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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 23 February 2016
  2. News, sport. travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from the Beds, Herts and Bucks Live team. 

    We'll be back from 08:00, bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen. 

    If you have any photographs from around the county that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. A41 clear-up collects 10.5 tonnes of litter

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    A litter clean-up along 26 miles (42km) of road in Hertfordshire over six days has collected 10.5 tonnes of rubbish.


    The litter was cleared from slip roads, junctions and grass verges of the A41 from the junction of the M25 at Kings Langley through to Tring and back on the opposite carriageway.

    Dacorum Borough Council says it costs about £40,000 a year to pick up people's rubbish and is urging drivers and passengers to take their litter home with them.

  3. Weather: Cold and frosty overnight

    BBC Weather

    Temperatures are expected to drop sharply overnight with some hard frost and icy patches meaning temperatures will hover around -2C (28F) but could drop to as low as -4 (25F) in frost-prone areas. 

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will be dry with sunny spells and staying cold. 

    BBC Weather has more details. 

  4. Headlines: Hertfordshire is latest council to raise council tax by nearly 4%... Former head teacher charged with fraud

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    The main news headlines: 

    • Hertfordshire is the latest council to announce it's raising council tax by nearly 4%
    • The former head teacher of a Bedfordshire school has been charged with fraud following a police investigation
    • HS2 Ltd has apologised for failings in its handling of residents complaints about the high-speed rail line which will run through Buckinghamshire
  5. Man who 'made career of drug-dealing' jailed

    A man who "made a career out of drug-dealing" has been sent to prison for supplying amphetamine with a purity of almost 100%.

    St Albans Crown Court

    Gary Spackman, 49, of Battlers Green Drive, Radlett, organised the supply of amphetamine with a street value of £400.000 to £800,000, St Albans Crown Court heard.

    Spackman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class B drug, and was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail. This will run consecutive to a four year and four month sentence passed for cannabis supply in December. He had two other convictions for drug supply. 

  6. Hertfordshire budget meeting: Government funding fell by £43m

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    Hertfordshire County Council is a huge authority: it has more than one million residents but the money it will see from government fell this year by £43m and that has meant some difficult choices. 

    Council chamber in Hertford

    The council said it lobbied the government hard to get some money back, and it did get some but that's not gone far enough to stem some of the savings it's had to make. There will be more to come in the years ahead.  

  7. Hertfordshire to increase council tax by 4%

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    Hertfordshire is the latest council to announce it's raising council tax by nearly 4%, having agreed the decision earlier today.

    Council meeting in Hertford

    The rise will cover some of the gap needed to fund adult and children's social care but there will be cuts to community services as a result.

    The council has a funding gap of £8m this year, and has seen the amount of money it gets from government fall year on year.

  8. Robin not so reliable as Top Gear duo break down in High Wycombe

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    BBC Top Gear presenters, Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc were left stranded in High Wycombe after their car broke down while they filmed scenes for the new TV series.

    Snapped with new BBC Top Gear presenters

    Sam Wallace and her family were quick off the mark and asked for a picture after the pair's Reliant Robin conked out on London Road. 

    The duo were on a road trip for the show, travelling from London to Blackpool.

  9. MK Dons striker close to signing for Crewe Alex

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    MK Dons striker Tom Hitchcock is close to signing for Crewe Alexandra, BBC Radio Stoke understands.

    He spent some time at the Alex in 2013 on loan, scoring three goals in six appearances.  

    Tom Hitchcock
  10. Former headteacher charged with fraud

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The former head teacher of a Bedfordshire school has been charged with five counts of fraud following a police investigation at the school. 

    Michael Lavelle, 59, of New Road, Bromham has resigned from Lincroft Middle School in Oakley. He's been bailed until a court appearance before Luton Magistrates on 14 March.

  11. HS2 boss apologises for failings

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The boss of HS2 Ltd, Simon Kirby, has apologised for failings in the handling of complaints from residents affected by the high-speed rail line which will run through Buckinghamshire. 

    HS2 protestors on the Chilterns

    It's after a recent report from a Parliamentary watchdog found that HS2 Ltd's actions had fallen so far below reasonable standards "that they constituted maladministration". 

    The high-speed route goes through the Chesham and Amersham constituency of Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan. She sits on a committee that's been studying the report and in Parliament, read out a list of complaints from fellow MPs detailing communication frustrations.

  12. The Big Picture: St Albans houses

    The main image at the top of our live page today shows terraced houses in St Albans.

    Thank you to Lauren Gerrie from Central Bedfordshire College for sharing this photograph with us.

    Houses in St Albans
  13. New EastEnders set 'to feature mosque'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The new EastEnders set at BBC Elstree in Hertfordshire will see a mosque introduced to "reflect the East End", reports The Sun.

    Albert Square, Eastenders set

    According to the article, a source says that the £15m set will “be as authentic as East London today, including a mosque”.

    In January, executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: "We have ambitious plans for the show and the new exterior set will help bring those to life and better reflect the East End of London."

  14. Hertfordshire man pleads guilty to Norfolk bomb hoax

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    A 42-year-old man from Hertfordshire has pleaded guilty to a bomb hoax at a Tesco store in Great Yarmouth last year.

    Bomb scare at Great Yarmouth Tesco

    Stewart Nightingale, of Hazel Grove, Hatfield, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday and admitted one count of blackmail and one of making a bomb hoax by placing an article with intent. 

    It follows an incident at a the Tesco store in Pasteur Road on 6 March. Nightingale will be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on 22 March.

  15. Afternoon headlines: HS2 boss apologises over complaints... Herts council tax to rise

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The afternoon headlines:

    • The boss of HS2 Ltd has apologised for failings in the handling of complaints from residents affected by the high-speed rail line that will run through Buckinghamshire
    • A woman was raped in Milton Keynes last night
    • The council tax bill for people in Hertfordshire is going up by nearly 4% following today's budget meeting
  16. Luton's 'angel' fundraiser and his Marsh Farm 'legacy'

    Nicola Haseler

    BBC Three Counties

    A huge crowd gathered at Futures House in Marsh Farm, Luton earlier today to celebrate Tony Jules' life.

    Crowds at Futures House

    The 63-year-old died earlier this month from prostate cancer at Keech Hospice Care following a six- month fundraising campaign to fund a specialist nurse, or "angel".  

    Mr Jules was the programme director behind the £48.8m regeneration of the Marsh Farm estate, which he called his legacy.

  17. Herts Council says 2% council tax rise 'not enough'

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    Hertfordshire County Council says a 2% increase in council tax isn't enough to pay for social care. 

    Herts county council meeting

    The government is allowing the increase, which the councillor in charge of finance, Chris Hayward, says will raise £10m this year. 

    But, he added, with two-thirds of the council budget going on social care, it won't cover the costs.

  18. Princess Royal opens Citizens' Advice Bureau

    A new centre for the Citizens' Advice Bureau in Luton was officially opened by the Princess Royal yesterday. 

    Mayor Dave Taylor meets Princess Anne

    Princess Anne visited Community House at New Bedford Road in the town, where she met Mayor Dave Taylor, staff and volunteers, and unveiled a plaque.