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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 14 July 2017
  2. Easyjet readies post-Brexit EU-based airline
  3. Council opposes fire service to come under control of PCC
  4. Hemel Hempstead residents crowdfund for 74-year-old's garden
  5. MK Dons 'beat other clubs' to secure Landell on loan
  6. Valtteri Bottas fastest in first practice, Lewis Hamilton second

Live Reporting

By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

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

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

    If you've missed anything throughout the day, you can scroll through the page to read how Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton got on in practice at Silverstone, how neighbours are helping a keen gardener to buy more plants and how Easyjet is looking to open a new headquarters in Vienna.

    So whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope it's a good one.

    I know mine will involve a nice glass (or two). Cheers!

    Glass of wine
  2. Kevin Kelly death: Retrial to take place after jury fails to reach verdict

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The jury in the case of man who denied killing a father in a street fight in Luton has failed to reach a verdict.

    Richard Wood, 27, from Luton, who now lives in London Road, Bognor Regis, was on trial at Luton Crown Court charged with the manslaughter of Kevin Kelly, 27, who's also from the town.

    The court had heard Mr Kelly (pictured) died as a result of a bleed on the brain.

    The retrial of Mr Wood has been set for January next year.

    Kevin Kelly
  3. Festival to celebrate 'living legend' Dame Cleo Laine

    Roberto Perrone

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    To help celebrate her 90th year, Dame Cleo Laine and her family are hosting The Dankworth Family Festival in the grounds of her home in Wavendon, Milton Keynes, this weekend.

    The event that runs until Sunday is described as a "boutique festival celebrating all things jazz, blues, classical, poetry and art". All profits will go to the Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre.

    I'm live at the festival, on BBC Three Counties Radio this afternoon, where I interviewed the musical legend.

    Dame Cleo Laine and Roberto Perrone

    She's full of wit and sparkle and told me she always does as she's told with events like this.

    "I just go to where I am pointed, I'll put my face on and I will be there," she said.

    Talking about the event itself, she said: "We gather it all together and plonk it down in the garden and away they go."

    The soprano Lesley Garret is set to perform and described the Dame as a "living legend" and "beyond national treasure status".

  4. Family to raise awareness about water safety after son drowned

    This Sunday the family of a Cheshunt teenager who drowned while swimming in the Lee Valley country park is holding an "It's a Knockout-style event" to raise awareness towards water safety.

    On 25 May, Robbie Lea, 16, was swimming with friends in a former quarry at Cheshunt when he got into trouble. After being pulled from the water, paramedics were unable to save him.

    The event at Cheshunt Country Club is being held just three days before what would have been his 17th birthday.

    Robbie Lea

    His mother, Sarah, said: "I want the day to be a massive success to be able to make a difference.

    "It's going to be a mix of emotions on the day as it would be the weekend we would have been celebrating Robbie's 17th birthday.

    "It will be a great day for his friends, people that knew him and people that want to support the cause to come together and have some fun."

    The family is also fundraising for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.

  5. Lewis Hamilton second in British GP practice behind Valtteri Bottas

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

    Valtteri Bottas led Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton to a Mercedes one-two in second practice at the British Grand Prix.

    Bottas headed Hamilton by just 0.047 seconds despite the Briton setting his best time on the slower soft tyre.

    Hamilton went off track through the fast Becketts section on his qualifying simulation run on the super-soft tyres and then pitted to check for damage.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third, 0.332secs behind Bottas, 0.128secs ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

    Milton Keynes-based Red Bull had looked quick in the first session - splitting the Mercedes and Ferraris - but fell back slightly in the second session to be fifth and sixth, Max Verstappen ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

  6. Level crossings highlighted in new safety campaign

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Network Rail has identified nine level crossings in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire that are potentially dangerous.

    They fear children distracted by wearing headphones and looking at their phones could be seriously injured and killed.

    So as part of a new safety campaign launched today, it is using new "geo-fencing technology" to highlight which crossings could be unsafe. It works by an "ad" appearing if they are on a mobile device by one of the crossings.

    Level crossing light

    "Many people are aware of the issue of distraction for drivers, but it is very worrying that so many young adults admit to putting themselves at unnecessary risk by getting distracted when crossing the railway," Allan Spence, from Network Rail, said.

    "By paying attention to the warnings at level crossings and avoiding distractions, we can all keep ourselves out of harm’s way," he added.

    The crossings that are causing concern are in places including Bledlow Cum Saunderton, Chearsley, Stoke Mandeville and Cotton Mill Lane.

  7. Council opposes fire service to come under control of PCC

    Andy Holmes

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    Plans to bring the fire service in Hertfordshire under the control of the police and crime commissioner (PCC) look set to be rejected by Hertfordshire County Council.

