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Summary

  1. Horse shot through the head with arrow in 'wicked attack'
  2. Investigation under way into Luton busway crash in which 17 people were injured
  3. Updates on Monday, 20 June 2016
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Tuesday at 08:00

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Andy Collins: New kid on the block at Three Counties Radio

Gareth Lloyd

BBC Three Counties Radio

A new presenter started at BBC Three Counties Radio today.

Here's a taster of what Andy Collins' show is like...

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Andy will be back on air tomorrow morning at 06:00.

Weather: A largely dry night ahead

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

This evening the last of the heavy showers will clear and it’ll be a largely dry night with clear spells.

Weather graphic
BBC

Tuesday is looking a largely dry day with just the small chance of a shower. Highs of about 21C (70F).

BBC Question Time: David Cameron in Milton Keynes

BBC Question Time was in Milton Keynes last night for its second EU Referendum Special, this time featuring Prime Minister David Cameron.

The audience asked him questions on the case for remaining in the EU. Catch up on iPlayer here.

David Cameron in MK
BBC

Prime minister attacks 'untrue' Leave claims

David Cameron has urged people not to vote in the EU referendum on the basis of what he said were "completely untrue" claims from the Leave campaign.

The PM, speaking in Milton Keynes, dismissed warnings over an EU army, the prospects of Turkey joining and the cost of the UK's membership.

David Cameron
BBC

In a special edition of Question Time, he said the UK would be "a quitter" if it voted to leave.

Vote Leave said the PM "just doesn't have the answers" and that people "do not believe him any more on the EU".

Find out more about the EU Referendum with our Reality Check team here.

Noah Serra-Morrison death: Grandmother heard him cry down phone

The grandmother of a baby boy who suffered a fatal head injury has told how he cried down the phone to her the night before he died.

Mother Ronnie Tayler-Morrison, 21 and her partner Hardeep Hunjan, 26, deny the murder of 13-month-old Noah Serra-Morrison in Luton on 20 November. They also deny causing or allowing the death of a child and cruelty by wilful neglect.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital
Google

Maria Serra, Noah's grandmother, told the jury how the last time she saw her grandson alive was two weeks before his death. He had come to stay at her home for a weekend, she told the jury.

Luton Crown Court has heard the death "could not have been an accident".  

Leighton Buzzard "sinkhole" probably just a hole

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

I've been looking into the "sinkhole" in Leighton Buzzard. Having spoken to a sinkhole expert, we might just have to settle on "hole".

Leighton Buzzard sinkhole
BBC

Dr Clive Edmonds told me, after some research into the location, that the hole in Jupiter Drive "is not the right geology for a true sinkhole" because the earth is mudstone/clay, which is not soluble as it needs to be for a sinkhole to form.

"Looking back at old OS maps dating from 1879 reveals that the development is built over an old Brick Field that contained clay pits, ponds, kilns etc. Therefore it is possible that the hole relates to a washout of loose backfill within the old clay pits," Dr Edmonds said.

Hole opens up in Leighton Buzzard

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

Earlier we got a message from a resident of Jupiter Drive in Leighton Buzzard who said a "sinkhole" had opened up in the green area behind their house.

I was despatched to the scene and this is what I found - it's definitely a hole.

We're in touch with Central Bedfordshire Council to find out whether they're aware of this, and what it might be!

Leighton Buzzard hole
BBC

Picture: Emergency services at scene of Luton to Dunstable busway crash

We've been talking today about a bus crash on the Luton to Dunstable busway on Saturday.

Here's a photograph of emergency services at the scene.

Bus crash
East of England Ambulance Service
Bus crash
East of England Ambulance Service

Luton-Dunstable busway crash: Passenger helped driver

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

One of those injured in a crash on the Luton busway has been speaking of the moment the two buses collided

Bus crash - inside the bus
Other

Tattoo artist Adam Carrick said that after the impact he tried to help the bus driver. "[We] managed to pull the door open and try and rip the seat back to get the gentleman on the aisle," he said.

Seventeen people were injured, 15 of whom were taken to hospital after the crash on Saturday afternoon. 

