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Alex Pope

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  1. Millwall's Steve Morison celebrates scoring against Watford

    Steve Morison puts League One Millwall into the last 16 of the FA Cup as his 85th-minute volley knocks out Premier League Watford.

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    Severe accident: M25 Berkshire clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Berkshire clockwise severe accident, at J15 for M4 affecting J13 for A30.

    M25 Berkshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise at J15 M4, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Congestion to J13, A30 (Staines).

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  3. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it from all of us here on the Beds, Herts and Bucks live news feed. 

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather. 

    Tonight we'll be keeping our fingers crossed for Milton Keynes singer Holly Brewer, who's hoping you'll be "Making Your Mind Up" and voting for her to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest. 

    She'll be performing "I Wish I Love You More" tonight live on You Decide, on BBC Two at 19:30, where you can vote for your favourite singer.

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    Video caption: Holly Brewer's Eurovision: You Decide song
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    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, before J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

    M1 Bedfordshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M1 northbound before J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of an accident.

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  5. Send your good luck messages to the Chairboys

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Meanwhile, Wycombe Wanderers supporters are being encouraged to send good luck messages to the Chairboys ahead of the FA Cup tie against Tottenham.

    The club said Twitter posts with #GoodLuckAtTheLane will be collated here and shown to the players before the game. 

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  6. Drinker loses appeal bid to overturn conviction for pub murder

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A second attempt by a drinker to have a murder conviction overturned has failed at the Court of Appeal. 

    Stuart James Layden, 34, from Harlow in Essex, was one of a gang who attacked Ian Church, 40, outside the Bricklayer's Arms in Great Yarmouth in May 2012.

    Stuart Layden

    His conviction for a "joint enterprise" murder along with four others in 2013, was quashed on appeal in 2015. 

    A retrial at Norwich Crown Court last year re-convicted him of the murder and he was again jailed for life. 

    Today Lord Justice Treacy, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, heard him mount an attack on the jury's guilty verdict and then dismissed his application for permission to appeal. 

    Mr Church was kicked and stamped upon after being knocked to the ground outside the pub and died of brain injuries. 

    Lawyers for Layden had argued that there remained a "lurking doubt" about his involvement in the attack.

    Dismissing the application, Lord Justice Treacy said: "It was for the jury to sift and analyse these shocking events, which happened at night over a short period of time - that is what juries do."

  7. Wycombe Wanderers prepare for Spurs game

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    There is great interest in a possible FA Cup giant killing on Saturday and yesterday cameras were allowed into Wycombe Wanderers' training session, ahead of their fourth round match against Spurs on Saturday.

    They also caught The Beast - aka Adebayo Akinfenwa - getting in some training in the gym.

    Wycombe Wanderers
    Wycombe Wanderers
    Wycombe Wanderers Adebayo Akinfenwa
  8. Weather: Cloudy with patchy light rain

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Occasional clear spells overnight, but generally cloudy with outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain in a moderate breeze across the BBC East region.

    Weather chart

    Less cold tomorrow but expect a cloudy day with some further outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain. 

    There's a chance of sunshine in the west of the region before sundown. 

    Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F)

    More details from BBC Weather

  9. Mystery after man found with head injuries in Royston

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Police are trying to find out how a man ended up with serious head injuries in Royston in the early hours of Wednesday.  

    They say the 65-year-old man had been near Morrisons and Princes Mews at about 00:40. 

    He was taken to hospital, but has since been released. 

    Police are keen to talk to anyone who saw anything, including two men who were in the area at the time.

    Morrisons supermarket
  10. Big Garden Birdwatch: 'Charismatic migrants' expected in UK gardens

    As well as blue tits and house sparrows, unusual migrant birds could be spotted in our gardens during the RSPB's annual birdwatch.

    More than half a million people are expected to take part in this year's Big Garden Birdwatch

    The Bedfordshire-based RSPB said people may be able to spot Scandinavian visitors such as waxwings (pictured), redwings and fieldfares.

    The charity said the birds had left their homelands to feed on the UK's bumper berry crop.

  11. Watch the birdie!

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    For nearly 40 years now the Bedfordshire-based RSPB has been asking members of the public to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, but this year it's been extended by a day. 

    The charity is asking as many people as possible to log the birds that land in their garden in an hour and it can be completed on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. 

    Rupert Masefield said the data was compiled to "build a picture about how different birds are doing". 

    Robin in garden in Sharnbrook

    Last year the most spotted bird in Bedfordshire was the house sparrow, but in Hertfordshire it was the blue tit.   

  12. Helen Bailey: More photos released of cesspit under garage

    The photos below have been released today by Hertfordshire Police.

    Accessing a cesspit

    They were shown at St Albans Crown Court today when the jury heard how experts spent two days recovering Helen Bailey's body from the cesspit in her garage.

    Garage floor

    The former well is where the 51-year-old's body was found in July. 


    Only Ms Bailey's elbow was visible when police first looked inside the deep well, jurors at St Albans Crown Court heard.

    Opening up of the cesspit

    Her fiancé, Ian Stewart, 56, denies murder, preventing a lawful burial, fraud and three counts of perverting the course of justice.

    Search and rescue by the cesspit

    The case continues.   

  13. Helen Bailey: Photos shown to jury of crews accessing cesspit

    A series of photos have been released by police which were shown to the St Albans Crown Court jury in the trial over the death of Helen Bailey.

    Helen Bailey's home in Royston

    They were taken at the Royston home the author shared with her partner Ian Stewart, who denies murder.

    The garage of Helen Bailey's home

    They show the process taken to recover the 51-year-old's body found in the cesspit under their garage.   

    Digging a hole
    A hole in the cesspit
  14. Helen Bailey: Court hears her Arsenal season tickets were renewed during her disappearance

    The jury in the trial of Ian Stewart, accused of murdering his partner Helen Bailey, has heard how her two season tickets for Arsenal football club were renewed more than a month after her death in April.

    At the time police had been searching for the 51-year-old Royston writer after she was reported missing by Mr Stewart, 56.

    The case at St Albans Crown Court heard Ms Bailey was a keen Arsenal supporter and a season ticket holder.

    Helen Bailey

    A statement by Det Con Helen Richmond was read out and she said she contacted the club as part of her investigations.

    She said she was informed by the club that all the season ticket holder renewals had been sent out on 12 May last year. 

    Ms Richmond said she was then told that two season tickets held in Ms Bailey's name had been renewed and paid for over the telephone on 16 May, using funds from Ms Bailey's sole Barclays Bank account.

    Mr Stewart, of Baldock Road, Royston, denies murder, preventing a lawful burial, fraud and three counts of perverting the course of justice.

    The trial continues.

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    Severe accident: M1 Hertfordshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    M1 Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, at J5 for A41 affecting J6 for A405 North Watford.

    M1 Hertfordshire - Delays on M1 London-bound at J5, A41 (Watford), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J6, A405 (North Watford).

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, at J5 for A4 affecting J7 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - Delays on M4 London-bound at J5, A4 (Langley), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J7, A4 (Slough West).

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