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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 4 August 2017
  2. Suspected ram-raid at Co-op in Beds
  3. Anthony Joshua ordered to defend WBA title against Cuban
  4. Assaults on Thames Valley Police officers rise

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By Adam Jinkerson

All times stated are UK

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Police confirm cash machine stolen

Bedfordshire Police are confirming the Co-op in Cranfield near Bedford was ram-raided earlier this morning.

Officers were called out at about 01:40 to the Mill Road store.

The store's cash machine had been stolen, there was extensive damage to the front of the store and the 4x4 car used in the raid was left there.

A dark-coloured estate car and group of men were seen making off.

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Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah says he had to leave Chelsea to avoid the frustration of being sent out on loan for a seventh time.

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Weather: Dry tonight, but a few showers and hail possible

Julie Reinger

BBC Look East weather

The last of any showers dying away to leave a dry night across the BBC East region with clear spells and mainly light west to north-westerly winds.

Temperatures for many of us staying in double figures, but some spots could fall to around 9C (48F).

Apart from a few light showers, Saturday should begin largely fine and dry with some sunshine but eventually heavier showers will move west to east and some of these could produce hail and thunder.

The winds could become quite blustery for a time with isolated gusts of 40mph. Top temperatures around 21C (70F).

Sunday should be fine and dry with sunny spells. Cloud is expected to eventually thicken from the west and temperatures again climbing to around 21C (70F).

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For a more detailed forecast for where you are, visit BBC Weather.

Football League: High hopes for Dons and Hatters

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

MK Dons go into the new League One season with hopes of promotion (the bookies have them as fifth favourites).

Manager Robbie Neilson left his summer signings quite late, but looks to have done shrewd business with loan signings - notably Ethan Ebanks-Landell from Wolves andAaron Tshibola from Aston Villa.

The defence and midfielder look pretty strong, but with Chuks Aneke injured until September the attack looks a bit light.

In League Two, Luton Town must have a huge chance after losing out in the play-offs last season and making significant signings in the summer.

The recruitment of striker James Collins and midfielder Alan McCormack are the key ones. Considered joint favourites, The Hatters need to do their talking on the pitch – no excuses is the mindset, so there’s pressure on them to get off to a good start.

Stevenage have added a bit more youth to their team as Darren Sarll wants to see more energy from his side.

It's meant some of the senior players have left and some of the ones who have come in have a non-league background so it will be a bit of a gamble.

The Borough probably over-achieved last season in nearly making the play-offs and if they repeat that again not many fans would be complaining.

It’s been a fairly quiet summer for Wycombe Wanderers.

The loss of Aaron Pierre will be felt although Adam El-Abd is a useful replacement.

Wycombe will rely on a fairly ageing squad, particularly in attack, but they won’t want too many injuries as, once again, it's a thin squad. Play-off would be a good achievement for the Blues.

Man charged with attempted murder of baby in Luton

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A man has been charged with attempting to murder a baby in Luton.

Sam Ziemelis was arrested after an incident at 02:00 in Reginald Street, at which several adults were also injured.

Reginald Street in Luton
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Mr Ziemelis, 30, of Reginald Street has been charged with one count of attempted murder of a child under the age of one, two counts of assault by beating and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Police said Mr Ziemelis appeared before Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday and he was remanded into custody pending a further court hearing on 18 September.

Officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident and would appeal for anyone with information to contact police.

Fourth arrest after noxious spray assault in High Wycombe

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A fourth person has been arrested in connection with an incident where a taxi driver was sprayed in the eyes with an unknown substance.

The taxi driver, a 43-year-old man, dropped off three customers in George Street, High Wycombe at about 01:00 on Sunday.

George Street, High Wycombe
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The customers left the taxi, a black Toyota Prius, without paying so the taxi driver followed them and they then paid him.

However, one of the customers then sprayed an unknown substance in the victim's eyes.

The customers fled the scene in an unknown direction.

A 14-year-old boy from Princes Risborough was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent this afternoon.

A 16-year-old boy from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Wednesday afternoon.

A 15-year-old boy from High Wycombe was arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Monday.

Another 15-year-old boy also from High Wycombe was also arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent on Sunday.

All four have been released under investigation.

The victim remains in hospital in a serious, but stable, condition.

Severe accident: A40 Buckinghamshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A40 Buckinghamshire both ways severe accident, between A4010 Bradenham Road and Plomer Hill.

A40 Buckinghamshire - A40 in High Wycombe closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A4010 Bradenham Road junction and the Plomer Hill junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Deer released from St Albans restaurant water wheel
The muntjac was released back into the wild by its RSPCA rescuers.

