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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 19 July 2016
  2. Author's body was found in septic tank at her house
  3. Calls for laser pen ban after conviction
  4. Police cells redesigned after custody death
  5. Hatters grant pro contract to a sixth youth team player
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our coverage across the day

    That's all from the live team today but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    Here's a round-up of some of the stories we've covered today:

    • Author Helen Bailey's partner has appeared in court charged with her murder
    • A new £40m building is planned for the University of Bedfordshire's campus in Luton  
    • New cell doors at Luton police station, which are being put in after a man died in custody last year, will consist of "a three stage hatch".  
  2. Remember this: Prince Philip visits Whipsnade Zoo

    Just before we go - a dip into the archives. On this day in 1967, the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip met Kumara, a seven-month-old elephant, during a visit to Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. 

    Prince Philip meets an elephant at Whipsnade Zoo in 1967

    The Duke was at the zoo in his capacity as president of the London Zoological Society. 

    He was joined by the society's secretary Lord Solly Zuckerman (1904-1993, second from left) and Conservative politician Christopher Soames (1920-1987, far left).

  3. Lorry containing 21 'illegal immigrants' including baby found

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A lorry containing 21 people described as "illegal immigrants", including a three-month-old baby, has been found by police in Hertfordshire. 

    Police were called to reports of a banging noise coming from inside a large goods vehicle parked in Goldsmith Way, Hatfield, at 15:00.

    The policing unit tweeted that the alleged "illegal immigrants" were safe and well. 

    Police said the occupants of the lorry had been treated by paramedics. Officers remain at the scene and the Border Agency has been informed.

  4. Helen Bailey: Post-mortem examination 'inconclusive'

    Mike Cartwright

    BBC Look East

    Helen Bailey and Ian Stewart

    A post-mortem examination on author Helen Bailey has so far proved inconclusive. 

    Ms Bailey's body was found in a septic tank along with her pet dog Boris, St Albans Crown Court was told, after forensic searches of the author's home and gardens in Royston, Hertfordshire.

    Her partner, Ian Stewart, appearing by video link accused of her murder, spoke only to confirm his name.

    Ms Bailey, known for writing teen novels, disappeared three months ago.

  5. Overnight weather: Staying warm and humid

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll remain hot and sunny this evening and stay warm and humid overnight, with temperatures staying around 20C (68F) for most of the region.

    Wednesday's weather map

    Wednesday will be another hot and sunny day with temperatures reaching up to 30C (86F). It'll stay dry but there'll be a little more cloud in the afternoon, and there's a low risk of an isolated thunderstorm later in the day.

    You can get the full forecast where you live, from BBC Weather.

  6. #lifehack: Keeping cool in the heat

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Two people sit on deckchairs in the sunshine

    It's a warm day and whilst some people love it, others really struggle... But never fear - we have a tip for you to try and keep cool.

    Earlier, Luan in Ampthill called The JVS Show to say that a great way of keeping your home cool, if you have an attic, is to open your loft hatch and let all of the warm air that normally collects at the highest point of your home simply float away... #lifehack

  7. 21 illegal immigrants found in a lorry

    Andrew Woodger

    BBC News

    Traffic police have said the lorry was stopped in the Hatfield area.

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    Subsequent tweets said "everyone is safe and well".

  8. 'No evidence' that Zafira cars catch fire, says Vauxhall director

    A director at Vauxhall has given evidence to MPs today to say that the company has no evidence that Zafira B models caught fire.

    Zafira car on fire

    Charles J Klein, director of Global Engineering at Vauxhall, told MPs they "have not had access to vehicles that have demonstrated that, to be honest."

    He said that despite trying to recreate such conditions to "see if it exists", they haven't been able to affect their vehicles. 

    The Zafira itself is not manufactured in Luton - Vauxhall only makes vans there now.

  9. Radcliffe: Russian ban decision 'really important'

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The International Olympic Committee has postponed a decision on banning Russia from next month's Rio Olympics, a decision which Bedford marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe is watching closely.

