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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 6 July 2016

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Just before we say goodnight... it seems anything is possible when filming Hollywood films in the UK.

A star of the new Tarzan film has been talking about how a Hertfordshire studio was transformed into the lush rainforests of the Congo.  

Alexander Skarsgard,
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The Legend of Tarzan - which was filmed at the Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden, near Watford, had its London premiere last night.

Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Tarzan, said: "I was a bit worried when I heard we weren't going to Africa, I was a bit worried that it would be like us actors in a small green box.

Then I showed up at the Warner Brothers studios at Levesden and it was the most incredible movie set I have ever seen in my life - they recreated Africa there, [with] two massive hangars they turned into jungle sets."

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That's all for today's live coverage from the three counties, we'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00.

Have a good evening.

Weather: Dry overnight... tomorrow patchy drizzle later

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

This evening staying dry with spells of hazy sunshine. Overnight dry with some clear intervals, but generally rather cloudy. Lows of 13C (55F).

Weather map
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Tomorrow, mainly dry day but rather cloudy with the chance of some patchy drizzle later. Highs of 21C (70F). 

Button and Burridge: On a bicycle made for two

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Staying wtih Formula 1 - well, sort of...

BBC Look East's James Burridge has been in Milton Keynes this morning - cycling around Willen Lake on a bicycle made for two with racing car driver Jenson Button - as you do. 

Jenson Button and James Burridge
BBC
Jenson Button and James Burridge
BBC

Button was in the town to help launch a new bicycle rental scheme - based on the Boris-bike project set up in London - but talk quickly turned to this weekend's British Grand Prix.

As they wobbled round the lake and drove off the track - it was clear that Button should stick to fast cars. He said it was "the most comedy interview I've ever done."

The racing driver, who competes in his 17th British Grand Prix at the weekend, said: "I know it's going to be difficult weekend in terms of our performance but I will give it my all... my heart and soul."

Can Lewis become a legend at Silverstone?

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

The weather's not great and the place is so flat it feels like you can see the curvature of the earth, but Silverstone remains one of the world's truly great grand prix circuits.

For Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton, it offers a chance to create history this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton
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On Sunday, the Stevenage driver will attempt to equal Nigel Mansell's British record of four F1 wins at the Northamptonshire circuit.  

Child porn police officer Stephen McMillan sentenced

A police officer has received a suspended 12-week sentence after pleading guilty to four charges of making child pornography.

Stephen McMillan, 26, admitted making and distributing indecent images.

The Metropolitan Police officer, of Viridian Square, Aylesbury, filmed a teenage girl performing a sex act on him and sent it to three friends.

He was sentenced at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Victim of glassing 'an empty shell' since Luton attack

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

A victim impact statement from Nirupa Patel, 56, who was slashed in the face by Tomasz Jaworski in Moon's Newsagents in Park Street, Luton, was read at Luton Crown Court.  

She said: "My life has completely changed since Christmas Eve. I jump when people are behind me. I am an empty shell of who I was.

"The feeling of safety I had has completely gone. It's constantly on my mind. The scar on my face will remain. Another reminder every time I look in the mirror." 

She added: "I refuse to let the person that attacked me make me live the rest of my life as a victim."

Luton shopkeeper attacker presented risk of 'serious harm to the public'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

Judge Richard Foster, sentencing Tomasz Jaworski to 12 years for attempted murder of a Luton shopkeeper, said Jaworski being under the influence of drink or drugs at the time provides the only sensible explanation for the behaviour.

He said Jaworski presented a significant risk of serious harm to the public.

Judge Foster also said Jaworski would be subject to deportation proceedings on release. 

Man attacked Luton shopkeeper and her nephew

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

I've been at Luton Crown Court for the sentencing of Tomasz Jaworski for the attempted murder of Luton shopkeeper Nirupa Patel, 56, on Christmas Eve morning.

Jaworski has been sentenced to 12 years, plus a five year extension on license.  

