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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 14 May 2015
  2. More new, sport, travel and weather for Suffolk from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By David Keller

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye and good luck

David Keller

BBC News

Right, that's it for today.

Good luck to Stevenage and Wycombe who are both bidding to reach the League Two play-off final this evening.

No doubt Katy will bring you reaction in the morning from 08:00, along with the latest news, weather and travel for the three counties.

Pupil sent home in hair dye row

Welwyn Hatfield Times

A mother has expressed her anger after her daughter was sent home from school - for

having dyed hair.

Speaking to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, Sarah Manning told how she received a call on Tuesday 28 April, saying her eldest daughter, Harley, had been sent home from Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School.

Have you seen Brian Bryne

David Keller

BBC News

We've been mentioning Brian Bryne throughout the day, he's been missing since from his Hertford home since 7 May.

Brian Byrne's van
South Beds News Agency

This image of his white Vauxhall Combo van has been released - it was seen by a member of the public in Crownfield, Nazeing, Essex, yesterday afternoon.

Insp Chris Hunt from Hertfordshire Police, said: "Our searches are on-going today around the old Broxbourne Lido area and we are continuing to support Brian's family through this difficult time."

'Bedford ruins you for life'

David Keller

BBC News

What's your favourite thing about Bedford? Long walks along the River Ouse? Perhaps it's grabbing a curry on Tavistock Street?

Bedford High Street
BBC

Arts and culture paper the Bedford Clanger has published

"57 reasons why living in Bedford ruins you for life", to explain why you should never even think about leaving the town.

Not exactly sure why they stopped at 57, but a great read nonetheless.

Let us know your thoughts as we'd hope to feature some of them tomorrow.

News update

David Keller

BBC News

Here's your latest news summary:

  • A man from High Wycombe and two others will go on trial in October over an
    alleged beheading plot
  • The family of missing Hertford man Brian Bryne has appealed for him to make contact saying "we are not a family without you"
  • Isobel Varley, the
    world's most tattooed female pensioner from Stevenage, has died after a battle with Alzheimer's disease

You can also keep up to date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel on

BBC Three Counties Radio.

TVs stolen in raid

David Keller

BBC News

Thirty-three flat screen TVs have been stolen from a business unit in Arlesey.

Arlesey Business Park
Google

The break-in is believed to have happened in the early hours of Sunday on the industrial estate in Mill Lane. The boxed TVs, many of which are Samsung and Toshiba, range from 28 to 60-inch models.

Bedfordshire Police said they may be sold in the local area and has asked people to keep a look out. "We have the serial numbers of all the TVs and they are very traceable items," Det Con Jason Wheeler said.

Taxi-gate mayor on 'hall of fame'

MK Citizen

A photograph of disgraced ex-mayor Subhan Shafiq is being

proudly displayed on the wall of Milton Keynes Council.

Last year Mr Shafiq was forced to resign just three months into his respected role as mayor after it emerged he helped a rapist become a city cabbie.

'Beheading' plot: Pleas to be heard in July

David Keller

BBC News

Three men arrested over an alleged beheading plot

will enter pleas in July.

Police scene
PA

Yousaf Shah Syed, 19, from High Wycombe and two other men from west London were arrested in police raids in November. They have been accused of planning acts of terrorism.

The three attended a hearing at the Old Bailey earlier where it was ruled they will enter pleas on 20 July, with a provisional trial set for October.

Driving ban for footballer

Former Watford and Luton Town defender Clarke Carlisle has been banned from driving for three years after he

admitted drinking and driving.

Clarke Carlisle
PA

The 35-year-old's Mercedes was stopped by police after it almost hit a lorry in north London on 20 December.

He was ordered to carry out 150 hours' unpaid work at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court. Carlisle played for Watford between 2005 and 2007 before having a short loan spell at Luton.

'Exciting' shopping centre plans

David Keller

BBC News

Intu shopping centre in Milton Keynes says it has submitted a planning application that will bring a "new and exciting leisure experience to Central MK".

