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Alex Pope

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  1. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for another week from all of us here on the Beds, Herts and Bucks Local Live team.

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

    We hope you have a great weekend and remember to keep an eye here for any breaking news.

    To quote my daughter, it's "chip Friday", so guess what I'm eating for dinner tonight...

    See you again soon!

  2. Evening weather update: Foggy tonight, bright tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be a largely cloudy night with some patchy mist, fog and drizzle. It will also be very mild, with lows of 7C (45F).

    Weather forecast

    Any mist and fog will clear on Saturday morning and, after a mainly cloudy start, we should see some brightness and sunshine developing.

    In the best of any sunshine, temperatures could climb as high as 18C (64F).

    There'll be a light wind between the south-west and south-east.

    Find the latest weather where you live on the  BBC Weather website .

  3. Promotion all to play for in local derby

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    The managers of Luton Town and Stevenage have been stressing the importance of tomorrow's League Two promotion clash between the two sides, currently in 5th and 6th place respectively. 

    Just two points separate the pair, with both in excellent form. 

    The Hertfordshire side can go above the Hatters if they win at Kenilworth Road, but victory for Luton could see them break into the automatic promotion places.

    Nathan Jones

    "It's a game that really whets the appetite in terms of league position, the geography and both clubs in good form," said Hatters boss Nathan Jones.  

    Darren Sarll

    Boro boss Darren Sarll, said: "I absolutely love these games and if I'm a player this is the one I want my shirt for. 

    "There's just so much more to it. There's such a competitive edge."  

  4. Construction begins on new MK galleries

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    This is the moment when Ron Unwin helped to lay the stone...

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    And this is the site where the new galleries will be...

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    It's hoped the building work will be completed by December, but as the charity says it still needs to raise £1.5m , it should be fully kitted out and open by April. 

  5. The history of Milton Keynes to be marked in new museum galleries

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    A foundation stone has been laid where two major new galleries are to be built at Milton Keynes museum

    The £7.2m buildings will tell the story of the new city, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

    It will tell the story of the area where MK lies through the Bronze, Roman, Medieval and Tudor ages, up to the Civil War and then present day.

    It was laid by Ron Unwin, the last surviving member of a team who helped save some of the area's heritage from the bulldozer in 1972. 

    He still works as a volunteer at the site. 

    Foundation stone
  6. Millions of pounds to be spent on the roads

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The government has announced a £3.3m upgrade for the A5 to the north of Milton Keynes. 

    The money will be used to reduce congestion at the Old Stratford roundabout by widening the carriageways.  

    A5 roundabout

    An additional £2.8m will also be spent in the east of England to ease congestion. 

    That's on top of £22m that will be spent on building the M1-A6 link road, north from junction 11a of the M1. 

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, after J25 for A10 affecting J26 for A121.

    M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is just over 30 minutes. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

  8. Man charged after entering restricted area at airport

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A man from London has been charged with entering a restricted area at London Luton Airport.

    The 26-year-old was arrested on Tuesday and has also been charged with possession of a Class B drug.

    He's been bailed and is due to appear at Luton Magistrates' Court on 27 March. 

    Aerial shot of Luton Airport
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M1 Bedfordshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M1 northbound between M1 J10, Luton Airport Spur Road and J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

  10. Dog 'mauled to death' in street

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    An elderly couple was left devastated after witnessing their Yorkshire terrier being mauled to death outside their home.

    Ron, 75, and his wife Valerie, 72, from Milton Keynes, were taking their four terriers out for a walk on Saturday morning in Oldbrook when the black "Alsatian-type" dog attacked.

    Their smallest dog, Lacey, suffered internal injuries and broken legs. She was put down at a veterinary surgery later that afternoon.

    The couple, who did not want to give their surname, have released CCTV footage of the attack to publicise the danger to small dogs of large dogs being off the lead.

    We have edited the footage to take out the most distressing scenes but some viewers may find the video upsetting.

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    Video caption: Pet dog mauled to death outside Milton Keynes home
  11. The pods checking out Milton Keynes

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The driverless pods are undergoing mechanical tests today.

    That means they're checking things like gradients, where barriers are and how they can turn in a circle. 

