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Goodbye for now

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

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

If anything breaks over the weekend it will be reported here. 

You can of course see all that we've done today by reading through the page. 

The big story we have reported on is the final mission today of the Rosetta spacecraft that was built in Stevenage with the help of Milton Keynes based Open University. 

It was a story that moved many people today, including British Astronaut Tim Peake. 

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Team Gregalie on It Takes Two

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Woburn Sands athlete Greg Rutherford looked like he was jumping for joy to appear on It Takes Two last night with his dance partner Natalie Lowe.

He says he's hoping "he'll go all the way" in Strictly Come Dancing

He'll be on BBC One from 18:20 on Saturday 

This week Tango - Jump 

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe
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He scored 27 points with his jive (watch below) so let's hope he can improve on that on Saturday night. 

Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe dance the Jive to Get Ready by The Temptations

Our coverage across the day

Helen Popham

BBC Local Live

That's the end of our rolling updates for today, but any breaking news will still appear here.

Stories we've covered today include:

  • A Northampton borough councillor says more needs to be done about the growing problem of Japanese knotweed.
  • South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom says she is still looking at whether farming subsidy can be maintained at its current level after 2020.  
  • Northampton's "Chatty Man" Alan Carr has thanked fans for their messages of congratulations, after he revealed he has got engaged to long-term partner Paul Drayton.  

Don't forget to join us again from 08:00 on Monday when we'll have all the latest news, sport, weather and traffic updates for Northamptonshire.

Here's a lovely picture of Long Buckby sent in to BBC Weather Watchers by Keen Camper. 

Have a great weekend.

Long Buckby
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Our live coverage throughout the day

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's all for Friday's updates folks.

Thanks for joining us today and indeed across this week.

We'll be back from Monday morning at 08:00 with regular news, sport, travel and weather updates from around the county.

Let us leave you with this picture of St Ives, sent in by Weather Watcher 'Pensview'.

St Ives
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Have a great weekend.

Crash death judge: 'Outcome was perhaps almost inevitable'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The judge who sentenced a man to eight years after he failed to stop for police and crashed his car into a shop, killing a passenger, called the incident "a piece of flagrant and obvious dangerous driving". 

Michael Fludgate, 20, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death while uninsured and causing death while unlicensed at Luton Crown Court today.

Wanessa Lewandowska
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Judge Richard Foster said: "To any common sensed bystander the outcome was perhaps almost inevitable - that there would be a serious accident.

"You ignored the blue lights, and you disregarded your passengers screaming at you to slow down. Sadly Wanessa (pictured) was killed. Nothing this court can say or do can bring back her life."

The prosecutor said at one point the Golf did a handbrake turn and slewed sideways, but re-corrected itself and drove off again, reaching speeds up to 80mph in 30 and 20mph zones.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission inquiry continues.

Littleport road death: 'Incident was clearly avoidable'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Police investigating the death of two men killed in a crash near Littleport, Cambridgeshire, say the incident was "avoidable".

PC James Thorne said: "Mitchell Butler-Eldridge made a conscious decision to overtake a vehicle when it was clearly dangerous to do so and this resulted in the tragic loss of life. 

Flowers lay at the side of the road
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"This incident was clearly avoidable had he thought about his actions and I welcome the sentence passed.  

"One bad driving decision and a dangerous manoeuvre has robbed two families of loved ones, and this sentence should serve as a deterrent to people whose standard of driving falls below what we, as society, expect."

Butler-Eldridge, 28, of Sydney Terrace, King's Lynn, Norfolk, was jailed for five years after pleading guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at a previous hearing.

Anti-drone 'Spider-Man web' developed

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

And finally... a Northampton graduate has launched one of the first anti-drone security companies, offering products such as a firing net, similar to Spider-Man's web, to capture nuisance flying machines.

Sales of the unmanned flying devices have dramatically increased over the past two years, but it has led to a three-fold increase in drone-related incidents being reported to police.

