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  1. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for another day on the Local Live news feed for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

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

    I've been given a lie in tomorrow as I'll be back in the early hours of Friday morning bringing you all your local election results, fuelled by a lot of sugar!


    But don't worry, our team will be back with your regular news, sport, weather and travel again from 08:00 tomorrow.

    See you again soon!

  2. Our live coverage for the day

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for our live coverage for today. Thanks for your company.

    Scroll back through today's page for anything you may have missed.

    It's a double-whammy of updates tomorrow, as we'll bring you the usual coverage between 08:00 and 18:00, plus our election coverage which begins at 22:00.

    Will see you again soon!

  3. Our election coverage

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    For the rest of this week our news coverage is going to look a little different.

    While the polls are open for the general election we will be unable to report on any political issues, but as soon as voting ends at 22:00 on Thursday we'll be live with results, analysis and reaction all through the night.

    Declarations for all 24 constituencies across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire are expected at various points, with the first result anticipated in Hemel Hempstead at 01:00 on Friday.

    Ballot box

    But don't fret - we'll be keeping tabs on everything at this end and we'll bring you all the news as soon as it happens, so pop the kettle on and join us!

  4. Our election coverage

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Once the election polls close at 22:00 tomorrow, the countdown to find a winner is on, with ballots being counted all over the county.

    Ballot box

    Declarations from the seven Cambridgeshire constituencies are expected at various points on Friday morning, with Peterborough due to announce its results first between 02:00 and 02:30 - although this can all change.

    We'll be live from the moment the polls close and will update you all through the night with results, analysis and reaction as it happens, so put the kettle on and join us!

  5. Local paper round-up

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Here's a look at what the local papers are reporting on today...

    • The Wisbech Standard has the latest on a new £170,000 indoor sports centre that's set for the former Sunset Rooms in Wisbech St Mary
    • The Peterborough Telegraph has the story of a fisherman from the city who caught a 14-stone, 7ft shark after an hour-long battle - and there's pictures to prove it
    • The Cambridge News also has an animal story and it's about six ducklings that were rescued from a drain
  6. Roads re-open in Royston

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    All cordons have now been lifted in Royston after two unexploded WW2 shells were found in a garden on Kneesworth Street this afternoon.

    Police say they have taken the shells away and they will be detonated in open ground in the north of the county.

    They've warned there might be some "noise disturbance".

  7. Election campaigning almost over

    Hannah Olsson

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire political reporter

    The campaigning period for the 2017 general election is drawing to a close.

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough went into the election period straight off the back of the hard fought mayoral and local elections, so it's fair to say there has been an element of voter fatigue in the run-up to the general election.

    Nevertheless, it's been an interesting campaign - very different to 2015.

    Firstly there's been an emphasis on national rather than local issues, with candidates asking voters who they want to be prime minister, not just their local MP.

    In previous years we've had big political hitters visiting the county, delivering soundbites on local issues. The few big names that have come this time have instead drilled home their national messages - on Brexit, the NHS and leadership.

    The battle between Labour and Lib Dems in Cambridge has been fiercer than ever before, with a seemingly endless stream of leaflets coming through letterboxes and boards going up in front gardens.

    However, the campaign has felt slightly different to 2015, because the students have been occupied with their exams and party activists have been dominating local hustings and making their voice heard on social media.

    Elsewhere in the county it'll be interesting to see what happens to the UKIP vote.

    Two years ago we were waiting to see what impact the UKIP candidates would have. This time around we're wondering what will be the impact of the party not standing in some seats.

    UKIP came third in Peterborough in 2015, but this time they're lending their support to the Conservatives. We'll have to wait and see if the votes follow suit.

  8. 'Don't be hurt' by Theresa May's absence, says retiring MP

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    "She can't be everywhere. She's taking the fight into areas that don't have a Conservative in."

    Those are the words of the former Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, Peter Lilley, talking about Theresa May, after the Conserative leader failed to canvas in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire during the election campaign.

    He said she's leaving the job to the local candidates, so "don't be hurt by her absence".

    He said one of the main areas the party has been campaigning for is a strong "leadership", and she's the person to "negotiate" us out of the European Union.

    Peter Lilley

    The other two main party leaders have been in our patch today, with the leader of the Liberal Democrats coming to St Albans and tonight Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, is in Watford.

  9. Friends in tears as they describe their 'joker' friend who was fatally stabbed in Watford

    Matt Lockwood

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Friends of Koy Bentley have been laying flowers at the block of flats on Water Lane, Watford, where he was fatally stabbed on Monday.

    One girl told me the 15-year-old was their "joker" who "didn't like seeing anyone upset".

    Emotions were very raw, with others telling me they couldn't understand why "anyone would want him gone".

    A vigil is being planned to honour him on Saturday.

  10. Bomb disposal team arrives in Royston

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The bomb disposal unit has now arrived in Royston to assess the two suspected WW2 shells that were found this afternoon.

    Police say they were called just before 13:00 to a garden on Kneesworth Street.

    Bomb disposal van

    Kalvin Horabin, who's close to the cordon, says "nobody is panicking - everyone calm".

    He states that the only "traffic chaos" is from "people trying to access the street as it's a main road".

  11. Parts of Royston evacuated after suspected WW2 shell found

    A number of roads in Royston have been cordoned off and homes and businesses evacuated after two suspected unexploded WW2 shells were found by workmen in a garden on Kneesworth Street.

