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Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Thanks for being with us this week. Fingers crossed for a good weekend for all Northamptonshire's sports teams.

But we'll leave you with this... This is the dramatic story of two boys from Northampton who've won awards for their bravery after their house caught fire.  

Recording of boys' 999 call to fire service released

We'll be back on Monday morning. Have a good weekend.  

That's it for this week

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us today and across this week.

We'll be back from 08:00 Monday.

Keep and eye on this page over the weekend for breaking news and post-game analysis of the local football.

If you managed to grab yourself a bargain on Black Friday, well done!

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the journey your Amazon parcel makes to get from Peterborough to your door...

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Have a great weekend.

Time to say goodbye

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It's the end of the week for all of us here at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

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

If anything big happens in the meantime, it will be reported on this stream. 

But one piece of good news we'll be hoping for this weekend is Lewis Hamilton retaining the Formula 1 World Championship.

He needs to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and hope that Nico Rosberg finishes lower than third. 

Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart isn't too sure Lewis can do it - but we're backing the Stevange boy all the way! 

Sir Jackie Stewart gives 2016 F1 World Championship prediction

Paralympic hero returns to former school

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Rio silver medallist Lauren Steadman returned to her former school in Cambridgeshire to discuss her time at the Paralympics with current pupils. 

Rio silver medallist Lauren Steadman returns to her former school.

Steadman was pipped to PT4 triathlon gold at the summer games after taking a wrong turn in the swimming stage. 

She told me she was impressed with the pupils' enthusiasm at Great Gidding Primary School, near Huntingdon.  

Sea Cadets fundraising, Kettering Town and the Steelbacks: Local paper review

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Northampton's Chronicle and Echo reports that Kettering Sea Cadets, whose boat house at Wicksteed Park was gutted by fire, are halfway to their fundraising target to buy new equipment.

Meanwhile, Daventry Express has more on the 2017 season fixtures for Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, including their first-ever day-night County Championship match, at home to Leicestershire.

And the Northamptonshire Telegraph reports on Kettering Town's preparations for tomorrow's match against Dorchester Town.

Harpenden panto needs a 'leg-up'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A Hertfordshire pantomime company needs your help - oh yes, it does.

The producers of Cinderella in Harpenden are after a false right leg for a scene when the Ugly Sister's try on the glass slipper. 

It needs to fit a size four shoe, be ready from 10 to 22 December and be available for all performances, including the matinees!

Cinderella's slipper in Harpendon
Act One Pantomimes

Man who stabbed dog given jail sentence

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man who stabbed a dog with a knife in Luton has been given a 16-month jail sentence. 

Kirtney Burke, 37, attacked Bob the Staffordshire bull terrier following a row over money.

Judge Philip Bartle QC described the attack, which was witnessed by two young children, as "astonishingly gratuitous violence on a defenceless animal who was no threat whatsoever."

Burke, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to criminal damage by causing a major injury to a dog, and possessing an offensive weapon.

The dog survived the attack, after specialist vet treatment costing £5,000.

New junction is 'unsafe'

Sara Varey

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Earlier this week we brought you news of one junction that was causing confusion. Now residents in Petersfield say the "inappropriate" design of a new road junction near Cambridge railway station is putting people's lives at risk.

The three-way shared-use layout where Tenison Road meets the new Great Northern Road is supposed to slow traffic.

But the residents' association says pedestrians and cyclists are in real danger. 

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Watch: Pupils' perfect posing

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

If it's good enough for Hillary Clinton, Ant and Dec and PD Finn then it's good enough for staff and pupils in Buckinghamshire!

We spotted this video of the #mannequinchallenge taken by Heatherton House school in Amersham. 

What's impressed me the most is getting all those students to keep still for so long - I know my five-year- old couldn't do it!

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Northampton Town loan: 'Robust controls in place'

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Yesterday we were talking about a critical report into the way Northampton Borough Council awarded a £10.25m loan to Northampton Town FC.

I’ve been asking the Department for Communities and Local Government, which funds councils, for its response to the report.


Here’s the statement I’ve been sent in full: “There are robust controls in place to make sure local authorities safeguard public money and their finances are scrutinised by an independent external auditor.”

The authority’s external auditor, KPMG, is still investigating the loan.

Man jailed for 'horrendous and violent rape'

A man who offered to give a Hemel Hempstead woman a lift home, but then raped her, has been jailed for 12 years.

Stefan Padure, 31, from Windmill Road in the town, offered to take the woman in her 40s home but instead drove her to the rear of a shopping centre and raped her. 

