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Summary

  1. Friends have paid tribute to a Luton teenager killed in a motorbike crash
  2. Jeremy Corbyn addresses Labour dignitaries in Milton Keynes
  3. Jury told they can return majority verdict in terror trial
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday

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We'll be back with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks tomorrow from 08:00.

Boxer Billy Joe Saunders fined over pensioner dog bite

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders has been fined after his guard dog bit a pensioner. The 26-year-old WBO world middleweight title holder was ordered to pay £205 by magistrates for not displaying a warning sign at his stables. 

Billy Joe Saunders
South Beds News Agency

Stevenage Magistrates' Court heard the German Shepherd had been taken off the boxer's land without permission by stable-hand Aaron Chalkley, 24, of Holwell Caravan Site, who was ordered to pay £1,500 for having a dangerous dog out of control.

Saunders pleaded guilty to not displaying a warning for the animal he had picked up two days before, was fined £205 and offered to pay the 73-year-old £500 compensation.

Break in at Hatters' training ground

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

There's been a break in at Luton Town Football Club's training ground.

Training ground in Ely Way, Luton
Google

A television and cash from a charity box were stolen from the Ely Way site sometime last night. 

Bedfordshire Police are calling for any witnesses to contact them on 101.

Latest headlines: Luton terror trial... Teen biker had been warned

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The latest headlines:

  • The judge at the trial of two men from Luton accused of terrorist offences has told the jury he will accept a majority verdict
  • The uncle of a Luton teenager killed in an off-road motorbike crash says the family had told him not to ride motorbikes 
  • A Hertfordshire police officer has been jailed for four months for making indecent images of children

What is a 'crash for cash' scam?

BBC News England

Luton has been named as one of the country's "crash for cash" hotspots - but how does the scam work?

  • A car in front of you slams on the brakes for no obvious reason and you collide with it
  • The other driver will insist it is your fault and hand over their insurance details - often already prepared and written down
  • Your insurers will write to you with details of the other driver's claim, exaggerated with costs like car hire, recovery and whiplash injuries

Source: How do I avoid being a 'crash for cash' victim?

Luton in top 10 of crash for cash claims

BBC News England

Luton has been named as one of the hotspots for "crash for cash", with Birmingham the country's capital.

Research showed the Bedfordshire town featured in the top 10 hotspots, according to insurance group Aviva.

The figures include induced accidents, where innocent motorists are targeted, as well as staged accidents, when two damaged cars are brought together to make it look like an accident.

Hertfordshire MP speaks about Tata Steel

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Nationalising the British steel industry is not the solution to the current crises, according to David Cameron. 

The industry is currently facing the loss of thousands of jobs as Tata Steel try to sell-off their British plants. Labour have called for the government to step in and stabilise the industry.

Steel plant
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Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, Peter Lilley, was the Secretary of State for Trade between 1990 and 1992. He thinks there's a lot the government can do to help the situation and the plant isn't "a lost cause" as it could "reduce energy costs, business rates, and ensure the public sector uses British steel".

Are 'police cats' a thing of the future?

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Now I know this isn't technically Beds, Herts and Bucks but it is adorable. It's from our colleagues at BBC Newcastle about a little girl called Eliza who loves cats.

As a fan of cats myself, I find this idea quite amusing - Eliza would like to see her local police force, Durham Constabulary, start using felines as "police cats".

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Luton terror trial: Jury retires

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The jury in the trial of two Luton men accused of preparing to travel and fight for so-called Islamic State has retired for the day.

Junead Khan, left, Shazib Khna, right
CPS

The jury at Kingston Crown Court will resume its deliberations tomorrow at 10:00. The judge has said he will accept a majority verdict.

Delivery driver Junead Khan, 25, (pictured left) denies plotting to murder military personnel in the UK. He also denies preparing to fight for so-called Islamic State, alongside his 23-year-old Uncle Shazib Khan (pictured right).

Concrete cows and oak tree to be replaced in MK

One MK

The space left by the dead oak tree at intu Milton Keynes will be replaced by an events area for music, dance, theatre and the arts after the tree is removed at the end of April.

