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Summary

  1. Closing headlines on Monday, 4 April 2016
  2. Airbus writes to Stevenage employees warning of risks of leaving European Union
  3. Bomb disposal team destroys unexploded shell found in Hertfordshire village
  4. Defence case begins at misconduct hearing of two Bedfordshire police officers over the treatment of autistic man Faruk Ali
  5. A 13th Century church in Bedfordshire has become the victim of lead thieves for the second time in four months
  6. A man who has built a mud shack in a forest in Watford says he will contest his eviction by the Woodland Trust
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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.

Weather: Drier night... Dry morning with isolated showers

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Tonight the remaining showers should give way to a dry second half of the night with some clear spells developing and a few mist and fog patches. Lows of 7C (45F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow it should stay predominantly dry with only very isolated showers possible with high temperatures of 12C (54F).  

School expands its apprenticeship scheme

Buckingham Today

The Royal Latin School is training its first apprentice, and the arrangement has been such a success that it will soon be taking on two more.

Airbus warns 'out' vote may hit investment

BBC Politics

One of the world's largest aerospace companies has written to its 15,000 employees in the UK, including Stevenage, warning about the risks of voting to leave the European Union. 

Chancellor George Osborne visiting Airbus' factory in Filton, Bristol earlier this month
Reuters

In a letter to its staff, Airbus Group says it makes "good economic sense" for Britain to stay in the EU which has helped make the company a success because of its ability to move people and products around Europe.

It also suggests that the company might reduce its investment in the UK if there was a vote to leave.

The campaign to quit the EU said the letter was "another example of Project Fear".

Teenagers threatened with meat cleaver in robbery

Luton on Sunday

A meat cleaver was used to threaten a group of teenagers in Luton who then had one of their bikes stolen, police have said.

Evening headlines: Airbus workers receive pro-EU letter... Lead thieves strike church again

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this evening: 

  • About 1,200 employees of the Airbus Group in Stevenage have received a letter from their employers warning of the risks of leaving the European Union
  • A 13th Century church in Bedfordshire has become the victim of lead thieves for the second time in four months.
  • A 14-year-old boy from Luton has completed a 300-mile cycle journey in memory of his younger brother who died from a brain tumour

Watch: Man builds mud hut in Watford forest

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

On Friday, I headed to woods in Watford with BBC Three Counties presenter Justin Dealey to meet Daniel Pike.

Two years ago, he began building his own home out of clay, and since has created a vegetable patch, living area and bathing area complete with bridge and pathways.

His story, which was first covered by the Watford Observer, hit the local and national news after The Woodland Trust asked him to leave.

'Support free trade', says Bedford MP of steel imports

The MP for Bedford has said the government should not put up trade barriers over steel imports.

Tata steel workers in Port Talbot
Getty Images

Conservative MP Richard Fuller, a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, says the government "should stick to the recipe for industry which has served this country well, which is to maintain support for free trade".

Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: "We want the prime minister to step in… last week was an absolute disaster. It's important... to look at all the options." Unions representing steel workers are meeting this afternoon, to discuss how to save thousands of jobs in the industry.   

Lead stolen from Bedfordshire church

Jessica Cooper

BBC Three Counties Radio

Police are investigating after lead was stolen from a 13th Century church in Bedfordshire for the second time in four months. 

All Saints Church in Chalgrave
Geograph/Rob Farrow

Damage was caused to the roof of All Saints Church in Chalgrave last night. 

The church says it will cost £80,000 to repair the damage from both thefts.

Watch: What is speed stacking and how do you do it?

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

We've seen that 12-year-old Jamie Fanceschini from Aylesbury competed for Great Britain at the Speed Stacking World Championships this weekend but what exactly is it?

Speed stacking is a sport where nine or 12 cups - depending on what rules you are playing to - are stacked in pyramids of three, six and 10, several times as quickly as possible.

In this short video, Jamie explains how he plays...

Watch: Aylesbury boy competes at cup-stacking world championship

Gail Sanderson

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 12-year-old boy from Aylesbury has been in Germany representing Great Britain at the Sport Stacking World Championships. 

Jamie Franceschini came 10th in the world and was competing against 27 different nations. He also got two silver and two bronze medals.

Here he is a few weeks ago preparing for the competition.

Bucks cottages severely damaged after blaze

Three thatched cottages in Princes Risborough have been severely damaged in a fire on Saturday.

Firefighters extinguish thatched roof fire
Bucks Fire

Up to 55 firefighters and police officers attended at the addresses in Upper Icknield Way after the fire broke out just before 09:45.

No-one was injured in the blaze but all of the roofs and first floors of the three buildings were damaged.

Afternoon headlines: Officers won't give evidence at hearing... Unexploded shell destroyed

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this afternoon:

  • Two Bedfordshire police officers will not be giving evidence at their own misconduct hearing into the way they dealt with an autistic man in Luton 
  • An unexploded shell found in the Hertfordshire village of Aldbury this morning has been destroyed 
  • One of the world's largest aerospace companies has written to its 15,000 employees in the UK, including Stevenage, warning about the risks of voting to leave the European Union 

Faruk Ali: At the police misconduct hearing

Nicola Haseler

BBC Three Counties

This morning's evidence came from two police officers who are friends with PCs Christopher Pitts and Christopher Thomas, and spoke to them after the incident.

