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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks for joining us today and indeed all this week.

    We'll be back Monday morning from 08:00 with up-to-date news, sport, weather and travel updates from around the county.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Our live updates across the day

    Helen Popham

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for our regular updates of news, travel, weather and sport from all the team here at Local Live for Northamptonshire.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

    Enjoy what looks like a mostly dry weekend ahead!

  3. Good bye for now

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

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

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

    You can read all the stories from today by scrolling through the page.

    As you can see the champagne is nearly on ice at Herfordshire's Elstree studios. 

    It is of course the venue for the return of Strictly Come Dancing tonight on BBC One at 21:00.

    Stictly Come Dancing Champagne

    The photo was taken by Milton Keynes' Greg Rutherford who's paired up with Natalie Lowe. 

    He says "because it's personalised I can't drink it and feel I need to save it". 

  4. St Ives shop owner blames guided busway for trade downturn

    And finally, what do you think of this? 

    A trader from St Ives is blaming the guided busway for a reduction in footfall in her shop.

    Jaqui Wilkinson, owner of The Car Bar, suggests the busway encourages people to head into Cambridge, rather than shopping in St Ives.

    Mrs Wilkinson says her shop may have to close after trading for 31 years.  

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    Video caption: A trader from St Ives blames the guided busway for a reduction in footfall in her shop.

    You can watch more on the guided busway and the future of transport in Cambridgeshire on BBC Look East at 18:30 on BBC One.

  5. Overnight and Saturday weather: Dry and clear, with spells of sunshine

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It will stay dry tonight with long clear spells, but high cloud will increase from the west through the early hours. Not as chilly as last night, with temperatures falling to 8C (46F) in a light southerly breeze.

    Weekend weather forecast

    It should be dry on Saturday with spells of hazy sunshine, although large amounts of high cloud at times. Feeling warm with temperatures reaching highs of 24C (75F), but with a noticeably gusty southerly wind.

    Get the full forecast where you live at BBC Weather.

  6. Posh look for win, as chairman celebrates 10 years in charge

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    Peterborough United host Walsall on Saturday, hoping to overturn a slight blip in recent form.

    Posh suffered at the hands of Sheffield United last weekend, following a run of draws.

    The team will also be hoping for a win to commemorate chairman Darragh MacAnthony, who celebrates 10 years in charge this week.

    Darragh MacAnthony

    MacAnthony bought the club from current Posh director of football Barry Fry in 2006, to become the youngest owner of an English club. 

    The 40-year-old Irishman is renowned for being one of the most outspoken people in football and is one of few chairmen to be active on Twitter. His interview quotes and social media outbursts have provided many column inches.

    Take a look back on 10 years of Darragh here.

    You can hear full match commentary of Peterborough United v Walsall on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire - 95.7FM and 1026MW.

  7. Possible strikes by Easyjet pilots suspended

    The threat of strikes by pilots who work for Luton-based Easyjet is being suspended while new proposals on tackling fatigue are considered.

    Union Balpa says it has met with the company to discuss a new set of proposals to "mitigate pilot fatigue", which will be put to pilots in a consultative ballot. 

    Earlier this week pilots voted in favour of industrial action.

    easyJet plane
  8. Back to school for Victoria Pendleton

    BBC Look East

    It was back to school for Victoria Pendleton as she returned to her old alma mater today. 

    The Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist opened a new £2.5m sports complex at Etonbury Academy, now known as the Pendleton Centre. 

    The MP for North East Bedfordshire, Alistair Burt, was also there and said he was "deeply impressed" with the sporting star, saying she "spent a huge amount of time with the students - great role model".  

    Alistair Burt and Victoria Pendleton
  9. City council spends £1m on Travelodge rooms for homeless

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    More than £1m has been spent on Travelodge rooms since April to house Peterborough families.

    Peterborough City Council confirmed it had run out of hostel beds and bed and breakfast rooms after a "spike" in demand for support.

    In August 150 people were classed as homeless, up from an average of 98 per month in the year to April.

    The authority said that it was close to agreeing a deal to turn 74 properties into new hostel accommodation.

    Travelodge sign
  10. Tiny riders, tiny horses

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    The Cambridgeshire meeting got off to a very special start at Newmarket earlier, with The Shetland Pony Grand National.

    The ponies were ridden by jockeys aged between eight and 13, in a flat race at the Rowley Mile. 

    Shetland Pony Grand National
    Shetland Pony Grand National

    The race was eventually won by Kinvara Garner, on her pony Smokey Jo.

    Watch the full video over on the BBC Cambs Sport Facebook page.

  11. Tresham principal steps down

    Helen Popham

    BBC Local Live

    The principal of Tresham College, which has campuses in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough, has decided to step down from the role at the end of the month.

    First mentioned in the Northamptonshire Telegraph, Stuart Wesselby has been in the role for almost five years.

    Last month the college received an Ofsted rating of "inadequate", though the reason why Mr Wesselby is leaving has not been made public.

    Tresham College, Corby

    In a statement, Simon Evans, chair of governors, said: "I would like to thank Stuart for the contribution he has made to the development of the college and its students during his time as principal, most recently by securing funding for the Wellingborough campus development."

    The college says Corrie Harris, vice principal for curriculum and quality, will take over until a permanent successor is announced.

