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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00
  2. Updates for Monday 8 June 2015

Live Reporting

By Katy Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Thanks for joining us for today's Local Live updates. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning with all the latest news, sport and leisure from across Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    In the meantime please feel free to continue to get involved by emailing or getting in touch via Twitter @BBC3CR or Facebook.

  2. Building fire in Milton Keynes

    Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service tweets: "Oakgrove fire update: Four-storey timber-frame building under construction, about 30 x 40m, on un-named road. Four fire engines at scene."

  3. Three Counties staff discover all their yesterdays

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Ahead of the station's move to Dunstable later this month, staff at BBC Three Counties Radio have been clearing out their drawers at the old building in Luton - with some interesting results.

    Justin Dealey and Jonathan Vernon-Smith as they were

    Jonathan Vernon-Smith tweeted these presentation photographs of himself from a few years ago, as well as one of Justin Dealey and another of producer Laura Miller and BBC journalist Victoria Cook.

  4. MK Calling to showcase city artists, musicians and performers

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    The work of almost 70 artists, musicians and performers from Milton Keynes will feature in an exhibition at MK Gallery, opening on 3 July.

    MK Gallery

    MK Calling is designed to explore the breadth of creativity in or inspired by Milton Keynes.

    This year's exhibition marks the end of the gallery building in its current form, before work begins on its expansion. The ambitious new MK Gallery will open in 2017 as part of the celebrations for MK50 - the city's 50th anniversary year.

  5. 'Detention essential' says Home Office

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    The Home Office says "detention and removal are essential elements of an effective immigration system", in response to the hundreds who protested outside Yarl's Wood detention centre at the weekend, calling for its immediate closure.

    Yarl's Wood protest

    A spokesman said: "Those with no right to be in the UK should return to their home country. We will help those who wish to leave voluntarily but when they refuse to do so, we will take steps to enforce their removal."

    The Home Secretary has also commissioned an independent review of detainees' welfare to be conducted by the former prisons ombudsman Stephen Shaw.

  6. Weather: Dry with clear spells

    BBC Weather

    Any remaining showers will soon die out going into this evening and tonight, with all parts then having a dry night with some clear spells.

    Weather forecast

    The temperature will remain at around 12C (53F) until midnight, after which it will fall to about 8C (46F)

  7. Shapps hits out at media over Wikipedia stories

    Rebecca Keating

    BBC News

    Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps says allegations about his use of Wikipedia show the media should vet its sources more carefully.

    Grant Shapps

    Wikipedia has censured a volunteer administrator, who claimed an account "either run by Shapps directly" or by someone else "but under his clear direction" was used to alter Mr Shapps' entry on the website.

    In a statement, Conservative MP Mr Shapps said: "Wikipedia's investigation has resulted in the strong disciplinary action now being taken. However, the failure of various media outlets to check even basic facts meant that this false and damaging story ran for an entire day during the general election campaign."

  8. Charity clothes campaign 'snowballs'

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A Hertfordshire woman who wanted to raise £1,000 for cancer research by wearing charity shop outfits every day for a year has raised more than £11,000 in five months.

    Caroline Jones

    Caroline Jones, 46, who began Knickers Model's Own in memory of her mother Mary Benson, who died of breast cancer, has now increased her fundraising target to £36,500 - or £1,000 a day.

    The Cancer Research UK (CRUK) shop in Harpenden, where she volunteers, said it had also seen a "noticeable increase in customers and donations".

  9. Sex ring defendant denies showing girl pornography

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    More from the Old Bailey trial of 11 men accused of committing a range of sexual offences in Aylesbury between 2006 and 2012.

    The Old Bailey

    Girl B's brother, now aged 19, told the court he had been taken to a man's house with his sister when he was around 13. He says the man, known as Ekk and identified as defendant Akbari Khan, took them to his room and tried to give him alcohol before showing him pornography.

    Mr Khan admits he took them to his house, but denies showing them pornography. All 11 men deny all of the charges.

