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  1. Our live updates across the week

    Kris Holland

    BBC News

    I'm afraid our live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks are coming to a close.

    Scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, but we'll be back once again with the latest news updates from 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Our live updates across the week

    Kris Holland

    BBC News

    I'm afraid our live updates for Cambridgeshire are coming to a close.

    Scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, but we'll be back once again with the latest news updates from 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Our live updates across the week

    Kris Holland

    BBC News

    I'm afraid our live updates for Northamptonshire are coming to a close.

    Scroll down to see any stories you may have missed, but we'll be back once again with the latest news updates from 08:00 on Monday.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. Hartley vows Saints will learn lessons as Premiership returns

    Northampton Saints' captain Dylan Hartley says they'll learn from their mistakes last season as they face Saracens in the season opener tomorrow.

    Dylan Hartley

    Kieran Brooks will make his 50th appearance for the club, Mitch Eadie will make his debut and Lewis Ludlam will get his first Premiership appearance in the back row.

    Harry Mallinder will start at 10, with injuries to Piers Francis and Stephen Myler.

    Hartley says they'll be ready to take on one of the best teams in Europe.

    And you can catch all the action on BBC Radio Northampton sport, on air at the earlier time of 13:30 tomorrow from Twickenham.

  5. Northants pick Procter for promotion push

    Northamptonshire have signed Lancashire all-rounder Luke Procter on loan in a bid to ease their injury problems ahead of their promotion push.

    The 29-year-old has been drafted in for the rest of the County Championship season following injuries to Adam Rossington (broken thumb), Ben Sanderson (hamstring) and Nathan Buck (side strain).

    Luke Procter

    Northants are fifth in Division Two with four matches remaining. They're 40 points behind second-placed Worcestershire who have played one game more.

    Head coach David Ripley told the club's official website: "It's great to have Luke with us for the final push.

    "He is an experienced cricketer who can come into the team and provide runs and wickets. I have always been impressed with his competitive nature.

    "We have several injuries at the moment and his signing is a real boost for us."

  6. Man dies and child hurt as car flips over into ditch

    A man has died and a child taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash near Eye.

    Police said the man was driving a black Range Rover on Crowland Road this afternoon when it was believed he lost control of the vehicle.

    It then left the road and ended up on its roof in a ditch. He died at the scene.

    A child passenger received "serious injuries" and was taken to Peterborough City Hospital, a spokesman said.

    Anyone who saw the crash has been asked to get in touch with police.

  7. Chris Turner statue unveiled in Peterborough

    So... the big moment has arrived, complete with balloon release...

    View more on twitter

    The statue of Posh legend Chris Turner has been unveiled outside the Abax Stadium.

    Tens of thousands of pounds were raised by fans to make the artwork of the former player and manager, who died in 2015 aged 64.

  8. Warehouse fire: Fundraising page for owner of destroyed business in Ware

    Meanwhile, a fundraising page has been set-up to support the furniture business destroyed by yesterday's fire in Ware.

    Eleven fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms were required to extinguish the flames at Deans Furnishers.

    Ware

    On Thursday evening the owner was supported by friends and other businesses at the Saracens Head in Ware, which provided free pizza, while another local businessman has offered the company temporary warehouse space.

    Sacha Bright from Business Agent, which arranged the Go Fund Me page, said she was also providing temporary office space for the owner.

    The cause of the fire remains unknown.

  9. Potential new busway routes revealed

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Routes that a proposed new busway link between Cambourne and Cambridge could take have been revealed.

    The proposals by the Greater Cambridge Partnership include two on-road routes and one off-road route south of the A428 - which they say will avoid the West Fields.

    Plans for new bus routes

    Amanda Fuller, from the Coton Busway Action Group, said "the off-road busway is hugely unpopular and is going to cost hundreds of millions of pounds - it is a big white elephant".

    Rachel Stopard, the chief executive of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, said it was "listening" to worries and had "already removed one of the options that had most concerns".

    The proposals will be considered by the partnership on 13 and 20 September.

    If the plans are supported, a public consultation will take place between November and December.

  10. Rev Richard's dogs help with Strictly training

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    It's all hotting up in the Coles household this week as Reverend Richard prepares for his stint on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.

    It seems that three pooches at his Northamptonshire home are helping him with his "staircase descending technique".

    Let's hope they also help him with his paw-sodoble - I'll get my coat!

    View more on twitter
  11. Investigations into Ware fire continue

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has finished its "operational activity" after yesterday's fire at Deans Furnishers in Ware.

    The incident is being handed over to surveyors, the local authorities and the highways team, it said.

    Specialist crews are clearing asbestos from the site, with that work expected to be completed this afternoon.

    Fire in Ware

    Roads around the Star Street area are still closed due to concerns about the structural safety of the building.

    Investigations will continue into what caused the fire.

    Drone flying over fire scene
  12. Behind the scenes as new museum constructed

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    If you've been in St Peter's Street in St Albans during the past year, you can't fail to have noticed the work going on at the Town Hall.

