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Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

Don't forget Northampton Saints take on Sale tonight in the Premiership. If you want to follow that, there is live commentary on BBC Radio Northampton .

Meanwhile if you want to follow Northampton Town taking on Charlton at Sixfields tomorrow in League One, head to our Twitter feed .

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

Have a good weekend.

Goodbye for now

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's another week of news, sport, travel and weather on BBC Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks done and dusted. 

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

But before we go, it's going to be a busy weekend for some, as events are planned all over the three counties to mark the Great British Spring Clean

It means people are being asked to do their bit to tidy up their communities. 

Volunteers with bags of litter
Emma Colclough

Luton got in on the act early and launched its campaign today. 

So far more than 100 bags of rubbish have been collected thanks to more than 45 volunteers. As this picture shows, they were very proud of their work!

Hope your weekend is rubbish - in a good way!

See you again on Monday.

Corr still an injury doubt for Cambridge United

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Cambridge United will give striker Barry Corr until the last minute to prove his fitness, ahead of their home clash with Colchester this weekend. 

Corr, who has just returned to action having recovered from a long-term knee injury, missed the midweek defeat to Doncaster with a sore groin. 

Barry Corr
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U's boss Shaun Derry said: "We couldn't gamble on Barry's fitness. It was the right call to rule him out for Tuesday night and we'll have to wait right until the very last minute to see how he is for this weekend."   

Posh's uphill challenge to make the play-offs

Nick Fairbairn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough head to Bradford this weekend needing a win to boost their play-off chances. 

Posh boss Grant McCann insists no-one at the club is giving up on the season, but his side have an uphill task to make the top six - they're currently five points off those coveted positions. 

Grant McCann
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"We are 11 games away until the end of the season, we've still got a lot to play for," said McCann.

"We need get close to that 70-point bracket as soon as possible, no-one in our changing room is writing the season off."   

Young talent on its way to Watford

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Colombian youngster Jorge Segura will join Watford in the summer.

The 20-year-old centre back is considered one for the future, according to manager Walter Mazzarri. 

"It's an investment that the club is doing for the summer not in the immediate moment. He's a very young player with lots of potential," he said.

Arthur Brumhill trial: Jury sent home until Tuesday

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

The jury in the trial of Stuart Jenkins, accused of murdering Arthur Brumhill (pictured) at a Northampton pet shop in 1993, has been sent home for the weekend.

They will return to Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday to continue their deliberations.

Mr Jenkins, 41, of Ossett, West Yorkshire,  denies killing the 76-year-old shop worker , who body was found in the basement of Denton's pet and garden shop on Wellingborough Road.

arthur brumhill

Eventing competition abandoned on Saturday

Laura Cook

BBC Radio Northampton

The British Eventing competition at Aston-le-Walls, between Daventry and Banbury, which was scheduled for tomorrow has been abandoned due to heavy rain.

The event, which includes dressage, show jumping and cross country, was due to run all weekend.

The organisers say a decision on Sunday's competition will be made at 15:00 tomorrow.

Saints' trip to Sale 'good fun' against 'tough team', says Mallinder

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Northampton Saints take on Sale in the Premiership this evening.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder, who spent 15 years at Sale as a player and coach, told me that going back is "always good fun".

Mallinder said it's "a difficult place to play" and the 20:15 kick-off was "quite unusual".

Jim Mallinder
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Mallinder warned that even though Sale "do not have many household names" they are a "tough team to beat... because they all play for each other".

He's also predicted some running rugby, despite the forecast wind and rain, saying Sale bring their backs into the game, and "they don't just play kicking rugby".

Beds police show 'influx of support' after damning government report

Just a day after Bedfordshire Police was rated as the worst force in England by the HMIC , it has come out to show the praise it's been receiving on social media. 

Even though the findings showed it had failed to keep people safe and reduce crime, it says it's had "an influx of support" from members of the public, and made a video of some of the comments...

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Drunk driver who crashed into police car given suspended sentence

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man who was more than twice over the drink-drive limit when he hit an unmarked police car has been given a suspended sentence. 

Kiran Jayanti Panchal, 30, of Aston Close, Yaxley, pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

Officers said he was driving a white Mercedes when he hit the police car head-on, on Thrapston Road, Brampton, on 4 December. 

Thrapston Road in Brampton

Panchal was given an eight month prison sentence, supended for a year. 

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work. 

