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  1. Live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks on Monday 10 October 2016
  2. The scary clown craze causing concern
  3. Cemetery crime rates lead to calls for CCTV
  4. Strictly's Greg survives to dance another day

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We'll be back on Monday with all the news, weather, sport and travel you need for the county.

Have a great weekend.


That's all from us

We'll be back on Monday morning with all the news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

All that remains is to wish best of luck to Northampton's Lesley Joseph tomorrow in Strictly Come Dancing, but also happy birthday as the Birds of Feather actress is 71 today. Let's hope it's one to remember.

Lesley Joseph and Anton Du Beke dance the Waltz to 'What’ll I Do?'

Goodbye for now

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

We'll be back with regular updates from 08:00 on Monday morning, but if anything breaks you can read it here first. 

Remember to watch Milton Keynes' Greg Rutherford, who'll hopefully be on fire again on Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing

Greg Rutherford

Have a great weekend.

Weather: Rain around, but also sunny spells

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of patchy rain spreading across eastern parts of the region. Staying drier across the west, with lows around 9-11C (48-52F).


Tomorrow there may be a few light showers at first, but otherwise it will be a largely dry day with sunny spells - especially during the early afternoon. Highs of around 16-17C (61-63F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

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Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

MK teenager prepares for karting World Championships

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

It's been a great season for 15-year-old Joe Turney.

The Milton Keynes teenager has not only won the British and European title, but he's also heading to Italy this weekend to take part in the karting World Championships.

I've been to see him in action...

Milton Keynes teenager gets ready to compete in the karting World Championships.

Cambridgeshire local news round-up

Here's what else is happening around the county:

  • The Cambridge Evening News is reporting a new public piazza at Cambridge Station has been branded "bland, boring and box-shaped", with "nothing for the standard local"

Ex-minister fears farmers will suffer following Brexit

Deborah McGurran

BBC Political editor, East of England

Former Cambridgeshire MP and Farming Minister, Sir Jim Paice, fears some farmers will go out of business post-Brexit.

He told Sunday Politics East: "I fear, sadly, farmers are going out of business and I fear there will be more. 

Sir Jim Paice

"I am not a protectionist, but I am anxious it is fair trade and that means if we have to comply with controls on pesticides or animal welfare, then we should only import food produced to the same standards. 

"To import food produced to lower standards than our farmers are allowed to produce would be very unfair competition."

You can hear more on Sunday Politics East on Sunday at 11:00 on BBC One. Other guests include South East Cambridgeshire MP Lucy Frazer, UKIP MEP Patrick O'Flynn and Luton MP Kelvin Hopkins.

Aylesbury police officer sacked for swearing at pensioner

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A detective who swore at an elderly motorist in Milton Keynes has been sacked by Thames Valley Police.

A four-day misconduct hearing heard Kerri Driver hurled abuse at the man in Beanhill last November, while off-duty from her job based at Aylesbury Police station.

It also found in a seperate occasion that month she assaulted a female officer in Buckingham. 

She was found to have breached the Standard of Professional Behaviour on two occasions in respect of Authority, Respect and Courtesy, and Discreditable Conduct.

MP says Peterborough a 'dumping ground' for homeless people

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson says he's concerned the city is being used as a "dumping ground" for the homeless. 

Government statistics suggest there are 124 homeless people in priority need in the city, while Cambridge has just 24.

Figures released today show homelessness in Peterborough has risen by more than a third in two years.

stewart jackson

Last month the city council started using Travelodge hotels to help cope with the rise in people needing homes.

The authority said it has seen an "unprecedented spike" in the number of people it had to look after and was spending more than £1m to meet emergency housing needs.

Tonight, Mr Jackson is holding a public meeting to investigate a housing deal that could see 70 families be made homeless at St Michael's Gate in Parnwell.

Repair work on viaduct to put in second Corby to Kettering line

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

I've been with engineers at Network Rail as they work on putting in a second line between Kettering and Corby.

The line is due to open on 24 October and requires several bridges and viaducts to be repaired and strengthened, including the Harpers Brook viaduct where I have been...

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You can see more tonight on BBC Look East, on BBC One at 18:30.

Saints now need 'a strong character' following King's departure, says Ian Hunter

Ian Hunter

Former Northampton Saints and England wing

The Saints have struggled with consistency of play in their back line for a number of seasons now. Last week's woeful performance against Harlequins looks to of been the final nail in the coffin for Alex King at Northampton Saints.

