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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 25 November 2016
  2. Marlow bridge reopens after overweight lorry damaged it two months ago
  3. Mary Berry switches on Marlow town Christmas lights
  4. Lewis Hamilton heads Nico Rosberg in first practice of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Rob Miller

    Rob Miller scores two tries in two minutes in the second half as Wasps secure a bonus-point win over Sale.

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  2. Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Charlie Adam is congratulated by his team-mates during Stoke City's win at Watford

    Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    An own goal by Heurelho Gomes earns Stoke City a deserved win as Watford are beaten at home for the first time since August.

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  3. Time to say goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    It's the end of the week for all of us here at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

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

    If anything big happens in the meantime, it will be reported on this stream. 

    But one piece of good news we'll be hoping for this weekend is Lewis Hamilton retaining the Formula 1 World Championship.

    He needs to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and hope that Nico Rosberg finishes lower than third. 

    Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart isn't too sure Lewis can do it - but we're backing the Stevange boy all the way! 

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    Video caption: Sir Jackie Stewart gives 2016 F1 World Championship prediction
  4. Bus subsidies cut or removed completely

    Deborah McGurran

    BBC East political editor

    Bus subsidies in Luton have been removed. There will be no subsidy in future after £314,500 was cut. 

    Since 2010, 83% of Bedford Borough's subsidies for buses has been slashed - a saving of £3,661,200.

    Milton Keynes has lost 50% of its subsidies in the past six years, making a saving £1,290,820. 

    Central Bedfordshire's subsidies have also been cut by a third since 2010. The Unitary Authority has reduced its financial support by £602,060.

    Research by BBC Sunday Politics East shows £13m has been cut from bus services across the East, where spending has dropped by 10% to £3.64 per passenger.

    Bedford Bus
    Image caption: Bus services in Bedford Borough have seen an 83% cut in subsidies

    The Bus Bill, currently going through parliament, aims to give local councils more of a say in bus services – allowing collaboration with private companies and franchising opportunities.

    But some of the new powers would only be granted to councils with elected mayors.

    Lianna Etkind, of the Campaign for Better Transport, was against that proviso. "We think that whether or not you have an elected mayor, you should be able to depend on a regular, frequent and affordable bus service," she said.

    Research by the Campaign for Better Transport says subsidies to routes nationwide have been reduced by £78m since 2010, with another £27m under threat this year.

    You can see more on this story on BBC Sunday Politics East, on Sunday at 11:00 on BBC One.

  5. Weather: Becoming cloudy with mist and fog

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    A dry evening and night, with long clear spells across the BBC East region.

    Becoming increasingly cloudy, with mist and fog patches forming, becoming quite thick in places.

    Temperatures falling to 0-2C (32F-35F).

    Weather graphic for Saturday 14:00

    After a chilly and foggy start, Saturday will be dry with sunny spells, but becoming cloudy later.

    Temperatures will reach 10C (50F).

    You can find more details on BBC Weather.

  6. Harpenden panto needs a 'leg-up'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A Hertfordshire pantomime company needs your help - oh yes, it does.

    The producers of Cinderella in Harpenden are after a false right leg for a scene when the Ugly Sister's try on the glass slipper. 

    It needs to fit a size four shoe, be ready from 10 to 22 December and be available for all performances, including the matinees!

    Cinderella's slipper in Harpendon
  7. Man who stabbed dog given jail sentence

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man who stabbed a dog with a knife in Luton has been given a 16-month jail sentence. 

    Kirtney Burke, 37, attacked Bob the Staffordshire bull terrier following a row over money.

    Judge Philip Bartle QC described the attack, which was witnessed by two young children, as "astonishingly gratuitous violence on a defenceless animal who was no threat whatsoever."

    Burke, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to criminal damage by causing a major injury to a dog, and possessing an offensive weapon.

    The dog survived the attack, after specialist vet treatment costing £5,000.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J16 for M40 and J15 for M4.

    M25 Buckinghamshire - M25 blocked and stationary traffic anticlockwise between J16 M40 and J15 M4, because of an accident.

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  9. Watch: Pupils' perfect posing

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    If it's good enough for Hillary Clinton, Ant and Dec and PD Finn then it's good enough for staff and pupils in Buckinghamshire!

    We spotted this video of the #mannequinchallenge taken by Heatherton House school in Amersham. 

    What's impressed me the most is getting all those students to keep still for so long - I know my five-year- old couldn't do it!