Cat's amazing!

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

They say a cat has many lives and Sootie seems to be the living, breathing epitome of that. 

This gorgeous black cat had been missing since 27 December after escaping from his "holiday home" in Bedford. 

He was staying at his grandparents while on a small vacation from his home in Hemel Hempstead.

His family regularly came back to Bedford to try and find him, but had no luck. 

Tom Hawking

Then yesterday he was spotted by Tom Hawking, who saw a poster about a lost cat who matched Sootie's description.

He made contact with the owners, and now for the "purrfect" ending, Sootie is back home and being looked after by his owner, 10-year-old Cody, who's overjoyed... and I'm sure is giving him lots of cuddles. 

Workman loses arm as car hits him and he falls down manhole

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A workman has had his arm amputated in hospital after he was knocked down a manhole by a car.

Police say he was working on the manhole on the roundabout between Marlowes and Combe Street in Hemel Hempstead on Thursday night.

He was hit by a "small white Kia-type car" at about 22:25 but the driver failed to stop, officers said.

A spokeswoman said it resulted in "life-changing" injuries, but he's stable in hospital.

Combe street and Marlowes

Officers believe the car drove along Leighton Buzzard Road, and has a possible oil leak and damage to the bodywork.   

Police want to hear from anyone who's been asked to repair a similar car. 

BBC Weather Watchers: Wild(ish) Northamptonshire

BBC Weather Watchers

The weather hasn't been baa'rilliant, but our BBC Weather Watchers have been busy capturing the wildlife of Northamptonshire this week.

Here's a selection of the pictures that made us smile...


Lego champs heading to the US

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This is the team of six smart Lego-mad pals, celebrating the fact they didn't "brick it" when it came to knocking out the competition at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's First Lego League UK and Ireland challenge (that's a mouthful).

Lego team members

They also look like this because, as champs of the whole thing, they're off to St Louis in the US, upping the stakes as they compete in the First Lego League World Festival next month (slightly shorter).

This is their trophy and winning Lego robot , which won a knock-out competition.

The team, from schools in Comberton and Royston, Hertfordshire, showed off their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem-solving and communication.

Lego trophy and robot

Part of the competition also involved using a motorised Lego robot to solve various tasks, pre-programming it to complete them.

The competition was "brilliant", team member Iona Berry, aged 12, said.

And are they fazed by the trip to America, where they'll represent the UK and Ireland against more than 100 other teams?

"It's going to be awesome," she said. "We can't wait!"

On this day: Saints' Edgar Mobbs captains England against France

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

In 1910, on this day, Northampton Saints legend Edgar Mobbs captained England to an 11-3 win over France in Paris.

It would be his final England cap.

Edgar mobbs
Library Archive

Mobbs retired from rugby aged 30 and later joined the Army to fight in World War One.

He was mentioned in dispatches twice and awarded the Distinguished Service Order, but died while charging a German machine gun in the battle of Passchendaele on 31 July 1917.

Local paper round-up: Concerns over development clearance work and tea party for homeless pets

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

A marathon 'mare for motorists

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

About 8,000 runners are expected to take to the streets of Cambridge on Sunday for the city's annual half marathon.

Runners in Cambridge
Visit Cambridge

And about 6,000 people will line the streets to cheer them on, so if you're planning to drive into the city for a spot of retail therapy, they're going to get in your way.

Visit Cambridge is warning motorists of a number of  road closures and diversions .

Map of road closures
Visit Cambridge

The course takes in the city centre and passes through Trumpington and Grantchester.

A number of roads including Victoria Avenue and the Trinity Street areas will be closed from 04:00 with others closing at various times throughout the morning. Everything should be back to normal on the roads by 16:00.

'Noisy' manhole cover keeping people awake in Dunstable

Ollie Bayliss

BBC Three Counties Radio

For weeks now a loose manhole cover on the A5 in Dunstable has been driving local people to distraction. 

It makes a loud banging noise every time a vehicle drives over it, and this is what it sounds like...

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Matthew Radford lives in a flat directly overlooking the road and told me it's been getting worse and it's affecting his sleep.   

But now for some good news...

Man hole in road

We found out Anglian Water was responsible for the cover and the company inspected it on Wednesday.

It's hoping to have it fixed by the end of this weekend.

Lego champions crowned in robot games

Now, who doesn't love a bit of plastic brick action on a Friday?

Guess what this is?

