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  1. Updates on Friday, 6 May 2016
  2. Conservative Kathryn Holloway has won the police and crime commissioner election in Bedfordshire, beating Olly Martins
  3. Anthony Stansfeld has won the police and crime commissioner race in the Thames Valley, while David Lloyd retains the role in Hertfordshire
  4. The Queen visited Berkhamsted School and St Peter's Church in the town today
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

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

It's been a busy day with all the local elections and PCC votes coming in, and of course the Queen visiting Berkhamsted. If you're reading this after we've clocked-off, scroll below to read the results and reaction as it came in.

Have a great weekend and we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Bedfordshire has a new PCC

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

The results are in and the next PCC for Bedfordshire is Conservative, Kathryn Holloway. The vote went to the second round after Ms Holloway had a narrow lead in the first count. 

She beat Labour's Olly Martins, who's been in the role for the past four years, by 2,883 votes.

Bedfordshire PCC count

BreakingBedfordshire PCC result in

Kathryn Holloway, the Conservative candidate, has won the race to be the next police and crime commissioner for Bedfordshire.

She beat Labour's Olly Martins who held the post for the past four years.

Final PCC for Three Counties expected soon

So we know the results for Hertfordshire and Thames Valley's PCC's, and it looks like we won't have to wait too much longer before we hear the result from Bedfordshire... 

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Number of spoilt ballot papers in Bedfordshire could be investigated

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

The Returning Officer here at the Bedfordshire PCC count says there have been a very high number of spoilt papers. She says it could be something the Electoral Commission looks into. 

In total, there were 2,138 spoilt papers out of 109,273 with many people getting confused and putting first and second preferences in the same column. 

Ballot papers in a box

David Lloyd 'delighted' with Herts PCC win

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

David Lloyd has just told me he's "delighted" to retain his seat as Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner. 

He said: "I think this supports the programme I laid out in the first term, to save neighbourhood policing, to ensure we don't pay more council tax, that victims are at the heart of everything we do and that we keep crime low."

David Lloyd
Herts PCC

Stansfeld looking forward to next term as Thames Valley PCC

Roberto Perrone

BBC Three Counties Radio

Anthony Stansfeld has won 52.21% of the vote to become the Thames Valley police and crime commissioner for the second time. 

He told me Thames Valley has moved over the past five years from being one of the weakest forces to one of the strongest.

Anthony Stansfeld

He added that he's looking to open more regional offices so he can get a better view of what is happening in areas like Milton Keynes, which he states can be a difficult area to police.

Flores getting ready for noisy Anfield on Sunday

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores is preparing for a noisy Anfield on Sunday when his team play Liverpool.

Quique Sanchez Flores

Flores, who watched 'Pool beat Villarreal in the Europa League last night and experienced European football there himself as an Atletico Madrid player, said: “It was an amazing experience. I remember perfectly how we suffered at Anfield until we got the pass to the final."

Bedfordshire sergeant dismissed after assault conviction

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A police sergeant has been dismissed without notice from Bedfordshire Police after being convicted of assault. 

Sgt Michael Pinsent was found to have breached standards of professional behaviour at a special case hearing at Bedfordshire Police HQ on Wednesday.

A finding of discreditable conduc,t which amounted to gross misconduct, was upheld at the hearing. He had been convicted of an off-duty common assault following a trial at Luton Magistrates' Court in January.

Hertfordshire PCC results declared

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

David Lloyd has won the race to be the police and crime commissioner in Hertfordshire for another four years. He received over 40,000 more votes than his closest rival.

Labour's Kerry Pollard came second with 85,854 votes, compared to Mr Lloyd's 126, 069.

Hertfordshire PCC results
Hertfordshire PCC

Lib Dems take control of Watford Borough Council

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

The Liberal Democrats have won Watford Borough Council, which was previously in no overall control. 

The party took five seats from the Conservatives and two from Labour. It means the Tories no longer have any councillors in the Borough. 

The council make-up is as follows: 

  • 25 Liberal Democrats
  • 11 Labour

BreakingStansfeld holds PCC seat for Thames Valley

Anthony Stansfeld has retained his role as the police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley. 

