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  1. Updates for Thursday, 21 July 2016
  2. Luton murder trial hears victim was hit with dumbbell
  3. Speeding bikers convicted with their own footage
  4. Athletics club says it's homeless after Luton Town move in
  5. Man charged with child abduction in stolen car case
  6. 14-year-old girl raped in Milton Keynes
  7. Budget airline claims revenue has been hit by Brexit vote

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

Here's a round-up of some of today's top stories:

Luton Town sporting venue 'delighted' at plans

A sporting venue in Luton which has been confirmed as the new training facility for Luton Town Football Club has said it's "delighted" to be part of such "exciting plans".

Notice explaining that Luton Town FC have signed lease

Venue 360 on Gipsy Lane, which used to be the Vauxhall Recreation Centre, has received criticism from local sporting clubs for signing a deal with LTFC which means they will no longer have access to the facilities.

In a statement, the venue wrote that they "will do everything possible to minimise disruption" to clubs and will "try to help find new facilities for those who may be permanently displaced, if at all possible".

Watford sign Marseille defender Djedje

BBC Sport

Watford have signed Marseille wing-back Brice Dja Djedje on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Brice Dja Djedje
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The 25-year-old, capped seven times by Ivory Coast, made 70 appearances for the Ligue 1 side after joining from Evian in January 2014.

Djedje reportedly turned down interest from Germany to become the Premier League club's fifth summer addition.

Watford bottom of Premier League table

"But the season hasn't even started", I hear you shout.

Watford FC
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However, the table in question looks at how far teams travel during their pre-season friendlies.

While Manchester United clock up the miles with a trip to China and Spurs visit Australia, Watford's games are more low-key.

Travel: M1 northbound slow in Bedfordshire

BBC Travel

There are two lanes closed on the M1 northbound between J12-J9 due to a broken down lorry. This is causing long delays and affecting traffic on the A5.

Stay up-to-date here.

Video: Speeding bikers performing wheelies on A-roads

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Speeding bikers have been banned from driving after "juvenile behaviour"

Six motorbike riders have been banned from driving after travelling from Bedford to Hatfield in 2014 at speeds of over 100mph.

Hertfordshire Police released this footage filmed by one of the bikers, which traffic officers recovered after it was dumped in the Hatfield Tunnel.

Weather: Dry tonight with a chance of shower tomorrow

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A mostly fine end to the day with sunny spells and staying dry overnight with lows of 16C (61F).


Dry start with sunny spells but cloud building through the day to bring scattered showers with highs of 24C (75F)

More details on the BBC Weather website.

Atul Shah: Jury shown photos of victim's injuries

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The prosecution in the Atal Shah murder trial have said the 47-year-old suffered "considerable violence" during the attack in Crescent Road.

Luton Crown Court

Mr Shah was found with his hands and feet tied with a scarf. He had severe injuries to his face and head, and he also had defensive cuts to the palms of his hands.

The jury was shown photos of the victim's injuries, including his mouth where several teeth had been knocked out.

Four deny conspiracy to rob but Kyle Pitchford-Price, 23, and Luke West, 23, from Luton, are also charged with murder through "joint enterprise". Both deny the charge. The case continues. 

Atul Shah suffered 'blunt force' to the head

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The "blunt force" Atul Shah suffered to his head appeared to have been caused by several items strewn across his home, including a broom handle and a dumbbell.

Crecent Road home of Atul Shah in Luton

Police found "disarray" when they entered Mr Shah's home in Crescent Road, Luton, the jury heard.

The prosecution told Luton Crown Court it was clear the assault on the 47-year-old had taken place in the lounge.

Stuart Trimmer QC said that blood spatter was found on walls, floors and handles in the room. 

A large knife blade with the victim's blood on it was found in the kitchen and its handle was under his bed.

Atul Shah murder: Four deny conspiracy to rob

Four people deny charges of conspiracy to rob after Luton man Atul Shah was bludgeoned to death in his home in January.

Luton Crown Court heard today that Kyle Pitchford-Price, 23, from Luton; Luke West, 23, from Luton; Corrina Armstrong, 21, of Dovehouse Hill, Luton; and Callum Holton, 19, went to the victim's home in Crescent Road intent on stealing from him.

Police at Atul Shah's home in Crescent Road, Luton

The prosecution told the jury that although Miss Armstrong and Mr Holton went to the address, they were not involved in the murder.

Mr Pitchford-Price, Mr Holton and Miss Armstrong deny an alternative charge of conspiracy to commit a burglary at Mr Shah's flat. Mr West pleads guilty to the offence. 

Mr Pitchford-Price and Miss Armstrong plead guilty to an offence of conspiracy to commit an act tending or intended to pervert the course of public justice. The case continues.