Luton MP says Jo Cox tributes 'especially emotional'

Luton MP Gavin Shuker has tweeted about the tributes paid to MP Jo Cox in Parliament today.

He described Labour MP's tributes as "especially emotional". A vigil is being held in Luton today at 17:00 outside the Town Hall.

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Luton vigil for MP Jo Cox

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

A vigil is being held this afternoon in front of Luton's Town Hall in memory of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her constituency in West Yorkshire on Thursday.

Luton Town Hall
BBC

Luton Borough Council says anyone who wishes to pay their respects to Mrs Cox is invited to attend. 

A Book of Condolence will be opened at the vigil then placed in the Town Hall reception and is also available online for people to sign.

'Silly' cat reunited with Belgian owner after High Wycombe 'adventure'

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A Belgian cat which disappeared while "holidaying" in the UK has been returned to its owner after 10 months.

Gizmo the cat
RSPCA

Gizmo was brought to High Wycombe temporarily from his home in Silly, Belgium, by owner Milene Letertre.

He went missing in August and despite numerous searches, the microchipped cat was not found and Miss Letertre had to return to Belgium without him.

Last week Gizmo was finally found in High Wycombe and his owner came over and took him home.

Buckinghamshire accountant wins baronetcy battle

An accountant from High Wycombe has won a legal fight over a historic baronetcy in the Scottish Borders.

Murray Pringle (pictured) and businessman Simon Pringle, from near Hastings, both laid claim to the baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill in the Borders.

Judges ruled Murray Pringle was the heir to the historic Borders title
PA

Judges heard that Charles II granted the baronetcy of Stichill - a village near Kelso - to Robert Pringle of Stichill and the "male heirs from his body" in January 1683. 

Seven judges analysed evidence at hearings of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London. They concluded from DNA evidence that Simon Pringle was not the "heir male" of the 1st baronet but that Murray Pringle was the grandson of the 8th baronet and was therefore entitled to succeed.

Bike Week success at Hertfordshire school

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Hands up who got their bicycle out for Bike Week last week? A few people did here at BBC Three Counties but we can safely say that pupils at Bridgewater Primary in Berkhamsted put us to shame!

Berkhamsted school children riding bikes to school
Elizabeth Dalziel

More than 200 children there took part, which is impressive in itself, but then when you find out that the school is at the top of a steep hill, it's even more so.

Year Two pupil Jessica Dixon said it was "brilliant" and said she would l be asking her mum to cycle or scoot to school "more often" - although I've a feeling she might not want to on a wet day like today, eek.

Well done all, wheelie good work (sorry, couldn't help myself).

Wedding dress 'left bride with scars'

Jonathan Vernon-Smith

BBC Three Counties Radio

Amanda appeared on my consumer programme today and told me how her honeymoon was ruined due to a terrible mishap with her wedding dress.

The dress wasn't fitted properly around her waist, which meant it was rubbing her sides throughout her wedding day, she told me. And this was the result...

Blisters from wedding dress
Amanda Gibbon

Amanda said there was a lot of back and forth in the months before her wedding to get the dress fitted properly and she had expressed her concerns.

As we work on this case, we'll bring you more. You can hear Amanda's full account of the situation here.

Scabs and scars
Amanda Gibbon

Two charged after Abbots Langley shooting

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Two men have been charged following last week's "large-scale disturbance" in High Elms Lane, Abbots Langley, on 12 June in which a man was shot and two others injured.

Abbots Langley shooting
BBC

Sharriff Dacres, 21, of Cotterells, Hemel Hempstead, has been charged with attempted murder and Alexander Dacres, 26, of Tudor Avenue, Watford, with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and two charges of possessing drugs.

Both men have been remanded in custody and are due to appear at St Albans Crown Court next month.

Milton Keynes MP 'was wrong' when voting against same-sex marriage

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A Milton Keynes MP has said he was wrong when he voted against same-sex marriage in 2013.

