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Summary

  1. An inquest into the death of Tory activist Elliott Johnson has concluded he died 'as a result of suicide'
  2. Bedfordshire's police and crime commissioner says gangs used Luton Carnival as cover to settle grudges on Sunday night
  3. A 26-year-old woman from Luton has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Saima Khan in Overstone Road
  4. Updates for Tuesday, 31 May 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Goodnight from the team at BBC Beds, Herts and Bucks Live.

    We've heard an inquest conclude that a 21-year-old Conservative activist took his own life and the news that a 26-year-old woman was arrested as part of the murder inquiry into the death of a Luton mother-of-four.

    And the police misconduct hearing into two officers accused of inappropriate behaviour has finished for the day and is due to reconvene tomorrow.

    We return at 08:00.

  2. Forecast: More rain and drizzle

    BBC Weather

    Further drizzle across the three counties this evening as the temperature dips to 10C (50F).

    East of England weather map

    Wednesday will see cloudy skies with more isolated outbreaks of rain with the temperature peaking at 14C (57F).

    For more visit BBC Weather.

  3. Man falls from forklift

    A man has suffered a serious head injury after falling 6ft (2m) from a forklift in Welwyn Garden City.

    Burrowfield, Welwyn Garden City

    The man in his 30s was airlifted to hospital in London after he fell from the vehicle onto concrete in Burrowfield.

    It's not believed his injury is life-threatening, East of England Ambulance Service said.

  4. Milton Keynes entertainment space to open

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    We won't make a song and a dance about it... but the new performance space in Oak Court in Milton Keynes shopping centre will open to the public on Friday.

    Oak Court, Milton Keynes

    The entertainment in the Intu centre on Friday will start at 11:00 and will include live jazz music, and activities for children.

    The space used to be home to the great oak tree and the infamous concrete cows, which were moved to Milton Keynes Museum last month.

  5. Neighbour says constable's behaviour was 'terrible'

    Another neighbour of paralysed moped rider Christian-Lee Thompson has been giving evidence at the misconduct hearing for two Hertfordshire police officers.

    Lisa Sandridge said she also arrived at The Nickey Line footpath and found Mr Thompson, 15, bleeding with a lump under his eye.

    She said of PC Stuart Francis: "His behaviour was terrible. He didn't show any concern, he gave him no first aid.

    "He said if he [Mr Thompson] didn't lay still, he was going to cuff him."

  6. Neighbour said she was 'worried' about paralysed moped rider

    Nicola Haseler

    BBC Three Counties

    Penny Cooper has been telling a Police Misconduct Hearing about the sequence of events when she found injured moped rider Christian-Lee Thompson.

    She said she found him injured on The Nickey Line footpath, near Hemel Hempstead, "squirting blood from his nose and mouth as he stood up".

    She said PC Stuart Francis, who was investigating an alleged assault, told him to stand still or he would handcuff him.

    Ms Cooper said: "Why wasn't he asking him questions about his injuries rather than about the assault?"

  7. Coroner: 'Beyond all reasonable doubt' Conservative activist took own life

    The coroner has told the inquest he is "satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt" that Elliott Johnson took his own life and "intended to do so".

    "In his own mind he regarded himself as a failure and that he was being bullied," Tom Osborne said in his conclusion. 

  8. Elliott Johnson believed he had been bullied and betrayed at time of death, says coroner

    Conservative activist Elliott Johnson believed at the time of his death "that he had been bullied and had been betrayed", the coroner has concluded.

    Elliott Johnson campaigning

    But in his summing up, Tom Osborne told the inquest he did not find "that there is any connection between the redundancy notice that he had and the altercation and the complaint".

  9. Neighbour realised man on footpath was 'seriously injured'

    Nicola Haseler

    BBC Three Counties

    A neighbour of a moped rider paralysed after he was pushed off his moped said: "I realised he was seriously injured".

    Penny Cooper has been giving evidence at a Police Misconduct Hearing into two police constables accused of using unnecessary force on Christian-Lee Thompson when he was lying on the ground near Hemel Hempstead.

    Ms Cooper told the hearing one of the officers, PC Stuart Francis, said he was responding to reports of an assault and pushed Mr Thompson to the floor.

    She said: "He didn't need to do that - Christian-Lee didn't know what was going on."

  10. BreakingElliott Johnson inquest verdict: Suicide

    The inquest into the death of Elliott Johnson, from Wisbech, has concluded that the 21-year-old Conservative activist died "as a result of suicide", and that there was no connection between his redundancy from Conservative Way Forward and his death.