Tomasz Jaworski in Moon's Newsagents
South Beds News Agency

During sentencing today the court was shown CCTV footage of the attacks both on Mrs Patel and her nephew Jwalant.

We heard from prosecutor Beverly Cripps who told the court how Jaworski, now 31, had first attacked a man at a bus stop that morning telling him he "wanted to fight someone".

He then went into the shop owned by the Patel family, saying he wanted to kill someone. He first attacked Jwalant and then threatened Mrs Patel, dragged her by her hair, tried to choke her and then drew a piece of glass down her face from her hairline to her mouth.

Arrest of Tomasz Jaworski
South Beds News Agency

Widowed Luton shopkeeper thought she would die in attack

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A widowed shopkeeper thought she would die when she was attacked by a bare-chested maniac on the same spot where her husband was murdered six and a half years earlier, a court has heard.

Nirupa Patel
South Beds News Agency

Nirupa Patel, 56, was slashed in the face with a shard of glass during a sustained attack by Tomasz Jaworski early on Christmas Eve morning in Moon's Newsagents in Park Street, Luton. 

Jaworski, 31, continually told her he wanted to kill her, and had grabbed her around the neck so forcefully that twice she felt her eyes would come out of their sockets.

Tomasz Jaworksi
Bedfordshire Police

He kicked and punched her to the face and jaw, pulled out her hair and beat her on the head repeatedly with beer cans and tins from the shop, Luton Crown Court heard.

Jaworski, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 12 years after he earlier pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of Mrs Patel and two counts of causing actual bodily harm.

Mrs Patel's husband Jashbai, 59, who was known as Mr Moon, died in the shop after being stabbed eight times by robber Richard Dettmer on 14 June 2009. 

BreakingMan jailed for 'glassing' 56-year-old Luton shopkeeper

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years after attacking a widowed shopkeeper, who was slashed in the face with a shard of glass on the site where her husband was murdered six-and-a-half years ago.

Tomasz Jaworski, of no fixed abode, attacked Nirupa Patel, 56, early on Christmas Eve morning in Moon's Newsagents in Park Street, Luton.

He was jailed at Luton Crown Court today.

Ambulance service praised by Bedfordshire family for saving life

The East of England Ambulance Service has been praised by a Bedfordshire family for helping save a boy's life:

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Iraq War: Deaths from the East of England

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

As the independent inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq war strongly criticises the decision to join the 2003 invasion we've taken a look at how many troops from the East of England were killed in the conflict.

The Chilcot report - which has taken seven years to produce - says Saddam Hussein didn't pose an imminent threat and peaceful options hadn't been exhausted. It questions the claim Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and identifies a lack of adequate planning.

29 troops from the East of England were killed in the Iraq War
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29 troops from East of England were killed in Iraq War
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Stevenage FC sign third striker

BBC Sport

League Two side Stevenage have signed their third striker of the summer by bringing in free agent Jake Hyde.

Jake Hyde
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The 26-year-old was released by York City after failing to score in 14 appearances last season, but he netted 26 times in 69 appearances in a two-season spell at Barnet between 2012 and 2014.

He told the club website: "It's about winning games and fingers crossed I can help Stevenage do that this season." 

Hyde is the Boro's fourth signing of the summer, following left-back Andrew Fox and forwards Matt Godden and Rowan Liburd.

Greg Rutherford: 'I'm risking hearing loss'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has claimed he is risking permanent hearing loss in his left ear by continuing to compete.

Greg Rutherford
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The 29-year-old from Woburn Sands revealed the whiplash injury he suffered in his last competition - the Birmingham Diamond League a month ago - had caused a severe inner ear condition.

And he admitted that were it not Olympic year, with the chance in Rio to defend the title he won at London 2012, he would likely be taking time away from the sport to get the problem fixed.

He said: "If the room falls silent for a moment all I hear is loud white noise, so it's been a struggle to sleep.

"I don't think there are many long jumpers who can say they have jumped so hard that have lost their hearing, so I've broken new ground there... Hopefully it will come back, but there's a one in four chance it never will fully recover, according to the doctor."

