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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday, 21 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday

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By Jane Killick

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

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

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

  2. Latest headlines: Paramedic stabbed in Aylesbury... Director fined after waste piled high in Bedfordshire

    Jon Kaye

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this evening:

    • A member of an ambulance crew was stabbed by the patient he was helping in Aylesbury
    • The director of a waste recycling company, which caught fire in Bedfordshire, has been ordered to pay more than £30,000
    • The transport secretary has been meeting members of the East West Rail Consortium in Milton Keynes this afternoon
  3. Pictures released of overflowing Bedfordshire waste site

    The Environment Agency has released pictures of a waste recycling centre in Ampthill after its director was ordered to pay £33,000 for allowing rubbish to pile so high it polluted the surrounding area.

    waste piled high above a border fence

    People living nearby complained about the smell and dust for a year before the rubbish eventually caught fire.

    The site has now been cleared and Simon Lupson, 42, from Holywell Road in Studham, has put the company into voluntary liquidation.

  4. Beds police take note of new technology

    Bedfordshire Police are closing the chapter on the traditional paper notebook and, in future, will be jotting down details on an electric version on their laptops.

    The new kit can capture everything from text and signatures to images, video and audio.

    One feature, called "Around Me", will allow officers to see incidents going on around them within a radius of up to 30 miles, including those in the neighbouring forces of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

    A paper notebook next to a computer notebook
  5. Thirty grand bill for waste recycling director who allowed rubbish to pile up

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The director of a waste recycling company in Bedfordshire, which caught fire, has been fined after pleading guilty to polluting the area surrounding the yard in Ampthill.

    Luton Crown Court heard that, before the fire, piles of waste were so high that litter overflowed fences and people living nearby complained about the smell and dust. 

    Simon Lupson

    Simon Lupson, 42, from Holywell Road in Studham, was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £30,000 in costs to the Environment Agency.  

    Mr Lupson has been involved in 35 companies that have gone into liquidation and owned a yard next to the M1 near St Albans which caught fire and burned for three months in 2013.

  6. Weather: Cloudy tonight, with rain tomorrow

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    There will be some clear spells at first tonight, but it will become increasingly cloudy. Temperatures dropping to 1C (34F).

    Friday will be cloudy and windy with outbreaks of rain in the morning,. Temperatures up to 11C (52F). 

    Rain tomorrow
  7. MK and Bedford rail link 'vitally important'

    The transport secretary says a new rail line linking Oxford to Ipswich via Milton Keynes and Bedford has taken a significant step closer.

    Patrick McGloughlin has been meeting members of the East West Rail Consortium in Milton Keynes this afternoon.

    Patrick McGloughlin
    Quote Message: Network Rail are working on the final preparations for getting the costings right. Obviously there's a lot of pressure on the railway budget ... But schemes like this are vitally important." from Patrick McGloughlin transport secretary
    Patrick McGloughlintransport secretary
  8. What's the difference between ping pong and table tennis?

    Jonathan Park

    BBC Look East sport

    To the untrained eye, ping pong and table tennis might seem very similar, but there are subtle and very important differences.

    Andrew Baggaley, from Milton Keynes, is England's most successful Commonwealth Games table tennis player, but last year he became ping pong world champion - and he's now about to defend his title.

    Video content

    Video caption: MK ping pong champion Andrew Baggaley explains 'it's not table tennis'
  9. Aylesbury man arrested over paramedic stabbing

    A 43-year-old man from Aylesbury has been arrested after a paramedic was stabbed with a screwdriver as he was taking a patient to hospital.

    The ambulance service was called to a telephone box in Old Stoke Road at 05:38 after a 999 call from a man saying he thought he was having a stroke.

    ambulance

    The paramedic, a man in his 30s, was stabbed in the back of the ambulance on the way to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and was treated for his injuries by a colleague.

