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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 29 June 2016
  2. Children from St Albans rescued from Brecon Beacons
  3. Easyjet boss 'can't rule out' moving airline's HQ after Brexit vote
  4. Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder arrest after 'targeted' A41 van fire
  5. Investigation begins into latest Woodhill Prison death
  6. England players arrive back at Luton Airport after being knocked out of Euro 2016
  7. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it for the Local Live team on Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

The main story we've been following this afternoon is about the 26 children from St Albans who were reported missing on the Brecon Beacons

You can read how the story unfolded by scrolling through the updates below.


We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. 

CCTV image released after Luton shop stabbing

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A CCTV image has been released by Bedfordshire police of a man they want to talk following a stabbing in a Luton shop. 

Between 22:30 and 23:10 on Monday night two men went into Ramridge Stores on Turners Road South and demanded cash and mobile phone. 

The victim was assaulted and stabbed in the leg. Fortunately the injuries were not life-threatening.

CCTV image
Bedfordshire police

Man stabbed in Biggleswade High Street

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A man has been seriously assaulted in Biggleswade

He was attacked on the High Street at about 01:15 in the early hours of Sunday morning, when he was hit over the head and stabbed by two white men, thought to be about 20 years old.

Det Con Olyver Tomlinson said: "This was a nasty and vicious assault and it was fortunate that the victim did not sustain serious injuries."

Biggleswade High Street

Weather: Cloudy and breezy night ahead

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening it will be cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain, slowly clearing later.  

A mainly dry night with clear spells is ahead and a minimum temperature of 11C (52F). 

Honeybee/Weather Watchers

Thursday will start off dry and bright, turning cloudy later with the risk of some showers. Winds freshening later. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F). 

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher Honeybee for this image from Bedford.

Watch: Not 'uncommon' for pupils to get lost on Brecon Beacons

The 26 teenagers from St Albans, Hertfordshire, disappeared in low cloud and torrential rain, prompting a major search operation. 

Three mountain rescue teams, police and ambulance crews were sent to area in south Wales at around 13:00. 

Andrew Evans, of Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue team, said the incident was not uncommon among groups doing their Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Here's some video footage of  the operation. 

PM says car-makers around the country must speak out after EU vote

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

David Cameron has responded to calls by the Labour MP Justin Madders to safeguard jobs at the country's Vauxhall car plants.

The prime minister says Britain must secure the best possible deal to still access the single market. 

General Motors sign

So many companies, GM included... one of the reasons they’ve invested in Britain because of access to that market and I would urge General Motors to make their voices heard and we will certainly be listening to them in the weeks ahead.

David CameronPrime Minister

MP calls for the prime minister to act to protect Vauxhall jobs

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

An MP has called on the prime minister to act to protect jobs at Vauxhall, which has plants in the north as well as Luton, following the vote to leave the EU. 

Concern was raised in the Commons by Labour MP Justin Madders, whose constituency includes Vauxhall's plant at Ellesmere Port. 

Vauxhall logo on a dealership sign

I would ask the prime minister if he can ensure that there are early talks with General Motors... so that they are given the reassurance needed that motor vehicles will still be able to be exported to the EU at a competitive price.

Justin MaddersMP for Ellesmere Port and Neston

Europeans living in Bedford 'welcome' says mayor

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The mayor of Bedford has come out in support of Europeans living the Bedford area after the country voted to leave the EU last week. 

Dave Hodgson says he wants to send out a "clear message" they they're "welcome and the community belongs to all its residents equally".

Dave Hodgson
Dave Hodgson

People from Europe, and indeed all parts of the world, have helped shape Bedford and make it what it is over many years, especially since the Second World War. It is vital that the message rings out loud and clear that all Bedford Borough residents are welcome here.

Mayor of BedfordDave Hodgson

St Albans pupils being taken to hospital as a 'precaution'

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: "We are pleased to confirm that following the search and rescue operation on the Brecon Beacons this afternoon, all 26 members of the party involved have been accounted for."

"It is also very pleasing that no one was injured, but as a precaution they are being taken to hospital to be checked."

Ambulances at the scene of the rescue effort

"The mountain rescue team and the coastguards helicopter crew are to be thanked for this successful search and rescue operation."

All missing St Albans children found after Brecon Beacons search

Rescuers have found all four groups of St Albans children who went missing in the Brecon Beacons.

The children, in their mid-teens, got lost around Llyn y Fan Fach, near Abercraf.

It's thought about six of them were from St Albans School. 

Rescuers with flares

Andrew Evans, of Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, said a rescue helicopter located the missing groups.

All 26 children have either made their way off the mountain or are on their way down, he added.

Pupils from St Albans School being helped off Brecon Beacons

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

I have just had it confirmed that some of the pupils stranded on the Brecon Beacons this afternoon were from the independent St Albans School. 

Head teacher Jonathan Gillespie told me that about six or seven pupils were taking part in their silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

He says one group got into difficulty and contacted the police. He said two members of staff then joined them and that they know where they are and are walking off the mountain. 

He said there isn't a "problem".

