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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 21 July 2016
  2. Luton murder trial hears victim was hit with dumbbell
  3. Speeding bikers convicted with their own footage
  4. Athletics club says it's homeless after Luton Town move in
  5. Man charged with child abduction in stolen car case
  6. 14-year-old girl raped in Milton Keynes
  7. Budget airline claims revenue has been hit by Brexit vote

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    Here's a round-up of some of today's top stories:

  2. Luton Town sporting venue 'delighted' at plans

    A sporting venue in Luton which has been confirmed as the new training facility for Luton Town Football Club has said it's "delighted" to be part of such "exciting plans".

    Notice explaining that Luton Town FC have signed lease

    Venue 360 on Gipsy Lane, which used to be the Vauxhall Recreation Centre, has received criticism from local sporting clubs for signing a deal with LTFC which means they will no longer have access to the facilities.

    In a statement, the venue wrote that they "will do everything possible to minimise disruption" to clubs and will "try to help find new facilities for those who may be permanently displaced, if at all possible".

  3. Watford sign Marseille defender Djedje

    BBC Sport

    Watford have signed Marseille wing-back Brice Dja Djedje on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

    Brice Dja Djedje

    The 25-year-old, capped seven times by Ivory Coast, made 70 appearances for the Ligue 1 side after joining from Evian in January 2014.

    Djedje reportedly turned down interest from Germany to become the Premier League club's fifth summer addition.

  4. Watford bottom of Premier League table

    "But the season hasn't even started", I hear you shout.

    Watford FC

    However, the table in question looks at how far teams travel during their pre-season friendlies.

    While Manchester United clock up the miles with a trip to China and Spurs visit Australia, Watford's games are more low-key.

  5. Travel: M1 northbound slow in Bedfordshire

    BBC Travel

    There are two lanes closed on the M1 northbound between J12-J9 due to a broken down lorry. This is causing long delays and affecting traffic on the A5.

    Stay up-to-date here.

  6. Video: Speeding bikers performing wheelies on A-roads

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Video content

    Video caption: Speeding bikers have been banned from driving after "juvenile behaviour"

    Six motorbike riders have been banned from driving after travelling from Bedford to Hatfield in 2014 at speeds of over 100mph.

    Hertfordshire Police released this footage filmed by one of the bikers, which traffic officers recovered after it was dumped in the Hatfield Tunnel.

  7. Weather: Dry tonight with a chance of shower tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    A mostly fine end to the day with sunny spells and staying dry overnight with lows of 16C (61F).

    Weather

    Dry start with sunny spells but cloud building through the day to bring scattered showers with highs of 24C (75F)

    More details on the BBC Weather website.

  8. Atul Shah: Jury shown photos of victim's injuries

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    The prosecution in the Atal Shah murder trial have said the 47-year-old suffered "considerable violence" during the attack in Crescent Road.

    Luton Crown Court

    Mr Shah was found with his hands and feet tied with a scarf. He had severe injuries to his face and head, and he also had defensive cuts to the palms of his hands.

    The jury was shown photos of the victim's injuries, including his mouth where several teeth had been knocked out.

    Four deny conspiracy to rob but Kyle Pitchford-Price, 23, and Luke West, 23, from Luton, are also charged with murder through "joint enterprise". Both deny the charge. The case continues. 

  9. Atul Shah suffered 'blunt force' to the head

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The "blunt force" Atul Shah suffered to his head appeared to have been caused by several items strewn across his home, including a broom handle and a dumbbell.

    Crecent Road home of Atul Shah in Luton

    Police found "disarray" when they entered Mr Shah's home in Crescent Road, Luton, the jury heard.

    The prosecution told Luton Crown Court it was clear the assault on the 47-year-old had taken place in the lounge.

    Stuart Trimmer QC said that blood spatter was found on walls, floors and handles in the room. 

    A large knife blade with the victim's blood on it was found in the kitchen and its handle was under his bed.

  10. Atul Shah murder: Four deny conspiracy to rob

    Four people deny charges of conspiracy to rob after Luton man Atul Shah was bludgeoned to death in his home in January.

    Luton Crown Court heard today that Kyle Pitchford-Price, 23, from Luton; Luke West, 23, from Luton; Corrina Armstrong, 21, of Dovehouse Hill, Luton; and Callum Holton, 19, went to the victim's home in Crescent Road intent on stealing from him.

    Police at Atul Shah's home in Crescent Road, Luton

    The prosecution told the jury that although Miss Armstrong and Mr Holton went to the address, they were not involved in the murder.

    Mr Pitchford-Price, Mr Holton and Miss Armstrong deny an alternative charge of conspiracy to commit a burglary at Mr Shah's flat. Mr West pleads guilty to the offence. 