Local football round up

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Turning to sport and the Milton Keynes Dons squad will head to Ireland today for their week-long training camp which includes three friendlies - against St. James’s Gate, Irish Premiership side Drogheda United and an as yet unnamed side.

Meanwhile, Luton's latest new signing - forward Jordan Cook from Walsall - has joined the Hatters squad at their training camp in Hungary.

Jordan Cook
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Noah Serra-Morrison death: Mother says she 'never smacked him'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A mother accused - along with her partner - of murdering her baby boy has told a court she had "never smacked" her child and her partner would not have been violent towards him either.

Luton Crown Court
South Beds News Agency

Noah Serra-Morrison was 13-months-old when he died at his mother's home in Crawley Road, Luton, last November. Ronnie Tayler-Morrison and her partner Hardeep Hunjan deny murder and claim the baby injured himself by falling out of his crib.

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

Ms Tayler-Morrison told the jury that she had never smacked the baby saying: "Sometimes he would make a screeching noise. I would leave him and he would settle down."

She also told the court that Mr Hunjan was "excellent with Noah" and even though he had been arrested for an assault on a neighbour in Northolt, he "wouldn't have hurt Noah. He wasn't a risk to Noah".

The trial continues

Man arrested for murder after Marlow body find

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found in Marlow this morning. 

Ragmans Lane
Google

Officers were called to a property in Ragmans Lane just after 06:30 where they were confronted by a man who assaulted a police officer. A woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Thames Valley Police said.

Ch Insp Rebecca Mears said it was an "isolated incident", but the public would see "an increased police presence in the area" and some roads have been closed while inquiries are carried out.

The police officer was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

Chilcot report: Did your MP vote against the war?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

It was 13 years ago in March 2003 that MPs were asked to vote on the government motion authorising "all means necessary" for disarming Saddam Hussein.

Houses of Parliament
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But 139 Labour rebels backed an anti-war motion, along with 15 Tory MPs and 53 Lib Dems - we've dusted off the archives to see who rebelled in Beds, Herts and Bucks.

Labour's Patrick Hall for Bedford, Kelvin Hopkins for Luton North, Tony McWalter for Hemel Hempstead and Kerry Pollard for St Albans all voted against the government.

There were joined by the Conservative MPs for Mid-Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire South West Jonathan Sayeed and Richard Page - Jonathan Sayeed also resigned from his position as shadow environment minister.

Luton MP: Iraq was a 'shameful disaster'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The Labour MP for Luton South tweeted earlier that Iraq was a "shameful disaster" and we must "learn" from Chilcot.

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Chilcot report: Findings at a glance

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

As we prepare to bring you the local reaction to Sir John Chilcot's official report on the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq War here's an at-a-glance summary of the findings to save you wading through the two million word report that can now be accessed on the inquiry committee's website.

For analysis as it happens you can visit the Chilcot report live page

Sir John Chilcot
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Milton Keynes MP 'appears to back May'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Milton Keynes MP Iain Stewart has not formally confirmed which candidate he is now supporting in the Tory leadership contest after the man he was backing - Liam Fox - was eliminated after coming fifth in the first round vote.

However, he can been seen nodding enthusiastically as Mr Fox declared his support for home secretary Theresa May - make of that what you will.

Selous backs May for Tory leadership after Crabb withdraws

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous has tweeted his support for Theresa May after his first choice candidate Stephen Crabb withdrew from the Tory leadership race after the first vote.  

Yesterday's first round vote in the contest to become the next Tory leader and prime minister saw home secretary Theresa May come out on top with Andrea Leadsom second and Michael Gove third.

Mr Crabb - formerly Welsh secretary before his promotion to work and pensions secretary - opted to voluntarily withdraw from the race after coming fourth with 34 votes. 

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Man who admitted knifing shopkeeper due for sentence later

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A man who admitted trying to murder a woman in the same spot in Luton where her husband was killed nearly seven years ago will be sentenced today. 