Alex King
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Is it the right decision for King to go? Yes and No. Yes, because he's ultimately failed to get the best out of the players he has at his disposal. And no, because he's a part of a bigger decision-making team that influences recruitment, player selection and style of plays.

One thing's for sure. Whoever comes in needs a strong character and total conviction in the way they want to do things. Shrinking violets need not apply.

'It's photographed more than anything else'

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

Bob Jewell lives opposite this red telephone box in Milton Keynes village.

He told me: "Visitors think it's wonderful. It's photographed more than anything else in the village. Foreigners love it."

He said wedding photos are also taken by it. 

Mr Jewell is thinking of giving it a lick of paint himself as it's looking a bit tired and he hopes it can be saved.

Red phone box in Milton Keynes village

He says it's played a large part in his nearly 60-year relationship with his wife. 

"Linda was living in the village. We both didn't have a phone and our only means of communication was the two telephone boxes – the other being in Sherrington.

"I would arrange to ring her at a certain time. She used the phone box in Milton Keynes village every other day."

Red phone box could be removed in Milton Keynes

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

After finding out that payphone boxes could soon be a thing of the past in Milton Keynes, I've been on the search to find the one red phone box that's set to be decommissioned by BT. 

It couldn't be in a more idyllic spot in Milton Keynes village, next to a pub and bus stop. 

Red phone box in Milton Keynes Village

This is the notice that's appeared inside. 

Payphone kiosk removal notice

The good news is this booth doesn't have to be scrapped, but it could be adopted by the community for £1 and turned into.. well, whatever local people want it to be.

My idea is to open up my own coffee shop here. 

Payphones could soon disappear in Milton Keynes

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A consultation has started on removing 65 phone boxes from across Milton Keynes. 

BT says the payphones could be removed as usage has fallen by more than 90% in the last 10 years. 

It says it will only affect one red phone box in Milton Keynes village. 

Phone box in Milton Keynes
Geograph/Oast House Archive

Local news site round-up: Businesses rates, bomb squad and bike races

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire today:

women's tour

'Sentimental' words on Cambridgeshire gravestone refused

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A woman has been refused permission to put the words she wanted on her husband's gravestone in Cambridgeshire because they have been branded as overly sentimental, reports The Telegraph.

St Andrew's church yard in Witchford

Tom Scott, 44, died last March and his widow, Clara, came up with a poem for the headstone in St Andrew's churchyard in Witchford.

But Judge Anthony Leonard, who is chancellor of the Diocese of Ely, said the words had no Christian significance.

Sheldon Jackson, who writes for the Cemetery Club blog, says there should be much more freedom surrounding this issue.

"You can have this standard, 'in loving memory' and 'from the remembrance of' but I think, even if you choose to have the works of say, Shakespeare or something on your headstone, surely the words chosen by your family are a far more reflective and honest way of remembering you, than a standard piece of prose or text," she said.

The Diocese of Ely said it was "bound by the chancellor’s ruling in this matter, which has been made in accordance with the law relating to Church of England churchyards and memorials, in existence since 2004".

Its statement added: "We are working to ensure the regulations governing churchyard memorials are applied correctly and fairly throughout the diocese, and regret any distress caused to the late Mr Scott's family."

'Suspicious device' found in back garden 'lead piping'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A police cordon has now been lifted in Gilston in Hertfordshire. 

Police were called this morning after builders thought they had discovered a "suspicious device" in the garden. 

It's just been confirmed it's nothing dangerous and it's thought to be lead piping. 

All roads in the area have now re-opened. 

There's no "clue" yet if Colonel Mustard was involved... 

Bust of William the Conqueror unveiled in Hertfordshire

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A bronze bust of William the Conqueror has been unveiled at Berkhamsted Castle in Hertfordshire.

Bust of William the Conqueror
Benjamin Mole

It's where William accepted the English crown, following the defeat of King Harold in 1066. 

Bust of William the Conqueror
Benjamin Mole

The sculpture was designed by Peter Walker, artist in residence at Lichfield Cathedral (pictured below). 

Bust and Peter Walker
Benjamin Mole

People even wanted a selfie with the artist and William...

Peter Walker having a selfie
Benjamin Mole

It's part of celebrations to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.  

Watford: Decision time for Mazzarri on playing Success

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford striker Isaac Success could start his first Premier League game at Middlesbrough on Sunday. 

The Hornets record signing scored his first goal for the club in the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth prior to the international break. 

He did pick up an injury in that game and Watford boss Walter Mazzarri now has to decide whether to pick him from the start at the weekend. 

