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  1. Updates for Monday, 15 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    Updates for Beds, Herts & Bucks Live have finished for today - thanks for joining us. 

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the county.

  2. Why is the UK still printing its laws on vellum?

    BBC News Magazine

    After a reprieve, the UK is to continue printing and storing its laws on vellum, a paper made from calf or goat-skin. But shouldn't these traditions give way to digital storage, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.

    Suffragette producer Alison Owen in the Act Room, Parliamentary Archives.

    Last week the House of Lords decided to end the printing of laws on vellum for cost reasons. But now the Cabinet Office is to provide the money from its own budget for the thousand-year-old tradition to continue.

    Vellum lasts a long time. Dig into the archives of the UK's parliament and pull out the oldest extant law and you'll find a very old document. It was first inscribed in 1497. Read more here.

  3. Luton man in court over plans 'to kill US servicemen'

    Jurors have been sworn in for the trial of a Luton man charged with planning a terrorist attack on American military personnel in Britain. 

    Shazib Khan (l) and Junead Khan

    Junead Ahmed Khan (pictured right), 25, denies making preparations for attacks between May 10 2015 and July 14 2015. 

    He appeared at Kingston Crown Court alongside his uncle, Shazib Ahmed Khan, 23, with whom he is also jointly charged with making preparations for travelling to Syria to fight for so-called Islamic State. Both deny the charges. The trial is expected to last six weeks.

  4. Warning after cars stolen from driveways while de-icing

    As we've just told you, it's set to be another freezing cold night with a very high chance you'll have to scrape your windscreen in the morning.

    Well, there's a warning from police to drivers not to leave their cars running unattended to de-ice after two vehicles were stolen in Milton Keynes this morning.

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  5. Weather: Very cold night ahead

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Scattered wintry showers will gradually fade away tonight, leaving largely clear skies. It will become very cold with a widespread, hard frost and risk of ice, with temperatures falling as low as -5C (23F) in prone rural spots.

    Weather map

    A cold, frosty and potentially icy start to Tuesday with freezing fog patches slow to clear, otherwise it will be dry tomorrow with long spells of sunshine. 

    Feeling chilly with a gentle southerly breeze, and temperatures peaking at 7C (45F).  

  6. Headlines: Killer van driver convicted of murder... Stevenage police station protest continues

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are the top stories in the three counties this evening:

    • A killer van driver who reversed over his victim's head during a violent confrontation has been found guilty of murder  
    • A member of the New Fathers for Justice group is protesting on the top of Stevenage police station
    • The ancient tradition of printing laws on vellum, which is produced near Milton Keynes, has been saved after the government's cabinet office agreed to foot the bill
  7. Europe: Should the eastern region leave?

    BBC Look East

    Europe: Do businesses in the eastern region want to stay in - or pull out? 

    BBC Look East's business correspondent Richard Bond speaks to some of those who want us to leave:

  8. At least four involved in Bedfordshire ram-raid

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    At least four people were involved in an attempt to steal a cash machine from a bank in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire Police says.

    JCB telehandler in Leighton Buzzard bank

    At about 03:00, a telehandler was driven into the Santander branch in Hockliffe Street. The offenders fled the scene along North Street in what is believed to be an Audi or a BMW.

    Police understand the vehicle used in the ram-raid was one stolen recently in the town. 

  9. Protester scales Stevenage police station

    Gail Sanderson

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man is protesting on the top of Stevenage police station. Police say he's been there since about 12:30 today and they are monitoring the situation.

    'Elmo' scales Stevenage Police Station

    Bobby Smith, 33, from Stevenage, is a member of the New Fathers For Justice campaign group. 

    He says he is protesting over the right to see his children and in support of other campaigners. 

  10. The Big Picture: Woburn village sign

    We featured this image at the top of our live page earlier today. 

    Thank you to Sam Wortley from Central Bedfordshire College for sharing this photograph with us.

    Woburn village sign
  11. Poor mental health care 'ruining lives'

    BBC News Health

    Mental health care is so poor and underfunded that "lives are being ruined", a review in England says.

    Mental health statistic

    The report - by a task force set up by NHS England - said too many people were getting no help or inadequate care.

    It set out a number of recommendations, including improving access to talking therapies and crisis care.

  12. Vellum tradition: MP 'glad' it will be 'saved'

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The government says it wants to continue with the ancient tradition of printing Acts of Parliament on vellum, made from goat or calf skin, despite the House of Lords arguing it's too expensive. 

    Magna Carta written on vellum

    Ministers say they'll find the money to offset the £80,000 a year cost for the material produced by William Cowley in Newport Pagnell. 

    "The House of Lords were determined to move to paper, I don't quite know why. I'm glad that we persuaded them otherwise and that the government has stepped in," said Conservative MP James Gray.

  13. Afternoon headlines: Hertfordshire murder... Luton terror case

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest headlines:

    • A man's been found guilty of running over and killing another man in Hertfordshire 
    • The jury has been sworn in in the case of two men from Luton charged with planning a terrorist attack on American military personnel in Britain 
  14. Turnford pedestrian death: 'Deliberate, not accidental driving', says prosecution

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The prosecution in Michael Turner's trial told the court his driving at the victim Frank Buckley was "deliberate and not accidental," carried out "by a man who was angry and in a temper".

    Michael Turner

    The 57-year-old from Turnford knocked down Mr Buckley, 51, with a van in Groom Road last June before reversing over his head and causing him fatal injuries.

    Turner had pleaded not guilty to the murder but a jury at St Albans Crown Court convicted him. Judge Andrew Bright QC said a life sentence is inevitable but he is yet to decide the minimum term.

  15. Hertfordshire man facing life for murder of pedestrian

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A Hertfordshire man could face life in prison after being found guilty of murdering a man after a fight in a Turnford street last summer.

    St Albans Crown Court

    A jury at St Albans Crown Court heard there had been bad feeling between Michael Turner, 57, of Landau Way in the village, and victim Frank Buckley for years.

    Giving evidence, Turner claimed the ill-feeling started 20 years ago when they had a fist fight. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 7 March.

  16. Turnford pedestrian death: Van driver guilty

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been found guilty of murder after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a van in Turnford last June.

    Aire ambulance in Turnford

    Michael Turner, 57, of Landau Way, Turnford, was found guilty at St Albans Crown Court today. He will be sentenced on 7 March.

    The court heard how Turner deliberately drove his van at Frank Buckley, 51, on 26 June, causing him to suffer multiple injuries to his chest, pelvis and skull. Mr Buckley died at the scene.

  17. BreakingMan guilty of murder after Turnford pedestrian death

    Michael Turner, 57, has been found guilty of murder after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a van in the Hertfordshire village of Turnford.

    More details shortly.

  18. Bucks cabinet meets to discuss budget

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    The Buckinghamshire County Council cabinet is meeting in Aylesbury to discuss its budget today. Later this week the full council is expected to confirm a council tax increase of 3.99%.

    Bucks County Council Cabinet meeting

    Last week the communities secretary Greg Clark announced extra funding for councils to deal with the challenges they face. Buckinghamshire will receive about £9m.

    But the leader of the council, Martin Tett, says that means the cuts they have to find will just be implemented more slowly and cannot be avoided.

  19. Family affected by suicide back campaign

    Sophie Sulehria

    BBC Inside Out East

    Hector Stringer, from Tring in Hertfordshire, took his own life in 2011. Since then, 215 people under the age of 21 in the Eastern region have taken their own lives.

    His family are supporting a new campaign to teach schoolchildren about the issues surrounding suicide.

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    Video caption: Hector Stringer's family support new campaign to teach schoolchildren about suicide