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  1. Updates for Thursday, 3 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Friday at 08:00

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  1. Live coverage through the day

    That's it for today's Beds, Herts and Bucks Live. Thanks for joining us.

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

  2. Crowbar-wielding gang raid home for jewellery

    A gang of seven men armed with a crowbar and screwdriver raided a home in Hatfield and punched one of its occupants.

    Foxhollows, Hatfield

    Gold necklaces, earrings, bangles and a gold ring were taken from the home on Foxhollows at about 19:30 on 27 February.

    The offenders, some of whom wore baseball caps and hoodies, are being sought by Hertfordshire Police.

  3. Woman handed 18-month community order over death

    Driver Joan Mitchelmore, who was of previous good character with no driving convictions, was handed an 18-month community order by Judge Jonathan Carroll at St Albans Crown Court, with 18 months supervision.

    She was also banned for driving for two years and must take an extended retest if she wishes to regain a licence - but the judge said she realised that was not realistic.

    Joan Mitchelmore
  4. Weather: Wet spells tonight, cloudy start tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Any residual showers will die away during the early evening to leave dry but cloudy conditions for a time. 

    Persistent rain will arrive during the second half of the night, eventually clearing western parts such as Leighton Buzzard during the early hours. Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

    BBC Weather

    Tomorrow will see a cold and cloudy start. Through the day, drier and brighter conditions will spread in from the south with some brighter breaks in places. The south-easterly winds will ease too. Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

  5. Would-be robber thwarted by cold tea attack is jailed

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A would-be robber who had cold tea thrown over him and was chased out of a shop in Aylesbury has been jailed. 

    George Drawmer, 26, of Carnation Way, Aylesbury, went into JB Newsagents in Stoke Road in January and mumbled that he wanted money. But the cashier threw her mug of cold tea over him and chased him out of the shop - hitting him on the head with her mug as he fled.

    Mug of tea

    The day before he had also tried to steal from the Co-Op in Harvey Road, but left without any money. He admitted two counts of attempted robbery and was sentenced to 13 months in jail at Aylesbury Crown Court. 

  6. World Book Day: The Dickens connection

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Continuing our World Book Day theme, did you know there’s a pub in Old Hatfield thought to have been chosen by Charles Dickens to feature in one of his novels?

    Eight Bells Inn, Old Hatfield

    Although it’s not actually named in the novel, the Eight Bells Inn, a 17th Century coaching inn, is widely accepted as the place he chose for Bill Sykes’ retreat with his dog after the murder of Nancy in Oliver Twist. 

    According to Our Hatfield, Dickens visited Hatfield in 1835 when reporting on the fire that killed the first Marchioness of Salisbury.

  7. Headlines: Driver admits killing pedestrian outside Sainsbury's... Alleged Islamic extremist from Luton regarded jihadi as 'hero'

    David Keller

    BBC News

    If you're just catching up, here's the latest news in Beds, Herts and Bucks:

  8. Driver 'hit accelerator instead of brake'

    David Keller

    BBC News

    An 82-year-old woman driver killed a pedestrian when she pressed the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, a court has heard.

    Crash outside Sainsbury's in Harpenden

    Joan Mitchelmore, who walks with a stick, was on her way to an appointment with an optician when she sent Clive Moxley flying over shopping trolleys outside a supermarket.

    Mrs Mitchelmore, now 83, of The Derrings, Harpenden, appeared at St Albans Crown Court to plead guilty to causing death by careless driving. The prosecution accepted her plea of not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

  9. Woman admits hitting pedestrian outside Sainsbury's

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    We've just heard from St Albans Crown Court that an elderly woman has admitted knocking down and killing a man in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

    Crash outside Sainsbury's in Harpenden

    Joan Mitchelmore, 82, accidentally drove onto the pavement outside Sainsbury's where she hit Colin Moxley.

    She's pleaded guilty to causing the death of the 67-year-old by careless driving.

  10. Luton defender off to Southport

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Luton defender Mark O'Brien is set to join Southport on loan. 

    The centre-half hasn't featured recently for the Hatters and boss Nathan Jones wants him to play matches.

    "We need to be fair to him and get him some games because if he is needed then he's going to have to be up to speed - at the minute he's not quite up to speed," said Jones.

  11. BreakingWoman admits death by careless driving in Harpenden

    An elderly woman has admitted knocking down and killing a man outside Sainsbury's in Harpenden.

    More to follow...

  12. Prisoner charged with murdering Watford inmate

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    A prisoner has been charged with murdering a fellow inmate at HMP Peterborough.

    Terry Ojuederie (pictured), 42, from Watford, was pronounced dead at the scene on 9 December after police were called to reports of violence in the jail.  

    Terry Ojuederie

    Cambridgeshire Police has refused to name the 25-year-old charged with his murder, on the grounds he "has not appeared in court or been convicted". He will appear before Peterborough magistrates on 6 April.

  13. Teenager gone missing in Welwyn

    Police are trying to find a missing teenager from Welwyn Garden City.

    Amelia Hill

    Amelia Hill, 16, was last seen at her home on the evening of Tuesday, 1 March.

    Anyone who may have seen her has been asked to contact Hertfordshire Police.

  14. Man 'regarded British jihadi killed in drone strike as a hero'

    BBC News UK

    An alleged Islamic extremist regarded a British jihadi killed in a drone strike in Syria as a "hero", a court has heard.

    Junead Khan, 25, from Luton, is said to have planned to fight for the Islamic State group (IS) abroad before deciding to prepare terrorist acts in the UK.

    Junead Khan

    Prosecutors at Kingston Crown Court said he had shared images linked to IS on WhatsApp. Mr Khan denies making preparations for attacking military personnel in the UK between 10 May and 14 July, 2015. The trial continues.

  15. World Book Day: Literary figures of Buckinghamshire

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    It’s World Book Day, so we’re looking at the literary figures of Beds, Herts and Bucks. Buckinghamshire has had a wealth of literary residents over the years - here are just a few:

    Road Dahl
    • Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990) who wrote books including James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Tales of the Unexpected lived at Gipsy House in Great Missenden
    • T S Eliot, the poet famous for The Wasteland lived in West Street, Marlow, for a short time, as well as in High Wycombe
    • Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein lived at Albion House, West Street, Marlow in 1817 where she wrote the classic novel
    • Enid Blyton - the prolific children’s writer lived at Old Thatch in Bourne End
    • Former Poet Laureate John Betjeman was a teacher at Thorpe House School, Gerrard's Cross
    • John Milton lived in Chalfont St Giles in the summer of 1665 after leaving London to escape the plague - it was where he completed Paradise Lost
  16. Pendleton praised in the Commons

    David Keller

    BBC News

    There's been praise in parliament for Bedfordshire's Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton after she secured her first victory in her new sport of horse racing

    Victoria Pendleton

    The novice jockey only started riding a year ago, but managed an all-the-way success aboard Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton yesterday.

    Culture Secretary John Whittingdale recognised her achievement in the Commons, saying: "It shows how someone can achieve great accomplishment in one sport and then go on to succeed in a second."