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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday, 8 September 2017
  2. Man felt he was being 'stoned to death' during mugging in park
  3. Luton boys banned from St Albans after robberies
  4. Paedophile jailed for 18 years
  5. The body of a decapitated cat has been found in Milton Keynes
  6. Retired Hertfordshire police dog Finn collects a prestigious award at a ceremony in London
  7. Roald Dahl book gets fresh Blake illusrations

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By Katy Lewis

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J17 for A412 and J16 for M40.

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Weather: Thundery overnight showers possible

Julie Reinger

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Further showers during the first part of the night could be heavy and thundery in places across the BBC East region, but everywhere should become dry with clear spells and isolated fog patches.

Temperatures in rural areas are likely to drop.

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F)

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Saturday should get off to a dry start with some sunshine, but eventually cloud will thicken and there'll be the risk of showers - some again turning heavy and thundery.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

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Luton boys banned from St Albans after robberies

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A group of boys from Luton who travelled to St Albans to rob young people at knifepoint have been banned from the city for three months.

St Albans Crown Court heard that nine teenagers - some wearing ski masks over their faces - walked to Sherwood Park late at night and stole three phones, a bag and a wallet from four victims.

Prosecutor Ann Evans said the victims of the robberies were schoolboys aged 15 and 17.

One of them told police he was threatened with "cheap kitchen knives".

Map of St Albans.
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Eight defendants, who are now aged 16 and 17, denied conspiracy to rob on 4 June last year. One had pleaded guilty.

One was sentenced to a 12 month Youth Referral Order and supervision.

The others each received an 18-month Youth Referral Order, were ordered to carry out 20 hours unpaid work and were banned from St Albans for three months.

The criminals cannot be identified due to their age.

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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

M25 Hertfordshire - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J24, A111 (Potters Bar) and J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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Man jailed for 18 years for sexual offences against children

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A man has been jailed for 18 years for a string of sexual offences against children in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Andrew Williams
Bedfordshire Police

After pleading guilty to the offences in May, Andrew Williams, 50, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court for 18 counts of sexual abuse offences relating to five victims, who were aged between four and 10 years old at the time of the crimes, which were committed between 2001 and 2015.

As well as imprisonment, Williams must serve a seven-year licence period and remain on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Det Sgt Beth Hanna said: "Williams knew his young victims and abused their trust to groom them and carry out his abuse over a prolonged period of time.

"The young victims and their families have been incredibly brave during the police investigation and the subsequent court case.

"I hope this sentence will allow them to begin to move on with their lives safe in the knowledge that Williams can cause no further harm."

South Oxhey attack victim thought he was being 'stoned to death'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A man in his 60s suffered fractured ribs when he was attacked by five youths in South Oxhey and said he felt like he was being "stoned to death".

Hertfordshire Police said the victim was walking through South Oxhey Playing Fields at 21:35 on 27 August when he was approached by the youths.

The attackers, who are described as five white youths aged between 13 and 17, asked him what was in his bag before throwing large sticks, stones and a lump of concrete at him.

The victim suffered two suspected fractured ribs, bruising to his face and a cut near to his left eye.

One, described as being about 13, was wearing a make-shift black balaclava. Another was on a bicycle and wearing a grey hoodie with the hood up, while another is described as being about 17 and 5ft 8in tall with brown hair, wearing a T-shirt and with a breaking voice.

PC Daniel Cunningham called the attack "nasty and unprovoked".

"The victim told us that he felt like he was being stoned to death and he was even followed by the youths as he attempted to flee their abuse," he said.

Sir Quentin Blake illustrates Roald Dahl's final book, 26 years on

BBC News UK

Buckinghamshire author Roald Dahl's final children's book has been illustrated by his longtime collaborator Sir Quentin Blake, 26 years after it was first published.

Billy and the Minpins cover by Sir Quentin Blake
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Billy and the Minpins was originally published as The Minpins in 1991, shortly after Dahl's death, with illustrations by Patrick Benson.

