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  1. Updates for Friday 15 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 18 May

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By Craig Lewis

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Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Thanks for joining us for another busy news day. We'll be taking a break now until 08:00 on Monday morning.

Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Weather forecast: Patchy rain overnight

BBC Weather

A dry start to tonight, but cloud thickening to bring some patchy light rain and drizzle after midnight. Staying mild with temperatures only falling to 10C (50F).

Weather forecast

A cloudy start to Saturday, but staying largely dry with some lengthy sunny spells developing for the afternoon. Quite breezy, but feeling pleasantly warm with temperatures reaching up to 16C (61F).

Spice Girl wedding: Look at me

Celebrities from showbiz and Formula 1 racing gathered at the village church in Woburn today when former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell married Red Bull boss, Christian Horner.

Geri Halliwell, British singer and former member of the band Spice Girls, arrives for her wedding

The 42-year-old singer arrived at St Mary's parish church in a vintage Rolls Royce accompanied by her daughter Bluebell, who was acting as one of the bridesmaids.

Other guests included: Jennifer Saunders and her husband Ade Edmondson, Dawn French, Myleen Klass and Amanda Holden.

Shared police services to save £4.3m

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Combining services across police forces continues to be an increasingly popular way of combating financial issues.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police are furthering their collaboration by combining their Human Resources and Learning and Development functions.

The move is expected to save around £4.3m, which will contribute towards the £61.1m shortfall faced by the three forces.

Update: Three injured in steam roller collision

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Three people have been injured as a result of an earlier collision between a coach and a steam roller on the A6 at Barton Cutting in Bedfordshire.

Steam roller collision

The driver of the steam roller was placed on a spinal board as a precaution, while two people from the coach - including the driver - also received treatment.

Update: Debris being cleared after steam roller collision

Ben Nye

BBC Three Counties Radio

Traffic remains a bit sticky around the A6 at Barton Cutting in Bedfordshire following the earlier collision between a coach and a steam roller.

Steam roller collision debris

Three people were injured following the collision.

New schools for Kents Hill

Milton Keynes Councillor Ric Brackenbury

tweets: MK Council are planning new primary and secondary schools in Kents Hill to open by 2017 to meet increasing demand across the borough.

Wycombe fans secure play-off tickets

Wycombe Wanderers fans are already buying tickets to the League Two play-off final at Wembley on 23 May.

Wycombe Wanderers fans

The club said it has been allocated 21,618 tickets for the East End of the stadium, which went on sale to season ticket holders this morning. The remainder will go on general sale from Monday.

Lisa Bowker

tweets: OMG I have just ordered tickets for Wembley!!! Now let's finish the job and get that promotion!

Geri Halliwell ties the knot

Geri Halliwell has been

tweeting about her Woburn wedding to Christian Horner: Something old ❤️

Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner


tweeting: Something new ❤️


tweeting: Something Blue ❤️

Spice Girl Geri marries in Woburn

The Daily Mail

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has

tied the knot with the boss of Milton Keynes based Red Bull racing, Christian Horner.

The ceremony took place at St Mary's Church in Woburn, Bedfordshire.

Police search for missing teenager

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Thames Valley Police is appealing for assistance to trace a missing 13-year-old.

Jay Jackson

Jay Jackson, from Milton Keynes, was last seen at 07:30 on Thursday in Downhead Park, before he went to school. He signed in at school in Stantonbury for his first lesson, but did not attend his second lesson.

Jay is white, slim, with mousey brown hair. He was wearing a school uniform blazer and black trousers.

Carl Wheatley: Police interview released

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Hertfordshire Police have released

a video of their interview with Carl Wheatley, who killed his four-year-old daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn.

Carl Wheatley interview
Hertfordshire Police

Officers put previous comments from Wheatley, where he had admitted slapping the little girl, to him but he only replied with "no comment".

The 31-year-old was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in prison at St Albans Crown Court.

Hertfordshire bus cuts approved

Ben Nye

BBC Three Counties Radio

Plans to stop buses running in Hertfordshire after 19:30 and get rid of most services on a Sunday have been approved.

Village bus stop, Hertfordshire

Campaigners protested outside County Hall in Hertford over the planned cuts, which will save £1.5m per year.

Around 3,000 people signed a petition against the cuts, which was handed into councillors.

New concrete cow comes to MK

MK Web

A new, colourful concrete cow was

one of two art installations created by children from Bletchley's White Spire School.

The cow has been unveiled at the intu Milton Keynes shopping centre, along with a mural on the walls of the South Concourse parent and baby rooms.

Council right to sack lollipop man

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

A woman who witnessed a

lollipop man stop a fire engine on its way to a 999 call says Luton Borough Council were right to sack him.

