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  1. Goodbye

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    That's the end of our live updates for Herts, Beds and Bucks.

    Any breaking stories will appear on this page overnight and don't forget you can scroll back to see the stories we've been covering today, including:

    • Boy still in serious condition after "hit and run" in Luton
    • Thameslink service criticised in an official report
    • Luton Airport closes for runway runners
    • Male hospital staff in Watford could be told to start wearing dresses

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Goodbye

    That's the end of our live updates for Cambridgeshire.

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

    Have a good weekend.

  3. Goodbye

    That's the end of our live updates for Northamptonshire.

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

    Have a good weekend.

  4. Evening forecast: Overcast night

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be a rather cloudy night with an odd spot of rain and moderate west to south westerly winds. It’ll be mild with temperatures falling to around 15C (59F).

    Weather forecast

    Saturday will remain rather cloudy, with some very patchy light rain in the morning. A few bright or sunny spells should eventually develop and there may be a few afternoon showers too.

    There’ll be a mainly moderate south-westerly wind and highs around 23C (73F).

  5. Go-ahead given for Eleanor Cross repairs to begin

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Work could soon start to repair one of Northamptonshire's most well-known landmarks, after Historic England gave the go-ahead for the borough council to get things under way.

    The Eleanor Cross is one of only three remaining crosses built by King Edward I and has been a feature of Northampton's skyline since the 13th Century.

    Eleanor Cross

    However, the monument is in urgent need of repair and although ownership of the sculpture is shrouded in mystery, Northampton Borough Council agreed to take responsibility.

    In May it applied to Historic England for permission to work on the scheduled monument on the edge of Delapre Abbey, near Northampton, and that has now been granted.

    "Scheduled Monument Consent has been granted for works to the monument and we are in ongoing discussions with Historic England about the best way to now progress the repairs," a council spokesman told the BBC.

    Edward's wife, Queen Eleanor, died near Lincoln in 1290, and the king constructed 12 crosses to mark each of the places he stopped at on his way back to London for her funeral.

  6. Mayor salary to be more than MP

    It's been recommended that the salary for the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is set at £75,000.

    An MP's base salary is just under that, at £74,900.

    The amount needs to be approved by the combined authority next week.

    Conservative James Palmer says he appreciates it's a lot of money, but will "prove he is worth it over the next four years".

  7. Dog day afternoon

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    It's national Bring Your Dog to Work Day and police dog handlers across the UK have been showing off - because they get to do that every day!

    Here's another happy handler and police pooch celebrating with a sloppy kiss.

    View more on twitter

    If PC Thorpe from Northamptonshire Police goes to work, he's always got faithful partner PD Nesi with him.

    They don't need the excuse of a gimmicky "day" to encourage them.

  8. Former police station bought by Whittlesey council

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    A deal to allow Whittlesey Town Council to buy a former police station in the town has been approved.

    The building was vacated by the police in August 2016 as part of a restructure, with officers relocated to March.

    Former Whittlesey police station

    In a sale supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Jason Ablewhite, the redundant building will be retained as a town and community asset.

    The decision to approve the sale of the freehold interest to the council was approved yesterday at the commissioner’s strategic board.

    Mr Ablewhite said it was "important that the building was retained... following the decision that it was not required as part of the operational police estate.

    "Therefore it seemed only natural to progress conversations with Whittlesey Town Council."

    Ralph Butcher, Mayor of Whittlesey, added: "As soon as the Whittlesey Town Council knew the police station was going to be closed we discussed the possibility of purchasing the property.

    "This giving Whittlesey Town Council an asset, right in the centre of the town, easily accessible to residents and in the long run will be more financially beneficial to our ratepayers."

  9. Ee-awkward moment for jaywalking donkeys

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Here are two cops bucking the trend and showing it's not all donkey work in the police force.

    Officers from Thames Valley Police rescued these two donkeys after they went for an afternoon stroll on the A418 in Buckinghamshire.

    As you can see, they've been safely returned to their stables. Ee-awww, aren't they cute?

    View more on twitter
  10. Money raised to help restore fire-damaged MG

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Friends of a Cambridgeshire man have raised nearly £800 towards the restoration of his late father's classic car after it was almost totally destroyed in an arson attack last week.

    Burnt out MG

    Thieves tried to steal Charles Thomson's 1964 MG from a garage in Cambridge, but they couldn't start the engine, so set fire to it instead, police said.

