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Summary

  1. Fire crews are still dampening down a fire at the Four Winds Industrial Estate close to Clophill in Bedfordshire
  2. LL Camps co-owner Tal Landsman has been found not guilty of cruelty to a person under 16
  3. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it from all the team here at Beds, Bucks and Herts Local Live. 

    As ever it's been a busy day bringing you all the latest on the fire at the industrial estate close to Clophill. 

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday, after the bank holiday.

    In the meantime Luton will be a blaze of colour on Sunday for it's 40th carnival. Thousands are expected to see the procession in Wardown Park. 

    If you're going have a great time and enjoy the long weekend. 

    Luton carnival
  2. Santa Pod at 50

    Jonathan Park

    BBC Look East sport

    Santa Pod raceway in Bedfordshire is celebrating 50 years of drag racing. It was built in 1966 at RAF Poddington - a disused Second World War air base.

    I've met Harold Bull who was the first ever racer there...

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  3. Clophill Fire: The story so far....

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The main story we've been covering today is the massive fire at the Four Winds industrial estate, close to Clophill on the A6. 

    Here's a breakdown of the story: 

    • Bedfordshire Fire Service was called at 23:15 to reports of a caravan fire
    • The fire quickly spread to several warehouses
    • Over 80 firefighters from Beds, Herts, Bucks, Cambs and Northants attended
    • The A6 has been closed since last night and is due to re-open this evening
    • A drone borrowed from Buckinghamshire Fire Service was used to help in the investigations, which are now continuing
    Smoke at Four Winds industrial estate
    Fire damage at Four Winds Industrial estate
  4. Police appeal for person in high-vis jacket to get in touch after Letchworth death

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Hertfordshire police say they're keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a person with a large build who was wearing a high-vis jacket in the Ivel Court, Hadleigh and Hamonte area of Letchworth at about 08:00 and 12:30 on Tuesday. 

    They're investigating the death of Nicola Collingbourne, 26, who was found at her home in the town three days ago. 

    Ivel Court, Letchworth

    A 52-year-old woman from Hitchin has been arrested in connection with the investigation and remains in police custody.     

  5. Watford MP welcomes allotment decision

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The Conservative MP for Watford has welcomed a decision to allow building work on allotments in the town as part of the health campus.

    Farm Terrace allotments

    Allotment holders at Farm Terrace have fought a long battle to preserve the site, but the communities secretary has ruled the land can be developed - it's been earmarked for housing and an extension of Watford Hospital.

    Richard Harrington said he is "relieved and so pleased" as the health campus is "critical for the development of Watford".

    Allotment holder Sarah-Jane Trebar said the fight would go on and the campaigners legal team were now looking at the ruling "with a fine toothcomb".

  6. Clophill Fire: Damping down continues

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The damping down of the Four Winds Industrial Estate in Clophill continues. 

    More than 80 firefighters were dealing with the fire at one stage, but now only a few engines remain. 

    The A6 remains closed, but we've been told it should open again by early evening. People are being asked to avoid the area.

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  7. Clophill Fire: How the industrial estate used to look

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A few moments ago, we showed you a photo of the burnt out shell of Woodstone bathrooms on the forecourt of the Four winds industrial estate in Clophill.

    It's now just a shell, but this is what it looked like before the massive fire late last night. 

    Woodstone bathrooms before the fire

    This is what the site looks like now. 

    Fire damage at Four Winds industrial estate
  8. This afternoon's weather: Warm and sunny

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    It's been pretty nice outside this afternoon - as this picture taking in Billington by Weather Watcher Poppy and George shows.

    Billington
  9. Clophill Fire: What remains of businesses on the site

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    There are several businesses on the Four Winds Industrial estate.

    I met Paul Byrne, who until recently owned Woodstone bathrooms on the forecourt. 

    The shop has now burnt down and what you can see pictured below is all that is left of it. 

    He still uses one of the units at the back of the estate as a storage depo and believes he will have lost everything in it.

    Burnt out shop at Four Winds Industrial estate
  10. Clophill Fire: A6 set to re-open early evening

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    We've just been told the A6 could re-open early this evening, as operations at the Four Winds Industrial estate are being scaled down.

