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  1. Rail Strike: Why the rail workers' union is striking?

    In this video, Paul Cox from the RMT (Rail, Maritime & Transport Union) talks about why they are taking action:  

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    Video caption: The RMT union's Paul Cox says Southern rail strike is about safety not jobs
  2. Rail strike 'unjustified' say Govia

    The Southern Rail strike is "completely unjustified", according to the chief executive of parent company Govia Thameslink (GTR).

    GTR chief executive Charles Horton said the five-day walkout by the RMT union is "completely unacceptable, unjustified and unnecessary" and he apologised for the "inconvenience and disruption to passengers' lives as a result".

    He claimed the union rejected GTR's eight-point offer "out of hand".

    Southern Rail figures show 447,000 passenger journeys a day
  3. Mack v Mark: Watford man mistaken for Australian swimmer in drugs row

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A man from Watford has found himself barraged with Twitter abuse for having a very similar name to Australian swimmer Mack Horton who called defending Chinese champion Sun Yang a "drug cheat".

    Tweet from Mark Horton reads: For the record I'm not the Australian swimmer who said something about a Chinese swimmer

    Mark Horton, who lives in Hertfordshire, has been mistaken for the Olympic gold medallist and received angry tweets from Sun Yang fans after swimmer Horton accused Yang of deliberately splashing him in a training session, saying: "I ignored him, I don't have time or respect for drug cheats."  

    Mack Horton bites Olympic gold medal

    Watford's Mark Horton has tweeted that it's been "an interesting weekend", but today it's "back to the day job".

    Last night alone he was mentioned by other Twitter users 1,000 times, and they are "still coming through".

  4. Rio 2016: Hertfordshire schoolgirl out of games

     A schoolgirl from Hertfordshire is out of the Olympics, despite winning her first heat in the 100m backstroke. 

    Gaurika Singh dives into pool in Rio

    Gaurika Singh, 13, who attends Haberdasher's Askes' School for Girls near Elstree, has been the youngest athlete at the games, representing her home nation of Nepal. 

    The swimmer, who began swimming competitively at the age of nine, was knocked out in heat two yesterday.

  5. #SouthernStrike: 'Govia should be stripped of franchise'

    Commuters from Milton Keynes to London through Watford have already had their journeys disrupted since last month because of cancellations on trains. 

    But today marks the first day of a five-day strike by Southern Rail train guards.

    Dorothy Thornhill, Liberal Democrat Mayor of Watford, says Govia, which runs Southern Rail, should be stripped of the franchise: "To actually axe 800 trains on a critical line, this is actually telling us that they're not fit to run this franchise and there are others who could do it better.

    "What is the point of having terms and conditions in contracts if the government is not willing to enforce them?"

  6. Southern train strike: No service from Milton Keynes to London

    Strike outside Brighton station

    The longest rail strike since 1968 has begun, with hundreds of trains cancelled on the Southern network across south east England.

    A five-day walkout by members of the RMT union started at 00:00 in a row over the role of conductors.

    Southern plans to run 60% of its normal timetable, but there is no service between Clapham Junction and Milton Keynes.

  7. Weather: Mainly fine day with sunny spells

    Alina Jenkins

    BBC Weather

    Today will be mostly dry and bright with some sunny spells, although a few showers might develop by the afternoon with a high of 19C (66F).

    Here's my full forecast...

    There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

  8. Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Morning all, hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready for the week ahead.

    We've had a few technical problems getting the page published for 08:00 this morning, but we're up and running now and we'll be bringing you all things Beds, Herts and Bucks until 18:00.

    Very shortly we'll bring you the weather - it's looking like a bright, clear day - and the latest on the Hertfordshire schoolgirl who competed in her first Olympics at the weekend.

  9. Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Morning all, hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready for the week ahead.

    We've had a few technical problems getting the page published for 08:00 this morning, but we're up and running now and we'll be bringing you all things Beds, Herts and Bucks until 18:00.

    Very shortly we'll bring you the weather - it's looking like a bright, clear day - and the latest on the Hertfordshire schoolgirl who competed in her first Olympics at the weekend.

  10. Our live coverage across the week

    Thanks for following our live coverage across the three counties this week - regular updates will resume on Monday morning at 08:00, but there will be updates on major developing stories across the weekend.

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    Have a great weekend!

  11. Weather:

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    A few evening showers in the region, but generally a fine end to the day with some further spells of sunshine. Tonight will be dry with light winds and lows of around 13C (55F).

    BBC Weather

    Some long spells of sunshine on Saturday, although it may turn hazy with highs of 24C (75F).  

    For the latest forecast, visit BBC Weather.

  12. Murder charge follows death of man with 'multiple crushing injuries'

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    A man has been charged with murder after another was found with what a post-mortem examination describes as "multiple crushing injuries".

    Patrick Maloney, 43, was fatally injured at a travellers' site at Toddbury Farm, Little Billington on Tuesday.

    Bedfordshire Police said he died as a result of injuries "consistent with being involved in a collision with a vehicle".

    Thomas McCarthy, 24, from the same travellers' site has been charged with Mr Maloney's murder.

    Little Billington travellers' site

    He will remain in police custody until his appearance at Luton Magistrates' Court tomorrow.  

    A 42-year-old woman also arrested on suspicion of murder had already been released on police bail, which she is due to answer on 14 September.