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  1. That's it for this week

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Thanks for joining us this week. It's been quite a day with all the fall-out from David Mackintosh's decision not to stand again in his Northampton South seat.

    Have a great bank holiday weekend and we'll be back again on Tuesday.

    David Mackintosh
  2. Our live coverage for the week

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    So that's it from all of us at the Local Live team for Beds, Herts and Bucks for this week. 

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

    So what ever you're doing, we hope you have a good one and the rain stays away, if anyone is planning a BBQ or other outdoor fun. 

    I'm hoping to go out and see some beautiful bluebells as spotted by Honeybee, one of our BBC Weather Watchers

    Bluebells in Bedford
  3. Our live coverage for the week

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for us for today and indeed this week. Live updates return from 08:00 on Tuesday.

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

    • The air ambulance doctor who is "scared of heights" - and who is about to skydive
    • The local museum in the running for a national title
    • An array of weapons found in a seized car

    Have a great extended Bank Holiday weekend.

  4. Cyclist seriously injured

    Alex Harris

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A cyclist has been seriously injured on Long Causeway in Peterborough.

    Cambridgeshire Police were called to reports of a collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian at 22:30 last night.

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and a woman arrested on suspicion of theft in an incident which followed the collision.

    The cyclist, a man in his 50s, was taken to Peterborough City Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

  5. Weapons seized by police

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Both a knife and a firearm were seized by British Transport Police officers in Cambridge earlier today.

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  6. Weather: Mostly dry overnight with small chance of rain

    BBC Weather

    It will be mostly dry overnight with variable amounts of cloud and just the small chance of an isolated light shower.

    There will be light winds, and it is likely to turn chilly in any clearer periods.  


    The picture was taken by BBC Weather Watcher 'summermonth' and shows Brixworth.

    For a full forecast visit BBC Weather.

  7. Joshua & Klitschko face off ahead of showdown

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport boxing reporter

    This is the moment that Watford's Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko faced off at the weigh-in ahead of Saturday's heavyweight boxing showdown.

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    Video caption: Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko face-off ahead of Saturday's heavyweight showdown

    The Hertfordshire sporting star is hoping to bring the Ukrainian down in front of a 90,000-strong audience at Wembley Stadium tomorrow night.   

    He says he'll go as far as he needs to go. 

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    Video caption: Anthony Joshua says he is ready to dig deep to get the win against Wladimir Klitschko
  8. Derry says Us need to win by any possible means

    Peter Swan

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

    With two games of the season left, Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry says his side must find a way to win this weekend "by hook or by crook".

    The U's are hosting Crawley in League Two tomorrow and they're three points off the promotion play-off places.

    Strikers Uche Ikpeazu, Barry Corr and Adam McGurk are all sidelined owing to injury.

    Shaun Derry

    After a poor start to the season when United failed to win in their opening eight matches, Derry feels the campaign should be considered a success - whatever happens over the next week.

    He said: "To still be in and around a chance of getting into the top seven, considering where this football club ended in its first season back as a league club, I think everybody would've taken that as largely successful."

  9. Stevenage boss calls Wycombe boss a 'liar' over play off claims

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Stevenage boss Darren Sarll has laughed off suggestions from Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth that it's better to be just outside the League Two play-offs and chasing rather than being in them.

    The Boro currently occupy the final play-off place with Wycombe a point behind.

    Ainsworth said: "It's always better being the chaser than the one being chased. The pressure ramps up."

    Sarll responded: “He’s a big liar! Gareth wishes he was in the play-offs. But if Gareth wants to chase, Gareth can chase!”

    Darren Sarll
  10. 'Two hours later and I would have died'

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A 22-year-old from Benwick near March has been recounting her harrowing ordeal as she contracted bacterial meningitis earlier this year, and has thanked the doctors who saved her life.

    Hollie Jackson, of Lilyholt Road, collapsed at Stansted Airport on 4 January, minutes before boarding a plane for a work trip.

    After being assessed in hospital, she was discharged as all her test results had come back clear.

