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  1. Neglected baby's life 'could have been saved'
  2. Headmaster of St Albans School says pupils were not missing on Brecon Beacons
  3. Issac Stone killers challenge joint enterprise verdict
  4. War veteran conned out of life savings
  5. Updates on Thursday, 30 June 2016

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By Katy Lewis

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That's it from the team at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks. 

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, travel and weather. 

You can read all our stories including local reaction to the news that Boris Johnson is not standing in the Conservative leadership race. 

Nadine Dorries, the Tory MP for Mid Beds, summed up her day on Twitter:

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Why did the duck cross the road?

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It seems no-one is safe from the Beds, Cambs and Herts road policing team.....

They'll even speed-check ducks crossing the road in Graveley. 

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Weather: Some drizzle expected

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

It will remain cloudy through the evening, with a few outbreaks of light rain or drizzle throughout the night. 

Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F). 

Weather map

Friday will be breezy. It'll gradually become brighter throughout the day, although occasional showers are possible. 

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F). 

Luton Town: Mullins 'here to win the league'

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

One of Luton Town's new signings, Johnny Mullins, says he's joined the club to win the league, having won promotion with Oxford last season.

"To be totally honest that's what I've come here to do," he said. "Having done it last season I've got an extra fire in my belly to go and do it again, because there's no better feeling in football than getting promoted."

Johnny Mullins
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Baby Imran case review: 'Thresholds for intervention' need to be 'understood'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A report into the "preventable" death of Baby Imran found that "a more robust intervention could have been been made which, if the mother and grandmother had co-operated, would have ensured Child E [Baby Imran] received adequate care and nutrition".

It found Jessica Price, the seven month old boy's mother, struggled to cope with three young children under the age of four in "less than favourable" conditions and that meant the children were at "risk of further neglect and emotional harm."

Among the report's recommendations, produced by and for Luton Local Safeguarding Children's Board, were ensuring professionals working with vulnerable children had a "consistent understanding of thresholds for intervention" and the need for "faltering weight to be closely monitored in line with best practice".

Baby Imran case review: NSPCC says opportunities to save the child were 'missed'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The NSPCC has responded to a serious case review that has concluded the death of Baby Imran in Luton in 2014 was "preventable". 

The charity described it as a "distressing case" that highlighted the "huge workloads child protection professionals were trying to cope with at the time".

It says opportunities to help the seven month old boy were "sadly missed" and information gathered over a four year period was "never properly shared".

While the mother and grandmother, found guilty of allowing Imran’s death, were evasive and deceitful it is clear that more effective communication and intervention could have saved his life.


Baby Imran case review: Family lived in 'cramped conditions'

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

The review into the death of Baby Imran was commissioned by Luton Local Safeguarding Children Board.

The report found hospital and community-based services raised concerns about the conditions in the family home as there was "a house full of 'clutter', often dirty due to pet bird droppings, safety hazards, smoke-filled due to heavy smoking, cramped living conditions and bed sharing". 

Case review front page
Luton Local Safeguarding Children Board

A plan was put in place for health visitors to monitor and work with the family. 

They found limited engagement from the mother, Jessica Price, and improvement to the home conditions were "limited" and had "little positive impact".

Baby Imran case review: Mother and grandmother 'wilfully neglected' him

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

Baby Imran was found dead by his mother in the family home in Morris Close, Luton, in January 2014

He was seven months old and had lost 17% of his body weight in just a few days while under their care. 

He had sunken eyes as a result of dehydration. 

When Jessica and Angela Price were sentenced, the Judge Richard Foster said the pair "wilfully neglected" the boy.

Although the exact cause of the child's death was undetermined, the post-mortem examination indicated a "significant failure to thrive". 

Serious case review into baby's death finds he could have been saved

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

A report into the case of a baby who starved to death in Luton has found that his life could have been saved.

A serious case review by Luton Safeguarding Children Board into the death of seven month old Baby Imran concluded that intervention by health visitors could have saved his life. 

The child's mother, Jessica Price, and grandmother, Angela Price (both pictured), are in jail for not seeking help and allowing his death.

Angela (left) and Jessica Price
South Beds News Agency

'New policing deal' for Leighton Buzzard

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway has said her "absolute priority" is a "brand new policing deal" for Leighton Buzzard.

Leighton Buzzard

Ms Holloway and Deputy Chief Constable Mark Collins are chairing a meeting in the town tonight to discuss the future of its policing.

Ms Holloway said: "Leighton Buzzard is our third largest town in the county, we can't possibly police it as if it was a village and not only that, it's expanding all the time."

Wycombe bring in Southend winger Weston

BBC Sport

Wycombe Wanderers have signed winger Myles Weston on a two-year deal after his release by Southend United.

