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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 15 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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By Dani Bailey and Jane Killick

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us at BBC Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks this week.

    Join us again on Monday 18 February from 08:00 for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Watch: Specialist team called to clear 'fat-bergs' in Bedfordshire

    BBC Look East

    A specialist team from Holland has been called in to clear a "fat-berg" from the sewers in Houghton Regis. 

    Unless the solidified fat is removed, one of the town's main pipelines could become completely blocked...                      

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    Video caption: Specialist team called to clear blockages in Bedfordshire sewers
  3. Weather: Risk of wintry showers tonight but mainly dry

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight: Risk of a few wintry or snow showers for a time this evening, but otherwise becoming dry. We'll see some frost and icy patches. Lows of -1C to -2C.  

    Weather graphic shows lows of 3C tomorrow

    Tomorrow: Another cold day with sunny skies and just a little patchy cloud. Highs only around 3-4C.

  4. Engineers reconnecting gas for Leighton Buzzard residents

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Engineers are still reconnecting hundreds of people who've been left without gas at their homes in Leighton Buzzard 

    About 400 houses across the Billington Park and Sandhills area have had their supply restored following the outage, with about 300 still to go. 

    Gas company SGN says engineers will be in the area throughout this evening until everyone is back on.

  5. Car theft spree in Bucks

    There's been a spate of burglars driving off with cars after stealing keys from the owners' home in the Chiltern and south Bucks area, police say.

    Man breaking into house

    Thames Valley Police is urging people to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or people following a rise in burglaries.

  6. 'Fat-bergs' cleared from sewers in Bedfordshire

    Neil Bradford

    BBC Look East

    This is just some of the fat cleared from a sewer in Houghton Regis.

    Fat cleared from sewer

    It is taken to Dunstable sewage work and treated before being sent to landfill.

    The work to clear the pipework is expected to take several more days.

  7. Latest headlines: Radlett assault... 'Fat-berg' cleared in Houghton Regis

    Simon Watts

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The stories we're looking at:

    • A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted abduction and grievous bodily harm following an incident last night in Radlett 
    • A specialist team from Holland has been called in to clear a "fat-berg" from the sewers in Houghton Regis 
    • Engineers are reconnecting hundreds of people who've been left without heating at their homes in Leighton Buzzard 
  8. Ighalo: Watford striker 'honoured' by award

    BBC Sport

    Watford's Nigeria international striker Odion Ighalo says he feels "humbled and honoured" to be named Premier League Player of the Month for December.

    Odion Ighalo

    "It's true I scored some goals but I could not have done it all by myself," the 26-year-old told BBC Sport.

    "This award is only possible through God and everyone connected to the club because without them there will be no award for me to receive."

  9. Hundreds left without heating in Leighton Buzzard

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Engineers have been reconnecting hundreds of people left without heating at their homes in Leighton Buzzard.

    Radiator

    About 750 houses across the Billington Park and Sandhills area were affected by the mains gas outage on one of the coldest nights of the winter so far.

    Residents are being asked not to use gas appliances until an engineer has called to reconnect their boiler, and to check on older relatives and friends whose supplies have been cut off. 

  10. Exhibition to stage St Albans' historic artefacts

    St Albans Review

    A World War One cigarette case with a bullet hole is among 70 objects to go on display in a history of St Albans exhibition.  

  11. Fatal A421 Bedford bypass collision: Man bailed

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A man arrested in connection with a six-vehicle crash on the A421 has been bailed by police.

    Two people died in the collision on Tuesday afternoon. Police named the victims as married couple Martin Spratt, 70, and Evelyn Spratt, 68, from Buckden.

    The man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been bailed until 18 May.

  12. Dons without Kay for Reading game

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Milton Keynes Dons will be without suspended defender Anthony Kay for tomorrow's Championship match with Reading at stadium:mk.

    He was sent off in Tuesday night's 5-0 defeat by Burnley.

    Karl Robinson

    Dons manager Karl Robinson said he had "analysed the [Burnley] game" and spoken to the players "about what we need to do better". 

  13. What are you doing next weekend?

    BBC Sport

    Play five-a-side? Every fancied giving it a go? Vowed to get fit this January? Fancy the chance to be at the FA Cup final?

    There’s one thing that could be the answer to all those questions – the FA People’s Cup.

    Competitors taking part in the FA People's Cup

    It’s a free-to-enter knockout competition (with the first round on 22-24 January) for male, female and disability players across 10 categories, ranging from under-14s through to the over-35s - with the chance to go to Wembley for the FA Cup final at the end.

    But hurry - the deadline for entries is midnight today. You can find out all about it here.

  14. James Bay reacts to Brit Awards nominations

    BBC Introducing... in Beds, Herts and Bucks

    The fantastic James Bay - Hitchin's very own - has reacted to the news that he's been nominated for four Brit Awards.

    He says it's "unbelievable". Maybe for him, but we think it's very well deserved.

    View more on twitter

    James first uploaded his tracks to us in 2012 - what a journey it's been. If you'd like to send us your tracks, head over to the website.

  15. Kidnap ordeal for woman in Radlett

    A woman was forced into a car as she was walking in Radlett last night, Hertfordshire Police say.

    She managed to escape. The motorist is believed to have driven directly at her in Watling Street at about 21:15.

    Watling Street in Radlett

    A 24-year-old man from Shenley has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and attempted abduction.

  16. 'Serious staffing concerns' at Yarl's Wood immigration centre

    There are "serious staffing concerns" at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire but "not an endemic culture of abuse", a report has found.

    Gates at Yarl's Wood

    Commissioned by operators Serco, investigators found serious cases of inappropriate behaviour and mistreatment of residents, but said this was not widespread.

    It criticised staffing, training and a shortage of female officers.

  17. Man critical after three vehicle crash in Milton Keynes

    A man's in a critical condition in hospital after three vehicles collided on Tongwell Street in Milton Keynes on Monday, police said.

    Tongwell Street

    A white minibus, a grey Hyundai and a silver Volvo crashed between Dansteed Way and Portway about 14:30, also leaving a woman with a fractured arm and a second man with minor injuries.

    Quote Message: We would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything relating to this incident, in particular a woman driver and a man who was driving a lorry who both stopped to help the casualties." from PC Ryan Whiles Thames Valley Police
    PC Ryan WhilesThames Valley Police