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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 7 January 2016
  2. News. sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates have finished for today. We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow to bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

  2. Aston Villa 'fragile', says Wycombe boss

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth was in bullish mood today ahead of his team's FA Cup Third Round tie against Premier League basement club Aston Villa.

    Gareth Ainsworth

    The visitors haven't won a league game since the opening day of the season back in August as they head to Wycombe from League Two. 

    "They are fragile in the Premier League without a shadow of a doubt", said Ainsworth. "They have been shy of wins and we're going to go for it as Wycombe Wanderers do."

  3. The moment a Keech Hospice patient was told he'd topped £40k 'angel' target

    A man being cared for at Keech Hospice in Luton has raised £40,000 in five months so the charity can employ another nurse, or - in his words - "an angel".

    Tony Jules, 63, has raised the money - the cost of a nurse at the hospice for one year - since August last year. He says he is "happy" knowing others will benefit from his work.

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    Video caption: Keech Hospice patient reaches £40k fundraising target
  4. Luton death: At the scene on Crescent Road

    Neil Bradford

    BBC Look East

    This evening the house on Crescent Road, which looks like it's been converted into flats, remains sealed off after a man died there last night. There is a cordon surrounding the driveway of that building and the building next door.

    Police at Crescent Road in Luton

    Forensic investigators are still gathering clues and a police officer remains on scene guard outside. Three men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    Police have released very few details about the man's death, other than to say they were called here at 21:20 last night.

  5. Man threatened at gunpoint in Welwyn Garden City

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man has been threatened at gunpoint after coming to the aid of another man lying in the road in Welwyn Garden City.

    The man, in his 60s, stopped his car on Tuesday night at 22:50 on Homestead Road.

    Homestead Road in Welwyn

    When he got out to check on the man in the road, a second man appeared with a small handgun and told him to move away. The motorist got back in his car and drove off, while the other two men ran across King George Playing Fields.

  6. Watford's Flores will make changes to team this weekend

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores will make a number of changes to his starting 11 for the FA Cup tie against fellow Premier League team Newcastle this weekend.

    Quique Flores

    Flores has kept a very settled side all season, but with his objective to stay in the top flight and a midweek league fixture to come he will now rest some players: 

    "We need to manage the situation. Three days after we have another challenge. We don't want to change the personality of the team," Flores said.

  7. Luton and Dunstable signs a bit confusing

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Have you seen these signs on Skimpot Road in Luton and Luton Road in Dunstable? They've left us a bit baffled.

    Signs along Luton Road

    Luton Borough Council say the signs were installed six months ago as part of a joint initiative with Central Bedfordshire to improve pedestrian and cycling access in the area.

    Do you think they're helpful? Let us know over on our Facebook page.

  8. World's largest aquarium land bought for £125k

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Land that was supposed to be home to the world's largest aquarium (pictured) in Bedfordshire has been bought by former Luton Town chairman David Kohler for just £125,000.

    The Nirah aquarium project was supposed to have been built by 2012

    Mr Kohler, who was behind plans for football stadium "the Kohlerdome" at J10 of the M1, says if the site is not developed it will just end up an "an expensive hole in the ground".

    The land was sold off last year after planning permission for NIRAH had expired and millions of pounds of public money lost.

  9. Land meant to home world's largest aquarium bought by former Luton Town chairman

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Land that was supposed to be home to the world's largest aquarium in Bedfordshire has been bought by the former Luton Town chairman, David Kohler.

    Artist impression of the Kohlerdome

    The property developer was behind plans in the 1990s to build a new indoor stadium by J10 of the M1 dubbed the "Kohlerdome". 

    Mr Kohler stresses that he is not thinking of a building a football stadium on the former clay pit site in Stewartby.

  10. Drummond Puddle Watch: Thousands watch livestream of puddle

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    You may well have missed this yesterday, something that has been dubbed as one of the most British things to happen to the internet... I'm talking about Drummond Puddle Watch, and boy did it brighten up my day!

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    Video caption: Live video of puddle takes off online

    More than 20,000 people watched a live video stream of a puddle in Newcastle blocking a popular pathway in the city centre.

    Richard Rippon began streaming it on Periscope from a nearby office window after becoming fascinated with how people were trying to cross the puddle.

  11. Tribute to Hertfordshire driver killed in Wales crash

    The family of a Hertfordshire man who died in a one-car crash on the A449 in Wales said he "brightened everybody's life".

    Mark Crabtree died in a crash on the A449

    Mark Crabtree, 42, was killed on the southbound carriageway in Monmouthshire on Sunday, between the A40 for Raglan and the A472 for Usk. Gwent Police said he died at the scene. 

    His father, Philip Crabtree, said: "Mark, a father of three children with a fiancée called Sonia will be missed very much by his partner, children and family."

  12. Coaching pair Harris and Hayretting leave Luton Town

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    Luton Town have confirmed coaching duo Terry Harris and Hakan Hayretting have left the club following the appointment of Nathan Jones as manager.

    The pair had been at the Hatters since 2013 after being appointed by previous boss John Still.

    Harris had been assistant manager, while Hayretting was the club's first-team coach.

  13. Levels high on River Purwell in Hitchin

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Speaking of flood alerts - this is what the River Purwell looks like in Hitchin today.

    At least the ducks look like they're having a nice time...

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  14. Flood alerts for Beds, Herts and Bucks

    BBC Weather

    The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts across the three counties.

    There is an alert in place for the River Thame, which runs through Buckinghamshire, although property flooding is not expected.

    On the Upper River Colne and Radlett Brook in Hertfordshire, levels continue to slowly rise due to heavy and prolonged rainfall, while levels on the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire remain high. 

  15. Keech patient 'happy' others will benefit from his 'angel'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A patient at Keech Hospice in Luton says he is "happy" knowing others will benefit from the "angel" his fundraising has been able to fund.

    Tony Jules

    Tony Jules, 63, has raised £40,000 - the cost of a nurse at the hospice for one year - since August last year. In November, he was named “Best Fundraiser” at Luton’s Best Awards.

    “I am more tired now than when I first set about getting my angel. My body is letting me down, but my spirit is still very much shining on," Tony, who has terminal cancer, said.

  16. Afternoon headlines: Luton death arrests... Watford's Deeney won't be sold in transfers

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The headlines this afternoon:

    • Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead in Luton last night 
    • Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores insists it is "completely impossible" Troy Deeney or Odion Ighalo will be sold during the current transfer window
  17. Phone scam warning for businesses

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Bedfordshire Police is warning about a phone scam targeted at businesses, which has resurfaced from 2011.

    Telephone

    The fraudster operates by posing as an advertising salesman, asking for support for an "official" police magazine.

    Police say anyone contacted should not give out any personal or bank details, hang up the phone and report it to Action Fraud.