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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates for Tuesday 12 May 2015

Live Reporting

By David Keller and Craig Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. And it's goodnight from me...

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    That's all for today, thanks for joining us for another busy day across Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    Tomorrow's live feed will start at 08:00 and hopefully you'll be able to join us again.

    Remember you can get in touch if you have any news by emailing bhblive@bbc.co.uk, via Twitter @BBC3CR or Facebook.

  2. Herts police chief champions local policing

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Neighbourhood policing is central to the draft Hertfordshire police and crime plan, PCC David Lloyd says.

    David Lloyd, Conservative candidate
    Image caption: Conservative candidate David Lloyd was elected the first PCC for Hertfordshire

    Mr Lloyd says such methods "create a police force that is embedded in, and supported by a community working together to cut crime, rather than a force that is distant and engages only when they are called in to clear up the damage".

    The plan is currently out to consultation until 25 May.

  3. Via Twitter

    Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre tweets: "We are very sad to hear of the passing of Derek Walker, former Chief Architect of MK Development Corporation. Our condolences to his family."

  4. Weather forecast: Dry and mostly clear

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry and mostly clear, giving a cold night for the time of year.

    Weather forecast

    There will be overnight lows of 5C (41F).

    After a chilly start tomorrow, it will be a fine and dry day with plenty of sunshine across the area.

  5. BreakingBreaking News

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    MP for Aylesbury David Lidington has been reappointed as Europe minister by Prime Minister David Cameron.

    David Lidington

    Mr Lidington was first given the role following the 2010 general election.

  6. Habib Ullah hearing to be held in public

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Thames Valley Police has been directed to hold a misconduct hearing for five officers over the death of Habib Ullah in public.

    Habib Ullah

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission said the high level of public interest in the case and the need for transparency meant the hearing should take place in the open.

    Mr Ullah died on 3 July 2008 following a drugs search by police officers.

  7. Latest headlines

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest news headlines are:

    • Police disciplinary hearings connected with the death of Habib Ullah, from High Wycombe, are to be held in public
    • The jury in the trial of Carl Wheatley, accused of killing his four-year-old daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn, is sent home for the night
    • The former Conservative party chairman and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps is demoted to minister for international development
  8. Mixed fortunes for Beds, Herts and Bucks MPs

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle has brought mixed fortunes for MPs in Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    Grant Shapps

    Grant Shapps, the former Conservative party chairman and current Welwyn Hatfield MP, has been demoted to minister for international development, but there was better news for North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, who's become a health minister responsible for care.

    The Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster has been promoted to defence minister, responsible for personnel, welfare and veterans.

  9. Jury sent home in Carl Wheatley case

    Yvonne Hall, BBC London

    As anticipated, the jury has been sent home in the case of Carl Wheatley, accused of murdering his daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn.

    Mr Wheatley, 31, from Hatfield, denies murder but admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

  10. Verdict unlikely in Carl Wheatley case

    Yvonne Hall

    BBC London

    The jury is out in the case of Carl Wheatley, who is accused of murdering his daughter, but it is looking increasingly unlikely there will be a result today.

    Carl Wheatley and Alexa-Marie Quinn

    Mr Wheatley, 31, from Hatfield, is accused of hitting Alexa-Marie Quinn with such force that she died.

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

  11. Milton Keynes founding father dies

    MK Web

    The former chief architect and planning officer for the new town of Milton Keynes has died.

    Derek Walker, who designed the Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre, passed away on Monday at the age of 86.

  12. Update: Luton brothel sentencing

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Brothel owners Pavel Stanciulescu, Gelu Galion and Anka Biclea were "serious and organised criminals", police say.

    Stanciulescu has been jailed for two-and-a-half years, with Galion and Biclea given a suspended jail term.

    Det Insp Rob Regan said: "This long and detailed investigation clamped down on these serious and organised criminals and put a stop to their sexual exploitation and prostitution of vulnerable women."

  13. New police plan for Hertfordshire

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Protecting local people, cutting crime and being a voice for victims are the messages at the heart of a new police and crime plan published by Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd.

    David Lloyd's key pledges

    The draft plan, entitled Everybody's Business 2015-2020, also pledges to protect the current local policing model of ten district teams.

  14. Jail for Luton brothel keeper

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    A man has been jailed for 30 months for sexually exploiting vulnerable women in Luton.

    Pavel Stanciulescu

    Pavel Stanciulescu (pictured), 49, from Romania, was locked up after pleading guilty at Luton Crown Court to keeping a brothel used for prostitution. He was arrested in November last year after police carried out raids on four properties.

