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  1. BBC research into revenge porn finds the youngest victim of the crime in Hertfordshire was just 13
  2. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned of gender segregation among teachers in a Muslim independent school in Luton
  3. Updates for Wednesday, 27 April 2016
  4. News, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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

We'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday morning with all your news, sport, travel and weather. 

If you want to carry on listening to the live EU debate with Roberto Perrone you can hear it on BBC Three Counties Radio

Weather: Risk of frost tonight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

There will be a few heavy showers this evening before it dries up around midnight.

A largely dry and clear night will follow with temperatures falling away. Minimum temperature: -1C (30F). 

Weather map

Man stabbed in Luton after attempted robbery

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man has been seriously assaulted after an attempted robbery in Luton last Thursday.

Police say he was driving into Tintagel Close at about 17:45 when he was followed by a group of men in a black Vauxhall Corsa.

They tried to get his keys and he was hit with a wheel brace and stabbed. Bedfordshire Police believe it could have been a targeted attack. 

Watch EU debate live

Roberto Perrone

BBC Three Counties Radio

If you want to hear more about my live EU debate that is broadcasting live from Brussels you can watch it right here on the BBC Three Counties YouTube channel.

Roberto Perrone and Paul Scoins

Aylesbury man who stabbed a paramedic jailed for four years

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A Buckinghamshire man who stabbed a paramedic with a screwdriver has been jailed for four years.

Stephen Pullen
Thames Valley Police

Stephen Pullen, 43, from Aylesbury called an ambulance to Stoke Road, claiming he'd had a stroke. After he was put into the back of the ambulance, Pullen stabbed the man in the stomach without warning.

Pullen pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm at Aylesbury Crown Court.

Shane Sutton: British cycling chief resigns amid sexism and discrimination claims

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton has resigned amid claims of sexism and discrimination towards elite cyclists.

Shane Sutton and Laura Trott
Getty Images

He had been suspended while the sporting body investigated allegations of derogatory comments about Para-cyclists.  

Mr Sutton was head coach when Hertfordshire's Laura Trott won two gold medals at the London Olympics. Earlier today she said she was "very grateful" for all his "support" over the years.

Concern grows for missing Luton teenager

Bedfordshire Police say they're growing concerned about missing 15-year-old Charlotte Childs from Luton...

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Staying in the EU is 'bad news,' according to MEP

Roberto Perrone

BBC Three Counties Radio

On 23 June the nation goes to the polls to decide if we stay or leave the EU. To debate the matter I'm live in Brussels.

Live EU broadcast from Brussels

David Campbell Bannerman, the Conservative MEP for the Eastern Counties, is firmly for coming out.

He told me "we're losing more and more power" and it's "holding us back," adding "we need to have a friendly trading relationship and leave".

Website to be launched to celebrate MK at 50

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Tomorrow a website is being launched to help celebrate 50 years of Milton Keynes

The main events start on 23 January, 2017, but the website - - has been created so everyone can read about what is going on.

It will include top tips about holding your own event to mark the milestone.

MK50 logo
Milton Keynes Council

MEP says if UK leaves EU hundreds of thousands of jobs will be a risk

Roberto Perrone

BBC Three Counties Radio

I'm live in Brussels looking into the main issues about the UK staying in or out of Europe, and have just spoken to the Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the East of England, Vicky Ford.

Roberto Perrone with Vicky Ford

She's wants us to stay in the EU and says it's vital for jobs in the Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

She says 300,000 people in the Eastern region, including Hertfordshire, are directly related to trade in the single market, and by leaving she doesn't want "any of those jobs being put at risk".

Fight between suspected Everton and Manchester United football fans in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Citizen

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a disturbance at Newport Pagnell motorway services between suspected fans of Everton and Manchester United football clubs.

Luton man arested for terrorism offences

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 21-year-old man from Luton has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism.

The man was arrested at about 13.00 by officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, assisted by officers from the Eastern Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit. He's currently in custody at a London police station.

The officers are investigating suspected terrorism offences, including plans to travel to Syria to support a proscribed organisation.

BreakingLuton man arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism

A 21-year-old man from Luton has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorism.

Ofsted letter to education minister raises 'concerns' about behaviour in Luton school

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

In his letter to Nicky Morgan, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of Ofsted says inspectors were "so concerned about the behaviours modelled by the leaders" at Rabia Girls and Boys School in Luton they informed the proprietor the school "would remain in the inadequate category despite improvements being made elsewhere".

