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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 29 April 2016
  2. British astronaut Tim Peake took control of a space rover in Stevenage today - from the International Space Station
  3. A 13-year-old boy has been arrested by police investigating an attack on a man and woman in High Wycombe in which the 19-year-old man suffered stab wounds
  4. A Hertfordshire mother who is coming to terms with her husband's suicide believes the health service could have done more to help prevent his death
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

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

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

In the meantime have a great Bank Holiday weekend. 

Weather: Cold night ahead

Chris Bell

BBC Look East weather

Any showers should die away through the evening.

Weather map
BBC

Cloud will then break up, allowing temperatures to fall, leading to a light frost, particularly for rural areas such as the Chilterns.   

Minimum Temperature: 1C (34F).   

Hertfordshire woman detained for 'protection of the public'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A judge who ordered a Hertfordshire woman to be detained in a secure mental health unit told the court she posed "a real, not a negligible risk of serious harm to the public".

Judge Marie Catterson told St Albans Crown Court that Emma Tudor Worral, 42, from Cheshunt, was being held "for the protection of the public".

She imposed a Section 41 Restriction Order under the Mental Health Act, meaning doctors will need permission from the Justice Secretary before Ms Tudor Worrall can be released.

Judge says O'Hallaran case was a 'sophisticated' operation

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A judge who jailed a Hertfordshire man who was found with £12m worth of cocaine in his van says he was involved in a "sophisticated" operation.

Malcolm O'Halloran, from Borehamwood, was jailed for 16 years at St Albans Crown Court.

Cocaine found in car
Bedfordshire Police

On sentencing, Judge Stephen Warner said: "The quantity and purity of the drugs indicate this was an organised and professional commercial operation run by sophisticated criminals."

Bedford water rescue: Man overboard - or is he?

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

I've been at Bedford's Embankment this afternoon where a special water rescue took place.

But don't worry it's all part of a special demonstration organised by Bedford Fire and Rescue to highlight the dangers of swimming in open-waters.

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Tim Peake Mars mission makes history

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

That's it folks... he did it. 

Major Tim Peake remotely moved a mars rover called Bridget, based in Stevenage, from the International Space Station. He's no longer in command and now ESA Operations are taking over. 

Bridget mars rover
ESA Operatons

Major Tim said it was a "great' experience and he's happy it went so smoothly.

Time running out for Tim Peake in Mars mission

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The clock is ticking and Major Tim Peake just has a few minutes to get Bridget out of the Mars cave.

It's like a scene from the Crystal Maze...

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Mars mission back on track

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

And he's off again. 

Major Tim Peake is now back in control of Bridget the mars rover and is currently panning round and tilting the camera to look for targets. 

There's not long left now. 

Tim Peake's Mars rover mission hits a rock

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Tim Peake's signal has been lost for a short while between the International Space Station and Stevenage, 

The timing is pretty good because Major Peak had come up against a rock.

The short break means Bridge the rover can be re-positioned.

Bridget the mars rover
ESA operations

Tim Peake's Mars rover mission: Third times a charm

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Major Tim Peake is certainly on a roll.

He's just hit his third target.

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Weather: Cloudy and some showers this afternoon

BBC Weather

It will become cloudier this afternoon with a few showers likely. The showers may be heavy with a risk of hail, and it will be feeling cool in the breeze.

Biddenham
Kev & Tobydog/Weather Watcher

Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

Tim Peake right on target

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Major Tim Peake is driving Bridget the mars rover in the simulated Martian cave, right here in Stevenage. 

He's looking for targets of UV light and has now found his second one. 

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Peake's continues after laptop 'check'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The mission is good to go again after being halted due to an issue with the software on Tim Peake's laptop on the International Space Station.

The laptop was taken over by the Belgian Users Support Operation Centre for a quick check.

Major Peake can now take over and continue to drive Bridget the rover.

Bridget in Mars cave
BBC

Tim Peake lights the way

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

British astronaut Tim Peake has thrown some light on the situation here in Stevenage. 

He's just switched on the "headlights" so he can see inside the Mars cave.

Bridget the Mars rover
BBC

Tim Peake 'enters Mars cave'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

He's into the cave now. Lights are on its slow but steady progress in the dark! 

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Tim Peake now in the driving seat

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

And he's doing it! Tim Peake is now at the controls and is moving the rover, Bridget. 