Hertfordshire police say after the "horrendous and violent attack", he acted like nothing had happened and began to drive her home. 

He previously pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and assault by penetration at Luton Crown Court but was sentenced today. 

Stefan Padure
Hertfordshire Police

He previously pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and assault by penetration at Luton Crown Court but was sentenced today.   

Teenager grabbed by man in Hertfordshire

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A schoolgirl's been grabbed by a man in Oxhey near Watford

The 13-year-old was walking on Hillcroft Crescent towards Brookdene Avenue before school yesterday morning when a man got out of a van and grabbed her by the arm. 

She hit him with her school bag and ran off. 

He's described as white, aged between 35 and 45, of slight build and short brown hair and was wearing a brown jacket and jeans.  

School video raises awareness of mental health

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A school says it's had "unprecedented support" after posting a moving and thought-provoking video to raise awareness of mental health problems.

Bedford School created the film Fighting the Battle Together that shows the fictional story of Fraser Dingwall, a rugby player who's battling depression. 

Rugby player

So far the video, which you can see on YouTube, has been watched more than 80,000 times and has been shared to thousands. 

A spokesperson for the school said: "We thought the video was incredible, but we never thought we would get this much positive support. We are so proud. It really seems to have hit the right mark."

Beautiful Cambridgeshire

BBC Weather Watchers

It may be a bit chilly outside, but it's been a glorious day across Cambridgeshire so far.

And what better way to celebrate that fact, with some of the best pictures sent in by BBC Weather Watchers...

St Neots

Bus services facing further squeeze

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

Bus subsidies in Northamptonshire have been cut by more than half since 2010 and campaigners are warning of further cuts to come. 

Northamptonshire County Council has reduced its financial support by £1.82m over the last six years and the Campaign for Better Transport says tight budgets mean more cuts are in the pipeline. 

Bus stop
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The Bus Bill, currently going through parliament, aims to give local councils more of a say in bus services - allowing collaboration with private companies and franchising opportunities.   

The county council says the development of County Connect, a "dial-a-ride" service, and other "innovative" plans mean more communities in the county have a public transport service than before the cuts. 

You can see more on this story on Sunday Politics East, on Sunday at 11:00 on BBC One.

Bedford Blues get ready for Friday night kick-off

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

In rugby, Bedford have a Championship match at Goldington Road tonight. 

The Blues take on London Scottish in a 19:45 kick-off. 

Mike Rayer's side will be looking to follow-up last week's win at London Welsh.

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New manager still needed for MK Dons

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

The search for a new MK Dons manager continues nearly five weeks after the club parted company with Karl Robinson (right). 

The former Dons boss is now in charge at Charlton and will face the Dons in the FA Cup at The Valley on 3 December. 

Caretaker manager Richie Barker (left) hopes a new manager is in place by then.

Richie Barker and Karl Robinson
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Busy Northampton shopping street to be closed to traffic

St Giles Street in Northampton will be closed to traffic this Sunday to allow the new road surface to be cleaned and parking bays to be repainted.

There will be no parking in the street between the Hazelwood Road junction and St Giles Square from 19:00 on Saturday until 19:00 on Sunday.

However, businesses in the street will remain open for one of the busiest shopping days of the year so far.

st giles

Most of the major works taking place on St Giles Street finished in October.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton fastest in second practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Sao Paulo

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton was fastest in both practice sessions at the start of the weekend that will decide the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship.

The Briton headed title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.079 seconds in the second session, at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina track. He was 0.374secs quicker in first practice.

Hamilton is 12 points behind the German and has to win the race and hope his Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate finishes lower than third, in order to win the championship.

Lewis Hamilton

Bill to give council more say on bus services

Hannah Olsson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

Figures from Cambridgeshire County Council reveal that bus subsidies have been slashed by a third since 2010. That's £750,000 in six years.

Cambridge buses
Keith Edkins/Geograph

The Bus Bill, currently going through parliament, aims to give local councils more of a say in bus services – allowing collaboration with private companies and franchising opportunities.  

However, some of the new powers would only be granted to councils with elected mayors - something that Cambridgeshire is getting next year.

Lianna Etkind from the Campaign for Better Transport, who was against that proviso, says: "Everyone should be able to depend on a regular, frequent and affordable bus service, regardless of having an elected mayor or not."

You can see more on this story on BBC Sunday Politics East, on Sunday at 11:00 on BBC One.

Henry Huggins death: Further charges for attack pair

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Two men have been charged with the murder and manslaughter of a man in Luton, two years after they were convicted of his assault.

