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  1. A 13-year-old who was punched by a fellow pupil at Kings Langley School in Hertfordshire is in a critical condition
  2. Pupils at a St Albans school have been speaking to British astronaut Tim Peake in space this morning
  3. News. sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Latest headlines: Train fire in Bucks... Reading Festival death

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The stories we're looking at:

    • Police are appealing for witnesses after the body of a man was found on the M1 near Newport Pagnell last night
    • A train has caught fire in Buckinghamshire and Chiltern Railways are experiencing delays as a result 
    • The death of a teenager from Bedfordshire who fell ill at the Reading Festival was due to natural causes, an Inquest has ruled
  3. Minor injuries treatment suspended at Watford General Hospital

    West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust has taken the decision to stop treating adults with minor ailments at Watford Hospital due to the accident and emergency department "experiencing an extreme unprecedented surge of very sick patients."

    The Trust has confirmed treatment for minor injuries will be suspended for the next 24 hours. Children’s services are unaffected.

  4. Tim Peake: 'Great' to speak to St Albans pupils, says astronaut

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    British astronaut Tim Peake has tweeted it was "great" to speak to St Albans School pupils this morning as the International Space Station passed over the UK.

    The amateur radio call made history as the first of it's kind from the UK to a British astronaut on the space station.

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  5. Hatton Garden raid: Herts man had 'no skill to offer,' court hears

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A Hertfordshire man accused of being part of the Hatton Garden raid could not be guilty because he had no skill to offer to the criminal gang, according to his defence lawyer.

    Carl Wood, William Lincoln, Jon Harbinson and Hugh Doyle (l-r) deny the charges against them

    Nick Corsellis told Woolwich Crown Court that Carl Wood (pictured left), 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, had nothing to bring to the table. He asked the jury if they thought criminals would give a share of their millions to a man who was simply an "extra pair of hands".

    Mr Wood denies conspiracy to commit burglary and another related charge.

  6. Jack Garratt 'can't quite believe' he's won BBC Sound of 2016

    BBC Introducing... in Beds, Herts and Bucks

    Experimental songwriter Jack Garratt, from Buckinghamshire, "can't quite believe" he has topped the BBC's Sound of 2016 list, which highlights the most exciting new artists in music.  

    The singer says he's "unbelievably, overwhelmingly grateful" for the honour, and is "still waiting for someone to turn around and go, 'No, kidding. That was a joke - give it back'."

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    Video caption: Jack Garratt wins BBC Sound Of 2016
  7. Weather: Showers possible tonight and tomorrow

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight: Small chance of a shower, but mostly dry with some clear spells. Lows of around 3-5C (upper 30sF).

    Weather graphic shows showers tomorrow afternoon

    Tomorrow: A few brighter spells, but rather cloudy with scattered showers. Highs of 8-9C (upper 40s F).

  8. Drug raids in High Wycombe lead to six arrests

    Northamptonshire Police have carried out two drugs raids in High Wycombe.

    Both class A and class B drugs were seized in Laburnum Road and Plumer Road. 

    Three men, two women and a 17-year-old, all from High Wycombe, were arrested.

  9. Reading Festival death: Teenager had rare disorder

    The death of a teenager from Bedfordshire who fell ill at Reading Festival was due to natural causes, an inquest has concluded.

    Esme Blore-Rimmer

    Esme Blore-Rimmer, 17, from Stevington, was taken to Royal Berkshire Hospital in August 2013 when she became unwell. Staff diagnosed her with gastroenteritis and she was discharged the same day.

    The inquest heard Esme continued to be ill and the following day was taken to Northampton Hospital where she died. Post-mortem tests revealed her death was due to MCADD - a disorder affecting one in 10,000 people.

  10. Bucks' Jack Garratt's compliments from the stars

    BBC Introducing... in Beds, Herts and Bucks

    In case you missed it, Buckinghamshire's Jack Garratt has come top of the list for the BBC Music Sound of 2016.

    It must feel pretty good to get props like this from huge artists...

  11. Luton Town manager wants players to 'wear badge with pride'

    Luke Ashmead

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    New Luton Town manager Nathan Jones has spoken to the media for the first time today.

    Jones said he has his own football philosophy, but wants to win matches - and for his players to wear the Hatters' badge with pride.

    Luton Manager Nathan Jones
  12. Bafta nominations for Elstree produced The Danish Girl

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Eddie Redmayne is aiming for a Bafta double after being nominated for best actor for The Danish Girl, which was filmed at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.

    The Danish Girl, in which Redmayne plays transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, is named on the shortlist for outstanding British film. Alicia Vikander is on the best actress list for her role in the film.

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  13. Afternoon headlines: Luton terror accused in court... Schoolboy critically ill after attack

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories:

    • Four men from Luton have appeared at the Old Bailey accused of encouraging support for the so-called Islamic State 
    • A boy involved in a school fight in Hertfordshire is critically ill in hospital
    • The body of a man has been found on the M1 near Newport Pagnell
  14. Missing poster for Milton Keynes singing frog statue

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    We reported on Monday that a singing frog statue had gone missing from a park in Milton Keynes - well, it's still Awol and The Parks Trust has issued a missing poster.

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    The four-piece frog band, now reduced to a trio, resides in Howe Park Wood near Tattenhoe in Milton Keynes.

    The Parks Trust, which manages the area, says it has reported the missing statue to police and that it was last seen on 30 December.

  15. Travel: Road and railway closed in Buckinghamshire due to train fire

    BBC Travel

    The A4010 Bradenham Road is closed in both directions due to a train fire on the nearby rail line between the A40 and Bradenham Wood Lane.

    Chiltern Railways are suspended between Princes Risborough and High Wycombe as a result of the fire.

    In Hertfordshire, on the A1, one lane is closed due to a three-car collision at J6. Congestion back to J5.

  16. Four in court accused of encouraging support for IS

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Four men from Luton have appeared at the Old Bailey accused of encouraging support for the so-called Islamic State.

    Mohammed Istiak Alamgir, 36, Yousaf Bashir, 35, and Rajib Khan, 37, allegedly gave speeches supporting the terrorist group.

    Ziaur Rahman, 38, along with Mr Khan, is accused of organising the meetings where the speeches took place. A trial date has provisionally been set for September.

  17. Weather Watchers: Weather where you are

    BBC Weather

    What's the weather like where you are? If you become one of our BBC Weather Watchers, you can take photos and temperature readings to keep us up-to-date on the website.

    Just like user Boz has done with this photograph of the sunset across Sandy in Bedfordshire yesterday.

    Sunset in Sandy
  18. Astronaut radio call 'amazing', says St Albans pupil

    The St Albans school pupil who led the discussion between Sandringham School pupils and British astronaut Tim Peake says it was an "amazing experience".

    St Albans School pupil Jessica

    Pupil Jessica passed her radio exams, which should have taken a couple of weeks, in just a few days for the occasion.

    Her headmaster, Alan Gray, said it had been an extraordinary opportunity for the school and was a "way of inspiring young people into science and technology".