It's more of a slow roll than a giant leap. He's just about to get her into the Mars cave. 

Here is the live video feed. 

Mars rover
BBC

Tim Peake is spinning 'Bridget'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Tim Peake is communicating with the team in Stevenage to find out about the delay between issuing the rotate command and the rover Bridget responding. 

They say it's all to be expected and there's a 45-second delay. 

He's just managed to spin Bridget on the spot. 

Space rover
BBC

Tim Peake remote mission starts

The team behind today's mission to get British astronaut Tim Peake to remotely control a space rover in Stevenage today has started sending commands to the rover named Bridget. 

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Tim Peake set to drive Mars rover in Stevenage

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

It could be only a matter of minutes before British astronaut Tim Peake takes control and tries to move Bridget, the Mars rover. 

The excitement is really building in Stevenage. 

Bridge the mars rover
BBC

Tim Peake mission ready to GO!

Astronaut Tim Peake's mission to remotely guide a Mars rover is ready to go.

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Hammer attack 'insane' woman detained

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A woman accused of trying to kill her neighbours with a hammer and knife will be detained in a secure mental health unit until she no longer poses a risk to the public, a judge has ordered.

Limes Road, Cheshunt
Google

Emma Tudor Worrall, 42, attacked Luigi and Anna Guido outside their home in Limes Road, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire on 19 April last year.

She was found not guilty of attempted murder by way of insanity by a jury. A judge imposed the detention order at St Albans Crown Court earlier.

Builders' merchants fined £2m after customer death

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A builders' merchants has been fined £2m after a customer was killed at its yard in Milton Keynes.

Travis Perkins, Wolverton
Google

Mark Pointer, 44, from Leighton Buzzard, died after being crushed by a company vehicle at Travis Perkins Trading Company Limited in Old Wolverton in November 2012. He was loading planks onto the roof rack of his Land Rover, when he fell backwards to the ground and was run over.

The company had earlier pleaded guilty at Amersham Crown Court to two Health and Safety offences. Judge Justin Cole said it "was an accident waiting to happen". 

Charge to see bluebells starts this weekend

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A charge to see the bluebells on the National Trust's Ashbridge Estate in Hertfordshire starts tomorrow.

Bluebells in a wood
South Beds News Agency

The charity brought in the fee to manage visitor numbers as thousands descend on the site every spring and there have been scenes of "chaotic parking" and flowers being trodden on.

Charges will be in force over the whole of this Bank Holiday weekend and the 7 and 9 May.

Hertfordshire man jailed after £12m worth of cocaine found

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

A Hertfordshire man has been jailed for 16 years after £12m worth of cocaine was discovered in his van.

Malcolm O'Hallaron
Hertfordshire Police

Malcolm O'Hallaran, a 51-year-old roofer from Aycliffe Road in Borehamwood was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court.

His home was searched and an additional £57,000 was found, as well as three hand guns. O'Halloran pleaded guilty to six charges and had 17 previous convictions, including an 18 year sentence for bank robberies.

Tim Peake's Stevenage mission: Lights out, action!

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The lights have gone out here in Stevenage as the Mars rover prepares to navigate its terrain. 

But don't worry it's all going to plan as the exercise will be done in these conditions.

Mars rover set
BBC

Tim Peake's Stevenage mission explained

Jonathan Amos

Science correspondent, BBC News

UK astronaut Tim Peake will get to drive a rover on Mars shortly.

In reality, the Briton, currently on the International Space Station, will command a robot to roll around a giant sandpit in Stevenage that simulates the surface of the Red Planet.

Abbie Huttey, an ExoMars Engineers, explains why Major Peake is getting involved. 

Stevenage theatre builds set for Peake's mars rover mission

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The image you can see below might look like Mars, but it's actually all smoke and mirrors. 

Bridge rover
BBC

This afternoon, British Astronaut Tim Peake will remotely drive a pro type rover, called Bridget, in Stevenage from the International Space Station. 

The set was built by backstage crew at the Gordon Craig Theatre who told me they'd never done anything like this before and they had to "google" a lot.

Meet Bridget, the mars rover soon to be controlled by Tim Peake

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

This is Bridget, the Mars rover which today in Stevenage will be controlled by Tim Peake from the International Space Station. 

This hangar at Airbus has been transformed into the surface of Mars.