Ofsted letter

Sir Michael urged the secretary of state "to further review" Department for Education guidance to independent schools and, if necessary, write to proprietors "to reaffirm the government's commitment to the promotion of British values."

Letter sent to education minister warning of school segregation

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

A letter has been sent to Education Minister Nicky Morgan raising "serious concerns" about the segregation of staff and governors at a school in Luton

The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, took the action after inspectors requested a follow-up inspection at Rabia Girls and Boys School following previous concerns.

Ofsted letter

In the letter. Sir Michael said "the school insisted on segregating men and women through the use of a dividing screen across the middle of the room".

Ofsted warns of Luton Muslim school staff gender segregation

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

A Luton faith school has been criticised by inspectors for favouring boys ahead of girls.

Rabia Girls and Boys School

Ofsted says the Rabia School undermines the promotion of fundamental British values. 

The school says an action plan is in place following the latest inspection last month.

Weather: Sunshine and wintry showers with the risk of thunder

BBC Weather

It will be breezy this afternoon with a mixture of sunshine and showers.

Karin/Weather Watcher

The showers will become heavier, locally thundery and more numerous through the afternoon, and will fall as a wintry mix of rain, hail, sleet with even a few flakes of snow possible.

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

BBC EU special from Brussels

Roberto Perrone

BBC Three Counties Radio

On my BBC Three Counties Radio show between 15:00 and 19:00  this afternoon, we will be coming live from Brussels.

We'll be talking about the big issues we'll all be voting on come 23 June, and I'll be asking those people who know how Brussels really works, whether we'd be better off in or out.

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Student paramedic saves the life of former first aid teacher

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A student paramedic from Hertfordshire is set to receive a Royal Humane Society Award after saving the life of his former first aid teacher.

Geoff Poore (left) and Dan Rawlings (right)
East of England Ambulance Service

Dan Rawlings, who works for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, was off duty in September last year when his former tutor Geoff Poore went into cardiac arrest at the wheel of his car and crashed outside Dan’s house in Welwyn Garden City.

Luckily Geoff has made a full recovery and Dan will receive his award in June.

Headlines: Thousands of revenge cases reported... Education and activity centre to stay open another year

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Here are the main news stories this afternoon:

Thousands of revenge porn cases reported in a year

A year ago it became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject's consent.

Age of victims on a bar chart

New figures released today by the BBC show more than 1,000 alleged victims of revenge porn have reported offences in a year.

In the Thames Valley area there were 43 incidents, the oldest was 47 and the youngest 16 years-old.

'Mis-leading' sign causes amusement in Hertfordshire

Nick Coffer

BBC Three Counties Radio

I couldn't help tweeting this poster I spotted by junction 9 of the M1. 

So is it mothers and children for sale and will they be offering buy one get one free offers?

Anyone looking to buy a new mother or sell one of their children?

Anyone looking to buy a new mother or sell one of their children?

Stay of execution offered to Dell Farm in Bedfordshire

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

An outdoor education and activity centre in Bedfordshire is to remain open for at least another year, after complaints over plans to close it.

Dell Farm
Active Luton

Luton Borough Council had proposed closing the Dell Farm centre in Whipsnade to save money, but launched a public consultation.

Now the authority says it has granted Active Luton, which runs the centre, an extension until next summer, while a business plan is put in place.

Travel: Three lanes closed on M1 northbound between junctions 13 and 14

There are severe delays on the M1 northbound before junction 14 because of an accident between a car and a van.

Congestion is back to junction 13.

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Travel: Accident on M1 northbound between junctions 13 and 14

Bucks and MK Fire Service are at the scene of an accident on the M1 northbound between junctions 13 and 14.

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Phil Wallace

Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace says he wants the decision over a new manager to be made by the end of the season.

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Trott won't 'cast judgement' in Steve Sutton suspension case

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Hertfordshire's Olympic cycling champion Laura Trott has spoken out about the suspension of Shane Sutton amid an investigation into discrimination allegations.

In a statement released to Press Association Sport, she said she is "very grateful" to Mr Sutton and the British cycling team for "all the support and coaching they have given me over the years".

Laura Trott
Getty Images

She added: "I cannot comment on the allegations being made as I don't know all the facts so feel it would be inappropriate for me to cast judgement either way."