Jeremy Corbyn's Milton Keynes address goes down well with audience

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Jeremy Corbyn spoke for about 20 minutes to the Milton Keynes Labour Party this afternoon to launch their manifesto.

Jeremy Corbyn in MK
BBC

He's been talking about council housing and transport, which went down well with the audience but, with such a close lead in the council, will that message get through to people who aren't Labour party members?

And will that be enough to get the party the seats it needs?

Luton terror trial: Jury told they can return majority verdicts

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A jury considering terrorist allegations against two men from Luton have been told they can return majority verdicts on the charges.

Junead Khan, right, Shazib Khan, left
Julia Quenzler

Judge Mr Justice Edis made the direction in the almost six-week trial today after three days of the jury deliberating.

Delivery driver Junead Khan, 25, (pictured right) denies plotting to murder military personnel in the UK. He also denies preparing to fight for so-called Islamic State, alongside his 23-year-old Uncle Shazib Khan (pictured left).

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour meeting in Milton Keynes

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been addressing a meeting in Milton Keynes this afternoon.

Labour conference in MK
BBC

Mr Corbyn is in Wolverton to launch the Labour manifesto for Milton Keynes , which pledges to not cut any of the public sector, not increase parking charges and to bring about a "super tram". 

Their focus is on transport, housing and growth in Milton Keynes, but they're going to have to fight hard because there's only one seat between losing control of this council.

Petition for traffic lights at accident blackspot

Get Bucks

A petition has been launched calling for either traffic lights or a roundabout to be installed at the A413/London Road junction near the Chiltern Hospital in Great Missenden.

Herts policeman jailed over indecent images

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A Hertfordshire police officer has been jailed for four months for making indecent images of children.

The Mount prison
Google

Brian Rouse, 48, from Watford, who was based at The Mount prison in Bovingdon, had pleaded guilty to four charges.

The National Crime Agency uncovered his offences, which took place between 2010 and 2015, during an investigation into online child abuse.

Knifepoint robbery in Luton

Mobile phones were stolen at knifepoint during a robbery in Crawley Green Road, Luton at 17:00 last Thursday.

The victim was walking with two friends when two men stole the mobile phones. Police say the robbery happened next to a busy road in broad daylight and are "confident" someone must have seen something.

One of the offenders is described as between 16 and 18-years-old, 5ft 11ins tall and slim with a black moustache. The other is described as black, about 6ft 5ins tall and slender with short dark hair. He wore all black and a black cap.

Apology for transgender woman after fast food restaurant incident

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

A transgender woman from Stevenage is calling for people to be more accepting of trans people after she was the victim of a hate crime in McDonalds.

Stevenage town centre
Geograph/Robin Hall

We saw Samantha Wood's story in The Comet newspaper and just had got in contact to hear it. She was eating with her two young children when a member of the public accessed a cleaning cupboard and sprayed the neighbouring table to get a closer look at her.

"It has really offended me. The guy was about 28-years-old. It's quite sad it's happened in this day and age," Ms Wood told me. McDonald's have apologised over the incident.

Lunchtime headlines: RAF badge stolen from grave... Bedford Blues signings

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this lunchtime:

  • The comedian Robbie Corbett has died, at the age of 85
  • A family has appealed on social media after an RAF badge was taken from the grave a of a serviceman in Hemel Hempstead
  • Bedford Blues have announced two new signings

Ronnie Corbett: 'Thrilled' to visit Aylesbury

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Following Katy's update about news of the death of Ronnie Corbett aged 85, I've found a video of his time in Aylesbury, where he said he was "proud and thrilled" to visit such an important place in his comedy partner's life.

The visit was for the unveiling of a statue of Ronnie Barker back in September 2010.

The film features Barker's widow, Joy, who died in 2011 and Open All Hours co-star, Sir David Jason.

