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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 13 April 2016
  2. Luton delivery driver jailed for life, with a minimum 12-year term, for plotting to kill a US airman outside a base in East Anglia
  3. Luiz Rocker found not guilty of causing the deaths of two girls by dangerous driving
  4. Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores will leave the club after their final match of the season on Sunday
  5. Flores said he has enjoyed his time in the Premier League, but will take time to reflect on his future at Vicarage Road
  6. Watford FC said Flores leaves with the club's "best wishes" and that he is "always welcome at Vicarage Road"
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Goodbye, Au Revoir, Arrivederci, Adios, Auf Wiedersehen... that's it for this week from all the team at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. We'll be back on Monday at 08:00. 

    We're not here over the weekend, so sadly can't report on one of the biggest events on TV, the Eurovision Song contest.

    Scooch

    Local support has been given to Joe and Jake who're representing the UK. 

    Natalie Powers (waving her flag), is a member of former UK Eurovision group Scooch and is now principle of the All Stars Theatre Academy in Tring and Princes Risborough. 

    She thinks their song You're Not Alone is "brilliant" and should "do really well."

  2. Weather: Skies clearing overnight, with a bright day tomorrow

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be an increasingly cloudy evening, but soon giving way to clearer skies through the night. 

    It will turn chilly with a minimum of 4C (39F).  

    Cloud in Bedford

    Tomorrow will be mainly dry, but feeling rather cool with patchy cloud and sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F). 

    Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Footage released after man dies in Bedford

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Mobile phone footage has emerged, apparently showing the arrest of a man on Midland Road, Bedford, who later died.

    The footage shows plain-clothed police officers urging the man, named locally as Carl Brunner, to spit out something which was in his mouth.

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    Video caption: IPCC investigates after arrested man dies in Bedford

    His death on Wednesday is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

    Video: SWNS

  4. HMP Springhill absconded prisoner found

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man who absconded from HMP Springhill in Buckinghamshire has been found.

    Harry Holland

    Harry Holland, 28, absconded from HMP Springhill in Aylesbury Vale on Monday. 

    He was found on Thursday in Northamptonshire and has been returned to custody. 

  5. Lewis Hamilton beaten by Nico Rosberg on Spanish GP practice

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton could only manage third in the second practice in the Spanish Grand Prix.

    Lewis Hamilton and mechanic in garage at Spanish Grand Prix practice

    Hamilton was held up by a slower car on his best lap - but was already 0.2 seconds down on Rosberg's lap before the delay.

    Max Verstappen was eighth fastest, two places and 0.181secs behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on his debut for the Milton Keynes Red Bull team following his transfer from the Toro Rosso junior team.  

  6. Tributes to man killed after a bus accident in Milton Keynes

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A man who died following an accident with a bus in Milton Keynes earlier in the week has been named. 

    Antony Dillow, 30, from Buckingham, died at the scene of the incident outside the Point Complex on Midsummer Boulevard at about 11:15 on Monday. 

    Antony Dillow

    His family say "he was a loving, caring person with a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.”

    An inquest into his death was due to open today Milton Keynes Coroner's court.

  7. Khan sentencing: Judge says uncle and nephew 'pose a serious risk of harm'

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Sentencing Junead and Shazib Khan at London's Kingston Crown Court, Mr Justice Edis said: "The plan to go to Syria... if it had succeeded it cannot be known what roles these defendants would have played. 

    "What I do know is that they would have done their best to help ISIS and the whole world knows where that can end.

    "For these reasons I am satisfied that both defendants are dangerous and that they pose a serious risk of harm.

    "The protection of the public is paramount in this case."

  8. Khan sentencing: Judge says they became 'committed supporters of ISIS'

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    The Hon Mr Justice Edis, the judge in the case of Junead and Shazib Khan, said at Kingston Crown court: "Junead was brought up in Luton and Shazib came to live there from Bangladesh in 2006. 

    "They are of Bangladeshi heritage. They were educated in this country at the public expense. They have lived as citizens of a free country which is committed to equality under the law."

    Shazib Khan and Junead Khan

    "They have repaid all that by becoming committed supporters of ISIS, an organisation which wishes to control the world and which will stop short of no barbarity in order to do so.

    "The jury's verdict means he [Junead] was serious in his intention to kill at the time when he researched for a Jihadi John lookalike knife." 

  9. Uncle found guilty of preparing to join terror group

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Shazib Khan, the uncle of Junead Khan, has also been sentenced today at Kingston Crown Court.

    Shazib Khan

    The 23-year-old was found guilty of preparing to travel to Syria to join so-called Islamic State (IS) and was given a custodial sentence of eight years with an extended licence of five years. 

    The judge, the Hon Mr Justice Edis, said the sentences were necessary to protect the public.

    His nephew, Junead Khan, was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison after being found guilty of preparing terrorist acts including a plot to kill a US airman outside a base in East Anglia.

