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Summary

  1. A 26-year-old woman is remanded in custody after appearing before Luton Magistrates' Court charged with the murder of her sister
  2. Queen's Voluntary Awards presented to groups in Luton and Watford
  3. Milton Keynes' Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford to compete in Diamond League
  4. Updates for Thursday, 2 June 2016
  5. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

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By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the live team today. We'll be back with you tomorrow from 08:00.

If you missed the latest on the death of mother-of-four Saima Khan in Luton last week, or the murder of a young teacher in a Hertfordshire hotel on Christmas Eve, then take a scroll through the page.

Driving you round the bend: Test attempts revealed

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

How long did it take you to pass your driving test? More than one attempt? Five? 10? 50?

Learner plate on Mini
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The DVSA have released figures of their top 20 attempts at passing the tests since 2004. 

Whilst none of the three counties feature in the practical test list, they do in the theory... One woman from Luton attempted her theory test 55 times - the latest being this year, which the 38-year-old failed. 

At least we can give her points for trying.

Weather: Mild night in store, another cloudy day tomorrow

A mild night ahead, especially if you happen to be in built-up areas. The odd spot of rain can't be ruled out but it should stay dry for the most part.

Tomorrow's set to be mostly cloudy with a little showery rain spreading from the east, so if you were hoping for summer you're not in luck. Highs of 15C, that's 59F.

You can always check the latest forecast for where you live on the BBC Weather website.

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Hitchin family evacuated from French campsite

Roberto Perrone

BBC Three Counties Radio

More heavy downpours are forecast across northern Europe after days of flooding left at least 10 dead and others missing. 

FLoodwater in France
Harriet Flecther

Harriet Fletcher from Hitchin is on a camping holiday in Paris with her husband Matt and their three children. 

They were staying in a campsite on the bank of the Seine when it flooded last night. It has since been evacuated.

"We are safe; we are on higher ground now in alternative accommodation but the flood water on the campsite is pretty much everywhere. And the Seine hasn't reached its peak," Ms Fletcher said.

Police dog Zak is back on his four-legged beat

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A police dog who has been off duty is back on patrol. 

PD Zak, who's part of the Beds, Cambs and Herts Collaborated Police Dog Unit, has been off sick for the past 14 months... but he's back on the beat in style.

He detained two men after an alleged burglary on his first shift back.

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Bucks man 'overwhelmed' by public generosity after partner's brain haemorrhage

Jessica Cooper

BBC Three Counties Radio

A Buckinghamshire man says he's been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by local people after his girlfriend suffered a brain haemorrhage during the birth of their first child. 

Photo of Kevin, girlfriend Nicola and baby Lexi
Kevin Smees

Kevin Smee, from Aylesbury, is raising money for the neurological team at the John Radcliffe Hospital who've been treating his partner Nicola Lansdown.

He initially wanted to raise a few hundred pounds but he's reached almost £3,000.

"Some people have donated £200 and I don't even know them. Until you're in this situation you don't realise how good people are."

Kevin Smee

Bell ringers wanted in Waddesdon

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Darren Washington has been the sole bell-ringer at St Michael and All Angels' Church in Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, since he took over as tower captain three years ago and now he's hoping for your help.

St Michael and All Angels' Church, Waddesdon
Andrewrabbott

Darren says one person came to learn a couple of years ago but couldn't continue, leaving him solo again, which means he currently has to pull in a lot of favours from other bell-ringers.

The art started back in the mists of time with bells first used to call people to worship about 400AD, according to bellringing.org.

Have you got a couple hours to spare each week? Maybe this sounds like an a-pealing opportunity? You can contact Darren here.

Pharmacy workers threatened with knife in robbery

Two pharmacy workers were threatened with a knife during a robbery in Milton Keynes on Tuesday, police say.

CCTV image
Thames Valley Police

A man went into Astons Pharmacy in Newport Pagnell at about 11:45 where he threatened the two female staff before stealing medication.

Luton councillors receive court summonses over council tax

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

It's emerged that two Luton councillors have been summonsed to court for not paying their council tax.

