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Summary

  1. Murderer of toddler Noah Serra-Morrison jailed for minimum of 23 years
  2. Noah's mother jailed for six-and-half years for causing or allowing her son's death, and cruelty
  3. Updates for Friday, 29 July 2016
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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Live update for Beds, Herts and Bucks have now finished.

Today it was revealed that Ken Barrie, the voice of Postman Pat, has died at his home in Buckinghamshire, aged 83.

We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 but we'll let his most famous creation, a children's favourite for years and probably for years to come, say goodbye...

Postman Pat
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Music festival gets under way in Hertfordshire

BBC Introducing... in Beds, Herts and Bucks

The Standon Calling Festival is well under way in Hertfordshire. The rain hasn't put a dampener on the atmosphere at the three-day event which features the likes of Suede and Jess Glynne.

Standon Calling
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Standon Calling
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Standon Calling
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Standon Calling
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MK Dons re-sign Williams on loan

League One side MK Dons have re-signed Fulham and Wales forward George Williams on a season-long loan deal.

In addition, 23-year-old defender George Baldock has signed a new two-year contract at Stadium MK.

Williams started his career with the Dons, before signing for Fulham for an undisclosed fee in June 2012.

George Williams
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Overnight weather: Scattered showers perhaps locally heavy

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Some clear spells, but often cloudy tonight with a few scattered showers, perhaps locally heavy. Temperatures will dip to 13C (55F).

Overnight weather map
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Early showers will fade and there'll be breaks in the cloud tomorrow to give some good sunny spells. There will still be a risk of a few isolated but locally heavy showers developing during the afternoon and evening. Top temperature: 23C (73F) inland.

BBC Weather has more detail.

Gang of three robbers, including two from Hertfordshire, jailed

Dramatic CCTV footage has been released by police of the moment officers cornered a gang of robbers just minutes after they had carried out a £200,000 armed raid on a jeweller's store.

David George, 21, of Furzen Crescent, Hatfield, Hertfordshire; Domingo Nsita, 29, of Windsor Crescent, Wembley, north London; and Joshua Tiloye, 22, of Featherstone Close, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, all pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of Justice Jewellers, in Parchment Street, Winchester, Hampshire, on April 15.

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Hampshire Police

The trio were sentenced at Winchester Crown Court for one count of robbery and one count of possession of an imitation firearm.

George was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Nsita was jailed for 12 years and Tiloye was sentenced to 10 years.

George Baldock signs new contract at MK Dons

MK Dons full-back George Baldock has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

George Baldock
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Baldock, 23, a graduate of the club's academy, has played 83 times for the Dons, and has added a further 50 appearances during loan spells for Northampton Town, Tamworth and Oxford.

Watch: Postman Pat theme song, sung by Ken Barrie

BBC Archive

As mentioned earlier, Ken Barrie, for many years the voice of Postman Pat, has died aged 83 at his Buckinghamshire home.

As well as voicing many of the other characters in the programme, he also sang the show's theme...

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Colette McCulloch named as pedestrian struck by lorry on A1

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Police have just confirmed that Colette McCulloch, 35, of The Lane, Wyboston, was killed after being struck by a lorry on the A1 yesterday.

The crash happened at about 03:00 on the southbound carriageway near Eaton Socon, on the Bedfordshire-Cambridgeshire border, causing the road to be completely shut for much of the morning.

BreakingA1 crash victim named

A woman who died in a collision with a lorry on the A1 near St Neots, Cambridgeshire, yesterday has been named as Colette McCulloch from Wyboston, Bedfordshire.

More to follow.

Noah Serra-Morrison killer sentenced to 23 years in prison

Hardeep Hunjan has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 23 years for murder of Noah Serra-Morrison, his girlfriend's 13-month-old toddler.  

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Bedfordshire Police

Noah died as a result of a skull fracture at his home in Crawley Road, Luton in November. 

Noah's mother Ronnie Tayler-Morrison, 22, was jailed for given six years and six months for causing or allowing his death, and two years for cruelty, to be served concurrently.

Voice of Postman Pat dies aged 83 at his home in Bucks

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

Ken Barrie, the voice of children's TV show Postman Pat, has died at the age of 83.

Barrie, who was born Leslie Hulme, provided the voice for Pat and many of the other characters in the animated series, as well as the famous theme tune.

Postman Pat
BBC

His daughter Lorraine said he died peacefully at home in Denham, Buckinghamshire, of liver cancer.

Cat shot with air rifle in Leavesden

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police are looking for witnesses after a cat was shot in Leavesden.

It's believed that Benji, who is seven years old, was shot with an air rifle between 19:30 and 21:00 on 21 July in the High Road area.

He suffered injuries to his internal organs, needing emergency surgery, and is still under veterinary care.

Hertfordshire Police called it an "isolated occurrence" and has appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Benjo
Hertfordshire Police

HS2 rail project 'should be scrapped'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The high-speed HS2 Line through Buckinghamshire should be scrapped because it's likely to be delayed, over-budget poor value for money, according to the Taxpayers' Alliance.

HS2 train
HS2

Chief executive Jonathan Isaby called it a "wasteful vanity project".

