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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 1 June 2016
  2. Up to 150 taxi drivers took part in a protest at Luton Airport amid concerns jobs will be lost after a London-based company was awarded the airport contract
  3. Milton Keynes Dons are moving forward with plans for a new training facility in Cosgrove
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    So it seems like we've all got to wait a little bit longer for some good weather, even though today is meant to be the first day of summer.

    It's been a cold, wet day, blustery day, as this photo taken in Hoddesdon by Weather Watcher Janjan shows.

    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow morning with all your news, weather, travel and sport.

    Hoddesdon
  2. Teenager charged over statue decapitation

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A 19-year-old has been charged with criminal damage after a 150 year-old statue was decapitated in Hertford on Easter Sunday. 

    The teenager will appear in court at a later date.

    A second 19-year-old arrested this morning on suspicion of criminal damage has been released with no further action.

    Decapitated statue in Hertford
  3. Man charged after Luton stabbing

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man has been charged over a stabbing in Luton on Sunday morning. 

    The 22-year-old man is accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a knife in a public place. 

    A man was stabbed in Alma Street just before 06:00. The victim was taken to hospital.

  4. Police misconduct hearing officer says he didn't treat Christian Lee-Thompson disrespectfully

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    At the misconduct hearing today, PC Stuart Francis denies allegations he pushed Christian-Lee Thompson's face into the ground and said he had no intention to handcuff him or arrest him.

    He said he only used "very limited force" to hold him down to make sure he didn't injure himself. He also said it was "not true" that he'd treated him with disrespect. 

    The case will continue tomorrow.

    Fielder Centre, Hertfordshire
  5. Miscount hearing against Hertfordshire police officer hears he was trying to help teenager

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    A Hertfordshire police officer facing a misconduct charge for the way he arrested a teenager who was injured after he came off a moped near Hemel Hempstead has been giving evidence this afternoon. 

    PC Stuart Francis is accused of using excessive force when he found Christian-Lee Thompson. He told the hearing in Hatfield that rather than restraining the 15-year-old, he was trying to put him in the recovery position and his priority was to make him "safe."

    The case continues.

    Christian-Lee Thompson and his parents
  6. Two men charged with Luton carnival disorder

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Two Luton teenagers have been charged with violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon following post-carnival brawls on Sunday night.

    Both men appeared before Luton Magistrates’ Court this morning and have been remanded pending a further court date.

    Luton Carnival costumes
  7. Ancient 'tablets' show rapid recovering of Verulamium after Boudican revolt

    One of the wooden tablets is a contract from 21 October, 62 AD, to bring "20 loads of provisions" from Verulamium - now St Albans - to London. That was a year after the revolt by Iceni queen Boudica.

    Dr Roger Tomlin, who translated the documents, said they reveal the rapid recovery of Roman London and Verulamium after they were destroyed in the Boudican revolt.

    Roger Tomlin deciphers the Bloomberg tablets

    He said the writings included references to beer deliveries, evidence of an early beer baron whose empire stretched from London to Carlisle, legal rulings, references to the military presence in the city and someone practising handwriting.

  8. Roman form of 'email' found in London with links to Hertfordshire

    Wooden tablets containing a refrence to Verulamium - aka St Albans - were discovered during excavations for Bloomberg's new European headquarters, near Mansion House in London. 

    They've been described as "the email of the Roman world", communicating business and legal dealings.

    Among 410 tablets uncovered, 87 have been deciphered.

    Bloomberg writing tablet 44
  9. Mention of Verulamium found on UK's oldest hand-written document

    A reference to Verulamium, the old name for St Albans, has been found in a group of ancient writings dug up in London.

    It's a contract from 62AD, asking for 20 loads of provisions to be brought from Verulamium to London.

    Bloomberg writing tablet 30

    The writing tablets were discovered during excavations for a new building.

  10. Clophill fire: Investigations into cause continue

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    There have been reports of some smoke still coming from the Four Winds Industrial Estate on the A6 close to Clophill.

    Bedfordshire fire service has confirmed there's still some "smoldering" at the site, but no danger of another fire. 

    They say the recent wet weather has helped dampen down the site.

    Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire.

    Firefighters at Four Winds Industrial Estate
    Smoke at Four Winds Industrial Estate
  11. Clophill fire: New photos released

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A number of photos have been released showing the extent of the fire at the Four Winds Industrial Estate on the A16 close to Clophill.

