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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 9 June 2016
  2. Thomas White jailed for killing his partner Ashley Gillard before setting fire to his flat
  3. Luton borough councillor Mohammed Ashraf is expelled from the Labour Party after being found guilty of offences relating to his travel agency business
  4. CCTV photos show 'hockey stick robbery'
  5. Modern day slavery 'victim' tells court he voluntarily went to live with travellers
  6. Reaction to plans for maternity services to move from Bedford Hospital to Milton Keynes
  7. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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  2. Councillor expelled: Luton travel agent's signs removed

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    The travel agency run by a councillor who has been suspended by the Luton Labour Party after being found guilty of falsifying documents is looking rather bare...

    Luton Travel Services on Dunstable Road now has no signage left.

    Luton Travel Services shop with signs removed

    Mohammed Ashraf was convicted of five of the six charges against him at Luton Magistrates' Court and fined more than £2,000.  

    The court heard he displayed outdated signage and documents inferring he was consumer protected and the logo of a major airline - Pakistan International Airlines - which he wasn't entitled to display. He also faked documents and produced them in an official investigation under caution.  

  3. Weather: More sunshine on the way

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    Plenty of sunshine to end the day and then a dry night. Temperatures no lower than 9C (48F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow is looking largely dry with spells of sunshine. Temperatures could reach 21C (70F).

  4. Milton Keynes flat fire: White 'did nothing in life-threatening situation'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A judge passing sentence on Thomas White for the manslaughter of his partner told him: "You intentionally did nothing to help a fellow human being in what was a life-threatening situation."

    Thomas White

    The 26-year-old was passed an extended sentence of 13 years and nine months at Luton Crown Court today by Judge Richard Foster, who said White posed a risk to the public of committing further serious offences.

    Judge Foster detailed to the court how White had found out hairdresser Ashley Gillard was HIV positive and he left him fitting whilst tied up in his flat.

    He later returned to burn the flat in an attempt to destroy any evidence of the killing.

  5. BreakingMilton Keynes flat fire: Ashley Gillard's partner jailed

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A man who admitted killing his partner and then setting fire to his flat after hearing his victim was HIV positive has been jailed for more than 13 years.

    Ashley Gillard

    Thomas White, 26, of Bibury Close in Wellingborough, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court in April to manslaughter by gross negligence.

    Hairdresser Ashley Gillard (pictured), 31, was discovered after the blaze in the third-floor property in Wolverton, Milton Keynes on 8 June.

    Judge Richard Foster gave White an extended sentence of 13 years and nine months, and he was told he would be on licence for four years after his release.

  6. Speech 'encouraged support for so-called IS'

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    It's been alleged in court that hard-line Muslims were encouraged to support the so-called Islamic State during a speech at an Anglican church in Luton. 

    The jury heard a transcript of the speech, which had been recorded by an undercover police officer, at St Margaret's Church on 29 June 2015. 

    Old Bailey Scale of Justice

    The prosecution says the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spoke about Muslims who supported the aims of so-called Islamic State, but were waiting for it to be victorious before showing their support. 

    He is charged with four counts of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, which he denies.

    Four other men are also on trial: A second man, who also cannot be named, is charged with three counts of arranging meetings for a banned organisation.

    Three men are accused of encouraging support for a banned organisation: Two from Luton, Yousaf Bashir, 35, and Rajib Khan, 38, and a third from Maidenhead, all deny the charges against them.

  7. Bedford and Milton Keynes Hospital proposals 'good news', say MPs

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Milton Keynes MPs have said proposals for maternity services to move to the town from Bedford are "good news".

    Conservative MPs Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart said in a joint statement that "the move would be the result" they "have been campaigning for".  

    Milton Keynes Hospital entrance

    They continue that "centralising specialist services" would mean they'd be able to "attract the best staff" and enable clinicians to "develop their skill".

    "We will continue to push the case for Milton Keynes University Hospital to be upgraded and expand to attain further services to deliver for our growing population," they conclude.

  8. Death on mountain comes 15 years after school trip tragedy

    This is Fansipan Mountain, where British backpacker Aiden Webb's body was found this morning. 

    Fifteen years ago, 17-year-old schoolgirl Amy Ransom, from Bryants Bottom, Buckinghamshire, died after falling 500m (1,640ft) when she slipped off a path on the same mountain

    Fansipan mountain

    She was part of a school party, accompanied by two Vietnamese guides, and had been trekking up the mountain near the village of Sa Pa when the tragedy happened.  

  9. Policeman admits filming teen girl performing sex act

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    A police officer from Aylesbury has admitted making and distributing indecent images, after filming a teenage girl performing a sex act on him and sending it to three friends.

    High Wycombe Magistrates Court

    Metropolitan Police officer Stephen McMillan, 26, of Viridian Square, pleaded guilty to four charges at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court.

    He met the girl, who is under 18, via the dating app Tinder. He will be sentenced next month and has been suspended by the force.