Asma Rathore (pictured) and Jaqui Burnett were exposed after a Freedom of Information request by the Herald and Post newspaper

Asma Rathorne
BBC

Ms Rathore says it happened after the council tax transferred from her brother-in-law. She said she was shocked and had now paid it: "It's really important to me to pay this council tax and I wouldn't even do that deliberately." 

Ms Burnett says it happened when she fell into arrears after losing her full-time job. 

Saima Khan death: Police remain at Luton home

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Police remain in Overstone Road, Luton. at the home of Saima Khan, who died from serious injuries on 23 May.

Sabah Khan, 26, sister of the care worker and mother-of-four, has been remanded in custody charged with her murder.

Police in Overstone Road, Luton
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Overstone Road, Luton
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Overstone Road, Luton
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First-date 'monster' abused dead body

A man who described himself as a "monster" strangled a teacher on their first date before sexually assaulting and taking pictures of her dead body, a court heard.

Katie Locke
Hertfordshire Police

Katie Locke, 23, was killed at Theobalds Park Hotel, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, on Christmas Eve 2015. Carl Langdell, 26, had pleaded guilty to murder at a hearing in March.

Her body was found dumped in a bush near a skip in the hotel grounds, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Ms Locke's mother Jennifer Locke said: "I shall miss her every minute of every day."

Hertfordshire hotel murder: 'Exceptional young teacher' killed by bogus lawyer

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

An "exceptional young teacher" was killed at a hotel on Christmas Eve by a man who falsely told her he was a lawyer.

Carl Langdell, 26, of Roundmoor Drive, Cheshunt, has admitted the murder of Katie Locke, 23, who he met on a dating website. He told her he was a lawyer, and although he'd enrolled on a course, he hadn't qualified.

Carl Langdell, left, St Albans Crown Court, right
SBNA

St Albans Crown Court has heard the gruesome details of the sexually-motivated killing at Theobalds Park Hotel in Waltham Cross, and that Langdell had taken photographs of Ms Locke after she died.

The headteacher of the school Ms Locke had started teaching at last September described her as "outstanding" and "exceptional".

Travel: M1 slow southbound in Hertfordshire

BBC Travel

The M1 southbound is very slow between J7 and J6A due to a collision. There are two lanes closed and congestion is backing up to J9.

Check the latest here.

Nine stores in the three counties hit as BHS rescue attempt fails

Department store BHS is to go into liquidation with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs after efforts to find a buyer failed, affecting nine stores in Beds, Herts and Bucks  

Save BHS sign
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The decision follows a lengthy bidding process aimed at saving BHS which went into administration in April.

In the end, none of the offers was judged acceptable by administrators Duff & Phelps. Three firms - Alteri, Hilco and Gordon Brothers - have been lined up as liquidators.

Hertfordshire hotel murder: Man described wish to commit murder

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man who murdered a woman at hotel in Hertfordshire had described how he wanted to commit such a sexually-motivated crime to a psychiatric nurse, a court has heard.

Before his arrest on 24 December Carl Langdell had increasingly suffered from spells of mental illness and spent periods in psychiatric hospitals.

Carl Langdell and Katie Locke
SBNA

Nine months after disclosing his wishes to a community nurse he took the actions upon 23-year-old teacher Katie Locke at Theobalds Park Hotel in Walthams Cross on Christmas Eve. They'd met through a dating website.

Langdell, 26, of Roundmoor Drive, Cheshunt, has pleaded guilty to murder and is being sentenced at a two-day hearing at St Albans Crown Court.

Queen's Voluntary Award for Luton community group

BBC News England

A massive 42 organisations get the award in the Social centre/Community category, including Luton's Nine Red Presents, for this year's Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Candles
Nine Red Presents

Debra Knight of Nine Red started the group in 2001, after being a victim of domestic violence and rape. Debra, suffering severe social phobia, depression and anxiety was unable to work outside of the house.

So she used spoken word, dance and digital art to work through her issues. The group uses art as a means to cope and heal.

Watford charity wins Queen's Voluntary Award

BBC News England

One of the recipients in the sports category for this year's Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is Hertfordshire's Box Cleva.