Myles Weston
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The 28-year-old Antigua and Barbuda international helped Southend win promotion to League One in 2015 but has only started once since November 2015.

Much of his absence has been because of plantar fasciitis, an injury affecting the heel and foot.

Berkhamsted deaths: Family of Sarah Nash 'devastated'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The parents of a woman found dead inside her home in Berkhamsted last week say they are "devastated" by her death, and have asked to be "left in peace to grieve".

Sarah Nash
Hertfordshire Constabulary

Mother of two Sarah Nash, 37, was found at her Highfield Road home on 23 June after concerns were raised for her welfare. 

Lee Guntrip, 25, from Berkhamsted, was also found dead at the property.  

Police say investigations are ongoing but they're not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths. 

Det Chief Insp Jerome Kent said: "This was a tragic, isolated incident and one which I know has caused concern within the wider community."

Herts Police has referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission due to prior contact between the force and the deceased.

This afternoon's weather: Mostly dry

BBC Weather

It's due to be a cloudy and breezy afternoon, but mostly dry with just the odd shower possible.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

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Milton Keynes Council leader captures the mood...

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

As everybody tries to keep up with the political world after the Brexit vote, councillor Peter Marland, the Labour leader of Milton Keynes Council, has used a screen grab from BBC News to sum up the thoughts of many.

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Verulamium excavation film 'as much a part of history as the Roman finds'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

I must thank St Albans Museums for reminding everybody of this 1930s gem on British Movietone's YouTube channel.

As Sir Mortimer Wheeler talks in perfect received pronunciation about the latest discoveries from the Verulamium Roman Town in St. Albans, including pottery finds still on display in the city today, the museum quite rightly points out that the film is "as much a time capsule of its era as the Roman finds themselves".

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Watford sign out-of-contract Liverpool striker

BBC Sport

Watford have signed out-of-contract Liverpool striker Jerome Sinclair on a five-year deal.

Jerome Sinclair
Getty Images

Sinclair, 19, made five first-team appearances for Liverpool and scored on his first start against Exeter in the FA Cup in January.

The clubs have come to an agreement which will see the Merseysiders receive about £4m in compensation as a development fee applies.

He is the club's first signing ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Nadine Dorries - who will she back now?

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

This morning we told you how Nadine Dorries tweeted that she was backing Boris Johnson to be the next leader of the Conservative Party.

She tweeted a picture as she waited for his announcement, which turned out to be that he was ruling himself out of the leader race.

The Mid-Bedfordshire MP seemed noticeably upset by the announcement.

Nadine Dorries

Luton MP calls Boris Johnson 'pathetic'

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

As we wait for local Conservative MPs to give their reaction to Boris Johnson ruling himself out of the leadership race, the Labour MP for Luton South has made his feelings about the news very clear.

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Issac Stone killers challenge joint enterprise verdict

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

Four Bedford men serving life sentences for the murder of teenager Issac Stone in the town are urging top judges to overturn their convictions, following a landmark ruling.

Issac Stone

Mohammed Hussain, Fahim Khan, and brothers Javed and Rubel Miah were found guilty of murdering the 19-year-old in September 2014, on the basis they were involved in a "joint enterprise" killing.

But they are now challenging the jury's verdicts, following a Supreme Court decision earlier this year which said the law which had allowed people to be convicted of murder even if they did not inflict the fatal blow had been wrongly interpreted for more than 30 years.

Judges have said that if they allow the appeals, then the convictions could be reduced to manslaughter, rather than quashed altogether. The Appeal Court hearing continues, with judgement likely at a later date.

Woodhill Prison probe under way

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

An investigation is under way after the death of another inmate at Woodhill Prison in Milton Keynes, where there have been nine suicides since 2012.    

HMP Prison Woodhill
South Beds News Agency

Yesterday we told you that 31-year-old Thomas Morris, from Milton Keynes, was found dead in his cell early on Sunday morning. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said: "When you have a series of deaths in prison close together like this it requires, I think, a proper look at the whole institution.

"There will be an investigation into the death of this young man by the prison's ombudsman and that always happens after a death in custody, but I would imagine that the National Offender Management Service will and certainly should take a look at what's happening in the prison altogether."

MK Dons full-back Lee Hodson signs for Rangers

BBC Sport

MK Dons full-back Lee Hodson has joined Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Lee Hodson

The 24-year-old, who played 16 games on loan at Kilmarnock last season, will compete with James Tavernier.

Hodson started his career at Watford and played 51 games in three seasons at MK Dons after a loan at Brentford.

Father criticises camp owner sentence

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

There's been criticism of the suspended sentence given to the co-owner of an American-style summer camp in Hertfordshire who took indecent photos of children. 

