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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 19 May 2017
  2. Trains delays are expected until the afternoon after signalling problems caused chaos for London commuters
  3. Jobs will go in Charles Wells brewery sale
  4. Luton Town miss out on League Two play-off final

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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City celebrate Watford win

Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport

Manchester City seal their place in next season's Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola's debut season.

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Goodbye

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Well, that's the end of another busy week here on the Local Live news feed for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

The team won't be here this weekend, but we will be back on Monday morning bringing you more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00.

Whatever your doing this weekend, we all hope it's a good one.

Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J4 for A404 and J5 for A40.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 northbound between J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout) and J5, A40 (Stokenchurch), because of an accident.

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

Watch: The banana piano

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A local charity is using music, including a banana piano, to engage adults with learning difficulties.

Electric Umbrella, based in Watford, works with people to encourage them to make music, work in groups and perform.

The banana piano is one of many musical instruments the charity uses - the "makey-makey" technology can turn anything conductive into an instrument, including people.

Charity uses a banana piano to help adults with learning difficulties

Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, between J7 for A602 and J6 for A1000.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A1(M) southbound between J7, A602 (Stevenage) and J6, A1000 (Welwyn), because of an accident.

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

Overnight weather: Further showers but some clear spells too

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening and overnight we'll see a mixture of showers and clear spells, with mainly light winds.

Temperatures will drop to about 7C (45F).

Overnight weather map
BBC

There'll be a chilly start to the day on Saturday, with a few overnight showers lingering, but many parts will start dry with some sunshine.

More showers will eventually push in from the south-west, some of which could be heavy and thundery.

Highs of about 16C (61F).

Sunday should be largely dry, and feel a bit warmer.

Mazzarri prepares for 'emotional' goodbye at Watford

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford's outgoing manager Walter Mazzarri has thanked his players and the fans today as he prepares for his final match in charge of the club on Sunday.

The Italian was sacked on Wednesday but will lead the Hornets against Manchester City in two days' time.

"I would like to thank all the main characters of this season and these are the players and the fans," he said.

Walter Mazzarri
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"I want to say I always gave everything I had here at Watford. I've been working 15 hours a day every day so I'm very tired.

"Sometimes, even though it doesn't look like it, I am a person who keeps a lot of things inside. I do tend to be emotional. Also, it will be my last game and the thought of it is something I didn't imagine so it will be very emotional."

Peter Shickle murder: A 'vicious and sustained attack'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

At today's sentencing hearing for John Jamieson and Graham King for the murder of Peter Shickle, judge Richard Foster said: "There was a significant degree of premeditation to find Peter Shickle with the intention of inflicting really serious bodily harm in what was a revenge attack.

"The jury must have been satisfied that you entered his flat intending to inflict really serious bodily harm or death. You were both the aggressors throughout - this was not a case of excessive self defence."

John Jamieson
Hertforshire Police
John Jamieson

Luton Crown Court heard the pair went to Mr Shickle's flat planning revenge after he had been involved in an altercation with Jamieson's mother outside a pub in Stevenage a week earlier, on 28 October.

Graham King
Hertfordshire Police
Graham King

Insp Pushpa Guild from Hertfordshire Police said: "Jamieson and King carried out a vicious and sustained attack on Peter in his own home, which they had planned after hearing about the incident involving Jamieson's mother.

“They will now both serve long sentences in prison where they will have time to reflect on the consequences of their actions."

BreakingTwo men jailed for flat-screen TV murder

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Two men have been jailed for life for a revenge murder in which a large flat-screen TV was used as a weapon.

John Jamieson and Graham King have been sentenced at Luton Crown Court after being found guilty of murdering Peter Shickle (below) at his Stevenage flat on 6 November.

Jamieson, 36, of Wigram Way, Stevenage, has been given a minimum term of 19 years before he can apply for parole. Smith, 36, of Harrow Court, Stevenage, received a minimum term of 16 years.

Peter Shickle
Hertfordshire Police

Dementia worker to bring 'peace of mind' to families

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Today I've met Sue Greaves and her mother Margery King, who has dementia.

Sue feels the new Dementia Support Worker set up by Bedfordshire Police is a really "important role".

She told me it meant officers would now have a database on patients that could or have gone missing, saying "the quicker you can get them out there to look for them, that valuable time you can have to find them and bring them home safely".

