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Summary

  1. Parents have criticised the government after plans for a free school in Hertfordshire were cancelled
  2. The family of a man who died 13 years after a surgical swab was left in his body are now suing the Luton and Dunstable Hospital
  3. A protest is due to take place in Luton this morning over plans to cut the shop mobility service
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather from 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 Local Live team on Tuesday - we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, 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 or Twitter.

  2. Milton Keynes minibus driver, in crash, admits 'drifting off'

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A minibus driver has admitted he "drifted off" or had a blackout in a crash in which a baby in a car seat was thrown out onto the hard shoulder.

    Ian Scrivener, 35, of Milton Keynes, admitted careless driving on the A74(M) near Beattock in June last year.

    Dumfries Sheriff Court heard the baby had to be taken to hospital in Glasgow with a head injury after the crash. Sheriff Brian Mohan said Scrivener had a record of driving offences and deferred sentence for a month.

  3. Weather: Cloudy tonight and tomorrow with rain

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening will stay cloudy with some patches of light rain or drizzle. Turning wet and windy overnight with a low temperature of 4C (39F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow, it will be staying cloudy and wet throughout with prolonged spells of rain, sometimes heavy accompanied by a gusty winds with a high temperature of 6C (43F).

  4. Ex-3CR presenter Iain Lee 'breached impartiality' rules

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A former BBC Three Counties radio presenter has said he is "flabbergasted" after the corporation's governing body found he breached impartiality rules during a discussion on homosexuality and religion.

    Iain Lee

    Iain Lee was "unduly confrontational" when he told a Christian former prison worker his views on homosexuality were "poisonous" and "hateful" in November, a BBC Trust report found

    Mr Lee, a former presenter of Channel 4 satire The 11 O'Clock Show, later apologised on air but went on to quit the breakfast show on BBC Three Counties, which covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

  5. Keeper Mark Tyler leaves Luton Town

    BBC Sport

    Luton Town goalkeeper Mark Tyler is leaving the club to join his former team Peterborough United as a player-coach on a three month loan, with a view to a permanent move.

    Mark Tyler

    The 38-year-old joined Luton in 2009 and made 297 appearances for the club. Tyler, whose deal at Kenilworth Road expires in June, is unlikely to play again this season due to a back injury.

    "I am delighted to be back and I can't wait to start working with the goalkeepers at the club," he told the Peterborough United club website.  

  6. Stephen Hawking's tribute to teacher who helped build his first computer

    BBC News Education

    Scientist Stephen Hawking says his classes at St Albans School "were lively and exciting" thanks to the teacher who inspired him.

    Dikran Tahta

    The award-winning scientist has recorded a video commending his teacher, Dikran Tahta, who died in 2006.

    "Everything could be debated. Together we built my first computer, it was made with electro-mechanical switches," said Prof Hawking.

  7. Protest over Shopmobility cuts

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    We've been covering the protest over Shopmobility cuts in Luton earlier today.

    Well, now we've got some film footage of the demonstration...

    Video content

    Video caption: Mobility scooter and wheelchair users protest against Shopmobility cuts
  8. Golf shop manager in Luton sentenced for theft

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The manager of a golf pro shop at Stockwood Park Golf Club in Luton regularly helped himself to takings from the till to the tune of £30,000 over a nine-year period, a court has heard.

    Luton Crown Court

    Matthew Green, 38, of Feronia Mead, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, stole the money after running up huge gambling debts, Luton Crown Court heard.

    Green pleaded guilty to a single charge of theft and was given a 22 month sentence suspended for two years.

  9. Stephen Hawking remembers best teacher

    BBC News Education

    Scientist Stephen Hawking (pictured left) has paid tribute to the Hertfordshire teacher who inspired his early steps into scholarship.

    Stephen Hawking (left) as a pupil at at St Albans School in Hertfordshire in the 1950s

    He says Dikran Tahta at St Albans School opened his eyes to maths, which he describes as the "blueprint of the universe".

    "My handwriting was bad, and I could be lazy. Many teachers were boring. Not Mr Tahta," said the physicist. Prof Hawking was speaking ahead of this weekend's award of the Global Teacher Prize.

  10. Luton council 'forced to make Shopmobility cuts'

    Jessica Cooper

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Luton Borough Council says it's looking for other ways of funding the Shopmobility service, following a protest this morning by about 30 people upset the council will no longer support it financially.

    Shopmobility protest in Luton

    Labour Councillor Naseem Ayub, in charge of Adult Social Care, said they have no choice: "The financial situation we're in because of the cuts we've faced from the government, means we're having to make these serious decisions on a weekly basis.

    "I absolutely empathise with the users of this service."

  11. Swanning around on the A4146

    Thames Valley Police found this rather large fellow swanning about on the A4146 in Bedfordshire earlier.

    They've tweeted this photograph of their officer with the bird following its capture, and apologised for any delays.

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  12. ‘Tearing our hair out’ over unusable Astral Park pitches

    Leighton Buzzard Observer

    An 18-month wait for kick-off on what was planned to be Leighton Buzzard’s new home of football does not look likely to end any time soon, the LBO can reveal.

  13. Man accused of Syria IS preparations 'just wanted to do aid work'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A man accused of making preparations to travel to Syria to fight for so-called Islamic State wanted to carry out aid work to help innocent civilians, a court has heard. 

    Junead Khan (left) is on trial alongside his uncle Shazib Khan (right)

    Shazib Khan, 23, from Luton (pictured right), admitted writing messages to friends of their "role to play" and wanting to help "by any means", but insisted he meant through providing money and food, not violence. 

    Mr Khan is on trial alongside his nephew Junead Khan, 25, of Luton (pictured left), jointly charged with making preparations for travelling to Syria to fight for IS. The pair deny engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts between August 1 2014 and July 15 2015.

  14. Man charged with slavery offences

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man arrested at a travellers' site in Leighton Buzzard has been charged with modern-day slavery offences.

    Luton Magistrates Court

    The man in his 30s, from London, has been charged with six offences, including one of knowingly requiring another person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

    He's been bailed to appear at Luton Magistrates' Court later this month.

  15. Travel: No East Midlands trains at Bedford

    BBC Travel

    There is no service on East Midlands Trains between Kettering and Bedford, after a person was hit by a train.

  16. Hertsmere MP says free school cancellation 'disappointing'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The MP for Hertsmere has described the cancellation of plans for a free school in Radlett as "very disappointing".

    Oliver Dowden said in a statement that he "will be continuing to make the case for a new school" and will explore other options for another site for Harperbury Free School.

    The project was approved three years ago and about £2m was invested, but the Department for Education has now said the site, at a former hospital, is too small.

  17. Lunchtime headlines: Luton scooter protest... Slavery arrest

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The headlines this lunchtime:

    • A protest has taken place at the town hall in Luton over plans to cut the Shopmobility service
    • A man arrested at a travellers' site in Leighton Buzzard has been charged with modern-day slavery
  18. 'Players become lawyers to avoid paying dressing-room fines'

    BBC Sport

    A vital component of keeping order in any football dressing room are the fines, writes Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Matt Bloomfield in his latest article.

    Matt Bloomfield

    The reason for having a fines system in place is to make sure players can police themselves in the changing room and the management don't have to look after us like kids.

    It also allows players to make sure everyone is respecting and looking after our surroundings.

  19. Fence damaged to allow dangerous road crossing

    One MK

    A fence along the central reservation of Tongwell Street in Milton Keynes has been deliberately vandalised in order to allow people to dangerously cross the high-speed road.