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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 14 October 2016
  2. Murder investigation launched after post-mortem examination on woman's body
  3. Teenager assaulted in Beaconsfield
  4. Govia Thameslink Rail admits its service has 'not been good enough'
  5. Stabbed police dog getting back to his 'old self'

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Tom Rostance

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Jose Holebas' fine strike settles a poor game as Watford's win leaves Middlesbrough still looking for a first home win of the season.

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Wasps open their Champions Cup campaign with a dazzling 12-try defeat of under-powered Italians Zebre.

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Severe accident: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe accident, between J13 for A30 and J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J13, A30 (Staines) and J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of an accident involving a lorry.

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Goodbye for now

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

We'll be back with regular updates from 08:00 on Monday morning, but if anything breaks you can read it here first. 

Remember to watch Milton Keynes' Greg Rutherford, who'll hopefully be on fire again on Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing

Greg Rutherford
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Have a great weekend.

Severe accident: A355 Buckinghamshire both ways

BBC Travel

A355 Buckinghamshire both ways severe accident, near Tower Road.

A355 Buckinghamshire - A355 Amersham Road in Coleshill, Amersham blocked and queuing traffic near the Tower Road junction, because of an accident involving car and a motorbike.

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Weather: Rain around, but also sunny spells

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of patchy rain spreading across eastern parts of the region. Staying drier across the west, with lows around 9-11C (48-52F).

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Tomorrow there may be a few light showers at first, but otherwise it will be a largely dry day with sunny spells - especially during the early afternoon. Highs of around 16-17C (61-63F).

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

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Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

MK teenager prepares for karting World Championships

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

It's been a great season for 15-year-old Joe Turney.

The Milton Keynes teenager has not only won the British and European title, but he's also heading to Italy this weekend to take part in the karting World Championships.

I've been to see him in action...

Milton Keynes teenager gets ready to compete in the karting World Championships.

Aylesbury police officer sacked for swearing at pensioner

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A detective who swore at an elderly motorist in Milton Keynes has been sacked by Thames Valley Police.

A four-day misconduct hearing heard Kerri Driver hurled abuse at the man in Beanhill last November, while off-duty from her job based at Aylesbury Police station.

It also found in a seperate occasion that month she assaulted a female officer in Buckingham. 

She was found to have breached the Standard of Professional Behaviour on two occasions in respect of Authority, Respect and Courtesy, and Discreditable Conduct.

Teenager prepares for karting World Championships

Milton Keynes teenager gets ready to compete in the karting World Championships.
It's been a great season for 15-year-old Joe Turney. 

The Milton Keynes teenager has not only won the British and European title, but he's also heading to Italy to take part in the karting World Championships. 

BBC Look East Sports Editor Jonathan Park has been to see him in action.

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J5 for A4 and J4B for M25 affecting J7 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J7, A4 (Slough West).

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Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for B4009 and J7 for A40.

M40 Oxfordshire - Slow traffic on M40 northbound between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J7, A40 (Thame), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.

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'It's photographed more than anything else'

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

Bob Jewell lives opposite this red telephone box in Milton Keynes village.

He told me: "Visitors think it's wonderful. It's photographed more than anything else in the village. Foreigners love it."

He said wedding photos are also taken by it. 

Mr Jewell is thinking of giving it a lick of paint himself as it's looking a bit tired and he hopes it can be saved.

Red phone box in Milton Keynes village
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He says it's played a large part in his nearly 60-year relationship with his wife. 

"Linda was living in the village. We both didn't have a phone and our only means of communication was the two telephone boxes – the other being in Sherrington.

"I would arrange to ring her at a certain time. She used the phone box in Milton Keynes village every other day."

Red phone box could be removed in Milton Keynes

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

After finding out that payphone boxes could soon be a thing of the past in Milton Keynes, I've been on the search to find the one red phone box that's set to be decommissioned by BT. 

It couldn't be in a more idyllic spot in Milton Keynes village, next to a pub and bus stop. 

Red phone box in Milton Keynes Village
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This is the notice that's appeared inside. 

