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  1. Updates on Friday, 3 March 2017
  2. Pilot errors 'led to Shoreham air crash'
  3. Workman loses arm as car hits him and he falls down manhole
  4. Details of items stolen in MK murder investigation released

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By Alex Pope

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Matt Davis

BBC Sport

Southampton bounce back from their EFL Cup final heartbreak to beat Watford in an entertaining encounter at Vicarage Road.

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Goodbye for now

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's another week of news, sport, travel and weather on BBC Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks done and dusted. 

We'll be back with more on Monday from 08:00. 

But before we go, it's going to be a busy weekend for some, as events are planned all over the three counties to mark the Great British Spring Clean

It means people are being asked to do their bit to tidy up their communities. 

Volunteers with bags of litter
Emma Colclough

Luton got in on the act early and launched its campaign today. 

So far more than 100 bags of rubbish have been collected thanks to more than 45 volunteers. As this picture shows, they were very proud of their work!

Hope your weekend is rubbish - in a good way!

See you again on Monday.

Weather: Rain later, but feeling mild

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A mainly dry evening, but rain will spread across the whole of the BBC East region later.

It'll turn misty, but feel mild with temperatures falling to 7C (44F).

WEeather graphic for 15:00 Saturday

A grey and misty start to the weekend, with outbreaks of rain.

It will become drier and brighter by Saturday afternoon, with sunny spells by the end of the day.

Feeling mild, with temperatures reaching 11C (52F).

Visit BBC Weather for more details where you are.

Young talent on its way to Watford

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Colombian youngster Jorge Segura will join Watford in the summer.

The 20-year-old centre back is considered one for the future, according to manager Walter Mazzarri. 

"It's an investment that the club is doing for the summer not in the immediate moment. He's a very young player with lots of potential," he said.

Beds police show 'influx of support' after damning government report

Just a day after Bedfordshire Police was rated as the worst force in England by the HMIC , it has come out to show the praise it's been receiving on social media. 

Even though the findings showed it had failed to keep people safe and reduce crime, it says it's had "an influx of support" from members of the public, and made a video of some of the comments...

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Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111.

M25 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Cat's amazing!

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

They say a cat has many lives and Sootie seems to be the living, breathing epitome of that. 

This gorgeous black cat had been missing since 27 December after escaping from his "holiday home" in Bedford. 

He was staying at his grandparents while on a small vacation from his home in Hemel Hempstead.

His family regularly came back to Bedford to try and find him, but had no luck. 

Tom Hawking

Then yesterday he was spotted by Tom Hawking, who saw a poster about a lost cat who matched Sootie's description.

He made contact with the owners, and now for the "purrfect" ending, Sootie is back home and being looked after by his owner, 10-year-old Cody, who's overjoyed... and I'm sure is giving him lots of cuddles. 

Workman loses arm as car hits him and he falls down manhole

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A workman has had his arm amputated in hospital after he was knocked down a manhole by a car.

Police say he was working on the manhole on the roundabout between Marlowes and Combe Street in Hemel Hempstead on Thursday night.

He was hit by a "small white Kia-type car" at about 22:25 but the driver failed to stop, officers said.

A spokeswoman said it resulted in "life-changing" injuries, but he's stable in hospital.

Combe street and Marlowes

Officers believe the car drove along Leighton Buzzard Road, and has a possible oil leak and damage to the bodywork.   

Police want to hear from anyone who's been asked to repair a similar car. 

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J10 for M1.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound in Luton at J10, M1 (Luton Airport Spur Road), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Magic moments from FA People's Cup


Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

Lego champs heading to the US

Dotty McLeod

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

This is the team of six smart Lego-mad pals, celebrating the fact they didn't "brick it" when it came to knocking out the competition at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's First Lego League UK and Ireland challenge (that's a mouthful).

Lego team members

They also look like this because, as champs of the whole thing, they're off to St Louis in the US, upping the stakes as they compete in the First Lego League World Festival next month (slightly shorter).

This is their trophy and winning Lego robot , which won a knock-out competition.

The team, from schools in Comberton and Royston, Hertfordshire, showed off their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem-solving and communication.

Lego trophy and robot

Part of the competition also involved using a motorised Lego robot to solve various tasks, pre-programming it to complete them.

The competition was "brilliant", team member Iona Berry, aged 12, said.

And are they fazed by the trip to America, where they'll represent the UK and Ireland against more than 100 other teams?

