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By Alex Pope

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  1. Caroline Chapman

    BBC Sport

    Mesut Ozil

    Caroline Chapman

    BBC Sport

    A superb first-half performance earns Arsenal their first Premier League win of the season against Watford.

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  2. Our live coverage through the day

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for regular updates from all the Local Live team here at Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday morning with all your news, sport, travel and weather. Have a great bank holiday weekend. 

    One of the main stories we've been following today is the moving of the Airlander 10 back into its home at Hangar 1 in Cardington, after it nosedived on its second test flight on Wednesday. 

    Steve Marshall took some fantastic photos of Martha Gwyn as she was being towed. 

    We've put them together and made a little film, which you can watch below. 

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  3. Weather: Staying dry this evening, possible thunderstorms tonight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight will start dry with clear spells allowing a few mist or fog patches to form, but cloud will increase from the south with one or two thunderstorms possible later. 

    A fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures down to 11C (52F).

    Weather map for the East of England

    There will be some hazy sunshine in places on Saturday, but showers and thunderstorms will tend to merge into longer spells of rain, giving the risk of some local flooding. 

    Feeling quite humid, with temperatures potentially as high as 25C (77F).

    Get your local Bank Holiday forecast at BBC Weather.

  4. Whitlock busts his moves all over the country

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    It's certainly been a busy week for double gold winning Olympian Max Whitlock. 

    Not content with winning three medals at the Rio Olympics, since he arrived back home on Tuesday he's been busting his moves all over the country. 

    Max Whitlock
    Maz Whitlock on BBC Breakfast
    Max Whitlock
    Max Whitlock
  5. Man jailed for second time for air arms offences

    A man from Bedford found with a shotgun in the taxi he was travelling in has been jailed for seven years. 

    Tests found DNA belonging Nazidh Shehzad, 35, on the weapon, which was in the boot along with four shotgun cartridges and a stash of heroin. 

    Shehzad had previously served a five-and-a-half jail sentence for having a sawn-off shotgun which was found in his home.

    Nazish Shehzad
    Shotgun
    Cartridges and drugs
  6. Convicted rapist showed 'no remorse'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    "You callously abused her. The psychological effects on her were very serious and likely to be long-term. The offences were pre-planned and were motivated by your desire for sexual gratification."

    Those are the words of Judge Andrew Bright, who today sentenced, Alfred Lines, 74, to over 10 years in jail for the rape and abuse of a young girl in Hertfordshire. 

    Referring to the interview with a probation officer before he was sentenced, the judge said Lines, who had been married for 50 years, had shown "self pity, not remorse".

  7. Teenage rape victim unable to 'forgive attacker'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    After Alfred Lines, 74, from Little Paxton in Cambridgeshire was sentenced to more than 10 years in jail for the rape of a young girl, the victim read a statement out at St Albans Crown Court. 

    She was aged between 11 and 12 when she was abused in Ware, Hertfordshire, and is now a teenager.

    She said: "I have been unable to grow up. I am afraid to have a boyfriend. I can't get it out of my mind that something like this will happen again. I cannot forgive him. I think he should go to prison, regardless of his age."

    St Albans Crown Court
  8. Pensioner jailed for rape of teenager

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A 74-year-old Cambridgeshire man has been jailed for 10 years and four months for the rape and sexual abuse of a young girl.  

    Alfred Lines from Little Paxton, St Neots, pleaded guilty to two charges of rape of a child under 13, two of sexual assault on a child aged under 13 and one of assault by penetration. 

    He was sentenced today at St Albans Crown Court for the attacks which happened in Ware, Hertfordshire, when the victim was aged between 11 and 12. 

    Alfred Lines
  9. Inmate dies at Woodhill prison

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man has died at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes, a coroner's officer has said. 

    The prison has come under increased scrutiny from inspectors over the number of deaths at the prison in recent years.

    The coroner's officer was notified of the latest death on Thursday afternoon.   

    Exterior view of HMP Woodhill
  10. Record-breaking bank holiday weekend expected at Luton Airport

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    This bank holiday weekend could be the busiest yet for Luton Airport, in its 78-year history. 

    Between now and Monday the airport is expecting about 200,000 passengers to arrive and depart. That's up 15% on this time last year. 

    Some of the most popular destinations this weekend, if you fancy packing your bags, are Copenhagen, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Palma De Mallorca.

    Passengers boarding a plane at Luton Airport
  11. Things hotting up in St Albans

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Temperatures of up to 24C (75F) were forecast for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire today but it seems like things are really hotting up in St Albans. 

    Weather Watcher Team amazing says the temperature hit 31C (88F) in St Albans this morning. 

    St Albans

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  12. Troke sentencing: Judge expresses sadness

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    At today's sentencing at Colchester Magistrates' Court, judge John Woollard told Leonie Troke: "I want to express the sadness that I have that nothing I could do today will have the effect of bringing Mrs Wilcox back, or repair the serious injuries caused to your daughter." 

    Troke, from Wendover in Buckinghamshire, sat in the dock with her head bowed and broke down. 

    She was ordered to do 180 hours community service, disqualified from driving for 18 months, and ordered to pay £145 in court costs and charges. 

    Colchester Magistrates' Court

    Outside court, the family of Jean Wilcox, 82, - the passenger who died in the crash -  said they were happy with the sentence.   

  13. Troke sentencing: Mother 'clipped kurb' in accident that paralysed daughter and killed pensioner

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    The judge at Colchester Magistrates' Court heard how the crash happened in July 2015 near the village of Great Wigborough in Essex when Buckinghamshire mother, Leonie Troke was driving a VW Polo. 

    Her two daughters, aged five and two, were in the back. 

    The court heard she clipped the kerb or a rut in the road, tried to correct the steering, overcompensated, and veered across to the other carriageway, crashing into a Vauxhall Astra. 

    Her five-year-old daughter Lucille suffered injuries to her liver, spleen, lungs, spine and has been left paralysed from the waist down. 

    Jan Wilcox, 82, from Waltham Cross who was a passenger in the Astra, died at the scene. 

  14. Mother who paralysed own daughter in crash given community service order

    Gareth George

    BBC Look East

    A mother who paralysed her own daughter in a crash in Essex, which also killed an elderly passenger, has been given a community service order. 

    Leonie Troke, 38, of Halton Lane, Wendover, Aylesbury, had admitted causing death by careless driving. 

    She was sentenced today at Colchester Magistrates' Court. 

    Leonie Troke
  15. In pictures part three: Airlander 10 being towed into hangar

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    This is the third and final part of a series of images taken by Steve Marshall of Martha Gwyn (aka Airlander 10), as she was being towed back into Hanger 1 at Cardington airfield. 

    She's now back safely inside and will be assessed and repaired so she can go back into the sky and continue her test flights. 

    Airlander going into hangar
    Airlander going into hangar
    Airlander back in hangar
  16. In pictures part two: Airlander 10 being towed into hangar

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Here's the next series of pictures taken by Steve Marshall as the Airlander 10 was being towed back into it's hangar yesterday afternoon after it's nose dive landing on Wednesday. 

    He said it was "totally awesome" seeing it move. 

    He was taking some photos of the open she as "its never open". Then he went round to photo Airlander 10 and when he realised it was moving he raced back to photograph it.

    Here are the images:

    Airlander being towed into hangar
    Airlander being towed into hangar
    Airlander being towed into hangar
    Airlander being towed into hangar
    Airlander being towed into hangar