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

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

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

We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow when Katy Lewis will be here first thing.

Batten down the hatches - high winds are predicted tonight. Have a good evening.

Milton Keynes Marathon

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

One more to squeeze in before we go - the Milton Keynes Marathon was a momentous and proud day for many people that took part and went along to watch yesterday.

Runners at the start line

Derek Eastman, mayor of Milton Keynes, said: "I cannot get over what I'm seeing here. All these supporters, all these runners, tremendous. We are heading for the top."

You can

watch a snapshot of the day here.

Video: Beds firefighter returns from Nepal

A Bedfordshire firefighter who was left stranded in Nepal following an earthquake, arrived back in the UK at the weekend.

Wilkinson family reunited at the airport

Clive Wilkinson, from Shefford, who was trekking near Kathmandu with his wife Heather, flew into Heathrow airport on Sunday.

Watch the moment the couple were reunited with their family.

Firefighter said Nepal was 'chaotic'

BBC Three Counties Radio

Bedfordshire firefighter Clive Wilkinson returned home this weekend after trekking near Kathmandu in Nepal.


told BBC Three Counties Radio presenter Roberto Perrone that Nepal was "chaotic up in the mountains.

"The worrying thing for the Nepalese is that the aid and money gets to where it should do."

Hertford doorman case update

Patrick Byrne

BBC News Online

A man accused of killing a doorman outside a bar in Hertfordshire has failed to get the case dismissed and will go on trial in October.

street and Stone House bar in Hertford

William Wade, 27, of High Cross near Ware, then pleaded not guilty to manslaughter at St Albans crown court earlier.

He is alleged to have caused the death of James Darrah, 54, in an assault outside the Stone House bar in Bull Plain, Hertford, in August last year.

Councillor asked not to stand

Paul Scoins

Political reporter, BBC Three Counties Radio

Nigel Aldis, the Bedfordshire Lib Dem councillor accused of trying to stop an independent candidate from standing against him, has denied he was being patronising.

Mr Aldis wrote to Ken Lynch, also standing in Sandy, asking him not to stand as Mr Lynch would endanger his chances of success and also because the job was "very demanding".

Mr Aldis told the BBC he has known Mr Lynch for many years and sent the letter as "one friend to another", but was disappointed it had been made public.

Fallen tree closes Stevenage road

BBC Travel

There is severe disruption in Stevenage this evening on the A602 due to a fallen tree.

The road is closed between Shephall Way and Broadwater Crescent westbound and traffic is queuing.

Get the latest from BBC Travel.

This evening's weather outlook

Sara Thornton

BBC Look East

Very windy tomorrow with bright or sunny spells and blustery showers, these possibly merging to give longer spells of rain, especially in the afternoon.

weather graphic

There is a chance of gales for a time too. Top temperature: 13C (55F).

Councillor asked not to stand

Paul Scoins

Political reporter, BBC Three Counties Radio

A councillor in Bedfordshire has been accused of trying to prevent another candidate from standing for election.

Nigel Aldis, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Sandy, emailed Independent Ken Lynch asking him not to stand because he would "adversely affect his slim chances of success".

The Liberal Democrats have said the issue is a personal matter between the two candidates. A full list of candidates standing in the election in Sandy is available on the

Central Bedfordshire Council website.

The Hornets Show

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Buckinghamshire New University

tweets: Animation and Visual Effects students work with
@watfordfcsays and

Still from the Hornets Show
Buckinghamshire New University

The show is a monthly football magazine programme revolving around the fortunes of Watford Football Club.

Fatal collision in Wycombe

A man from High Wycombe has died in hospital after two cars were in collision with a flat bed lorry.

The 32-year-old from the town was a passenger in a Volkswagen Golf that was involved in the crash in Plomer Green Lane early yesterday morning,

Thames Valley Police say.

Two other people in the car were taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital - one sustained serious injuries, the other only had minor injuries. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Train delays Watford to MK

BBC Travel

The roads around Beds, Herts and Bucks are looking clear this afternoon but there are some problems on the trains.

There are delays of up to 15 minutes on

Virgin Trains West Coast between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes Central due to an obstruction on the line.

