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Goodbye

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for another week from all of us here on the Local Live team for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

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

If you've missed anything throughout the day, you can scroll through the page to read how Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton got on in practice at Silverstone, how neighbours are helping a keen gardener to buy more plants and how Easyjet is looking to open a new headquarters in Vienna.

So whatever you're doing this weekend, I hope it's a good one.

I know mine will involve a nice glass (or two). Cheers!

Glass of wine
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Goodbye

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Thanks for today folks - been a pleasure having you.

We'll be back again at 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Cambridgeshire.

Scroll down to see what stories we've been covering today, and have a great weekend.

See you soon!

Kevin Kelly death: Retrial to take place after jury fails to reach verdict

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The jury in the case of man who denied killing a father in a street fight in Luton has failed to reach a verdict.

Richard Wood, 27, from Luton, who now lives in London Road, Bognor Regis, was on trial at Luton Crown Court charged with the manslaughter of Kevin Kelly, 27, who's also from the town.

The court had heard Mr Kelly (pictured) died as a result of a bleed on the brain.

The retrial of Mr Wood has been set for January next year.

Kevin Kelly
Bedfordshire Police

Three taken to hospital after crash

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Two children and one man have been taken to hospital following the crash between a coach and a lorry on the A14 eastbound, near Godmanchester.

Traffic queuing
BBC

The ambulance service say both children had minor injuries and were taken only as a precaution.

The coach driver has a minor ankle injury.

Sixty people were reported to be on board, although this is unconfirmed.

Festival to celebrate 'living legend' Dame Cleo Laine

Roberto Perrone

BBC Three Counties Radio

To help celebrate her 90th year, Dame Cleo Laine and her family are hosting The Dankworth Family Festival in the grounds of her home in Wavendon, Milton Keynes, this weekend.

The event that runs until Sunday is described as a "boutique festival celebrating all things jazz, blues, classical, poetry and art". All profits will go to the Beds and Northants MS Therapy Centre.

I'm live at the festival, on BBC Three Counties Radio this afternoon, where I interviewed the musical legend.

Dame Cleo Laine and Roberto Perrone
BBC

She's full of wit and sparkle and told me she always does as she's told with events like this.

"I just go to where I am pointed, I'll put my face on and I will be there," she said.

Talking about the event itself, she said: "We gather it all together and plonk it down in the garden and away they go."

The soprano Lesley Garret is set to perform and described the Dame as a "living legend" and "beyond national treasure status".

Family to raise awareness about water safety after son drowned

This Sunday the family of a Cheshunt teenager who drowned while swimming in the Lee Valley country park is holding an "It's a Knockout-style event" to raise awareness towards water safety.

On 25 May, Robbie Lea, 16, was swimming with friends in a former quarry at Cheshunt when he got into trouble. After being pulled from the water, paramedics were unable to save him.

The event at Cheshunt Country Club is being held just three days before what would have been his 17th birthday.

Robbie Lea
Sarah Lea

His mother, Sarah, said: "I want the day to be a massive success to be able to make a difference.

"It's going to be a mix of emotions on the day as it would be the weekend we would have been celebrating Robbie's 17th birthday.

"It will be a great day for his friends, people that knew him and people that want to support the cause to come together and have some fun."

The family is also fundraising for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.

Crash between school coach and lorry on A14

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A coach carrying schoolchildren has collided with a lorry on the A14 eastbound, between junction 23 for Brampton and 24 for Godmanchester.

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The ambulance service says multiple injuries are reported, but none appear to be serious.

Police say the crash happened about 15:00 and queues are forming.

We'll keep you updated when we know more.

Lewis Hamilton second in British GP practice behind Valtteri Bottas

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Silverstone

Valtteri Bottas led Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton to a Mercedes one-two in second practice at the British Grand Prix.

Bottas headed Hamilton by just 0.047 seconds despite the Briton setting his best time on the slower soft tyre.

