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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 28 July 2017
  2. Four arrested after Milton Keynes jewellers raid

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By Katy Lewis

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That's it for another week on Local Live.

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Scroll down to see what you've missed this week....

Have a good weekend.

Bill Bailey's Ridgeway charity walk .. one day to go

Comedian Bill Bailey continues on his 90-mile journey along the Ridgeway long-distance footpath to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

He started out in The Chilterns near Dunstable on Monday - he's due to finish in West Kennett in Wiltshire on Saturday.

Follow his progress on his Twitter feed:

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Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A505 Dunstable Road and M1 J10.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J11 A505 Dunstable Road and M1 J10, Luton Airport Spur Road, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Hertfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A41 and J6 for A405 North Watford.

M1 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J5, A41 (Watford) and J6, A405 (North Watford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe congestion: A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound severe congestion, between J8 for A602 and J9 for A6141 affecting J6 for A1000.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic, heavier than usual traffic and one lane blocked on A1(M) northbound between J8, A602 (Stevenage) and J9, A6141 (Letchworth). Travel time is 50 minutes. Congestion to J6, A1000 (Welwyn).

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

Cambridge Folk Festival: Bedford singer makes short hop to 'legendary event'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Bedford singer Danni Nichol performed in The Den on Thursday evening.

Of the Cambridge Folk Festival as a whole, she said: "It's absolutely wonderful. So chilled out. A fantastic atmosphere. This is one of the legendary festivals."

A highlight was her song Beautifully Broken, which said was a sad breakup song.

She said she also sings songs about Bedford.

Danni Nichol
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Chris Whelpdale

League Two side Stevenage re-sign winger Chris Whelpdale following his departure from AFC Wimbledon by mutual consent.

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UK Police Unity Tour arrives in Luton

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you how the UK Police Unity Tour would be making a stop on its 180-mile journey at the memorial plaque for PC Jon Henry in George Street, Luton.

Five Bedfordshire police officers are joining the ride from The Mall in London to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in order to pay respects to all officers who've died in the line of duty.

Here they are arriving in Luton - and it's quite a sight.

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PC Henry's wife and daughter were there to greet the cyclists.

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Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, at J13 for A421.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound at J13, A421 (Bedford), because of an accident.

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

Beds Police in 'unity ride' to remember PC Jon Henry

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

A group of Bedfordshire police officers is setting off on a charity cycle ride today in memory of PC Jon Henry, who was stabbed to death in Luton 10 years ago.

It's part of a national event to pay respects to all officers who've died in the line of duty.

Jon Henry
Bedfordshire Police

PC Henry, 36, was murdered in George Street, Luton, on 11 June 2007 as he tried to arrest paranoid schizophrenic Ikechukwu Tennyson Obih.

Obih was jailed for life.

Five of his colleagues are taking part in the UK Police Unity Tour - a 180-mile ride from London to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire over this weekend.

Starting at The Mall in London, they will make a stop at the memorial plaque in George Street where the officer died and will be joined there by his wife and daughter.

The team said: "When you need to dig deep in events like this the motivation comes easy; simply it is such a good cause supporting the families of those who have died.

"It doesn’t matter if you had the pleasure of working with Jon or knew him personally, the fact we lost one of our own is a thought never far from the minds of the force, old or new. It really brings home what we do.

"Events like this reinvigorate our memories of Jon; remembering his bad jokes and endless puns.

"It sounds such a cliché to say Jon was the nicest guy you’ve ever met – but he actually genuinely was."

Game Fair to attract 100k to Hatfield House

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police are warning people living and working in the area near to Hatfield House to allow extra time for journeys this weekend as The Game Fair comes to Hertfordshire for the first time in its 59-year history.

It's described as the "annual gathering for people passionate about countryside pursuits".

It's estimated more than 100,000 visitors are due to attend over the course of the three day event, which got under way this morning and runs until Sunday.

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In pictures: Prince William's final air ambulance shift

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

As we reported yesterday, The Duke of Cambridge completed his final shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance last night.

Prince William joined the emergency service two years ago, but is leaving to concentrate on royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

Here are some photos from his final day with the service:

Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Prince William.
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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, at J24 for A111.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 entry slip road closed and heavy traffic clockwise at J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M1 Hertfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A5.

