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Summary

  1. Fire crews are still dampening down a fire at the Four Winds Industrial Estate close to Clophill in Bedfordshire
  2. LL Camps co-owner Tal Landsman has been found not guilty of cruelty to a person under 16
  3. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

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

As ever it's been a busy day bringing you all the latest on the fire at the industrial estate close to Clophill. 

We'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday, after the bank holiday.

In the meantime Luton will be a blaze of colour on Sunday for it's 40th carnival. Thousands are expected to see the procession in Wardown Park. 

If you're going have a great time and enjoy the long weekend. 

Luton carnival
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Santa Pod at 50

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Santa Pod raceway in Bedfordshire is celebrating 50 years of drag racing. It was built in 1966 at RAF Poddington - a disused Second World War air base.

I've met Harold Bull who was the first ever racer there...

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Clophill Fire: The story so far....

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The main story we've been covering today is the massive fire at the Four Winds industrial estate, close to Clophill on the A6. 

Here's a breakdown of the story: 

  • Bedfordshire Fire Service was called at 23:15 to reports of a caravan fire
  • The fire quickly spread to several warehouses
  • Over 80 firefighters from Beds, Herts, Bucks, Cambs and Northants attended
  • The A6 has been closed since last night and is due to re-open this evening
  • A drone borrowed from Buckinghamshire Fire Service was used to help in the investigations, which are now continuing
Smoke at Four Winds industrial estate
Paul Byrne
Fire damage at Four Winds Industrial estate
Paul Byrne

Police appeal for person in high-vis jacket to get in touch after Letchworth death

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Hertfordshire police say they're keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a person with a large build who was wearing a high-vis jacket in the Ivel Court, Hadleigh and Hamonte area of Letchworth at about 08:00 and 12:30 on Tuesday. 

They're investigating the death of Nicola Collingbourne, 26, who was found at her home in the town three days ago. 

Ivel Court, Letchworth
South Beds News Agency

A 52-year-old woman from Hitchin has been arrested in connection with the investigation and remains in police custody.     

Watford MP welcomes allotment decision

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The Conservative MP for Watford has welcomed a decision to allow building work on allotments in the town as part of the health campus.

Farm Terrace allotments
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Allotment holders at Farm Terrace have fought a long battle to preserve the site, but the communities secretary has ruled the land can be developed - it's been earmarked for housing and an extension of Watford Hospital.

Richard Harrington said he is "relieved and so pleased" as the health campus is "critical for the development of Watford".

Allotment holder Sarah-Jane Trebar said the fight would go on and the campaigners legal team were now looking at the ruling "with a fine toothcomb".

Clophill Fire: Damping down continues

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The damping down of the Four Winds Industrial Estate in Clophill continues. 

More than 80 firefighters were dealing with the fire at one stage, but now only a few engines remain. 

The A6 remains closed, but we've been told it should open again by early evening. People are being asked to avoid the area.

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Clophill Fire: How the industrial estate used to look

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A few moments ago, we showed you a photo of the burnt out shell of Woodstone bathrooms on the forecourt of the Four winds industrial estate in Clophill.

It's now just a shell, but this is what it looked like before the massive fire late last night. 

Woodstone bathrooms before the fire
Paul Byrne

This is what the site looks like now. 

Fire damage at Four Winds industrial estate
Paul Byrne

This afternoon's weather: Warm and sunny

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

It's been pretty nice outside this afternoon - as this picture taking in Billington by Weather Watcher Poppy and George shows.

Billington
Weather Watcher / Poppy and George

Clophill Fire: What remains of businesses on the site

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

There are several businesses on the Four Winds Industrial estate.

I met Paul Byrne, who until recently owned Woodstone bathrooms on the forecourt. 

The shop has now burnt down and what you can see pictured below is all that is left of it. 

He still uses one of the units at the back of the estate as a storage depo and believes he will have lost everything in it.

Burnt out shop at Four Winds Industrial estate
Paul Byrne

Clophill Fire: A6 set to re-open early evening

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

We've just been told the A6 could re-open early this evening, as operations at the Four Winds Industrial estate are being scaled down.

