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  1. Updates for Friday 1 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday 5 May

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Have a great weekend

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    That's all from the Local Live team for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire this week.

    We'll be back at 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel on Tuesday 5 May.

    Enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

  2. Weekend weather outlook

    BBC Weather

    Tonight it will remain dry with clear spells but temperatures drop to a minimum of 1C (34F).

    weather outlook for the weekend

    Across the weekend we'll see a mix of sunny and cloudy spells with chances of rain increasing throughout. Maximum temperature: 16C (60F)

  3. Congestion in Hertfordshire

    BBC Travel

    There's disruption on the M25 anti-clockwise between J20 (A41) and J19 (Chandler's Cross) because of a broken down lorry. One lane is closed which is causing queuing traffic.

    Reports suggest roads around Stevenage are still congested following the earlier closure of the A1(M) southbound J7-J6.

  4. Stolen alpacas

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Six pregnant alpacas have been stolen from a yard in Hertfordshire along with a quad bike, chainsaw and strimmers.

    Police said thieves cut through the padlock to a gate at Throcking near Buntingford on Tuesday night.

    The owner will be speaking to Roberto Perrone at 17:40.

  5. Woman locked in her house

    A woman was locked in her own house by two men who knocked at her door last night having claimed to have damaged her fence.

    The incident happened about 21:20 in The Pyghtle, in Turvey, Bedfordshire.

    While she went to investigate the two men entered the house and when she returned they locked her inside on their way out. Police don't believe anything was stolen during the incident.

  6. Tea-time updates

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Here are the latest updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks:

  7. Appeal after A1(M) crash

    Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a silver Honda Civic left the A1(M) southbound this morning and collided with trees near J7 (Stevenage South).

    The driver, a 55-year-old man, was taken to the Lister hospital with slight injuries. The passenger, a woman in her 50s, was taken to Addenbrookes with serious injuries.

    queue of traffic on A1(M)

    The accident happened about 11:00.

  8. Injuries like 'never seen before'

    The bruises found on the body of a four-year-old girl from Hatfield were like nothing he'd ever seen before, a pathologist has told a jury at St Albans Crown Court.

    Carl Wheatley, 31, denies murdering his daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn in March. It's alleged he lost his temper and beat his daughter to death.

    Carl Wheatley with daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn

    The court heard Prof Rupert Risdon found 65 marks of injury across the girl's body, head and arms but he said it was the "66th" injury, a massive area of bruising that essentially covered as one, which killed her. The case continues.

  9. A1(M) now open southbound

    BBC Travel

    Highways England have now re-opened the A1(M) southbound between J7 (Stevenage) and J6 (Welwyn) after a serious accident this morning.

    Delays are expected while traffic clears.

    Elsewhere, roads are looking as expected going into rush-hour on a Friday afternoon. Stay up-to-date here.

  10. MK marathon eagerly awaited

    There's plenty going on this weekend but one eagerly awaited event is the Milton Keynes Marathon.

    runners at the MK marathon 2014

    The route of the marathon, on Monday, takes the runners along roads, cycles paths, past lakes and woodland and then finishes in the MK Dons' 22,500-seater football stadium.

  11. Police re-opening A1(M)

    Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing tweet: Collision scene A1M Stevenage 7-6 now cleared and road in process of being re-opened.@HeartHertsNews @bobfmuk @BBC3CR @BBCNews

  12. M40 Bucks fatal crash

    A 26-year-old man was killed on the M40 in Buckinghamshire early this morning when his car was in a collision with a lorry.

    Around 03:30 on the northbound carriageway between junction 1A (M25) and junction 2 (Beaconsfield).

    The driver of the lorry, a 53-year-old man, was uninjured. Police are appealing for witnesses.

  13. Badgers rescued from concrete pit

    Two badgers have been rescued after falling into a slurry pit in Buckingham which was due to be filled with concrete.

    Badger in a pit

    Workmen called the RSPCA after finding an adult badger with another thought to be about five months old, at the bottom of the large pit at Buckingham Business Park on Bourton Road on Tuesday.

  14. Pregnant alpacas stolen

    East Hertfordshire Rural Police tweet: 6 pregnant Alpacas have been stolen from a yard in a village near to Buntingford. Please be extra vigilant & ring any sus activity on 101

  15. Across the three counties

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Here's a summary of our recent updates for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire:

    • A1(M) southbound remains closed J7 - J6 due to a serious accident. Two people have been admitted to hospital
    • Bedfordshire firefighter is due home this weekend after being stranded in Nepal whilst trekking near Kathmandu
    • Sixteen kittens and seven cats dumped by the roadside in Bedfordshire need new homes
  16. 'Savings and a successful service', say police

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    A bit more information on the £2.5m savings we mentioned earlier made by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Joint Protective Services units over the last year.

