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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 27 June 2016
  2. Campaigners oppose fresh plans for St Albans rail freight site
  3. Easyjet issues profits warning after Brexit vote
  4. Case involving deaths of two people in Berkhamsted referred to police watchdog
  5. Milton Keynes artists play Glastonbury
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Pigs abandoned in Hertfordshire

A group of pigs were abandoned on the Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire, the Hemel Gazette reports.

Five animals, including a heavily-pregnant sow were left - read the full report here.

Weather: Sunny spells this evening

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells to end the day and then a dry night with light winds and lows of around 10C (50F).

Weather graphic shows a bright day Tuesday
BBC

A dry start to Tuesday with spells of sunshine. Rain is expected to move eastwards during the afternoon and this could turn heavy at times. Highs of around 19C (66F).

St Albans collision: Woman, 80, dies

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

It's been confirmed by police that an elderly woman died after a collision in St Albans today, which we reported earlier.

Officers say the "circumstances of the collision are unclear" but it seems that a delivery lorry was leaving the service road by Tesco Express at Twyford Road in Jersey Farm when "it collided" with the 80-year-old woman.

The woman died as a result of the injuries she sustained. Any witnesses are asked to contact police via the 101 number. 

'Sorry for wasting your time', woman writes to police

A woman has written to Bedfordshire Police to say she is "eternally grateful" for their support on a night out.

Officers had gone to help the woman in May after they received reports of an intoxicated person lying in the road.

She wrote to them to apologise and will be making a donation to the Care of Policing Survivors charity.

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British Championships: Luton's javelin champ

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Luton's Jo Blair has become British javelin champion at the British Championships.

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Blair impressed with a personal best throw of 57.44m at yesterday's championships in Birmingham.

Luton sign defender Rea from Brighton

BBC Sport

League Two side Luton Town have signed defender Glen Rea from Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.

Glen Rea
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The 21-year-old centre-back, who made 10 appearances during a loan spell with the Hatters last season, has agreed a two-year deal at Kenilworth Road.

A Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Rea came through Albion's academy and featured twice for the Seagulls in the League Cup.

Missed-it Monday: Joshua knocks out Breazeale

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport

Watford's Anthony Joshua defended his IBF heavyweight title for the first time with a seventh-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale in London on Saturday.

Joshua and Breazeale
Getty Images

The unbeaten American was incredibly game, standing up to some brutal assaults by the champion, who now has 17 knockouts from as many fights.

But after Breazeale was floored for a second time in the seventh, the referee waved the fight off. Read more here.

Biggleswade bridge reopens after seven months

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

A major road bridge has reopened in Biggleswade after being closed for seven months.

Biggleswade bridge
BBC

The closure of Stratton Bridge prompted complaints from local shopkeepers who say they have lost thousands of pounds in business while the road has been closed. 

The bridge needed major repairs and was due to reopen in April after closing in November but bad weather forced a longer closure. 

Elderly woman hit by delivery van in St Albans

An elderly woman has been flown to hospital by air ambulance after been knocked down in St Albans.

The woman, who's 80 years old, was hit by a delivery van on Twyford Road in Jersey Farm.

Twyford Road, St Albans
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Glastonbury: Buckinghamshire's Jack Garratt

BBC Introducing... in Beds, Herts and Bucks

Another local act that came up through BBC Introducing was at Glastonbury this weekend: Little Chalfont's Jack Garratt.

Jack, who was named as the winner of BBC Music's Sound of 2016, first uploaded his music to us in 2009 and we gave him his first radio play that year.

From there, Jack's supported Mumford and Sons, won the Critics' Choice at this year's Brit Awards and released his debut album Phase. 

Here he is playing the John Peel Stage on Friday...

Natalia Doherty death: Trial date set

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Two brothers accused of helping to hide the body of a woman in Luton will stand trial in December. 

Natalia Doherty, 50, also known as Natalia Wilkanowska, vanished in 2003 and her remains were found buried in the garden of a house in Icknield Way last year.

Natalia Doherty
SBNA

Today Joseph Doherty, 72, of Port Glasgow and Daniel Doherty, 67, appeared at Luton Crown Court, accused of concealing her body in the back garden of Daniel Doherty's house.

Both men were granted bail.

Missing Borehamwood man, 81, last seen on Friday

Have you seen missing 81-year-old Terry Dunne from Borehamwood?

Missing Terry Dunne
Hertfordshire Police

Hertfordshire Police say Mr Dunne was last seen at his home in Brook Road at about 22:30 on Friday.

Officers are concerned as he has been "without his medication for some time" and is a "vulnerable older man".

They say he's 6ft 1in tall (1.85m), usually wears a cap and speaks with a London accent.

Man arrested after girl, 12, sexually assaulted

A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of a sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl in Hitchin on Friday.

