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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 6 January 2017
  2. Man arrested on suspicion of murder after Letchworth 'domestic incident' death
  3. 'No legal proceedings' over Singhbury's Local sign
  4. Anguish for family after mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 36
  5. Large cars could be banned from using Buckinghamshire bridge
  6. Wycombe's Scott Kashket named Player of the Month

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Wasps

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Wasps hold off a tremendous fightback from Leicester to beat a Tigers side in their first match since Richard Cockerill's sacking.

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Watford

Watford end a run of five games without a win by beating Championship side Burton Albion in the FA Cup.

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Tomer Hemed

Championship leaders Brighton ease into the fourth round of the FA Cup with victory over MK Dons.

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Wycombe v Stourbridge

Adebayo Akinfenwa heads a late winner as League Two side Wycombe knock seventh-tier Stourbridge out of the FA Cup.

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Sean McConville

Accrington reach the FA Cup fourth round for only the second time since they reformed as Omar Beckles' goal beats Luton.

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Matt Godden

Matt Godden's hat-trick for Stevenage consigns struggling Newport County to their eighth straight League Two defeat.

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Time to say goodbye

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

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

Regular streaming will start again on Monday morning at 08:00 but if anything happens in the meantime, it will appear here. 

Sadly it's set to be another cold night, and everyone seems to be feeling it. Even the projections at Bletchley Park!

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Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, at J10 for A1081 affecting J8 for A414.

M1 Bedfordshire - Very slow traffic on M1 northbound at J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J8, A414 (Hemel Hempstead).

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Westley to return to Stevenage tomorrow

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Away from FA Cup action, a familiar face will return to Stevenage FC tomorrow

Graham Westley will be at the Lamex Stadium with his current club Newport County. 

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll told me: “Graham Westley and Dino Maamria should always be welcomed back and welcomed back in a loud and appreciative fashion for what they have done for the football club.

"Then we have got to go and win a game of football. It doesn’t matter if it is Graham Westley, Terry Venables or Chris Wilder."

Graham Westley
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Overnight weather: Feeling a tad warmer, with outbreaks of mainly patchy rain

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will be a cloudy, misty evening and night with outbreaks of generally light, patchy rain.

Less cold air moving in behind the rain, so temperatures not dropping as low overnight.

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Saturday's weather map
BBC

Tomorrow rain will clear eastwards, but it'll remain rather cloudy and rather gloomy.

Top temperature: 8C (46F).

Get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

FA Cup: What to expect

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Tomorrow it's the FA Cup Third Round so here's my assessment of our sides' chances.

On paper Watford appear to have the best opportunity to progress as they host Championship strugglers Burton. But the Hornets are struggling for form, confidence and fit players so it will be no easy ride.

Wycombe are favourites against the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, Stourbridge. The Chairboys are in terrific form and have Scott Kashket banging in the goals but the rest of the football world would like to see the visitors progress.

Wycombe Wanderers' Scott Kashket celebrates scoring his sides fifth goal
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MK Dons have the hardest task. The Dons are away to Championship leaders Brighton. Scott Neilson has lost players during the transfer window already and MK will need to do business themselves.

Luton also travel as they head to Accrington from the same division. The Hatters will have to find a midfielder to score the goals Cameron McGeehan was getting before breaking his leg. Luton would probably take a replay up north.

Michael Heseltine giving a speech at the Conservative Party conference.

Lord Heseltine is fined £5,000 for knocking a cyclist off his bike while driving his Jaguar in Northamptonshire.

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Watch: Up, up and away!

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A flight of fancy has been spotted by East Hertfordshire Rural Police...

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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, at J22 for A1081 affecting J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 blocked and stationary traffic anticlockwise at J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of an accident. Congestion to J23 A1(M).

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'No legal proceedings' against Singhbury's Local

Helen Burchell

BBC News

We've just heard back from Sainsbury's about the ongoing saga of an Aylesbury shop with a sign that looks remarkably similar to the supermarket's.

In February last year, Inderjit Singh Nagpal re-branded his shop Singhbury's Local, telling the BBC "Singh" is his name and "bury" refers to Aylesbury.

He said the supermarket chain was taking legal action against him, leading to his taking the sign down. 

Singbury's Local
BBC

A spokesperson from Sainsbury's said "no legal proceedings" had been taken but that the company "did contact the owners after customers raised their concerns with us".   

Sainsbury's Local sign
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MK hospital nearly at full capacity

Ross Hawkins

Political correspondent

Winter pressures are still being felt at our hospitals with Milton Keynes Hospital currently at 92% bed occupancy.

Joe Harrison, chief executive of the Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said patients were "struggling" to get out of hospital to go home or into another form of care.

"We have significant numbers of patients needing hospital beds, putting pressure on the system," he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

"Patients coming through our doors are clinically sicker. They have got more things that need looking after and tend to stay longer in hospital.

"We should be at 85% routinely, but quiet times are unfortunately becoming fewer."