Pictures released of weekend fire

Pictures have just been released of the fire at a two-storey building in Aspley Guise over the bank holiday weekend.

smoking burnt building
Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the fire at the storage building in Church Road at 08:32 on Saturday and spent four hours tackling the blaze. It is thought gas cylinders were in the burning building.

Can you build a majority?

Election 2015

Today party leaders are touring the UK to appeal to undecided voters in the last two days before the election. Ed Miliband was campaigning in Bedford earlier.

election graphic

You can find out more about all things Election 2015

on the BBC website where you can also play the
'What if no-one wins the election?' game.

Fans get police 'thank you'

The fans' excellent behaviour at the Hornets' Premier League promotion celebrations have been commended by Hertfordshire Constabulary's chief inspector for Watford.

fans at Cassiobury Park

More than 20,000 fans attended the match and many thousands celebrated in the town centre afterwards - there were just five arrests.

Ch Insp Dave Wheatley said: The majority of the fans were good natured and enjoyed the game and the associated celebrations and generally the behaviour was excellent and it was a safe weekend for all."

Reward offered by victim of arsons

A £500 reward has been offered by the victim of six arsons near Watford.

Since February 2014, six vehicles have been set alight in Hazelwood Road, Croxley Green. The most recent incident was on 25 April.

Det Constable Adam Bridges, who is investigating, said: "These reckless incidents have caused a great deal of upset to the victim and his wife and have had a hugely detrimental effect on their lives over the past year or so."

Latest news summary

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

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

  • Police want to trace a group in their early teens after a derelict house was set on fire yesterday evening
  • A £500 reward has been offered by the victim of six arsons in Croxley Green near Watford
  • A man charged with
    manslaughter after the death of a doorman makes his first appearance in court today

Milton Keynes Marathon results

The Milton Keynes marathon saw thousands of runners and spectators flock to the roads for the city's fourth annual event on Monday.

Course records were set, fun was had on the Superhero Fun Run and a fair bit of sun was caught by many.

runners at the start line of the marathon

You can find out more about the

results of the marathon here.

Watford promotion parade

BBC Sport

Thousands of Watford FC fans turned out at Cassiobury Park in the town

yesterday to celebrate the club's promotion to the Premier League.

Watford players celebrate on open-top buses

Hornets players travelled in on open-top buses after they secured their

promotion last weekend but missed out on the Championship title after a draw
against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Fire at derelict house

A derelict house in Bedfordshire was set on fire yesterday evening.

The house, in Station Lane, Millbrook, caught fire between 17:30 and 17:50.

Police want to trace a group people in early teens who were seen leaving the house at about 17:30.

Who collects political memorabilia?

Election 2015

Who knew you could buy all sorts of political memorabilia

from card games to mugs, and even underpants!

A company based in Milton Keynes stocks several

life-size cardboard cut-outs and masks of current and former British politicians.

life-size cut-outs of British politicians

Partyrama's owner Nitin Bajaj said the figures of the likes of David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown were "a bit of fun".

St Albans WWI soldier commemorated

A commemorative paving stone to honour the bravery of Private Edward Warner in

World War One was laid on Friday.

Members of Private Edward Warner VC's family are pictured here with the St Albans Mayor, the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and members of the 6 Regiment Army Air Corps and 254 Medical Regiment
St Albans Arts Team

Private Warner was awarded a Victoria Cross following his death from the effects of gas poisoning after defending a British trench from attack.

Members of Private Edward Warner VC's family are pictured here with an original drawing which shows the Victoria Cross being presented to Private Warner's mother by King George V.

Hornets fans celebrate

Watford Council

tweet: What a day yesterday was! Here's our new video of the Watford FC​ Premier League promotion party in Cassiobury Park:

Latest updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

The latest updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks:

  • A man charged with
    manslaughter after the death of a doorman makes his first appearance in court today
  • Bedfordshire firefighter Clive Wilkinson, who was stranded in Nepal after the earthquake, is back on shift
  • Stickers have been placed on lamp posts in Watford urging Muslims not to vote

Guinness World Records for Bedfordshire

Beds on Sunday

The area could see a new world record set by the Airlander Aircraft in the Cardington Sheds.

The team behind the aircraft were delighted to be contacted by Guinness World Records and expect to see the 302ft (90m) long aircraft be

officially named the longest of its kind in the world in the coming months.

