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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 9 May 2016
  2. A man has appeared in court charged with murdering missing Milton Keynes woman Natalie Hemming
  3. Two teenage girls whose car stopped after it struck a deer on the A10, were killed when another car crashed into them from behind, a court hears
  4. Councils in Bedfordshire have spent £200,000 clearing up illegal travellers' sites over the last two years
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

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  2. Weather: Cloudy tonight with some rain

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Turning cloudy with the risk of a few thundery showers tonight and general rain moving across the region. Lows of 10C (50F).

    Weather graphic shows rain tomorrow

    Tuesday will be a much cooler, cloudy day, with some showery outbreaks of rain during the morning. Turning a little brighter and drier later. Highs of 17C (63F)  

    Get the detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. 'Blacklisted' union worker to win £60,000

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Construction workers blacklisted for union activities are finally getting compensation after a long running campaign for justice, including one worker from Milton Keynes who is due to get £60,000.

    Builder with hammer

    Blacklisting came to light seven years ago when the Information Commissioner's Office seized a database of construction workers and environmental activists. It was used by 44 companies to vet new recruits.

    In a statement the construction companies involved including Sir Robert McAlpine, which is based in Hemel Hempstead and Keir based in Sandy, Bedfordshire, said they acknowledged the system was unlawful and had made a full public apology.

  4. Girl threatened by man on Hatfield bus

    A 13-year-old girl was threatened by a man on a bus in Hatfield on Wednesday.

    Uno bus depot in Hatfield

    Officers are appealing for witnesses travelling on Uno bus route 601 between 07:44 and 07:54 on 4 May, where the girl caught the eye of the man who then accused her of staring and went on to threaten her.

    The man is described as black, in his late 20s, slim and wearing a dark navy jumper and jeans or jogging bottoms. Police are keen to speak to a man who stepped in to protect the girl so the offender couldn't approach.

  5. Evening headlines: Union workers payout... A10 crash death trial begins

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

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  6. Four charged with Stevenage fraud which targeted elderly for thousands

    Four people have been charged with fraud offences in Stevenage after a number of elderly residents lost thousands of pounds.

    Two people in their 20s have been remanded into custody and another two released on bail.

    Hertfordshire Police say between 18 March and 3 May - 23 elderly victims were contacted by people claiming to be police officers investigating bank account fraud. Some were persuaded to withdraw cash and hand it over to couriers. 

    About £24,500 was taken in total.

  7. Sinkhole residents have 'no reason not to be upbeat'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The closest residents to the hole in Fontmell Close who are still living in their house have said they have "no reason not to be upbeat" about the situation - even though the view from their front door is a ring of blue boarding.

    Derek and Rosemary Broom

    Derek and Rosemary Broom said they don't feel a need to have a survey done under their house - which they moved back to seven weeks after the hole opened up in October - and had "every reason to be positive".

    "We have no reason to complain, no one was hurt and everyone has really pulled together," Mrs Broom said.  

    Derek Broom said: "[The house] has been up for 40 years and now this is the most surveyed piece of land in Hertfordshire - it'll be the safest by the time they've finished."

  8. Istiak Yusuf didn't want drug use disclosed, says partner

    Nicola Haseler

    BBC Three Counties

    The partner of a man who died in police custody in Luton last year said it was "on everyone's mind" that he was on a suspended sentence for drink driving and was likely to go to prison if in trouble again.

    Istiak Yusuf, 25, died in a cell at Luton police station in June 2015 after taking a concoction of cocaine and ecstasy, the inquest at Ampthill Coroner's Court heard.

    Mr Yusuf's partner Naomi Smiley said he had been drinking for hours and "only took drugs when drinking" but that he "didn't want people to know" that he used them.

  9. Whaddon residents mark top secret wartime role

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Residents in a Buckinghamshire village are marking the top secret role they played during World War Two.

    Bletchley Park

    Whaddon was a satellite station to the code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park and played a vital role in communicating with secret agents abroad. 

    Marcel Jaurant-Singer, 94, who was in the French resistance, told villagers via video-link "the first time I had a connection and I had an answer, that was fantastic for me. I had the impression I had done something extraordinary."

  10. Alleged assault involving traffic warden

    Police are appealing for information after a traffic warden allegedly assaulted a man when he tried to take a photograph of him.

    South Street in Bishop's Stortford

    The incident happened outside the church in South Street, Bishop's Stortford, on 30 March at about 14:45.

