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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.

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
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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. 

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 .

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.

'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.

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...

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

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.

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

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
Fenland Animal Rescue

"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.

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 .

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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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

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."

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".

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.  

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...

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.

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.

Saints recall Six Nations internationals for Tigers derby

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

England Six Nations-winning trio Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood are back in the Northampton Saints side this weekend to face Leicester Tigers at Franklin's Gardens.

France's Louis Picamoles and Wales' George North also return for the East Midlands derby.

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Vauxhall meeting taking place to make sure 'there's a future' in Luton

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

A meeting is taking place between the general secretary of the Unite union, Len McClucksy, and shop stewards at the Luton Vauxhall plant. 

Ahead of those talks I managed to talk to him. He told me he was here to "understand what some of the ongoing issues are", to find out what the "mood is like" and to "make sure our members feel comfortable, and have a future here".

He added he wanted to "make certain that this plant is here for a long time to come". 

Vauxhall Luton plant
Getty Images

Red Nose Day: Northampton opticians put on the red nose

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Northampton opticians Sheinmans have been getting in the Red Nose Day spirit. 

Luckily the photo is in focus, at least I think it is...

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Find out how you can raise money for Comic Relief here .

Commuters late for work after Thameslink delays

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Commuters have been feeling the impact of train disruptions on the Thameslink line through Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Following a broken down train this morning, services have been cancelled or delayed by up to 35 minutes and disruption is expected until 16:00.

Laura-Jane Silverman sent us this photo, explaining there were big queues at St Albans station this morning.

It took her two hours to get into West Hampstead, causing her to miss a big meeting. 

She's hoping for an easier return journey.

St Albans railway station
The Train Suffererjettes

Thameslink has been tweeting the latest information and updating its website

Weather: Breezy with sunshine

BBC Weather

The cloud will continue to break up during the afternoon, so it will become sunny and mild later with a high of 12C (54F).

burton latimer

There are more details on the BBC Weather website .

Travel: Train lines blocked

BBC News Travel

Due to the ongoing incident at Kings Langley, coaches will be running between Northampton and Watford Junction on all London Midland services.

Alternative transport will also run between Northampton and Wellingborough.

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Virgin Trains  has also cancelled services between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction.

Tickets are now being accepted via other routes.

Travel: Delays on London Midland and Virgin trains

BBC News Travel

There are more train problems in and out of London...

Due to emergency services dealing with an incident close to Kings Langley, all lines are currently blocked.

It's affecting services on London Midland and Virgin trains through Beds, Bucks, Herts and Northants. 

Delays of up to 30 minutes are expected until 14:00 and services may be cancelled.

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No red noses 'a little over the top', says microbiologist

Jonathan Vernon-Smith

BBC Three Counties Radio

Following on from the news that a Bedfordshire school has rejected wearing red noses today over hygiene fears, we've spoken to a medical expert about what they think.

Dr Andrew Nealt is a microbiologist at the Hertfordshire-based Rothamsted Research Institute. 

He told me  it all seemed "a little bit over the top", as children are always spreading germs and are not the best at personnel hygiene as they don't always wash their hands. 

Red Nose
Comic Relief

Headteacher Melanie Mercer said there were many cold and sickness bugs going around the school and there were fears the germs could spread if pupils shared noses.

She said it was the school council that brought up the issue in assembly and the children voted against wearing them.

She added that pupils were celebrating Red Nose Day in lots of other ways.

Thameslink trains to be delayed for the rest of the day

BBC News Travel

Commuters on Thameslink trains travelling through Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire into London are due to face disruption into the afternoon.

An earlier broken down train means some services are being cancelled or delayed by up to 35 minutes. Disruption is expected until 16:00. 

All lines have re-opened, but the company says it's running "a very limited service" and is asking for your patience. 

Girton College crash: Car recovered from scene

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

We've been sent more pictures from a crash that closed Huntingdon Road in Cambridge earlier this morning.

Car being recovered after crash

The picture shows a car being recovered from the scene. Its driver was taken to hospital with serious abdominal injuries, according to the ambulance service.

Police have confirmed the road has now fully reopened.

Waitrose store to close despite residents' rally

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

It's been confirmed Huntingdon Waitrose will close in the autumn after bosses said they would be "exercising the break clause in the lease", allowing them to shut the store.

The supermarket on St Benedict's Court is more than 40 years old.

Waitrose said the investment needed at the store was "unlikely to allow it to be profitable over the long-term".

Waitrose on St Benedict's Court
Michael Trolove/Geograph

Neil Westbrook, head of retail operations, said: "This is very much a last resort, but we have not been able to find a way to make the shop profitable.