Hamilton went off track through the fast Becketts section on his qualifying simulation run on the super-soft tyres and then pitted to check for damage.

Lewis Hamilton
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Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third, 0.332secs behind Bottas, 0.128secs ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Milton Keynes-based Red Bull had looked quick in the first session - splitting the Mercedes and Ferraris - but fell back slightly in the second session to be fifth and sixth, Max Verstappen ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

Level crossings highlighted in new safety campaign

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Network Rail has identified nine level crossings in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire that are potentially dangerous.

They fear children distracted by wearing headphones and looking at their phones could be seriously injured and killed.

So as part of a new safety campaign launched today, it is using new "geo-fencing technology" to highlight which crossings could be unsafe. It works by an "ad" appearing if they are on a mobile device by one of the crossings.

Level crossing light
BBC

"Many people are aware of the issue of distraction for drivers, but it is very worrying that so many young adults admit to putting themselves at unnecessary risk by getting distracted when crossing the railway," Allan Spence, from Network Rail, said.

"By paying attention to the warnings at level crossings and avoiding distractions, we can all keep ourselves out of harm’s way," he added.

The crossings that are causing concern are in places including Bledlow Cum Saunderton, Chearsley, Stoke Mandeville and Cotton Mill Lane.

Water warning after animal rescue spate

Helen Burchell

BBC News

An animal rescue charity is warning about the dangers of allowing pets to swim in open water after a dog drowned.

Volunteers from Fenland Animal Rescue have been called out seven times in the last two months to rescue dogs and a horse, founder Joshua Flanagan said.

Unfortunately one of the dogs died in the river in Cambridge just minutes before his team arrived.

"Under no circumstances should you allow your animals to enter the water," he said.

Dog in river
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Dogs love the water but there are hidden dangers, says a rescue charity

The charity was called in after a dog got into difficulty in the river at Jesus Green last Saturday.

"It had got its paw trapped in weed and probably went into shock as the water was so cold," Mr Flanagan said.

"Despite us arriving within minutes, sadly it died."

The charity recently had to rescue a horse from a river after its owner took it for what they thought was a paddle on a hot day.

"They thought they were walking it into shallow water, but it turned out to be much deeper," Mr Flanagan said.

"This latest incident [the dog] is just one of seven that our team have attended in the past eight weeks, so I want to take this time to remind the public about how dangerous these open waterways can be, to both humans and animals.

"This is a tragic event that has left a family grieving for their animal, and it is not one I wish to see repeated."

Council opposes fire service to come under control of PCC

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Plans to bring the fire service in Hertfordshire under the control of the police and crime commissioner (PCC) look set to be rejected by Hertfordshire County Council.

The council currently runs the service, but a consultation has been launched by the PCC for Hertfordshire, David Lloyd, as he wants to hold both services to account, with a chief constable and chief fire officer still in charge.

A meeting of the Community Safety and Waste Management Cabinet Panel voted to oppose the plans.

Fire engine
Herts Fire Contol

Councillor Terry Hone, who represents Letchworth South, said: "We do recognise that it's important for emergency services to work together, so the recommendation the panel is making to Cabinet is that the best option for the fire service would be for it to remain part of the county council, but with the PCC given a strong formal role in how it's run."

The panel's recommendations will go to a full council meeting on 18 July.

The consultation runs until 14 August.

Fresh knife amnesty after previous success

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

After proving its worth last time, Cambridgeshire Police is set to run another knife amnesty across the county.

Operation Spectre allows members of the public to hand in weapons without prosecution.

Man holding knife
BBC

The previous amnesty in May saw 105 knives recovered in the first week.

From Monday, bins will be placed at Thorpe Wood Police Station and Bayard Place in Peterborough, Parkside Police Station in Cambridge, as well as police stations in Cambourne, Ely, March, Huntingdon and Wisbech.

From July 2016 to June 2017 there were 220 possession of weapons offences in the county. 117 were in Peterborough, 49 in Cambridge and 12 in Wisbech.

