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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 30 April 2015
  2. News, sport, and weather updates return at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight all

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

That's your lot from us on the Local Live team for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire today!

We will be back with you at 08:00 on Friday with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Have a lovely evening.

Chalfont St Giles fire photo

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service

tweet: "Chalfont St Giles update: Pictures from the scene of last night's fire at industrial units in Bowstridge Lane."

industrial site still smoking
Bucks and MK Fire

Heavy traffic on the roads

BBC Travel

We're seeing heavy traffic in several areas of Beds, Herts and Bucks tonight.

There are particularly slow areas in Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Watford and St Albans. To find out more

click here for the BBC Travel website.

No problems to report on the trains so far.

Tonight's weather outlook

BBC Weather

Any showers will soon die away to leave a dry night with prolonged clear spells. In more rural areas, light winds mean it will turn cold with a frost.

weather graphic
BBC

The minimum temperature overnight will be 2C (36F).

Chalfont St Giles fire

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue is still attending the scene of a fire at an industrial site in Bowstridge Lane, Chalfont St Giles.

Fire engine on the scene
BBC

The blaze began at about 21:30 last night and involved industrial units and gas cylinders. There is currently just one fire-engine on the scene.

Thames Valley Police had closed the road.

Latest updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Here is the latest news from across Beds, Herts and Bucks:

  • The army's bomb disposal team has been called in to assess a suspected explosive device found in a cupboard in Hemel Hempstead
  • Firefighters remain at an industrial site in Chalfont St Giles where a fire broke out last night
  • A school in Bedfordshire has been closed for the day after the discovery of a body in a neighbouring garden

Bomb disposal team in Hemel Hempstead

Hertfordshire Police says the army's bomb disposal team has been called in to help assess the suspected explosive device found in a cupboard in Hemel Hempstead.

Bomb disposal van in The Wye
Katie Gray

'Explosive device' found in Hemel Hempstead

A suspected explosive device has been found in a cupboard in Hertfordshire.

Three police cars and a police corden on a housing estate
Peter Dobb

Police have cordoned off The Wye in Hemel Hempstead and evacuated homes as a precaution.

Luton boxer Graham Earl jailed

Leighton Buzzard Observer

Former British and Commonwealth lightweight

boxing champion Graham Earl has been jailed for seven years over his part in a drugs gang.

Bedford mayoral debate

Roberto Perrone

Presenter, BBC Three Counties Radio

This afternoon I'm live from the

Bedford Blues Rugby Club, and later I'll be hosting a debate between the candidates who want to be elected mayor of Bedford.

A week today we'll be voting in the general election and here in Bedford, voters will also be choosing who they want as their next mayor.

Through

today's programme we'll hear from local people about what their concerns are and what they want done.

St Albans Clock Tower

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Our main image today shows the Clock Tower in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

St Albans clock tower and signs for the cathedral
BBC

The Clock Tower was built in the early 15th Century and is the only

medieval town belfry in England.

We'd love to see your photographs of Beds, Herts and Bucks whether it's a landmark, a landscape or something completely abstract! You can email us:

bhblive@bbc.co.uk.

Police custody 'lives at risk'

A

lack of medical care for people in police custody could be putting lives at risk in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, according to health workers.

Police officers
BBC

The contract covering Beds, Herts and Cambridgeshire is held by G4S and leaves just one doctor covering all custody suites in those counties.

G4S said it did not accept lives were being put at risk and it monitored detainee welfare very closely.

Illegal raves warning

Bucks Free Press

Landowners are being

urged to watch out for illegal raves being held on their property as the bank holiday weekend approaches.

#LoveMK - not just roundabouts!

Paul Freeman

tweets: Not just Concrete Cows and Roundabouts! Good morning #LoveMK

Grand Union Canal
Paul Freeman

Suspected illegal immigrants arrested

Fifteen suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested in Dunstable.

Bedfordshire Police said officers responded to reports of people seen in the back of a lorry at about 16:30 yesterday.

The driver of the lorry has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating entry. All remain in custody.

Latest updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

The latest updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks this afternoon:

  • Nikki Gooch appears in court, charged in connection with the death of her 19-month-old daughter
  • A school in Bedfordshire closes for the day after the discovery of a body in a neighbouring garden
  • Firefighters in Buckinghamshire tackle a fire at an industrial site
  • Luton Town's manager reacts to reports of Premier League interest in an 11-year-old player

Burst water main in Radlett

St Albans & Harpenden Review

A burst water main in Watling Street, Radlett is

currently affecting residents.

