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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 29 June 2016
  2. Children from St Albans rescued from Brecon Beacons
  3. Easyjet boss 'can't rule out' moving airline's HQ after Brexit vote
  4. Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder arrest after 'targeted' A41 van fire
  5. Investigation begins into latest Woodhill Prison death
  6. England players arrive back at Luton Airport after being knocked out of Euro 2016
  7. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for the Local Live team on Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

    The main story we've been following this afternoon is about the 26 children from St Albans who were reported missing on the Brecon Beacons

    You can read how the story unfolded by scrolling through the updates below.


    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. 

  2. CCTV image released after Luton shop stabbing

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A CCTV image has been released by Bedfordshire police of a man they want to talk following a stabbing in a Luton shop. 

    Between 22:30 and 23:10 on Monday night two men went into Ramridge Stores on Turners Road South and demanded cash and mobile phone. 

    The victim was assaulted and stabbed in the leg. Fortunately the injuries were not life-threatening.

    CCTV image
  3. Man stabbed in Biggleswade High Street

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been seriously assaulted in Biggleswade

    He was attacked on the High Street at about 01:15 in the early hours of Sunday morning, when he was hit over the head and stabbed by two white men, thought to be about 20 years old.

    Det Con Olyver Tomlinson said: "This was a nasty and vicious assault and it was fortunate that the victim did not sustain serious injuries."

    Biggleswade High Street
  4. Weather: Cloudy and breezy night ahead

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening it will be cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain, slowly clearing later.  

    A mainly dry night with clear spells is ahead and a minimum temperature of 11C (52F). 


    Thursday will start off dry and bright, turning cloudy later with the risk of some showers. Winds freshening later. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F). 

    Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Honeybee for this image from Bedford.

  5. Watch: Not 'uncommon' for pupils to get lost on Brecon Beacons

    The 26 teenagers from St Albans, Hertfordshire, disappeared in low cloud and torrential rain, prompting a major search operation. 

    Three mountain rescue teams, police and ambulance crews were sent to area in south Wales at around 13:00. 

    Andrew Evans, of Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue team, said the incident was not uncommon among groups doing their Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

    Here's some video footage of  the operation. 

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    Video caption: Children missing on mountain rescued
  6. PM says car-makers around the country must speak out after EU vote

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    David Cameron has responded to calls by the Labour MP Justin Madders to safeguard jobs at the country's Vauxhall car plants.

    The prime minister says Britain must secure the best possible deal to still access the single market. 

    General Motors sign
    Quote Message: So many companies, GM included... one of the reasons they’ve invested in Britain because of access to that market and I would urge General Motors to make their voices heard and we will certainly be listening to them in the weeks ahead. from David Cameron Prime Minister
    David CameronPrime Minister
  7. MP calls for the prime minister to act to protect Vauxhall jobs

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    An MP has called on the prime minister to act to protect jobs at Vauxhall, which has plants in the north as well as Luton, following the vote to leave the EU. 

    Concern was raised in the Commons by Labour MP Justin Madders, whose constituency includes Vauxhall's plant at Ellesmere Port. 

    Vauxhall logo on a dealership sign
    Quote Message: I would ask the prime minister if he can ensure that there are early talks with General Motors... so that they are given the reassurance needed that motor vehicles will still be able to be exported to the EU at a competitive price. from Justin Madders MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston
    Justin MaddersMP for Ellesmere Port and Neston
  8. Europeans living in Bedford 'welcome' says mayor

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    The mayor of Bedford has come out in support of Europeans living the Bedford area after the country voted to leave the EU last week. 

    Dave Hodgson says he wants to send out a "clear message" they they're "welcome and the community belongs to all its residents equally".

    Dave Hodgson
    Quote Message: People from Europe, and indeed all parts of the world, have helped shape Bedford and make it what it is over many years, especially since the Second World War. It is vital that the message rings out loud and clear that all Bedford Borough residents are welcome here. from Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson
    Mayor of BedfordDave Hodgson
  9. St Albans pupils being taken to hospital as a 'precaution'

    A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: "We are pleased to confirm that following the search and rescue operation on the Brecon Beacons this afternoon, all 26 members of the party involved have been accounted for."

    "It is also very pleasing that no one was injured, but as a precaution they are being taken to hospital to be checked."

    Ambulances at the scene of the rescue effort

    "The mountain rescue team and the coastguards helicopter crew are to be thanked for this successful search and rescue operation."

