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  1. Updates on Friday, 11 May 2017
  2. 'Cyber attack' leads to hospitals IT shutdown
  3. Dappy refused bail in court hearing over alleged attack
  4. District judge criticised for banning journalists in police dog and handler stabbing case
  5. Met police in St Albans pursuit
  6. Police renew HMP Spring Hill absconder appeal

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By Alex Pope

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BBC Local Live

That's it from all us here at BBC Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

It's been another busy day as we've reported on cyber attacks at hospitals in Hertfordshire, as well as N-Dubz rapper Dappy appearing in court.

Regarding the hospitals, get the latest on this evolving story on this live feed here.

Of course you can read all of today's stories in our region by scrolling below.

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

Have a great weekend everyone. 

NHS attack 'could have been prevented', says security expert

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Dr Mils Hills, who is an associate professor of risk, resilience and corporate security at the University of Northampton, has told the BBC the cyber attack on the NHS "could have been prevented".

"It's most certainly going to have come from a user clicking something they shouldn't have, whether it's in an email or on an internet browser tab," he said.

"Hospitals should have measures to prevent this.

"It will be fixed and removed, but it will cost a lot. The task to fix it won't be difficult, but will be time-consuming.

"The problem is this is a pretty low-level attack and it's causing such chaos."

An NHS Digital statement said: "NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected."  

Sinkhole in Hemel shuts road

Hertfordshire Police has just tweeted that a sinkhole has been found in Hemel Hempstead. 

High Street Green is closed in both directions. 

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Overnight weather: Largely dry and frost-free

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Most of this afternoon's showers should quickly move away to leave a largely dry and frost-free night with clear spells across the BBC East region.

Temperatures in some spots will remain in double figures.

Overnight weather map

It’s spells of sunshine and scattered showers for Saturday, and while we can’t rule out an odd heavy downpour, there will be some places that stay dry throughout the day. 

The winds will be a light to moderate south to south-westerly with temperatures possibly reaching 20C (68F).

Hospitals cyber attack: MK Hospital not attacked

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

So far we know that all hospitals in Hertfordshire are affected by a nationwide cyber attack, but it doesn't look like any hospitals in Bedfordshire or Buckinghamshire are experiencing problems. 

Milton Keynes Hospital said as soon as it heard there were problems its IT specialists put into place measures to stop any potential problems occurring, and asked staff to be vigilant online.

Milton Keynes University Hospital
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Jury record death by suicide in inmate death case

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The inquest into the death of inmate Michael Cameron at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes has found he died from suicide. 

Mr Cameron, 45, was on remand accused of attempted murder and was found hanging in his cell last April. 

He died two days later in hospital.  

The jury found: 

  1. A failure to carry out procedures and reviews adequately contributed to his death. 
  2. Observations carried out were inadequate - and contributed to his death. 
  3. A failure to respond appropriately to risk of self-harm and suicide, and not making an urgent referral for a full mental health assessment contributed to his death. 
Michael Cameron
Maureen Cameron

There have been 18 deaths at the prison since May 2013.

Hospitals cyber attack: 'Systems could be down for days'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A senior manager at East and North Herts NHS Trust has told the BBC the trust became aware of the cyber attack problems at about 11:30. 

He said patients at its hospitals were being risk-assessed, with ambulances being sent elsewhere.

He believed the problems could last all weekend and it was looking at using older phones as a form of contact. 

Lister hospital
East and North Herts NHS Trust

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J11 for A317 affecting J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Surrey - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J11, A317 (Chertsey), because of a broken down vehicle. Matrix sign set to 40 mph. Congestion to J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4).

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Hospitals cyber attack: Number of NHS organisations affected

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The NHS has just released a statement about its IT failures, believed to have been caused by a large-scale cyber attack. 

It says: "A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack which is affecting a number of different organisations.

"The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor.

"At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed. 

"NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and to recommend appropriate mitigations."

It added it doesn't believe the NHS was "specifically targeted". 

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'Cyber attack': Another hospital trust affected

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

I've just had it confirmed that West Hertfordshire Hospitals has also been affected by what's thought to be a cyber attack. 