Both described hearing the officers talk about seeing a "dodgy-looking Nissan Micra" and turning the car around to pursue it at the moment when they passed Faruk Ali. 

But when asked why the officers may have made no mention of it in the police car recording or in their notebooks, the officers said they couldn't comment on that.

Police officers 'won't give evidence'

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Two Bedfordshire police officers will not be giving evidence at their own misconduct hearing into the way they dealt with an autistic man. 

Faruk Ali was confronted by officers outside his home in Luton two years ago.  PCs Christopher Thomas and Christopher Pitts have already been cleared of assault in a court case, and both deny misconduct.

Christopher Thomas and Christopher Pitts
South Beds News Agency

Aspiring rugby player describes moment he broke his neck

BBC Three Counties Radio

On 4 April 2004, 17-year-old Matt King from Hertfordshire was making his debut for the London Broncos in what he hoped would be the start of a glittering rugby career.

Twenty seconds later something happened that would change his life forever. He broke his neck and was left paralysed.

Hear his full interview on The Health Show with Louisa Peacock and Nana Akua here.

Weather Watchers: Sunny spells in Bucks

BBC Weather Watchers

After a rather cloudy and grey start, we're beginning to see some bright sunny photographs in our Weather Watchers inbox.

Just like this scene in Great Linford, Buckinghamshire, where it's a positively balmy 16C (60F).

Great Linford
BBC Weather Watchers / Oldboy

Weather: Showers and possible thunder this afternoon

BBC Weather

Although there will be some sunny breaks this afternoon, it will be rather cloudy with a few showers, which may be heavy, with the odd rumble of thunder possible

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Weather graphic shows some heavy showers
BBC

Lunchtime headlines: Bomb disposal unit in Herts... Misconduct hearing for police officers

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The headlines this lunchtime:

  • The bomb disposal unit has been dealing with an unexploded shell in the Hertfordshire village of Aldbury 
  • Two Bedfordshire police officers will not be giving evidence at their own misconduct hearing into the way they dealt with an autistic man 
  • An eight-year-old schoolgirl from Luton is believed to be one of the youngest in the UK to memorise the entire Koran  

Unexploded shell destroyed in Hertfordshire

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

An unexploded shell found in the Hertfordshire village of Aldbury this morning has been destroyed, police say.

Bomb disposal in Herts
Herts Police

The bomb disposal unit were called to Stoneycroft at 08:00 this morning where a local resident had found the device and brought it back to their garage.

Residents have now returned to their homes and police officers have left the scene.

Horse-kick woman taken to hospital

A woman was taken to hospital on Friday after being kicked by a horse in Bedfordshire.

Bedford Hospital
Google

Emergency services were called to Edworth, near Biggleswade, just after 15:00 where a woman in her 40s was suffering chest and back pain.

She was taken to hospital for further treatment but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Luton schoolgirl memorises entire Koran

BBC Radio's Asian Network

An eight-year-old schoolgirl from Luton is believed to be one of the youngest in the UK to memorise the entire Koran

Maariya Aslam
BBC

Maariya Aslam has learnt 114 chapters with more than 75,000 words. It took her just two years to complete.

She said that as she was learning to read the Koran, she "found it easy" and so "started to memorise it".

Man punched at cinema screening

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A man needed hospital treatment after he was attacked for asking people to stop talking at a cinema in High Wycombe.

Eden Centre, High Wycombe
goo

The 40-year-old man was at a screening of Batman v Superman when, at about 14:00 on 25 March, he asked two men behind him to stop talking. 

One of the men punched the victim in the face when he got up to speak to cinema staff at Cineworld in the Eden Centre, leaving him with a two-inch (5cm) cut. Read a description of the offender here.

Unexploded shell moved to field in Aldbury

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

An unexploded shell found in the Hertfordshire village of Aldbury has been moved to a nearby field.

Stoneycroft road and the bomb disposal unit
Google/Herts Police

Police say the 100m cordon has now been lifted after the bomb disposal unit safely moved the device.

A resident found the shell and brought it back to their garage in Stoneycroft at 08:00.

Watford mud hut: 'Amicable solution' possible

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man who has been living in a wood near Watford says he'll resist anyone who tries to remove him. 

Watford mud hut
BBC

Daniel Pike has built his own mud shack at a forest in Watford, where he has lived for the past four years. 

But Steve Marsh from the Woodland Trust says they organisation has "got to think about the woodland" and believes it can come to an amicable solution.

Unexploded shell found in Hertfordshire village

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Homes have been evacuated in the Hertfordshire village of Aldbury after an unexploded device was found by a local resident.

Tring officers are presently in attendance in Aldbury where an old unexploded shell has been found.

Tring officers are presently in attendance in Aldbury where an old unexploded shell has been found.

Police say the suspected shell was found at 08:00 and brought back to a resident's garage in Stoneycroft.

