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Summary

  1. Bedfordshire Police have named two people who were killed in a car crash on Christmas Day
  2. A man found with shotgun injuries in High Wycombe was a victim of a targeted attack, police believe
  3. Updates for Tuesday, 29 December 2015

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

  2. Campaign launched to encourage smokers to give up for good

    Public Health England is launching a campaign targeted at smokers in an effort to persuade them to make 2016 the year they give up for good.

    Man smokes cigarette

    They say smoking is the biggest preventable risk factor for a number of lung diseases, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - a condition which affects more than one million people in the UK. 

    Hertfordshire County Council say about 440 deaths per year in the county are due to COPD.

  3. Man punched and kicked for money suffers 'nasty injuries'

    A man in his 60s has sustained "nasty injuries" after being punched and kicked by men demanding money, police say.

    Three men assaulted the victim along Leamington Road towards the Bramingham Sainsbury's at 22:20 on 22 December.

  4. Alban Arena pays tribute to Motorhead's Lemmy

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Hertfordshire's Alban Arena has paid tribute to Motorhead frontman Lemmy, who has died at the age of 70.

    Lemmy died at home in Los Angeles on Monday, two days after learning he had cancer.

    He formed Motorhead in 1975 and recorded 22 albums, including the classic Ace of Spades.

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  5. Four kitchen fires in Bedfordshire in the last three days

    Firefighters in Bedfordshire are asking the public to be "more careful" in their kitchens over New Year after four fires during the Christmas period left four people suffering from smoke inhalation.

    Fire damaged kitchen

    A kitchen fire last night in Hyde Avenue, Stotfold left three adults and a child in the care of the ambulance service and suffering smoke inhalation after a fire was started accidentally.

    A dog was rescued from a fire in Aspley Guise on Boxing Day afternoon. Another fire was started accidentally on Sunday evening in Bedford. There were no casualties at either of these, nor at a fire yesterday afternoon in Dunstable.

  6. Man accused of Hertfordshire murder on Christmas Eve

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man accused of committing a murder at a hotel in Hertfordshire has been remanded in custody following an appearance at Luton Magistrates' Court, which was sitting as the crown court.

    Carl Langdell, 26, of Roundmoor Drive, Waltham Cross, is accused of killing a woman at Theobalds Park Hotel in Waltham Cross on Christmas Eve.

    Katie Locke

    Police were called to the hotel where they found the body of Katie Locke, 23, from Buckhursthill in Essex. Detectives say investigations are ongoing, and specialist support is being provided to Ms Locke's family.

  7. Two cars stolen from Flitwick home while owners slept

    Two cars have been stolen from a house in Flitwick while the owners were asleep upstairs.

    The home in Pipit Close was broken in the early hours of 23 December.

    Keys to a black Audi A4 (YL07 MVR) and a silver Ford Focus (Y951 KGM) were stolen and driven away. A wallet, mobile phone, handbag and purse were also stolen.

  8. MasterChef: Hertfordshire finalist says his competition was 'up and down'

    Ben Nye

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    If you've been following the BBC's MasterChef: The Professionals programme you'll know it reached its climax this Christmas, with the winner announced on Christmas Eve. 

    Scott Barnard is a chef at the prestigious restaurant at the Grove Hotel in Watford and reached the final three in the competition, but didn't quite win it.

    Scott Barnard

    The chef, who lives in Pitstone in Hertfordshire, said his competition was "very up and down but the winner Mark was consistent throughout".

  9. Children of the three counties reveal their favourite thing about Christmas

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Now, I know Christmas is technically over, but I couldn't not share this fantastically funny video of school children in Beds, Herts and Bucks telling us their favourite thing about Christmas...

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    Think I might have to agree that my favourite bit is when we "have our Christmas pudding".

  10. Afternoon headlines: Hertfordshire murder accused remanded... Christmas ambulance calls

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this afternoon:

    • A man accused of committing a murder at a hotel in Hertfordshire has been remanded in custody
    • The ambulance service received more than 1,500 emergency calls over Christmas in Beds and Herts
  11. Seven black and white TV licenses held in Stevenage

    Sophie Sulehria

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Would you believe it? - The black and white television lives on in 2016.

    Black and white telelvision

    Nearly 50 years after colour programmes first became available, and as the nation switches over to digital services on giant HD televisions, tablets and smartphones, some households are shunning the attractions of 21st century technology.

    Apparently more than 9,000 people are still watching black and white television - seven of those being in Stevenage.

  12. Dog attack in Letchworth leaves runner with knee wound

    A man's been left with a large puncture wound on his knee after he was bitten by a dog in Letchworth.

    Greenway in Letchworth

    The man in his 40s was running along the Greenway when a blonde American cocker spaniel-type dog ran up to him and attacked his leg, making him fall. It then bit down on his knee.

    As the man was in shock, he didn't manage to get the dog owner's details. She is described as a white woman in her early 60s with short white blonde hair, around 5ft 2ins.

  13. Travel: M1 lane blocked in Bedfordshire

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked on the M1 southbound J11-J10 due to a broken down vehicle. The matrix signs are set to 40mph.

    There's slow traffic on the A41 northbound in North Watford at the Dome Roundabout.

  14. Milton Keynes council tax up nearly £800 more than 20 years ago

    One MK

    Taxpayers in Milton Keynes pay nearly £800 more a year in council tax than they did less than 20 years ago, according to new research by the Taxpayers' Alliance.

  15. More than 1,500 ambulance calls over Christmas in Beds and Herts

    The ambulance service received more than 1,500 emergency calls across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

    Between 07:00 on Christmas Eve and 23:00 on Boxing Day, the East of England Ambulance Service received 950 calls in Hertfordshire and 578 in Bedfordshire.

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  16. New domestic abuse law comes into force

    BBC News UK

    Domestic abusers who control victims via social media or spy on them online could face up to five years in prison under a new law which is now in force.

    Man's clenched fist

    The legislation will target those who subject spouses, partners and family members to psychological and emotional torment, but stop short of violence.

    It paves the way for charges in cases where there is evidence of repeated "controlling or coercive behaviour".

  17. Christmas Day A421 death crash: 'Lovely day destroyed by tragedy'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The family of a man and his three-year-old son killed in a crash on Christmas Day say a "lovely day together" had been "destroyed" by the tragedy.

    Adesola Olusoga, 32, of Ryswick Road, Kempston, and his son, Isaiah Olusoga, died when their car crashed on the A421 between Marsh Keys and Marston Moretaine.

    In a statement, the family said: “Adesola was a loving brother, son and partner and doted on his son.

    "Isaiah was completely adored by all of his family. He was a beautiful boy who brought a smile to so many faces. Words can’t describe how much they will both be missed.”

  18. Weather: Sunny spells and mainly dry

    BBC Weather

    There will be some bright or sunny spells through this afternoon and most places will stay dry, although there is an outside chance of catching the odd shower.

    Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

    Weather graphic shows sunny spells with a small shower
  19. Man discovered drowned in Bedford river named

    A man discovered dead in the river at Bedford just before Christmas has been named as Sebastian Sobel.

    The 36-year-old was found near the Embankment on 20 December at about 14:30. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

    River Ouse in Bedford