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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 13 June 2016
  2. Case against woman charged with modern day slavery dropped
  3. Four people arrested in "large-scale disturbance" in Abbots Langley
  4. Hertfordshire Fire Service dealt with numerous flooding call outs yesterday
  5. Updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow.

Weather: More heavy showers

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

There is a risk of heavy, slow moving showers continuing through this evening and overnight. Lows of 11C (52F).

A yellow weather warning is in place for this evening, overnight and tomorrow for heavy rain and the risk of localised flooding. 

Weather graphic shows heavy showers
BBC

Tuesday is looking a similar day of sunny intervals and further heavy showers. Remaining quite humid with highs of around 19C (66F).

Man charged after Hitchin knife attack

A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after a woman was attacked with a knife while out walking with a friend in Hitchin.

Oughtenhead Common, Hitchin
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The woman, in her 20s and from Luton, was on Oughtonhead Common at 16:50 on 4 June when she was attacked. She required stitches for what police describe as a "superficial wound". 

A 49-year-old man will appear at Hatfield Remand Court on 9 June.

Boozers giving Hatfield 'a bad name'

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

Shopkeepers in Hatfield say boozed-up people are giving the town centre a "trampy" and "shabby" reputation.

Alcohol control zone in Hatfield
BBC

This is despite a no alcohol zone being in place in the area for the last two years. People say it's not being enforced and they can go days without seeing a police officer. 

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council said the issue was raised at a meeting last week and that "there is both an immediate and longer term need to help alleviate the concerns of residents and businesses".

Abbots Langley: Six men arrested

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Six men have been arrested in connection with a "party disturbance" in Abbots Langley last night and searches are continuing.

Police in Abbots Langley
BBC

Five men from London, aged between 18 and 31, have been arrested, along with a 29-year-old man whose address is yet to be confirmed.

Police say a man who suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder, a man with a stab wound to the abdomen, and another who sustained a head injury have all been released from hospital.

Milton Keynes polices horses at Royal Ascot

Police horses from the Thames Valley Mounted Section in Milton Keynes have been at Royal Ascot today to protect the Queen's carriage...

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Among those reporting the story is Milton Keynes newspaper and website, OneMK. Their story can be seen in full here.

A10 deer crash: Family tribute to Daniela Ruggiero

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

"Daniela was a beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend and is dearly missed by so many," a tribute to 18-year-old Daniela Ruggiero reads.

Daniela Ruggiero
Hertfordshire Police

"A day would never pass where you would not see Daniela dancing, talking or studying dance as she had so much passion for dance. It was dance or nothing.

"When we received the devastating news about what happened on 15 October 2013, our world fell apart.

"We visit her grave every day. We will never ever come to terms with or accept that Daniela will never be with us again here on earth and our pain and suffering will go on forever."

A10 deer crash: Family tribute to Charlotte Dove

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The family of 17-year-old Charlotte Dove who died in a car crash on the A10 near Standon have spoken of how "truly blessed" they were to have such a "beautiful, talented" young lady in their lives.

Charlotte was travelling with friend Daniela Ruggiero, 18, in October 2013 when they hit a deer and stopped the car. They were then hit from behind by another car, causing them to become trapped in their car, which caught fire.

Charlotte Dover
Hertfordshire Police

In a tribute released by Hertfordshire Police, Charlotte's family say: “Words cannot begin to express how devastated we are. Our hearts have been shattered into a million pieces, and at times it is almost unbearable to live with.

"They say time is a great healer, but we feel this truly is not the case as each day passes we miss her more.

"Life will never be the same again, but we just have to find the strength to keep going and we do this to honour her.” 

Man hospitalised after shop sign falls on head

The Comet is reporting a 29-year-old man has been taken to hospital after a shop sign fell on his head in Stevenage.

Read the full story here.

Slavery case dropped against St Albans woman

A judge has ruled a woman accused of modern day slavery offences has no case to answer and the case against her has been dropped.

Johnny Moloney and his wife Shanon Loveridge in court
SBNA

Shanon Loveridge, 22, of Watford Road, St Albans, was found not guilty of the charges against her after direction from the judge at St Albans Crown Court.

