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Summary

  1. Ed Miliband on the campaign for Remain in Luton
  2. Calls for health and safety investigation into busway crash
  3. Explosion caused by men making cannabis oil, court told
  4. Local Live resumes at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Dani Bailey

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Thank you for joining our Local Live coverage during the day. The main stories have included:

  • An explosion was caused by men making cannabis oil, a court was told
  • There have been calls for an investigation into the Luton busway crash
  • The chief constable of Hertfordshire Police has announced he is to retire
  • Child cruelty cases triple in Bedfordshire
  • Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire, Nadine Dorries, and author JK Rowling were locked in a Twitterdebate this lunchtime over comments about David Beckham supporting Britain in the EU

Three guilty of KFC assault

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Three people have been found guilty of causing grevious bodily harm after a teenage boy was repeatedly stabbed in a fast food restaurant in Waltham Cross.

The attack happened in the KFC on Eleanor Cross Road on 2 November 2015.

Jonathan Garby
Herts Police

At St Albans Crown Court earlier, Jonathan Garby, 22, of Ripple Road in Barking, was jailed for 17 years. Two 16 year old boys from Waltham Cross and Islington were sentenced to a three year Intensive supervision and surveillance programme order.

Det Insp Tom Leeks said: “This was a particularly violent and unprovoked attack, which left the victim badly injured and frightened."

Chief Constable announces retirement plan

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

The Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Andy Bliss has announced he is to retire from policing.

Mr Bliss, who joined the force from Essex Police in 2011, will leave the force at the end of the summer.

 “My time with Hertfordshire has been both challenging and fulfilling and it’s been a big decision to move-on from a job that I love," he said.

He said in retirement he would pursue his interest in archaeology and seek new challenges.

Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Andy Bliss
Herts Police

Antiques show valuation day at Bletchley Park

Antiques programme Flog It! will be at Bletchley Park to record it's valuation day tomorrow.

The BBC One programme's visit to Buckinghamshire marks it's 1,000th show.

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Buckinghamshire councils commission review of services

An independent review is being commissioned by four councils in Buckinghamshire to find the "best option for the future structure of local government".

Aylesbury Vale District Council offices
Google

Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils are commissioning the study to find ways to work together and share costs.

They say it is to "strengthen local decision making, improve local services and save taxpayers’ money."

Road rage row father and son sentenced

A father and son who confronted a motorist said to have been involved in a road rage incident have been given suspended jail sentences.

Terence Pearson, 31, and father John Pearson, 63, both of of Lye Lane, Bricket Wood, were found guilty of affray after the incident in Radlett High Street back in 2013.

St Albans Crown Court
SBNA

The pair told police they'd been acting as good Samaritans after the van driver, Edson Dos Santos, 43, had been in a road rage row with an elderly driver.

Mr Santos told St Albans Crown Court that Terrence Pearson punched and kicked his van so he called the police.

Both men were sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for a year and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

Film makers head to Bedfordshire for props

Ever wondered where film set props come from?

Bet you didn't think they'd come from a scrap yard in Bedfordshire... Read how the makers of Steven Spielberg's latest film did just that in this Bedford Times and Citizen article.

Leighton Buzzard hole investigation under way

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

Remember that hole I was looking into yesterday - literally and journalistically - in Leighton Buzzard?

Well, Central Bedfordshire Council says it is aware and have put safety measures into place.

Leighton Buzzard hole
BBC

A one metre square plate has been put over the hole in Jupiter Drive and an investigation is under way.

The council says it won't have any more information about what the cause of the hole could be until the investigation is complete.

Wolverton bar's complaint after #WeAreOrlando sign

Earlier we told you about a bar in Wolverton that had received a complaint about a sign at its entrance promoting homosexuality following shootings in Orlando.

Here is a better image of the sign, along with the complaint letter.

Sign and complaint letter
Bar Bar Black Sheep

Owner of the Black Sheep Collective and Bar Bar Black Sheep, Danny Quinn, said he has been overwhelmed with the amount of support the cafe has received since posting online.

Bedfordshire MP's Twitter debate with JK Rowling #EUref

Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire, Nadine Dorries, has been challenged by author JK Rowling on Twitter this lunchtime over comments about David Beckham supporting Britain in the EU.

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The pro-Leave MP quickly had a response from the Harry Potter author...

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Dorries didn't hold back in her responses, prompting this exchange:

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Travel: Lane blocked on M1 J10

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the M1 northbound between J10 and J11. Traffic is slow.

Find out the latest here.

Weather Watchers: Blue skies in the three counties

BBC Weather Watchers

We'd almost forgotten what blue skies looked like after the torrential downpours recently...

It's looking rather glorious in Beds, Herts and Bucks this afternoon though, according to photos from our Weather Watchers.