    However, Miss Jackson's condition deteriorated rapidly when she arrived home, with her left side going completely numb. She was vomiting and developed a rash all over her body.

    An ambulance was later sent to her aid at about 04:00 as she said: "My vision started to go and the pain in my head was unbearable.

    "It felt like a kettle was being brought to the boil in my skull."

    Greg Sage with Hollie Jackson

    When paramedics Greg Sage and Matt Bafico arrived they knew immediately something wasn’t right.

    "She ticked all the boxes for meningitis," Mr Sage said.

    The paramedics gave her penicillin, which doctors later said kept Miss Jackson alive.

    And yesterday she was able to thank Mr Sage in person at Peterborough ambulance station.

    "It was lovely to meet Greg under much happier circumstances and thank him," she said.

    "The doctors said that if I had left it two hours later I would have died, which took a few weeks to sink in.

    "It is clear to see that the choices both he and Matt made on that day saved my life."

    Hollie has since gone on to make a good recovery and recently raised almost £1,500 in a charity sky dive for the Meningitis Now charity.

  11. O'Toole signs new Cobblers contract

    Caroline Densley

    BBC Radio Northampton sport

    Northampton Town midfielder, John-Joe O'Toole, has signed a new two-year contract with the club. 

    He joined the Cobblers in summer 2014, has scored 26 goals in just over 100 starts for the club and was named player of the year during their League Two-winning season.

    John Joe O'Toole

    O'Toole's had surgery to sort out his groin injury and is recovering ahead of pre-season. 

    He said: "I'm delighted to sign. I think it's a good club and it's heading in the right direction. 

    "I've got a good relationship with the fans and I'm glad it's done now so that I can look ahead to next season."

    Manager Justin Edinburgh said: "We knew there would be a lot of interest in him so we were very keen to get John-Joe's future secured early and we are delighted to have done just that.

    "Goalscoring midfielders are very hard to come by and John-Joe won us some big matches this season with some very important goals.

    "His all-round game was also very impressive and I have been delighted with his attitude and commitment to the club."

  12. Hamilton fourth quickest in Russian GP practice

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Bahrain

    Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in second practice at the Russian Grand Prix as title rivals Mercedes appeared to struggle for pace.

    The four-time champion was 0.263 seconds clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen while Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas was 0.670 seconds off the pace.

    Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton, seven points behind Vettel in the championship, was fourth quickest - 0.039secs off his Ferrari team-mate. 

    Hamilton appeared to be struggling with his car throughout the day - he aborted his first two attempts at a fast lap, made a series of mistakes and was slower than Bottas in both sessions.

    The Milton Keynes-based Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth, but 1.4 seconds off Vettel's pace, and the Dutchman ground to a halt with an engine problem midway through the session.

    Lewis Hamilton
  13. David ready for half marathon despite motor neurone disease

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A man from Northampton, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2015, will take part in the Milton Keynes half marathon this Bank Holiday Monday. 

    David Solomon will be pushed in his wheelchair by a team from Northampton Road Runners, where he remains a member.

    David Solomon

    Motor neurone disease attacks cells in the brain and severely affects speech and mobility.

    David and his team are raising money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice, which supports him.

    He said: "My attitude towards the disease hasn't changed. I can't beat it, but I'm not going to let it beat me. 

    "My outlook is to do what you can, while you can, when you can and have a bit of fun and enjoy it."

  14. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mayoral Election 2017: James Palmer

    Mousumi Bakshi

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    Come Friday, 5 May, we will know which candidate has succeeded in becoming Cambridgeshire's first directly elected mayor for the whole county.

    Seven men and women are in the running for the job, which comes with a multi-million pound budget and powers over housing and transport.

    The Conservative candidate, James Palmer, used to run a dairy business and says he wants to be a "mayor for everyone".

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    Video caption: The Conservative nominee is in the hot seat as the BBC speaks to those vying to be mayor.

