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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday, 10 May 2016
  2. Members of the public are set to join the fight against nuisance motorbike riders in Bedfordshire
  3. Police in Milton Keynes are urging people who filmed the aftermath of yesterday's fatal collision near The Point, to consider carefully what they do with the footage
  4. A late night Thameslink train between London and Bedford is the most violent on the network
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the live team here today, but we'll be back with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks at 08:00 tomorrow.

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Luton Town: Jake Howells and Alex Lawless among nine released

BBC Sport

Luton Town have released nine players including midfielders Jake Howells and Alex Lawless.

Jake Howells
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Howells, 25, made 334 Hatters appearances after coming through their youth ranks and 31-year-old Lawless played 203 games for the club.

Paul Benson, Isaac Galliford, Scott Griffiths, Ryan Hall, Mark Onyemah, Luke Trotman and Curtley Williams will also leave at the end of their deals. Read more here.

Social media warning after blackmail attempts

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Police have issued a warning to social media users in North Hertfordshire and Stevenage after six men were targeted by blackmailer. 

They were contacted on social networking websites by women unknown to them, and were encouraged to engage in sexual activity via a webcam. 

They were then contacted with demands for money, with threats to publish the footage. The incidents happened in Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth.  

Heatherton House school girls meet The Queen

Bucks Free Press

Four school girls from Amersham had a once-in-a-lifetime experience last week after they came face-to-face with Her Majesty The Queen.  

Bedfordshire children on what happens when you die...

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week, which the charity hopes will put "the importance of talking about dying and bereavement on the national agenda".

Bedfordshire-based Keech Hospice have created a stir on Facebook with their video of four and five-year-olds answering questions about what happens when people die.

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"When my cat dies I'll be so happy because I don't like her"

Narrowboat owners want 'more facilities' for freer movement

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

Narrowboat owners protesting in Milton Keynes today say they need more facilities in place in order for them to move around more freely.

Protesters in Milton Keynes
BBC

Helen Brice, lives on a boat without a home mooring, and says that boaters have been trying to negotiate with the Canal and River Trust but there hasn't been a public consultation. 

"What we need is more facilities, such as sanitation units, water points and bin compounds, and mooring rings in places where it's not congested so people can go and move around more easily," Ms Brice said.

Music festival in memory of St Albans teen who drowned

St Albans Review

Family and friends of two young girls who died whilst volunteering in Africa are raising money for charities in both the UK and abroad.  

M1 spillage: Road reopens

Gareth Lloyd

BBC Three Counties Radio

We've just been told the southbound M1 near Luton has reopened.

This was the scene a short time ago.

Southbound M1
Gareth Lloyd

HS2: Herts Council 'concerned' over changes

Hertfordshire County Council is "concerned about a number of changes" to the HS2 Bill, which would have a section of the line within the county boundary, and has submitted a petition to the House of Lords.

Generated image of an HS2 train on the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct
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The council says it is particularly concerned about the "proposed extension of the Chiltern Tunnel" due to increased vehicles, constructions and "negative effect on the landscape".

Police support for volunteer bikers

Jonathan Vernon-Smith

BBC Three Counties Radio

Police say they will support members of the public joining the fight against nuisance motorbike riders in Bedfordshire. 

Nuisance bikers
BBC

Volunteer bikers say they are experienced riders who can help the police by becoming special constables. 

Supt Sharn Basra, from Bedfordshire Police, told a public meeting in Luton last night that the scheme could be under way within weeks.

Bedford MP says violent train figures 'shocking'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The MP for Bedford and Kempston says crime figures on a late night Thameslink train between London and Bedford are "shocking".

Conservative MP Richard Fuller said that he would challenge the rail operator over security, after the British Transport Police revealed 23 crimes were recorded last year on the early morning Saturday train. 

Thameslink say this has to be seen in the context of the 52,000 passengers they carried between Blackfriars and Bedford in the early hours of Friday night in that same period.

Prisoner absconds from Buckinghamshire prison

A 28-year-old man has absconded from an open prison in Buckinghamshire.

Harry Holland
Thames Valley Police

Harry Holland was last seen at HMP Springhill at about 00:03 yesterday. He is 5ft 5ins tall with links to Wellingborough and the Northants are, police say.

The public are asked not to approach him if they see him but call 101. Police refused to reveal the nature of the sentence being served by Holland.

Istiak Yusuf death: Police 'may have contributed to death'

Police errors may have contributed to the death of a man who suffered a drug-induced seizure in a cell at Luton police station, an inquest jury has concluded. 

Istiak Yusuf
Family picture

Istiak Yusuf, 25, died in June 2015 after being arrested for an alleged assault against his wife. 

The inquest at Ampthill Coroner's Court heard he managed to take cocaine and ecstasy after being searched by police. Eight officers were served with misconduct notices. 