  10. All missing St Albans children found after Brecon Beacons search

    Rescuers have found all four groups of St Albans children who went missing in the Brecon Beacons.

    The children, in their mid-teens, got lost around Llyn y Fan Fach, near Abercraf.

    It's thought about six of them were from St Albans School. 

    Rescuers with flares

    Andrew Evans, of Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, said a rescue helicopter located the missing groups.

    All 26 children have either made their way off the mountain or are on their way down, he added.

  11. Pupils from St Albans School being helped off Brecon Beacons

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    I have just had it confirmed that some of the pupils stranded on the Brecon Beacons this afternoon were from the independent St Albans School. 

    Head teacher Jonathan Gillespie told me that about six or seven pupils were taking part in their silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

    He says one group got into difficulty and contacted the police. He said two members of staff then joined them and that they know where they are and are walking off the mountain. 

    He said there isn't a "problem".

  12. St Albans school children found on Brecon Beacon to be taken to local pub

    The landlord of the Tafarn Y Garreg pub in the Brecon Beacons says 14 of the St Albans children who were lost on the mountain will be brought to his pub. 

    So far it's thought 14 children have been found but six are still unaccounted for. 

    They were last seen close to the pub a few hours ago. 

    Llyn y Fan Fach & Bannau Sir Gaer in the Brecon Beacons
  13. Still waiting on confirmation of fourth group missing on Brecon Beacons

    A group of schoolchildren lost in the Brecon Beacons have been located, and a rescue helicopter is with them on the mountain. 

    Dyfed-Powys Police said: "We cannot confirm that all in the group are accounted for."

    It's thought three of the four groups of children from St Albans have been located on the mountain, in the western Brecon Beacons, but are still on the hillside. 

    Western Mountain Rescue Team says it thinks it knows the location of the fourth group.

  14. Children seem 'fine' after getting lost on Brecon Beacons

    Mark Moran, from Central Beacons Mountain Rescue, said his team had been in intermittent phone contact with the four groups of six children from St Albans before the first group were found.

    Twelve rescuers from Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team and Brecon Mountain Rescue Team are involved in the search. 

    A rescuer involved in the search

    Andrew Evans, Western Beacons party leader, said: "It's our priority to find them and get them safe and warm.

    "This kind of thing does happen from time to time with groups doing their group Duke of Edinburgh - so far they all seem fine."

  15. Some missing St Albans children found after Brecon Beacons search

    Rescuers have confirmed that a number of the children from St Albans lost on the Brecon Beacons have been found. 

    Dyfed-Powys Police said a Coastguard helicopter had found some the children, who are taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition.

    The helicopter has landed and the crew are with the children, but their condition is not known.

    The alarm was raised at about 13:00 after the groups went missing around Llyn y Fan Fach, near Abercraf.

    Brecon Beacons
  16. Mountain rescue teams looking for St Albans children lost on Brecon Breacons

    It's been confirmed that a group of children who were lost on the Brecon Beacons are from St Albans. 

    Mountain rescue teams have found a number of the 24 children who went missing earlier. 

    The alarm was raised over two hours ago. 

    The children are taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition.

    A rescue helicopter
  17. BreakingChildren lost in Brecon Beacons from St Albans

    A group of children currently lost on the Brecon Beacons are from St Albans, it has emerged.

  18. Investigation to start into Woodhill Prison death

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Woodhill Prison has confirmed that the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will investigate the death of an inmate at the jail. 

    Thomas Morris, 31, was found unresponsive in his cell on Sunday. 

    HMP Woodhill
    Quote Message: Staff attempted CPR and an ambulance was called, but he was pronounced dead at approximately 01:28. from Prison Service Spokesperson
    Prison ServiceSpokesperson
  19. Weather: Wet and windy

    BBC Weather

    Rain will turn increasingly persistent through the afternoon, bringing drizzly outbreaks and some heavier bursts in places, especially over higher ground such as the Dunstable Downs. 

    It'll be windy, too. 

    Clouds in Hoddesdon

    There's also been a lot of cloud about, as this picture from Weather Watcher JanJan in Hoddesdon shows.

    Maximum temperature: 17C (63F). 

  20. Star 'pops' in to hospital to visit boy

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Earlier we brought you the story of Cade Ewington, who was saved by lifeguards at Lewsey Swimming Pool in Luton after his heart stopped. 

    While in hospital he was visited by a megastar. 

    If you want to find out who it is... you'll just have to watch the video below. 

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    Video caption: World-famous pop stars visits Luton boy in hospital