    Officers say that the traffic warden and a man were involved in an argument before the alleged assault.

  11. Inquiry impressed with Bucks mental health service

    Bucks Herald

    Children facing mental health problems in Bucks are benefiting from the methods of a revamped county-wide service, councillors have heard.

  12. Deer crash girls died when car hit them

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Two teenagers whose car stopped when it hit a deer were killed when their vehicle was hit by another car and burst into flames, a court has heard.

    Charlotte Dove and Daniella Ruggiero

    Daniela Ruggiero, 18,  from Hoddesdon, and Charlotte Dove, 17, were in a Citroen C1 that came to a standstill on the A10 in Hertfordshire on 15 October 2013.

    It then caught fire when it was hit at 68mph by Luiz Rocker's Volvo V40, leaving both teenagers trapped inside.

    Mr Rocker, 48, from Ware, Hertfordshire, denies causing their deaths by dangerous driving. The trial continues at St Albans Crown Court.

  13. Istiak Yusuf inquest: Custody death man had a 'drink problem'

    Nicola Haseler

    BBC Three Counties

    A Luton man who died in police custody last June has been described by his partner's mother as "funny, thoughtful and caring" but with "drink problem" which brought on drug use.

    Istiak Yusuf

    Linda Smiley, the mother of Istiak Yusuf's partner Naomi, told Ampthill Coroner's Court that she had taken the couple's baby to her house after receiving a call from her daughter.

    The inquest heard that Ms Smiley thought Mr Yusuf's attack on her daughter, which led her to call the police and for him to be taken into custody, was because of drugs saying "he wasn't a violent man".

  14. St Albans sinkhole: The story so far

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    St Albans sinkhole
    • A  66ft (20m) diameter and 33ft (10m) deep hole opened up in Fontmell Close, St Albans, on 1 October 2015
    • Hertfordshire County Council commissioned a microgravity survey of the road and footpath by Geotechnology Ltd, which involved working out measurements of gravity under the road
    • This identified another "possible void" and further intrusive surveys revealed an area under the road where further investigation was required
    • Deep boreholes were drilled into the road which the council has said "found no evidence to suggest there was a further void"
    • Further investigations on the road were completed last week and the final results should be available soon
  15. Fatal bus crash in Milton Keynes

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man has died in Milton Keynes today after being hit by a bus near The Point.

    The Point

    Police were called to Midsummer Boulevard in Central Milton Keynes just after 11:15 to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a bus.

    The man in his 30s died at the scene. Officers have informed his next of kin.

  16. Aylesbury fire suspected arson attack

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Firefighters say a fire which has severely damaged a double garage in Aylesbury last night is a suspected arson attack. 

    Two fire engines were called to put out the blaze in Russell Avenue at about 22:30.

  17. Maulden grave notices 'out of order', say families

    Howard Shannon

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Families in Maulden say notices left on stakes in graves about trinkets are "bang out of order". 

    Churchyard notice

    The rector of St Mary's Church has told residents that all personal items must be removed from their loved-ones graves. 

    A lady, who did not want to be named, said it was unreasonable the way they'd been told and if it had been "worded differently, you might have thought 'fair enough'... but it's bang out of order."

  18. Police Commissioner vote system criticised

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    There’s concern about the system used to elect Police and Crime Commissioners, after one authority found high numbers of spoilt ballot papers.

    Bedfordshire’s police area returning officer, Trevor Holden, says he thinks the second preference voting system throws up abnormally high spoiled papers.

    Video content

    Video caption: There are concerns the system used to elect PCCs is flawed and confusing for voters.

    He says there may be a case for the Electoral Commission to review the way we vote for our PCCs.

    2,138 ballot papers were rejected in Bedfordshire, from 109,273 votes in total.

  19. Families feel let down over school places

    St Albans Review

    Families in St Albans feel let down by the county council to provide their children with a primary school place of their choice.  

  20. Luton Airport hotel death accused may be moved to psyciatric hospital

    A man accused of murdering of Canadian IT engineer at a hotel in Luton may be transferred from prison to a high-security psychiatric hospital.

    Hampton Hilton

    The 21-year-old, from Latvia, has been assessed by psychiatrists and may be moved to Rampton or Broadmoor Hospital.

    He was arrested following an attack on father Ashwin Desai at the Hampton Hilton Hotel, near Luton Airport, last September. Mr Desai, in his 40s, was pronounced dead in December after being in a coma. 

    There will be a plea hearing at Luton Crown Court on 14 June.