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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 24 February 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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 for today but join us again from 08:00 tomorrow for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

  2. Luton man arrested for money-laundering

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Three men have been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering after raids in Luton and London.

    Investigators chisel at frozen food from freezer in Luton

    A 38-year-old man from Luton has been arrested with two other men from London and is being held at a south London police station.

    The Met Police says the investigation relates to money fraudulently withdrawn from a bank account.

  3. Weather: Cold night ahead

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight: A small chance of a wintry shower, but otherwise dry with a widespread hard frost and some icy patches. Lows of -2C down to -6C (28F to 21F).

    Weather graphic shows highs of 5C tomorrow

    Tomorrow: Another cold, frosty start but mainly dry with sunny spells. Highs of 6C (42F).  

  4. Herts council to campaign for lorry sat-navs

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A truck that got stuck in a Hertfordshire village is prompting the county council to launch a campaign to get lorry drivers to use the right sat-nav. 

    Lorry stuck in Walkern High Street

    It's thought the HGV which caused several hours of disruption in Walkern, near Stevenage, could have been using a domestic sat-nav and not one for lorries. 

    The incident wasn't the first, according to council, which says it's time to make a stand and will lobby the Department for Transport, the Local Government Association and the Road Haulage Association.

  5. Girl, 8, starved of oxygen at birth awarded £7.5m

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A little girl who was starved of oxygen at birth, leaving her in need of constant care, has been awarded compensation worth more than £7.5m. 

    The High Court heard how despite warning signs that she was in distress in the womb, there was a catastrophic delay in her being delivered at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage in 2007.

    East and North Herts NHS Trust issued a public apology and agreed to pay a lump sum of £2.3m, followed by annual, index-linked and tax-free payments for the rest of her life.

  6. Car crashes into Bletchley balcony

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A car struck a metal post supporting a balcony in Bletchley this afternoon.

    Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Whaddon Way at 14:00. The driver was released, uninjured before crews arrived.

    Car crashed into balcony in Bletchley
  7. Former policeman denies offering teens cash for sex

    A former Bedfordshire policeman has taken the witness stand to deny having a sexual interest in teenage girls. 

    Luton Crown Court

    Mohammad Arshad, 35, of Ferndale Road, Luton, denied offering one girl £200 for sex, but said another girl texted him to offer sex in return for £100. He said that the girl cancelled and the meeting never took place.

    Mr Arshad denies 22 charges, include one of rape and 11 of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

  8. Watch: Flying Scotsman passes through Stevenage

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The world famous Flying Scotsman has passed through Stevenage this afternoon following a 10-year multi-million pound restoration.

    The locomotive was travelling from the National Railway Museum in York to Wembley, ahead of its official inaugural journey from King's Cross to York tomorrow.

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    Video caption: The Flying Scotsman passes through Stevenage in Hertfordshire.
  9. Afternoon headlines: Former policeman takes stand in trial... Fan's football ban

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The afternoon headlines:

    • A former Bedfordshire policeman has taken the witness stand to deny having a sexual interest in teenage girls 
    • A football fan from Buckinghamshire who was filmed running onto the pitch at a match in Essex has been given a suspended prison sentence 
    • The world famous Flying Scotsman has passed through Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire following a 10 year multi-million pound restoration
  10. Flying Scotsman steams through Hitchin

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The Flying Scotsman has been steaming through Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire this afternoon (sorry, had to go there), ahead of its inaugural journey from King's Cross to York tomorrow.

    Here it is passing Hitchin train station a short while ago.

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  11. Bride punched and groom's nose broken in attack

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A bride was punched in the head after trouble broke out between two wedding parties in Ware, St Albans Crown Court heard.

    Fanhams Hall, Ware

    Groom Glen Evans suffered a broken nose after he was allegedly confronted by men whilst drinking around a fireplace with his new bride Georgina at Fanhams Hall. The men said the area was "reserved" before becoming violent, Mr Evans said.

    Lee Doyle, 37, of Halleys Way, Houghton Regis and Gary Hutson, 46, of Redmire Close, Luton, both guests of another wedding, denied a charge of affray in the early hours of 10 August 2014. The case continues.

  12. MK Dons' Hitchcock re-signs to Crewe

    Graham McGarry

    Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    League One side Crewe Alexandra have signed Tom Hitchcock on loan from MK Dons until the end of the season

    Tom Hitchcock

    The 23-year-old has had a loan spell at the club, in December 2013, netting three goals in six appearances.

    Alex boss Steve Davis says Hitchcock will help him cope with the loss of striker Marcus Haber to international football.   

  13. Bucks man given suspended sentence for pitch invasion

    A Buckinghamshire man has pleaded guilty to affray and invading the pitch at a football match in Essex, and been handed an eight week sentence suspended for 12 months.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Southend United condemns fan violence during Colchester derby.

    Mark Coshever, 39, from Eaton Place, Beaconsfield, was charged following a disturbance at Southend United's football ground on 6 February. 

    Appearing at Southend Magistrates' Court, Coshever received a five-year football banning order, and is not allowed to within one mile of Southend for four hours before or after any home games. 

  14. Flying Scotsman: Waiting at Stevenage train station

    Speaking of the Flying Scotsman, Ellie on Twitter is waiting at Stevenage ready to see the famous locomotive drive past.

  15. Weather: Mostly bright this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a mostly bright afternoon with patchy cloud at times, with the best of the sunshine towards the east. 

    Feeling pleasant in the afternoon sunshine with a maximum temperature of 6C (43F).

    Weather graphic shows lows of 3C
  16. Whole-life term killer had 'no incentive to co-operate'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The barrister representing double killer Gary Vinter, who received a third life sentence today for trying to kill fellow "lifer" Lee Newell at HMP Woodhill (pictured), said his client had "no incentive to co-operate with the prison regime".

    HMP Woodhill

    Before the judge passed sentence, Kevin Molloy told Luton Crown Court: "He is one of a very small number of prisoners in the country who is serving a full-life term, which means he has no hope of release."

    A statement from Newell - who had also killed twice - was read out in which he said he still wanted to know why Vinter had chosen him to attack but added: "I do sometimes think that perhaps I deserve this because of my past behaviour."

  17. Double killer's third life term an 'academic exercise'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A judge has called the passing of a life sentence with a minimum term of 18 years for a double killer who attacked a fellow inmate an "academic exercise".

    Gary Vinter, 46, who was already serving a whole life term, tried to kill another double murderer, Lee Newell, (pictured) at HMP Woodhill in November 2014.

    Lee Newell

    At Luton Crown Court, Judge Richard Foster said: "You will in any event spend the rest of your life in prison... However it is important - not least for Lee Newell and his family - that due process has taken its course."

    The judge said Newell, who had strangled a woman to death in 1998 and in 2013 had strangled to death a child killer in a prison, was entitled to the protection of the criminal law the same as everyone else.