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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 11 April 2016
  2. Luton Labour councillor resigns over anti-Semitic tweet
  3. Export ban placed on £1.5m Italian table tops
  4. Man rescues "battered and bruised" swan from flyover
  5. Robinson hints at departure if Dons go down
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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The Big Picture: Great Linford

The main image at the top of our live page today shows Great Linford in Buckinghamshire.

Thank you to Weather Watcher "Oldboy" for sharing this photograph with us.

Great Linford
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National Trust confirm travellers move from Dunstable Downs

The National Trust has confirmed it's moved on a group of travellers from Dunstable Downs. 

Caravans at Dunstable Downs
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The group moved to the beauty spot last week, after leaving a car park in the town centre. 

The National Trust says it "employed enforcement officers to serve notice on the travellers who then left of their own accord."

Anthony Joshua: A Legend in the Making

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Earlier we mentioned Anthony Joshua... well Watford's new world heavyweight boxing champion has been filming with BBC Three.

He has given an exclusive insight into his life inside and outside of the ring in a documentary called Anthony Joshua: A Legend in the Making.

Anthony Joshua
BBC

Follow AJ throughout the days leading up to title fights, the programme meets the people who are closest to him and just what it takes to become a lean, mean, boxing machine.

Rose Polge missing junior doctor: Body found in Dorset

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A body believed to be that of a missing junior doctor with links to Royston in Hertfordshire has been found according to police.

Rose Polge
Devon and Cornwall Police

Rose Polge, 25, worked at Torbay Hospital in Devon and went missing in February. 

A woman's body recovered from the sea in Dorset is thought to be that of Dr Polge. Her family have been informed.

Weather: Dry for a time tonight before more showers

BBC Weather

Rather cloudy this evening. It will become dry for a time, before further showery outbreaks of rain through the early hours of the morning. 

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F)

Weather map
BBC

Dishwasher fire in Bedfordshire

A couple in Bedfordshire awoke in the early hours of this morning to a fire in their kitchen.

Fire damaged dishwasher
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were called to the property in Lodge Road, Sharnbrook, at 02:12 where they found a dishwasher on fire. 

One of the firefighters said the couple were "fortunate" as they were woken by their smoke alarm and quickly managed to alert the emergency services.

Afternoon headlines: Traveller sites to be sold... Export ban on table tops

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The headlines this afternoon:

  • All five council owned gypsy and traveller sites in Buckinghamshire are to be put up for sale
  • A body believed to be that of a missing junior doctor with links to Royston in Hertfordshire has been been found, according to police 
  • Bedfordshire Police says it's investigating reports of offensive posts on social media following the resignation of a Luton councillor over her Hitler tweet

Football: Robinson hints at departure if Dons go down

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Milton Keynes Dons' manager Karl Robinson has hinted he may leave the club at the end of the season as they look set to return to League One.

Karl Robinson
Getty Images

Saturday's 4-0 home defeat by Championship relegation rivals Rotherham left Robinson's side nine points from safety with five games to play.

He said if the club was relegated, where it went from there onwards was "down to me and the chairman to get right - if that's what the chairman wants".

Woman critical after A1 crash

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A woman's in a critical condition after a crash on the A1 Barnet Bypass, near Borehamwood, at the weekend.

A1 near Borehamwood
Google

A silver Toyota Yaris lost control at about 16:30 on Satuday and crashed into the nearside barrier on the southbound carriageway. 

The driver of the car, a woman in her 30s, suffered serious head injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

Flyover rescued swan 'battered and bruised'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

More now on the swan that was rescued in Milton Keynes earlier and is now in the care of a wildlife rescue centre.

Rescued swan
Richie Evans

Tracey Walker, from Shires Wildlife Care, told me the young swan, who was rescued from the Caldecotte flyover by Richie Evans, is "battered and bruised" from a possible crash landing and could potentially have botulism.

The swan has been given a charcoal flush to get rid of toxins, along with fluids and antibiotics. 

Ms Walker said the swan is "very skinny" and all fluids are being administered by tubes so the bird will have to be monitored over the next few days.

Speed camera set on fire in Leighton Buzzard

A speed camera has been set on fire and stolen from Soulbury Road in Leighton Buzzard.

The fire was started in the early hours of 2 April and the camera was stolen from inside the housing, police said.

"Not only was this a needless act of vandalism, there was also a theft of the camera itself, which costs thousands of pounds," a spokesperson for the Beds, Cambs and Herts Cameras, Tickets and Collisions team said.

Man rescues swan from road in Milton Keynes

Ben Nye

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man rescued a swan today from the Caldecotte flyover in Milton Keynes.

Richie Evans with the swan
Richie Evans

Richie Evans took the swan, which he said was wandering along the road with a bad limp, to a local vet where it is now being treated.

Florentine table tops of 'outstanding significance'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The decision to place a temporary export bar on a pair of Florentine table tops worth £1.5m follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA).

