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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 18 August 2017
  2. Head teacher jailed for Grindr grooming
  3. Police officer jailed for indecent images
  4. Motorcyclists killed in Hertfordshire
  5. Double century for Alastair Cook

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, from J15 for A508 to J14 for A509.

M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound from J15, A508 (Northampton) to J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road to J24 for A111 A1005.

M25 London - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J25, A10 (Enfield) in Greater London to J24, A111 (Potters Bar) in Hertfordshire, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, from J24 for A111 A1005 to J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from J24, A111 (Potters Bar) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, from J21 for M1 J6A to J20 for A4251.

M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes blocked on M25 anticlockwise from J21 M1 J6a to J20, A4251 (Kings Langley), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M1 Buckinghamshire southbound severe disruption, from J14 for A509 to J13 for A421 Salford Road Bedford.

M1 Buckinghamshire - Queuing traffic on M1 southbound from J14, A509 (Milton Keynes) to J13, A421 (Bedford), because of a rolling road-block and people on the road.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire both ways

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M1 Bedfordshire both ways severe disruption, from J13 for A421 Salford Road Bedford to J14 for A509.

M1 Bedfordshire - Stationary traffic on M1 in both directions from J13, A421 (Bedford) to J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of all traffic being temporarily held and people on the road.

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

Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

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M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, from J15 for A508 to J14 for A509.

M1 Northamptonshire - Two lanes closed on M1 southbound from J15, A508 (Northampton) to J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road to J26 for A121 Honey Lane.

M25 London - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J25, A10 (Enfield) in Greater London to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) in Essex, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M1 Hertfordshire southbound

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M1 Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, at J8 for A414 Breakspear Way.

M1 Hertfordshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J8, A414 (Hemel Hempstead), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

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M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J10 for .

M1 Bedfordshire - M1 in Hertfordshire lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic northbound at J10, Luton Airport Spur Road, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

National League

Leyton Orient extend their unbeaten start to the National League season with victory over Boreham Wood.

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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, from J23 for A1081 to J24 for A111 A1005.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise from J23, A1081 (South Mimms) to J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident.

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

Football

Bristol Rovers get their first points of the new season with a 2-1 victory over Wycombe at Adams Park.

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Football

Kieran Agard spurned a guilt-edged chance for MK Dons as Paul Tisdale's side settled for a goalless draw at Crewe after ending the game with 10 men.

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Football

Peterborough continue their perfect League One start by blowing away Luton with three first-half goals.

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Football

Morecambe remain rooted to the bottom of the League Two table after losing 1-0 to Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium.

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Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

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M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, from J12 for A5120 Harlington Road to J11A for A5 Dunstable.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J12, A5120 (Flitwick) to J11a, A5 (Dunstable), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M25 London clockwise

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M25 London clockwise severe disruption, at J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 London - M25 in Greater London exit slip road closed clockwise at J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M25 London clockwise

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M25 London clockwise severe disruption, from J14 for Horton Road to J15 for .

M25 London - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise in Greater London from J14, Horton (Heathrow Terminal 4) to J15, M4, because of a broken down car. Congestion to J13 (Staines).

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

Severe disruption: M25 London clockwise

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M25 London clockwise severe disruption, from J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road to J26 for A121 Honey Lane.

M25 London - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from J25, A10 (Enfield) in Greater London to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) in Essex, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, at J23 for A1081.

M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J23, A1081 (South Mimms), because of emergency repairs.

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

Severe disruption: M25 London anti-clockwise

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M25 London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road and J24 for A111 A1005.

M25 London - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) in Greater London and J24, A111 (Potters Bar) in Hertfordshire, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A120 Hertfordshire both ways

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A120 Hertfordshire both ways severe disruption, from A1184 Bishops Park Way to Stansted Road.

A120 Hertfordshire - A120 Stansted Road in Bishop's Stortford closed and queuing traffic in both directions from the A1184 Bishops Park Way junction to the Stansted Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, from J23 for A1081 to J24 for A111 A1005.

M25 Hertfordshire - Stop-start traffic on M25 clockwise from J23, A1081 (South Mimms) to J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. Congestion to J21A (St Albans).

