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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates for Thursday 18 June 2015

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight!

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    That's all for today on Local Live. We'll be back with you from 08:00 on Friday 19 June with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    Have a good evening!

  2. Barnfield College must improve

    Luton Today

    A college that was told it had no strengths whatsoever has improved but still has a number of serious shortcomings, according to Ofsted.

    Barnfield College was plunged into crisis in January when the schools watchdog branded it 'inadequate' and demanded 'urgent' changes across the board.

  3. Missing man with dementia found

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    An elderly man who went missing from his home in Luton in the early hours has been found.

    Bedfordshire Police said William McGonigle, 76, was found safe and well this afternoon.

  4. Tonight and tomorrow's weather

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Mainly dry through this evening with further sunny spells. Staying mostly dry overnight with clear spells at first, but becoming rather cloudy by the end of the night. Fairly mild, with temperatures falling to 9C (48F).

    weather graphic

    Friday will be rather cloudy but mainly dry with bright or sunny intervals at times, just the small chance of an isolated shower. In a moderate northwesterly breeze, temperatures will reach up to 18C (64F).

  5. Seventeen suspected illegal immigrants arrested

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Seventeen suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested in Bedfordshire.

    At Toddington Services

    They were found in a field next to Toddington Services on the M1, at about 15:30.

    Sixteen people arrested on the M1 in Bedfordshire yesterday have now been transferred to the supervision of the UK Border agency, and a lorry driver has been released on police bail.

  6. Check before you travel

    BBC Travel

    There are still severe delays around Watford as the ring road/A411 remains closed between Beechen Grove and the High Street due to police investigations.

    On the M25 anticlockwise, between J15-J14, there is queuing traffic because of a broken down vehicle.

    Stay up to date here.

  7. Watford incident: Mayor debriefed

    The Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill has tweeted: Been debriefed relived our suspect package was not a viable device !! Controlled explosion necessary to work out what its potential was !

  8. Women's Tour: Day two

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Belgium's Jolien D'Hoore has won the second stage of the Women's Tour, which today went from Braintree to Clacton.

    Laura Trott

    Hertfordshire Olympic champion Laura Trott was 37th and is 28th overall.

    The Tour comes to the Three Counties on Saturday.

  9. Body found in Wendover pond

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The body of a man has been found in a pond at Wendover in Buckinghamshire.

    Hampden Pond in Wendover by St Mary's Church

    The man, who's believed to be in his 70s, had head and leg injuries, but his death isn't being treated as suspicious.

    Officers were called to the pond at St Mary's Church, in Church Lane, shortly before 10:00.

  10. Evening headlines

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest news for Beds, Herts and Bucks:

    • Police are still investigating after a suspicious device was found in Watford town centre this morning. It has been destroyed in a controlled explosion
    • A new headstone has been placed on the grave of a man from Hertfordshire who fought at Waterloo
    • The body of a man has been found in a pond at Wendover in Buckinghamshire
  11. Three men arrested on suspicion of murder

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Three men from Luton have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a serious assault in Cambridge on Tuesday.

    Scene of the crime in Cambridge on Tuesday

    The men, aged 23, 27 and 58, were arrested in Luton today and have been taken to Parkside Police Station, taking the total number arrested to six.

    Cambridgeshire Police received reports of a man having been stabbed in East Road, at about 01:15. The man, believed to be from Cambridge, remains in a stable condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital.

  12. Afobe drafted into England Under-21s

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    The former MK Dons loan striker Benik Afobe has been drafted into the England Under-21 European Championship squad.

    Benik Afobe

    He replaces West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who's injured.

    England's campaign gets under way against Portugal this evening.

  13. Watford: Dog walker identified

    Hertfordshire Police tweets: UPDATE - #Watford incident: We have now identified the dog walker pictured in CCTV that was released earlier. Thank you for sharing it.

  14. Watford suspicious item: Mirror photos

    The Daily Mirror has published photos of the police operation in Watford, where a man has been arrested following the discovery of a suspicious item this morning.

    Hertfordshire Police said the device, discovered at about 11:00, has been safely destroyed in a controlled explosion.

    The force would not elaborate on the identity of the man arrested.