Lego trophy

Well, it's what you win if you make this:

Lego model

A team of young engineers from the county has been crowned national Lego champions - beating off 47 other teams to become little Lego legends in their own lifetime.

The school children, collectively known as B6 Berrellium, won the Institution of Engineering and Technology's First Lego League UK and Ireland competition in Bristol.

Teams of nine to 16-year olds had to build a robot to tackle a series of missions, and come up with a creative solution to a problem they had identified through research. 

This year both the robot games and research project looked at the subject of animal-human interaction.

As they're clearly smarter than us, we'll see if they can explain exactly how they did what they did, shortly.

A 'beast' of a car - Hamilton

BBC Sport

I think it's safe to say that after five days of pre-season testing, Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton is rather happy with his Northamptonshire-designed car for 2017...

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Cobblers need 'a bit of nous', says boss Edinburgh

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Cobblers manager Justin Edinburgh says there's no panic in the team as they prepare to play Charlton tomorrow.

Defeat to Oldham on Tuesday leaves Northampton Town just four points off the drop zone with 11 games left in the season.

Justin Edinburgh
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Edinburgh told me there was "frustration and anger because we should have been securing points when we haven't".

He said the side needs to have "a bit of nous", but added: "That means a change in mindset and [that] change takes more than eight games."

Secret Garden Party: What's happening now?

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

"Watch this space for the phoenix rising from the ashes..."

Those were the words of Freddie Fellowes, founder of Secret Garden Party, when he announced on Thursday that this year's festival will be the last one .

Secret Garden Party

We were a bit confused by this.

Is he planning a replacement? What is this phoenix of which he speaks?

So I asked him...

"I can absolutely guarantee that another, different kind of festival is not on the cards, because the four-day 20,000 people format is what we're definitely abandoning from after this year," Freddie told me.  

"This is our last 'hurrah' of a big explosion."

Asked if he did have any plans for anything, he told me: "I'm not going to give out any secrets, however much you beg." 

Secret Garden Party

So, I'm afraid to say, right now, we're none the wiser.

The final Secret Garden Party takes place at Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon, from 20 to 23 July.

And if indeed there is a "rising phoenix", we're not at all sure where or what that might be.  

St Albans Cathedral closed for filming

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

St Albans Cathedral is closed to the public today as a production company is filming inside.

The word on the street is it's for the hit Netflix series, The Crown .

Sign at St Albans Cathedral
Peter Aitken

The second series, which stars former Doctor Who Matt Smith as Prince Philip, is due out in the autumn. 

The cathedral refused to comment on the filming, but said it is  closed to visitors for the day  and there will be restricted access to footpaths around the building. 

Some services have also changed location. 

Shoreham air crash: Coverage continues on Sussex Live

We've been bringing you a number of updates about the final publication into the Shoreham Airshow disaster  of 2015.

Investigators found pilot Andrew Hill from Hertfordshire, who survived, didn't properly manoeuvre a loop stunt and his jet crashed on to a road, killing 11 people.

We'll now return our attention to other news in Beds, Herts and Bucks, but if you would like to read more, you can follow regular updates on  Sussex Live .


Shoreham air crash: 'Pilot can't remember anything'

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

Accident investigators interviewed the pilot, Andrew Hill from Hertfordshire, several times but critically, he can't remember anything about the accident.

They say his flight helmet had dents in so it's possible he hit his head.

What that means is that although they know the aircraft was flying too low and too slow, and that the engine wasn't at full power when it should have been, they can only speculate as to why.

Andrew Hill
Zak Hussein

One possible explanation they've looked at is whether the pilot got confused with another jet aircraft, called a Jet Provost, that he normally flies.

The height and speed he started the Shoreham manoeuvre would be right for the Jet Provost, because it is smaller and lighter than the Hunter.

Aviation specialists have suggested that he may have got the planes muddled up. But it's unlikely that we will ever know for sure.

Weather: Cloudy with persistent rain developing

BBC Weather

It's been a rather wet day so far.

The rain will start to ease through the afternoon though, with some parts having a dry end to the day, with a high of 9C (48F).


There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Shoreham air crash: Statement from the organisers

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Following the publication of the final AAIB report into the Shoreham Airshow crash, the thoughts and sympathies of everyone associated with the Airshow are with the families of the victims on what will understandably be an emotional day.

The report clearly confirms that a series of errors by an experienced and fully authorised pilot were the cause of the tragic crash on 22 August 2015.