BreakingIstiak Yusuf death: 'Errors in police actions may have caused or contributed to death'

Police errors might have "caused or contributed" to the death of a man at Luton police station, an inquest jury has ruled.

M1 spillage: Major disruption caused

Gareth Lloyd

BBC Three Counties Radio

Long tailbacks are building up as emergency services tackle the spillage near Luton.

M1 spillage
Gareth Lloyd

M1 spillage: More photographs emerge of tailbacks

Gareth Lloyd

BBC Three Counties Radio

This is the scene on the southbound carriageway near Luton.

The M1 near Luton
Gareth Lloyd

Istiak Yusuf inquest: Man used drugs 'to feel normal'

Nicola Haseler

BBC Three Counties

The inquest into the death of a Luton man in police custody is summing up the evidence before the jury is asked to reach a verdict. 

Istiak Yusuf was found to have a large amount of drugs in his system after he died in a police cell in Luton. 

Istiak Yusuf
Family photo

This morning we heard a statement from Mr Yusuf's drugs counsellor who said he started taking drugs and alcohol as a teenager, and ended up needing them "just to feel normal".

A portait of him was then read out by his family who described him as "respectful and caring, he loved his family and was doing well in his career". They said his loss has been "absolutely devastating". 

M1 closure: Photograph of diesel spill

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing Unit have tweeted a photograph of the 500 litres of diesel that has been spilled across the M1 southbound carriageway following a collision involving a lorry.

The road is closed between J11-J9 and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

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M1 collision after possible 'medical episode'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The M1 is closed southbound between J11 for Luton and J9 for Redbourne following a collision believed to be caused by a lorry driver suffering "a medical episode", police say.

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Emergency services were called to the carriageway at 14:00 after reports of a lorry in collision with a vehicle, then striking the central reservation. The driver is being taken to hospital.

A full closure is in place at this time and motorists are asked to avoid the area. Highways England say 500 litres of diesel has been spilt.

Travel: Motorists asked to avoid M1 J10

BBC Travel

Police have asked motorists to avoid the southbound M1 at J10 after an incident, the details of which are currently unclear.

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Travel: M1 blocked southbound J10-J9

BBC Travel

The M1 is blocked southbound between J10 and J9. Emergency services are at the scene.

Stay up-to-date here.

Weather Watchers: Cloudy and rainy day

BBC Weather Watchers

The sunshine has well and truly taken cover today, as we see blankets of cloud and rain covering the three counties.

Black clouds over Great Linford
BBC/Oldboy

Our BBC Weather Watchers have been keeping us up-to-date with their weather reports and photographs, including this image of a moody Great Linford from user "Oldboy".

Weather: More rain this afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon we'll continue to see more cloud with outbreaks of rain, which may be heavy at times, with the risk of thunder. 

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F)

Weather graphic shows rain
BBC

Narrowboat protest against 'impracticable' regulations

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

I'm at a protest outside the Canal and River Trust in Milton Keynes today, as narrowboat owners say regulations to move 20 miles or more a year on waterways are "impracticable".

Boaters protesting
BBC

Mike Grimes, the head of boating at the Canal and River Trust, said that they have issued boater guidance which asks boaters "as a continuous cruiser [to move] at least every 14 days" as the waterways have become busier "than they ever have been".

He stated "hopping from a to b and back again isn't what we'd consider bonafide cruising" and continued that they feel the "guidance is fair".

CCTV released of statue vandalism

CCTV has been released after a 150 year old statue was vandalised in Hertford.

The statue in St Andrew's Street was damaged at about 03:30 on 26 March.

Hertfordshire Police say they would like to speak to any drivers who passed the scene who may be able to help the investigation.

Lunchtime headlines: M1 crash death accused in court... Stony Straford fire 'electrical'

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this lunchtime:

HS2: MP challenged over right to give evidence

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The MP for Chesham and Amersham has been challenged on her right to speak about the HS2 Bill in the House of Lords.

"Warning HS2 here?" sign
BBC

Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan was challenged by the Secretary of State for Transport after submitting a petition to the Select Committee.

Ms Gillan said she is "very disappointed" over the challenge to speak on behalf of her constituents, and that "it is a poor reflection on our democracy". She will be appealing the locus standi - her right to stand and give evidence - "in due course".

Luton Airport breaks milestone with 13m passengers

London Luton Airport has seen more than 13m passengers in the last year, after another record month in April.

London Luton Airport
Fairley's

More than 1.1m customers travelled through the airport last month, a 17% increase on the same period the year before. 

The airport is currently redeveloping the terminal building to increase its annual capacity from 12m to 18m passengers, which will be ready by 2020. In total, £110m is being invested in the transformation.

