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  1. Updates for Thursday 7 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye... for now

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

That's all from me and the Local Live team for Beds, Herts and Bucks, thanks for your company and comments.

Our election team will be back at 22:00 with an extended live page special bringing you results coverage from across the east region as it happens.

£700 meal: Your view

News of Audi car buyer Siobhan from Watford

running up a £700 bill after a garage offered her a meal for two as a gesture of goodwill is keeping you talking on
Facebook - thanks for all your comments today.

receipt item list

Greg Lane

writes: I'm surprised they're offering to pay half. How could she honestly think it was reasonable to run up a bill of £700!?!

Weather outlook

Sara Thornton

BBC Look East

A cloudy and cool day tomorrow but take heart, the temperatures are on the rise as we go through the next few days.

weather graphic

Some bumps along the way though as we'll have showers on Saturday, but the only way is up. Tonight will be dry with winds staying light. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Wycombe play-offs

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Wycombe Wanderers go into their

League 2 play-off semi-final against Plymouth with no pressure, according to the club's
Player of the Year.

The Chairboys travel to the south west on Saturday for the first-leg against the Pilgrims.

Alfie Mawson, who's on loan from Brentford, said the mood in the camp is calm and confident: "I think the lads are very optimistic. I think we are going to attack it, like we have all season with nothing held back."

Tea-time updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Here are this afternoon's updates for the three counties:

VE Day: Cracking the code

BBC Three Counties Radio

Tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day, following the unconditional surrender that Germany signed exactly 70 years ago today ending World War Two in Europe.

black and white photos inside Hut 3 at Bletchley park
Getty Images

Joanna Chorley spent the war working as a Wrens at the

code-breaking centre Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, which helped crack the
Enigma code.

She said: "We obviously knew that we were involved in breaking codes of some sort, or cyphers or something. What they were we did not know."

Thameslink trains disrupted

BBC Travel

Thameslink services from Luton are being delayed due a trespass incident.

Check your trains before you travel.

There is still some congestion in Walkern, Hertfordshire due to emergency bridge maintenance.

It's also

looking busy at the M25 J21a Bricket Wood roundabout.

Luton man terror charge update

Ibrahim Anderson, 38, from Luton, has appeared in court along with four other men in connection with

fraud allegations linked to extremists travelling to Syria to fight with Islamic State.

London's Westminster Magistrates' Court heard they are thought to have targeted eight victims, defrauding them out of about £400,000.

Mr Anderson, a father of four, is due to next appear with the four other men at the Old Bailey on 21 May. They were remanded in custody.

Bedford ironmongers for sale

Beds on Sunday

An ironmongers is up for sale, but

staff hope it can remain intact under new ownership.

Goldings, first established in 1867, has been a staple in Bedford's High Street but after a lot of thought from the owner it is now on the market for £150,000.

Royal knitting

BBC Three Counties Radio

Farzana Chaudry from Watford is an avid crafter...

knitted royal family

.. she's taken the time to knit the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family. The royals

have now travelled to their Norfolk home at Anmer Hall.

We particularly like the parachuting corgis. If you've been crafty in making a royal gift,

send us a photo.

Pensioner cats looking for home

Get Bucks

The purr-fect retirement home is being sought by an animal charity for two special siblings.

Chiltern Cats Protection is

appealing for help find a forever home for Mr Beamish and Miss Murphy, who are brother and sister from the same litter and have found themselves in foster care at the age of 17.

£700 meal for two: Your comments


discussion on Facebook about Siobhan from Watford who spent more than £700 when she was offered a meal for two as a goodwill gesture after a garage damaged her car is still going.


Anthony Jones

writes: Pay the bill Audi... Yes it's excessive but they should pay up, draw a line under it and move on realising they've made a schoolboy error in not setting a limit or better still offering vouchers to an agreed amount.

VE Day tomorrow

BBC Three Counties Radio

It's exactly 70 years since Germany signed an unconditional surrender, ending the World War Two in Europe. Tomorrow it's the

anniversary of VE Day, which saw scenes of celebration across the country.

Scenes of celebration on VE Day

Joanna Chorley was a Wren who spent the war working at the

code-breaking centre Bletchley Park.

She said: "VE Day came rather earlier for us than it did for everyone else because we heard about it two or three days before."

Afternoon updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

This afternoon's updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks:

  • People are voting across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the 2015 General Election
  • Watford Audi say their "final position" is to offer half of
    the £700 food bill customer Siobhan Yap ran-up, she is considering legal action
  • Weather: A dry and fine afternoon with scattered showers. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F)

Van man freed on M25

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Service

tweet: #M40 junction 1a / #M25 junction 16 update 2 Firefighters have released man from van which left the road. He is in care of paramedics

This has

partially obstructed the M25 entry slip road clockwise from the M40 northbound.

Whipsnade lemurs

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

You might be wondering what the cheeky little chaps at the top of our page are today...

lemurs on a rock and grass

..they're two of the many lemurs at

Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. Top lemur facts: They're only found in the wild in Madagascar and lemur means 'ghost' in Latin.

Pooches and polling stations

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Coming in a close second to the question 'Who should I vote for?' seems to be '

Can I take my dog to the polling station?'

dog sits outside polling station
Getty Images

Now is the time when all dog-lovers rejoice as... yes, you can. As long as your pooch is

well-behaved and not "free range".

Bricks and Bedfordshire's history

There's a warning from the Federation of Master Builders the UK is facing a

serious shortage of both bricks and bricklayers.

brick wall being erected

But if we turn the clock back a bit - Bedfordshire once helped lead the country's brick industry throughout the 20th Century.

Thousands of workers made millions of bricks every year at the

London Brick Company works in Stewartby.

