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Summary

  1. Glenn Roeder appointed as Stevenage managerial advisor
  2. Family welcomes coroner's ruling that Henry Huggins, who died nearly two years after being attacked, was unlawfully killed
  3. Work on HS2 is set to begin next year, despite fears expressed by local MPs
  4. Wycombe Wanderers sign Aston Villa striker Jerell Sellars on loan
  5. Updates on Thursday, 24 March 2016

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us on the Local Live team for Beds, Herts and Bucks this week. Join us again from 08:00 on Tuesday 29 March for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for the area.

    If you missed anything today, why not take a scroll through the page to catch up?

    We hope you have a great Easter weekend.

  2. Elderly man threatened at knife point in burglary

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man's been threatened at knife point by a burglar in his Elstree home in what Hertfordshire Police says was a "horrifying incident".

    Deacons Heights in Elstree

    An elderly man was punched in the face when he answered his front door in Deacons Heights at about 19:20 on Tuesday. The attacker forced him upstairs and told the man to open his safe. When he couldn't, the attacker held a knife to his throat and threatened to harm his wife. 

    The attacker didn't carry out his threat and left empty-handed. He's described as in his early 20s with short brown hair and a London accent.

    He was wearing a light grey hoody, jeans, grey gloves and a black scarf across the bottom of his face. Police are putting on extra patrols in the area.

  3. Weather: Rain tonight but sunny spells tomorrow

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight: Patchy outbreaks of rain becoming more persistent and heavy overnight, with most clearing by morning. Lows of 4C (39F).

    Weather graphic shows highs of 12C

    Friday: A bright start with any rain quickly clearing. Sunny spells but turning cloudy later. Highs of 13C (55F).

  4. Police link taxi assaults in Herts

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Hertfordshire Police is linking two sexual assaults in taxis at the weekend. 

    Just after midnight on Saturday, a 33-year-old woman got into a cab near The Drapers Arms in Stevenage and was attacked by the driver during the journey. 

    In the early hours of Sunday, a 21-year-old woman was picked up by a silver taxi in the Town Square in Hitchin and sexually assaulted by the driver.

  5. Blue dye to stop weed in Willen Lake

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes is warning residents not to be alarmed if Willen Lake appears bluer than usual this weekend.

    Blue dye will be used in the lake "in an effort to restrain [the] growth of weed", the charity tweeted.

    Willen Lake
  6. Armed robber given another sentence for stab attack

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A convicted armed robber has been told he must serve another 11 years in prison for stabbing a fellow inmate in the neck with a shard of glass.

    Marlon Roban

    Marlon Roban, 38, used a shard of glass from a smashed microwave plate to attack the man at The Mount prison on 30 April last year, St Albans Crown Court heard.

    The attack was caught on CCTV. Judge Stephen Warner said Roban posed a danger to the public and deserved an "extended sentence" starting in 2019, after he has served his current 13-year stretch for several armed hold-ups.

  7. Evening headlines: Man threatened at knife point in own home... Prisoner's extended jail term

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    This evening's top stories:

    • A man's been threatened at knife point in his own home by a burglar in Elstree
    • A prisoner who attacked another inmate at The Mount jail in Bovingdon near Hemel Hempstead has had his sentence extended by 11 years
    • Two drug lords who were running their criminal enterprise from an open prison in Buckinghamshire have been given lengthy jail sentences
  8. Luton Airport expects record-breaking Easter

    Officials at London Luton Airport say they expect a record-breaking Easter weekend, with 161,000 passengers due to travel through the airport between Good Friday and Easter Monday. 

    This would be a 17.5% increase on the same period last year.

    Luton Airport
  9. Travel: M25 busy... A1 remains closed

    BBC Travel

    The roads around Beds, Herts and Bucks are looking very busy this afternoon. 

    The A1 northbound at Tempsford remains closed due to an earlier collision and a shed load between the Black Cat Roundabout and the Sandy Roundabout. There are long queues and a diversion in place.

