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  1. Updates for Friday 1 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday 5 May

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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Have a great weekend

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

That's all from the Local Live team for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire this week.

We'll be back at 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Tuesday 5 May.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

Weekend weather outlook

BBC Weather

Tonight it will remain dry with clear spells but temperatures drop to a minimum of 1C (34F).

weather outlook for the weekend

Across the weekend we'll see a mix of sunny and cloudy spells with chances of rain increasing throughout. Maximum temperature: 16C (60F)

Congestion in Hertfordshire

BBC Travel

There's disruption on the M25 anti-clockwise between J20 (A41) and J19 (Chandler's Cross) because of a broken down lorry. One lane is closed which is causing queuing traffic.

Reports suggest roads around Stevenage are still congested following the earlier closure of the A1(M) southbound J7-J6.

Stolen alpacas

BBC Three Counties Radio

Six pregnant alpacas have been stolen from a yard in Hertfordshire along with a quad bike, chainsaw and strimmers.

Police said thieves cut through the padlock to a gate at Throcking near Buntingford on Tuesday night.

The owner will be

speaking to Roberto Perrone at 17:40.

Woman locked in her house

A woman was locked in her own house by two men who knocked at her door last night having claimed to have damaged her fence.

The incident happened about 21:20 in The Pyghtle, in Turvey, Bedfordshire.

While she went to investigate the two men entered the house and when she returned

they locked her inside on their way out. Police don't believe anything was stolen during the incident.

Tea-time updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Here are the latest updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks:

Appeal after A1(M) crash

Police have

launched an appeal for witnesses after a silver Honda Civic left the A1(M) southbound this morning and collided with trees near J7 (Stevenage South).

The driver, a 55-year-old man, was taken to the Lister hospital with slight injuries. The passenger, a woman in her 50s, was taken to Addenbrookes with serious injuries.

queue of traffic on A1(M)

The accident happened about 11:00.

Injuries like 'never seen before'

The bruises found on the body of a four-year-old girl from Hatfield were like nothing he'd ever seen before, a pathologist has told a jury at St Albans Crown Court.

Carl Wheatley, 31,

denies murdering his daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn in March. It's alleged he lost his temper and beat his daughter to death.

Carl Wheatley with daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn
John O'Reilly/Fairleys

The court heard Prof Rupert Risdon found 65 marks of injury across the girl's body, head and arms but he said it was the "66th" injury, a massive area of bruising that essentially covered as one, which killed her. The case continues.

A1(M) now open southbound

BBC Travel

Highways England have now re-opened the A1(M) southbound between J7 (Stevenage) and J6 (Welwyn) after a serious accident this morning.

Delays are expected while traffic clears.

Elsewhere, roads are looking as expected going into rush-hour on a Friday afternoon.

Stay up-to-date here.

Bishop's Stortford boy caught carrying knife

Herts & Essex Observer

A 15-year-old

Bishop's Stortford boy with a knife claimed he was carrying the blade because of "problems with travellers".

MK marathon eagerly awaited

There's plenty going on this weekend but one eagerly awaited event is the Milton Keynes Marathon.

runners at the MK marathon 2014

The route of the marathon, on Monday, takes the runners along roads, cycles paths, past lakes and woodland and then finishes in the MK Dons' 22,500-seater football stadium.

Police re-opening A1(M)

Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing

tweet: Collision scene A1M Stevenage 7-6 now cleared and road in process of being re-opened.@HeartHertsNews @bobfmuk @BBC3CR @BBCNews

M40 Bucks fatal crash

A 26-year-old man was killed on the M40 in Buckinghamshire early this morning when his car was in a collision with a lorry.

Around 03:30 on the northbound carriageway between junction 1A (M25) and junction 2 (Beaconsfield).

The driver of the lorry, a 53-year-old man, was uninjured.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Badgers rescued from concrete pit

Two badgers have been rescued after falling into a slurry pit in Buckingham which was due to be filled with concrete.