  10. Headlines: Paramedic stabbed in Aylesbury ... Fine after waste menace in Bedfordshire

    Jon Kaye

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this afternoon:

    • A member of an ambulance crew was stabbed by the patient he was helping in Aylesbury
    • The director of a waste recycling company which caught fire in Bedfordshire has been ordered to pay more than £30,000
    • Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is meeting members of the East West Rail Consortium in Milton Keynes this afternoon.
  11. Meeting over Milton Keynes rail project

    Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is meeting members of the East West Rail Consortium in Milton Keynes this afternoon.

    He's expected to outline the benefits the link will bring to the town.

    When built, the line will link Oxford to Ipswich via Milton Keynes and Bedford.

  12. Jury considers verdict on terrorism charges

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A jury in the trial of two Luton men accused of trying to drum up support for so-called Islamic State in London's Oxford Street has retired to consider its verdict.

    The Old Bailey heard the pair were part of a group which set up a stall outside Top Shop on 9 August, 2014.

    Both Ibrahim Anderson, 38, of Dallow Road, and Shah Jahan Khan, 63, of St Catherine's Avenue, deny inviting support for a proscribed organisation. Mr Anderson also denies possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

  13. Paramedic stabbed in Aylesbury

    A paramedic has been stabbed by a patient he was helping in Aylesbury.

    The patient was being transported to Stoke Mandeville Hospital when he stabbed the paramedic with a screwdriver, causing serious but not life-threatening injuries. 

    The private ambulance was responding to an emergency call on behalf of South Central Ambulance Service.   

    Ambulance
  14. Two seriously injured in head-on crash

    Two people have been seriously injured in a head-on crash near Buckingham.

    A light blue Ford Fusion was involved in collision with a grey Vauxhall Astra on the A421 Tingewick Road close to Buckingham Nurseries and Garden Centre at 18:25 yesterday.

    Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to the crash which resulted in a 53-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman being taken to Milton Keynes Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

    Tingewick Road
  15. Weather: Cloudy with some rain

    Cloud will build from the west this afternoon, with some rain reaching Leighton Buzzard and other western parts around dusk.

    The rain will spread to all areas through the first part of the night. Lows: 2C (36F).

    A cloudy afternoon
  16. Man critical after Dunstable crash

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man is said to be in a critical condition after a car crashed on Dunstable High Street this morning.

    Paramedics arrived at the scene of the one-vehicle crash on High Street North to find the man, who's believed to be in his fifties, unconscious and not breathing. 

    The East of England Ambulance Service say paramedics were able to revive him and he was taken to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage in a critical condition.

  17. Travel: A5 Dunstable High Street closed

    BBC Travel

    The A5 High Street North in Dunstable is closed in both directions between the junctions for the A5120 Houghton Road and Chiltern Road.

    There's been an accident involving one vehicle.

  18. Reward offered after mutilated reptiles found in St Albans

    The bodies of a royal python snake and a monitor lizard have been found dumped in woodland in St Albans.

    A passerby discovered the reptiles, whose internal organs had been removed, in the wooded area off Park Street Lane on Sunday and alerted the RSPCA.

    Monitor Lizard

    The charity, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

  19. Lunchtime headlines: Jury out in Luton terror trial... Airport expansion officially launched

    Jon Kaye

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The tops stories:

    • A jury in the trial of two Luton men accused of trying to drum up support for so-called Islamic State in London's Oxford Street has retired to consider its verdict
    • Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will officially oversee the start of expansion work at Luton Airport this lunchtime
    • The director of a waste recycling company which caught fire in Bedfordshire will be sentenced today for breaching environmental laws
  20. Name Woburn's new tiger

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The public is being invited to name one of two rare Amur tigers born 17 weeks ago at Woburn Safari Park.

    The two female cubs were born to their four-year-old mother, Minerva, and are said to be growing well, "playing with each other and pouncing on mum," said the park's Craig Lancaster.

    tiger cub

    Staff will choose a shortlist of the best six names suggested by the public, before people will be given the chance to vote on the final name.