"It's going to be awesome," she said. "We can't wait!"

'Noisy' manhole cover keeping people awake in Dunstable

Ollie Bayliss

BBC Three Counties Radio

For weeks now a loose manhole cover on the A5 in Dunstable has been driving local people to distraction. 

It makes a loud banging noise every time a vehicle drives over it, and this is what it sounds like...

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Matthew Radford lives in a flat directly overlooking the road and told me it's been getting worse and it's affecting his sleep.   

But now for some good news...

Man hole in road

We found out Anglian Water was responsible for the cover and the company inspected it on Wednesday.

It's hoping to have it fixed by the end of this weekend.

A 'beast' of a car - Hamilton

BBC Sport

I think it's safe to say that after five days of pre-season testing, Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton is rather happy with his Northamptonshire-designed car for 2017...

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St Albans Cathedral closed for filming

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

St Albans Cathedral is closed to the public today as a production company is filming inside.

The word on the street is it's for the hit Netflix series, The Crown .

Sign at St Albans Cathedral
Peter Aitken

The second series, which stars former Doctor Who Matt Smith as Prince Philip, is due out in the autumn. 

The cathedral refused to comment on the filming, but said it is  closed to visitors for the day  and there will be restricted access to footpaths around the building. 

Some services have also changed location. 

Shoreham air crash: Coverage continues on Sussex Live

We've been bringing you a number of updates about the final publication into the Shoreham Airshow disaster  of 2015.

Investigators found pilot Andrew Hill from Hertfordshire, who survived, didn't properly manoeuvre a loop stunt and his jet crashed on to a road, killing 11 people.

We'll now return our attention to other news in Beds, Herts and Bucks, but if you would like to read more, you can follow regular updates on  Sussex Live .


Shoreham air crash: 'Pilot can't remember anything'

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

Accident investigators interviewed the pilot, Andrew Hill from Hertfordshire, several times but critically, he can't remember anything about the accident.

They say his flight helmet had dents in so it's possible he hit his head.

What that means is that although they know the aircraft was flying too low and too slow, and that the engine wasn't at full power when it should have been, they can only speculate as to why.

Andrew Hill
Zak Hussein

One possible explanation they've looked at is whether the pilot got confused with another jet aircraft, called a Jet Provost, that he normally flies.

The height and speed he started the Shoreham manoeuvre would be right for the Jet Provost, because it is smaller and lighter than the Hunter.

Aviation specialists have suggested that he may have got the planes muddled up. But it's unlikely that we will ever know for sure.

Shoreham air crash: Statement from the organisers

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Following the publication of the final AAIB report into the Shoreham Airshow crash, the thoughts and sympathies of everyone associated with the Airshow are with the families of the victims on what will understandably be an emotional day.

The report clearly confirms that a series of errors by an experienced and fully authorised pilot were the cause of the tragic crash on 22 August 2015.

The report also contains important recommendations for the CAA, as well as the wider airshow industry, and these must be noted carefully. Any recommendations made by the AAIB that are aimed at improving the safety of air displays can only be welcomed.

The organisers of the Airshow will continue to participate in the ongoing inquest as an interested party."

RAFA, organisers of the Shoreham Airshow Spokesman

Shoreham air crash: Pilot carried out manoeuvre at less than maximum thrust

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Speaking today, Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) principal inspector Julian Firth said: "The aircraft crashed because at the top of its aerobatic manoeuvre it was too low to complete it."

The report said pilot Andrew Hill, from Hertfordshire, carried out the manoeuvre at less than maximum thrust.

It would have been possible to abort it safely at the apex of the loop but he had not been trained in the escape manoeuvre, which might have got him out of trouble, it added.

The AAIB also found the severity of the outcome was due to "an absence of provisions to mitigate the effects of an aircraft crashing in an area outside the control of the organisers of the flying display".

Tributes at the Shoreham bridge

The report said the risk assessment "was not suitable and sufficient to manage the risks to the public", and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) did not require to see or approve risk assessments before issuing permission to hold a flying display.

It makes a series of safety recommendations including that in future airshow organisers must conduct suitable and sufficient risk assessments, and a pilot must tell organisers what manoeuvres they will carry out and where.

The AAIB also recommends that pilots are trained in escape manoeuvres and that displaying aircraft are separated from the public by a sufficient distance to minimise risk of injury.

