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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday, 25 May 2016
  2. Updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday
  3. The co-owner of children's summer camp LL Camps, Ben Lewis, has pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children
  4. A woman was found dead at a house in Letchworth last night

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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from the team here at local live for Beds, Bucks and Herts. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday morning. 

We'll be following the tennis as the British number two Aljaz Bedene, who trains at Welwyn's Gosling Tennis Centre, in the second round of the French Open. 

He's up against Spain's Carreno-Busta at 10:00.

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Weather: Cloudy tonight with warm sunshine tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will stay overcast tonight with patchy light rain and drizzle. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Weather map
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Thursday will be a cloudy to start with, becoming brighter with sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F). 

Boy, 14, charged with burglary

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 14-year-old boy from High Wycombe has been charged with burglary

A house in Broom Close was broken into on New Year's Eve. An iPad, cash, car keys and the car parked on the drive were stolen.

The boy is accused of burglary, handling stolen goods and travelling in a stolen car.

He's been bailed and is due to attend High Wycombe Youth Court on Friday. 

Luton sign Bradford defender Sheehan

Luton Town will sign defender Alan Sheehan from Bradford City on 1 July on a two-year deal upon the expiry of his contract with the League One club.

Alan Sheehan
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The 29-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Kenilworth Road and was Nathan Jones' first signing as Hatters boss in January.

Ex-Notts County and Swindon man Sheehan made 20 appearances for Jones' side as they finished 11th in League Two.

Alan Sheehan

Luton sign Bradford defender Sheehan

Luton Town will sign defender Alan Sheehan on a two-year deal upon the expiry of his contract at Bradford City.

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Feline friends + theme park = Cat World?

Sophie Sulehria

BBC Three Counties Radio

Purrfect news for cat lovers - a woman from Dunstable is crowdfunding to set up her own cat theme park.

Caroline Harvey says she needs £100,000 to get World of Cats off the ground, which could include cat themed rides, cat shows, a cat hotel and a cat meet and greet.

Cat theme park plan
World of Cats

I kept seeing places like Monkey World, Bird World, Flamingo Land... and I thought where's Cat World?"

Caroline Harvey

Grafham Water at 50: Duke of Edinburgh returns

Here's the moment the royal visitor returned to Grafham Water.

The Duke of Edingburgh unveiled a new £28m facility that will store an additional 40m litres of treated water to make sure places like Milton Keynes and the whole of Bedfordshire have enough water for decades to come.

He first came to the reservoir when he opened it in 1966. 

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Grafham Water at 50: Before and after pictures

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

In 1966, a new reservoir was built to provide water for the new town of Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire. 

Here's what the landscape looked like before and after the area was flooded...

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The Duke of Edinburgh opened it then and he returned today:

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Body found in Hertfordshire woods is Natalie Hemming

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A body found in woodland at Toms Hill, Chandlers Cross in Hertfordshire on Sunday is that of missing Natalie Hemming

The mother-of-three, from Newton Leys in Milton Keynes, was last seen on 1 May.

Natalie Hemming
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post-mortem finished today, but the cause of death hasn't been confirmed and further forensic tests are continuing. 

Ms Hemming's partner Paul Hemming, 42, was charged with her murder on 6 May.

Cuts set to strike Buckinghamshire children’s centres

A review into family support services is likely to see cuts to children's centres across Buckinghamshire, the Bucks Herald has reported. 

Buckinghamshire County Council said the review will focus primarily on the role of 35 children's centres across the county as it needs a new future model that both saves money and better supports users.

Luton murder: Police cordons still in place

Jo Black

BBC News

Police cordons are still in place at the scene in Overstone Road and a blue and white forensic tent remains at the front door of the semi detached house.

Police in Overstone Road
SBNA

Neighbours have told me this is where Saima Khan was found on Monday evening by paramedics. She died at the scene.

A post-mortem is expected to be carried out today.

Luton murder: Friends talk of shock death

Jo Black

BBC News

Police have yet to officially confirm the name of woman killed on Monday, but neighbours and a cousin have told me the woman who died was 34-year-old Saima Khan, a mother to four children.