Blue skies and cloud over Pavenham
BBC
Blue skies in Royston
BBC
Blue skies and cloud in Milton Keynes
BBC

Child abuse cases up in Bucks, but down in Herts

Cases of child cruelty and neglect in the Thames valley, which covers Buckinghamshire, have risen by almost half.

Child crouches on floor
Science Photo Library

An NSPCC review shows parents or carers were reported in connection with 141 offences last year, compared to 85 the year before.

In Hertfordshire, neglect cases decreased last year from 48 the year before down to 41. The figures emerged as part of the NSPCC's annual child protection review.

'Licence plated' bees released in pollen study

"Licence plated bees" - have you ever heard of such a thing? Well, if not... you have now.

Hundreds of bees fitted with "licence plates", or coloured number tags on their backs, are to be released from a London rooftop.

Plated bee on a flower
Queen Mary University

Queen Mary University biologists hope the project will establish what are bees' preferred patches in which to pollinate in London. 

Will any of them make it out of the big smoke into Hertfordshire or Buckinghamshire? Keep your eyes peeled...

Weather: Dry and warm this afternoon

BBC Weather

It'll stay dry and warm this afternoon with bright or sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather graphic shows highs of 19C
BBC

Miliband continuing Remain campaign until last second

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Ed Miliband says he will continue the Remain campaign until Thursday's EU Referendum as "people are still making up their minds".

The former Labour leader said "this is a big decision, this is an irreversible decision, this is not a general election decision which can be reversed five years later."

It's for these reasons that he thinks voters are taking their time by "weighing up the issues".

Read the latest on campaigning across the UK here.

EU Referendum 'not a referendum on David Cameron' - Miliband

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband has said the EU Referendum "is not a referendum on David Cameron".

Miliband, in Luton today for a Remain rally, said "lots of people are unhappy with the state of the NHS, with schools" but he believes "our chances of addressing those issues are much better inside the EU, not outside".

Ed Miliband
BBC

The Leave campaign say the money Britain sends to the EU, which it claims is £350m a week, could be spent on the NHS instead.

Read Reality Check's investigation into these claims here.

Public service pressures 'aren't caused by migrants,' Miliband says

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

On the topic of immigration, former Labour leader Ed Miliband has told an audience of Luton voters that "pressures on services aren't caused by immigrants".

"People who come to the UK contribute £2.5bn more than they cost the UK," Mr Miliband said. "The pressures on services aren't caused by immigrants, they're caused by Jeremy Hunt and a Tory government."

We're at the Luton Centre for Carnival Arts. Probably somewhere in the region of 100 Labour members are here to see former Labour leader Mr Miliband speak ahead of Thursday's referendum.

Ed Miliband
BBC

If you want the other side of the immigration row, the PM's former director of strategy Steve Hilton has told the BBC that "we must leave EU to control immigration".

The Leave campaign say public services are under strain due to the number of migrants.

EU referendum: Michael Gove says UK can handle risks outside EU

Elsewhere, pro-Leave's Michael Gove said on Sunday that the UK can "deal with whatever the world throws at us" if it votes to leave the EU.

Michael Gove
BBC

The justice secretary said there were "risks to our future" whatever the outcome of the poll.

In his Andrew Marr Show interview, Mr Gove also said he "shuddered" when he saw UKIP's "breaking point" poster showing a queue of asylum seekers.

Miliband urges voters to stay in EU 'for jobs'

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Ed Miliband has told Labour voters in Luton the EU Referendum this week "is about creating jobs".

He said that to create jobs, "you stay in the biggest export market you have - the European Union.

"It's about protecting workers rights. Equal pay of work for equal value. Maternity leave. Paid holiday."

Ed Miliband
BBC

Earlier, Mr Miliband said most Labour MPs support the Remain campaign - if you want to see where the Cabinet and other MPs stand on the issue, the BBC has examined how MPs from all the parties in the House of Commons line up.

Ed Miliband speaks at Luton Remain rally

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband is now speaking at the party's Remain rally in Luton.

He says all living Labour leaders support remain, that 95% of Labour MPs support remain too, along with major employers including easyJet and Vauxhall. 

"Think about the Leave team. Are they friends of Labour voters?" Mr Miliband asked voters here. "Boris Johnson? Michael Gove? Nigel Farage? Donald Trump? I don't think so."

Ed Miliband
BBC

Back in June, the BBC looked at all the arguments around the EU referendum. If you're still undecided, you can see the article here.

Remain campaign in Luton today

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

I'm at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton this morning, where former Labour leader Ed Miliband will be speaking as part of the Remain campaign.

There are lots of Labour voters here, and Labour MEP Richard Howitt has been talking about the benefits the EU has given to Luton.