Badger in a pit

Workmen called the RSPCA after finding an adult badger with another thought to be about five months old, at the bottom of the large pit at Buckingham Business Park on Bourton Road on Tuesday.

Pregnant alpacas stolen

East Hertfordshire Rural Police

tweet: 6 pregnant Alpacas have been stolen from a yard in a village near to Buntingford. Please be extra vigilant & ring any sus activity on 101

Across the three counties

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Here's a summary of our recent updates for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire:

  • A1(M) southbound remains closed J7 - J6 due to a serious accident. Two people have been admitted to hospital
  • Bedfordshire firefighter is due home this weekend after being stranded in Nepal whilst trekking near Kathmandu
  • Sixteen kittens and seven cats dumped by the
    roadside in Bedfordshire need new homes

'Savings and a successful service', say police

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

A bit more information on the £2.5m savings we mentioned earlier made by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Joint Protective Services units over the last year.

Bedfordshire Police officers

Police say that despite the savings the unit has had a number of successes:

  • The Armed Policing Unit has carried out 1,251 arrests and attended 1,722 incidents
  • The Dog Unit has attended 1,330 incidents and 66 pre-planned operations since January
  • The Roads Policing Unit has carried out 2,568 arrests and seized 1,558 vehicles in the last 12 months

Car destroyed in Luton fire

Luton on Sunday

A car has been destroyed and a property damaged

following a fire in Argyll Avenue in Luton.

This afternoon's weather outlook

BBC Weather

It will stay dry this afternoon with sunny spells. The sunshine may be rather hazy with high cloud spreading across the area. Light winds are also forecast.

weather graphic

We'll see maximum temperatures of 13C (55F).

Watford boss focused on winning

BBC Sport

Watford FC's head coach Slavisa Jokanovic hasn't let last weekend's promotion news go to his head.

Slavisa Jokanovic
Getty Images

The Hornets coach told BBC Three Counties Radio: "We are obligated to start celebrations after the game on Saturday, not before.

"Right now we need to concentrate, it would be silly when we still have the chance to lift some silverware."

A1(M) traffic moving

Russ who's been stuck in traffic on the A1(M) southbound between J7-6

@BBC3CR traffic now moving. :)

Highways England

tweet: We're in the process of turning traffic trapped in the #A1M closure - please be patient, we will get you moving asap. Thank you

Stowe House Lions

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Today's main image shows one of Buckinghamshire's Stowe House lions.

Stowe House and one of its famous lions

After being auctioned in 1921, the lions were removed from their stone plinths at

Stowe House and resided in Blackpool from 1926. Two years ago, the lions were back at the house following campaigns and donations amounting to £325,000.

We'd love to see your photos of interesting places in Beds, Herts and Bucks - please feel free to get in touch with us

via email.

Latest updates for the three counties

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Here are the latest updates across Beds, Herts and Bucks this lunchtime:

  • A1(M) southbound closed between J7 (Stevenage) and J6 (Welwyn) due to an accident. Two people have been taken to hospital
  • Bedfordshire firefighter to return home after being stranded in Nepal
  • Commemorative paving stone laid in St Albans to honour WWI soldier

Hold up on A1(M) Stevenage

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Russ on Twitter is keeping us updated on how things are looking just past the south Stevenage junction.


@BBC3CR no movement in traffic for 40 mins so far. Really hope all involved are safe and well.

queues on the A1M

Hope you're OK if caught up in the tailback. Have you taken any photographs? Tweet your pictures to

@BBC3CR and let us know how it's going as long as it's safe to do so.

Latest on A1(M) closure

Police were called to junction 7 of the A1(M) at 11:10 where a car had left the carriageway and collided with trees.

One person has been taken to the Lister Hospital, Stevenage and another to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

Dumped cats need new homes

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Three of the seven adult female cats found dumped with 17 kittens in a taped up box at the side of a road between Everton and Sandy in Bedfordshire earlier this month have given birth.


St Neots & District Cats Protection, who are looking for homes for the animals, said six of the original kittens had died but the new births brought the total of youngsters to 16.