Police at scene in Overstone Road
SBNA

A woman who says she's a relative, and asked not to be named, said Saima's eldest child is seven years old and her youngest has just turned one.

A birthday party for the baby was due to take place this forthcoming weekend, she told me.

Luton murder: Car being searched by forensics team

Jo Black

BBC News

We now have more information on a car being searched after a woman was killed in Luton on Monday night.

Cars being searched
SBNA

The Red Aygo is thought to have belonged to Saima Khan, a 34-year-old mother of four who has been named locally as the woman murdered at a property in Overstone Road. 

The car is parked outside the family home and is a left hand drive vehicle, which neighbours say they often saw the victim driving.

Luton murder: Large police forensic presence outside house

There's still a large police forensic presence outside the house of a woman who was killed in Luton on Monday night, with police currently searching a car.

Forensic scene in Overstone Road
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The woman - named locally as 34-year-old mother of four Saima Khan - was killed at a house in Overstone Road. 

Neighbours say she was the victim of a botched burglary, but police have not yet confirmed or denied this.

LL Camps co-owner in court: Prosecution tells court Tal Landsman 'should have removed Lewis from premises'

The co-owner of a children's summer camp "exposed children to the unnecessary risk that they would suffer harm" at the hands of his friend, a court has heard.

Prosecutor Ann Evans told the jury at St Albans Court Court that Tal Landsman should have reported Ben Lewis after indecent images of children were found on the second man's mobile phone.

Tal Landsman
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She said "it was his obligation for the safety of the children in his care to report Mr Lewis, to remove him from the premises, or shut the operations".

Mr Landsman, 26, of Admiral Drive, Stevenage, has pleaded not guilty to cruelty to a person under 16.

Lewis, also 26, from Lullington Garth, Borehamwood, previously pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images.

The case continues.

LL Camps co-owner in court: Ben Lewis pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images, court hears

A judge at the trial of a children's summer camp safeguarding officer has lifted a reporting restriction regarding the guilty pleas of his co-owner.

Tal Landsman, 26, of Admiral Drive, Stevenage is charged with cruelty to a person under 16.

Ben Lewis
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It has now been revealed co-owner of LL Camps, Ben Lewis, also 26, and from Lullington Garth, Borehamwood, has pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images.

Judge Marie Catterson lifted a Contempt of Court Act regarding the guilty pleas, which related to three counts of making (downloading) indecent images and one of taking indecent images.

The case against Mr Landsman - who has pleaded not guilty - continues.

LL Camps co-owner in court: Prosecution claims Tal Landsman 'did nothing' after indecent images were found

Indecent images found on the mobile phone of children's summer camp co-owner, Ben Lewis, included pictures taken in a changing room and naked children on a beach, St Albans Crown Court has heard.

St Albans Crown Court
South Beds News Agency

Witness Sandra Vicente said after finding the pictures on 26-year old Mr Lewis' phone, she had told LL Camps' co-owner Tal Landsman about them - but, the prosecution claim, he did nothing and allowed his friend to continue at work.

Mr Landsman, also 26, of Admiral Drive, Stevenage pleads not guilty to a single charge of cruelty to a person under 16 between 31 July and 7 August 2015.

The case continues.

LL Camps co-owner in court: Pictures of naked children found on phone, court hears

Naked pictures of three and four year old girls were found on the mobile phone of one of the owners of a children's summer camp, a court has heard.

Tal Landsman
South Beds News Agency

The jury at St Albans Crown Court, where LL Camps co-owner Tal Landsman of Crambus Court, Admiral Drive, Stevenage, pleads not guilty to a single charge of cruelty to a person under 16 between 31 July and 7 August 2015, heard the indecent images were found on the phone of the camp's other owner, Ben Lewis.

Sandra Vicente told the court Lewis, 26, of Lullington Garth, Borehamwood, had given her his phone and PIN so she could play music at a children's party on 1 August last year - but that what she found had "polluted" her brain.

The case continues.

Carnival coming to Luton

Carnival fever is set to hit Luton this Sunday. 

Thousands are expected to see the parade in Wardown Park which is celebrating its 40th year.

