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Goodbye for now

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

That's it for us today, and indeed this week. Thanks for your company.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

Keep an eye on BBC Cambridgeshire for any news over the weekend, plus match reports from both Cambridge United and Peterborough United.

Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, including how the county cleared up after Storm Doris.

Have a great weekend.


Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

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

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

But before we go, for 33 years this 600-year-old brass rose was thought lost forever from St Mary's church in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire. 

Brass rose

But after years of searching, it was finally tracked down to a vault in a Bedford bank. 

You can see more on this story by tuning into BBC Look East tonight from 18:30 , on BBC One.

See you next week!

That's all from us

Live updates have now finished for Northamptonshire.

If you want to follow Northampton Saints players in action in the Six Nations head to the BBC Sport website . The Saints themselves take on Worcester in the Premiership, and you can find commentary on BBC Radio Northampton .

Meanwhile, if you're following the Cobblers' away trip to Fleetwood in League One, then head over to our Twitter feed .

And we'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

See you then.

Northampton comedian wins over-55s comedy award

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Pete Teckman from Northampton has won the Silver Stand Up - Leicester Comedy Festival's annual competition for up-and-coming comedians aged 55 or over.

Pete Teckman
Leicester Comedy Festival

Twenty comedians aged between 55 and 81 were shortlisted to perform and eight comedians took to the stage to compete for the coveted title.

However, the 55-year-old stand-up picked up the award.

The annual event is supported by Jasper Carrot, Pam Ayres, Arthur Smith and Sir Bruce Forsyth.

Pete told the Leicester Comedy Festival website : "It's just really nice that there's something there for older acts to have a go at."

Watch: Drones used to survey Milton Keynes sewage system

Gareth Lloyd

BBC Three Counties Radio

Floating drones are being used to survey the sewers under Milton Keynes.

The state-of-the-art technology from Anglian Water means they can access more than 2.5 miles (4km) of the main trunk sewers, which take used water from homes to the Cotton Valley water recycling centre.

The drone unit is floated down the pipes and uses laser, sonar and high definition CCTV to scan the pipes as it goes.

It builds 3D models of the sewers and reports the condition and silt build-up in the pipes.

Drones used to survey Milton Keynes sewage system

Residents clear up after building damage

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The clear-up began today in Chatteris after the side of a building toppled down in strong winds.

Side of building damaged

Luckily, no-one was hurt when the bricks fell on Old Station Place.

Some cars, however, didn't get off as lightly...

Damaged car
Jordan Palmer

Locals were out in force earlier, clearing up the bricks and rubble that remained...

Fallen bricks
Jordan Palmer

Mazzarri wants more 'consistency' from Watford

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has called for consistency from his team ahead of tomorrow's tea-time Premier League match at home to West Ham. 

The Hornets are currently 13th in the table, 10 points from the relegation zone.

"I like my team mainly part-time; in some moments in the game I like them much more than at other times," said Mazzarri. 

"I like to see if possible if my team plays with more continuity without having these lapses of concentration in games," he added. 

Walter Mazzarri
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Watch: Driver describes tree car crush

Here's the story of David Keene, who describes his miraculous escape after a tree crashed down on his car in Witcham...

A driver escapes unhurt after a tree falls on his car during Storm Doris. (Footage courtesy of Glen Mollett).

Driver relives tree crush escape: 'A few more inches and...'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

As we mentioned earlier, David Keene had a very lucky escape yesterday in Witcham.

A tree fell on the 41-year-old's car during Storm Doris.

Tree on car
Glen Mollett

"I was driving to work and heard the crack and saw the tree coming towards me," Mr Keene (pictured) told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

David Keene

"I managed to squeeze myself in-between the passenger and driver seats and just watched the top of the car come in above me.

"I was very glad it stopped. A couple more inches and I would've been a lot thinner than I am now!

"It was an incredibly lucky escape."

PC Declan Gabriel: Alleged victim not a 'sincere and consistent witness', say defence

Stuart Ratcliffe

BBC Look East

A woman who claims a Northamptonshire Police officer raped and sexually assaulted her has been accused of being "extraordinarily inconsistent" with her evidence.

This afternoon the defence team representing PC Declan Gabriel told Northampton Crown Court her evidence contained several demonstrable lies.

