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Adventure golf course approved by planners

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Golf ball on tee peg
BBC

A new 18-hole adventure golf course is to be built at an existing golf centre, featuring a footgolf course as well.

Buckinghamshire Council approved the Wexham Park Golf Centre's new additions at a meeting on Tuesday.

A par-three nine-hole Footgolf course will also be added, with planning documents suggesting it will incorporate "educational" local history elements.

Concerns were raised that the courses would be built on green belt land, which is open countryside typically protected from building.

But a planning officer told the council's planning committee the development was not considered "inappropriate" because it would not harm the openness of the green belt.

Thousands given to arts groups in East

Wardown House
Culture Trust

Arts groups in the East have been given a share of a £33m fund to help them stay afloat until the end of September, because of the impact of Covid-19.

The money from the Arts Council has been given to National Portfolio Organisations.

It has come from its £160m Emergency Response Package, which was launched in March, with help from the National Lottery and the government.

Hedley Swain, area director for Arts Council England, said: "We know that we are all still facing huge challenges.

"We’ll use our remaining available funds, alongside those announced by government, to support our sector in the coming months.”

The groups that have received help include:

  • Luton Cultural Services Trust - Wardown House: £51,471
  • Milton Keynes Arts Centre: £45,860
  • Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk: £88,950
  • New International Encounter, Cambridge: £28,081
  • Wavendon Allmusic Plan Ltd, Buckinghamshire: £297,090

See also: Theatre boss had 'best night's sleep in 100 days'

Covid-19 deaths hospitals increases by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to Tuesday's statistics, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Southend Hospital: 1
  • Milton Keynes: 1

The total number of deaths for the region's hospitals now stands at 4,021.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236.

'Who would believe where we are?' asks Wycombe boss

Gareth Ainsworth
Getty Images

The manager of Wycombe Wanderers has paid tribute to the American businessman who took over the club in February, after reaching the League One play-off final last night with an aggregate victory over Fleetwood.

Gareth Ainsworth said: "Rob Couhig, over in the States, who's put faith in me and for everyone, that's for you."

"Who would believe where we are? Where this ends we don't know."

The Chairboys take on Oxford at in the play-off final at Wembley on Monday.

'From the brink of oblivion' team into play-off finals

Wycombe Wanderers are just one game away from promotion to the Championship for the first time in their history.

The Chairboys face Oxford behind closed doors at Wembley on Monday in the League One play-off final, six years after avoiding relegation from the Football League on the final day of the season.

Gareth Ainsworth's side drew 2-2 with Fleetwood at Adams Park last night to win the semi-final 6-3 on aggregate.

The club's Twitter feed said it was "a wonderful night".

"From the brink of oblivion in 2014, to the edge of unprecedented glory," it added.

"One more game to go."

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Welcome to Tuesday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Monday's live updates page here.

Two more Covid-19 deaths reported in East of England

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to the latest statistics published on Monday, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon Hospital: 1
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation: 1

The total number of deaths for the eastern region's hospitals passed 4,000 at the end of last week and now stands at 4,019.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236, according to statistics issued on Sunday.

Adams Park welcomes football back for the first time since March

As they count down to their League One play-off semi-final second leg, Wycombe Wanderers have posted a video of how their stadium has been prepared for the behind-closed-doors match.

Wycombe have a 4-1 lead heading into tonight's kick-off at 19:30.

You can follow live text coverage which will follow the other semi-final where Portsmouth take on Oxford with the score poised at 1-1 after the first leg.

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Wycombe Wanderers celebrate

Gary Smee

BBC Sport

Wycombe thrash nine-man Fleetwood in a breathtaking League One play-off semi-final which sees three goals in the first six minutes.

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'We have nothing to lose - let's go for this' says Wycombe boss

Gareth Ainsworth
Wycombe Wanderers

The manager of Wycombe Wanderers is feeling positive and as calm as he can ahead of the club's first leg of the League One play-off semi-finals at Fleetwood Town.

"The remit was always to stay in the division, [so] it's a heck of a chance to [try to] take," said player-turned-gaffer Gareth Ainsworth.