Payphone kiosk removal notice
BBC

The good news is this booth doesn't have to be scrapped, but it could be adopted by the community for £1 and turned into.. well, whatever local people want it to be.

My idea is to open up my own coffee shop here. 

Payphones could soon disappear in Milton Keynes

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A consultation has started on removing 65 phone boxes from across Milton Keynes. 

BT says the payphones could be removed as usage has fallen by more than 90% in the last 10 years. 

It says it will only affect one red phone box in Milton Keynes village. 

Phone box in Milton Keynes
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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J21 for M1 and J20 for A41.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J21 M1 and J20, A41 (Kings Langley), because of a broken down lorry.

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'Suspicious device' found in back garden 'lead piping'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A police cordon has now been lifted in Gilston in Hertfordshire. 

Police were called this morning after builders thought they had discovered a "suspicious device" in the garden. 

It's just been confirmed it's nothing dangerous and it's thought to be lead piping. 

All roads in the area have now re-opened. 

There's no "clue" yet if Colonel Mustard was involved... 

Bust of William the Conqueror unveiled in Hertfordshire

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A bronze bust of William the Conqueror has been unveiled at Berkhamsted Castle in Hertfordshire.

Bust of William the Conqueror
Benjamin Mole

It's where William accepted the English crown, following the defeat of King Harold in 1066. 

Bust of William the Conqueror
Benjamin Mole

The sculpture was designed by Peter Walker, artist in residence at Lichfield Cathedral (pictured below). 

Bust and Peter Walker
Benjamin Mole

People even wanted a selfie with the artist and William...

Peter Walker having a selfie
Benjamin Mole

It's part of celebrations to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.  

Watford: Decision time for Mazzarri on playing Success

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford striker Isaac Success could start his first Premier League game at Middlesbrough on Sunday. 

The Hornets record signing scored his first goal for the club in the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth prior to the international break. 

He did pick up an injury in that game and Watford boss Walter Mazzarri now has to decide whether to pick him from the start at the weekend. 

"The only thing I need to check now is if he's got 90 minutes in him and if he has recovered completely from injury in the last game," said Mazzarri.

Isaac Success
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Johnston in the lead at British Masters being played in Hertfordshire

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Barnet’s Andrew Johnston is the current joint clubhouse leader at the British Masters at the Grove in Hertfordshire. 

The golfer, known as "Beef", shot a -6 round of 65 today to put him to -10. 

Sweden's Alex Noren is on the same score with Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and England’s Tommy Fleetwood a shot further back. 

Andrew Johnston
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There are two more days of play at the Grove.  

Nadiya Hussain: The Great British Bake Off winner signs BBC deal

Last year's Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has signed a deal to front programmes on the BBC.

Nadiya Hussain
BBC

Hussain, from Milton Keynes, said she would continue to make films for The One Show and develop "other exciting programme ideas".

She said making the BBC her "home" would give her "the scope to work across such a unique range of diverse and interesting projects".

There had been speculation that she could be involved in The Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4.

Pictures: Bomb squad called to 'suspicious device' in Gilston

Members of the Royal Logistics Corps Bomb Disposal Unit are currently assessing the "suspicious device" found in the Hertfordshire village of Gilston, near Harlow.

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Golfer, 91, hits third hole-in-one of career

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

There is one thing I have in common with 91-year-old John Bush, we've both got a hole-in-one! 

The bad news is I only have one, and John has three. 

The golfer, whose regular four-ball has a combined age of 358, struck on the par-three 21st of the 27-hole Stoke Park Country Club in Buckinghamshire. 

John Bush
BBC

He now gets to have his name engraved on the Hole In One Decanter, again! 

Hole In One Decanter
BBC

If you look closely enough you can see his name etched on here two times before, which he got when he was in his 80s.  

Hole In One Decanter
BBC

The oldest golfer to score a hole-in-one is thought to be 103-year-old Gus Andreone, who achieved the feat in Florida in 2014.

Bomb squad called to Hertfordshire village

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Hertfordshire Police has confirmed it was called at 10:35 after a suspicious device was found in the grounds of a property in Pye Corner, Gilston, as reported in our newspaper round-up.

