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Summary

  1. Lawyer Carl Langdell has admitted murdering Katie Locke in a Hertfordshire Hotel
  2. Luton Borough Council has been criticised for spending thousands of pounds on a new logo
  3. Bedfordshire's Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has finished fifth in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham
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By Alex Pope

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Sport Relief 30 second press up challenge

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    This is what happened when BBC Three Counties producer Ben and reporter Danny tried the 30 second press up challenge for Sport Relief.

    Rumours that the boys are now relaxing in an ice bath are completely unfounded...

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    Video caption: BBC Three Counties radio reporters try the press up challenge for Sport Relief
  3. Bedford writer shows off 'gong'

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we brought you the news that Bedford writer David Litchfield had won the Best Illustrated Book category in the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016.

    Waterstones Prize

    Well, above is a picture of the trophy he won. He described his mood as "super, super, super happy."

  4. Drunk driver hits police car while driving on wrong side of the road

    Helen Burchell

    BBC News

    The road policing team for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire have arrested a drunk driver after he came round a bend in South Oxhey on the wrong side of the road.

    Damaged car

    They say they had to brake hard and swerve as it looked like he was going to crash into them. 

    He ended up clipping their wing mirror.

  5. Atul Shah defendants remanded in custody

    Five people charged who appeared at Luton Crown Court in connection with the murder of Atul Shah in Luton have been remanded in custody.

    Kyle Pitchford-Price, 22, of Dovehouse Hill and Luke West, 23, of Abbots Wood Road pleaded not guilty to murder and  to conspiracy to rob. Mr Pitchford-Price denied a third charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

    Corrina Armstrong, 21 of Dovehouse Hill pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to rob, while Callum Holton 19, of Milton Road appeared on the video link but  no charges were not put to him.

    Brian Edge, 56 of Harthill Drive, had previously pleaded not guilty to assisting an offender and doing an act tending or intended to pervert the course of public justice at a hearing on 1 March.

  6. Not guilty pleas to murder of Atul Shah

    Five Luton people charged in connection with the murder of Atul Shah at his home in Crescent Road, Luton, have appeared in court via video links.

    Atul Shah

    During the hearing at Luton Crown Court, two of the defendants - Kyle Pitchford-Price, 22, of Dovehouse Hill and Luke West, 23, of Abbots Wood Road - pleaded not guilty to murder.

    The murder trial is expected to begin in July. Mr. Shah, 47 was found dead on January 6 this year.

  7. Police detective in court charged with child sex offences

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A police officer who works in a unit investigating child abuse has himself been charged with molesting an underage girl in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire. Metropolitan Police Detective Constable Chris Maitland, 40, has been suspended from duty and remanded in custody. 

    New Scotland Yard sign

    He's accused of two counts of sexual touching of a girl under 13, dating back to 2005. He's also accused of making more than 800 indecent videos and images of a child, some are described as Category A - the most serious. 

    DC Maitland works on the Met Police's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command. He's due to re-appear next month.

  8. St Albans has most expensive housing

    Peter Sherlock

    Data unit

    St Albans and High Wycombe are two of the least deprived areas of the country.

    Least deprived areas of England graph

    The new figures were release today by the Office for National Statistics.

    It also found St Albans has the most expensive housing, with an average detached home costing £675,000 or £529,400 for a semi-detached. An average terraced house goes for £400,000 and a flat for £255,000, making the overall average £390,000.

  9. Wedding brawl pair escape jail

    Two men who started a brawl where a bride and groom were punched have been spared jail.

    Lee Doyle and Gary Hutson

    Glen Evans was left with a broken nose and his bride Georgina was punched by an unknown person at Fanhams Hall Hotel in Hertfordshire on 10 August 2014.

    Lee Doyle, 37, of Halleys Way, Houghton Regis and Gary Hutson, 46, of Redmire Close, Luton, both guests at another wedding, denied hitting Mr Evans but were found guilty by a jury.

    Both were given fines and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

  10. Foxhunter Chase: Pendleton critics need to 'get back in their box'

    The trainer of the horse ridden to fifth place by Bedfordshire's former Olympic cycling star Victoria Pendleton says her critics need to "get back in their box".

    Pacha Du Polder trainer Paul Nicholls told BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's great for the team that won the race. But for Victoria to finish fifth after all the doubters was superb. We would not have let it happen if we had a doubt.

    "She's had a thrill and I think it's good for racing all around the world. She's ridden a winner in everyone's eyes. People come out of the woodwork and they want to get back in their box quite honestly."