The fire service said the engine was held up on St Ethelbert Avenue, Luton

Jacqui Brittain, who was a lollipop lady herself for 20 years, said she was sorry the man had lost his job, "but based on the incident that day it was justified. There was nothing else they could do".

She added that no-one had been working at the "dangerous" crossing for almost a month since the incident.

Update: A6 collision between coach and steam engine

BBC Travel

The incident that has caused the A6 to close at Barton Cutting is an accident involving a coach and a steam roller.

The road is blocked southbound between the B655 Bedford Road/Higham Road and B655 Luton Road.

An air ambulance has attended the scene.

England's big picture

Thank you for submitting some cracking images over the last few days to use as our live page header, you've sent in some real beauties.

A landscape view of a town. The sky is full of dark, heavy cloud but sunlight peeks through
Jay Pattar

If you're a keen photographer, or you just like a look at some really good images from further afield,

don't miss this BBC News England page.

It's well worth a look and don't forget to we'd love to see more of your weather and landscape images of the three counties. Please

send them by email or to our
Facebook page.

BreakingA6 closed due to accident

The A6 at Barton Cutting in Bedfordshire is closed both ways following an incident.

The air ambulance is at the scene. I'll keep you updated with all the latest as we hear it.

Bright and sunny spells

BBC Weather

Bright with sunny spells and light winds for the early part of the afternoon.

Elizabeth Rizzini

Later in the day it will turn breezier and the cloud will thicken, particularly across Bedford and more western areas. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Carl Wheatley: Tribute paid to Alexa-Marie Quinn

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

The mother of Alexa-Marie Quinn,

murdered by her father Carl Wheatley, has paid tribute to the four-year-old.

Alexa-Marie Quinn
Hertfordshire Police

Victoria Quinn said: "My daughter Alexa-Marie was a wonderful little girl. She was funny, loving and a child you could never be angry with. She was beautiful on the inside and out.

"Myself and my extended family have been deeply traumatised by what Carl Wheatley has done... How anyone could cause such pain and suffering to someone so young and so sweet is truly beyond me."

Carl Wheatley: Case "difficult to prosecute"

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

More now from the chief prosecutor in the

Carl Wheatley murder case: Adrian Foster said the lack of any eye-witnesses made it "extremely difficult and complex to prosecute".

Home of Carl Wheatley
John O'Reilly

Mr Foster said the evidence of top medical experts was vital, along with details of Wheatley's mental state.

He said: "We hope the conviction and today's sentence will in some way help Alexa-Marie's extended family come to terms with this tragic event."

Wycombe captain hails 'incredible' achievement

Wycombe Wanderers captain Paul Hayes has hailed the team's "incredible" success in securing a place in the League Two play-off final last night.

Paul Hayes
Getty Images

The Chairboys

beat Plymouth 2-1 at Adams Park, winning 5-3 on aggregate.

Hayes, who scored the first goal after eight minutes in the second leg, said: "I think we've been absolute tremendous... to get to Wembley after 50 games is incredible."

'Stolen' car stopped in Luton

Tony Fisher has an update on the stolen car in Luton earlier. He

tweets: So this the "stolen" car in Wellington St in #Luton.

Stolen car in Luton

Cabinet members 'heckled' over bus cut plans

Watford Observer reporter Michael Knowles

tweets from Hertfordshire County Council, where he is covering plans to cut bus services in the county:

"Conservative cabinet members are being heckled after suggesting a small proportion of Herts residents have responded and objected to cuts."

Crusader starts cat poo campaign

MK Web


cat poo crusader, on a mission to rid the roads of feline faeces, has been covertly defacing dog foul signs on a quiet cul-de-sac in Milton Keynes.

The mysterious figure masked the word dogs on one sign before painting over the top to create the line "clean up after your cats".

Latest headlines

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The headlines this lunchtime are:

  • A man from Hertfordshire who beat his four year old daughter to death has been given a life sentence at St Albans Crown Court
  • Police have confirmed a grenade found in Luton this morning was not live, bomb disposal officers declared the scene safe after examining the device
  • Campaigners will be protesting outside County Hall in Hertford today over plans to reduce Hertfordshire's buses

Carl Wheatley: Police praise Alexa-Marie's family

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

More from Det Ch Insp Jerome Kent, who led the investigation into the murder of Alexa-Marie Quinn by her father Carl Wheatley.

Carl Wheatley/Alexa-Marie Quinn
John O'Reilly/Fairleys

Mr Kent thanked Alexa-Marie's family for remaining dignified throughout during "an extremely distressing time".

He also praised the officers who took part in the case: "It has been extremely difficult to understand how any person could inflict such an injury on a child. However, due to their professionalism justice has been delivered."