Artist impression of Intu MK
Intu

The proposals focus on the redevelopment of Midsummer Boulevard and Oak Court, after the

great oak tree in the centre of Intu "drowned".

If approved, there will be a new dining quarter over two levels and a five-screen boutique cinema. The plans can be seen

here. What do you think of them?
Let us know your thoughts.

Appeal to missing dad

David Keller

BBC News

The family of missing Hertford man Brian Bryne has appealed for him to make contact saying "we are not a family without you".

Brian Byrne
South Beds News Agency

The 58-year-old, described as white, about 6ft 5in tall, stocky and with balding grey hair was last seen at his home address on 7 May. His white Vauxhall Combo van was seen in Nazeing in Essex yesterday.

His daughter Lydia Tyrell said: "We are holding together by a thread, the thought of you being on your own right now is upsetting us so much. Please just contact anyone to say that you are ok."

Weather update: Heavy rain clearing

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with heavy rain this afternoon, but it will clear away by this evening.

Elizabth Rizzini
BBC

Maximum temperature is 10C (50F). Get the latest forecast from

BBC Weather.

Ground share survey closed after rival fan hijack

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The

Tottenham Supporters Trust has closed down an online survey about a possible move to Milton Keynes while the club's new stadium is built, after it was apparently hijacked by rival fans.

Stadium MK
Getty Images

The trust said until Monday morning the fans' preference was to ground share at Wembley, with more than 3,000 responses.

It called a "massive spike" in responses favouring a move to Milton Keynes a "hilarious attempt by Arsenal fans" to hijack the survey and closed it down.

Dog sniffs out trouble

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

A police dog's nose has led to a man being charged with attempted theft, after it sniffed out some bolt cutters thought to have been used in a crime near to where the suspect was arrested.

Kane
Bedfordshire Police

The dog, Kane, picked up a track in a George Street West car park in Luton after officers where called to a report of a person acting suspiciously in Library Road.

Sergeant Vicky Stoughton said: "Our dogs' noses are one of the team's strongest tools."

Illegal immigrant jailed

David Keller

BBC News

An illegal immigrant had only been in the country for 10 days when police stopped him on a garage forecourt in Hoddesdon and discovered he was driving with a fake Italian passport.

St Albans Crown Court
South Beds News Agency

After his arrest in March, police discovered he was not Mario Belluci, but in fact Albanian Sulo Boni. He had arrived in Hertfordshire in the back of a lorry.

Earlier he aditted possessing an identification document with improper intention at St Albans Crown Court. He also admitted driving without a licence and having no insurance. He was sentenced to eight months in prison and will be deported when released.

Aerobatics pilot died from multiple injuries

Nic Rigby

BBC News Online, East

A pilot who died during an airshow launch sustained multiple injuries, an inquest heard.

David Jenkins
Wildcat Aerobatics
Pilot David Jenkins, who died in the crash, was an aerobatic champion

Oxford University-educated David Jenkins

died when his Edge 360 plane crashed at the Old Buckenham, Norfolk airfield last month.

Mr Jenkins, from Stanton, Suffolk, was in his 60s and first flew as a teenager in Welwyn Garden City. The inquest opened in Norwich earlier and will resume in January.

Good afternoon

David Keller

BBC News

Hello. Thanks to Katy for looking after the early part of the day, I'm now taking over until 18:00 bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the three counties.

Remember, you can get in touch with us at any time. We love to see your pictures of Beds, Herts & Bucks and always feel free to drop us a line if you have a story.

Email your comments and pictures to

bhblive@bbc.co.uk or contact us on Twitter
@BBC3CR or
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Dunstable Road reopens

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

The A5120 Dunstable Road in Flitwick has reopened after two people were hit by a car at about 11:30 today.

The East of England Ambulance Service said it treated one elderly female with a head injury and another patient with a leg injury who were both taken to Bedford Hospital.

Youth mental health champion 'more aware'

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

One of

Hertfordshire County Council's youth health champions has said her training has made her think more about the mental side of health.

Teenager looks out of a window
Newscast

The local authority is one of the first in the country to train teenagers in schools to help fellow pupils with issues including mental health problems and binge drinking.