Watersmeet woods
Google

Police say that the sexual assault was reported to them and is alleged to have happened between 16:00 and 16:30 in woods opposite Watersmeet off Grove Road.

Officers are keen to speak to dog-walkers who may have seen the girl, including a man walking a small brown dog that the girl stopped to pet.

Weather Watchers: Lightning in Milton Keynes

BBC Weather Watchers

We woke up to a rather damp three counties this morning, which could well have been down to this rather spectacular-looking storm.

Thanks to our Weather Watcher Joe_Cookies for this photograph of Milton Keynes.

Lightning in Milton Keynes
BBC

Rio 2016: First games for six team members

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Here is badminton's Team GB at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes.

Of the eight in the team, only two have experience at Olympic Games - Chris Adcock and Raj Ouseph.

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Weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

This afternoon will remain dry with sunny spells and with light winds and it will feel pleasantly warm. 

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Clouds over Bedford
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Glastonbury: Gwen and the Good Thing on the BBC Introducing stage

BBC Introducing... in Beds, Herts and Bucks

Milton Keynes six-piece Gwen and the Good Thing raised the money to record and launch their debut EP via crowdfunding. 

They’ve kept busy since then with gigs in Milton Keynes and London... and now Glastonbury!

Take a listen to their groovy, catchy feel-good pop with their performance on the BBC Introducing stage on Friday.

"It was an unbelievable, life-changing experience - something we never ever imagined we would get to do."

Gwen and the Good Thing

Burnham man arrested over explosive chemicals

A man has been arrested in Buckinghamshire on suspicion of possession of an explosive with intent to endanger life and property. 

Officers were called to an address in The Fairway in Burnham just before 06:00 on Saturday, where they discovered a number of chemicals.

Residents of nearby properties were evacuated as a precautionary measure. 

Teh Fairway, Burnham
Google

The 40-year-old has been released on police bail until 13 August.

Glastonbury: BBC Introducing's Rocky Nti

BBC Introducing... in Beds, Herts and Bucks

Rocky Nti’s toe-tapping brand of indie has been a part of the live music scene in Milton Keynes since he was 15. 

He started when he found a guitar in his room and taught himself to play it by listening to songs on the radio. 

Since then he’s supported Panic! At The Disco across Europe and played a range of festivals from Wireless to Pukkelpop... the latest, of course, being Glastonbury on Friday for BBC Introducing.

"It was as ridiculously amazing as one would think. It was life-changing"

Rocky Nti

Glastonbury: BBC Introducing acts from Buckinghamshire

BBC Introducing... in Beds, Herts and Bucks

Glastonbury is one of the biggest festivals in the world. It's the dream for any band to one day play the event, this year headlined by Muse, Adele and Coldplay. 

BBC Introducing has its own stage at the festival and two of the bands to play on it this year were from Buckinghamshire.

Rocky Nti
BBC

Rocky Nti and Gwen and the Good Thing, both from Milton Keynes, played on Friday and really did us proud!  

Gwen and the Good Thing
BBC

Berkhamsted deaths: Case referred to IPCC

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire Police has said the deaths of two people in Berkhamsted last week have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Highfield Road, Berkhamsted
South Beds News Agency

The man and woman were found at a house in Highfield Road at 11:30 on Thursday morning after police were called by concerned neighbours.

Officers said they were treating their deaths as unexplained but that they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths. They have referred the case to the IPCC due to having prior contact with the dead people.

How many shuttlecocks does it take to play badminton?

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

This many for an Olympic team announcement, it seems...

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Rio 2016: Badminton announcement today

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

I'm in Milton Keynes today, at the National Badminton Centre, for the announcement of the Olympic team.

Badminton power couple Chris and Gabby Adcock showed off their skills a bit earlier...

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Rio 2016: Badminton Team GB announced

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

This is what Badminton's Team GB is looking like for the Olympics this year.

Badminton team
BBC

The announcement has been made at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes this morning.

Chris and Gabby Adcock will play mixed doubles, Rajiv Ouseph for men's singles, Kirsty Gilmour for women's singles, Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis for men's doubles, and Lauren Smith and Heather Olver will play women's doubles.

EU referendum: Dorries backs Johnson for PM

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Following Thursday's EU referendum, Conservative Mid Bedfordshire MP and Leave campaigner Nadine Dorries has told BBC Three Counties Radio that Boris Johnson should take over from David Cameron as soon as possible and not in three months when the prime minister has said he will stand down.

Nadine Dorries
PA

She said: "Someone needs to be at the helm and I think we need to do that quickly.

"We know, because of surveys... [Boris Johnson] is the country's most popular politician; we know amongst Conservative activists he leads by a country mile as their choice for prime minister so we just need to get on with the job."

BB guns stolen from house in Buckinghamshire

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police in south Buckinghamshire are appealing for information after 19 BB guns and ammunition were stolen from a property in Hedgerley.

