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Stuart Bailey

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  1. Goodbye

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    That's the end of our live updates for Herts, Beds and Bucks.

    Any breaking stories will appear on this page overnight and don't forget you can scroll back to see the stories we've been covering today, including:

    • Boy still in serious condition after "hit and run" in Luton
    • Thameslink service criticised in an official report
    • Luton Airport closes for runway runners
    • Male hospital staff in Watford could be told to start wearing dresses

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Evening forecast: Overcast night

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    It'll be a rather cloudy night with an odd spot of rain and moderate west to south westerly winds. It’ll be mild with temperatures falling to around 15C (59F).

    Weather forecast

    Saturday will remain rather cloudy, with some very patchy light rain in the morning. A few bright or sunny spells should eventually develop and there may be a few afternoon showers too.

    There’ll be a mainly moderate south-westerly wind and highs around 23C (73F).

  3. Ee-awkward moment for jaywalking donkeys

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    Here are two cops bucking the trend and showing it's not all donkey work in the police force.

    Officers from Thames Valley Police rescued these two donkeys after they went for an afternoon stroll on the A418 in Buckinghamshire.

    As you can see, they've been safely returned to their stables. Ee-awww, aren't they cute?

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  4. Punter's £1m bet falls at the final hurdle

    A horse-racing punter who placed a seven race accumulator bet at Royal Ascot has lost out on a £1m payout after his final prediction proved wrong.

    The £40 bet was placed earlier this week at Ladbrokes in Dunstable.

    The first six predictions all came in, leaving the £1m payout resting on an 8/1-shot in the Commonwealth Cup this afternoon.

    But the punter's hopeful Bound for Nowhere came fourth, with Caravaggio winning the race.

  5. Afternoon weather: Cloudy and breezy

    BBC Weather

    We have a rather cloudy and breezy afternoon in store.

    Though mainly dry, there will be a few outbreaks of rain possible from time to time.

    Highs of 18C (64F)

    Weather in Dunstable.

    BBC Weather has more details.

  6. In the papers

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Here's a look at some other stories making the headlines today:

  7. Muslim school 'mismanaged' by trustees

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The trustees of a Muslim school in Luton have been held responsible for its mismanagement and misconduct of staff.

    The Rabia School was reported to the Charity Commission after it was discovered men and women teachers were sitting with a screen between them during staff meetings.

    The school, in Bury Park, had already come to the attention of Ofsted when inspectors found boys were being taught core subjects such as English and Science, while girls were being taught to knit and sew.

    Rabia School in Luton.

    A report by the Charity Commission has now concluded that the trustees repeatedly failed to submit the charity's accounts and didn't comply with the action plan issued in September 2015.

    It says the school is still failing to meet the required educational standards of an independent school, but the trustees have taken appropriate steps to address the shortfalls initially identified.

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Berkshire clockwise severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40 affecting J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

    M25 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Your pictures: Curious clouds

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    We're no strangers to cloud in the UK but it does seem to have been particularly picturesque this morning, as captured by our BBC Weather Watchers:

    Cloudy formation over a field in Standon.
    Cloud formation in Hitchin.
    Cloud formation over Luton.
    Wispy clouds in Stevenage.
    Light cloud in otherwise blue skies in Stevenage.
  10. Punter poised to win £1m with 'incredible' Ascot bet

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    It's going to be an anxious few hours for someone in Bedfordshire, who could become a millionaire this afternoon.

    At the start of the week they placed a £40 accumulator bet on seven horses winning their races at Ascot.

    The first six selections all came in and now the £1m payout rests on 8/1-shot Bound For Nowhere in today's 15:40 race.

    Horses at Ascot

    The punter, at Ladbrokes in Dunstable, has already beaten these odds:

    • Lady Aurelia 7/2
    • Barney Roy 5/2
    • Qemah 5/2
    • Highland Reel 11/4
    • Coronet 7/1
    • Big Orange 8/1

    Nicola McGeady, from Ladbrokes, said: "This punter has made incredible predictions already and today his hopes of becoming a millionaire all comes down to one horse, Bound To Nowhere.

    "After making such amazing predictions so far, we can only wish him the best of luck."