Chalfont St Giles fire

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue has been tackling a fire at an industrial site in Chalfont St Giles from last night.

Police close road
BBC

Thames Valley Police

tweeted it expects Bowstridge Lane, where the site is located, to be closed for the rest of the day.

New community centre in Bedfordshire

Bedford Today

A new

village community hub has been created under a house building deal.

The Silsoe Community Centre was paid for through a Section 106 planning agreement for 380 new homes, a lower school and outdoor sport facilities.

Charlie Patino, 11, attracts Premier League

Geoff Doyle

Sport, BBC Three Counties Radio

I spoke to manager John Still about the

Daily Mail's report that three Premier League clubs are after 11-year-old Luton Town academy player Charlie Patino.

He said: "If I had a son that was playing for Luton would I want him to go to Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United at that age?

"No, I would leave him where he was happy, where he was comfortable and let him learn his trade. And if he's good enough someone would come and buy him later and he'd be closer to the first team than some of these young men that go to the clubs now."

#LoveMK - Caldecotte Lake

People are being encouraged to share the reasons why they love the Buckinghamshire town of Milton Keynes today, by using the hashtag #LoveMK on Twitter.

Simon Bailey

tweets: Don't you just #lovemk with a great sunrise over Caldecotte Lake

Sunrise over Caldecotte Lake, MK
Simon Bailey

School closed after body found

A body found in a garden in Bedfordshire is believed to be that of a governor of a neighbouring school.

Wrestlingworth VC Lower School is closed today due to the discovery of the body, which the BBC understands is that of Dr Margaret Tisdale.

The school sent a text message to parents this morning, which said: "School closed. Very sadly our chair of governors Margaret who lives next to the school was found dead last night. The police have closed Church Lane."

Mother appears in court over neglect

A mother charged with neglect after the unexplained death of her 19-month-old daughter has been remanded in custody by magistrates in Luton.

Mauden village sign
BBC

Nikki Gooch, 28, from Maulden, Bedfordshire, was arrested on Monday following the "unexplained" death of Autumn Gooch at an address in the village on 11 April.

She is due to appear at Luton Crown Court later this month.

Congestion on the roads

BBC Travel

In Buckinghamshire, Dansteed Way in Willen, Milton Keynes is partially blocked and seeing delays due to an earlier incident between the Brickhill Street junction and Tongwell roundabout.

There are delays around Leagrave Road and Dunstable Road in Luton. Keep up-to-date with all the latest on the

BBC Travel website.

Fingers crossed it stays warm...

Gritting season ends in Hertfordshire today.

Since October 2014, Hertfordshire County Council's gritting crews made 60 salting trips, which amounted to about 15,000 tonnes of salt.

A row of Hertfordshire County Council's gritting lorries
Hertfordshire County Council

Derek Twigg, lead officer for winter operations at the council, said: "While this winter felt relatively mild compared to previous years, our crews were still out working many nights because of very low temperatures."

Latest updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

The latest updates across Beds, Herts and Bucks this lunchtime:

  • Firefighters still tackling blaze that started last night involving light industrial units and gas cylinders at a site in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire
  • A Bedfordshire school has been closed today after the body of a woman was found in a neighbouring garden
  • A mother's been charged with neglect after the death of her 19-month-old daughter earlier this month

Weather outlook this afternoon

BBC Weather

After a fairly sunny start, we will see a few showers developing this afternoon.

Weather graphic
BBC

Temperatures will reach a maximum of 13C (55F).

Honda to build new research centre

Honda is to open a research and development unit for Formula 1 engine technology at Grampian Gate, Winterhill, next to their existing Mugen unit.

Mugen Honda
Google

It currently builds engines for the McLaren Formula 1 team and has ambitions to supply many more.

Chalfont St Giles blaze

Firefighters are still tackling a fire involving industrial units and gas cylinders at a site in Bowstridge Lane, Chalfont St Giles.

Fire engine and road closure
BBC

The blaze began just before 21:30 last night and about 40 firefighters have been at the scene since.

An overhead power line was brought down due to gas cylinders exploding.