Atul Shah murder: Plot to rob victim of 'drugs and money'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A man who was growing cannabis in his home was murdered by two men in a plot to rob him of drugs and valuables, a jury has heard.

Atul Shah
Bedfordshire Police

Atul Shah, 47, was found dead in his home in Crescent Road, Luton, on 6 January.

Luton Crown Court heard that his hands and feet were bound and he had been hit over the head with a dumbbell.

Kyle Pitchford-Price, 23, of Dovehouse Hill, Luton, and Luke West, 23, of Abbots Wood Road, Luton, plead not guilty to murder but Mr West pleads guilty to manslaughter.   

It's alleged the pair went to Mr Shah's home to get drugs, as they couldn't get them elsewhere, before attacking the victim with a plan to steal narcotics and any other valuables.

The case continues.

Hertfordshire family safeguarding video celebrated

A film promoting Hertfordshire County Council's new "family safeguarding" model has been celebrated at an awards ceremony.

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Hertfordshire said it had pioneered an approach of getting different teams to work closer together to protect vulnerable people, which was launched in April.

The film won Best Use of Video at the Recruitment Marketing Awards.

Luton Town training facility: In pictures

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Here are the maps showing where the Luton Town training facility will be...

Map shows that all of the playing fields will be leased by Luton Town
Map shows that three new football pitches will be built

Luton Town's new training facility: Notices to customers

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Venue 360 entrance

I've been down to Venue 360 in Luton, where Luton Town Football Club has signed a lease for exclusive use of the training grounds.

This has left many local sports clubs unhappy as they must find alternative facilities to train.

Here are some of the notices up to explain the changes to customers:

Noticeboard states that the lease agreement happened quickly
Map showing an alternative route for runners

Judge condemns bikers' 'juvenile behaviour'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Judge John Plumstead also told the motorcyclists, who were aged between 25 and 37: "It was showing off and juvenile behaviour. 

"The pack mentality meant you egged each other on. It was an incredible display of idiocy.

"You give a bad name to those who go out to enjoy motorbikes."

Speeding bikers reached 146mph

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Six motorbike riders sped from Bedford to Hatfield at up to 146mph (235km/h), doing wheelies and swerving in and out of traffic.

St Albans Crown Court heard how police received calls from the public as they tore along the A421 and A1 which Judge John Plumstead said "treated other road users like they were obstacles in a video game".

The journey was filmed on cameras that one of the bikers, Matthew Langley, 37, of Banks Close, Marston Moretaine, attached to his vehicle. 

He tried to dispose of the cameras in the Hatfield Tunnel but police recovered them.

Hatfield Tunnel

All six riders admitted dangerous driving in April 2014.

Langley was banned from driving for three years; Jonathan Wartnaby, 31, of Farrer Street, Kempston was banned for 18 months; Malik Blackburn, 31, of Corfe Road, Bedford was banned for 2 years; Axel Jones, 25, of Bedford Road, Turvey, near Bedford, was banned for 18 months; Kevin Saunders, 29, of Withnell Road, Blackpool was banned for 12 months; Matthew James, 28, Princess Street, Clapham, Bedford, was banned for 18 months.

All must take an extended retest and pay costs.

Pedestrian removed from M1

You'd be pretty safe in assuming that the M1 isn't the place most people would choose to go for a stroll...

Most, but not all.

Police had to take this man "to a place of safety" earlier this morning after receiving several calls from concerned motorists.

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Fire at Milton Keynes store caused by faulty fan

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The cause of a fire at a retail park in Milton Keynes overnight was a faulty electrical fan, the fire service has reports.

Emergency Services outside Go Outdoors shop in Milton Keynes
Thames Valley Police

The fire broke out at Go Outdoors on Patriot Drive in Rooksley shortly before 04:00.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called along with police.

The building was 10% damaged by fire and 100% damaged by smoke. No casualties were reported.

Weather: Dry and warm but chance of showers later

BBC Weather

Largely dry this afternoon with plenty of warm sunny spells and just an outside chance of a shower later. 

Whilst temperatures won't be as high as of late, it will still be warm as it peaks at 24C (75F).

Cloud in Markyate

Luton man arrested after M25 crash

A man from Luton has been arrested after a driver suffered life-changing injuries in a crash on the M25 in Buckinghamshire. 

M25 in Buckinghamshire

A Mercedes and a Mazda were in collision just after 05:30 on Sunday between junctions 17 and 16 on the anti-clockwise carriageway. 

The 44-year-old Mazda driver remains in a London hospital. 

The 25-year-old from Luton was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. 

Tractor driver stopped for using phone

It's illegal to drive whilst using a mobile phone - including if you're driving a tractor on public roads.

Police stopped this driver in Biggleswade last night.