There's still smouldering fires in parts of the buildings, so three fire engines will stay to damp down and turn over the debris. They'll also work to extinguish the remaining hot spots.

Because of this, smoke can still be seen in the area and the damping down could go on for another two days. 

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Luton Murder probe: Forensics team remain

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Scene of crime officers are continuing to investigate the murder of Saima Khan in Luton on Monday. 

They've been searching neighbouring properties, gardens and shed. Female residents have told me they feel "scared" in their own homes.

Forensics team in Overstone Road
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Protest outside murder victim's home

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

This afternoon a group of around 20 women have staged a protest in Overstone Road in Luton, close to where Saima Khan was murdered on Monday night.

They're calling for better police protection as they're worried about their safety.

View of murder scene in Overstone road from neighbours garden
BBC

They say many of men in the area work night shifts, meaning women are left home alone with their children.

Tal Landsman verdict: LL Camps co-owner 'had intended to go to police'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A jury at St Albans Crown Court has found LL Camps co-owner Tal Landsman intended to go to the police after indecent images of young children were found on his business partner's phone.

Last summer, naked pictures of three and four year old girls were found on the mobile phone of Ben Lewis's (pictured) by another member of staff.

Ben Lewis
LL Primary School

Prosecutors had claimed Mr Landsman should have gone to police earlier, but although the jury agreed they concluded he had intended to do so.

Lewis, 26, from Lullington Garth in Borehamwood, has already pleaded guilty to making indecent images, and will be sentenced at a later date.

Mr Landsman, also 26, of Admiral Drive, Stevenage was found not guilty of cruelty to a person under 16.

Children's camp owner Tal Landsman acquitted

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The jury in the case of Tal Landsman, of Admiral Drive, Stevenage, who is the owner of an American style Summer camp in Hertfordshire, has been found not guilty at St Albans Crown Court. 

It took them just under an hour to acquit the 26-year-old of a single charge of cruelty to a person under 16.

He was accused of not contacting the authorities after indecent images of children were found on his business partner Ben Lewis' phone.

Tal Landsman
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BreakingOwner of Bushey children's camp not guilty

The co-owner of children's summer camp, LL Camps in Bushey, Hertfordshire, Tal Landsman, has been found not guilty of cruelty to a person under 16. 

More to follow.

Clophill Fire: Many hazards for firefighters

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Bedfordshire fire service says it has been working with the Environment Agency and UK Power Networks to manage some of the hazards on the site in Haynes, close to Clophill.

Fire engine
BBC

They say in the next few days they'll start an investigation to see how the fire started.

The A6 still remains closed in the Clophill area. Aas soon as we have an update we'll bring it to you.

Clophill fire: How it is being reported

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The main story for us today has been the massive fire just off the A6 in Haynes, close to Clophill

It's been heavily reported across radio, online and in the local papers. 

Bedfordshire On Sunday tells the story of how more than 80 firefighters fought through the night, while the Luton News has an aerial shot showing the extent of the damage

Bedford Times and Citizen have included details of the travel chaos on the A6 resulting from the fire

Smoke at industrial estate fire
BBC

Clophill fire: Operation being scaled back

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The operation here in Clophill is being scaled back but lots of crews are still on the scene. 

I've just been talking to Debbie Goldhawk, who lives in the farm next door. 

She only arrived home at 01:15 last night after being away on holiday. The first she knew about it was when she knew of the fire was when she saw the road outside her house was shut.

Clophill industrial estate
BBC

She says the fire was "ferocious" but the only damage to her land was some of her hedges catching fire. 

Clophill fire left steel structures at risk of collapse

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The severity of the fire at the industrial warehouses close to Clophill left the steel structures at risk of collapse. 

Bedfordshire fire service says it meant they had to attack the fire from the outside using the service's two aerial platforms and several ground monitor jets. 

Warehouse destruction
BBC

They also made sure the fire didn't spread to the nearby homes. 