Richard Gill said: "After seeing reports of drones being used irresponsibly near airports and flying drugs into prisons I thought that I should do something about it."  

Northampton graduate develops a net you can fire to catch nuisance drones in mid-air

Here it is in action. You can see more tonight on BBC Look East at 18:30 on BBC One.

Man jailed for killing passenger after failing to stop for police

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A driver who refused to stop for police and crashed at high speed into a shop front, killing a teenage girl travelling in the back of his car, has been jailed for eight years.

Michael Fludgate, 20, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death while uninsured and causing death while unlicensed at Luton Crown Court today.

Scene of crash in Luton
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The court heard during the police chase the girl, Wanessa Lewandowska, and another passenger were screaming at Michael Fludgate to slow down or stop.

But he ignored their pleas and reached speeds of 80mph in a 20mph area, took off when he hit a speed hump and crashed into a TV repair shop.

Wanessa, a 15-year-old student who wanted to work with children, was pronounced dead at the scene in High Town Road, Luton, on 9 August this year.

Bats monitored as part of wildlife survey

Helen Popham

BBC Local Live

The Wildlife Trust has been busy with its bat monitoring programme today.

Forty bats were found in Stoke Wood End Quarter, an undisturbed woodland two miles from Desborough.

As the footage shows, the bats are placed in the bag temporarily before being checked by qualified bat surveyors, and then released as part of the annual bat survey.

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Man jailed for causing double fatal crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A man who killed two men in a crash near Littleport, Cambridgeshire, has been jailed for five years.

Mitchell Butler-Eldridge was sentenced earlier today at Cambridge Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at a previous hearing.

The 28-year-old of Sydney Terrace, King's Lynn, Norfolk, was driving his Volkswagen Passat along the A10 Lynn Road on 18 February 2015 when the crash happened.

Andrew Thornewell and Timothy Wildbore
Cambridgeshire Police
Andrew Thornewell (left) and Timothy Wildbore (right) were killed in the collision

He attempted an overtaking manoeuvre before a bend and lost control of the car, causing it to collide with an Austin Mini.

The driver of the Mini, Timothy Wildbore, 24, from Victoria Street, Littleport, and his passenger, Andrew Thornewell, 28, from Hollendale Walk, Ely, both died as a result.

BreakingMan jailed for killing passenger after failing to stop for police

Michael Fludgate, 20, who killed his backseat passenger when crashing into a shop in Luton has been jailed for eight years.

More to follow.

Homeless man attacked while he slept

A homeless man was repeatedly kicked while he slept in a recreation ground in Towcester.

The attack off Islington Road happened sometime between 22:00 and midnight on Wednesday. 

He was kicked in the upper body, causing bruising to his torso.

It's believed the offenders ran away along Islington Road. Anyone with information can contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Islington Road Towcester
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BreakingMan jailed for causing double fatal crash

Mitchell Butler-Eldridge, 28, of Sydney Terrace, King's Lynn, who killed two men in a crash near Littleport, Cambridgeshire, has been jailed for five years.

Jail for man who groomed two boys

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A man who groomed two teenage boys has been jailed for four years.

Ricky Loppas, 47, of Chieftain Way, Histon, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a boy at Cambridge Crown Court.

Ricky Loppas
Cambridgeshire Police

The court heard Loppas groomed two 15-year-old victims between September 2014 and January 2015.

He would play computer games with them, take them shopping and buy them gifts. He also gave the boys alcohol and tobacco and invited them to sleep over at his house on multiple occasions.

Loppas admitted abusing his victims while they were staying at his home.

Along with the custodial sentence, he was placed on the Sex Offenders Register and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

From Bond to Batman: 80 years of Pinewood in pictures

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

For 80 years, Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire has produced some of the world's biggest blockbusters. 

Not only has it been the home of Bond, but Batman was also made here. 

Here's some of its highlights in pictures.