    The council currently runs the service, but a consultation has been launched by the PCC for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, as he wants to hold both services to account, with a chief constable and chief fire officer still in charge.

    A meeting of the Community Safety and Waste Management Cabinet Panel voted to oppose the plans.

    Fire engine

    Councillor Terry Hone, who represents Letchworth South, said: "We do recognise that it's important for emergency services to work together, so the recommendation the panel is making to Cabinet is that the best option for the fire service would be for it to remain part of the county council, but with the PCC given a strong formal role in how it's run."

    The panel's recommendations will go to a full council meeting on 18 July.

    The consultation runs until 14 August.

  8. Chalobah returns to Watford

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Nathaniel Chalobah's return to Watford from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee will no doubt be popular with the vast majority of Hornets fans.

    He's coming back to Watford five years after he left.

    He made a huge impact as a teenager in the Championship, had successful loan spells at various clubs including Napoli, Nottingham Forest and Middlesborough, before returning to the Chelsea first team last season, featuring 15 times.

    Nathaniel Chalobah'

    He's impressed at England under-21 level alongside another summer new recruit, Will Hughes.

    Along with Roberto Pereyra, Tom Cleverley and Abdoulaye Doucouré, the Watford midfield now has a very impressive look to it.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A505 Dunstable Road and J12 for A5120.

    M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J11 A505 Dunstable Road and J12, A5120 (Flitwick), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe congestion: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe congestion, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111 affecting J26 for A121.

    M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar). All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

  11. Valtteri Bottas fastest in first practice, Lewis Hamilton second

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Valtteri Bottas set the pace as Mercedes dominated first practice at the British Grand Prix.

    The Finn, who won in Austria last Sunday, was 0.078 seconds quicker than Stevenage team-mate Lewis Hamilton, as the two swapped fastest times through the session.

    Hamilton's main title rival Sebastian Vettel was only sixth quickest, 1.411secs off the pace after a big spin at the fast Becketts curves and a trip over the kerbs at Village.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Hamilton is 20 points behind Vettel in the championship, with Bottas a further 15 points behind.

    Milton Keynes-based Red Bull were Mercedes' closest rivals out on the track on Friday morning as the weekend started under grey skies and with a chill wind and temperatures at only 15-16C.

  12. Hemel Hempstead residents crowdfund for 74-year-old's garden

    Residents have raised money for a man's garden, described by passers-by as "joyous".

    Winston Abela, 74, has lived in Hemel Hempstead for four years and tends to his garden for four hours each day.

    So far more than £200 has been raised for him, as well of donations of flowers, tools and even a fish and chip supper every Friday.

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    Video caption: Hemel Hempstead residents crowdfund for pensioner's garden
  13. MK Dons 'beat other clubs' to secure Landell on loan

    Luke Ashmead

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Robbie Neilson says he had to "beat off a number of clubs, including Championship sides, to bring him here".

    The man the MK Dons manager is on about is Wolverhampton Wanderers' defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell, who's heading to Buckinghamshire on a season-long loan deal.

    The 24-year-old centre-back, who has 111 career appearances to his name, spent the 2016-17 season on loan with Sheffield United and helped them to the Sky Bet League One title, featuring 34 times and scoring five goals.

    Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Robbie Neilson

    "His record speaks for itself having won the League One title twice in the past four years. I'm very excited about having him as part of the squad this season," the manager added.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J16 for M40.

    M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J16 M40, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111 affecting J26 for A121.

    M25 Greater London - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down lorry. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

  16. Easyjet readies post-Brexit EU-based airline

    BBC Business News

    Luton-based airline Easyjet says Austrian authorities are poised to clear its new post-Brexit venture for take-off.

    The company is planning to establish a new airline, Easyjet Europe, which will have its headquarters in Vienna.

    This will "enable Easyjet to continue to operate flights both across Europe and domestically within European countries after the UK has left the EU (regardless of the outcome of talks on a future UK-EU aviation agreement)", said the airline in a statement.

    Easyjet lane

    It said the accreditation process was "now well advanced" and added that it hoped to receive an Air Operator Certificate and operating licence "in the near future".

    "The people and planes that will fly for Easyjet Europe are already employed and based in EU27 countries," it said.

  17. Video: Weather forecast

    Lucy Martin

    BBC Weather

    Early showers will give way to a dry day with temperatures peaking at 20C (68F) across the BBC East region.

    The weekend will also be mostly dry, but cloudy.

    Here's my full forecast:

    For a more detailed forecast where you are, visit BBC Weather.