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  1. Updates for Friday, 3 February 2017
  2. Man accused of keeping the murder of his sister-in-law secret for 12 years to face a retrial
  3. Bedford College to merge with Tresham College
  4. Repair is underway to get Airlander 10 back in the skies
  5. Hertfordshire-based Tesco has rationed customers to three iceberg lettuces per visit
  6. Bad parking blocks Hertfordshire fire station

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Mike Whalley

    BBC Sport

    Mbaye Niang

    Mike Whalley

    BBC Sport

    M'Baye Niang scores one goal and makes another on his Watford home debut as 10-man Burnley's miserable away record continues.

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  2. 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. 

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

    We hope you have a great weekend.

  3. Pearson moving to new offices in Harlow

    Education publishing firm Pearson is moving its 300 Harlow-based staff to a new building on the KAO Park in the Harlow Enterprise Zone.

    Pearson's new offices in Harlow

    Pearson, which is at present based in Edinburgh in the town, will occupy 28,000 sq ft of the new KAO Two office building where the company has agreed a 10 year lease. 

    Pearson’s move, due in the summer, is part of a £25m long term investment and will continue an association with Harlow that goes back over 40 years.

    Rod Bristow, president of Pearson UK, said: "KAO Park has a long history of scientific and technological breakthroughs.

    "Having Pearson in the campus is befitting as this site is best suited for any business looking to place itself firmly at the forefront of research and innovation.”

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    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, between J10 for A1081 and J11 for A505 Dunstable Road Luton affecting J8 for A414.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Long delays on M1 northbound between J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road) and J11, A505 (Luton), because of an accident earlier on. Congestion to J8, A414 (Hemel Hempstead).

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J4B for M25 and J5 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - Very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J4b M25 and J5, A4 (Langley), because of an accident involving a car and a van earlier on.

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  6. College merger creates 'one of the most exciting colleges in UK'

    Bedford College will merge with Tresham College this summer, and according to Bedford's principal and chief executive, Ian Pryce, it will create "one of the most exciting colleges in the UK". 

    He added once "due diligence and consultation has been completed", all staff, assets and liabilities will transfer to Bedford College Corporation. 

    Ian Pryce

    The college states that "students and staff at the colleges will continue as usual, and current courses will not be affected".   

  7. Concern grows for missing Buckinghamshire teenager

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Police say they're growing "increasingly concerned" for a missing "vulnerable" 15-year-old boy with autism. 

    They say Ben Thomas was last seen at a shop on Oxford Road, Stokenchurch, at 15:15 on Monday. 

    Sgt Matthew Jones, from Thames Valley Police, believes he "has his bus pass so he might be travelling around the local area by bus".

    He added: "Ben, if you are reading this, please make contact with your family or police so we know you are safe and well."

    Ben Thomas
  8. Howzat!

    Alastair Cook wasn't caught out today when he collected his CBE from the Prince of Wales. 

    We do think he might have been bowled over though!

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    Severe accident: A404 Buckinghamshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    A404 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between Daws Hill Lane and A40 Abbey Way affecting A4155 Marlow Road.

    A404 Buckinghamshire - Delays on A404 Marlow Hill northbound in High Wycombe between the Daws Hill Lane junction and the A40 Abbey Way junction, because of an accident involving four vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to Marlow Junction.

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  10. A rat bite, a broken toe nail and a woman who wanted an escort home

    Adam Jinkerson

    BBC Local Live

    Those are just some of the 312 hoax and inappropriate calls our region's paramedics had to deal with between April and December last year.

    Some of the calls included...

    • A woman who needed an escort home to breastfeed, claiming there was too much traffic.
    • A man who was bitten by a rat the day before. He was advised to go to his GP.
    • A man who had broken his toe nail.

    The county breakdown of hoax and inappropriate calls to the East of England Ambulance Service is:

    • Bedfordshire – 43
    • Cambridgeshire – 72
    • Hertfordshire – 42
    • Essex – 74
    • Norfolk – 46
    • Suffolk – 35

    Gary Morgan, from the ambulance service, said: "We'd urge the public to remember that the ambulance service is for emergencies."

  11. Airlander 10: Inspiring the next generation of engineers?

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    It shows that if you don't ask, you don't get...

    Fourteen pupils from Castle Newnham School in Bedford recently visited the site after a member of the student news team, Duncan, asked if they could visit Hybrid Air Vehicles to see what goes on behind the massive hangar doors. 

    School children and teachers by Airlander 10

    They found out it's called the Airlander 10 as it has the ability to carry 10 tonnes of cargo.

    Teacher Ms Carlie, said: "No-one had realised it was quite so big."

    School children by Airlander 10

    She also confirmed the visit sparked their interest, as Duncan is now "determined to follow a similar career path".

    But they couldn't get any confirmation on when it will be back in the skies - only that it will be "soon". 

