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  1. Our live coverage for the week

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it from us today. Thanks for your company this week.

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

    Keep an eye on BBC Cambridgeshire over the weekend, including match reports from both Peterborough United and Cambridge United.

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed, including...

    • More on a crash in Cambridge that left a man dead
    • A Waitrose store confirming it will close
    • A swan found on the A10 with a broken foot and "arthritis in his hips"
    • And much more...

    Have a great weekend.

  2. That's all from us

    Live updates from Northamptonshire have now finished. Thanks for joining us this week.

    You can follow the weekend's football, rugby and Formula 1 via the BBC Sport website , or on our Twitter feed .

    And we'll be back on Monday from 08:00, with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Northamptonshire.

    See you then.

    Northampton Town, Northampton Saints, Lewis Hamilton
  3. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

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

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

    We'll leave you with some blooming marvellous pictures from the BBC Weather Watchers ...

    Hyacinths in Milton Keynes
    Daisies in Hitchin
    Daffodil in Stevenage

    Have a great weekend everyone. 

  4. Weather: Chance of frost tonight, but sunshine tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a dry night with mainly clear skies and possibly a few fog patches. 

    There could be a touch of frost in sheltered spots, with a low of 2C (36F).


    After a chilly start, Saturday should be fine and dry with long spells of sunshine. 

    There'll be a light to moderate north-easterly wind and inland temperatures could reach about 14C (57F).

    There's more at BBC Weather .

  5. Families using relatives' hospital stay 'to go on holiday or do home improvements'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Bosses at Northampton General Hospital say people are using their relatives' hospital stay to go on holiday or make home improvements "without considering whether they will be back or building work will be complete when the relative is ready to be discharged".

    The hospital says families are also "failing to turn up for meetings with staff from the hospital and social care to discuss and agree discharge arrangements".

    Northampton General Hospital

    There are currently 15 patients who are medically fit for discharge but are unable to return home because their families are "unwilling" to take them home, or they are "arguing and refusing a transfer of care to the community", the hospital claims.

    Bosses say they admitted their highest number of emergency patients over a seven-day period last week, and the failure to discharge healthy people added to that pressure.

  6. 'Places you'd never expect to see a film'

    Gareth Lloyd

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A pop-up cinema is celebrating local attractions with film screenings across Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

    The Chilterns Vintage Cinema, created by Darren and Deborah Henderson, launched on 16 March.

    The cinema started with a showing of Four Weddings and a Funeral at Kings Chapel in Old Amersham, where some of the film's scenes were filmed.

    Venues on the tour include Hellfire Caves in High Wycombe, the Natural History Museum at Tring and the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton.

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    Video caption: A pop-up cinema is celebrating local attractions in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
  7. Corby Urgent Care Centre bosses prepared to keep it open, despite £30k a month loss

    Willy Gilder

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The saga around Corby's Urgent Care Centre has taken another turn this afternoon...

    The organisation that runs it says it would be prepared to continue operating the service while it negotiates with the local clinical commissioning group (CCG) over funding.

    Earlier in the week Lakeside Plus said it would close the centre on the last day of March. 

    corby urgent care

    Lakeside Plus said the Corby CCG doesn't pay it enough per patient, causing the centre to run at a loss of £30,000 a month.

    For its part, the CCG said this week that if necessary it would find another provider to keep the service running.

    But now Lakeside says while the two sides try to thrash out a deal, it would be prepared to continue.

    It has written an open letter to the CCG outlining its plan to keep the centre open.

    This is no doubt not the last we'll hear on the matter...

  8. Dead puppies found dumped in bag

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    An investigation has been launched after the bodies for four newborn puppies were discovered in a carrier bag near the Nickey Line footpath in Hemel Hempstead. 

    The grim discovery was made by a woman yesterday, on National Puppy Day, who called the local dog warden.

    Dogs in a bag

    The RSPCA was then alerted and the charity said the dogs, thought to be Staffordshire bull terriers, may have come from an unplanned litter and the mother could be at risk. 

    "The reality is that unscrupulous breeders and sellers looking to make money out of the puppy trade means awful things are happening to puppies on a regular basis, and the RSPCA is having to pick up the pieces," a spokesman said.

    Anyone with any information is asked to call the  RSPCA or Dacorum Borough Council

  9. Councillor 'disappointed' at supermarket closure

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A local councillor who started a petition to save a Waitrose store from closure has been responding to news that his attempt was in vain.

    Bosses of the Huntingdon branch on St Benedict's Court confirmed this morning that the store would shut in September, stating that improvements needed on the 40-year-old store outweighed its ability to make a profit.

    Stephen Greenall, Lib Dem deputy leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, said: "It's really disappointing news, especially after over 2,700 people supported the petition.

    "I have written to Waitrose to ask if they will consider a profitable option, which will keep what is clearly a well-loved brand in the town."

    A spokesman for Waitrose said the suggestion would be passed on to senior management.

  10. Your pictures: Rivers in the sun

    BBC Weather Watchers

    You want pictures of rivers in the sunshine, I hear you say? 

    Then you shall get pictures of rivers (and a reservoir) in the sunshine!

    Luckily our BBC Weather Watchers are on the case.

    Here are some of the best taken today in the spring sunshine...

    Ramsey St Mary's
  11. A10 swan had broken foot and 'arthritis in his hips'

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    You might remember earlier this week we told you about a swan sitting beside the busy A10  near Waterbeach, startling passing motorists.