Farage heads to Aylesbury

Paul Scoins

Political reporter, BBC Three Counties Radio

Opposition to the HS2 high speed rail line will again be on the agenda for UKIP leader Nigel Farage when he visits Aylesbury this lunchtime.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage opening Aylesbury office
@nigel_farage

In a visit to the town last month he said his party was the only one to oppose the project and has pledged to stop it.

Mr Farage is due to do a walkabout in the town centre from midday.

The Prime Minister David Cameron has said

HS2 is important to the future of the UK and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg
has highlighted the jobs that it would create.

Labour said it

plans to review the cost of the project and wants to see costs driven down.

Body found in garden

A village school in Bedfordshire has been closed today after the body of a woman was found in a neighbouring garden.

Police investigations at a house
BBC

The discovery was made in Wrestlingworth, near Potton, last night.

Bedfordshire Police was called to Church Lane at about 18:30 and says it is treating her death as unexplained.

The road has been closed, and the area cordoned off while an investigation takes place.

Central Bedfordshire Council says Wrestlingworth VC Lower School will be closed for the day.

#LoveMK

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

It's #LoveMK day today where people are sharing their reasons why they love the Buckinghamshire town.

Sandra

tweets: beautiful day for a spring walk #loveMK

a church surrounded by daffodils
@gottobein

Football League awards

Football League teams in Beds, Herts and Bucks are well represented in the nominations for the player and manager of the month awards for April.

Adlene Guedioura
Getty Images

Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic and midfielder Adlene Guedioura are nominated in the Championship, while MK Dons manager Karl Robinson and striker Will Grigg have made the shortlist in League One.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley is up for the League Two manager of the month award.

The winners will be announced on Friday.

Accident in MK

BBC Travel

Dansteed Way in Milton Keynes is shut by Willen and Tongwell due to a serious traffic incident.

scene of the accident with ambulance and fire
BBC

Police, fire and ambulance are at the scene.

Stay

up to date here.

Premier League chases Luton boy

The

Daily Mail reports that three Premier League sides are chasing the signature of an 11-year-old Luton Town academy player.

It claims Charlie Patino is a £10,000 target for Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

His father has told the paper the family will come to a decision at the end of the season.

BreakingBreaking News

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

A mother has been charged with neglect in connection with the death of her 19-month-old daughter, Bedfordshire Police has said.

Nikki Gooch, 28, from Maulden, was arrested on Monday and will appear at Luton Magistrates' Court this morning.

Autumn Gooch was found dead at an address in Maulden, near Ampthill, on 11 April.

Bedfordshire Police said results of a post-mortem examination were inconclusive.

Overweight children 'ignored'

BBC Three Counties Radio

Health professionals are turning a blind eye to obese and overweight children, according to research by Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Luton and Dunstable hospital
BBC

The trust studied more than 400 children visiting the hospital's outpatients department over a 10-week period.

It found 11% of child patients were obese, but only a third were offered any support.

Of the 14% of children who were overweight, only 2% were offered advice.

In contrast, all underweight children were investigated and given follow-up support.

The trust, which is presenting its findings today, claims children are being overlooked for a variety of reasons including lack of time and a fear of upsetting parents.

Paediatrician Dr Thomas Waterfield says the hospital is training an obesity nurse specialist to support clinicians during outpatient clinics.

Latest updates

Dani Bailey

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

The latest updates on Local Live for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire this morning:

  • A Bedfordshire school is closed today after the body of a woman was found in a nearby garden
  • Firefighters tackle a blaze involving light industrial units and gas cylinders in Chalfont St Giles
  • Health professionals are turning a blind eye to obese and overweight children, according to research by Luton and Dunstable Hospital

It will be me keeping you up-to-date with the rest of today's latest

news,
sport,
weather and
travel.

Body find closes school

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

The body of a woman has been found in a garden near Wrestlingworth VC Lower School in Bedfordshire.

Police say they are investigating the sudden death of a woman at an address in Church Lane in the village.

"The scene is currently cordoned off and inquiries are continuing," a spokeswoman said.

The death, reported at 18:30 last night, is being treated as "unexplained".

The school has been closed for the day.

Locals tweeted about Chalfont St Giles fire

Suriyah Rashid

tweeted: "Absolutely terrifying fire across the field from me in Chalfont St Giles. I hope everyone stays safe.."

Alex Twigg

said: "I can hear explosions from the fire in Maple Cross, hoping locals are alright!"