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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

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

    We'll be back with rolling news, sport, travel and weather reports from 08:00 on Monday. 

    In the meantime, have a great weekend. 

  2. Our live coverage through the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks for joining us today and indeed throughout this week. We'll be back with more regular updates from 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Our live coverage through the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Thanks for joining us today and indeed throughout this week. We'll be back with more live updates from 08:00 on Monday.

    On the day the topping out ceremony took place at the new Papworth Hospital, we'll leave you with this great timelapse footage of the build so far.

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    Have a great weekend.  

  4. Your pictures: Beautiful Cambridgeshire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    You may have spotted the lovely picture from our lunchtime weather update, sent in by BBC Weather Watcher "Carol'sCamera".

    Well she's sent us some more from Anglesey Abbey... and they are stunning captures of autumn in the county. Take a look at the BBC Weather Watchers website to find out how you can join in.

    Anglesey Abbey
    Anglesey Abbey
    Anglesey Abbey
  5. Flitwick man drew father's pension following his death

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A Flitwick man who continued to draw a private pension belonging to his father for three years after his death, has been spared jail after a judge heard he will repay the pension company in full.

    Jason Adkins, 44, of Mendip Close, appeared at Luton Crown Court in May but a judge deferred sentencing him until today.

    Luton Crown Court

    Judge Philip Bartle QC said that Adkins would be the sole beneficiary of his father's estate, but it has taken longer than expected for probate to be granted. There had been problems in valuing property abroad.

    However he said he was satisfied that Adkins would pay the £20,000 debt when the inheritance was settled.

    He said Adkins' father had died in 2012 and was receiving a pension from Mercers Limited, which should have ceased on his death. But Adkins continued to collect the money for three years and pretended to be his father.

    Adkins pleaded guilty to theft and fraud. He was given a 10 month prison sentence suspended for 12 months with an alcohol treatment requirement for six months.

    David Dainty, defending said: "He knows he should have told the company his father had died. He had not planned to keep drawing the money."

  6. County's hospitals struggling to balance books

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    Hospitals in Cambridgeshire are millions of pounds in the red this year because they cannot balance the books, despite having made huge savings.

    A rise in demand for hospital services, even before winter sets in, means budgets are already stretched despite extra Government funding this year.

    Hospitals were offered the carrot of extra cash by the Department of Health, but had to hit agreed savings targets to get it.

    Addenbrooke's sign

    Research by BBC East shows that all but two of the acute hospitals in the East are in the red and that in Cambridgeshire the total is -£104m.

    • Addenbrooke’s: -£74m
    • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals: -£20m
    • Hinchingbrooke Hospital : -£10m

    There’ll be more on this story on Sunday Politics, this Sunday from 11:00 on BBC One (East).

  7. Arsonist prisoner in Bedford 'allowed to keep matches'

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A "frustrated" inmate at Bedford prison, who started three fires in two days inside his cell, was allowed to keep his matches, a barrister revealed.

    Orrin Lindsey had been sentenced on 8 March this year to four years in custody and started a small fire in his cell on the first night of his sentence, prosecutor Ann Evans said.

    Bedford Prison

    "He was moved to another cell, but the following night he managed to do it twice," she said.

    The fires were said to have caused little damage.

    Lindsey, 26, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to three charges of arson and was given two extra years on his sentence.

    His barrister, James Wing said: "It is surprising he was allowed to keep his matches.

    "He is genuinely sorry for the trouble he caused and will not do it again. He was frustrated and stressed at being in prison."

    Judge Philip Bartle QC told Lindsey: "Many prisoners are frustrated but they do not start fires in their cells.

     "Committing arson inside a prison is a very serious offence indeed."

  8. Police find 'significant' quantity of drugs in Thrapston

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A "significant" quantity of Class A and Class B drugs have been found during a raid at a house in Thrapston, police said.

    Two men, aged 19 and 21, were arrested at the property on Clare Drive. They are currently being questioned on suspicion of drugs offences.

    A Northamptonshire Police spokesperson said: "Today’s warrant is part of an ongoing investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in this part of the county.

    "We won’t tolerate drug dealing and the hugely negative impact it has on the local community."

  9. Man jailed for sexually abusing his friends' children

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A man, who used his position of trust to abuse his friends' children, has been jailed for 13 years.

    Adam Aitken, 29, from Orton Goldhay in Peterborough, pleaded guilty to six serious sexual offences against children.

    Peterborough Crown Court heard how he befriended his five male victims, aged between eight and 14, after forming close relationships with their parents and carers.

    Adam Aitken

    Det Ch Insp Jon McAdam, from Cambridgeshire Police, said Aitken could have victims in other parts of the country.

    "Given the level of offending shown by Aitken, it is anticipated there could be other victims," he said.

    "We believe he had links to the Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, West Yorkshire and Scotland areas.

    "What is clear from the victim's accounts was how Aitken would groom them, buying gifts and taking them on holiday, and then sexually abuse them and threaten them in to silence."

    He added Aitken was a "calculated and dangerous individual who positioned himself to gain the trust of parents and guardians to abuse children."

  10. Man dies in hospital after Luton crash

    A man who was taken to hospital following a crash on Cardiff Road in Luton on Tuesday afternoon has died in hospital.

    Police believe the crash and his death was caused by a medical condition.

  11. Still no arrests over Venetian blind theft

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Remember this extraordinary CCTV image from last week?

