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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday, 29 March 2016
  2. Two officers will face a police misconduct hearing today over the way they treated an autistic man in Luton
  3. The number of children involved in firearms offences in the three counties is on the increase
  4. Police are appealing for dash cam footage after a man was killed on the M25 in Hertfordshire on Sunday night
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Dani Bailey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That's it for today's updates. We'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow. Have a good evening.

    If you scroll down this page, you'll be able to see what we've been up to today.

  2. Weather:

    BBC Weather

    Gusty winds and heavy heavy downpours with a risk of thunder and lightning at first. 

    Weather map

    Clearing later with temperatures reaching no more than 2C (36F). Tomorrow will start off sunny. 

    BBC Weather has your local forecast. 

  3. Libraries lose a quarter of staff as hundreds close

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC has revealed. 

    This picture graphic shows how we're affected in the East of the England.

    Libraries graphic
  4. Headlines: Misconduct hearing under way against Bedfordshire officers... Man has serious injuries after fight

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The main news stories this evening: 

    • A misconduct hearing is under way against two Bedfordshire Police officers over the way they treated an autistic man they arrested
    • A man has serious injuries after a fight broke out between people in two different cars in High Wycombe
    • More bad weather with a risk of hail and thunder tonight
  5. Police misconduct hearing's family says process taken 'too long'

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A misconduct hearing is under way in Bedfordshire into the way two police officers treated an autistic man in Luton, more than two years ago. 

    The officers, PCs Christopher Pitts from Bedford and Christopher Thomas from Welwyn Garden City, have already been found not guilty at Luton Crown Court of assaulting Faruk Ali. 

    Mr Ali's family say the whole process has taken too long.

    Faruk Ali
  6. Ewe left hanging from tree in St Albans

    A ewe who had recently given birth to two lambs was killed and butchered in a field in St Albans just before the Easter weekend.

    A414 near Hedges Farm

    Police say the offenders removed all of the meat from the animal before hanging the carcass from a tree in the woods at Hedges Farm on the A414 North Orbital Road.

    The incident happened between 18:00 on Wednesday and 09:00 on Thursday.

  7. Children's services 'not good enough' in Luton, says Ofsted

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Children's services in Luton are still not good enough, according to a report out today by Ofsted. 

    Police officer stands at door of children's room

    Despite spending the last year making changes to the failing service, the report highlights significant areas which require improvement. 

    Among the highlighted failings are lack of shared database on missing children and child sexual exploitation, shortfalls in foster placements and views of children not being taken into account enough.

  8. M25 accident in Essex leads to road closure and arrest

    A driver has been arrested after a collision which left three women in hospital and closed part of the M25.

    A red Scania lorry and a blue Nissan crashed on the clockwise carriageway at Epping at about 01:55. One woman from the Nissan has been taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, while two others had serious injuries.

    Essex Police arrested a 61-year-old man from Telford on suspicion of dangerous driving and drink or drug driving.

  9. Weather Watchers: Spring arrives in Leighton Buzzard

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It seems as though we're seeing the calm before the storm thanks to our Weather Watchers this morning - there are some beautiful blue skies.

    Thank you to user "David" for sharing this photograph of two goldfinches enjoying a Spring brunch in Leighton Buzzard.

    Goldfinches at bird feeder in Leighton Buzzard
  10. Man with one-year-old child attacked by gang

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man with a one-year-old child has been surrounded by a gang of men and attacked in Milton Keynes. 

    Gurnards Avenue, Fishermead, MK

    He was walking in Gurnards Avenue area of Fishermead yesterday afternoon when up to 10 men approached him and an argument broke out.

    During the argument, one of the men attacked him with a bottle of Jack Daniels, then scratched him with a small knife on his neck and threw a rock at him before running away. Read a description of the men here.

  11. Milton Keynes Lightning move into Elite League

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Milton Keynes Lightning will be joining the Elite League for the 2017/18 season, in what the head coach has described as "a really good move".

