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Summary

  1. Johnny Moloney jailed for keeping a man as a slave
  2. Judge tells Moloney he "deliberately degraded" another human being
  3. Milton Keynes hit by flooding
  4. Updates for Friday, 17 June 2016

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  1. Goodbye

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for this week from everyone here on the Local Live team in Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

    You can catch up on today's news by scrolling back through the page.

    We've reported on a St Albans man being jailed for four years for keeping a man as a slave for more than 10 years.

    We've also brought you news on the heavy rain that affected Milton Keynes yesterday.

    We hope it stays dry on Sunday as the 15th Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival takes place at Willen Lake. 

    Thousands of spectators are expected at the event, which is described as the longest running and largest of its kind in the country. 

    Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Race

    We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather.   

  2. Weather: Drier Saturday expected

    BBC Weather

    After yesterday's heavy rain in Milton Keynes, it looks like there's good news to come.

    As the picture below shows, taken by Weather Watcher BucksBlackCat, heavy showers will gradually ease through the evening, with some clear spells for a time. 

    Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F). 

    Milton Keynes

    Tomorrow will start mostly dry with some bright spells. It'll become rather cloudy though, with scattered showers developing through the day. 

    Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F). 

  3. School gets ready to reopen after flash floods force it to close

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    After spending the day clearing up after last night's flash floods in Milton Keynes, Stantonbury Campus is expected to be open again on Monday.

    The music block and creative arts suite filled with water and as you can see expensive musical equipment had to be moved out of the way. 

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  4. Saracens loan five players to Bedford

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Bedford Blues have signed five young playerson loan from Saracens for next season.

    Heading to Goldington Road for the year will be full back Matt Gallagher, winger George Perkins and prop Billy Walker, who are all currently in action at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship, along with prop Hayden Thompson-Stringer and scrum half Tom Whiteley.

    Rugby game at Bedford Blues

    Meanwhile, the clubs have announced a pre-season friendly at Goldington Road on Friday 19 August.  

  5. Timberlake spoof video makers 'not heard from Justin yet'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    I've been talking to Sue Wybrow from St Albans Businesses about the spoof Justin Timberlake video they have made.

    Salih Gaygusuz and Justin Timberlake

    She told me that what started out as a comment on their Facebook group has now become a reality, with everybody who took part donating to the cause.

    Its premiere at the Odyssey cinema yesterday also raised funds and they are now encouraging all who see it to make a donation. 

    She said: "It was really good fun... we haven't had a response from Justin yet but hopefully he'll like it."

  6. Businesses create spoof Justin Timberlake video in bid to raise funds

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Not much gives you that Friday feeling more than a bit of Justin Timberlake!

    Well, a group of business in St Albans have got together to produce this rather brilliant spoof of his Can't Stop The Feeling video, which aims to raise awareness and funds for Home Start St Albans.

    Amongst other local business figures, you can see the part of the snake-hipped star uncannily recreated by outgoing mayor of St Albans Salih Gaygusuz.

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  7. Man charged after fire causes £3.5m worth of damage

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been charged with arson after a fire caused £3.5m worth of damage to a listed thatched property in Drivers End, Codicote last year. 

    The fire broke out on 12 July and was tackled by more than 15 fire engines and support vehicles.

    Fire at Codicote
    Fire at Codicote
    Fire at Codicote
  8. Watch: Bedfordshire author goes it alone to make his mark

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Adam Croft, from Flitwick, suffered many rejections in his bid to become a published author.

    But his latest thriller has just cleared more than £1m in sales - after he self-published and self promoted the title. 

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    Video caption: Flitwick author Adam Croft's self-published bestselling thriller
  9. Women left in serious condition after Bedford hit and run

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A woman in her 60s has been left with serious injuries after a hit and run incident in Bedford. 

    Police say the driver of a red S-reg Toyota Corolla fled the scene towards the town centre after a crash took place at the junction of Warwick Avenue and Linden Road at about 15:00 on Wednesday afternoon.

    Junction at Warwick Avenue and Linden Road

    The woman was left trapped in a black Renault Megane. 

    They believe there were two passengers in the Toyota. 

  10. Tesco sells Dobbies Garden Centres for £217m

    Hertfordshire based Tesco has sold its garden centre chain Dobbies for £217m as the retailer continues with its strategy of focusing on its supermarket business.

    It was sold to a group of investors led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital.

    Dobbies signage

    The sale comes a week after Tesco announced the sale of UK restaurant chain Giraffe and its Turkish business.

    Tesco bought Dobbies in 2007 for £150m and it is now the UK's second largest gardening retailer.

  11. Three police constables served gross misconduct notices after Bedford death

    The police watchdog have confirmed that gross misconduct notices have been served on three constables following the death of Karl Brunner in Bedford town centre on 11 May. 