He held off a challenge from Labour's Laetisia Carter.

Bedfordshire PCC vote goes to second count

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

In Luton, the count for the role of Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner has gone to the second round.

An upset might even be on the cards as Kathryn Ann Holloway, for the Conservatives, is currently in the lead with 36.67% of the vote over Labour's Olly Martins on 35.33%, the incumbent.

Bedfordshire PCC count

BreakingDavid Lloyd retains his role as Hertfordshire PCC

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

David Lloyd has been voted back in to carry out his role as police and crime commissioner for Hertfordshire.

He's beaten Labour's Kerry Pollard after the vote went to a second preference count.

David Lloyd

Burglars threaten couple with wooden stakes

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Two people have been threatened with wooden stakes at their home in Aylesbury.

Burglars forced their way in at Springfield Close, at 04:30 this morning.

The man and woman in their twenties shut themselves into another room for safety before managing to escape, while the offenders stole property.

Bedfordshire has lowest turn across Three Counties for PCC elections

The lowest turn out for the police and crime commissioner elections in the three counties was Bedfordshire, where 23.7% of the county voted.

For Thames Valley it was 25.6% and the highest was in Hertfordshire at 29%.

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Queen's visit to Berkhamsted: Photo highlights

Toby Friedner

BBC Three Counties Radio

The Queen has left Berkhamsted after a three-and-a-half-hour visit. Thousands turned out to see her.

She met many excited - and very smart children - at Berkhamsted School.

Children receiving the Queen
Queen's visit to Berkhmsted school
Queen inspecting a Guard of Honour
Queen at Berkhamsted School

Result expected soon in Herts PCC vote

We should very soon know the result of the police and crime commissioner election for Hertfordshire.

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Nathan Jones: Luton Town boss says season too 'disjointed'

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Luton boss Nathan Jones has bemoaned the lack of consistent team selection.

Nathan Jones
Rex Features

The Hatters have used 32 players in the league, four more than top three sides Northampton, Accrington and Oxford.

"It's been a disjointed season for so many of the squad, there hasn't been any continuity," said Jones.

David Lloyd currently in lead in Herts PCC count

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

As it stands at the moment, Conservative David LLoyd is in a two way race with Labour's Kerry Pollard for the police and crime commissioner position in Hertfordshire.

After the first round of voting Mr Lloyd had 41% of the vote, compared to 27% for Mr Pollard.

A second preference count is now taking place to determine the winner.

PCC count

Local election results in for Three Rivers

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We now know the results for Three Rivers Council

Still no one party has overall control, but the Liberal Democrats have the most councillors. 

The new make-up of the council is:  

  • 19 Liberal Democrats
  • 17 Conservative
  • Three Labour
Local election count
Three Rivers Council

Herts PCC result going to second count

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner count is going to second preference.

It will determine if the new PCC is either Conservative David Lloyd or Kerry Pollard of Labour.

Herts PCC election results
Herts PCC

Results in for North Herts Council

The results are in for all district and parish council elections at North Herts Council. There is no change to the council leadership and the Conservatives remain in control. 

Labour and the Liberal Democrats gained a seat each.

The new make-up of the council is:

  • 34 Conservatives
  • 12 Labour
  • Three Liberal Democrats
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Queen's visit to Berkhamsted: It's time for goodbye

Thousands came out to see her, but now the Queen is about to leave after her visit to Berkhamsted

The flags are out to wave her goodbye...

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Nearly 40,000 homes in Hertfordshire don't have a smoke alarm, according to fire service

Herfordshire fire service have released a video warning latest statistics show as many as 38,000 homes in the county haven't got round to putting their smoke alarms up. 

They say people must also make sure they have enough alarms to cover the whole house.

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Second preference count in Thames Valley PCC election

In the last few minutes we've just heard that counting for the Thames Valley police and crime commissioner will now go to second preference. 

That's because no-one has received more than 50% of the votes, so people's second choice will now be counted.

It's between current Conservative PCC Anthony Stansfeld and the only female candidate, Laetisia Carter, who's standing for Labour.

Man stabbed in Luton

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man has been stabbed in the leg as he walked home in Luton. 

It happened on Rockley Road at 10:45 on Wednesday. The man was attacked by two young men wearing hooded tops. 

Police say his injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.

Ancient form of burial planned for Bedfordshire

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

An ancient form of burial is coming back to Bedfordshire for the first time in over 3,500 years.

The barrow is inspired by the Bronze Age round mounds close to Stonehenge.

Toby Angel, the managing director of Sacred Stones, explains how it works...

Milton Keynes voters in PCC election opt for Labour candidate

An interesting result has just come in for Milton Keynes in the Thames Valley police and crime commissioner election.

PCC election results in Thames Valley

The current PCC, Anthony Stansfeld, has been beaten into second place there by Labour candidate, Laetisia Carter.

However, he may not be too worried at this stage as he has won in many of the other returned districts.

Current PCC Anthony Stansfeld leading in Thames Valley election

This is the latest state of play in the Thames Valley police and crime commisioner election race.

PCC results so far for Thames Valley

So far eight districts have declared their results, with current PCC Anthony Stansfeld polling the majority of votes.

However, he currently doesn't have the necessary 50% needed to win on first preference votes only.

Counting under way in Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner election

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

I'm in Borehamwood, where I'll be reporting on the results for the Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner.

Counting is under way and turn out is 29% - double what it was four years ago. 

Three districts have returned so far and we're waiting on six others.

PCC count

Man remains in custody after disappearance of Milton Keynes mother

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Thames Valley Police say a man arrested over the disappearance of a woman from Milton Keynes remains in custody. 

Officers have been questioning the 42-year-old on suspicion of murdering 31-year-old mother of three, Natalie Hemming.

She was last seen in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday afternoon.

Turnout almost double in Thames Valley PCC race

Turnout for the Thames Valley police and crime commissioner election is 25.6% - almost double the level seen in the last PCC election in 2012. 

We are expecting a result at about 15:00, but officials say it may be decided on a second preference vote.

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Milton Keynes Labour leader says it's 'always been close'

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

The Milton Keynes Labour group leader Pete Marland has said it's "always been close" in the town after his party ended up with the same number of seats on the council as the Conservatives.

Peter Marland

He said it was a "really good night" for the Milton Keynes Labour group as a whole, as they held off a Conservative challenge.

He said: "The Conservatives were sure they were going to get a majority, they haven't, and actually I think what a majority of people in Milton Keynes have shown, whether they voted Labour, whether they voted Liberal Democrat or whether they voted Green is that there's a progressive majority in the city that want a fairer Milton Keynes, a more progressive Milton Keynes and want a more affordable Milton Keynes."

Police search continues for missing mother

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

A police search is continuing today for a missing mother-of-three from Milton Keynes.

Natalie Hemming
Thames Valley Police

Officers have been questioning a 42-year-old man on suspicion of murdering Natalie Hemming, 31, from Newton Leys who was last seen in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday afternoon.

Detective Superintendent Chris Ward says her family are "extremely concerned, upset and worried".

Queen's visit to Berkhamsted: Monarch enjoys Lion King performance

Toby Friedner

BBC Three Counties Radio

Can you feel the love Berkhamsted? 

The Queen has just been treated to an excerpt of Berkhamsted School's up and coming production of Disney's 'The Lion King Jr'.

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Queen's visit to Berkhamsted: Highlights so far

The media team at Berkhamsted school are being kept busy today.

Here's another video of the Queen's visit from their Twitter feed...

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Queen's visit to Berkhamsted: An English Rose

Ollie Bayliss

BBC Three Counties Radio

The Queen is a vision in pink as she visits Berkhamsted on this very sunny May day.


She's attending a reception and meeting members of the community, including the heads of schools and charities, before attending a lunch.

Queen's visit to Berkhamsted: Resplendent in pink

The Queen seems very happy to be in Berkhamsted as she helps celebrate 475 years of Berkhamsted School, of which she is a patron.

The school was founded in 1541 by John Incent, Dean of St Paul's.

Queen at Berkhamsted School

Queen's visit to Berkhamsted: Proud moment for school

Berkhamsted School is relishing its moment in the spotlight. The Queen visited the school this morning.

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