An updated version has now come out with new pictures by Sir Quentin.

It was the only children's book by Roald Dahl that Sir Quentin had not provided illustrations for.

The author lived in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, for 36 years and penned titles including The BFG and Matilda from a hut in his garden.

Council takes action to move on travellers at Houghton Regis

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Central Bedfordshire Council has taken legal action to evict travellers from the new Woodside Link at Houghton Regis.

The travellers have been alongside the road, which was only opened to the public a few months ago.

The council said it served notice on Wednesday and, if they don’t move on, the next step is to take them to court.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno confirmed legal proceedings were under way, but health issues had caused a delay.

He said: "A number of the ladies that are living in these caravans are pregnant and two of them gave birth over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

"We've had to work with them to ensure that they've got the right medical attention and subsequently following those births we've given them time to settle and then we've served the notice to move them on."

Decapitated cat found in Milton Keynes

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The body of a decapitated cat has been found in Milton Keynes.

The cat was found in the cemetery opposite Oakridge Park in New Bradwell on Thursday morning and the RSPCA believes it was deliberately killed.

The Milton Keynes branch of the RSPCA said an initial examination by a vet indicates the attack was malicious.

The cat, which was black with a small patch of white underneath, was chipped, but the chip was unreadable, and they can't tell if it was male or female.

The charity says its inspectors have contacted other agencies who're investigating a similar case.

Mirror in talks to buy Express owner

BBC Business News

Trinity Mirror, the owner of the Daily Mirror, has said it is in talks to buy the Daily Express and Daily Star, which are both printed in Luton.

Newspaper print line
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Trinity Mirror said it was in talks to buy all of the publishing assets of Northern & Shell, which also produces the celebrity magazine OK!.

The Express and the Star are printed at West Ferry at Kimpton Road in Luton.

Heavy night Finn?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Hero police dog Finn looks like he's had one too many waters after his big night last night.

The German Shepherd, who was stabbed while tackling a robber last year, was at the Grosvenor House Hotel last night collecting his Hero Animal of the Year award - and it looks like it was a late one!

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Police Dog Finn collects animal hero award from Star Trek captain and EastEnder

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Retired Hertfordshire police dog Finn, who was stabbed whilst tackling a teenage robber in Stevenage last year, has collected a prestigious award at a ceremony in London last night.

PC Dave Wardell and Finn
PA

Sir Patrick Stewart "made it so" as he and Michelle Collins presented Finn with the Hero Animal of the Year at the Animal Hero Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The seven-year-old police dog from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire dog unit nearly died in the attack and his plight inspired a campaign to change the law on sentences for harming service animals.

PC Dave Wardell, Finn, Sir Patrick Stewart and Michelle Collins
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Vardy creates academy for non-league players

BBC Sport

Jamie Vardy's rise from non-league footballer to England international and Premier League winner has been well documented.

Now he is hoping to discover the next star.

The Leicester and England striker has created the V9 academy with the aim of securing professional contracts for non-league players.

From 1,000 applicants, 42 were chosen to attend a trial.

Of those selected, four have been signed by professional clubs - Alex Penny (Peterborough United), Lamar Reynolds (Newport County), Danny Newton and Blair Turgott (both Stevenage).

Today's weather: Scattered showers

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

It's getting to look a lot like autumn!

After a cloudy, wet and blustery start it will get slightly brighter but there is a chance of scattered showers in the afternoon, some of which could be heavy.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

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BBC Local Live

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

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M25 Greater London anti-clockwise severe accident, before J25 for A10.

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M25 Greater London clockwise severe disruption, before J25 for A10.

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J6 for A355 Slough and J5 for A4.

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M1 Hertfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for A414.

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A1(M) Hertfordshire northbound severe accident, between J3 for A414 and J4 for A414.

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Stuart Bailey

BBC News

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

You can scroll back here to catch up with anything you might have missed.