The case against her husband Johnny Moloney, 30, continues. He denies knowingly holding a person in slavery or servitude and knowingly requiring another person to perform forced labour.

Abbots Langley: More pictures from the scene

Police in Abbots Langley
SBNA
High Elms Lane in Abbots Langley
SBNA

Man killed in A1 crash named by police

Sam Edwards

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

A man who died after crashing on the A1 near Peterborough has been named by police as Jabed Hussain, of Abbey Drive, Luton.

The 46-year-old was driving a blue Toyota Corolla when it left the northbound carriageway and struck a tree at 21:00 on Thursday.

Cambridgeshire Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicle travelling along the A1 in the run up to the crash.

A10 deer crash death highlights importance of staying alert

Police have said the case of Luiz Rocker, who crashed into a car on the A10 in Hertfordshire, causing the death of two young women, "highlights the serious consequences of failing to be alert".

Charlotte Dove and Daniela Ruggiero
SBNA

Rocker, 48, of Ware, crashed into the car that Daniela Ruggiero, 18, and Charlotte Dove, 17, were travelling in after they stopped due to hitting a deer. They became trapped in the car and it burst into flames. They died at the scene.

Hertfordshire Police's Sgt Richard Cruse said Rocker had 5.8 seconds to react to the crash but he "failed to" which led to "the untimely death of two young women".

Man tried to steal duck from St Albans lake

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Police say a man was seen trying to take a duck from Verulamium Lake in St Albans in a carrier bag.

Man in Verulamium Park police wish to speak to
Hertfordshire Police

At about 11:15 on 5 June, a woman challenged a man who was seen putting a young mallard into a bag and then walking towards the car park with another woman.

The man eventually returned the bird to the lake, police say, before verbally abusing the woman.

It is an offence to take, kill or injure wild birds. Hertfordshire Police say they "take incidents of this type extremely seriously".

Travel: Collision on M1 southbound at J11

BBC Travel

The M1 entry slip road is closed southbound at J11 for Dunstable Road due to a collision on the main carriageway.

One lane is closed on the M1 southbound due to the collision and traffic is slow as a result.

Euro 2016: Bedfordshire man wants more people to get behind England

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A Dunstable man wants more people to get behind the England team and display the St George's Flag with "pride" outside their homes.

England flag on Dunstable home
BBC

Scott Harvey, who lives near Central Bedfordshire College, has got into the Euro 2016 spirit by putting up a 6ft x 6ft England flag.

He says when it came to the World Cup, lots of people on his street where displaying the cross of St George, but there seems to be a reluctance to do the same for this tournament.

Ardley Hill Academy: School to move to Brewer's Hill

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Headteacher of Ardley Hill Academy, Jonathan Smith, says the plan is that from next week, pupils and staff will move to the Brewer's Hill Middle School site - which currently has 50 pupils and is due to close in July.

Ardley Academy
BBC

Staff are currently packing up resources which haven't been ruined and moving them to new site. Parents have been informed.

At the moment pupils are staying at home because the flooring has been damaged and needs time to dry out and be decontaminated.

New kid on the block: Andy Collins joins BBC Three Counties Radio

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

It's official, BBC Three Counties Radio has a new voice on weekday mornings.

Aylesbury's Andy Collins will be live on air from Monday, 20 June at 06:00.

Andy Collins
BBC

Andy is known as the most recognised warm up act in the business, working on Strictly Come Dancing, Britain's Got Talent and The Jonathan Ross show.

He's full of personality and says he's excited to be "kick-starting the day for the people of Beds, Herts and Bucks".

Ardley Hill Academy: The clean-up is under way

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

I'm at Ardley Hill Academy in Dunstable, where the clean-up is under way following last week's flooding.

The school will not be able to reopen before the summer holidays as during last Tuesday's flash floods, rainwater mixed with waste from overflowing drains came under doorways and up through sinks.

All the furniture and flooring will need to be removed so specialist equipment can dry the concrete floor before new flooring can be laid and rooms redecorated - the whole process will take at least six weeks.

Head Jonathan Smith said he must find alternative school places for 450 pupils, aged 4-11, until September. Central Bedfordshire Council has said it is helping to "identify options".

