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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 13 April 2016
  2. Spate of violence at the McDonald's in Luton town centre has led police to call for the restaurant to lose its late-night licence
  3. Woman, 93, tricked into handing over £5,000 after a scam phone call in Stevenage
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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That's it for today from the team at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

We'll be back on Thursday morning from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates. 

Woman raped in Milton Keynes in open grass area

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

House-to-house inquiries are taking place in Milton Keynes after a woman was raped on 4 April. 

The woman in her 30s came forward yesterday. She had been walking in Conniburrow Boulevard from Bradwell Common towards Downs Barn at about 04:00. 

She walked through an alleyway near a park off Yarrow Place when she noticed a man following her. He then assaulted and raped her in the open grassed area between the houses located between Yarrow Place, Conniburrow Boulevard and Ramsons Avenue before fleeing.

One-punch death accused 'meant no harm'

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

A Luton civil engineer accused of killing a man with a single punch believed he was about to be "hit first", a court has heard.

Amazon employee Tomas Juska was hit with an upper-cut punch outside Cookies nightclub in Dunstable by Cortney Batchelor, Luton Crown Court heard.  

Cortney Batchelor
South Beds News Agency

The 24-year-old suffered a lethal brain injury and died the next day.

Mr Batchelor, 22, of Paisley Close, Luton, denies manslaughter, claiming he had acted in self defence after he was confronted by Mr Juska. The case continues. 

Tipper truck seized during fly-tipping arrests is crushed

An unregistered tipper truck has been crushed today after it was seized by Hertsmere Borough Council. 

Tipper truck being crushed
Hertsmere Borough Council

The vehicle became the property of the council last month after its occupants were arrested in Bushey on suspicion of fly-tipping offences.

They were bailed by police whilst the council continues its investigation into a number of alleged offences.

Headlines: Police investigating after a woman is raped in Milton Keynes...Unregistered tipper truck is crushed

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Here are the main stories making the news this evening: 

  • An unregistered tipper truck has been crushed today after being seized by Hertsmere Borough Council as part of a clamp down on fly-tippers

Weather: Showers easing overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

There may be the odd shower this evening and overnight, but these will mostly die out to leave fairly cloudy skies and light winds. 

Weather map
BBC

There may be the odd patch of mist or fog but this will mostly be confined to sheltered spots such as in Marston Vale. 

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Teenager in serious condition after being hit by a bus

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A 15-year-old girl is in a serous but stable condition after being hit by a bus in High Wycombe this morning.

Marlow Hill
Google

The girl was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with a head injury after being hit by the single decker bus in Marlow Hill, opposite Wycombe High School, at 08:00. 

PC Chris Fallon said: "I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet contacted police, or anyone who saw the bus or the pedestrian prior to the collision taking place."

Lottery grant submitted to expand Bucks County Museum

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

An application to get £5m worth of lottery money has been submitted by the Trustees of the Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury

Richard De Peyer Director of the Bucks County Museum Trust
Bucks County Museum Trust

They hope to embark on a major expansion project that will see the display area doubled as well as increasing the cafe, shop and community spaces.

The bid will be supplemented by £1m worth of local fundraising and grants. 

Man jailed for five years for possessing handgun

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A Luton man has been jailed for possessing a handgun after it was found by two workmen. 

David Cooper
Bedfordshire Police

They'd come to fix a boiler at Dewsbury Road last month and discovered a bag containing a gun and silencer, so called police. 

Detectives later found DNA matching that of David Cooper, who lived there. The 51-year-old was given a five-year prison sentence after admitting possessing a firearm without a licence at Luton Crown Court.

High Wycombe demonstrators released on police bail

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Four people arrested during demonstrations in High Wycombe on Saturday have been released on police bail. 

A 21-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. Two 17-year-old boys and an 18-year-old man, all from High Wycombe, were arrested on suspicion of public order offences.

The arrests came at a planned demonstration by the English Defence League and counter protests in Wycombe.

Fence built on Ashridge Estate to protect bluebells

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A fence has been put up on the National Trust's Ashridge Estate after it was announced a charge is to be introduced for people to see the bluebells during the next bank holiday.

Fence
South Beds News Agency

The charity says the fence is needed to protect the woodbank and ditch, which is being eroded in several places.

It will also reduce the amount of damage to the bluebells.