  10. Teen prom date cancelled as golf club closes

    Bucks Herald

    Teenagers who paid more than £4,000 to Mentmore Golf Club for their end of year prom have been left in the lurch after the venue announced its shock closure.

    Year 11 students from Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury were due to have their end of year bash on 1 July, but say they were not informed about the club going into administration.

  11. Is this clear?

    BBC Three Counties Radio's Tony Fisher tweets this picture with the caption: "Is this clear?"

    Road sign on Luton Road

    The writing can be found on Luton Road on the way to Dunstable, at the junction of Kingsbury Avenue.

    Central Bedfordshire Council said the error was made 10 months ago and immediately corrected.

  12. Latest headlines

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    This is the latest news from across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire:

    • The mother and brother of one of the alleged victims at the trial of 11 men accused of rape and child prostitution in Aylesbury say the abuse took place over a six-year period
    • A police misconduct hearing into the death of Habib Ullah has heard how an officer used excessive force without evidence of a crime being committed
    • A man who used a claw hammer to kill his former girlfriend at her home in Bishop's Stortford has been jailed for life
  13. Daughter 'raped while in care'

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    The mother of a girl at the centre of a child sex ring court case has told the Old Bailey her daughter was raped while in care.

    The Old Bailey

    Eleven men variously deny committing a total of 52 sexual offences in Aylesbury between 2006 and 2012.

    The mother of Girl B told the jury she couldn't cope with her daughter's behaviour and in 2009 the girl, then aged 15, was put in to care. Her mother says she was recently told her daughter had been raped at that time.

  14. ME sufferer 'unable to live with his son'

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man from Sandy who has ME fears he'll be unable to live with his five-year-old son if he is forced to move to a smaller home.

    Matthew Hall, who struggles to use his stairs, has been told by Central Bedfordshire Council that he's not entitled to a two bedroom bungalow or flat because he's not his child's primary carer, despite the fact he is alternating child care with his ex-girlfriend.

    Mr Hall told BBC Three Counties Radio's Iain Lee: "I just want to get settled and get my life started again."

  15. Troubled St Mungo's hostel closes

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A homeless shelter has been shut down following a string of complaints by residents about anti-social behaviour.

    St Mungo's in St George's Road, Bletchley, has been closed by Milton Keynes Council after temporary planning permission, granted in July, ran out.

    The authority said the hostel had been located in the wrong area and that they acted to close it after listening to residents who said they had suffered years of anti-social behaviour.

  16. Did you know World War One had codebreakers too?

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    The history of codebreaking during World War Two has been well documented at Bletchley Park in recent years, but we don't hear much about the secret war being fought behind the scenes in London during World War One.

    WW1 exhibition

    This is being rectified with The Road to Bletchley Park - a major exhibition at the museum detailing signals intelligence between 1914 and 1918 - and how two secret organisations set up by the Army and the navy allowed the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), housed at the Buckinghamshire site, to "hit the ground running" at the outbreak of war in 1939.

    Research co-ordinator Sarah Relph said: "Both Allies and Central Powers used cable and wireless telegraphy to intercept messages and deduce enemy tactics and positions. Each side tried to break the other's codes and gain valuable intelligence."

  17. Picturing Bucks in the sun

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    BBC Three Counties Radio's Jane Killick took these pictures of the Ronnie Barker statue in Aylesbury and Wendover Woods while out in the sun at the weekend.

    Wendover Woods and the Ronnie Barker statue

    Think you can do better? Send us your pictures to and we'll publish the best ones.

  18. Travel update: M1 restrictions tonight

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    If you're planning to travel southbound on the M1 from J10 at Luton tonight, you will be diverted to J11 due to the continuing redevelopment work.

    The slip road will be closed for the installation of new signs.

    The restrictions will be in place from 20:00-06:00 every night this week, up to and including Friday.

  19. A new studio with a view

    Laura Miller, producer of the JVS programme, tweets: View from the door of old @BBC3CR studios in Luton vs view from new studios in Dunstable from June 16th.

