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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 23 March 2017
  2. New West Herts hospital 'would save £200m'
  3. Deer statues stolen from farm
  4. High Town drug raids 'not terror related'

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By Sarah Jenkins

All times stated are UK

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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, between J24 for A111 and J25 for A10.

M25 Hertfordshire - Two lanes closed and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving two cars.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, between J22 for A1081 and J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M25 clockwise between J22, A1081 (St Albans) and J23 A1(M), because of an accident involving two cars.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J21 for M1 and J20 for A41 affecting J21A for A405.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J21 M1 and J20, A41 (Kings Langley), because of an accident involving two cars and one van. Congestion to J21a, A405 (St Albans).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

That's all for today

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Thanks for your company.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with your latest news, weather, travel and sport updates - but any breaking news will be posted here overnight.

Have a good evening - we'll be spending our time in the kitchen preparing for the Comic Relief Bake Off tomorrow - we'll try and save you a slice.

Tempsford garden
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Severe disruption: M25 Surrey anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J12 for M3 affecting J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Surrey - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J12 M3, because of a broken down car. Congestion to J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Overnight weather: Turning cloudy from the east

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

A chilly but bright end to the day with sunny spells across the BBC East region.  

It will turn a little cloudy from the east during the evening and overnight, but the breeze will keep temperatures a little higher, with lows in the west dropping to 3 or 4C (37-40F).

Friday afternoon's weather map
BBC

On Friday, any early cloud will clear to give brighter weather with sunny spells.  

Feeling warmer than today in many places, but still cooler on the coast in the north-easterly wind. 

Top temperature 12C (54F).

Wherever you live, you can get a full forecast from BBC Weather .

From the archives: Where did you get that hat?


          Some of the 100 dozen straw boaters made daily by Messrs Olney's of Luton, Bedfordshire being carried to the packing rooms 1933
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This photo was taken 84 years ago this month and shows some of the straw boaters made by Messrs Olney's of Luton.

It was founded in 1914 and is still operating from Luton.

Traffic police still catching drivers using their mobile phone

Orla Moore

BBC Local Live

Take a look at this.

Despite new laws coming into force on 1 March, doubling the fine for drivers caught on the phone, the Beds, Cambs and Herts Roads Policing Unit is still catching HGV drivers in the act.  

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Anyone caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel will now receive a fine of £200, and six points on their licence.

Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound severe accident, between J7 for A602 and J8 for A602 affecting J6 for A1000.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - Very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J7, A602 (Stevenage) and J8, A602 (Stevenage), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes. Congestion to J6, A1000 (Welwyn).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Borehamwood incident: Police making inquiries

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Armed police are currently in Borehamwood, attempting to "verify" a report of a man carrying a gun near a school. 

Police were called to Hillside Avenue just after 15:00.

Officers attended promptly and are making full inquiries in the area.

Hertfordshire Police says it is "grateful to members of the public for their vigilance and reporting suspicious behaviour".

"Officers, including firearms officers, are currently in attendance in the area in attempt to verify the report."

BreakingArmed police called to school

Armed police have been called to a school in Borehamwood following reports of a man carrying a gun. 

Officers were called to Monksmead Primary School, in Hillside Avenue, just after 15:00.

Hertfordshire Police said no-one was threatened or injured.

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, between J25 for A10 and J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J25, A10 (Enfield) and J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a broken down car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Leo Stacey inquest: Coroner criticises hospital

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

A coroner has today criticised the Luton and Dunstable Hospital after the death of a 10-month-old baby.

Leo Stacey died at the hospital in October 2015 from a rare bowel condition, after suffering severe sickness and dehydration.

Hours earlier he had been taken by ambulance to A&E because he was lethargic and vomiting.

A doctor ordered that he should be given an intravenous line for fluids to rehydrate him, but several attempts to insert the line into a vein failed.

Luton and Dunstable hospital
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His parents Nathalie Aubry-Stacey, 38, and Marc Stacey, 37, from Harpenden, told Ampthill Coroner's Court they believed he could have been saved. But a paediatrician said that staff had done all they could.