"Whatever happens on Friday, there is [still] going to be plenty to play for on Monday.

"Believe me Fleetwood are a good side, we are ready for it."

To the fans, he said: "We know you are there, not physically but we know the support is there and we have nothing to lose, let's go for this."

There is commentary on Wycombe at Fleetwood on BBC Three Counties Radio on 98FM this evening (but not online) and kick-off is at 19:30.

In the other semi-final, Portsmouth host Oxford at 17:30.

Wanderers' semi-final match like 'Christmas Day'

Wycombe Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers

This evening Wycombe Wanderers take on Fleetwood Town in the first leg of the League One play-off semi finals at 19:30.

The Chairboys are just three games away from reaching the Championship for the first time in their history.

Phil Catchpole will be heading to Lancashire to cover the game for BBC Three Counties Radio.

"This is huge, what a game to come back to," he said.

"I remember in the 80s watching Wycombe being beaten by the Met Police.

"For the fans this is like Christmas Day."

The game is preceded by Portsmouth v Oxford in the other semi at 17:30.

Theses are the first matches in League One since 10 March and the BBC will have live text coverage here.

Welcome to Friday's live updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

We'll have build up to Wycombe Wanderers play-off semi-final, as they bid to emulate Northampton Town and gain promotion via Wembley.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Thursday's live page here.

Welcome to Thursday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live page here.

Coronavirus: What did 100 days of lockdown teach us?

BBC Look East

Tuesday marked 100 days since the United Kingdom began life under coronavirus restrictions.

Last night, BBC Look East hosted a Facebook Live discussion on what we have learned, where we are now and what happens next for the region as lockdown eases.

You can watch it back here, with BBC East science correspondent Richard Westcott joined by virologist Rebecca Kinsley, Patricia Yates from Visit Britain and finance and business advisor Hazel Bowen.

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Figures show five new Covid-19 deaths in east of England

Five more patients have died in hospital of coronavirus in the east of England according to the latest daily government figures issued on Tuesday.

The deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Coclhester hospitals): 1
  • Northampton General Hospital: 2
  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals: 2

The total number of deaths for the eastern region is 3,975.

Across the UK the number of deaths increased by 155 and stands at 43,730.

Your stories of 100 days of lockdown

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

We've been asking for your stories of the lockdown to date via BBC News: East of England's Facebook page and many responses have been positive.

But for Elizabeth Jerome-Smith, who works in a hospital theatre, lockdown hasn't seen her able to learn new skills such as baking bread.

Elizabeth Jerome-Smith
Elizabeth Jerome-Smith/Facebook

"This sums up my ‘lockdown’: No baking cakes, no homeschooling, no treasuring unexpected time to make memories with my children, the memories my children will have of lockdown is an exhausted mother with a sore face.

"Covid isn’t over, we are still working long shifts and extra hours like this in hospitals across the country, to look after the ill and injured, and to try and catch up with the backlog of urgent surgical patients that had to be cancelled to make capacity for Covid patients.

"Please don't forget this as lockdown relaxes and you get back to 'normality'. For some of us this is our new normal, so please, wear a mask, keep your distance, stay safe and enjoy the freedom that relaxing lockdown brings, but don’t forget that Covid is still here."

100 days of lockdown...discuss?

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

It’s 100 days since lockdown started.

What have we learned (eg BBC Newsbeat has been to Telford in Shropshire)? Where are we now? What next for the East of England as lockdown eases?

BBC East will be asking these question on its Facebook Live discussion and answering your questions tonight at 18:45.

In the meantime here's what lockdown has meant to some of the team at BBC East, such as learning the art of making the perfect banana cake:

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Coronavirus: One new death in hospitals

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by one, according to the latest daily government statistics issued on Sunday.

The previous day's figures showed seven new deaths.

The number of new deaths in listed by NHS trust were:

  • Kettering General: 1

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,967, while across the UK it's 43,550.

Coronavirus: Eight new deaths in the region

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by eight, according to the latest daily government statistics.

The previous day's figures showed 11 new deaths.

