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Summary

  1. A Luton man has been found guilty of preparing to carry out a terror attack on US military personnel in Britain
  2. A man who pushed his girlfriend off the balcony of a fourth floor flat in Hemel Hempstead has been sentenced to 15 years in prison
  3. Changes to a road layout in Luton following the death of a three-year-old girl are being considered by the borough council
  4. Updates for Friday, 1 April 2016

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    That's all from us today at Local Live. If you missed anything, why not take a scroll through the page to catch up on the day's events? 

    We'll be back with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks on Monday from 08:00.

  2. Weather: Staying dry with clear spells

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be dry with clear spells, but with cloud thickening at times and a ground frost possible in places.

    Minimum Temperature: 1C (34F).

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    Most of Saturday should be dry, with spells of hazy sunshine but rain will spread more widely in the evening.

  3. Drunk teenager kicked woman in head in unprovoked attack

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    A drunk teenager who kicked a woman in the head in an unprovoked attack has been ordered to pay her £1,000 compensation and been handed a suspended sentence.

    Luton Crown Court

    Joshua Scrutton, 18, of Little Berries, Luton, had downed seven pints of lager, two whiskies, 12 tequila shots and other alcohol when he attacked his victim in Wellington Street, in the town, on 27 December last year. 

    The unnamed victim suffered two black eyes and a cut and swollen nose. Scrutton pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to causing actual bodily harm. Judge Richard Foster passed a 12-month sentence suspended for two years and ordered Scutton to carry out 250 hours' unpaid work.

  4. How Islamic State group supporters targeted the UK

    A delivery driver from Luton has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack on US military personnel in the UK as a show of his allegiance to the self-styled Islamic State group. What does his case say about the nature of the threat faced by the UK?  

    Read Dominic Casciani's background article here.

    Junead Khan
  5. Headlines: Man jailed for attempted murder... MK Dons travel to Fulham in relegation battle

    • Islamic extremist Junead Khan, 25, from Luton has been found guilty of planning to kill American servicemen in Britain
    • A man from Hemel Hempstead has been jailed for attempted murder for throwing his girlfriend off a balcony 
    • On-loan centre half Kevin Long travels with MK Dons to relegation battle rivals Fulham
  6. Weather: Cloud thickening, but staying dry

    Elizabeth Rizzini

    BBC Look East weather

    Skies will become hazier through the afternoon, as cloud begins to thicken. It will stay dry, but become breezy.

    Weather chart

    There is a cloudy night expected for many, but it will stay dry.

    Maximum temp: 13C (55F).

  7. Travel: Three-car crash on M1 causes long tailback

    BBC Travel

    A crash involving three cars on the south-bound M1 has closed two lanes and caused a nine-mile tailback from J13 for the A421 for Bedford.

    More details on BBC Travel.

  8. Watch: Background to Junead Khan conviction

    The BBC's Alex Dunlop looks at the background to Luton man Junead Khan's guilty conviction at Kingston Crown Court of terrorism offences, and speaks to the commander of 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Colonel Robert Novotny:

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    Video caption: Junead Khan convicted of planning a terror attack in Suffolk
  9. Would-be jihadis spent 'considerable amount of time' planning

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    Two would-be jihadis found guilty of preparing to travel to Syria had spent a considerable amount of time planning attacks in Britain and their journey.

    Junead Khan

    Junead Khan, 25, and his uncle Shazib Khan, 23, were remanded in custody by Kingston Crown Court and will be sentenced on 13 May.

    Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service's counter-terrorism division, said: "Even though they did not leave the country, they had spent a significant amount of time planning their journey." 

    Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism unit trawled through about 66,000 texts, social media messages and emails after arresting them.

  10. Bedford mayor criticises on-going healthcare review

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The Mayor of Bedford has criticised an on-going review into healthcare in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, which will make recommendations about Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals.

    Bedford Hospital

    The latest review, launched in 2014, has so far cost £4.5m, after an earlier review - Healthier Together - costing £2m was scrapped, but a spokesman said the spending is in line with their budget.

    Mayor Dave Hodgson, who has described the delay as "scandalous", said: "They seem to know what they want, they want to downgrade Bedford or Milton Keynes hospital, but they can't get either the clinical outcomes to add up or the finances to add up."

  11. Man cleared of involvement with Aylesbury sex ring

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man has been cleared of being part of a child sex ring in Aylesbury.

    Jerome Joe, 38, from the town, was found not guilty of rape and sexual activity with a child at a re-trial at the Old Bailey.

    He had been charged with two offences relating to the same girl, who was aged between 13 and 15, between January 2007 and January 2010.

