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Summary

  1. As it happened on Wednesday 17 June 2015

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye!

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Thanks for joining us today on Local Live. We're calling it a day but we'll be back with you from 08:00 on Wednesday 18 June with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    Have a great evening.

  2. Tonight's weather

    BBC Weather

    It will be a rather cloudy evening with some patchy rain in places, particularly across north Bucks and Beds.

    Weather graphic

    During the start of the night, the rain will ease and the skies will clear but it will stay mild for all areas with a minimum temperature of 11C (52F).

  3. Littering: Your comments

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Since BBC Three Counties presenter Jonathan Vernon-Smith started a discussion this morning about littering, after he walked through Grove Park in Dunstable strewn with bottles, you've been having your say on Facebook.

    Litter in Grove Park, Dunstable

    Mark says: Teaching children from an early age not to drop litter is a forgotten art.

    Yvonne says: Patrol with community support officers - confiscate alcohol, put the message out that this behaviour is not acceptable.

  4. Incident M1 southbound

    BBC Travel

    The M1 southbound is slow J13-J12 after reports of a multi-vehicle accident.

  5. Delays on M25 in St Albans

    Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing tweet: Family broken down M25 St Albans...this is why there are Red X's above lane 4...

    Scene on M25 tonight
  6. 17 arrested on suspicion of immigration offences

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Seventeen people have been arrested on the M1 in Bedfordshire today on suspicion of immigration offences.

    The sixteen people in the back of the lorry were arrested along with the driver and taken into custody for questioning.

    Bedfordshire Police say an investigation is ongoing. This comes just two days after twenty-six suspected illegal immigrants were found in a lorry over the border in Cambridgeshire.

  7. Breaking17 people arrested in Bedfordshire

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A lorry carrying 16 illegal immigrants has been stopped by police on the M1 in Bedfordshire.

    The scene on the M1 this afternoon

    The driver flagged down a patrol car when he heard banging coming from inside.

    The stowaways and the lorry driver were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences, and taken to Kempston Police station for questioning.

  8. Evening news headlines

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are the latest headlines for the three counties:

    • Two brothers from Hertfordshire have been jailed for their part in a £1.3m VAT fraud
    • Luton man Mohammed Tobeiji, 61, has been charged with the attempted murder of a man in Cambridge and is due before magistrates tomorrow
    • Former Luton footballer, Michael McIndoe, 35, is in a bankruptcy hearing after losing his money gambling
  9. Yarl's Wood: 'Do more' on treatment of women

    BBC Look East

    The plight of women in Bedford's Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre is back on the political agenda today.

    In Geneva, the UN's special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has described how she was prevented from inspecting the facility during a visit to the UK last year.

    She also said the British government needs to do more to tackle the treatment of women.

  10. Congestion across the three counties

    BBC Travel

    Unfortunately, it looks like there is congestion on a lot of the main roads in the three counties this evening. Check here before you travel.

    Rail services appear to be running fine.

  11. New Alban Pilgrimage puppet

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    If you're out and about in St Albans this morning, you may see the new puppet for this weekend's Alban Pilgrimage taking her first walkabout before the big day on Saturday.

    Christina of Markyate

    The Christina of Markyate model will feature in the annual event which uses 12ft tall carnival puppets to dramatise the story of St Alban in a procession through the city centre to the cathedral.

  12. Bucks school starts speed limit petition

    Roberto Perrone

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A primary school in Buckinghamshire is campaigning to reduce the 60mph speed limit outside its gates, after a campaign in 2008 fell through due to lack of council budget.

    Danesfield School entrance

    Danesfield Primary School in Marlow are petitioning the Council to reduce the limit after a number of accidents and close calls on the road.

    "We're in an ambulance black spot", Sean Collins, chair of governors said. "There is no A&E at High Wycombe anymore and it took nearly 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the school and I think that was a sobering moment."

  13. Smart watch stolen in attack

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man who was beaten up in Bedford town centre was left unconscious by his attackers.

    He was attacked by three men as he walked down Midland Road at about 04:00 on Sunday.

    When he woke up he realised his mobile phone and smart watch had been taken.