£2m boat resumes journey

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Remember the brand spanking new boat making its way through Cambridge yesterday?

It's on the move again, as it heads to Ipswich for sea trials.

The vessel began its journey in Oundle, Northamptonshire, yesterday, travelling through Cambridge city centre.

But not on the A14, as you may expect, as the load is too big for the trunk road's bridges.

It's pictured here close to Needham Market in Suffolk earlier this morning...

Boat on the back of a lorry
BBC

A specialist team has been on hand to remove traffic lights and railings along the route so it can fit through.

The 65ft (20m) boat, escorted by police along the way, was kept in a layby near Cambridge overnight.

Chalobah returns to Watford

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Nathaniel Chalobah's return to Watford from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee will no doubt be popular with the vast majority of Hornets fans.

He's coming back to Watford five years after he left.

He made a huge impact as a teenager in the Championship, had successful loan spells at various clubs including Napoli, Nottingham Forest and Middlesborough, before returning to the Chelsea first team last season, featuring 15 times.

Nathaniel Chalobah'
Watford FC

He's impressed at England under-21 level alongside another summer new recruit, Will Hughes.

Along with Roberto Pereyra, Tom Cleverley and Abdoulaye Doucouré, the Watford midfield now has a very impressive look to it.

Posh triallist 'happy' to be signed

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Former Swansea defender Liam Shephard says he's ready to "kick on" now he's finally got his signing at Peterborough United over the line.

The 22-year-old joined Posh on trial earlier this month, featuring against St Albans and Nuneaton.

He said he "got to know the team very well" in the last three weeks, but in the back of his mind knew he wasn't signed...

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Valtteri Bottas fastest in first practice, Lewis Hamilton second

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Valtteri Bottas set the pace as Mercedes dominated first practice at the British Grand Prix.

The Finn, who won in Austria last Sunday, was 0.078 seconds quicker than Stevenage team-mate Lewis Hamilton, as the two swapped fastest times through the session.

Hamilton's main title rival Sebastian Vettel was only sixth quickest, 1.411secs off the pace after a big spin at the fast Becketts curves and a trip over the kerbs at Village.

Lewis Hamilton
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Hamilton is 20 points behind Vettel in the championship, with Bottas a further 15 points behind.

Milton Keynes-based Red Bull were Mercedes' closest rivals out on the track on Friday morning as the weekend started under grey skies and with a chill wind and temperatures at only 15-16C.

Solar panel car park given planning permission

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Plans to build a £3m solar car port in St Ives has been granted planning permission.

It will see solar panels installed above parking spaces at the guided busway car park.

Artist's impression of car park
Bouygues Energies and Services
Artist's impression of car park

The energy they generate would supply electric car charging points and LED lights in the car park, with any excess energy being sold to the electricity grid.

Now it's a matter of funding. A bid has gone in to the European Regional Development Fund to pay for 50% of the cost. The county council will then invest the other half.

Over time, the aim is to recoup the investment through sale of electricity.

The pilot project will be three times bigger than the current largest solar car port in the country in Nottingham, and if successful will be rolled out to sites around the county.

Hemel Hempstead residents crowdfund for 74-year-old's garden

Residents have raised money for a man's garden, described by passers-by as "joyous".

Winston Abela, 74, has lived in Hemel Hempstead for four years and tends to his garden for four hours each day.

So far more than £200 has been raised for him, as well of donations of flowers, tools and even a fish and chip supper every Friday.

Hemel Hempstead residents crowdfund for pensioner's garden

MK Dons 'beat other clubs' to secure Landell on loan

Luke Ashmead

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Robbie Neilson says he had to "beat off a number of clubs, including Championship sides, to bring him here".

The man the MK Dons manager is on about is Wolverhampton Wanderers' defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell, who's heading to Buckinghamshire on a season-long loan deal.

