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Summary

  1. Pilot killed in light air crash
  2. Man guilty of murdering baby Noah
  3. Two fatal collisions involve lorries and pedestrians
  4. Luton Airport redevelopment congestion
  5. Updates for Thursday, 28 July 2016
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Dani Bailey

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That's all from the Local Live team today.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

A quick round-up of today's top stories:

We'll leave you with this story about an artist who's recreated 10 minutes of the 1986 film Superman IV where it was originally shot in Milton Keynes.

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Weather: Outbreaks of rain, some thundery downpours

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Cloudy with outbreaks of rain this evening, some maybe heavy or thundery. Showers will fade overnight to leave some clear spells. Lows of 12C (54F). 

Weather map
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Friday will start dry and bright with sunny spells. Top temperature of 22C (72F). 

BBC Weather has more local details.

Aerial photo shows archaeological find in Bucks

It's not just the "now" we can see from the sky - we can see our history too.

Historic England has released aerial pictures from across the country to mark the Festival of Archaeology.

This photograph shows Neolithic long mortuary enclosures in Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire.

The crop marks show elongated capsule shaped enclosures that are from the Neolithic period
Damian Grady/Historic England

Historic England said the elongated capsule shapes in the field were Neolithic long mortuary enclosures, thought to be where the dead were placed before burial.

They are surrounded by natural marks in the ground made in the last Ice Age.

NHS open letter to health workers after Brexit

Sophie Sulehria

BBC Three Counties Radio

"Come and join us" - that's the message from NHS chiefs across Hertfordshire to health workers across the world. 

The group wrote an open letter in the aftermath of Brexit, after noticing a "slowdown" of staff wanting to come to the UK and work for the NHS.

Watford hospital
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

The open letter was written and led by the people who run the health services across Hertfordshire. Among them: Hertfordshire's CCG, County Council, NHS Trust, Care Providers Association and the East of England Ambulance Service.

They say "our colleagues from the EU and beyond currently play a vital role in the workforce which looks after Hertfordshire's residents".

Then they take the opportunity to publicly thank their staff from the EU and beyond for their care and commitment.

St Albans Cathedral gets £4m lottery grant

St Albans Cathedral has been given a heritage lottery grant of nearly £4m. 

It's for a development project which will include a new welcome centre and exhibition area.   

Artists impression of
St Albans Cathedral

It has also raised another £3m from donations.  

"This is wonderful news," said the Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John.

"The fund exists to make more people aware of the riches of our national heritage, and St Albans Cathedral deserves to be far better known as the oldest Christian site in Britain, with a uniquely long and rich history to tell."

Boreham Wood sign Balanta on one-year deal

BBC Sport

Boreham Wood have signed Angelo Balanta on a one-year deal as part of a free transfer.

Angelo Balanta
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The 26-year-old forward was released by Carlisle United in June after making 10 appearances for the League Two club.

Balanta has been training with the Wood during pre-season.

"I'm taking him to play up top, he'll be competing with two other forwards and he'll be judged on his work-rate, attitude, and, of course, his goals," manager Luke Garrard told the club website. 

Verdict in Christmas Day father and son death crash inquest

A coroner has ruled a man and his young son died as a result of a road traffic collision in Bedfordshire on Christmas Day last year. 

Adesola Olusoga (right) and his three-year-old son Isaiah
Bedfordshire Police

Adesola Olusoga and three-year-old Isaiah were killed when their car crashed on the A421. 

Mr Olusoga's family said in a statement at the time: "Words can't describe how much they will both be missed."  

Today the inquest was held at Ampthill Coroner's Court, with Tom Osborne sitting.

Fatal air crash: Turweston airfield 'closed until Saturday'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Map shows position of Turweston Aerodrome to Brackley
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The manager of Turweston air tower has said on Facebook the airfield will be closed until Saturday morning.

A pilot has been killed after his light aircraft came down at the Buckinghamshire aerodrome this morning. Investigations are under way.