The report also contains important recommendations for the CAA, as well as the wider airshow industry, and these must be noted carefully. Any recommendations made by the AAIB that are aimed at improving the safety of air displays can only be welcomed.

The organisers of the Airshow will continue to participate in the ongoing inquest as an interested party."

RAFA, organisers of the Shoreham Airshow Spokesman

Man in hospital after A47 lorry crash

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A man has been taken to hospital after a crash between two lorries on the A47 at Thorney earlier.

Air ambulance charity Magpas confirmed its helicopter team was called at about 10:10 and assessed a man in his 60s.

He was taken to Peterborough City Hospital by the East of England Ambulance Service.

Police have re-opened the westbound carriageway, but said the eastbound was likely to remain closed "well into rush hour".

Shoreham air crash: Pilot carried out manoeuvre at less than maximum thrust

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Speaking today, Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) principal inspector Julian Firth said: "The aircraft crashed because at the top of its aerobatic manoeuvre it was too low to complete it."

The report said pilot Andrew Hill, from Hertfordshire, carried out the manoeuvre at less than maximum thrust.

It would have been possible to abort it safely at the apex of the loop but he had not been trained in the escape manoeuvre, which might have got him out of trouble, it added.

The AAIB also found the severity of the outcome was due to "an absence of provisions to mitigate the effects of an aircraft crashing in an area outside the control of the organisers of the flying display".

Tributes at the Shoreham bridge

The report said the risk assessment "was not suitable and sufficient to manage the risks to the public", and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) did not require to see or approve risk assessments before issuing permission to hold a flying display.

It makes a series of safety recommendations including that in future airshow organisers must conduct suitable and sufficient risk assessments, and a pilot must tell organisers what manoeuvres they will carry out and where.

The AAIB also recommends that pilots are trained in escape manoeuvres and that displaying aircraft are separated from the public by a sufficient distance to minimise risk of injury.

BreakingPilot errors 'led to Shoreham air crash'

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Pilot errors and ineffective measures to protect the public led to a vintage jet crashing on to a dual carriageway and killing 11 men during the Shoreham air show, investigators have concluded.

In its final report, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch listed a series of failings that led to the disaster.

The Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27, destroying vehicles and bursting into flames on 22 August 2015.

A further 13 people, including the pilot Andy Hill from Hertfordshire, sustained injuries.    

Shoreham aircrash

Mr Hill, 52, from Sandon, was investigated by Sussex Police for manslaughter and interviewed under caution.  

MK haulage company not prepared to change ISIS name

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The owner of a Milton Keynes-based haulage company says his business has received abuse from some people because the vehicles have the word ISIS on them. 

ISIS Relocation Limited has been using the name for nine years, which was named after the Egyptian goddess and stands for "caring and understanding". 

However, many people nowadays associate the name with the so-called Islamic State group, whose extremist fighters control parts of Syria and Iraq .

ISIS Relocation Ltd lorries
Isis Relocation Ltd

Owner Gabby Gomes told the BBC incidents including people writing abuse on the vans, customers refusing to have a lorry parked outside their home and phone calls saying they will blow their vehicles up.       

He said he's not prepared to change the name as it will cost him "thousands" and he wants to "stand by what I stand for". 

Secret Garden Party: A 'finite life'

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

People living near the site of the hugely popular Secret Garden Party have been telling me how disappointed they are to hear this year's festival will be the last one .

The founder of the music and arts event announced on Thursday the 2015 event at Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon, will be the last "SGP" - as it's become commonly known.

But what's his thinking?

Secret Garden Party 2009

Freddie Fellowes, who threw the first party at the site in 2003, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire "there was always going to be a finite life for something like the Garden Party". 

"This is our 15th year, which sounded like a nice round number," he said.

"Something as idealistic as this was always going to end like this, and it's time to move on to something new."

The festival, he said, was proof that "great things can happen when you gather together lovely people and that's really what we've based the party on".

Shortage of detectives affecting all forces, says chief constable

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

One of the issues the police watchdog identified in its report about Northamptonshire Police yesterday was "a high proportion of serious and complex crimes being dealt with by trainee detectives".

Chief constable Simon Edens said the workload on his detectives was "quite big and quite demanding".

However, he said it reflected a national problem, and  HMIC warned there was now a "national crisis" caused by a shortage of detectives.


