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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 7 September 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates have finished for today across Beds, Herts and Bucks. We'll be back with you tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Weather: Dry overnight with a dry day tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    It'll be dry overnight,with variable amounts of cloud. Some clear spells are possible, mainly in western areas towards Leighton Buzzard, where it may turn chilly with some mist forming. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

    Weather graphic shows highs of 16C tomorrow

    Tomorrow: It will be another dry day with some bright or sunny spells at times. Feeling pleasant in the sunshine too. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F)  

  3. Eleven times in court... and counting

    The case of Tina Beloveth Powerful, from Milton Keynes, shows how court cases can take time - she was found guilty of fraud after eight separate court hearings.

    Tina Beloveth Powerful

    She had offered courses and degrees that her Everest School of Transformational Management did not have the correct accreditation for - and advertised facilities that did not exist, including a library.

    But since she was found guilty, Powerful has failed to turn up for sentencing on three occasions. An arrest warrant has been issued.

  4. Stevenage Magistrates' Court: A fairly smooth day

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    A busy day has drawn to a close here at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court.

    Over the last few hours, I’ve seen technical wizardry and more than a dozen defendants come through the doors and heard the occasional stern word handed down by the chairman of the bench.

    A fellow journalist tweeted to tell me that at this court he had to wait four hours because the prosecution lawyer had a flat tyre. Compared with that, it's been a very smooth day with efficient and professional staff trying to ensure, as the chairman said, that “justice is swift and fair”.

  5. Live in court: Defendant told 'see this as a warning'

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Earlier on I mentioned the probation service prepared a report about a defendant charged with affray and possession of cannabis.

    When Daniel Nichols returned for sentencing, he didn’t look very well and was accompanied by his mother who sat alongside him for support.

    Sentencing him to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, chairman of the bench David Owen told Nichols: “You need to see this as a warning.”

    He was ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge, £100 in compensation, £180 in criminal court charges, £85 to the prosecution and a £200 fine for cannabis possession.

  6. Victim of Aylesbury sex ring to take legal action

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    One of the victims of a child sex ring in Aylesbury has said her lawyers will be taking legal action against Buckinghamshire County Council for negligence. Six men were jailed today for abusing two girls on a "massive scale". 

    The Old Bailey

    Speaking after the sentencing, Girl B said no sentence could ever put right what happened. But she wants government and social services to listen to her experiences so they can stop abuse happening in future. 

    Alan Collins from the law firm Hugh James says social services should have done more to protect the victims and spot crucial signs that something was wrong. He said they would be taking legal action against the council for their negligence which resulted in unnecessary suffering.

  7. Stevenage Magistrates' Court live: Mobile hairdresser disqualified from driving

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    One of the final cases of the day is a mobile hairdresser who’s been disqualified from driving.

    Lindsey Lee, 34, from Kings Earl Court, Waltham Abbey, admitted failing to take a breath test when she was at a police station after a crash.

    She’d been drinking with friends the night before the crash on 15 August, but was “aggressive” and “appeared intoxicated” when police spoke to her afterwards.

    She was disqualified from driving for 14 months, and was ordered to pay a fine of £335, prosecution costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £35 and a criminal court charge of £150.

  8. Adam Fanelli murder trial: 'Beaten to death after drug deal'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A jury at Luton Crown Court has heard how a man who suddenly started taking drugs was dead within three weeks after being beaten to death by two men he had supplied cocaine to.

    Nash

    Adam Fanelli, 31, was found dead at Nash Park travellers' site in Buckinghamshire on 17 March. Post-mortem tests showed he died from blunt force trauma to the head.

    Addy McAllister, 34, of Charlesworth Street, Bolsover in Derbyshire and Jemma Price, 30, of Ridgeway, Kensworth in Bedfordshire have denied his murder. Each defendant has claimed he was merely a bystander as a fight broke out between the other and Mr Fanelli. The case continues.

  9. Live at Stevenage Magistrates': Preparation of probation reports

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Another example of how some court proceedings can take a bit of time, as we wait for a probation report to be prepared.

