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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 16 May 2016
  2. Luton teacher banned from classroom after sending inappropriate "sexual" messages to young boy
  3. Police are trying to identify two men suspected of setting fire to a block of flats in Watford
  4. Defender Luke Wilkinson signs a new contract with Stevenage having joined the club in January from rivals Luton Town
  5. Watford drew 2-2 against Sunderland in manager Quique Sanchez Flores' last game in charge
  6. 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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    That's all from us today. We'll be back with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Dry overnight and tomorrow

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening and overnight will remain dry with clear spells and light and variable winds. Temperatures shouldn’t fall any lower than around 4C (39F). 

    Weather graphic shows sunshine tomorrow

    Tuesday will be fine and dry with spells of warm sunshine. Cloud will eventually thicken bringing some rain during the night. Highs tomorrow of 18C (64F).

    You can get a full local forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

  3. Motor industry jobs 'dependent on EU', says former business secretary

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The former Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable says motor industry jobs in Luton are dependent on Britain being in the European Union. 

    Mr Cable was speaking at a European referendum campaign event at Stansted Airport, alongside the Chancellor George Osborne. 

    He says - when he was in government, he negotiated to save jobs in Luton, and it was clear to him that being in the EU was essential: "An absolutely clinching argument was the fact that [General Motors] could continue to use the UK as a base for exporting to the rest of Europe."

    Get to the facts behind the EU Referendum claims with our Reality Check.

  4. Fabric shop fire caused by halogen light

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A fire in a fabric shop in Luton was caused by a popped halogen light which caught light to the space above the ceiling. 

    House of Jasmine shop on Dunstable Road in Luton

    Bedfordshire firefighters were called to the House of Jasmine in Dunstable Road at 16:30 on Friday and found a serious fire at the back of the shop.

    The fire was out after 20 minutes and no one was hurt.

  5. Natalia Doherty death: Men in court next week

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Two men will appear in court next week over charges made in connection with a police investigation into the death of Natalia Doherty, who disappeared 13 years ago.

    Ms Doherty, 50, who also went by the surname Wilkanowska, was last seen on 15 April 2003. The remains of the mother-of-three were found in a garden in Luton in December, prompting a murder inquiry.

    Natalia Doherty

    Daniel Doherty, 67, of Icknield Way, Luton was charged last week with preventing a lawful burial, obstructing a coroner in the execution of his duty and perverting the course of justice.

    Joseph Doherty, 72, of Old Greenock Road, Port Glasgow, Scotland, was charged with the same offences. Both will appear at Luton Magistrates' Court on 26 May.

  6. Latest headlines: Children 'hidden in illegal schools'... Natalia Doherty death investigation

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

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  7. Questions raised after two-hour ambulance wait

    Matthew Lockwood

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man wants to know why it took so long for an ambulance to attend his wife after she fell and broke her hip in Milton Keynes. 

    It took more than two hours for 79-year-old Patricia Simms to get to Milton Keynes General.

    Milton Keynes Hospital entrance

    South Central Ambulance Service say they "are sorry" that the "timely service" they "aim to achieve" was not up to standard.

  8. Elderly Houghton Regis woman burgled while sleeping

    An elderly woman has been burgled as she slept in Houghton Regis.

    Leafields, Houghton Regis

    The offender entered the property in Leafields, at some point betweein 21:00 on Friday and 08:30 on Saturday, through an insecure door. Police say "a handful of household items" were taken.

    Officers say this was a "hugely distressing experience for the victim" and have urged witnesses to come forward.

  9. Ribbon ceremony in Hemel for rare breed cows grazing site

    Justin Dealey

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Over the weekend I went to a ribbon cutting ceremony in Hemel Hempstead to officially open a field for a herd of rare breed Scottish Belted Galllows.

    Cows in Hemel Hempstead

    They were set out to pasture at Bunkers Park in a celebration led by the Mayor of Hemel Cllr Gbola Adeleke, who said it was very special as he was "the first mayor to actually lead these cows out for grazing".  