Punch death suspect in court

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

The case of a man charged with the

manslaughter of a doorman in Hertfordshire last summer is due at St Albans Crown Court today.

James Darrah

James Darrah (pictured), 54, died last August, after being hit in the face outside the Stone House Bar in Bull Plain, Hertford.

William Wade, 26, from High Road in High Cross, was charged in February. We'll have more on this later.

Busy traffic on A41 and A405

BBC Travel

Roads are looking fairly clear at the moment apart from minor congestion in Aylesbury and St Albans. No

problems to report on the railways.

The A41 in Buckinghamshire is busy but traffic is moving between the A418 Oxford Road roundabout and the A413 Walton Street roundabout junction.

In Hertfordshire there is heavy traffic on the A405 in Bricket Wood at the M25 J21A roundabout.

Weather update

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be mainly dry with a chance of showers, especially during the evening. Winds will become strong and gusty with a chance of gales.

weather graphic

We'll see maximum temperatures of 17C (63F).

Hornets' celebrations

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

We thought today would be the perfect time to reflect yesterday's

Watford FC promotion celebrations in Cassiobury Park.

Watford players celebrate on open-top bus

If you went along and have any photos, we'd love to see them! You can share them with us by

emailing or
tweeting us.

Game of Thrones

Herts Advertiser


London Colney-raised plumber swapped his tools for the big screen with an appearance of one of TV's hottest programmes - Game of Thrones.

Winston Davis was flown out to Croatia to film his scene for Game of Thrones after a whirlwind experience in auditioning for the role.

Take care on the roads

East Hertfordshire Rural Police

tweet: The weather is awful today, take extra care on the roads. They are wet & slippy,
@EastEnglandAmb don't want RTC calls today

Tom Barton

Political reporter

It's 45 hours until the polls open and Ed Miliband is campaigning in Bedford - the reason why you might ask... simple, a Conservative majority of 1,353.

Miliband in front of an audience in Bedford

There's more on the party leaders' two-day marathon tour on the BBC's

Election 2015 website.

Bedfordshire firefighter home from Nepal

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

Bedfordshire firefighter, Clive Wilkinson, who was left stranded in Nepal following an earthquake, has arrived back in the UK.

BBC Three Counties Radio reporter Justin Dealey with firefighter Clive Wilkinson

Clive (pictured right) was trekking with his wife Heather through a remote valley in the

Langtang region when the disaster struck.

I went to welcome him home with his family at Heathrow this weekend.

Thousands take part in Milton Keynes Marathon

About 2,500 people ran in the Milton Keynes marathon yesterday, with a further 2,200 in the half marathon.

Milton Keynes marathon participants

Did you take part? We'd love to see you photographs. Please send them to

A1M South: Serious four-vehicle crash

BCH Road Policing

tweets: A1M South J14 down to one lane due to serious collision between four vehicles.

Updates for the three counties

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Here are the latest updates for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire:

  • Wavendon Gate Combined School in Milton Keynes is operating as normal today after a fire yesterday. Police are appealing for witnesses
  • Bedfordshire firefighter Clive Wilkinson who was stranded in Nepal after the earthquake has returned home this weekend and is back on shift this morning
  • Stickers have been placed on lamp posts in Watford urging Muslims not to vote, this comes a week after stickers emerged in Luton and Bedford

I'll be taking you through the rest of the day, bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

If you'd like to get in touch, please email

Milton Keynes school opens despite weekend fire

Kate Williams

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Wavendon Gate Combined School in Milton Keynes will be open as usual today

after a fire on Sunday.

The fire started in sheds at the back of the school and spread to a section of the main building. The majority of the damage was caused in the area where the sheds were positioned.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation and the affected area has been sealed off.

Via Twitter

Bucks Healthcare

tweets: We have one of the lowest infection rates in the country - because we promote #safehands

MK Dons: 'Investment required' to stay in Championship

Investment is essential to establish MK Dons in the Championship next season, manager Karl Robinson says.

Will Grigg, Lewis Baker and Dele Alli
Getty Images

Robinson's side sealed automatic promotion to the second tier with Sunday's 5-1 home win against Yeovil after Preston lost at Colchester. Next season will be the club's first outside of the bottom two divisions.

"We don't want to be a number, we want to compete, but we need to spend," Robinson told the BBC.