    Daniel Nichols, 38, of Baker Street, Hertford, admitted one count of affray and one of cannabis possession.

    Police car

    After an argument with a couple in a kebab shop during a night out last month, Nichols went to get a claw hammer from his home nearby and threatened the pair with it before he was restrained.

    The chairman of the bench has said he wants a “fast delivery report” from the probation service on Nichols, who says he has an alcohol problem, to use during sentencing.

  10. OneMK: Council leader thinks city should be 'prepared to take share' of refugees

    Milton Keynes Council leader Pete Marland believes the city "should stand ready to act" on the desperate humanitarian refugee crisis.

  11. Live in court: A long journey from Wales for a 15-minute hearing

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Another case where the expected guilty plea wasn’t forthcoming has appeared before the court.

    The defendant, charged with driving offences, had travelled to Stevenage from Wales, only to sit in court for a 15-minute hearing which was adjourned until November because he pleaded not guilty. 

    “It was a shame the defendant didn’t realise he didn’t need to come today. He was ill-advised,” duty defence lawyer Steven Smyth told the court.

  12. Segway stolen by man wielding knife in Bedford

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Police are appealing for witnesses after two boys had the Segway (example pictured) they were playing on in Bedford stolen from them by a man wielding a knife. 

    Example of a Segway being used in America

    The two 15-year-old boys were approached by the man at around 21:45 at the junction of Needwood Road and Ettrick Drive on Wednesday. 

    The offender is described as around 5ft 5in to 5ft 7in. He was wearing a black hooded top, a black and white bandana covering his face, black gloves and dark jeans.    

  13. Broadband speeds in Milton Keynes

    BBC Inside Out

    Internet access is something we take for granted today. Without it, we’d struggle to manage tasks from internet banking to checking bills, booking holidays or shopping. 

    Internet explorer window

    This is why the government is spending more than £1 billion on improving broadband connections. 

    There are places in rural Cambridgeshire, however, that have broadband speeds 1,000 times faster than parts of urban Milton Keynes. So, why can't BT deliver basic broadband to Britain's fastest growing town? We investigate this issue tonight from 19:30.

  14. Live at court: More 'virtual court' hearings

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    We’re gearing up for another “virtual court” hearing, where the defendant will be appearing via videolink from a police station.

    “What's on?” quips the chairman of the bench as the court looks at the screen. A technical officer suggests we turn the television volume up so the defendant can be heard.

    The defendant, who faces a charge of drink-driving, is the third today who was expected to plead guilty but has denied the offence, meaning the hearing has had to be adjourned.

  15. Reports of 'peaceful protest' at Yarl's Wood

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Reports on social media say there is a peaceful protest taking place at the Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre near Bedford.

    Tweets from the Detained Voices Twitter account, which records voices from "inside immigration detention", say they want freedom and they want centres to be shut down.

  16. Courts live: Pace slows

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    The pace has slowed somewhat now we’re back from lunch.

    In the case I'm in, the prosecution, defence and magistrates are still discussing how long is needed for a magistrates’ court trial.

    Stevenage Magistrates' Court

    They’re talking about potential witnesses who might give evidence and how long speeches will take, among other things.

    I would guess the system of splitting those anticipated to plead guilty and not guilty into different courtrooms is designed to avoid situations like this.

  17. Afternoon headlines: Aylesbury sex ring sentencing and Segway stolen in Bedford

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this afternoon:

    - Six men involved in a child sex ring in Aylesbury have been jailed for abusing two schoolgirls on a "massive scale"

    A BBC investigation has found a big increase in the time it takes for a case to go through the courts in Bedfordshire 

    - Police are appealing for witnesses after two boys had the Segway they were playing on in Bedford stolen from them by a man wielding a knife

  18. Live from Stevenage Magistrates' Court: 'Full afternoon' ahead

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    It must be a bit daunting if you’re a defendant standing up in front of three magistrates, legal teams, probation officers, a court usher and the occasional journalist.