They were called to the fire just after 23:00 last night but had it under control by daybreak. 

Clophill Fire: Bucks Fire drone aids investigation

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue drone has been assisting the investigation into the cause of the fire at Four Winds Industrial Estate.

They have tweeted one of the images it took which shows just how far-reaching the fire was.

Four Winds Industrial Estate
Bucks Fire and Rescue

Clophill Fire: A6 'eerily quiet' as fire burns

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

This isn't a sight you normally see - the A6 with no traffic.

The fire service has said the road is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day as it continues to fight the blaze.

This is not only due to the number of fire appliances there, but also because vehicles on the site have been moved onto the A6 to get them clear of the fire.

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Weather: Sunny spells with showers possible later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will see patchy cloud and warm sunny spells, although showers are possible as we head into the afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

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

Clophill Fire: Aerial shot just released

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

More information has just come in about the extent of the fire at the Four Winds Industrial Estate close to Clophill. An aerial shot has just been released to show the extent of the damage.

Bedfordshire Fire Service say because there's a petrol station and homes close by firefighters had to work hard to contain the fire.

Aerial shot of Clophill Fire
Beds Fire Service

A number of hazards were identified at the scene including vehicle fuel and industrial cylinders. 

Firefighters will remain at the scene for several hours and people are asked to avoid the area.

Clophill Fire: Crews dampening down

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Fire crews are still dampening down the fire at an industrial estate on the A6.

At the height of the fire, 2,000 litres of water were being used every minute to bring it under control. 

In total, four water carriers are being used. So far they've collected about 40,000 litres of water from the surrounding area, which they have emptied into inflatable pools.

Water pool
BBC
Fire crews dampening down the fire in Clophill
BBC

Clophill Fire: Still burning inside

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

There are still plenty of fire crews at the scene here at the Four Winds Industrial Estate close to Clophill.

Although it's burning inside, the fire is under control. It could burn for up to five days.

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Clophill Fire: A6 closure still in place

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The A6 is currently closed in both directions between the A507 and the Old Main Road junction in the Clophill area because of the Four Winds Industrial Estate fire.

Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller told me this is because fire engines and other vehicles need to be parked on the road, which is the safest and only place for them.

We've just been told crews will remain at the scene overnight.

A6 close to Clophill
BBC
A6 road closure
BBC

Clophill Fire: Several buildings burnt out

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

There are a number of buildings on the Four Winds Industrial Estate in Clophill, storing many different items for various people.

One product the fire service believes was being stored there is red wine, which was collecting in little pools on the ground.

What's thought to red wine on the ground at fire scene
BBC

There's also a cafe on the site, but the flames didn't go that far, so the business appears to be intact.

Fire fighters at Four Winds Industrial Estate
BBC

Clophill fire: Stock gone up in flames

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

I've been talking to several people who have stock and items stored at the Four Winds Industrial Estate.

Robert, who only gave his first name, rents some space to store about 10 pallets of coffee. He believes the whole of his stock has now gone.

But he did manage to make light of the situation - saying it could now be roasted!

Four Winds Industrial Estate fire
BBC
Fire damaged shop
BBC

Clophill fire: Blaze could smolder for several days

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

I've just got back from the scene of the fire at Four Winds Industrial Estate - and the team around me are well aware, as I smell of smoke.

Smoke could be seen as far away as Bedford and I spoke to people from Maulden, who had come to see what was going on. 

Although the main fire is out, it could continue to smoulder for several days.

Fire crews at scene of fire
BBC
Water being put on fire
BBC
Burnt out building at Clophill
BBC

Luton murder probe: Beds PCC 'calls for calm'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway has asked people "not to spread rumours" about the death of Saima Khan in Luton on Monday.

Overstone Road, Luton
South Beds News Agency

"There are so many rumours about what has happened and its adding enormously to the distress of the family at the centre of what is an absolute tragedy," she said.

Ms Holloway said she'd spoken to several presidents of the larger mosques to "appeal for calm" and had asked them to pass on the “quality and commitment” of the investigation to the community.