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Good news as missing Stevenage man is found

Police have confirmed Edwin Foulger - who we reported earlier was missing - has been found safe and well. 

The 86-year-old, from Stevenage, was found by police in Letchworth within the last hour.

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Concern grows for missing Stevenage man

Police have released the registration number of a car they believe a missing Stevenage man was driving in the early hours of this morning.

Edwin Foulger, 86, was last seen in his car at 01:00 this morning in Letchworth. He appeared lost and confused and said he was looking for "Baldock Road". 

His red Ford Fiesta has the registration KF57 ZVL.

Anyone who may have seen his car or Mr Foulger is asked to call police on 101.

Travel update: M1 J10 all lanes now re-opened

BBC Travel

We told you earlier about the accident involving a car and a lorry on the M1 northbound after J10, Luton Airport Spur Road.

All lanes have now been re-opened, but there's congestion to J9 at Redbourn. 

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Investigation continues into death of woman in Letchworth

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The East of England Ambulance Service has confirmed it was called to a house in Ivel Court on the Jackson estate in Letchworth at 20:14 last night. 

A rapid response vehicle and ambulance officer were sent to treat a woman in her 30s, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating.

Ivel Court
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Travel: Severe delays on M1 at J10 after accident

One lane is currently blocked and there's queuing traffic on the M1 northbound after J10, at the Luton Airport Spur Road, because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

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Dead dog seen on truck in Hemel Hempstead

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

I've seen a picture of this and it's pretty gruesome - which is why we've decided not to use it.

It relates to an emaciated dead dog which has been spotted on a truck in Hemel Hempstead. 

The RSPCA is trying to trace the owner of the vehicle after the dog was seen on it's towbar in The Queen's Square on 9 May. 

Chief Inspector Rob Hartley called it a "very shocking sight for people [which] can be upsetting," before urging anyone with information to call 0300 123 8018.

Luton murder: Neighbours say house had been burgled six months ago

Claire Timms

BBC London News

I'm in Overstone Road in Luton, outside the house where a woman was murdered on Monday night.

A neighbour, who didn't want to be named, told me the woman had been burgled six months ago and police still hadn't caught the perpetrators.

Overstone Road in Luton
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She said the burglars gained access via a downstairs window and been scared off when a motion sensing burglar alarm sounded, adding others on the street have been targeted.

New home needed for Bucks charity

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

A new home is being sought for a Buckinghamshire charity as the proposed route for HS2 is set to go straight through its site.

Tina the Alpaca
Justin Dealey

Animal Antiks in Stoke Mandeville helps young adults with learning difficulties.  

It says it needs a new 20 acre site to house all its animals, including Tina the alpaca.

Duke of Edinburgh 'drops' into water facility

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Fifty years ago the Duke of Edinburgh opened Grafham Water in Cambridgeshre, which was built to provide water for the new town of Milton Keynes and to Bedfordshire.

The Duke of Edingburgh at Grafham Water in 1966
Anglian Water

Today he'll return to open a new Anglian Water facility to make sure there's enough water for the growing populations in the area for several years.

It's cost £28m and will store an additional 40m litres of treated water.

Railway line being searched in severed head case

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police have just told us they're searching a railway line with British Transport Police in Sharnbrook, where they believe a severed head came from.

Police car at Sharnbook site
SBNA

Officers still don't know if the head belonged to a man or a woman and are working with specialists to establish the sex. DNA results are still outstanding.

Police say they're "keeping an open mind with regards to what has happened".

The Story of Grafham Water

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Here's a bit of nostalgia... a video from Anglian Water that explains how the reservoir was made. 

 "Grafham Water was a trailblazing project when it was first conceived in the 1960s," said Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson

"The Duke called it ‘far-sighted’ at that time."   

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Police investigate sudden death of Letchworth woman

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire Police have just told me they are investigating the sudden death of a woman in her 30s at an address in Ivel Court, Letchworth Garden City, last night.

I've been told house to house inquiries have been carried out, but as investigations at are at a very early stage it's not possible to confirm any more details.

We'll bring you more on this story when we get it.