Florentine table top
Todd-White Art Photography

It made its recommendation about the tops, which had been housed at the country home of the 3rd Earl Cowper in Panshanger until the mid-20th Century, on the grounds they were of "outstanding significance for the study of pietre dure" - a mosaic technique.

Christopher Rowell from RCEWA said: “Each piece of coloured stone... had to be cut precisely and fitted into the composition. Imagine designing and making a jigsaw from stone and cutting every piece meticulously without modern cutting machinery."

Weather Watchers: Luton's Wardown Park

BBC Weather Watchers

It looks like Luton enjoyed some blue skies this morning thanks to Weather Watcher "It's Dave!" for sharing this photograph with us of Wardown Park.

Wardown Park in Luton
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Maybe you'd be interested in our Digital Journalist Apprenticeship at BBC Three Counties in Dunstable. Find out more and apply here.

Export ban placed on £1.5m Italian table tops

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A temporary export ban has been placed on a pair of Florentine table tops worth £1.5m so a buyer can be found to keep them in the UK.

Florentine table tops
Todd-White Art Photography

The ornate tops - which had belonged to George Clavering-Cowper, 3rd Earl Cowper, a renowned 18th Century art collector - had been at the family's house in Panshanger, Hertfordshire, until the mid-20th Century. The current owner has not been revealed.

The decision to defer the export licence was made on the grounds they were "closely connected with our history and national life" and of of "outstanding aesthetic importance". 

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said they had "immense academic value".

Gypsy and traveller sites to be sold across Buckinghamshire

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

All five gypsy and traveller sites in Buckinghamshire are to be sold due to "budget pressures", the county council say.

Buckinghamshire County Council made the decision to sell Green Park in Amersham, The Orchards in Chalfont St Peter, Mansion Lane in Iver, Wapseys Wood in Gerrards Cross and Bottom Waltons in Burnham last week.  

Mansion Lane in Iver
Google

"We recognise this will be unsettling for residents. But in the end, it's the only viable option to properly safeguard the sites in the longer term."

Warren WhyteCabinet Member for Planning and Environment at Bucks CC

The council say there is a "lack of funding to invest in the sites" and the best option is to sell the areas to "residents or potential landlords".

Offenders would 'unfortunately' not be attached to a lead

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A report of a dog on a lead being pulled along by a vehicle in Ware is has promoted a heartfelt Twitter response from rural police in Hertfordshire.

Dowsetts Lane in Ware
Google
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East Herts Rural Police said such behaviour is "cruel, immoral and extremely dangerous", and that they have checked the area but cannot find any offenders.  

"When we eventually catch the offenders unfortunately they would be driven to our custody block in a comfortable car, not attached to a lead," the police tweeted.

Weather: Cloudy with rain later

BBC Weather

Turning increasingly cloudy through the course of the afternoon with outbreaks of rain

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F)

Weather graphic shows rain later
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Labour councillor's Hitler tweet was from 2011

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

A Labour councillor from Luton who tweeted that Hitler was the "greatest man in history" has resigned from the council after the tweets from 2011 were discovered.

The posts also include one questioning the power of Jewish people in the US and another saying that Ed Miliband could never be prime minister because he is Jewish.

Luton Town Hall
BBC

Aysegul Gurbuz's tweets were made before she became a councillor and she has now taken the decision to step down from the council – there will be a by-election at a date to be decided by the local authority.

Ms Gurbuz said she "apologised for letting [those who voted for her] and the Labour party down" – and said the comments had been made when she was 16 and 17, from an account she didn’t have full control of.  

Lunchtime headlines: Councillor resigns over Hitler tweet... £140m paid in hospital compensation

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this lunchtime:

  • Luton Labour councillor resigns over anti-Semitic tweet
  • More than £140m in compensation is paid out by NHS trusts in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire over the past five years

Kempston garages and pub damaged by fire

A pub and two garages were damaged by a fire in Kempston over the weekend.

Firefighters were called to the garages in Tithe Road about 14:30 on Saturday where the fire had taken hold at two garages containing two cars. 

The fire was extinguished within the hour, but slight damage was caused to the Cross Keys pub next door. A man was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Luton man caught with £3m of drugs wants to help others reform

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man who was caught with £3m worth of drugs at his home in Luton says he's determined to change his ways. 

After spending six years in prison for dealing heroin and cannabis Farooq Khalil says he wants to help others.

He says he knows where he's "gone wrong", has reformed and as someone "who's been there and done it all" says he can help others to reform too.

Anthony Joshua: New champion will 'walk through' Tyson Fury

BBC Sport

Watford's Anthony Joshua has said he will "walk through" fellow British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on his way to unifying the division.

Anthony Joshua
Getty Images

The 26-year-old became IBF heavyweight champion with a stunning second-round stoppage of American Charles Martin on Saturday night.