A 100m cordon is in place and about 30 residents are at the village hall whilst a bomb disposal team makes preparations to detonate the device.

Latest headlines: Man attacked at cinema... Schoolgirl memorises entire Koran

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The latest headlines:

  • A man has been attacked at a cinema in High Wycombe after asking someone to stop talking 
  • A man who has been living in a wood near Watford says he'll resist anyone who tries to remove him 
  • An eight-year-old schoolgirl from Luton is believed to be one of the youngest in the UK to memorise the entire Koran

Funeral directors ask for 'more consideration' for processions

Funeral directors in Luton are asking drivers to have more consideration when they spot a funeral procession. 

Neville Funeral Service
Google

"It's the one time people should show some respect for the families as much as the person who's passed away."

Michael LiddelNeville Funeral Service

Neville Funeral Service says motorists aren't showing enough respect, and that some drivers have even cut up a cortege. 

Michael Liddel from Neville's said: "It's obviously distressing for families" and that the firm had even had complaints that the processions made drivers late for work.

Arrest after sexual assault in High Wycombe

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in High Wycombe. 

Trinity Church, High Wycombe
Google

It follows an assault on 18-year-old woman near Trinity Unied Reformed Church, in the early hours of Sunday 27 March.  

Wycombe seventh after AFC Wimbledon defeat

BBC Sport

Wycombe are seventh in League Two following a 2-1 defeat against AFC Wimbledon.

Wycombe play Wimbeldon
Getty Images

Taylor opened the scoring with a right-footed effort from eight yards out, as the Dons quickly took control.

The Chairboys drew level when Michael Harriman rifled an effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

MK Dons lose to Fulham

BBC Sport

MK Dons lost 2-1 at Fulham, increasing relegation worries.

Karl Robinson
Getty Images

The Dons still occupy the final Championship relegation place and are now four points from safety with just seven games of the season to go.  

"I don't think we deserved to win here, but I don't think they deserved to win either. But we've been beat and we have to take it on the chin," said Dons boss Karl Robinson. Read more here.

Stevenage win against Luton with late penalty

BBC Sport

Michael Tonge's late penalty earned Stevenage victory at Luton and moved them nine points clear of the League Two relegation zone.

Luton play Stevenage
BBC

The experienced midfielder slotted home to end a six-game winless run after Olly Lee was adjudged to have tripped Ben Kennedy in the area.

Luton's Alan Sheehan curled a second-half shot against the crossbar. But their best chance was wasted by Jack Marriott when he was denied by keeper Jamie Jones when one-on-one. Read more here.

Watford suffer fourth consecutive defeat

BBC Sport

Watford suffered their fourth consecutive defeat losing 4-0 at Arsenal this weekend.

Watford at Arsenal
gett

The Gunners led inside four minutes - Alexis Sanchez slotting in from close range - and controlled the first half.  

Watford have now won only twice in 13 league games, which includes five defeats in their last six.  

Travel: Rail replacement between Bletchley and Bedford

BBC Travel

There is a reduced service on London Midland trains between Bletchley and Bedford due to a problem with lineside equipment.

Rail replacement buses are running in both directions until further notice.

Hertfordshire's Hamilton third in Bahrain Grand Prix

BBC Sport

Nico Rosberg won the Bahrain Grand Prix, opening up a 17-point lead over Mercedes team mate, Lewis Hamilton, who finished third. 

Lewis Hamilton
Getty Images

The Red Bulls of Daniel Riccardo and Daniil Kvyat came in fourth and seventh. Hamilton says he isn't too concerned at this stage of the season.

"I'm still second so 17 points behind, considering how bad the two first races have been, is not too bad," he said.

Watford mud hut man 'will fight eviction'

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man who has built a mud shack at a forest in Watford says he'll contest his eviction by the Woodland Trust. 

Mud hut in Watford
BBC

Daniel Pike has lived in the woods for the past four years, and two years ago built his own house complete with bed, fire pit, shelving and coat hooks from clay.

He says he will fight his eviction in every way possible. He said: "If I'm attacked verbally in the courts then I will defend myself as such. If people do come here and try to destroy it, I will defend myself."

Faruk Ali: Defence case begins at misconduct hearing

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

The defence case starts today in the misconduct hearing of two Bedfordshire police officers over the way they dealt with an autistic man. 

Faruk Ali
BBC

The hearing, which started last week, centres on the way they treated Faruk Ali when they confronted him outside his home in Luton. The office, who both deny misconduct, have already been cleared of assault in a court case.

The hearing has seen video evidence from inside their police car which shows the two officers laughing about the incident. Mr Ali's family are angry at the two-year delay in the case being heard.

Weather: Sunny with showers today

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Although there will be some sunny breaks today, it will be rather cloudy with a few showers. Some of these may be heavy, with the odd rumble of thunder possible

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Morning headlines: Defence starts in police misconduct hearing... Watford man will contest forest eviction

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this morning:

  • The defence case starts today in the misconduct hearing of two Bedfordshire police officers over the way they dealt with an autistic man 
  • A man who has built a mud shack in a forest in Watford says he will contest his eviction by the Woodland Trust 

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Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

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