Henry Huggins
South Beds News Agency

Henry Huggins, 48, was left in a coma after an attack in Whipperly Ring in October 2013 and died in June 2015.

Stuart Docherty - convicted of causing grievous bodily harm in November 2014 - is now charged with murder.

James Early, who was convicted of causing actual bodily harm, is now accused of manslaughter.

The charges came after the case was re-examined by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) following the death of Mr Huggins.

The pair appeared before magistrates in Luton who sent the cases to the crown court.

Bedfordshire Police has made a fresh appeal for people who might have information about the attack to come forward. 

Weather: Dry and sunny, but with a brisk wind

BBC Weather Watchers

There have been some lovely spells of sunshine today, as this BBC Weather Watchers picture from Hertford shows.

The bad news is it should become more cloudy by the evening, with brisk north-easterly winds. 


Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). BBC Weather has more.

Weather: Sunny and chilly

BBC Weather Watchers

Dave from Billing wins the "brilliant autumn sky" award with this beauty.

Dave from Billing/Weather Watchers

It'll remain bright for the rest of the day, but all that clear sky will mean a chill in the air; 9C (48F) is the best we can hope for.

Day-night games in cricket's County Championship next year

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

The 2017 County Championship will feature a full round of day-night matches for the first time.

Northants will take on Leicestershire at Wantage Road on 26 - 29 June.

Canterbury staged the first day-night County Championship match five years ago (pictured). 

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Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, says it's hoped the pink ball games will help England players prepare for day-night Test matches, but it will also fit better with the lives of fans.

"The counties have really embraced the potential of Championship matches that stretch well into the evening, when people have finished school or work," he said.

"There are some really attractive matches in the day-night round and it will be fascinating to see how it works out."

Video: Leighton Buzzard garage offers 'full flight' experience

Kate Scotter

BBC News

Discover how you can learn how to fly a full-sized Boeing 737 from a Leighton Buzzard man's garage...

Leighton Buzzard pilot's Boeing 737 simulator in garage

March in memory of India

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire Rape Crisis' annual "Reclaim the Night" march takes place tonight in Northampton town centre, with an added poignancy.

Marchers will remember India Chipchase, the 20-year-old woman from the town who was raped and murdered earlier this year. Edward Tenniswood was convicted of both crimes in August.

India Chipchase
Northamptonshire Police

The march sets off from Morrisons car park on Victoria Promenade at 23:00. The national campaign seeks to highlight violence against women and sexual violence against people of all genders and sexualities.

The march will end with a minute of silence at All Saints Church in memory of India.  

Bad November for Thameslink customers

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Trains on the Thameslink line have had their worst month for delays in six years. 

In the four weeks up to 12 November, just 63% of trains arrived within five minutes of their scheduled time according to Network Rail data. 

Almost one in five trains was cancelled or significantly late during the period. 

Thameslink says it was affected by a number of incidents, including major damage to overhead wires in Luton, a track fire at Blackfriars and engineering works overrunning at West Hampstead. 

Damaged power line in Luton
Network Rail

Wood back in for England

Tom Percival

BBC Radio Northampton

The England forward line will have a Saints spine against Argentina tomorrow, at Twickenham.

Tom Wood returns to the starting line-up at flanker, joining Courtney Lawes and captain, Dylan Hartley, in the pack.

Tom Wood
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Teimana Harrison is on the bench for the match against the pumas, who lost narrowly last weekend to Scotland.

England, meanwhile, have continued their 100% record under Eddie Jones.

Pubs are 'dying trade' says owner of latest to close its doors

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The landlady of the Cherry Tree Pub in Peterborough says she was forced to close because it was no longer financially viable.

The venue on Oundle Road, known for its live music, closed its doors last night for the final time.

Landlady Janet Goldswain said "unfortunately, it's an expensive venture".

"People just aren't coming out as much. Whether it's because supermarkets sell alcohol cheaper or people just want to stay in and watch TV, it's a dying trade and it's a shame," Ms Goldswain told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Exterior of the Cherry Tree in Peterborough
Paul Bryan/Geograph

"I tried my hardest and gave it everything I could. But it's not enough to keep it going on hopes and dreams.  

"I love this place. I love the people that come here. I love the live music. I love doing what I've been doing for the past few years. I'm going to miss it."

Punters across the city have flocked to the venue's Facebook page to say their final goodbyes ...