    Mr Pitchford-Price and Miss Armstrong plead guilty to an offence of conspiracy to commit an act tending or intended to pervert the course of public justice. The case continues.

  11. Atul Shah murder: Plot to rob victim of 'drugs and money'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A man who was growing cannabis in his home was murdered by two men in a plot to rob him of drugs and valuables, a jury has heard.

    Atul Shah

    Atul Shah, 47, was found dead in his home in Crescent Road, Luton, on 6 January.

    Luton Crown Court heard that his hands and feet were bound and he had been hit over the head with a dumbbell.

    Kyle Pitchford-Price, 23, of Dovehouse Hill, Luton, and Luke West, 23, of Abbots Wood Road, Luton, plead not guilty to murder but Mr West pleads guilty to manslaughter.   

    It's alleged the pair went to Mr Shah's home to get drugs, as they couldn't get them elsewhere, before attacking the victim with a plan to steal narcotics and any other valuables.

    The case continues.

  12. Hertfordshire family safeguarding video celebrated

    A film promoting Hertfordshire County Council's new "family safeguarding" model has been celebrated at an awards ceremony.

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    Hertfordshire said it had pioneered an approach of getting different teams to work closer together to protect vulnerable people, which was launched in April.

    The film won Best Use of Video at the Recruitment Marketing Awards.

  13. Luton Town training facility: In pictures

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are the maps showing where the Luton Town training facility will be...

    Map shows that all of the playing fields will be leased by Luton Town
    Map shows that three new football pitches will be built
  14. Luton Town's new training facility: Notices to customers

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Venue 360 entrance

    I've been down to Venue 360 in Luton, where Luton Town Football Club has signed a lease for exclusive use of the training grounds.

    This has left many local sports clubs unhappy as they must find alternative facilities to train.

    Here are some of the notices up to explain the changes to customers:

    Noticeboard states that the lease agreement happened quickly
    Map showing an alternative route for runners
  15. Judge condemns bikers' 'juvenile behaviour'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Judge John Plumstead also told the motorcyclists, who were aged between 25 and 37: "It was showing off and juvenile behaviour. 

    "The pack mentality meant you egged each other on. It was an incredible display of idiocy.

    "You give a bad name to those who go out to enjoy motorbikes."

  16. Speeding bikers reached 146mph

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Six motorbike riders sped from Bedford to Hatfield at up to 146mph (235km/h), doing wheelies and swerving in and out of traffic.

    St Albans Crown Court heard how police received calls from the public as they tore along the A421 and A1 which Judge John Plumstead said "treated other road users like they were obstacles in a video game".

    The journey was filmed on cameras that one of the bikers, Matthew Langley, 37, of Banks Close, Marston Moretaine, attached to his vehicle. 

    He tried to dispose of the cameras in the Hatfield Tunnel but police recovered them.

    Hatfield Tunnel

    All six riders admitted dangerous driving in April 2014.

    Langley was banned from driving for three years; Jonathan Wartnaby, 31, of Farrer Street, Kempston was banned for 18 months; Malik Blackburn, 31, of Corfe Road, Bedford was banned for 2 years; Axel Jones, 25, of Bedford Road, Turvey, near Bedford, was banned for 18 months; Kevin Saunders, 29, of Withnell Road, Blackpool was banned for 12 months; Matthew James, 28, Princess Street, Clapham, Bedford, was banned for 18 months.

    All must take an extended retest and pay costs.

  17. Pedestrian removed from M1

    You'd be pretty safe in assuming that the M1 isn't the place most people would choose to go for a stroll...

    Most, but not all.

    Police had to take this man "to a place of safety" earlier this morning after receiving several calls from concerned motorists.

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  18. Fire at Milton Keynes store caused by faulty fan

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The cause of a fire at a retail park in Milton Keynes overnight was a faulty electrical fan, the fire service has reports.

    Emergency Services outside Go Outdoors shop in Milton Keynes

    The fire broke out at Go Outdoors on Patriot Drive in Rooksley shortly before 04:00.

    Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called along with police.

    The building was 10% damaged by fire and 100% damaged by smoke. No casualties were reported.

  19. Weather: Dry and warm but chance of showers later

    BBC Weather

    Largely dry this afternoon with plenty of warm sunny spells and just an outside chance of a shower later. 

    Whilst temperatures won't be as high as of late, it will still be warm as it peaks at 24C (75F).

    Cloud in Markyate
  20. Luton man arrested after M25 crash

    A man from Luton has been arrested after a driver suffered life-changing injuries in a crash on the M25 in Buckinghamshire. 

    M25 in Buckinghamshire

    A Mercedes and a Mazda were in collision just after 05:30 on Sunday between junctions 17 and 16 on the anti-clockwise carriageway. 

    The 44-year-old Mazda driver remains in a London hospital. 

    The 25-year-old from Luton was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.