Remembering Ronnie Corbett in Aylesbury

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

As the sad news of the death of comedian Ronnie Corbett came through, here in the office we've been remembering the time he came to Aylesbury for the unveiling of a statue of his long-term comedy partner, Ronnie Barker.

Ronnie Barker statue
Other

In September 2010, Corbett joined Barker's widow, Joy, and Open All Hours co-star, Sir David Jason, at a ceremony in Exchange Street to reveal the work by sculptor Martin Jennings.

Barker had been a member of the Aylesbury Repertory Company, making his professional debut on 15 November 1948.

Should there be a crusade to save British pubs?

Harry Low

BBC News Magazine

There's a craze for craft beer, and more breweries than there's been since the 1930s, but pubs are still closing. Why?

Beer glass
Getty Images

The St Albans-based Campaign for Real Ale started in 1971 in Kruger's, said to be Europe's westernmost pub, near Dunquin in the Republic of Ireland, and has had "huge" success in the last four decades, says Sara Barton of Brewster's brewery.

But one of the founders said the group "thought nobody would take any notice". What changed? Read more here.

RAF badge stolen from serviceman's Hemel grave

The family of a young serviceman who died in Afghanistan are said to be heartbroken after his RAF Badge was stolen from his grave in Hemel Hempstead.

Ryan Tomlin, left, the RAF badge, right
South Beds News Agency

Ryan Tomlin, 21, was a senior aircraftman killed by small arms fire during an insurgent attack in Helmand Province in February 2012.

The silver and gold badge (pictured) was stolen this week from the Woodwells cemetery. An appeal has been launched on Facebook.

Travel: M1 exit slip closed in Hertfordshire

BBC Travel

The M1 exit slip road is closed northbound at J5 for Watford due to a vehicle fire.

Stay up-to-date here.

Bedford Blues announce new signings

Bedford Blues have announced the signing of hooker Jacob Fields and re-signing of Sam James.

Goldington Road ground
Google

Fields, 22, joins the club from Loughborough Students and will start training this summer.

James, 21, has been re-signed for the 2016/17 season after joining from Wasps last summer, but suffering a broken ankle. The news comes as Charlie Clare moves to Premiership side Northampton Saints.

'Super tram' line Milton Keynes' new monorail?

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

As we hear news of a proposal for a "super tram" line for Milton Keynes, it's hard not to think of the monorail plans of the last 40 years.

Monorail in Germany
Getty Images

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will address a meeting in Wolverton this afternoon as the Labour Party for the town launches its manifesto, which includes plans for a tram system linking junction 14 of the M1 with Central Milton Keynes.

The entire grid road system of Milton Keynes was designed with a monorail in mind, but it has yet to become a reality and was even ruled out by the council last year. Could we ever see this tram line on the streets or is it another pipe dream?

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be a mainly dry day with light winds and some good sunny spells. Some isolated light showers are possible by mid-afternoon. 

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F)

Weather graphic shows highs of 10C
BBC

Last day for Watford Magistrates' Court

Watford Magistrates' Court has entered it's final day of operation after the government confirmed closures seven weeks ago.

Watford Magistrates Court
Google

The government said a third of courts sit empty for more than 50% of the time, with overall running costs of £500m a year. 

Other courts set for closure include Bedford and Mid Beds Magistrates' and Family Court, and Bedford County and Family Court. In Hertfordshire St Albans County Court and Watford Family Court, along with Aylesbury Magistrates' County Court and Family Court in Buckinghamshire face closure.

Luton terror trial: Jury resumes deliberations

A jury will resume its deliberations this morning in the trial of two men from Luton accused of terror offences.

Junead Khan, left, and Shazib Khan, right
CPS

Junead Khan, 25, (pictured left) is accused of plotting to murder military personnel in the UK. He's also accused of preparing to fight for so-called Islamic State, alongside his uncle Shazib Khan, 23 (pictured right).

Both men deny the charges at Kingston Crown Court.

Weather Watchers: Elstree sunset

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a beautiful sunny day outside today so if you're able to send Weather Watchers your photographs, we'd love to see them.

This picture of a glorious sunset over Elstree was sent to us last night.