    On the whole, things have been running smoothly for today’s defendants (apart from one who was told to take her hands out of her pockets) and court staff.

    After a lunch break, it's time for what chairman of the bench David Owen described as a "full afternoon" here in court two.

  19. Live from Stevenage Magistrates' Court: Thief given 'last chance'

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    In my last update, I mentioned the case of Danny Laverty, who admitted five counts of theft.

    He admitted stealing meat worth £40 from Asda and electric razors worth £80 from Lloyds Pharmacy, as well as ready meals and cheese from two supermarkets.

    Laverty, 29, has a history of drug addiction and is undergoing treatment. Passing sentence, the chairman of the bench told him: “It’s a last chance for you to try to resolve this”.

    He was given a 20-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85, a criminal courts charge of £180 and a victim surcharge of £80.

  20. Live at Stevenage Magistrates': Getting hold of reports causes delays

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    I’ve been in courts before where getting hold of reports has been the cause of lengthy delays.

    Although we’ve not been delayed for long, liaising with the probation service resulted in the magistrates taking a short break.

    Stevenage Magistrates Court

    A probation officer went off to check on reports about Danny Laverty, 29, of Nightingale Road, Hitchin, a defendant who’s admitted five counts of theft, including stealing £75 worth of cheese from Iceland and £100 in Marks and Spencer ready meals.

    His defence solicitor called for an adjournment, saying there had been two failed attempts to arrange a probation appointment with his client.

  21. Live from Stevenage Magistrates' Court: Man warned of how serious fine is

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    A defendant who hasn’t kept up with court payments has been given a stark warning by the chairman of the bench in court two at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court.

    Anastasius Francis, 32, of Harlton Court, Waltham Abbey, admitted taking a car without the owners’ consent, driving it without insurance and other than in accordance with a licence. 

    He was disqualified from driving, given six points on his licence and ordered to pay £420 in fines, a £150 criminal courts charge, a victim surcharge of £30 and prosecution costs of £85.

    Quote Message: There seems to be an issue with the fine you already owe the court. Turning up and saying ‘you're not going to get it’ is not a great attitude. You need to understand how serious this is; that if you don’t pay this money, this road leads to prison.” from David Owen Chairman of the bench
    David OwenChairman of the bench
  22. Slow justice: The criminal justice system in England

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Just a quick reminder after the breaking news of the Aylesbury child sex abuse ring sentencing that today we have a special edition of Local Live. As as well as our regular news updates, we'll be taking a close-up look at the criminal justice system. 

    Figures obtained by the BBC show lengthening delays in the time taken for cases to be dealt with by magistrates. Funding cuts have contributed to what some are calling a ‘postcode lottery’ in the administration of justice.  

    We'll be bringing you more updates on the goings-on at Stevenage Magistrates' Court from our reporter Jodie Smith.

  23. Weather: Dry afternoon with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry afternoon with some sunny spells, though the sunshine will tend to turn hazier as the day goes on. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

    Weather graphic shows a mainly cloudy afternoon
  24. Aylesbury sex ring gang: Police commend victims' 'courage'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Thames Valley Police have commended two victims for their "bravery" and "immense courage" in coming forward which led to today's sentencing of six men for their part in a child sex abuse ring.

    Aylesbury raid

    Investigating officer Supt Gill Wootton said: “It is because of their courage that six men have been found guilty of serious sexual offences against children and are now facing long prison sentences.

    “Although we can never change what happened to these women when they were young girls, I hope that the sentencing of these predatory men will enable them to start moving forward with their lives."

  25. Aylesbury sex ring: 'I was outnumbered' said victim

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    At the centre of the Aylesbury sex ring were two white schoolgirls in their early teens who, over the course of six years, were sexually abused by men nearly all of whom were of Asian heritage.  

    Victim speaks to camera in a blacked-out room

    "I was laying on the bed there with them and obviously he came on to me and I was sort of outnumbered in a sense", one of the girls, whose identity has been protected, told the BBC.

    "Of course, I wasn't going to say no because I always had it in my mind that if I say no, they're going to do what they want anyway. I was like, well, I have to say yes."