    There are severe delays on the M25 anticlockwise, J18-J11, and clockwise J9 to J16. Stay up-to-date here.

  10. Tesco 'fictional farms' may be misleading

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Tesco is being criticised for its new farms range, which uses names like Rosedean Farm that don't exist. 

    Tesco farm brand packaging

    The seven brands, which look like British farms, include five which include imported products and one which has no home grown products at all. 

    Hertfordshire farmer Ian Piggott says it's very misleading to customers: "I think that Tesco and other brands are trying to hijack farmers' image for their own gain," he said. "I'd refer to it as farm-washing."

  11. £25m regeneration project under way in Luton

    Earlier this week, Luton Borough Council officially launched works in Marsh Farm to build new homes and community spaces.

    Today the council has released pictures of some of the buildings that will be built.

    View more on twitter

    The £25m project will see 118 new homes built, alongside two retail units and landscaping work. It's expected to be completed in 2019.

  12. Easter travel: What you need to know

    About 11 million cars are expected to take to the roads today as the Easter holiday getaway begins.  

    Graphic shows some of the busiest roads over Easter, including M1 and M25

    The AA said it expected Easter to be busier than last year, after a survey of its members suggested 55% planned to go somewhere by car on Thursday, compared with 47% in 2015.

    Read more about how your journeys might be affected here.

  13. Woman groped travelling on coach to Bedford

    A woman was groped on a coach as she moved away from a couple who were being intimate with each other, police say.

    The woman was on a number 41 Stagecoach travelling from Northampton to Bedford at about 19:00 on 15 March when she began to feel uncomfortable and moved away from the couple.

    The man who groped her is described as white, slim with short brown hair, about 6ft tall. He had five star tattoos on the left side of his face. The woman with him was white, slim with hair tied back, about 5ft 9in tall and faded tattoos on her face.

  14. Yellow warning of wind issued for Easter Saturday

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of wind and heavy rain in the East of England for Saturday, with gusts up to 60mph expected.  

    Weather Graphic

    There's a warning about possible disruption to localised travel as a result.

    Keep up-to-date with the latest forecast for the Easter weekend on the BBC Weather site.

  15. Henry Huggins death: Family's reaction to coroner's verdict

    BBC Look East

    The family of Henry Huggins said the "unlawful killing" verdict recorded by the coroner at the inquest into his death is another step towards getting justice. 

    They say they have been in limbo since the attack in 2013 left Mr Huggins, who died almost two years later, in a "vegetative state".

    Look East broadcast this report after yesterday's hearing.  

    Video content

    Video caption: Henry Huggins death: Coroner records verdict of 'unlawful' killing
  16. Duck! England's Big Picture of Marlow fowl

    BBC News England

    Each day, we feature a photograph sent in from across the country, and this week a Buckinghamshire duck has piqued our interest.

    Duck flies at camera in Buckinghamshire park

    Debbie Soden took this photo named 'Blink and You'll Miss Me' in Higginson Park, Marlow, in Buckinghamshire. 

    She said: "Two ducks were flying and criss-crossing each other. This one flew directly at me and I had a split second to respond."  

  17. Watermead fight against crematorium

    Bucks Herald

    Watermead Parish Council has asked residents to reach into their pockets to help fight against crematorium plans.

  18. Travel: A1 remains closed for investigations

    BBC Travel

    The A1 northbound remains closed between Blunham and the Black Cat Roundabout due to accident investigation work and a shed load of rubbish.

    One man was injured after a serious collision involving a lorry. The air ambulance attended the scene.

    A diversion is in operation via the A603 and the A421.

  19. Man suffers serious injury as lorry overturns

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A man has suffered a serious arm injury after a lorry overturned on the A1 northbound this morning.

    View more on twitter

    The air ambulance attended the scene, along with two ambulance crews. The man was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital for further treatment.