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  1. Updates for Wednesday, 20 January 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jane Killick

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Thanks for joining us for today's round up of news, sport, weather and travel in Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 for more of the same.

  2. St Albans body 'not suspicious'

    Hertfordshire Police say the death of a man, believed to be David Edmunds from St Albans, is "not thought to be suspicious".

    The body of the man was found by a member of the public this afternoon in an area off Redbourn Road.

    Redbourn Road, St Albans

    Mr Edmunds, 35, went missing from his home in Maple Avenue on 14 January.

  3. Drugs worth £2m found in a van on M1

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Drugs with an estimated street value of £2m have been recovered from a van on the M1 near J9 in Bedfordshire.

    A man has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply after 40kg (88lbs) of what's believed to be class A drugs were found in the Ford Connect van when it was stopped by police on the motorway yesterday at 12:15.

    Officers went on to search an address in Borehamwood in Hertfordshire and seized three firearms and a "substantial" amount of cash.

  4. Weather tonight: Cold and frosty

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight: Cold and frosty with widespread mist and local freezing fog patches. Lows of -3C (27F).

    Tomorrow: A cold, frosty start with freezing fog patches slow to clear in places.

    Down to minus 2 tonight in Leighton Buzzard
  5. Sheep rescued from hole in Buckinghamshire

    A man out sledging with his children in Akeley, Bucks, found a sheep stuck in a deep hole on Sunday, but couldn't pull her out.

    Sheep looks up from the bottom of a deep hole

    So he called the RSPCA and they called the fire service and, between them, they managed to pull the ewe to safety.

    The sheep had grazed her back legs and was very cold and weak, but her human rescuers stayed with her for an hour until she managed to walk over to the rest of the flock, apparently no worse the wear for her ordeal.  

  6. Project to restore Hitchin river will cost £31,000

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The section of the River Riz through Bancroft Recreation Ground in Hitchin is to be restored at the cost of £31,433, following a decision by North Hertfordshire District Council.

    The project will restore its appearance and transform it into a more natural free-flowing river.

    It's part of plans, agreed in January 2014, to regenerate the recreation ground and will include planting waterside plants, removing some of the concrete structures and slabs, and widening some parts of the river.

  7. Two plead 'not guilty' to dog attack

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Two men have appeared at St Albans Crown Court to deny charges relating to a dog attack at a farm in Hertfordshire.

    A woman was seriously injured by two German Shepherds at Warren Farm in Great Amwell last October.

    Nijamul Islam, 42, from Edgware, and Mijanur Malik, 21, from Edmonton, pleaded not guilty to owning dogs that were dangerously out of control and causing unnecessary suffering to animals.

  8. Body found believed to be missing St Albans man

    A body has been found which is believed to be that of missing St Albans man, David Edmunds.

    The discovery was made this afternoon in an area off the Redbourn Road, near to the former Punch Bowl Pub.

    David Edmunds

    Mr Edmunds, 35, went missing from his home in Maple Avenue on 14 January.

  9. Afternoon headlines: School fined after girl paralysed... MK Dons v Chelsea tickets go on sale

    Jon Kaye

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    • A private school in Hertfordshire - Queenswood School in Brookman's Park - has been ordered to pay over £140,000 after a girl was permanently paralysed when a swing collapsed
    • A Watford teenager has been sentenced by St Albans Crown Court to 12 months detention for drug dealing
    • After their replay win last night, tickets have gone on sale this afternoon for Milton Keynes Dons' FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Chelsea
  10. MK Dons fans queue for Chelsea match tickets

    After their replay win last night, tickets have gone sale this afternoon for Milton Keynes Dons' FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Chelsea.

    An earlier glitch meant fans trying to purchase online had problems, but the Dons have tweeted it's all fixed now.

    Meanwhile, fans who've popped to stadium:mk to pick up tickets in person are having to queue, as the MK Citizen's Toby Lock has tweeted...

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  11. Bedfordshire Police release email to report off-road bikers

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Yesterday we told you Bedfordshire Police was launching an email address for the public to submit information about off-road bikers - well, here it is; people should contact Operation Meteor at  

    Operation Meteor in Houghton Regis

    Residents can submit in-depth descriptions of the activity and culprits they witness, as well as photographs and video and the names and details of any people they suspect to be involved.

    Chief Insp, Sean Quinn, said: "We recognise that Bedfordshire residents are frustrated and frightened by this issue and that’s exactly why we are investing in a new approach."

  12. Extent of speeding in Beds, Herts and Cambs is revealed

    Latest figures show more than 70,000 drivers were fined for speeding in 30mph zones in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire last year. 

    In at least one case someone was clocked doing 90.

    72,336 motorists caught speeding in 30 limits
  13. MK Dons boss Karl Robinson: 'January inflates cost of signing players'

    BBC Sport

    MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has said he wants to strengthen his squad, but will not pay "inflated January prices".

    "Players are moving for ridiculous money I don't think some of them are actually worth, but January inflates prices," he said.

    Karl Robinson
  14. Scrapping dog poo bins will 'increase efficiency and save money'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    As reported in Beds on Sunday, Bedford Borough Council has said plans to scrap separate dog waste bins and ask owners to use the usual litter bins instead will "increase efficiency and save taxpayers money".

    Stencil asking people to clear up after their dogs

    It said a small number of bins had already been labelled as dual use "with no issues or concerns being raised or experienced".

    A spokeswoman said it was "consulting on increasing the number of standardised bins for dual use with litter and dog waste in suitable areas" - a move it estimates will save £30,000.

  15. Bedford Borough Council could scrap dog waste bins as part of cost saving initiative

    Bedfordshire on Sunday

    Dog waste bins could become a thing of the past as a council may stop separate dog waste collection.

    As part of the 2015/16 budget cut proposals, Bedford Borough Council is proposing switching to having dual use bins for both litter and dog waste, saving it £30,000.

  16. Weather: Sunny and feeling cold

    There will be plenty of decent sunshine during the afternoon., while winds will be light. However, it will still feel cold, especially in sheltered and rural spots around Bedford. 

    Maximum Temperature: 5C (41F).

    Sunny until nightfall
  17. Wall could 'fall onto footpath near a busy school' after crash

    A wall in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, has been left unstable after a car crashed into it and then drove off without stopping.

    Thames Valley Police believe the black Volkswagen Tiguan failed to negotiate a right hand bend on Rogers Lane and collided with a house on Monday at 19:45, causing major damage.

    bricks crumbling from a hole in the wall

    PC Steve Lane, from Thames Valley roads policing, said anyone with information - or the driver themselves - should contact police on 101.

  18. Lunchtime headlines: School fined after swing accident ... Inquest opens into Bedford bypass crash deaths

    Jon Kaye

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    • A private school in Hertfordshire, Queenswood School in Brookman's Park, has been ordered to pay over £140,000 after a girl was permanently paralysed when a swing collapsed 
    • An inquest opens today into the death of a husband and wife in a crash on the A421 Bedford bypass last week 
    • Firefighters released an injured woman after a two-car collision in Aylesbury this morning at the junctions of Manor Road and Bierton Road