The force said a device was found underground by builders who were carrying out work. 

A 200m cordon is in place and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has been notified. 

Redricks Lane is currently closed. We'll bring you more when we can.

Local news round-up: Police cordon off part of Hertfordshire village, a bridge too far and more...

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Here's a round-up of some of the stories on today's local news sites: 

  • A cordon has been established after a suspicious device was found in the village of Gilston, reports the Hertfordshire Mercury
  • The Milton Keynes Citizen says a 78-year-old woman who was hit by a car in Milton Keynes is hoping she can be reunited with those who helped her - and has a warning for elderly motorists
  • A petition of more than 540 signatures calling for the removal of a Bedford bridge has failed to make changes at a council meeting, reports the Bedfordshire On Sunday

Chief of Bedfordshire Police appoints experts in Stakeknife investigation

Six international policing experts have been appointed by the chief constable of Bedfordshire Police, Jon Boutcher, to oversee an investigation into the activities of the alleged IRA spy, Stakeknife.

Stakeknife, named in the media in 2003 as Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci, was alleged to have infiltrated the IRA but has also been implicated in 50 murders.

He denies all the allegations.

Fred Scappaticci
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Operation Kenova is being led by the Bedfordshire chief constable, who was appointed in June.  

Man seriously hurt after being stamped on the head in Bedford

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man has been left with serious injuries after being stamped on the head in the middle of Bedford. 

Police say at about 04:00 on Sunday he was walking with a friend along Mill Street by the George and Dragon pub when they were approached by three Asian men, coming from the direction of Lurke Street. 

Mill Street in Bedford
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After a row, one of the men knocked the victim to the floor and stamped on his head. The victim then lost consciousness.

One of the group then threatened a bystander with a weapon before leaving the scene. 

Extra police patrols in Gerrard's Cross after murder inquiry launched

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 58-year-old man from Gerrard's Cross remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder. 

It's after a murder investigation was launched when the body of a woman in her 30s was found at a house in High Beeches in the town early on Monday evening. 

Supt Yvette Hitch, from Thames Valley Police, said: "This is a concerning incident, as a result we have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the public." 

High Beeches
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Video: Drugs dealer rams police cars

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

Here's another chance to watch the moment disabled drugs dealer Marvin Douglas was arrested on the A1 in Bedfordshire.

Douglas was jailed in June 2015 for conspiracy to supply cocaine and he's just failed to get his sentence reduced, which also included time for smuggling banned items into HMP Norwich.

Click on the video below for another chance to see the drugs gang boss ramming two police cars:

Drugs boss flips car in escape bid

Luton used to house homeless people in Milton Keynes

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The idea to house homeless people in different towns isn't anything new. 

Tom Shaw, the Labour councillor in charge of housing at Luton Borough Council, says three years ago the authority had to house homeless people in Milton Keynes, and now Milton Keynes Council is doing the reverse by moving people into Unity House. 

He says he "can't object to the idea" as Luton needs to find two and three bedroom properties, rather than bedsits and one bedroom flats which Unity House has.

Unity House
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Housing homeless MK people in Luton 'will save £1m a year'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The decision to house homeless people from Milton Keynes in Luton has been taken because it's "cost-effective".

Those are the words of Nigel Long, Labour cabinet member for wellbeing at Milton Keynes Council, who said the current state of the housing crisis in MK is "horrendous", as it has to house 500 families. 

He explained the council has had to look further afield for homes "because of government policy and cuts", which means it can't build enough properties in the area.

He said the plan to move people out of bed and breakfasts 20 miles away to Luton will save about £1m a year, but the cost to taxi children to school hasn't been factored into that figure. 

Unity House
Google

Disabled prisoner fails in bid to get jail term cut

Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

A disabled drugs dealer who was caught hiding banned items between his buttocks and in his prosthetic legs in Norwich Prison has failed in his bid to get his jail term slashed.

Marvin Douglas, 35, previously of Westcroft, Milton Keynes, was caged for nine years and nine months at St Albans Crown Court in June 2015. He'd admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine, possessing criminal property and dangerous driving.