  11. Foxhunter Chase: Pendleton praises winner

    Victoria Pendleton was allowed to trot through the winner's enclosure on Pacha Du Polder, despite missing out on the top four - possibly because she wasn't entirely sure which direction to head in.

    And she was swift to applaud winning jockey Nina Carberry, who rode On The Fringe to victory.

    Victoria Pendleton
  12. Foxhunter Chase: Pendleton says race was 'most fun I've ever had'

    A year ago Bedfordshire's Victoria Pendleton had her first ever horse riding lesson. Twelve months on she's finished fifth in the Foxhunter Chase on the final day at Cheltenham.

    She told BBC Radio 5 live: "That's as good as winning. I can't believe I did it. I got round.

    "There's a few things I would change and it was a bit untidy at the start. This horse is a legend. Thanks for everyone who made it possible.

    "I'm very grateful for all the support I've had. This is the most fun I've ever had. I'm so proud to be part of the festival in a small way."

  13. Foxhunter Chase: Victoria Pendleton rode superbly

    Luke Harvey

    Former National Hunt jockey on BBC Radio 5 live

    That was an unbelievable performance from Victoria Pendleton. She rode superbly. You saw her confidence increase. She was weaving and scything through the field. That was unbelievable. Walt Disney stuff.

    She is getting a better reception that the winner. To get round at Cheltenham only 12 months after getting on a horse for a first time is amazing.

  14. Pendleton fifth in Cheltenham Festival's Foxhunter Chase

    Former cycling star Victoria Pendleton has finished in fifth place in the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

    On The Fringe won the race.

  15. New marketing artwork for Luton will bring massive 'benefit' to the town, says deputy leader

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A decision to spend up to £10,000 on re-branding Luton has been defended by the deputy leader of Luton Borough Council.

    New Luton logos

    Sian Timoney said the money is not a "huge amount" and will be used as a marketing tool to sell "Luton the place to live, work and play."

    She added it's already brought new business to the town, saying many people are "wowed" by the designs and the benefits will "dwarf the money spent 100 fold".

  16. Carruthers suspension leaves Dons short in midfield

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    Samir Carruthers' suspension leaves MK Dons boss Karl Robinson short of central midfielders to face Brighton.

    Milton Keynes Dons' Samir Carruthers

    Ben Reeves is out injured while Carruthers has been suspended by the club after his behaviour at the Cheltenham Festival.

    Jake Forster-Caskey is ineligible to play against his parent club, Brighton.

    MK Dons 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

    Brighton match-winner Tomer Hemed

    MK Dons miss an injury-time penalty as they fall to defeat by promotion-chasing Brighton, who climb to second.

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  17. Bedfordshire men pleads guilty to violent disorder at illegal rave

    David McKenna

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Eighteen people, including two from Bedfordshire, who were charged with violent disorder at an illegal rave in Lincolnshire have pleaded guilty.

    Rave at Twyford Wood

    Chris Willis, 24 from Dunstable, and James Long, 22, from Ampthill admitted violent disorder at Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday.

    About 1,000 people attended the event at Twyford Wood in Lincolnshire in May. Police carried out an operation to close down the event which led to 21 officers and a police dog suffering injuries.

  18. I'm not going to be 'reckless' says Victoria Pendleton ahead of Cheltenham race

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Bedfordshire's Victoria Pendleton says she's not going to be "reckless and silly" in her Cheltenham debut this afternoon.

    Victoria Pendleton

    The Double Olympic cycling champion will switch her cycling saddle for a riding saddle in the Foxhunter Chase for amateurs at 16:10. 

    She's be riding Pacha Du Polder. 

  19. Headlines: Hertfordshire lawyer pleads guilty to murdering teacher... Bedford illustrator wins top award

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are the news stories making the headlines this lunchtime: 

    • Carl Langdell has pleaded guilty to the murder of a teacher in a hotel room in Hertfordshire on Christmas Eve
    • A regeneration project backed by Rio Ferdinand could be built in Houghton Regis
    • Bedford illustrator, David Litchfield has won a top award with his debut children's book, The Bear and the Piano
  20. 'Spot the signs' when it comes to child sexual exploitation

    Police forces across Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire are raising awareness of child sexual exploitation as part of a national awareness day.

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    They're encouraging people to learn how to spot the signs, as well as to speak out if they suspect something. 

    Bedfordshire Police have released this video to explain what to look out for.