Southend University Hospital
BBC

The number of new deaths in Thursday's stats, listed by the NHS trust, were:

  • Southend University Hospital: 4
  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 3
  • Kettering General: 1

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,957, while across the UK it's 43,230.

Peter Wallis 999 call
In the recording, Peter Wallis says he can see "four masked men" brandishing weapons outside his house.

Tweet us your temperatures

BBC Look East

With the mercury rising, we want to know just how hot it is in the Look East region - so we'd like you to let us know the temperatures from your cars or gardens.

All you need do is tweet your photos to BBC Look East, telling us where you are and using the hashtag #BBCEastTempcheck....

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Welcome to Thursday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live page here.

Coronavirus: Eleven new deaths in the region

The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by 11, according to the latest daily government statistics.

The previous day's figures showed seven new deaths.

Northampton General Hospital
Google

The number of new deaths, listed by the NHS trust, were:

  • Northampton General: 7
  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 2
  • Southend University Hospital: 2

Northampton General was the hospital with the highest increase in the whole of England.

The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,949, while across the UK it's 42,927.

Wedding venue will not reopen despite government go-ahead

While many businesses have been told they can come out of lockdown, a wedding venue in Buckinghamshire says it will "remain closed indefinitely" despite the government relaxing rules around weddings.

Chicheley Hall, Bucks
Google

Wedding and conference venue Chicheley Hall in Newport Pagnell shut its doors on the 23 March.

Brides and grooms-to-be were hoping the 18th Century mansion would reopen for weddings soon, but in a statement the operator De Vere said "heightened operational restrictions meant it could no do so yet.

Customers are being offered full refunds and were thanked for their support.

Weddings of up to 30 people will be allowed to take place in England again from early July, as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Coronavirus: Seven new deaths in the East

Yesterday's figures showed no new coronavirus deaths in the region's hospitals, but the latest government daily figures released this afternoon show there were seven more, taking the total in the East of England to 3,938.

The deaths, listed by the NHS trust, were:

  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 3
  • Bedford Hospital: 1
  • East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals: 1
  • James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston: 1
  • Southend University Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 42,927.

Welcome to Tuesday's live updates page

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

There are mixed fortunes for the region's two clubs seeking promotion from football's League Two. Northampton overcame a first leg play-off semi-final deficit to reach Wembley, but Colchester lost their semi in extra time.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

Reading stabbings: 'Joe was outrageously funny'
Tributes have been paid to the the victims of an attack in Reading on Saturday.

BreakingNo new Covid-19 deaths recorded in East for first time since March

For the first time since March, not a single Covid-19 death was reported by hospitals across the East, according to the government's latest daily increase statistics issued this afternoon.

The highest figure was 129 deaths, in statistics for 8 April.

The death toll now stands at 3,930 across the eight counties in the East of England.

However, over the course of the last few months, statistics suggest there there has often been a slight delay in recording hospital deaths over the weekend compared to weekdays.

Coronavirus: Three new deaths in the East

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest government daily figures released yesterday afternoon show there were three more coronavirus deaths in the region's hospitals, taking the total in the East of England to 3,930.

The deaths, listed by NHS trust, were:

  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 2
  • East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1

Government figures issued on Saturday recorded 15 more deaths the previous day.

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 42,632.

Help offered to stabbing victims and witnesses

Free help is being offered to victims or witnesses of Sunday's attack in Forbury Gardens.

Supt Stan Gilmour, head of violence reduction unit at Thames Valley Police, has urged people who have been affected to make a referral to Victims First.

It offers "free emotional and practical support for victims and witnesses of crime", he said.

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Reading stabbings: Three dead in attack in park
A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the attack on Saturday evening.

Coronavirus: Four new deaths in the East

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest daily government figures released on Friday show there were four more coronavirus deaths in the region's hospitals, taking the total in the East of England to 3,912.

There were 12 more deaths in statistics issued on Thursday.

The new deaths, listed by NHS trust, were:

  • Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 1
  • Kettering General: 1
  • North West Anglia (Peterborough and Hinchingbrooke hospitals): 1
  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 42,461.