  10. Khan sentencing: Offender posted footage online

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    A Luton man convicted of plotting to kill a US airman outside a base in East Anglia had posted footage online and had an extensive digital record of his plotting.

    Junead Khan, 25, a supporter of so-called Islamic State (IS), has been sentenced to a minimum 12 years in prison after being found guilty of preparing terrorist acts.

    Entrance to RAF Lakenheath

    Counter-terror police said his mobile phone revealed details of searches for bomb-making instructions, a particular kind of knife and how he had made contact with a Daesh fighter in Syria to seek "direction and guidance".

    The phone also contained footage he had taken while he drove near the Houses of Parliament entitled "ISIS Drives Around Westminster".

    Cdr Dean Haydon, from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrism unit, said: "This evidence not only enlightened us about the actual plot but also gave us a link back to Syria."

  11. Luton delivery driver jailed for airbase terror plot in Suffolk

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A delivery driver has been jailed for life, with a minimum 12-year term, for plotting to kill a US airman outside a base in East Anglia.

    Junead Khan

    Junead Khan, 25, from Luton, a supporter of so-called Islamic State (IS), was previously found guilty of preparing terrorist acts.

    He had driven past RAF Lakenheath and other US bases and had discussed attacking a soldier with a knife.  

  12. BreakingLuton man jailed for planning terror attack

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A man from Luton has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years by a judge at London's Kingston Crown Court for planning a terrorist attack on an American airbase in East Anglia.

    More to follow...

  13. A10 fatal crash: Driver cleared of causing teenagers' deaths by dangerous driving

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The court heard Daniela Ruggiero, from Hoddesdon, was driving on the northbound carriageway of the A10 between High Cross and Standon at about 07:45 on 15 October when a deer leapt over the central barrier.

    Prosecutor Peter Shaw said Ms Ruggiero reacted by braking, but her car struck the animal and she stopped.

    Accident investigators worked out Luiz Rocker's vehicle slammed into the rear of the stationary Citroen 5.8 seconds after it had struck the deer and the prosecution argued he had failed to brake in time or reduce his speed before crashing.

  14. Man cleared in A10 deer crash death case

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Daniela Ruggiero, 18, and Charlotte Dove, 17, were in a Citroen C1 that stopped when it hit a deer on the A10 in Hertfordshire in 2013.

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

    A10 following the crash

    Mr Rocker, 48, was acquitted of two charges of causing death by dangerous driving at St Albans Crown Court.

    At the start of the trial, Mr Rocker, from Ware, admitted two lesser charges of causing the deaths of the teenagers by careless driving. He will be sentenced next month.

  15. Angry scenes in court after driver cleared of causing death by dangerous driving

    There have been angry scenes in court after a jury at St Albans Crown Court found Luiz Rocker not guilty of causing the death of two teenagers in 2013

    Members of the families of 18-year-old Daniela Ruggiero, from Hoddesdon, and 17-year-old Charlotte Dove, from Cheshunt, began shouting their disapproval at the verdicts.

    Charlotte Dove and Daniela Ruggiero

    Shouts of "Bloody joke!", "He killed our daughter!" and "He destroyed our family!" were heard. 

    Judge Mark Dennis told the families to leave the court building.

  16. Driver found not guilty of causing deaths of teenagers by dangerous driving

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man who crashed into a car in Hertfordshire, killing the two teenage girls inside when it caught fire has been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving. 

    Luiz Rocker, 48, from Ware earlier admitted causing the death by careless driving of Daniela Ruggiero and Charlotte Dove.

    Luiz Rocker

    He was granted police bail at St Albans crown court today. 

    He'll be sentenced on 10 June and the judge told him all sentencing options remain open.   

  17. BreakingDriver cleared of causing the deaths of two teenagers by dangerous driving

    Luiz Rocker has been cleared by a jury of causing the deaths of two Hertfordshire teenagers by dangerous driving. 

  18. Probe as man pinned down by police dies

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The death of a 48-year-old man who died after being pinned down by plain-clothed police officers is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

    The man, named locally as Carl Brunner, was arrested on Midland Road, Bedford, at about 12:35 on Wednesday.

    Midland Road, Bedford

    The IPCC said he was taken to Bedford Hospital and pronounced dead at 13:17.

    Bedfordshire Police said the man "became unwell" and that officers gave him first aid.

  19. Travellers praised after leaving Harpenden due to rare butterflies

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Travellers have been praised for leaving Harpenden Common within 24 hours, after it was pointed out their caravans were on land inhabited by rare plants and butterflies.

    Harpenden Common

    Some councils in the three counties have faced lengthy eviction processes, but Harpenden councillor Mary Maynard told BBC Three Counties Radio the town clerk dealt with the situation quickly.

    She said: "[The travellers] realised, I think, that this wasn't just a field or a piece of land, this was a unique environment and they respected that."

  20. Travel: Bramfield Road in Hertford closed

    Bramfield Road in Hertford is closed between the A119 North Road junction and the Windsor Drive junction, because of carriageway investigation works.  

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