"We understand the disappointment this will cause and are incredibly grateful to those who have expressed their support."

The store, which employs about 100 members of staff, will close on Tuesday, 5 September. 

A petition set up to try and save it from closure gathered almost 2,000 signatures. 

No red noses to stop germs being spread, says headteacher

Jonathan Vernon-Smith

BBC Three Counties Radio

As we reported earlier, pupils at one school in Bedfordshire have voted against wearing  Comic Relief red noses  because of hygiene concerns. 

Melanie Mercer, headteacher of Aspley Guise Lower School, told my show  it had been hit by a spate of colds and sickness, and didn't want germs to be spread. 

However, she said the school would be spending the day fundraising in lots of other ways. 

Red Nose

We asked Comic Relief to comment, and the charity said: "Wearing Red Noses is just one of hundreds of ways schools all over the country are getting involved in Red Nose Day. 

"We are incredibly grateful to each and every school for their support, however they show it."

Tell us what you're getting up to for Red Nose Day and send your pictures and videos to us via FacebookTwitter  or email .

Tyres worth £78,000 stolen from lorry at Watford Gap

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

About £78,000-worth of tyres have been stolen from a lorry park at the Watford Gap services on the M1.

The lorry was parked in the northbound service area of the services, located between junctions 16 and 17.

At sometime between 19:00 on Wednesday and 02:00 on Thursday, two holes were cut in the side and the tyres were taken, police said.

Officers are appealing for witnesses .

Red Nose Day: School in for 'pug-tastic' treat

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Karen Ferguson, a teaching assistant at Pytchley Primary School, has gone "pug-tastic" for this year's Red Nose Day.

That is an impressive mask...

Karen Ferguson
Karen Ferguson

You can send us your Red Nose Day pictures via  email , Facebook or Twitter .

Girton College crash: Man suffered 'serious abdominal injuries'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

This was the scene a short while ago after a single car crashed on Huntingdon Road in Cambridge during the early hours.

A1307 crash
A1307 crash
A1307 crash

The male driver suffered "serious abdominal injuries", according to the ambulance service. He has been taken to hospital.

We've just heard the southbound carriageway has reopened - the northbound side remains shut.

Hygiene concerns lead to school pupils ditching red nose

Jonathan Vernon-Smith

BBC Three Counties Radio

Today is Red Nose Day , but children at a Bedfordshire school aren't wearing the brightly-coloured noses because of hygiene concerns.

Aspley Guise Lower School

There are fears that if pupils at  Aspley Guise Lower School  drop them and put another child's red nose on they could spread germs.

Headteacher Melanie Mercer told my show  it was the children who voted in an assembly not to wear the noses.

We've contacted Comic Relief for comment.

Unite leader to visit Luton Vauxhall plant

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The leader of the Unite union is due to visit members at the Vauxhall plant in Luton today, following the decision by General Motors to sell its European operations to French company PSA .

Vauxhall production line

The union said general secretary Len McClusky will be updating shop stewards on the current situation.

Mr McCluskey said he's confident it can convince PSA the plant is an asset with a long-term future beyond the current production run of the Vivaro van.

He said the plant sustains as many as 35,000 jobs in the supply chain and local service sector.

PSA, which owns Peugeot and Citroen, has already pledged to keep Vauxhall's British plants open for the time being.

Girton College crash: Driver 'critical'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

I've just had some more information sent to me regarding the crash near Girton College in Cambridge early this morning...

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after the car he was driving crashed on the A1307 Huntingdon Road at about 03:45.

The road remains closed from the BP garage to the A14 Girton interchange, and police say it is "expected to remain closed for some time".

We will keep you updated through the day.

Force India debut pink car

Graham McKechnie

BBC Radio Northampton sport

Meanwhile, Silverstone-based Force India are hoping their new pink livery will win them over some new fans.

The Vijay Malia-owned team unveiled the new colour scheme last week, after they announced a new sponsor.

The new look was being seen for the first time today as the Formula 1 season began in Melbourne .

force india

The teams chief operating officer, Otmar Szafnauer, said the car was "striking" and that "you'll know a Force India from all the other [teams]".

He added that he hoped the performance would "stand out" like the car.

Lewis Hamilton dominates Australian Grand Prix practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Melbourne

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton put in a scintillating performance to set the pace in second practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

He was 0.547secs clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in second, who was just 0.009secs quicker than Hamilton's Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton's margin over Bottas will raise questions over whether it is car or driver that has the advantage.

Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in first practice earlier.