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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 3 May 2016
  2. Protesters chain themselves to gate of missile factory
  3. A man has died after being fatally injured in a fight in Luton town centre in the early hours of Sunday morning
  4. A quad bike rider has died in hospital after he was involved in a collision with a car in Hertfordshire
  5. Part of the High Street in Stony Stratford is still closed this morning following a major fire on Sunday
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

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Weather: Clear spells overnight and warmer tomorrow

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Cloud will melt away overnight to leave clear spells, allowing temperatures to fall to 4C (39F) with a risk of frost in rural locations. 

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Wednesday will be dry with sunny spells, and temperatures will rise a little higher compared to today.

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Watch: Superhero fun from the starting line

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Police prevent access to house with closure order

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

A house in Stevenage has been closed down by police after more than 130 complaints about anti-social behaviour and suspected drug-dealing. 

Magistrates granted the police a three-month closure order for the house in Grampian Place in the Great Ashby area.

Reports from neighbours and police intelligence gathered over three years led to the order being granted. It prevents anyone from entering the property for three months. 

Headlines: Staff at missile company sent home after protesters block factory gate... Man who died in police custody took large amount of drugs, inquest hears

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The main news stories so far: 

  • Staff at missile company MDBA in Henlow have been sent home after protesters blocked the factory gate
  • A man who died in police custody in Luton took a large amount of drugs, an inquest has heard
  • Luton Town confirm former Nottingham Forest boss Paul Hart has joined the club as assistant manager

Police appeal for help in tracing missing girl

Police are asking for the public’s help in tracing 15-year-old Malanee Littlefield from Welwyn Garden City, who's been missing since Sunday tea-time. 

Malanee Littlefield
Hertfordshire Police

She's described as vulnerable and police are growing concerned for her safety due to her age. 

Malanee is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall with long dark hair and was last seen wearing black leggings, a dark green jacket, black trainers and black socks. Anyone with any information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101. 

Hatters offer young duo pro contracts

Luton News

Luton Town have offered U18s duo Liam Gooch and Alex Atkinson professional contracts at Kenilworth Road.

Reaction to row over the Queen's visit to Berkhamsted

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you about a row that had broken out in Berkhamsted over the Queen's visit to the town on Friday.

Here's some reaction from locals who weren't too impressed by the road closures:

Queen Elizabeth on her 90th birthday
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Amanda says: "Don't tar all us Berkhamsted residents with the same brush! Some of us actually like the Queen and will welcome her to our town!"

Heidi writes: "I don't believe that this is a true reflection within the town of Berkhamsted at all - the schools are allowing the children the morning off & many people will be out to welcome her into the town."

But Pat says she's a little "disappointed" with some shops who only have a "few flags" and some that have no decoration.

Fire response 'will stay the same' despite restructure, says Bucks Fire

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue says it "will continue to ensure that current response standards are met" after a Stony Stratford councillor raised concerns about the service restructuring following a serious fire this weekend.

Building before fire
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The service said it would meet these standards by using fire crews that were out in the community and standby points "strategically located across Milton Keynes" in order to ensure communities "will always benefit from the quickest possible attendance in an emergency."  

Proposals for a new "blue light hub" in Bletchley were passed at a meeting in Milton Keynes in April, and would see Great Holm and Bletchley fire stations close and move to new premises in Ashland, near stadium:mk.

Weather Watchers: Bright blue skies in Panshanger

BBC Weather Watchers

It's been a rather bright day across the three counties today.

Thank you to Weather Watcher "Alfies Mate" for sharing this photograph from Panshanger Park Nature Reserve.

Panshanger Nature Reserve
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Four injured in Clophill crash

Four people were taken to hospital after a collision in Clophill, near Ampthill, yesterday.

Clophill
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Emergency services were called just before 07:15 to the scene of the crash along the A6, where one person had a chest injury and three others were suffering from neck and back pain.

East of England Ambulance Service says their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Hart appointed Luton assistant manager

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Former Portsmouth, QPR and Crystal Palace boss Paul Hart is named as Luton Town's new assistant manager.

Paul Hart
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The 62-year-old has most recently been academy director at Leeds United, a position he left last month.

Hatters boss Nathan Jones has previously described Hart as a "mentor" during the Welshman's time as Charlton Athletic under-21 manager.

Row over Queen's visit to Berkhamsted

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

A row has broken out in a Hertfordshire town due to be visited by the Queen on Friday. 

A number of residents complained on a now-deleted Facebook post about road closures in Berkhamsted.

Berkhamsted
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Tim Hennessey, churchwarden at St Peter's in the town, where the Queen will unveil a plaque, told this programme many others were delighted to welcome her, saying: "I had my haircut this morning; the barber's was buzzing with talk about it. Everywhere I go people are excited about it."