  14. Ramadan: Health warnings from doctors

    Chetan Pathak

    Communites reporter, BBC East

    Ramadan is one of the most spiritual months in the Islamic calendar - Muslims are required by the Quran to fast from sunrise to sunset.

    This year the holy month falls in the height of summer which means fasts in Britain will last over 17 hours and doctors in Luton are keen to remind Muslim patients to take special care.

    Mosques and Islamic schools in Luton say they're making sure worshippers know the importance of keeping healthy during Ramadan.

  15. Keeping our heads above water

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    What a morning spent on the water in Bedford on the River Ouse. Luke Ashmead and I were invited by Team Beds & Luton to have a go at kayaking and paddle boarding ahead of the Charity Canoe Race on 25 July on the Bedford Embankment.

    Luke Ashmead, Richard Harpham and Geoff Doyle in Bedford's River Ouse today

    Teams will compete in two, four and eight hour challenges with training available and prizes on offer. It's to raise money for local charity Keech Hospice Care.

    With the help of local adventurer Richard Harpham who's excellent on water (!) Luke and I had a kayak race today - you'll find out who won on Monday Night Sport.

  16. Work starts on M1 J11A

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Work starts tonight on the new junction 11A of the M1, that will join the motorway with the new link road from the A5.

    A visualisation of the new link road, joining the M1 and the A5

    The new junction is part of the £161m project for the new link road in Bedfordshire, which aims to reduce congestion and boost growth in the area.

    Road works will be installed overnight between 21:00 and 06:00 from tonight until next Monday. There will be temporary lane closures and a reduced 50mph speed limit.

  17. Afternoon news headlines

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest news headlines for the three counties:

    • A Luton woman who promoted terrorism on Facebook has failed in her attempt to have her jail sentence cut
    • Hertfordshire Police are investigating a crash between a motorbike and a horse in the village of Holwell

    Listen to the news on the hour with BBC Three Counties Radio.

  18. Motorbike collides with horse

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A crash between a motorbike and a horse in the village of Holwell last night is being investigated by Hertfordshire Police.

    It happened about 19:40 outside Capel Grange and the motorcyclist, a man in his thirties from Henlow, was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

    The horse rider, a woman in her thirties from Holwell was also seriously injured and is said to be in a stable condition in hospital. The horse is being treated for significant injuries.

  19. Ronnie Barker: Aylesbury statue

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    The Ronnie Barker statue in Aylesbury has made the top of our Local Live page today.

    Ronnie Barker statue in Aylesbury

    Unveiled in 2010, the bronze statue of the late comedy legend, sits as a reminder that the Two Ronnies star began his acting career in the town.

    I'd love to see some of your favourite places in the three counties. Drop me an email if you'd like to get in touch.

  20. Police take a swing at golf clubs

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Over 300 golf clubs have been marked at events held in Hertfordshire by the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

    Police marking golf clubs in Bushey

    PCSOs spent the day in Bushey marking golf clubs, with the aim that if they were stolen but then recovered, police would be able to return them to the owner.

    You can register your property online with Immobilise, a property database that police use to check stolen goods.

  21. Harpenden's McKenna called for Canada tour

    Herts Advertiser

    Harpenden's Sarah McKenna has missed out on selection for the England Women's Sevens trip to France this weekend, and will instead be heading to Canada with the first XV for the Super Series.

  22. Bedford River: Making a splash

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    BBC Three Counties Sport's Luke Ashmead has been at Bedford River today ahead of a charity canoe race, but he's not just restricted himself to a canoe... he's had a go at paddle boarding too.

    Luke Ashmead has a go at paddle boarding

    Now, I'm definitely no expert, but I am pretty sure you're not supposed to get that wet!

  23. M1 update

    BBC Travel

    All lanes have now reopened on the M1 southbound between J13-J12 after a car fire.

    The vehicle remains on the hard shoulder and there are delays from J14.

  24. A10 cleared

    Hertfordshire Highways tweets: CLEARED: A10 Southbound at Rushgreen Roundabout Hertford, all lanes re-opened

  25. Cloudy weather outlook

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy start to the afternoon but sunny intervals should develop for many, giving a warm and rather humid feel.