Batman's Gotham City set in 1989
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Batman's Gotham City set in 1989
Lois Maxwell, Akiko Wakabayashi, Sean Connery, Mie Hama and Karin Dor on the set of You Only Live Twice in 1966
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The set of You Only Live Twice in 1966
Christopher Lee (left) and Peter Cushing on the set of Arabian Adventure in 1978
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Arabian Adventure in 1978
Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier on the set of The Sleeping Prince in 1956
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Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier on the set of The Sleeping Prince in 1956
Michael Caine on the set of Billion Dollar Brain in 1967
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Michael Caine on the set of Billion Dollar Brain in 1967
Diana Dors poses at the gates of Pinewood in the 1950s
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Diana Dors poses at the gates of Pinewood in the 1950s
Albert "Cubby" Broccoli (second left) was a regular visitor
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Albert "Cubby" Broccoli (second left) was a regular visitor

'There's a lot of work to do', says environment secretary

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom says she is still looking at whether farming subsidy can be maintained at its current level after 2020.

The Secretary of State for the environment has been speaking to BBC Radio Northampton on a visit to Wellingborough today.

She leads the department that is looking at what farming subsidy should look like after leaving the EU.

Cows on a farm
BBC

Mrs Leadsom says she wants to think about ''how can we really support the brilliant work that our farmers and fisherman do?"

She always wants "our generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it, but at the same time focus on the UK rather than 28 EU members of state. There's a lot of work to do to get to that".

Mazzarri not happy with Watford's recent performance

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri has promised there will be no repeat of the performance at Burnley in the week, as his side prepares for the visit of Bournemouth on Saturday. 

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Goodbye Rosetta

Once Upon A Time a spacecraft called Rosetta built in Stevenage started off on a very big mission... today it sadly didn't live happily ever after, but it did finish what it was built to do. 

Goodbye Rosetta. 

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In pictures: Rosetta's final mission

The Rosetta mission has come to an end, with the Stevenage-built spacecraft being commanded to collide with Comet 67P.

But as the probe made its slow 19km descent to the comet's "head", it snapped some spectacular pictures of the surface.

16km

Comet 67P
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8.9km

A picture of the comet from 8.9km away
Esa/Rosetta/MPS

5.8km

Comet
Esa

5.7km

5.7km
Esa

1.2km

Comet
Esa

23 metres... and the final image

Last image
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Overhead wire damage at Cambridge Station causes delays

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Damage to overhead wires at Cambridge Station has caused hours of delays for commuters today.

Engineers started work at 07:00 to repair the snapped line, with many platforms having to shut as a result.

All lines have now reopened, but disruption is due to continue into the evening. Stranded commuters told us their stories...

Damage to overhead wires at Cambridge Station causes hours of delays for commuters

'Extremely pedantic' burglar jailed

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A judge called a burglar "extremely pedantic" while sentencing him to 21 months in jail. 

Judge Philip Bartle, QC, said Adrian Hill, 40, from Luton, was "continually interrupting" him and kept folding his arms in a defiant gesture. 

He told Luton Crown Court: "I am not prepared to be abused by a prisoner in this way, and I expect prisoners to show some respect to the court."

Hill pleaded guilty to the burglary of Ruby's bar and nightclub in Chapel Street, Luton, and an attempted theft from a car from Windsor Street.

Microbreweries in the county 'fantastic', says Conservative MP

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom, has praised the work of microbreweries in the county.

The number of small independent breweries in Northamptonshire has more than doubled in the past six years.

Andrea Leadsom
BBC

On a visit to Hart Family Brewers in Wellingborough, the South Northamptonshire MP said it was "fantastic" news that new businesses were on the increase.

''It's a real growing activity... they're popping up all over the place. It's so important. We're seeing so many new businesses starting up right across the board.''

Saints' hooker shows drawing talent

Saints' hooker Mikey Haywood is part of the line-up facing Exeter this evening, but did you know he could draw too?

Mikey came into BBC Radio Northampton to draw a picture of next week's special guest on the radio station's sports programme.