He said: "The new prime minister should now be pursuing bold and imaginative policies to boost economic growth and increase productivity - and that positive approach must include scrapping HS2, which has cost taxpayers far too much already."

The Department for Transport (DfT) insisted that the case for the scheme was "absolutely clear", saying it "will create jobs and skills now and will help spread opportunity and growth in the longer-term".

Verulamium lakes: What's causing the silt build-up?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

St Albans Council said it had been working with the Environment Agency and the RSPB on a long-term scheme to restore the River Ver to its natural state, which in turn would improve the water flow through the lakes to help prevent build-ups of silt.

Verulamium lake
Mark Coltman

It said the problems were:

  • Slow water flow from the River Ver over the last few decades has meant the lakes are gradually becoming stagnant
  • Feeding birds at the lakes encourages them to stay in the park and disrupts their natural migration patterns - the result is a large tonnage of bird droppings that, together with other organic material, turns into silt

Councillor Daniel Chichester-Miles said: “Improving conditions around the lakes is a council priority and I am sure residents will support our efforts to do so.”

New clean-up plan announced for Verulamium lakes

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

If you've been walking in St Albans' Verulamium Park recently you'll have noticed - and probably smelt - the large build-ups of silt, mainly gathered at the edge of the larger lake near the Fighting Cocks pub and at the bridge that separates the two lakes.

Verulamium lake
Peter Aitken

Well, St Albans District Council has just announced it is going to be removing 150 tonnes of it - by mid-August.

The scheme, costing £29,000, will see a tanker positioned near the pumping station opposite Westminster Lodge and a half-mile-long pipe laid out from there to the lakes.

Silt will then be removed by suction and taken to a treatment plant near Redbourn for disposal.

Watford fan Nick Cruwys holds brain injury charity fundraiser

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

There probably isn't a Watford fan who doesn't know the name Nick Cruwys.

The Hornets fan from Hemel Hempstead spent four months in hospital with a serious head injury following a match at Wolves last March.

His recovery is ongoing, but this weekend he and his family are putting on an event at Hemel Hempstead FC to raise money for Headway Hertfordshire, a brain injury charity through which Nick has done his rehab.

His wife Jodie tole me: "An occupational therapist comes round weekly to help him with his memory and cognitive skills... she's his fairy godmother, so we just wanted to say thank you." 

Nick Cruwys
West Midlands Police

Vivean Gray death: The St Albans link... sort of

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Sad news today as we learned that Vivean Gray - who played Neighbours busybody Mrs Mangel - had died.

I was convinced the actor had moved to Hertfordshire so there was a local link and on looking into it I discovered there was - sort of - but I seem to have confused my fact from fiction.

She appeared in the Australian soap between 1986 and 1988, and when she left her CHARACTER emigrated to St Albans.

Vivean Gray
Fremantle Media

Note to self: soaps aren't real - although it seems I'm not the only one to have got a bit mixed up.

Gray gave up acting after the show, complaining of the verbal attacks she received from people who could not distinguish her from her on-screen character.

"I could barely set foot outside my own door without someone screaming abuse at horrid old Mrs Mangel," she was quoted as saying in 1989.

Sheffield Wednesday sign Watford pair

BBC Sport

Watford midfielder Almen Abdi and left-back Daniel Pudil have both agreed permanent transfers to Sheffield Wednesday.

Swiss Abdi, 29, (pictured) leaves after four years at Vicarage Road, while Pudil, 30, of the Czech Republic spent last season on loan at the South Yorkshire club, helping them to the Championship play-off final.

Almen Abdi
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Stag rescue number two for Buntingford fire station

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Stag rescue is becoming a bit of a "speciality" for Buntingford firefighters, who for the second time in two weeks have been called upon to rescue one from water.

Last week they were called to rescue an animal stuck in a swimming pool. This time the animal was "in camouflage" but it again ended in a safe release.

I'm sure they deer-ly hope they don't have to do any more.

I'll get my coat.

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Superman IV Redux is MK Festival's 'lasting legacy'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The re-creation of part of Superman IV in Milton Keynes came about with the help of the Milton Keynes International Festival (MKIF).

Superman IV Redux
Richard DeDominici / Warner Bros

Artist Richard DeDominici had decided to recreate the scenes when he started making films in 2013 but it was taking time to put together due to scheduling filming in people's properties.

It really took off (if you'll pardon the pun) when MKIF got involved and commissioned the Redux which was shot over two days, with a budget of £5,000, using local people in the same locations.

Director Monica Ferguson said the result was "a fabulous mini-movie which leaves a lasting legacy for the festival and also celebrates the way the people of Milton Keynes love being involved in quirky projects".

Superman IV homage has 'better special effects'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

We've been looking at how an artist has recreated about 10 minutes of the 1986 film Superman IV where it was originally shot in Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes Station/United Nations
Richard DeDomenici / Warner Bros

The film, starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder, was once named in Time magazine's Top 10 Worst Superhero Sequels and has been much maligned by critics.

In fact, when I quickly asked a few people what they thought of it, quotes ranged from "very bad special effects" to "Gene Hackman looked embarrassed" but Richard DeDominici, who recreated the scenes in the Buckinghamshire town explained it was this kind of reaction that made him want to undertake the project.

