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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 3 June 2016
  2. A Hertfordshire man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a woman he met through a dating website
  3. Woburn Sands long jumper Greg Rutherford wins the Diamond League event in Rome
  4. Police say they still haven't been able to identify a severed head believed to have come from Sharnbrook
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Alex Pope

All times stated are UK

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Andrew Woodger

BBC News

That's all from the Local Live team today. 

Friday's headlines have included:

  • A man who killed a teacher and then sexually assaulted her corpse has been given a life sentence
  • The sister of a mother-of-four killed in her home has appeared in court accused of her murder
  • Two police officers have been found guilty of misconduct over their treatment a 15-year-old boy left paralysed when he came off a moped

We'll be back with you on Monday from 08:00

Bletchley Park: How Hitler's Lorenz cipher was broken

Equipment used to break the German Lorenz cipher was demonstrated at the Bletchley Park based National Museum of Computing today.

This is how it all worked...

Weather: Mist could bring drizzle later

BBC Weather

There is a chance of patchy drizzle this evening as the temperature dips to 10C (50F).

East of England weather map
BBC Weather

Overnight mist will clear as we work through Saturday morning to leave sunshine, but a risk of heavy showers as it peaks at 22C (72F).

For more detail, visit BBC Weather.

Carl Langdell sentencing: Mental health trust alerted police about killer

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

The mental health trust which dealt with killer Carl Langdell says it reported his earlier threats to police.

Langdell has been jailed for a minimum of 26 years for killing Katie Locke, 23, in Hertfordshire on Christmas Eve.

A spokesman for Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, said: "At the point [early 2015] he made a specific threat against a named individual, our staff took immediate and appropriate action to inform the police. 

"Criminal justice procedures were subsequently instigated and he was formally discharged from our services.”

Langdell, 26, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire was sentenced at St Albans CRown Court this morning.

England Women prepare to come to Wycombe

Luke Ashmead

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

The England's men's team have played their final warm up match for the Euro 2016... but tomorrow all eyes will be on the Lionesses.

The UEFA Women’s 2017 European Championship qualifier will be held at Adams Park in High Wycombe.

Women's Football team
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The game, against Serbia, kicks off at 17:30.

All the information on how to get there and to watch the game is on the Wycombe Wanderes website, but if you can't get there you can watch it on BBC Two from 17:00.

Joel Ekstrand

Watford defender Joel Ekstrand is to leave at the end of his contract after four years at Vicarage Road.

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Poulter injury means he's unlikely to feature in Ryder Cup

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Woburn's Ian Poulter will miss the next four months of the season with a foot injury.

The Ryder Cup is at the end of September and start of October, so he’s almost certain to miss out.

Ian Poulter
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Katie Locke

A man who murdered a teacher on their first date before sexually assaulting and taking pictures of her corpse is jailed for life.

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CC Smugglers set to 'Take It To The Bridge' for BBC Music Day

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Anyone who can make it to Bedford tonight is being asked to "Take It To The Bridge". 

A special performance by CC Smugglers will take place at the town's Suspension Bridge on The Embankment from 18:30.

It's your chance to see a BBC Introducing band who will be supporting The Boss, Bruce Springsteen on his upcoming tour. 

The whole event is all part of the second annual BBC Music Day.

Bedford's suspension bridge
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Police constable dismissed after misconduct hearing into paralysed moped rider

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

One officer has lost his job, while another has been issued with a warning at the end of a police misconduct hearing.

The hearing was told the officers seemed more interested in making an arrest than helping a boy who had come off his moped following an incident where he was riding it on a footpath in Hemel Hempstead.

PC Stuart Francis has been instantly dismissed after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

PC Rishi Patel was found guilty of misconduct and received a written warning from Hertfordshire Police.

War time computer re-enactments take place at Bletchley Park

Nick Higham

BBC Correspondent

How do you crack Hitler's most secret cipher?

For the first time ever, all the equipment used in making and breaking the German Lorenz cipher has been demonstrated and re-enacted at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.

The demos included encrypting and decrypting messages using original and reconstructed equipment in the presence of re-enactment Wrens and cryptanalysts.