    The car also has additional sentimental value, as Mr Thomson and his wife used it as their wedding car.

  11. Punter's £1m bet falls at the final hurdle

    A horse-racing punter who placed a seven race accumulator bet at Royal Ascot has lost out on a £1m payout after his final prediction proved wrong.

    The £40 bet was placed earlier this week at Ladbrokes in Dunstable.

    The first six predictions all came in, leaving the £1m payout resting on an 8/1-shot in the Commonwealth Cup this afternoon.

    But the punter's hopeful Bound for Nowhere came fourth, with Caravaggio winning the race.

  12. Memorial to be built for tiger attack victim Rosa King

    An appeal to build a memorial at Hamerton Zoo Park for keeper Rosa King has reached its target.

    The 33-year-old died last month when she was attacked by one of the tigers.

    Rosa King

    An online appeal has reached its £1,800 target. Any surplus donations will go to the Cheetah Conservation Foundation, organisers say.

    Details of the memorial have not been announced.

    The zoo reopened last week following a safety inspection.

  13. Afternoon weather: Cloudy and breezy

    BBC Weather

    We have a rather cloudy and breezy afternoon in store.

    Though mainly dry, there will be a few outbreaks of rain possible from time to time.

    Highs of 18C (64F)

    Weather in Dunstable.

    BBC Weather has more details.

  14. Hotpoint fridge freezer notice after Grenfell fire

    Peterborough-based Hotpoint has issued a "product notice" about some of its fridge freezers after police confirmed the fire which destroyed Grenfell Tower in London started in one of its models.

    Product notice from Hotpoint

    Seventy-nine people are feared dead after the blaze destroyed 151 homes in the Kensington tower block on 14 June.

    The government has ordered immediate testing of the Hotpoint fridge freezer that was involved.

    Grenfell Tower

    Hotpoint, which has its headquarters in Peterborough, is urging anyone who has a white Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP or graphite fridge freezer model number FF175BG to register their appliance with the manufacturer to receive any updates.

    "We have been made aware of a possible incident involving a Hotpoint branded fridge freezer, manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009, model numbers FF175BP (white) and FF175BG (graphite)," the company says on its website.

    If you've got one, you can get further details by clicking here.

  15. Afternoon weather: Cloudy and breezy

    We have a rather cloudy and breezy afternoon in store.

    Though mainly dry, there will be a few outbreaks of rain possible from time to time.

    Highs of 18C (64F)

    Graphic

    BBC Weather has more details.

  16. In the papers

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Here's a look at some other stories making the headlines today:

  17. Muslim school 'mismanaged' by trustees

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The trustees of a Muslim school in Luton have been held responsible for its mismanagement and misconduct of staff.

    The Rabia School was reported to the Charity Commission after it was discovered men and women teachers were sitting with a screen between them during staff meetings.

    The school, in Bury Park, had already come to the attention of Ofsted when inspectors found boys were being taught core subjects such as English and Science, while girls were being taught to knit and sew.

    Rabia School in Luton.

    A report by the Charity Commission has now concluded that the trustees repeatedly failed to submit the charity's accounts and didn't comply with the action plan issued in September 2015.

    It says the school is still failing to meet the required educational standards of an independent school, but the trustees have taken appropriate steps to address the shortfalls initially identified.

  18. Women accosted on guided busway path

    Two women were accosted by a man who jumped out of bushes as they walked along the guided busway path near Cambridge.

    Police said the women, in their 20s and 30s, were walking along the stretch between King's Hedges and Impington at about 22:35 last night.

    The man attempted to grab hold of them both before making threats to harm them. They managed to break free and run home.

    The man is described as black, aged 30-40 and approximately 5ft 10in (1.8m) tall. He had a short beard and was wearing dark trousers and a dark hoodie.

    Police have asked anyone with information, or who saw the incident, to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

  19. Your pictures: Curious clouds

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    We're no strangers to cloud in the UK but it does seem to have been particularly picturesque this morning, as captured by our BBC Weather Watchers:

    Cloudy formation over a field in Standon.
    Cloud formation in Hitchin.
    Cloud formation over Luton.
    Wispy clouds in Stevenage.
    Light cloud in otherwise blue skies in Stevenage.
  20. Your pictures: Grey skies in the county

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Well we're certainly not seeing the same summer weather we've been experiencing over the past few days.

    However, that doesn't stop our BBC Weather Watchers from getting out and about, capturing the sights from around the county...

    Thriplow
    Ramsey
    Babraham