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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday, 8 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us on Local Live in Beds, Herts and Bucks for today. Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow when we'll bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the area.

  2. Play area cuts plans to be heard in Milton Keynes

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    Proposals to remove 260 play areas in Milton Keynes will be heard tonight. The idea is part of a plan to save £21m from the council's budget.

    The sites have been identified in a council document as being below the standards of modern play areas. 

    Opposition councillors have criticised a lack of detail in the plans and say no evidence has been provided that the proposals will save the £300,000 claimed in the budget.

  3. Rural police operation finds some sheepish culprits

    Thames Valley Police have been targeting rural crime in a Newport Pagnell operation today.

    They found some rather unlikely suspects...

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  4. Home under construction in Arlesey collapses

    Gail Sanderson

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Part of a house under construction in Arlesey, Bedfordshire has collapsed. No-one has been injured and the area has been cleared. 

    The incident happened after 15:30 in Hitchin Road. Emergency services and Central Bedfordshire building surveyors are at the scene.

  5. Weather: Windy with showers tonight

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight: Windy with scattered showers, but these are becoming more isolated with clear spells developing. Temperatures fall to 1C (34F).

    Weather graphic shows some showers

    Tomorrow: Dry with sunny spells, but it will turn cloudier through the afternoon. Temperatures peaking at 7C (45F).

  6. Luton Airport passenger numbers rise by a quarter

    The number of passengers using Luton Airport has risen by a quarter year on year.

    London Luton Airport

    This January the airport saw 820,722 passengers, an increase of 24.9% on the same month last year.

    Re-development work on the airport is now under way and will see capacity increase from 12 million to 18 million passengers a year. The expansion's expected to create more than 10,000 jobs. 

  7. Attempted murder charge after Letchworth hit and run

    A man in his 20s has been charged with attempted murder following a hit and run in Letchworth Garden City, which police are calling an "isolated incident".

    Dunlin in Letchworth

    Officers were called to Dunlin at 09:40 on Saturday where a man in his 40s had suffered serious leg injuries after allegedly being struck by a vehicle.

    A 22-year-old from London was arrested in the Great Ashby area of Stevenage shortly afterwards, and a vehicle was found nearby. He is due to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday.

  8. Crime has risen in St Albans, London Colney and Harpenden

    St Albans Review

    Too few police staff are answering calls from the public as figures show crime has risen in the last year.

  9. Cycle path improvements in Watford

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Work to improve pathways and cycle paths in Watford town centre has begun as part of a new scheme.

    Cycle path sign

    The plan aims to provide a continuous cycle link between the town and Lower High Street, where work has now started.

    New crossings for both pedestrians and cyclists will be added across the ring road, at Kind Street and High Street. Work is scheduled to take 10 weeks.

  10. Men with crowbar attempt Winslow burglary

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Three masked men carrying a crowbar attempted to burgle a shop in Winslow last night, police say.

    Winslow High Street

    A staff member opened the back door of the High Street Co-op at 23:00 where they saw three people in dark clothing, before shutting the door on them.

    Despite attempts to open the door again with the crow bar, the group were unsuccessful and nothing was taken from the store.

  11. Afternoon headlines: Rape charge after industrial estate assault... Knife amnesty in Bucks

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    This afternoon's headlines:

    • A 53-year-old man from Buckinghamshire has been charged with one count of rape and one of sexual assault near High Wycombe 
    • Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was killed when he was hit by a car in Biggleswade yesterday morning
    • A knife amnesty is underway at various police stations in Buckinghamshire as part of a campaign to reduce knife violence
  12. Keech patient dies after 'angel' campaign

    A man who raised over £40,000 to fund a nurse - or in his words "an angel" - for a year at the hospice he was being cared for has died.

    Tony Jules passed away yesterday morning from prostate cancer while being looked after at Keech Hospice Care.

    Ton Jules, right, with his wife Denise

    Mr Jules, from Sundon Park in Luton, "was so grateful for all the kind and generous public support he received throughout his fundraising venture for his angel, and at times, overwhelmed by how total strangers took his story to their hearts," his wife Denise said.  

  13. Travel: Train services disrupted due to adverse weather

    BBC Travel

    Great Western Railway services are disrupted through Buckinghamshire due to adverse weather conditions.

    Great Northern trains are delayed and cancellations are likely through Hertfordshire due to the weather and safety checks.

    Thameslink services are delayed by up to 20 minutes due to an obstruction on the line at Elstree and Borehamwood.

  14. Knife amnesty in Bucks

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A knife amnesty is under way at various police stations in Buckinghamshire as part of a campaign to reduce knife violence. 

    Selection of knives

    Thames Valley Police say weapons handed in will become part of a giant iron artwork to be displayed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square.

    Knife surrender bins will be at Milton Keynes, Bletchley, Aylesbury, Amersham and High Wycombe.

  15. Connor Ogilvie: Tottenham defender extends Stevenage loan

    BBC Sport

    League Two side Stevenage have extended Tottenham defender Connor Ogilvie's loan spell by a further month.

    The 19-year-old, who can play at left-back or centre-half, has made 19 appearances for Boro since signing for the club in August.

    Connor Ogilvie
  16. Man charged after woman raped on industrial estate

    A 53-year-old man has been charged with rape after a woman was attacked on an industrial estate near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire.

    Thames Valley Police charged the man from Wooburn Green with rape and sexual assault following the incident on Saturday morning.

    The man has appeared at Wycombe Magistrates' Court today, where he was remanded to appear at Aylesbury Crown on 7 March.

  17. Steroids sold illegally via Facebook, BBC investigation finds

    Jo Taylor

    BBC Inside Out East

    Dealers offering illegal performance-enhancing drugs that can cause severe side effects are selling their products via Facebook, the BBC has discovered.

    Video content

    Video caption: Illegal trade in steroids on Facebook uncovered

    Anabolic steroids are used to enhance athletic performance and increase muscle mass, but can cause heart and liver problems.

    An Inside Out investigation found a product called Prostasia is advertised on Facebook, along with branded merchandise.

  18. Weather Watcher: Yep, it's definitely wet out there

    BBC Weather

    In case you needed evidence that it's really rainy and windy outside, here's a picture of a very big wavy (okay, ripply...) puddle in Bourne End.

    Thanks to Weather Watcher 'Pix Farmer' for keeping us up to date.

    Flood in farmyard at Bourne End
  19. Video: US and UK intelligence relations

    BBC News Magazine

    Following a secret visit to Bletchley Park 75 years ago, British and US intelligence agencies forged an alliance.

    Here we take a look at that relationship between the two countries.

    Video content

    Video caption: The UK and US intelligence relationship