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Police hone their cowboy skills to 'moooove' cow

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Lunchtime weather: Sunny but cold

BBC Weather

It's been a pretty nice day out the windows of our Cambridge office this morning. Here's what the afternoon has in store...

Dry with some good spells of sunshine across the region, although tending to become more cloudy by the evening.

Brisk northeast winds, which will be strong at times. Highs of 9C (48F).

Weather forecast

Man dies after pallet of tiles falls on him in High Wycombe

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

An investigation has been launched into how a pallet of tiles fell and killed a man in Buckinghamshire.

The man, in his 50s, died on Wednesday morning as he unloaded a lorry on Fraser Road in Booker, High Wycombe. 

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and police are appealing for witnesses

Fraser Road

Ely traders speak out against Black Friday

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Two independent traders in Ely say they won't be buying into Black Friday.

The tradition, which stems from the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, sees huge discounts in stores and online.

Andrew Olley (pictured) from independent High Street shop City Cycle Centre says "people don't always get what they expect on Black Friday", adding that customer service is paramount.

Andrew Olley

"Nothing beats handling the goods in person," he said.

Also on the High Street is Topping and Company booksellers. Manager Stuart Hovis says customers "come to us for a very different reason".

"When they think of us, they don't think Black Friday.

"I think being such a small market town, I think the effect might be less than big cities."

Ellie Robinson makes Young Sports Personality shortlist

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton Sport

Is there anyone in Northamptonshire who's had a bigger year than Ellie Robinson?

Gold and bronze medals at the Paralympics in Rio and Northamptonshire Sports Personality of the Year are already in the bag.

Now she's been announced on the shortlist for the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year

Ellie Robinson
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She's one of 10 sportspeople on a shortlist, which also includes gymnast Ellie Downie and rugby player Keelan Giles.

The 10 will be whittled down to three. The winner, chosen by a judging panel, will be announced on Blue Peter, on BBC One on 8 December. 

Amazon worker safety 'top priority'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've spent the morning at the Amazon distribution centre in Peterborough to look at the rise of the Black Friday trend across the UK.

Last Black Friday, Amazon sold 7.4m items - that's 86 every second.

Amazon has been accused on a number of occasions of overworking its warehouse staff and drivers just to keep up with demand.

Amazon warehouse in Peterborough

However, Paul Firth, head of Digital Music UK at the site, insists worker safety is a top priority.

"We're committed to ensuring that everyone who works for us is fairly compensated, treated with respect, follows all applicable laws and carries out their job safely.

"Whilst the sites are very busy, they're organised."

Mr Firth says Amazon in Peterborough has "added more break-out areas for staff to take time out with free hot drinks. There's also computer games and a pool table for them to use".

My night on the streets of MK: 'I can't wait for this to be over'

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

All of last night I slept rough on the streets of Milton Keynes. 

It was really hard and I was completely freezing. 

I, of course, only did it for one night and was able to go home to a warm house, but that's not the story for many people here in the new city. 

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My night on the streets of MK: Jimmy looks after me

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

On my night on the streets of Milton Keynes, I met up with Jimmy, who said he would look after me. 

I put myself in this position by presenting myself as homeless to the council. 

It sadly couldn't help me and referred me to the local YMCA, but because I'm over 35 it couldn't accept me either. 

The organisation said I would need to apply with a housing association, but that can take weeks or even months. 

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My night on the streets of MK: Why I decided to sleep rough

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

So far this year in Milton Keynes, three homeless people have died on the streets. 

This is a subject I have reported on a lot over the past few weeks. 

The council says it is doing what it can deal with the problem, but the government has rejected its bid for £2m to help homeless people in the town.

So to see what happens if you end up on the street, I decided to present myself as homeless to the council. 

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Police visit home of Barry Bennell in MK

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Thames Valley Police have been to the Milton Keynes home of former Crewe Alexandra coach, Barry Bennell. 

Former footballers have spoken out about how he abused them in the 1980s and '90s. 

However, the force says it was called in response to a safeguarding concern and was not investigating any offences.

'You do have to be fit to work here'

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've spent the morning at Amazon's warehouse in Peterborough for Black Friday - the yearly tradition where retailers drop their prices for a day.

But what is it like to be a member of staff who has to pick your items ready to be delivered to your door?

Donna Alexander works in the warehouse. She says you "do have to be fit to work here".

"I dropped two dress sizes when I started working. But it's good for your health."

Donna Alexander

"This Christmas is one of the busiest Christmases there's been and this is one of our busiest days of the year."

General manager, Lee Shepherd, told me there will be 1,000 members of staff on site today until midnight.