Fatal light air crash: Pilot only person on board

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The pilot killed in the light air crash was the only person on board, police have confirmed.

Police and ambulance services were called to Turweston Aerodrome at just before 11.30.

An air crash investigation is under way.

Fatal air crash confirmed by police

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Thames Valley Police has confirmed a man has died after a light air crash at Turweston Airfield near Brackley.

Emergency services attended the scene at about 11:30, where the pilot was pronounced dead.

Police say the death is not believed to be suspicious.

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Pilot killed in Turweston light air crash

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

A pilot has been killed in a light air crash at Turweston Aerodrome on the Buckinghamshire-Northamptonshire border.

Emergency crews were called shortly before 11:30 but the man had died at the scene. 

The Air Accident Investigation Branch is sending a team to investigate.

BreakingFatal air crash in Bucks

A person has died in a light air crash in Buckinghamshire.

We'll bring you more on this shortly.

Harry Potter 'fastest reviewer' promises no spoilers

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Toby L'Estrange with wand and Harry Potter screen
PA

"I promise not to give away any spoilers," says Toby L'Estrange, who has accepted a challenge to become the fastest reviewer of the new Harry Potter book.

The 10-year-old from Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire will be going to bed early this Saturday and setting his alarm for just before midnight, when Harry Potter and The Cursed Child will be released.

Toby can recite all of the spells used in previous books, all of which he read by the age of eight.

And strangely, his surname reminds us of one of the characters... Could he be a relation of Bellatrix?

Harry Potter super-fan to become fastest reviewer

A 10-year-old speed-reader from Hertfordshire has been challenged to write the first review of the new Harry Potter story.

Toby L'Estrange reads in bed
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Toby L'Estrange, from Wheathampstead, has been challenged by Amazon to post his thoughts on Harry Potter And The Cursed Child as soon as he can, after its release at midnight this Sunday.

"Harry Potter and reading are my two favourite things so to be able to combine them is a dream come true," Toby said.

The self-confessed super-fan says he's been practising for this big moment and is "confident" he can become the fastest reviewer.

A1 fatal crash: No arrests made

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

I've just spoken to Cambridgeshire Police about the fatal A1 crash in the early hours on the Cambs-Beds border.

They say the investigation is still ongoing and that no arrests have been made.

A woman in her 30s will be formally identified tomorrow. She died after being hit by a lorry on the southbound carriageway near Eaton Socon at about 03:00.

Man found guilty of toddler murder

We've finished with our rolling coverage of two people convicted over the death of a 13-month-old boy in Luton.

We'll bring you any further reaction through the day, but in the meantime you can recap on the full story here. We'll now take a look at other news happening in Beds, Herts and Bucks.

One of 'most shocking and sickening cases'

Det Insp Fraser Wylie continued: "Little Noah suffered unimaginably as a result of the volatility of his mother's relationship with Hunjan, who today has been convicted of the little boy's murder. Even in his death he was denied any dignity by being left to suffer for more than an hour.

"This has truly been one of the most shocking and sickening cases of violence we have ever come across, and I would like to thank my tenacious, dedicated team of investigators who have worked so hard in all hours of the day and night to bring this traumatic case to a resolution. 

"Though nothing can ever bring back their beautiful boy, I hope today's verdict can bring some semblance of peace for Noah's wider family."

Noah 'experienced fear, pain, neglect and extreme brutality'

Det Insp Fraser Wylie, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "Rarely do we come across a case that involves such sheer malice and utter cruelty against a small child, by two people who were supposed to love and care for him.

Fraser Wylie
BBC

"Throughout this case, the disregard shown by both Tayler-Morrison - Noah's own mother - and Hunjan has been evident, not least in the fact they attempted to evade justice by attempting to flee to Scotland whilst on bail.

"Poor Noah experienced fear, pain, neglect and extreme brutality during his too-short life. No child deserves that, and it has been evident throughout our investigation and the trial that Tayler-Morrison and Hunjan chose a tumultuous drug and alcohol-fuelled lifestyle over his happiness and welfare."