"The only thing I need to check now is if he's got 90 minutes in him and if he has recovered completely from injury in the last game," said Mazzarri.

Isaac Success
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Hastings prepares for 950th anniversary of historic battle

Thousands of people are expected to descend on East Sussex to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Battle Abbey, widely accepted as the site of one of the most famous events in British history, is the focus for a weekend of events.

The battle, between William of Normandy and Anglo-Saxon King Harold II, resulted in the English king's death.

William the Conqueror then ordered the construction of Rockingham Castle near Corby, with the castle becoming an important seat of government; the Great Council of Rockingham being held there in 1095.

Rockingham Castle

Johnston in the lead at British Masters being played in Hertfordshire

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Barnet’s Andrew Johnston is the current joint clubhouse leader at the British Masters at the Grove in Hertfordshire. 

The golfer, known as "Beef", shot a -6 round of 65 today to put him to -10. 

Sweden's Alex Noren is on the same score with Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and England’s Tommy Fleetwood a shot further back. 

Andrew Johnston
Getty Images

There are two more days of play at the Grove.  

Surprise and criticism over King leaving Saints

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Many in rugby have expressed their surprised at backs coach Alex King leaving the Saints today.

Commentator Alastair Eykyn wrote on Twitter: "Sad news. Great man, outstanding coach. Saints needing a head on a stick for ropy start to the season? That's two very high quality backs coaches out of the door at the Gardens in recent years. Not too many smarter than [Paul] Grayson & King."

Meanwhile, former England fly-half Andy Goode said King was a "quality coach"...

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There has also been criticism about how Northampton Saints released the news, with Northampton Chronicle and Echo rugby reporter Tom Vickers tweeting: "Saints announced news of King's exit by putting it at bottom of team news article. Hardly a fitting tribute to a man who helped win Prem."

The Times sports writer Alex Lowe also commented that the news was "buried"...

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Northampton Saints said King was a "valued member of the coaching staff" and that he "leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the future".

Nadiya Hussain: The Great British Bake Off winner signs BBC deal

Last year's Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has signed a deal to front programmes on the BBC.

Nadiya Hussain

Hussain, from Milton Keynes, said she would continue to make films for The One Show and develop "other exciting programme ideas".

She said making the BBC her "home" would give her "the scope to work across such a unique range of diverse and interesting projects".

There had been speculation that she could be involved in The Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4.

Dropped your fridge-freezer while giving it a wash?

The Conservators of the River Cam have found it...

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Jed Ramsay, river manager, said one of their boats spotted it in the river today.

"It's relatively common to find sofas or bicycles, but a fridge-freezer... I thought it must take more effort to dump it in the river, rather than call the council to get rid of it," he said.

Mr Ramsay said the team once found a car which had been cut up before being dumped in the Cam, but generally their finds are more mundane.

"Dumping these things in the river is pretty selfish behaviour," he added.

Pictures: Bomb squad called to 'suspicious device' in Gilston

Members of the Royal Logistics Corps Bomb Disposal Unit are currently assessing the "suspicious device" found in the Hertfordshire village of Gilston, near Harlow.

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Weather: Dry and sunny

BBC Weather

It will be dry this afternoon with a few sunny spells and a high of 13C (55F).


There are more details on BBC Weather website.

Cyclist in hospital after Cambridge crash

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after a crash with a lorry in Cambridge. 

Emergency services were called to Grange Road at just before 11:00.

The East of England Ambulance Service said the rider was left with injuries to his head and shoulder that were not thought to be serious.

Golfer, 91, hits third hole-in-one of career

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

There is one thing I have in common with 91-year-old John Bush, we've both got a hole-in-one! 

The bad news is I only have one, and John has three. 

The golfer, whose regular four-ball has a combined age of 358, struck on the par-three 21st of the 27-hole Stoke Park Country Club in Buckinghamshire. 

John Bush

He now gets to have his name engraved on the Hole In One Decanter, again! 

Hole In One Decanter

If you look closely enough you can see his name etched on here two times before, which he got when he was in his 80s.  

Hole In One Decanter

The oldest golfer to score a hole-in-one is thought to be 103-year-old Gus Andreone, who achieved the feat in Florida in 2014.

One from the Archives: Allied commanders receive Cambridge University degrees in 1946

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Seventy years ago this month, Second World War Allied commanders Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery (left) and General Dwight Eisenhower were photographed wearing caps and gowns, as they received honorary degrees of Doctor of Law at Cambridge University.

Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery (left) and General Dwight Eisenhower receiving honorary degrees of Doctor of Law at Cambridge University
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Bomb squad called to Hertfordshire village

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Hertfordshire Police has confirmed it was called at 10:35 after a suspicious device was found in the grounds of a property in Pye Corner, Gilston, as reported in our newspaper round-up.

The force said a device was found underground by builders who were carrying out work. 

A 200m cordon is in place and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has been notified. 

Redricks Lane is currently closed. We'll bring you more when we can.

Saints say 'time is right to move on' as coach King leaves club

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Back coach Alex King has left Northampton Saints with immediate effect "by mutual consent", the club has said.

King, who joined from from Clermont Auvergne in 2013, said: "Helping Saints win the Premiership in 2014 is one of my career highlights, and I wish the club all the success for the coming season."

Alex King
Getty Images

Saints' chief executive Allan Robson thanked King for his contribution to the team's successes over the past few years.

"Alex has been a valued member of the coaching staff," he said.

"He played a big role in our Premiership and Challenge Cup titles and finishing top of the table in 2015. However, we feel that the time is right to move on."

Local news round-up: Police cordon off part of Hertfordshire village, a bridge too far and more...

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Here's a round-up of some of the stories on today's local news sites: 

  • A cordon has been established after a suspicious device was found in the village of Gilston, reports the Hertfordshire Mercury
  • The Milton Keynes Citizen says a 78-year-old woman who was hit by a car in Milton Keynes is hoping she can be reunited with those who helped her - and has a warning for elderly motorists
  • A petition of more than 540 signatures calling for the removal of a Bedford bridge has failed to make changes at a council meeting, reports the Bedfordshire On Sunday

Chief of Bedfordshire Police appoints experts in Stakeknife investigation

Six international policing experts have been appointed by the chief constable of Bedfordshire Police, Jon Boutcher, to oversee an investigation into the activities of the alleged IRA spy, Stakeknife.

Stakeknife, named in the media in 2003 as Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci, was alleged to have infiltrated the IRA but has also been implicated in 50 murders.

He denies all the allegations.

Fred Scappaticci

Operation Kenova is being led by the Bedfordshire chief constable, who was appointed in June.  

Premiership-winning backs coach Alex King leaves Northampton Saints

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints have parted company with their backs coach Alex King, after four seasons at the Gardens.

alex king
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The former Wasps and England fly-half was part of the coaching team that saw them win the European Challenge Cup and Premiership double in the 2013/14 season.

Saints coach Alex King sacked

Alex King
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Nico Hulkenberg: Force India driver to join Renault for 2017

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Nico Hulkenberg is to join Renault next season after agreeing a release from his contract with Force India.

The German has been chosen to lead Renault's team as they build-up to competitiveness following their return to F1 as a factory entry this year.

nico hulkenberg

Silverstone-based Force India, for whom Hulkenberg has driven for five years, said they "respected his decision to explore fresh opportunities".

Team boss Vijay Mallya said: "It would be wrong to stand in his way."

Man seriously hurt after being stamped on the head in Bedford

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man has been left with serious injuries after being stamped on the head in the middle of Bedford. 

Police say at about 04:00 on Sunday he was walking with a friend along Mill Street by the George and Dragon pub when they were approached by three Asian men, coming from the direction of Lurke Street. 

Mill Street in Bedford

After a row, one of the men knocked the victim to the floor and stamped on his head. The victim then lost consciousness.

One of the group then threatened a bystander with a weapon before leaving the scene. 

Extra police patrols in Gerrard's Cross after murder inquiry launched

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 58-year-old man from Gerrard's Cross remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder. 

It's after a murder investigation was launched when the body of a woman in her 30s was found at a house in High Beeches in the town early on Monday evening. 

Supt Yvette Hitch, from Thames Valley Police, said: "This is a concerning incident, as a result we have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the public." 

High Beeches

Manea Fen colony: 19th Century alternative living

Katy Prickett

BBC News

The colony at Manea was one of four in the UK inspired by the democratic socialist ideas of Robert Owen.

It was set up by Upwell landowner William Hodson, who hand-picked the first members who had to be "working men... not mere professors".

CAU team and volunteers
Cambridge Archaeological Unit

Forty-five rules were drawn up and there was a working day that lasted from 06:00 to 17:30. There were four meals a day and nightly entertainments included debating on Monday and reading and dancing on Saturday.

After the colony collapsed, its buildings remained in use until the last ones were pulled down in the 1950s.

The archaeologists (above with volunteers) will create a film of the Manea dig, which they hope to put on their website by Christmas.