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  1. Updates for Thursday, 17 March 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    If you missed anything, why not take a scroll through the page? And remember you can keep in touch by emailing us here.

  2. Rio Ferdinand project for Houghton Regis sports academy

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand is to help regenerate an area of Houghton Regis with a new sports academy.

    Kingsland, which is in the 20% of the most deprived areas of the UK, will see the 22-hectare site transformed into an academy along with education and community facilities for youngsters.

    Rio Ferdinand (right) and Mark Noble (left) playing football with children

    Central Beds Council has a six month window to get plans together and planning permission for the government-backed scheme. It is joining forces with Legacy, Rio Ferdinand's regeneration company, and the development will be mostly paid for by private investment. It has potential to become the Rio Ferdinand Foundation base.

  3. 3D printing event at University of Hertfordshire

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    3D printing has been used for creating plastic figurines, jewellery making, even for high end dining. At the University of Hertfordshire, it is being used to create models of towns, shelters, medical devices and even clothing.

    View more on twitter

    The Digital Hack Lab, based at the university, is a research project at the forefront of experimenting with such tech and manufacture, and is showcasing some of its work to businesses today. 

    Advocates of 3D printing say it could revolutionise the economics of manufacturing by reducing labour costs.

  4. Identical headmistresses greet students for National Science Week

    St Albans Review

    Students at St Albans High School for Girls were greeted by not one, but two identical headmistresses this week as part of British Science Week.

  5. Weather: Fine but misty overnight

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight: Staying fine with further spells of hazy sunshine. Turning cloudy and misty overnight with the chance of some spots of light rain or drizzle. Lows of 1C (33F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow: Some mist and fog first thing. Staying mainly dry but with the risk of some spots of drizzle. Highs of 7C (44F).

  6. Two jailed for life for Wycombe churchyard killing

    A man and a woman have been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of killing a 26-year-old man in a High Wycombe graveyard.

    All Saints Church in High Wycombe

    Martin Stanislaus, 38, of Delta Grove, Northolt, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 26 years, and Jodie Willis, 36, of The Mead, Beaconsfield to a minimum of 20 years for the murder of Lee Gillespie last August.

    Leigh Burns, 38, of Willcott Road, Ealing was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years. The court heard Burns had led Willis and Stanislaus to Mr Gillespie, Willis's former boyfriend, before he was chased to the church.

  7. Afternoon headlines: Missing Bedford boy... Electricity theft prosecutions

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The headlines this afternoon:

    • A family doctor from Hertfordshire has been found guilty of fondling the breasts of a teenage girl and three women patients
    • Bedfordshire Police are appealing to find a 14-year-old boy who's been missing for two weeks
  8. Doctor's breast exams had 'no clinical justification'

    A doctor who was practicing in Hatfield in the 1970s and 1980s has been found guilty of fondling women's breasts in examinations which had "no clinical justification".

    Doctor Haq at St Albans Crown Court

    The prosecution told St Albans Crown Court Dr Mohammed Haq, 74, of Essex, conducted "inappropriate breast examinations" on a 15-year-old girl and three other patients.

    The jury heard the teenager had gone to the doctor with swollen glands, but was told to undress before Haq "cupped her breasts". Sentencing is yet to be fixed.

  9. Doctor guilty of 'fondling' women 35 years ago

    A doctor has been found guilty fondling the breasts of a teenage girl and three female patients when practicing in Hatfield 35 years ago.

    Dr Mohammed Haq

    Dr Mohammed Haq, 74, of Parkstone Avenue, Hornchurch, Essex, was convicted by the jury of three counts of indecent assault. He was convicted on two other charges by a majority. The jury cleared him of two charges and couldn't agree on another.

    The judge at St Albans Crown Court told Haq, who suffers from medical issues, that a custodial sentence "is pretty much inevitable". Sentencing was adjourned for medical reports, but Haq was told to register as a sex offender.

  10. BreakingHertfordshire doctor guilty of indecent assault

    A doctor has been found guilty of fondling female patients' breasts during examinations 35 years ago in Hatfield.

  11. The Big Picture: Ampthill town centre

    The main image at the top of our live page shows signs in Ampthill town centre, Bedfordshire.

    Thank you to Amy Hake from Central Bedfordshire College for sharing this with us.

    Ampthill town centre sign
  12. Nearly 100 people charged with stealing power in Beds, Herts and Bucks

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Energy companies say the number of people being prosecuted for electricity theft is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Electricity meter

    Figures obtained by the BBC show that since 2012, just 98 people in Beds Herts and Bucks have been charged with stealing power.

    Last year almost 1,600 people went through the courts, but the industry estimates the real number of cases is closer to 25,000. The culprits include individuals, businesses tampering with their meters because they can't afford their bills, and cannabis farms which are said to account for as many as a third of cases.

  13. Bedford Blues new signing will bring 'plenty of power'

    BBC Sport

    Bedford Blues have made one new signing with just four games left in the championship season.

    Bedford Blues ground

    Director Mike Rayer said lock Will Carrick-Smith, signed from London Scottish, will "add plenty of power" to the squad.

    The Blues have also re-signed scrum half Jordan Burns and back rower Josh Buggea.

  14. Bedford boy, 14, missing for two weeks

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Bedfordshire Police are appealing to find a 14-year-old boy who's been missing for two weeks.

    Alex Ghebre

    Alex Ghebre, from Bedford, didn't turn up at school on 3 March and was believed to be staying at a friend's house, but it's not known where he is.

    Alex is described as black, six foot one with an afro hairstyle. He was last seen wearing a black hooded Nike top, black trousers, white shirt and black trainers. He also has a small scar over his left eyebrow.  

  15. Award for Luton charity founders

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A couple from Luton have been given an award by the Prime Minister for founding a testicular cancer charity in memory of their 23-year-old son.

    Steve and Arlene Carrick

    Steve and Arlene Carrick's son Josh was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 when he was 22. He had just graduated from the University of Nottingham, but died 12 months later.

    Mr Carrick said the pair "are honoured" to receive the Point of Light award, which recognises those making a change in the community. They set up the Josh Carrick Foundation in 2012 as they felt there was a lack of research into the cancer.

  16. Weather Watchers: Blue skies in Hertford

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We're seeing more photos come in to our Weather Watchers inbox from across Beds, Herts and Bucks, with more blue skies.

    The photograph below shows the county town Hertford this lunchtime.

    Sunny day in Hertford
  17. Hamilton expects Ferrari to challenge

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari will provide a tougher challenge to Mercedes than expected at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel said reigning champions Mercedes started the weekend at Melbourne's Albert Park as "favourites".

    But Hamilton believes Ferrari were deliberately talking their chances down before Sunday's race. Read more here.

  18. Weather: Feeling pleasant in the sunshine

    It will stay fine this afternoon with prolonged sunshine. Winds will ease and, in the sunshine, it should feel quite pleasant.

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

    Weather graphic shows high of 10C
  19. Traffic warden abused by van driver

    A van driver in Luton tried to run down a traffic warden after shouting homophobic abuse at her, police say.

    Chapel Street in Luton

    The civil enforcement officer was walking along Chapel Street at about 14:15 on Monday when a man driving a grey van began shouting.

    Police describe the offender as white, slim, in his 30s, with short brown hair. The van's registration was possibly YR09 0DM.