Weather: Sunny afternoon with some cloud

BBC Weather

It will be a fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine and a scattering of fair weather cloud. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather graphic shows highs of 13C
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Afternoon headlines: Defence company protest... Inquest into custody death

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this afternoon:

  • Workers at a defence company in Bedfordshire have been unable to enter the factory today after protesters blockaded the gate 
  • An inquest is under way into the death of a man in a cell at Luton police station in June last year 
  • A man is due to stand trial charged with the attempted murder of a police officer in High Wycombe

Istiak Yusuf inquest: History of drug-taking

Nicola Haseler

BBC Three Counties

An inquest into the death of a 25-year-old man in police custody last year is taking place. Istiak Yusuf was arrested on 13 June after his wife called the police to say he had beaten her. 

He had a history of drug-taking and was on a suspended sentence for drink-driving. 

Although police say he had been searched in custody at Luton police station, he somehow managed to take a large quantity of cocaine and MDMA. He was discovered unresponsive in his police cell and was pronounced dead at the scene

Fire service restructure questioned after Stony Stratford fire

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A Stony Stratford town councillor says a fire that destroyed two 18th Century buildings raises questions over the county's fire service restructuring.

Rob Gifford says residents would be asking whether the closure of Great Holm fire station was "still the best option" after plans to restructure and create a "blue light hub" in Ashland.

Stony Stratford building before fire, left, and after fire, right
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"When you look at the map, we become the furthest point for north Milton Keynes from Ashland so our attendance times [are] likely to get worse," Mr Gifford said.

The fire service were already at a major incident in Olney when they were called to Stony Stratford. Bucks Fire and Rescue says crews had been moved to Milton Keynes to provide cover and that "current response standards" would continue to be met.

Charity ball to thank air ambulance staff who saved boy

Bedfordshire on Sunday

A young mum is organising a charity ball in aid of the air ambulance staff who saved her son's life when he fell and fractured his skull in three places.

Weather Watchers: Sunrise over Bedfordshire

BBC Weather Watchers

Isn't this photograph of this morning's sunrise over Bedfordshire just beautiful?

Thank you to our Weather Watcher "AprillHarper" for sharing it with us.

Sunrise over Henlow, Beds
BBC Weather Watchers / AprillHarper

Missile company confirms workers sent home

Gail Sanderson

BBC Three Counties Radio

Arms manufacturer at MBDA in Henlow has confirmed that its employees had been unable to gain access to the site due to a protest and had been sent home. 

Protesters in Henlow
BBC

It employs about 20 people and assembles missiles, although the company's communications manager could not confirm whether the Brimstone missile, used in Syria, was being assembled there. He said there would be no production today.    

A group identifying themselves as Sisters Against Arms Trade has been blockading the entrance all morning. Police were called shortly before 06:00.

Berkhamsted residents unimpressed by Queen's visit

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

The Queen is coming to Berkhamsted this week to mark the 475th anniversary of Berkhamsted School, of which she is a patron. 

Some locals aren't particularly impressed with the proposed road closures on a busy Friday. I went to ask some people what they thought...

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Two men taken to hospitals after Milton Keynes nightclub fight

Two men were taken to hospital this weekend after a fight in Milton Keynes' Theatre District left them with head injuries.

Nightclub in Milton Keynes
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Police say the trouble broke out in the MK Social nightclub along Lower Twelfth Street at 03:15 on Sunday, before moving outside.

Two men in their 20s were taken to hospital but have since been discharged. Three men were arrested on suspicion of affray and have been released on police bail.

Police 'facilitating peaceful protest' in Henlow

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Bedfordshire Police says it is facilitating "lawful and peaceful protest" at a missile factory in Henlow and has made no arrests.

Police in Henlow
BBC

A group identifying itself as Sisters Against Arms Trade is blockading the gates of the missile manufacturer MBDA.   

Police were called just before 06:00 and sent four police units to the site.

'Significant police presence' at missile protest in Bedfordshire

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

I'm in Henlow where a protest is taking place against the use of missiles in Syria. About 15 people have gathered at the gates of arms manufacturer MBDA in what is quite a vocal protest.

Protest in Henlow
BBC

The organiser of the protest says it will continue for some time yet.

There is a significant police presence and no traffic is being allowed on to this site. The workers have been sent home.

Bedford taxi driver terror plot: Sentencing postponed

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The sentencing of a taxi driver from Bedford who planned to leave his pregnant wife to join so-called Islamic State has been postponed.

Naseer Taj, 26, of Victoria Road, was found guilty of one charge of preparing terrorist acts and two of possessing terrorist information in February.  

He will now be sentenced on 20 May at the Old Bailey.

Istiak Yusuf inquest: Did officers take appropriate steps?

Nicola Haseler

BBC Three Counties

The opening summary by a coroner into the death of Istiak Yusuf, 25, indicates he was searched by police officers on arriving in custody. 

