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  1. Ian Woodcock

    BBC Sport


    Ian Woodcock

    BBC Sport

    Watford produce a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to beat West Ham and claim their first win of the season.

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  2. Louise Gwilliam

    BBC Sport

    Jimmy Gopperth

    Louise Gwilliam

    BBC Sport

    Wasps claim their first victory at Welford Road since 2008 with a bonus-point win over 13-man Leicester.

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  3. Goodbye for now

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That is it for this week's regular updates from all the team here at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

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

    You can read all this week's stories by scrolling through the page.

    Greg Rutherford

    In the meantime.... mark it on your calendar, put it in your phone and remember to set the recorder as in 14 days Strictly Come Dancing is back on BBC One. 

    We'll of course be rooting for Milton Keynes' very own Greg Rutherford as he makes his big jump from sport to sequins! 

  4. School governor jailed for 18 years for sexual abuse of children

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A school governor and PTA member has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for sexually abusing children. 

    Duncan Hogben, 43, of Cranfield, was convicted of 11 counts relating to the sexual abuse of children and charges associated with taking, distributing and making indecent photographs of children. 

    He was sentenced today at Luton Crown Court. 

    Duncan Hogben
  5. Weather: Wet weekend ahead

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    There will be a few showers with clear intervals this evening, before cloud thickens and rain spreads eastwards across the region after midnight. 

    Light to moderate southerly winds, with lows of 17C (63F).

    Weather map

    Saturday will be a cloudy, wet day with outbreaks of rain expected on and off through much of the day. Perhaps heavy at times, but becoming a little drier from the west later in the day. 

    Moderate southerly winds turning westerly late in the day, with highs of 21C (70F).

  6. Three charged with Tesco accounts fraud

    BBC Business News

    Three former executives of Hertfordshire-based Tesco have been charged as part of an ongoing Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into 2014 accounting irregularities at the supermarket giant.

    Carl Rogberg, Christopher Bush and John Scouler have been charged with fraud by abuse of position and false accounting, the SFO said.

    The three have been asked to appear in court on 22 September.

    Tesco said there had been "an extensive programme of change" since 2014.

    Tesco sign
  7. Watford coach wants players to have 'energy'

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri wants his players to be just like him on the pitch. 

    The Hornets are away to West Ham tomorrow and may give first starts to the likes of Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra, Adrian Mariappa and Kenedy. 

    Walter Mazzarri

    Mazzarri is a fan of big characters in his team: "I want the players to have my energy, my personality, my hunger of winning. 

    "In football today you need to have that energy; to be hungry for three points. So all the players who go on the pitch I want them to be ready for that and now in this group we have many players who have that personality."

  8. M1 to close on Saturday night

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Drivers are being reminded that the M1 will be completely closed in both directions between junctions 11 and 12 in Bedfordshire from tomorrow evening, so a bridge can be demolished. 

    The work will start at 20:00 on Saturday when the old B579 Luton Road bridge will be knocked down. Workers will then clear the debris and hope to re-open the M1 at 14:00 on Sunday. 

    It's the latest big development in the building of the new A5-M1 Link scheme. 

    A second bridge will be taken down in two weeks' time. 

    A5-M1 Link scheme
  9. All in all, it's just another brick in the wall

    An historic wall that dates back 600 years, which was in danger of collapse, has been rebuilt using as many of the original bricks as possible. 

    The wall, outside Age Concern's offices near St Peter's Church, St Albans, was in such a bad state it couldn't be repaired, so it had to be taken down and rebuilt. 

    Re-built brick wall

    When this happened, a brickmaker’s handprint was found in one of the bricks.   

    This has now been placed in a prominent spot in the wall.   

    A medieval brickmaker’s signature, his handprint, preserved in the wall.
    Re-built brick wall
  10. Meth lab set up in Hemel Hempstead flat

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Hertfordshire Police has this afternoon released an image of the crystal meth lab James Stutter tried to set up in his former Hemel flat, after being inspired by the TV show Breaking Bad. 

    The 37-year-old, of Riverside Gardens, Berkhamsted, was given a two-year sentence suspended for two years after being found guilty of attempting to make Methylamphetamine. 

    Meth lab
  11. Nic Cruwys attack: Two defendants given suspended sentences

    Of the other defendants sentenced today, former Wolves season-ticket holder Ryan Meer, 19, of Watling Street, Gailey, Staffordshire, admitted affray and was given a suspended eight-month sentence. 