Man skipping
PA

The Watford-based charity was originally set up by the county's fire and rescue service before becoming a charitable association. 

It's based on the sport of amateur boxing, but as it's non-contact it revolves around the training a boxer would undertake.

Preserving pens and finding fossils: The Queen's Voluntary Award

BBC News England

It's not a date at the forefront of many people's minds, but on 2 June each year special awards are given out by the Queen.

Collage of organisation receiving awards
BBC

They're not for individual brilliance or bravery, but honour diverse organisations, two of which this year come from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire: Watford's sporting charity Box Cleva and Luton's community organisation Nine Red Presents.

Winners of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service get a certificate signed by the Queen, a domed glass crystal and an invitation to a royal garden party.

Weather: Rather grey but more sun later?

BBC Weather Watchers

It's very grey out there today - but at least it's not raining.

According to the weather forecast, we'll be seeing some sunny spells this afternoon and it'll feel pleasant in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Grey sky in Markyate
BBC

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Malc for this shot from Markyate earlier where it was all a bit drizzly and overcast at 10C (50F).

Dagenham & Redbridge sign Elliot Justham

BBC Sport

Dagenham & Redbridge have signed goalkeeper Elliot Justham.

The 25-year-old has joined the east London club, who were relegated from League Two, on a two-year deal after leaving the Hatters last month.

Elliot Justham
Getty Images

Find all the latest football transferson our dedicated page.

EU referendum Facebook Live: Time to ask your questions

Our BBC East political team of Andrew Sinclair and Tom Barton will be hosting a Facebook Live event tonight, answering your questions on the EU referendum in the East from 18:45.

You can ask questions via Facebook comments during the broadcast, but if you'd like to get in early, you can post them here.

Facebook Live invitation
BBC

Nickey Line incident: Officer accused of delays in contacting ambulance

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

I'm at a hearing in Hertfordshire today where a police officer has been accused of delays in chasing up an ambulance when dealing with an injured teenager who had come off a moped in Hemel Hempstead. 

PC Stuart Francis is being cross-examined at a misconduct hearing where he's accused of using excessive force on Christian-Lee Thompson, 15, who'd been riding on a disused railway line. The teenager suffered injuries that eventually left him paralysed. 

Hearing held in Hatfield
BBC

When he got to the scene PC Francis admitted that he hadn't used the emergency radio function that quashes all radio traffic and it would have made it easier to contact the ambulance. 

He says he took some time to appreciate the extent of Mr Thompson's injuries. He's denied intending to arrest the teenager. The hearing continues.

Luton councillors summoned to court for not paying council tax

This exclusive story from the Luton News is quite incredible. Their headline reads "Two Luton councillors summoned to court for not paying council tax – but Town Hall chiefs refuse to name them".

Luton Town Hall
BBC

The article goes on to detail they uncovered this from a Freedom of Information request, which also revealed that Luton Borough Council has sent reminder notices to 10 of its councillors.

Read the full story here.

Milton Keynes' Greg Rutherford to compete in Diamond League

BBC Sport

Milton Keynes' Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford will be among the stars competing in the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday.

He competes against a high-quality long jump field.  

Greg Rutherford
Getty Images

The sixth leg of the global Diamond League series, the event at the Alexander Stadium is a key competition in the build-up to the Olympics in August.

Diamond Race points will be up for grabs and athletes will be looking to secure qualifying standards for Rio.

Seven-year-old's application for Watford head coach unsuccessful

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

When Watford FC let go their manager a few weeks ago the club was expecting to field offers from all over the world. 

But they never thought 7-year-old Jack Goulding would be one of the applicants. The Watford Observer reported Jack sent a letter to club saying he has what it takes to manage the team in the Premier League. 

Justin Dealey with Jack Goulding
BBC

I had to find out more so I went to meet Jack yesterday - he told me he was upset when he wasn't hired, but that he will reapply in future.

"I would keep the team how it is and buy Alexis Sanchez and Harry Kane."

Jack Goulding

Land Rovers stolen in Radlett

Five Land Rovers have been stolen over the last month in Radlett, police say.