    Luton v Dunstable
  20. Sally Campion murder: Sentence reflects 'seriousness'

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A police officer who investigated the murder of Sally Campion at her Bishop's Stortford home last year says Matthew Keough's life sentence "reflects the seriousness of his actions and should keep a violent man off the streets for a considerable period of time".

    Det Ch Insp Jo Walker said: "The injuries Matthew Keough inflicted on Sally were horrific and the actions of a controlling and violent man who gave no thought to the devastating impact of his actions."

    During sentencing, St Albans Crown Court heard that Keough, of no fixed address, had defied an order banning him from her home.

  21. Pinewood Studios search for past staff

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    The British Comedy Society (BCS) is looking for anyone with a professional association with Pinewood Studios - either behind or in front of the cameras - to help it celebrate the Buckinghamshire studios' 80th birthday.

    Pinewood Studios

    On 30 September 2016, 80 years to the day since the famous studios were officially opened, there will be a BCS-organised gala event and a blue plaque unveiled to mark its contribution to British, and indeed world, cinema, and to comedy.

    Past members of staff are asked to contact the BCS in order to be part of the event.

  22. Matthew Keough: History of domestic violence

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Matthew Keough, jailed for life today for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Sally Campion, had a history of domestic violence and was jailed in 2008 for threatening to kill another former partner.

    Matthew Keough

    Not long after Sally Campion met Keough, at Alcoholics Anonymous in 2013, she called the police after he punched her. One of her teeth was knocked out, but she had not been prepared to support a prosecution.

    Last April, after Ms Campion ended the relationship when she came out of rehab, he kicked her and smashed pictures and a window, for which he received a four-month sentence suspended for two years. He later breached a restraining order, made on 7 May after he had arrived at her home demanding to see who she had been talking to on her mobile.

  23. Mentmore Golf Club ceases trading

    Mentmore Golf Club tweets: "To clarify, it is with deep sadness that as of Sunday 7th June Mentmore Golf & Country Club has ceased trading."

  24. Latest headlines

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest news from across the three counties:

    • Two teenage brothers from Hertfordshire are commended by a judge for chasing Matthew Keough, who was jailed for life for murdering Sally Campion
    • A police misconduct hearing into the death of Habib Ullah has heard how an officer used excessive force without evidence of a crime being committed
    • The Mentmore Golf and Country Club, in Leighton Buzzard, ceases trading
  25. Woman airlifted to hospital after car hits house

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    This was the scene when a woman in her 70s had to be airlifted to hospital after a car crashed into a house.

    The scene in Old Stratford, Milton Keynes where a car hit a house

    Magpas Helimedix Air Ambulance attended the scene in Old Stratford, Milton Keynes, where the woman had suffered broken legs and was trapped inside the vehicle on Friday afternoon.

    She was sedated before paramedics straightened and splinted her injuries. She was flown to Coventry Major Trauma Centre, where she was described as being in a serious but stable condition.

  26. Police 'had no way of knowing' what was in Habib Ullah's mouth

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The officer who slapped Habib Ullah on the back was Det Sgt Jason Liles, who believed Mr Ullah had swallowed a package of class A drugs.

    Habib Ullah

    Expert witness David Oliver has told the panel at the police misconduct hearing that Det Sgt Liles had no way of knowing what, if anything, was in Mr Ullah's mouth when he was searched in High Wycombe in 2008.

    Mr Oliver said the five officers did not follow procedure in attempting to dislodge the package and should have done more to encourage Mr Ullah to remove the drugs voluntarily. The officers deny all charges.

  27. Former Hatters winger Whalley joins Shrewsbury

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Former Luton Town attacking midfielder Shaun Whalley has signed for Shrewsbury Town on a two-year deal.

    Shaun Whalley

    The 27-year-old was released by the Hatters last month after helping steer the club back into the Football League in 2013/14.

    "I'm looking forward to the challenge at Shrewsbury," said Whalley.

  28. Habib Ullah: Police officer 'used excessive force without evidence'

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A police misconduct hearing into the death of Slough man Habib Ullah in 2008 has heard how an officer used excessive force without evidence of a crime being committed.

    Habib Ullah

    Mr Ullah died after he was slapped on the back by a Thames Valley Police officer during a drugs search in High Wycombe.

    Five officers are accused of covering up evidence in their witness statements and one of those is also accused of using excessive force in the search. They deny all the charges.

  29. Luton Airport reaches million passenger milestone

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Luton Airport has had its busiest-ever May, handling more than a million passengers last month - a 15.7% rise on May last year.

    Luton Airport

    It's the first time the Bedfordshire airport has passed the million-a-month milestone before the start of the busy summer period.

  30. Sally Campion murder: 'Savage and brutal'

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A man who killed his former girlfriend by attacking her with a claw hammer has been described as "savage and brutal" by the judge who sentenced him to life in prison.

    St Albans Crown Court

    Judge Andrew Bright QC said Matthew Keough's motive for murder lay in the fact he could not accept Sally Campion's decision to end their relationship, and became jealous.

    "The blows you struck to her head with that hammer were so savage and brutal and the injuries caused so severe, that your intention can only be to kill her," he said. "Suffice it to say that I am firmly of the view that you pose a very great danger to women with whom you may form relationships in the future."

  31. Sally Campion murder: Brothers' actions 'no little risk' to themselves

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    The judge who sentenced Matthew Keough to life in prison after he killed his former girlfriend said the two teenage brothers who pursued him after the attack had done so "at no little risk to themselves".

    Liam Sellen, 13, pursued Keough, flagged down a police van and gave them a description of the offender while his brother Tyler, 15, also ran after him and went to a nearby pub to get help. Both then helped police with "extremely detailed and coherent accounts".

    Judge Andrew Bright QC said they had shown "great courage" and "as a result the police were able to track the defendant to Bishop's Stortford railway station, where he was promptly arrested". The pair will receive £350 each from the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire for their "courageous and public spirited" behaviour.

  32. Great Linford Waterside Festival cancelled

    Milton Keynes Citizen

    A once-popular village festival run by volunteers will no longer continue, because of "dwindling" support for the event.

    Organisers of the Great Linford Waterside Festival have announced they are bowing out this year.

  33. Sally Campion murder: Brothers praised for Keough pursuit

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Two young brothers have been commended by a judge for chasing a murderer who had bludgeoned his former girlfriend to death with a claw hammer.

    Liam Sellen, 13, and his brother Tyler, 15, pursued Matthew Keough after he left Sally Campion dying from the 41 separate injuries he inflicted on her in her bedroom in July last year.

    Judge Andrew Bright QC jailed Keough for life and said he must serve a minimum term of 22 years.

  34. BreakingSally Campion murder: Matthew Keough jailed for life

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A man who killed a woman who had obtained a restraining order against him has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 22 years.

    Matthew Keough

    Matthew Keough, 44, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court to the murder of Sally Campion. She was found seriously injured at her home in Bartholomew Road, Bishop's Stortford, last July and died later in hospital.

    During sentencing, the court heard residents saw Keough's attack on Ms Campion, 45, through her half-down bedroom blind.

  35. 'Love locks' hit Bedford bridges

    Matt Lockwood

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Padlocks inscribed with messages of love before the keys are tossed into the river can be found attached to bridges in some of the most romantic cities in the world... Paris, Rome - and now Bedford.

    Love locks

    But residents have been telling me the so-called "love locks", which have been appearing on bridges across the River Great Ouse, are "pointless", a "bit of an eyesore" and "a bit cheesy".

    The pictured padlocks have been attached to the Royal Engineers Bridge. What do you think of them? Let us know by email or contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

  36. Police dog Duke gets his new name

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Last week we told you the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit needed to rename its rescue centre springer spaniel because he shared the name Duke with another of the force's top pooches.


    More than 1,500 fans of the unit's Facebook page took part in a poll to choose their favourite from a shortlist of nine. The winning name, with 25% of the total vote, was... Charlie.

    Charlie and his handler are continuing to make excellent progress on a six-week training course at police HQ in Kempston, which hopes to develop its attendees into drug detection dogs.

