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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday, 18 July 2016
  2. Court hearing postponed for man accused of author's murder
  3. River festival attracts an estimated 300,000
  4. Fire crews rescue a stag from a swimming pool
  5. Redevelopment of Vauxhall site under way
  6. Two men stabbed in St Albans 'domestic'
  7. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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That's all from the live team today but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

Here's a round-up of some of the stories we've covered today:

Man crushed by digger in St Albans

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man has been airlifted to hospital after being crushed by a digger on a building site in St Albans.

The accident happened on the Beaufort House site in Grosvenor Road.

Grosvenor Road in St Albans
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Emergency services were called to the construction site next to the Ziggurat building at 20:30. 

East of England Ambulance Service said a man in his 30s has been crushed by the digger, causing injuries to his pelvis and abdomen. He was flown to the Royal London Hospital, where he is said to be in a serious condition.

Man stabbed in road rage incident

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

A man has been stabbed in the lower leg and had his car key stolen in a road rage incident in Luton. 

It happened in Eaton Green Road last Monday evening at about 18:15. 

Police would like to speak to a white man in his 30s with an Irish accent, and a man in his early 20s whose ethnicity is unknown. 

Weather: Dry tonight and hot tomorrow

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Staying dry across the region tonight with largely clear skies and light winds – temperatures only slowly falling away to 13C (55F) at the very lowest.

Weather graphic
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Tuesday will be dry with almost unbroken strong sunshine. It will feel hot and humid with temperatures up to 33C (91F).    

Labour 'in a mess' over Trident, Luton MP says

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

The Labour MP for Luton South, Gavin Shuker, has said that the party is "in a mess" over Trident.

The Royal Navy nuclear submarine HMS Vanguard, arrives at Devonport naval base in Plymouth for refit
PA

MPs vote today on whether to renew Britain's nuclear weapons programme.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn opposes renewal, but the party's MPs get a free vote on the issue.

Mr Shuker, who will be voting to renew Trident, said: "You cannot elect a government which is weak on defence."

Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton targets Nico Rosberg's lead

BBC Sport

Lewis Hamilton says he is "feeling that fire inside me" as he tries to leapfrog Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers' championship in Hungary this weekend.

Since the pair crashed in Spain in May, Hertfordshire's Hamilton has won four out of five races to move to within one point of Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton in Hungary
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"Ever since the low of Barcelona I've been able to cultivate this really strong mental attitude," he said.

"I'm feeling fresh, powerful and confident heading to Hungary."

World champion Hamilton, 31, has won four times there, but his last victory at the circuit came in 2013 and he was sixth last year.

Bedfordshire MP intervenes Theresa May's Trident discussion

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

The MP for South West Bedfordshire is the first to intervene in a debate led by the new prime minister Theresa May.

Vanguard nuclear submarine
PA

In the House of Commons talk about the UK's nuclear deterrent, Trident, Andrew Selous said Ukraine "would have been less likely to have lost a sizeable proportion of territory to Russia" had it kept a deterrent.

MPs are voting today on whether to renew Britain's nuclear weapons programme.

Ampthill tip reopens month early

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The new "Tidy tip" at Ampthill in Bedfordshire opens a month early today - it was closed at the start of the year for redevelopment.

The entrance to Ampthill Tidy Tip in Bedfordshire
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Central Bedfordshire Council is currently upgrading its recycling centres to make them easier to use. 

The waste containers are being sunk into the ground, so people don't have to climb steps to throw their rubbish away. 

As Ampthill re-opens today, Leighton Buzzard Recycling Centre in Shenley Hill Road is closing and redevelopment work will take up to six months.

Luton Airport taxi dispute: Addison Lee 'frustrated' with licensing

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

The new operators of the taxi service at Luton Airport say they are frustrated at the ongoing dispute with the borough council which has left 30 drivers out of work. 

Addison Lee will appear before councillors on the licensing panel to discuss plans for their chauffeur-style service. 

Luton Airport
BBC

They are having to use their London-based drivers to provide temporary cover at Luton - these drivers are allowed to have tinted windows, which they get licences for from their local councils in the capital.

Addison Lee's director Michael Galvin said: "We want to use Luton drivers. We've created 15 full time jobs at Luton - local people working in our booking office.

"This is not a point of trying to bring London vehicles and London drivers up to Luton."

Luton councillors to discuss airport taxi dispute

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A dispute over taxi services to Luton Airport will be discussed by the borough council's Taxi & Private Hire Licensing Panel this evening. 

Taxi firm Addison Lee was awarded a contract to ply for trade at the airport in April and invested in a fleet of "executive style" taxis with tinted rear windows.

Luton Airport
PA

The firm was awarded a standard licence for its chauffeur-style service and environmentally-friendly new vehicles, despite applying for an executive licence. 

It appears the issue is the tinted windows, which are not permitted by Luton Borough Council.

This left 30 of the company's "executive service" drivers without work. 

The council said it would not comment until after the meeting.