Grandmother describes 'sweetness of baby Noah's soul'

Baby Noah "loved to laugh" and had "a beautiful, sweet, sweet soul", his paternal grandmother has said.

Maria Serra
SBNA

Noah, who was just 13-months-old when he was killed, "was a happy, cheerful soul who had an inquisitive nature", Maria Serra said.

"He was cheeky – very cheeky... with Noah there was just that extra sparkle of something special. I think it was the sweetness of his soul that would just shine through."

Serious Case Review over toddler death

A Serious Case Review, which involves more than one local authority, is ongoing at the moment. It will examine the dealings social services had with Noah and his mother and everyone else involved with the youngster.

It's being led by Luton Borough Council's Safeguarding Children Board.

Fran Pearson, independent chair, said: "Luton Safeguarding Children Board has commissioned a serious case review to scrutinise the actions and decisions of the organisations that had contact with the child and his parents. 

"It will establish whether there are lessons to be learnt from the case regarding the way professionals and agencies work together to safeguard children at risk."

A council spokesman said: "Luton Borough Council was not directly involved with this family and, as a serious case review is under way, it would be inappropriate to comment on this case."

Baby Noah death: Convicted smoked marijuana

Bedfordshire Police issued these images of Baby Noah's mother Ronnie Tayler-Morrison and her partner Hardeep Hunjan smoking marijuana joints.

Hardeep Hunjan and Ronnie Tayler-Morrison
Bedfordshire Police
Hardeep Hunjan and Ronnie Tayler-Morrison
SBNA

Video released of baby Noah

Bedfordshire Police have released this short video of 13-month-old baby Noah playing in a water fountain.

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Hardeep Hunjan, 27, has been found guilty of his murder. 

Hunjan's partner, and Noah's mother, Ronnie Tayler-Morrison, 22, has been cleared of murder but found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Both have been remanded in custody and will be sentenced tomorrow.

A catalogue of injuries found on Baby Noah

Baby Noah was found with a catalogue of injuries all over his body.

Some were very recent, while others - in his left leg and arm - were between four and six weeks old.

Baby Noah's cot
Bedfordshire Police
Injuries found on Baby Noah
Bedfordshire Police

Baby Noah murder: Our loss is heaven's gain, grandmother says

Murdered baby Noah was always "happy and smiley" and "a pleasure to be with at all times".

The 13-month-old's maternal grandmother Varsha Patel has described how the family "all fought as to who [would get] to hold him first".

Baby Noah smiles at camera
Bedfordshire Police

Mrs Patel said "a massive void" has been left after his death.

"Nolly will be greatly missed but never forgotten. He will always remain in our hearts forever and ever. Our loss, heaven's gain."

Baby death mum dialled 999 after web search

The emergency call baby Noah's mother made almost two hours after she had searched online "my baby is hurt" and "my baby is breathing but not moving" has been released.  

Noah Serra-Morrison murder: Mother searched internet for help

Ronnie Tayler-Morrison, 22, has been cleared of murder but found guilty of causing or allowing the 13-month-old's death. Her partner 

Hardeep Hunjan, 27, has been found guilty of his murder.  

Father says baby Noah made 'life worth being'

The father of murdered baby Noah has said that he made his "life worth being".

Stefanio Coiana leaves court
SBNA

Stefano Coiana said that the 13-month-old made his life "happy... worth waking up in the morning and worth trying again and again".

"Noah was the most important thing to me. When Noah came it made my life special. I had someone that loved me and I loved him."

"I don't see a lot in my future without him," Mr Coiana said.

Baby Noah died of a massive head injury

Baby Noah
Bedfordshire Police

Det Insp Fraser Wylie said: "Rarely do we come across a case that involves such sheer malice and utter cruelty against a small child, by two people who were supposed to love and care for him.

"Throughout this case the disregard shown by both Tayler-Morrison - Noah's own mother - and Hunjan has been evident, not least in the fact they attempted to evade justice by attempting to flee to Scotland whilst on bail."

