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  1. 'It's just a flesh wound' - King Arthur falls off bike

    It's a simple tale of "The Show Must Go On".

    A Bedfordshire theatre group has had to recast its lead actor in an forthcoming production of Spamalot, when the person playing King Arthur fell off his bike after riding over a pothole and seriously hurting himself.

    King Arthur in Spamalot

    Barry Thompson, from Bedford, was due to appear in the show at the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre (4-9 June), but a fractured collar bone and three rib fractures means he's having to rest at home.

    The self-confessed "fitness bunny" said it was a "real disappointment not to play this part as I have been rehearsing for it since January".

    Bruised shoulder

    To quote a song from the show he's performing in "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life".

    His replacement is Ian Stark.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J23 for A1 affecting J24 for A111.

    M25 Hertfordshire - M25 exit slip road partially blocked and queuing traffic anticlockwise at J23 A1(M), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J24, A111 (Potters Bar).

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J17 for A412 and J16 for M40 affecting J20 for A41.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J17, A412 (Maple Cross) and J16 M40, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J20, A41 (Kings Langley).

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

  4. Water leak being repaired in Beds

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    A burst water main causing water to be cut off to some parts of North Bedfordshire should be resolved this afternoon.

    Anglian Water says it is reparing the leak, on the Thurleigh Road, and the Sharnbrook area now has water again.

    Some parts of Riseley have still been experiencing low water pressure or lack of water.

    The leak caused Riseley Primary School and Sharnbrook Academy to close.

    Map of water problem
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    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, at J21 for M1 affecting J20 for A41.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J21 M1, because of an accident involving a car. Congestion to J20, A41 (Kings Langley).

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J17 for A412 and J16 for M40.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J17, A412 (Maple Cross) and J16 M40.

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

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J23 for A1 and J24 for A111 affecting J21A for A405.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J23 A1(M) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down car. Congestion to J21a, A405 (St Albans).

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

  8. James Bay shares his biggest collab yet for New Music Friday

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    The British singer-songwriter landed one of the best in the game, Alicia Keys, for his track Us which is released today.

    The pair performed the track on The Voice in the US earlier this week.

    Check it out above.

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    Jonas Blue, meanwhile, has teamed up with Vine rappers and celebs Jack & Jack on the synth-heavy Rise.

    You can hear that one above.

    They trying to hate hate hate / But we won’t change change anything at all / We’re gonna ri-ri-ri-ri-rise ’til we fall

    A lesson for us all there.

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    Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J22 for A1081 and J21A for A405.

    M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J22, A1081 (St Albans) and J21a, A405 (St Albans), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  10. Councillor rejects refund call in North Herts bin saga

    The councillor in charge of rubbish collection at North Hertfordshire District Council has dismissed calls for a refund for residents, after delays in collections caused by a new company taking over the contract.

    Many homes are now paying £40 extra for food waste and garden waste bins, which have been left on pavements for days.

    Councillor Michael Weeks has told the BBC that paying compensation would be "ridiculous".

    "When you're looking at a missed collection you are looking at 75p a week, that would be ridiculous to try to work refunds out, wouldn't it?" he said.

    "We are getting there. For instance yesterday, every bin in North Hertfordshire, due to be collected, was, so the future is looking rosy."

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    Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

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    M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe accident, at J16 for M40 affecting J17 for A412.

    M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J16 M40, because of an accident. Congestion to J17, A412 (Maple Cross).

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

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    Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

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    M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A505 Dunstable Road and J10 for A1081 Airport Way.

    M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 southbound between J11, A505 (Dunstable South) and J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Severe accident: A411 Hertfordshire westbound

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    A411 Hertfordshire westbound severe accident, between Langley Way and Ridge Lane.

    A411 Hertfordshire - A411 Hempstead Road in Watford closed and queuing traffic outbound between the Langley Way junction and the Ridge Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

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    Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

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    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5120 and J13 for A421.

    M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J13, A421 (Bedford), because of a broken down car. In the roadworks area.

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

  15. Govia Thameslink: Department for Transport responds

    Following yesterday's calls by MPs for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to lose its franchise immediately, the Department for Transport (DfT) has reiterated it will begin splitting up the company in 2021 when its franchise expires, as previously announced.

    GTR has been criticised by passengers and politicians for the delays and cancellations after it introduced new timetables this week.

    The firm operates Great Northern, Thameslink, Northern and Southern running services to Bedford, Luton, Peterborough, King's Lynn, Cambridge, London King's Cross, London Moorgate, Wimbledon and Brighton.

    On Thursday, the MP for Welwyn Hatfield, Grant Shapps, called for it to be immediately stripped of its franchise and the Hitchin and Harpenden MP, Bim Afolami, joined the call for that to happen if disruption continues.

    A DfT spokesman said: "The transport secretary has said that the disruption suffered by passengers due to the introduction of the new timetable has been unacceptable and he has been clear that it cannot happen again.

    "We are working closely with train companies to ensure they keep inconvenience to a minimum.

    "This timetable change – the biggest in in a generation – helps us introduce new services to give passengers faster journeys and more seats and is part of the biggest modernisation of the railways since the Victorian times."

    Meanwhile, passengers continue to vent their frustration on social media.

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