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  1. Our live coverage for the week

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it from us today and indeed this week. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

    It's been a busy one today, so if you missed anything scroll back through the feed to read more on...

    • A man from St Neots admitting to killing a man from St Ives
    • Substandard bridges in Cambridgeshire
    • A crash on the A1 involving a police firearms vehicle
    • The latest inductees to the Cambridge United Hall of Fame

    Stay tuned to the BBC Cambridgeshire website over the weekend for any breaking news, plus a round up of the local football.

    Have a great weekend. I'm off to put my feet up.

  2. That's all from us

    Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished. Thanks for joining us.

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

    You can read more tributes to John Surtees, who has died at the aged of 83, on the BBC Sport page .

    We'll leave you with this picture of Surtees and his world championship-winning Ferrari at Silverstone.

    John Surtees


    Have a good weekend.  

  3. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

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

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

    We hope you have a great weekend and remember to keep an eye here for any breaking news.

    To quote my daughter, it's "chip Friday", so guess what I'm eating for dinner tonight...

    See you again soon!

  4. Evening weather update: Foggy tonight, bright tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a largely cloudy night with some patchy mist, fog and drizzle. It will also be very mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

    Weather forecast

    Any mist and fog will clear on Saturday morning and, after a mainly cloudy start, we should see some brightness and sunshine developing.

    In the best of any sunshine, temperatures could climb as high as 18C (64F).

    There'll be a light wind between the south-west and south-east.

    Find the latest weather where you live on the  BBC Weather website .

  5. Northampton Buffy expert celebrates the vampire slayer's 20th anniversary

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    It's been 20 whole years since Buffy The Vampire Slayer first hit our TV screens

    Where's the time gone?!

    It still has fans all over the world and made a star of its lead actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.

    One of the world's leading experts on Buffy is Dr Lorna Jowett from the University of Northampton, and author of  Sex and the Slayer: a Gender Studies Primer For the Buffy Fan.

    Sarah-Michelle Gellar

    In a piece for Vice celebrating the series, Dr Jowett chooses her two favourite episodes - and explains why she feels Buffy is so important.

    "Buffy can be a hero – a real hero. There are awful consequences but she is continually stepping up," she said.

  6. University scientists reveal hunting secrets of tiny predator

    Scientists in Cambridge have revealed how a fly manages the complex feat of taking off , intercepting its prey in mid-air and then injecting it with venom, all in under than a second.

    What a nice sounding fella...

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    Video caption: Robber fly: Hunting secrets of a tiny predator

    The team at Cambridge University used high speed cameras to film the actions of the robber fly.

    Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido from the university explained that normally "when we think of hunting animals we think of excellent vision and speed, but when you're so very tiny, you have a very small brain and limited sensory capacity".

    "We wanted to know how this fly manages this predatory behaviour," he said.

    They discovered its eyes are specifically adapted to the task. Larger lenses and a high density of extremely tiny sensors at the centre of its eyes allow it to see its prey from a distance, and to accurately "lock on" as it approaches.

    The results are  published in the journal Current Biology .

  7. Promotion all to play for in local derby

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    The managers of Luton Town and Stevenage have been stressing the importance of tomorrow's League Two promotion clash between the two sides, currently in 5th and 6th place respectively. 

    Just two points separate the pair, with both in excellent form. 

    The Hertfordshire side can go above the Hatters if they win at Kenilworth Road, but victory for Luton could see them break into the automatic promotion places.

    Nathan Jones

    "It's a game that really whets the appetite in terms of league position, the geography and both clubs in good form," said Hatters boss Nathan Jones.  

    Darren Sarll

    Boro boss Darren Sarll, said: "I absolutely love these games and if I'm a player this is the one I want my shirt for. 

    "There's just so much more to it. There's such a competitive edge."  

  8. Broken legs scupper flight plans

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Can you spot this feathered friend among the leaves?

    Injured woodcock

    This forlorn fella had to have his legs splinted after managing to break both of them - making take-off and landing a bit of an issue.    

    He was found on a footpath near Peterborough and taken to Fenland Animal Rescue, where volunteers are nursing him back to health.

    The charity's founder, Josh Flanagan, said the bird was lucky to have been spotted as "due to their natural camouflage, they are a rare sight indeed".

    He's been put in a "natural" outdoor enclosure to minimise stress and it's hoped he will recover sufficiently to be released back to the wild.

    "While some people will choose to euthanise an animal early on with similar injuries, we will always try to help it if we believe a successful outcome is achievable," Mr Flanagan added.

  9. Construction begins on new MK galleries

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    This is the moment when Ron Unwin helped to lay the stone...

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    And this is the site where the new galleries will be...

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    It's hoped the building work will be completed by December, but as the charity says it still needs to raise £1.5m , it should be fully kitted out and open by April. 

  10. The history of Milton Keynes to be marked in new museum galleries

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    A foundation stone has been laid where two major new galleries are to be built at Milton Keynes museum

    The £7.2m buildings will tell the story of the new city, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

    It will tell the story of the area where MK lies through the Bronze, Roman, Medieval and Tudor ages, up to the Civil War and then present day.

    It was laid by Ron Unwin, the last surviving member of a team who helped save some of the area's heritage from the bulldozer in 1972. 

    He still works as a volunteer at the site. 

    Foundation stone
  11. In pictures: Surtees and Silverstone

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    It no surprise that John Surtees, who has died aged 83 , was a regular at Silverstone, both during his career and after it.

    Surtees was the only man to win grand prix world championship on both two wheels and four.

    He started his career on motorcycles, winning four 500cc motorcycling titles - in 1956, '58, '59 and '60.

    John Surtees

    He then went on to win the F1 crown with Ferrari in 1964. Here he is in the famous red car at Silverstone in 1966...