From the archives: Wheelchair netball at Stoke Mandeville 1953

Some 64 years ago this month, a game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team took place at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire.

Sports organised at the hospital later developed into the paralympic movement.

A  game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team was photographed at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire
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A  game of wheelchair netball between a Dutch team from Aardenburg and the British team was photographed at the Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire.
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Letchworth sex offender jailed for talking to children

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A sex offender has been sent back to jail for 12 months for breaching an order not to talk to children.

Daniel Shead, now 27, was jailed for six years in February 2014 for sexual offences against a 14-year-old girl.

St Albans Crown Court
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Shead, from Maddles, Letchworth, was also given a 10-year sexual offences prevention order which banned him from having unsupervised contact with girls aged under 16.

He appeared at St Albans Crown Court after admitting breaching the order by talking to two children while released early from his sentence on licence. He was also said to have lent them a speaker to play music.

Shead, who was not represented, told Recorder Patrick Fields: "The kids were arguing. I tried to stop them fighting. I am not a risk to any child.

"I had no intention to cause any harm. This is blown out of proportion."

Recorder Patrick Fields told him: "You may not accept you were guilty in 2014, but you were convicted.

"The sexual offences prevention order was there to protect young children. You are not to have unsupervised contact with them.

"Court orders are serious orders - if they are breached they have to be dealt with."

Severe accident: A1 Hertfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1 Hertfordshire both ways severe accident, at M25 J23 affecting M25 J25.

A1 Hertfordshire - A1 Roundabout partially blocked, queuing traffic and delays at the M25 J23 junction, because of an accident. On the roundabout. Congestion on A10 to Enfield, on A1081 to St Albans and on A1(M) to J2, A1001 (Welham Green).

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

From the archives: Filming at Pinewood in 1958

Some 59 years ago this month, a photographer was let on to the set of Operation Amsterdam, being filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

Actors Eva Bartok, Peter Finch, Tony Britton and Alexander Knox are pictured in an old Mercedes.

Actors Eva Bartok, Peter Finch, Tony Britton and Alexander Knox are pictured in an old Mercedes at Pinewood Studios
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Muntjac deer rescue from mill wheel in St Albans restaurant

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A muntjac deer had to be rescued by the RSPCA after getting stuck in the wheel of a water mill in the middle of a restaurant in St Albans.

The deer trapped
RSPCA

Staff at the Moor Mill Beefeater in Bricket Wood are used to visitors being wowed by the restaurant’s indoor traditional water mill feature, but on Wednesday diners were witness to an unexpected animal rescue.

Restaurant staff member Nathan Lobar heard a commotion coming from behind the glass doors that frame the restaurant’s old water mill wheel feature, and once they unlocked the doors to investigate further, they spotted the small muntjac deer staring back at them.

They immediately called the RSPCA for help.

The mill wheel
RSPCA

Animal collection officer Kate Wright, who is experienced in dealing with unusual animal rescues, arrived to help the distressed deer.

She said: "This poor muntjac deer was in a real fix. She was stuck in between two paddles on the water wheel, really frightened and unable to free herself.

Outside the restaurant
RSPCA

"It’s most likely she fell into the river from outside (see picture above) and was drawn under the building by the current where she became caught up in the water wheel, and in struggling to climb up to get out of the water, had become stuck in the paddles.

"She was thrashing about and loudly barking, as it would have been very distressing for such a timid wild animal to find herself stuck like that, so I knew I’d have to work fast to free her.

"The rescue was fairly tricky as the deer had got her front leg and head tightly stuck but with some work, I eventually managed to free her."

The deer was later released back into the wild.

Severe disruption: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A414 and J3 for A414.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A1(M) southbound between J4, A414 (Hertford turn off) and J3, A414 (St Albans).

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

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5120 and J11 for A505 Dunstable Road.

M1 Bedfordshire - One lane closed, very slow traffic and long delays on M1 southbound between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of a broken down lorry, recovery work and an oil spillage. Travel time is 35 minutes.

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

Teens convicted of robbing youths at knifepoint

Eight teenagers who travelled by train from Luton to St Albans to rob other youngsters at knifepoint have been found guilty of conspiracy to rob.

St Albans Crown Court
South Beds News Agency

The group, who mostly knew each other from Challney High School for Boys in Luton, arrived in St Albans before walking to Sherwood Park.

One victim told St Albans Crown Court they were holding "cheap kitchen knives with black handles" and some were wearing ski masks.

They stole a bag and phone from the 15-year-old boy who was with his girlfriend.

They also stole a phone from another victim in the same park before moving to The Wick, where they robbed another teenager.