  12. City on the b-rink of new skating venue being built

    South Cambridgeshire District Council says a new ice rink on the edge of Cambridge could start being built soon. 

    It's after the authority agreed a £1.85m loan towards the venue, which will be off Newmarket Road.

    The loan is the final piece of funding the project needs.

    The facility is described as being "international standard" with room for 1,000 spectators.

  13. This weekend's sport news

    BBC Sport

    Northampton Saints have Ben Foden back for tomorrow's visit of Wasps to Franklin's Gardens. 

    Harry Mallinder gets his chance in the team after Luther Burrell's injury last week and Nic Groom starts at scrum-half.

    In the pack there's still no Dylan Hartley. Sam Dickinson takes over from Michael Paterson at lock and Jamie Gibson starts at flanker in place of Teimana Harrison.

    Saints winger Ken Pisi

    In football, Northampton Town are at home to Southend. 

    The non-league action sees Salford City playing Brackley in the National League North and in the Southern Premier League Kettering take on Dunstable.

    Corby are at home to Coalville Town in the Northern Premier League.

    Find all the latest sports news at BBC Sport.

  14. Two charged with arson attack on Aylesbury property

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Two people have have been charged after an arson attack on a house in Aylesbury.

    Nine people were in the house on Bedgrove at 01:30 on Monday when the front of the property was set fire, police said.

    The man and the woman have been charged with arson with intent to endanger life. 

    They have been remanded in custody and are expected to appear at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court on 25 October.

  15. Cambridgeshire man in line for share of six figure TV prize

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A Cambridgeshire Army veteran is in line for a share of a £100,000 TV prize.

    Kirk Bowett, from Guyhirn, who lost his arm fighting in Iraq, is a contestant on Channel 4's Hunted, a show were 10 "fugitives" have to evade capture for 28 days.

    The show started from a location in Birmingham, where contestants could take with them anything they were able to carry - from tents and food to disguises - given a bank account with £250, and told not to leave mainland UK.     

    SPOILER ALERT BELOW... If you're tempted to watch it so far, episode one is on the Channel 4 website.

    Kirk Bowett and team mate Jeremy Scarratt

    The first episode saw Kirk (left, above) and team-mate Jeremy Scarratt (right, above) head towards Wimpole Hall estate just outside Cambridge, where Kirk was able to meet up with his wife and son to celebrate his son's first birthday.

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    Speaking about why he got involved, Mr Bowett said the chance of winning £100,000 was a good opportunity to raise some "well-needed funds for limbless veterans".

    Mr Bowett said going on the run in the UK is "totally different than being trained to run in a war zone".

    Kirk Bowett

    "In fact I would say it is harder because there are so many temptations and areas where you can let your guard down."

    And did he give anything away about the next few episodes?

    Well, he confirmed it is full of "high-speed chases, drones, dogs and some serious attempts to evade capture".

  16. Watford: 'I like a team that attacks', says Mazzarri

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    You can expect plenty of excitement, attacking play and goals under Watford's Walter Mazzarri

    The head coach favours this approach in contrast to the conservative and defensive tactics of his predecessor, Quique Sanchez Flores. 

    "I like a team that attacks. We like attacking play if possible. Of course it depends on how strong the other team is but that's what I like – the attacking game."

    "If you think of all the chances we created against West Ham and Manchester United – not just the goals but the chances we created."

    Walter Mazzarri giving Etienne Capoue instructions at football game
  17. Watford: Mazzarri 'believes' in his team

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri has been discussing the form of his midfielder Etienne Capoue.

    The Frenchman has scored four goals in five Premier League games. 

    "I believe that if I believe in them, they believe in themselves and I probably improved him by making him believe in himself," says Mazzarri. 

    Walter Mazzarri

    Watford are currently ninth in the table ahead of the match at Burnley on Monday night, so does the coach see his side as a top 10 team? 

    "It's still early. I haven't been here long. I need to verify the progress of this team and we will see on Monday what the progress is and then we will make more evaluations."

  18. Watford: Janmaat out of action with injury

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford will be missing Daryl Janmaat in the Premier League match at Burnley on Monday night. The midfielder has a suspected fractured shoulder. 

    The Hornets are also waiting on the fitness of fellow defenders Younes Kaboul, who missed the Manchester United win, and Jose Holebas who has a leg injury.

    Watford have won their last two league games scoring three past United and four against West Ham. Head coach Walter Mazzarri recognises the confidence that brings: "I think we have shown we can fight against anyone. I want to see how we behave against a club like Burnley."

    Daryl Janmaat
  19. Corby hospice reveals garden improvements

    Helen Popham

    BBC Local Live

    The gardens at a Corby hospice have had a makeover thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

    Lakelands Hospice provides end-of-life care and this week revealed improvements to its gardens, including a redecorated summer house with a new electric ramp.

    A team from plastics company Amaray helped with work at the hospice, which needs to raise £500,000 yearly for running costs.

    Lakelands Hospice garden
  20. Crime 'wave' hits River Cam

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    We've spotted this unusual story in the Cambridge News.

    A hunt has been launched by police to catch a boat filmed speeding James Bond-style on the River Cam in Cambridge, after it was seized and then stolen back by crooks.

    Watch the video here.