    There's still smouldering fires in parts of the buildings, so three fire engines will stay to damp down and turn over the debris. They'll also work to extinguish the remaining hot spots.

    Because of this, smoke can still be seen in the area and the damping down could go on for another two days. 

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  11. Luton Murder probe: Forensics team remain

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Scene of crime officers are continuing to investigate the murder of Saima Khan in Luton on Monday. 

    They've been searching neighbouring properties, gardens and shed. Female residents have told me they feel "scared" in their own homes.

    Forensics team in Overstone Road
  12. Protest outside murder victim's home

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    This afternoon a group of around 20 women have staged a protest in Overstone Road in Luton, close to where Saima Khan was murdered on Monday night.

    They're calling for better police protection as they're worried about their safety.

    View of murder scene in Overstone road from neighbours garden

    They say many of men in the area work night shifts, meaning women are left home alone with their children.

  13. Tal Landsman verdict: LL Camps co-owner 'had intended to go to police'

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A jury at St Albans Crown Court has found LL Camps co-owner Tal Landsman intended to go to the police after indecent images of young children were found on his business partner's phone.

    Last summer, naked pictures of three and four year old girls were found on the mobile phone of Ben Lewis's (pictured) by another member of staff.

    Ben Lewis

    Prosecutors had claimed Mr Landsman should have gone to police earlier, but although the jury agreed they concluded he had intended to do so.

    Lewis, 26, from Lullington Garth in Borehamwood, has already pleaded guilty to making indecent images, and will be sentenced at a later date.

    Mr Landsman, also 26, of Admiral Drive, Stevenage was found not guilty of cruelty to a person under 16.

  14. Children's camp owner Tal Landsman acquitted

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The jury in the case of Tal Landsman, of Admiral Drive, Stevenage, who is the owner of an American style Summer camp in Hertfordshire, has been found not guilty at St Albans Crown Court. 

    It took them just under an hour to acquit the 26-year-old of a single charge of cruelty to a person under 16.

    He was accused of not contacting the authorities after indecent images of children were found on his business partner Ben Lewis' phone.

    Tal Landsman
  15. BreakingOwner of Bushey children's camp not guilty

    The co-owner of children's summer camp, LL Camps in Bushey, Hertfordshire, Tal Landsman, has been found not guilty of cruelty to a person under 16. 

    More to follow.

  16. Clophill Fire: Many hazards for firefighters

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Bedfordshire fire service says it has been working with the Environment Agency and UK Power Networks to manage some of the hazards on the site in Haynes, close to Clophill.

    Fire engine

    They say in the next few days they'll start an investigation to see how the fire started.

    The A6 still remains closed in the Clophill area. Aas soon as we have an update we'll bring it to you.

  17. Clophill fire: How it is being reported

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The main story for us today has been the massive fire just off the A6 in Haynes, close to Clophill

    It's been heavily reported across radio, online and in the local papers. 

    Bedfordshire On Sunday tells the story of how more than 80 firefighters fought through the night, while the Luton News has an aerial shot showing the extent of the damage

    Bedford Times and Citizen have included details of the travel chaos on the A6 resulting from the fire

    Smoke at industrial estate fire
  18. Clophill fire: Operation being scaled back

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    The operation here in Clophill is being scaled back but lots of crews are still on the scene. 

    I've just been talking to Debbie Goldhawk, who lives in the farm next door. 

    She only arrived home at 01:15 last night after being away on holiday. The first she knew about it was when she knew of the fire was when she saw the road outside her house was shut.

    Clophill industrial estate

    She says the fire was "ferocious" but the only damage to her land was some of her hedges catching fire. 

  19. Clophill fire left steel structures at risk of collapse

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The severity of the fire at the industrial warehouses close to Clophill left the steel structures at risk of collapse. 

    Bedfordshire fire service says it meant they had to attack the fire from the outside using the service's two aerial platforms and several ground monitor jets. 

    Warehouse destruction

    They also made sure the fire didn't spread to the nearby homes. 

    They were called to the fire just after 23:00 last night but had it under control by daybreak. 

  20. Clophill Fire: Bucks Fire drone aids investigation

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue drone has been assisting the investigation into the cause of the fire at Four Winds Industrial Estate.

    They have tweeted one of the images it took which shows just how far-reaching the fire was.

    Four Winds Industrial Estate