Re-enactor at Bletchley Park
TNMOC

Among them was Irene Dixon (pictured below), one of the very first Colossus Wren operators.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing her and she told me they realised they were working in codes, but didn't know they were working on "Hitler codes".

Irene Dixon, one of the very first Colossus Wren operators
TNMOC

More from the police misconduct hearing

PCs Francis and Patel denied using excessive force on the injured boy and of providing dishonest or misleading accounts of what happened. 

One witness, Lisa Sandridge, told the hearing: "His [PC Francis's] behaviour was terrible. He didn't show any concern. 

He gave him no first aid. "PC Rishi Patel was kneeling on Christian-Lee's legs as he was worried he was going to be kicked in the face. "Christian-Lee was in no state to be kicking anyone in the face." 

The hearing in Hatfield is yet to decide what action will be taken against the two officers.

Misconduct hearing finds police officers guilty

Nicola Haseler

BBC Three Counties

Christian-Lee Thompson, now aged 16, was left paralysed and with brain damage after the incident on a disused railway line in Hemel Hempstead in July of last year. 

He didn't have a helmet on at the time and was riding in an area only meant for walkers and cyclists.

Christian-Lee Thompson and his parents
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The officer denied trying to arrest him using unnecessary force and providing misleading accounts of what happened. 

PC Stuart Francis was found guilty of gross misconduct and PC Rishi Patel of misconduct.

Police officers guilty of misconduct for using force on injured teenager

Nicola Haseler

BBC Three Counties

A Hertfordshire police officer has been found guilty of misconduct over their use of force when a teenager was injured while coming off a moped

Fielder Centre in Hertford
BBC

PC Stuart Francis was found guilty of gross misconduct at a police disciplinary hearing over the way he dealt with 15-year-old Christian-Lee Thompson. 

PC Rishi Patel was found guilty of misconduct.

BreakingHertfordshire police officers found guilty at misconduct hearing

Two Hertfordshire police officers have been found guilty at a misconduct hearing today. 

It comes after a boy left paralysed after being knocked off his moped was held to the ground by police.

More to follow. 

Residents 'furious' after human waste left behind after travellers leave

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

I've been talking to a very angry Richard Roberts, who lives in Dunstable close to where a group of travellers have left tonnes of rubbish behind after leaving a site in the town. 

He says there's human excrement on the nearby cycleway, adding if he did a quarter of the damage left he'd be "arrested". 

He told me the matter has been going on for months and the council needs to "find them a plot of land" and "sort it out."

Mess left on skatepark in Dunstable
BBC

Clean up operations at Dunstable travellers' site expected to take several hours

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

Council workers are currently cleaning up a high amount of rubbish left behind by travellers in Dunstable.

The team from Biffa waste management are expected to be finished this afternoon.

The mess was left after a number of caravans left the site last night. 

Rubbish left behind by travellers
Lee Armstrong
Rubbish left by travellers in Dunstable
Lee Armstrong

Travellers leave tonnes of rubbish behind in Dunstable

Matt Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

More than 1.5 tonnes (1500kg) of rubbish have been left behind by a group of travellers in Dunstable.

I've seen the waste, which includes human excrement, and was left at a skatepark behind the Grove Theatre in the town.

Rubbish left behind by travellers in Dunstable
BBC

There's also tyre damage on surrounding fields.

Tyre damage on field
BBC

Fire in disused building at Bletchley Park

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

There's been a fire in an unoccupied building at Bletchley Park. 

It's been confirmed to us that it wasn't one of the buildings on the heritage site, but was a derelict building dating from 1943. It was an extension of Block D. 

Crews from Bletchley, Great Holm, Newport Pagnell and Winslow attended.   

When the England team came to Aylesbury

BBC Sport

Twenty-eight years ago a bit of history was made in Aylesbury...

The England team came to Buckingham Road to complete their preparations for Euro '88. 

You might even spot a rather younger Gary Lineker in his pants... a sight we may or may not see again soon on Match of the Day.

Ed Upson

League One-bound MK Dons agree the signing of Millwall midfielder Ed Upson on a two-year contract.