    The World Anti-Doping Agency has called for the entire Russian team to be excluded after a report found evidence of a widespread, state-run programme of cheating. 

    Radcliffe said: "The message the IOC sends by how they act on this is really important. 

    "[It] has to stand up for the rights of the clean athletes who want to perform in the Olympic Games on a fair and level playing field."

    Olympic flags at Sochi 2014
  10. Bikers sentenced for causing summer disruption

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Three motorbike riders have been sentenced for causing a day of disruption across Bedfordshire last summer, as their convoy of around 80 riders performed wheelies, jumped red lights and mounted pavements. 

    Judge Michael Kay QC handed out 12-month community orders and fines at Luton Crown Court, describing their behaviour as "outrageous". 

    Luton Crown Court

    The riders were tracked from Bedford by a police helicopter, over the M1 into Woburn Sands before they headed back through Cranfield and Astwood on 19 July 2015. 

    They were traced by police through videos they posted on social media.

    Oliver Sergeant, 22, of Whitley Road, Shortstown; Richard Clarke, 30, of Trevor Drive, Bromham; and Terry Emberson, 28, from south London pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance. 

    Sergeant admitted an additional charge of careless driving.

  11. Vauxhall execs give evidence over Zafira fires

    Senior executives from Vauxhall HQ in Luton have been giving evidence to MPs about Zafira B models which have caught fire

    Zafira model

    A second round of recalls will start next month, costing the company £40m. 

    Iain Stewart, the Milton Keynes MP who sits on the transport committee and owned one of the cars, said: "I'd no communication from Vauxhall whatsoever, so I continued to drive it and sold it in good faith.

    "Yet we've had evidence that there have been fires."

  12. University of Bedfordshire plans new £40m building

    A new £40m building is planned for the University of Bedfordshire's campus in Luton.

    Artists impression of what the University of Bedfordshire's new science building will look like

    The STEM building will be constructed on Park Street and will be home to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    A range of new science courses will be available at the university as a result, including pharmacy, chemistry and mechanical engineering.

    The building will be four storeys and is due to be completed in 2018.

  13. Helen Bailey death: Partner appears in court via video link

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Author Helen Bailey's partner Ian Stewart has made his first appearance at crown court charged with her murder.

    Police found Ms Bailey's body in the septic tank of her Royston home last Friday, three months after she disappeared.

    Helen Bailey and partner Ian Stewart

    Ian Stewart, 55, of Baldock Road, Royston, appeared at St Albans Crown Court via video link from Bedford Prison.

    He was remanded in custody but will be brought into court in October where he is due to enter a plea to the charges of murder, perverting the course of justice and preventing lawful burial in April. 

    The trial date has been provisionally reserved for January.

  14. Helen Bailey: Court hears where body was found

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The partner of author Helen Bailey is appearing at St Albans Crown Court today charged with her murder, after human remains were found at their Royston home.

    Helen Bailey and dog Boris

    Ian Stewart, 55, of Baldock Road, Royston, has also been charged with perverting the course of justice and preventing lawful burial in April.  

    The court heard Helen Bailey's body was found in a septic tank in the grounds of her home, along with the body of her dog Boris.

    More to follow soon.

  15. #heatbingo contender in Luton

    BBC Look East

    We've got a 30C #heatbingo entry in Luton - can you beat that?

    Tweet us your pics.

  16. Fancy a game of #heatbingo?

    BBC Look East

    It's a scorcher today so let's play #heatbingo...

    How hot is it where you are?

    Tweet us a dash-pic and your location to see who can hit the high notes!

    Car dashboard with temperature gauge reading 25C
  17. Stevenage sign Jamaica winger McAnuff on free transfer

    BBC Sport

    Stevenage have signed Jamaica winger Jobi McAnuff on a free transfer.

    Jobi McAnuff

    The 34-year-old left Leyton Orient in May at the end of his contract, having scored six goals in 57 games.

    McAnuff has won 29 caps for Jamaica and was involved in all three of their matches at last month's Copa America.