Fatima Sheriff, 16, from The Priory School in Hitchin said: "[Before the training] I didn't really think about the social and mental sides of health: it's about far more than staying fit and eating right - it's also about keeping yourself happy and making sure that you're not stressed."

Police search lido for missing man

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Police are searching the old Broxbourne Lido area today in the search for missing Hertford man, Brian Bryne.

Brian Byrne
Issued by Hertfordshire Police

The 58-year-old was last seen at home on 7 May, but his white Vauxhall Combo van was seen in Essex yesterday.

Insp Chris Hunt from Hertfordshire Police said: "It could be that he has sought shelter somewhere and I would ask people, particularly around Crownfield, Nazeing, to check sheds, garages and outbuildings to assist us."

FA tackles lack of Asian players

Chetan Pathak

Communites reporter, BBC East

The Football Association has published its

first plan on how to tackle the lack of British Asians in football.

Following consultation forums across the country, the FA says it will now provide more support to grassroots clubs developing Asian players.

Bal Singh
BBC

Bal Singh, who started Khalsa Football Academy more than 25 years ago and now supports young people in Bedford, said: "There are some really good key players out there who are working with us now and that's a positive."

Accident in Flitwick closes road

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Two people have been hit by a car in the centre of Flitwick in Bedfordshire.

The A5120 Dunstable Road has been closed in both directions at the main roundabout by Coniston Road in the town.

The air ambulance has been called to the scene. We'll have more on this as we get it.

Lunchtime headlines

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Here are the headlines this lunchtime:

Wycombe faces 'huge challenge'

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Wycombe Wanderers are

taking a 3-2 lead into tonight's
second leg of the League Two play-off semi-final against Plymouth, in what manager Gareth Ainsworth says will be a "huge challenge".

Gareth Ainsworth
Getty Images

He told the

club's official website: "It would mean so much to the whole town, not just the club, if we were able to reach the final but we know we have a huge challenge ahead of us in the second leg."

Boy claims he was 'launched' through window

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 14-year-old boy who appeared to suffer a head injury as he was arrested in Waltham Cross last week has said he was "launched" through the family's garage window.

14-year-old injured boy
BBC

Hertfordshire Police has referred itself to the

IPCC following the mandatory guidelines regarding injuries sustained during arrests.

'Most tattooed' OAP dies

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Isobel Varley, the world's most tattooed female pensioner, has died after a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Isobel Varley
John O'Reilly

The 77-year-old, from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, had 93% of her body covered in tattoos and made it into the

Guinness Book of World Records, which called her an "iconic figure".

News of her death was broken on her

Facebook page by her family who said she had passed onto her "next adventure".

Boro will 'gain confidence'

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Stevenage FC travel to Southend United this evening in the second leg of their League Two play-off semi final.

Graham Westley
Getty Images

The first leg at the Lamex Stadium

finished 1-1 and manager Graham Westley thinks his side have gained more confidence since then.

"We were OK [on Saturday] but by no means at the type of level that I think we can expect to be at in the second leg... I expect to see us go onto a different level," he said.

Council encourages teens to 'speak up'

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Hertfordshire County Council says it hopes its scheme to train youth health champions in secondary schools will give fellow pupils the confidence to speak up about their issues.

Girls holding hands
Newscast Online

It is one of the first local authorities in the country to train teenagers to help fellow pupils with issues including mental health problems and binge drinking.

Teresa Heritage, from the council, said: "We want young people to have the confidence to talk to someone about any issues they may have - whether that's an adult or a fellow pupil - and know they will get the help they need."

Boro's injury doubts

BBC Sport

Stevenage defender

Bira Dembele is a doubt for tonight's League Two play-off semi-final second leg after a clash of heads during
Sunday's 1-1 draw in the first leg which left him needing seven stitches.

Boro boss Graham Westley also awaits a fitness report on Ronnie Henry, who missed the home leg with a hip injury.

Dip into the world of air traffic control

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

The wonders of air traffic control are being revealed in a new gallery at

The National Museum of Computing opening today.

