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Goodbye from Beds, Herts and Bucks live page

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from all of us here at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

It's been a day of snow, tributes to Graham Taylor and a broken down bus.

We'll be back with all your news, sport, travel and weather at 08:00 on Monday, but if anything happens between then it will appear here. 

We hope you have a great weekend, and happy 24th birthday to Hemel's Max Whitlock, we hope you celebrate with a nice bit of cake. 

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That's all for this week

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's the end of our live feed for today and for this week. Thanks for joining us.

It's been a day of snow and no snow across the county. Scroll back through the feed today for great pictures and video of the weather.

Keep and eye on this page over the weekend for any breaking news and for full reports on Peterborough United and Cambridge United.

Whether you see snow or not, we hope you have a great weekend.

That's from us

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Well we might not have had the arrival of much snow, but we have had the arrival of a new Northampton Town manager.

So, as Nene Park looks set for the scrap head, the last man to manage Rushden and Diamonds there, Justin Edinburgh, returns to the county as the new Cobblers boss.

We'll be back Monday at 08:00.

See you then.

Justin Edinburgh
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Cold snap hits the county

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

It's been a tale of four seasons in Cambridgeshire today, with no signs of the earlier snow currently visible out on the road.

Here's the story of today, told by our BBC Weather Watchers.

It started off pretty normal...


And then the snow came...


And came...


And came some more...


And just as quick as it started, it went...

St Neots

By the end of the day, it was like it never happened...


The day the snow came

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a day of some snow in the three counties. 

Snow in High Wycombe

A light dusting of the white stuff was spotted in Buckinghamshire.  

Windmill in field

A few snow flakes fell in Hertfordshire. 

Snow in field

This deer enjoyed a light snack in Welwyn. 

Muntjac deer

There were light snow showers in Caddington. 

Snow in Caddington

And then by mid-afternoon there was none in Stanstead Abbotts. 

Stanstead Abbotts

Thank you to all our BBC Weather Watchers for keeping us up to date with all your picture and weather reports today. 

Rescue dog trained over WhatsApp

Sue Dougan

BBC Local Live

An award winning dog, rescued in Transylvania, was trained over WhatsApp, before coming to the UK.

Tess Eagle-Swan, from near Newmarket, brought Kratu, a Romanian Mioritic Shepherd Dog over to Cambridgeshire - rescuing him from poor conditions in a Romanian gypsy camp.

Whilst Kratu was waiting for his "doggy passport", Tess trained him via the instant messaging service, linking up with a friend living in the county.

Rescue dog trained over WhatsApp before coming to the UK

After also bringing over Kratu's brother Raffy to the UK, Tess has since entered them into shows. 

Kratu has won best in show and is on his way to Crufts. Raffy is a supermodel dog, on the cover of "Dogs Today".  

Fines for bad parkers

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Fifteen fixed penalty notices have been given out to people who parked illegally in Wisbech today, in just a two hour period.

The patrol was a joint effort between Cambridgeshire Police and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue to highlight the issue of inconsiderate parking in the town.

Fire engine navigating a small road
Cambridgeshire Police

The two-hour patrol focused on 12 streets in the town centre where parking has previously been an issue.

It could mean fire crews struggle to gain access to incidents.

PCSO Lisa Mann, who was on the patrol, said inconsiderate and illegal parking is "becoming an increasing issue in Wisbech".

“Parking in an inappropriate way could cause a delay in emergency services reaching an incident and therefore put lives at risk," she said.

The patrol found that the streets with the biggest problems were North Brink - that runs down the side of the river - and North Street in the town centre.  

New Northampton Town manager: Chairman says he's had 'positive feedback' about Edinburgh

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas said that new manager Justin Edinburgh's teams have always impressed him "with the energy that they play at, even back to his Rushden days".

Speaking about Edinburgh's sacking from Gillingham earlier this month, Mr Thomas said: "He has learnt a tremendous amount from that experience."