    Gelu Galion, 34, and Anka Biclea, 24, both from Stanley Street, Luton, also pleaded guilty to the same offence. The pair were given a four-week curfew, 200 hours' unpaid work and a suspended 12-month prison sentence.

  15. New bar to create 20 jobs

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    A new bar and restaurant is set to open on Monday, creating 20 jobs.

    Kishor Patel

    GO!Houghton is based on the site of the former Dog & Duck in Parkside, Houghton Regis.

    Owner Kishor Patel said: "The Dog & Duck has well and truly been retired to the animal sanctuary."

  16. Latest headlines

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest news headlines are:

    • Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a 17-year-old was raped in Central Milton Keynes on Sunday.
    • The lawyer of Carl Wheatley, accused of killing his daughter Alexa-Marie, has asked a jury at St Albans Crown Court to acquit his client of murder but convict him of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
    • Passenger numbers at Luton Airport have gone up by more than 100,000 over the course of a year. Figures released by the airport say that's an increase of more than 11% and follows the introduction of more routes out of Luton.
  17. Teenage girl suffers sexual assault

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Hertfordshire Police has launched an appeal after a teenage girl was the victim of a serious sexual assault.

    The girl was attacked behind a bus stop on College Road in Cheshunt, near to the Crocodile Pub, at about 15:00 on 22 April. The suspect is described as a man of mixed race.

    Det Sgt Alex Tyrell said: "It is understandable incidents of this nature may cause concern. However, I would like to reassure the community incidents of this nature are not a common occurrence in Cheshunt."

  18. Update: Luton Airport continues to grow

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Chief executive Nick Barton says Luton Airport has "recorded over a year of consistent monthly growth in passenger numbers".

    Artist's impression of the new look Luton Airport

    Mr Barton also championed the airport's £100m redevelopment plans, which will see annual capacity increase from 12 million to 18 million passengers per year by 2026.

    The plans will deliver a complete redesign of the terminal, double existing retail space and upgrade transport links to the airport.

  19. Newport Pagnell bees: Five honey bee facts

    The buzz this morning was all about a swarm of bees that shoppers were forced to dodge on Newport Pagnell High Street yesterday.

    Bee

    But how much do you know about the humble honey bee? Here are five things you need to know:

    • A forager bee may visit 2,000 flowers a day to collect nectar and pollen
    • The bees' stomach is the size of a pinhead and to fill this once the bee may need to visit 100 flowers
    • Bees fly at an average of 13 to 15 mph and can travel up to four miles away from their hive - sometimes more
    • Bees also eat pollen and an average bee hive or colony consumes around 40 kilos a year
    • A bee flaps its wings between 200 and 230 times per second when flying

    Thanks to Fred's Uncle on the BBC's Bee Part of It FlickR page for this picture.

  20. Girl raped in Milton Keynes

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    A teenage girl has been raped in the middle of the day, near a shopping centre in Milton Keynes.

    Thames Valley Police said the 17-year-old girl was walking in an open air car park in Central Milton Keynes between 12:45 and 13:00 on Sunday when a man grabbed her and subsequently raped her.

    Det Chief Insp Kelly Glister said: "This incident took place on a busy Sunday in the centre of Milton Keynes and there would undoubtedly have been people who saw or heard something when it happened."

  21. Bedford: Left or right?

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News, East

    Ed Miliband's brother David says the Labour Party was taken in the wrong direction.

    Ed Miliband and David Miliband

    What do the people of Bedford think? Daily Politics reporter Ellie Price asked the people of Bedford if Labour had been too left wing, or not left wing enough.

  22. Milton Keynes MP gets junior defence minister role

    Milton Keynes Citizen

    Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster has been promoted to junior defence minister - on his birthday.

    Mark Lancaster

    David Cameron announced Mr Lancaster, a qualified bomb disposal officer in the Army reserve, is the new Parliamentary under secretary of state for defence personnel, welfare and veterans.

  23. Police 'making ground-breaking changes'

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Bedfordshire Police is "making ground-breaking changes" to tackle terrorism, cybercrime, the abuse of children and gang crime, its deputy chief constable has said.

    Jon Boutcher's comments come after Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins' plans to increase council tax to pay for more officers were rejected.

    He said: "Bedfordshire Police is committed to protecting the public and fighting crime and will continue to do this while seeking parity with other forces regarding how the force is funded."

  24. Training scheme for Dunstable Amazon workers

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Central Bedfordshire Council is working on a recruitment and training programme to help Amazon fill 500 jobs at its new distribution centre in Dunstable.

