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Summary

  1. Closing headlines for Monday, 18 January 2016
  2. Six teenagers due in court charged over attack on Watford fan Nic Cruwys
  3. Man taken to hospital with head injuries after assault in Aylesbury
  4. Hertfordshire man charged with kidnap after woman bundled into car
  5. Hatfield woman campaigns for more public toilets for lorry drivers
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Katy Lewis 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 today.

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

  2. Upside-down rainbow spotted over Dunstable

    Many thanks to local photographer, Jamie Cooper, who took this picture in Dunstable yesterday.

    It's a circumzenithal arc, apparently, which is formed when sunlight passes through ice crystals in an unusual way.

    Upside down rainbow in a blue sky
  3. Weather: cold with a widespread frost

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight: Mainly dry with some high cloud, but also long clear spells. Becoming very cold with a widespread, hard frost and a risk of ice. Lows of -6C to -7C (21F to 19F) in some rural spots.

    Temperature down to minus 4 in Luton

    Tomorrow: A cold, frosty but sunny start with most places staying dry. Temperatures struggling up to just 3C or 4C (37C to 39F).  

  4. Top cop dog retires

    The oldest serving dog in the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police unit has sniffed out his last stash of illegal drugs.

    Thirteen-year-old Brewster retired yesterday, after ten years of detecting drugs hidden in vehicles, buildings and open spaces.

    Brewster the spaniel

    Among Brewster's recent finds were some suspected cannabis in Chapmore End near Ware, and in Watford.  

  5. UK's oldest person recalls downing of German airship over Cuffley

    BBC Radio Solent

    The oldest person in the UK is 113 today: Gladys Hooper from Ryde on the Isle of Wight was born on 18 January, 1903.

    Gladys Hooper

    She has many stories to tell, but this video from BBC Radio Solent shows her talking to her son Derek, 86, about the night of 3 September 1916 when she saw a German airship being shot down over Cuffley in Hertfordshire -  an action which earned a VC for the pilot, 2nd Lt William Leefe Robinson of the 39th Home Guard Squadron.

    She was staying with a friend in Potters Bar at the time and is apparently the only person alive with a first-hand account of the first airship to be shot down on British soil during World War One.

  6. Older drinkers don't ask for help: University of Beds study

    The attitude of older drinkers could be stopping them from asking for help to cut down on alcohol, says a University of Bedfordshire study.

    Older couple with glasses of wine

    The over-50 who drank more than they used to gave age-related reasons, such as retirement, bereavement, loss of sense of purpose, fewer opportunities to socialise and finances. 

    A quarter of the 16,700 surveyed said they wouldn't tell anyone if they had an alcohol problem.

  7. Animals enjoy the snow in Bedfordshire

    Who could resist some pictures of animals enjoying yesterday's snow at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire?

    Not us!

    Camels in the snow
    Black bear in the snow
  8. Evening headlines: Bedford hospital 'busy'... Study finds older drinkers don't ask for help

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    • People are being urged to think twice before going to the accident and emergency department at Bedford Hospital because it's "extremely busy" 
    • Researchers at the University of Bedfordshire say they've carried out the biggest ever survey into the drinking habits of the over-50s
    • Tributes have been paid in the Commons to a "hero" who retrieved an Enigma machine from a German U-boat and helped change the course of World War Two
  9. Bedford Hospital 'extremely busy'

    Bedford Hospital says it's extremely busy in its A&E department because the wintry weather has caused more people to present themselves for treatment.

    People are being urged to use other parts of the NHS, such as pharmacies and walk-in centres, where possible.

    Bedford Hospital
  10. Afternoon headlines: MK-based Homebase sold ... Man found with head injuries in Luton

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories:

    • The DIY chain, Homebase, based in Milton Keynes, has been sold to Australian retail giant, Wesfarmers
    • A man has been taken to hospital after being found in a Luton alleyway with head injuries 
    • A 52-year-old man has been charged with a number of burglaries at pubs in Milton Keynes
  11. Organist's Bowie tribute heads for 3.8 million views

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The St Albans Cathedral organ scholar's tribute to singer David Bowie, described as "utterly breathtaking", has now been viewed more than 3.7 million times online.

