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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks live

That's all for today's first ever live page for Beds, Herts and Bucks! Thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with more news, sport, weather and travel across the three counties.

Have a good evening.

Tonight's weather outlook

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry this evening with clear spells, although cloud will increase from the west later.

Weather graphic overnight
BBC

A few showers will develop after midnight in the south and west, and a band of rain will edge into the west around dawn.

We'll see a minimum temperature of 3C (37F).

Helicopter 'only way out of Nepal'

BBC Three Counties Radio

Bedfordshire firefighter Clive Wilkinson, who is stranded in Nepal with his wife, has contacted his family to ask for help.

The crew commander at Kempston fire station was trekking near Kathmandu when the earthquake struck.

His sister Karen Wilkinson-Bell

told BBC Three Counties Radio: "A helicopter is the only way they can get out from where they are."

Mr Wilkinson is in a remote area of the

Langtang Valley.

Watford promotion worth millions

BBC Sport

Promotion to the Premier League will be

worth £120m to both Watford and Bournemouth.

graph
BBC

Leading football finance expert Trevor Birch said: "The reach of the Premier League is extraordinary. It's now in more than 200 countries and reaches four billion people."

Roads looking clear

BBC Travel

Good news - there are no incidents to report on the roads in Beds, Herts and Bucks.

There is just the usual rush-hour congestion to expect.

Keep up to date

on the latest here.

Carl Wheatley 'researched injuries'

Carl Wheatley used his phone to search for information about injuries and bruising, days before his daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn died, St Albans Crown Court has heard.

St Albans Crown Court
Fairleys

On 8 March 2014, Mr Wheatley, who denies murder but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, typed: "Is there any way to reduce swelling and bruising?"

On 12 March, the day Alexa-Marie was found with fatal injuries, Mr Wheatley searched online again: "Can bruising lead to infection?" and "What effects do internal bruising have?"

At the start of the case, Judge Andrew Bright QC told the jury: "The killing of a child is likely to arouse strong emotions - such a reaction is completely natural and entirely understandable. Please put emotions completely to one side."

MK Dons 'smokebomb'

Geoff Doyle

Sport, BBC Three Counties Radio

MK Dons have confirmed that an investigation is taking place into the use of a pyrotechnic in the away end at the match at Rochdale on Saturday.

Use of a so-called 'smokebomb' is a breach of Football League ground regulations and is also a criminal offence.

It could mean a club and police banning order for three years.

Latest updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks live

The top stories across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire this afternoon:

  • Carl Wheatley
    on trial over the death of his daughter at their Hatfield home
  • Second Luton Town player
    suspended
  • Weather: Dry and cool with sunny spells and top temperatures of 12C (54F)

Bright-eyed and bushy tailed

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks live

Four baby lemurs have become part of the

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo family in Bedfordshire.

Lemurs
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The ring-tailed lemurs were born to mums Daphne, Hannelies, Pien and Naomi earlier this month.

They've not been named yet as keepers haven't determined their sex. Any suggestions?

Drop us a line and we can put in a good word!

Call for extra Beds Police funds

Paul Scoins

Political reporter, BBC Three Counties Radio

The man who was until recently in charge of the Association of Chief Police Officers has said extra funding for Bedfordshire Police will help fight terrorism.

Sir Hugh Orde
BBC

Sir Hugh Orde

says the outcome of the police referendum next month will decide whether the force can put the extra officers on the ground to deal with the threat.

Bedfordshire firefighter safe in Nepal

Bedfordshire firefighter Clive Wilkinson, who was feared to be missing, has phoned home from Kathmandu.

Clive and his wife
Beds Fire Service

He contacted his sister immediately after Saturday's earthquake, but has only just got in touch again to request help from the British embassy.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service says it is pleased that Clive and his wife are safe and well and look forward to their return.

'Hated sport before my sex change'

Over the weekend, Olympic gold medallist

Bruce Jenner said he was transgender and identified as a woman.

BBC Sport has spoken to Delia Johnston, from Milton Keynes, who had gender reassignment surgery in 2012.

Delia Johnston playing netball
BBC

The 59-year-old said she hated sport before her sex change but changed her mind while working for the London 2012 organisers Locog.

