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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 11 July 2016
  2. Missing author Helen Bailey: Man arrested on suspicion of murder
  3. Natalie Hemming: Partner pleads not guilty to murder
  4. Albertina Choules death: Murder suspect hospitalised
  5. Four further arrests made in connection with Bedford shootings
  6. Lewis Hamilton, from Hertfordshire, wins fourth British Grand Prix of his career
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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Weather: Showers to end the day

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

Sunny spells and showers to end the day, some of these heavy and possibly thundery. Tonight will be largely dry with a very small risk of showers and the winds easing. Temperatures expected to fall to around 13C (55F).  

Weather graphic shows highs of 15C tomorrow morning
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There’ll be some sunshine tomorrow but also more showers and with light winds these could be slow-moving, torrential and thundery downpours. Highs of 20C (68F). 

Get more details on your local forecast from BBC Weather.

Treadmill world record attempt halted after man taken ill

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man who was trying to break a record on a treadmill in the middle of the shopping centre in Aylesbury this week became ill at the weekend and had to go to hospital. 

Steve Moore on treadmill in Aylesbury at almost five hours of his challenge
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Steve Moore was trying to run for the longest distance ever on a treadmill in Friar's Square Shopping centre, but was taken ill overnight, just 50 miles into his attempt. 

He's now been sent home, and doctors have told him to take it easy.  

Hain Daniels closure a 'body blow' for Luton

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The closure of a Luton fruit packing factory has been described as a "body blow" for the town and the staff.

Richard Owen from the GMB Union
BBC

Richard Owen, from the GMB Union, told me: "It's always bad news when people lose their jobs."

He added: "In this case, there are people there who have worked long and hard for the company, they have been there sometimes 25-30 years, so you can imagine the effect on those individuals is just devastating."

Helen Bailey disappearance: Police conduct further searches

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Police say further searches are taking place today at the home address of missing author Helen Bailey and at an address in Broadstairs, Kent.

Helen Bailey
Hertfordshire Police

Officers say that "significant inquiries and searches have already been made" to try and trace Ms Bailey, but that further searches are taking place today.

It was reported that the author left a note to her partner saying she needed some time to herself and that she was to visit their holiday home in Kent.

A 55-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned at Royston police station.

Missing Helen Bailey: Man arrested on suspicion of murder

A 55-year-old man from Royston has been arrested following the disappearance of children's author Helen Bailey.

Helen Bailey
SBNA

The man is being questioned at the town's police station. 

He has been arrested on suspicion of murder, disposing of a body in a manner likely to obstruct the coroner and suspicion of theft.

Today marks three months since the author was last seen walking her dog Boris near her Hertfordshire home.

BreakingMissing Helen Bailey: Police arrest man

Police investigating the disappearance of children's author Helen Bailey have arrested a man.

More to follow...

The Open 2016: Tyrrell Hatton’s spin-offs for his second place in Scotland

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Tyrrell Hatton might only have finished runner-up at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart on Sunday - but he still ended up a three-time winner in other respects.

For the fifth time in six years, it earned the Buckinghamshire golfer a place at the Open Championship - no mean feat for a young man who does not turn 25 until October.

Tyrrel Hatton at Scottish Open
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Apart from booking a spot at Royal Troon, it earned Hatton a place at his first American major - the USPGA at Baltusrol, New Jersey, at the end of July.

His Scottish Open pay out of €429,468 represents the largest of his five-year professional career.

Andrea Leadsom quits: Local MPs reactions

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

Andrea Leadsom has pulled out of the contest to become Conservative Party leader today, leaving the way clear for Theresa May to be the next UK prime minister.

The Northamptonshire MP, who was born in Aylesbury, announced her withdrawal this lunchtime.

Andrea Leadsom
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Local MPs have been reacting to her statement: 

Sir Oliver Heald, Conservative MP for North East Hertfordshire, is happy about her resignation.

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Steve Baker, Conservative MP for Wycombe has been on the television saying he's massively disappointed Ms Leadsom is standing down but that he will support Theresa May.

Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire, says she is sad at the news:

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Travel: Car fire on M25

BBC Travel

The M25 is blocked anticlockwise between J25 and J24 due to a car fire. Traffic is queuing.

Check the latest with BBC Travel.

Hoddesdon explosion: Man charged with manslaughter

A man has been charged with manslaughter after two men died in an explosion in an industrial area in Hoddesdon last year.

Emergency services at Plumpton Road
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Simon Thomerson, 40, of Southerland Avenue, Maida Vale, has been charged with two counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and failure to discharge employers' duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The blast happened at about at 16:40 on 3 October 2015 at Plumpton Road in Hoddesdon.  

Brother Jashar Lamallari, 37, and Ardian, 42, from Wood Green, London, died in hospital. A third man was later released.

Mr Thomerson has been released on bail and will appear before St Albans Magistrates' Court on 16 August.

BreakingHoddesdon explosion: Man charged after two men died

A man has been charged with manslaughter after two men died in an explosion in Hoddesdon last year.

More on this shortly.

Yakubu: Boreham Wood manager admits signing striker would be unlikely

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard admits signing Yakubu is a "long shot", despite the ex-Nigeria and Everton striker training with the club.

Yakubu, 33, lives close to Wood's ground and played in Saturday's friendly versus former club Reading.

Striker Yakubu
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"He's like a Rolls Royce, especially at this level. When he lands on the ball he's phenomenal," said Garrard.  

"Is he as sharp as he used to be in the Premier League? No, but at 33 he could definitely do a job in the League."  Read more here.

No reports of overcrowding, say Southern rail following service cuts

BBC News England

As passengers took to social media in response to the axing of Southern rail services, a company spokesman said 95% of trains were running on time or within five minutes against the revised timetable and there had been no reports of overcrowding.

He said one Horsham to London Victoria service and a Thameslink train to Bedford had been cancelled.

Departure boards at Redhill station on Monday 11 July
BBC

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said the new timetable was "a crisis measure designed to rig appalling performance figures".

"The fewer trains you run, the fewer will be delayed and the better your headline performance statistics will look," he said.

Southern rail services cut from timetable as dispute continues

BBC News England

Hundreds of Southern rail services, which run through Beds, Herts and Bucks, have been temporarily axed under an amended timetable brought in from midnight in response to months of disruption.

Southern Rail train
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Parent firm Govia Thameslink (GTR) said the "more reliable" timetable, with 341 fewer daily services, would operate on week days "for the foreseeable future".

Passengers vented their frustration on the firm's Twitter feed as services failed to arrive on Monday morning, expressing their concerns as to how they would get to work.

Luton factory to close: Visiting the site

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

I'm at Hain Daniels fruit packing plant in Luton today, where around 220 jobs are at risk following an announcement that the factory will close.

Staff have been told that they could be offered jobs elsewhere but the plant will close by December.

Fruit packing plant in Luton
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Fruit packing plant in Luton - car park
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Weather: Scattered showers this afternoon

BBC Weather

We'll see scattered showers developing through this afternoon, some of these becoming heavy with a chance of thunder. It'll  be breezy too, but feeling warm with highs of 21C (70F).

Grey skies and cloud over Potters Bar
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Albertina Choules death: Police unable to clarify details

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you that the man arrested on suspicion of murdering Albertina Choules last week had been taken to hospital and we had asked Thames Valley Police what he was there for.

We also asked them if the man they had made an appeal about and issued a description for was the arrested man.

A force spokesman has told us they can't go into the details of what the arrested man is being treated for. Neither can they confirm if he is the same person as the man they have described in their latest update.

Should they be able to clarify our points... we'll let you know.

Missing Helen Bailey: Three months on

It's been three months since children's author Helen Bailey went missing from her Hertfordshire home and police have said they still aren't sure where she is or if she is still alive.

Author Helen Bailey with her pet dog Boris
Hertfordshire Police

The 51-year-old, who wrote the Electra Brown series for teenagers, was last seen walking her dog Boris near her home in Royston in the afternoon of 11 April.

