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Summary

  1. Aftermath of lightning hitting house in Flitwick
  2. High Elms Lane and two schools reopen after Abbots Langley shooting
  3. Home Office refusing to reveal number of rapes at Yarl's Wood
  4. Petition launched to reopen Luton's ABC Cinema

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By Dani Bailey

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Thanks for joining us today. We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the three counties.

If you've missed any of today's updates - including the latest on the Abbots Langley shooting and the refusal of the Home Office to reveal the number of rape cases at Yarl's Wood - then scroll down the page to read them.

Missing wartime photos reunited after Facebook appeal

Ian Parker

BBC News

Roy
BBC

Back in 2014, a small envelope was handed in to Coombe Down surgery containing somebody's photos showing the life of a young man, thought to live in the Bedford area, dating from the 1920s to the 1940s.

No-one at the surgery was able to help, but Anne Meddick made it her mission to find who they belong to and she contacted the BBC.

After the story was posted on BBC Three Counties and BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook pages it was shared on social media and was eventually seen by Kate Goodwin, who recognised Roy as her uncle.

Roy
BBC

"To see my uncle was absolutely amazing, I recognised him instantly and the surname of Muggleton totally verified it," Kate said.

"We lost the photos a couple of years ago when my mother moved up to Combe Down.

"My mother is delighted... and the lady that found them two years ago is my mother's neighbour."

Hertfordshire scientists warn of 'devastating' moths

Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

Hertfordshire Scientists are warning crops of cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage could be devastated by an infestation of moths arriving from Europe.

Microscopic image of the diamondback moth
DAVID SCHARF/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Dr Steve Foster, who works at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, described how they devastate crops.

"There are swarms of them, a bit like plagues of locusts - there are so many of them that they seem like a brown cloud," he said.

Dr Foster and his colleagues learned of the infestation on Friday. They will study the moths to see if they can identify an insecticide that can be used against them as a matter of urgency.

'Biblical' moth influx threatens to devastate crops

Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

Scientists have learned that cabbage and cauliflower crops could potentially be "devastated" by a species of moth arriving from continental Europe.

BBC News understands tens of millions of diamondback moths are thought to have come to the UK in the past week - 100 times the number that arrive in the entire year.

Diamondback moth caterpillars
NIGEL CATTLIN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Researchers describe the species as a "super pest" because it is thought to be resistant to several insecticides.

An alert has been issued by researchers at the Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Flitwick lightning strike: Pictures of damage inside home

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Here are more pictures of what it looks like inside the Battams' home in Flitwick after it was struck by lightning.

Inside Flitwick home damaged by lightning
BBC
Inside Flitwick home damaged by lightning
BBC
Clock stopped at the time lightning struck
BBC

Flitwick lightning strike: Video shows damage inside home

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

We've seen the video of the huge lightning strike in Flitwick on Sunday, as filmed by a neighbour, but I've since been inside the home which was struck by the storm.

The Battams, who live in The Ridgeway, were advised by firefighters to have their electrics checked after a lounge wall and the surrounding electrics were damaged.

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Ardley Hill visits BBC3CR ahead of Father's Day

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

We've got some visitors at BBC Three Counties this afternoon... 

Ardley Hill Academy in Dunstable has been in the news since the floods last week as the building was so badly damaged, children haven't been able to go back to school.

Well, this afternoon they're holding their annual Father's Day event in our meeting area - it's where each pupil comes along to choose a present to give their dad. There are some yummy treats about I've noticed...

Ardley Hill Academy at BBC3CR
BBC

From next week, the pupils will be based at Brewers Hill Middle School.

Law firm 'offensive' tweets: At the company's offices

Nicola Haseler

BBC Three Counties

I have just knocked on the door of law firm Baker Small's offices in Milton Keynes to see if I could get a response about the messages posted online, which have caused a great deal of offence.

I asked for Mark Small and was told to wait a minute, then the answer came: "He's not here, we don't know when he'll be back and we've issued a statement."

Woman on phone reads article about tweets
BBC

Law firm 'offensive' tweets: Hertfordshire county meeting to discuss contracts

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire County Council says it will be meeting with a Milton Keynes law firm after it came under fire for offensive messages posted on social media, as reported in The Guardian.

Hertfordshire County Hall
BBC

Baker Small works on behalf of local authorities on cases relating to children with special educational needs.

In a statement, the authority said it was "dismayed to read the totally unacceptable and insensitive comments" the firm had made.

"We are meeting with Baker Small shortly and are considering the terms of our contract with them," a spokesman said.

Fatal Hemel collision man named

A man who died following a collision in Hemel Hempstead has been named by police as Daniel McClellan.

The 31-year-old, from Hemel, was pronounced dead last Thursday, two days after the crash.

London Road in Hemel
Google

Police say the white van Mr McClellan had been travelling in with another man along London Road lost control and collided with a telegraph pole at the junction with Stratford Way around 23:00.

The second man suffered a head injury, but has since been discharged from Watford Hospital.

Archive photograph of Harpenden Fair in 1976

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

We've had an archive photograph from the 1970s already today, so let's have another...