Justin Edinburgh
Getty Images

Mr Thomas said he had "spoken to a lot of people" in football about Edinburgh and "had very positive feedback".

He added: "We have talked a lot today about the squad and he is excited about starting to work with them on Monday."

New Northampton Town manager Justin Edinburgh 'respected in the game'

Tim Oglethorpe

BBC Radio Northampton Cobblers commentator

I think the appointment of Justin Edinburgh as Northampton Town manager is a good one.

He's a relatively young manager, at 47, and until the "blip" at Gillingham he had a pretty good track record, building himself up from the non-league and achieving great success at Newport County.

Justin Edinburgh
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He knows Northamptonshire, he's respected in the game, and has a lot of contacts in football, I think he fits the bill.

Edinburgh maybe wasn't the biggest name linked with the job, but he is still hungry for success.

The irony is, he was in charge at Gillingham when they beat the Cobblers in November, with a last minute winner, which was most probably the start of Rob Page's exit from the club.

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New Northampton Town manager: Edinburgh hopes for 'good times'

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Justin Edinburgh has said that he is "delighted and honoured" to become the new manager of Northampton Town.

He said: "I have experienced some fantastic atmospheres at Sixfields as an opposing manager and hopefully we can work together to enjoy some good times."

Justin Edinburgh
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'Taxi for Sixfields'

The 47-year-old says that there is "potential to take the club forward", describing the job as a "fantastic opportunity".

The former Diamonds boss will be at tomorrow's game against Scunthorpe and says: "The players who are here will have their opportunities to impress, both on Saturday and moving forward."

New Northampton Town manager: Justin Edinburgh and Rushden and Diamonds

The new Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh is no stranger to Northamptonshire. He first joined Rushden & Diamonds in 2008, becoming assistant to Garry Hill.

After Hill resigned, Edinburgh took charge and became permanent manager in April 2009.

Justin Edinbirgh
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Edinburgh guided the Diamonds to the Conference play-offs in his first full season in charge but lost out to Oxford in the semi-final.

However, Edinburgh's time at Diamonds came to an abrupt end when the club entered administration. At the time Edinburgh said: "It is a sad day for a lot of good people and good supporters in and around the football club."

He also had to cope with the suicide of goalkeeper Dale Roberts in 2010. "It changed me, in every aspect of life," Edinburgh told the Daily Mail.

"I still think 'I should have known' or 'Could I have done this or that?' There's a bit of guilt. You think you could have done more." 

Graham Taylor: Watford gets ready to say goodbye

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

So it’s set to be an emotional day at Vicarage Road tomorrow as Watford fans pay their respects to the greatest manager in the club’s history Graham Taylor

There will be tears, there will be stories, there will be memories and there will be plenty of reflection. 

Graham was a hero at the Vic, a proper legend and it will be some day. 

Graham Taylpr at Vicarage Road
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Many supporters won’t be able to get tickets but of course we will have a special programme from 14:00, live from the ground on BBC Three Counties Radio.  

MK Dons games in doubt

Luke Ashmead

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

An 09:00 inspection will take place at Vale Park tomorrow to see of the 15:00 match between MK Dons can go ahead. 

The team said there was "snow stopping" them earlier as they played in the snow ahead of their trip. 

Players playing in snow
MK Dons

Port Vale has also confirmed a minute's applause will take place at the ground as a "mark of respect for Graham Taylor". 

New Northampton Town manager: Who is Justin Edinburgh?

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Justin Edinburgh started his career at Southend United but made his name at Tottenham, playing more than 200 games for the club.

It was at Spurs that Edinburgh won the FA Cup in 1991, and then later the League Cup in 1999, despite being sent off in the final against Leicester.

Justin Edinburgh
Getty Images

Edinburgh started his managerial career at non-league Billericay Town, and later at other non-league sides Fisher Athletic and Grays Athletic.

He then in 2008 joined Rushden & Diamonds becoming manager in 2009 until the club went into administration in 2011.