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Mark Lancaster, the Conservative MP for Milton Keynes North, tweeted this morning that he attended his "first same-sex marriage celebrations" on Saturday and described it as "one of the most loving" events he's been to.

"Guess I was wrong in 2013," the MP wrote. He had opposed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which was passed by 400 to 175.

Weather: Sunny intervals but more rain later

BBC Weather

Rain should clear this afternoon and we may see some sunny intervals before scattered heavy showers return later. 

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Grey cloud over Milton Keynes
BBC

Luton busway crash: 'I got thrown down the aisle'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

One of those injured in a crash on the Luton busway on Saturday has been speaking of the moment the two buses collided.

Seventeen people were injured, with 15 taken to hospital .

Adam Carrick, a tattoo artist, said it all happened very suddenly.

He said: "I got thrown halfway down the aisle of the bus; got up to check everyone was all right; tried to get everybody back off the aisle because there was glass everywhere. The young lady in front of me started having an epileptic fit."   

Injured horse vets 'hopeful he won't lose eye', owner says

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The owner of the horse shot with a longbow at the weekend has said vets are "very hopeful" that he won't lose his eye.

Widget's owner Hannah Dorsett said the team at the Royal Veterinary College, near Hatfield, was taking "fantastic care" of him and she had also been "overwhelmed" by the support from people on social media.

X-ray of injured horse
South Beds News Agency

She said: "At the moment, [the vets] are taking all precautions to make sure the wound doesn't get infected or cause an abscess, but it's been mentioned that I might even be able to take him home at the end of the week.

"I am so proud of my lovely little horse; he is so calm and has taken this awful incident in his stride."

She added she had visited him yesterday and he was "very bright and alert and enjoying plenty of carrots as a treat".

Luton to Dunstable busway crash: Were you there?

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

It's a very wet day filming along the busway today, after the crash on Saturday.

Seventeen people were injured when two buses collided. Were you at the scene? Tweet me here.

Filming the Luton to Dunstable busway
BBC

Former Luton midfielder McCourt reveals wife's surgery for brain tumour

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The former Luton midfielder Paddy McCourt, who left Kenilworth Road at the end of the season for what were described as "personal reasons", has revealed in The Times that his wife has undergone surgery for a brain tumour. 

Paddy McCourt
Getty Images

McCourt had also been expected to be part of the Northern Ireland squad at Euro 2016.  

You can read the first part of the story in The Times (the rest is behind its paywall) and in Derry Now.

Washing bikes... in the rain

Hmm... seems a little futile today, don't you think?

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First day of summer... really?

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Happy first day of summer, everyone...

If you don't have to go outside today, I would advise against it!

Rain on a dark window
BBC

Full investigation after busway crash

A second bus company has said "a full investigation is under way" after one of its vehicles was involved in a crash on the Luton to Dunstable busway on Saturday.

Centrebus said it was trying to "establish what caused the incident" and was working with police, the local authority and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

The collision happened at about 15:00 along the Hatters Way section of the busway, injuring 17 people.

Bus company 'assisting with investigation' after crash

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

I've just called bus company Grant Palmer about the busway crash on Saturday, and it said it would "fully assist... the police investigation".

Luton to Dunstable busway
Google

The director, Grant Palmer himself, said: "We do not yet know the circumstances surrounding this incident," and wished those injured "a speedy recovery".

Injured horse had 'two feet' of arrow sticking out of its head

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

We've just had some more pictures from the RSPCA of a horse who was shot with a long bow in Abbots Langley over the weekend.

The RSPCA has said there was a "good 2ft [of arrow] sticking out" of the horse's head and an inspector has estimated there was "probably a couple of inches" embedded in his eye and nasal cavity.

Injured horse
RSPCA
Long bow arrow
RSPCA

Watford players feature in Euro 2016

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo may have had a shocker on Saturday night but Hornets' defender Sebastian Prödl helped Austria earn a 0-0 draw with the Portugese side in Group F.

Last night, Watford midfielder Valon Behrami's tackle actually burst the ball as he helped Switzerland qualify for the last 16 against host nation France with another 0-0 draw.