The 24-year-old centre-back, who has 111 career appearances to his name, spent the 2016-17 season on loan with Sheffield United and helped them to the Sky Bet League One title, featuring 34 times and scoring five goals.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Robbie Neilson
MK Dons

"His record speaks for itself having won the League One title twice in the past four years. I'm very excited about having him as part of the squad this season," the manager added.

Easyjet readies post-Brexit EU-based airline

BBC Business News

Luton-based airline Easyjet says Austrian authorities are poised to clear its new post-Brexit venture for take-off.

The company is planning to establish a new airline, Easyjet Europe, which will have its headquarters in Vienna.

This will "enable Easyjet to continue to operate flights both across Europe and domestically within European countries after the UK has left the EU (regardless of the outcome of talks on a future UK-EU aviation agreement)", said the airline in a statement.

Easyjet lane
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It said the accreditation process was "now well advanced" and added that it hoped to receive an Air Operator Certificate and operating licence "in the near future".

"The people and planes that will fly for Easyjet Europe are already employed and based in EU27 countries," it said.

50p stolen from woman, 84, in robbery

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

An 84-year-old woman from Peterborough has been left injured after a robber entered her house and stole just 50p.

Alfia Barnett had just arrived back at her home on Highbury Street, just off Lincoln Road, when a man forced his way past her, pushing her out of the way and causing her minor injuries.

He grabbed her handbag, stealing 50p, before leaving on a bicycle.

Alfia Barnett
Cambridgeshire Police

It happened about 11:45 yesterday.

The man was described as white, 6ft 1in tall, aged in his 20s or 30s and with facial hair. He wore a dark hoodie.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Welcome back

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to another day of live updates for Cambridgeshire on Friday, 14 July.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the county.

A full forecast for the day is on the way and as it's Friday, we'll try our best to make it a good one.

Already looking good in Histon...

Histon
BBC

You can get in touch with the team by email, Twitter and Facebook.

Welcome back

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to another day of live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks on Friday, 14 July.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel as it happens.

A full forecast for the day is on the way and as it's Friday, we'll try our best to make it a good one.

Already looking OK in Elstree...

Elstree
BBC

You can get in touch with us on Twitter and Facebook.

Goodbye

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

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

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

If you missed any of the stories, you can scroll through the page and read all the days updates.

But I'll leave you with some blooming lovely photos of the newly restored Water Gardens in Hemel Hempstead.

Water Gardens
South Beds News Agency

They were created by renowned landscape designer Geoffrey Jellicoe in 1962 and since 2015 they have been transformed.

Water Gardens
South Beds News Agency

After more than £3m of investment, the gardens will be formally opened on 22 July.

Our live coverage for the day

That's it for live updates for today. We'll return tomorrow from 08:00.

Scroll down through today's feed for today's stories...

Any breaking news from around the county will appear on this page overnight.

Have a great evening.

Investigations continue into man's death in Clifton

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Police have named a man who was killed in a collision on Stanford Lane in Clifton on Sunday.

They say Paul Mills, 52, from the village near Biggleswade, died when the red Vauxhall Corsa he was travelling in left the road.

Officers are continuing to investigate and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Paul Mills
Family photo

I will 'fight for Bedford hospital' says town's new MP in first speech

Andy Holmes

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

The new Labour MP for Bedford and Kempston has made his maiden speech in Parliament today, promising to save Bedford Hospital.

Mohammad Yasin, who beat the sitting Conservative MP Richard Fuller to the seat in June, said: "Two years ago Bedford Hospital saved my wife's life when she suffered a heart attack.

Bedford Hospital
BBC

"The future of our hospital and its services have been in doubt for far too long.

"Since 2011, under this government and the last, a string of expensive and inconclusive reviews have cast a shadow over the hospital, lining the pockets of many consultants while hardworking frontline staff go without pay rises.

"As MP for Bedford and Kempston, I will fight every day to keep the services we need."

The race is on to get more women into motorsports

Louise Hubball

BBC Look East

Today I have "Dared To Be Different".

A special day to inspire women to get into the motosport industry has taken place at Daytona karting track in Milton Keynes.