Sue Greaves and Margery King
BBC

She thinks the idea will work like "insurance", saying "hopefully you never have to use it, but it's there if you need it".

The biggest thing she believes it will bring her and others is "peace of mind".

First ever Dementia Support Worker starts job with police

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

In Bedfordshire almost 7,000 people are living with dementia and every year about 100 of them go missing.

So to deal with this, Bedfordshire Police has become the first force in the country to have a Dementia Support Worker.

Catherine Bishop (left) works for the Alzheimer's Society and is based at the force's headquarters in Kempston.

Catherine Bishop dementia support worker with Sue Greaves and Margery King
BBC

Her role is to improve the way the police respond when someone goes missing, and in many cases to stop it from happening in the first place.

She says it's an "innovative" idea.

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J23 for A1 and J24 for A111 affecting J22 for A1081.

M25 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J23 A1(M) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J22, A1081 (St Albans).

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

Rail disruption: Delays expected until 16:00

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

I'm at St Albans Station where things are slowly getting back to normal on East Midlands and Thameslink trains into London, but some problems remain.

After signalling problems first thing this morning a number of trains were cancelled and delayed.

Destination boards
BBC

The very latest is there will now be disruption until about 16:00.

Destination boards
BBC

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound at J11 A505 Dunstable Road, 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, at J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - M1 exit slip road closed and slow traffic southbound at J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Teenager hurt after being hit by car

A 14-year-old girl suffered leg injuries after being hit by a car in Bletchley on Wednesday.

Police said the girl was struck by a silver car that looked like a Renault Clio at about 15:35 near the junction of Clifford Avenue and Duncombe Street.

They say the female driver of the car did stop, but after checking on the teenager drove off.

Police now want to speak to her. She's described as an Asian woman, in her 30s and was wearing a hijab.

Water Eaton Road
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Watford 'lacked ambition', says Mazzarri

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Walter Mazzarri has his final pre-match press conference today and it's set to be an awkward one.

The Italian was sacked on Wednesday and he's since spoken to Spanish media saying Watford lacked the ambition and mentality of some of his former clubs. How will he respond to some no-doubt uncomfortable questions today?

The search for his successor continues.

Hull boss Marco Silva is thought to be the number one choice.

Walter Mazzarri
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Former Russia national manager Leonid Slutsky, ex Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri and former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli are also being mentioned.

Many Watford fans would also be happy to see the return of Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, who led the Hornets to the Premier League two years ago.

HMP Spring Hill absconder found

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A prisoner who absconded from HMP Spring Hill in Buckinghamshire more than a month ago has been found.

Thames Valley Police says Mark Merchant, 40, has been located.

He absconded from the open prison, close to Aylesbury, on 4 April.

A 'wail' of time had in Hitchin 44 years ago

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

Three little birds have told me that 44 years ago today the legendary reggae superstar Bob Marley and The Wailers played at Hitchin Town Hall.

Hitchin Town Hall
Humphrey Bolton/Geograph

The band came to the the town as part their "Catch A Fire" tour in 1973 on 19 May.

Bob Marley
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Dorrel Haynes, who was there, said: "It was a privilege that such an upcoming star came to Hitchin, it was so well attended too.

"We already knew all about The Wailers from Jamaica before he came here, so it was really exciting."

She added: "It was about the same time that Desmond Decker and Stevie Wonder also came to Hitchin to play - as it was quite a small town then, it really put Hitchin on the map."

Peppa Pig owner Entertainment One announces new series

BBC Business News

Entertainment One, the company that owns Peppa Pig, has announced it is working on a new series of the popular pre-school cartoon.

It expects 117 episodes to be aired around the world from the spring of 2019.

The new series of cartoons will be made by the format's original creators, Astley Baker Davies.

Entertainment One (eOne) has a majority stake in the animation studio and has helped make Peppa Pig a global brand.

It could mean more work for Harley Bird, from Tring, who was recently unveiled as the voice of Peppa.

Meet the voice of Peppa Pig

Norwich City confirm five friendlies

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City have announced five pre-season friendlies for the summer.

The Canaries will play Brighton, who are managed by former boss Chris Hughton, at Carrow Road on Saturday 29 July in their final warm-up match ahead of the new Championship season.

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Norwich will visit Lowestoft Town, Stevenage, Charlton Athletic and Cambridge United during July.