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Dunstable flooding: Parents coping with school closure

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

We heard last week that Ardley Hill Academy in Dunstable will be closed until September after storms caused flooding in the town last week...

Well, two siblings who attend the school are being home-schooled by their parents.

Hannah and Samuel are now being home schooled
BBC

Nine-year-old Samuel and Hannah, 5, are being looked after by their father Michael Capp, who works shifts but says not everyone will be in the "same situation".

"Thankfully we have time to do it, so we'll try and do the best we can," Michael said.

Buckinghamshire museum's plan to buy £1.35m hoard

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Last week we told you how a provisional valuation of £1.35m had been made on a hoard of more than 5,000 Anglo Saxon coins found in Lenborough in December 2014.

Lenborough hoard
British Museum

Now Buckinghamshire County Museum has announced plans to raise the money to buy them and avoid their being "split up and sold on the open market or sold abroad". 

In a statement it said there had already been interest from abroad.

Brett Thorn, from the museum, added: "We hope that most of the money will come from national grants but we need to raise a significant amount locally to show that people want us to have it or national funders might not fund it."

Dodging the downpours: Rainfall figures

BBC Weather

It was a bit of a rain-soaked weekend, but just how much fell across the region over 24 hours? Weatherman Dan Holley has tweeted the figures:

  • 33mm Santon Downham (Norfolk)
  • 27mm Writtle (Essex)
  • 25mm Woburn (Bedfordshire)
  • 18mm Tibenham (Norfolk)
  • 16mm Northampton
  • 12mm Norwich
  • 11mm Shoeburyness (Essex)

Weather: Get ready for more rain

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be another humid and largely cloudy one with heavy, thundery downpours.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Rain in Goffs Oak
BBC

Luton Airport's busiest day in 78-year history

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton Airport had it's busiest ever day last month, with more than 50k passengers passing through.

London Luton Airport
SBNA

Passenger numbers grew by over 17% in May compared with the same month last year, with 27 May the busiest ever day in the airport's 78-year history.

Throughout the day, 50,564 passengers travelled through the airport.

Abbots Langley: Latest from the schools

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The head of St Michael’s Catholic High School has said while it had no alternative but to close the school today, it would be updating parents and guardians with further information as soon as possible.

St Michael’s Catholic High School
Google

Eddie Conway said: "The 33 students who need to be at school today for their A-level and GCSE exams are being allowed in via side entrances.”

Nick Daymond, head of Parmiters, which has also closed today, also said it would issue further updates.

He said the closure had not affected the taking of public exams and while a planned trip to Whipsnade Zoo today had been cancelled, it was hoping tomorrow's trip will go ahead as planned.

Can you help reunite these photos with their owner?

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

These treasured snaps from the 1940s were left behind by a patient at Coombe Down Doctor's Surgery in Bath.

The man pictured attended Bedford Modern School. Does anyone locally know who they might belong to?

You can drop us an email or send us a message on Facebook if so.

A10 deer crash death: Driver 'made repeated rescue efforts'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A judge passing sentence on a man who caused the death of two young dancers on the A10 in Hertfordshire in 2013, said he'd made "repeated efforts to rescue" them.

Luiz Rocker
SBNA

Charlotte Dove, 17, and Daniela Ruggiero, 18, had stopped after hitting a deer, when Luiz Rocker crashed into the back of their vehicle. The car caught fire trapping the teenagers inside.

Judge Mark Dennis said the 48-year-old, from Ware, had made "determined and repeated efforts to rescue Daniela and Charlotte".

He passed a suspended 16 month prison sentence and disqualified Rocker from driving, saying to the public gallery: "I hope the families and friends will come to terms with the approach I have had to take."

A10 deer crash death: Driver avoids going straight to prison

A man who caused the death of two young women by crashing into their car after they had hit a deer will not go straight to prison.

Charlotte Dove (left) and Daniela Ruggiero were killed when another car struck theirs from behind
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Luiz Rocker, 48, of Tower Road, Ware, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court to 16 months in prison suspended for two years. He was disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Charlotte Dove, 17, was the passenger of Daniela Ruggiero, 18, who stopped her Citroen C1 when she struck the deer on the A10 in Hertfordshire in 2013.