  37. Hornets increase stadium capacity

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Watford FC are to add an extra 700 seats at their Vicarage Road ground ahead of the new Premier League season, bringing the stadium capacity to just over 21,000.

    Sir Elton John stand

    The new seats will be at the front of the Sir Elton John Stand, replacing staircases.

    The Hornets are also increasing the length and width of the pitch and enhancing their media facilities over the summer in order to meet mandatory Premier League requirements.

  38. Latest headlines

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    These are the latest headlines across the three counties:

    • Matthew Keough, who admitted killing partner Sally Campion in Bishop's Stortford last year, is due to be sentenced today
    • Calls for the closure of the Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre in Bedfordshire have increased after the largest ever protest to be staged there
    • A crane will be used to remove cars from the remains of the collapsed Audi showroom in Bletchley this week
  39. Sally Campion murder: Sentencing today

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A man who admitted killing a woman who had obtained a restraining order against him is due to be sentenced today.

    Sally Campion

    Matthew Keough, 44, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court to the murder of Sally Campion. She was found seriously injured at her home in Bartholomew Road, Bishop's Stortford, last July and died later in hospital.

    A domestic homicide review by the local authority is under way and Hertfordshire Police is investigating its own conduct.

  40. Hamilton 'needed' Canada win

    BBC Sport

    Lewis Hamilton has admitted he "needed" victory in the Canadian Grand Prix, his fourth win in seven races so far this season.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Hamilton lost an apparently certain win in the previous race in Monaco because of a team strategy error and was determined to make amends in Montreal.

    "Did I need this?", he asked after his dominant win. "I think so."

  41. Dorries reveals 'child sex abuse'

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Nadine Dorries, the MP for Mid Bedfordshire, has revealed she was sexually abused as a child.

    Nadine Dorries

    The Conservative MP, who grew up in Liverpool, says she was abused for two years from the age of eight by her local vicar Reverend James Cameron, who died in 2011.

    A Church of England spokesman said it was "a matter of deep regret and shame" and it would be carrying out a full investigation.

  42. Protestors call for Yarl's Wood closure

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Hundreds of protesters held a demonstration outside the Yarl's Wood detention centre on Saturday, calling for its immediate closure.

    Yarl's Wood protest

    Activists, politicians and actors were joined by women who had spent time at the centre, where foreign nationals are detained before their removal from the UK.

    Human rights campaigner Baroness Helena Kennedy QC said: "The idea that we're locking them up as if they were criminals, when they've been the victims of criminals is just too terrible. We aren't getting it right and we've got to find a better way of dealing with these issues."

  43. Kate Moss escorted off plane

    Helena Lee

    BBC News

    Supermodel Kate Moss was escorted off an EasyJet flight which landed at Luton Airport yesterday, for reportedly being "disruptive".

    Kate Moss

    Bedfordshire Police said it was called to help staff after she was reported for her behaviour on the flight from Bodrum in Turkey, but no formal complaints were made and she was not arrested.

    EasyJet says it "does not tolerate disruptive behaviour and will always report any incidents to the authorities".

  44. Today's weather: sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy in many areas this morning with sunny spells this afternoon and the chance of the odd shower.

    Sara Thornton

    Maximum temperature: 17C (62F).

    Watch the latest forecast with Sara Thornton.

  45. Missing Brian: Body found

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    We've been following the search for missing Hertford man Brian Byrne very closely since his disappearance on 7 May.

    Brian Byrne

    Sadly, police found his body in dense undergrowth in the Lee Valley Park on Friday afternoon, within a mile of where he had left his van in Nazeing, Essex.

    Hertfordshire Police has thanked members of the public for their efforts in helping to find him.

  46. Latest headlines

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are this morning's headlines:

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  47. Good morning

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Welcome to today's live page for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, as we begin our last full week at the BBC studios in Luton.

    We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, leisure, travel and weather across the three counties until 18:00.

    We'd love you to be part of this page so feel free to email your comments to or contact us on Twitter @BBC3CR or Facebook.