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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 16 June 2017
  2. Man in court accused of murdering teen Koy Bentley
  3. Former Bedfordshire chief constable dies
  4. Call to turn pop stars' bus into homeless shelter
  5. Woman driver dies after three-vehicle crash on A1

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    That's it for our live coverage for today - thanks for joining us. Updates will resume on Monday from 08:00.

    Scroll back through today's feed for anything you may have missed and we'll see you again soon!

  2. Weekend weather: Hot, hot, hot!

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Best get your suntan ready if you're heading to the beach or having a barbie...

    Tonight will see a dry night with variable amounts of cloud and some clear spells. Feeling warm with light winds.

    Then Saturday will be fine and dry with spells of sunshine and temperatures inland around 28C (82F). It'll be a few degrees cooler on the coast with an on-shore wind.

    Then Sunday will be even hotter, with a possible high of 30C (86F). The sea breezes will make it more comfortable on the beach where temperatures will again be a few degrees lower.

    Weather forecast

    And if you think it was finished there, Monday will be hotter still!

    With inland highs of 32C (90F), there could be a few isolated thundery showers too.

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

  3. Mars robot prototype lands at Hertfordshire school

    Continuing the space theme, budding young scientists and engineers from across the region got the chance to meet a Mars robot prototype, as they took part in a schools competition.

    The UK Mars Rover prototype called Bridget, created by Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, was put on display at Haileybury, a co-educational school near Hertford.

    Bridget on display

    It's been developed as part of a programme to send a robot to the Red Planet to look for signs of life.

    She was the star of Haileybury's STEM Challenge 2017 - a space-themed competition which saw Year 5 children from 16 schools in Hertfordshire and beyond competing in science, technology, engineering and maths challenges.

    The winner of the competition was Charlotte House Prep School in Rickmansworth.

    Arthur Kattavenos, head of science at Haileybury, said: "We are thrilled and honoured that Bridget has visited Haileybury. She has really brought science to life and I am sure has amazed and inspired a new generation of scientists."

  4. Inflatable planetarium goes on show in Letchworth

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The University of Hertfordshire's new inflatable planetarium has gone on show at the Letchworth Festival, which runs until Sunday.

    The planetarium, which is normally on show at the university's Bayfordbury Observatory, is the biggest of its kind in the UK.

    The 6m-high (20ft) dome is used to educate people about the wonders of the universe, offering a guided tour of the solar system, the Milky Way and beyond.

    The portable planetarium

    Inside the planetarium is a High Definition (HD) projector that beams galaxies and stars across its dome, as well as a 360-degree sound system.

    It's primarily used as a cosmic teaching tool for schools, but is fully portable and can be used anywhere including parks and festivals.

    Based at Broadway Gardens, the planetarium will include public shows with Hertfordshire astronomers and will run on the hour from 12:00 to 19:00.

    Dr Mark Gallaway from the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics at the university, said: "The planetarium is an excellent and exciting way to explore the solar system and beyond.

    "Rather than people having to visit the observatory, we can now bring the solar system and galaxy to them."

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A422 Buckinghamshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A422 Buckinghamshire both ways severe accident, between Ouse Valley Way and A413.

    A422 Buckinghamshire - A422 in Thornton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Ouse Valley Way junction and the A413 junction, because of an accident.

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

  6. 'Stun gun' used in street violence in North Weald

    Police want to trace a man who was reported to have been injured in a street fight in North Weald last night.

    Witnesses believe a stun gun was used during a fight involving a group of men on High Road shortly after 23:30.

    Police said the victim has not been found and they were "concerned for his welfare".

    The suspects left in a black Ford Fiesta which they abandoned on Tumbler Road in Harlow at about 23:45.

    Two men from Welwyn Garden City, aged 18 and 24, have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, with the older one also questioned on suspicion of failing to stop and drink-driving.

    Officers believe the gun incident is connected to a disturbance earlier that evening near the King's Head pub in North Weald which happened at about 22:20.

  7. Tribute paid after death of former Bedfordshire chief constable

    Bedfordshire Police has issued a statement following the death of its former chief constable, Alf Hitchcock, this morning.

    A spokesman said: "Alf was a hugely popular chief constable throughout the force, across partnerships, and many organisations that he became involved with across Bedfordshire.

    "We are liaising closely with the Ministry of Defence Police where Alf was serving as the chief constable, and our condolences and thoughts are very much with his wife and their two daughters.