    The Amazon building in Dunstable

    Jason Longhurst, the authority's director of business and regeneration, said: "Location was important to the success of this deal, as was the enormous benefit of having previously assigned a local development order to this area, which really helped to speed things up for Amazon."

    Andrew Griffiths, managing director of Prologis UK, which built the distribution centre, said Dunstable was a strong location for the logistics sector.

  25. Passenger numbers on the up at Luton Airport

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    There has been an increase of more than 100,000 passengers at Luton Airport over the past year.

    Luton Airport

    The increase represents an 11.4% growth in passenger numbers, with 991,110 people choosing to fly from the airport in April.

    Fourteen new routes have already been confirmed in 2015, and the airport is currently embarking on a £100m redevelopment plan.

  26. Latest headlines

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest news headlines are:

    • Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster is made minister for defence personnel, welfare and veterans at the Ministry of Defence
    • Bedfordshire Police deputy chief constable Jon Boutcher says the force is making ground-breaking changes to tackle crime after Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins' plan to charge more council tax to fund extra officers was rejected in a public vote
    • A multimillion-pound development at Bedfordshire military equipment manufacturer Lockheed Martin is due to get under way today
  27. Andrew Selous: Olly Martins' future 'up to the people'

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous said he backed PCC Olly Martins' doomed attempt to raise the police council tax precept by almost 16%.

    Andrew Selous

    Mr Selous told Iain Lee: "I bitterly regret that money is not going on police officers."

    He added that it was "up to the people of Bedfordshire" to decide if Mr Martins should continue in his job.

  28. Bedford Mighty Eagles' dodgeball success

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Bedford's Mighty Eagles have secured the national dodgeball premier league titles in both the men's and women's leagues after an outstanding season.

    Bedford Mighty Eagles

    The Mighty Eagles women's team secured the title without losing a single game throughout the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons.

    The men's team, while not able to claim an unbeaten record, climbed from third in the league to the top by winning their last three games.

  29. No vote due to premature payments, says MP

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Andrew Selous, the MP for South West Bedfordshire, told Iain Lee that Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins' bid to increase the police part of the council tax by almost 16% failed as people were upset the money had been taken from them before the referendum took place.

    Andrew Selous

    Mr Selous said: "People were irritated the money was already being taken before their permission had been asked."

    Mr Martins had hoped the money would pay for an extra 100 police officers. The extra council tax already taken by Bedfordshire Police will now have to be paid back as part of a £600,000 cost of the referendum.

  30. Hitchin bomb scare a hoax

    The Comet, Hitchin

    Benslow Music Trust in Benslow Lane, Hitchin, was evacuated by police after a telephone caller made an unspecified threat to them just before 09:00.

    A police spokesman has since confirmed it was a hoax.

  31. Councillor welcomes Amazon move

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Dunstable councillor Nigel Young has welcomed the news that Amazon will be opening a new distribution centre in Dunstable, saying it "strengthens the area's reputation as a vibrant location for business".

    Worker at Amazon

    "Amazon's arrival is an important milestone in the overall regeneration story that is now being delivered in Dunstable and Houghton Regis," he said.

    The company says the centre will create 500 jobs.

  32. Herts Police issues warning to drug dealers

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Hertfordshire Police has issued a warning to drug dealers after a man was sentenced to three years in prison for possessing amphetamine, cannabis and drugs paraphernalia.

    John Disney

    John Disney, 34, from Bedford Road, Hitchin, pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday.

    Det Con Ben Dixon, said: "Drug dealing can adversely affect local communities and if members of the public suspect that someone is involved in drugs or is dealing in them, please do not hesitate to contact us."

  33. Hertford teen is Big Brother hopeful

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    The line-up for this year's Big Brother includes an unemployed 19-year-old from Hertford.

    Nick Henderson

    Nick Henderson will take part in the latest series of the Channel 5 show, which starts tonight.

    It will also feature a wannabe prime minister, a rapper and a model.

  34. 'We were told our son would die'

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Continuing the David Clarke conviction story, the family of victim Rushatharan Asok has also released a moving statement saying they're thankful for the medical teams who saved his life.

    Family statement

    It said Mr Asok had come over to England from Sri Lanka for a better life, but it had now been "changed forever".

    Clarke, 63, of no fixed address, was convicted of wounding with intent and will be sentenced on 29 June.

  35. New Amazon centre 'will provide 500 jobs'

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Amazon is set to open a 310,000 sq ft "fulfilment centre" in Dunstable, creating 500 new permanent jobs.

    Amazon worker

    The distribution centre will be based at Prologis Park in Boscombe Road, Dunstable.

    It will begin fulfilling customer orders this autumn.