Old tank found on Luton Vauxhall site

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

It's not just about building anew on the old Vauxhall site in Luton, it's about finding things old too.

This old fuel tank is being dug out - it was used to fill-up cars coming off the production line.

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Vauxhall Luton redevelopment: Travelling around the site

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

More video from the old Vauxhall site in Luton, where Napier Park is being redeveloped for houses, retail and leisure buildings.

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Redeveloping Luton's Vauxhall site

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

I'm in Luton this afternoon to see some of the work being done to redevelop the old Vauxhall plant.

At the moment, the site looks almost like a moonscape but it will soon be transformed into housing, retail and leisure facilities.

View more on twitter

Bedford River Festival: Cabin cruisers parade

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Cabin cruisers showcase on the River Ouse at Bedford River Festival
BBC

Dozens of boats took to the River Great Ouse on Saturday to parade at the Bedford River Festival.

Watch the video of the cabin cruisers here.

Heritage Village at Bedford River Festival

The Bedford River Festival isn't just about boats taking to the River Great Ouse - there is plenty of entertainment too.

One of the "wow" moments was heading to Castle Mound to explore the Heritage Village where people were decked out in outfits from the Middle Ages, and in tents to match.

There were demonstrations of weapons and battle reenactments. Here's a taster...

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Bedford River Festival: Dragon boat races

On Saturday at the Bedford River Festival the dragon boat races culminated with the final during the evening.

The boats took to the River Great Ouse with their drummers keeping time at the front, creating a lively atmosphere for those watching from the banks.

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More than 300,000 attend Bedford River Festival

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Boats on the River Great Ouse for the Bedford River Festival
BBC

If you live anywhere near Bedford, or even further afield, then you probably heard about the Bedford River Festival

Organisers estimate more than 300,000 people turned out to the two day event which Mayor Dave Hodgson has described as "stunning".

Crowds at Bedford River Festival
BBC

He thanked all of those involved, saying turnout and the "success of the event is testament" to their efforts. 

Bedfordshire MP no longer Justice Minister

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous has been removed from his position as Justice Minister.

The Queen approved new ministerial appointments yesterday which were put forward by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Andrew Selous
BBC

In a tweet Mr Selous wrote "it has been an immense privilege" to work with "an outstanding group of public servants".

MP for Milton Keynes North, Mark Lancaster, keeps his position at the Ministry of Defence, and Watford MP Richard Harrington becomes a junior minister at the Department of Work and Pensions.

Weather: Strong sunshine continues

BBC Weather

The afternoon will stay fine and dry with spells of strong sunshine, making it feel very warm across the three counties.

Maximum temperature: 27C (81F)

Swans on Caldecote Lake in Milton Keynes
BBC

Wildlife hospital founder dies aged 73

Bucks Herald

The Bucks Herald has reported that Les Stocker, the founder of St Tiggywinkle's Wildlife Hospital has died at the age of 73.

The wildlife hospital was registered as an official charity in Aylesbury in 1983 after Les, his wife Sue and their son Colin began taking casualties in 1978.

Read the article here.

Weather Watchers: Wispy clouds across Beds, Herts and Bucks

BBC Weather Watchers

A sunny day tends to mean great photographs in our inbox from our BBC Weather Watchers...

We've not been disappointed today with the rich blue skies with wispy clouds.

Wispy clouds in blue skies over Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
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Wispy clouds in blue skies over the countryside in Chalfont St Giles, Bucks
BBC
Wispy clouds in blue skies over farmer's fields in Cranfield, Beds
BBC

HS2 'a capacity project', says new transport secretary

Bill Wilson

BBC business reporter

Chris Grayling, the new transport secretary
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Mr Grayling told the BBC: "The thing that's important for people to understand is that HS2 is not simply a speed project, it's a capacity project.

"We have lines at the moment which have seen huge increases in the number of passengers, the amount of freight in recent years."

He said the West Coast main line was becoming "really congested" and was limiting the capacity of services to places such as Northampton and Milton Keynes.

Mr Grayling added: "Of course it makes sense if we're going to build a new railway line for it to be a fast railway line, to increase travel times or reduce travel times from north to south - that's logical.

"But actually we need a better transport system for the 21st century and HS2 is part of increasing the capacity of our transport system."

HS2 rail project backed by new transport secretary

Bill Wilson

BBC business reporter

The new transport secretary, Chris Grayling, says he does not intend to scrap the high-speed HS2 rail project, the first stage of which would go through Buckinghamshire linking London and Birmingham.

Artists impression of what HS2 train will look like
HS2

The Stop HS2 campaign group had called on Mr Grayling to urgently review the project on cost grounds, and the effect on towns and cities near the route.

But Mr Grayling told BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend: "I have no plans to back away from the HS2 project."

Driver stopped for having no windows

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Yes, it was hot yesterday and many motorists will have wound down their windows, but this is more than likely the only car to have been on the road with no windows whatsoever...

Police in Bedford stopped the car, which had its windows completely smashed and no insurance.

