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Summary

  1. Dead baby's injuries no accident, court hears
  2. UK goes to the EU referendum polls
  3. Push for more women in engineering
  4. Updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

That's all from us for today, but we'll be back with you from 06:00 tomorrow with all the latest results from the EU Referendum.

If you'd like to get in touch in the meantime, you can send us an email or a tweet.

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Weather: Heavy rain overnight

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Tonight: Further thunderstorms with heavy rain and lightning, and the risk of localised flooding. Lows of 15C (59F).

Weather graphic shows less rain on Friday
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Friday: A dry start to the day with some early sunshine. Turning a little cloudy later with highs of 22C (72F).

Man arrested after A5 incident near Caddington

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm a week after a suspected assault on the A5 near Caddington, which left a man seriously injured.

The man was taken to hospital by police after arresting him on suspicion of drink driving. He was discharged, but later fell ill again at Luton Police Station.

A5 near Caddington
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Officers are investigating the possibility he was assaulted prior to being found at the side of the road. They're trying to identify a blue Corsa and a white van seen driving along the A5 at the time.

The force are being investigated over the way they handled the mans detention. He's said to be making a good recovery.

Engineering 'should be promoted in school as career for women'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The low number of women taking up engineering in the UK is being highlighted today, with figures showing only nine per cent of engineers in Britain are women, compared to a third in some other European countries.

Vicky Saunders
BBC

Vicky Saunders, who's the principal engineer at Hertfordshire County Council, says it's just a matter of breaking down gender stereotypes: "For so long there's been this conception that engineering is a man's world.

"I think it's starting to change in Britain, but it's taking a lot longer than the rest of the world. We need to perhaps look at promoting it in school as a career for women to have."

Engineering 'stuck out like a sore thumb', says MK student

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

An engineering student in Milton Keynes says she's loving her choice of career.

Heather Scullion
BBC

Speaking on Women in Engineering Day, Heather Scullion is studying engineering at Milton Keynes College and says other women should consider it too.

"I had a look through courses and engineering stuck out like a sore thumb," she said.

"I'm very hands on; I like getting practical instead of sitting at a computer. So far I'm loving it."

Heather ScullionEngineering student

Woman dragged across road in robbery

A woman was dragged across the road in a robbery outside a new Luton supermarket.

The offender stole the woman's handbag and pulled her across the floor outside Aldi in Scott Road at 18:15 on Tuesday.

He then got into a blue Peugeot 206, registration starting KB, and another man drove the vehicle away towards Sundon.

Marcus Bean: Wycombe Wanderers midfielder extends deal

BBC Sport

Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Marcus Bean has signed a new one-year contract extension with the League Two club.

The 31-year-old was out-of-contract at Adams Park this summer, having played 53 times in 18 months since joining from Colchester United.

Marcus Bean
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"He's an excellent ball-winner, gives us absolutely everything when he's on the pitch and he knows the game inside out," said boss Gareth Ainsworth.

"His experience at higher levels has been invaluable."

Offal lorry overturns: M40 recovery work under way

Rail delays due to bad weather

BBC Travel

Passengers travelling with operators such as Abellio Greater Anglia, Gatwick Express, Southern, South West Trains and Thameslink face delays and cancellations.

Network Rail says it has 1,200 engineers working on weather-related issues across the network.

Weather: More 'torrential' rain on the way

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Sorry to bring you some bad news on the weather front... but we've more, a lot more, of the wet stuff on the way before the end of the afternoon.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning of rain for the East of England until 23:00.

Poppy Day knife attack plotter jailed for life

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A would-be Islamic State fighter who wanted to commit a street beheading in Britain has been jailed for life.

Nadir Syed
CPS

Nadir Syed, 23, from Hounslow, was preparing to attack a poppy seller in the run up to Remembrance Day two years ago.

Two other men, including Yousaf Syed, 20, from High Wycombe, had already been cleared of plotting the attack.

Police warn drivers to avoid M40

Thames Valley Police is advising drivers to avoid the M40 near High Wycombe, saying journey time may take four hours.

This is due to an overturned lorry J6-J7 southbound which is causing severe delays on both carriageways.

