tyre, the super-soft, as the team plan a weekend on which they know Hamilton will start from the back.

The world champion has a grid penalty for using too many engine parts.

Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes
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CCTV images released after pensioner has purse stolen

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A 77-year-old woman has had her purse stolen from Tesco in Harefield road in Rickmansworth between 14:00 and 15:00 on Tuesday.

Police say it's left her "extremely upset" as it contained a photo of her late husband and is of "great sentimental value".

The images below show two people police they would like to talk to in connection with the theft. 

CCTV images
Hertfordshire Police

Airlander 10: 'Falling with style'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Footage of the Airlander 10, taking a nose-dive on it's second flight has received thousands of views on YouTube

Here are just some of the best comments we've come across: 

  • "It's not crashing, it's falling with style."
  • "That was the most graceful crash I've ever seen."
  • "If all air crashes in the world were like this video, then nobody would feel any fear about flying."
  • "Safer than a plane crash. I hope to see these flying everywhere in the next 10 years. Keep it up, Airlander team. Literally."
  • "I wish that was the worst that could happen with current aircraft."
Airlander landing
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Police investigating theft of three coffins

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

Police are trying to solve the mystery of three coffins found in a lay-by in Newport Pagnell. 

They were spotted by passers-by near the Chicheley Hill roundabout yesterday afternoon. 

Two were wooden and one was metal. 

Thames Valley police say they were empty and are looking into whether they were stolen. They're appealing for witnesses. 

Herts golfer misses out on golfing history

BBC Sport

Hertfordshire's Tom Lewis has missed out on creating golf history, after looking set to shoot the first 59 on the European Tour before carding three late bogeys at a the Made in Denmark tournament yesterday.

Lewis, from Welwyn Garden City, was 12 under par after 13 holes, but finished with a nine-under-par 62, equalling the course record.

He said: "Maybe I thought too much or tried too hard, hence the finish." 

Tom Lewis
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Prince William comforted my son over his mother’s death

BBC Radio 5 Live

It's been revealed that while on a visit to Luton this week, Prince William shared his experience of losing his mother with a teenage boy whose mother died of cancer last year aged 40.

During a visit to Keech Hospice, the Duke of Cambridge told Ben Hines, 14, that he missed his own mother Diana, Princess of Wales, every day and that "time makes it easier".

Ben's father Gary Hines told 5 live's Peter Allen that the prince was very comforting to his son.

"Himself and Kate were incredibly caring - he said: 'I know how you feel and time will help'.'"

Airlander 10: Back in the hangar

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The world's longest aircraft which nosedived on its second flight this week is now "safely back in the hangar".

Hybrid Air Vehicles tweeted to say it will now "assess, repair and get it flightworthy again".

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Duke of Cambridge reveals emotional impact behind air ambulance role

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Prince William has given a small glimpse in to the emotionally harrowing impact of being a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Speaking at a visit to a youth mental health charity, he said that he was "carrying a lot of things at the moment".

He was about to listen in as volunteers answered real helpline calls when he requested "an easy one".

"I'll be in floods of tears at the end otherwise.

"I've had too many sad families with the air ambulance so I can't have any more stuff. Something on the lower level if I can," said the future King.

The ambulance service covers counties including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Bedfordshire, extending to Essex and Hertfordshire at night.

Prince Williams walks away from an air ambulance
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Students ungraded after 'too much help' from teachers

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Pupils at Harlington Upper School in Bedfordshire studying for a Cambridge National Certificate in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) have all been given a U because the exam board believed they had had too much help.

Harlington Upper School
Google

The OCR Examination Board told the school it "could not accept the work submitted" because it believed "all students received a level of assistance from teachers beyond that permitted by the specification".

The school says it's treating it as a "very serious matter" and is going to see if the decision can be appealed.

In a letter to parents, head teacher Shawn Fell said: "I am currently carrying out an investigation to establish if it is possible for this decision to be reviewed."

Man arrested over Milton Keynes stabbing

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, after a woman was stabbed outside the civic offices in Milton Keynes on Monday morning.

Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes
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Thames Valley Police said a 25-year-old man from Wolverhampton had been detained following the attack on a 34-year-old woman in Saxon Gate East.

The victim remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Belgian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton confirms Spa grid penalty

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Spa-Francorchamps

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton says he will try to limit the damage to his title hopes in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix after confirming he will take a grid penalty.

Brackley-based Mercedes said it was likely Hamilton would start from "the back of the field or very close".

Lewis Hamilton
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Hamilton has to use more than the permitted number of engine parts after problems early in the season.

"In terms of winning, that's the goal, but it will be very hard," Hamilton, who has a 19-point title lead, said.

"It is about minimising the damage of taking the penalty."

Travel: Eight-mile queue on M25

BBC Travel

Traffic is queuing for eight miles on the anti-clockwise M25 between J16 for the M40 and J18 for the A404 at Chrleywood due to an earlier accident between a car and a motorbike just after J16.

All lanes have now been re-opened but congestion remains.

Get the latest updates from BBC Travel.

Weather: Dry and fine with sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Any early showers and cloud will soon clear, to leave a fine and sunny day for all with a high of 24C (75F).

Here's my full forecast...

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Welcome back

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

...to the live page for Beds, Herts and Bucks, where we'll bring you all the news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day.

We'll bring you a full weather forecast shortly but this Weather Watchers picture, taken in Clapham in Bedfordshire, this morning make the day look as if it might be a bright and sunny one.

Clapham
BBC

Meanwhile, the tourism agency Visit England has said about 5.1 million people will be heading off on holiday within the UK over the bank holiday weekend, so as the big Friday getaway begins, we'll keep you posted about any traffic problems.   

The Hunna

Steve Holden

Newsbeat reporter

The Watford band chat about their US record deal and the build up to the release of their debut album.

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Our live coverage across the day

That's all for our regular live updates across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire for today.

We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 but in the meantime, any breaking news stories will be posted here overnight.

Have a good evening.

The Chronicles of Luton's Nadiya begins

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

In case you missed it - and I've got to catch up on it too - Great British Bake Off winner of 2015, Nadiya Hussain, had the first episode of her new series air last night.

The Luton-born baking extraordinaire's BBC One series The Chronicles of Nadiya started after GBBO, at 21:00.

Nadiya and a quote from her reads "Once you've had a taste of Paul and Mary, you have to strive for perfection"
BBC

In episode one, Nadiya cooks a treat with her mum for other family members, asking they pray for her, before she sets off on her journey to explore Bangladesh like she's never done before.

Here's a taste (excuse the pun) of the show:

Nadiya shares the cooking with her mum before leaving the village.

Airlander crash: Pilots walked away 'without a scratch'

Airlander nosedives in Bedfordshire
SBNA

It's been confirmed that the Airlander airship hit power cables before it crash landed in Bedfordshire yesterday. 

Hybrid Air Vehicles, which owns the aircraft, says its mooring line made contact with a power line. They say no damage was caused and it didn't contribute to the heavy landing. 

Despite damage to the cockpit, chief executive Steve McGlennan says the pilots weren't hurt and "walked away from the aircraft without a scratch".

He added: "We gave them a precautionary medical, as you'd imagine, but they're both in work today helping the team carry on with the business."