    Work on the Grade II-listed building started last year to transform it into a new museum for the city, at a cost of about £7.75m.

    And if you've been wondering what's been going in inside - these pictures will give you an idea.

    It's due to open in Spring 2018.

    St Albans Museum
    St Albans Museum
    St Albans Museum
    St Albans Museum
  13. Local paper round-up

    Here are some other stories making the news today:

  14. Theatre cancels panto performance for Strictly final

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Milton Keynes Theatre has cancelled the evening performance of its panto on the night of the Strictly Come Dancing final because one of its stars has joined the programme's line-up.

    Brian Conley

    Comedian and pantomime star Brian Conley is playing Buttons in Cinderella this Christmas - which opens on 9 December. He's also a contestant in the latest series of the BBC's popular ballroom and Latin dance competition, which starts in September.

    The Strictly final is on the 16 December and, while no-one knows how well he will do in the show, all the contestants return on that night for a final group dance.

    A theatre spokesman said: "As a result of his filming commitments it has been necessary to cancel the 19:00 performance of this year's pantomime, Cinderella, on Saturday 16th December.

    "Our Box Office are contacting all customers that are affected by this, arranging to move their tickets to an alternative performance."

    Of course, if he does particularly well, it might throw the opening performances of the panto on 9 December into doubt, but the theatre said it "hadn't been made aware of any other scheduling conflicts".

    Stacey Solomon

    Last Christmas the theatre suffered a backlash when X Factor star Stacey Solomon read lines from a clipboard on the opening day of the pantomime, just hours after she returned from ITV's I'm A Celebrity in Australia.

    Announcing Conley's appearance on Strictly, theatre director Emma Sullivan said:"We're all incredibly excited to get behind Brian as he takes to the ballroom floor, and hope he will bring some of his newfound steps to the MK stage for this year's pantomime.

    "We can't wait to watch him on our screens every weekend, and will be rooting for him to get to Blackpool!"

    The Blackpool programme is in November - I suspect they might not want him to get much further than that!

  15. Woman suffers 'memory loss' after sex assault

    Police in Milton Keynes have released details of a sexual assault which happened earlier this month.

    A woman in her 20s was attacked while walking from a cash point to the car park at Westcroft Retail Park. It happened at about 23:30 on 3 August.

    She managed to fight off the man but needed hospital treatment for concussion.

    Thames Valley Police said the delay in releasing details was because the woman suffered memory loss.

  16. BBC Northampton update

    There's good and bad news following our earlier technical problems.

    Bear with us - we're back on air, but are still unable to play any of our usual jingles and tracks, or recorded voice reports.

  17. BBC Three Counties update

    There's good and bad news following our earlier technical problems.

    Bear with us - we're back on air, but are still unable to play any of our usual jingles and tracks, or recorded voice reports.

    We've still got problems with our phone lines, so it's best to text if you wish to contact us.

    A reminder of that number - 81333, and start your text with "3CR".

  18. Two-year wait continues for mains utilities at Northants school

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Two years after a brand new school opened in Kettering, the building has still to be connected to mains gas, electricity, broadband and water.

    Hayfield Cross Church of England School opened in September 2015 as part of the big Kettering East housing development, known as Hanwood Park.

    The main road to the school has yet to be finished, so that means no permanent utilities have been connected.

    Instead water is pumped to the school, there's bottled gas and a mobile phone and generator are used. The internet is connected via a satellite and it has its own sewage system.

    Helen Cracknell, the chair of governors, said the situation was "not ideal", but "none of the children have suffered because of the issues". However, she said it means the head teacher has to spend his time "having to look at this, when he should be concentrating on the quality of education".

    She says they're working with the council and the developers to get the matter resolved and hope a permanent solution is "round the corner".

    Northamptonshire County Council, which is responsible for the school, said: "We are progressing works to address the issues the school are facing as a result of having no access to permanent utilities.

    "NCC continue to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to resolve these issues as soon as possible."

  19. Bedford's new £35m Riverside Leisure complex opens today

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A landmark development in Bedford is being officially opened today.

    It's hoped the £35m Riverside Leisure complex will draw more visitors into the town centre.

    Riverside development

    The complex, on the site of the now-demolished Town Hall, includes restaurants, a cinema, hotel and new homes. It's the first time there's been a cinema in the town centre since the Cannon closed on St Peter's Street 25 years ago.

    The development hasn't come without controversy.

    A glass footbridge across the River Ouse was replaced with a much cheaper design due to cost and it's also cast further doubt on the future of the Aspects Leisure Park situated at the other end of Bedford Embankment.

  20. Family pays tribute to 'lovely, bubbly' teen

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Police in Hertfordshire have named a teenager killed in a road crash last Friday afternoon.

    Joshua Porter

    Joshua Porter, 18, died when the car he was a passenger in struck a tree along the A414 between Hemel Hempstead and St Albans, just before 14:15.

    The teenager, who lived with his family in Bushey, was studying at West Herts College and played for Fullerians Rugby Club in Watford.

    His mum Deborah described him as an "outgoing, loving and bubbly" person.