    Bedfordshire Police officers

    Police say that despite the savings the unit has had a number of successes:

    • The Armed Policing Unit has carried out 1,251 arrests and attended 1,722 incidents
    • The Dog Unit has attended 1,330 incidents and 66 pre-planned operations since January
    • The Roads Policing Unit has carried out 2,568 arrests and seized 1,558 vehicles in the last 12 months
  17. This afternoon's weather outlook

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry this afternoon with sunny spells. The sunshine may be rather hazy with high cloud spreading across the area. Light winds are also forecast.

    weather graphic

    We'll see maximum temperatures of 13C (55F).

  18. Watford boss focused on winning

    BBC Sport

    Watford FC's head coach Slavisa Jokanovic hasn't let last weekend's promotion news go to his head.

    Slavisa Jokanovic

    The Hornets coach told BBC Three Counties Radio: "We are obligated to start celebrations after the game on Saturday, not before.

    "Right now we need to concentrate, it would be silly when we still have the chance to lift some silverware."

  19. A1(M) traffic moving

    Russ who's been stuck in traffic on the A1(M) southbound between J7-6 tweets: @BBC3CR traffic now moving. :)

    Highways England tweet: We're in the process of turning traffic trapped in the #A1M closure - please be patient, we will get you moving asap. Thank you

  20. Stowe House Lions

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Today's main image shows one of Buckinghamshire's Stowe House lions.

    Stowe House and one of its famous lions

    After being auctioned in 1921, the lions were removed from their stone plinths at Stowe House and resided in Blackpool from 1926. Two years ago, the lions were back at the house following campaigns and donations amounting to £325,000.

    We'd love to see your photos of interesting places in Beds, Herts and Bucks - please feel free to get in touch with us via email.

  21. Latest updates for the three counties

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Here are the latest updates across Beds, Herts and Bucks this lunchtime:

    • A1(M) southbound closed between J7 (Stevenage) and J6 (Welwyn) due to an accident. Two people have been taken to hospital
    • Bedfordshire firefighter to return home after being stranded in Nepal
    • Commemorative paving stone laid in St Albans to honour WWI soldier
  22. Hold up on A1(M) Stevenage

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Russ on Twitter is keeping us updated on how things are looking just past the south Stevenage junction.

    He tweets: @BBC3CR no movement in traffic for 40 mins so far. Really hope all involved are safe and well.

    queues on the A1M

    Hope you're OK if caught up in the tailback. Have you taken any photographs? Tweet your pictures to @BBC3CR and let us know how it's going as long as it's safe to do so.

  23. Latest on A1(M) closure

    Police were called to junction 7 of the A1(M) at 11:10 where a car had left the carriageway and collided with trees.

    One person has been taken to the Lister Hospital, Stevenage and another to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

  24. Dumped cats need new homes

    Katy Lewis

    Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

    Three of the seven adult female cats found dumped with 17 kittens in a taped up box at the side of a road between Everton and Sandy in Bedfordshire earlier this month have given birth.


    St Neots & District Cats Protection, who are looking for homes for the animals, said six of the original kittens had died but the new births brought the total of youngsters to 16.

    Spokeswoman, Aishah Lorandeau, said people had come forward to re-home some of the kittens but more were needed for the others and the adult cats who "need feeding up and a lot of love".

  25. Post update

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Russ on Twitter writes: @BBC3CR total closure now southbound. People out of their cars talking with strangers. Like the old days. Sincerely hope all involved are ok

    Are you in the queue? Tweet us a photo as long as it's safe to do so.

  26. Serious accident in Hertfordshire

    Beds, Cambs & Herts Roads Policing Unit tweet: Serious collision A1M7-6 Stevenage.Road closed. Air ambo on scene. Did u witness ? Pls call 101 REF 197 @bobfmuk @BBC3CR @HeartHertsNews

  27. Severe delays on A1(M)

    BBC Travel

    There are severe delays on the A1(M) southbound due to an accident between J7 for Stevenage and J6 for Welwyn.

    One lane is blocked and traffic is queuing.

  28. St Albans commemorate WWI soldier

    A commemorative paving stone will be laid in St Albans today to honour the bravery of a First World War soldier.