Can you guess who it is? 

See the full video and post your comments on BBC Northampton's Facebook page.

Saints art work
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Incinerator theft incenses gardener

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Almost quoting Victor Meldrew word-for-word, an allotment owner was rather unhappy when their incinerator was stolen from the Aylesbury area.

So annoyed, they put up this sign. 

Warning sign
Thames Valley Police

The good news - Thames Valley Police officers were on fire, and with their burning desire managed to find it...

Police with incinerator
Thames Valley Police

Help arrives for stranded tractor

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Do you think this JCB recovery vehicle was the last straw?

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I'll get my coat...  

Strictly: Lesley prepares to cha-cha with Anton

Helen Popham

BBC Local Live

She's currently hard at work practising in the training room, but how will she do this week on the dancefloor? 

Northampton-born Lesley Joseph and dance partner Anton will be dancing the cha-cha to the Pussycat Dolls' version of "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps" tomorrow on Strictly Come Dancing.

See how all the couples fare this Saturday at 18:20 on BBC One

Strictly Come Dancing
BBC

Alan Carr thanks fans after wedding proposal

Helen Popham

BBC Local Live

Northampton's "Chatty Man" Alan Carr has thanked fans for their messages of congratulations, after he revealed he has got engaged to long-term partner Paul Drayton.

The couple were enjoying a holiday in Indonesia last week when actor Paul popped the question during a meal.

Alan said Paul hid the engagement ring in his dessert - what a delicious surprise!

Thank you so so much for all the lovely messages!!!! Who'd have thought it?!!!!! 🤓

RIP Rosetta

Although the Rosetta spacecraft was built in Stevenage, scientists from the Open University in Milton Keynes were involved too. 

This is Prof Monica Grady from the OU reacting when the Rosetta completed her mission earlier today.  

Rosetta mission: 'Really sad, but the legacy lives on'

Cambridge Station disruption: Lines open, but delays continue

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

We've just heard from Network Rail that all lines have now reopened through Cambridge Station, but delays could continue into this evening.  

Engineers have been working since 07:00 to repair a snapped line.

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Follow updates from Network Rail here.

'We're here to 'bale' you out'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

In the papers today

Helen Popham

BBC Local Live

The Northampton Chronicle and Echo report that one in three people are still unaware about the roles of the Police and Crime Commissioner four years after the role was created. 

Northampton-born comedian Alan Carr has announced he is engaged to marry his long-term actor boyfriend after discovering the engagement ring in his dessert, Northampton's Herald and Post reports.  

Alan Carr and Paul Drayton
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Cambridge City Deal plans 'draconian'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Nearly 900 people have signed a petition protesting against plans from the Greater Cambridge City Deal to close roads to regular traffic during peak times.

Nicola Harrison, the organiser of the Stop Cambridge Road Closures petition, says the plans are "draconian, unfair, unreasonable and unnecessary".

The plans includes closing six main roads in Cambridge on weekdays from 07:00 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 18.30 from the end of next year.

Coldham's Lane, Mill Road, East Road, Hills Road, Queens Road and Grange Road would be affected.

Hills Road
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Hills Road will be one of the roads affected

Bob Menzies, responsible for transport projects of the Greater Cambridge City Deal, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "We didn't expect it to be welcomed by everybody.

"The only way you're going to cut traffic is by saying to some people 'you can't drive in Cambridge anymore'.

"This proposal takes a more scientific approach."

Moore praises 'charm and warmth' of Pinewood

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Sir Roger Moore has paid tribute to the "charm and warmth" of Pinewood Studios as it marks 80 years of film-making.

Sir Roger Moore, Fiona Fullerton and Christopher Walken
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The former James Bond star - who has had an office at the Buckinghamshire site for decades and first worked there in 1946 - said the celebrated studio was a "second home" to him.

He said: "I like to think I know Pinewood quite well - because I made all but one of my Bond films, The Persuaders and half a dozen other movies there too.