  26. Aylesbury sex ring: How was it discovered?

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The Aylesbury child sex abuse ring was discovered after the main victim of the abuse tried to prevent her own children being taken into care.

    A woman with her head in her hands

    The woman, known throughout the case as Child A, was under threat of having her two young sons taken into care by Buckinghamshire social services but this was halted when she spoke out about the sexual abuse she had suffered.

    The case - heard in the Family Court - had centred on her own fitness to be a mother. The police investigation into Child A's claims started soon after.  

  27. Aylesbury child sex abuse trial: Men jailed for abusing schoolgirls

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Five men from Buckinghamshire, and one from Bradford, have been sentenced for the sexual abuse of two schoolgirls in Aylesbury.

    You can see a full listing of each man's sentence here: Six jailed for abusing schoolgirls.

    Police raid in Aylesbury in September 2014
  28. Aylesbury sex ring gang: Jury took 42 hours to find men guilty in July

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The six men sentenced today for their part in a child sex abuse ring in Aylesbury were found guilty in July after the jury deliberated for 42 hours. 

    In total 11 men were on trial for abuse on a huge scale between 2006 and 2012, including child prostitution and rape of a child under 13.

    The offences were against two girls, who spent days giving evidence and being cross-examined at the court.

  29. Aylesbury sex ring: Men sentenced for three to 19 years in prison

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Six men have been jailed for between three years and 19 years and six months for their part in abusing two schoolgirls for six years in Aylesbury.

    The Old Bailey

    The men from Aylesbury, Milton Keynes and Bradford were found guilty in July for several offences including rape, child prostitution and administering a substance with intent.  

  30. Aylesbury sex ring: Sentencing for six men

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    We're switching our focus now from Stevenage Magistrates' Court to a national story in our area.

    Clockwise from top left: Vikram Singh, Akbari Khan, Asif Hussain, Mohammed Imran, Taimoor Khan and Arshad Jani were all found guilty

    Six members of a child sex ring in Aylesbury have been sentenced at the Old Bailey.

    The six men were convicted in July for grooming and abusing two schoolgirls between 2006 and 2012.

  31. BreakingAylesbury sex ring: Six men sentenced

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Six men have been sentenced at the Old Bailey for abusing two schoolgirls in Aylesbury for six years, between 2006 and 2012.

  32. Magistrates cases in the eastern region

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Graphic that states there were 156,992 magistrate cases in the eastern region in 2014. 13 courts are earmarked for closure under Government proposals.
  33. Buckinghamshire ready to help take in Syrian refugees

    Victoria Derbyshire

    Buckinghamshire County Council leader, Martin Tett, doesn't yet know how many Syrian refugees the county will be able to take but it is standing by.

    "Here in Buckinghamshire we stand ready to play our part with the government in sharing the burden across the UK", Mr Tett said.

    Martin Tett, Bucks County Council leader
  34. Court time: What do the Bedfordshire statistics tell us?

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Ministry of Justice statistics from January to March this year show a significant increase in the length of time it’s taking to process court cases in Bedfordshire: that’s the time it took between someone being charged with a crime and their case being dealt with and concluded in court.

    Dock

    Last year the time was around the national average for both magistrates' and Crown court cases - just under 200 days for Crown court, around 55 for magistrates' - but this year it is up 53 days on average for Crown court cases, a jump of almost 30%.

    The figure for magistrates' cases has jumped from 55 days on average last year to 81 so far this year – an increase of almost 50%.

  35. Live in court: Videolink from Hatfield police station

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    It was a bit of a first for Stevenage Magistrates’ court two as a defendant appeared via videolink from Hatfield police station.

    After a few technical difficulties, James Renfrew, 19, of Marconi Way, St Albans, admitted a charge of drinking and driving and was banned from driving for 14 months as well as being ordered to pay a total of £435.

    But the “virtual court” appearance made things rather difficult for the magistrates, who didn’t have the usual means forms filled out by defendants and had to ask part-time pub worker Renfrew for details of his salary over the videolink.