    Weather graphic

    It will then become cloudier from the north later, with a little rain possible by evening. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

  26. Lunchtime headlines

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Here are the latest news headlines:

    • A woman from Luton, jailed for promoting terrorism on Facebook, has had a bid to have her sentence reduced thrown out by the Court of Appeal
    • Railway bosses and police are welcoming jail sentences handed down to a gang of vandals who targeted Thameslink trains over a 10-year period
    • Vehicles fires on the M1 southbound J13-J12 and the A10 southbound at the Hertford turn-off are causing long delays
  27. M1: Another lane open

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Highways England has opened another lane past the scene of the vehicle fire on the M1 southbound between J13-J12.

    There are now two lanes open but delays remain with tailbacks beyond J13.

  28. Runa Khan: Judge warns on terrorism promotion

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    "Extremist" mother-of-six Runa Khan, who promoted terrorism on Facebook, has had a challenge to her sentence thrown out.

    Runa Khan

    The 35-year-old from Luton was jailed for five years and three months at Kingston Crown Court in December for encouraging fellow Muslim women to urge male relatives to fight and posting a picture of a suicide vest. She also unwittingly passed a route to Syria to an undercover police officer.

    Ruling her appeal "must be dismissed", Mr Justice Blair said: "It is evident from her online activities that it is fair to describe her as someone who holds extreme Islamist views. Offences of this kind can have serious consequences for innocent people and are bound to attract a heavy sentence."

  29. BreakingRuna Khan's sentence appeal thrown out

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A mother-of-six from Luton, jailed for five years and three months for promoting terrorism on Facebook, has had a bid to have her sentence reduced thrown out by the Court of Appeal in London.

  30. M1 car fire: Traffic passing

    Highways England tweets: Traffic is now passing in 1 lane #M1 southbound J13-J12. #TrafficOfficers and emergency services on scene. Pls take care

  31. Update: M1 car fire

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are closed on the M1 southbound J13-J12 due to a car fire, with tailbacks reaching beyond J13.

    The vehicle has now been moved to the hard shoulder.

  32. Vehicle fire on the M1

    BBC Travel

    There is disruption on the M1 southbound between junction 13 and junction 12 because of a vehicle fire.

    Vehicle fire on the M1

    Lane one is obstructed and matrix signs are set to 40mph.

    Thanks to Kevin for tweeting us this picture.

  33. Watford pitch invasion: CCTV images released

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    After an incident at Watford Football Club where fans invaded the pitch and let off smoke bombs, police have released images of people they want to identify.

    Hertfordshire Police are appealing to speak to these men

    The match against Sheffield Wednesday on 2 May saw several fans invade the pitch at Vicarage Road and a number of flares and smoke bombs were ignited.

    Hertfordshire Police would like to speak with the people pictured as it believes they could assist with its inquiries.

  34. A10 vehicle fire

    BBC Travel

    In Hertfordshire, the A10 southbound at the Hertford turn-off (A414) is blocked due to a vehicle fire.

    Traffic is queuing.

  35. Graffiti gang jailed for targeting Thameslink trains

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Railway bosses and police are welcoming jail sentences handed down to a gang of vandals who targeted Thameslink trains over a 10-year period.

    The gang, from Essex and Kent, sometimes covered the entire side of a train, including the windows and the driver's cab, meaning it couldn't be used for anything from a few hours up to a few days.

    The men, all in their twenties, were given prison sentences of up to 20 months each by Blackfriars Crown Court.

  36. Watford: Flores 'excited' by Premier League challenge

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    New Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has reacted enthusiastically to the publication of the Hornets' Barclays Premier League fixture schedule for the 2015/16 season.

    Quique Sanchez Flores

    "Seeing the Premier League fixtures and knowing I will be part of this with Watford makes me want the start of the season to be here tomorrow," he said.

    "I am a coach who has worked in the Europa League Final and the Madrid derby, but I don't think I felt like this before a season has started."

  37. Littering: Dunstable tweets

    On the subject of the litter BBC Three Counties presenter Jonathan Vernon-Smith saw this morning in Grove Park, 'Love Dunstable!' has been having its say.