There has not been any trace of the 51-year-old or her pet despite searches.

Her partner Ian Stewart said: "Whatever has happened, wherever you are I will come and get you."

Bedford shootings: Four more arrests

Police have made four further arrests in connection with four shootings in Bedford over the weekend.

Scene shot in Titchfield Drive
BBC

Four men, all from Bedford, have been arrested after shots were fired at four properties in the town overnight on Friday and in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A 19-year-old, a 21-year-old and a 22-year-old were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and have been bailed for further investigation.

A second 19-year-old remains in police custody for questioning.

Three people had previously been arrested.

Travel: Lanes closed on M1 in Bedfordshire

BBC Travel

There are two lanes closed and queuing traffic on the M1 southbound just after J11 (Dunstable) due to a collision involving a lorry and a car.

Congestion to J12. Stay up-to-date with BBC Travel.

Natalie Hemming: Partner pleads not guilty to murder

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A Milton Keynes man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his partner Natalie Hemming, whose body was found in Hertfordshire woodland in May.

Natalie Hemming
South Beds News Agency

Paul Hemming, 42, of Alderney Avenue, Newton Leys, appeared via video link from Bedford Prison at Luton Crown Court this morning.

His trial will begin in October - he is charged with murdering mother of three Natalie Hemming, 31, between 30 April and 4 May. 

Ms Hemming was last seen in Hemel Hempstead on 1 May and was reported missing two days later. Her body was found at Toms Hill in Chandlers Cross on 22 May.

Three 'escape with slight injuries' after light aircraft crash

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Three people escaped with slight injuries after a light aircraft came down on a road in Buckinghamshire after take-off yesterday afternoon.

More than 20 firefighters were called to Ashendon Road in Westcott when it came down just before 15:30.

Plane crash
Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Wycombe Wanderers unveil 'The Beast'

BBC Sport

Watch the moment Wycombe Wanderers unveil their latest signing, striker Adebayo Akinfenwa - a.k.a. "The Beast".

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Football: Wycombe Wanderers sign 'The Beast'

BBC Sport

Staying with sport and striker Adebayo Akinfenwa - also known as 'The Beast' - has joined Wycombe Wanderers on a one-year contract.

Adebayo Akinfenwa
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The 34-year-old was released by AFC Wimbledon shortly after scoring a penalty in their fourth-tier play-off final victory over Plymouth in May. He asked managers to "hit me up on WhatsApp" in his post-match interview.

Gareth Ainsworth is the boss to have heeded the call for the 16-stone man, who has 143 career league goals.

Local football round-up

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Watford drew their opening pre-season friendly 1-1 at National League Woking last night - with a goal from Steven Berghuis.

New signings Abdoulaye Doucoure, Jerome Sinclair and Isaac Success all featured, but captain Troy Deeney missed out after a slight training injury.

Steven Berghuis
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Meanwhile, Milton Keynes Dons play their first friendly tonight against St. James's Gate in Dublin and Boreham Wood are at home to Peterborough.

Bedford shootings: Police 'expect further arrests'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Bedfordshire Police have said they are expecting further arrests after gun shots were reported at four properties in Bedford on Friday night and the early hours of Saturday.

Bedford shootings graphic
BBC

The first was at 22:00 on Friday in Faraday Square in which a woman was shot in the arm. Shots were then reportedly fired in Lovell Road at about 01:00, Foxglove Way at 01:20 and in Romsey Way at 05:00. The incidents are being linked by police.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Collins said: "I do anticipate as this investigation continues that there will be further arrests.

"We have a hypotheses in relation to what's taken place... I don't want to speculate on that at the moment because the investigation teams are working through the intelligence that we've got." 

Routine patrols in the area have been stepped up to reassure the public.

More than 200 jobs at risk in Luton

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

More than 200 jobs are at risk in Luton after food company Hain Daniels announced they will be closing their factory in the town at the end of the year.

Britannia Estate
Google

The company - which makes Hartley's jam and Gales Honey - employs 220 people preparing fruit at a site on the Britannia Estates in Leagrave Road.