Recording a short narrative verdict, coroner Martin Oldham said: "Sadly they did not address his hydration or solve the dehydration fully until he died."

In a statement, the Luton and Dunstable Hospital said: "We have carried out a full investigation into how Leo died and have met with his family to discuss the outcome. It is clear there were failings in his care for which we have sincerely apologised.

"There were a number of recommendations that came out of the review, all of which have been implemented, with the learning shared across the trust."

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, at J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic clockwise at J23 A1(M), because of an accident involving lorry and car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

West Herts Hospitals Trust disputes claim a new hospital 'would save £200m'

Earlier we mentioned that a public meeting was held last night by a group campaigning for a new hospital to be built to serve West Hertfordshire .

The meeting was told that building a new hospital by the M25 at Kings Langley, as opposed to redeveloping the existing Watford General, would deliver long-term savings of more than £200m.  

Responding to this statement, the deputy chief executive of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust Helen Brown said: "We estimate that the capital cost to develop a new hospital on a greenfield site would be in the region of £125m greater than for a new build on the Watford General Hospital site.

"It would therefore be more expensive to pursue this option. 

"A greenfield site comes with no infrastructure and it would take time and additional money to create the access to utilities and road networks that are essential for development to proceed.

"We don’t believe a greenfield site offers significantly more efficiencies."

Police officer jailed over child sex abuse images

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

A policeman from Milton Keynes has been jailed for 12 months after hundreds of child sex abuse images and extreme pornography were found on his computers and mobile phone.

Leigh Morris, 31, worked for Thames Valley Police and was arrested by his colleagues, Luton Crown Court heard.

When experts examined three computers and his phone, they found many images of children aged between 3 and 10 being abused. One involved a baby.

Prosecutor Douglas Page said there were 131 images at category A, the most serious level, 222 at category B and 113 were category C, the lowest level.

Morris was sacked by Thames Valley Police on 28 February after a hearing found he had breached standards of professional behaviour.

Defending, Cameron Scott said Morris was "deeply ashamed" of his behaviour and had self-funded a 10-session course with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a charity which works with internet offenders. 

Judge Michael Kay QC told him: "The images are horrendous.

"I have heard a lot about you. What one doesn't hear on these occasions is the position of each one of the children in those images. Each one of those children is a victim and has been abused."

As well as the 12-month prison sentence, Morris must register as a sex offender for 10 years and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.

Afternoon weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

Any outbreaks of rain in the west will soon ease, as drier and brighter conditions develop, with perhaps a few sunny spells this afternoon.

A stiff, rather chilly northeasterly wind will develop, making it feel cool. 

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

For the full forecast where you are visit BBC Weather .

Flowers in Hitchin
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'Hero MP' who tried to save stabbed officer a former Dacorum councillor

Tobias Ellwood, a Foreign Office minister and former Dacorum councillor, is being hailed as a hero for trying to save the life of police officer Keith Palmer.


          Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood helps emergency services attend to a police officer outside the Palace of Westminster
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PC Palmer was stabbed by the attacker in Westminster yesterday.

Mr Ellwood, a Conservative MP and former Army officer, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on PC Palmer in New Palace Yard.


          Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood stands amongst the emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster
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Mr Ellwood's brother John, who was from Aldbury near Tring, died in the Bali bombing in 2002.

Severe congestion: M25 Surrey clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Surrey clockwise severe congestion, between J13 for A30 and J15 for M4.

M25 Surrey - Heavy traffic on M25 clockwise between J13, A30 (Staines) and J15 M4.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Dougie the horse rescued from gate

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

A horse named Dougie was rescued by firefighters and a vet last night after his hind legs became trapped in a gate.

Crews from Olney, Newport Pagnell and Aylesbury attended the incident at Petsoe End, near Emberton, shortly after 19:00.

dougie the horse being released
Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue

The horse was sedated by the vet before firefighters unbolted the gate and released Dougie's trapped legs.