Land Rover Range Rover
Getty Images

Detectives believe the thefts have been carried out by offenders "cloning the security fob" or using "electronic jamming or hacking equipment".

Thefts took place between 9 May and 29 May in London Road, Mulberry Gardens, Harris Lane and Juniper Gardens.

Firefighters leave scene of Clophill fire

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Firefighters have finally left the scene of a major fire at an industrial estate on the A6 near Clophill, Bedfordshire, nearly a week after it started.

Fire engines at Clophill fire
Beds Fire

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue service say there are still two small fires burning inside the buildings at the Four Winds Industrial Estate, and although they don't present any risk, it's still too dangerous for fire crews to enter to tackle them though.

They scaled back their presence to one pump yesterday and have now withdrawn that, but say regular inspections will continue. 

The fire broke out last Thursday night and the A6 remained closed until Saturday afternoon.

Saima Khan death: Sister to appear before crown court next week

Peter Cooke

BBC South Today

Sabah Khan, charged with the murder of her sister Saima Khan, has been remanded in custody until her next court appearance.

The 26-year-old, of Newark Road, Luton, was arrested by Bedfordshire Police on Tuesday and charged last night.

She appeared before Luton Magistrates' Court today and will appear before Luton Crown Court on 6 June.

Saima Khan death: Sister remanded after court appearance

Peter Cooke

BBC South Today

A 26-year-old woman has been remanded in custody after appearing before Luton magistrates charged with the murder of her sister.

Police in Overstone Road
SBNA

Sabah Khan, of Newark Road, Luton, spoke only to confirm her name and address in court, during a brief five minute hearing.

Her sister Saima Khan, 34, a mother of four, was found with serious injuries at her home in Overstone Road on 23 May and died at the scene.

BreakingSaima Khan death: Sister remanded in custody

A 26-year-old woman charged with the murder of her sister Saima Khan in Overstone Road, Luton, has been remanded in custody.

More to follow...

PC denies lying over moped accident that left teenager paralysed

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

A police officer from Hertfordshire has been accused of lying at a misconduct hearing, where he's facing charges of using excessive force after a teenager was injured coming off a moped.

Police jacket
BBC

PC Stuart Francis and a colleague were called to a disused railway line near Hemel Hempstead in July 2015 where Christian-Lee Thompson, 15, had suffered injuries that eventually left him paralysed. 

At a hearing in Hatfield that continues today PC Francis has denied lying and said he stood by his evidence that he was trying to help the injured teenager.

Shortages of GPs hitting medical practices across Beds, Herts & Bucks

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

GP vacancies in the three counties are going unfilled for six months or more, it is claimed by an influential journal.

Stethoscope
PA

A survey for the GP magazine, The Pulse, has found about 12% of all posts in the UK are vacant, the highest proportion recorded. Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are named as two areas experiencing high vacancy rates. 

Some surgeries are facing closure in this area due to staff shortages, BBC Three Counties Radio has been told in recent weeks.

Woman due in court charged with killing her sister

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A 26-year-old woman is due in court later charged with the murder of her sister in Luton.

Saima Khan
South Beds News Agency

Care worker Saima Khan, 34, was found with serious injuries in Overstone Road on 23 May and died at the scene. 

Sabah Khan, who is registered as living in the same house in Overstone Road, was arrested by Bedfordshire police on Tuesday and will now appear before magistrates in the town accused of the killing.

Weather: Brightening up later from the west

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

After a cloudy start with a little drizzle in places, it will slowly brighten up from the west.

Sunny spells will last into this afternoon and it'll feel pleasant in the sunshine. 

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F). More details at BBC Weather.

Travel: M25/M1 accident causing congestion

BBC Travel

An accident earlier this morning near J21 of the M25, where it joins the M1, is causing serious congestion on the anti-clockwise carriageway.

More details at BBC Travel.

Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Good morning. Later this morning a woman is to appear in court charged with murdering her sister.

We'll also bring you the rest of the day's news, sport, weather and travel updates.

You can contact us until 18:00 tonight on email, Twitter and Facebook.