    "Our force flags are being flown at half-mast as a mark of respect, and a book of condolence will be opened in due course."

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, between J12 for A5120 and J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

    M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 southbound between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of an accident.

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

  9. From the Archives: Parachutist on wings at Henlow

    Eighty six years ago this month, a photographer captured two parachutists standing on the wings of an RAF Vickers Vimy at Henlow Air Pageant in Bedfordshire.

    Two parachutists stand on the wings of an RAF Vickers Vimy at Henlow Air Pageant, Henlow, Bedfordshire
  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, between J12 for A5120 and J11 for A505 Dunstable Road affecting J13 for A421.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Queuing traffic and one lane blocked on M1 southbound between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to J13, A421 (Bedford).

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

  11. Former Bedfordshire chief constable dies

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The former chief constable of Bedfordshire Police - Alf Hitchcock - has died, it has been announced.

    Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock

    Mr Hitchcock, who served in Bedfordshire from 2011 until 2013 when he became chief constable of the Ministry of Defence Police, "passed away this morning following a short illness", said the MoD.

    Mr Hitchcock was made a CBE in the New Year Honours list for services to policing.

    He had also served at the Metropolitan Police, the Lancashire force and for the National Policing Improvement Agency. He was in his late 50s.

  12. From the Archives: Baby Chinese Water Deer at Whipsnade in 1959

    Fifty eight years ago this month Whipsnade Zoo worker Jennifer Foyle was photographed releasing a baby Chinese Water Deer that had to be hand-reared after its mother deserted it.

    Whipsnade Zoo worker Jennifer Foyle was photographed releasing a baby Chinese Water Deer
  13. Welwyn-based Tesco fined £8m over spilled fuel

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Welwyn Garden City-based Tesco has today been ordered to pay more than £8m in fines and costs after pleading guilty at Preston Crown Court to a pollution incident.

    Between 2 and 3 July 2014 approximately 23,500 litres (5,169 gallons) of petrol escaped from a station filling tank in Haslingden, Lancashire.

    Tesco store

    The Environment Agency's joint investigation with partners found the incident resulted from Tesco's failure to address a known issue with part of the fuel delivery system. There was also an inadequate alarm system and poor emergency procedures, the agency said.

    A Tesco spokesperson said: "We sincerely regret the fuel spillage incident at our petrol station in Haslingden and we're sorry for the impact it had on the local environment, our customers and the community.

    "This was a deeply unfortunate isolated incident and one for which we have taken full responsibility.

    "Following the incident, we have inspected all relevant petrol stations, introduced a new real-time monitoring system and made a number of further improvements to protect against similar incidents happening again."

  14. Two stabbed at Matalan car park

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Two men have been stabbed in the Matalan car park in Bletchley.

    Thames Valley Police was called to the attack on Watling Street shortly after midnight.

    Matalan at Bletchley

    Two men, both in their 20s, suffered facial injuries and were taken to hospital by ambulance.

    They have since been discharged. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, said police.

    No arrests have yet been made.

  15. EFL Cup: Local sides learn first-round opponents

    The draw for the first-round of the EFL Cup has just been made.

    MK Dons will travel to newly-promoted League Two club Forest Green Rovers, while Stevenage go to Championship side Millwall - who won the League One play-off final last month.

    Elsewhere, Luton Town will host Championship side Ipswich.

    The ties will be played in the week beginning Monday, 7 August.

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  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J24 for A111.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down white van.

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

  17. Man in court accused of murdering teen Koy Bentley

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A 21-year-old man appeared at St Albans Crown Court today accused of the murder of teenager Koy Bentley in Watford.

    Abdi Ali, 21, of Boundfield Road in Lewisham, has also been charged with perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

    Koy Bentley

    He was remanded in custody by Judge Andrew Bright QC.

    Koy Bentley (pictured), who was 15, died from a fatal stab wound to the chest inside a flat on Water Lane, Watford, on 5 June.

    On Wednesday a 15-year-old boy from Willesden, north London, who was earlier charged with Koy's murder, was also remanded in custody when he appeared at the crown court.

    A plea hearing has been set for 13 July. A trial date was set for 13 November with a two to three week estimate.

    A 24-year-old man from Greenwich, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, has been bailed until 4 July.

  18. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J23 for A1.

    M25 Hertfordshire - M25 lane closed on entry slip road anticlockwise at J23 A1(M), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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