Watford FC get more than £74m from being in Premier League

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford have received more than £74m in TV and prize money from the Premier League this season.

Watford fans
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The club's financial reward for the season, where ten Hornets games were shown live, was £74.5m, most of which came from TV broadcast rights deals both here and abroad.

Watford earned nearly £10m in merit payment for finishing 13th in the league and, of course, staying in the Premier League means even more financial gain next season.

Missing man seen driving around Hertfordshire

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police in Hertfordshire have said they are trying to trace a missing 86-year-old man who has been seen driving his car around the county since yesterday morning.

Edwin Foulger
Hertfordshire Police

The last positive sighting of Edwin Foulger, from Stevenage, was at 01:00 today when he was seen driving his red Ford Fiesta in Letchworth.

Mr Foulger, described as a white man of slim build who is usually smartly dressed, appeared lost and confused, saying he was looking for Baldock Road. It is also believed he may have travelled into Bedford.

Luton Town 'want public opinion' on new stadium plans

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The chief executive of Luton Town is urging fans and residents to examine the club's plans for a new stadium in Luton town centre and development plans at J10 of the M1.

New Luton Town stadium
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Public consultation continues for the rest of the week and Gary Sweet has said that by answering people's concerns, the club can present an even stronger case to Luton Borough Council.

He said the club is keen to speak to people to see if "there's anything we've got wrong... because that gives us the chance to make any changes and if we capture everything then the council should like it".

Hertfordshire man leads a dog's life

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Over the past few days, newspapers such as the Daily Mail have been reporting the story of a man from Hertfordshire who enjoys dressing up as a dog.

Spot with his ex-fiancee
Channel 4/Richard Ansett

Well tonight, the Tring man, who wishes to be known only as Tom - or Spot - will feature in a documentary on Channel 4 called the Secret Life of the Human Pups - or people who enjoy dressing up like dogs.

Tom - pictured with ex-fiancee Rachel - who has been dressing as a dalmatian for about ten years, told BBC Three Counties Radio: "A lot of it is escapism, it's trying to get away from the chaos of life... a very quick and easy way of dropping to basic simple levels of enjoyment [like playing with] tennis balls, that kind of thing."

Today's weather: Cloudy, cool and damp

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

After a rather grey start, today is due to be cloudy with some outbreaks of rain, and it will also be feel colder.

Maximum temperature: 12C (53F).

Get the detailed forecast for where you live at BBC Weather.

Luton murder: Police to be at house 'a number of days'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Officers investigating the murder of a woman in Luton have said they will be at the property in Overstone Road - where she was found - for "a number of days".

Overstone Road search
BBC

Bedfordshire Police were called to the house after 23:30 on Monday where the victim, named locally as 34-year-old Saima Khan, had suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.  

Det Chief Insp Adam Gallop, from the Major Crime Unit, said search teams are "systematically working to identify potential evidence, but the main focus where we'll be for a number of days will be within the actual property itself".

Luton murder: Answers 'could lie in community'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Potential witnesses in Overstone Road and the surrounding area are "particularly" being sought by police investigating the murder of a woman in Luton.

Murder scene in Overstone Road
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Neighbours have said the woman, named locally as Saima Khan, 34, was the victim of a burglary that went wrong, but this has not been confirmed.   

Det Chief Insp Adam Gallop, from the Major Crime Unit, said answers could be found within the community "which is why I'm appealing for witnesses in that area" to come forward.

Murder investigation continues in Luton

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A murder investigation is continuing in Luton after a woman was killed at a house in Overstone Road on Monday night.

Police press conference
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She's been named locally as 34-year-old Saima Khan - a mother of four young children. Neighbours have said she was the victim of a botched burglary, but this has not been confirmed by police.

Det Chief Insp Adam Gallop, from the Major Crime Unit, said the "level of violence was high" in the case, but the investigation is in its early stages.

Investigation continues at Luton murder scene

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to today's live page for the three counties.

Yesterday's news was dominated by the murder of a woman in Overstone Road, Luton.

Today we'll bring you news of any developments on that story, together with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the area.

Murder scene in Overstone Road, Luton
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