Advice to abuse victims

Bucks Herald

The devastated

father of a paedophile's victim has urged youngsters to speak to a teacher if they're being abused and are finding it too hard to tell their parents.

Carl Wheatley 'dialled 999'

Carl Wheatley dialled 999 at 09:00 on 12 March last year but it was too late for his daughter, St Albans Crown Court has heard.

Carl Wheatley's home in Maulden
Fairleys

Christopher Donnellan QC, prosecuting, said it was likely Alexa-Marie Quinn had been dead for a few hours, but the 999 caller talked him through how to give his daughter CPR resuscitation.

Paramedics treated the four-year-old at the house and at hospital, but she was pronounced dead at 10:50.

Mr Wheatley denies murder but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Road closed due to overturned car

BBC Travel

Bletchley Road in Drayton Parslow, Bucks, is closed in both directions between the B4032 and Westbrook End junctions because of an overturned car.

Latest updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks live

The top stories across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire:

Alexa-Marie Quinn's father 'lost his temper'

Carl Wheatley lost his temper and beat his four-and-a-half-year-old daughter to death with "sustained persistent hard hitting", St Albans Crown Court has heard.

Carl Wheatley and daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn
Fairleys

Mr Wheatley, 31, had been granted custody of Alexa-Marie Quinn only three months earlier, after convincing social workers he could look after her.

He denies murder but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Lottery scam warning

A couple from Buntingford have lost over £9,000 as a result of a lottery scam, Hertfordshire County Council says.

After paying £7,250 as an initial processing fee, the couple were asked for a further £2,000 to pay a solicitor to transfer the winnings.

The council's

trading standards team have warned residents to ignore letters stating a win on the 'EuroMillions FIFA World Cup Super Lottery'.

Watford fans 'unbelievable'

Geoff Doyle

Sport, BBC Three Counties Radio

Watford Football Club have been promoted to the Premier League

after a win against Brighton at the weekend.

Hornets defender Tommie Hoban said the team went out in Watford after the game, much to the surprise of fans: "They saw us walking down and it was amazing, everyone went crazy. We were all singing the Watford songs with the fans.

"The fans were unbelievable, we were all stood in our tracksuits, it was a bit of a blur from the evening onwards - it was quality."

Opinion polls reveal battles

Election 2015

There are just nine days left until the general election.

Map of opinion polls in Beds, Herts and Bucks
BBC

This map of constituency-level opinion polls shows close battles are being fought in Milton Keynes South, Bedford and Stevenage.

You can

find out more information here.

Can Watford survive?

Watford secured their place in the Premier League next season after a 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.

The club currently sit four points clear of second placed Bournemouth, who have also been promoted.

Troy Deeney
PA

Former manager Graham Taylor said gaining automatic promotion will

give the Hornets a better chance of survival.

Do you think Watford will survive in the Premier League next season? Send us your views by

email.

New control centre for Bucks

A

new £5.4m fire control centre for Buckinghamshire has gone live today.

All 999 fire calls in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire will be dealt with at the new centre in Reading by Thames Valley Fire Control Service.

It replaces individual control rooms in each of the counties.

Second Luton Town player suspended

Luton Town Football Club have confirmed that player Shaun Whalley has been suspended, pending a police enquiry.

Shuan Walley
Empics

The club's statement says that Mr Whalley was placed in police custody in connection with the same alleged incident

as Ricky Miller.

'Boy free' environment better for girls

Bucks Free Press

The head teacher at one of the UK's most successful schools says it is the

"boy free" environment that helps her students thrive.

Outlook this afternoon

BBC Weather

Most of us will have a dry day with sunny spells, although there could be a few showers this afternoon.

Weather outlook for this afternoon and evening
BBC

It will feel rather chilly, especially in the breeze. There will be maximum temperatures of 12C (54F).

Stay up to date on

the BBC Weather website.

Latest updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks live

The top stories across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire today:

Delays on M1 southbound

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on the M1 southbound due to earlier accident involving two cars between J13 (Bedford/Milton Keynes South) and J12 (Flitwick).

All lanes have been re-opened.

Man attacked in Milton Keynes

A man has sustained injuries to his head and wrist after being

attacked by men carrying poles or bats in Milton Keynes, reports Thames Valley Police.