Spokeswoman, Aishah Lorandeau, said people had come forward to re-home some of the kittens but more were needed for the others and the adult cats who "need feeding up and a lot of love".

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Russ on Twitter

writes: @BBC3CR total closure now southbound. People out of their cars talking with strangers. Like the old days. Sincerely hope all involved are ok

Are you in the queue?

Tweet us a photo as long as it's safe to do so.

Serious accident in Hertfordshire

Beds, Cambs & Herts Roads Policing Unit

tweet: Serious collision A1M7-6 Stevenage.Road closed. Air ambo on scene. Did u witness ? Pls call 101 REF 197 @bobfmuk @BBC3CR @HeartHertsNews

Severe delays on A1(M)

BBC Travel

There are severe delays on the A1(M) southbound due to an accident between J7 for Stevenage and J6 for Welwyn.

One lane is

blocked and traffic is queuing.

St Albans commemorate WWI soldier

A commemorative paving stone will be laid in St Albans today to honour the bravery of a First World War soldier.

Victoria Cross
Getty Images

It's exactly 100 years since Private Edward Warner, born in the city, defended a trench from attack before dying shortly after from the effects of gas poisoning.

He was awarded a Victoria Cross and his name appears on the

Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres for British soldiers who died on near-by battlefields.

Bucks charity forced to close

Bucks Free Press

A Wycombe-based charity that helped give disadvantaged youngsters practical skills

has been forced to close.

Bedfordshire firefighter to return from Nepal

Bedfordshire firefighter Clive Wilkinson, who was stranded in Nepal with his wife Heather, will return home this weekend.

Clive and Heather on a mountain top
Beds Fire

The couple, from Shefford, will be returning from Kathmandu on Sunday into Heathrow airport.

His sister Karen Wilkinson-Bell said she'll be there with the rest of the family to welcome them home.

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Milton Keynes-based

Badminton England won the title for Best Governing Body last night at the Sport Industry awards.


tweeted their reaction to the news: We have been named Governing Body of the Year at the #BTSIA @SportIndustry Thank you to everyone who has helped us win this award! #soproud

Horse championship coming to Slapton

The British Riding Club will be holding its

Intermediate Winter Championships at Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Slapton over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Junior Team, Malton RC
British Horse Society

More than 400 grass roots junior and senior team and individual riders will be attending the event, which will include as dressage, show jumping, eventing, showing and quadrille.

Bikes and cash stolen

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Bedfordshire Police have put out an appeal after motocross bikes and cash were stolen during a burglary at a Totternhoe home.

Offenders forced entry to the property in Church Road between 02:00 and 04:30 on Monday while the occupants of the house were asleep inside.

They made an untidy search of the downstairs rooms and garage before making off with a blue and white Yamaha Yz250F bike and an orange and black motocross bike, as well as money.

Three counties update

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Morning - I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the rest of the day.

Here are the latest updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks:

Showcasing your pictures

Our three counties are full of picturesque areas and we know you've photographed many of them.

Newport Pagnell
John O'Reilly/Fairleys

Thanks to John O'Reilly for this image of Newport Pagnell. If you have a picture from across Beds, Herts and Bucks that you'd like to share with us then please email it to or as a post to


Remember Nic as we celebrate

Watford Observer

Watford captain Troy Deeney has called on people to

remember injured supporter Nic Cruwys during their promotion celebrations.

Mr Cruwys was attacked after a game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in March.

Combined police work saves £2.5m

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Combined units working across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces have saved £2.5m in the last year.

Police officer on the beat


Joint Protective Services collaborate over functions including roads policing, the major crime unit, dog unit, scientific services and armed policing.

It is predicted the joint approach will save another £2.24m in the next 12 months.

Roads fairly clear

BBC Travel

The roads are looking good this morning across Beds, Herts and Bucks.

There are delays on the A355 in Buckinghamshire following an accident at the B416 at Park Road, Farnham Royal, but other than that things are fairly clear.

Keep up to date with all the

latest travel news.