Mr Edens said it had appointed a new detective chief superintendent, who will be starting with the force "soon".

He also said the police and crime commissioner had found an extra £2m for the force, but when asked if that was enough, and whether he wanted more money, he replied: "No public sector leader would turn away extra resources."

New life for gay Syrian refugee

Alice Hutton, BBC News

A young man fled Syria fearing for his life after his father found out he was gay.

He has been talking about how it feels to finally be able to speak openly about his sexuality.

Samar - not his real name - aged 21, is now living with a family in Cambridge after they volunteered their spare room via a charity that rehouses refugees.  

Samar in the UK

The journey has been a long one for Samar, beginning in 2013 when he faced a life-changing decision - stay in a country at civil war, where he risked being killed for being gay, or flee his home and begin a journey into the unknown.

"I packed a bag, I told no-one and I left," he said. "My heart was breaking."

He went first to Turkey, then after two years made the trip via dinghy to Greece, eventually finding his way to the UK.

His new life is in a liberal city, in a country where homosexuality has been legal for almost 50 years and where same-sex marriage was introduced in 2013.

Samar says he has been able to go to his first gay nightclub.

"It was amazing. It was my first time to see gay and lesbian people together..."

You can read more about Samar's journey here .

Northants announces decrease in financial losses

Andrew Radd

BBC Radio Northampton

Northamptonshire have announced reduced losses for the financial year ending 30 September 2016.

The club made a loss after tax of £182,119, compared to £391,304 in the 2015 financial year.

Turnover for the year increased by over £100,000, helped by an increase in prize money from the club's victory in the T20 Blast last season.

"I am exceptionally proud of this result and financial turnaround," chairman Gavin Warren  said.

"It is testament to the hard work and belief that has gone on in the past two-and-a-half years by all stakeholders involved with Northamptonshire County Cricket Club."

An update on a proposed share offer will be given at the club's AGM on 30 March, after members voted to make the club a limited company  in September.

Northants win T20
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Police chief looking at long term plans for the force

Stuart Linnell

BBC Radio Northampton

Echoing what the police and crime commissioner told me yesterday, the chief constable of Northamptonshire Police, Simon Edens, said there was no "quick fix" to problems identified in the HMIC report, which said the force "requires improvement".

The police watchdog said there were inconsistencies in the quality of investigations carried out by the force.

It said investigating and safeguarding domestic abuse victims also needed to be improved, along with the way it handled organised crime - especially gang violence.

But Mr Edens told me if he brought in changes that just "looked good" or were "cosmetic", then "no-one would forgive me when it went wrong".

police hq

Mr Edens said he was looking at long-term plans for the force, but he was "very confident" he had "the right people in the right places, the right number [of people] and the right skills".

He told me the HMIC "quite rightly set a high bar," but the force was "daily protecting people from harm".

Oops - that's a lot of cars stuck on the busway

Helen Burchell

BBC News

We're used to seeing the occasional car come a cropper on the guided busway, but there were a few more than usual stuck there this morning...

Car transporter on guided busway

We're counting four on this car transporter which, as the Cambridge News reported , got stuck just off Milton Road in the city at about 08:30.

It's gone now though, and the county council told me the lorry "probably took a wrong turn trying to get into one of the garages" next to the track.

A spokesman said the driver managed to reverse off the tracks and the incident didn't cause any disruption to bus commuters.

Police disciplined after two men killed because icy road was not shut

Three police officers have been disciplined after being found at fault for not shutting an icy road, where two men later died in a crash.

PC David Stamp was found guilty of gross misconduct and PCs Hugh Flanagan and Caroline Irwin were ruled to be guilty of misconduct at a police hearing.

The action was taken after a man's car skidded on ice on the A413, between Wendover and Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, in March 2014.

He called police and the three PCs attended, but the road remained open.

Police blue light

Half an hour later there was a more serious crash on the same spot. Two men were killed and a woman was seriously injured. 

Mr Stamp was given a written warning, with Mr Flanagan and Ms Irwin receiving "management advice".

An inquest into the deaths of the two drivers is expected next month. 

Debris on road after A47 crash

Helen Burchell

BBC News

Police have just told us a bit more about the crash on the A47 at Thorney, involving two lorries.

They don't think anyone's been seriously injured, but one of the lorries shed its load so debris is strewn across the carriageway.

The road remains shut and drivers have been warned of severe disruption.