Ben Lewis
Cascade News Agency

Ben Lewis, 26, (pictured) walked out of court on Tuesday after spending 14 months on remand. He was handed a two-year jail sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay costs of £3,000.

This father, who didn't want to be named, said: "I'm disgusted with it, totally disgusted with it, just shows that the judicial system is not working properly."

Local Tories reveal support for leader candidates

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Local Conservative MPs are starting to nail their colours to the mast as to who they are backing as their next leader - and I think it's fairly clear who Mid-Bedfordshire's Nadine Dorries will be supporting.

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Meanwhile, St Albans MP Ann Main has not revealed which candidate she will be supporting, but told BBC Three Counties Radio the next leader would have to be a fellow Leave campaigner.

Watford MP Richard Harrington backs May

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

As more Conservative MPs join the contest to be the next party leader, and therefore the next prime minister, the Conservative MP for Watford Richard Harrington has told BBC Three Counties Radio he is backing Theresa May.

Richard Harrington
Conservative Party

Current home secretary Ms May has thrown her hat in the ring along with justice secretary Michael Gove, the MP for South Northamptonshire Andrea Leadsom, work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb and former defence secretary Liam Fox.

Mr Harrington said: "Her experience of six years at the Home Office, for me, has made it very clear that this is so complex.

"This is not something that you could just trifle with and I think she's by far the best person to do it."

Easyjet state commitment to Luton...again

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Luton-based Easyjet has again stated its commitment to Luton, after chief executive Carolyn McCall said yesterday that she couldn't commit to keeping the airline's headquarters in Britain. 

Easyjet plane

Easyjet's UK commercial manager Neil Slaven said: "We wouldn't be moving lock, stock and barrel from Luton so at the moment we know that Luton will remain. In terms of a large number of people it's a very important part of our network.

"It's our third largest base and actually when you look at where Easyjet is growing across Europe, we're actually growing more in Luton than any of our other 28 bases."

General Motors says it's 'too early' to assess Brexit vote

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The American owner of Luton-based Vauxhall says it's too early to assess the impact of Britain's vote to leave the EU.

Mustafa Mohataram, General Motors' chief economist, said the company would have to wait until the dust settled, but didn't rule out extra production at Luton or Ellesmere Port as long as economic conditions were favourable.

Hertfordshire war veteran conned out of his life savings

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A World War Two veteran from Hertfordshire says he feels sick after he was scammed out of his life savings.

Cyril Banks

Hertfordshire Police said fraudsters phoned 91-year-old Cyril Banks at his Bishop's Stortford home on 20 June and persuaded him to withdraw £9,000 from his bank account.

The call came from a man claiming to be John Hart from Scotland Yard, who told Mr Banks his bank account had been targeted and he needed to withdraw the money to help catch the thieves.

His friends say he has given so much to this country and its vile that fraudsters would have targeted him in this way. A crowd funding page has been set up to help him get back some of the money he's lost.

St Albans School head 'proud' of staff and pupils

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

The headteacher at St Albans School has been talking about what happened yesterday when 26 of his pupils were rescued from the Brecon Beacons.

Brecon Beacons rescue

Jonathan Gillespie said 47 pupils in Year 11 were on the second day of a three-day silver Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition when two began to feel unwell. 

He said they were part of a smaller group of seven pupils, who followed their training procedures and called for help.

Mr Gillespie said the school was contacted and a member of staff was able to give police the six digit grid reference for the pupils' location. 

He said two members of staff reached the group within 90 minutes and the mountain rescue team led them off the hill.

"I'm very proud of my staff and pupils at how they responded to it and grateful to the emergency services," he said.

He said several of the groups were still on track to complete the expedition.

St Albans pupils in mountain rescue 'were never missing'

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The headmaster of St Albans School has praised pupils and staff and thanked the emergency services after 26 pupils were rescued from the Brecon Beacons, but he said they were never missing. 

Jonathan Gillespie

Jonathan Gillespie said the teenagers had been on a Duke of Edinburgh exercise. 

He said their location was always known, but they needed help after two of the group were taken ill. He added they were all fit enough to walk off the hill and were given a precautionary medical check.  

Three mountain rescue teams, police and ambulance crews were sent to the area in south Wales yesterday afternoon after the group were said to be lost in torrential rain and low cloud.

The students are expected back in St Albans today.  

Today's weather: Bright spells and showers

BBC Weather

It's due to be dry and sunny this morning with showers, which could be heavy this afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to the live page for the three counties, where we'll bring you the latest news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.

This morning we'll start with more on yesterday's story about the 26 children from St Albans who were reported missing on the Brecon Beacons. All have now been found and we've got reaction from the headteacher at the school they were from.

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