  10. Machete raid left shop workers 'traumatised'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A court has heard how two shop assistants were left so traumatised by a machete raid in Luton that they had to leave their jobs.

    The Nisa store on Axe Close in Luton's Marsh Farm was robbed on 15 October by two men armed with a machete and an imitation hand gun.

    Luton Crown COurt

    Luton Crown Court heard how the female shop assistant was left suffering from sleepless nights and depression. A male assistant was left so traumatised he could no longer work indoors and has moved to another part of the country.

    Leonard Hunte, 34, of Albert Road, Luton, was given an extended 17-year prison sentence.

  11. Machete raider jailed for 17 years

    Gail Sanderson

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man armed with a machete who raided two small shops and a bookmaker in Bedfordshire has been given an extended jail sentence of 17 years. 

    Nisa in Marsh Farm

    Leonard Hunte, 34, of Albert Road, Luton, made off with just a few hundred pounds, but the shop workers were left so traumatised they had to leave their jobs.   

    Luton Crown Court heard how Hunte and another man wore scarves to cover their faces, and were armed with a machete and an imitation handgun when they robbed the Nisa store in Axe Close. 

  12. Throwback Thursday: Sharnbrook in the 1940s

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    It's that time of week again, Throwback Thursday! 

    Bedford Borough Council has shared another great photograph from the Bedfordshire Archive - of Sharnbrook High Street about 70 years ago.

    View more on twitter
  13. Man 'spied on mother and child under toilet door'

    A man who spied on a mother and her three-year-old daughter in a public toilet has been fined and told he must complete a 12-month community order.

    St Albans Crown Court heard that Malcolm Hawkins, 57, of Oakmere Avenue, Potters Bar, put his head under a toilet door in the women's toilets in Verulamium Park, St Albans, in June 2014.  

    St Albans Crown Court

    The mother took a photograph of Hawkins and circulated it on social media. His neighbour told him about the picture and he handed himself in to police.

    Hawkins, who suffers with a learning disability, was given a 12-month community order with supervision of probation officers, made to pay £1,750 and must register as a sex offender for five years.

  14. Getting into a turret? More like getting into a pickle...

    Roberto Perrone

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    We're broadcasting live from Bedfordshire's Lockheed Martin, a worldwide defence company whose turret production line was officially opened earlier.

    Before the show started, I got to take a look around and INSIDE one of the turrets... they're rather tiny.

    View more on twitter
  15. Live from Lockheed Martin: Turret production line

    Roberto Perrone

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    This is the impressive turret production line at Bedfordshire's Lockheed Martin.

    The facility was officially opened today by the defence minister Philip Dunne.

    Turret production line
    Turret production line
    Inside turret
  16. Elderly couple taken to hospital after car overturns

    Two people have been taken to hospital after a car overturned in Luton this afternoon.

    Wigmore Lane in Luton

    Emergency services were called to Wigmore Lane just before midday and treated two elderly people.

    A woman, suffering from chest and abdomen pain, and a man with cuts and bruises were taken to hospital for further treatment. Their injuries were described as minor.

  17. Dunstable collision: Teenage boy discharged at scene

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    I've just heard from the ambulance service about the collision in Dunstable earlier. 

    They were called to the scene at College Drive and Boscome Road just after 12:45.

    There was just one patient assessed by staff - a teenage boy. He didn't require any further treatment and was discharged at the scene.

  18. 24 Hours in Police Custody: In Plain Sight

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Last night's 24 Hours In Police Custody on Channel 4 was a tough watch, featuring two cases of child sex offences in Bedfordshire.

    24 Hours in Police Custody

    One of the officers featured in the episode, Det Cons Mo Hussain, has blogged about the case involving Martin Druce.

    He said: "I’m a shy person and I don’t like to be in front of the cameras, but this was such a good job by all involved that I wanted people to see it.

    "I wanted them to witness first-hand the work we do to protect people."

  19. Modern day slavery 'victim' voluntarily went to live with travellers

    A man who is alleged to have been the victim of modern day slavery told St Albans Crown Court today that he voluntarily went to live with a family of travellers.

    Johnny Moloney

    Cameron Biggar, 43, was living on the streets of London in 2004 as an alcoholic. 

    Appearing via video link, he told the court that he agreed to work for Johnny Moloney (pictured) from St Albans: "I saw it as an opportunity not to be homeless any more," he said.

    Mr Biggar said he'd been made to feel welcome at the Moloney home in Watford Road when he arrived. Read more here.

  20. Defence minister opens Bedfordshire production line

    Gail Sanderson

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A new multi-million pound production line at a worldwide defence company in Bedfordshire has been officially opened by a government minister. 

    Ribbon cutting

    Lockheed Martin in Ampthill has a contract to make armoured vehicle turrets for the British Army. It's been designed and developed at the site, and the new production facility will create 40 new jobs. 

    Philip Dunne, the minister of state for defence procurement, said of the turrets: "It's a digitally-enabled platform which will allow the operators inside the vehicle to have much greater awareness of the situation that they find themselves in."