In a statement, the company said the decision to close their Luton site followed a detailed review. They will hold discussions with workers over potential jobs elsewhere in the group.

Lewis Hamilton 'blown away' by fans' 'love' after British GB win

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton said he was "blown away" by the support he received from the home fans during his dominant victory in the British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton
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The Stevenage driver said: "It's mesmerising to see so many people so cheerful... Just seeing how positive everyone was, the constant love that's shown.

"I really feel like we did it together. It is a long journey we have been on and there is real love there."

It was Hamilton's fourth win in his home race and third in succession.

In pictures: Hertfordshire's Hamilton celebrates British GP win

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton wins fourth British Grand Prix of his career

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton won a hectic British Grand Prix at the weekend to cut team-mate Nico Rosberg's championship lead to one point.

Lewis Hamilton
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Stevenage driver Hamilton led every lap of a race to take his fourth career win at Silverstone - it brought him level with 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell as the most successful driver at the British circuit.

Rosberg in the other Mercedes was left to battle back to second past the Red Bull of the impressive Max Verstappen - but Rosberg was demoted to third after an illegal radio transmission.

Today's weather: Sunny spells and showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's another reasonably warm start to the day and is due to be dry with some sunshine this morning and showers this afternoon, which could be heavy and thundery.

Maximum temperature: 21C (69F).

Get more on the forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Travel: Problems on the railways this morning

BBC Travel

Southern Railway is due to run a depleted service from today as the company cuts hundreds of services, including one from Milton Keynes to Clapham Junction. 

The company said tickets will be accepted on London Midland services between Milton Keynes Central, Watford Junction and on to London Euston. Rail passengers are due to stage a protest at London's Victoria station later.

Meanwhile Thameslink services from Bedford and Luton have again been disrupted overnight due to a staff shortage.

Get the latest updates from BBC Travel.

Albertina Choules death: What we know so far...

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Marlow Bottom scene
BBC
  • Albertina Choules, 81, was attacked at her home in Ragmans Lane, Marlow, early last Wednesday morning and died at the scene
  • A post-mortem examination found she died from a blunt force head injury before being set alight
  • An officer who was assaulted by a man when he arrived at the property was discharged from hospital the same day  
  • A 23-year-old man from High Wycombe, arrested on suspicion of murder on the same day, has been taken to hospital for medical treatment but is still under arrest - it is not known what he is being treated for
  • Police have asked for information about the whereabouts of a man suspected of being involved prior to the attack, but it is not clear whether this is the man who has been arrested
  • A family statement described the victim, known as Tina, as a "self-sufficient" woman who was "incredibly special" 

We have asked Thames Valley Police for clarification on some of these matters and will bring you more information if they are able to answer our questions.

Albertina Choules death: Police appeal over whereabouts of suspect

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police investigating the death of Albertina Choules at her home in Buckinghamshire are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a man suspected of being involved, prior to the attack.

Marlow Bottom murder scene
BBC

He is described as white, about 6ft (1.8m) tall, with a wiry build, short cropped dark hair that is slightly longer on top and very noticeable, pale blue eyes.

Officers said they would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a man matching the description between 22:00 on 2 July and 12:00 on 3 July and 18:00 on 5 July and 08:00 on 6 July.

Det Chief Supt Gilbert Houalla said: “We would very much like the public’s help in this matter as it will help us greatly in our ongoing investigation."

Albertina Choules death: Murder suspect hospitalised

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering Albertina Choules in Buckinghamshire has been taken to hospital, police said.

Albertina Choules
Family photograph

The 23-year-old from High Wycombe was detained after Mrs Choules, 81, was attacked at her home in Ragmans Lane, near Marlow Bottom, on Wednesday. 

A post-mortem examination found she was killed by a "blunt force head injury" before her body was set alight.

Thames Valley Police said the suspect is still under arrest and receiving treatment. The force is also asking for information about the whereabouts of a suspect prior to the attack.

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'll start by looking at the latest in the investigation into the death of Albertina Choules who was attacked at her home near Marlow Bottom last week.

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