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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 22 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

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

  2. Letworth Christmas tree covered in 'tins-el'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A Christmas tree in Letchworth gives a more literal meaning to the word "tins-el" - it is made entirely of tins of food set to be donated to a food bank.

    Christmas tree made of tins of food

    Students at St. Francis' College in the town collected the food over their last term. Now they have broken up for Christmas, they will all be donated to Letchworth Food Bank.

  3. Patrick Hurling murder appeal: Police following up calls

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Detectives taking a fresh look at murder which happened 25 years ago in Hertford say they're following up on a number of calls from the public.

    Patrick Hurling

    The body of Patrick Hurling was found at his home in Bengeo Street on 1 December 1990. He'd been beaten to death and the house set on fire.

    Police say people have come forward with information following an appeal on the 25th anniversary of his death.

  4. South Bucks homes in top 10 for highest electricity use

    BBC News England

    South Buckinghamshire is among the top 10 areas in England where households use the most electricity.

    Electricity pylons

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change say that overall, average bills for electricity and gas have fallen by about £45 a year.

    Topping the list were households in the Scilly Isles, which used an average of 7,933 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in 2014. In South Bucks, an average of 5,367 kWh were used.

  5. Dealing with the loss of loved ones at Christmas

    Victoria Cook

    BBC South Today

    For most of us this time of year is one filled with fun, laughter and good fortune, but for some it can be a hard and upsetting time.

    Video content

    Video caption: Buckinghamshire-based charity supports bereaved families, particularly at Christmas

    Child Bereavement UK is based in Saunderton in Buckinghamshire and provides support to bereaved families.

    This year marks its 21st anniversary and in this video we find out more about the work they do and the difficulties families face in particular around Christmas.  

  6. High Wycombe man sentenced for crash which killed passenger

    A man from High Wycombe has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving after a collision in May, which killed his passenger.

    Plomer Green Lane in High Wycombe

    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 earlier this month and was sentenced to five years and four months in prison today.

  7. Appeal to help a toddler's Christmas card find its way to his grandad

    There is an appeal to find a toddler from the Birmingham area who has posted a handmade Christmas card for his granddad to the wrong address.

    The card from 19-month-old Thomas Armstrong has ended up at an office in Hertfordshire - addressed to a flat that does not exist.

    The company is now trying to track down the Armstrong family and get the card to its rightful recipient.

  8. Bedfordshire students nominated for film awards

    Two students from the University of Bedfordshire have had their final projects shortlisted for the Royal Television Society's Student awards.

    University of Bedfordshire

    "Oh Syria, My Syria", directed by Media Production student Ismael Ahmed, has been shortlisted for Best Documentary and "Casa Din Copac", directed by Florin Brinza, is up for the Best Fiction category.

    The students' course leader Dave Green said the nominations for such "prestigious awards" are "an outstanding achievement".

  9. Dog shot in head by crossbow wins pet survivor award

    A dog that was shot in the head by a crossbow has been given an award.

    Ziggy with a crossbow in his head, left, Ziggy now, right

    Staffordshire bull terrier Ziggy was found with a 50cm (20in) crossbow bolt sticking out of his head in October 2014. He survived the attack and an operation to remove the bolt, which narrowly missed his eyes and brain.

    Vet charity PDSA gave Ziggy, who now lives with new owners in Watford, the Pet Survivor 2015 award, saying it was a "one-in-a-million chance that he survived".

  10. Teenage girl grabbed round the face in Harpenden assault

    A teenage girl was grabbed around the face from behind in an assault in Harpenden.

    Pathway at Alswickbury Crescent in Harpenden

    The incident happened as the 15-year-old was walking on a pathway between Aldwickbury Crescent and Alzey Gardens between 20:30 and 21:00.

    The offender ran away towards Crabtree Lane as the victim screamed. She was unhurt. The male is described as about 5ft 9ins, of medium build and wore a black hooded top with gloves.

  11. Are the people of Dunstable Christmas-crackers about nativity scenes?

    If you live in Dunstable have you got a nativity scene among your Christmas decs?

    Nativity scene

    Dunstable has come top of the tree this Christmas for the most nativity figurines bought on Amazon this year.

    Glasgow saw the most Christmas stockings bought, and for Southampton it was tinsel.

  12. Latest headlines: Hertford cold case... Teens arrested after cars damaged

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The stories we're looking at:

    • Detectives taking a fresh look at a murder which happened 25 years ago in Hertford say they're following up on a number of calls from the public
    • A 15-year-old girl has been assaulted in Harpenden while taking a shortcut between Aldwickbury Crescent and Alzey Gardens
    • Two 15-year-olds have been arrested after more than 20 cars and other vehicles were damaged in Bedfordshire in the early hours this morning
  13. Two teens arrested after more than 20 cars damaged in Bedfordshire

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Two 15-year-old's have been arrested after more than 20 vehicles were damaged in Bedfordshire this morning.

    The two are alleged to have carried out a damage "spree" across Potton, Sandy and Sutton, according to police.

    The boy and girl remain in police custody for questioning.

  14. Travel: Great Northern trains disrupted in Hertfordshire

    BBC Travel

    Great Northern services are disrupted between Brookmans Park and Hadley Wood due to an incident at Potters Bar.

    Oxford Road in Oakley remains closed at Worminghall Road due to a fire at a scrap yard.

  15. Micro-pubs with macro-growth in Bedfordshire

    Neil Bradford

    BBC Look East

    A new type of pub is springing up, fuelled by the growth in the number of micro-breweries. They're called micro-pubs and as the name suggests, they're small and intimate, with the focus firmly on the beer. 

    In Bedfordshire, four have opened in the past year with a fifth expected to open next month.  

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    Video caption: Micro-pubs popularity is on the rise in Bedfordshire
  16. Weather: A look ahead to the end of Christmas week

    BBC Weather

    If, like Bing Crosby, you've been dreaming of a white Christmas - better put that dream on hold this year.

    It looks like Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day will be a little cooler than today with the chance of a few showers.

    Weather graphic shows bands of rain on Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing Day
  17. Fire in Buckinghamshire: Large plume of smoke and overhead cables involved

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Firefighters are liaising with Public Health England and the Environment Agency over the scrap yard fire in Oakley, Buckinghamshire.

    Smoke from the fire in Oakley

    Four crews are at the scene in Oxford Road and a 200m (650ft) cordon is in place because of nearby gas cylinders. 

    UK Power Networks and the National Chemical Emergency Centre have also been informed because there's power cables over the fire and a large plume of smoke in the area.

  18. The Big Picture: Houghton House in Bedfordshire

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The main image at the top of our Local Live page today shows an abstract black and white shot of Houghton House in Bedfordshire.

    Thanks to Colin Phillips, from Central Bedfordshire College, for sharing this photograph with us.

    Abstract black and white photograph of Houghton House