He then moved to Newport County guiding them to promotion to League Two, before moving to Gillingham in February 2015, losing his job 10 days ago.

New Northampton Town manager: Justin Edinburgh takes charge

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Justin Edinburgh has been named as the now Northampton Town manager on a two-and-half-year deal.

Edinburgh takes over from Rob Page, who was sacked at the beginning of the week following a 5-0 loss at Bristol Rovers, leaving Northampton Town 16th in League Two.

Justin Edinburgh
Getty Images

Edinburgh was also sacked at the beginning of the month, by Gillingham, who are one place below the Cobblers in League One in 17th.

Despite his problems at Gillingham, Edinburgh is well regarded after getting Newport County promoted to League Two from the Conference and his work at Rushden and Diamonds.

The 47-year-old will officially take over on Monday, but will watch the game against Scunthorpe tomorrow.

BreakingJustin Edinburgh is new Northampton Town manager

Former Rushden and Diamonds manager Justin Edinburgh has been named as Northampton Town manager, after Rob Page's sacking on Monday.

Bedfordshire police praised for work in conviction of Luton man charged

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The convictions of Zaiur Rahman, from Luton, and Mohammed Sufiyan Choudry, from Maidenhead, were the result of an intelligence-led operation by Bedfordshire Police and the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command. 

Commander Dean Haydon, from the Met Police, says: "these men were closely associated with Al-Muhajiroun, a dangerous group which has inspired and influenced numerous terrorists. 

"The men used meetings about Ramadan - a time for self-reflection and change for the better - to instead deliver subversive speeches that encouraged groups, including very young children, to engage in war alongside Daesh," he added. 

"Speeches like theirs inspire the terrorists of tomorrow and I am immensely pleased with the excellent work of my officers and Bedfordshire Police. Crucially, both are working with Luton Social Services to safeguard the vulnerable children we've identified were taken to the radical meetings."

Luton man found guilty of IS terror support plot

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man from Luton has been found guilty, alongside a man from Maidenhead, of arranging meetings in support of the so-called Islamic State. 

Zaiur Rahman, 39, helped organise gatherings in a marquee in his back garden and at an Anglican church in Luton. 

An undercover policeman infiltrated the Luton section of the banned extremist group, Al-Muhajiroun and recorded speeches made at the meetings. 

Zaiur Rahman
Metropolitan Police

One speaker talked of 40 trucks driving down Oxford Street full of explosives, while attendees were urged to support I.S. and travel to Syria to fight. 

The judge at the retrial at the Old Bailey said they Rahman had corrupted the principles and practices of an ancient and revered religion  and told him to expect a jail sentence.

He'll be sentenced at a later date. 

Manufacturing to step up a gear at Aston Martin in Newport Pagnell

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

Production will start again this year at the Aston Martin site in Newport Pagnall, for the first time in a decade. 

They're to start building 25 DB4's which were last manufactured in 1959. 

The cars will cost more than £1m each, but if you fancy putting your name down for one, you won't be able to as they've already been pre-sold. 

Aston Martin workshop in Newport Pagnell

I've been lucky enough to allowed on to the site and see the current restoration and repair team at work.  

You can see more on Look East tonight from 18:30

'Tweet' of the day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Most of the snow that fell on parts of the Three Counties earlier has melted, but before it went these goldfinches in Luton were captured on film. 

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Mental health staff at MK prison 'insufficient'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A report into a Milton Keynes jail where nine inmates have committed suicide since 2012 has found that mental health staffing is "insufficient". 

Healthcare services at HMP Woodhill were inspected by the Care Quality Commission amid concerns over the number of deaths.

While staff had the necessary skills, there were not enough of them, the inspectors found.

The NHS trust which runs the service said more staff had been recruited.

Inspectors visited the Category A prison in September.