Here's one of a rather wet Harpenden Fair in 1976.

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MK Dons striker Revell signs for Northampton

BBC Sport

League One newcomers Northampton Town have signed MK Dons striker Alex Revell on a two-year deal.

Alex Revell
Getty Images

The 32-year-old ex-Brighton, Rotherham and Cardiff forward finished last season with MK Dons, where he netted four times in 17 Championship games.

Teenage girl left unconscious in street

Police have launched a public appeal after investigations into an incident in which a teenage girl was left unconscious drew a blank.

The 17-year-old was hit over the head in the street by a group of four people back on 5 June.

But she was unable to describe the group and, when she came round, had no recollection of what happened.

Shenley Lane, Hertfordshire
Google

Nothing was stolen, but she was left with pain to her head and bruising to her arms.

Today, Hertfordshire Police appealed for witnesses, saying the attack happened "near a busy stretch of road in broad daylight" so it's likely motorists saw something.

'Holy moly!' - Huge lightning strike in Flitwick

This is the lightning strike which injured a man after his house was hit in Flitwick.

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

This video was taken by neighbour, Luan Hall.

Street drinkers turning to 'legal highs'

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

Another issue raised while I was out with Hertfordshire Police was the number of street drinkers who are turning to psychoactive substances, aka "legal highs". 

PSCO Adriano Russo told me people don't realise the harm they can do and he's found them in the street "fitting, foaming at the mouth" and generally in a "really bad state" because "they're basically overdosing".

He said people take "something they shouldn't have been taking in the first place and [which] has now been made illegal by the government".

'Public concerned' about 'legal highs' say police

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A police officer on a raid for drugs that were known until recently as "legal highs" told me "the public are concerned" about the substances.

Raid in St Albans
BBC

I joined a police search of a Londis shop in St Albans that was suspected of selling the "highs", which are now illegal.

"The public are concerned about these substances and the effect it can on them," PC Shaun Wood told me. The search was unsuccessful, but the force say it wasn't a waste of time.

'Legal highs' raid in St Albans finds nothing

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

I've been out with Hertfordshire Police this morning on a raid at a shop in St Albans which was suspected of selling what were previously called "legal highs". Such drugs are now illegal.

Shop in St Albans
BBC

Six police officers and a community support officer were involved in the raid at the Londis store, but they found nothing.

PC Shaun Woods says it wasn't a waste of time because it raises public awareness that the force does act upon intelligence they receive.

Weather: More heavy showers

BBC Weather

We're still forecast showers for this afternoon. Some will again be heavy and thundery, but by tonight they'll be lighter.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Grey cloud in Pitstone
BBC

Travel: Train delays through Bucks and Herts

BBC Travel

There's still a reduced service on Southern trains through Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire due to a shortage of train drivers and conductors.

Men 'hit people with hockey stick' outside pub

Two men have been charged with affray after people were hit with a hockey stick outside a pub in Borehamwood.

Alfred Arms in Borehamwood
Google

The incident happened outside the Alfred Arms in Shenley Road at 23:50 on Saturday.

Two men in their 30s have been charged. One has pleaded guilty to all charges. One of the victims, a man in his 50s, suffered a deep cut to his arm.

Flitwick home hit by lightning at weekend

We told you yesterday about a man who was injured after his house was hit by lightning in Flitwick...

Well, Bedfordshire on Sunday has been speaking to the man, Burt Battams, about his ordeal and there are some shocking pictures too - take a look at the article here.

Lightning in Ampthill
BBC

Public asked to name new buildings in Luton's Marsh Farm

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

If you could name a building or a road, what would you call them? No, you can't name them after yourself!

Luton Borough Council is asking the public for suggestions for new buildings in Marsh Farm.

Artists impression of new buildings in Marsh Farm
Luton Borough Council

The latest phase of the regeneration is under way, to the tune of £25m, and the council is looking for names for the new shopping area, the main road - currently Vardis Close - and three blocks of flats.

Whether they reflect local history, or promote a new identity for the central area moving forward, the most important thing is that they are names locals can identify with."

Mo HarkinService director for housing, Luton Borough Council

Luton 'fella' with Basil Brush

Ha ha ha, boom boom! Another dig into the BBC archives finds Luton schoolboy and The Likely Lads star Rodney Bewes pictured with Basil Brush in 1970.

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Council no longer referring new cases to law firm after offensive tweets

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Cambridgeshire County Council says it will not be referring any new cases to a Milton Keynes-based law firm after the company posted "inappropriate messages" on Twitter.

Shire Hall, home to Cambridgeshire County Council
Geograph/Rodney Burton

Baker Small provides specialist legal advice to local authorities relating to children with special educational needs. It posted what have been described as boasting and offences messages about winning a case over the weekend.

In a statement, the council says it is aware of the "damage" these messages "have done to parental confidence" and, as a result, has "set up alternative arrangements for new cases".

Law firm apologises for offensive tweets

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A Milton Keynes-based law firm specialising in challenging claims for children with special educational needs  has apologised after a series of tweets gloating about winning its latest case.

