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Summary

  1. The BBC has learned that a closed-down special school site was sold for more than £11m
  2. The chief constable of Bedfordshire Jon Boutcher is to head an investigation into a man alleged to have been the Army's highest ranking informer within the IRA
  3. Updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from the Local Live team today. 

    Friday's headlines have included:

    • News the site of a special school was sold to the government for £11m
    • A report the chief constable of Bedfordshire Police, Jon Boutcher, is to head Operation Kenova,a major investigation into the alleged activities of the Army's most high-ranking agent in the IRA 
    • And finally that Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher has said the Jonathan Henry Place housing development - named in honour of PC Jon Henry, who was killed on duyy in 2007 - is a "fitting tribute to our fallen colleague"
  2. Dele Alli: From MK Dons to England

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    Video caption: The rise of Dele Alli from MK Dons to England star

    The rise of England star Dele Alli is no surprise to one of his former coaches at Milton Keynes Dons.

  3. Weather: Showers tonight, sunny spells tomorrow

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    A few isolated showers are possible tonight, but most places will be dry with rather cloudy skies and just a few clear intervals. Mild and humid, with temperatures only dipping to 11C (52F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow, there will be some bright or sunny spells, but it will often be cloudy with a few scattered showers developing. However, some places will stay dry. Temperatures will reach highs of 22C (72F).

  4. MP's anger over plans for Bedford Hospital

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The MP for Bedford, Richard Fuller, has written an open letter to the chief executive of the NHS criticising the review into the future of health care at Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals.

    Bedford Hospital

    The long-awaited review - announced this week - recommends moving Bedford's maternity services to Milton Keynes. 

    In his letter to Simon Stevens, Mr Fuller says that if purdah has been cited as the reason for the review committee for not speaking about the changes, then why didn't it wait untill 24 June - after the EU referendum - to publish its report.

    The committee said it had "taken legal advice and been advised that to proceed with such a meeting in the immediate run-up to the EU Referendum would contravene the principles of Purdah".

  5. Floods lead to school closure

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Floods which flowed through a school in Dunstable on Tuesday have done so much damage the school won't be able to re-open before the summer holidays.

    Ardley Hill Academy

    Work is underway to find somewhere for 450 children from Ardley Hill Academy (pictured) to have lessons until then.

    Headteacher Jonathan Smith says the floods were frightening.

  6. Le Mans Aston Martin recovered after 2002 theft

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A vintage Aston Martin racing car, stolen 14 years ago from a garden of a property in Hinxworth Road, Hinxworth, Baldock, has been recovered.

    The Aston Martin car

    The car, a veteran of the 1949 Le Mans 24 hour race, belonged to Second World War official war correspondent Christopher Angell, who died in 2003.

    The vehicle has been returned to a relative who is putting the car up for auction at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in West Sussex on 27 June. It is expected to sell for between £600,000 and £900,000.

    The Aston Martin was recovered in Holland in April. Bert Anton Visser, 64, and Heerke Jan Visser, 53, were convicted in 2003, but failed to return for their sentencing or to hand the car over. They are being sought by police.

    Aston Martin car
  7. Knife attack man jailed for nine years

    A man who plunged a large kitchen knife into the abdomen of another man in a block of flats in Leighton Buzzard has been jailed for nine years.

    Luton Crown Court

    Fabreece Mullings, 24,  a personal  trainer of Robinson Street, Bletchley, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to wounding Wayne Munt with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.

    The court heard Mullings armed himself with two knives after hearing how a friend had been involved in an altercation with the victim in November last year.

    Mullings drove to Clarence Street in Leighton Bzzard where on the staircase between floors two and three he attacked Mr Munt.

  8. Watford FC: More rumours... about striker Berahino

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    From one £20m bid to possibly another at Vicarage Road...

    There are now reports Watford have bid around the same amount for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

    The 22-year-old has attracted plenty of attention in the past with Tottenham reportedly interested in him last summer.

    Saido Berahino
  9. Watford FC: What about those Deeney rumours?

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    There have been plenty of rumours in the last few days regarding Premier League champions Leicester City bidding for Watford striker Troy Deeney.

    Troy Deeney

    As I understand it Watford have turned down an official offer of about £20m for the Hornets striker. I’m told he’s not for sale.

    Deeney is a huge part of Watford, not just for his goals, assists and work-rate but also for his leadership and character - he’s also a massive fans' favourite and holds legendary status.

    The situation is an interesting one of course with Leicester still unsure whether they will keep their leading scorer from last season Jamie Vardy or if he will opt to join Arsenal.

  10. This afternoon's weather: Dry with hazy sunshine

    BBC Weather

    There will be a good deal of dry weather this afternoon, with some hazy spells of sunshine, but the odd heavy shower could develop.

    Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

    Tonight will be another mild night, with temperatures down to 13C (55F). 

    Weather graphic
  11. Euro 2016: Who did you get in the office sweepstake?

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    So, today's office sweepstake for Euro 2016 has taken place - and I think it's fair to say some people don't appear to know what's going on or why they've entered, while others are a little bit smug...

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    Who did you get in your workplace competition and are you happy - let us know via Twitter or email.

  12. Bedfordshire Clanger 'not quite as expected'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A couple of weeks ago, we highlighted a piece on BBC One's The One Show about the Bedfordshire Clanger, a traditional farmworkers pasty which combines sweet and savoury in one snack.

    Bedfordshire Clanger

    Now, journalist Luke Slater has written a blog about his recent first taste of one, saying it was "not quite how I expected".

    Opting for a traditional variety - containing gammon chunks and diced potato at the savoury end and apple at the sweet end - he said: "It genuinely feels like eating a full meal. Perhaps not a full-blown dinner, but certainly a decent lunch.

    "The main course and dessert combination works well, although it is tempting to speedily gnaw your way through it to get to the dessert." 

  13. PC Jon Henry: Housing scheme is 'fitting tribute'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher has said the Jonathan Henry Place housing development - named in honour of PC Jon Henry, who was killed on duyy in 2007 - is a "fitting tribute to our fallen colleague".

    He said: "It will help people and stand the test of time in the area in which he lived and served, as will our memory of him.”

    Mary and Maggie Henry

    Mary and Maggie Henry (pictured), the widow and daughter of PC Henry, opened the housing scheme this morning.

    Tomorrow, nine years on from PC Henry's death, senior officers and those who served alongside him will host a short service at his memorial stone outside BHS in George Street, Luton, and lay flowers in his memory.

  14. PC Jon Henry: Daughter officially opens housing scheme

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Maggie Henry, the daughter of PC Jon Henry, who was killed on duty in June 2007, has cut the ribbon to officially open the housing development in Leagrave named after him. 

    Maggie was just weeks from her first birthday when her father was murdered when he responded to reports of a man attacking members of the public in George Street, Luton.

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  15. PC Jon Henry's family at opening of housing scheme named after him

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    I'm at the opening of a housing development named after PC John Henry, killed on duty on 11 June 2007, where his family will be cutting the ribbon.

    PC Henry was murdered in George Street, Luton, while responding to a report of a man attacking members of the public with a knife.

    Jonathan Henry Place, a development of apartments in Leagrave, is an affordable housing scheme, consisting of 28 shared ownership flats, 20 affordable rent flats, and nine supported units, which will house 186 people.

    It was developed by the charity Paradigm Housing Group, before being sold to Luton Borough Council for management.

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  16. 'Stakeknife' probe will be funded by Northern Ireland force

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    An investigation into the alleged activities of an army agent in Northern Ireland - codenamed Stakeknife - headed up by Bedfordshire chief constable Jon Boutcher wil be paid for by the Northern Ireland police force.

    Northern Ireland chief constable George Hamilton said: “After taking a number of issues into consideration, I have decided a team resourced with external officers and staff funded by the PSNI is the most appropriate way forward, given the size, scale and complexity of the investigation."

    It is expected to last at least five years, but Bedfordshire Police have said Mr Boutcher will remain in charge of their day-to-day policing while taking up the new role.

  17. Bedfordshire police chief 'humbled' to lead IRA probe

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Bedfordshire Police chief constable Jon Boutcher has been talking about his appointment to head up Operation Kenova, an investigation into the alleged activities of crimes by IRA members, agents, Army and police handlers.

    Jon Boutcher and George Hamilton

    Mr Boutcher said he was ""humbled" to have been asked to lead a "critically important and complex investigation".

    He added he did "not underestimate the huge task" of uncovering why murders "occurred during those dark days".

  18. New 'Stakeknife' role for Bedfordshire police chief

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The chief constable of Bedfordshire Police, Jon Boutcher, is to head Operation Kenova,a major investigation into the alleged activities of the Army's most high-ranking agent in the IRA and other possible crimes by IRA members, agents, Army and police handlers.

    The agent, codenamed Stakeknife, has been linked to more than 50 murders.

    Making the announcement, PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said he had decided a team resourced with external officers and staff funded by the PSNI is "the most appropriate way forward, given the size, scale and complexity of the investigation".

    Bedfordshire Police have told us Mr Boutcher will remain in charge of their day-to-day policing while taking up this new role.

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  19. Pervert accessed child porn for 'thrill of seeing if he could access images'

    "Bored" pervert Peter Martin-Flavin said he had "derived no satisfaction from seeing young girls".

    Prosecutors at the case of the 49-year-old from South Close, St Albans, said he had been inspired by "the thrill of seeing if he could access the images".  

    Jermoe Silva told St Albans Crown Court: "He said he was bored at work and was surfing the Internet for legitimate pornography and in time it moved to more and more younger females".

    Martin-Flaven must carry out 40 days' rehabilitation under the supervision of probation officers, have risk management software installed on his computer and register as a sex offender for five years. He has also lost his job.

  20. 'Bored at work' man accessed child porn

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A man who admitted having more than 2,500 sexually explicit images of children on his work computer said he had accessed child pornography because he had been "bored", St Albans Crown Court has heard.

    St Albans Crown Court

    Peter Martin-Flaven, 49, of South Close, St Albans, had earlier pleaded guilty before magistrates to charges of possessing indecent images of children.

    At his sentence hearing, the court heard he had made "full and frank admissions" to police after they were called to Henkel's offices in Hemel Hempstead when the engineer's colleagues became suspicious.