Car with no windows stopped by police
BCH Road Policing

Open 2016: Tyrrell Hatton improvement due to controlling emotions

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Tyrrell Hatton believes controlling his emotions is a key to future success after another lucrative week's work. 

Having banked the biggest cheque of his career as Scottish Open runner-up, a tie for fifth at The Open at Royal Troon earned him a further £235,557.

Tyrrell Hatton
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He now heads for Springfield, New Jersey for the US PGA in 10 days' time. 

Hatton admits he still needs to work on keeping a cool head, saying: "It's something I needed to get better at and I'm slowly getting there."  

Open 2016 'amazing', says Tyrrell Hatton

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Buckinghamshire golfer Tyrell Hatton has described Sunday's finale at The Open as "an amazing day", when he finished as the highest-placed Englishman at Royal Troon. 

The 24-year-old from Marlow tied for fifth with Rory McIlroy, as Sweden's Henrik Stenson won the title.

Tyrrell Hatton
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"This is the biggest tournament in the world. To be in the position I'm in is great and I can take a lot of confidence from that going forward," Hatton said.

Visit BBC Sport for the latest golf news.

Man suffers serious head injuries in nightclub attack

Two men have been arrested after a 20-year-old man suffered serious head injuries at a Watford nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Oceana nightclub in Watford town centre
Geograph/Cathy Cox

Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault at Oceana on The Parade.

Officers say the victim is in a stable condition at Watford General Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. 

The men have been bailed by Hertfordshire Police until 30 August.

St Albans stabbing leaves two hospitalised

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Two men have been taken to hospital after being stabbed in St Albans last night. 

Hertfordshire Police have described it as a domestic-related incident which happened in Artisan Crescent. 

Artisan Crescent, St Albans
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Officers had been called to nearby Tanners Close shortly after 21:00. Both injured men were taken to St Mary's Hospital in London. 

Two men, a 20-year-old from Abbots Langley and a 47-year-old from Edgware, have been arrested on suspicion of GBH.

Stag rescued from Hertfordshire pool

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

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What a way to start your Monday morning..

A crew from Buntingford Fire Station near Royston were called to rescue a stag stuck in a swimming pool.

Luckily it was a happy ending and he was pulled to safety.

Helen Bailey: Partner will not appear in court today

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Reporters outside St Albans Crown Court have just been told that Helen Bailey's partner will not appear there this morning as a judge is not available.

Ian Stewart, 55, of Baldock Road, is charged with the author's murder after human remains were found at her home in Royston late last week. 

He made an appearance at Hatfield Remand Court on Saturday and was due to re-appear in court today.

Helen Bailey
SBNA

Mr Stewart is also charged with perverting the course of justice and preventing lawful burial in April. 

He is now due to appear at the same court tomorrow.

Helen Bailey (pictured) went missing three months ago along with her dog Boris. 

It is understood that the body of a dog was also found during a search of the grounds.

Body found at Newton Longville believed to be missing man

BBC Three Counties Radio

A body found in Aylesbury Vale on Saturday morning is believed to be that of a missing Milton Keynes man.

Police jacket
BBC

Police were called to Newton Longville after a man's body was found by a member of the public.

It's thought to be the body of George Lanigan from Tinkers Bridge, who went missing last month. 

Thames Valley Police say there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.

Travel: Accident involving two buses blocks road in Aylesbury

BBC Travel

An accident involving two buses is blocking traffic in both directions on the A413 Walton Street in Aylesbury. Traffic is queuing and causing congestion on surrounding roads. Police said there would be long delays.

An accident on the London-bound M1 in Hertfordshire is causing queuing traffic after junction 5 for the A405 (Brickett Wood) and tailbacks are also affecting Junction 6 for the A41 at Chiswell Green.

More details from BBC Travel.

Travel: Heavy traffic on A6 causing congestion

BBC Travel

There is slow and heavier-than-usual traffic southbound on the A6 in Bedfordshire causing congestion between Wilstead and the A507 junction at Clophill.

More details from BBC Travel.

Children's author Helen Bailey's partner due in court charged with her murder

BBC Three Counties Radio

The partner of children's author Helen Bailey, 51, is due to appear at St Albans Crown Court charged with her murder after human remains were found at her home in Royston.

Helen Bailey and Ian Stewart
South Beds News Agency

Ian Stewart, 55, of Baldock Road, is also charged with perverting the course of justice and preventing lawful burial in April. 

A post-mortem examination on the author's body is due to take place today and searches at her home in Royston continue. 

Mr Stewart appeared before Hatfield Remand Court on Saturday.

Weather: Warm and sunny

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Summer sunshine has arrived and it will be warm in light winds across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

Watch my full regional forecast:

However, pollen and UV levels will be high.

Maximum Temperature: 26C (82F)

Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

Good morning and welcome to the live page for the three countie, where we'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather, travel and more until 18:00. 

Ian Stewart, the partner of children's author Helen Bailey, who had a house in Royston, is due at St Albans Crown Court this morning charged with her murder. 

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