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Video: Easyjet boss explains pose-Brexit slump

The boss of Luton-based Easyjet explains why Britain voting to leave the EU and terror attacks have contributed to the company losing £40m in four weeks.

Easyjet CEO Carolyn McCall

Ruffling feathers in the BBC 3CR offices

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

There's a chicken in the office.

Chicken in a cage

I can't tell you why - all I know is BBC Three Counties reporter Justin Dealey brought the chicken in to visit breakfast show presenter Andy Collins.

As you were.

Athletics clubs 'not only ones forced out by Hatters'

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

An athletics club in Luton say they are not the only ones being forced out to make way for a new town centre training ground for Luton Town Football Club. 

Venue 360 in Luton

Liam McNabola, from the athletics club, says other groups are also affected: "You've got the theatre group that keep their props there; you've got hockey clubs, cricket clubs, football clubs."

Mr McNabola also says there is "a rifle range which is going to close and the University of Bedfordshire also train there - they have their rugby club, women's rugby club, footballs clubs that use the facilities there".

Luton Athletics club use the former Vauxhall sports ground, but the Hatters have signed a lease with Venue 360 for exclusive use of the land.   

Athletics club 'told to use cycleway' after Hatters take over training base

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton Athletics Club say it is being forced out to make way for a new town centre training ground for Luton Town Football Club.

There's been an athletics club at the former Vauxhall sports ground for 60 years, but the Hatters have signed a lease with Venue 360 for exclusive use of the land.

"We were first made aware on Tuesday evening when we turned up to training," said Liam McNabola from the athletics club.

The venue says the football club will use all facilities south of the River Lea to develop a training centre as part of its plans to build a new stadium at nearby Power Court.

Mr McNabola said: "We were told that we could train there that evening but a lease had been signed on the Monday that basically meant the land had sole propriety for LTFC."

The athletics club said it had been told it can use the "cycleway from Luton Parkway to Harpenden" as an alternative, but it said that was unlit and unsuitable.

We'll be asking the club and Venue 360 for their responses.

Post-Brexit sterling slump costs Easyjet £40m, says boss

BBC Business News

The boss of Luton-based Easyjet says the airline has lost £40m in four weeks, largely as a result of the pound's weakening in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the EU.


Sterling has lost more than 10% of its value against the dollar after Brexit.  

Carolyn McCall of Easyjet told the BBC the drop had made fuel - which the firm pays for in US dollars - more expensive.

Ms McCall's comments came as Easyjet released its quarterly results, which warned the company is earning less from each passenger.

Extreme weather, air traffic control strikes and terrorist attacks have all contributed to the drop of almost 8% in "revenue per seat" which is a key measure watched very closely by investors.

Hatters announce new training ground plans

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Luton Town Football Club has announced it will be moving to a new training ground in the town centre, close to the site of the planned new stadium at Power Court.

Venue 360

The Hatters have secured the lease of the grass fields at Venue 360 - once the site of the Vauxhall Recreation Centre, to the west of the River Lea.

The 17-acre facility will become the day-to-day base for the squad and will be known as The Brache. 

There is also an option for the club to purchase the land if required.

By the end of 2016, Town players will have sole use of all of the buildings, the grass surface and all artificial pitches, all of which will all be renovated in the coming months.

Girl, 14, raped in Milton Keynes

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A 14-year-old girl was raped in Milton Keynes on Monday night.

Thames Valley Police said it happened on the footpath behind Pure Gym in Bleak Hall, between 23:30 on Monday and 03:15 on Tuesday.

It's thought the man had earlier engaged her in conversation as she walked across the Fishermead overbridge.

He is described as white, about 20-years-old, 5ft tall, slim, with short brown shaved hair, a short beard and crooked front teeth. He was wearing a dark blue Adidas jumper and dark Adidas tracksuit bottoms, with white stripes on the lower legs.

Teen charged with child abduction

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A teenager has been charged with child abduction after a car was stolen with two children inside before being abandoned in Hertfordshire.

Guinevere Gardens, Cheshunt

The car was taken while parked in north London earlier this month. A 12-year-old girl escaped and an 11-month-old baby was later found on the doorstep of a house in Guinevere Gardens, Cheshunt. 

A 19-year-old man will appear before magistrates in London later.

Today's weather: Dry and sunny, not as hot

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

If you've been wilting in the heat recently then it's good news - it will feel a little cooler today.

It will remain dry and sunny but it won't be as hot as recent days.

Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). 

Fire at Milton Keynes Go Outdoors in early hours

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Thames Valley Police has tweeted there was a fire at Go Outdoors on Patriot Drive in Rooksley, Milton Keynes, earlier this morning.

No casualties have been reported.

We'll bring you more information on this as we get it.

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BBC Local Live

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