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Summary

  1. The jury have retired to consider their verdicts in the case of Shahena Uddin from Watford allegedly beaten to death by members of her family
  2. Bedfordshire Police has been rated inadequate when it comes to dealing with missing children and victims of domestic vulnerable
  3. An increase in fly-tipping in Luton is being blamed on a £1m cut in the street cleaning project
  4. Updates for Tuesday, 15 December 2015

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By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our updates have finished for today, but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Some rain tonight, dry tomorrow and mild

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be rather cloudy and misty tonight with outbreaks of rain at times. Temperatures will initially be around 9C (48F), but will be rising through the night.

    Weather map

    Early showers will quickly clear on Wednesday to leave most places dry. Temperatures will reach up to 15C (59F).

    For the latest forecast where you live, visit BBC Weather.  

  3. Hertfordshire school taxi assistants could be scrapped

    Assistants who sit in taxis with children as they're taken to primary schools in Hertfordshire could be scrapped.

    Hertfordshire County Council say it will save more than £250,000 from its home-to-school transport budget. A consultation will take place next month.

    The council say the plans would affect fewer than 300 children and bring them into line with many other local authorities.

  4. Buckinghamshire children's services 'failing'

    Children's services in Buckinghamshire face being taken over unless improvements are made, watchdog Ofsted has said.

    Children's services statistics

    The county has been judged "inadequate" for "overall effectiveness".

    But it is not alone - in fact a quarter of departments in English councils are failing according to the latest statistics. A change in inspection criteria two years ago has been blamed for many authorities now falling foul of standards.

  5. Watford couple guilty of treating woman like a slave

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A couple from Watford have been found guilty of treating a young African woman like a slave.

    St Albans Crown Court

    St Albans Crown Court heard how Dela Logostou, 25, was flown here eight years ago as a nanny but was exploited and abused. She eventually ran away and confided in a co-worker at an after school club. They called the police.

    Oluremi Omotoye, 50, and his wife, Taiwo, 43, from Sherwood Court, High Road, Leavesden were found guilty of trafficking a person for exploitation. They will be sentenced in January.

  6. Latest news: Couple guilty of keeping woman like a slave... Bucks children's services 'failing'

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here's the latest news in the three counties:

    • A couple from Watford have been found guilty of treating a young African woman like a slave
    • Buckinghamshire children's services is among a quarter in England that face being taken over unless improvements are made, watchdog Ofsted has said
    • A High Wycombe man has been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving after a crash which killed his passenger
  7. Christmas has come early for these chimps in Bedfordshire

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Chimps and sea lions at Whipsnade Zoo have seen Christmas come early in Bedfordshire.

    They've been given piles of presents, each stuffed with their favourite snacks like fruit and nuts.

    Video content

    Video caption: Chimps and sea lions at Whipsnade Zoo receive some early Christmas presents.
  8. Weather Watchers: A misty day in the three counties

    BBC Weather

    The mist and fog that seemed to lift for a time this morning has returned across much of Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    Our Weather Watchers are keeping us up-to-date with photographs like the one below of Leagrave Park in Luton.

    Misty playing field in Leagrave, Luton
  9. Tim Peake: Students watch launch in Hertfordshire

    Almost 200 students watched UK astronaut Tim Peake launch into space this morning at the Bayfordbury Observatory campus.

  10. Non-league football ties tonight in the three counties

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    In National League South, St Albans host Maidenhead, and Hemel Hempstead make the long trip to Truro. 

    Chesham replay their FA Trophy second round tie at home to Torquay. A win would set up a third round tie at home to Wrexham.

  11. Vandal snapping police station barrier caught on CCTV

    CCTV footage of a man snapping a car park barrier at St Albans police station has been released in a bid to identify him.

    The incident occurred at 22:45 on 4 December at the back of the Civic Centre.

    View more on youtube
  12. St Albans burglary spike: Reward offered for information

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The charity Crimestoppers isoffering a £1,000 rewardfor information that could help police identify the offenders responsible for a 25% increase in burglaries in St Albans.

    St Albans police station

    Police say there have been 113 burglaries since the start of October - an increase of a quarter compared to the same time last year - despite increased patrols and arrests.

  13. Afternoon headlines: Watford couple slave case... Herts man gives evidence in Hatton Garden trial

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The stories we're looking at this afternoon:

    • A couple from Watford have been found guilty of treating a young African woman like a slave 
    • A man from Hertfordshire accused of being involved in the Hatton Garden jewellery raid has told his trial he was having a family barbeque at the time
    • Assistants who sit in taxis with children as they're taken to primary schools in Hertfordshire could be scrapped
  14. The Big Picture: Autumn sunshine bathes Dunstable Downs

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Unlike outside right now, which is dark and gloomy, the main image at the top of our live page today shows warm autumn sunshine bathing Dunstable Downs.

    Thank you to Colin Phillips from Central Bedfordshire College for sharing this photograph with us.

    Dunstable Downs
  15. Luton Town: John Still's 'dream team'

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    We wanted to speak to football managers from our teams in the three counties about who they'd like to see play if they could create their own "dream team" from players they've worked or played with... So, we did just that! 

    Here's what happened when Luton Town manager John Still unveiled his top 11 players.

    View more on youtube
  16. High Wycombe man convicted of causing death by dangerous driving

    A man from High Wycombe has been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving after a collision in May, which killed his passenger.

    The car Darren Henderson was driving crashed into two parked vehicles in Plomer Green Lane at 2:20 on 4 May. Passenger Jonathon Lane, 27, from High Wycombe, was taken to hospital, but died the same day.

    The 31-year-old, of Parsonage Close, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court yesterday. He will be sentenced on 22 December.

  17. Shahena Uddin murder trial: Jury retire to consider verdict

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A jury at St Albans Crown Court have retired to consider their verdicts in the case of a woman from Watford allegedly beaten to death by members of her family.

    Shahena Uddin

    Shahena Uddin, 19, died at the family home in Leavesden Road. Her brother, Suhail Uddin and his wife Salma Began deny murder. 

    Three other brothers and a sister deny causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult.

  18. Hatton Garden raid: Accused 'was having family barbeque'

    BBC News England

    One of the men accused of the Hatton Garden burglary said he was having a family barbeque and spent the evening at home at the time of the heist.

    Carl Wood (pictured left), 58, of Elderbeck Close in Cheshunt, told Woolwich Crown Court his friend Danny Jones, 60 - also on trial - had called him to apologise for not coming to the event.

    Carl Wood (left) is one of four men on trial

    Mr Wood said Mr Jones told him on the phone: "That thing I was talking about - just keep watching the telly."

    Mr Wood is charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property.

  19. Wycombe Wanderers: Bloomfield on abandoned match frustration

    BBC Sport

    In his latest BBC Sport article, Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Matt Bloomfield talks about frustration over abandoned matches after "travelling half the length of the country" to Accrington only for the rain to intervene.

    Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Luke O'Nien

    "Having a game called off due to Mother Nature is always frustrating - but travelling half the length of the country and turning up at the ground before the decision is made is even worse," he writes.

    Read more here.

  20. Milton Keynes cop offers reassurance at mosque

    One MK

    Milton Keynes' top cop Gez Chiariello visited Wolverton Mosque last week to reassure them following the terrorist attacks in Paris and issues worldwide.