Easter egg surprise beamed around the world

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A newly updated webcam on the highest tower block in Aylesbury is currently broadcasting an Easter egg surprise. 

Falcon nest view from webcam
Aylesbury Vale District Council

A peregrine falcon has laid four eggs which is the largest clutch of eggs these breeding pairs have ever produced. 

The camera is part of the Aylesbury Peregrine Project and people have viewed the images from afar afield as Japan and Australia. 

Weather: Sunny spells but with showers later

BBC Weather

It will turn cloudier through this afternoon, with scattered showers developing, perhaps turning heavy and thundery. 

Chalfont St Giles
Michelle in Bucks/Weather Watcher

Feeling pleasantly warm in the light winds and spring sunshine. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F). 

Thanks to Weather Watcher Michelle in Bucks for the photo of Chalfont St Giles.

Headlines: Milton Keynes National Badminton centre set for expansion...Luton man jailed after workmen find an illegal handgun on top of boiler

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Here are the main stories making the news this afternoon: 

  • Milton Keynes Council has agreed to give more than £3.5m worth of land to the National Badminton Centre so it can expand
  • A Luton man has been jailed after workmen found a handgun on top of a boiler they came to fix
  • A cordon has been put in place at a property in Baldock after reports of an unknown substance was found

Land worth millions being given to MK's National Badminton Centre

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

£3.5m worth of land is being given to the National Badminton Centre in Loughton from Milton Keynes Council. 

Peter Mills, National Badminton Centre, Milton Keynes
Getty Images

The land is to be used to expand and redevelop its existing facilities after a deal to relocate the centre to the National Bowl fell through. 

The land must be used for development of national, amateur and competitive sport and not turned into a commercial leisure centre, according to restrictions placed on the deal.

The council says it wants to support "major and ambitious projects" in the town, and that it's in keeping with its desire to be seen as an international sporting city.

House cordoned off after 'unknown substance' found

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A cordon has been put in place at a property in Baldock after reports of an unknown substance being found in the loft. 

London Road, Baldock
Google

Hertfordshire Police said it was called to London Road at about 11:10 and put the cordon in place "as a precaution".

A spokeswoman says tests will be carried out to establish what the substance is.

Tesco boss says 'better service' is behind company's return to profit

Richard Bond

BBC Look East business correspondent

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis says the company has "regained competitiveness in the UK".

Tesco boss on sales growth: 'We've listened to our customers'

It comes after the Hertfordshire-based company announced a pre-tax profit of £162m for the past year - compared to a £6.4bn loss a year ago.

Mr Lewis said: "Our balance sheet is stronger and we are making good progress in rebuilding trust in Tesco and our investment case."

Aylesbury derby postponed again

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The derby between Aylesbury FC and Aylesbury United was postponed for a fifth time last night.

The game, dubbed the "El Quackico" derby as Aylesbury United are nicknamed the Ducks, was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. That's the fourth weather postponement - the other time was due to a half-time floodlight failure last month.

The fixture has been rescheduled for Thursday evening, with a 19:45 kick-off at Haywood Way.

The day Joe Payne scored 10 goals for Luton

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Eighty years ago today Luton legend Joe Payne made history by scoring 10 goals in one game against Bristol Rovers.

The match at Kenilworth Road was his debut as a centre-forward. It ended Luton 12-0 Bristol Rovers.

Payne's achievement has yet to be matched.

Tickets for speeding motorists handed out in Chesham

A road safety day is taking place in Chesham today:

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Warm day across Beds, Herts and Bucks

BBC Weather Watchers

Today the Three Counties are set to experience highs of 16C

So to mark this gorgeous day here are some fantastic photos sent in by our Weather Watchers

Bluebells in Harpenden
Sunny Sally/Weather Watchers
Leighton Buzzard
Phill374/Weather Watcher
Great Linford
Oldboy/Weather Watcher

You can send us your photos direct by email or Twitter.

'I played on with a broken arm'

Matt Bloomfield

BBC Sport columnist

BBC Sport columnist and Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Matt Bloomfield has revealed he played for several minutes with a broken arm after scoring at York on Saturday.

Matt Bloomfield
Getty Images

The break happened just after he headed the ball into the goal, as a York defender connected with his arm. He said he had to play on through the pain because the team had used all its substitutes.

"There was no way that I was going to leave my team-mates with 10 men whilst I was still able to run so I just had to grit my teeth and get on with it," he said.