Newport Pagnell station commander Tim Parkins, who also attended, said: "As Dougie came out of sedation, we got him up on his feet and back in his stable, allowing the vet to complete a detailed check.

"He appeared to be generally OK but will require monitoring over the next couple of days."

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J17 for A412 and J15 for M4.

M25 Hertfordshire - Heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J17, A412 (Maple Cross) and J15 M4, because of an accident earlier on.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

London attack: Bedfordshire Police observes minute's silence

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

At 09:33 a minute's silence was observed by Bedfordshire Police, paying respect to PC Keith Palmer and the other victims of yesterday's attack at Westminster.

The silence was held at 09:33 to honour PC Palmer's shoulder number - 933.

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Deer statues stolen from farm

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

Two large deer statues have been stolen from a farm in Watton-at-Stone, Hertfordshire.

Stolen deer statues
Hertfordshire Police

Between 18:00 on Wednesday, 15 March, and 07:30 the following day, thieves entered the grounds of Blue Bury Farm in Walkern Road and took the large sculptures.

Sgt Duncan Wallace said: "A vehicle was used to transport the deer statues from the site so I am appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity between the times stated to get in touch."

No wheel nuts? No vehicle

Sarah Jenkins

BBC Local Live

A driver has been stopped on the A1 at Welwyn after police noticed a number of defects on the vehicle.

We've contacted Hertfordshire Police for more information.

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Leo Stacey inquest: Sequence of events

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The mother of Leo Stacey, Nathalie Aubry-Stacey, who has two other children, said she and her husband first became concerned about their baby on the evening of 4 October 2015 when he vomited and retched.

  • Mr Stacey took Leo to an out-of-hours clinic in Hemel Hempstead, where a GP diagnosed probable gastroenteritis. He was told to spoon-feed his son and give him rehydration fluids and said he would be better in a few days
  • The next day, Leo's condition worsened and when blood was seen in his vomit, at 17:15 his parents called an ambulance
  • A&E staff at Luton and Dunstable Hospital noticed he was lethargic, vomiting and had a distended abdomen. A doctor ordered he should be given an intravenous line for fluids to rehydrate him, but several attempts to insert the line into a vein failed
  • His condition worsened and attempts were made to transfer him to Great Ormond Street
  • He stopped breathing at 04:46 on 6 October and was pronounced dead at 06:03

Dr Jeremy Price, who conducted an autopsy at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said he found that Leo's bowel had prolapsed and he had suffered a viral infection.

He said Leo died from ileocecal intussusception, a rare condition in which the wall of the bowel folds in on itself and disrupts the intestine.

Leo Stacey inquest: Baby 'could have been saved by quicker treatment'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The inquest into the death of 10-month-old Leo Stacey continues today at Ampthill Coroner's Court.

Yesterday his mother told the court he died because staff at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital did not detect a bowel condition .

Leo Stacey
South Beds News Agency

Leo was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital in 2015 after vomiting repeatedly.

He died as the result of a problem with his bowel and viral gastroenteritis.

His mother, Nathalie Aubry-Stacey, from Harpenden, said staff had not taken her concerns seriously, and had failed to diagnose her son or rehydrate him.

Dr Ranjith Joseph, a locum paediatric consultant at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, said he and his colleagues did their best to save Leo's life.

Dr Jeremy Pryce, a paediatric pathologist who carried out the post-mortem examination, said tests showed Leo was suffering from an intussusception of the bowel - a condition where part of the intestine folds into another section, causing an obstruction, and viral gastroenteritis.  

New West Herts hospital 'would save £200m'

Justin Dealey

BBC Three Counties Radio

Last night I was in Hemel Hempstead, where campaigners for a brand new hospital serving West Hertfordshire met to further make their case.

Watford General Hospital
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

The NHS has deferred a decision on rebuilding and refurbishing Watford Hospital, giving campaigners hope there may still be a brand new facility in the middle of Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans.

The public meeting was told that building a new hospital by the M25 at Kings Langley as opposed to redeveloping the existing Watford General would deliver long-term savings of more than £200m.