Go-karting
BBC

It's to show that women are welcome in the male-dominated sport and industry and can become drivers and engineers.

Go-karting
BBC

On offer today has been go-karting, a change to learn how to change a wheel on a race car and make a hoverboard.

Legal challenge try and stop disabled children's centre from closing

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

An attempt to stop a centre for severely disabled children in Watford closing could go to court.

Laywers acting for the families who use Nascot Lawn Respite Centre say there was an unlawful failure to consult with the families affected.

They believe the decision to save £650,000 by closing the centre was made long before families were told last month and they argue it's a breach of the children's human rights.

It's due to close in October and currently provides support for families with children with very complex needs.

Nascot Lawn Respite Centre
NHS

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group said: "We can confirm that Irwin Mitchell [solicitors] have written to Herts Valleys CCG and their letter is now with our lawyers for consideration and a response. Given that, it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to comment further at this time."

They said at the time the closure was announced that it 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.

Building equipment stolen in Wisbech

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A piece of machinery, worth £6,000 has been stolen from a building site in Wisbech.

The measuring device, called a Topcon OS 105, was taken by two men who entered the site on Wednesday 5 July at about 16:00.

Topcon OS 105
Cambridgeshire Police
Topcon OS 105
Cambridgeshire Police

They left in a Ford Mondeo, believed to be black or grey.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

'One in a million' father dies on construction site

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Tributes have been paid to a father from Hemel Hempstead, who died on Monday, after falling from scaffolding at a London construction site.

Jason Carter, the brother of his partner, said, Jon Currie, a scaffolder, was "one in a million" and left behind "a loving family including five children and a loving fiancée".

He added: "Jon was a one-off. When they made him they broke the mould.

"He was loved by everyone including myself and he will be deeply missed. He wasn't just my sister's fiancé to me - he is my brother."

Jon Currie
Family photo

The Met Police has confirmed a man died after falling from "a height" on Monday at about 10:45 whilst working in Bedford Gardens in Kensington.

They say the Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

'Shocking' armed robbery in Bedfordshire

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Hundreds of pounds has been stolen from a Bedfordshire shop after two masked men threatened staff with a handgun on 6 July.

Bedfordshire police have only just released information about the attack which happened at Charlie's convenience store on High Street, Clapham at about 22:10.

They say the two men, who were English-speaking, were armed with the gun and the "shocking incident" left the shopkeeper "shaken".

Charlies Supermarket
Google

Graves 'desecrated' after numerous items stolen

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A number of "precious and distinctive" items have been stolen from two graveyards in Hertfordshire.

Police say several brass and bronze statues were taken from the cemeteries in Cheshunt and Hoddesdon between 6 and 8 July.

Local victim Nick Vaccaro said: "This has been a heart-breaking event for myself and the other families who have suffered from these crimes.

"As you can imagine all of us who have had our loved ones’ graves desecrated are very upset and we would urge anyone who has any information about these thefts to contact the police.”

Stolen items from graves
Hertfordshire Police

Det Con Holly Dawson said: "These thefts have caused a great deal of upset to the victims. These are terrible crimes and have deeply affected the families, who would dearly love to recover these stolen items.

“The statues and other items are precious to the families and are very distinctive. If you see similar items being offered for sale please report it to the police immediately.”

Plans to stop IVF treatment in county

A series of public meetings held by the NHS is under way, about plans to stop all state-funded fertility treatment in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The area's Clinical Commissioning Group currently offers one treatment cycle to women under 40.

That would be stopped, aside from two exceptions, to save £700,000-a-year.

IVF treatment
Science Photo Library

Those exceptions would be...

  • To patients undergoing cancer treatments, or who have a disease or a condition that has a significant likelihood of making them infertile
  • To men who have a chronic viral infection, primarily HIV and whose female partner does not, as a risk reduction measure

Some parts of neighbouring Suffolk and Essex still offer two rounds, and the guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is three full cycles.