Convicted murdered 'maintained baby Noah fell out of cot'

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

The injuries sustained by baby Noah could not have been caused by accident, Luton Crown Court heard.

Today, a man has been convicted of the murder of 13-month-old Noah and his partner, Noah's mother, found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Left, Hardeep Hunjan, Right, Ronnie Tayler-Morrison
Bedfordshire Police

Experts likened the injuries that the boy suffered to those which would occur after a car crash, and were most likely caused by being swung into a wall.

Despite the severity of the injuries, Ronnie Tayler-Morrison delayed calling an ambulance for more than three hours.

She and Hardeep Hunjan maintained throughout the trial that Noah fell out of his cot.

Noah Serra-Morrison death: Man convicted and mother cleared

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

After ten hours of jury deliberations over three days, a man has been found guilty of the murder of 13-month-old Noah Serra-Morrison.

Luton Crown Court heard how baby Noah suffered a catalogue of injuries but died from a fatal blow to the head, which caused a fractured skull.

Luton Crown Court
SBNA

Mother Ronnie Tayler-Morrison, 22, was cleared of murder but found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child, and child cruelty.

Her partner Hardeep Hunjan, 27, was found guilty of murder.

BreakingMother cleared of murder of Noah Serra-Morrison

The mother of a 13-month-old boy who was found dead in Luton has been cleared of murder but found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child.

BreakingMan convicted of murder of Noah Serra-Morrison

Hardeep Hunjan, 27, has been found guilty of the murder of a 13-month-old boy found dead in Luton.

Luton Airport redevelopment causing road congestion

Luton Airport says an action plan is in place to deal with congestion on the airport approach road. 

The airport has issued another warning this morning, as roadworks and redevelopment work continues. 

Congestion on approach to the airport. Please leave extra time for your journey. ow.ly/61FL302ASqv

Oli Jaycock from the airport admits measures haven't worked as well as they should have done. "We do have mitigation plans in place and clearly in this example they haven't worked as well as they should've," he said.

"We're doing absolutely everything we can at the moment to improve the situation right now on the ground."

Mr Jaycock said the airport apologises to passengers for inconvenience or disruption.

Male pedestrian dies in lorry crash on A421

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

I've just spoken to Bedfordshire Police who have told me it was a man pronounced dead in the A421 crash.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen the crash to come forward.

BreakingA421 crash: Pedestrian pronounced dead at scene

Police have just confirmed that one pedestrian has died in the crash on the A421 this morning.

The person was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second pedestrian was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police were called to the crash on the eastbound carriageway near Marston Moretaine at about 03:50.

An investigation has been completed and the road has now reopened.

A look at the rest of the news

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

We'll be moving away from the crashes on the A1 and A421 for now to tell you what's going on in the rest of the news.

If there are any developments regarding the crashes, we'll bring you the information as soon as we get it.

In the meantime, BBC Travel has the latest diversion information.

A1 and A421 crashes: Incidents on a map

We've been talking a lot this morning about two major crashes involving lorries and pedestrians in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Here's a map to put into context where they happened. The crash sites are about 16 miles (26km) apart.

Map showing the crashes in Marston Moretaine and Eaton Socon
BBC

A421 reopens after crash

A1 and A421 crashes: What we know so far

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

If you're struggling to keep up with all the latest on the crashes this morning, here's a round-up.

The A1 crash on the Cambs-Beds border:

  • A woman in her 30s has been killed after being hit by a lorry
  • The collision happened on the southbound carriageway between the B645 and the A428 near Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire Police said
  • Emergency services were called at about 03:00
  • 999 calls reported that a pedestrian had been hit by a lorry
  • The woman died at the scene
  • The road remains closed southbound 

The A421 crash in Bedfordshire:

  • Two pedestrians were hit by a lorry
  • The collision happened on a sliproad of the A421 northbound near Marston Moretaine 
  • Emergency services were called just before 04:00
  • The road remains closed northbound from M1 J13 to the Marsh Leys roundabout