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Sexual assualt being investigated in Cheshunt

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Police are investigating a sexual assault in Cheshunt after a school boy was touched inappropriately by a man while with a group outside the shops on Andrews Lane at 15:00 on Tuesday.

The offender ran off following the incident.

Hertfordshire Police have increased patrols in the area following the incident.

Bridget gets ready for Peake navigation

Bridget, the space agency rover which will be guided remotely by British astronaut Tim Peake, is being switched on. 

She's in a hangar in Stevenage getting ready for her starring role this afternoon.

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Cyclist killed in Chiswell Green after accident with a car

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A cyclist has been killed after a collision between a blue Ford Focus and his bike on the A505 North Orbital Road in Chiswell Green last night.

The 30-year-old man died at the scene after the incident at 21:46.

The 33-year-old car driver wasn't injured.

Council 'apologies' for delays to building work on Biggleswade bridge

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Yesterday, we brought you the story that businesses on the High Street in Biggleswade say they're losing thousands of pounds a month, after Stratton Bridge was closed in December.

Stratton Bridge
BBC

Michel Williams, the Highways Contracts Manager at Central Beds Council, says the delays are very "frustrating" as the authority needs to work with Network Rail on the limited times the work can be carried out.

He says bad weather has hampered the work and it should be completed by the end of June.

Council says there are 'enough school places' in St Albans

Earlier we told you parents in St Albans had demanded action when more than 60 children in the city didn't get a place at any of their four choices

Hertfordshire County Council has told us there are "sufficient [primary school] places available across St Albans" and said "every family received an offer of a reasonable school place on national allocation day."

The authority also said it had recognised the pressure on places in and around the city centre and had made a further 30 places available at Maple Primary School.

Air guns and drugs seized from Luton house

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Four air guns and a large number of drugs have been seized in a raid on a suspected drugs den in Luton.

Police raided the house in Buxton Road on Tuesday and arrested two people.

Buxton Road
Google

Officers who searched the house found two BB guns, two gas operated air pistols, a large amount of cash and suspected Class A drugs. A man and a woman were arrested at the scene and have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Southern Health criticised for putting 'patients at risk

BBC News England

An NHS mental health trust which ran a care unit where a teenager drowned in a bath is "continuing to put patients at risk", inspectors have said.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the Southern Health NHS Trust - which provides mental health care across four counties - including Buckinghamshire - has still not done enough to reduce "environmental risks".

Health service regulator NHS Improvement has said it would impose management changes at the Trust if progress was not made to address the CQC's concerns.

Milton Keynes Red Bull test new 'aeroscreen' device

BBC Sport

The Milton Keynes-based Red Bull Formula 1 team is testing what it is calling an "aeroscreen" around the driver's cockpit during practice for Sunday's Russian Grand Prix this morning.

Red Bull's autoscreen
Getty Images

Its version of cockpit head protection is one of two that could be introduced into Formula 1 next season to increase safety - an alternative to the "halo" system, which has a central strut in front of the driver, which disappears from view during driving because of a human's binocular vision.

Daniel Ricciardo - who will drive the car with the new device - has been cautiously optimistic about its viability saying "it's pretty open at the front and it doesn't really block the vision."

Boy, 13, arrested over stab attack

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested by police investigating an attack on a man and woman in High Wycombe in which the 19-year-old man suffered stab wounds.

Thames Valley Police said the couple were attacked by four males - described as black and wearing hooded tops - in an alleyway between West End Street and Rutland Street last Thursday.

The boy, from High Wycombe, was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and GBH and released on police bail. The man has been released from hospital. The 25-year-old woman suffered minor injuries.

St Albans parents demand action over school places

A group of parents from St Albans are meeting education bosses in Hertfordshire after their children missed out on a place at one of their top four schools.

St Peter's School, St Albans
Google

One of them, Chrissie Blake, who lives 370m from her nearest school, St Peter's (pictured), did not get a place for her son at any of her four choices and was allocated a place at her 20th closest school, 2.5 miles away.

She said she now needed to find a "walkable" school and speak to the council about a long-term solution. We'll bring you the county council's response later.

Tim Peake 'looking forward' to Stevenage experiment

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

British astronaut Tim Peake has tweeted about how much he is looking forward to an experiment to control a machine in Stevenage from his base on the International Space Station later today.

The aim of the experiment is to test technology for astronauts to navigate rovers from spacecraft orbiting Mars and assess the importance of human involvement in planning the path of a rover, something a computer might not be able to do.

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