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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J22 for A1081 and J23 for A1.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J22, A1081 (St Albans) and J23 A1(M), 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: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A4 affecting J4B for M25.

    M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M4 westbound at J5, A4 (Langley), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J4b M25.

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

  3. Buckinghamshire historical rings declared treasure

    Two centuries-old rings, which were discovered in Buckinghamshire, have been declared treasure following inquests at Beaconsfield Coroner's Court.

    The first, a medieval silver gift finger ring, was found in Mentmore in August 2014. It is believed to date back to 1200.

    Medieval silver ring

    The second, a post-medieval gold finger ring dating back to 1600, was discovered in March 2016 in the Wing area.

    Post Medieval gold ring

    The ring has a message inscribed on its inside which reads "For.this.my.endes.greefes".

    A British Museum spokesman said: "The message on this ring may be one of mourning, possibly representing an 'endless grief', though the exact meaning is unclear."

  4. Drunk man tried to force way into woman's home

    A man who tried to force his way into a woman's home while he was drunk has been given a community order and curfew.

    The woman, who had her two-year-old son in her arms, heard banging on her front door in Hemel Hempstead at 07:55 on 5 January and thought it was friends of her daughter wanting to walk to school.

    She answered the door and found Jamie Birch, who lunged into the property.

    St Albans Crown Court heard the woman threw her toddler onto the stairs and managed to push Birch out and lock the door. The police arrived and found Birch with ecstasy, cannabis and 38 Xanax tablets on him.

    He was in breach of a six month suspended sentence for causing the death of Daniel McClellan by careless driving. In June 2016 Birch was driving a white Transit van when it crashed into a telegraph pole, killing Mr McClellan.

    Birch, of Oldhouse Road, Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to damaging property, using violence to secure entry to a property and possessing class A, B and C drugs. He was handed an 18 month community order and a four-month night-time curfew.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J24 for A111 and J25 for A10.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  6. Man charged with 'outraging public decency' in Tesco

    A man has been arrested and charged with committing an act of outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner at two Tesco supermarkets.

    Hertfordshire Police said it had received reports of a man filming up the skirt of a woman shopper, without her knowing, in the store in Rickmansworth, on the afternoon of Friday, 20 April.

    A 47-year-old man has been charged with the offence, although police say the victim may be unaware it happened and they want to trace her.

    Det Con Ben Heath said: "Through our inquiries to date we have been unable to identify the alleged victim of this incident, so I’m appealing for anyone who was in the store around the time stated and saw anything suspicious to get in touch as you may have information that could help our inquiries."

    Tesco, Rickmansworth

    The charges also relate to an incident that happened at Tesco Express on High Road, Bushey Heath on 25 April.

    He is due to appear at Central West Herts Magistrates Court on 29 May.

  7. Run run, runway...

    A charity event has really taken off at Luton Airport today

    About 200 are taking part in the airport's Runway Run, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

    People running around an airport

    You can choose to run, walk or jog around the airport's perimeter for either 5km (3 miles) or 10km (6 miles).

    A man dressed as a coffee cup, running

    Apparently flying is not allowed!

  8. Man hurt after fight outside Flitwick pub

    A man has been seriously injured and is in hospital after a fight outside a Bedfordshire pub.

    Police were called to The Blackbirds on the High Street in Flitwick at about 22:30 last night.

    They've appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

    High Street, Flitwick
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    Video caption: Large plume of smoke seen across Hitchin from plastic fire

    Plastic material is said to be on fire at a metal recycling plant in the town.

  10. Urgent Treatment Centre to open in Bedford

    An urgent treatment centre (UTC) and GP practice is to open on the Bedford Hospital site, to support the A&E department.

    The hospital said it will "offer improved GP access and help reduce avoidable visits to the Accident and Emergency Department".

    It will be based in the Cauldwell Medical Centre and the UTC will be open for 12 hours, seven days a week and will offer same-day appointments, referred from the hospital or the NHS 111 phone service.

    Cauldwell Medical centre sign

    It is not yet known what it means for the future of the Putnoe walk-in centre in Bedford.

    It was due to close in March, but that was extended until 30 September.

    At the time it was set to close the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it was looking at "a range of options" which include extending the service or a new urgent care centre being created.

  11. Motorists to be charged to park at Bedfordshire forest

    A decision to charge motorists to park at a popular Bedfordshire forest has been met with "disappointment" by some.

    From June it will cost visitors up to £3 to park a vehicle at the Forest of Marston Vale, in Marston Moretaine.

    Various visitors told the BBC it will mean people will "park in other places", it is a "short sighted" decision, they feel "very disappointed - we might have to reconsider coming here" and "it's a shame".

    Others believe the cost is justified and "not such a bad idea", another said "I don't mind paying at all" and "because they do so much here, it will help with their conservation".

    Car park

    Nick Webb, chief executive of the charity which runs the community forest, said they had been providing free car parking in the 18 years since the forest was opened, but 100,000 car visit a year was "putting quite a strain on our infrastructure".

    "As a charity we are well used to doing 'make do and mend' but, unfortunately, we are subsidising people coming to the park and we feel putting a charge is fair to all people," he said.

    "I know there have been some negative responses, [but] we have also had some very positive responses, who understand and fully support what we are doing."

    Forest of Marston Vale
  12. Hitchin fire: Smoke spreads to Stevenage

    Stevenage Borough Council is warning its residents to close their windows and doors as smoke from the large fire in neighbouring Hitchin is spreading towards the town.

    Fire crews were called to Nationwide Metal Recycling in Cadwell Lane at 09:40.

    A large plume of black smoke can be seen across Hitchin and the surrounding area.

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  13. Fire crews tackle large fire in Hitchin

    Firefighters have been called to a large fire on an industrial estate in Hitchin.

    Hitchin fire
    Hitchin fire

    Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue said it was called to a fire involving electrical goods in Cadwell Lane at 09:40.

    It said it had taken more than 50 calls about it and currently had four crews in attendance with an aerial ladder platform on the way.

    The yard manager at Nationwide Metal Recycling has confirmed that the fire was on their property and involved "plastic material".

    A large plume of smoke can be seen across the town.

    People are being advised to avoid the area.

    Hitchin fire
  14. BreakingSchool bus crashed in Dunstable

    A bus, carrying a group of school children has crashed with a lorry on the A5, southbound just outside of Dunstable.

    Police say they were called at 09:35 and the road has been closed in both directions.

    Emergency services are at the scene but no-one is believed to have been seriously injured.

    There are long delays by Tebworth, say police.