Thames Valley Police said the firearms, which are not capable of firing live ammunition, were stolen from an outbuilding of a property in Wapseys Lane between 16 and 24 June.

BB guns
Thames Valley Police

EU referendum: Easyjet issues profits warning

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton-based Easyjet has issued a profits warning following the referendum decision.

The low-cost airline campaigned strongly to remain in the European Union but said this morning that the vote meant "additional economic and consumer uncertainty is likely this summer" and it expected revenues to fall as a result.

Shares in the carrier sank 15% after its statement.

Easyjet plane
PA

Natalia Doherty death: Two brothers due in court today

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Two brothers are due to appear at Luton Crown Court today over the death of a woman who went missing 13 years ago.

Natalia Doherty's body was found buried in a garden on Icknield Way, Luton, last December.

Joseph Doherty, 72, from Port Glasgow in Scotland, and Daniel Doherty, 67, from Icknield Way, are accused of allowing her body to be buried there.

Aston Martin DB2 thieves hunted since absconding

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Two men who absconded after being convicted of stealing a historic Aston Martin racing car 13 years ago are being hunted by police.

Aston Martin BD2
Bonhams

The DB2, which competed in the 1949 Le Mans 24-hour race, was taken in 2002 from Baldock, Hertfordshire and found in Holland this year.

Bert Anton Visser, 64, and Heerke Jan Visser, 53, failed to return to court for sentencing in 2003.

A police spokesman said the pair were known to still be in Holland.

Det Sgt Jo Goodson from Hertfordshire Police said: "We are working with the Dutch authorities to locate them."

The green prototype car was the only one of three Aston Martins in the 1949 race to cross the finish line.

Campaigners oppose housing for rail freight site

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Campaigners against plans for a huge rail freight terminal on land near St Albans have said they are also against a proposed 2,000 home development there as green belt land "needs to be preserved".

Hertfordshire County Council, which owns the land at the old Radlett airfield, is considering housing as an alternative to the rail terminal which it also opposed.

Cathy Bolshaw from STRIFE - Stop the Rail Freight Exchange - said: "The point is that this is green belt land and green belt land, as we all know, is under serious pressure all around the county and throughout the south east, so it really needs to be preserved at all costs."  

Herts County Council approached by developers over rail freight land

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The latest twist in the St Albans rail freight terminal story is that Hertfordshire County Council has been approached by developers wanting to build a garden village on its greenbelt land at the former Radlett airfield.

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Google

The terminal development is dependent on developers Helioslough acquiring this piece of land. The council, which opposes the terminal development, said it had "actively sought alternative uses" for the land and an expression of interest from Taylor Wimpey North Thames was submitted as a result.

Its plan include 2,000 new homes, community services and transport connections.

The county council has said it would rather not see a change in the current greenbelt status and would prefer not to sell it but "may have no lawful alternative".

St Albans rail freight terminal: The story so far

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

When last year, St Albans District Council lost its last appeal against the government's decision to allow a rail freight terminal on greenbelt land near the city, it marked the end of nine-year battle to stop the development.

  • The proposal for the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) on the former Radlett Airfield in Park Street was first lodged by developers Helioslough Ltd in 2006
  • The council twice refused planning permission over fears of damage to the green belt and ministers also blocked the proposals in 2010 after the developers appealed
  • Following a second developer appeal, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles backed the development in December 2012
  • The council applied for a judicial review in February 2013 but the High Court turned the request down
  • Mr Pickles finally approved the scheme in July 2014 saying the benefits outweighed harm to the landscape and it was this decision the council challenged
  • St Albans Council appealed again - arguing that the communities secretary illegally allowed the developers to appeal when planning permission had been refused - the High Court disagreed and dismissed the council's appeal
  • The rail terminal development depends on land owned by Hertfordshire County Council being acquired by Helioslough and now the council has been approached by developers wanting to build a garden village on the land

Hertfordshire campaigners oppose fresh plans for rail freight site

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Campaigners against plans for a huge rail freight terminal on greenbelt land near St Albans have said they are also opposed to a 2,000-home development there.

Rail tracks
BBC

The strategic rail freight interchange on the former Radlett airfield was finally given approval from the Secretary of State in 2014 after years of legal challenges.

However, it is dependent on the terminal's developers Helioslough acquiring land owned by Hertfordshire County Council, which is also opposed to the interchange.

Property company Taylor-Wimpey says it wants to turn this land into a garden village including 2,000 new homes.

Today's weather: Dry, bright and mild

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

After a rather cloudy start, any early rain or drizzle will quickly clear to leave a much drier and brighter day with sunny spells.

It's also due to feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine with a maximum temperature of 20C (68F).

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.

Today we're looking at the latest situation regarding the proposed rail freight terminal on the former Radlett airfield - after the county council announced a developer was proposing a 2,000-home development on the land. 

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