Richard Howitt in Luton
BBC

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

MK Dons announce new kits

MK Dons have revealed their new kits for next season and they're causing a bit of a stir on Twitter.

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Jake on Twitter writes: "Oh my god, that third kit is beaut", and Chris is with him, he says it "looks like one of our first kits...love it!"

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What does the NSPCC review say?

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

The NSPCC's annual child protection review says neglect is the most common form of abuse, with children not getting enough to eat or being left to fend for themselves.

It's unclear why the figures have risen so dramatically, but greater public awareness and improvements in how police record offences could be factors.

Computer keyboard
PA

This is also the first year forces have had to flag internet-related abuse after 38 out of 44 in England and Wales recorded more than 3,000 sex crimes with an online element against children between April 2015 and March 2016.

Child cruelty cases triple in Bedfordshire

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A children's charity claims the number of child cruelty and neglect cases recorded by Bedfordshire Police has more than tripled in the last two years.

Child sits on floor
Thinkstock

The NSPCC says parents or carers were reported in connection with 27 offences last year, compared to just seven the year before.

The figures have emerged as part of the NSPCC's annual child protection review.

Wolverton bar's #WeAreOrlando sign sparks reaction

A bar in Wolverton has expressed solidarity with the victims of the Orlando shootings by putting up a sign promoting homosexuality.

The chalk board at the Bar Bar Black Sheep in The Square reads: "If the sight of two blokes holding hands bothers you then get your coffee elsewhere".

Wolverton cafe
BBC

Some people have objected to the words used and the venue has received an anonymous letter of complaint.

"Just as shocking as the letter really, is that there are a lot of people more than willing to get on board with support," owner Danny Quinn said.

"We are talking [about] a chalkboard in a very small Victorian railway town in middle England that nobody's really heard of, but the thought here [is to] inspire shared goals and common grounds."

Bridge in Biggleswade to reopen after six months of repairs

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A railway bridge in Biggleswade, closed since December for repairs, is finally due to reopen on Sunday.

Biggleswade bridge closed
BBC

Businesses in the town have complained of losing thousands of pounds a month as a result of the delays to repair Stratton Bridge.

Central Bedfordshire Council blamed the poor weather for the delay.

Travel: Collisions on the M25

BBC Travel

Traffic is slow on the M25 anti-clockwise between J23 and J26 due to a collision involving two trucks. A lane is blocked on the exit slip road.

Stay up-to-date here.

Luton vigil for MP Jo Cox

Yesterday we told you about a vigil being held in Luton town centre for people to pay their respects to MP Jo Cox, who was shot and killed in her Yorkshire constituency last week.

The vigil took place at 17:00 outside the Town Hall. Here are some photographs from the deputy leader of the borough council.

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Luton house explosion due to drug-making

Gail Sanderson

BBC Three Counties Radio

The windows of a Luton house were blown out when three men used butane gas to try and make cannabis oil.

One of them was left with burns to his face and hands in the explosion in Chesford Road in April last year.

Luton Crown Court
SBNA

Mark James, 25, from East Barnet, and Adriano Borges, 25, from Colindale in London, pleaded guilty to producing a Class B drug at Luton Crown Court.

James was given a 20 week suspended sentence and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. Borges was given a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Busway crash: Police say no arrests made

Bedfordshire Police say no arrests have been made in connection with the Luton to Dunstable busway crash on Saturday.

Emergency services were called to a collision between two buses near Chaul End Lane at about 15:00.

Police say they are "pursuing lines of enquiry".

Busway crash
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'Too many accidents to ignore', claims councillor

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A Central Bedfordshire councillor says that the Luton to Dunstable busway should be investigated after another crash at the weekend raised fresh concerns about passenger safety.

Emergency services at bus crash
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Conservative councillor Richard Stay told BBC Three Counties Radio there had been "too many accidents to warrant ignoring" an investigation.

"The accident at the weekend was pretty horrific. I don't know what happened and I'm not going to speculate... but I think that it does warrant an investigation by people with the technical expertise," he said.

Luton busway crash: Calls for investigation

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

There are calls for an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive after the serious accident on the Luton to Dunstable busway at the weekend.

Bus crash
Adam Branning

Fifteen people were taken to hospital after the crash between buses operated by Centrebus and Grant Palmer on Saturday afternoon. 

Luton Borough Council, which jointly runs the busway, says it won't comment until a police investigation has been completed.

Weather: Dry start with warm sunshine

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

You'll be pleased to hear that today will start dry with any early morning mist and fog soon lifting to leave warm sunshine.

Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for the three counties - it's looking like a much sunnier day out there, thankfully!

We'll bring you a full weather report shortly along with the latest on safety calls following a crash on the Luton to Dunstable busway at the weekend.

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