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  1. GKN beaten by Melrose in takeover fight

    GKN flag

    Melrose Industries has won control of the UK engineering giant GKN.

    The investment company said it had the support of approximately 52.43% of GKN investors.

    Melrose, which specialises in turning around manufacturing companies, had offered £8.1bn for the company.

    GKN is headquartered in Redditch and has its biggest factory in Filton, where it employs 1,454 workers.

    Other plants in the UK include Cowes, Birmingham, Luton, Telford, Kings Norton, Portsmouth, Uxbridge, Leek and Oxford.

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  2. Man stabbed in 'shocking incident' in Luton

    A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed in Luton.

    Bedfordshire Police say it happened at about 08:25 next to a block of flats on St Saviour’s Crescent, off Russell Street.

    Det Insp Janine Graham said: "We recognise this is a shocking incident for the community and we have a number of officers carrying out high visibility patrols in the area to talk to local residents around any concerns they may have.

    "We’re carrying out a number of lines of inquiry in relation to this incident and we’re also urging anyone with information to contact us to help us establish the circumstances."

    St Saviour's Crescent
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    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, at J23 for A1 affecting before J21A A405.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Delays on M25 clockwise at J23 A1(M), because of an accident involving car earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 40 minutes. Congestion to before J21a, St Albans.

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

  4. Jess Glynne would 'Rather Be' in Bedford

    The final name has been announced for this summer's Bedford Park Concerts.

    Saturday's act will be the singer, Jess Glynne, famous for the song Rather Be, headlining a bill which also includes a Basement Jaxx DJ set.

    The event starts on Friday, 3 August, with Billy Ocean, Aswad, The Christians and Jaki Graham.

    It finished on Sunday, 5 August, when the soprano Lesley Garret takes to the stage for the Bedford Proms.

    Jess Glynne

    Past performers have included Sir Tom Jones and the Kaiser Chiefs.

  5. Dunstable businesses selling to 'drunk people'

    Volunteer actors have been out in Dunstable, employed by the police, to see if businesses would sell alcohol to people who were already "drunk".

    Bedfordshire Police said they took part in the operation, as it is an offence to sell alcohol to anyone who is drunk.

    They found pubs, clubs and newsagents all sold to the actors who appeared unsteady, talked with slurred speech or were loud and boisterous.

    More than once they were given advice on drinks to buy to get "the most drunk", were encouraged to buy shots, and were sold double measures, said police.


    Sgt Liam Mitchell said: "The message is simple to venues: if someone's clearly had too much, then refuse the sale, offer them water, and check that they are safe."

    Police issued "advice" to businesses rather than charging anyone.

  6. Day to day policing 'will not be affected' by Royal Wedding

    Police are reassuring residents of Buckinghamshire that they will not be affected by policing of the Royal Wedding next month.

    Thames Valley Police in Windsor

    Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in Windsor on 19 May with the majority of officers on duty coming from Thames Valley Police.

    The force has released details of its operation and said it will "be amongst the largest in Thames Valley Police's history" but said other duties will not be affected.

    "Our communities can be reassured that our response to incidents and day-to-day policing will not be affected by the policing of the Royal Wedding," a statement said.

  7. Teen arrested after schools receive threatening emails

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A teenager has been arrested in Hertfordshire in connection with threatening emails sent to schools in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

    Cheshire Police said the message claimed a vehicle would be used to injure students.

    School children generic picture

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council says one school was evacuated as a result of the email.

    The National Crime Agency, which is investigating, says the 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making malicious communications.

  8. SEND provision in Bedford will 'improve' after Ofsted report

    The organisations responsible for youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Bedford have said "improvements" will be made after a report found there were "significant areas of weakness".

    The latest joint report from the school and health watchdogs Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission found services were so poor that they have written to Bedford Borough Council and the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), instructing them to improve it.

    Councillor Henry Vann, portfolio holder for education at Bedford Borough Council, said "Collectively, we have plans in place to deliver further improvements working with all our partners to ensure that local children and their families are receiving the service they expect and deserve."

    Children in an assembly

    Anne Murray, director of nursing and quality for the CCG, said: "We are committed to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND, for example the new joint Community Health Service contract from the 1 April which is an opportunity to further develop our partnership working”.

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    Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, after J10 for A1081 Airport Way affecting J9 for A5183.

    M1 Bedfordshire - Queuing traffic on M1 northbound after J10, A1081 (Luton Airport Spur Road), because of an accident and all traffic being temporarily held. Congestion to J9, A5183 (Redbourn).

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

  10. Decision day for GKN as shareholders vote on its future

    Jamie Robertson

    Business reporter

    A decision on a takeover of Britain's biggest engineering group, GKN, will be decided at about 13:00 today.

    The company employs 400 people in Luton at one of its aerospace sites.

    Investors will have voted on whether it is to stay independent or come under the control of turnaround specialist Melrose Industries.

    It is the biggest UK hostile takeover bid since Kraft took over Cadbury's in 2010.

    GKN flag
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    Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J16 for M40 affecting J17 for A412.

    M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J16 M40, because of a broken down lorry. Congestion to J17, A412 (Maple Cross).

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

  12. Luton police pursuit hit-and-run: Boy's condition improves

    A 14-year-old boy who was hit by a car, which was being pursued by police, is now in a stable condition.

    Since 14 March, Ibrahim Ahmad, had been in critical condition after being struck by a silver Volkswagen Golf on Leagrave Road, Luton.

    The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating the incident.

    Ibrahim Ahmad
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    Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J16 for M40 and J15 for M4 affecting J17 for A412.

    M25 Buckinghamshire - Two lanes closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M25 anticlockwise between J16 M40 and J15 M4, because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Travel time is 1 hour 5 minutes. Congestion to J17, A412 (Maple Cross).

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