Sunset over Elstree
BBC/Pamela' panorama

Luton teen killed in crash 'was told not to ride motorbikes'

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The uncle of a Luton teenager killed in an off-road motorbike crash on Tuesday says the family had told him not to ride motorbikes.

Floral tribute in Luton
BBC

Brandon Arnold, 15, known as Ajay, died when his bike hit a lamp post on a pathway on the Marsh Farm estate. Friends have left flowers and candles at the scene. Bedfordshire Police say an investigation is continuing.

His uncle told The JVS Show the family are struggling to come to terms with what's happened and are asking themselves questions like "how did he get on this bike, who gave him the bike?"

Latest headlines: Luton bike crash... Terror trial resumes deliberations

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The latest headlines:

  • The uncle of a Luton teenager, killed in an off-road motorbike crash on Tuesday, says the family had told him not to ride motorbikes
  • A jury will resume its deliberations this morning in the trial of two men from Luton accused of terror offences
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will address a meeting in Milton Keynes this afternoon 

St Albans-based real ale campaign 'could change focus'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A group which has championed real ale since it was set up in 1971 could change its name and focus on other campaigns.

Pint of beer
BBC

The St Albans-based Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has begun a year-long review and is consulting its 177,000 members to see if it should widen its remit to campaign on issues such as pub heritage and foreign beer.

One of its founders, Michael Hardman, said it could be a "fundamental turning point" for Camra, with the group becoming "a campaign for pubs, or a campaign for all drinkers".

Milton Keynes Labour Party suggests 'super tram' could be built

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The Labour Party in Milton Keynes has said a super tram system could be built in Milton Keynes - one of a number of pledges in their transport manifesto being launched by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the town today.

As well as the super tram, linking central Milton Keynes with J14 of the M1, they're promising a new bus station and a freeze on standard parking charges until 2018.

With many of the town's estates needing regeneration, Labour says a referendum will be held for residents on each estate before any decisions are taken.

Faruk Ali police misconduct hearing enters third day

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The third day of a misconduct hearing into the way two police officers treated an autistic man in Luton more than two years ago is taking place today in Bedfordshire.  

Faruk Ali
BBC

Bedfordshire Police officers, PCs Christopher Pitts from Bedford and Christopher Thomas from Welwyn Garden City, have previously been found not guilty at Luton Crown Court of assaulting Faruk Ali.

Yesterday, Mr Ali's brother Dhobir told the hearing the incident had had "a significant impact" on his sibling and he now "can't sleep at night".

Police step up patrols after teen biker death

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Bedfordshire Police said it has stepped up patrols in the Marsh Farm area of Luton after a teenager was killed when his motorbike crashed into a lamppost on Tuesday.

Scene of teen biker death
BBC

The force said it is supporting the family of the boy, named locally as Brandon Arnold, while an investigation is carried out into the "devastating incident".

Superintendent Sharn Basra said: "[We] are providing additional patrols in the area to support the wider community, who are no doubt reeling from the loss of young life in such tragic circumstances."

Tributes to teenage biker killed in Luton

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

Friends have paid tribute to a Luton teenager killed when his motorbike crashed into a lamppost on Tuesday.

Tributes to Brandon Arnold
BBC

The boy, named locally as Brandon Arnold, was riding the motorbike off-road along a pathway behind Whitefield Primary School, on the Marsh Farm Estate. 

Since the crash, flowers and candles have been left at the scene.

Latest headlines: Friends pay tribute to teen killed in motorbike crash... Labour says Super Tram 'could be built' in Milton Keynes

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

These are the top stories we're looking at this morning:

  • Friends have paid tribute to a Luton teenager killed in a motorbike crash
  • The Labour Party says a Super Tram system could be built in Milton Keynes
  • A misconduct hearing continues today into the actions of two Bedfordshire police officers

Today's weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will be a mainly dry day with sunny spells, with some isolated showers possible this afternoon. 

Maximum temperature: 11C (51F).

Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to today's live page for the three counties.

We'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the area until 18:00.

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