Air traffic control gallery
National Museum of Computing

The new exhibition, at Bletchley Park, gives visitors insight into the behind-the-scenes world that supports everyday air travel including a simulator to a real sense of what it is like to be a controller.

Museum chairman, Tim Reynolds, said he hoped it would "inspire and enthuse the next generation of engineers and computer scientists".

New council leader for Wycombe

Bucks Free Press

Katrina Wood has been

chosen as the new leader of Wycombe District Council after a meeting of the Conservative leadership last night.

The Conservatives hold 47 out of 60 seats in the chamber.

Wycombe goalie set to return

BBC Sport

Wycombe goalkeeper Matt Ingram is set to return after missing
Saturday's 3-2 win in the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final with a knee injury.

Top scorer Paul Hayes is also likely to be fit for tonight's match against Plymouth despite going off at Home Park with a head injury and bruised eye.

Latest headlines

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Here are the latest headlines this morning:

  • A father from Hertfordshire, whose son took his own life, is supporting new plans for schoolchildren to spot signs of mental health problems among their friends
  • Bedfordshire's chief fire officer, Paul Fuller, is backing calls for tighter safety regulation on children's fancy dress costumes
  • Stevenage and Wycombe are bidding to reach the
    League Two play-off final this evening

New bishop to be consecrated

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

The Bishop of Hertford Designate, the Reverend Canon Doctor Michael Beasley, will be made a bishop at Westminster Abbey today.

Revd Canon Michael Beasley
Diocese of St Albans

He will be installed as the new Bishop of Hertford, succeeding the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, at St Albans Cathedral on Saturday afternoon.

Canon Beasley has worked for the Diocese of Oxford for the past five years, following a career in the scientific world.

Behind the scenes at Luton Airport

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Wonder no more at what goes on behind the scenes at Luton Airport as you focus on your holiday or business trip.

The Bedfordshire on Sunday has published

an online gallery showing what goes on while you check in.

Travel update

BBC Travel

There's disruption on the M25 in Hertfordshire this morning with one lane closed clockwise between J23 for the A1(M) and J24 for Potters Bar due to a broken down car.

Get the latest updates from

BBC Travel.

FA to support clubs over Asian players

Chetan Pathak

Communites reporter, BBC East

The

Football Association has published its
first ever plan on how to tackle the lack of British Asians in football, following research at clubs including Luton Town.

Asian football
BBC

Less than eight have featured in the professional leagues in recent seasons. The FA said it will now provide more support to grassroots clubs developing Asian players.

Butch Fazal, who runs Luton United Football Club said: "A lot of football clubs in the past have worked independently, what they now have is a network and the Football Association is going to bind that network together."

Father backs youth health champions

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Youth health champions are being trained in Hertfordshire secondary schools to help pupils with issues including mental health problems and binge drinking.

Robert Stringer, from Tring, whose son Hector took his own life, said this kind of support could have made a difference.

Hector Stringer
Hector's House

He said: "He did talk to his friends, but of course his friends didn't really understand some of the time how serious things could be .... I think [it's important] everybody including youngsters, can recognise where somebody needs referring."

MEP attacks 'snarling' Farage

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

A UKIP MEP for the East region, which includes Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, has

launched a highly personal attack on party leader Nigel Farage.

Patrick O'Flynn
PA

Patrick O'Flynn has told

The Times Mr Farage had become a "snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive" man turning the party into a "personality cult".

Fire officer calls for fancy dress controls

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Bedfordshire's chief fire officer, Paul Fuller, is backing calls for tighter regulation on children's fancy dress costumes.

"These costumes are not covered by current children's clothing regulations and the safety standard for them can be as little as a 'keep away from fire' label... This is not good enough and is putting children's lives at risk," he says.

Claudia Winkleman
BBC

Mr Fuller will feature in tonight's BBC TV's Watchdog programme in which Strictly Come Dancing presenter

Claudia Winkleman describes how her eight-year-old daughter suffered severe burns last Halloween.