    Below is the mobile phone footage taken of the incident which shows plain-clothed police urging him to spit out something which was in his mouth.

    Video content

    Video caption: IPCC investigates after arrested man dies in Bedford
  12. Police face criminal investigation over Bedford death

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    It's been confirmed that a criminal investigation is now under way into the death of man who was being detained by police in Bedford Town Centre last month. 

    Three police constables have been served with gross misconduct notices over the death of Karl Brunner on Midland Road on 11 May. 

    Midland Road, Bedford

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission are examining the officers' use of force during Mr Brunner's restraint and the provision of emergency medical care. 

    A post-mortem test didn't identify the cause of death and further tests are ongoing. 

  13. St Albans slavery case not 'unique'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are urging anyone who may know someone who's being held against their wises to come forward. 

    Peter Shaw, from the CPS, believes this isn't a "unique" case and says they're committed to securing justice even in the "most difficult circumstances".

    Anti slavery poster

    He says: "The victim was a vulnerable man who had been falsely promised paid work and a place to live in a flat. He was completely exploited by Johnny Moloney for financial gain and was treated in an appalling way."

    Anyone with any information is asked to call or contact Modern Slavery or call the police on 101. 

  14. St Albans slavery case: Images released of where 'slave' was kept

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Hertfordshire police have just released two images of where Cameron Biggar was forced to live during his time being kept as a slave by Johnny Moloney. 

    As you can see below, he was made to live in sheds and a camper van in Hertfordshire with no sanitation.

    Accommodation in slave case
    Accommodation in slave case
  15. St Albans slavery case 'almost defies belief'

    Hertfordshire Police has spoken of the "cruel" and "dreadful ordeal" inflicted on Cameron Biggar by Johnny Moloney.

    Det Insp Pete Frost, who led the investigation, said: "To think that another human being was subjected to such cruelty and suffering and in such a degrading manner is abhorrent and almost defies belief, particularly considering this has happened in the 21st century."  

    He praised the victim's courage and strength for coming forward and said hoped the sentencing "brings some comfort to him."

    Johnny Moloney
  16. St Albans slavery case: 'Slave' forced to work all over Europe

    At the week-long trail, the jury heard how Cameron Biggar was taken by Moloney to work in places like Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Norway and Sweden, after Moloney bought him a passport, that he kept. 

    They also heard how the married father of three had been hit on about five occasion and was insulted. 

    Prosecutor Peter Shaw said in court Cameron Biggar was lucky to get a Sunday off if he was feeling sick or injured whilst working he'd "be given painkilllers, not a day off".

  17. St Albans slavery case: 'I saw it as an opportunity not to be homeless'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    During the trial of Johnny Moloney, who has been jailed for four years for holding Cameron Biggar in slavery, St Albans Crown Court heard he had been 18-years-old when he first came across the homeless Scotsman in The Strand in London.

    Moloney, now 30, promised Mr Biggar accommodation, regular work and a wage and food. Mr Biggar agreed to go back to the defendant's home - a travellers' site in Watford Road, St Albans.

    Mr Biggar, who had mental health issues and was drinking heavily, told the jury: "I saw it as an opportunity not to be homeless anymore." 

    The court heard Mr Biggar had been kept a prisoner and when he had tried to escape Moloney's clutches in 2006, the young traveller had gone after him and brought him back to the site.

  18. St Albans slavery case: Man 'deliberately degraded' fellow human

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The judge who jailed a St Albans man for four years today told him he had "deliberately degraded" another human being.

    Earlier this week Johnny Moloney, 30, was found guilty of knowingly holding a person in slavery or servitude, and knowingly requiring another person to perform forced labour.

    Passing sentence at St Albans Crown Court, Judge Andrew Bright QC said the offences Moloney had been found guilty of "represented the deliberate degrading of a fellow human being over a substantial period of time".

    He added: "You forbade him from having any contact with friends and family."

  19. St Albans slavery case: Man had to work 14-hour days, seven days a week

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A man who kept a homeless man as a slave has been jailed for four years at St Albans Crown Court.

    Johnny Moloney

    Johnny Moloney, 30, also known as Johnny Murphy, had picked Cameron Biggar off the streets of London with the promise of a flat, regular work and food.

    But instead, Mr Bigger found himself living in a cold shed with no running water, and a bucket for a toilet.

    During a week-long trial, the jury was told Mr Biggar, now 43, had been forced to carry out unpaid block paving and building work for Moloney. He sometimes had to work a 14-hour day, seven days a week. 

  20. BreakingSt Albans slavery case: Man jailed for four years

    A St Albans man has been sentenced to four years in jail after being found guilty of keeping a man as a slave for over 10 years. 

    More details to follow.