The proposed policy would still allow for patients to be referred from their GP to their local hospital for investigation into their infertility.

However it would no longer allow for people requiring IVF treatments to be referred from the local hospital to the specialist fertility services for treatments funded by the NHS, apart from the exceptions.

This evening's meeting is in Huntingdon - with more meetings in Ely and Cambridge next week. Full details here.

Shadow minister calls for 'right type' of housing

Sam Read

BBC Radio Northampton politics reporter

I've been along to see Labour's shadow housing minister who has been on a visit to Northampton.

John Healey has been looking at the impact of a local neighbourhood plan, which is designed to help the planning process.

It's the first in the country to be put in place in an urban area that doesn't have a parish council.

John Healey talks to local Labour councillors.
BBC
John Healey was minister for housing in the last Labour government.

The Labour manifesto had promised to build more than a million new homes. But Mr Healey said the type of homes that are built is also important.

"We need the range and the right type of housing," he said.

"One of the things about the neighbourhood plan here was that people said, as they do across the country, is what we really need is more homes for families, particularly with gardens.

"So within 18 months we've seen exactly that, developed right here in the heart of Northampton."

People trapped in over-turned car by M1

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

All lanes are now open, after emergency services dealt with an over-turned car by the M1 southbound link road on the A1414 eastbound by St Albans, this morning.

Herts Fire Control say there were people trapped, and specialist equipment had to be used to rescue one person.

Two lanes were closed at the time, causing some delays.

Emergency services helping after car overturned
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

The East of England Ambulance Service has confirmed paramedics were called at 08:36, and they then treated a woman, believed to be in her 30s, but luckily she wasn't hurt.

She was taken to Watford General Hospital as a precautionary measure.

£2m boat nearing St Neots

It appears the abnormally large boat, being transported to Ipswich from Oundle in Northamptonshire, is making good ground, passing through Great Staughton near St Neots.

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The brand-new £2m vessel is too tall for the A14, so instead has to take the back roads.

It will be navigating the streets of central Cambridge later today, before heading into Suffolk tomorrow after an overnight stop.

A team of people are on hand to remove traffic lights and telephone wires if the load is too large.

New MP 'racially abused'

Paul Stainton

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The MP for Peterborough says she's been racially abused, with a number of offensive messages being left on her phone's voicemail.

Fiona Onasanya, who won the seat for Labour in last month's election, is one of 52 MPs categorised as Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME).

She told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that the abuse, first reported in the Peterborough Telegraph, "is not appropriate or acceptable".

Fiona Onasanya
BBC

"Some individuals have a very small mind. It needs to be known that any abuse or discrimination against any individual is unacceptable," said Ms Onasanya.

"It's a very small minority of people that think it's acceptable behaviour, but they hide behind the mask of 'I'm a keyboard warrior' or 'I can withhold my number and you can't find me'.

"I did speak to the police and they are going to be liaising with the individual concerned."

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Schools need extra BME teachers to reflect population

David Rhodes

BBC News

A BBC investigation has found the number of Luton teachers from ethnic minorities doesn't reflect the diversity of students.

The figures show 30% of teachers in the town are from ethnic minorities, compared with almost 75% of pupils - although nationally the teacher figure is around 13%.

Teaching union, the NASUWT says ethnic minority teachers "face discrimination and prejudice when applying for jobs".

The government says there has been an increasing number of BME teachers joining the profession in recent years.

Teacher and class
Getty Images

A Luton Borough Council spokesperson said: "Many teachers in Luton have been in post for many years and were recruited when the proportion of BME children in the borough was much lower.

"We are committed to increasing the number of BME teachers and are working with schools on an individual basis to increase the number.

"In addition, our education and skills agenda, which forms part of the Investment Framework, will enable those from all backgrounds who wish to enter education every opportunity to do so."

Video: Formula 1 stars & cars on London streets

Formula 1 drivers show off their cars - and their skills - on the streets of London in the build-up to this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Formula one cars on London's streets