Declan Gabriel

In 2015 Mr Gabriel was called to an incident where the woman, then aged 17, had been thrown out of her home by her mother, the court heard.

After that, the court was told Mr Gabriel took her in his car to try and find her somewhere to stay. It's alleged he then stopped in two lay-bys where he sexually assaulted and raped her.

But today, the officer's defence barrister, Steven Evans, told the jury the woman changed her accounts of what the alleged sexual activities were.

Mr Evans said the defendant had been a "sincere and consistent witness", whereas the woman had not, telling the court "consistency is the hallmark of truth".

He also said PC Gabriel had co-operated fully with the police investigation, while the woman had not.

Mr Gabriel, 28, denies rape, two counts of sexual assault and misconduct in public office.  

The case continues on Monday.

'Keep The King' campaign launched

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The Fairy King is a 12ft (2.4m) high sculpture that's currently by the visitors' centre at Rushmere Country Park, near Leighton Buzzard.

It's been carved from an ancient fallen oak by local wood carver Ian Freemantle, and has been in place since Christmas (hence the snow). 

The Fairy King
The Greensand Trust

It's proved so popular with visitors, Greensands Trust , which runs the site, has been given the chance to buy it outright and needs to raise £2,000 by 20 March. 

It's set up a crowdfunding page to " Keep The King " and has so far raised more than £600. 

Helen Bailey: Bowls club member describes killer and his first wife

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Bill Manley is a member of Bassingbourn Bowls Club and knew Helen Bailey's murderer Ian Stewart very well.

He told me Mr Stewart "did a good job" as the club's treasurer for several years, but said he "could be a bit stand-offish".  

"You could say he was a little bit of an odd bird", he said, adding he was a "ferocious player" who "did not like to come second". 

Bill Manley

Asked what he thought when he heard about the death of Stewart's first wife - Diane - from an epileptic fit in 2010, he said: "Everyone was just pole-axed by it because she was a youngish, fit, healthy woman." 

He added that she was "dynamic" and got involved with club's events and "she'd never even had a cold". 

After her death, Stewart dropped out of running the bowls club.

After Stewart was found guilty of Helen Bailey's murder, he said: "You can never forgive that kind of thing and I hope I never, ever see him again.

"It's horrific what he's done." 

Helen Bailey: Fake kidnapper 'Joe' wants his name cleared

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Seventy seven year old Joe Cippullo unexpectedly found himself in the middle of a high-profile murder trial.

Ian Stewart, the killer of Hertfordshire author Helen Bailey, described his appearance when making up two fake kidnappers who allegedly murdered his bride-to-be.

Mr Cippullo ended up in court as part of the prosecution case, which explained it was all a lie.

Speaking exclusively to me, Mr Cippullo said he knew murderer Ian Stewart from when they played bowls together in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.

Police searching Helen Bailey's home
South Beds News Agency

He told me he last saw Stewart six years ago.

Mr Cippullo, who didn't want to be photographed, said he "doesn't understand why he went to court", and that Helen Bailey's murderer was "stupid to say all those lies".

He said he was "disappointed" by what had happened to him, as he only knew Mr Stewart from saying "hello".

He explained he was happy to go to court as he "respects the law", but now wanted his named "cleared". 

He told me some people now think he was involved in the case and he wants that to be struck from the record.

"Clear my name, that is all," he said. 

Local paper round-up: Storm Doris thanks, Rushden Lakes progress and Daventry dog fouling

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

MP praises minister's stance on Towcester bypass

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

The MP for South Northamptonshire, Andrea Leadsom, said getting a commitment from the transport minister to help build the Towcester bypass "makes a real difference".

John Hayes told a public meeting in the town he would help Persimmon Homes borrow the money to build the A5 relief road.

Andrea Leadsom

Mrs Leadsom told me a project like this can "drag on", so the minister's "pledge to get it started" was welcome.

Towcester bypass 'vital' for the town

Martin Heath

BBC Radio Northampton

Transport Minister John Hayes has told a public meeting in Towcester that he'll try to bring forward the construction of the town's A5 relief road.

It's due to be provided by house-builder Persimmon Homes as part of the town's southern extension, but only after hundreds of houses have been sold.

Mr Hayes said he'd help the builder borrow the money so work could start earlier, because the road will bring the town benefits.