  11. Boy still in serious condition after 'hit and run'

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A boy who was airlifted to hospital after a "hit and run" in Luton yesterday remains in a serious but stable condition.

    Emergency services were called to reports of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on Hibbert Street at about 14:50.

    Bedfordshire Police said a dark-coloured Vauxhall failed to stop at the scene.

    Hibbert Street in Luton.
  12. Video: Luton Airport runway run

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    As we reported earlier, Luton Airport's runway was closed this morning to host a race for the first time.

    About 50 fundraisers took part in the event, and I went along to meet some of them:

    Video content

    Video caption: London Luton Airport runway has been closed to host a race for the first time
  13. Thameslink service criticised in report

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A government report into the way train company Govia runs troubled Southern Rail has also highlighted problems with the company's Thameslink service.

    It says some off-peak services through Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire should be scrapped and that the depot at Bedford can't cope with 12-carriage trains.

    A Thameslink train.

    The report follows a long series of strikes by Southern Rail staff and refers to problems that Govia has had since taking over the Thameslink franchise.

    Not all of the recommendations for the Thameslink line have been published - the Department for Transport says they're commercially sensitive.

    However, the report does say that by cancelling underused trains between 12:00 and 14:00, it would provide more trains for the rush hour and would allow timetables to recover if there were problems earlier in the day.

    The report also highlights problems with the depot at Bedford because the longer trains block the depot's entrance.

  14. Parents of disabled children to challenge care centre closure

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Parents affected by the closure of a care centre for severely disabled children in Watford are due to meet health bosses today.

    Nascot Lawn Respite Centre is due to be closed in October.

    David Joseph, whose son Dominic uses the centre, said: "Dom has about 100 to 150 epileptic seizures every month - pretty much every night of his life.

    "He also has a very profound learning disability so, although he's now 18-years-old, he functions as if he's just a few months old.

    "The centre has always been well led and when we take our sons and daughters there we can actually relax for a period of time."

    Nascot Lawn Respite Centre

    Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: "Respite care centres like this are invaluable to families with disabled children.

    "I've written to the CCG demanding assurances that all possible options have been looked at, and I have also asked for details of the alternative provision that will be provided."

    Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group said the closure of the centre was necessary because of its "serious financial situation", and that the focus must be on spending on services it has a legal duty to provide.

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J24 for A111 affecting J26 for A121.

    M25 Greater London - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  16. Luton Airport closes for runway runners

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    Jogging down the runway of an international airport is not something you get to do every day.

    But about 50 fundraisers were given the chance to do just that, at London Luton Airport this morning.

    Fortunately for them the runway was closed to flights between 04:00 and 05:00.

    Runner running down London Luton Airport runway.

    They were raising money for the Keech Hospice, which supports adults and children with life-limited illnesses across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

    The runway makes for a decent running track. It's flat, smooth and long, at 1.3 miles (2.2km).

    The runners ran the full length of the runway and back.

    Runner running down London Luton Airport runway.
  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J14 for A3113 Airport Way and J15 for M4.

    M25 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4) and J15 M4, because of a rolling road-block.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  18. Male hospital staff could be told to 'start wearing dresses'

    Stuart Bailey

    BBC News

    A porter at Watford General Hospital has been suspended for rolling up his trousers on Wednesday, the hottest day of the year so far.

    Michael Wood (pictured) says permission to wear three-quarter-length trousers was denied by his employer, Medirest, a private contractor at the hospital.

    Michael Wood

    Now a union leader has threatened to tell staff to start wearing dresses and skirts.

    Mick Dooley, from the GMB union, said: "We're hoping to get round the table to get Michael back to work.

    "Failing that, the chief exec of Watford General Hospital is going to see her porters wearing dresses because we're going to tell them to start wearing dresses and skirts."


    A spokesperson for Medirest, a private contractor at the hospital, said: "The health and safety of our colleagues is always our number one priority.

    "It would be inappropriate for us to comment on an individual case where an investigation is ongoing.

    "We maintain an open dialogue with our people on such issues, however, due to the nature of their job and health and safety requirements, it is important that porters wear appropriate uniform at all times."