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  1. Milton Keynes Dons' Samir Carruthers has apologised after he was pictured urinating in a pint glass at Cheltenham Festival
  2. Sylvia Anderson, the co-creator of Thunderbirds, has died at her home in Buckinghamshire
  3. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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    That's all from the live team for today. We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow morning to bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

  2. Dons chairman says Carruthers' apology 'sincere'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman has said midfielder Samir Carruthers has been fined two weeks wages for urinating on a balcony at Cheltenham Festival.

    Pete Winkelman

    In a statement on the club's website, Winkelman said it "was clear Samir was sincere" in his apology and has "taken full responsibility for his behaviour".

    Carruthers has received a warning along with the fine, and has also been suspended by the club so will not be playing against Brighton on Saturday. The two weeks wages will go to charitable causes.

  3. Fatal collision near Borehamwood

    A man has died after his car left the A1M near Borehamwood last night.

    Barnet bypass

    Police say that for reasons unknown at this stage, a black Toyota Rav 4 left the northbound carriageway just before 22:00 and ended up in a treeline.

    The driver, a man in his 40s, sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating.

  4. St Albans pub quiz team 'banned for winning'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Three men from Dunstable who claim they were banned from a pub quiz because they kept winning said they feel "aggrieved".

    Storming Norman pub quiz team

    Graham Deaves, 65, said The Horn in St Albans told him he and Norman Hughan, 82, and Nick Mepham, 49, could no longer take part.

    He said pub staff claimed some people were not doing the quiz any more because "the old guys kept winning", the St Albans Review first reported. A pub spokesman said it had "asked them to take a break".

  5. Heckler loses job after targeting Woburn's Ian Poulter

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A spectator who heckled Bedfordshire golfer Ian Poulter during a tournament in America appears to have lost his job.

    Ian Poulter

    Woburn touring professional Poulter used Twitter to inform the man's bosses that he'd yelled "You will not make the Ryder Cup team" and "You will hit it in the water" during Florida's Valspar Championship at the weekend.

    After finishing 67th, Poulter re-tweeted the comments adding: "I'm sure Florida Southern College are really proud of your professionalism. I wish you the very best". A College spokeswoman said the man is no longer an employee.

  6. Afternoon headlines: Hitchin museum delay... Fatal Borehamwood crash

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this afternoon:

    • The project to re-vamp a museum in Hitchin has been delayed as the company doing the refurbishment has gone bust
    • A man has been killed after crashing his car on the A1M near Borehamwood
    • MK Dons player Samir Carruthers has apologised for urinating into a pint glass at the Cheltenham Festival
  7. Travel: M25 slow... Luton road closed due to fire

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the M25 clockwise in Hertfordshire due to a two-lorry crash earlier between J24-J25.

    Anti-clockwise on the M25 J25-J24, there is heavy traffic due to an earlier broken down vehicle.

    Dunstable Road in Luton is closed at Kingsway due to a vehicle and building fire. Stay up-to-date here.

  8. Dozens of dogs seized in raid

    Nearly 40 dogs were seized during a raid at a house near Royston yesterday.

    Police in hertfordshire

    Police and the RSPCA raided the address at Hay Green in Therfield after concern was raised over the safety of the animals.

    The owner was co-operating with the the police and RSPCA. The 38 dogs are now being homed in kennels. 

  9. Watch: JVS reacts to John McCririck's nose-picking

    Sarah Jenkins

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    It's been the story everyone's been talking about today - the MK Dons player who was pictured urinating into a glass on a balcony.

    We told you earlier about the discussion on The JVS Show phone-in when well-known racing pundit John McCririck said it was worse than nose-picking... Well, here's that moment and presenter Jonathan Vernon-Smith reacting to it.

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  10. Beer tax freeze 'missed opportunity', says CAMRA

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The St Albans-based Campaign for Real Ale says George Osborne's decision not to cut beer tax is a missed opportunity to back the revival of UK brewing.

    Pint of beer

    "With UK drinkers paying the second highest rate of beer duty in Europe, a beer tax cut was needed to keep pubs open, boost the brewing sector and to keep the cost of a pint stable," CAMRA chief executive Tim Page said.

    The group has, however, welcomed reductions in stamp duty and business rates that will help to keep small pubs open across England.

  11. Hitchin museum: Building company goes bust

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The company refurbishing the North Hertfordshire Museum has gone bust.

    Hitchin museum

    Light Brigade has gone into voluntary liquidation, eight weeks before the work on the museum in Hitchin was due to be finished. 

    It comes after complaints about delays to the re-opening of the museum and town hall.

  12. The Big Picture: Woburn village

    The main image at the top of our live page today shows a photograph of Woburn village sign.

    Thank you to Sophie Christou from Central Bedfordshire College for sharing this with us.

    Woburn village sign
  13. Axe attack man convicted of attempted murder

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man who attacked his former partner with an axe in Aylesbury has been convicted of attempted murder.

    The attack left the 29-year-old with a seven centimetre wound to her neck, six puncture wounds to her back, broken ribs and a bruised lung.

    Just after 02:00 on the 16 August 2010, Arshad Latif, 34, of Haydon Road, went to a house in Eaton Road and attacked his former partner. Staff at Stoke Mandeville Hospital say she was lucky to avoid life-threatening injuries. He will be sentenced next month.

  14. Major road in Rickmansworth to close next week

    Watford Observer

    A major road in Rickmansworth is to close next week. Rectory Road will be closed so engineers from Transport for London can move the new bridge from Victoria Close to Station Road.

  15. Woman sexually assaulted in Bedford

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted in Bedford on Friday afternoon.

    Elstow Road, Bedford

    The woman was walking along Elstow Road, close to the junction with Armstrong Drive, at 17:00 when she was assaulted.

    Her attacker is described as white, in his 30s, of average build, about six foot tall, with dark cropped hair, and dark eyes.

  16. Cyclist critical after Stevenage crash

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A cyclist is in a critical condition in hospital following a collision in Stevenage yesterday.

    Meredith Road junction with Webb Rise in Stevenage

    The crash happened along Webb Rise, opposite the junction with Meredith Road, at about 19:40.

    A black VW Golf and the cyclist were both travelling towards Lonsdale Road. The 22-year-old driver wasn't injured. The cyclist suffered serious head injuries and remains at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

  17. Lead stolen from Flamstead church roof

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Thieves have stolen lead from the roof of Flamstead village church overnight.

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    Property inside St Leonards Parish Church, including bibles and books, has also been damaged after a night of heavy rain with the roof exposed.

    Vicar Thomas Sander says he is "devastated". Police have been contacted.

  18. Elderly pair heartbroken after family heirlooms stolen

    One MK

    An elderly duo from Milton Keynes have been left devastated after sentimental items belonging to their mothers were stolen on Mother's Day.

  19. Two geese injured in dog attack

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Police are looking to identify a man, woman and children after two geese were injured in a dog attack near Buntingford.


    The incident happened by a private lake off Bury Weir Lane in Buckland between 15:00 and 16:00 on 10 March.

    A man, woman and two children were walking a small terrier-type dog around the lake when the owner heard a disturbance. The group left the area as the owner approached, police say.