    He was not involved in the attack and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work. 

    Molineux exterior

    Trainee estate agent Robert Beech, of Springhill Road, Wednesfield, admitted threatening behaviour and was handed a two-month suspended sentence. 

    Beech, 19, was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community work and given a three-year football banning order.

  12. Watch: CCTV images of Watford fan attack

    West Midlands Police has this afternoon published CCTV images taken of the attack on Watford fan, Nic Cruwys. 

    WARNING: Images contain violent scenes.

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  13. Nic Cruwys attack: 'Picked out of the crowd and attacked'

    Prosecutor John Hallissey told Wolverhampton Crown Court that young children had witnessed the attack on Nic Cruwys on March 7, 2015. 

    The court heard none of those convicted of wounding had attended the Wolves v Watford match, instead gathering at a pub. 

    Mr Hallissey told the court: "Mr Cruwys had been watching the match and made his way towards the railway station in order to go home, possibly via a pub. 

    "He didn't get that far because he was intercepted by this group. He appears simply to have been picked out of the crowd and attacked. 

    "What happened to him happened in a matter of a few seconds but the consequences will last for a life-time. From a very short incident he found himself grateful to be alive."

  14. Nic Cruwys attack: Family say he 'will never fully recover'

    Police have called the attack on Nic Cruwys an "appalling, unprovoked assault that has left lasting damage."

    Three teenagers have been jailed for their roles in the attack with two others given non-custodial sentences for public order offences.

    Mr Cruwys' family said in a statement: "Although Nic will never fully recover, we are now hoping to try and move on with our lives and try and put the horrific situation behind us. 

    "We are delighted that the people involved have been charged and hope that the verdict reflects the injuries Nic suffered and our family's pain and suffering caused by their mindless actions."

    (Pictured left to right, top to bottom: Lister, Pearson, Meer, Beech, Wood, Lloyd)

    Pictured left to right, top to bottom are:

    • Joseph Lister, 19, of Palmer Close, Wednesfield, given 30 months after admitting wounding
    • Connor Pearson, 16, of Ettingshall Close, Wolverhampton, was given a one-year detention and training order after admitting wounding
    • Ryan Meer, 19, of Watling Street, Gailey, Staffordshire, was given a suspended eight-month sentence after admitting affray
    • Robert Beech, 19, of Springhill Road, Wednesfield, was given a two-month suspended sentence after admitting threatening behaviour
    • Joe Wood, 15, of Woodstock Road, Wolverhampton was given 56 months after admtting wounding with intent
    •  Daniel Lloyd, aged 19 from Longfellow Road, Sedgley, will be sentenced at a later date after admitting grievous bodily harm.
  15. Nic Cruwys attack: Victim spent three weeks in coma

    As he passed sentence, Judge Ward said Nic Cruwys: "was injured so severely that he spent the next three weeks in a medically-induced coma and the next three months in hospital."

    Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that he was attacked in the city as he made his way from Molineux Stadium to the railway station following a match in March last year. 

    Nic Cruwys

    The 44-year-old was knocked out as he fell to the ground following a punch, and was then stamped on and kicked three times despite being unconscious. 

    Addressing the five defendants in the dock and a sixth defendant who was present in court but will be sentenced at a later date, the judge added: "Four of you in this room are responsible for all of that."

  16. Football club bans football attackers for life

    Wolverhampton Wanderers says it has banned the teenagers who were involved in a unprovoked attack on a Watford fan last year from its ground.

    Three teenagers have been jailed and another two given non-custodial sentences after Nic Cruwys was left in a coma for three weeks in March last year.

    Quote Message: Wolves are pleased that those involved have been brought to justice, and would like to thank those people that came forward with their witness accounts which helped to build up a picture of events." from Wolverhampton Wanderers Spokesperson
    Wolverhampton WanderersSpokesperson
  17. Nic Cruwys attack: Family 'didn't think he would survive'

    The judge heard Watford fan Nic Cruwys, who was not wearing club colours, was attacked while with a group of friends. 

    Today two other defendants were given non-custodial sentences for public order offences - a sixth defendant will be sentenced at a later date. 

    Nic Cruwys

    Passing sentence, Judge Ward said of the victim: "He suffered extensive skull fractures and a traumatic brain injury. He was so badly injured that doctors told his family they didn't think he would survive." 

    Wolverhampton Wanderers confirmed today that all six individuals have been banned from Molineux for life.