M1 Hertfordshire - M1 entry slip road partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at J9, A5 (Redbourn), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Hungarian Grand Prix: Hertfordshire's Hamilton relaxed ahead of practice

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton has been looking relaxed this morning, strolling around the Mercedes garage at Hungaroring with his dogs Roscoe and Coco before first practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton
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The Stevenage driver will start Sunday's race with the gap between himself and championship leader Sebastian Vettel down to a solitary point.

You can follow coverage of practice day on BBC Sport's live text page. The second practise session is due to start at 13:00.

I hope he's got some doggy ear plugs in his kit.

St Albans raves: Police 'will not tolerate attacks on officers'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Yesterday we told you how Hertfordshire Police was warning that anyone planning to organise or attend an illegal rave in St Albans this weekend would be prosecuted.

The warning followed two illegal raves in the city over the last two weekends, where hundreds of people turned up at disused warehouses.

Residents have complained about noise and disruption and damage to property.

St Albans rave damage
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Sphere Industrial Estate
BBC

Today, Ch Insp Shane O'Neill has revealed that his officers were attacked by party-goers at the first rave on the Sphere Industrial Estate (pictured) and further assaults would not be tolerated.

"When my officers first went into the first rave on the 15 July there were assaulted," he said.

"One of my officers was punched, they had bottles thrown at them and we will be continuing to investigate those matters."

He said the force had linked up with the Metropolitan Police, the British Transport Police and local warehouse unit owners where raves could potentially be held with the intention of "making sure that raves do not happen in St Albans or elsewhere".

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, before J25 for A10 affecting J22 for A1081.

M25 Greater London - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on M25 clockwise before J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving two cars one with a trailer and van and recovery work. Travel time is 45 to 50 minutes. Congestion to J22, A1081 (St Albans).

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

Nascot Lawn parents take campaign to High Court

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Over the past few weeks we've been telling you about a campaign to halt the closure of a children's respite care centre in Watford.

Parents have now started High Court action against NHS Herts Valleys Care Commissioning Group, over its plans to close the Nascot Lawn centre.

Nacot Lawn centre
Google

The CCG has said they will withdraw funding for the centre - which provides respite care for severely disabled children - at the end of October.

The grounds for legal action include claims that the CCG failed to carry out a proper consultation and didn't properly assess the impact of any closure.

Parents confronted CCG bosses at a public meeting earlier this week and were promised a private meeting. We understand that this meeting may now take place next week.

Lawyers for the parents have asked the High Court to make any decision by September.

The CCG has previously said it remains "committed" to finding "a resolution that minimises the impact on families whose children go to Nascot Lawn".

We have asked the NHS body for comment on the judicial proceedings.

Watford FC: Marco Silva insists English is spoken at training

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

New Watford boss Marco Silva will insist that English is spoken among his staff and players on the training pitch.

Portugese Silva, 40, was appointed this summer as the ninth Hornets head coach in five years, taking over from Walter Mazzarri who lasted one season, despite comfortably keeping the Hornets in the Premier League.

Marco Silva
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A feature of Mazzarri's spell in charge was his failure to learn English - he spoke to the media through a translator and to his staff in Italian.

Meanwhile, Silva's grasp of the language is impressive, and talking to the media for the first time since his appointment, the former Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon coach said: "Will the players be speaking only in English? Yes.

"The main language is English. I've come here to speak English. Normally I talk in front of everyone in English.

"Sometimes I need to speak to Spanish players a bit in Spanish - but that is not perfect."

He is also confident he can survive the managerial graveyard at Watford after signing a two-year contract.

"I believe it is a project for two years, and the club signed the contract because they believe we have the right technical staff to stay here and improve their club," he said.

"The most important thing is what I will do day by day, game by game, to improve every day my competence and the competence of my team."

Follow the latest Watford news at BBC Sport.

Severe disruption: M1 Hertfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Hertfordshire southbound severe disruption, at Junction 8 Hemel Hempstead.

M1 Hertfordshire - M1 lane closed on exit slip road London-bound at Junction 8 Hemel Hempstead, because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Four arrested after Milton Keynes jewellers raid

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Police in Milton Keynes have arrested four men on suspicion of burglary after break-in at a jewellers in the Centre MK in the early hours of Thursday morning.

It happened at Beaverbrooks jewellers in Midsummer Arcade at about 00:20.

Thames Valley Police said "a quantity" of watches was stolen and have asked for witnesses.