  36. Taxi driver fined over guide dog ban

    Gail Sanderson

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A taxi driver in Hemel Hempstead has been fined for refusing to carry a blind passenger with a guide dog.

    Guide dog

    Rajesh Kumar Punni, a Hackney carriage driver licensed by Dacorum Borough Council, initially claimed he had not realised the animal was a guide dog or the passenger was blind.

    He was fine £300 and ordered to pay over £700 in court costs at St Albans Magistrates' Court.

  37. Good morning

    Craig Lewis

    Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

    Thanks to David for all the early morning updates. It will be me from now until 18:00, bringing you all the latest news from around Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

    Don't forget to get in touch if you have any news by emailing bhblive@bbc.co.uk or via Twitter @BBC3CR or Facebook.

  38. Latest headlines

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Here are the latest news headlines:

    • South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous says the county's MPs must lobby the government over the way Bedfordshire Police is funded
    • A Hemel Hempstead taxi driver is fined for refusing to carry a blind passenger with a guide dog
    • Online retail giant Amazon says it is opening a new centre in Dunstable, creating 500 permanent jobs

    You can listen to all the latest news on the hour on BBC Three Counties Radio.

  39. Sport news

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Motor racing dominants the sports news today with Hertfordshire's Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton saying he expects to sign a new contract with Mercedes in time for the Monaco Grand Prix.

    Lewis Hamilton

    He was beaten in Spain on Sunday by team-mate Nico Rosberg, leaving him 20 points ahead of the pack. The race in the principality on the south coast of France takes place in two weeks' time.

  40. Watch where you step!

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Here's another picture of that troublesome bee swarm yesterday in Newport Pagnell, via the Thames Valley Police Twitter feed.

    Bee swarm

    The force tweeted: "Bee swarms in #NewportPagnell are improving with the help of a local beekeeper. #P7521 #BeeSafe"

  41. Aylesbury attack statement

    David Keller

    BBC News

    In case you missed it yesterday, a mental health patient who stabbed an Aylesbury shop worker in the neck was convicted of wounding with intent.

    Bab's store Aylesbury

    Reading Crown Court heard David Clarke, 63, attacked Rushatharan Asok at Bab's Food and Wine Store in Buckingham Street in September. It left him paralyzed on his left side and he remains in hospital.

    Det Ch Insp Mark Glover has since released a statement, saying it was a "violent assault" and Mr Asok's injuries had affected "his quality of life every single day".

  42. Bees plague Newport Pagnell High Street

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Shoppers were forced to dodge a swarm of bees on Newport Pagnell High Street on Monday afternoon, according to the Milton Keynes Citizen.

    Bee swarm

    A beekeeper was called to the scene with officers from Thames Valley Police.

  43. Child grabbed in Luton

    David Keller

    BBC News

    A man approached a mother and her child in Luton and tried to grab the youngster, Bedfordshire Police says.

    Dunstable Road, Luton

    The incident happened on Sunday 3 May, when the woman and child were walking along Dunstable Road at about 21:00.

    Officers said the man ran up behind them and grabbed the arm of the child, but the woman's cries for help scared him off. The man is described as white, in his 20s, and was seen carrying a rucksack.

  44. Motorway problems

    BBC Travel

    There's congestion on the M25 clockwise because of a broken down crane transporter and a spillage on the road between J24 and J25. One lane is shut and queues go back to J22.

    The M1 entry slip road at J12 is also partially blocked southbound because of a broken down lorry, causing disruption.

    No problems to report on the trains. For the latest travel news, click here.

  45. Today's weather

    BBC Weather

    The morning will start cloudy with patchy rain, but most places will brighten up giving a fine afternoon. It will remain breezy, however.

    Weather

    Top temperature of 17C (63F). Watch the forecast with Kate Kinsella here.

  46. News headlines

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Here are this morning's news headlines:

    • South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous says the county's MPs must lobby the government over the way Bedfordshire Police is funded, after the police and crime commissioner's bid for a £4.5m council tax rise to fund 100 police officers is rejected at a referendum
    • Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has lost his job as Tory party chairman in the cabinet reshuffle, becoming international development minister. There is also speculation Aylesbury MP David Lidington is likely to lose his position as Europe Minister
    • Online retail giant Amazon says it is opening a new centre in Dunstable, creating 500 permanent jobs

    You can listen to all the latest news on the hour on BBC Three Counties Radio.

  47. Good morning

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Hello everyone.

    This is today's live page for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where we will bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates as they happen.

    Get in touch with us whenever you like - feel free to email your comments to bhblive@bbc.co.uk or contact us on Twitter @BBC3CR or Facebook.