    David Bowie / St Albans Cathedral

    The cathedral put Nicholas Freestone's version of the singer's Life on Mars on Facebook after his death was announced last Monday.

    A cathedral spokesman said it was played again after one of yesterday's services and was "received in respectful silence".

  12. Bedford transport charity celebrates 10 years

    The work of a charity in Bedford, that helps patients travel to get cancer treatment, is receiving a visit from the Queen's representative today.

    Primrose Cars, which transports patients living in Bedfordshire to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

    The fleet of Primrose cars

    The Queen's representative in Bedfordshire, Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis, is meeting past and present volunteer drivers.

  13. Victoria Pendleton lined-up for Cheltenham

    BBC Sport

    Bedfordshire's Victoria Pendleton has been lined-up to ride a leading contender at the Cheltenham Festival.

    The former cycling champion from Stotfold is aiming to compete in the Foxhunter Chase for amateur jockeys on Gold Cup day on 18 March.

    Victoria Pendleton
  14. People's History of Pop: Share your music memories

    BBC Music

    The BBC is crowdsourcing photos and audio/video of your cherished music memorabilia to tell the stories of British rock and pop music from the 1950s to the noughties.

    Whether you were into skiffle, punk, hip hop or anything in between, we want to see your stuff and hear your stories!  

    Video content

    Video caption: Get involved - share your music memorabilia at www.phop.co.uk

    What's your best music memory? Be part of the story and upload your photos, footage, audio, ticket stubs, posters, teen diary entries and more here.  

  15. ​Milton Keynes family's appeal to raise £20K to get critically ill dad home

    One MK

    Ronnie Slade, the father of four from Milton Keynes, flew out to Moldova in Eastern Europe shortly after Christmas, to visit a friend. 

    But whilst out there he contracted a flu virus, which has lead to further complications and he is now in a critical state on life support with acute respiratory distress syndrome.

  16. Lunchtime headlines: Milton Keynes-based Homebase sold... Man suffers head injury in Luton

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are the stories we're looking at this lunchtime:

    • The Milton Keynes-based DIY chain, Homebase, has been sold to an Australian retail giant
    • A man has been taken to hospital after being found in a Luton alleyway with head injuries
    • The family of a man from Woburn, who is unconscious in a hospital in Moldova, are appealing for help to get him flown back to the UK
  17. Luton inventor unveils 'Pooball'

    Luton News

    A former Luton Halyard pupil has designed a gadget guaranteed to take the ‘poo’ out of walking your dog.

    Jan Bardill, 49, and her business partner Steve Thorneloe, 56, have come up with the Pooball, a spherical container, 100mm (4in) in diameter, made of easy-to-clean antibacterial polymer.

  18. Children's poster encourages horse riders to stay safe

    A poster designed by four children aims to encourage horse riders across the Thames Valley Police area to wear high-visibility clothing while out riding on darker nights.

    Hannah, six, and Ellie and Lillie, both seven, visited the stables at Milton Keynes police station to meet police horses and riders after winning a competition. Sofia, eight, visited a stables in North Wales.

    A hand-drawn poster witha horse and rider in high-visibility clothing

    The poster combines the designs drawn by all four children.

  19. MK-based Homebase is sold - and name will change

    The Milton Keynes-based DIY chain, Homebase, has been sold by its owner Home Retail Group to Australian retail giant Wesfarmers for £340m.

    Wesfarmers already owns Bunnings, one of Australia's largest suppliers of outdoor living and DIY products.

    Home Retail Group offices in Milton Keynes

    The 265 UK Homebase sites will be rebranded under the Bunnings banner over the next three to five years.