The car caught fire when it was hit at 68mph by Luiz Rocker's Volvo V40, leaving both teenagers trapped inside.

Weather Watchers: Thunderstorm yesterday

BBC Weather Watchers

There was another rather intense storm last night, which caused flooding in some areas of the three counties.

Our Weather Watchers caught some before, during and after snaps...

Black clouds before the storm in Hoddesdon
BBC
Lightning in Stevenage
BBC
Sunset after the storm in Hertfordshire's Chipperfield
BBC

Abbots Langley: Eyewitness said shot man came for help

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

An eyewitness has told me a man arrived at his property last night asking for help after being shot.

Peter, who lives along High Elms Lane, said the man had been at a private party that "went badly wrong".

Property in Abbots Langley
BBC

"The man came to the house saying he'd been shot, asking me to call the ambulance and help him," Peter said.

"I went back into my house and called them... by the time I came back to my door he'd gone across the street asking more people for help."

Abbots Langley shooting: Video of police at scene last night

A local blog has tweeted this video of police in Abbots Langley last night.

Hertfordshire Police have confirmed one man was shot, and another was stabbed, during an incident at a private party last night.

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High Elms Lane remains closed, which has resulted in schools being shut.

High Elms Lane, Abbots Langley

Three men are injured in what has been described as "a large-scale disturbance" at a property in Hertfordshire.

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Abbots Langley: Man shot in party incident

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

I've just been in contact with Hertfordshire Police, who have confirmed the types of injuries sustained by the three men taken to hospital after an incident at a private party in Abbots Langley last night.

One man sustained a gunshot wound to his shoulder and another had a head injury. A third man, with what was believed to be a stab wound to the abdomen, has been released from hospital.

Four people have been arrested in what police believe is an isolated incident between people who knew each other.

Abbots Langley incident: School not commenting

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

St Michael's Catholic High School and Specialist College in Abbots Langley is not commenting on a "large-scale disturbance" in the area until it has more information from police.

The assistant headteacher has given me short shrift and escorted me off the premises.

School closure board in Abbots Langley
BBC

High Elms Lane remains closed, but hearses arriving for the crematorium are being allowed through without any trouble.

Man injured in Flitwick lightning strike

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man was injured after his house was hit by lightning in Flitwick last night.

Lightning in Ampthill
BBC

Lightning struck the property in The Ridgeway just before 19:30, causing damage to a lounge wall and the electrics. The man was cared for by paramedics.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue say they dealt with more than 40 calls, and prevented homes flooding in Ampthill, and in Stotfold where a brook overflowed.

Rain, thunder, lightning... and rainbows

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

It wasn't the sunniest of days yesterday across the three counties, was it?

We had a fair few rumbles of thunder, along with some lightning and showers... but we can put up with that when you see beautiful rainbows like these ones at Luton Airport!

Double rainbow over Luton Airport
London Luton Airport

Abbots Langley: Four arrests after 'isolated incident at party'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire Police have told us four people have been arrested after a "large-scale disturbance" at a property in Abbots Langley, which it now believes was an "isolated incident at a party".

High Elms Lane
BBC

Police and ambulance crews were called to High Elms Lane in Abbots Langley at about 21:00 on Sunday evening. Three injured men were taken to hospital and one has since been released.

Det Insp Justine Jenkins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said: "At this stage it is believed to be an isolated incident between parties known to each other, who were attending a private party.

"As arrests have been made it is important not to speculate on what has happened so as not to prejudice any action going forward and I would urge people to be responsible when posting on social media."

Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals: Meeting cancelled due to 'purdah'

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The people behind a review into health services in Bedford and Milton Keynes are being criticised for refusing to speak to the media about their report into the future of the two hospitals.

Bedford Hospital
BBC

On Friday, they cancelled tomorrow's public meeting, citing "purdah", which is designed to stop official figures swaying the results of an election - in this case, the EU referendum.

Conservative MP for Bedford Richard Fuller has written an open letter to the chief executive of the NHS to say it's ridiculous: "They produced and published their report two days ago, in the period of purdah. By their own admission that is an offence under the act."

Abbots Langley 'disturbance': Police continue to investigate

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio