Britain has seen its hottest day in September since 1949.
As the temperature at Heathrow airport passed 32.2°C, the Met Office announced that it was the first time that 32°C has been exceeded in September for nearly 70 years.
It's reached 32.2 °C at Heathrow. The last time we saw above 32 °C in September was back in 1949 ☀️ #heatwave
In the Anglia region the temperature had reached 30°C at a number of locations by 1pm including Cambridge, Woburn in Bedfordshire and Harpenden in Hertfordshire.
The highest September temperature ever recorded in the Anglia region was 34.6°C at Raunds in Northamptonshire on 8 September 1911.
In reality it took the closure of a busy motorway and more than 17 hours to knock down a bridge but the Highways Agency has release footage of the whole operation speeded up to just over a minute.
The old Luton Road bridge across the M1 was demolished overnight on Saturday 10 September.
It's part of the £162 million project to build a dual-carriageway north of Dunstable linking the A5 and the M1.
Another bridge will be knocked down on Saturday 24 September and the M1 will be closed between junctions 11 and 12 between 8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.
Police in Bedfordshire are investigating after shots were fired at a property in Luton on Monday night. No one was hurt.
Officers were called to Kestrel Way after receiving reports of the sound of a gun being fired. A property was damaged and police believe it was caused by a firearms discharge. A number of bullet casings were recovered.
Kestrel Way remains closed while investigations are carried out.
“This is understandably an unsettling incident but we’d like to reassure the public that we are carrying out a thorough investigation.
"We have a number of lines of enquiry into this incident which we are currently pursuing, and we are committed to finding the person or people responsible."
Luton Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or noticed any suspicious activity in the area at around 9.30pm on Monday to get in touch.”
Health warnings have been issued on what could be the hottest September day in more than 50 years.
Britain's Indian summer will sizzle with temperatures on Tuesday potentially reaching 31°C (88°F).
The hot weather will hit the East of England, the South East, the capital and the East Midlands, which have been on "heatwave Level 2 status".
Temperatures have already started to climb in the Anglia region.
It had reached 25°C (77°F) in Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast by 10am on Tuesday.
The last time temperatures soared above 30°C (86°F) in September was in 2006 in Kew Gardens, which hit 30.5C (87°F) on 11 September. <
If the mercury rises above 31.6°C (88.9°F), which was reached at Gatwick on 2 September 1961, then it will be the hottest day for 55 years.
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A delivery driver has been robbed and had his van stolen at knifepoint in Luton.
The driver was delivering a parcel in Oakley Road on Sunday evening before he was pushed from behind by a man wearing a high-vis jacket.
The man pointed a knife at the victim and snatched his keys, making off from the scene in the victim’s silver Ford Transit van.
“This was a traumatic experience for the delivery driver, who despite being uninjured in the attack, is understandably shaken by the ordeal.
"I’m appealing for any witness who saw this incident to come forward.”
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The parents of a young woman who died after the car she was travelling in collided with a tree have paid tribute to her.
Nineteen-year-old Ferne Campbell from Northamptonshire was a front seat passenger in a silver Toyota Yaris which left the road and hit a tree near the A361. It happened at about 9.55am on Monday 5th September close to Williamscote Hill in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Both Ferne and the driver, another 19-year-old woman, were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but Ferne later died from the injuries she sustained in the crash.
Ferne's parents Peter and Ondine Campbell said:
"As Ferne's parents, we wish to pay tribute to our only child: Our beautiful, vibrant and loving daughter. She was our life and we were, and still are, immensely proud of her.
"We ask that any parent reading these words will hold their child when next they see them and tell them how much they are loved.”
Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the 24 hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101, quoting URN 353 5/9.
Luton Airport has unveiled what it will look like after it's massive £110m refit is completed.
It has released a new video animation showing the eventual results of the terminal extension.
The plans will see the capacity of the airport increase by 50% to 18 million passengers per year by 2020. Construction is well underway, with the airport having already opened a new security search area and £1m executive lounge.
And the airport's parking issues could be helped by a new 1,700 space multi storey car park which is is due to open this winter.
You can watch the new animation below:
A man who sexually abused and shared indecent images of children has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
43-year-old Duncan Hogben, 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.
After being convicted on 29 June, Hogben was sentenced at Luton Crown Court to a total of 18 years behind bars.
“Hogben’s dark secret transcended the cyber world into reality, involving the direct abuse of children. His online offending contributed to the worldwide cycle of child abuse, which is the scourge of our society.
“I would like to pay tribute to the brave testimony of the victims and witnesses in this case, as without their support we would not have achieved the result we have today. I am pleased that the courts recognised the severity of his sickening activities and passed a long sentence – though in my eyes no jail term will be long enough for Hogben to accept what he’s done and truly pay for the lives he has ruined.”