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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 13 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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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. Join us again tomorrow from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

  2. Weather: Bitterly cold day in store tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight: A dry but cold evening with rain later in the night and winds picking up. Lows of 2C (35F).

    Weather graphic shows highs of 4C on Thursday

    Tomorrow: Rather cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain which could turn to sleet or snow in the afternoon. Highs of 4C (39F).

  3. Blunham fire: Residents advised to keep windows closed

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Residents of Blunham and the surrounding area are being advised to keep their windows closed to prevent fumes from an ongoing blaze at a coach company in the village from entering their homes.

    Aerial photos of fire in Blunham

    A workshop at Chiltern Travel in Barford Road caught fire shortly before 12:30. Firefighters are now attacking it from several directions, and trying to stop it spreading to a portable building and a fuel tank containing about 500 litres of diesel. 

    Cylinders containing argon and propane gas have also been removed, along with a number of vehicles which were close to the building.

  4. Support grows for Bowie statue in Aylesbury’s Market Square

    Bucks Herald

    Support is growing for a statue of David Bowie in Market Square to celebrate his "special connection" with Aylesbury, which was first proposed by Friars Club supremo David Stopps.

  5. Man guilty of attempted murder after Luton stabbing

    A man has been found guilty of attempted murder after stabbing his ex-wife and her new partner at a contact centre in Luton last summer.

    Luton contact centre

    Fatmir Mula, 39, of Newham, London, was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder and possessing an offensive weapon. The jury was unanimous on all counts.

    Sentencing will take place at Luton Crown Court tomorrow morning.

  6. Luton murder investigation: 'Someone has information," police say

    Police investigating the murder of Atul Shah, 47, found dead in his Crescent Road home a week ago, say someone has the information they need to establish what happened.

    Police at Crescent Road

    “We’re keen to hear from any of Mr Shah’s friends who have not yet been spoken to by police, as this may help us further in establishing the circumstances around his tragic death," said Det Insp Justine Jenkins.

  7. 'Big guns' return to Watford side for Saints trip

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    The big guns will return to the Watford side tonight for their trip to Southampton. Odion Ighalo, Etienne Capoue, Miguel Britos and Almen Abdi were all rested for the FA Cup win over Newcastle on Saturday.

    Quique Flores

    The Saints have been inconsistent this season, but Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores said: "It's very important not to underestimate these types of teams because Southampton two weeks ago won really easily against Arsenal.

    "They are a good team with good players and our challenge is to be competitive because if not it will be difficult to win."

  8. Flat flood leads police to bedroom full of cannabis

    A man has been arrested after water flooding from a flat in Hatfield led police to find a bedroom full of cannabis.

    Robins Way in Hatfield

    Police discovered the 20 plants last night at the property in Robins Way and say neighbours reported problems with their electricity at 20:30.

    The man in his 50s has been charged with cultivation of cannabis and abstraction of electricity. He remains in custody and will appear in court tomorrow.

  9. Family of Luton murder victim 'desperately seeking answers'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The family of a Luton man murdered last week are appealing for anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible.

    Atul Shah

    Atul Shah, 47, was found dead at his home in Crescent Road in the town centre last Wednesday evening. He'd suffered serious injuries, but police haven't released any specific information.

    His family, who describe him as a man "with a heart of gold and a zest for life", say they're "desperately seeking answers". A murder investigation is under way.

  10. Reusable recycling bags for Milton Keynes

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Some residents in Milton Keynes will soon see their pink sacks for recycling replaced by a "bag for life" in a new trial.

    Reusable recycling bag

    Two areas of Beanhill will receive what Milton Keynes Council call "strong reusable bags" before more areas are added to the list.

    The council says the pink bags are "no longer viable" and is looking for a "reusable alternative" in line with the government's introduction of the 5p carrier bag charge.

  11. Weather Watchers: Dawn skyline in Bedford

    BBC Weather

    This picture showing an orange and purple skyline was taken this morning at about 08:00 in Bedford town centre.

    BBC Weather Watcher "MartinMc" uploaded it to share with us - and we think it's wonderful.

    Dawn in Bedford town centre
  12. Injured Luton girl 'allowed to wear wig for first time'

    Sophie Sulehria

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Shamiam Arif, 13, was horrifically burnt as a baby in Pakistan and brought to the UK by the charity Muslim Hands.

    Video content

    Video caption: Badly burnt Luton girl gets wig in latest stage of recovery

    Now living with extended family in Luton, her dream is to look more like her teenage friends. Great Ormond Street Hospital has devised a pioneering solution that will allow her to wear a wig for the first time in her life.

    See more of Shamiam's story tonight on BBC One's Inside Out from 19:30.

  13. Nine arrested in drug raids across Hertfordshire

    Nine people have been arrested in drugs raids in Hertfordshire, North London and Essex this morning - including in Hertford and Broxbourne.

    About 100 police officers attended addresses in five towns following a briefing in Hertford.

    “The execution of these warrants was the culmination of months of intelligence led work and the operation has been a success," Ch Insp for East Herts, Gerry McDonald said.

  14. Watch: Prince William drops in for lunch at Stevenage school

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Here's the moment Prince William arrived at the John Henry Newman School in Stevenage today.

    He dropped in to have lunch at the canteen during a break from working with the East Anglian Air Ambulance at the Lister Hospital.

    Video content

    Video caption: Prince William drops in for lunch at Stevenage school
  15. Fire service seeks 1.99% tax rise and looks for cost savings

    Dunstable Gazette

    Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority is asking people if they feel they should increase their share of the council tax by £1.78 (for a Band D property) for 2016/17.

  16. Prince William's lunch at Hertfordshire school

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A Hertfordshire school had an unexpected visitor for lunch today who caused a bit of a stir.

    Prince William sits amongst school pupils in canteen

    Prince William dropped in as he was on a job in Stevenage with his East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter.

    He went into the canteen at the John Henry Newman School in the town while on a break from transporting doctors from nearby Lister Hospital.

  17. Karl Robinson says MK Dons were 'punch-drunk' in 5-0 Burnley loss

    BBC Sport

    MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has admitted his team "looked punch-drunk" in their 5-0 home defeat by Burnley on Tuesday.

    MK Dons play Burnley

    The Buckinghamshire side conceded four second-half goals and had Antony Kay sent off, leaving them just a place above the Championship drop-zone.

    "It's a David and Goliath every week and we have to box clever and a little bit wiser," Robinson said.

  18. Fire in coach vehicle workshop in Blunham

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Firefighters are currently tackling a fire in a vehicle workshop at a coach company in Blunham.

    Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the site in Barford Road at 12:25.

    Seven fire crews from across the county are on the scene, due to the presence of gas cylinders and fuel oil. Firefighters are wearing breathing apparatus to protect themselves from potential asbestos in the roof.

  19. Police puppy Blade to start new training

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    We first met police puppy Blade in late July last year and how time has flown.

    He looks nothing like the tiny ball of fluff we saw, he really is a fully-grown boy now. He's left his foster owner and is about to start his new training with a police instructor...

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  20. Afternoon headlines: Fire at Blunham coach company... Hatton Garden jury retire

    Jon Kaye

    BBC Three Counties Radio

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