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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 13 April 2016
  2. Luton delivery driver jailed for life, with a minimum 12-year term, for plotting to kill a US airman outside a base in East Anglia
  3. Luiz Rocker found not guilty of causing the deaths of two girls by dangerous driving
  4. Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores will leave the club after their final match of the season on Sunday
  5. Flores said he has enjoyed his time in the Premier League, but will take time to reflect on his future at Vicarage Road
  6. Watford FC said Flores leaves with the club's "best wishes" and that he is "always welcome at Vicarage Road"
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Goodbye, Au Revoir, Arrivederci, Adios, Auf Wiedersehen... that's it for this week from all the team at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. We'll be back on Monday at 08:00. 

We're not here over the weekend, so sadly can't report on one of the biggest events on TV, the Eurovision Song contest.

Scooch
BBC

Local support has been given to Joe and Jake who're representing the UK. 

Natalie Powers (waving her flag), is a member of former UK Eurovision group Scooch and is now principle of the All Stars Theatre Academy in Tring and Princes Risborough. 

She thinks their song You're Not Alone is "brilliant" and should "do really well."

Weather: Skies clearing overnight, with a bright day tomorrow

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

It will be an increasingly cloudy evening, but soon giving way to clearer skies through the night. 

It will turn chilly with a minimum of 4C (39F).  

Cloud in Bedford
Tony Home/Weather Watcher

Tomorrow will be mainly dry, but feeling rather cool with patchy cloud and sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F). 

Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Footage released after man dies in Bedford

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Mobile phone footage has emerged, apparently showing the arrest of a man on Midland Road, Bedford, who later died.

The footage shows plain-clothed police officers urging the man, named locally as Carl Brunner, to spit out something which was in his mouth.

His death on Wednesday is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Video: SWNS

HMP Springhill absconded prisoner found

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man who absconded from HMP Springhill in Buckinghamshire has been found.

Harry Holland
Thames Valley Police

Harry Holland, 28, absconded from HMP Springhill in Aylesbury Vale on Monday. 

He was found on Thursday in Northamptonshire and has been returned to custody. 

Lewis Hamilton beaten by Nico Rosberg on Spanish GP practice

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton could only manage third in the second practice in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and mechanic in garage at Spanish Grand Prix practice
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Hamilton was held up by a slower car on his best lap - but was already 0.2 seconds down on Rosberg's lap before the delay.

Max Verstappen was eighth fastest, two places and 0.181secs behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on his debut for the Milton Keynes Red Bull team following his transfer from the Toro Rosso junior team.  

Tributes to man killed after a bus accident in Milton Keynes

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man who died following an accident with a bus in Milton Keynes earlier in the week has been named. 

Antony Dillow, 30, from Buckingham, died at the scene of the incident outside the Point Complex on Midsummer Boulevard at about 11:15 on Monday. 

Antony Dillow
Thames Valley Police

His family say "he was a loving, caring person with a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. He will be sadly missed by family and friends.”

An inquest into his death was due to open today Milton Keynes Coroner's court.

Khan sentencing: Judge says uncle and nephew 'pose a serious risk of harm'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Sentencing Junead and Shazib Khan at London's Kingston Crown Court, Mr Justice Edis said: "The plan to go to Syria... if it had succeeded it cannot be known what roles these defendants would have played. 

"What I do know is that they would have done their best to help ISIS and the whole world knows where that can end.

"For these reasons I am satisfied that both defendants are dangerous and that they pose a serious risk of harm.

"The protection of the public is paramount in this case."

Khan sentencing: Judge says they became 'committed supporters of ISIS'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The Hon Mr Justice Edis, the judge in the case of Junead and Shazib Khan, said at Kingston Crown court: "Junead was brought up in Luton and Shazib came to live there from Bangladesh in 2006. 

"They are of Bangladeshi heritage. They were educated in this country at the public expense. They have lived as citizens of a free country which is committed to equality under the law."

Shazib Khan and Junead Khan
BBC

"They have repaid all that by becoming committed supporters of ISIS, an organisation which wishes to control the world and which will stop short of no barbarity in order to do so.

"The jury's verdict means he [Junead] was serious in his intention to kill at the time when he researched for a Jihadi John lookalike knife." 

Uncle found guilty of preparing to join terror group

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Shazib Khan, the uncle of Junead Khan, has also been sentenced today at Kingston Crown Court.

Shazib Khan
Met Police

The 23-year-old was found guilty of preparing to travel to Syria to join so-called Islamic State (IS) and was given a custodial sentence of eight years with an extended licence of five years. 

The judge, the Hon Mr Justice Edis, said the sentences were necessary to protect the public.

His nephew, Junead Khan, was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison after being found guilty of preparing terrorist acts including a plot to kill a US airman outside a base in East Anglia.

Khan sentencing: Offender posted footage online

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

A Luton man convicted of plotting to kill a US airman outside a base in East Anglia had posted footage online and had an extensive digital record of his plotting.

Junead Khan, 25, a supporter of so-called Islamic State (IS), has been sentenced to a minimum 12 years in prison after being found guilty of preparing terrorist acts.

Entrance to RAF Lakenheath
Google

Counter-terror police said his mobile phone revealed details of searches for bomb-making instructions, a particular kind of knife and how he had made contact with a Daesh fighter in Syria to seek "direction and guidance".

The phone also contained footage he had taken while he drove near the Houses of Parliament entitled "ISIS Drives Around Westminster".

Cdr Dean Haydon, from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrism unit, said: "This evidence not only enlightened us about the actual plot but also gave us a link back to Syria."

Luton delivery driver jailed for airbase terror plot in Suffolk

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A delivery driver has been jailed for life, with a minimum 12-year term, for plotting to kill a US airman outside a base in East Anglia.

Junead Khan
PA

Junead Khan, 25, from Luton, a supporter of so-called Islamic State (IS), was previously found guilty of preparing terrorist acts.

He had driven past RAF Lakenheath and other US bases and had discussed attacking a soldier with a knife.  

BreakingLuton man jailed for planning terror attack

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A man from Luton has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years by a judge at London's Kingston Crown Court for planning a terrorist attack on an American airbase in East Anglia.

More to follow...

A10 fatal crash: Driver cleared of causing teenagers' deaths by dangerous driving

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The court heard Daniela Ruggiero, from Hoddesdon, was driving on the northbound carriageway of the A10 between High Cross and Standon at about 07:45 on 15 October when a deer leapt over the central barrier.

Prosecutor Peter Shaw said Ms Ruggiero reacted by braking, but her car struck the animal and she stopped.

Accident investigators worked out Luiz Rocker's vehicle slammed into the rear of the stationary Citroen 5.8 seconds after it had struck the deer and the prosecution argued he had failed to brake in time or reduce his speed before crashing.

Man cleared in A10 deer crash death case

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Daniela Ruggiero, 18, and Charlotte Dove, 17, were in a Citroen C1 that stopped when it hit a deer on the A10 in Hertfordshire in 2013.

It caught fire when it was hit at 68mph by Luiz Rocker's Volvo V40, leaving both teenagers trapped inside.

A10 following the crash
South Beds News Agency

Mr Rocker, 48, was acquitted of two charges of causing death by dangerous driving at St Albans Crown Court.

At the start of the trial, Mr Rocker, from Ware, admitted two lesser charges of causing the deaths of the teenagers by careless driving. He will be sentenced next month.

Angry scenes in court after driver cleared of causing death by dangerous driving

There have been angry scenes in court after a jury at St Albans Crown Court found Luiz Rocker not guilty of causing the death of two teenagers in 2013

Members of the families of 18-year-old Daniela Ruggiero, from Hoddesdon, and 17-year-old Charlotte Dove, from Cheshunt, began shouting their disapproval at the verdicts.

Charlotte Dove and Daniela Ruggiero
Herts police

Shouts of "Bloody joke!", "He killed our daughter!" and "He destroyed our family!" were heard. 

Judge Mark Dennis told the families to leave the court building.

Driver found not guilty of causing deaths of teenagers by dangerous driving

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man who crashed into a car in Hertfordshire, killing the two teenage girls inside when it caught fire has been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving. 

Luiz Rocker, 48, from Ware earlier admitted causing the death by careless driving of Daniela Ruggiero and Charlotte Dove.

Luiz Rocker
South Beds News Agency

He was granted police bail at St Albans crown court today. 

He'll be sentenced on 10 June and the judge told him all sentencing options remain open.   

BreakingDriver cleared of causing the deaths of two teenagers by dangerous driving

Luiz Rocker has been cleared by a jury of causing the deaths of two Hertfordshire teenagers by dangerous driving. 

Probe as man pinned down by police dies

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The death of a 48-year-old man who died after being pinned down by plain-clothed police officers is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The man, named locally as Carl Brunner, was arrested on Midland Road, Bedford, at about 12:35 on Wednesday.

Midland Road, Bedford
Google

The IPCC said he was taken to Bedford Hospital and pronounced dead at 13:17.

Bedfordshire Police said the man "became unwell" and that officers gave him first aid.

Travellers praised after leaving Harpenden due to rare butterflies

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Travellers have been praised for leaving Harpenden Common within 24 hours, after it was pointed out their caravans were on land inhabited by rare plants and butterflies.

Harpenden Common
BBC

Some councils in the three counties have faced lengthy eviction processes, but Harpenden councillor Mary Maynard told BBC Three Counties Radio the town clerk dealt with the situation quickly.

She said: "[The travellers] realised, I think, that this wasn't just a field or a piece of land, this was a unique environment and they respected that."

Travel: Bramfield Road in Hertford closed

Bramfield Road in Hertford is closed between the A119 North Road junction and the Windsor Drive junction, because of carriageway investigation works.  

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Flores: Worst performance in last six weeks

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford's worst performances have come in the last six weeks - the time Flores will have found out he was surplus to requirement. 

Team selection has been poor and the attitude of a number of the players can be called into question. 

Quique Sanchez Flores
Getty Images

However it's hard not to feel that the job he had done up to that point had been more than good enough, but football is all about the here and now. 

For a lot of Watford fans the damage has been done.

Flores: He didn't 'want to leave'

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Expect tears at Vicarage Road on Sunday as Quique Sanchez Flores waves goodbye to Watford fans. 

Let's be clear: Flores does not want to leave. The owners and board made the decision. Supporters are divided - but the majority agree with the split.

Quique Sanchez Flores
Getty Images

They are delighted to be playing Premier League football again next season thanks to Watford's form up to Christmas. As stupid as it sounds, Flores may have done too well in the first five months of the season and expectation was cranked up. 

That coincided with a turn in form; results in the new year have been worrying and so has their defensive style of play.

Flores to leave Watford: Your reaction

BBC Sport

You haven't been shy in coming forward with your views on Flores' decision to leave Watford at the end of the season. 

Sam Poulter: You aren't going to keep a manager that got 13th & an FA cup semi final after promotion? New low for manager's job expectancy. If Flores goes despite what he's achieved & Wenger is staying despite massive underachievement, then football has gone mad.

Tom Geoffrey: Flabbergasted by the news that Flores is leaving Watford. Their fans deserve better, after what's been a very decent season.

Dec: So will  Watford bring someone random in, we'll all criticise them, and they'll win the title next season. 

Flores: What next?

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

So what's next for outgoing Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores?

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Flores: The story so far

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Quique Sanchez Flores has guided Watford to their highest league position since Graham Taylor led them to ninth place in the 'old' Division One in 1987.

Many Watford supporters have criticised their recent form, which has seen seven defeats in their last 10 Premier League games.

Quique Sanchez Flores
Getty Images

Flores also took Watford to the FA Cup semi-finals, a run which included a quarter-final win at Arsenal, but their performance in losing to Crystal Palace at Wembley did not help Flores' cause. 

Bookmakers have already made former Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzari the favourite to succeed Flores.

Quique Sanchez Flores is leaving Watford

Watford Observer

Watford have confirmed that Quique Sanchez Flores is leaving at the end of this season.  

Flores: 'Gobsmacked' reaction

BBC Sport

Comments are coming in thick and fast to the announcement that Flores is leaving Watford

Mark Phillips: Not quite sure what Watford expect to be? Barcelona, Real, Man U, Leicester? Sorry boys, but Flores has done a wonderful job. You'll realise that when you're relegated next season. Careful what you wish for!!

Centumvr: This seems like a foolish decision on Watford directors' part. Flores did well for them, did what required of him. He'll go on to something better.

101: Sadly, this is what we have come to expect at Watford. The Pozzos change the Watford manager with alarming regularity. I feel sorry for Flores, what did they want him to do?

Mozerlam: Whoever gets him will be thanking the stupidity of Watford. 

Cinnaman bun: It's a sad part the game that managers are so disposable.

Luke: Gobsmacked!!

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Flores: 'Really emotional'

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Flores says his final game in charge of Watford on Sunday will be "really emotional." 

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Flores: 'It is a moment to reflect'

BBC Sport

After Wednesday's 4-2 defeat by Norwich, manager Quique Sanchez Floressaid he has enjoyed his time in the Premier League, but will take time to reflect on his future at Vicarage Road.

The Spaniard, 51, was appointed in June of last year following the club's promotion from the Championship.  

Norwich 4-2 Watford: Quique Flores to reflect on Watford future

Flores has left the building

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Quique Sanchez Flores leaving
BBC

The scene about half-an-hour ago - that's it fromQuique Sanchez Flores' final pre-match news conference.

Flores: The moment he announced he's leaving

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Here's the moment Quique Sanchez Flores announced he was leaving Watford. 

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Flores: Me and the board 'don't have the same point of view'

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

I've been at the press conference where it was confirmed Quique Sanchez Flores is leaving Watford. 

He said: "The club and me don't have the same point of view about the season.

Flores
Getty Images

"I love these Watford fans. I felt completely happy. They gave me a lot of love. It's going to be really emotional."

Quique Sanchez Flores: Watford Statement

Luke Ashmead

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford Football club have released a statement about the departure of the head coach, Quique Sanchez Flores will be in charge of his last game at Vicarage road this Sunday against Sunderland. 

Quique Sanchez Flores
Getty Images

They say "we would like to thank Quique. He and the team achieved the target set them at the start of the season of staying in the Premier League for a second year."   

"Quique leaves with all our best wishes for the future and the knowledge he is always welcome at Vicarage Road." 

Flores to leave Watford

Watford v Sunderland (Sun, 15:00 BST)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Quique Sanchez Floresis speaking in his news conference right now. "I've enjoyed it a lot at Watford," he says. "I thank the fans. It's been amazing. I achieved the target but it's football. I understand the board's decision. We have different conditions.  

"The only thing I can say is thank you to the fans." 

Quique Sanchez Flores: Watford manager will leave after final game of season

Luke Ashmead

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season.

The Spaniard, 51, was appointed in June 2014 following the club's promotion from the Championship.

Quique Sanchez Flores
BBC

The Hornets are 13th in the Premier League, but have won just two of their past 11 top-flight games.

Sanchez, who also guided Watford to the FA Cup semi-finals, will leave after the final game of the season against Sunderland at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Watford announce Flores is leaving

Watford FC have tweeted the news that Quique Sanchez Flores is to leave the club at the end of the season. 

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BreakingQuique Sanchez Flores: Watford manager to leave in summer

Watford have announced manager Quique Sanchez Flores will leave the Premier League club at the end of the season.  

Luton man to be sentenced over planned airbase attack

A man from Luton is due to be sentenced today for planning a terrorist attack on an American airbase in East Anglia.

Junead Khan and Shazib Khan
CPS

Delivery driver Junead Khan, 25, (pictured left) was convicted last month of intending to stage a car crash near a US base and then kill an airman with a knife. He and his uncle Shazib Khan, 23, were then planning to join ISIS in Syria.

They will be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court.  

Cortney Batchelor case: 'One punch – enough to kill'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The case of Cortney Batchlor - who killed Tomas Juska with a single punch outside a club in Dunstable last summer - was featured on Channel 4's 24 Hours in Police Custody last night.

Batchelor, 22, from Luton, was found guilty of manslaughter last month.  

Club Cookies
BBC

Det Insp Fraser Wylie, who led the investigation into Mr Juska's death, has written a blog post about the case in which he says that "young men, alcohol, and ego don’t mix well".

"These men should both have gone home with a hangover at worse, there was no reason it should have ended as it did," he said.