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Summary

  1. Milton Keynes taxis 'safer than ever' after driver scandal, licensing boss says
  2. Police commissioner dismisses fatal crash chase reports
  3. Laura Trott sets new world record with pursuit team
  4. Ighalo 'honoured' by new Watford deal
  5. Weather: Sunny and dry, peaking at 26C (79F)
  6. Live updates for Friday, 12 August

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Nathan Redmond celebrates equalising for Southampton against Watford

    Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Nathan Redmond scores on his first Premier League appearance for Southampton to rescue a point against Watford at St Mary's Stadium.

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  2. Post update

    Southampton 1-1 Watford

    Trevor Sinclair

    Former England winger on Final Score

    It was definitely a free-kick and yellow card (for Ben Watson) but the other defender would have got across. It wasn't a red card. The referee should have given himself a bit of time.

  3. Post update

    Southampton 0-1 Watford

    Dion Dublin

    Former Leicester and Aston Villa forward on Final Score

    What is catching my eye is Watford. They seem to be very confident on the ball and once they get into the final third out wide they cross it and they are getting players in the box. It looks a very simple philosophy and they look comfortable playing it.

    Soares Cedric
  4. Team news

    Southampton v Watford (15:00 BST)

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    Southampton's new £10m winger Nathan Redmond makes his Premier League debut for his new club after arriving from Norwich City in the summer.

    Boss Claude Puel has named his other three new signings Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg,Alex McCarthy and Jeremy Pied on the bench.

    Southampton XI: Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Van Dijk, Targett, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond, Long.

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    Watford are without club record signing Isaac Success and new defender Brice Dja Djedje because of injury. Teenage striker Jerome Sinclair, who joined from Liverpool this summer, is on the bench.

    Watford XI: Gomes, Cathcart, Prodl, Britos, Amrabat, Capoue, Behrami, Guedioura, Holebas, Deeney, Ighalo.

  5. Our live coverage for Friday

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for the time being. Regular update from the Local Live team for Beds, Herts and Bucks have now stopped.

    We'll be back on Monday morning at 08:00, hopefully reporting on more medals for Three Counties Olympians.

    You can read all the stories we've covered today by scrolling through the news feed. 

    Here's a roundup: 

    • Tributes are paid from the football club where a teenager killed on the A43 along with his mother and brother played. 
    • Strikes are planned for Virgin trains that run through Hertfordshire, but the company says services won't be affected. 
    • Taxis in Milton Keynes are safer than ever before, according to the councillor in charge of licensing. 
  6. Weather: Mainly dry with clear spells tonight

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Staying mainly dry with clear spells this evening, but it will turn increasingly cloudy with an odd spot of light rain possible as it dips to about 14C (57F).

    Map for weather

    A rather cloudy Saturday with the small chance of light rain, but most places will stay dry and the cloud will break to allow for some bright or sunny spells.

    Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). 

    Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

  7. Rio 2016: Local athletes to cheer for

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    As reported earlier, we already know that MK's Greg Rutherford is going in the long jump tonight, but we have a whole host of other athletes from the Three Counties who are taking part in the Rio Olympics..

    Hertfordshire's very won Laura Trott already has a world record to her name but she could also get a medal in the women's team pursuit. You can see her at 14:00 on Saturday. 

    Laura Trott

    Then on Sunday could Hemel's Max Whitlock add to his medal haul as he goes in the pommel horse final at 17:50?

    Max Whitlock

    Also keep an eye on Bedford's Phelan Hill going for gold in the Men's Eight rowing final and Amber Hill, who practises at the Churchill Shooting Club in High Wycombe, and is trying to get into the shooting final. 

    Phelan Hill
  8. Special football tribute planned for teenager killed on A43

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A special tribute is being planned for one of the victims who died on the A43 in Berkshire on Tuesday

    Named locally as Ethan Houghton, the 13-year-old played for Dunstable Town FC U14s. He died along with his mother Tracy Houghton, 11-year-old brother Joshua and another 11-year-old. 

    Duntable Town Football Club

    The club says it's "deeply shocked" by the news and are planning to pay tribute to Ethan at the next first team home match on 20 August by wearing black arm bands, putting a picture of Ethan on the front page of the programme and getting all his under-14 team mates to walk out with the first team players onto the pitch. 

    It says Ethan was "a very popular lad who will be sorely missed".

  9. Look to the skies...

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    There's another chance tonight to see the spectacular Perseid meteor shower.

    Hundreds of meteors will streak across the sky in the beautiful natural firework show, visible around the world.         

    Mark Gallaway from the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire says viewing could be better than last night and the shower could peak by tomorrow night. 

    Meteor

    What you can see is a photo taken by the "allsky" camera on the roof of the Bayfordbury Observatory in Hertfordshire.