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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 7 October 2016
  2. A large fire breaks out at Cosgrove Hall
  3. The Grade II-listed hall is in Northamptonshire on the edge of Milton Keynes
  4. The hall's been completed gutted in the blaze which began in the afternoon
  5. Ambulance service says no-one has been hurt
  6. Marlow 'open for business' following bridge damage
  7. Boy, 12, in £100k cancer treatment fight
  8. More than £1m spent on translation services at Luton Borough Council
  9. Police dog Finn is 'recovering fantastically' after stabbing

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  2. Goodbye for now

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

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

    For the later part of the afternoon we've been reporting on the devastating fire at Cosgrove Hall. You can see a report from our reporter Stuart Ratcliffe on Look East tonight from 18:30 on BBC One. 

    Any other reports will be brought to you here. 

    We'll be back with rolling news, sport, travel and weather reports from 08:00 on Monday. 

    In the meantime, have a great weekend. 

  3. Cosgrove Hall fire: Firefighters may be there into the night

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    It's a sad sight here in Cosgrove.

    Looking into the building there are few flames popping up inside and for the fire service it's just a case of dampening down any hot spots.

    Crews have told me they will be here for a while, maybe into the night to make sure the fire doesn't restart.

    But it looks like there isn't much left to burn. 

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, at J12 for A5120 affecting J14 for A509.

    M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and long delays on M1 London-bound at J12, A5120 (Flitwick), because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion to J14, A509 (Milton Keynes).

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  5. Weather: Rather cloudy, but staying mostly dry

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    There'll be little change from earlier through this evening and overnight, with often cloudy skies and the odd shower possible. 

    Whilst the moderate easterly breeze will gradually ease, it will remain chilly with a minimum temperature of 11C (52F).

    Map of the east

    The cloudy skies could potentially bring a few further showers through tomorrow. Some brighter or sunny spells are likely as it peaks at 16C (61F).

    Get your local forecast from BBC Weather.

  6. Cosgrove Hall fire: Flames dampened down, but building gutted

    Stuart Ratcliffe

    BBC Look East

    I've just arrived at Cosgrove Hall and the building on the inside looks totally destroyed...

    Cosgrove Hall
    cosgrove hall

    Engines had to bring extra water to tackle the fire...

    Fire Engine
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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J24 for A111 and J25 for A10 affecting J21 for M1.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down lorry. Congestion to J21 M1.

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  9. Cosgrove Hall fire: No injuries

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    East Midlands Ambulance Service has just told us that no-one has been hurt in the Cosgrove Hall fire. 

    Paramedics attended but have since left as there was no-one to treat. 

  10. Cosgrove Hall fire: Flames seen in the distance

    This photo was taken by Simon Phillips from Wolverton and shows Cosgrove Hall on fire in the distance.

    Cosgrove Hall fire
  11. Cosgrove Hall fire: In pictures

    Here's the latest pictures of the blaze at Cosgrove Hall.

    It's in the small Northamptonshire village of Cosgrove, near the border with Buckinghamshire.

    It is a Grade II-listed building from the 18th Century and is privately owned and has 16 bedrooms.

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    cosgove hall
  12. Cosgrove Hall fire: Fire service called to Grade II-listed house in mid-afternoon

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue says the fire was reported to them at 14:38.

    Firefighters from nearby counties are assisting the blaze at Cosgrove Hall. 

    We've just been told that crews from Great Holm, Newport Pagnell, Bletchley and Bedfordshire are helping. 

    There are no reports of any injuries at this stage, says the fire service.

  13. Cosgrove Hall fire: Calls in to emergency services

    David Keller

    BBC News

    We've got various calls in to the emergency services to see what we can find out about this blaze at Cosgrove Hall in south Northamptonshire, near Milton Keynes. We'll bring you the latest when we have it.

    Do you have any photos or videos of the blaze? Then drop us an email, tweet or Facebook message.

  14. Cosgrove Hall fire: Six crews from Northants along with engines from Bucks at blaze

    Sarah Foster

    BBC Radio Northampton

    Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue has confirmed there is a major fire at Cosgrove Hall on the county border with Buckinghamshire.

    There are at least six crews from Northamptonshire there, along with engines from the neighbouring county.

    It's likely some local roads will be affected. It's unclear at the moment if major roads will be affected.

    More details to follow.

  15. BreakingFire at Cosgrove Hall

    We're getting reports that fire crews from Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire are attending a fire at Cosgrove Hall. 

    We'll bring you more information as soon as we have it. 

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    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Signs have appeared around Marlow making it clear the town is open for business, after its suspension bridge was shut last month following damage by an overweight lorry.

    They've been made with the approval of Bucks Highways after local businesses claimed they're losing thousands of pounds in revenue, as people can't get to them. 

    Signs in Marlow

    They'll be placed by diversion signs to try and help confused motorists get around the area easier.

    Marlow suspension bridge
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