Marvin Douglas, police photo
Bedfordshire Police

In December at Cambridge Crown Court, Douglas was given an extra nine months after admitting two counts of having electronic communication devices in prison. 

He received another 12 months at Norwich Crown Court on 5 July this year after admitting three counts of unauthorised possession of mobile phones, chargers and SIM cars in jail.

Douglas, who lost the use of his legs as a result of a car crash, was a serving prisoner at HMP Norwich when he committed his latest crimes, and was waiting sentence for the first possession offences.

Exterior of Norwich Prison, with open wire gates
BBC

At London's Appeal Court yesterday, his lawyers argued the latest 12 month jail term, on top of the years he was already serving, was too tough. His appeal was dismissed.  

Homeless people from Milton Keynes set to move into Luton tower block

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Homeless people in Milton Keynes are set to be housed over 20 miles away in Luton. 

Milton Keynes Council has signed a deal with a developer to rent a converted old town centre office block, called Unity House.

The authority says it will fund taxis to transport children to schools in MK.

Unity House
Google

Stabbed police dog getting back to his 'old self'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Over the past week messages of goodwill have been flooding in across social media to wish PD Finn, the police dog who was stabbed in Stevenage, well. 

As the photo below shows, he's received many "get well" cards and is now at home recovering. 

We've been told he's "started to get a little cheeky" and is "more like his old self."

His owner, PC Dave Wardell, says the dog "has a home for life with me, I can't imagine life without him".

PD Finn
BCH Police Dogs

Teenager assaulted in Beaconsfield

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Extra police patrols are to take place around schools in Beaconsfield this morning, after a 12-year-old girl was assaulted yesterday

It happened at about 08:10 as the girl was walking along Minerva Way towards Beaconsfield town centre. She went to help a man in woodland near Wilton Park and was assaulted.

She received minor injuries and was kept in hospital overnight for observation. The offender was a white man, 5ft 9ins tall, bald, of normal build but carrying a slight weight and wearing all black clothing. 

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire both ways

BBC Travel

M4 Berkshire both ways severe disruption, at J6 for A355 Slough affecting J5 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M4 in Slough at J6, A355 (Slough), because of a broken down car. Congestion to J5, A4 (Langley).

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Govia Thameslink Rail admits its service has 'not been good enough'

BBC News England

The boss of Govia Thameslink Rail, which operates the Thameslink and Great Northern services, has admitted "our service on parts of the franchise has not been good enough", but said the issues raised from the Transport Select Committee report were already public.

Peterborough station
BBC

GTR's chief executive Charles Horton, said: "Our passengers have already seen 400 new vehicles on our network in the past two years [and] extended smart card technology across our network.

"We remain committed and determined to modernise the railway and deliver a better service for everyone."

MPs urge ministers to 'get a grip' of rail franchises

BBC News England

MPs say Govia rail passengers have suffered a "woeful" service for more than a year.

The Transport Committee says the government should be prepared to restructure or terminate the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchises, operated by Govia Thameslink Railway.

thamslink
PA

Ministers were urged to "get a grip" on monitoring rail franchise agreements.

Committee chairman Louise Ellman said passengers must be "furious, and rightly so".

Weather: Early sunshine possible but turning cloudier

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It will be a dry start with some sunny spells, but cloud will thicken through this afternoon, with outbreaks of rain spreading in from the south east towards evening.

Feeling cool under the cloud cover with outbreaks of rain affecting mainly eastern parts. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). BBC Weather has more.

Murder investigation launched after post-mortem examination on woman's body

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A murder investigation is under way after a post-mortem examination on the body of a woman found dead in a house in Gerrard's Cross, Buckinghamshire.

Police jacket
BBC

A 58-year-old man from the town has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police were called to a property in High Beeches at about 17:50 on Monday following a report a woman in her 30s had died. 

Following a post-mortem examination yesterday, Thames Valley Police launched a murder investigation. 

Officers are appealing for information and patrols have been increased in the area to reassure the public.