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Ahead of the first leg of the League Two play-offs between Stevenage FC and Southend United, the Hertfordshire club have

tweeted: Sunday's game seems to have generated a bit of interest from Norweigan football fans! We look forward to welcoming you all.

Police council tax referendum


referendum is taking place in Bedfordshire today on a council tax increase to fund more police officers.

Bedfordshire Police station

The increase for policing was introduced in April and a referendum is being held on whether to support the increase of 15.85% in tax. The ballot is taking place alongside general election voting.

£700 meal: Your tweets


@BBC3CR loving this story. Siobhan if Audi are paying half ask your mum to pay her share of the bill and you have your free meal.

Herts festival line-up

Welwyn Hatfield Times


final additions have been made to the Slam Dunk Festival 2015 line-up, with special guests Bury Tomorrow announced and the winners of the Fresh Blood Stage people's vote revealed.

The touring pop-punk, ska, rock and metal event returns to the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield on 24 May.

This afternoon's weather

BBC Weather

Most places will have a dry and fine afternoon with sunny spells. However, there will be a few showers around.

weather graphic

The winds will be much lighter than yesterday making it feel a lot warmer than of late. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Lunchtime updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

The latest news updates for the three counties:

'Free' £700 meal: Audi decision 'final'

BBC Three Counties Radio

The Audi garage which said it would only pay half of the free meal it offered to customer Siobhan Yap after she ran up a £700 bill at a top London restaurant has said the offer is its "final position".


Siobhan's story has made national headlines this morning, including this piece in

The Daily Mirror.

She told us the reaction has been "overwhelming" and she is now considering legal action.

Delays in Hertfordshire

BBC Travel

There are some

delays on the roads around Hertfordshire this lunchtime.

One lane is closed on the M25 anticlockwise J26-J25 due to a broken down lorry.

Benington Road in Walkern is closed in both directions between Walkern Road and the High Street because of an earlier accident and bridge maintenance work.

Local link to Lusitania

BBC Three Counties Radio


are taking place today to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ocean liner, the Lusitania.

The last known survivor was Audrey Lawson-Johnston, from Melchbourne, in Bedfordshire, who died in 2011, aged 95.

National Museums Liverpool

About 1,200 people died and 771 survived when the ship was hit by a German torpedo off the coast of Ireland during World War One.

£700 'free meal': your tweets


@BBC3CR she shouldn't accept the car or the meal, she should ask for another car or a money back.

Curious world of counters

Election 2015

What happens when votes have been cast but before results are announced?

ballot papers are counted

Votes are counted, of course, but it's probably not something many people think about often.

Here you can find out what the night of the election is like for those working hard as the counters.

Latest updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Here are your latest updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks this morning:

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

'Immigrants' on run after 999 call

Four suspected illegal immigrants are on the run after a lorry containing 10 people was discovered by police following a "distress" call from one of the people inside.

Toddington services

A person claiming to be in a vehicle on the A414 at North Weald, Essex, called police at 08:30 on Wednesday to say it had earlier been in Ashford, Kent.

Bedfordshire Police, who found the lorry at Toddington Services on the M1, in the afternoon said the six other people were being dealt with by the Immigration Service.

Bogus Hatfield landlady tricks students

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

A woman who tricked students out of deposits and rent has been given a 16-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months and must also return the £12,197 she has not yet repaid.

St Albans Crown Court heard Jecintha Krishnan, 34, claimed to be the owner of two properties at Brickfield and Cherry Way in Hatfield - when she was only a tenant and not entitled to sublet.

She pleaded guilty to nine charges of fraud and asked for nine others to be taken into consideration after taking £17,049 from 18 overseas students at the University of Hertfordshire.

£700 'free meal': Your views

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

News of Audi car buyer Siobhan from Watford who

ran up a £700 plus bill while enjoying a garage's hospitality after the car she'd bought was damaged on their forecourt has really got you talking.


David Kondrotas

writes: "Greedy woman wanting her 15 minutes of fame. They were generous in the 1st place and expected common sense but she has none", while Jennie Broom
says: "Did the garage literally just tell this woman to go and have a meal for two and they will pick up the bill? If they did then more fool them!"

If you have a story that you think will get people talking, email us at

Travel update

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A421 Standing Way in Bedfordshire between J13 of the M1 and the Kingston roundabout at Wavendon.

The road is partially blocked and there is congestion in both directions after a two-vehicle collision.

Get the latest updates from

BBC Travel.

Stab attack trial begins

BBC Three Counties Radio

A CCTV recording of the moment a shop worker in Aylesbury was stabbed in the neck by a mental health patient has been shown to a jury at Reading Crown Court.

David Clarke, 63, who's homeless, has denied the attempted murder and wounding with intent of the employee, who is in his 20s.

The victim nearly died and is still in hospital eight months later.

Man sacked for Dons celebrating

Milton Keynes Citizen

A barman has been

sacked for celebrating with newly-promoted MK Dons players at the end of Sunday's historic game.

Callum Smeaton got "caught up in the atmosphere" as the footballers toasted their championship success in TGI Fridays.

The polls are open

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

People are voting across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the 2015 general election.

Ballot box

Referendums are also being held in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, there is a mayoral election in Bedford and 18 council elections.

You can find out who's standing in your area with the BBC's

constituency guide.

Taylor denies pressure

BBC Sport

Former Watford and England manager

Graham Taylor has strongly denied allegations he was pressured by the Football Association to limit the number of black players he selected for the national team.

Graham Taylor
Getty Images

Extracts from a book

printed in The Guardian allege he told former Birmingham striker Richie Moran of the pressure during an event at Watford FC in the 1999-2000 season.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live he had "no memory of that conversation".