A spokesperson says Watford Hospital, Hemel Hempstead Hospital and St Albans are experiencing issues. 

They wouldn't go into any more details, but as soon as we have them we will bring it to you. 

Hospitals affected by possible cyber attack

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

It seems like the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust isn't the only trust affected by today's alleged attack.

The Blackpool Hospitals NHS Trust says it is also having issues with its computer systems and we believe others are having problems. 

So far we know Bedford Hospital hasn't been affected and we're waiting to hear from other hospitals in Beds, Herts and Bucks.

Breaking'Cyber attack' leads to hospitals IT shutdown

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A major IT problem is affecting several hospitals in Hertfordshire after a suspected cyber attack. 

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which runs the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertford County Hospital, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and the New QEII in Welwyn Garden City, says it's experiencing problems with the computers and phones and has shut them down. 

They're postponing all non-urgent activity for today and are asking people not to come to A&E at the Lister.

IT specialists are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible, a statement from the Trust says.

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Dappy allegedly held knife at partner

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

At today's hearing, Hatfield Remand Court heard Dappy allegedly brandished a curved knife during a heated domestic argument with his partner, Imani Campbell, on the driveway outside their Hatfield home, which they share with their 18-month old daughter. 

Christopher Daw QC, who appeared on behalf of Dappy, told the magistrates his client disputed the prosecution's version of events. 

He said Costas Contostavlos (as he's also known) had suffered a number of wounds himself during the incident.

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Mark Fleckney, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said because of the seriousness of the case it should be committed to the crown court.

He said bail was opposed on the grounds that there was a risk of him interfering with witnesses in the case and committing further offences. 

Throughout the hearing Dappy held his hands together as if in prayer as his barrister argued he should be granted bail with the condition of him not entering Hatfield. 

He said he had the offer of being able to live with an aunt and uncle in London.

As he was led from the dock, he nodded to relatives and friends gathered in the public gallery.

Dappy refused bail in court hearing over alleged attack

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

N-Dubz rapper Dappy has been refused bail by magistrates after appearing in court today charged with assaulting his partner in Hatfield. 

The 29-year-old, who's real name is Costas Contostavlos, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court where it was told he would be pleading not guilty to assault by beating, having a bladed article in a public place and using threatening words and behaviour.

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The Big Brother runner-up was told there was a risk he could commit further offences if bailed and he was remanded in custody.

He will appear at St Albans Crown Court on 9 June for a pre-trial preparation hearing.

Family 'desperate' to find son who's been missing for 18 years

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A fresh appeal has been launched to find a man from Hemel Hempstead who hasn't been seen for 18 years. 

Andrew Bateman went missing from his home on Lawn Lane on 12 April 1999. He was 27 at the time. 

His family are "desperate" to find him say the police and they just want to know he is "happy, safe and well".

It's thought Andrew, who also had the nicknames Leaf and Leafy, may have gone to London. 

Andrew Batemen
Hertfordshire Police

Charging laptop causes fire

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A overheated computer led to a small fire at a Buckinghamshire home. 

Firefighters were called to Trenchard Avenue, Wendover, at about 05:30 after the laptop that was left on charge overnight set fire to some paper.

The family were woken by the smoke alarm and left safely.

Burnt laptop
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Crews have attended similar incidents in Stone and Thornborough in recent times.

Work of wartime 'modest' mathematician to be remembered

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A Bletchley Park mathematician is being recognised this weekend, 100 years after his birth. 

Bill Tutte, a Cambridge graduate from Newmarket, helped to unravel the Lorenz machine, which was a more complex system than the Enigma and used by the German high command.

Dr David Kenyon, the research historian at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes, said his role was "important and little known" as he was such a "modest man". 

He explained that he came to the park from Cambridge University aged 24 and worked as a codebreaker in a department that had so far been unable to crack the code. 

In Tutte's memoirs he wrote "as an act of desperation, they gave it to me", and just a few months later he broke it. 

Bill Tutte
Richard Youlden

After the war he was appointed a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, before emigrating to Canada. 

He died on 2 May 2002, aged 84. 