Moon's Newsagents, Park Street, Luton
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In May, Tomasz Jaworski, 30, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to the attempted murder of shopkeeper Nirupa Patel, 56, on Christmas Eve.

Mrs Patel was stabbed at Moon's Newsagents in Park Street, where her husband Jashbai, 59, was murdered on 14 June 2009.

Jaworski also admitted actual bodily harm to two others at the same time.

St Albans Council says new recycling arrangements are a 'major improvement'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

St Albans District Council have said the changes to its recycling arrangements, which include new bins and changing what recycling goes in what bin, will "bring about a major improvement to the district's recycling rate and reduce costly and environmentally unfriendly landfill".

A spokesman said: "This shows how committed the council is to protecting the environment and we are confident that the majority of people will be supportive of the changes."   

St Albans recycling: Let us know what you think?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Now take a deep breath as this might take some time - these are the new waste and recycling arrangements in the St Albans district.

A sensible way to encourage more recycling - or a bit complicated? Let us know what you think? You can email us or send us a tweet.

  • The black wheeled bin - currently used for non-recyclable waste - is now to be used for all recyclable plastic, cans, foil, glass bottles and jars - which are currently collected in separate small recycling boxes
  • The green wheeled bin - currently used for garden waste and food waste - will now be just for garden waste
  • Food waste is to be put in the new 23-litre food waste container   
  • The new brown wheeled bin, which is slimmer and smaller than the black bin, is for non-recyclable waste that is sent to landfill (instead of the black bin)
  • Paper and card will still be collected in a recycling box - many households need quite a few of these smaller boxes 
  • There will be a weekly kerbside collection for textiles and for small electrical items/batteries
  •  Waste and recycling will be collected fortnightly, on alternate weeks, on the same day and schedule as before
  • On recycling days, residents should put out their green garden bin, their black mixed recycling wheeled bin, and their paper and cardboard recycling box. On alternate weeks, the brown bin should be put out for collection.
  • The food waste container will be emptied every week

New St Albans recycling 'overcomplicated'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

St Albans residents are calling for the way rubbish is recycled in the city to be simplified after the council announced a new service for getting rid of household waste which will be phased in from this week.

Recycling bins
BBC

It means that there will now be three different wheelie bins - instead of two - and a new waste container. Card and paper will still be put in a recycling box, but many residents need quite a few of these for two weeks of packaging in between collections. It's the second time arrangements have changed in the past five years.

One resident said: "It was a lot easier when we could put all the paper and card into the big green bins, I don't want lots of separate little bins to be putting rubbish in."  

The council has said it will improve recycling and reduce the cost of landfill.

Prison officer walkouts: Why has this happened?

Danny Shaw

BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

Largely unnoticed and seldom praised, prison officers do the work many of us would not want to do - dealing with some of the most dangerous and damaged people in society.

So when officers in five separate jails down tools it's important we understand why.

There is a rising tide of mental illness, aggression and violence in prisons - borne out by official figures published every quarter - that staff are struggling to cope with.

The extra money for safety improvements released by Justice Secretary Michael Gove will be welcomed.

But it's likely to take more than that to keep the problems in check - and ensure that Mr Gove's ambitious plans for "reform" prisons remain on track.

Hertfordshire prison officers staged walkout

BBC News England

Prison officers have withdrawn labour or staged unofficial walkouts at five prisons in England, including one in Hertfordshire, over the past five months, the BBC has learned. 

HMP The Mount
HMPS

In May, four members of staff refused to carry out their duties at HMP The Mount at Bovingdon.

The Prison Officers Association, whose members are banned from going on strike, said the action was the result of staff concerns over their safety.  

Today's weather: Dry and sunny

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

This morning is due to be mainly dry and sunny. Cloud will develop during the course of the day, but it will remain dry and bright and feel warm in the sunshine.  

Maximum temperature: 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 will see the long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War published - we'll be looking at the local reaction to its findings.

It's also looking bright outside this morning in Dunstable - but will it stay that way? A full weather forecast is coming up.

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