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BHS: collapse 'fuels public distrust of business'

Hundreds of staff at nine BHS stores across Beds, Bucks and Herts are set to lose their jobs. 

In all, 11,000 jobs will go across the country after the company went into liquidation. All 163 stores will hold closing down sales over the next few weeks.

BHS store
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The director general of the Institute of Directors, Simon Walker, has accused the former owners of BHS of "lamentable failures", saying its collapse has fuelled public distrust in UK PLC.

That's all from the Langdell sentencing

That's all from our live coverage of the sentencing of Carl Langdell. 

To recap, he has been jailed for a minimum of 26 years for the murder of teacher Katie Locke on Christmas Eve. You can read the full story here

We'll now take a look at other stories happening where you live. 

Langdell sentencing: Killer's controlling behaviour highlighted in court

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The main thing to come out of court today is just how controlling 26-year-old Carl Langdell is. 

I heard only this week that he sacked his own defence team, so for the past few days he's represented himself. 

After the sentencing Langdell, from Roundmoore Drive in Cheshunt, asked the judge if he could correct him on one thing. Judge Andrew Bright responded by saying "you will have to go through your legal team."

Carl Langdell
SBNA

Langdell sentencing: Family tried to find Katie after she didn't return home on Christmas Eve

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

We've just heard from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) how the family of Essex teacher, Katie Locke, made a "concerted effort to identify Langdell" after she didn't return home on Christmas Eve.

Adrian Foster, from the CPS, said friends and family searched the internet and contacted 26-year-old Langdell, from Roundmoore Drive, Cheshunt via Facebook.

Carl Langdell
SBNA

He told them Miss Locke had left in a taxi and he didn't know where she was. Her father, Bill, worked out where Langdell lived and drove there. 

They found out Langdell had admitted the murder to his mother. Police were called, and he was found and arrested.

Langdell sentencing: Suspended sentence for previous offence defended by police

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The detective at the heart of the Carl Langdell murder case said a previous conviction for threats to kill a nurse had been "taken seriously".

Langdell, 26, from Roundmoor Drive, Cheshunt, today sentenced to 16 years for killing Essex teacher Katie Locke, had been given a suspended sentence for the threats to kill offence - just 22 days before he murdered Miss Locke.

Det Insp Fraser Wylie said while Langdell had a "behavioural disorder," there had been no need to have him locked up as many people who have issues like that "do not go on to kill".

Det Insp Fraser Wylie
SBNA

Langdell sentencing: First date murderer a 'vile and evil' man

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

A "vile, evil, controlling fantasist".

That is how police have described Carl Langdell, who sexually assaulted and murdered Essex teacher Katie Locke.

Detective Inspector Fraser Wylie
SBNA

Langdell, 26, from Roundmoor Drive, Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, was today sentenced to 26 years in jail.

Det Insp Fraser Wylie said Langdell used dating websites to "target young women".

Langdell sentencing: Parents of murdered teacher say killer will 'forever be a danger'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The parents of Essex teacher, Katie Locke, have paid tribute to a precious, beautiful, bright, funny, and caring young woman.

Katie Locke
Hertfordshire Police

They say they've been "robbed of a precious daughter," whose trusting nature was her "downfall".

Carl Langdell, 26, from Roundmoor Drive, Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, was today sentenced to life for murdering Miss Locke.

Her parents said he will "forever be a danger to the public.”

Langdell sentencing: Judge 'doubts murderer will ever be released' from prison

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The judge at the sentencing hearing of first date murderer Carl Langdell said he doubts the killer will ever be released from prison.

Judge Andrew Bright told St Albans Crown Court he was pessimistic psychiatric treatment would bring about any long term change in the 26-year-old from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

Carl Langdell
Hertfordshrie Police

He said Dr Philip Joseph - "arguably the country's most experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist" - had said Langdell suffers "from an emotionally unstable and dissociate psychopathic personality disorder" meaning he poses a risk to women that  "is likely to remain significant for the foreseeable future".

Langdell murdered Essex teacher Katie Locke at a five star hotel on Christmas Eve.