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Doctor struck off for testicle removal 'cover up'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A doctor from Buckinghamshire who removed a man's testicle by accident has been struck off.

Dr Marwan Omar Farouk tried to cover up the mistake following the operation at the Chiltern BMI Hospital in Great Missenden.

Chiltern Hospital
Google

The tribunal heard Dr Farouk was supposed to repairing a tumour and removing a cyst from a man in April 2014.

He'd tried to dispose of the testicle in a sharps bin, but the operating nurse had realised what had happened, and recovered it herself. Afterwards he failed to tell the patient his testicle had been removed.

The tribunal ruled that due to his dishonesty his fitness to practise is impaired and erased his name from the medical register.

Lorry carrying frozen offal crashes through M40 central reservation

M40 crash
Oxfordshire County Council
M40 crash
Oxfordshire County Council
M40 crash
Oxfordshire County Council

Keep up-to-date with the travel news here.

Travel: Lorry overturns on M40

BBC Travel

A lorry carrying frozen offal has crossed over the central reservation and overturned on the M40 southbound near High Wycombe - just before J6 B4009.

All southbound traffic was stopped earlier, but lane one - of three - is back open. 

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Warning to Hertfordshire dog owners at polling stations

After news the number of dogs reported stolen in Hertfordshire has almost doubled, the county's rural special constables have tweeted this warning to people going out to vote for the EU Referendum...

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Voters turned away in Leighton Buzzard due to 'mix-up'

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Some voters have been turned away from casting their votes at a polling station at Linslade near Leighton Buzzard because of a mix-up.

Polling station sign
BBC

Several people turned up with their polling cards, but were told their names weren't on the electoral list.

Central Bedfordshire Council says it was an error and arrangements have now been made for them to vote.

Big fights will happen in time, promises Joshua

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport

Watford's Anthony Joshua doesn't really want to be fighting Dominic Breazeale on Saturday. Many fans aren't too fussed either.

But elite heavyweight boxing tends to be a series of frustrations punctuated by an occasional ecstatic release.

Anthony Joshua
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"It frustrates me that the public don't understand what goes on behind the scenes," says the 26-year-old Joshua, who won the IBF world title in only his 16th pro fight in April, courtesy of a brutal second-round knockout of the previously unbeaten but horribly overmatched Charles Martin.

Read the full story about who Joshua is interested in fighting and why here.

Engineering 'really rewarding', says Vicky Saunders

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Hertfordshire County Council's principal area engineer Vicky Saunders is one of the nine per cent of women in the engineering industry in the UK.

She says it's a "really rewarding sector to be in; not a boring office job" and something she wouldn't have expected to be in growing up.

Our highways engineer, Vicky, calls on more women to join the profession this #NWED2016 bit.ly/28Y2AAx

Our highways engineer, Vicky, calls on more women to join the profession this #NWED2016 bit.ly/28Y2AAx

“If you'd told me when I was 15 ‘you're going to be an engineer’ I would have said ‘but that's a man’s job’," Ms Saunders said.

"I think we're not engaging women at a young enough age and because of the lack of female engineers there's a lack of female mentors for younger generations."

Women in Engineering: MK College trains up next generation

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

It's Women in Engineering Day and with just nine per cent of women working in the UK's engineering industry, I've been speaking to those women in the minority.

At Milton Keynes College in Buckinghamshire, the next generation of female engineers are being trained...

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World English Sporting Championships: Who is better at clay pigeon shooting?

Luke Ashmead

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

In shooting, the World English Sporting Championships are currently taking place at EJ Churchill Shooting Club in High Wycombe. 

Geoff Doyle and I went along to find out who was the better shot. I'll give you a tip - I got a little bit excited because Geoff usually beats me at most things...

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Noah Serra-Morrison: Mother and partner 'deliberately delayed' calling ambulance

Baby Noah Serra-Morrison's mother and partner "deliberately" delayed calling an ambulance after he sustained a head injury, the prosecution claims.

Luton Crown Court heard the prosecutions arguments over the death of the 13-month-old child last November, who say the couple purposefully didn't call an ambulance and searched the internet for "My Baby Is Hurt" instead.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital
Google

Emergency services arrived at the flat in Crawley Road, Luton, at 03:30 on 21 November 2015, where Noah was found not breathing and with no heartbeat. 