Midsummer Arcade
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Hacker, 20, who made £380k has jail term cut

Computer hacker Adam Mudd has had his jail sentence reduced at the court of appeal.

He had developed and sold malware which led to attacks on public institutions.

Mudd, 20, of Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, made £380,000, but the victims of the software had to spend millions defending themselves against the estimated 1.7 million attacks.

Adam Mudd
BBC

Victims of the attacks included the University of Cambridge, University of Essex in Colchester, University of East Anglia in Norwich and several local councils. An attack was also made on West Herts College in Watford where Mudd was a student.

Mudd admitted creating the malicious software and was jailed for two years at the Old Bailey in April.

He successfully appealed against the length of the sentence and the Court of Appeal has reduced it to 21 months.

Friday's weather: Mainly dry, becoming more cloudy later

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

A few changes in the forecast for today.

It's looking mostly dry until we get to this evening, maybe a few stray showers at times and it'll still be quite breezy as well.

The best of the sunshine is likely to be this morning, before the cloud thickens from the west as we head into the afternoon.

Top temperature across the BBC East region: 20C (68F).

Watch my full regional forecast here:

Good morning

And welcome to another day of live updates for Herts, Beds and Bucks.

We'll be here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Coming up, a full weather forecast for the day.

But first, do take a look at this gorgeous, golden harvest-ready field near St Albans shared with us by BBC Weather Watcher Spk...

Field near St Albans
BBC Weather Watchers/Spk

Severe accident: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, at J7 for A602.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on A1(M) southbound at J7, A602 (Stevenage), because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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, at J20 for A41 affecting J19 for M25.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J20, A41 (Kings Langley), because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars. Congestion to J19, M25 (Watford).

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

Severe accident: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, after J25 for A10 affecting J26 for A121.

M25 Greater London - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving a lorry and truck. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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, after J24 for A111.

M25 Hertfordshire - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: A411 Hertfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A411 Hertfordshire both ways severe disruption, between Aldenham Road and A41 North Western Avenue.

A411 Hertfordshire - A411 Elstree Road and Watford Road in Elstree closed in both directions between the Aldenham Road junction and Watford By-Pass, because of a spillage on the road.

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

Commuters on a Southern Railway train from West Sussex to London Victoria station

The data showed on the most crowded train 1,366 people typically crammed into carriages designed for 640.

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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, between J24 for A111 and J25 for A10 affecting J22 for A1081.

M25 Hertfordshire - Long delays on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J22, A1081 (St Albans).

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

Goodbye

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

That's it for another day of live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

You can scroll down this page to catch up with any stories you might have missed, including:

  • Teenager charged over chemical attack pleads not guilty
  • Police warning about 'illegal raves' in St Albans
  • Bedford Prison rated among the worst in the country
  • Car windscreen smashed by brick thrown from bridge
  • £25,000 reward offered after Leighton Buzzard bank raid

We'll be back with regular news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

Prince begins last shift

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

The Duke of Cambridge has started his last shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Prince William joined the emergency service two years ago, but is leaving to concentrate more on royal duties on behalf of the Queen.

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Kgosi Ntlhe

Rochdale sign former Peterborough United defender Kgosi Ntlhe on a free transfer from League Two Stevenage.

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'I realised my World Championship bid was over' - Rutherford rues injury blows

'I realised my World Championship bid was over' - Rutherford rues injury blows

Bill Bailey in Berkshire on his charity walk

Earlier this week we reported on comedian Bill Bailey beginning his 87-mile walk along the Ridgeway footpath.

He started in the Chilterns near Dunstable and has got as far as west Berkshire - near East Ilsley to be precise:

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Man in induced coma after assault in Hemel Hempstead

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A 29-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after an assault in Hemel Hempstead.

He fell to the ground after being punched in Midland Road and suffered a bleed on the brain.

This happened between 20:30 and 22:00 on Tuesday, 18 July, and police have just put out an appeal for witnesses.

They've released a photo of a man they want to speak to.

Man police want to speak to.
Hertfordshire Police

Det Con Andrew Roseblade said: "This was a nasty assault which has left the victim in an induced coma.

"We are currently carrying out inquiries to establish the circumstances around what happened and would like to speak to the person pictured as he may be able to assist our investigation."

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J24 for A111 and J23 for A1 affecting just before J25 A10.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J23 A1(M), because of a broken down car and recovery work. Congestion to just, Enfield.

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