    It's their way of scanning and learning their routes. 

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  12. Driverless cars on the move in Milton Keynes

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    An interesting sight has been spotted around Milton Keynes today. 

    The first day of driverless car surveying is taking place.

    The UKAutodrive pods are learning routes between The Centre:MK and the railway station, so they can check the space around them and build up a 3D map. 

    The pods are being driven by remote control, as full driverless testing is still months away. 

    Driverless pod

    Milton Keynes is one of four places  in England that's been picked to test driverless cars, along with Greenwich, Bristol and Coventry.

  13. Stabbed police dog Finn wows crowds at Crufts

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Guess who's making a guest appearance at Crufts today?

    It's PD Finn - the police dog who hit the headlines last October after being stabbed on duty with his handler in Stevenage.

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    He's manning a stand showing members of the public the work of police dog units across the UK - although it pretty much looks like today this cop dog is mostly playing with his ball while lapping up the attention!

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    Finn and his handler, PC Dave Wardell, have both recovered from their injuries and returned to active duty just before Christmas.

    But today, well, it's a game of ball for Finn and "public relations" for his dad.

    "Finn and I have just been into one of the show rings, and he's been given a huge round of applause," PC Wardell said.  

  14. Owner shell-shocked as stolen tortoise Toby tracked down

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we mentioned the tale of the theft of tortoise Toby .

    A "big thank you" has now been given to Ginny, who helped reunite Toby with his owner Mr Berry (middle).  

    Ginny (right) offered to foster Toby after he was taken to the vets by two concerned locals, who spotted him being sold for £20 at a Luton pub.

    After being told by a friend about the social media campaign to track Toby, Ginny contacted the police.

    PC Ryan (left), from Bedfordshire Police, said: "We're pleased to report that he's now coming back out of his shell." 

    PC Ryan, Toby and Toby's owners

    He said those responsible for the break-in where Toby was snatched haven't been caught yet, but added: "We're keen to trace the two Good Samaritans who took Toby to the vets, as they may be able help with further information about the person who sold him."

  15. Two reasons to smile for Stevenage

    Luke Ashmead

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Not content with one accolade, Stevenage have won two!

    The Hertfordshire club got a clean sweep in the Sky Bet League Two end of month awards, with Darren Sarll picking up best manager and Matty Godden the best player gong.

    Matty Gooden and Darren Sarll

    Stevenage have won five and drawn one in their last six games, helped by Godden's six goals. 

    Godden said: "It has been a great month and I am in the form of my life. As a team we have been doing fantastic recently and it has been a perfect storm.  

    "It is nice to get individual accolades, but I couldn't do it without my team-mates."

  16. Wetherspoons chairman criticises 'dinner party' Budget

    The chairman of Watford-based JD Wetherspoons has criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond for a "dinner party" Budget that failed to tackle tax inequalities between pubs and supermarkets.

    Tim Martin (pictured) said pubs paid 20% VAT on food sales while supermarkets paid "almost nothing", enabling them to subsidise alcoholic drink prices.

    "In effect, this was a Budget for dinner parties - no doubt the preference of the chancellor and his predecessor," he said.

    "Dinner parties will suffer far less from the taxes outlined above, whereas many people prefer to go to pubs, given the choice."

    He said the firm's business rates bill will also increase by £7m this year.

    Tim Martin

    On Wednesday, the chancellor provided tax relief of about £1,000 per pub if they had a rateable value of less than £100,000.

    Philip Hammond said this would help 90% of pubs in England.

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, between J2 for A355 and J1A for M25.

    M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M40 London-bound between J2, A355 (Beaconsfield) and J1a M25, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  18. Where are the best places to live in the South East?

    Fifteen locations in the South East, including Finchampstead, Marlow, Wallingford and Tadley have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times. 

    The locations were assessed on a wide range of factors, from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops in order to compile the definitive top locations to make your home.

    The judges also used their own experience of the villages, towns and cities, such as local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property to choose the top locations. 

    Image caption: Sunset over Wallingford town centre
    Image caption: Marlow Church and bridge
    St James' Church
    Image caption: St James' Church, Finchampstead, Berkshire