Hospital ward
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Severe disruption: M11 Essex northbound

BBC Travel

M11 Essex northbound severe disruption, at J8 for A120.

M11 Essex - M11 lane blocked on exit slip road northbound at J8, A120 (Bishops Stortford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Watch: 'The Carla we love is no longer there'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The family of Bedfordshire mother Carla Bramall have spoken about the anguish they go through seeing her in a care home after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's three years ago. 

You can watch their heart-breaking story below. 

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Seeing daughter with Alzheimer's is 'heart-breaking'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

For Rita Pepper, seeing Carla Bramall every day but realising her daughter no longer recognises her is "heartbreaking". 

Rita, who now lives in Rushden, Northamptonshire, says since her daughter was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 36 she has seen her "deteriorate so quickly".  

Carla Bramall
Bramall family

Carla, now 39, "can no longer lift her head, she can't walk or speak and needs to be fed with soft food" she said.

Carla's children, who now live with their grandmother, no longer visit their mother as it is too upsetting for them.

Carla Bramall and Rita Pepper
Bramall family

She said: "I thought by now there’d be new treatments out there but there just isn’t anything available that can slow down the progression.

"I’m desperate for as much research as possible to go into the disease. It might be too late for Carla but I will spend the rest of my life worrying about my grandkids, and I’m not going to be around forever.”  

Win your way to the FA Cup Final

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Sign up to the FA People's Cup and you could win your way on to the hallowed Wembley Stadium turf at half-time during the FA Cup Final.

Entries are now open and you can find out all the details here.

Anguish for family after mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 36

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The family of a Bedfordshire mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer's in her 30s, are campaigning to raise awareness of the disease. 

Carla Bramall, 39, from Flitwick, no longer recognises her family, including her two children, and is in a care home. 

Carla Bramall
Bramall family

The inherited form of dementia has already claimed the life of her father Barry, her grandfather and her uncle, who were all in their 40s. Her cousin, who is a similar age to her, is also in a care home. 

Her brother Lee Bramall (pictured), from Rushden, Northamptonshire, said: "People need to recognise it happens to people in their 30s."

Carla and Lee Bramall
Bramall family

He believes Carla started getting the disease at about 27. "You think nobody at that age is going to get Alzheimer's," he said.  

Seagulls v MK Dons in the FA Cup - a preview

Johnny Cantor

BBC Sussex commentator

Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion take on MK Dons in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend. 

Here's my match preview:

Midfielder D'Ath leaves Northampton to join Luton

Caroline Densley

BBC Radio Northampton Sport

Northampton Town midfielder Lawson D'Ath has left the club and joined Luton Town for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old joined the Cobblers in 2014 and was part of last year's League Two championship-winning side, scoring four goals.

Lawson D'Ath
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Northampton Town manager Rob Page said that D'Ath's opportunities club were "limited" and it "makes sense for Lawson to move on to play regular first-team football".

D'Ath has signed a 18-month contract with the Hatters.

Lawson D'Ath

Luton Town sign midfielder Lawson D'Ath for an undisclosed fee from Northampton Town on an 18-month contract.

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Weather: Cold and frosty

BBC Weather Watchers

Our BBC Weather Watcher pictures show us it was a cold and frosty start this morning, and the cold weather looks set to stay. 

Frosty Hitchin
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Frosty Codicote
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Frosty log
BBC

Maximum Temperature: 5C (41F).   

Brothers committed 'truly despicable offences'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

During the trial of William (left) and Michael O'Donoghue (right), St Albans Crown Court heard the brothers robbed a 77-year-old man.

He was held down by the men, who said they were police officers, while they stole £13,200 from a pillow case.

Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "This was a campaign of distraction burglaries committed over three months.

"They were truly despicable offences of the most appalling type. You targeted elderly vulnerable victims in the daylight hours."

William and Michael O'Donoghue
Hertfordshire Police
Danny Rowe

Midfielder Dan Rowe joins Barrow on a loan deal until the end of the season from League Two side Wycombe.

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Brothers jailed for targeting pensioners in burglaries

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Two brothers have been jailed for their involvement in a number of distraction burglaries over three months across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.  

William O'Donoghue, 32, of Croxley View, Watford, pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court to conspiracy to burgle and robbery. He was jailed for a total of 12 years. 

Michael O'Donoghue, 39, of no fixed address, was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to burgle and was jailed for nine years. 

St Albans Crown Court
BBC

The court heard they they targeted 19 homes between August and October 2014. Their victims were aged between 73 and 99, and 11 lived in sheltered accommodation.

Co-defendant Thomas Hannifin, 24, is serving a sentence of 11 years, six months for conspiracy to burgle and robbery offences.

Arkadiusz Jozwik

A 15-year-old boy charged with manslaughter of a man who died from a single punch appears in court.

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Chairboys proud of 'man of the moment' Scott Kashket

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Wycombe Wanderers are proud of their "man of the moment" Scott Kashket who's today been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for December.