Lorenzo machine
Shaun Armstrong

The Bill Tutte Symposium is on Sunday (his birthday) at Bletchley and Bill Tutte: Mathematician + Codebreaker opens to the general public on Monday. 

Mary had a little lamb...

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

...but it looks like it ran away.

This little one was found in the Stopsley area of Luton. 

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The anaerobic digestion plant in London Colney will convert 48,000 tonnes of organic waste per year.

Operations began in December 2016 and the plant, run by Agrivert, has been taking waste from North London, Essex and Hertfordshire.

By processing 48,000 tonnes of waste a year, the plant should generate 3MW of electricity, which would be enough energy to supply more than 5,900 homes.

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Checkatrade Trophy: Under-21 teams to remain in revised competition

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

League One and Two clubs have voted to retain invited under-21 teams in the Checkatrade Trophy for two more seasons, along with an increase in prize money and changes to selection rules.

In a one-season trial, 16 Premier League and Championship under-21 sides were added to the 2016-17 tournament.

Clubs voted on three options: keeping academy teams, reverting to the old 48-team format or ending the competition.

Two-thirds of clubs lent their support to the 64-team format.

Hatters team shirts from Gillingham ,match
Luton Town Football Club

Luton manager Nathan Jones, who was critical of this season's team selection criteria, said he was "pleased our feedback has been taken on board".

The club was fined £15,000 for failing to field full-strength sides in the EFL Trophy, with 12 clubs in total being punished. 

MK Dons was also fined £3,000. 

Jones continued: "Just as importantly though, the EFL have assured clubs that it isn't the thin end of the wedge in terms of Premier League clubs being able to enter B teams into the league.

"I know our supporter groups have been consulted all the way through by the club's board when giving our views, and hopefully any fears they had on that front have been allayed."

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But by how much? Dan Holley's tweet shows the dry spell continues;

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Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton fastest in Spain

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Bahrain

Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton set the pace as Brackley-based Mercedes impressed in first practice at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton was 0.029 seconds quicker than team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and a second clear of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in third and fourth.

Max Verstappen, driving for Milton Keynes-based Red Bull, was fifth, just 0.250secs behind Raikkonen.

McLaren-Honda's dismal season of unreliability continued, with Fernando Alonso sent into a spin by a major engine failure on his first lap.

Lewis Hamilton
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Teenagers throw 'urine' over man in Hertfordshire park

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Liquid, thought to be urine, has been thrown over a man in his 50s.

Police said two boys in their early teens verbally abused the man at Kings Weir in the Lee Valley Park at 16:00 on Tuesday. 

They then left but returned a short time later and threw the liquid over the man. 

They're described as white and aged between 13 and 17 years old. 

One was about 5ft 6in (171cm) tall, of medium build and he wore a grey hooded top and rode a black and green mountain bike. 

The other was 5ft 8in (177cm) tall, of stocky build and he wore all black and also rode a mountain bike.

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Luton play-offs: Thousands of fans set to travel

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton travel to Blackpool on Sunday for the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final, along with 1,700 Hatters fans. 

  • It's only Luton's second appearance in the Football League play-offs. They lost to Crewe in 1997 in what is now League One. The Hatters lost 2-1 at Gresty Road in the first leg of the semi-final, and then drew 2-2 at home. 
  • Luton appeared three times in the Conference play-offs, winning two semi-finals and losing one. They beat Wrexham in 2011 and 2012, but lost to York in 2010. 
  • Luton manager Nathan Jones captained Yeovil in the 2007 League One play-off final against Blackpool at Wembley. Blackpool won 2-0. 
  • Luton have beaten Blackpool twice this season. They won 2-0 at Blackpool in December, with goals from Jack Marriott and Cameron McGeehan. A late goal from Ollie Palmer gave the Hatters a 1-0 win at Kenilworth Road in April.
Luton fans
Luton Town Football Club

Luton Town get ready for the play-offs

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton Town are continuing their preparations for Sunday's play-off semi-final first leg at Blackpool.

The Hatters finished fourth in League Two with Blackpool bagging the last play-off place after beating Leyton Orient on the final game of the season.

Meanwhile, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has played down speculation linking them with Luton's James Justin, following the announcement the two sides will play a friendly in July.

