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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 14 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us for today. 

    Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

  2. Weather: Outbreaks of rain tonight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain tonight, but becoming drier later. Temperatures falling to 5C (41F).

    Weather graphic shows drier spells tomorrow

    Tuesday will be mainly dry, with some bright intervals, but often cloudy and misty with outbreaks of rain in the afternoon. Temperatures reaching up to 11C (52F).

  3. Bucks landscaping company fined £50k over death of employee

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A landscape gardening company from Buckinghamshire has been fined £50,000 over the death of one of it's employees.

    Russell Meech, 28, was killed in 2013 by a truck which was lifting trees into position at a house near Potters Bar. 

    The court was told Wooburn Landscapes from High Wycombe hadn't put any thought, planning or care into the operation.

  4. Police renew appeal over missing Hatfield man

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Police are renewing their appeal for any information that may help find a vulnerable missing man from Hatfield.

    Ryan Heyward and the black coat and trainers he may have been wearing

    Ryan Heyward, 23, described as 5ft 10ins tall with ginger cropped hair, was last seen at about 16:15 on 2 December at his home in Shepherds Way, wearing the items pictured above.

    Officers say Ryan has connections to Welwyn Rugby Club, The Forum in Hatfield, Orpington in Kent, and Camden.

  5. MK Hospital 'has made enough changes to prevent baby deaths'

    Jessica Cooper

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A coroner has ruled he's satisfied Milton Keynes Hospital has made enough changes to prevent future baby deaths, following eight deaths within 18 months.

    MK HOspital entrance

    Tom Osborne found Joshua Burr, who was born along with his twin sister Katie last March, would likely have survived if he'd been delivered earlier.

    His mother wasn't offered a caesarean after an induction failed to work.

  6. NHS hooks up with dating app Tinder on organ donations

    The NHS has partnered with dating app Tinder to raise awareness about organ donations.

    Jamie Laing's Tinder profile

    The app is used to find people a good personality match, but for the next fortnight it will also encourage users to become a donor.

    People who swipe on some pictures on the app will be encouraged to sign up to the NHS organ donor register. The NHS said it wants more younger people to join its campaign.

  7. High Wycombe man to face re-trial over terror offences

    A man from High Wycombe accused of terrorism offences is to face a re-trial. 

    The jury at Woolwich Crown Court failed to reach a verdict over 20-year-old Yousaf Syed and another defendant.

    Woolwich Crown Court

    third British man was convicted of preparing to carry out an Islamic State-inspired knife attack on the streets of London. Nadir Syed was arrested hours after buying a chef's knife with a foot-long blade days before Remembrance Sunday in 2014.

  8. Leatest headlines: MK baby death inquest... High Wycombe man re-trial over terror offences

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories:

    • A coroner has ruled he's satisfied Milton Keynes Hospital has made enough changes to prevent future baby deaths, following eight deaths within 18 months 
    • A landscape gardening company from Buckinghamshire has been fined £50,000 over the death of one of it's employees 
    • A man from High Wycombe accused of terrorism offences is to face a re-trial
  9. Weather Watchers: A misty Dunstable landscape

    BBC Weather

    The cloudy and misty scenes continue across the three counties this afternoon.

    Thanks to our Weather Watchers for this photograph in Dunstable showing a rather blurry landscape.

    Misty scenes in Dunstable
  10. Luton-based Monarch extends flight suspension to Sharm el-Sheikh

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Luton-based airline Monarch has extended its suspension of flights to Sharm el-Sheikh until 24 January.

    A general view shows a beach resort in the Red Sea town of Sharm el-Sheikh

    Monarch had originally suspended flights until 6 January, in line with other airlines like Easyjet and British Airways.

    The cancellations to and from the Egyptian resort were put in place following the suspected bombing of a Russian passenger jet.

  11. The Big Picture: Aldbury village stocks

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The main image at the top of our Local Live page today shows the stocks and whipping-post on the green in the Hertfordshire village of Aldbury.

    Aldbury village stocks

    If you have any photographs of places in Beds, Herts and Bucks that you'd like to share with us - please email us here.

  12. 'Huge rise' in newborn babies subject to care proceedings

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    There has been a "huge" rise in the number of newborns who are subject to care proceedings in England, according to figures compiled for the first time.

    Graph shows over 300 children were cared for in the East of England

    Some 2,018 babies were involved in such cases in 2013, compared with 802 in 2008, the University of Lancaster said.

    About half were taken from mothers with other children in care - one woman had 16 children removed - and a third were from women who became mothers as teens.

  13. Hatton Garden raider 'obsessed with crime'

    BBC News England

    One of the Hatton Garden raid ringleaders was "eccentric to extremes" and would speak to his dog as if it were human, a court has been told.

    The Hatton Gardens defendants L-R Carl Wood, William Lincoln, Jon Harbinson and Hugh Doyle

    Daniel Jones, 60, has admitted his role in the £14m burglary in April. His friend Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, told Woolwich Crown Court that Jones was obsessed with crime and would sleep in his mother's dressing gown and a fez hat.

    Mr Wood (pictured left) is one of three men who deny conspiracy to commit burglary in relation to the raid.

  14. Reporter experiences crash in 'safety car' simulation

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    OSCAR is a safety car designed to teach people in Central Bedfordshire about the dangers of drink driving, and distractions while driving.

    The video display and hydraulics give the experience of what it's like to crash.

    Beware of flashing images and reporter Matt Lockwood's loud exclamations!

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  15. Blade the police puppy makes the most of the wet weather

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    It feels like it has been ages since we last heard anything of Blade the police puppy, who is being trained up to work with Beds, Cambs and Herts Police Dogs.

    Well, here he is on the left not looking anything like a puppy any more!

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  16. Butterfly World: What will happen to the butterflies and other creatures?

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    I've been speaking to Butterfly World this morning who have told me that at the moment there are no butterflies in the butterfly house during its winter closure - they are all being cared for.

    Jake Wood in the Butterfly Garden

    The "major concern" is for more than 28 species of native butterflies which have come to the site since it opened - including breeding colonies of the Small Blue in the Butterfly Garden [pictured at its opening by Jake Wood] which had previously been extinct in Hertfordshire.

    It will also need to find a new home for the "largest colony of leafcutter ants in the country" which it houses.

  17. Afternoon headlines: Inquest into baby's death hears of 'lost opportunites'... Hemel sexual assault

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this afternoon:

    • A coroner has ruled there were lost opportunities to fully assess the birth at Milton Keynes Hospital of a baby who died days later
    • Police are appealing for witnesses to a sexual assault in Hemel Hempstead 
    • A meeting place for older people in Bedford says it may have to close because of council cutbacks
  18. Bucks beekeeper Bill Turnbull lands new game show job after exit from Breakfast sofa

    Get Bucks

    The popular presenter, who currently lives in Jordans, is to stage a rapid comeback with a new daily game show for BBC1.

    Announcing his decision to leave BBC Breakfast, he said it was time to spend more time with his much-neglected bees, which he had left behind in Buckinghamshire.

  19. Sexual assault in Hemel Hempstead

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a sexual assault in Hemel Hempstead in the early hours of 6 December.

    The woman in her 20s was walking home from a nightclub along Leighton Buzzard Road at about 04:20 when she was approached from behind by the offender, who sexually assaulted her. 

    He took her handbag which was found the next day on Cemmaes Court Road. The attacker is described as a slim white man with an Irish accent, aged 20-30 years old, and was wearing a beanie hat.