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  10. Man jailed for 'horrendous and violent rape'

    A man who offered to give a Hemel Hempstead woman a lift home, but then raped her, has been jailed for 12 years.

    Stefan Padure, 31, from Windmill Road in the town, offered to take the woman in her 40s home but instead drove her to the rear of a shopping centre and raped her. 

    Hertfordshire police say after the "horrendous and violent attack", he acted like nothing had happened and began to drive her home. 

    He previously pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and assault by penetration at Luton Crown Court but was sentenced today. 

    Stefan Padure

    He previously pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and assault by penetration at Luton Crown Court but was sentenced today.   

  11. Teenager grabbed by man in Hertfordshire

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A schoolgirl's been grabbed by a man in Oxhey near Watford

    The 13-year-old was walking on Hillcroft Crescent towards Brookdene Avenue before school yesterday morning when a man got out of a van and grabbed her by the arm. 

    She hit him with her school bag and ran off. 

    He's described as white, aged between 35 and 45, of slight build and short brown hair and was wearing a brown jacket and jeans.  

  12. School video raises awareness of mental health

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A school says it's had "unprecedented support" after posting a moving and thought-provoking video to raise awareness of mental health problems.

    Bedford School created the film Fighting the Battle Together that shows the fictional story of Fraser Dingwall, a rugby player who's battling depression. 

    Rugby player

    So far the video, which you can see on YouTube, has been watched more than 80,000 times and has been shared to thousands. 

    A spokesperson for the school said: "We thought the video was incredible, but we never thought we would get this much positive support. We are so proud. It really seems to have hit the right mark."

  13. Bedford Blues get ready for Friday night kick-off

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    In rugby, Bedford have a Championship match at Goldington Road tonight. 

    The Blues take on London Scottish in a 19:45 kick-off. 

    Mike Rayer's side will be looking to follow-up last week's win at London Welsh.

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  14. New manager still needed for MK Dons

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    The search for a new MK Dons manager continues nearly five weeks after the club parted company with Karl Robinson (right). 

    The former Dons boss is now in charge at Charlton and will face the Dons in the FA Cup at The Valley on 3 December. 

    Caretaker manager Richie Barker (left) hopes a new manager is in place by then.

    Richie Barker and Karl Robinson
  15. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton fastest in second practice

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer in Sao Paulo

    Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton was fastest in both practice sessions at the start of the weekend that will decide the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship.

    The Briton headed title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.079 seconds in the second session, at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina track. He was 0.374secs quicker in first practice.

    Hamilton is 12 points behind the German and has to win the race and hope his Brackley-based Mercedes team-mate finishes lower than third, in order to win the championship.

    Lewis Hamilton
  16. Henry Huggins death: Further charges for attack pair

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Two men have been charged with the murder and manslaughter of a man in Luton, two years after they were convicted of his assault.

    Henry Huggins

    Henry Huggins, 48, was left in a coma after an attack in Whipperly Ring in October 2013 and died in June 2015.

    Stuart Docherty - convicted of causing grievous bodily harm in November 2014 - is now charged with murder.

    James Early, who was convicted of causing actual bodily harm, is now accused of manslaughter.

    The charges came after the case was re-examined by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) following the death of Mr Huggins.

    The pair appeared before magistrates in Luton who sent the cases to the crown court.

    Bedfordshire Police has made a fresh appeal for people who might have information about the attack to come forward. 

  17. Weather: Dry and sunny, but with a brisk wind

    BBC Weather Watchers

    There have been some lovely spells of sunshine today, as this BBC Weather Watchers picture from Hertford shows.

    The bad news is it should become more cloudy by the evening, with brisk north-easterly winds. 

    Hertford

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). BBC Weather has more.

  18. Video: Leighton Buzzard garage offers 'full flight' experience

    Kate Scotter

    BBC News

    Discover how you can learn how to fly a full-sized Boeing 737 from a Leighton Buzzard man's garage...

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    Video caption: Leighton Buzzard pilot's Boeing 737 simulator in garage
  19. Bad November for Thameslink customers

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Trains on the Thameslink line have had their worst month for delays in six years. 

    In the four weeks up to 12 November, just 63% of trains arrived within five minutes of their scheduled time according to Network Rail data. 

    Almost one in five trains was cancelled or significantly late during the period. 

    Thameslink says it was affected by a number of incidents, including major damage to overhead wires in Luton, a track fire at Blackfriars and engineering works overrunning at West Hampstead. 

    Damaged power line in Luton