BreakingPilot errors 'led to Shoreham air crash'

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Pilot errors and ineffective measures to protect the public led to a vintage jet crashing on to a dual carriageway and killing 11 men during the Shoreham air show, investigators have concluded.

In its final report, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch listed a series of failings that led to the disaster.

The Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27, destroying vehicles and bursting into flames on 22 August 2015.

A further 13 people, including the pilot Andy Hill from Hertfordshire, sustained injuries.    

Shoreham aircrash

Mr Hill, 52, from Sandon, was investigated by Sussex Police for manslaughter and interviewed under caution.  

MK haulage company not prepared to change ISIS name

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The owner of a Milton Keynes-based haulage company says his business has received abuse from some people because the vehicles have the word ISIS on them. 

ISIS Relocation Limited has been using the name for nine years, which was named after the Egyptian goddess and stands for "caring and understanding". 

However, many people nowadays associate the name with the so-called Islamic State group, whose extremist fighters control parts of Syria and Iraq .

ISIS Relocation Ltd lorries
Isis Relocation Ltd

Owner Gabby Gomes told the BBC incidents including people writing abuse on the vans, customers refusing to have a lorry parked outside their home and phone calls saying they will blow their vehicles up.       

He said he's not prepared to change the name as it will cost him "thousands" and he wants to "stand by what I stand for". 

Police disciplined after two men killed because icy road was not shut

Three police officers have been disciplined after being found at fault for not shutting an icy road, where two men later died in a crash.

PC David Stamp was found guilty of gross misconduct and PCs Hugh Flanagan and Caroline Irwin were ruled to be guilty of misconduct at a police hearing.

The action was taken after a man's car skidded on ice on the A413, between Wendover and Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, in March 2014.

He called police and the three PCs attended, but the road remained open.

Police blue light

Half an hour later there was a more serious crash on the same spot. Two men were killed and a woman was seriously injured. 

Mr Stamp was given a written warning, with Mr Flanagan and Ms Irwin receiving "management advice".

An inquest into the deaths of the two drivers is expected next month. 

Milton Keynes murder case: Police seek witnesses to getaway

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen a vehicle driving erratically on the A413 or A418, between Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, on the night of the raid on Hang Yin Leug's home.

It's thought a vehicle carrying six people could have been on the roads between 18:30 and 21:40 on 31 January.

The 64-year-old's home was raided by a gang on Orne Gardens in Milton Keynes and she died a few days later in hospital after being hurt. It's now being treated as a murder inquiry.

Orne Gardens

Police would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen items being thrown out of a vehicle in the Weedon Road and Cromwell Drive areas. 

Det Supt Simon Steel said: "These criminals targeted a frail woman in her own home. 

"The group of burglars had a choice that night - they could have simply walked away once they realised the house was not empty, but instead they chose to force their way into a family home. 

"They made a choice to use violence against Hang."

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Milton Keynes murder case: Details of items stolen in raid released

Police investigating the killing of a former Hong Kong policewoman, who died following a gang raid at her Milton Keynes home, have released details of the stolen items.

Hang Yin Leung
Thames Valley Police

Hang Yin Leung, 64, (pictured above in pink) fell unwell after the burglary at her home on Orne Gardens, Bolbeck Park, on 31 January.

She was admitted to hospital the following day, but died on 11 February.

Detectives say an Oyster model gold Rolex watch belonging to Mrs Leung's husband was stolen, alongside her long service medal from Hong Kong police. 

Rolex watch
Thames Valley Police
Hertfordshire Police

However, some items have been recovered in Aylesbury.  

Failure to pay stops us investing, says train operator

Rail operator Greater Anglia, says ticket prices are having to rise as a result of the number of people who are failing to pay the correct fare. 

Earlier this week, more than 100 passengers were prosecuted, and found guilty of a range of offences on the regional rail network. 

Greater Anglia train

Juliette Maxam, from Greater Anglia, said: "The trouble is, if people aren't paying for their tickets, that means we're not getting the money from their tickets, and we use that money to invest in the railway to make it better for every passenger. 

"So, if you don't pay for your ticket, you're not only not allowing us to invest in the railway, but also it ends up with the prices going up for everybody as well."

Greater Anglia 'should use discretion' over fare dodger prosecutions

The Conservative MP for Colchester says discretion should be used by local rail operators as they clamp down on fare dodgers. 