Luton murder probe: Beds PCC to hold public meeting

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The new Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has said she will hold a public meeting next week to update the community on the progress of the inquiry into the murder of a 34-year-old woman in Luton.

Overstone Road murder probe, Luton
South Beds News Agency

Conservative Kathryn Holloway said everyone is shocked by the death of Saima Khan in Overstone Road on Monday, but added police need to be given "time and space to do their job".

She said she would like to "give the police one week to go about the investigation" before holding a public meeting to "offer some more tangible information".

Beds PCC: 'Everything possible' being done in murder probe

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The new Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has reassured the community in Luton everything is being done to investigate the murder of a woman in the town.

Saima Khan, 34, was found with serious injuries at her home in Overstone Road on 23 May, but died at the scene.

Kathryn Holloway tweeted "Beds Police are doing everything possible to investigate the murder."

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Saima Khan murder: Employers pay tribute to 'highly respected' worker

Mike Cartwright

BBC Look East

The employers of Saima Khan, who was murdered at her home in Overstone Road, Luton, on Monday night, have paid tribute to her.

Car searches in Overstone Road
South Beds News Agency

Allied Healthcare in Luton, where she had worked for six years, described her as "lovely, highly respected and popular with customers and colleagues". 

Yesterday, Mrs Khan's husband Hafeez Rehman said her death has torn "hearts apart" and deprived four children of their mother.

Clophill fire: Bucks Fire and Rescue help at industrial estate fire

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue are one of five county fire services which have been working to put out the blaze at the Four Winds Industrial Estate overnight.

They've tweeted a picture and confirmed crews from Broughton, Olney, Newport Pagnell and Princes Risborough were at the scene.

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Clophill fire: Drone footage shows 'large extent of damage'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

I've been talking to chief fire officer Paul Fuller at the scene of the Four Winds Industrial Estate fire. 

He's paid tribute to firefighters "from several counties who have worked so hard to get this fire under control".

I've taken some video in which you can see some of the first pictures from the drone being used to help with the fire investigation. It shows the "large extent of damage" caused by the blaze.

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Clophill fire: More pictures from the scene

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Four Winds Industrial Estate fire
BBC
Four Winds Industrial Estate fire
BBC
Four Winds Industrial Estate fire
BBC
Four Winds Industrial Estate fire
BBC

Clophill fire: 'Could burn for five days'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Fire crews are still at the scene of the blaze this morning - I've been told that while the fire is now under control, it could burn for up to five days.

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Clophill fire: Drone used to investigate blaze that was 'like a fireball'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

I've been talking to chief fire officer Paul Fuller at the scene of the Four Winds Industrial Estate fire.

He told me a drone is being used to help with the investigation into the cause of the blaze as it allows them to "get into" areas which might be unsafe.

Meanwhile, one nearby resident, who didn't want to be named, said they heard explosions at around midnight, with one being big enough to make the house vibrate. They said it was "like a fireball".

I've taken some video to show you what the site looks like this morning.

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Watch: Hertfordshire impressionist Craig Ball wins talent semi-final

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Here's Stanstead Abbotts impressionist Craig Ball's winning performance from last night's Britain's Got Talent semi-final on ITV.

The 24-year-old delivered a unique version of Adele's Hello with the help of Shrek, Stewie Griffin and Kermit the Frog - he certainly made a good impression on the public.

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Hertfordshire impressionist gets to talent final

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

It's been a good week for Hertfordshire in the ITV Britain's Got Talent semi-finals as a second entertainer from Hertfordshire has reached Saturday night's final.

Craig Ball
You Tube

Craig Ball, 24, from Stanstead Abbotts, won last night's semi-final by performing Adele's Hello - using the voices of Miss Piggy, Kermit, Elmo, Mickey Mouse, Shrek, Donkey, and Family Guy's Peter Griffin and Stewie.

The impressionist joins Hemel Hempstead dancer, Balance Unity, in the final.

Thank you so much for your support, it's been unbelievable. I wouldn't be here without everyone."

Craig BallBritain's Got Talent finalist