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  1. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it from all of us on the Local Live news feed for Beds, Herts and Bucks this week.

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

    Whatever you're doing this weekend, whether you're going to be a busy bee, or just take it easy, have a good one. 

    Bee on a flower
  2. That's all from us

    Live updates for Northamptonshire have now finished.

    We'll be back on Monday will all the latest news, weather, sport, and travel for Northamptonshire.

    If you want to follow Northampton Town's trip to Rochdale tomorrow afternoon then head to our Twitter feed , and if you want to keep up with the snooker and Charley Hull in the ANA Inspiration head to the  BBC Sport website .

    We'll see you on Monday from 08:00. Have a great weekend.

  3. Our live coverage for the week

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That wraps up our live coverage for today and for the week.

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

    Stay tuned to the BBC Cambridgeshire website over the weekend for breaking news and match reports, with both Cambridge United and Peterborough United in action.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. BreakingSnowdonia helicopter victims named by police

    The five victims from the Milton Keynes area who died in a helicopter crash in Snowdonia on Wednesday have been named by police in Wales.

    Kevin and Ruth Burke, aged 56 and 49; Donald and Sharon Burke, aged 55 and 48; and 51-year-old Barry Burke died after the crash in the Rhinog mountains.

    North Wales Police said the recovery all of the bodies had been completed with the help of local mountain rescue teams and the coastguard.

    Ch Insp Richie Green said: "Now all the bodies have been recovered the joint investigation with the Air Accident Investigation Board will begin in earnest to establish how this accident happened.

    "Our thoughts remain with the extended family and their friends."

  5. Carters Get Rich... in Milton Keynes

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Apparently celebrating your 50th birthday just isn't enough for Milton Keynes. 

    The new town will feature on a brand new TV show tonight at 20:00. 

    Carters Get Rich is on Sky 1 and features Hollywood star James Van Der Beek (he's the one who used to be in Dawson's Creek). 

    The show is a rags-to-riches story following the antics of the Carter family, who find themselves overnight millionaires when the youngest member of the family invents an app in the shed of his back garden in MK. 

    You can listen to James explaining the show on  Steve Wright In The Afternoon .

    Cast of Carters Get Rich
  6. Cleverley to stay at Watford

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford have announced midfielder Tom Cleverley's loan spell from Everton will be made into a permanent transfer.

    The former Manchester United 27-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Hornets.

    Watford boss Walter Mazzarri said: "I'm very happy that he has signed, because since he arrived he has showed to be a great professional; very serious in training; great technique and personality."

    Tomm Cleverley
  7. Your pictures: Sunshine across the county

    After my weather app told me there was a 60% chance of rain this morning, I'm rather delighted to say it's been another nice day across the county.

    Here are some of the best shots captured by our BBC Weather Watchers .

  8. Man bailed in Bedford rape investigation

    A man arrested on suspicion of rape has been bailed after a woman was attacked in Bedford in the early hours of Thursday.

    Police say it happened on Mill Street at about 01:15. 

    They're appealing for witnesses to come forward and would like to speak to a group of men who were in the area at the time, and could be vital witnesses.

    They say a student night was taking place at the nearby Empire nightclub and witnesses may have heard and seen something. 

    Mill Street in Bedford
  9. Cambridge women prepare for Boat Race battle

    Sue Dougan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Meanwhile, Cambridge's women are preparing for a tough battle in this Sunday's Boat Race as they look to overturn the misfortune of 2016 when their boat nearly sank.

    The drama at Barnes Bridge in windy conditions led to Oxford winning the 71st women's race comfortably. 

    One of Cambridge's crew, Claire Lambe, made the final of the lightweight double sculls at Rio 2016.

    "The events themselves are on very different scales," she said.

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    Video caption: Boat Races: Cambridge women prepare for battle

    "The history, prestige, sponsorship and media coverage of the Boat Race is massive and feels like it's on a bigger scale than the Olympics.

    "Before the hooter you're full of adrenaline and ready to give everything."

    Cambridge's women have only won twice in 10 years, but still lead overall by 41 wins to Oxford's 30.    

  10. The Boat Races: William Warr set to face ex-Cambridge team-mates

    BBC Sport

    There are supposed to be only two options. In or out. Cambridge or Oxford. You can't be both.

    In the long history of one of sport's most enduring rivalries, just two men had crossed the line.

    You can now make that three.

    When the 163rd Boat Race gets under way on the River Thames on Sunday, William Warr will be going up against his old Cambridge team-mates, rowing for Oxford.

    William Warr and Ben Ruble
    Image caption: Warr (left) was part of the Cambridge team that lost the 2015 race to Oxford, alongside Ben Ruble (right)

    "It hasn't been easy. It was a decision I had to make, but guys I was really close with now barely speak to me any more," he told BBC Sport.

    "Some have said they really hope I lose, that they completely disagree with what I'm doing, which I understand. It is a very strong bond.

    "But life does go on. You need to think about your career - we are students, sometimes people forget that - and the research I am doing can help save lives, so to not go and do that because of some old rivalry would be selfish."