  12. Airlander 10: Testing started after 'heavy landing'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Testing has started on the Airlander 10 aircraft, after it was damaged in a crash landing on its second test flight in August. 

    The world's longest aircraft, which was built at Cardington Airfield, has now been repaired. 

    Cockpit of Airlander 10

    The fixed flight deck (know as the mission module) is now back in place...

    Engineers working on Airlander 10

    the pilot's consoles have now been installed...

    Inside the cockpit of Airlander 10

    and the mission module is now reattached to the hull.   

    Workers working on Airlander 10

    It's not yet known when the Martha Gwyn (as it's also known) will return to the skies over Bedfordshire, but I have been told it will be this year. 

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    Severe congestion: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe congestion, from J22 for A1081 to J23 for A1.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise from J22, A1081 (St Albans) to J23 A1(M).

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  14. 'Rugby is a great sport for women'


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    Video caption: Women's Six Nations: Danielle Waterman says rugby is 'an amazing sport for women'

    It's not only the men's Six Nations that kicks off this weekend. The women's equivalent gets under way, too, with Scotland hosting Ireland this evening,followed tomorrow by Wales v Italy and - arguably the pick of the ties - England v France at Twickenham

    The women's game is really taking off across the UK, so watch England full-back Danielle Waterman explain her love of rugby and the different versions you can play - and if you're inspired to pick up the oval ball yourself, check out our Get Inspired guide.

    England Women v France Women kicks off at 19:35 GMT on Saturday, with live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, plus highlights of all three matches on BBC Two at 22:45 GMT.

  15. Broxbourne Borough U18s hope for more FA Cup glory at Villa

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    It's a David and Goliath match, a minnows versus giants game, and any other big and small football cliché you can think of... 

    This weekend Broxbourne Borough continue their amazing FA Cup exploits as they play their fifth round tie in the Youth Cup.  

    Broxbourne Borough and Villa Park

    The U18 side has outperformed the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal to reach this stage in the competition and are playing Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

    Coach Roy Bleau has told the BBC that training was going "really well" and the boys were "looking good" - but what is the secret of their success?

    "I keep saying to people, the secret is really like most things in life - hard work," he said.

    "We've been working hard at it, the boys are obviously talented because you can't get this far if you're not, [but] they've bought into everything that we've done with them.

    "On certain occasions you need a bit of luck here and there, which we've had, but fundamentally they're good players and they've been playing to their potential."

  16. Sean Dyche will 'park' his attachment to Hornets

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    At the end of an emotional week for the Hornets, former Watford player and manager Sean Dyche said he must leave his sense of attachment to the club "parked" when his Burnley side play at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

    The match takes place three days after the funeral of Graham Taylor, who was Watford's chairman when the former Hornets centre-back Dyche was promoted from coaching staff to his first managerial job in 2011.

    Sean Dyche

    He has already stressed the respect he has for Watford, even after being dismissed as manager by the new Italian owners after one season.

    He said: "The fact is I had some very good years at that club, including with Graham for a year when I was manager.

    "So there is a lot of attachment - but it is parked before we play them on Saturday, I can assure you."

    Dyche, who attended the funeral, said of Wednesday's service: "They are not easy affairs, of course, for anyone, and not when you have got someone who is so big for what he has done in the game.

    "I thought it was handled fantastically well by all."

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    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, between J10 for and J11 for A505 Dunstable.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J10, Luton Airport and J11, A505 (Dunstable), because of an accident earlier on.

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  18. So can you lead a horse to a field?

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    You can lead a horse to water, but can you help it back into its field safely? 

    This was the challenge set to officers in Wycombe when they were trying to return loose horses in Wooburn Green. 

    Police officer and horses

    Luckily some local residents were on hand to help...

    Police and residents by a field

    and the horses were returned to their field safe and sound. 

    Horses in a field
  19. Alastair Cook investiture: Prince of Wales discusses Bedfordshire farm

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Alastair Cook, who was appointed a CBE by the Prince of Wales, said Prince Charles chatted to the cricketer about the farm run by his wife's family in Bedfordshire, where he helps out.

    Alastair Cook and his wife Alice

    The prince runs Duchy Home farm in Gloucestershire. 

    Speaking after the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony, which he attended with his wife Alice (above), Cook said: "We spoke a little bit about the cricket, a little bit about the farming, and he wished me good luck.

    "We're about to start lambing so we'll get busy now, but unfortunately work and training has to come first, but if I have any spare moments I'll try and help out."

  20. Alastair Cook receives CBE at Buckingham Palace

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    England cricket captain Alastair Cook has been appointed a CBE by the Prince of Wales.

    The Essex batsman and former Bedford School captain was at Buckingham Palace with his wife Alice.

    He described it as a "very proud moment".

    "This is a very special moment, not just for me, obviously, but my family and friends," he said.

    Alastair Cook
    Alastair Cook
    The Price of Wales and Alastair Cook