He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 04:10. His mother and her partner deny charges of murder and child neglect.

Noah Serra-Morrison's injuries 'couldn't have been an accident'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Injuries found on a baby boy who died in his home in Luton last November were similar to those that would be suffered in a car crash or in a fall from a building, the prosecution told Luton Crown Court today.

Luton Crown Court
SBNA

After hearing of the numerous fractures Noah Serra-Morrison suffered, prosecutor Jane Bickerstaff said his mother's claims he had been injured falling out of his cot were impossible.

They were more likely to have been caused by the child being violently swung against a wall or floor or by his limbs being twisted with "severe force", said the prosecutor.

"The injuries inflicted could not have been an accident," Ms Bickerstaff said as she revealed his mother Ronnie Tayler-Morrison, 21, had searched the internet using the terms, "My Baby Is Hurt" and "My Baby Is Breathing But Not Moving".

Noah Serra-Morrison death: Over a dozen fractures found on baby boy

A jury has heard today of the catalogue of bone fractures a baby boy suffered in the weeks leading up to his death.

Thirteen-month old Noah Serra-Morrision died last November in the flat where his mother, Ronnie Tayler-Morrison, 21, lived with her partner Hardeep Hunjan, 26, in Crawley Road, Luton.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital
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Luton Crown Court heard about 15 fractures were found on the little boys limbs - some were days old, and some weeks old.

A specialist who examined part of Noah's skull said a fracture had been caused between 30 minutes and two hours before he died.

The mother and her partner deny murder, causing or allowing the death of a child and cruelty by wilful neglect.

Throwback Thursday: Shrine of Saint Alban

Looking back into their archives this week for Throwback Thursday is St Albans Cathedral.

Here is a photograph of the Shrine of Saint Alban nearly 80 years ago.

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Meat cleaver man sentenced

A man found with a meat cleaver in the street outside his Luton home has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Luton Crown Court
SBNA

Luton Crown Court heard police were called to the home of Harold Parker-Justine, 39, of High Ridge, after reports of people shouting inside.

Parker-Justine had left the property, officers were told, but as they left they saw him walking towards the house with a meat cleaver. He was promptly arrested.

He pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article on 2 February and was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to pay costs and obey a curfew.

Greg Rutherford withdraws from British Championships

BBC Sport

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has pulled out of this weekend's British Championships in Birmingham because of fitness concerns.

Greg Rutherford
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The 29-year-old from Woburn Sands made the precautionary move after suffering whiplash at the Birmingham Diamond League on 5 June.

He has said his hopes of defending his Olympic title in August and European crown in July are not in danger.

I'm disappointed not to be competing, but defending the Olympic title is my main focus for 2016."

Greg RutherfordOlympic long jump champion

Weather: Muggy with showers this afternoon

BBC Weather

The day continues to be muggy with some warm sunny spells, but we'll see more heavy and perhaps thundery showers develop from the south this afternoon. 

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Grey skies in Bushey
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Head in the clouds: Can aeroplane trails effect our climate?

Can aeroplane trails effect our climate? Yes... and no, according to a study by the University of Hertfordshire and Stockholm University.

Aeroplane trails
University of Hertfordshire

Scientists from the university found "contrails" - artificially formed clouds due to aircraft effluent - in a cloudless sky aren't likely to have much effect on climate.

However, when contrails are formed in an already cloudy sky, they increase the reflectivity of the clouds and as a result can warm or cool the climate. The thicker the cloud, the less sunlight breaks through, meaning a cooler climate.

Though contrails and their effect on climate have been studied for quite a while now, we [had] not yet investigated what happens when they form in already existing clouds."

Matthias TescheLecturer in Physics, University of Hertfordshire

Doctor in testicle removal 'cover up'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A doctor at a Buckinghamshire hospital tried to "cover up" the fact he had cut off a man's testicle rather than a nearby cyst, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal has heard.

BMI Chiltern Hospital in Great Missenden
Google

A panel at a General Medical Council hearing were told that in April 2014 at the BMI Chiltern Hospital in Great Missenden, Dr Marwan Farouk removed a patient's entire right testicle rather than trying to remove the cyst separately - but allegedly did not tell the patient what had happened.