  36. Modern technology: How does it work in a court?

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Modern technology may sometimes make things easier, but it can also inadvertently be the cause of a few delays.

    Webcam

    Proceedings in the court I'm in have been adjourned while staff try to connect over videolink to Hatfield police station, something which has been referred to as a "virtual court hearing".

    We're due to hear from a defendant who's been bailed to appear at the police station instead of in court. I'll let you know if they manage to connect...

  37. Aylesbury sex ring sentencing today: Services 'must get better at noticing abuse'

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Six members of a child sex ring in Aylesbury will be sentenced today at the Old Bailey. The men abused two schoolgirls over a six-year period.

    Aylesbury Market

    Elaine Hook, a child protection specialist from Buckinghamshire, said often vulnerable children were the most at risk from offences of this kind. "We've just got to get better at noticing when vulnerable young people are being targeted and abused," she said.

    "If a young person is coming home late at night and suddenly has jewellery... [we've got to think] where are they getting that from?"

  38. Live in court: A birthday night-out gone wrong

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    The next defendant tells Stevenage Magistrates’ Court how his birthday celebrations went awry when he drank too much.

    Stefan Cole, of Swinburn Avenue, Hitchin, was charged with abusive behaviour and a racially-aggravated public order offence after a night out in June.

    “It was my birthday - I rarely drink, and had gone out and had too much,” he said. He was ordered to pay a total of £970.

  39. Magistrates' Court: Who makes the decisions?

    Craig Lewis

    BBC News

    In case you've not been in a magistrates' court, it is rather different from what you may have seen on television.  

    Inside Northampton Magistrates'

    Decisions are made by a bench of three magistrates. They are volunteers who hear cases in courts in their community.

    They are not legally trained, but instead are advised by an adviser who doesn't make any decisions but is legally qualified.

  40. Live from Stevenage Magistrates' Court: How are court papers delivered?

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    While I was waiting to come into court, I overheard staff mentioning that papers for some cases hadn’t yet arrived, just a short time before proceedings were due to get under way.

    Pizza delivery

    But the moment they said it, the papers were carried in through the front door in what looked like pizza delivery cases.

    At least, I think it was court papers inside. It’s a bit early for a stuffed crust.

  41. Stevenage Magistrates' live: What's on the list today?

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    This morning, courts two and four at Stevenage Magistrates' are set to deal with people charged with fraud, theft, assault, racially aggravated abuse and driving and drugs offences.

  42. Live in court: First defendant of the day sentenced

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    The first defendant of the day has been sentenced for verbally abusing police when she was drunk in an alcohol-free zone in Stevenage.

    Mary Gibson, 33, of Ellis Avenue, Stevenage, pleaded guilty and apologised to the court for her behaviour but said she didn’t remember swearing at officers on 12 August in the town centre.

    She was ordered to pay a total of £292 in costs, charges and a fine.

  43. Stevenage Magistrates' live: A busy day with mostly first appearances

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    Court two at Stevenage Magistrates' is getting ready for a busy day.

    Looking at the listings, it's the first hearing for most cases.

    But one man's case is listed for the 18th time. He faces a charge of assault by beating.

  44. Latest headlines: Aylesbury sex abusers to be sentenced and slow justice in England courts

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories so far today:

    • Five men from Buckinghamshire, and another from Bradford, are due to be sentenced this morning for the sexual abuse of two schoolgirls 
    • A BBC investigation has found a big increase in the time it takes for a case to go through the courts in Bedfordshire
    • A cyclist has died after falling from his bike in Hertfordshire 
  45. Live at court: Getting into the building

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    As you might expect, getting into a magistrates' court can take some time.

    Everyone entering the building has to remove their things from their pockets and walk through an airport-style scanner, which can be a lengthy process.

    The man in front of me took a bottle of liquid through, and the security guard asked him to take a sip. When the man asked him why, the security guard replied: "Because if it was alcohol, you wouldn't have been able to swallow it straight down".