Building consultant Robert Scott said: "To carry out redevelopment of Watford Hospital, there will be all sorts of problems that will arise out of the existing structure that needs to be replaced.

"And compare that with a new build option on a green field site. It allows the designers a clean slate to work from and there are a lot of efficiencies that come out of that."

We've asked the  West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust  for comment and will let you know what it says.

London attack: Beds Police flag flies at half mast

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The flag at Bedfordshire Police headquarters in Kempston is flying at half mast this morning in support of a "fallen colleague" and "those affected by the tragic incidents" in London.

PC Keith Palmer of the Metropolitan Police was stabbed to death by a man who had just driven along a pavement in Westminster, knocking down pedestrians, leaving dozens injured.

A woman in her 40s and a man in his 50s also died in the incident, along with the attacker who has yet to be named.

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High Town drug raids 'not terror related'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Bedfordshire Police has stressed that warrants carried out in the High Town area of Luton this morning are "not terror-related". 

The force said the raids on 10 addresses, which began at 07:15, were part of an ongoing investigation into the supply of class A drugs.

Eight men were arrested and are currently being questioned. 

A spokesman said: "The investigation is not terror-related, and increased patrols are being carried out in the area for community reassurance."

London attack: Herts Police response is 'strong visible presence'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire Police says its response to yesterday's terror attack in London will include a "strong visible police presence across the county to provide reassurance to all communities and to protect the public from harm".

Five people died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker drove a car along a pavement in Westminster and stabbed a policeman to death, before being shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament.

A Herts Police statement said that while there was "no specific threat to the county", the force "continues to work to protect and reassure our communities as well as taking sensible measures to enhance the security of police officers". 

The force also encouraged the public to be vigilant and if they had any concerns to contact them. 

"Our thoughts are of course with the officer and members of the public’s families, friends and colleagues," it added. 

London attack: Thames Valley Police 'reviewing all security'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Thames Valley Police says it will be "reviewing all security" in the light of yesterday's terror attack in London .

Chief constable Francis Habgood, Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police

Offering his sympathies to all those affected by the events, chief constable Francis Habgood said: "Although I think it is important to stress that there is no specific intelligence suggesting an imminent threat to Thames Valley, we will continue to review our deployments and take all possible steps to keep people safe.

"It is also incredibly important at times like this that communities come together and support each other.

"Should anyone have any concerns or see anything suspicious I would urge them to report it immediately."

Turning drier and brighter

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Early rain will clear to leave a dry and bright day, with some sunny spells.

Inland temperatures will reach 11C (52F), but the chilly easterly breeze will keep it cooler on the coast.

BBC Weather has more details for where you live.

Elizabeth Rizzini has the outlook for the East of England on Thursday, 23 March 2017.

Welcome to today's live updates for Beds, Herts & Bucks

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to another day of live updates from Beds, Herts and Bucks. We'll be here from now until 18:00 bringing you the very latest news, sport, weather and travel.

This morning we'll bring you the reaction from our local police forces following yesterday's terror attack in London .

We'll also bring you a full regional weather forecast shortly - this was the sky over Dunstable earlier.   

Dunstable sky
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As always you can get in touch and let us know what you're doing today by  emailFacebook  or  Twitter .   

Goodbye

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

That's it from all of us here working on the Local Live news feed for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

For most of this afternoon we've been focusing on the ongoing attacks in Westminster. You can get the latest on this story here

We will of course be back for more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday.

See you then.

Severe disruption: M1 Hertfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J7 for .

M1 Hertfordshire - M1 lane closed on entry slip road from one and slow traffic northbound at J7, / (Junction 8 Hemel Hempstead), because of a broken down lorry.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

London attack: Transport police to increase patrols across network

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

Following events in London earlier this afternoon , British Transport Police has told me extra officers will be out tonight, across the whole British rail network, not just London, "to reassure" people.  

No specific numbers of how many extra officers have been given, and there's no indication as to whether they'll be armed or not.

To be clear, they say it's just to reassure people, and not because of a specific threat.

But you could see a bigger presence going home tonight.