"Pinewood not only has the very best facilities, it also has a charm and warmth unlike any other studio with its stately Heatherden Hall mansion at the centre, beautifully maintained gardens and its film factory and backlot boasting near-on 30 stages, including of course the huge 007 stage which I opened in 1977."

Robbery images release by police

Police are appealing for help in finding two men who robbed a Costcutter store in Irthlingborough yesterday.

Two CCTV images have been released by Northamptonshire Police after the pair entered the shop in the High Street sometime around 21:00.

One of the men remained at the front entrance, while the second offender approached the tills and jumped over the counter. He then used a hammer to smash open two tills and removed hundreds of pounds of cash. Both offenders then ran towards Finedon Road.

Police are also urging two teenagers who were in the store at the time and passed by the offender at the door to come forward.

Costcutter in Irthlingborough
Northants Police
Costcutter in Ithlingborough
Northants Police

Sport: Saints tonight and a big weekend of football

BBC Sport

Northampton Saints will be chasing their first home win of the season in the Premiership tonight when they entertain Exeter Chiefs at Franklin's Gardens. 

The team hasn't had a great start to the season with just one victory from four starts so far, leaving them 10th in the table.

There's full coverage on BBC Radio Northampton from 19:00.

Franklins Gardens
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Cobblers team celebrating
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In football, Northampton Town are on home turf at Sixfields tomorrow entertaining Bristol Rovers. They're looking to maintain their strong start to the season in League One, with the side currently 4th in the table.

Meanwhile, it's also a big weekend in the FA Cup for three of our non-league sides.

Brackley Town travel to fellow National League North outfit Worcester City and Kettering Town also have National League North opposition as they entertain Boston at Latimer Park.

AFC Rushden and Diamonds travel to Hendon from the Isthmian League, whilse Corby Town travel to Warrington in the Northern Premier League.   

Cambridgeshire Paralympian to take on Crystal Maze

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Fresh from winning gold in Rio 2016, Cambridgeshire's Jonnie Peacock looks like he'll be taking on his toughest challenge yet ... the Crystal Maze.

Channel 4 has announced Peacock alsongside four other celebrities who'll be taking part in a one-off special to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

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Also confirmed is ex-footballer Rio Ferdinand, along with comedian Josh Widdicombe, radio presenter Sara Cox and former Corrie actor Michelle Keegan.

Multi-storey car park to be built in Berkhamsted

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Plans to build a multi-storey car park in Berkhamsted have been approved by Dacorum Borough Council. 

It will be built on the site of the current Lower Kings Road ground level pay and display car park managed by the authority. 

Artists impression of new car park
Dacorum Borough Council

It's expected to be eight stories high, have over 300 spaces and should be built by 2018. 

Some people in the area are worried it will be an "eyesore" and it's in the "wrong place".

Pinewood celebrates 80 years of film

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

On 30 September 1936, Pinewood Studios opened in Buckinghamshire, to provide Britain with a film studio to compete with Hollywood.

In the past 80 years, the UK studio company near Iver Heath has produced blockbusters such as Star Wars movies and the James Bond franchise. It has also been home to television shows, commercials and pop promos.

Studio historian Gareth Owen said it has been responsible for "really landscape-changing films".

Pinewood Studios
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The icing on the cake for Rosetta?

Gareth Lloyd

BBC Three Counties Radio

What do you do if the project that you've been working on for more than a decade is destroyed? 

Mark its demise in a cake... and then eat it, of course!  

Rosetta cake
BBC

Lunchtime weather: Showers likely to develop

BBC Weather

It's been a pretty sunny one already today. Here's the lunchtime update...

Scattered showers are likely to develop during the afternoon, with the odd heavier one likely. Feeling a little cooler than of late. Highs of 17C.

Weather forecast
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This was the scene in a sunny Glinton earlier this morning, taken by Weather Watcher 'Cloudseeker'.

Glinton
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