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

Fire engine

Mitchell Bailey, 58, was killed when he was hit by a fire engine which was responding to a 999 call.

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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J24 for A111 A1005 to J23 for A1081.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J24, A111 (Potters Bar) to J23, A1081 (South Mimms), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, from J22 for A1081 St Albans to J23 for A1081.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise from J22, A1081 (St Albans) to J23, A1081 (South Mimms), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J24 for A111 A1005 to J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J24, A111 (Potters Bar) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Luton BID backs stadium plans... with conditions

The board of Luton's Business Improvement District (BID) has said it is backing plans for Luton Town's new stadium at Power Court in the town centre - but only if its own demands are met.

Impression of Power Court Stadium
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Luton BID said its primary concern was with the development of Newlands Park at junction 10 of the M1 - it said shops there should not compete with the town centre

It also highlights the lack of office space and parking for town centre workers in the plans and said any inclusion of a new cinema must not impact on the existing one at the Galaxy Centre.

The board has also said it is concerned about the impact of football crowds on shoppers and wants parking charges to be the same as in the town centre.

The BBC has asked Luton Town FC for comment.

Spate of number plate thefts in St Albans

Hertfordshire Police say there's been an increase in the number of number plate thefts in the St Albans area.

14 have been stolen in a fortnight: two in St Albans, one in Harpenden and 11 in London Colney.

Police say they will run a number of "plate safe" events where residents will be able to get tamper-proof screws fitted for free.

"We’d advise investing in these screws, parking in a garage if you can and obviously reporting a theft to police straight away," a spokesman said.

Man has surgery after dog attack

A man has undergone surgery following a dog attack in Hitchin, police have said.

The victim, aged in his 40s, was walking his dog in the field behind Hitchin Rugby Club, off Old Hale Way at about 22:30 on 12 August when his pet was attacked by a brown Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog.

During the attack, the dog bit the man’s arm several times causing deep cuts, which required surgery.

The owner of the brown dog then placed his pet on a lead before apologising and walking off. He is described as a black man, of slim build and aged in his 20s.

Hertfordshire Police have asked for witnesses to come forward.

Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J4 for A404 and J5 for Ibstone Road J5.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M40 northbound between J4, A404 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout) and J5, Ibstone (Stokenchurch), because of an accident.

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

Teen arrested over shots fired from car in Kempston

A teenager has been arrested after reports of gunshots being fired from a car.

Campbell Close, Kempston
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Officers were called at about 17:45 to reports that a man had been threatened with a gun in Campbell Close, Kempston. There were then reports of a man was shooting from a car between Campbell Close and Bedford Road.

Bedfordshire Police said a 16-year-old boy from Kempston was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and a number of driving offences.

In a separate incident, in Bedford Road at about 19:00, a woman was hit by a car and died at the scene.

Police said officers responding to the shooting incident were nearby and provided assistance, but the crash was not linked.

Watford's Roberto Pereyra

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Burnley and Watford.

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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, from J5 for A4 London Road to J4B for M25 J15.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound from J5, A4 (Langley) to J4b M25 J15, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Stacey Dooley joins Strictly

Luton TV presenter and journalist Stacey Dooley has been announced as the eighth contestant to join the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing line-up.

Stacey Dooley
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Dooley has been making documentaries for the BBC for nearly 10 years and was recently given an MBE.

She said: "It's happening! I'm taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year and my mother is going to explode.

"Typically, work for me is very serious and can be quite hardcore so I'm going to soak up the escapism and bathe in the sequins. See you on the dancefloor!"

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

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M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J13 for A421 Salford Road Bedford and J14 for A509.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M1 northbound between J13, A421 (Bedford) and J14, A509 (Milton Keynes), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Arty future for disused Chorleywood phone box

A disused phone box is to become a miniature art gallery to display work from local artists.

Phone box on New Parade in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire
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The box on New Parade in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, which dates back to 1986, will showcase amateur and professional work.

Three Rivers District Council granted planning permission for change of use after an application was made by the parish council.

Clerk Yvonne Merritt said it would be a "focal point" for the village.

British Telecom (BT) said thousands of communities across the country have "seized the opportunity to do something wonderful" with phone boxes that had little or no use since they launched its Adopt a Kiosk scheme.