Books
Thinkstock

Baker Small tweeted an apology letter after the tweets were published on Sunday. The offending tweets have since been deleted.

The firm, which works with local authorities in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, has already been dropped by Cambridgeshire County Council.

The team here are looking into the story and we will bring you more as we get it, but in the meantime you can read The Guardian's article here.

Driver rolls car in Bovingdon

A driver was taken to hospital yesterday after rolling her car in the Hertfordshire village of Bovingdon.

Bovgindon High Street
Google

The woman in her 30s suffered only minor injuries after her car came off the road in Bovingdon High Street after 09:10.

She was taken to Watford Hospital for further care.

Yarl's Wood: Years of controversy

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Following our earlier reports about Yarl's Wood, we've been digging into the BBC archives...

There's a very interesting article by our home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw about the history of the detention centre here.

And depending on how far into that you get, there is then the outcome of the report into the operations of Yarl's Wood and allegations of abuse - it found "serious staffing concerns" but "not an endemic culture of abuse".

Gates at Yarl's Wood
BBC

Luton railway station higher priority than old cinema

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Luton's main railway station will be prioritised for refurbishment over the derelict cinema on one of the town's main streets, the council say.

ABC cinema, Luton
BBC

Laura Church, the council's director for places and infrastructure, said her top priority "is the railway station" and it would "like to get something moving on that first" before focusing on the cinema.

"[We] can't give you a set timetable at the moment [about the refurbishment of the cinema] but it is one of the projects that I want to work on," Ms Church said.

Luton's ABC cinema: Council looking to make changes

A derelict Art Deco cinema in Luton could be set for a revamp after an online petition was started calling for it to be brought back into use.

Luton Borough Council say although it "owns the freehold of the building, someone leases it" so it "doesn't have direct control" but it is looking to alter this to make changes.

ABC Cinema, Luton
BBC

The former ABC Cinema building in the town centre has been described as an eyesore since it closed 16 years ago. 

Laura Church, the council's director for places and infrastructure, says that "now is the right time" to do something about the building.

Petition to reopen old ABC cinema in Luton

A petition has been started to turn a derelict cinema in Luton into a community centre.

ABC cinema in Luton
Google

The former ABC building closed 16 years ago and the latest plan to turn it into a church was rejected by the council last year.

Now an online petition has been launched to try and get it re-opened. It has already gained more than 750 supporters.

Yarl's Wood: Home Office statement so far - 'We'll tell you more later'

We've given you an answer... but there's more to come.

That is the gist of a statement from the Home Office following calls to disclose the number of detainees at Yarl's Wood detention centre who have been sexually assaulted.

A Home Office spokesman said: "As our response to this request made clear, we have not yet responded in full and intend to do so shortly.

"We take our responsibilities under the Freedom of information Act very seriously and aim to respond to all requests within statutory deadlines lines or permitted extensions."

Yarl's Wood: Disclosure refusal 'bizarre,' says MP

The chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee says is it "bizarre" the Home Office is refusing to disclose the number of detainees who've been sexually assaulted at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

Yarl's Wood
Google

Labour MP Keith Vaz deemed the refusal to give "what is very basic information" as "bizarre".

"How on earth can this affect the contractual relations between the government and private contractors?" he questioned.

The Home Office said it intends to provide a full response shortly. Previously, it claimed disclosure of such cases may harm the "commercial interests" of private companies involved in running the centre.

Yarl's Wood: Rape cases not revealed due to 'commercial interests'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The Home Office is refusing to reveal how many detainees have been sexually assaulted or raped inside Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire.

Yarl's Wood
Geograph/Oliver White

In response to a request for information by the Independent, the Home Office said "disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests" of people involved with running Yarl's Wood. The centre is currently run by private company, Serco.

The Home Office said it would provide a full response, clarifying its position, by the end of May but so far has failed to do so. It now says it intends to do so shortly.

Weather: Sunshine and showers today

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

A day of sunny intervals and showers, which may be heavy and thundery at times.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F)

Abbots Langley: Schools reopen after road closure

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Two schools are open again today after yesterday's police investigations in Abbots Langley.

School closure sign on Monday
BBC

Parmiters School and St Michael's Catholic High School and College were closed, apart from for pupils taking exams, due to the closure of High Elms Lane after "large-scale disturbance" at a property during a party on Sunday night.

Police said they believed the incident to be "isolated" and that those involved were "known to each other". 

Abbots Langley shooting: Road reopened by police

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

High Elms Lane is open as normal today after being closed for the majority of the day yesterday due to a shooting at a party.

High Elms lane, Abbots Langley
BBC

Police described the incident as "a large-scale disturbance" at a property at about 21:00 on Sunday. One man suffered a gunshot wound, one a stab wound and another a head injury.

Six men have been arrested by Hertfordshire Police.

Welcome to Local Live for the three counties

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to the live page for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

We'll be bringing you the latest on the "party disturbance" in Abbots Langley on Sunday evening - the road has now been reopened by police.

Remember if you'd like to get in touch at all, you can email us here or send us a tweet.