Stony Stratford fire was 'electrical'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Fire investigators say the cause of a fire in Stony Stratford which destroyed two 18th century buildings was electrical.

The fire began on 1 May and was tackled by nine fire engines. It was later investigated by drones as the site was too dangerous to enter.

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We'll bring you further details on this when we hear more.

Fourteen years since Potters Bar rail crash

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the Potters Bar rail crash in Hertfordshire, in which seven people were killed, six of them passengers.

Potters Bar rail crash
PA

The train was travelling from London to Norfolk at what was thought to be up to 100mph when it derailed at the station. Five people died at the scene, and two in hospital.

Network Rail were fined £3m for safety failings after admitting breaching safety regulations. Faulty points were to blame for the crash.

Bikers to become special constables to tackle nuisance riders

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

Experienced bikers set to join the fight against nuisance motorbike riders in Bedfordshire say they will "hit the hotspots". 

Nuisance bikers
BBC

Volunteer bikers from the Trial Riders Fellowship spoke at a public meeting in Luton last night saying they can help the police by becoming special constables.

"We made it clear that... we wanted to do this job, which is rural patrolling and hitting the hotspots where we know there is nuisance motorcycling," Andrew from the group said. 

Easyjet reports half year loss of £24m

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton-based Easyjet has reported a half year loss of £24m, compared with profits of £7m in the same period last year.

Carolyn McCall
BBC

The company said demand for flights had been hit by the terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels and Egypt. 

Easyjet's chief executive, Carolyn McCall, said a fall in the value of the pound had also been a factor.

"Technically the reason for the loss is foreign exchange - the softening of the pound against the euro," she said.

Narrowboat owners protest in Milton Keynes

Narrowboat owners say they could face eviction over planned changes to mooring rules in Milton Keynes. They will be protesting today at the headquarters of the Canals and Rivers Trust.  

Grand Union in Great Linford
Google

The National Bargee Travellers Association fear more people who live on narrowboats without a permanent mooring face eviction for not complying with the rules. The organisation says the rules covering how far so-called "continuous cruisers" must travel are too vague. 

The Canal and Rivers Trust says in most cases it would expect boats to travel more than 15 to 20 miles to comply with the rules.

Latest headlines: Nuisance biker fight continues... Narrowboat protest

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The latest headlines:

  • Police say they will support members of the public joining the fight against nuisance motorbike riders in Bedfordshire 
  • Luton-based Easyjet has reported a half year loss of £24m 
  • Narrowboat owners say they could face eviction over planned changes to mooring rules in Milton Keynes

Arctic convoy veterans mark 75th anniversary

Gail Sanderson

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 90-year-old veteran of the Arctic convoys during World War Two has taken part in a ceremony on HMS Belfast on the Thames in London. 

A British destroyer caked in ice in 1943
PA

Baden Hall, from Bedford, was among about 20 veterans from around the world who were marking the 75th anniversary of the of the first Arctic convoy yesterday. 

He served on Zodica a royal navy destroyer which delivered supplies to the Russians.

Arctic Convoy veterans
PA

Bedford Thameslink train 'most violent'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

A late night Thameslink train between London and Bedford is the most violent on the network. 

Thameslink rail line
PA

The early morning Saturday train recorded 23 crimes last year, including theft, sexual assault and battery, according to figures from an FOI to the British Transport Police.    

Dunstable assaults linked by police

Two assaults in Dunstable which left the victims with serious injuries are being linked by police.

Matthew Street in Dunstable
Google

The incidents happened on Saturday, the first at about 03:00 in Matthew Street where the victim was approached by an unknown number of offenders before an assault which left them with serious facial injuries.

The second victim was attacked with a bottle around a similar time in an alleyway off High Street North, and required hospital treatment.

Weather: Cloudy with rain today

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain throughout the day. There will be heavy downpours at times, with the risk of thunder too. 

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F)

Police warning over filming of fatal collision

Police in Milton Keynes are urging people who filmed the aftermath of yesterday's fatal collision near The Point, to consider carefully what they do with the footage. 

The Point in Milton Keynes
BBC

A 30-year-old man from the Buckingham area died after being hit by a bus at about 11:15. 

Officers are appealing for witnesses, but say posting footage on social media could be upsetting to the man's family.  

Public to join nuisance biker fight

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Members of the public are set to join the fight against nuisance motorbike riders in Bedfordshire. 

Nuisance biker in Dunstable
BBC

A biker group repeated the offer at a special public meeting in Luton last night; chaired by BBC Three Counties, and attended by Beds Police and Luton Borough Council. The volunteers say they are experienced riders who can help the police by becoming special constables. 

Supt Sharn Basra is backing the idea: "We have got rules and regulations but for the good of the community, for what we want to try and achieve, we can go around some of these logistical issues that are hamstringing us, and we can work with these guys."