Earlier this week, more than 100 passengers were prosecuted, and found guilty, of a range of offences on the Greater Anglia network. The company said a "common-sense approach" was used.

Will Quince

"My concern is around people who do the right thing, but make honest mistakes," said Will Quince MP.

"I want to make sure all rail operating companies, including GA, are using discretion where appropriate.

"Where people have paid over £50 to get to and from London in a day, or £5,000 for a season ticket, that they're not penalised for sitting in the wrong seat, or when the train's full they sit in the wrong carriage, or they forget their season ticket."

Listen: Fare-dodging problems 'cost train companies millions'

East Anglian train operator Greater Anglia says its ticket inspectors issue between 4,000 and 6,000 penalty fares a month - but the issue of fare-dodging is costing companies millions, says Greater Anglia's Juliette Maxam:

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Shoreham crash families 'want answers' from final report

A report is due to be published later into 2015's Shoreham air disaster.

Eleven people were killed when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet - piloted by a Hertfordshire man - failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt.

Andrew Hill, 52, from Sandon, survived the impact.

Nine of the Shoreham air disaster victims

Families of the deceased (nine of whom are pictured above) were invited to attend a private face-to-face briefing on the AAIB's final report on Thursday.

Leslye Polito, from Worthing, whose 23-year-old son Daniele was among the victims, said: "Like with all the other families, we want answers. I'm interested to know what the conclusions are in the report and to see if there is any new information."

Lewis Hamilton on F1 testing: 'The fastest I have ever been'

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

The Formula 1 teams are halfway through their pre-season programmes following this week's test in Spain, and it is just becoming possible to view shapes of the year to come.

The 2017 season heralds a revolutionary change to the cars, following rule changes aimed at making them deliberately faster for the first time in decades.

The drivers have been revelling in the higher cornering speeds and greater demands on their skills  over four days at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya  this week.

Lewis Hamilton
Getty Images

Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton could hardly contain his enthusiasm when it came to describing the sensation of driving his Brackley-designed Mercedes this week.

"The car is amazing," the triple world champion said. "It is definitely the fastest I have ever been in F1."

"Turn nine [a 160mph uphill right-hander], I am going out of it and I am like a kid on a rollercoaster ride because it is so much better than before."

A505 lorry fire leads to slow traffic

There are problems on the A505 this morning after a lorry fire near Great Offley. 

The road was completely closed until 07:00. There's now one lane open, but very slow traffic.

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Weather: Turning wet through the morning

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After what looks like a promising start, cloud will thicken with persistent and occasionally heavy rain spreading north  through the morning. 

The rain will hang around the further north you are for much of the afternoon, but further south things will clear.

A cloudy end to the day for most of us. Highs today of 10C, that's 50F.  

Check the latest forecast for where you live with BBC Weather.

Welcome to today's live updates for Beds, Herts & Bucks

Jodie Halford

BBC News

Good morning and welcome to Friday's live updates for all the goings-on in the three counties. We'll be here from now until 18:00 tonight bringing you the very latest news, sport, weather (spoiler: it's not looking good) and travel.

The top news story so far this morning is that investigators are due to publish their final report into the Shoreham Airshow disaster involving a pilot from Hertfordshire. 

Scene of Shoreham crash

Andrew Hill, 52, from Sandon, was flying the 1955 Hawker Hunter which plummeted onto the A27, killing 11 people in 2015. 

He survived the impact and is being investigated by Sussex Police for possible manslaughter. We'll bring you more on this shortly.

Hang Yin Leung and husband

The son of a woman who died 11 days after a "cold caller" assault in Milton Keynes makes new appeal.

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That's all for today

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Thanks for your company.

We'll be back with live news, weather, travel and sport updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

Before we go, let's have a look at some of the main stories we've covered today:

Toddington sky

Overnight weather: Dry with clear spells

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry this evening with clear spells.

Overnight temperatures are expected to drop to 3C (37F) early on, but as cloud increases from the west they'll recover to about 7C (45F) by the end of the night.

Friday's weather map

Tomorrow will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy, although it'll be come drier and a little brighter later, with further showers following.

Top temperature: 10C (50F)

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

Carl Langdell

Self-confessed "monster" who strangled a teacher on a date is convicted of choking a prison officer.

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Kyle Eastmond

Wasps centre Kyle Eastmond will miss the rest of the Premiership season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon.

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