    It tweets: Hopefully if you raise awareness the disgusting people that leave it when there are loads of bins will bin it!

    Followed by: Dunstable Town Council do an amazing job of picking up litter, everyday after the people that constantly litter.

  38. MK Dons: Robinson 'really excited'

    MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has been looking ahead to The Dons' first match of the season against Rotherham.

    Karl Robinson

    "Rotherham is a great one to start with," Robinson told mkdons.com. "They've set the benchmark having stayed in the Championship the year after gaining promotion and our aim has to be to try and emulate that, in terms of sustaining ourselves in the Championship.

    "They will be a much better team to the one we played a couple of years back - I'm really excited."

  39. Rhythms of the World preparation

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    The Rhythms of the World festival happens this weekend at Hitchin Priory in Hertfordshire and all hands are on deck to get the site ready.

    Still from the ROTW video

    Festival organisers have shared a rather impressive video showing builders with exemplary coordination! Take a look at the short film here.

    Since starting in 1992, ROTW has brought a range of music to the town along with dance, arts and cuisine from around the world.

  40. Fixture list: Tough Christmas for Watford

    Luke Ashmead

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Like any newly promoted team, Watford's primary focus will be to stay in the Premier League.

    Quique Flores

    The Pozzo family will be looking for continued progression after investment both on and off the pitch. The club are in better shape to stay in the top flight than they were in 2006 though, and with the introduction of Quique Flores as head coach, survival could be possible.

    Watford lost to Everton at Goodison Park on the opening day of 2006 so they'll be looking for an improvement this time round. With a decent run of early fixtures though, the first couple of months will offer them a chance to pick up valuable points.

    The Christmas fixtures will be a real test for the Hornets: Liverpool, Spurs and Man City at Vicarage Road, with a Boxing Day trip to Stamford Bridge.

  41. Littering: Your tweets

    BBC Three Counties presenter Jonathan Vernon-Smith is talking about littering this morning after turning up to work and seeing bottles strewn across Grove Park in Dunstable.

    John tweets: My job is to pick up after people. I've filled up 3 bags already. I started at 7.30 in Bedford

    John's full litter cart
  42. Teenager 'stuck in child's swing'

    Luton on Sunday

    The fire service were called out to one of the more unusual incidents last night.

    A female teenager became stuck in a child's swing in Wigmore Park in Luton at about 20:30 yesterday evening.

  43. Disgusting litter!

    Jonathan Vernon-Smith

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Look at the rubbish outside the new BBC Three Counties Radio studios at Grove Park in Dunstable. How disgusting!

    Litter outside BBC Three Counties in Grove Park, Dunstable

    The litter picker says it's like this every morning.

    What do you think is the best way to stop people dropping litter? Join in the conversation on Facebook.

  44. Hello from me

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Good morning! I'm with you for the rest of today to bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    If you'd like to get in touch about anything we're discussing, please drop me an email.

  45. Local MPs rebel over government EU referendum plans

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Four MPs from this region have rebelled against the government in a vote about the EU referendum.

    MPs in the House of Commons

    Chesham and Amersham MP Cheryl Gillan, Mid-Bedfordshire's Nadine Dorries, Stevenage's Stephen McPartland and St Albans' Anne Main were among 27 Conservative MPs who had backed an amendment to the EU Referendum Bill aimed at ensuring the government could not campaign to stay in the European Union in the weeks leading up to the poll.

    But they were comfortably defeated, with the government winning the vote with a majority of 191, after most Labour MPs abstained.

  46. Latest news headlines

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest news headlines for the three counties:

    • Owners of a care home for vulnerable teenagers in Aylesbury say they're shocked that local councillors want to close them down
    • Police in Welwyn Garden City are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured yesterday evening

    Listen to the news every half hour on BBC Three Counties Radio.

  47. Congestion on A1

    BBC Travel

    We're seeing some congestion on the roads in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire this morning.

    Particularly between J4 and J6 on the A1 northbound. Stay up to date here.

  48. Sexual offences against children rise

    BBC News

    UK

    The number of recorded sexual offences against children in England and Wales has risen by a third, the NSPCC says.

    Figures compiled by the NSPCC show 31,000 crimes were reported in the 12 months to April 2014 - although the charity believes the actual level of abuse is much higher.

    Locally, in Bedfordshire there were 285 incidents, Hertfordshire recorded 857 and there were nearly 1,500 in the Thames Valley, which includes Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

  49. Sex attacker targets female joggers

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Thames Valley Police is hunting a sex attacker who's been targeting women joggers in High Wycombe, after three attacks in the past week near to the boathouse by the Dyke on The Rye.

    The dyke at the rear of the Rye in High Wycombe

    A 45-year-old female jogger was grabbed inappropriately on Sunday morning and a man indecently exposed himself to a 16-year-old female jogger on Monday. Last Thursday, a 47-year-old woman in the Water Fall area saw a man expose himself before he grabbed her from behind and pulled backwards.

    The offender is described as white, 15 or 16-years-old, about 5ft 9in to 5ft 11in tall and of slim build.

  50. Football fixtures announced

    BBC Sport

    You can find the full fixture lists for next season via the BBC Sport website.

  51. BreakingLeague Two football fixtures announced

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Teddy Sheringham's first League Two game in charge of Stevenage FC will be at home to Notts County, when the new season starts on 8 August.

    Wycombe Wanderers will start the campaign at home to York.

  52. BreakingFootball fixtures announced

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Watford FC will start the new Premier League season away to Everton - as they did back in 2006 - and their first home game is against West Brom a week later.

    Milton Keynes Dons will start their first season in the Championship with a trip to Rotherham and Luton Town start their League Two campaign away to Accrington.

    The new season starts on 8 August.

  53. Teen admits petrol station arson attempt

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A teenager has admitted trying to start a fire on a petrol station forecourt in Bletchley.

    BP station Aylesbury Road, Bletchley

    Jake Regan, 19, of Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court to arson with intent to endanger life at the BP Express Viking service station in Aylesbury Street, at about 04:45 on 8 June.

    He was abusive to staff and began to push bins around before taking an unleaded fuel hose off a pump and holding a lighter flame to the end of the nozzle while repeatedly pulling on the lever in an attempt to extract fuel. He will be sentenced on 3 August.

  54. Milton Keynes council tackles homelessness

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Milton Keynes Council has set up a task force to tackle homelessness, which has doubled since 2011/12 - from 500 applications to more than 1,000 received by the council in the past year.

    Bed and breakfast bills this year amount to £1.5m, compared to just over £80,000 in 2009/10.

    Labour councillor Chris Williams, who's in charge of housing said: "It's taken a long time [to set up] because until last year the government didn't really release funding to give us an incentive to make it possible for us to actually seriously look at how to increase housing in Milton Keynes."

  55. Cyclist 'seriously injured' in Welwyn Garden City

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Police in Welwyn Garden City are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured on the A1000 Chequers.

    Ascots Lane junction on the A1000

    A black Ford Fiesta, being driven by a 39-year-old woman from the town, was in collision with the 28-year-old male cyclist at about 18:00, at the junction near to Ascots Lane.

    He was taken to the Royal London Hospital with serious injuries.

  56. Today's weather: Warm and sunny

    BBC Weather

    After a mild start to the day, it will be warm and sunny and feel rather sticky and humid. Rain is forecast for this evening.

    Kate Kinsella

    Maximum temperature: 22C (71F).

    Watch the latest forecast with Kate Kinsella.

  57. Latest headlines

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    These are this morning's headlines:

    • Owners of a care home for vulnerable teenagers in Aylesbury are shocked local councillors want to close them down
    • Police in Welwyn Garden City are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured on the A1000 yesterday evening
    • Milton Keynes Council has set up a task force to tackle homelessness, which has doubled since 2011/12 from 500 to more than 1,000 applications received in the last year

    Listen to all the latest news on the hour at BBC Three Counties Radio.

  58. Good morning

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Welcome to today's live page for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, on a beautiful morning in Dunstable.

    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 bhblive@bbc.co.uk or contact us on Twitter @BBC3CR or Facebook.