  15. Severe delays around Watford

    BBC Travel

    Police are advising motorists to avoid Watford town centre - the Ring Road (A411) is closed between Beechen Grove and the High Street.

    This is affecting bus services in the area, and seems to also be having a knock-on effect on surrounding roads.

    Check before you travel.

  16. Pregnant woman attack 'horrible'

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The University of Bedfordshire says its sympathy goes out to one of its recent graduates, Malorie Bantala, who was pregnant but lost her baby after being attacked in London.

    A University of bedfordshire building

    Describing the attack on the 21-year-old, who remains in a critical condition in hospital, as "horrible", the university is calling on anyone with information to call the police.

    Kevin Wilson, 20, a teaching assistant from the Longfield Estate in Bermondsey, has been remanded in custody by magistrates.

  17. Rhythms of the World: preparations continue

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Preparations for this weekend's charity festival Rhythms of the World are continuing at Hitchin Priory, where visitors can see bands including The Brand New Heavies, the Neville Staple Band and Paul's Young's Los Pacaminos.

    Hitchin Priory

    If you're interested in being a steward, the organisers say tonight is your last chance to sign up - just turn up at the priory at 20:00. For four hours work you get full training and free entry for the rest of the day.

  18. Watford roads remain closed

    Hertfordshire Police tweets: UPDATE - #Watford incident: the following roads are closed in the town: Market Street, the High Street and the ring road. Please avoid area.

  19. Watford suspicious device: Dog walker sought

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    A woman who was walking her dog through Watford town centre this morning is being sought by police, as it is thought she may have seen the suspicious device before it was reported to police.

    CCTV still from Watford this morning

    Police say the woman (pictured), who is believed to have been walking a small terrier type dog, is not in trouble.

    Experts are still investigating in Market Street and the High Street in the town, after the device was found just after 11:00.

  20. Afternoon weather outlook

    BBC Weather

    It'll continue to be a fine and dry afternoon with some prolonged spells of warm sunshine.

    Weather graphic

    Feeling less humid than yesterday, with maximum temperatures of 20C (68F).

  21. Attacked pregnant woman was Uni of Beds graduate

    BBC News

    UK

    The ex-boyfriend of a heavily pregnant woman has appeared in court charged with child destruction after she was attacked and lost her baby.

    Malorie Bantala

    21-year-old Malorie Bantala, a recent University of Bedfordshire graduate, was 32 weeks pregnant when she was attacked by two men in Peckham on Monday evening.

    She remains in a critical condition in intensive care.

  22. Afternoon news headlines

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here's the latest news for the three counties:

    • A man has been arrested following the discovery of a suspicious package in Watford town centre - roads remain closed for investigation
    • The University of Bedfordshire says its sympathy goes out to one of its recent graduates, Malorie Bantala, who was pregnant but lost her baby after being attacked in London
    • Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has begun a three-day tour to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire at St Mary's Church in Luton
  23. Good Care Hertfordshire

    Roberto Perrone

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    I'm broadcasting live from a care home in St Albans from 15:00 this afternoon, to mark the launch of Good Care Hertfordshire.

    It's a campaign to encourage more people to take up a career in social care, and I'll be marking it at Grace Muriel House.

    I'll be hearing some amazing stories - from the elderly people living in the home, to the chef, the care workers and the care home manager.

  24. Women's Tour: sprint finish

    We've been following the fortunes of Bedford's Helen Wyman and Cheshunt's Laura Trott as they took part in Stage 2 of the Women's Tour.

    Women's Tour

    BBC Look East's Tom Williams tweets: Dramatic sprint finish @thewomenstour - flew past us!! Screams round the final bend.

  25. Waterloo ceremony in Hertfordshire wood

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A ceremony marking 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo takes place at Hockeridge in Hertfordshire today.

    Hockeridge Wood

    An avenue of trees was planted 60 years ago in the wood near Ashley Green, to remember the Duke of Wellington.

    Hockeridge Wood was bought by Wellington's great-great-grandaughter, Mary Wellesley, in the 1950s and was gifted to the Royal Forestry Society in 1985.

  26. Knickers Model's Own: Ladies Day challenge

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A woman who's raising money for cancer research by wearing charity shop outfits every day for a year is facing her biggest challenge so far today - Ladies Day at Ascot.

    Caroline Jones

    Caroline Jones, from Harpenden, began her Knickers Model's Own campaign in memory of her mother Mary Benson, who died of breast cancer.

    Well, once again she's come up trumps with a vintage champagne gold dress, green suede heels by Gabor, tasselled clutch, necklace and vintage earrings - all from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) shops. Her champagne and silver pillbox hat was donated to CRUK by Love Lupin. Gold dress ring and knickers - model's own.

  27. Watford: Roads remain closed for investigation

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    A man has been arrested after the bomb disposal unit were called to deal with a suspicious device in Watford this lunchtime.

    Police cordons in Watford today

    Hertfordshire Police said the device was safely destroyed in a controlled explosion.

    The ring road, Market Street and the High Street are expected to remain closed for some time as the investigations continue.

  28. BreakingWatford incident: Man arrested

    A man has been arrested in connection with the incident in Watford town centre this lunchtime, Hertfordshire Police says.

    He is being taken into police custody.

  29. Women's Tour: 80km into stage two

    Tom Williams

    BBC Look East sport

    We're now 80km into stage two of the race with about 90 minutes to go and I'm in the car of Matrix Fitness, whose team includes Cheshunt's Laura Trott and Bedford's Helen Wyman.

    Tom Williams

    Team leader Stefan Wyman says we're not far away from the first time bonus sprint in the stage.

    "We expect quite a bit of action to be coming in the next 10km," he said.

  30. Traffic problems in Watford and on trains

    BBC Travel

    The Ring Road (A411) in Watford remains closed along with Market Street and the High Street due to an ongoing police investigation.

    Buses in the area are being affected because of this.

    There are also delays on Great Northern trains between Welwyn North and Knebworth.

  31. Watford: 'Please avoid area'

    Hertfordshire Police tweets: An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team is currently in #Watford town centre assessing the situation. Please avoid the area until further notice

  32. Concern for missing man with dementia

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    There's concern for an elderly man with dementia who left his home in Luton at 03:00 this morning.

    William McGonigle

    William McGonigle, 76, lives in Oatfield Close and is described as 6ft, of slight build with grey receding hair. He's thought to have been wearing a black fleece with wolves on it and black jeans, shoes and peak cap.

  33. Watford: Evacuation continues

    The Watford Observer tweets: LIVE: People nearby are being evacuated towards the church "as fast as possible"

    Followed by: Police are getting ready to detonate the suspicious item in the Ring Road. http://bit.ly/1J5HCP5

  34. Watford evacuation: Bomb squad investigation

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Here's a clearer picture of the bomb disposal unit who are currently investigating a suspicious item in Watford.

    Bomb Squad in Watford

    Market Street, the High Street and the ring road have been closed.

  35. Lunchtime headlines

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest news headlines for the three counties:

    • Police have evacuated Market Street and the High Street in Watford following the discovery of a suspicious package - the ring road has also been closed
    • Ian Brunner, 47, from Bedford, has pleaded guilty to murder after a fatal stabbing in Bedford in January
    • A teenager from Hemel Hempstead has been jailed for more than two years after leaving a woman seriously injured in a crash
  36. Watford evacuation: Bomb disposal unit arrives

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    The bomb disposal unit has arrived in Watford after a suspicious item was found in Market Street this morning at about 11:00.

    Bomb Disposal Unit arrive in Watford

    Hertfordshire Police has shut the ring road, Market Street and the High Street.

  37. Archbishop stops for lunch

    Milke Naylor

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (second from left) has arrived at Luton Town Hall for a lunchtime reception.

    Archbishop on the steps of Luton Town Hall

    Today marks the first day of a three-day visit to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

  38. Luton council apologises for delayed survey results

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Results of a survey about Luton's reputation carried out in 2013 haven't been "deliberately delayed", the borough council says.

    Luton Town Hall

    Responding to accusations that the public's views of the town had been withheld because the Labour-run council didn't like the answers, deputy leader Sian Timoney said: "It wasn't done deliberately to hide any information.

    "Time's just run away with us. We're making loads of efficiencies and cuts within the council... and it is just slackness on our part. I hold my hands up and apologise for it."

  39. Disruption in Watford

    BBC Travel

    There's disruption on the A411 in Hertfordshire - the road is closed between the Water Lane junction and the Beechen Grove junction due to an incident.

    Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.

  40. Watford streets evacuated: Police investigating

    Hertfordshire Police tweets: Police are asking people to avoid Watford town centre after a suspicious item was found in Market Street at 11am.

    Followed by: Whilst investigations take place at the scene, Market Street & High Street have been closed, as well as the Ring Road.

  41. Watford streets evacuated due to suspicious item

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Market Street and the High Street in Watford have been cordoned off by police after a suspicious item was found in Market Street.

    Road closures in Watford

    Hertfordshire Police was called just after 11:00 and has cordoned off the road.

    The ring road has also been closed to traffic and people are being asked to avoid the area.

  42. BreakingWatford high street evacuated

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    We're getting reports that the High Street in Watford has been evacuated.

  43. Major disruption on the M25

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    There's major disruption on the M25 in Essex after three lorries collided, leaving a driver trapped.

    Police say there have been queues of up to 14 miles, because of the crash early this morning.

    The motorway has been closed clockwise at junction 30 but is expected to reopen shortly.

  44. Train delays at Stevenage

    National Rail tweets: Trains between London Kings Cross and Stevenage via Hatfield are being delayed by up to 15 minutes because of a signalling problem

  45. Perceptions of Luton results awaited

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The Labour-run Luton Borough Council has been accused of withholding the results of a survey about the town's reputation because it didn't like the answers.

    Luton high street

    The Perceptions of Luton survey was carried out in October 2013 in an attempt to understand why people held certain views of the town.

    Liberal Democrat councillor David Franks said: "There's got to be a reason why they haven't published it, and that's the obvious conclusion that people are going to come to. It's one of the questions I want answered."

  46. Justin Welby meets Luton pupils

    BBC Three Counties presenter Mike Naylor tweets: ABC Most Rev Justin Welby meeting Luton schoolchildren

    Justin Welby meets Luton pupils
  47. Pupils prepare for Archbishop's visit

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    BBC Three Counties presenter Mike Naylor is at St Mary's Church in Luton with the pupils of Wenlock School, who are preparing to sing for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    Pupils at St Mary's Church in Luton

    Justin Welby will be visiting Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire over the next three days.

  48. Slip and slide day 'disaster'

    Herts Advertiser

    Customers are demanding a refund and an apology after a "shambles" Slide in my City event at the Hertfordshire County Showground in Redbourn on Saturday.

    It was said to be a "disaster" and a "rip off" after users were unable to go down the slide without walking or injuring themselves.

    In a post on its Facebook page, Slide in My City said: "There have been some complaints about the slope and speed; it's a fine balance to find a slope that is fun but also safe for all ages."

  49. A10 crash

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    The A10 at Royston is till partially blocked with queuing traffic in both directions between the town and the Melbourn turn off.

    Scene of crash on A10

    BBC Three Counties reporter Tony Fisher is on his way in and has been caught up in the delays - he sent us this photo.

  50. New headstone for Waterloo soldier

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A new headstone will be placed on the grave of a man from Hertfordshire who fought in the Battle of Waterloo later today.

    George Arnold headstone

    In 1815, George Arnold from Pirton served with the 16th Light Dragoons - he survived the battle, and lived until 90.

    This year, an article from the Times in 1868 was discovered explaining how the public raised money for a headstone for George. A new appeal has paid for its restoration after it became weathered and unreadable.

  51. Latest headlines

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here's the latest news for the three counties:

    • A man has pleaded guilty to murder after a fatal stabbing in Bedford earlier this year
    • Thirty-three-year-old lorry driver, Michael Eady, has been jailed for over five years for causing death by dangerous driving, just 17 days after the collision on the M1 in Buckinghamshire in which a man died
    • Luton Borough Council says a survey about the town will be published in the coming days, after criticism that its findings were being covered up
  52. John-Mark Duffy murder: Man admits killing

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A man has pleaded guilty to murder after a fatal stabbing in Bedford earlier this year.

    John-Mark Duffy

    Ian Brunner, 48, of Byron Crescent, Bedford, admitted killing 39-year-old John-Mark Duffy (pictured) on 22 January. He is due to return to Luton Crown Court on 22 June for sentencing.

    A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Duffy, who died in an ambulance in Byron Crescent, suffered a stab wound to the chest.

  53. Delays on A10 and A40

    BBC Travel

    The A10 in Hertfordshire is closed northbound between the A505 junction and the Melbourn turn off due to a three vehicle accident and recovery work.

    In Buckinghamshire, the A40 is still severely delayed in both directions at the Chipps Hill junction.

  54. Cycling Women's Tour: Tom Williams on the route

    BBC Look East reporter Tom Williams is with Bedford's Helen Wyman and Cheshunt's Laura Trott on stage two of the Women's Tour, which starts at 10:00.

    Laura Trott

    We'll bring you all his news from the route.

  55. Wycombe Wanderers: Craig leaves club

    BBC Sport

    Wycombe striker and vice-captain Steven Craig is leaving Adams Park after a two-year spell.

    Steven Craig

    The 34-year-old made 36 appearances last season, scoring in the play-off semi-final victory at Plymouth, before featuring as a substitute in the final at Wembley.

  56. Archbishop visits diocese

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    The Archbishop of Canterbury starts a three-day visit to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire today.

    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

    Justin Welby's tour of the St Albans Diocese starts at St Mary's Church in Luton this morning before moving on to St Paul's Church in Langleybury, and the Grand Union Canal at Hunton Bridge later.

    Tomorrow he starts at St John's in Farley Hill in Luton, before visiting the prison chaplaincy at Bedford Prison, the rural ministry at Shuttleworth College, and the Living Room in Stevenage, which provides ministry to people with addictions. On Saturday he will take part in the annual Alban Pilgrimage Festival in St Albans.

  57. J11A: M1 roadworks begin

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Roadworks have started being put into place for the construction of J11A on the M1 in Bedfordshire, which will create a direct link with the A5, north of Dunstable. It is due to be completed at the start of 2017.

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

    Conservative MP For South West Bedfordshire, Andrew Selous, said it's taken far too long to get to this stage.

    He said: "If we can't build the vital infrastructure we need... more quickly, I really do worry it's going to hold us back in terms of our economy and being competitive. We absolutely have to learn lessons about how we do this sort of thing more quickly."

  58. High Wycombe sex offences: Man arrested

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A man has been arrested in connection with three sexual offences which have taken place at the Dyke on the Rye in High Wycombe in the past week.

    A 31-year-old man from the town was detained by Thames Valley Police on suspicion of indecent exposure and sexual assault.

  59. Today's weather: dry and sunny

    BBC Weather

    Today is set to be dry and sunny with temperatures probably not quite as high as yesterday and it will feel less humid.

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

    Watch the latest forecast with Elizabeth Rizzini.

  60. M1 crash driver jailed

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    A lorry driver has been jailed for causing death by dangerous driving, just over two weeks after a collision on the M1 in Buckinghamshire in which a 25-year-old man from Northampton died.

    Michael Eady

    Michael Eady, 33, from Northampton, was sentenced to eight years in prison - with a third off for an early plea, leaving five years and four months. At Aylesbury Crown Court, he admitted he had taken anti-depressants and smoked heroin the evening before the collision on 29 May.

    A lorry had broken down between junctions 13 and 14 and whilst on the hard shoulder it was hit by Eady's lorry, killing the front seat passenger. Eady was also given a 10-year driving ban.

  61. Travel update

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic on the London-bound M40 between J5 for the A40 at Stokenchurch and J4 for the A404 at High Wycombe due to an earlier accident. All lanes have now been reopened but there's congestion back to J6 for the B4009 at Watlington.

    The A40 Wycombe Road in Piddington is also blocked, with traffic queuing in both directions at the Chipps Hill junction because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    Get the latest updates from BBC Travel.

  62. Latest headlines

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are this morning's headlines:

    • A survey of Luton commissioned by the council still hasn't been published almost two years on
    • Roadworks are being put into place for the construction of Junction 11A on the M1 in Bedfordshire
    • A lorry driver is jailed for causing death by dangerous driving, 17 days after a collision on the M1 in Buckinghamshire, in which a man died

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

  63. Good morning

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Welcome to today's live page for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire where 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.