St Albans school children found on Brecon Beacon to be taken to local pub

The landlord of the Tafarn Y Garreg pub in the Brecon Beacons says 14 of the St Albans children who were lost on the mountain will be brought to his pub. 

So far it's thought 14 children have been found but six are still unaccounted for. 

They were last seen close to the pub a few hours ago. 

Llyn y Fan Fach & Bannau Sir Gaer in the Brecon Beacons
Colin Park/Geograph

Still waiting on confirmation of fourth group missing on Brecon Beacons

A group of schoolchildren lost in the Brecon Beacons have been located, and a rescue helicopter is with them on the mountain. 

Dyfed-Powys Police said: "We cannot confirm that all in the group are accounted for."

It's thought three of the four groups of children from St Albans have been located on the mountain, in the western Brecon Beacons, but are still on the hillside. 

Western Mountain Rescue Team says it thinks it knows the location of the fourth group.

Children seem 'fine' after getting lost on Brecon Beacons

Mark Moran, from Central Beacons Mountain Rescue, said his team had been in intermittent phone contact with the four groups of six children from St Albans before the first group were found.

Twelve rescuers from Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team and Brecon Mountain Rescue Team are involved in the search. 

A rescuer involved in the search

Andrew Evans, Western Beacons party leader, said: "It's our priority to find them and get them safe and warm.

"This kind of thing does happen from time to time with groups doing their group Duke of Edinburgh - so far they all seem fine."

Some missing St Albans children found after Brecon Beacons search

Rescuers have confirmed that a number of the children from St Albans lost on the Brecon Beacons have been found. 

Dyfed-Powys Police said a Coastguard helicopter had found some the children, who are taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition.

The helicopter has landed and the crew are with the children, but their condition is not known.

The alarm was raised at about 13:00 after the groups went missing around Llyn y Fan Fach, near Abercraf.

Brecon Beacons
Jeremy Bolwell/Geograph

Mountain rescue teams looking for St Albans children lost on Brecon Breacons

It's been confirmed that a group of children who were lost on the Brecon Beacons are from St Albans. 

Mountain rescue teams have found a number of the 24 children who went missing earlier. 

The alarm was raised over two hours ago. 

The children are taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition.

A rescue helicopter

BreakingChildren lost in Brecon Beacons from St Albans

A group of children currently lost on the Brecon Beacons are from St Albans, it has emerged.

Investigation to start into Woodhill Prison death

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Woodhill Prison has confirmed that the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will investigate the death of an inmate at the jail. 

Thomas Morris, 31, was found unresponsive in his cell on Sunday. 

HMP Woodhill
South Beds News Agency

Staff attempted CPR and an ambulance was called, but he was pronounced dead at approximately 01:28.

Prison ServiceSpokesperson

Weather: Wet and windy

BBC Weather

Rain will turn increasingly persistent through the afternoon, bringing drizzly outbreaks and some heavier bursts in places, especially over higher ground such as the Dunstable Downs. 

It'll be windy, too. 

Clouds in Hoddesdon
JanJan/Weather Watcher

There's also been a lot of cloud about, as this picture from Weather Watcher JanJan in Hoddesdon shows.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F). 

Star 'pops' in to hospital to visit boy

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Earlier we brought you the story of Cade Ewington, who was saved by lifeguards at Lewsey Swimming Pool in Luton after his heart stopped. 

While in hospital he was visited by a megastar. 

If you want to find out who it is... you'll just have to watch the video below. 

Attempted murder arrest after 'targeted' A41 van fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a van containing gas cylinders was set alight with the driver inside.

Thames Valley Police said the "targeted attack" happened at about 23:00 on Monday in a lay-by on the A41 Aston Clinton bypass, near Aylesbury.

Burnt-out van on A41
Bucks fire and rescue

The driver, 47, escaped and was not seriously injured despite the acetylene tanks exploding during the blaze.

A man, 42, from Tring, Hertfordshire was arrested on Tuesday.

Exploded acetylene tanks
Bucks fire and rescue

Tackling violence at Woodhill Prison must be a 'priority'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

In March a report on Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes said levels of violence, including assaults on staff, were "much higher" than in most prisons.

Transgender prisoner Joanne Latham was found hanged in her cell in December.

HMP Woodhill

Inspectors said tackling violence and suicides had to be the prison's "main priority". Similar concerns were raised in 2014.

The report found there had been progress in providing work, training and education; that there was support given to prisoners at risk of suicide and self-harm, and drug availability was lower than elsewhere.

Inmate dies at Woodhill prison

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

It's been confirmed that another inmate has died at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes. 

The coroner's office says 31-year-old Thomas Morris from Milton Keynes died on Sunday, although the cause of death is yet to be determined. 

A report by prison inspectors three months ago criticised Woodhill, following numerous deaths there in recent years.

Exterior view of HMP Woodhill
South Beds News Agency

Noah Serra-Morrison death: Injuries 'could not have been caused by accident'

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Baby Noah Serra-Morrison suffered from a massive head injury inflicted on him at the flat in Crawley Road on the night of 20-21 November last year.