The group members, all now aged 16 or 17, were identified by CCTV.

They denied conspiracy to rob on 4 June last year, but were convicted by the jury.

They are due to be sentenced at a later date.

Cordon after suspected ram-raid

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Police have cordoned off the Co-Op in Cranfield near Bedford after a suspected ram-raid.

Stuart Riches‏ took this picture from the scene a short while ago...

Police cordon
Stuart Riches‏

We've got calls in to police and will update you when we know more.

Joshua 'ordered' to defend WBA title

Shamir Masri

BBC Look North

British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua has been told he must defend his World Boxing Association title against Cuba's Luis Ortiz.

The 27-year-old, who trains at the EIS in Sheffield, was due to take on Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch, before the Ukrainian retired earlier this week.

Anthony Joshua
PA

The WBA says Joshua and Ortiz have 30 days from 3 August to agree the fight.

Officer 'had trouble sleeping' after attack

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

A police officer from Milton Keynes said he had difficulty sleeping after a drink-driver he arrested tried to strangle him.

It comes as new figures show that assaults on officers in the Thames Valley Police area increased by a third last year to more than 900.

The figure rose from 686 assaults in 2014/15.

PC Justin Cohen said that the assaults "are just horrible".

"I'd say that at least two weeks after the assault, I was having nightmares," he said.

"I just could not sleep. I had difficulty wearing collars too.

"Just last week I got spat at and the person who spat at me was laughing saying they had hepatitis and I was going to get it."

Ewe-ve got to be kidding me

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Police were called to deal with a woolly problem in Patmore Heath near Bishop's Stortford this morning, as 40 sheep were loose and roaming the woodland.

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They were located near to Albury Road and it seems this officer was a little perplexed as to what to do.

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However, it appears that breakfast was the answer, with the video below showing all the sheep being led away...

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The police say that the sheep got out after someone left a gate open.

Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

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

M1 Bedfordshire - Delays and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J10, M1 (Luton Airport Spur Road) and J11 A505 Dunstable Road, because of a rolling road-block and debris on the road.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Greater London anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

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

M25 Greater London - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise after J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a broken down car. Congestion to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey).

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

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, before J23 for A1 affecting J24 for A111.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise before J23 A1(M), because of a broken down car towing a caravan. Congestion to J24, A111 (Potters Bar).

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

Forecast for the day ahead: Cloudy but dry

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It'll be a largely fine day across the BBC East region, with some sunny spells, especially at first.

However some cloud is expected to bubble up through the day, and whilst this could bring one or two light showers, most places should stay day.

Here's my full forecast:

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather where you are with BBC Weather.

Former Tesco executives deny fraud charges

Three former Tesco executives have denied fraud charges in relation to a £326m accounting scandal at the supermarket chain.

Tesco sign
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Carl Rogberg, 50, of Chiselhampton, Oxfordshire, Chris Bush, 51, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and John Scouler, 49, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, appeared at Southwark Crown Court charged with fraud by abuse of position and false accounting.

The supermarket's former finance chief, managing director and food commercial head pleaded not guilty and were released on bail.

A trial is due to start in September.

Good morning

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Welcome to live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks on Friday, 4 August.

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

Coming up first, a full forecast for the day.

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Severe disruption: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J12 for A5120.

M1 Bedfordshire - M1 exit slip road closed northbound at J12, A5120 (Flitwick), because of an overturned lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Tesco

The offences relate to figures published for the supermarket which inflated its profits in 2014 by £326m.

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Severe disruption: A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Hertfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J4 for A414.

A1(M) Hertfordshire - A1(M) lane blocked on exit slip road southbound at J4, A414 (Hertford turn off), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

Our live coverage across the day

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Kris Holland

BBC News

That's the end of our live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks - scroll down through the feed to look at today's stories.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Friday - enjoy your evening.

Ruth and Kevin Burke

Three brothers and two of their wives from the Milton Keynes area were killed in the Rhinog Mountains crash.

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Weather: Dry with isolated showers overnight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Mostly dry tonight across the BBC East region, but breezy with a mixture of clear spells and occasional cloud, perhaps bringing an isolated shower.

Staying mild with temperatures only dropping to 13C (55F).

Friday will be quite breezy, but much of the day will be dry with sunny spells and occasional cloud and just the small risk of a shower. Feeling warm in the sun with temperatures peaking at 23C (73F).

Look East weather map
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Visit BBC Weather for a more detailed forecast where you are.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J4B for M25 affecting J6 for A355 Slough.

M4 Berkshire - Three lanes closed and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25, because of an overturned vehicle, recovery work and a fuel spillage. Congestion to J6, A355 (Slough).

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