    The full list of candidates:

    • Paul Bullen - UKIP
    • Rod Cantrill - Liberal Democrats
    • Peter Dawe - Independent
    • Stephen Goldspink - English Democrats
    • Julie Howell - Green Party
    • James Palmer - Conservative
    • Kevin Price - Labour    
  15. Man's eye sockets fractured in 'violent and unprovoked attack'

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    This rather graphic image of a man's injured face has been released by Hertfordshire Police

    The man in his 50s, who only wants to be known as Gavin, suffered fractures to his eye sockets, cuts and bruising.   

    He was walking along Nicholas Place in Stevenage on Wednesday at about 23:30 when a red car drove past. 

    He shouted for them to slow down, the motorist pulled over and two men got out. 

    Facial injuries

    One then held back Gavin's friend and the other punched Gavin. When he fell to the ground he was kicked in the head several times. 

    Poice say it was a "violent and unprovoked attack". 

    They believe a woman was driving the car and they are appealing for her to come forward. 

  16. Gavin Samuels: 'Bravery and courage' of his victims praised

    The courage of Gavin Samuel's three victims has been praised today by both the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

    After the 26-year-old from Melford Drive, Linslade, was sentenced to 14 and a half years in jail at Luton Crown Court, Det Con Ben Stone said: "I’d like to thank them for their incredible bravery in coming forward to reveal this abuse. 

    "I hope that it gives others the confidence in knowing that they do not have to suffer in silence – we will support them, and justice will be done. 

    Bill Khindey, from the CPS, said: "It is only due to the courage of the victims that the disgraceful behaviour of this man has been exposed. 

    "I would like to pay tribute to them all for their strength and tenacity in coming forward and providing evidence for the prosecution." 

  17. Gavin Samuels: 'I'm proud to have stood up against sexual abuse' says one of his victims

    A victim statement was read out at Luton Crown Court from one of the girls that Gavin Samuels, 26, from Melford Drive, Linslade, abused. 

    It explained that she was initially too scared to speak out. 

    "I was afraid to tell others because of what they might think of me. I didn’t know how to tell anyone for a long while so I kept it to myself," she said. 

    "Following this experience, I feel reassured that he will no longer abuse any more girls and I feel proud of myself and the others involved for having the courage to stand up to sexual abuse," she added. 

  18. Gavin Samuels: 'Predatory and manipulative'

    Former golf professional Gavin Samuels abused three girls between 2006 and 2014, at a Bedfordshire golf club. 

    His first victim was about 12 when he started abusing her, when he was aged between 15 and 16.

    She was 13 when he first raped her, Luton Crown Court heard.  

    The other offences happened when the girls were aged between 14 and 15, and Samuels urged them not to tell anyone. 

    Judge Lynn Tayton QC described the 26-year-old as "predatory and manipulative." 

    She said: "I have been told that golf was your life but you were not deterred that you could lose your career. You were in a position of trust.

    "There is evidence of a long history of your interest in young girls which manifested itself when you were 15 and continued until you were reported to police."

  19. Golfer sentenced for raping teenage girl

    A former golf professional who raped a teenage girl and sexually assaulted two others has been given a lengthy prison sentence. 

    Gavin Samuels, 26, from Melford Drive, Linslade, has been jailed for 14 and a half years and given a five year extension to his licence period. 

    He was convicted following two trials at Luton Crown Court in August 2016 and February this year, after being found guilty of 10 sexual offences, including four of rape. 

    Gavin Samuels
  20. Two birds of prey found dead - at least one was shot

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Two buzzards have been found dead in Hertfordshire.

    Their bodies were discovered by a member of the public south of Beningfield Drive in London Colney on Sunday - one of them had "clearly been shot" by an air gun.  

    Jenny Shelton from the RSPB says they're "angry and saddened" by the deaths.

    "April and May is an important time for buzzards - it’s when they start pairing up and laying eggs," she said.

    "Buzzards mate for life, and males perform a ‘roller-coaster’ flight to impress their partners – a spectacular sight if you’re lucky enough to see it." 


    The charity is offering a £1,000 reward for any information which leads to a successful conviction.  

    The birds are protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.