    Swan by side of A10

    Well, it turned out the poor old chap had injured himself and couldn't go anywhere, so he was just sitting and watching the traffic go by.

    Volunteers from Fenland Animal Rescue turned up to check him out and discovered he had a broken bone in his foot.

    Swan with broken foot

    "X-rays showed the swan had arthritis in his hips as well," the charity's founder Josh Flanagan told us.

    "He's quite an old boy - probably about eight years old - so we will look after him until he's better and then we will semi-retire him. 

    "He'll go to a private lake where he'll be safe and comfortable," he added.

  12. Helicopter given Red Nose Day makeover

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Also in the Comic Relief spirit is the team over at the East Anglian Air Ambulance, with helicopter Anglia One sporting a rather fetching red nose. 

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    Oh, and yours are great too lads!

    BBC One coverage for Red Nose Day  kicks-off at 19:00 .

  13. Travel: Train lines around Milton Keynes re-open

    BBC News Travel

    After emergency services dealt with an incident by Kings Langley, lines have now reopened. 

    All services by London Midland and Virgin Trains are getting back to normal, but delays and cancellations are expected throughout the afternoon. 

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  14. Stephen Hawking searches for new voice (sort of)

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Ok, it may not be the exact story you were expecting, but if you're looking for LOLs*, then you've come to the right place.

    Today is Red Nose Day , culminating with the regular marathon show on BBC One tonight.

    But if you can't wait until then, we've got some brilliant banter*, from none other than Cambridge's Stephen Hawking.

    A warning though - as well the chance you might find yourself ROFLing*, it's also a tad rude in places...

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    *Guide to comedy speak

    LOL - Laugh out loud

    Banter  - A term used to describe something funny

    ROFL - Rolling on the floor laughing

  15. Priors Hall 'an expensive disappointment'

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    The Priors Hall development was a major part of a "North Londonshire" marketing campaign, which featured adverts voiced by Sandi Toksvig and described the area as "idyllic".

    However, homeowner Julie McCallum (pictured) said: "When I look at the advert now it actually makes me laugh."

    Julie McCallum

    She continued: "It cost us a lot of money to move. What we thought we were buying and what we actually got were two very different things.

    "It's been an expensive disappointment for us".

    Hughie Coull, who has lived at Priors Hall for five years, told me: "It looked nice and I thought there'd be country walks, a pub, shops and play areas for the kids, but we've got nothing."

  16. Priors Hall and its 'stunning' countryside...

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    The website advertising houses at Priors Hall in Corby says the development is "set in 1,200 acres of parkland in Northamptonshire".

    It says it offers "acres and acres of green open spaces and parkland", "woodland walks" and a "stunning eight-acre lake".

    However, it's fair to say, visiting the site paints a very different picture...

    Priors Hall
    Priors Hall
    Priors Hall
    Priors Hall

    Corby Developments Limited and BeLa Partnership Limited called in administrators Deloitte in October 2016.

    Delloite said in a statement it was "now working to find a new investor to complete the development of the site".

  17. Not feeling so chipper now, are you?

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Now this is taking "Chip Friday" to the extreme...

    This van, stopped in Hemel Hempstead, had gained a few pounds after its owners force-fed it with French fries - coming up on the scales a whopping 2.5 tonnes (2,268kg) over the legal limit.

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    It was subsequently put on a crash diet by the police.  

  18. Priors Hall residents 'frustrated' by Corby's 'North Londonshire' housing development

    Martin Borley

    BBC Radio Northampton

    People living at Priors Hall Park in Corby say they've given up waiting for amenities to be provided.

    The development was a major part of a marketing campaign that branded Corby and the surrounding area "North Londonshire", to encourage commuters to Northamptonshire.

    Priors Hall

    The first residents moved on to the development in 2010 and planning permission has been granted for 5,100 homes.

    Only about 600 have been built so far.

    The companies behind the development went into administration last October.  

    Administrators Delloite said "material progress" was being made, although it acknowledged some residents were "frustrated".

    We'll bring you homeowners' thoughts shortly...

  19. Corby health bosses say Urgent Care Centre 'will not close'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    In the last couple of days we've been discussing the confusion over whether an urgent care centre in Corby will remain open, with the current operators looking to pull out by the end of the month.

    And I'm afraid it's getting more confusing than ever...

    The Corby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has said in a new statement it is "working to ensure that the Urgent Care Centre will not close and that staff who deliver the services will continue after 31 March 2017".

    It says it will, if necessary, bring in a new provider if Lakeside Plus vacates the site.

    Corby Uregnt Care Centre

    However, yesterday Lakeside Plus said the centre would close next Friday  when its contract ends, unless funding from the NHS increased.

    It said Corby CCG had not put forward another provider and it owned the building and either owned or leased much of its equipment - so if a new provider came in it would need to work with Lakeside Plus. 

    It added it also employed the staff, not the CCG.

    Corby CCG said: "Lakeside Plus has made a number of claims on which the CCG and their legal advisers do not agree", but did not give any specific examples.

    So whether you'll still be able to use the centre next week, or have to go to A&E in Kettering for your ailments, remains unclear.

  20. BreakingHuntingdon Road crash: Driver dies in hospital

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Today we've been covering a serious crash on Huntingdon Road in Cambridge that caused the road to be shut for most of the morning.

    We've now found out the driver has since died in hospital.

    Police have updated us to say the man, who was driving a blue Volkswagen Golf GTE, struck a lamp post near the junction with Thornton Road at about 03:45.

    No-one else was involved in the crash.