Any breaking stories will appear here overnight, otherwise we'll be back with more news, weather, sport and travel at 08:00 tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

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Weather: A damp night ahead

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A dull, damp end to the day with outbreaks of rain and brisk south westerly winds across the BBC East region as it dips to 13C (55F).

Rain will clear towards the end of the night.

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Friday will be a mixture of sunny periods and scattered blustery showers, possibly thundery.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

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The regeneration of Luton's Marsh Farm estate are set to cost £23m.

Severe accident: M25 Greater London clockwise

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M25 Greater London clockwise severe accident, at J25 for A10.

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Severe accident: M1 Bedfordshire northbound

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M1 Bedfordshire northbound severe accident, at J12 for A5120.

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Man jailed for attacking 'friend' with flick knife

Stuart Bailey

BBC News

A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for repeatedly stabbing a "friend" in the head with a flick knife.

Keenan Megan-George, 20, of Mossdale Court in Luton, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.

He was walking with a group of fellow students through the car park of Grove Theatre in Dunstable at about 14:45 on 10 February 2016 when he got into an argument and attacked one of them.

Keenan Megan-George
SBNA

Det Con Steve Francis said: "This was an absolutely appalling incident which saw Megan-George turn on a friend and viciously attack him.

"The victim sustained serious injuries, but it could have been a lot worse and could have potentially cost him his life.

"I'm pleased that the courts have recognised the severity of the attack and handed out a lengthy sentence."

Marsh Farm regeneration: Official opening takes place

Kate Bradbrook

BBC Look East

I'm in Marsh Farm Luton today where the official ribbon cutting has taken place, marking the opening of phase one of the area's regeneration.

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At the scene: Marsh Farm regeneration

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you how the first phase of a scheme to regenerate the Marsh Farm estate in Luton has officially been completed and seven new shops opened for business this morning.

We've now had some pictures of the shiny new establishments - but work doesn't stop on site!

Marsh Farm
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Marsh Farm
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'Silly grudge' man jailed for driving car at victim

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

A man with a "silly grudge" has been jailed for six years for driving his car at his victim in Watford town centre.

Darius John, 25, of Kings Drive, Edgware, had pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court, to causing the man grievous bodily harm with intent at lunchtime on 1 March.

He hit the man while driving at 30mph, sending him flying 6ft in the air before he came crashing down onto Rickmansworth Road.

His victim suffered a fracture to his left shoulder, which still requires surgery, as well as cuts to his head and body.

John, who had had an earlier confrontation with his victim in an underpass, then drove off in his Vauxhall Insignia.

When arrested, John said he had hit the man by accident, but he told a probation officer after he pleaded guilty that he had held a "silly grudge" against the man for three years.

Jailing him, Judge Andrew Bright QC said he had used his car as a weapon.

"It is no thanks to you that he was not more seriously injured or killed," he said.

The judge made an order depriving John of the car.

He also made a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim directly or indirectly.

Sally Lindsay in Dunstable panto launch

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

It’s amazing who you can bump into on a lunch break!

Sally Lindsay, who’s probably best-known for playing barmaid Shelley Unwin in Coronation Street, has been outside the Grove Theatre in Dunstable to launch this year’s panto, Sleeping Beauty.

Sally Lindsay
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The star, who’s been on our TV screens for a good 20 years in other shows such as Mount Pleasant and Ordinary Lies, is playing the Wicked Fairy this Christmas.

She told me that this only her second ever panto appearance and as she’s not normally known for playing a baddy, so she’s “so excited” about this change of tack.

"I never get a chance to play a baddy – it’s absolutely amazing. I can’t wait," she said.

"I’ve had some brilliant advice from the director of [my first] panto who said 'all the bad fairies I know base their posture and their character on Shirley Bassey on a grumpy day' – so I’m there.

"She’ll be very poised, but very grumpy.”

Sally also explained that after doing so much telly she "likes the intimacy" of theatre and the Grove is great for getting up close and personal with the audience.

"I’ve just been into the auditorium here and it’s perfect, you can see everyone," she said.

"It’s such a gorgeous theatre."