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    The ice hockey club is based at Planet Ice in the centre of town, which has seen huge redevelopment over recent years.

    "I can’t wait. I think it’s great for the venue, it is a great rink here. We have a real core of top end Brits and if we can keep them here we will have a really good base to build from," said head coach Pete Russell.

  12. Afternoon headlines: Misconduct hearing under way... Fishermead gang attack

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this afternoon:

    • A misconduct hearing is under way in Bedfordshire today into the way two police officers treated an autistic man in Luton, more than two years ago 
    • Former Bedford Borough Councillor, Paul Prescod, has appeared in court to deny two charges of rape against him 
    • A man with a one-year-old child has been surrounded by a gang of men and attacked in Milton Keynes
  13. Increase in children with guns in Beds, Herts and Bucks

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The number of children involved in firearms offences in the three counties is on the increase, according to figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request.  

    Gun in waistband

    In Bedfordshire, three children were arrested for suspected firearm offences in each of the last three years and in Hertfordshire there were 11 arrests in 2015 and 2013. Thirty-nine children were arrested in the Thames Valley in 2015.

    Offences included possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid or gas.

  14. RSPCA acted wrongly in seizing family's pet cat, report concludes

    The Daily Telegraph

    The RSPCA has been accused of acting unlawfully after seizing a Tring family’s pet cat - which was then put down against the owners’ wishes – in an official review which described the charity’s actions as a “travesty”.  

  15. Luton terror trial told to put aside attacks in Brussels

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The jury considering terrorist allegations against two men from Luton was told to put aside the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels before retiring for the day. 

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

    The judge at Kingston Crown Court told the jury that, whatever happened and whoever is to blame, it is not the fault of the defendants. They resume tomorrow at 10:00.

    Junead Khan (pictured left), 25, denies plotting to murder military personnel in the UK. He also denies preparing to fight for so-called Islamic State, alongside his 23-year-old Uncle Shazib Khan (pictured right).

  16. Bletchley campaigner's Enigma code wedding proposal

    A computer scientist who campaigned to save Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire is to be married after her fiancé proposed using the Enigma code.

    Dr Sue Black, an enigma machine and her partner Dr Paul Boca

    Dr Sue Black's partner Dr Paul Boca asked her to look at his laptop screen, where he had entered the seemingly random selection of numbers and letters "21 ,23vl9!37ag9"?az" into the simulator.

    "He told me to click on 'decrypt' and up popped the question," Dr Black said. She told the BBC that her partner's "out of the blue" proposal, which was first reported in The Knot, was a "highly appropriate" way to pop the question.

  17. Travel: Fire on M25 clockwise

    BBC Travel

    Hertfordshire Fire Service are warning motorists of a vehicle fire on the M25 clockwise between J25 and J26.

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  18. First Bedford Passion Play in 30 years

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Almost 100 people took part in the Passion Play in Bedford this weekend, which returned to the town for the first time in 30 years.

    A scene from the Passion Play in Bedford

    The play re-enacted Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection across the streets of Bedford in a two-hour performance. 

    Actor James McNaughton, who played Jesus, said they experience was "very moving" and that he was "overwhelmed by the response of the people who came to watch".

  19. Luton's McGeehan praises Barnet's resilience

    BBC Sport

    Luton Town midfielder Cameron McGeehan praised Barnet's resilience after Monday's 2-1 defeat in League Two.

    Cameron McGeehan

    The Bees snatched the win with an injury-time penalty from John Akinde, who secured the points with his 16th goal of the season.

    "We were against the wind, Barnet put it in the box and they play to their strengths," 20-year-old McGeehan told BBC Three Counties Radio. "We've been sloppy at the back yet again and it's cost us."

  20. Weather: Blustery afternoon with scattered showers

    BBC Weather

    It will be a fairly blustery afternoon with sunny spells and scattered showers. Later in the afternoon, a band of more persistent rain will arrive from the west, bringing the risk of hail and thunder.

    Maximum temperature: 11C (52F)

    Weather graphic shows rain later