Hertfordshire's Laura Trott offers support for suspended cycling coach

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton has been suspended amid an investigation into discrimination allegations.

Shane Sutton
Getty Images

It follows a report in the Daily Mail claiming Mr Sutton made derogatory comments about Para-cyclists.

In a statement released to Press Association Sport, Hertfordshire's Olympic cycling champion Laura Trott said personally she has only "ever had a wholly positive and healthy relationship with Shane Sutton".

Police warning not to leave tools in car after a number of break-ins

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Bedfordshire Police say a number of vehicles has been broken into overnight. 

The main areas effected are Stewartby, Houghton Conquest and Ampthill, where tools had been left in them.

A car window being smashed by a police officer during a car crime demonstration

Milton Keynes homeless: FOI prompts debate on how to tackle crisis in the city

One MK

A Freedom of Information request has prompted a debate on how to tackle homelessness in Milton Keynes.

Bedford rugby club captain will not take part in play-off semi final

BBC Sport

Bedford rugby club have dropped club captain Nick Fenton-Wells for their play-off semi-final against Bristol - because he has signed for their opponents for next season.

Nick Fenton-Wells
Getty Images

"I appreciate supporters will feel very disappointed, but the club has been put in a compromising position due to Nick's decision," Bedford chairman Geoff Irvine told the club website.

"As such, we feel this is the correct course of action to take."

Weather: Bright but cold with wintry showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's a cold and windy start, with blustery showers in eastern parts.

The winds should ease through the day as sunny spells become more widespread, although these will trigger further showers, some turning heavy and thundery with a risk of hail or sleet. 

Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Talks to take place to avert further Southern Railway strikes

Talks aimed at averting further strikes by Southern Railway conductors - which have affected services from Milton Keynes - are to be held on Friday.

A 24-hour strike ends at 11:00.

Busy station

Missing author is 'brave and courageous', friend says

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

The author Helen Bailey, who went missing from her Hertfordshire home on April 11, is "very funny, incredibly authentic, brave and courageous," her friend has said.

Helen Bailey
Hertfordshire Police

Shelley Whitehead said Mrs Bailey commented on her Facebook post on the day she went missing, but she hasn't heard from her since.

"How does someone in this day and age of CCTV footage, of social media, just disappear?" she asked.

Missing author: Friend makes direct appeal

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Missing children's author Helen Bailey is "considerate" and "does the right thing", according to her friend Shelley Whitehead, who says she would never want to worry her friends and family.

Police do not suspect foul play in her disappearance, which happened more than two weeks ago, saying it is a complete mystery.

Shelley Whitehead

"If she does see any of the appeals, please get in touch, we are desperately worried," Ms Whitehead added.

Missing author: Friend says 'nothing makes sense'

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Missing children's author Helen Bailey's disappearance "doesn’t make sense", a friend has said.

Helen Bailey
Hertfordshire Police

The 51-year-old, who wrote the Electra Brown series for teenagers, was last seen walking her dog near her home in Royston, Hertfordshire more than a fortnight ago.  

Her friend Shelley Whitehead said the situation "feels more desperate as each day goes by," adding: "Nothing makes sense, it is totally out of character, she has vanished without a trace."

Girl, 13, among alleged victims of revenge porn

A girl of 13 is the youngest victim of revenge porn in Hertfordshire, the BBC has found.


Analysis of Freedom of Information requests from 31 forces in England and Wales between April and December found more than 1,000 alleged victims of revenge porn reported offences in the first year of the new law coming into effect.

During that time, Hertfordshire Police recorded 23 incidents. The oldest victim was 56 and the youngest 13.

Man freed from van after crash on M40

A man has been rescued from a van after a crash with a lorry on the M40 in Buckinghamshire.

Bucks and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service said three crews were called to the northbound carriageway between junctions 4 for Handy Cross and 5 for High Wycombe at 05:39.

Headlines: Girl, 13, was revenge porn victim... Junior doctors' strike continues

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Here are the stories making the headlines in the three counties:

  • BBC research into revenge porn finds the youngest victim of the crime in Hertfordshire was just 13
  • Junior doctors will stage another full walk-out this morning in protest at government plans to change their contracts

Welcome to today's live page

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Morning! It's a chilly one out there, isn't it?

We can't promise to make the weather more spring-like, but we can bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel news for Beds, Herts and Bucks from now until 18:00.

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