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Blouse in fridge declared 'best mistake ever'

Those on the early shift at BBC Three Counties Radio in Dunstable were surprised to find that someone - hopefully a colleague - had left a white blouse in the office fridge overnight.

Marveling at the workmate's forward-planning skills in advance of what could be the UK's hottest day ever (imagine arriving after a hot commute and slipping in to something cool), it prompted a breakfast phone-in on novel ways to beat the heat.

Blouse in the fridge
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However, it turned out that said colleague left it there "by mistake" - as you do - while collecting her sandwiches from the fridge before leaving on Wednesday.

However, posing in the white shirt in sweltering midday temperatures, journalist Jane Killick declared her lapse the "best mistake ever" and is going to put it back in there tonight!

Jane Killick
BBC

UK heatwave: Rail companies urge passengers not to travel

With temperatures predicted to soar to an unprecedented high of 39C (102F) today, many train companies in the eastern region are urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Network Rail has announced that speed restrictions will be in place for most of the day because of fears that rail tracks could buckle.

Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern have said there will be delays and cancellations to services across the whole network.

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East Midlands trains are not calling at Bedford and Southern trains to Milton Keynes are not running.

Greater Anglia has advised people against travelling unless its urgent.

John Halsall, from Network Rail, said: "I've been working on the railway for 10 years - I've never encountered temperatures like this or put in the level of blanket speeds that we're talking about.

"We're not making this decision easily but it is essential in terms of passenger safety."

Severe accident: A421 Bedfordshire westbound

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A421 Bedfordshire westbound severe accident, from A1 Great North Road to A603 Cardington Road.

A421 Bedfordshire - A421 closed westbound from Black Cat Roundabout in Chawston to Cardington Cross in Cardington, because of an accident earlier on and emergency repairs.

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

Severe accident: A421 Bedfordshire southbound

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A421 Bedfordshire southbound severe accident, from A1 Great North Road to A603 Cardington Road.

A421 Bedfordshire - An accident earlier on on A421 southbound from Black Cat Roundabout in Roxton to Cardington Cross in Bedford. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: A421 Bedfordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A421 Bedfordshire westbound severe disruption, from A1 Great North Road to A603 Cardington Road.

A421 Bedfordshire - A421 closed westbound from Black Cat Roundabout in Roxton to Cardington Cross in Bedford, because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Rescued: Train from trenches discovered in Barrow

An armoured train which was used in World War One has been fully restored and mobile again after it was found rusting in a scrapyard in Barrow.

Armoured locomotive
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The bizarre-looking steam engine is the last surviving locomotive of its kind and was built to move munitions on the Western Front.

It was brought back to work in a quarry near Barrow until it was eventually abandoned.

After 10 years, volunteers in Bedfordshire have finally restored it to its former glory.