  12. Hemel Hempstead balcony push girl has 'no memory' of what happened

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The girlfriend of a man convicted of attempted murder after throwing her off the balcony of a fourth floor flat in Hemel Hempstead has no memory of what happened.

    Lord Alexander House

    Danielle Hammond, 21, fell 45ft (14m) when John McAleer pushed her over the balcony after an argument inside the flat at Lord Alexander House on 30 June 2015. She landed in bushes and on a manhole cover.

    She survived the fall, but her skull was fractured and she had bleeding around the brain. She also suffered major trauma to her abdominal organs, her wrists were broken and her hearing and speech have been impaired. She has since been discharged from hospital and is walking independently.

  13. Thousands sign Aylesbury man's petition for harsher animal cruelty sentences

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    An online petition started by a Buckinghamshire man calling for harsher sentences for two brothers who threw their bulldog down the stairs and filmed the pet's ordeal - has now been signed by more than 270,000 people.

    Alex Richardson-Lee, from Aylesbury, started the petition after Andrew and Daniel Frankish from Cleveland were handed a suspended jail sentence by magistrates following an RSPCA prosecution.

    Mr Richardson-Lee said: "It's absolutely mental how quickly it's grown, the support is hugely appreciated, I never expected it to get this far."

  14. Murder bid victim suffered personality change

    Patrick Byrne

    BBC News

    The mother of a woman thrown over a balcony by her drug crazed "violent" boyfriend said she had suffered a personality change and speech impairment as a result of her injuries.

    St Albans Crown Court

    John McAleer was jailed at St Albans Crown Court for 15 years with a further five on licence for the attempted murder of Danielle Hammond , 21, in June last year. 

    Her mother, Mandy Hammond, n a letter to Judge Marie Catterson, said Miss Hammond's hearing, eyesight and speech had been affected and because of injuries caused to her arms and hands she could not care for her own five-year-old daughter.

    Miss Hammond suffered a fractured skull, bruising to her brain and internal organs.

  15. John McAleer: Man convicted of girlfriend's balcony push 'loved her to bits'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A man jailed for 15 years for attempted murder after throwing his girlfriend off the balcony of a fourth floor flat leaving her badly injured had told a court he "loved her to bits".

    Danielle Hammond

    John McAleer, 24, had denied trying to kill Danielle Hammond, 21, at a flat in Hemel Hempstead in June last year. St Albans Crown Court heard McAleer, of Belsize Road, was seen lifting Ms Hammond before she went over a railing.

    Judge Marie Catterson said he posed a "severe risk" and would serve 15 years in custody and five more "on licence".

  16. Luton terror attack planner 'legitimately' drove close to bases in East Anglia

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A Luton delivery driver convicted of planning a terror attack on American military personnel in East Anglia drove close to bases operated by USAF as part of his work, Kingston Crown Court heard.

    Lakenheath sign

    The jury heard Junead Khan, 25, worked as an agency driver for pharmaceutical firm Alliance Healthcare and legitimately visited East Anglia in May and June 2015.

    During these trips he drove close to RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, RAF Feltwell in Norfolk, and RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire. He was arrested on 14 July at Alliance's depot in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

  17. Would-be Jihadis mocked government Prevent programme

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Two British Islamic would-be jihadis from Luton were on the radar of the Government's anti-extremism programme a year before they were arrested - and joked about it.

    Junead Khan, 25, and his uncle Shazib Khan, 23, mocked the Prevent programme after a police officer visited Junead's Luton home in 2014, their trial heard. The pair have been found guilty at Kingston Crown Court of preparing to travel to Syria.

    They used the WhatsApp instant messenger to discuss the visit from Bedfordshire Police, in which an officer left a card asking for Junead to call him. The trial heard the two men also shared extremist material using WhatsApp and other encrypted messaging programmes.

  18. John McAleer: 'Dangerous' man jailed for 15 years

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A man sentenced to 15 years in prison for the attempted murder of his girlfriend in Hemel Hempstead has been called "dangerous" by the judge sentencing him at St Albans Crown Court.

    John McAleer

    John McAleer, 24, from Belsize Road, Hemel Hempstead had been with his 21-year-old girlfriend Danielle Hammond at a flat in Waterhouse Street in the town on 30 June. Following an argument, the two went to the balcony where he threw his victim over the edge. She fell 45ft (14m) and suffered serious injuries.

    McAleer had denied attempted murder, but was found guilty on 30 November following a three week trial.

  19. BreakingJohn McAleer sentenced over balcony push

    A man who pushed his girlfriend off the balcony of a fourth floor flat in Hemel Hempstead has been sentenced to 15 years in prison with an extended licence of five years for attempted murder.