He's also rather pleased...

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Watch: Magic month for Kashket

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

So December has been a pretty good month for Wycombe's Scott Kashket

Not only has been been named Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for December, but on 3 December he scored a hat-trick to help The Chairboys cruise into the third round of the FA Cup with a 5-0 win over Chesterfield.

You can relive the goals below. 

Wycombe's Scott Kashket named Player of the Month

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

After scoring in all of December's Wycombe Wanderers league games, striker Scott Kashket has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for December.

The 20-year-old was converted from winger to striker by the Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth, who says: "He's made a real impact for us in front of goal." 

Kashket, who also scored a hat-trick in the club's second round 5-0 win over Chesterfield in the FA Cup, says he's "over the moon" with the award and hopes he "can keep that run going." 

Scott Kashket
Sky Bet

Boss Ainsworth was also shortlisted for Manager of the Month but the award went to Colchester United's John McGreal.  

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, before J19 for A41 affecting J17 for A412.

M25 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise before J19, A41 (Watford), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J17, A412 (Maple Cross).

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Whitehorn Lane

A man is arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of an elderly man is found in what police say was believed to be "domestic incident".

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Supermarket 'taking legal action' over Singhbury's Local

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

Last year, a shopkeeper in Aylesbury raised a few eyebrows when he put a sign up on his Singhbury's Local shop, which had similar branding to Sainsbury's.

Inderjit Singh Nagpal said it was nothing to do with the large supermarket chain but there was speculation the bigger company might complain.

Singhbury's Local
BBC

In October, when the sign disappeared there was more speculation that the shop had been made to take it down but the owner said it had been "temporarily removed" because water had got into it and it was being repaired.

Well, today, after being told the sign was still not back up, I went down there to speak to the owner.

Singhbury's Local
BBC

He told me that Sainsbury's had now launched legal proceedings and so he took the decision to take the sign down during that time.

The owner said he's prepared to change the colour of the sign, but not the name because he can justify it - "Singh" is his name and "bury" refers to Aylesbury - and will fight it all the way. The orange colour related to his Sikh religion, he said.

He said there should be a decision next week.

We are contacting Sainsbury's for comment.

Travel: Delays on train services between Watford and St Albans

BBC Travel

Disruption is expected until 13:00 on train services between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey after a broken-down train blocked a line. 

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Samurai sword and sawn-off shotgun seized at Luton party

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A samurai sword and sawn-off shotgun have been seized and four teenagers arrested following a party in Luton.

Bedfordshire Police said officers disrupted a group of young men who were in the vicinity of the Play Football centre in St Thomas's Road, where the party was being held last Wednesday, and a police dog recovered the weapons.

The four teenagers, all from Luton, and aged between 16 and 19, have been bailed and detectives have asked anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in the area to come forward anonymously.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after Letchworth 'domestic incident' death

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A 60-year-old man from Letchworth Garden City has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 85-year-old man died at a house in the town on Wednesday.

Whitethorn Lane, Letchworth Garden City
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Hertfordshire Police said officers were called to reports of a domestic incident at an address in Whitethorn Lane and found an elderly man and a man in his 60s with serious injuries inside.

The older man was pronounced dead at the scene and the younger man was taken to hospital for treatment but is expected to make a full recovery.

Det Insp Justine Jenkins, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, called it an "isolated incident".

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this tragedy and investigations remain ongoing," she said.

Marlow Bridge: Police to carry out 'targeted enforcement' of weight limit

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Thames Valley Police has confirmed it will be carrying out "targeted enforcement" of Marlow Bridge’s three-tonne weight limit after it had to be closed last year when a 38-tonne lorry attempted to cross it .

Insp Scott Long said: "We are taking all violations of the weight limit very seriously, due to the impact on the town’s residents and businesses of the two-month closure of the bridge after an HGV collided with it in September.

"We are working with Transport for Buckinghamshire to come to a solution, and would like to reinforce the message to drivers that ignoring the weight restriction could result in penalties.”

Marlow Bridge: A 'difficult problem to solve'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Buckinghamshire County Council has been explaining the complications of trying the enforce the three-tonne weight restriction on Marlow Bridge.

Marlow Bridge
Paul Merchant/My Marlow

Conservative county councillor Mark Shaw said it was a "difficult problem to solve" because it was "likely that many drivers do not realise how little three tonnes is".

"A Range Rover carrying four people and their shopping could easily exceed three tonnes," he said.

"As such, we will be trying to educate local residents on identifying the weight of their vehicles if they are regular users of the bridge."

There are measures in place to deter heavier vehicles from crossing the bridge already, such as width-restricting bollards, but Mr Shaw said this "does not put off all drivers".

Transport for Buckinghamshire was investigating other potential deterrents and liaising closely with Thames Valley Police to discuss closer monitoring and enforcement of the weight limit, he said.