  11. Nickey Line police misconduct: Evidence given at hearing

    Nicola Haseler

    BBC Three Counties

    A police misconduct hearing has been taking evidence from a teenager who was at the scene when 15-year-old Christian-Lee Thompson came off his moped along The Nickey Line in Hertfordshire.

    Jared Reed, 18, from Hemel Hempstead, was 17 at the time of the incident last July. He told the Coroner: "I saw someone lying on the floor. He looked badly injured, with bleeding from his nose.

    "I was trying to comfort him. He stood up and fell back down. I went off to get help."

    When asked which police officer touched Christian-Lee, Jared said: "He was on his stomach, his legs kept kicking up. One of the officers put his knees on Christian-Lee's legs and said 'If you kick I'm going to arrest you'."

  12. Elderly woman told there was bee on her - then robbed

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Remember the story last Monday when an elderly woman was robbed after being told she had a bee on her shoulder? Well, a woman has now been charged by police.

    High Street, Arlesey

    The 27-year-old has been charged with theft after the incident along the High Street in Arlesey, Bedfordshire, on 19 May, where the woman's handbag, money and keys were stolen.

  13. Police called to 'reports of shooting'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    We've been looking into the exclusive story from the Luton News about shots fired at a house in Luton. Police have confirmed they were called to a property in Summerfield Road just before 05:00.

    Summerfield Road, Luton

    They told us no-one was injured and they are appealing for any witnesses.

    Officers want to assure the public they "are committed to finding the individuals responsible and ensuring they cannot carry out further such attacks."

  14. Elliott Johnson inquest: Father's 'firm belief' employment ended because of activist

    Ray Johnson has told the inquest it was his "firm belief" his son's employment at campaign group Conservative Way Forward was ended because of Mark Clarke.  

    Elliott Johnson was made redundant shortly after complaining about bullying by the activist in August 2015. 

    Ray and Alison Johnson arriving at the inquest

    Mr Johnson said the opening paragraph in his son's redundancy letter read "more like a notice of disciplinary action" by Conservative Way Forward.    

    Earlier the organisation's chief executive Paul Abbott told the hearing there was "no link" between Elliott's complaint and the decision to make him redundant.

  15. 'No indication' Elliott Johnson would take own life, says father

    The father of Elliott Johnson has told an inquest there was "no indication at all" that his son might be considering taking his own life in the weeks leading to his death.

    Elliott Johnson dancing at family wedding

    Ray Johnson, from Wisbech, told the inquest his son was was "on good form" at a family wedding (above) three days before his death.

    He said his son "was having the time of his life" while he was working for Conservative Way Forward.

  16. Topiary cats 'seen by millions' on Facebook

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    If you love cats like I do, then you'll more than likely love this story...

    Last week, my colleague Mike sent me an image created by Hertfordshire artist Richard Saunders - I immediately knew we had to do more. And so a brilliant article about "Topiary Cats" was born.

    The images have been taking social media by storm, but how did they come to be?

    The first image Richard Saunders created was inspired by topiary at Hall Barn in Beaconsfield
  17. Football League club ownership: Why buy a lower-league club?

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    Most Football League clubs may be in the hands of private investors, but four are owned by supporters trusts, including Wycombe Wanderers.

    Wycombe play Yeovil Town

    At Wycombe, about 1,000 people pay nominal fees and they elect a Trust board, which elects a football board.

    The Chairboys have been successful on the field since the Trust took control in 2012, even reaching the League Two play-off final in 2015.

    But their board structure is where it gets interesting. Why? Find out here.

  18. VW profit tumbles 20% in wake of emissions scandal

    German car maker, Volkswagen, has announced a sharp drop in its profits - down 20% in the first three months of this year.

    The company, whose UK headquarters are in Milton Keynes, admitted last year that it had rigged diesel emissions tests. This has lead to higher costs and falling sales.

    VW car
  19. Nemo facts: He used to live in a care home

    Ben Nye

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Nemo the goldfish originally lived in a care home where one of his Buckinghamshire owners had worked.

    His tumour started to get larger when Caroline Hands brought him home with her upon leaving the company.

    Nemo the goldfish

    Caroline's husband Roy told us that while Nemo went for his operation in Bristol, the pair went for a walk: "My wife found a penny on the floor. They always say pick up a penny and have good luck, and it worked.

    "It [the operation] was just under £230 but it was worth it."