    You can read more on this story here.

  11. Luton road re-opens after shooting

    Police are no longer at the scene of a shooting in Luton and have told us that Dallow Road has re-opened. 

    The road was closed after they were called to the area at about 21:20 on Thursday, following reports a man had been shot.

    He was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

    An arrested man is continuing to be questioned. 

    Dallow Road
  12. Kyren Wilson beats Ding Junhui to set up China Open semi

    Alex Winter

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Kettering's Kyren Wilson is through to the semi-finals of the China Open.

    He beat last year's snooker world championship runner-up Ding Junhui 5-1.

    Kyren Wilson

    The 25-year-old now faces world champion Mark Selby. It's Wilson's third ranking semi-final this season.

  13. Harmit Bahra race case: Bedfordshire Police 'will not tolerate discrimination'

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Bedfordshire Police says it "will not tolerate any type of discrimination" after it was announced that 15 officers and staff were being investigated in a racism case.

    Deputy chief constable Mike Colbourne made the comments after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was widening its probe into the case of former officer, Harmit Bahra , who won a £200,000 payout for suffering racial discrimination. 

    He said: "We celebrate diversity at Bedfordshire Police and are committed to building a workforce which is more reflective of the communities we serve."

    Deputy chief constable Mike Colbourne
  14. Hulcote 'in shock' over villagers' helicopter deaths in Snowdonia

    The Bedfordshire village that was home to a couple killed in a helicopter crash in Snowdonia has been left stunned by the deaths, according to a local councillor.

    Kevin and Ruth Burke from Hulcote, near Milton Keynes, have been named locally as two of the five members of the same family who died in the crash on Wednesday.

    Efforts to recover their bodies and the aircraft wreckage from the Rhinog Mountains have been hampered by both the weather and the remote location.

    Richard Mann, who is a councillor in the Burkes' home village, described the sombre mood in the community.

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    Video caption: Hulcote 'in shock' after villagers' helicopter deaths in Snowdonia
  15. Northamptonshire baker ceases trading after 'running out of cash'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    The insolvency company working with Oliver Adams has told us that the business has ceased trading and is planning to enter voluntary liquidation next month.

    Ian Cooke, from BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency, said a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) with creditors that was agreed last year failed, because "effectively [Oliver Adams] has run out of cash".

    Now the company's 110 employees have been made redundant.  

    oliver admas

    Mr Cooke said another company had been appointed to handle the liquidation and the asset would be sold.

    Mr Cooke said having "lived in Northampton all my life" he went to see "about 100 of the employees" to explain the situation, along with officials from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Jobcentre to help the company's employees.

    He said the employees were "disappointed and angry", but said efforts to save the company "just hadn't worked".

  16. Shopping centre boss moves down the road

    Tom Horn

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    There's been an interesting transfer in the retail industry in Cambridge.

    The manager of the Grand Arcade has left to become the new boss of the Grafton Centre.

    The Grafton is currently in the middle of an multimillion-pound renovation, which is due to be completed next year.

    Artists impression of Grand Arcade revamp

    John O'Shea said the shopping centre "won't be going head-to-head" with the Grand Arcade.

    "The Grafton Centre will be a shopping centre for local people," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    "£18.5m is exactly the right amount of money to be spending.

    "You have to have a combinations of retail, you have to have restaurants and you have to have a leisure offer."

  17. Local news round-up: Father raising money, special cinema screening and 'Astro Bowls'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Elsewhere in Northamptonshire:

  18. Northampton town centre car park to re-open after year and a half

    Andrew Radd

    BBC Radio Northampton

    The Midsummer Meadow car park in Northampton is set to re-open this weekend.

    It was closed in July 2015 as part of the widening of Bedford Road and the building work on the University of Northampton's new Waterside Campus. 

    Waterside Campus

    The site has now been handed back to Northampton Borough Council and will open again as a car park tomorrow.

  19. What the former Shredded Wheat factory site will look like

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Over the next few years the site of the former Shredded Wheat factory in Welwyn will be transformed. 

    The land is currently owned by Tesco and the work is being completed by Spen Hill, the development brand of the company. 

    This is what it will look like...

    Broadwater Road artists impression
    Broadwater Road artists impression
    Broadwater Road artists impression
  20. Shredded Wheat's Art Deco factory buildings to stay

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The Grade II-listed Art Deco buildings at the former Shredded Wheat factory site in Welwyn will be be kept and restored, despite hundreds of homes being built there.

    It means the 1920s silos (pictured below) will stay along with the production hall, grain store and boiler house. 

    Silos at Shredded Wheat factory
    Former Shredded Wheat factory

    The developers of the site, Spen Hill, will spend about £8.5m on improvements to local infrastructure, with £4.2m going on highway works – including a new roundabout at the Broadwater Road junction and footbridge to the station. 

    Former Shredded Wheat factory

    About £3m will also be spent on moving Peartree Primary School to a different site and increasing its capacity.