Langdell sentencing: Killer had already been convicted for threats to kill before teacher murder

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man who murdered a young teacher on their first date was serving a suspended sentence for threats to kill.

Carl Langdell, 26, sexual assaulted Essex teacher Katie Locke before taking pictures of her corpse.

St Albans Crown Court
BBC

Langdell, from Roundmoor Drive, Cheshunt, who appeared at St Albans Crown Court via a video link from Bedford Prison, was jailed for life today.

In March last year, he was sentenced to nine months in jail, suspended for 24 months, for threats to kill - just 22 days before he murdered Miss Locke.

Langdell sentencing: Judge describes killer as 'depraved'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The serious sexual nature of the murder of teacher Katie Locke "increased the depravity" of the offence, according to the judge sentencing Hertfordshire man, Carl Langdell.

Speaking at St Albans Crown Court, Judge Andrew Bright told Langdell, 26, from Roundmoor Drive, Cheshunt, that he poses "a very great danger to women and young girls".

He added: "I note that you have described yourself to others as a monster and a psychopath."

Langdell pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to murdering Miss Locke, from Buckhurst Hill, Essex in the four star Theobolds Park Hotel in Hertfordshire and dumping her body under a bush in a ditch near a skip.

Theobolds Park Hotel, Hertfordshire
Laurie Kavanagh/Geograph

Langdell sentencing: First date murderer must serve minimum of 26 years

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man who murdered a teacher on their first date has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 26 years.

Carl Langdell, 26, from Roundmoor Drive, Cheshunt, pleaded guilty to killing 23-year-old teacher Katie Locke, from Buckhurst Hill in Essex, at a hotel in Waltham Cross on Christmas Eve.

The sentence was made at St Albans Crown Court just a few moments ago.

Katie Locke in her graduation gown
Hertfordshire Police

BreakingCarl Langdell sentenced to life in prison

Carl Langdell, from Hertfordshire, has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 26 years for the murder of Katie Locke from Essex. 

More to come. 

Katie Locke murder sentencing due later

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The sentencing of a Hertfordshire man for the sexually motivated murder of a woman he'd met through a dating site is expected at St Albans Crown Court later.

Carl Langdell
South Beds News Agency

Carl Langdell admitted killing 23-year-old teacher, Katie Locke, on Christmas Eve at Thebalds Park Hotel in Waltham Cross.

He pleaded guilty at a hearing in March.

As soon as we have the result I'll bring it to you.

Still no identification in 'severed head' case

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

There's still no word on the identity of a severed human head believed to have come from a construction site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.

Police cars at Sharnbrook site
SBNA

The head was discovered in a quarry in Mepal, Cambridgeshire, over a fortnight ago. It had been taken there from Sharnbrook, but police don't know how it came to be on the construction site.

Police are still unable to confirm the gender of the victim and say further DNA checks are taking place.

Weather: Rather cloudy and dull day

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's a largely dull and cool start to the day, with some spots of rain.

Through this afternoon, it will remain cloudy. Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Travel: Hurst Grove in Bedford closed

Hurst Grove in Bedford will be closed today from 09:00 and 15:30 so repair works can be carried out. 

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Outcome of Herts police misconduct hearing expected

Nicola Haseler

BBC Three Counties

Two Hertfordshire police officers will find out later the outcome of their misconduct hearings. 

PCs Stuart Francis and Rishi Patel both deny using excessive force when dealing with injured 15-year-old Christian-Lee Thomspson, who came off his moped in Hemel Hempstead.

Christian-Lee Thompson and his parents
Contributed

The officers deny trying to arrest him using unnecessary force and providing misleading accounts. 

The hearing in Hatfield is due to finish today and I'll be there bringing you the latest news.

Rutherford to decide tomorrow if he'll jump on Sunday

Greg Rutherford has just tweeted that he'll make a decision tomorrow as to whether he'll jump in Birmingham on Sunday.

He doesn't sound happy about the new field event rules either. 

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Greg Rutherford thanks fans for 'support'

Woburn Sands long jumper Greg Rutherford has thanked his fans for all their support after winning in Rome last night...

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