HMP Woodhill

Day says it'll be a 'tough ask' for Saints to overcome Castres

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints have named a strong side for their European Champions Cup match against Castres tomorrow afternoon.

Neither side can progress to the knockout stages of the tournament, but Saints lock Christian Day says for them the incentive is to put right the 41-7 defeat they suffered in Castres earlier this season.

christian day
Getty Images

We didn't perform as well as we should have done that day, but Castres are a good team and we know it'll be a tough ask to beat them.

Christian DayNorthampton Saints forward

Graham Taylor: Flowers still being laid at Vicarage Road

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Tributes are still being laid at Vicarage Road in Watford to honour their former manager, Graham Taylor, who died yesterday. 

A minutes applause will be held at the ground when the team take on Middlesborough tomorrow. 

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Petition started against closure of medical centre

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A petition has been started against plans to move an out-of-hours medical service from north Cambridge to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Cambridgeshire health bosses will start a public consultation later this month, about the possible closure of the Chesterton out-of-hours service on Union Lane.

Chesterton Medical Centre

But Kelley Green, organiser of the petition and Labour party campaigner, says services should be spread around.

"There does seem to be justifications for moving the facility," said Ms Green.

"But that does seem to be on the assumption that it will provide a better service."

"My view is that services are actually better when they're distributed around the area and accessible for local people."

Earlier this week, the county's Clinical Commissioning Group said a move could take pressure off the Accident and Emergency unit at Addenbrooke's.  

A snowy scene at Northamptonshire Police HQ

This picture has just been tweeted by Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Simon Edens.

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Edwards pipped to goal of the month

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Gwion Edwards has missed out on the League One goal of the month award, beaten by Bolton Wanderers' Sammy Ameobi.

Gwion Edwards
Joe Dent/Peterborough United

Edwards solo effort against Chesterfield last month saw him up for the award.

The Posh midfielder was also beaten to December player of the month earlier in January.

Pensioner killed by car whilst walking dogs is named

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Tributes have been paid to a 82-year-old man who was hit by a car in Hitchin Road in Pirton while walking his two dogs on Tuesday afternoon. 

The family of David Woodbridge, from Hitchin  says he was a "gentleman". 

His wife of nearly 60 years, Marion said: "He was just devoted to me and I was to him.”

David Woodbridge
Hertfordshire Police

He had three children, six grandchildren and one great grandson and was well known locally and active in the community.

He was a life-long Scout member, ran a youth club and was a member of Tilehouse Street Baptist Church, the place where he met Marion. 

Former Luton probation worker jailed for funding terrorism

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A judge at the Old Bailey has sentenced a former probation worker from Luton to five-and-a-half years in jail for using aid convoys to Syria to fund terrorism. 

Syed Hoque, 37 now from Stoke-on-Trent, sent £3,000 to a nephew who was fighting with a group linked to al-Qaeda. 

Mashoud Miah, 28, from East London, was jailed for two-and-a-half years for the same offence. 

Syed Hoque
Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Helen Bailey trail: Jury being shown round her home

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Today the jury in the trial of Ian Stewart, accused of murdering Helen Bailey was shown round the home and grounds of the home she shared with Stewart in Royston Hertfordshire. 

They saw the side of the well, which was being used as a cesspit, and where her body was found, along with that her of pet dog, Boris. 

Side of the well
Hertfordshire Police

This is the well cover after it had been sealed by police.

Well cover sealed by police
Hertfordshire Police

This is a laser image of the well opening taken in centimetres.

Image showing depth of well
Hertfordshire Police

This laser image shows the depth of the well which is between 13 to 15ft (4 - 5m). 

Laser graphic showing the depth of the well
Hertfordshire Police

As well as murder, Mr Stewart is also charged with fraud, preventing lawful burial and three counts of perverting the course of justice.

He has denied all six charges.

The trial, expected to last seven weeks, continues.

Photos released of Helen Bailey's Royston home

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Hertfordhire Police have released a series of photos taken at the home of Royston author, Helen Bailey. 

Helen Bailey's home
Hertfordshire Police

The 51-year-old was found in a cesspit in the grounds in July, having been missing since 11 April.  

Garage at Helen Bailey#s home
Hertfordshire Police

The images are of the home and garage which she shared with her fiance Ian Stewart.    

Garage at Helen Bailey's home
Hertfordshire Police

Today the jury in the trial of Ian Stewart, 56, accused of her murder, are visiting the property, including the garage where her Jeep is housed. 

Garage open
Hertfordshire Police

The jury at St Albans Court heard earlier this week that Mr Stewart failed to tell police about the cesspit's location and had attempted to hide it by parking Ms Bailey's Jeep over it. 

Jeep in garage of Helen Bailey's home
Hertfordshire Police

Mr Stewart denies her murder. 

A428 improvement plans in £1.1bn scheme

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Plans to improve the A428 between Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire and the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire will be launched over the next three months, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

The improvement scheme, one of eight in the East of England costing £1.1bn, will "reduce congestion, improve safety and boost the economy".

Consultations on the schemes will start in March, with work due to begin in 2020.


The road upgrade is part of the government’s £15bn investment in England’s motorways and major A roads.

Also announced was work to dual the A47 route in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, including improving the junction at Guyhirn.

Lunchtime weather: Sunny but called

BBC Weather

After the earlier periods of rain, sleet or snow, conditions will improve with sunny spells developing as the sleet clears southwards.

However, it will remain cold and windy.

Highs of 2C (36F).  

Weather outlook

Peterborough school shut 'as a precaution'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Leighton Primary School has issued a statement, after being forced to close today due to a sighting of mice.

Hayley Sutton, headteacher at the school, said "we have taken the precaution of closing the school today after a sighting of mice in the school this morning.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause and we are working with environmental health officers and pest control experts today to deal with the situation."

Peterborough City Council say that an update on the situation is expected before the end of the day.

Saints name strong side for Castres in European Champions Cup game

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints have made three changes for their European Champions Cup game against Castres.

Juan Pablo Estelles comes in on the wing, while Harry Mallinder makes his return from injury at centre.

While Jamie Gibson, comes in for Louis Picamoles.

It's a strong side for a game that is a something of a dead rubber, with neither side having a chance of progressing out of the pool stage of the competition.

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Jury arrives at Hertfordshire home of Helen Bailey

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The jury has arrived at the Royston home of murdered author, Helen Bailey, on day five of the trial of her partner, Ian Stewart who's accused of her murder. 

House of Helen Bailey

Her body was found in a cesspit under the garage last year, three months after she went missing.

Mr Stewart, her fiance, denies her murder.

Local paper round-up: Former nightclub in students' union, Rushden Lakes restaurant, and Daventry canal

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  • The University of Northampton will revamp former nightclub, Auntie Ruth's to provide a hub for affiliated students in the town report the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.
  • The Northamptonshire Telegraph say a well-known restaurant chain is looking to be part of Rushden’s new multi-million pound retail and leisure scheme.
  • While, following the granting of planning permission for the canal arm into the town, Daventry District Council says it will explore funding options writes the Daventry Express.

Travel: No trains between Bedford and Bletchley

BBC Travel

London Midland train services between Bedford and Bletchley are suspended because of signalling problems at Kempston Hardwick.  

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Road reopen after earlier tractor crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Ely Road in Littleport is now reopen after an earlier crash ivolving a tractor and a car.

The collision blocked the road, however no injuries were reported.

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Peterborough hospital hit with price rise

Ben Stevenson

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Peterborough and Stamford NHS Trust has confirmed that they have been hit with a business rate hike, of more than £1m.

From April, the Trust will pay £3.9m, up from £2.7m - a 44% rise.

It means the hospital is going to have to find further savings.  

Peterborough City Hospital
Michael Trolove/Geograph

The trust lost more than £37m in the 2015/16 financial year.