The 35-year-old man was in a grassed area in Horners Croft, Wolverton, about 21:15 on Sunday when three men assaulted him and pushed him onto the bonnet of a vehicle, thought to be a Land Rover Discovery.

One of the offenders is white, stocky, aged 30-35 and 5ft 10ins. Two of the offenders are black and one was wearing a cream Stone Island jacket.

The man remains at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for treatment.

Showcasing your pictures

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Thank you to John O'Reilly for the fantastic photograph of famous Bedfordshire landmark, The Chalk Lion, which is being used as our main image today.

The Chalk Lion, Bedfordshire
John O'Reilly/Fairleys

The carving on the side of Dunstable Downs was designed by Mr R B Brook-Greaves and completed in 1933.

We'd love to showcase your images of rural and urban landscapes, the weather, local wildlife and iconic buildings across Beds, Herts and Bucks,

get in touch.

False alarm in Bletchley

Bucks and MK Fire Service

tweets: Lots of fire engines at Mellish Court in Bletchley this morning. Fortunately a false alarm made with good intent
http://t.co/w04Gh7XXSu

NHS Trust defend interim pay

BBC Three Counties Radio

West Herts NHS Trust has defended paying its chief nurse more than £200,000 for 10 months work.

Jackie Yardley was appointed by

the trust on an interim basis.

The trust, which includes Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals, said her pay was in line with market expectations and the responsibilities of her role.

Luton Town striker bailed

Luton Town striker Ricky Miller has been released on bail after

he was arrested on suspicion of assault in the early hours of yesterday.

LTFC striker Ricky Miller
Luton Town

Bedfordshire Police have confirmed that Mr Miller has been bailed until 2 June pending further investigations. The player has also

been suspended by the club while the investigation continues.

This morning so far

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks live

Hello - it will be me bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire for the rest of the day.

This morning's top stories across the three counties are:

  • Seven men have been arrested after raids in Milton Keynes yesterday where drugs and cash were seized
  • Bedfordshire-based Whitbread has announced chief executive Andy Harrison will retire in the next year
  • Watford Borough Council has confirmed they will hold celebrations for
    Watford's promotion to the Premier League in Cassiobury Park on Bank Holiday Monday 4 May

MK taxi scandal 'hasn't harmed Lib Dems'

Milton Keynes Citizen

In a leaked email, Liberal Democrats in Milton Keynes say the new city's

taxi scandal has not ruined their chances in next week's election.

Four of the party's councillors were involved in the scandal, which saw convicted rapist Nadeem Ahmed Kiani granted a licence to drive a taxi.

Work of people with brain injuries showcased

Milton Keynes Gallery has announced details of a new exhibition to showcase the work of people with brain injuries.

Art from the Making Headway exhibition
Milton Keynes Gallery
Art from the Making Headway exhibition
Milton Keynes Gallery

The gallery has joined forces with charity

Headway Milton Keynes to produce the show. It will run throughout May, with a preview taking place between 18:00 and 20:00 on Thursday.

Whitbread boss to retire

Craig Lewis

Bed, Herts & Bucks live

Bedfordshire-based Whitbread has announced chief executive Andy Harrison will be retiring in the next year.

Andy Harrison, Whitbread CEO
BBC

Mr Harrison joined Whitbread from Easyjet in 2010. The news comes at the same time the company announced an 18.5% rise in yearly profits to £488m.

Watford to celebrate Premiership promotion

Craig Lewis

Bed, Herts & Bucks live

Some more details on the family friendly celebration in Cassiobury Park on Bank Holiday Monday 4 May, planned to mark

Watford's promotion into the Premier League.

Troy Deeney goal
PA

The entertainment will start at 13:00 with live music and three big screens on a stage in the park.

Players will travel in an open top bus along St Albans Road from Asda up to the park, arriving at 14:00. The entertainment will carry on until 17:00.

Case review into child's death

A serious case review has begun into the sudden death of an infant.

Maulden sign
BBC

The child was discovered dead in the village of Maulden, Bedfordshire on 11 April. A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive.

The case has been referred to the Central Bedfordshire safeguarding children's board. Police say inquiries are continuing.

Dry and sunny forecast

The

weather today will be dry with sunny spells, although there could be a few showers later this morning and in the early afternoon.

Kate Kinsella
BBC

It will feel rather chilly, especially in the breeze.

Watch the forecast with Kate Kinsella.