    Victoria Cross

    It's exactly 100 years since Private Edward Warner, born in the city, defended a trench from attack before dying shortly after from the effects of gas poisoning.

    He was awarded a Victoria Cross and his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres for British soldiers who died on near-by battlefields.

  29. Bucks charity forced to close

    Bucks Free Press

    A Wycombe-based charity that helped give disadvantaged youngsters practical skills has been forced to close.

  30. Bedfordshire firefighter to return from Nepal

    Bedfordshire firefighter Clive Wilkinson, who was stranded in Nepal with his wife Heather, will return home this weekend.

    Clive and Heather on a mountain top

    The couple, from Shefford, will be returning from Kathmandu on Sunday into Heathrow airport.

    His sister Karen Wilkinson-Bell said she'll be there with the rest of the family to welcome them home.

  31. Post update

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Milton Keynes-based Badminton England won the title for Best Governing Body last night at the Sport Industry awards.

    They tweeted their reaction to the news: We have been named Governing Body of the Year at the #BTSIA @SportIndustry Thank you to everyone who has helped us win this award! #soproud

  32. Horse championship coming to Slapton

    The British Riding Club will be holding its Intermediate Winter Championships at Bury Farm Equestrian Village in Slapton over the Bank Holiday weekend.

    Junior Team, Malton RC

    More than 400 grass roots junior and senior team and individual riders will be attending the event, which will include as dressage, show jumping, eventing, showing and quadrille.

  33. Bikes and cash stolen

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Bedfordshire Police have put out an appeal after motocross bikes and cash were stolen during a burglary at a Totternhoe home.

    Offenders forced entry to the property in Church Road between 02:00 and 04:30 on Monday while the occupants of the house were asleep inside.

    They made an untidy search of the downstairs rooms and garage before making off with a blue and white Yamaha Yz250F bike and an orange and black motocross bike, as well as money.

  34. Three counties update

    Dani Bailey

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Morning - I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the rest of the day.

    Here are the latest updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks:

  35. Showcasing your pictures

    Our three counties are full of picturesque areas and we know you've photographed many of them.

    Newport Pagnell

    Thanks to John O'Reilly for this image of Newport Pagnell. If you have a picture from across Beds, Herts and Bucks that you'd like to share with us then please email it to or as a post to Facebook.

  36. Remember Nic as we celebrate

    Watford Observer

    Watford captain Troy Deeney has called on people to remember injured supporter Nic Cruwys during their promotion celebrations.

    Mr Cruwys was attacked after a game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in March.

  37. Combined police work saves £2.5m

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Combined units working across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces have saved £2.5m in the last year.

    Police officer on the beat

    The Joint Protective Services collaborate over functions including roads policing, the major crime unit, dog unit, scientific services and armed policing.

    It is predicted the joint approach will save another £2.24m in the next 12 months.

  38. Roads fairly clear

    BBC Travel

    The roads are looking good this morning across Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    There are delays on the A355 in Buckinghamshire following an accident at the B416 at Park Road, Farnham Royal, but other than that things are fairly clear.

    Keep up to date with all the latest travel news.

  39. Top stories so far

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    These are the news headlines this morning:

    • A custody officer at Yarl's Wood detention centre near Bedford was suspended for allegedly using excessive force to disperse a protest
    • Head teacher at Water Hall primary school in Milton Keynes, Tony Draper, says schools are having to feed, wash and clothe children from poor families
    • Watford could win the Championship title tomorrow if they beat Sheffield Wednesday at Vicarage Road. Elsewhere, MK Dons must win against Yeovil and hope Preston slip up at Colchester if they are to win automatic promotion from League One
  40. Watford's Jokanovic named top boss

    Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic has been named the Championship manager of the month for April, following the Hornets promotion to the Premier League.

    Slavisa Jokanovic

    Milton Keynes Dons boss Karl Robinson is the League One manager of the month.

  41. Dry weather with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It will be a chilly start today with an early frost in some places.

    BBC weather for the East

    It will be dry throughout the day with sunny spells. The sunshine may be rather hazy with high cloud spreading across the area. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

  42. Good morning

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Welcome to today's live page for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

    We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, leisure, travel and weather across the three counties until 18:00.

    I'm here to kick things off and Dani Bailey will take over at 10:00.

    We'd love you to be part of this page so feel free to email your comments to or contact us on Twitter @BBC3CR or Facebook.