Instead, he told the man words to the effect of "he had a small right testicle, but it won't give you any problems".

A decision on allegations Dr Farouk operated outside his area of expertise and was "misleading and dishonest" is expected later.

Scattering of pink clouds

BBC Weather Watchers

Last night's sunset was the beautiful calm before the storm judging by these photographs.

Our Weather Watchers snapped these fantastic pink clouds across Beds and Herts.

Pink clouds in Toddington
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Pink clouds in St Albans
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Pink clouds in Harpenden
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Women in engineering: Just 9% in UK

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Just nine per cent of workers in the engineering industry in the UK are women.

When compared with some European countries, which hit up to 30%, that is quite a shocking figure.

I've been at Hertfordshire County Council this morning, speaking to their principal engineer Vicky Saunders.

I'm heading to Milton Keynes College to speak to some female engineering students.

Women in engineering: Behind the scenes

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

We'll be hearing more from Hertfordshire County Council's principal engineer Vicky Saunders about women in engineering shortly, but first, she's ready for her close-up...

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Hertfordshire's push for more women in engineering

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Today marks National Women in Engineering day and I'm in Hertford to speak to Hertfordshire County Council about the lack of women in the industry.

Engineer Vicky Saunders
BBC

The council is pushing to get more women into engineering, just like their principal area engineer Vicky Saunders.

Find out more about Women in Engineering Day here.

On this day: Alan Turing's Bombe

One of the things Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing is arguably most famous for is designing The Bombe, which was used to crack Nazi ciphers during WW2.

Here it is in action...

On this day: Who was Alan Turing?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Today, we're looking at the life of Alan Turing, born on 23 June, 1912 - here's a brief timeline of the main events in his almost 42 years:

  • English mathematician, wartime code-breaker and pioneer of computer science
  • Studied mathematics at Cambridge University, and subsequently taught there
  • Involved with the development of the Bombe machine at Bletchley Park during World War Two and, later, the Automatic Computing Engine
  • Elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1951
  • Arrested and tried for homosexuality in 1952 - then a criminal offence
  • Committed suicide on 7 June, 1954

On this day: Alan Turing was born in 1912

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Today would have been the 104th birthday of Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing - born 23 June 1912.

Bombe machine / Alan Turing
BBC

On the first day of World War Two in September 1939, Turing took up residence at Bletchley Park, the Buckinghamshire mansion that served as the wartime HQ of Britain's top codebreakers.

There he oversaw the development of the Bombe machine, (pictured) used to crack coded messages generated by Enigma, the German military's typewriter-like cipher machine.

Experts generally acknowledge work done at the site shortened the war by two years.

Weather Watchers: Overnight thunderstorms

BBC Weather Watchers

There were a fair few thunderstorms overnight across southern parts of England.

One of our Weather Watchers caught this impressive lightning strike on camera in Bedfordshire.

Lightning in Bedford
BBC

Museum receives Lenborough hoard appeal boost

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Bucks County Museum has received a boost to its appeal to raise £50,000 towards the £1.35m cost of buying a hoard of more than 5,000 Anglo Saxon silver coins found in Lenborough, Buckinghamshire, in 2014.

Lenbrough hoard
British Museum

The museum's patrons have announced they will be donating £10,000. More than £1,500 has already been raised, along with £12,000 pledged before the official fundraising began.

The hoard was officially valued by the Treasure Valuation Committee and the museum wants to buy it in order that it's not split up or sold to an overseas buyer.

Bucks district councils spend £200,000 on review about how county should be run

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

Thousands of pounds of taxpayers money is being spent in Buckinghamshire to find the best way to run the county.

Buckinghamshire County Council wants a single unitary authority, but district councils in the area declined an offer to look at "evaluating the options" and instead have commissioned an independent review at a cost of £200,000.

Bucks County Council officers
Google

The study, commissioned by Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils, will involve key local organisations and consultation with the public.

But the leader of Bucks County Council, Martin Tett, said he is "disappointed" so much taxpayers money is being spent without prior discussion with the county council. He wants to see all services under one roof without the muddle and cost of having parish/town, district and county councils covering the same area.