John Hayes

This is vital for the interest of Towcester. It'll ease congestion, improve air quality and boost the local economy."

John HayesTransport Minister

Exclusive: The real 'Joe' in the Helen Bailey murder case speaks out

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

During his murder trial, Helen Bailey's killer Ian Stewart made up an elaborate lie and  said two men called Nick and Joe  kidnapped and killed his fiancée.

Today I spoke exclusively to Joe Cippullo - the man the prosecution team brought into court because he resembled Stewart's description of "Joe".  

And now he wants his name cleared...

Ian Stewart, Helen Bailey and Boris
South Beds News Agency

Stay posted for more.

HS2: 'Can't come soon enough', says Chambers of Commerce

"Overall everyone will benefit". 

Those were the views of Jane Gratton, from the British Chambers of Commerce, after approval for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham got the go-ahead.

She said it's welcome news for the economy. 

"The simple message is we need it, we've needed it for a long time and it can't come soon enough for providing the capacity we need and increasing connectivity," she said.

Anti HS2 sign.

Many people are against it, however. Critics argue the track, which will run through Buckinghamshire and south Northamptonshire, is a waste of billions of pounds and will damage the environment.   

Driver in 'miracle' escape from tree car crush

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

If you were following us yesterday, you were probably left speechless by this jaw-on-the-floor moment we featured...

Fallen tree
Glen Mollett

Dave Keene was driving through Witcham, near Ely, when he spotted a tree about to collapse onto the road.

Luckily, he anticipated it would fall and tucked himself between the seats, and escaped unharmed.

Fallen tree
Glen Mollett

Lisa Stubbs, a Fenland district councillor, was one of the first people on the scene. She said it was "a miracle the driver got out alive".

Fallen tree
Glen Mollett
Car being towed away
Glen Mollett

The council worked tirelessly into the evening to get the tree moved...

Workers move tree in the dark
Mike Bradley

And this was the scene a short while ago. You'd never know there was even any commotion.

Road where tree fell
Mike Bradley

School ceiling collapse broke girl's jaw

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

Today I've been at Southwood School in Milton Keynes, where two children were hurt when a large chunk of the sports hall roof dislodged and fell on top of them. 

It happened at 15:30 yesterday, at the height of Storm Doris, and an investigation is taking place to identify if the wind was to blame.

Southwood School

We now know the most seriously injured girl looks likely to make a full recovery, but has been left with a broken jaw and head injuries.

The other child was treated at the scene and is back at school today. 

Parents have been telling me it really shook them up, but they were allowed into the school this morning to show their children that the main building was safe. 

The sports hall remains shut.

Thames Valley Police confirmed the girl remained in a "serious, but stable condition" in hospital. 

Liam Hunt murder probe: Items recovered from lake

A police diving team has spent the past two days searching a Northampton lake as part of the investigation into the death of teenager Liam Hunt.

The 17-year-old was attacked on St George's Street on 14 February. A number of people have been charged with murder.

Northamptonshire Police said a team from Nottinghamshire recovered items from the lake at Delapre Abbey (pictured), which will undergo forensic tests.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for anyone with any information about the stabbing to come forward.

Delapre Abbey
Geograph / Dave Dunford

Grand Prix at Silverstone the 'greatest weekend in sport' - Lewis Hamilton

BBC Sport

Stevenage F1 driver Lewis Hamilton says fan engagement is the key to the sport's survival, after testing the Brackley-built car he hopes will make him world champion for the fourth time in 2017.

At the launch of Mercedes' 2017 F1 car at Silverstone he said others could learn from the British Grand Prix...

Lewis Hamilton: Fan engagement key to F1 success

Foden continues on the wing for the Saints and captains the side to face Worcester

Northampton Saints make just one change from the side that lost to Newcastle for the visit of Worcester tomorrow, with Michael Paterson coming in the second row.

Ben Foden once again captains the side and is on the wing, with England forward Teimana Harrison at number eight.

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Storm Doris: Debris expected to take 'days' to clear

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The impact of Storm Doris is still being felt across Beds, Herts and Bucks.

At the moment Watton Road in Knebworth is closed because of a fallen tree. 

Hertfordshire County Council's highways team  confirmed it received more than 400 reports of fallen trees .

Its "priority" is to clear debris, but this is expected to take "a few days", a spokesman said. 

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Wisbech striker signs for Premier League team

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Top flight Burnley have signed young striker Harry Limb from ninth-tier side Wisbech Town.

It comes after the 17-year-old scored 22 goals for the United Counties League Premier Division side this season.

Harry Limb
Wisbech Town FC

Limb also had a trial at Swansea City earlier this year.

Although Burnley were not obliged to pay the Cambridgeshire side for the player as he was on non-contract terms, they have given a donation to the club and arranged for a "strong" XI to play Wisbech in a pre-season friendly.

Wisbech boss Dick Creasey said: "He's certainly got the desire to play in the Premier League, and the willingness.

"He's willing to learn and listen, but step five of non-league football to the Premier League is quite a journey."

Doris does damage

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Although Storm Doris caused some major damage and disruption yesterday, like this tree down in Folksworth...

Fallen tree in Folksworth

And this fallen tree in Winwick...

Fallen tree in winwick

It seems many of you saw the lighter side of it all...

Bins knocked over
Fence knocked down
Fence knocked down in Great Wilbraham

Have you been affected by the storm? Get in touch by email , or tweet us using #cmblive.

Storm Doris: Aftermath continues

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

If you were hoping to get your running shoes on for a brisk Saturday lap of Wimpole, you'll be sad to hear that Storm Doris has caused havoc with the Park Run route, and tomorrow's event is off.

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Storm Doris: Multiple power cuts remain across the county

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've heard multiple power cuts remain in Cambridgeshire due to Storm Doris.

In Aldreth near Haddenham, 258 properties remain without power, while in Shepreth 110 are experiencing power cuts.

UK Power Networks  expects most of the power in those places to be restored between 14:30 and 15:30.

Power cut map
UK Power Networks

Sawston, Comberton, Whittlesey and Bassingbourn are some of the other places where a number of homes have been affected by loss of power.

A statement from the electricity company said: "Engineers continue to work hard to restore power supplies.

"It was the worst storm across our networks this winter and the severe weather conditions damaged overhead power lines."

How is it where you live? Have you had to boil your tea with a gas stove?  Email us here.

Vauxhall takeover bid: Peugeot 'pro-union', claims Unite

John Moylan

BBC industry & employment correspondent

The head of the Unite union Len McCluskey has described his first meeting with Peugeot boss Carlos Tavares as "very open and relatively positive".

Mr McCluskey said he was pleased about some of the assurances that he'd been given about  honouring existing agreements  at Luton and Ellesmere Port plants. 

Vauxhall plant in Luton
Getty Images

He said: "He was very pro-union. He talked in terms of not being here to shut plants. 

"That's not his nature. He pointed out that since being chief executive of Peugeot he hasn't shut a single plant. 

"So I'm going to take him on face value at the moment and hope that I am not disappointed in the future."

Lib Dems take seat on Kettering Borough Council

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

While much of the focus has been on the Copeland by-election win for the Conservatives or Labour holding Stoke , there was a by-election here last night.

The Barton Ward was up for grabs on Kettering Borough Council.

The seat was won by Lib Dem Andrew Dutton, polling 644 votes for a majority of 307 over the Conservatives, who'd held the seat previously.

Kettering borough council

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of councillor Steve Bellamy, who described working with the borough council, ruled by the Conservatives, as like "swimming in treacle" .

It is the Lib Dems' only seat on Kettering Borough Council.

Vauxhall takeover bid: Meeting planned for later

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The head of the French car group planning to take over Luton-based Vauxhall will meet the UK government and unions today. 

The proposed deal could be signed within weeks. 

There are deep concerns about what the deal could mean for Vauxhall's plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port, where nearly 4,000 people work. 

Speaking to reporters, the PSA boss said existing labour agreements would be respected, but he stopped short of ruling out job losses.

Vauxhall plant in Luton
Getty Images

Storm Doris: 'Investigation' to be held over toppled bus

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

First Bus says it is "conducting a full investigation" after one of its double-deckers overturned in strong winds just outside Wisbech yesterday.

Fifteen people were treated at the scene and 11 taken to hospital in King's Lynn with minor injuries.

Toppled bus
Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing/PA

Steve Wickers, the company's managing director, said safety of staff and passengers was its "top priority".

"We were in constant contact with our drivers as the day went on," he told BBC Radio Norfolk. 

"Due to worsening weather conditions we suspended the service until the conditions improved," he said.

Storm Doris damages distinctive Bedford building

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Specialist climbers have been called in to check on damage to the Oasis Beach Pool in Bedford

The distinctive pyramid building suffered damage to its roof after yesterday's high winds.

Because of this, the pool remains closed. 

Oasis Beach Pool in Bedford

Six Nations: Hartley and Lawes start for England, Wood on the bench

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Meanwhile, Northampton Saints' hooker Dylan Hartley will once again captain England as they face Italy at Twickenham on Sunday  in the Six Nations.

They'll be looking to carry on their winning run, which is currently 16 matches.

Alongside Hartley will be his Saints' team-mate Courtney Lawes.

Dylan Hartley
Getty Images

Saints' captain, flanker Tom Wood, once again finds himself on the bench.

England head coach Eddie Jones said Wood "has been great for us at seven", but picked Wasps' James Haskell because his "explosive actions will help us in the first part of the game".

Eleven Saints players sign new contracts

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

You may have spotted this news on BBC Sport in the past hour...

Northampton Saints have announced new deals with 11 members of the current squad.

Three of their most experienced players - forward Christian Day, centre Luther Burrell (pictured) and back Ken Pisi - have signed new contracts.

New deals are in place for hookers Charlie Clare and Reece Marshall, lock Jordan Onojaife and centres Rory Hutchinson and Tom Stephenson.

luther burrell
Getty Images

Argentina centre Juan Pablo Estelles, back rower Ben Nutley and scrum-half Tom Kessell have also put pen to paper.

Storm Doris: 999 calls hit record figure

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

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Police also confirmed that 1,532 calls were made to the 101 number.

School ceiling collapse victim expected to make 'full recovery', says MP

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

I've just been told some good news regarding the young girl hurt when part of a ceiling landed on her at Southwood School in Milton Keynes.

Mark Lancaster, the MP for Milton Keynes North, told me "while she is in John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with serious injuries to her head", they are now not thought to be life-threatening and she is "expected to make a full recovery". 

He also confirmed the other child who received minor injuries returned to school today.

Southwood School Milton Keynes

Southwood School ceiling collapse: Pupils back at school

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

Parents have been sending their children back to Southwood School this morning, despite the sports hall ceiling collapsing yesterday and leaving one child in hospital.

They've been telling me they believe the school is safe, even though dropping them off has "felt hard". 

Veronica had two children in the hall when it fell and said "you can't image what I went through". Her son told me the ceiling came down "right next to him", but he's fine. 

Her daughter described hearing a "really loud noise" and finding it "really scary". She then said the "teachers got us out and had to call an ambulance".

Southwood School

One father also told me he was "relieved" his nine-year-old daughter was OK, so she's back in class today.

He didn't question the school for opening, saying: "I'm sure they know what to do".   

Southwood School ceiling collapse: Help being offered to pupils

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

I've been to Southwood School in Milton Keynes, where a child was left with life-threatening injuries when the sports hall ceiling collapsed .

It happened yesterday afternoon during an after-school club.

Headteacher Elaine Hawkins was visibly upset when I spoke to her, but she wants it known to parents that the school is open today as normal, it's been checked by health and safety officials and the sports hall is cordoned off. 

Southwood School in Milton Keynes

She said she's never had to deal with anything like this before and she's awaiting further news from the child's parents, who're currently with the girl in hospital. 

She added that yesterday was "not an easy day, not a day we would want again".

"We now want the children back in school, so we can give them our help and care to get them through a difficult situation," said Ms Hawkins.

Cambridgeshire clears up after Doris

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

It's been a morning of re-openings after Storm Doris forced roads and schools across the county to close.

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The A141 at Rings End closed after a plethora of lorries toppled in the winds, including this one...

Lorry toppled on A141
Mick Jeffryes

Fortunately no-one was severely hurt in the incident above, but three people were taken to hospital following this crash below at Westry...

Lorry crashed into truck

And the driver of this van escaped serious harm when it left the A141 near Chatteris...

Van in a field

Sawtry Village Academy also reopened this morning after high winds forced its closure.

And just in time for the day every pupil looks forward to...

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Say cheese!