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart has told watfordfc.com he was enjoying the "unbelievable experience" of Euro 2016 so far.

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Today's weather: Outbreaks of rain

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's looking particularly grey and murky in Dunstable this morning and it doesn't like it will get that much brighter.

Rain is due to continue across the area this morning. There will be some sunshine this afternoon, but also heavy showers.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Shot horse yard owner offers £1,000 reward

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The owner of a yard where a horse shot with a longbow was kept has put up a £1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Injured Abbots Langley horse
South Beds News Agency

Widget - a white and brown Cob-type yearling - was discovered injured in a field in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire on Saturday evening.

An arrow was found in a wound close to its eye. The RSPCA believes it will survive the injuries, although a spokeswoman said it had a "lucky escape".

Luton double bus crash injures 17 passengers

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

You may have seen the news over the weekend about how 17 people were injured when two buses crashed into each other on the Luton busway. Well, we've just received a picture that was taken at the scene.

Luton busway crash
Adam Branning

Fifteen passengers were taken to hospital and two more treated at the scene after the collision on Saturday afternoon.

East of England Ambulance Service said none of the injuries was life-threatening and others were "walking wounded".

RSPCA condemns 'wicked attack' on horse

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A horse shot with an arrow in Abbots Langley over the weekend is currently at the Royal Veterinary College near Hatfield for treatment.

Horse shot with longbow
South Beds News Agency

The RSPCA said the "poor boy" had a "lucky escape", but the next 48 hours was going to be "crucial" to its recovery.

Deputy chief inspector Mel Fisher said: "The [arrow] has gone through his eye socket and into his nasal cavity, miraculously without hitting anything vital. It's hoped he won't lose his eye, but it's too early to know for sure.

"This was a wicked attack on a friendly and sociable little chap."

Horse shot with arrow in Abbots Langley

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police are looking for witnesses after a horse was shot with an arrow in a Hertfordshire field.

The injured white and brown Cob-type yearling was discovered off Bedmond Road, Abbots Langley, at about 19:00 on Saturday, police said. 

Long bow horse X-ray
South Beds News Agency

An arrow was found in a wound close to its eye, in what the RSPCA described as a "wicked attack". It is believed the animal will survive its injuries. 

Det Sgt Dan Stoddart, from Hertfordshire Police, said: "This appears to be a senseless, cruel crime and we are doing all we can to find the person responsible." 

Vauxhall chairman says Brexit would be 'undesirable'

BBC Business News

Vauxhall chairman Rory Harvey says coming out of the European Union would be "undesirable" for its business.

Vauxhall Luton
Google

He is among senior executives in the car industry - including directors at Toyota UK, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW - who have voiced support for a Remain vote in Thursday's referendum.

Mr Harvey said: "We are part of a fully integrated European company where we benefit from the free movement of goods and people. We believe not to be part of the EU would be undesirable for our business and the sector as a whole."  

Vote Leave group's chief executive, Matthew Elliott, rejected the idea, saying: "A vote to leave could provide a boost to the industry as we would be free to sign free trade agreements with emerging markets - something we are currently forbidden from doing by the EU."

UK car industry executives back Remain

BBC Business News

The UK's car industry, including Luton-based Vauxhall, has backed the campaign to stay in the EU.

Vauxhall Vivaro van
Getty Images

Its trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and company executives said a vote to leave the EU would "jeopardise" the industry's continued success, and warned that leaving would increase costs and threaten jobs. 

The SMMT said the industry supports 800,000 jobs and contributes £15.5bn annually to the UK economy.

Its chief executive, Mike Hawes, said: "Remaining will allow the UK to retain the influence on which the unique and successful UK automotive sector depends."

Vote Leave has rejected the idea that leaving the EU would hurt the car industry, instead saying it could help exports.

Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to the live page for the three counties, where we'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.

This morning, we'll start by looking at news that Luton-based Vauxhall has backed the campaign to stay in the EU.

Also, at the start of Learning Disabilities Week, charity Mencap has called on a Central Bedfordshire councillor to apologise for using the word "retard" in a tweet.

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