  46. Law courts live: Arriving at Stevenage Magistrates' Court

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    I arrived bright and early at Stevenage Magistrates' Court, just before the doors were opened to the public.

    Stevenage magistrates' court

    There were a fair few of us outside the building on Deansgate, shivering slightly on a crisp September morning.

    I snapped this picture from across the street, but when I stood nearer to the building I was made to delete the photo I'd taken. They're strict here!

  47. Live reporting from Stevenage Magistrates' Court

    Jodie Smith

    BBC News

    I've just arrived at Stevenage Magistrates' Court as part of today's special edition of Local Live.

    Stevenage magistrates' court

    I'll be reporting live from the court to see how our criminal justice system is working, what causes delays and the effect this has on suspects and victims.  

  48. Bedfordshire courts: Cases longer in the system than national average

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A BBC investigation has found a big increase in the time it takes for a case to go through the courts in Bedfordshire.

    Bedford Magistrates' Court

    According to figures from the Ministry of Justice, Crown court cases in Luton take on average 250 days - that's almost two months longer than the national average.

    The figures also show that magistrates' courts in the county have seen an increase in delays with cases taking on average 81 days to complete - considerably longer than cases being heard in Buckingham and Hertfordshire which are more in line with the national average. This comes at a time when the government plans to close Bedford magistrates' court.

  49. Hertfordshire cyclist dies on Nicky Line

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A 46-year-old cyclist has died after falling from his bike in Hertfordshire over the weekend.

    The man was cycling with a boy along the Nicky Line cycle route, near Redbourn Golf Course at about 15:30 on Saturday afternoon when, for "unknown reasons", he fell and was taken ill shortly afterwards.

    Paramedics were called to the scene but were unable to save him.

  50. Aylesbury child sex abuse: Six men due to be sentenced

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Five men from Buckinghamshire, and another from Bradford, are due to be sentenced today at the Old Bailey for the sexual abuse of two schoolgirls over a six-year period in Aylesbury.

    Aylesbury sex ring offenders

    The six to be sentenced, who range in ages from 29 to 38, are Vikram Singh, Asif Hussain, Arshad Jani, Mohammed Imran, Akbari Khan and Taimoor Khan.

    Following their convictions in July, the children's charity Barnardo's chief executive Javed Khan said the case sent out an important message that perpetrators of "this horrific crime" had to pay for their actions.

  51. Hamilton wins Italian Grand prix

    BBC Sport

    Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza yesterday, putting him 53 points ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg, whose engine failed with two laps remaining.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Hamilton, who was cleared of infringing tyre pressure rules, said: "Nico was really unfortunate... but he is a very strong driver both mentally and physically and he will come back stronger in the next race."    

  52. Today's weather: Dry with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It will be chilly at first this morning, but will warm up to leave a dry day with sunny spells and hazy sunshine.

    Top temperature: 18C (64F).

    Kate Kinsella

    Watch the latest forecast with Kate Kinsella.  

  53. Travel update: Disruption on A505

    BBC Travel

    The A505 in Royston is partially blocked westbound after the Baldock Road junction due to a car fire.

    Get the latest updates from BBC Travel.

  54. Latest headlines for Beds, Herts and Bucks

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are the top stories we're looking at today:

    - Five men from Buckinghamshire, and another from Bradford, are due to be sentenced today for the sexual abuse of two schoolgirls in Aylesbury

    - A BBC investigation has found a big increase in the time it takes for a case to go through the courts in Bedfordshire

    - Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza following a steward's inquiry

  55. Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage for Beds, Herts & Bucks

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Today sees a special edition of Local Live, looking at how our criminal justice system is working. Figures obtained by the BBC show lengthening delays in the time taken for cases to be dealt with by magistrates. Funding cuts have contributed to what some are calling a ‘postcode lottery’ in the administration of justice.

    Court

    Amongst our usual mix of news, sport, weather and travel, we’ll be reporting live from Stevenage magistrates’ court throughout the day, letting you know how things are progressing.

    As always - if you have something you would like to share then email metweet us or head to our Facebook page.