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Summary

  1. Shahena Uddin murder: Sister-in-law jailed for life
  2. Luton Town have revealed their new stadium plans for the 20 acre site at Power Court
  3. More than 100 people have complained about a pet store in Bedford displaying a sign saying "pets make great Christmas presents"
  4. Updates for Monday, 21 December 2015

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

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

    Have a good evening.

  2. St Albans advent calender: Mum says community are 'amazing'

    Matthew Lockwood

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    People living in St Albans are raising money for charity by turning their houses into a giant advent calendar in support of a young girl with a brain tumour.

    Advent calender window in St Albans

    Twenty-four homes are using their real windows as advent calendar windows in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Abby Orchard's six-year-old daughter Bessie was treated. 

    "The community spirit has been amazing really," said Ms Orchard.

  3. Two specialist vehicles to be scrapped in MK and St Albans

    One in three of the specialist vehicles designed to respond to a chemical attack are to be scrapped in the next few days, according to a leaked document from the Chief Fire Officers Association.

    Incident response unit lorry

    Some 22 incident response units (IRUs) are to be withdrawn following a review that found 43 would be sufficient.  

    The document says it includes the two kept at Broughton in Milton Keynes and at St Albans.

  4. Replica gun stolen in Hertfordshire burglary

    A replica gun has been stolen during a burglary in Rickmansworth.

    MG42 replica air soft gun

    The air gun was stolen along with fishing equipment, golf clubs and an orange fridge from a secure garage in Bury Meadows between 26 November and 6 December.

    Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone who may have been offered such items for sale.

  5. Weather: Fairly dry tonight, mild tomorrow

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    It will be dry with long clear spells through this evening, but there could be outbreaks of rain in the early hours. Temperatures dipping to 6C (43F).  

    BBC Weather map

    Tuesday will be rather cloudy and windy with some patchy rain at times, but also a few brighter spells. Exceptionally mild once again with temperatures reaching 15C (59F).  

  6. Bedford pet shop Christmas sign: Your views

    You've been reacting to the story about the Bedford pet shop sign saying "pets make great Christmas presents" on our Facebook page.

    Clare says: "I should hope so... animals are not toys".

    Pauline writes: "It's a pet shop. It sells small pets. [The] comment at the bottom of [the] sign shows their duty of care - nothing irresponsible about this!"

    Jollyes' managing director Nick Pollard said "something like this should never have happened," adding that disciplinary action was being taken.

  7. Headlines: Watford family sentenced... Luton releases stadium plans

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this tea time:

  8. Shahena Uddin 'beaten for years and denied water'

    A woman who beat her teenage sister-in-law to death in the family home in Watford following a "regime of terror" has been jailed for life.  

    BBC News' Jo Black reports.

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    Video caption: Teenager 'beaten and denied water'
  9. Luton shooting: Bullet narrowly misses 2-year-old

    Neil Bradford

    BBC Look East

    The landlord of a house hit by a bullet in Luton last night says his tenants had a lucky escape.

    Bullet holes in window and mark in wardrobe

    Chef Oli Khan rents the house on Biscot Road to a family of five.

    Last night two adults and a two-year-old boy were in a bedroom when a bullet came through the bottom of the window before hitting a wardrobe above a cot.

  10. Luton Town's plans for Power Court: What it looks like now

    Jonathan Park

    BBC Look East sport

    It doesn't look much at the moment, but this is the site of Luton Town's proposed new stadium.

    The plans for a 17,500 seater stadium at Power Court were revealed by the Hatters today.

    Power Court in Luton
  11. Eight-week suspended sentence for soap star's stalker

    Peter Rombough, 22, from Ditchingham, Norfolk, has been sentenced after he admitted stalking EastEnders actress Samantha Womack at her home in Bedfordshire.

    Sam Womack

    He was given an eight-week jail term, suspended for 12 months and was made the subject of a restraining order for two years banning him from making any contact with Ms Womack.

    He was also ordered not to go within 10 miles of her home village.

  12. BreakingEastEnders star's stalker gets suspended sentence

    A man who admitted stalking EastEnders star Samantha Womack receives a suspended sentence.

    More to follow.

  13. Shahena Uddin murder trial: Teen's 54 injuries

    Watford teenager Shahena Uddin (pictured) fell unconscious and choked on her vomit after suffering 54 injuries at the hands of her sister-in-law.

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    Video caption: A detective describes a Watford teenager's 54 injuries that led to her death.

    Salma Begum, 32, of Leavesden Road, must serve a minimum of 18 years for murder. Four of Miss Uddin's brothers and a sister were also jailed at St Albans Crown Court.

    Det Insp Fraser Wylie of Hertfordshire Police describes the punishment Miss Uddin received at the hands of her family.  

  14. The Big Picture: Canal boats on the Grand Union

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The main image on our live page today shows canal boats along the Grand Union near Tring reservoir.

    Thank you to Max Phipps from Central Bedfordshire College for sharing this photograph with us.

    Canal boat on the Grand Union Canal near Tring reservoir
  15. Bushey LL Camps: Cases dropped against two people

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Two people charged following the closure of a US-style children's camp in Hertfordshire have had the cases against them dropped.

    LL Camps website screengrab

    Adrianne Landsman, 56, of Gresham Road, Edgware, north-west London, faced one charge of child neglect.

    Larry Lewis, 55, of Lullington Garth, Borehamwood, was accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. St Albans Crown Court heard the prosecution was discontinuing its case against the pair.

  16. Seven police front counters in Bucks to close

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    Front counters at seven police stations in Buckinghamshire are to close to save money

    The plans outlined today will see the closure of Bletchley, Wendover, Newport Pagnell, Wolverton, Buckingham, Chesham and Gerrard's Cross. There will also be a changes in the opening hours at Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Amersham. 

    Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell, left, PCC Anthony Stansfeld, right

    The police and crime commissioner for the Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld (pictured right), says across the force they aim to save £29m by 2021.  

  17. Watford family sentenced over Shahena Uddin's death

    A Watford family have beensentenced for the death of their teenage relativetoday.

    Shahena Uddin

    Shahena Uddin, 19, fell unconscious after suffering 54 injuries and was left to die by choking on her vomit in Watford in October last year.

    Her eldest brother, Suhail Uddin, 35, the head of the family was cleared of murder, but along with three other brothers and a sister was found guilty of causing or allowing Shahena's death. They will each serve between five and 10 years.

  18. Woman sobbed throughout her sentencing for Shahena Uddin murder

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Thirty-two-year-old Salma Begum sobbed throughout her sentencing at St Albans Crown Court today after she was found guilty of murdering her sister-in-law Shahena Uddin.

    Forensics and police at family home in Watford

    The judge described her as a cruel, manipulative and deceitful woman who was the architect of the conspiracy to cover up the murder.

    Five other family members were also sentenced for causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult, as well as conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice by attempting to impede the police investigation.

  19. Shahena Uddin murder trial: Sister-in-law must serve 18 years minimum

    Jo Black

    BBC News

    The sister-in-law of a teenager who was beaten to death by her family has been given a life sentence with a minimum term of 18 years.

    Salma Begum, left, Shahena Uddin, right

    Shahena Uddin (pictured right),19, was beaten and left to die at the family home last year. 

    Her sister-in-law, Salma Begum (pictured left), 32, was convicted of her murder and given a life sentence at St Albans Crown Court today.  

  20. BreakingShahena Uddin murder trial: Sister-in-law sentenced for murder

    The sister-in-law of a teenager found beaten to death at her home in Watford has been sentenced to life in prison to serve a minimum of 18 years.