    The fire broke out last Thursday night. Firefighters are currently visiting the site to "keep an eye on things".

    Four Winds Industrial Estate fire
    Four Winds Industrial Estate fire
    Four Winds Industrial Estate fire
  12. Angel statue stolen from graveyard

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A bronze angel statue has been stolen from North Watford Cemetery.

    The 18 inch (47cm) bronze is of the guardian angel, Celestine.

    It was taken from it's plinth between two graves - pictures below - and has been there for 13 years.

    Graveyard and statue from North Watford cemetary

    Police believe it was taken between 31 October and 13 May, but has only just been reported as they family don't live locally. 

  13. Taxi drivers' protest: New contract will 'improve' options for passengers

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Taxi drivers say they'll loose their jobs when a new contract comes into force at Luton Airport. 

    It's because Addison Lee has been contracted to operate the taxi service, instead of Hackney cabs.

    Luton Airport

    We've just had a statement from the airport about the row, saying the new service will "expand and improve the options available to passengers who will benefit from fixed price fares".

    A spokesman said it's part of on-going plans to redevelop the terminal and the airport infrastructure.

  14. Repairing decapitated Hertford statue will cost thousands

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    I've just found out the cost of repairing a decapitated 150 year old statue in Hertford is about £3,000. 

    The statue is currently in two pieces, with half of it standing outside Beckwith & Son on St Andrew's Street. It was damaged on Easter Saturday, when the top was severed and the top half landed on the pavement. 

    A spokesman from the antiques shop told me it will be repaired, hopefully in the next couple of months.   

    Two 19-year-old men, from Hertford, were arrested this morning on suspicion of criminal damage.

    Hertford damaged statue
    Damaged statue
    Damaged statue
  15. Firefighters still at scene of Clophill fire

    Bedfordshire fire service is still at the scene of a fire, which broke out at the Four Winds Industrial Estate on the A6 close to Clophill on Thursday night.

    They're currently checking the fire is completely out and under control.

    At the height of the incident about 80 firefighters attended and 2,000 litres of water were used in a minute. 

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  16. Weather: No 'Flaming June'

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Sadly, we are a long way from 'Flaming June' today. Instead we have a dull, grey day with lots of drizzle and highs of 14C (57F).

    This picture by RedKite - one of our Weather Watchers in Princes Risborough - pretty much sums it up.

    Princes Risborough shrouded in cloud and drizzle
  17. MK Dons training ground 'would destroy an area of natural beauty'

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Milton Keynes Dons are moving forward to get a new training facility built in Cosgrove over the Northamptonshire border, but not everyone is in favour of the move.

    Aerial view of Cosgrove

    A Facebook group and petition have been started by people who want the land to stay as it is.  

    The 'Save the fields at Cosgrove' group believe the scale of the development does "not belong in the heart of the countryside" and will "completely destroy an area of natural beauty and heritage enjoyed by many".

  18. MK Dons fans 'disappointed' new training ground will be built in Northants

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    New plans have been lodged by Milton Keynes Dons for a training facility in Cosgrove, with the club set to request planning permission later this year.

    MK Dons training facility: land at Manor Farm, Cosgrove

    The plans have been given a mixed reaction from fans, with Tom Stewart from the MK Dons Supporters' Association saying it is a "disappointment" that it won't be built in the new city.

    But he added that the site is needed to develop "new talent" that the club currently needs. 

  19. Don't take off-road bikers problem into your own hands, urges Bedfordshire PCC

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Bedfordshire's police and crime commissioner has been at a meeting this morning to see what can be done to tackle the issue of nuisance off-road bikers in Bedfordshire.

    Off-road bike

    It comes after a man who only wanted to be known as "Tomas" confronted bikers who were causing problems outside his home in Dunstable.

    Kathryn Holloway says the issue is now being treated as a priority, but added that people must not take matters into their own hands.

  20. Two arrested after stone statue decapitated in Hertford

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Two 19-year-men have been arrested after a stone statue was decapitated in Hertford back on Easter Sunday.

    Statue outside Beckwith and Son antique shop

    They are currently being held in police custody on suspicion of criminal damage.

    The carved model stands outside Beckwith & Son on St Andrew Street. It is thought to be of the 15th century printer, William Caxton.