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  1. Councils in Beds, Herts and Bucks are digesting details of the government's new funding agreement
  2. A former Countdown champion from Bedford who travelled 400 miles to attack a teenager who gave his book a bad review is jailed
  3. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Dani Bailey

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us for this week. Join us again on Monday from 08:00 for the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

  2. Weather Watchers: Christmas lights in Toddington

    BBC Weather

    We think it's close enough to Christmas now to share some of the more festiveWeather Watchersphotos.

    This one shows the Christmas lights on trees in Toddington village green.

    Christmas lights on trees in Toddington
  3. Weather: Some patchy rain overnight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight: A few clear intervals but mainly cloudy. Becoming misty with some patchy light rain. Temperatures climb from 11C (52F) this evening to 14C (57F) by dawn.   

    Weather graphic shows highs of 16C tomorrow

    Tomorrow: A cloudy and murky to start but staying mainly dry with the cloud thinning and breaking to give some brighter spells. Temperatures reaching 16C (61F).    

  4. Bedford council cuts 'a devastating blow'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The mayor of Bedford has called the government's cuts in the area "a devastating blow".

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    Bedford Borough Council will lose 29% of its main grant, according to the announcement yesterday, which means more than £3m will be cut from the budget.

    "We were already forecasting massive cuts which would make the reduction or loss of services unavoidable, but this is even worse," Mayor Dave Hodgson said.

  5. Cul-de-sac lights up for Christmas

    Toby Friedner

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    This is Summerhayes in Great Linford, Milton Keynes. Most of the houses in this cul-de-sac are decked out like this.

    The residents do it all in aid of Willen Hospice and have raised £37,000 since 2004.

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    Video caption: Christmas cul-de-sac in Milton Keynes raises money for charity
  6. Butterfly World Closure: The sanctuary from the sky

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Almost a week ago it emerged that Butterfly World in St Albans would have to close due to what its chairman said were financial difficulties.

    St Albans-based company, SkyPhocal, says it has been following the story after it had the chance to film the sanctuary in September.

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    Quote Message: "[We didn't realise] that we were recording its final days" from Ben Hughes SkyPhocal
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  7. Latest headlines: Herts man interviewed on Shoreham air crash... Bedford author jailed

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories:

  8. Travel: M25 closed... A1M blocked... Thameslink trains delayed

    BBC Travel

    The M25 clockwise remains closed at J20-J21 due to a shed load of food waste. A diversion via the A41 and A405 is in place. Congestion to J17.

    The A1M northbound is partially blocked J5-J6 due to a collision. 

    Thameslink trains are delayed by up to 15 minutes on the Bedford to Brighton line due to overhead line problems.

  9. Police terror video advises public to 'run, hide, tell'

    BBC News UK

    Police have released a videotelling people to "run, hide, tell" if they are caught up in a terrorist gun attack.

    The four-minute video advises on how to evacuate a building, where to hide, and what information to tell police.

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    Video caption: Police video offers terror advice
  10. Nicola Cross murder inquiry: Case adjourned until March

    The case of a man accused of murdering a woman in Hemel Hempstead and then trying to kidnap her two young children has been adjourned in court today.

    Flowers outside home in Dunlin Road, Hemel

    Marcin Porczynski, 23, is accused of stabbing Nicola Cross, 37, at her home in Dunlin Road three months ago.

    There will be a hearing on 7 March to see if he is fit to stand trial.

  11. Luton can apply for extra funding to help homeless

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Luton Borough Council has been named among 25 local authorities that can apply for extra funding to help house the homeless.

    Luton is only one of three councils outside London than can apply for £200,000 from the £1m fund.

  12. Afternoon headlines: Murder accused in court... M25 closed in Hertfordshire

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The stories we're looking at:

    • A man accused of murdering a woman in Hemel Hempstead and then trying to kidnap her two young children is appearing at St Albans Crown Court this afternoon
    • The M25 clockwise remains closed between J20-J21 due to spilt food waste following a collision
    • Two have died in a caravan fire in Roxton, Bedfordshire, in the early hours
  13. Shoreham air crash: Hertfordshire man interviewed

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A Hertfordshire man has been interviewed by police in connection with the Shoreham air crash in West Sussex in August.

    Police say the man voluntarily attended an appointment in which he was interviewed under caution but not arrested.

    Scene of crash on A427

    Eleven men died as a result of the vintage Hunter jet crashing into the A427. Pilot Andy Hill, 51, from Sandon, near Buntingford, Hertfordshire, was in a critical condition after the crash but was discharged from hospital in September.    

  14. Firefighters release boy stuck in plastic hoop

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A boy who got stuck in a plastic hoop in a Buckinghamshire playground has been released by firefighters.

    A crew attended the playground in Fennels Road, High Wycombe at 10:45. The boy wasn't injured.

  15. Two die in Roxton marina site caravan fire: At the scene

    Two people died in a caravan fire near a marina in the early hours of the morning.

    Firefighters were called to a boatyard at Kelpie Marina, Great North Road, Roxton, Bedfordshire, at 01:00 GMT, where three crews dealt with the blaze and made safe two gas cylinders at the site.

    The fire service and police have started an investigation into the cause.

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    Video caption: Two people died in a caravan fire near a marina in the early hours of the morning.
  16. BBC 3CR live from Aylesbury panto

    Roberto Perrone

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    I'm broadcasting my programme live from theAylesbury Waterside Theatrethis afternoon.

    We'll be backstage with exclusive access, chatting to the stars and the people who make it all work.Join mefrom 15:00.

    Panto banner in Aylesbury Waterside
  17. War memorabilia stolen from Sandy home

    War memorabilia has been stolen from a home in Sandy during a burglary.

    Items of great sentimental value were stolen in the burglary at a property in Fieldfare, including military medals, cap badges and a ring set with five sapphires in the shape of a flower.

    The incident took place between 19:30 and 20:00 on 10 December.

  18. Getting into the festive spirit at BBC 3CR

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A few of us have got into the festive spirit today as there is just one week left until Christmas...

    The annual dusting-off of festive jumpers has happened - don't we all look very happy about it too!

    BBC 3CR staff outside building in their Christmas jumpers
  19. Stevenage flat fire leaves person in hospital

    One person has been taken to hospital after a flat fire in Stevenage this morning.

    Fire crews were called to the blaze in Prestatyn Close.