    A man is caught on CCTV apparently having stuffed a Venetian blind up a trouser leg and down his jacket.

    A man was caught on camera apparently trying to make off with a Venetian blind from a Northampton shop - by stuffing it down one trouser leg and up his jacket.

    This happened at Dunelm Mill, on the Nene Valley Retail Park, on Sunday 16 October. But, nearly a fortnight on, police say nobody has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing. 

    They're urging anyone with information to come forward. 

    A man is caught on CCTV apparently having stuffed a Venetian blind up a trouser leg and down his jacket.
  12. Cambridge University student killed in Iran

    Waseem Mirza

    BBC Look East

    A PHD student from Cambridge has been killed in Iran in what's been described as an accident.

    Negar Miralaei was a fourth year computer science post graduate.

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    Students from Emmanuel College received an email from the college this afternoon informing them of her death.

    We'll bring you more on this as we get it.

  13. One from the archives: Jarrow marchers in Luton

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    On this day, 80 years ago, the Jarrow marchers, headed by the Labour MP Ellen Wilkinson (1891-1947), stopped for much needed sandwiches near Luton on their way to Parliament.

    The were walking from the North East to hand in a petition over growing unemployment and suffering across northern England.

    Jarrow marchers stopping for sandwiches
    Jarrow marchers stopping for sandwiches
  14. Hospitals in the red even before winter demand on services

    Sam Read

    BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

    Hospitals in Northamptonshire are millions of pounds in the red this year because they cannot balance the books, despite having made huge savings.

    A rise in demand for hospital services, even before winter sets in, means budgets are already stretched despite extra government funding this year.

    Hospitals were offered the carrot of extra cash by the Department of Health, but had to hit agreed savings targets to get it.

    Research by BBC East shows that all but two of the acute hospitals in the East region are in the red - in Northamptonshire the total is £21m.

    There’ll be more on this story in Sunday Politic East, this Sunday at 11:00 on BBC One (East).

  15. Five vehicle collision on A14

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A five vehicle collision is causing traffic problems on the A14.

    Police have confirmed that a HGV, Peugeot 207, Mini Cooper, BMW 525 and a Vauxhall Zafira were all involved.

    A woman was treated for chest and neck pain, a man was treated for abdomen and chest pains, a child was treated for abdomen pains, with a fourth person treated for minor injuries.

    The road remains open but we would advise against using the road while the traffic remains busy.

  16. Collision on A14

    BBC Travel

    There's currently queuing traffic westbound on the A14 due to a four vehicle collision.

    Congestion is all the way back to junction 35 for Stow Cum Quy.

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    We've got calls in to the emergency services and will bring you more when we get it.

  17. Council looks at ways to tackle hospital 'bed blocking'

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    All this week we've been looking at the pressures faced by the NHS in Northamptonshire.

    Earlier we looked at the issue of people going to A&E when they could have been helped elsewhere.

    Another big problem is so-called "bed blocking" where patients are ready to leave hospital, but can't because of delays in arranging care for them. 

    A private care home provider told us he has to turn down some clients because local councils aren't prepared to pay enough for beds.

    Northampton General Hospital signpost

    Bill Parker, the county councillor responsible for Adult Social Care, says they're looking at alternatives to care homes.

    "All councils are facing ageing populations and there's more demand than ever for our services," he said.

    "We do everything we can to help people leave hospital in a timely manner and to go home or, if necessary, into some other form of care.  

    "We are trying to move away from people going into residential care and instead stay in their homes.   

    "We're also looking at other ways to provide services including care villages, a kind of sheltered housing." 

  18. Appeal after violent attack in Dunstable

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A gang of young men have broken into a home in Dunstable and threatened the man inside with a machete. 

    He was then attacked and had to have surgery on his arm. He also suffered injuries to his head. 

    Bedfordshire Police say the attack happened in New Woodfield Green on Wednesday night between 22:00 and 22:30.

    The group who broke in were young men wearing balaclavas and carrying weapons.

    Investigation officer Lee Fassam, said: "This is clearly a serious offence and was highly distressing for the victim. It is likely that this group gathered somewhere in the local area before heading to New Woodfield Green and we are asking anyone that may have seen them to get in touch."

  19. Tree hangs at hospital construction 'topping out' ceremony

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Today marks the highest point of the construction of the new Papworth Hospital at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus... but why was there a Christmas tree hanging from a crane during the ceremony?

    One of our colleagues over at the Cambridge News has the answer... it's a Nordic tradition.

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    The tradition of topping out a new building can be traced to the ancient Scandinavian religious ritual of placing a tree on top of a new building to satisfy the "tree-dwelling spirits" disturbed by its construction.

    We know - top pub quiz fact.

  20. Weather update: Staying dry and mild

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    It's a fairly cloudy day in Northamptonshire but some of our BBC Weather Watchers have caught a glimpse of some sunshine. With highs of 15C (59F), it is mild for the end of October.

    The weekend's looking cloudy but it should stay dry and mild on Saturday in light winds - a maximum temperature of 14C (57F).

    Sunrise over a field in Pattishall, Northamptonshire
    Image caption: Sunrise in Pattishall
    Photo of a gate looking out onto fields in Glapthorne in Northamptonshire
    Image caption: Sunshine breaking through in Glapthorne
    Photo of a field in Maidwell in Northamptonshire
    Image caption: Cloudy skies in Maidwell