The 13-month-old was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, where he was pronounced dead in the early hours.

When he died it was found he had suffered a series of fractures to his arms and legs, some new and some going back weeks.

Luton and Dunstable hospital

Ronnie-Tayler Morrison and Hardeep Hunjan, said the prosecution, were to claim he had injured himself by falling out of his crib.

That, said the Crown, was impossible and the injuries found on the baby could not have been caused by an accident.

The case against Miss Tayler-Morrison and Mr Hunjan, who deny murder, continues.

Noah Serra-Morrison death: Jury shown video of mother smoking cannabis

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

As well as a photograph of Noah with a cannabis joint behind his ear. Ronnie-Taylor Morrison, 21, had on her iPhone a video clip of her and her partner Hardeep Hunjan, 26, smoking three cannabis joints at the same time through a home-made tube.

The video was shown to the jury.

Both Miss Tayler-Morrison and Mr Hunjan deny murder.

Noah Serra-Morrison death: Baby photographed with cannabis joint behind ear

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

A mother accused of murdering her baby boy had a photograph of him with a cannabis joint behind his ear, a jury heard.

Noah Serra-Morrison was 13 months old when he died at his mother's home in Crawley Road, Luton, last November.

Luton Crown Court
South Beds News Agency

Prosecutors at Luton Crown Court claim the boy suffered a catalogue of injuries in the weeks before the massive head injury that killed him.

His mother Ronnie-Tayler Morrison, 21, and her partner Hardeep Hunjan, 26, deny murder.

The case continues. 

Bedford MP complains about 'expensive' health review of local hospitals

The Conservative MP for Bedford and Kempton, Richard Fuller has taken his criticism of the review into health services at Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals to Parliament. 

He says it's unwanted by the public, too expensive and complained about it in the Commons last night, saying its remit wasn't what patients wanted.

Richard Fuller

In very few regards do the people of Bedford for their health care look towards Milton Keynes. So the original structuring of this review was one that failed to have an understanding of where public support might naturally come."

Richard FullerMP for Bedford and Kempston

Stars send support to Cade Ewington

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

During his time in hospital, Cade Ewington received messages of support from many famous faces. 

Not only did Roy Hodgson send his best but also Tinie Tempah told him to "stay strong" and to "bounce back from this" as "everything is going to be fine and smooth." 

He was even visited by a famous pop star... and we'll reveal who that was very soon. 

Cade Ewington and his family looking at image of Roy Hodgson

Heroes' welcome for staff who saved Luton boy's life

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Cade Ewington's life was saved by heroes at Lewsey Swimming Pool just a few weeks ago.

The 11-year-old was swimming in the pool when he suffered a cardiac arrest. 

Here's the moment he thanked them personally. 

View more on twitter

Luton boy to thank swimming pool staff who saved his life

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Just a few weeks ago 11-year-old Cade Ewington suffered a cardiac arrest at a Luton swimming pool. 

He was rescued by staff at Lewsey Farm swimming pool and was given CPR before being rushed to hospital. 

Today he's meeting the team who saved his life, to say thank you.

Cade Ewington
Mark Ewington

Missing Borehamwood man found

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we reported how a police helicopter was being used to try and find missing 81-year-old Terry Dunne, from Borehamwood. 

Hertfordshire police has confirmed he was found safe in London in the early hours of this morning. 

Travel: Replacement buses running between Bedford and Bletchley

BBC Travel

Replacement bus services are running on London Midland trains between Bedford and Bletchley, due to electrical supply problems. 

View more on twitter

Government admits Bedford has been let down by healthcare review

The government has admitted Bedford has been let down by the long-running review into healthcare at Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals.  

Ben Gummer

The town's MP Richard Fuller told the Commons that millions of pounds had been wasted. He's also been told by the head of the NHS that the review has been put on hold. 

Health Minister Ben Gummer (pictured) said Mr Fuller was right to raise concerns, adding: "This has been going on for far too long, back to the mid-2000s". 

Weather: Bright at first, turning wet and windy later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will see a bright start, with some early-morning sunshine. However, the skies will quickly cloud over as rain spreads through the day. It'll be windy, too. 

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Get the latest forecast for your area from BBC Weather

Easyjet boss can't rule out moving Luton HQ following Brexit

The boss of Luton-based Easyjet says she can't rule out moving the company's headquarters following the UK's departure from the European Union.

Chief executive Carolyn McCall told Channel 4 News that politicians here needed to provide stability.

Carolyn McCall

We need to see some certainty and some clarity very quickly because we need that for Britain, so that it brings about economic stability and makes people feel a lot more confident."

Carolyn McCallEasyjet chief executive

No heroes' welcome for England as they arrive at Luton Airport...

They were probably hoping for a better reception than a grey, wet Luton Airport, but there certainly was no heroes' welcome for England yesterday as the squad returned after a humiliating exit from Euro 2016.

Jamie Vardy
Dele Ali

Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to today's live page.

A red-faced England team has arrived home after landing at Luton Airport following their exit from Euro 2016 to Iceland.

More on that shortly, plus a look at other news happening around the three counties.