"I'm going to walk through Fury when he's ready," said Joshua. "I mean business and I'm here to stay."

Tributes paid to man killed in Easter M25 collision

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Family and friends have paid tribute to a 49-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead, who died in a collision on the M25 on Easter Sunday.

Kevin Heffernan
Hertfordshire Police

He has been named by Hertfordshire Police as Kevin Heffernan, who lived with his wife Patricia and their six-year-old son in Leverstock Green.

His wife said: “He loved going to work, but most of all he loved coming home to us... He was just so happy with everything. He was just content.”

Stevenage extend Greg Luer loan

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Stevenage have extended the loan of Hull City striker Greg Luer until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old originally joined the Boro last month and has played for Darren Sarll's side five times.

Greg Luer
Rex Features

Luer, who is yet to score for the League Two side, was not part of the squad which lost at Notts County on Saturday.

Latest headlines: Councillors 'must expect social media to be scrutinised'... Tribute to man who died on M25

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The headlines:

  • The chief executive of Luton Borough Council says councillors must expect their social media to be scrutinised after a Labour councillor resigned over Hitler tweet
  • Family and friends have paid tribute to a 49-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead who died in a collision on the M25 on Easter Sunday
  • More than £140m in compensation has been paid out by NHS trusts in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire over the past five years

Sadness over charity ball poster sabotage

Buckingham Today

A glamorous charity ball which will raise money for animals, children and the elderly has been put at risk after vandals destroyed a promotional banner.

Hospitals pay out more than £140m in compensation

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

More than £140m in compensation has been paid out by NHS trusts in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire over the past five years, with West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust paying out more than any other trust in the region, a BBC investigation has found.

Watford General Hospital
Google

The figures from the NHS Litigation Authority show that due to medical negligence, West Herts, covering Hemel, St Albans and Watford Hospitals paid nearly £53m to to 332 claimants.  

Bedford and Luton Hospitals paid out more than £21m and £24m in compensation, while East and North Herts, which runs the QE2 and Lister, has paid out £35m.

'Large fire' tackled in Buckinghamshire

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

About 20 firefighters tackled a large blaze on open ground in a Buckinghamshire village last night.

Crews from Aylesbury and Waddesdon were called to Lower Icknield Way in Great Kimble, south of Aylesbury, at about 18:30.

Council chief has 'no sympathy' for anti-Semitic comments

The chief executive of Luton Borough Council has said he feels some sympathy for Labour councillor Aysegul Gurbuz who resigned over anti-Semitic posts on her Twitter account, but has no sympathy for the comments made.

Luton Borough Council
Google

Trevor Holden said: "This is a difficult set of circumstances for [her] so [I have] sympathy with the individual, yes, [but] sympathy or any association with the comments made - absolutely not."

"I think anyone who stands for public office needs to make sure and be aware of the transparency of their lives," he said.

Labour councillor 'horrified' over anti-Semitic tweets

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

A Labour councillor in Luton, who has resigned from the council over anti-Semitic comments on her Twitter account, has told the BBC she was "horrified to read back what was written" and "apologised for them in their entirety".

In a statement, Aysegul Gurbuz said the comments - posted when she was "just 16 or 17", on an account which she did not have full control over, were "ill judged and offensive".

"As such I believe it is the right thing to acknowledge the pain I have caused and have resigned from Luton Borough Council as an elected representative," she said.   

Luton Labour councillor resigns over Hitler tweet

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

A Labour councillor in Luton, suspended from the party over anti-Semitic comments on her Twitter account, has resigned from the council.

Luton Council Offices / Aysegul Gurbuz
Google/Luton Borough Council

Aysegul Gurbuz said messages claiming Hitler was the "greatest man in history"  and suggesting Iran could develop a nuclear weapon to "wipe Israel off the map"  were made when she was "just 16 or 17" and were "ill-judged and offensive".

She said "multiple people" had had access to her account but she took "full responsibility for what was spoken in [her] name".

Rail service delays due to Birmingham power failure

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Rail commuters face delays this morning on lines in to London.

London Midland and Virgin services through Milton Keynes are being affected by a major power failure in Birmingham.

London Midland said: "Currently there is no estimate from Network Rail when the signalling system can be restored."

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Today's weather: Dry and breezy

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It will be dry and breezy this morning, but cloudier this afternoon, with rain arriving by the early evening.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Get the detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.  

Latest headlines: Hitler tweet councillor resigns... Commuters face rail delays

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

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

  • A Labour councillor who tweeted that Hitler was the "greatest man in history" has resigned from Luton Borough Council
  • Rail commuters face delays this morning on lines into London
  • About 20 firefighters tackled a large blaze on open ground in a Buckinghamshire village last night

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

Coming up: the latest on the Labour councillor in Luton, suspended from the party over anti-Semitic comments on her Twitter account.

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