    John Surtees

    After he stopped racing he came back to Northamptonshire many times, including in 2011 for the opening of the Silverstone Wing...

          John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button
    Image caption: John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button

    He was even at the British Grand Prix up until last year. 

    Here he is in 2015 with the man trying to emulate him and win a world championship for Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel.

    Sebastian Vettel and John Surtees
  12. John Surtees: 'A legend and a gentleman'

    Tributes have continued to come in for motorcycle and Formula 1 world champion John Surtees.

    Silverstone-based Force India said he was a "gentleman" and a "true racer"...

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    Brackley-based Mercedes driver Valteri Bottas described him as a "legend" and posted a picture of them meeting after Bottas finished second in the 2014 British Grand Prix, while driving for Williams...

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  13. Millions of pounds to be spent on the roads

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The government has announced a £3.3m upgrade for the A5 to the north of Milton Keynes. 

    The money will be used to reduce congestion at the Old Stratford roundabout by widening the carriageways.  

    A5 roundabout

    An additional £2.8m will also be spent in the east of England to ease congestion. 

    That's on top of £22m that will be spent on building the M1-A6 link road, north from junction 11a of the M1. 

  14. Man charged after entering restricted area at airport

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A man from London has been charged with entering a restricted area at London Luton Airport.

    The 26-year-old was arrested on Tuesday and has also been charged with possession of a Class B drug.

    He's been bailed and is due to appear at Luton Magistrates' Court on 27 March. 

    Aerial shot of Luton Airport
  15. John Surtees tribute from the circuit where scored his first Formula 1 podium

    The motor-racing world has been paying tribute to John Surtees.

    The former Formula 1 and motorcycling world champion has died at the age of 83, his family has announced .

    Surtees is the only man to have won the grand prix world championship on both two wheels and four.

    After a successful motorcycling career, at the age of 26 he switched to F1. It was at Silverstone he showed his skill in a car, finishing second in the 1960 British Grand Prix in only his second race.

    The Northamptonshire circuit has paid tribute to Surtees and posted a picture of him with multiple motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi.

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    While Brackley-based Mercedes said Surtees was inspirational...

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  16. Andrew Hasler murder: Police congratulate 'selfless bravery' of neighbour

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Following the guilty pleas of Matthew Sharpe, who admitted killing Andrew Hasler and attempting to murder Charna Knights in St Ives, Det Insp Lucy Thomson said: "Charna suffered multiple stab wounds and thankfully made a recovery, however medics were unable to save Andrew.

    "Although suffering multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination of Andrew concluded he died of a single stab wound to his heart.

    "I would like to pay tribute to the selfless bravery of Andrew's next-door neighbour who put his own life at risk in order to help Charna.

    "His actions that day ultimately saved her life."

  17. Andrew Hasler murder: Neighbour 'kicked knife' out of murderer's hand

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    More now on the Andrew Hasler case, whose killer Matthew Sharpe (below)  admitted murdering the 28-year-old at the victim's home in St Ives .

    Police have revealed the actions of Mr Hasler's neighbour managed to save the life of Sharpe's ex-girlfriend, who was also attacked by Sharpe at the house on Houghton Road.

    Matthew Sharpe

    Detectives were told how a neighbour had gone round to the house after he heard a commotion going on inside.

    The neighbour was confronted by Sharpe, from St Neots, on top of Charna Knights - Sharpe's ex-girlfriend - repeatedly stabbing her, while Mr Hasler lay severely injured on the floor.

    The neighbour managed to pull Sharpe off Ms Knights and kick the knife out of his hand before restraining him, but Sharpe managed to get away.

    Another officer then reported they had stopped a silver Peugeot at the Harrison Road Bridge over the River Ouse and the suspect had jumped into the river.

    He was pulled out and found to have self-inflicted injuries.

    Sharpe was taken to hospital, where he remained for two nights before he was charged.

  18. Local paper round-up: Bus delays, more shops for Corby and A5 to shut

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

    • The Northampton Chronicle and Echo has also been covering the borough council's attempt to ease traffic around the bus station. The paper has spoken to shop owners on the Drapery, who say gridlocked traffic caused by buses is driving trade away.
    • Plans have been submitted to build four shops in the car park of Corby's Morrisons store, reports the Northamptonshire Telegraph
    • While  the Daventry Express says the A5 will be closed for more than a mile in both directions next week to carry out urgent temporary line markings
  19. Man rescued from car in water-filled ditch

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    An elderly man had to be rescued after becoming trapped in his car when it ended upside down in a water-filled ditch.

    The accident happened along March Road in Turves on Thursday afternoon.

    Car in ditch

    Three crews from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service helped get the man out of the car, which was stuck in about 3ft (0.9m) of water.

    He was taken to the safety of dry land on an "inflatable water sled".

    The man was checked by paramedics at the scene, but was not injured. Just a bit wet. 

  20. Corrie Mckeague: Search for airman continues at landfill site

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    As the search for missing RAF airman Corrie Mckeague enters its fifth day, we've been sent the latest images from the landfill site at Milton, near Cambridge.

    Search at Milton landfill
    Search at Milton landfill site

    The 23-year-old gunner was last seen on a night out in Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of 24 September.

    Police traced the route of a bin lorry that picked up refuse from the Horseshoe area of the town, where Mr Mckeague was last seen on CCTV. 

    They now say they are "confident" his body will be found at the landfill site.  

    Search at Milton landfill
    Search of landfill at Milton
    Search at Milton landfill

    It could take the team of eight trained officers up to 10 weeks to sift through the rubbish, which covers an area of about 920 sq m (9,900 sq ft).

    Search of Milton landfill