Istiak Yusuf
Family picture

Mr Yusuf had been arrested last June after his wife called police to say he had beaten her.  At about 11:00 the following morning, despite his having been searched, CCTV appeared to show him going to the toilet, possibly to take drugs. At 11:55 he was unresponsive. 

A post-mortem examination shows he died from cocaine, MDMA and alcohol toxicity. The inquest is to determine whether police took steps to protect his life while in custody: did they know of an immediate risk to his life and take appropriate steps?

Inquest to begin into Luton police custody death

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

An inquest is due to get under way today into the death of a Luton man in a cell at the town's police station in June last year.

Istiak Yusuf, 25 was arrested in the Marsh Farm area of the town on suspicion of domestic violence. He was found dead in a custody cell.

Luton police station
SBNA

The inquest was delayed because of an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into how the searches were carried out when Mr Yusuf was arrested, booked into custody and the adequacy of the cell checks. 

Five police officers and three detention officers have been served with misconduct notices. The inquest is set to see the CCTV footage from the custody suite.

Bedford taxi driver terror plot sentencing

A taxi driver from Bedford who planned to fight for so-called Islamic State in Syria will be sentenced for terror offences this morning.

Naseer Taj
Bedfordshire Police

Naseer Taj, 26, was caught just days before he intended to leave for a new life with a jihadi bride, abandoning his pregnant wife, a jury at the Old Bailey heard.

Police raided his house at Victoria Road where they found a ticket to Turkey, a rucksack full of equipment, and military-style clothing. He also had a huge amount of extremist material including a magazine published by Al Qaeda, and had been in contact with several known radicals.

Latest headlines: Bedford terror plotter to be sentenced... Demonstrators protest at Henlow missile manufacturer

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories:

Luton Town to receive Andre Gray windfall

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton Town will receive a further cash windfall from the sale of striker Andre Gray after his club Burnley were promoted back to the Premier League. 

Andre Gray
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The extra money will take Luton's total earnings from the deal to over £2m.

Luton sold Gray to Brentford for about £500,000 in 2014, but he joined Burnley for £9m at the start of this season. That earned the Hatters £1.1m as a sell-on, which is being paid in three instalments. But Luton confirmed at the time that promotion for Burnley would mean an extra £700,000. 

Bogus school fraudster Tina Beloveth Powerful formed college while on trial

Craig Lewis

BBC News

A woman convicted of setting up a bogus business school, who has been on the run for nine months, was involved in a similar venture in Bedford while standing trial.

Tina Beloveth Powerful
BBC

Tina Beloveth Powerful, 48, formed Multi-Diversity College while facing charges of fraud and false advertising over the Milton Keynes-based Everest School of Transformational Management.

She was convicted over the Everest scam but failed to appear for sentencing. Powerful is thought to be living in Nigeria. A warrant has been issued for her arrest in the UK.

Stony Stratford High Street remains closed after fire

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Part of the High Street in Stony Stratford is still closed this morning following a major fire on Sunday that destroyed two 18th Century listed buildings. 

Buildings destroyed by fire in Stony Stratford
SBNA

Nine fire crews, from Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire tackled the blaze. An investigation is under way.  

Swansea manager tipped for Watford role

Wales Online

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has refused to be drawn on the future of Francesco Guidolin amid reports he will become Watford manager next season.  

Hatfield quad bike rider dies after St Albans crash

A quad bike rider has died in hospital after he was involved in a collision with a car in Hertfordshire.  

Harpenden Road
Google

The 40-year-old man from Hatfield was in collision with a Renault Scenic in Harpenden Road in St Albans, at about 18:00 on Sunday.  

Hertfordshire Police said it was "currently trying to piece together the circumstances" of the crash and appealed for witnesses to come forward.  

Henlow protesters chain themselves to gates

Ben Nye

BBC Three Counties Radio

A protest against the use of missiles in Syria is taking place at the premises of an arms manufacturer in the Bedfordshire village of Henlow.

Protesters in Henlow
Kat Hobbs

A group identifying itself as Sisters Against Arms Trade is blockading the gates of the missile manufacturer MBDA. 

Kat Hobbs, one of the protesters, says that "arms companies are accountable for where and how their weaponry is used". She told us that there were about 15 people there at the moment and "two people have chained themselves in front of the gates".

Protest at missile manufacturer in Henlow

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Protesters are blockading the entrance to a missile manufacturer next to RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire. 

Some have chained themselves to the gates at MBDA, in protest at the company's weapons being used in Syria.

Protesters in Henlow
Kat Hobbs

Luton man dies after 'altercation' in early hours

A man has died after he was fatally injured during an "altercation" in Luton town centre.

Kevin Kelly
Bedfordshire Police

Kevin Kelly (pictured), 27, from Luton, died after the incident in Upper George Street just after 05:00 on Sunday, Bedfordshire Police said. Mr Kelly was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.

A 23-year-old man, also from Luton, arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, has been released on bail. Police are appealing for witnesses.