Cannabis found in Hertfordshire house

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Police discovered around £70,000 worth of cannabis after raiding a house in Markyate, Hertfordshire, last night.

Hertfordshire Police says it was alerted by a member of the public to the large cannabis factory at The Close. 

One man has been arrested.

Luton Town's former manager gets standing ovation as Hatters get the win

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton Town managed a 1-0 win over former manager John Still's Dagenham at Kenilworth Road last night.

John Still
Getty Images

Still (pictured) was given a standing ovation on his first return since being sacked in December. Current manager Nathan Jones said the applause was "fully deserved".  

He said: "[We had] a cup of tea before the game and it was good to speak to him because he's a good man and he's done well for [this] club. I've known John for years and I wish him all the best." 

Arrests made after armed police raid in Luton

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Armed police were called to a house in Luton yesterday evening, following reports that a firearm had been seen.

Armed police in Biscot Road
Anwar Shah

No firearms were recovered, but a search of the property in Biscot Road at about 17:00 revealed a large quantity of cannabis plants.

Six people were arrested.  

Teenager hurt after collision with bus in High Wycombe

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Thames Valley Police has confirmed that a teenage girl was involved in a collision with a bus in Marlow Hill in High Wycombe at just after 08:00 this morning. 

The girl was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital.

The road is about to reopen but there are traffic delays across the town centre. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

Tesco returns to profit as UK sales grow

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Tesco has announced a pre-tax profit of £162m for last year - compared to a £6.4bn loss a year ago.

Tesco HQ, Cheshunt
Google

New boss Dave Lewis has made a number of changes including plans to move its main headquarters from Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City, in a measure expected to save £250m.

He said: "Our balance sheet is stronger and we are making good progress in rebuilding trust in Tesco and our investment case."

Police release footage of dangerous motorcyclist

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Footage has been released of a police pursuit of a dangerous motorcyclist who was sentenced to eight months in jail last week.

Akeem Foster, 24, of Teesdale, Luton, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court after being found guilty of dangerous driving. He was arrested in Sundon Park in February, following a pursuit in Luton that lasted almost two hours and involved the police helicopter. 

He was caught riding an off-road motorcycle through the town without a helmet, often travelling on the wrong side of the road and the wrong way around roundabouts, as well as carrying out stunts such as wheelies.

Phone scam warning after 93-year-old woman conned in Stevenage

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 93-year-old woman has been tricked into handing over £5,000, after a scam phone call in Stevenage on Monday afternoon.

Phone
BBC

Hertfordshire Police says there have been eight incidents in the town in the past month, four of which have resulted in money totalling nearly £25,000 being handed over.

Officers say a female caller has claimed to be a detective from Hammersmith police station, where they have detained two males in possession of the victim's bank cards. The caller asks the victims to go to their bank, withdraw money and hand it to a courier.

Travel: Crash on A412

BBC Travel

The A412 Watford Road in Croxley Green is partially blocked between the New Road junction and the Hazelwood Road junction due to a crash.

Get the latest updates from BBC Travel.

Police call for Luton McDonald's to lose late-night licence

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

A spate of violence at the McDonald's in Luton town centre has led Bedfordshire Police to ask Luton Borough Council to revoke its licence to open through the night.

McDonalds, George Street, Luton
Google

Violent offences are up by more than 60% year-on-year, with more than 46 incidents reported. A doorman was arrested on suspicion of assault and then charged with carrying a knife.

The restaurant says it's dismissed the staff involved and is working with the local authorities to tackle anti-social behaviour. Councillors contacted by BBC Three Counties Radio have said they did not want to comment until a decision had been made.

Today's weather: Sunny spells, showers later

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

Today will see sunny spells this morning, with showers developing this afternoon which might turn heavy and thundery.

Maximum Temperature: 16C (60F).

Get the detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Latest headlines: Police call for McDonalds to lose late-night licence... Woman, 93, tricked out of £5k in phone scam

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

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

  • A spate of violence at the McDonald's in Luton town centre has led police to call for the restaurant to lose its late-night licence
  • A 93-year-old woman has been tricked into handing over £5,000 after a scam phone call in Stevenage
  • Hertfordshire-based Tesco has announced a pre-tax profit of £162m for last year

Welcome to the live page 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 be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.

Coming up, we'll bring you news of a police bid for McDonalds in Luton town centre to lose its late-night licence and phone scams in Stevenage. 

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