    Specialist police officers are at the scene and the Explosives Ordnance Disposal team is expected to arrive shortly to identify and safely remove the objects.

    A police cordon is in place and road closures are on Kneesworth Street at the junctions with Melbourne Road and Mill Road.

    Kalvin Horabin took this photo of the scene a short while ago.

    Royston cordon
  12. World Para-Athletics: Jonnie Peacock in GB squad

    BBC Sport

    Cambridgeshire's Paralympic champion, Jonnie Peacock, is in the Great Britain squad for next month's World Para-Athletics Championships in London.

    Jonnie Peacock

    Two-time Paralympic champion Peacock, 24, missed out on the 2015 World Championships through injury and will look to recapture the 100m title he claimed in 2013.

    The 49-strong team for the event, which will be at London Stadium in Stratford from 14 to 23 July, contains 10 athletes who won gold at Rio 2016.

  13. A14 oil spill cleared

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Highways England has confirmed that the earlier oil spillage on the A14 eastbound, close to the Spittals Interchange, has now been cleared.

    View more on twitter

    There are some delays in the area as traffic starts to return to normal.

  14. UKIP 'putting country ahead of party'

    As we near closer to tomorrow's general election, we've been looking at the political parties' campaigns in the area and what they have been doing to get your vote.

    Now it's time for UKIP, who are only fielding a candidate in three of the seven constituency seats.

    Pete Reeve, who is a former UKIP county councillor, says the decision not to have a candidate in every seat was made due to this being a "very specific, unique election".

    Peter Reeve

    "The prime minister has based it entirely on Brexit so it's a difficult one for us," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    "We want the Brexit negotiations to go well, but at the same time we know the PM after the election is very likely to backtrack and say it was nothing to do with Brexit at all.

    "For us in UKIP it's difficult. For example, in Peterborough we want [Conservative] Stewart Jackson to win that seat, in other parts of the country where we've got good euro-sceptic Labour MPs, we're saying vote for those.

    "We would say it's putting country ahead of our party, it's putting the interests of the future of our nation and its residents ahead of our own self interests."

  15. Teacher banned for running unauthorised wrestling lessons

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A teacher from Luton has been banned from the profession after running unauthorised wrestling lessons for Muslim boys.

    The ruling by a professional conduct panel heard that in 2015 Azam Zia, a maths teacher at Icknield High School, ran the classes on Saturdays at the Tokko Youth Centre in Luton.

    They found that although they were supposed to be maths classes, he used them to give practical instruction in wrestling without the school's knowledge, failed to obtain consent from parents and was uninsured and not qualified to teach it.

    The sessions, which were only attended by Muslim boys, were used to settle conflicts between pupils.

    Tokko Youth Centre

    The panel heard he charged for the sessions, which he organised using WhatsApp, and transported the children home in his car.

    After admitting unacceptable professional conduct he was banned from teaching. He can appeal in two years' time.

  16. Watford teenager died from stab wound to the chest

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    It's just been confirmed a murder investigation has been launched after a 15-year-old boy was found with a fatal stab wound in a flat in Watford on Monday afternoon.

    Police say Koy Bentley, from the Hertfordshire town, was stabbed following an incident inside a flat on Water Lane.

    Koy Bentley

    They've confirmed "despite the efforts of paramedics, Koy died at the scene".

    Extensive enquiries are continuing to find out the exact circumstances surrounding his death.

  17. Oil spillage closes lanes on A14

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    An oil spillage is affecting traffic on the A14 eastbound as it approaches the Spittals Interchange near to Brampton.

    View more on twitter

    Police say Highways England officers are on their way.

  18. Investigation launched after father found dead in Luton hole

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed it is investigating after the death of a Luton man who was found in a hole in the street.

    Matt Wilmot, 40, was found in the excavation, dug by Affinity Water, near his home on 30 May.

    An inquest is due to open today.

    Matt Wilmot

    The company released a statement saying: "HSE are investigating however we are unable to provide any further information at this time."

  19. Woman dies in fire

    Sam Edwards

    BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

    A woman has died after a fire at a bungalow in March.


    The incident happened in Breton Avenue at about 09:50 yesterday.

    The fire is being treated as non-suspicious, say police.

  20. Arson rehabilitation programme to expand

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A rehabilitation programme for people who've been convicted with an arson offence, first used at Peterborough Prison, is to expand to the rest of the Cambridgeshire.

    The Icarus Programme was devised specifically for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue after working with forensic psychologist Dr Jennifer Marshall.

    It's the first programme of its kind in the UK and aims to stop people re-offending.

    Arson is said to cost the economy in England and Wales about £2.2bn a year.

    Fire engine

    Wendy Coleman, head of safeguarding at fire service, says arson is a crime "that needs to be looked at".

    "This programme looks at the offender's fire-setting behaviour and how they can adjust that," she told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    "It all come from triggers. Things happen in their lives and they don't know how to cope with it so they set fire to things. Unless we interrupt that cycle, their behaviour will continue.

    "The programme offers one-to-one sessions with the offender and a member of the fire service and takes about 20 weeks to complete.

    "The results have been really good. We've got a man in his 50s who had 34 previous convictions since the 1970s and he's been out of prison for around eight months now, which is really good."

    Ms Coleman added that the programme was "not a replacement for imprisonment, it's a programme that helps them once they've been released".