Carl Wheatley took part in "a series of violent acts"

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

The attack by Carl Wheatley which caused the death of Alexa-Marie Quinn was "the culmination of a series of violent acts by him towards his defenceless daughter," the Crown Prosecution Service says.

Alexa-Marie Quinn
John O'Reilly/Fairleys

Chief crown prosecutor, Adrian Foster, said the murder of four-year-old Alexa-Marie was a "terrible crime".

"Carl Wheatley avoided seeking professional help for Alexa's injuries and chose to cover them up to protect himself as he knew he was responsible for them."

Carl Wheatley case "truly horrific", say police

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

The man in charge of the investigation into the death of four-year-old Alexa-Marie Quinn at the hands of her father, Carl Wheatley, has called the case "truly horrific".

Carl Wheatley and Alexa-Marie Quinn
John O'Reilly/Fairleys

Wheatley was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in jail for the murder of his daughter.

Det Ch Insp Jerome Kent said: "No child should suffer in this way and it is right that Carl Wheatley, who is a dangerous and violent man, was found guilty of murder and sentenced accordingly."

Man arrested over car theft

BBC Three Counties radio reporter Tony Fisher

tweets: Another day in #Luton. Police arrest a man in Castle Street for stealing a car.

Police arrest a man in Castle Street for stealing a car

Update: Luton grenade is not live

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

The grenade that was found in Whitehill Avenue was not live, police have discovered.

Map showing Whitehill Avenue

Police were called at 09:25 following reports a hand grenade hand been found and a cordon had been put in place in Whitehill Avenue, with houses evacuated as a precaution.

Bomb disposal officers examined the grenade, but found it to be empty. The cordon has now been lifted and emergency services stood down.

Carl Wheatley given life sentence

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

More on the Carl Wheatley verdict: He was given a life sentence this morning at St Albans Crown Court having been found guilty of murder.

Carl Wheatley and Alexa-Marie Quinn
John O'Reilly

The 31-year-old father killed his daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn at the home they shared in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, after losing his temper.

The four-year-old's death came just three months after Wheatley had won custody of her, telling social workers he was able to care for her.

BreakingCarl Wheatley: Father jailed for 21 years

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

A violent single father who beat his four year old daughter to death has been told he must serve a minimum of 21 years in jail.

Carl Wheatley, 31, from Hatfield, was found guilty of the murder of little Alexa-Marie Quinn earlier this week.

Whitehill Avenue closed after hand grenade find

Ollie Bayliss

BBC Three Counties Radio

I'm at the scene close to Whitehill Avenue in Luton, where a military style hand grenade has been found.

Whitehill Avenue

Whitehill Avenue has been closed between London Road and Farley Hill, and people in houses in Whitehill Avenue are being evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Breaking'Hand grenade' reported in Luton

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

We've heard Luton police have set up a cordon in Whitehill Avenue, at the top of Farley Hill in Luton, following the discovery of a possible hand grenade.

Police received a call at 09:25 saying a military style grenade had been found. Our reporter is on his way now.

Leak turns St Albans play centre into a "rainforest"

Herts Advertiser

An indoor soft play centre has been

closed for refurbishment after a sudden leak "turned the jungle into a rainforest".

DJ's Jungle Adventure in St Albans Road in Sandridge, may not reopen until the end of May.

Justin Dealey "Takes it to the streets"

BBC Three Counties Radio

You hear him every morning on the

Iain Lee show, now it's your chance to see Justin Dealey taking it to the streets.

Justin Dealey

In our

video special he's asking people what song reminds them of their wedding day - and a few other things. Feel
free to email us to let us know what your wedding song was and why it was so important to the two of you.

Good morning

Craig Lewis

Beds, Herts & Bucks Live

Thanks to Katy for this morning's early updates.

The sun is out and the weekend is drawing ever closer, but for now it'll be me with you until 18:00 bringing you all the latest news, sport, leisure and weather from across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

We'd love to hear your stories too, so feel free to email your comments and pictures to or contact us on Twitter
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Wycombe manager 'very proud'

Katy Lewis

Beds, Herts and Bucks Live

Wycombe Wanderers have secured a place in the League Two play-off final by

beating Plymouth 2-1 at Adams Park last night.

Wycombe fans
Getty Images

Goals from Paul Hayes and Alfie Mawson ensured a 5-3 aggregate win and the trip to Wembley on 23 May.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: "It was great, it was a real entertaining game... the end result has made me a very proud Wycombe Wanderers manager."

Today's weather: Sunny spells

BBC Weather

There will be a change in weather fortunes today where after a cloudy start in some areas, it will brighten up with some sunny spells.

Top temperatures are set to reach 16C (60F).

Elizabeth Rizzini

Watch the latest forecast from Elizabeth Rizzini.