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Alex Pope

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  1. By Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Miguel Britos celebrates scoring Watford's equaliser against Liverpool

    Miguel Britos scores a dramatic 93rd-minute equaliser for Watford as Liverpool are held in a thrilling game at Vicarage Road.

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  2. Our live coverage across the week

    That's it from the Local Live team for this week, so goodbye and enjoy the weekend whatever the weather brings us.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

  3. Weather: Dry night ahead

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    The weather for this evening and tonight will be mainly dry at first across the BBC East region, but cloud thickening from the west will bring the chance of some patchy light rain.

    There will be light to moderate southwesterly winds, which will turn more westerly later.

    The temperature will dip to 13-15C (upper 50sF).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow it will mainly dry with a mixture of sunny spells and patchy cloud, but thicker cloud could bring one or two isolated showers, mainly across Norfolk.

    Highs around 20-22C (near 70F).

  4. World leaders at Scarecrow Festival

    It seems like the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival has gone a little bit political.

    There's Lord Buckethead.....

    Lord Buckethead

    President Macron, or should that be "Macrow"...

    President Macrow

    ...and latest but not least, Putin and Trump.

    Putin scarecrow
  5. Man charged with pulling gun on police in Stanstead Abbotts

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Yesterday we reported that a police officer had been hurt after a man produced what they suspected to be a gun, before driving away in Stanstead Abbotts near Hertford on Wednesday.

    Police have just confirmed a 36-year-old man from Hertford has been charged with using an imitation firearm to resist arrest, escaping from lawful custody and assaulting a police officer.

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    Severe accident: M1 Buckinghamshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J14 for A509 and J15 for A45.

    M1 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) and J15, A45 (Northampton), because of an accident.

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

  7. Thousands to be spent in improving diabetes care

    Some £473,244 has been secured to invest in diabetes care in Bedfordshire.

    The county's NHS clinical commissioning group says the money will be used to try and keep people well and reduce the cost the disease has on the health service.

    They hope they'll be able to educate people to help them manage the condition, reduce the number of amputations by improving referrals to specialist teams and increase the number of specialists to improve early diagnosis rates and access to specialist care.

    Checking blood sugar levels
  8. Scarecrow festival in Flamstead

    Toby Friedner

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Rather strange sights have been spotted at sites around Flamstead near Harpenden.

    You can expect to see Paddington Bear.....

    Paddington scarecrow

    A very scared crow..

    A scared crow

    Jeremy Crowbin...

    Jeremy Crowbin

    and Shrek....

    They're dotted all around the village for the annual Scarecrow Festival, which runs until Sunday.


    The event's been going since 2002, to raise funds for the upkeep of the village church and the Herts Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre.

    Thousands of people are expected.

  9. Breaking11 people convicted after slavery trials

    Harry Parkhill

    BBC Local Live, Lincolnshire

    Eleven people have been convicted after a major police investigation into modern slavery including cases in Lincolnshire.

    Those convicted were tried in a series of linked trials at Nottingham Crown Court.

    living conditions

    'Operation Pottery' was one of the largest investigations of its kind in the UK, Lincolnshire Police said.

    Eleven people have now been convicted of offences including; conspiracy to forced or compulsory labour; conspiracy to defraud; fraud by false representation; theft and converting criminal property.

    The UK Human Trafficking Centre said that 18 men were illegally trafficked.

    Police say they were often forced to live in "shocking" conditions (pictured above).

    Most of those convicted were members of the same family.

    They will be sentenced in early September.

    Quote Message: Their living quarters were truly shocking and at times the men resided in site stables next to the dog kennels." from Ch Supt Nikki Mayo Lincolnshire Police
    Ch Supt Nikki MayoLincolnshire Police
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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, after J23 for A1.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Very slow traffic on M25 clockwise after J23 A1(M), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J21 M1.

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

  11. Under threat village church bid to raise £1m

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A Hertfordshire church which has rare medieval paintings on its walls will have to be closed within two years unless £1m is raised, according to the priest.

    St Leonard's Church, Flamstead

    The money is needed to fix the roof and walls of St Leonard's in Flamstead, near Harpenden, which have been damaged by water.

    Vicar Tom Sander said it's becoming harder to raise the money.

    "The Heritage Lottery Fund had a specific fund for places of worship like churches which make up about 40% of the listed buildings in the entire country," he said.

    "That fund has now been closed and merged into the wider Heritage Lottery Fund and while we're still eligible to apply, the likelihood of us being successful has got a lot smaller."

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    Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A505 Dunstable Road and M1 J10.

    M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M1 southbound between J11 A505 Dunstable Road and M1 J10, Luton Airport Spur Road, because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J5 for B197.

    A1(M) Hertfordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A1(M) southbound at J5 B197, because of an overturned vehicle.

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

  14. Fancy a commute with kid-only carriage?

    A rail operator is trialling family-friendly carriages designed to keep children occupied on journeys.

    Chiltern Railways has been laying on board games, toys and craft materials on some services running from Birmingham to London via Warwickshire, Banbury and High Wycombe.

    One passenger said travelling was easier without a child "running up and down the train".

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    Video caption: The train where kids get a carriage to themselves
  15. Whipsnade hippo named after Game of Thrones character

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The HBO TV show Game of Thrones has inspired the naming of a new hippopotamus at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable.

    The male calf, who was born on 21 July is called Hodor.

    His weight at birth was 30kg (66lbs) - the same as an adult Labrador dog.

    The zoo told me they were "keen to choose a name that was a blend between the calf's parents Hoover and Lola", but some staff were also massive fans of the show.

    "As the hippo will grow to a huge 1,500kg, they felt loveable giant Hodor was a very apt namesake," a zoo spokesman said.

    Hodor from Game of Thrones
    Image caption: Hodor, played by Kristian Nairn in the HBO series
    Hodor the hippo

    Zookeeper Angela Robinson says: "Hodor seems to be a very confident and playful young hippo and, like any youngster, he has taken a liking to winding up his mum by chasing and play-biting at her tail".

    Hodor and Lola the hippos

    He's pictured with his mother, Lola, as you can see they have the same pink skin markings, a natural variation in pigmentation, giving the appearance of wearing socks.

    Hodor and Lola the hippos

    The new calf is part of the European Endangered Species Programme, which helps ensure the survival of endangered species in zoos across Europe.

    Common hippos are classified as "vulnerable" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, but their populations are in decline due to threats including hunting and habitat loss.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, after J22 for A1081.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M25 clockwise after J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of a lorry having a tyre changed and recovery work.

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