Man treated after bungalow fire

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man has been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a fire at a bungalow in Stony Stratford this morning.

Bungalow fire
Bucks and MK fire

Up to 20 firefighters were called to the end of terrace home in Ousebank Way, which was left severely damaged.

Bungalow fire
Bucks and MK fire

The fire service says it "worked hard" to stop it spreading to the neighbouring property, but it did damage a section of the roof.

Bungalow fire
Bucks and MK fire

Crews from Great Holm, Bletchley, Newport Pagnell and Broughton attended.

Bungalow fire
Bucks and MK fire

Charles Wells sale: 'Jobs will go'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The boss of the company taking over the Charles Wells brewery in Bedford says some job losses are likely, but it won't be "hundreds".

Charles Wells announced yesterday that it's selling its Bedford brewery and some of its brands to rival Marston's, but it will keep its chain of pubs and open another smaller brewery in the town.

Marston's managing director, Richard Westwood, said most brewery staff were safe, but there would be fewer jobs in either Bedford or at Marston's in areas that overlap - like sales, marketing, admin and finance.

Charles Wells brewery
BBC

He added that by about 22:30 last night the company spoken to about 330 members of staff.

He made it clear the company would "continue to invest in the brewery".

Severe accident: A5 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, between Flying Fox Roundabout and Little Brickhill.

A5 Bedfordshire - A5 closed and slow traffic northbound between the Flying Fox Roundabout junction and the Little Brickhill junction, because of a serious accident. Police directing traffic.

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

Just Eat and Hungryhouse merger faces competition probe

BBC Business News

Borehamwood-based Just Eat's £200m plan to take over rival food delivery service Hungryhouse faces a hurdle.

The proposed deal has been referred for an in-depth investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Both companies take online orders from customers and act as delivery middle men between them and restaurants.

However, the CMA is worried that the combination of the two companies could mean worse terms for the restaurants.

The probe will run until November this year.

Mobile phone with Just Eat app on
PA

Rail disruption: Expected to continue into the afternoon

BBC News Travel

Although things are starting to get back to normal on East Midlands and Thameslink trains after the earlier signal problems, National Rail says disruption is now expected until 14:00.

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Luton Town: Birthday surprise for 84-year-old mascot

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It was the "best evening of my life".

That's what birthday boy John Fry, 84, said last night after he was honoured with leading the club out that he'd supported for more than 50 years.

He was chosen to be the Luton Town mascot after his son, Matt, organised it as a surprise birthday present.

Luton Town Football club with John Fry Mascot
Pete Norton/Getty Images

He got a massive cheer from the crowd when he came on next to the captain, Scott Cuthbert.

He said he was "overawed" by the whole experience and had a "fantastic time".

We believe he's the oldest mascot the Hatters has ever had.

BBC Election Panel: Your thoughts on transport

The BBC is running an election panel, asking voters for their thoughts ahead of 8 June.

We asked:

Labour has proposed the railways should be re-nationalised. What are your views? What other transport or infrastructure issues need tackling, in your view, if any?

Railway
BBC

And you said:

Amanda, Peterborough: "I do not really have an opinion on this as I never use the railways. However, if it lowers the price for commuters and travellers then it may be a good thing."

Marilyn Samuel, Luton: "I agree to Labour's policy to propose to re-nationalise the railways and I agree to keep fares down and at a fair price, more affordable and a reliable transport system."

Barbara, Chelmsford: "I think that railways are great as they're now. No changes needed."

Jonathan, Norwich: "It would take billions to overhaul the railways, maybe the money would be better spent on trams going into major cities at affordable prices."

Jade, Southend: "Buses and trains need upgrading and a better service. If they want less people to drive cars, public transports need a lot of improvement."

Malcolm Younger, Ipswich: "If a nationalised railway could work cheaply and efficiently I would be for it. But don't think that they can so should be left as they are."

Luton Town: 'Nathan's our manager'

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

With speculation linking Luton Town manager Nathan Jones with the vacancy at Wigan Athletic, chief executive Gary Sweet has told the BBC they are already planning with Jones for next season.

Nathan Jones
Getty Images

"Nathan's our manager, there's been no formal or informal enquiry from Wigan or any other club for Nathan Jones in the last few weeks," he said.

"There was a little bit of a mumbling back at the beginning of the year but Nathan is such a Luton through and through guy and he loves this club, he loves working for us, he was so enthusiastic about next season regardless of what league we're in."