    Mayor Gbola Adeleke
  10. Watford's Charter Place clearance under way

    Matthew Lockwood

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    There isn't much left of what was known as Charter Place in Watford.

    Charter Place in Watford

    The site is being cleared to make way for a £100m extension of the intu shopping centre.

  11. Watford flats 'arson attack': Dashcam footage appeal

    Cyclists and motorists travelling in Watford yesterday are being asked to share dashcam or helmet-camera footage that may help them identify a car in relation to a "suspicious" fire in Tolpits Lane.

    Redding House in Watford

    About 20 people were forced to flee their homes at Redding House after suspected arson attack at 08:45 which left one woman in hospital.

    Police ask anyone travelling through the Croxley View or Tolpits Lane areas of Watford or Rickmansworth between 08:15-09:00 "that may have recorded an older shape blue Vauxhall Astra" to contact Watford Local Crime Unit.

  12. A potted history of Dinton Castle

    Bethan Bell

    BBC News Online

    Rumours are rife that Dinton Castle in Buckinghamshire is haunted by John Bigg, who died in 1696 and was known as the "Dinton Hermit" - his shoe is on display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.  

    Dinton hermit's shoe

    Bigg was a clerk to Simon Mayne, an Aylesbury magistrate and MP, who owned Dinton Hall.

    Mayne was one of the judges at the trial of King Charles I in 1649, and it is said Bigg may have been one of the hooded executioners of the king. 

    Bigg became a hermit, living in an underground cave at Dinton Hall, until his death.

  13. From royal residences to ruins: English castles on sale

    Bethan Bell

    BBC News Online

    The chance to be king or queen of a castle rarely comes along but with the sale of Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire, BBC News has taken a look at some others that have sold, including Dinton Castle in Buckinghamshire.

    Dinton Castle

    Dinton Castle, which sold in 2012 for £56,000, is an octagonal folly built in 1769 on a Saxon burial ground by Sir John Vanhattem.

    Sir John used it to store his collection of fossils - not inside the building, but set into its walls. Read more here.

  14. 'Illegal schools' have problem fire escapes and more

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Luton is among the towns where Ofsted has found suspected illegal schools

    The watchdog's chief inspector, Michael Wilshaw, says some of the schools have been found to have inaccessible fire escapes, staff not cleared to work with children and, in one case, chemistry equipment in an unlocked food cupboard. 

    More than 100 unregistered schools have been found.

  15. Bubble gun saves the day after shopping centre frog clock breaks

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A Milton Keynes shopping centre employee saved the day this weekend with a bubble gun after the site's entertaining frog clock broke.

    Shopping centre employee uses bubble gun by frog clock

    Children wait around the clock at Midsummer Place for the clock to whirr into action every 30 minutes, which includes a deluge of bubbles descending on them. But this weekend, there was a sign up saying "Our frog is a little under the weather". 

    Thankfully the children weren't too disappointed though as an employee went up on the balcony with a bubble gun to keep them entertained.

  16. Man taken to hospital after Luton stabbing

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A man was taken to hospital after being stabbed in a fight in Luton on Sunday.

    Chadwell Close

    Bedfordshire Police said he was attacked by a group of approximately five men after getting out of a taxi in Chadwell Close between 18:30 and 19:05.

    An air ambulance took him to hospital for treatment.

  17. Weather: More cloud this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    It's been a sunny day so far but there may be a little more cloud at times through this afternoon.

    It should still be bright and warm, though with a maximum temperature of 16C (61F).

    Weather graphic shows highs of 15C
  18. Teacher banned over 'adult messages' sent to boy

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A teacher has been banned after he sent inappropriate messages to a young boy on social media.

    Facebook generic

    Liam Leaning, 36, admitted sending messages of an "adult nature" while teaching at Hillborough Junior School in Luton to a boy at another school. But he denied the allegation the exchanges were sexually motivated.

    A professional conduct panel of the National College for Teaching and Leadership found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct. 

    The ruling means that Mr Leaning is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot apply for the prohibition order to be set aside until May 2019.