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  1. Live news, sport, weather and travel from across the East of England on Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. That's it from me!

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Thanks for reading today - it's been a busy one!

    Tomorrow Elinor will be with you; we'll have the story of 100 men from Northamptonshire who died in the Somme, a century ago.

    Have a good evening - and don't forget you can email us anything you think we'd find interesting.

  2. That's all from us at Essex Live

    That's all from the Essex Live team today - thanks for stopping by. 

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with another look at the county's news. 

    Have a great evening. 

  3. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

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

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with all your news, sport, weather and travel. 

    It's been a busy day as always with the main story being that by this evening we'll have a new prime minister. 

    As BBC Look East's political reporter Andrew Sinclair has spotted... storm clouds are currently gathering over Downing Street. 

    View more on twitter
  4. In the news on Essex Live today

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Here are the top stories we've covered in Essex today: 

    • A Harlow man has been handed a four-week prison sentence suspended for one year after sending a tweet saying he would "love" to shoot Harlow MP Robert Halfon
    • Passenger numbers at Stansted Airport have grown by 2.3 million in the last year  
    • The cast of Birds of a Feather are to travel abroad for a feature-length Christmas special, ITV has announced 
  5. Polish businesses vandalised in suspected racial attacks in Hoddeson

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Two Polish businesses in Hertfordshire have been vandalised in suspected racially-motivated attacks

    Police say Polskie Delikatesy in Hoddeson High Street was sprayed with offensive grafitti twice in the last week. 

    A similar incident also happened at Mieszko, on the High Street overnight between Monday and Tuesday. 

    Quote Message: A specially-trained hate crime officer is currently supporting the victims. Whilst nationally there has been an increase in hate crimes since the EU referendum, we have not seen the same level of increase in these types of crime in Hoddesdon. However, hate crime remains a priority for us and we will relentlessly pursue those that engage in such activity. from Ch Inps Ian Butler Hertfordshire Police
    Ch Inps Ian ButlerHertfordshire Police
  6. A beautiful morning

    BBC Weather Watchers

    WeatherWatcherWill sent us this absolute beauty this morning, from Welton.

    I think it's conclusive proof that Welton was the best place in our lovely county to spend this morning.


    Any showers will gradually fade away through this evening to leave a dry night with clear spells. It will turn fairly chilly for the time of year with temperatures falling into single figures in rural locations. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F). 

  7. Weather: Clear night for many but feeling cooler

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    A few scattered showers continuing tonight, but many places will be dry with clear spells and patchy cloud. Becoming cool with temperatures dipping to 9C (48F) in a light west or northwesterly breeze.


    Thursday will be mostly dry with sunny spells and patchy cloud, but the chance of a few isolated showers developing. Temperatures will reach highs of 21C (70F) in a light to moderate northwesterly wind.

    You can get a local forecast via BBC Weather.

  8. Three athletes from three counties off to Rio

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    It's been a great day for athletes across Beds, Herts and Bucks.  

    Not only is Milton Keynes' Greg Rutherford getting ready to hop on a plane to Rio, but he'll be joined by Hertfordshire sprinter Jodie Williams, who has been named in the 200 metres team.

    Jodie Williams

    And last but not least, Bedford runner Nigel Levine has been included in the 4x400m relay team.

  9. Rutherford on his way to Rio

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    At last it's official, the Milton Keynes long jump Olympic champion Greg Rutherford will defend his title in Rio this year, after being named in the Great Britain team for the Games. 

    Rutherford will go into the Olympics as the holder of all four major long jump titles.

    Last week he retained the European title in Amsterdam, with a leap of 8.25m. 

    Greg Rutherford
  10. Women formally 'radicalised' now helping others

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Today I met 'Mariam' (which isn't her real name). She was radicalised whilst at university and now works as an intervention provider and mentor and helps women at risk. 

    She was at the launch of a new film in Luton called 'Left Behind', to help families who might travel to conflict zones. 

    She told me having an "honest and open" relationship really helps families and especially young girls but the work she does isn't always openly discussed. 

    Kate Bradbrook interviewing 'Mariam'
  11. Forget a new prime minister... Essex MP wins Parliamentary Pet of the Year

    Everybody loves a story involving dogs, don't they?

    Well, a big congratulations is in order to Milo, who has been named Parliamentary Pet of the Year.

    Milo and Rebecca Harris

    The nine-month-old Lurcher is owned by the Conservative MP for Castle Point, Rebecca Harris, who tweeted: "Surely the most significant moment in Westminster today?"

  12. New counter-terrorism film launched

    Tom Percival

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Trying to stop people from travelling to Syria and joining the so-called Islamic State is a serious task. 

    A new film has been released by the police, aimed at people who may be thinking about doing so.

    Take a look - it's pretty direct.

    View more on youtube
  13. Man remanded in custody after being charged with murder of Buckinghamshire woman

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman who died of a head injury before her body was set alight.

    Albertina Choules, 81, died at her home in Ragmans Lane, near Marlow Bottom, on 6 July.

    Albertina Choules

    Tautuydas Narbutas, 23, of Chiltern Avenue, High Wycombe, appeared at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court charged with murder and two counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm. 

    He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Reading Crown Court tomorrow.

  14. Noughts and crosses in the sky?

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Could a number of planes be playing noughts and crosses in the sky? 

    This rather intriguing picture taken by Weather Watcher nemeses667 shows some airplane lines in the sky over Burnham in Buckinghamshire.

    Airplane tracks in the sky
  15. Local match for Cobblers to be televised

    Graham McKechnie

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    There are going to be plenty of mouth-watering league fixtures for Northampton Town this season. The promotion and relegation merry-go-round means the Cobblers travelling to MK Dons and Peterborough.


    It means more matches are likely to be televised - the first of them being the visit of MK Dons to Sixfields in the first few weeks of the season.

    The Football League has confirmed this afternoon that the match will move from 3 September to the following day, with a noon kick off. It'll be shown on Sky Sports. 

  16. Baby death serious case review: NHS responds

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Earlier we reported that a serious case review into the death of an 18-week-old baby in Northamptonshire found new services should be set up to help parents with mental health issues. 

    "Child M" died in March 2014. His mother was convicted of manslaughter, having told police that she had shaken him on more than one occasion. 

    In a joint statement, Nene and Corby CCGs told me they are "aware of the Child M report and recognise its importance. We are carefully and actively considering how best to respond to its recommendations".

    Among a series of recommendations, the report said better communication between midwives, health visitors and mental health teams is needed.