"We managed the special effects; they were so bad in the original that our version actually looks a bit better," he said.

Superman IV film recreated in Milton Keynes 30 years on

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we left you with the story about an artist who's recreated 10 minutes of the 1986 film Superman IV where it was originally shot in Milton Keynes. Here's a bit more about it.

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A total of about 18 minutes of the film, subtitled The Quest For Peace, was filmed in the town.

Richard DeDomenici who reshot footage in the same locations including the Avebury Building and Milton Keynes station said it was "weird how little it had changed in 30 years".

German GP: First practice under way

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

First practice started at 09:00 for Sunday's German Grand Prix with Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton leading the Drivers' Championship by six points following last weekend's win in Hungary.

Lewis Hamilton
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Not content with taking the championship lead from Nico Rosberg, Hamilton is twisting the knife verbally, too, this weekend, saying his recent run of five wins in six races is simply the result of him not having any car problems, rather than any change in form. 

“Nico has been driving just as well as he has all year, it’s just I haven’t had any problems,” Hamilton said. 

You can follow all the action live on BBC Sport.

Airfield remains closed after crash

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Turweston Aerodrome on the Buckinghamshire-Northamptonshire border remains closed today following a light aircraft crash yesterday morning in which the pilot was killed.

The manager of the air tower has said on Facebook the airfield will be closed until Saturday morning.  

Accident investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.

Turweston map
BBC

Airport alcohol sales to be reviewed after drunken incidents

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The government is looking into the way alcohol is sold at airports, after a spate of incidents on planes involving drunk passengers, including one from Luton airport.

Alcohol
Thinkstock

The new aviation minister Lord Ahmad has pledged to stop unruly travellers going through the departure gates. 

In February six men on a stag party were arrested after a mid-air brawl meant their Ryanair flight from Luton to Slovakia had to be diverted to Germany.

Tim Jeans, the former managing director of Luton-based Monarch Airlines, said that case would "probably have cost the airline about £12,000". 

Buckinghamshire hotels fail child sexual exploitation test

Sophie Sulehria

BBC Three Counties Radio

Three Aylesbury Vale hotels have failed a child sexual exploitation test undertaken by the police targeting child sexual exploitation and underage drinking.

The aim was to see if hotel and bar staff would be suspicious enough to report an older male and a younger female trying to book a hotel room.   

Of the 16 hotels in Aylesbury and Buckingham visited by Thames Valley Police in partnership with Aylesbury Vale District Council in July, three were willing to rent a room overnight to the girl and the plain-clothes police officer while eight sold alcohol to the under age girl. 

Police have said in many cases their fake couple were only denied a room because none was available and not because staff were suspicious.

Noah Serra-Morrison murder: Father said toddler 'completed his life'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Yesterday, Hardeep Hunjan was convicted for the murder of his partner's child Noah Serra-Morrison and the toddler's mother Ronnie Tayler-Morrison was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and of cruelty.

Ronnie Tayler-Morrison and Hardeep Hunjan
Bedfordshire Police

We've since had more responses from Noah's family, including his father, Stefano Coiana, who said Noah "completed his life".

He said: "He loved me unconditionally – what can you say to describe how that feels?

"It was just so very, very good. I don’t see a lot in my future without him."

Noah Serra-Morrison murder: Luton pair to be sentenced later

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Yesterday a jury found that Luton toddler Noah Serra-Morrison was murdered by his mother's partner at their home last November.

Noah Serra-Morriso
Bedfordshire Police

Later today, Hardeep Hunjan, 27, will be sentenced at Luton Crown Court, along with Noah's mother Ronnie Tayler-Morrison, 22, who was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and of cruelty. 

The Luton Safeguarding Children Board has said a serious case review will determine if lessons can be learnt from the toddler's murder.

Thameslink delays 'have ended'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you that there were delays on Thameslink due to staff shortages.

National Rail has now reported that the disruption has ended.

Get the latest updates from BBC Travel.

Thameslink
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Today's weather: Sunshine and showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Today will see a dry but rather cloudy start, with warm sunny spells likely to develop through the morning.

Some places will stay dry but afternoon showers are likely, perhaps turning heavy later in the day.  

Maximum temperature: 21C (69F).

Travel: Delays on Thameslink line

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Thameslink have said a shortage of train crew this morning means that it will be running a reduced service until approximately 09:00.

Replacement buses have been organised for the majority of cancelled services, though journey times are still expected to be extended by up to 45 minutes.

Get the latest updates from BBC Travel.

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Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us again for live news, sport, weather and travel for the three counties - we'll be here until 18:00.

Yesterday, a jury found that Luton toddler Noah Serra-Morrison was murdered by his mother's partner at their home last November and his mother was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and of cruelty. The pair will be sentenced later so we'll bring you that news as soon as we get it.

Before that, we're hearing there are delays on the Thameslink line and replacement buses have been organised - we're looking into how this is affecting the line from Bedford into London and will bring you the news as soon as we get it. 

Remember, if you'd like to get in touch, you can email us or send us a tweet.