Hatters boss Nathan Jones (below) will give an update on Justin's injury at his pre-match press conference today. 

Nathan Jones
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District judge criticised for banning journalists

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The judge presiding over yesterday's case at Stevenage Youth Court where a boy was found guilty of stabbing a police dog and his handler has been criticised for banning two journalists from court.

Dave Wardell and Finn
Hertfordshire Police

District judge Jo Matson said she was not prepared to let "hordes" of reporters in court to cover the case involving PC Dave Wardell and dog Finn (above) because of concerns over the teenager's welfare, and it was the court's discretion to decide how many people could come in.

When asked if there was an area of law related to her instruction, she repeated it was due to concerns over the teen's welfare.

She initially told all five reporters to leave before three were let in - although the prosecutor was already outlining the evidence.

Stevenage Magistrates Court

After confirming the Children and Young Person's Act did not permit such a measure, Press Association reporter Ryan Hooper and another local journalist then re-entered the court but were told to leave immediately by the judge.

After protests to the Judicial Communications Office and the HM Courts and Tribunals Service, Mr Hooper was allowed in 80 minutes later, but the trial's key witness had already given evidence and left. 

Ms Matson said: "I wasn't excluding [Mr Hooper] in any way, I want to make that clear to you - but the court can control the number of people that can come in." 

The Press Association said the judge was wrong to keep journalists out of court and there was a statutory right to attend youth court hearings with no limit on how many reporters might be there.

Legal editor Mike Dodd said: "In this case, the District Judge appears to have placed the defendant's welfare above the requirements of open justice."

The teenage boy will be sentenced next month. 

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J24 for A111 and J25 for A10.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Met police in St Albans pursuit

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

St Albans residents took to social media last night to ask what was happening in the city centre, as police helicopters and armed officers from the Metropolitan Police pursued a car.

Met Police Operation in St Albans
South Beds News Agency
Met Police Operation in St Albans
South Beds News Agency

I have spoken to the Met this morning, which confirmed officers from the Enfield Acquisitive Taskforce stopped a car in the city at about 19:30.

A spokesperson said officers arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of burglary and took him to a Hertfordshire police station for questioning.

He was wanted in connection with an aggravated burglary in Enfield on 10 May.

Detectives were assisted in stopping the vehicle by firearms officers from Hertfordshire and the Met.

No firearm was discharged and no-one was injured.

Former N-Dubz star Dappy in court on knife and assault charges

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

N-Dubz rapper Dappy is due to appear in court this morning accused of assault by beating and possession of a bladed article.


The 29-year-old former Celebrity Big Brother star, whose real name is Costas Contostavlos, of Hatfield, was arrested and charged after an altercation outside his home on Wednesday afternoon.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Hatfield Remand Court later.

Police renew HMP Spring Hill absconder appeal

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Thames Valley Police has made a renewed appeal to find a prisoner who's absconded from HMP Spring Hill in Buckinghamshire.

James Delahoyde
Thames Valley Police

James Delahoyde (above), 40, who's serving time for drug offences, is the third inmate to go missing in a month. He was last seen at the open prison on 21 April.

He's described as white, with receding dark brown hair and was wearing dark trousers and a dark long sleeved top.

Another prisoner, Mark Merchant, 40, is also missing since absconding on 4 April. A third man, robber Jayvan Burton, who failed to return on 16 April has been located and is now back in custody.

Video: Forecast of sunshine and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a damp and grey start to the day, with some showers still to clear across the BBC East region.

We can expect sunny spells later, with showers - these could be heavy in places, with the chance of thunder.

Top temperature: 19C (66F).

As for the weekend - tomorrow's looking mostly dry and warm. After a wet start to Sunday, there'll be sunny spells and showers through the afternoon.

BBC Weather has a local forecast for where you live.

Welcome back to live updates from Beds, Herts and Bucks

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to Friday's live page for the three counties where, as we hurtle towards the weekend, we'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather until 18:00.

As BBC Weather Watcher Pauline's view's picture shows, this morning it could not look more different from yesterday's warm sunshine - but a regional forecast will be coming up to let you know if the grey drizzle will continue.


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