Luton Town: Crowd was 'unbelievable', chief executive says

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

In the wake of Luton Town's defeat in the League Two play-off semi-final, the Hatters' chief executive has spoken of his pride in the club's fans.

Happy Hatty
Getty Images

Gary Sweet said the response of the crowd made him and his fellow directors all the more determined to deliver a new stadium.

"We're in a new training ground, we've got a planning application pending, we are strong, we are battlers," he said.

"I was so, so proud of these people tonight, 10,000 Luton fans in here that sung their hearts out, it was unbelievable.

"It made every one of us sitting in the director's box hair stand on end, it was such a proud moment."

Rail disruption: Trains running again

BBC News Travel

The good news is East Midlands and Thameslink trains are now running again into London, but there are still delays.

The earlier fault between St Albans and Luton has been fixed and trains are now operating between Luton and London St Pancras International.

There are currently delays of up to an hour and this could continue until 13:00.

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Luton Town: Nathan Jones defends subsitution

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

As I'm sure pretty much everyone knows by now, Luton Town will still be in League Two next season after a dramatic night at Kenilworth Road.

A stoppage time equaliser saw the Hatters lose their semi-final against Blackpool on aggregate.

Alan Sheehan
Getty Images

The manager defended his decision to make just one substitution - with the prospect of extra-time looming.

After 82 minutes he took off Olly Lee bringing on Jordan Cook, but left strikers Jack Marriott and Ollie Palmer on the bench.

Blackpool used all their substitutes - one of whom scored.

"It was the right time to do it," he said.

"And then you're thinking about the penalty takers... so many things go through your mind but we just had to see it out.

"They had a corner and if we'd just been able to see that out then we would have been able to regroup and go on, but it wasn't to be."

Weather: Wet and windy

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will see plenty of cloud with outbreaks of rain and it will turn more showery in the afternoon. Some brighter intervals may develop later.

It will be rather breezy, although winds will ease through the afternoon.

Watch my full forecast below...

For more where you live, visit BBC Weather.

Luton manager 'shell-shocked' and 'devastated' as Hatters lose play-off semi

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton Town have missed out on a promotion play-off final at Wembley after a stoppage time equaliser saw the Hatters lose their League Two play-off semi against Blackpool.

James Justin, Luton Town
Getty Images

On a dramatic night at Kenilworth Road, Nathan Jones' side led 3-1, but drew 3-3 to go out 6-5 on aggregate.

Manager Nathan Jones said: "I'm a bit shell-shocked, a little bit devastated to be honest with you.

"When everything dies down I'll look at it with a lot of pride in the way we played tonight.

"We were a good side - we were a naive side at times and that's the reason we'll still be playing League Two football next year."

Travel: Lorry crashes at low rail bridge in Bucks

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Away from the rail disruption in Beds and Herts, if your route this morning is going to take you along Station Road in Burnham, Bucks, then be prepared for delays.

The road is expected to be closed until 09:30 after a vehicle struck a bridge.

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Rail disruption: Signalling fixed, but disruption will continue

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

We've had an update from Thameslink to say that the signalling problem has just been fixed, but there will be continued disruption throughout the morning.

Roger Perkins from Thameslink said: "Network Rail have now got the signalling up and running again and we will soon, we hope, be able to start running our trains again, but they really are very much backed up and completely in the wrong place.

"It's such a busy service it takes a really long time to get everything back and running on the normal timetable so there will be disruption right through the morning."

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Rail disruption: Network Rail working on signal problem

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

As we've been mentioning, there's problems on the Thameslink line this morning - a signalling fault between Luton and Harpenden has left lines in both directions blocked.

Roger Perkins from Thameslink said the issue started just before 02:00.

"Network Rail have been doing their best to try to get to the bottom of what it is, they've been steadily restoring bits of the signalling but we're still in a situation [where] we can't run anything and that has a very major effect on the services we run, or in fact can't run unfortunately," he said.

"It means that passengers trying to get into work today are really going to face a lot of disruption."

National Rail has warned passengers services may be cancelled or delayed by up to 90 minutes.

Tickets are being accepted on Great Northern, South West Trains and Southern services via any reasonable route; buses between Elephant and Castle, Elstree and Borehamwood, and the London Underground by any reasonable route.