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Summary

  1. Closing headlines on Monday, 4 April 2016
  2. Airbus writes to Stevenage employees warning of risks of leaving European Union
  3. Bomb disposal team destroys unexploded shell found in Hertfordshire village
  4. Defence case begins at misconduct hearing of two Bedfordshire police officers over the treatment of autistic man Faruk Ali
  5. A 13th Century church in Bedfordshire has become the victim of lead thieves for the second time in four months
  6. A man who has built a mud shack in a forest in Watford says he will contest his eviction by the Woodland Trust
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us today at Local Live.Thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Weather: Drier night... Dry morning with isolated showers

    Dan Holley

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight the remaining showers should give way to a dry second half of the night with some clear spells developing and a few mist and fog patches. Lows of 7C (45F).

    Weather map

    Tomorrow it should stay predominantly dry with only very isolated showers possible with high temperatures of 12C (54F).  

  3. School expands its apprenticeship scheme

    Buckingham Today

    The Royal Latin School is training its first apprentice, and the arrangement has been such a success that it will soon be taking on two more.

  4. Airbus warns 'out' vote may hit investment

    BBC Politics

    One of the world's largest aerospace companies has written to its 15,000 employees in the UK, including Stevenage, warning about the risks of voting to leave the European Union. 

    Chancellor George Osborne visiting Airbus' factory in Filton, Bristol earlier this month

    In a letter to its staff, Airbus Group says it makes "good economic sense" for Britain to stay in the EU which has helped make the company a success because of its ability to move people and products around Europe.

    It also suggests that the company might reduce its investment in the UK if there was a vote to leave.

    The campaign to quit the EU said the letter was "another example of Project Fear".

  5. Teenagers threatened with meat cleaver in robbery

    Luton on Sunday

    A meat cleaver was used to threaten a group of teenagers in Luton who then had one of their bikes stolen, police have said.

  6. Evening headlines: Airbus workers receive pro-EU letter... Lead thieves strike church again

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this evening: 

    • About 1,200 employees of the Airbus Group in Stevenage have received a letter from their employers warning of the risks of leaving the European Union
    • A 13th Century church in Bedfordshire has become the victim of lead thieves for the second time in four months.
    • A 14-year-old boy from Luton has completed a 300-mile cycle journey in memory of his younger brother who died from a brain tumour
  7. Watch: Man builds mud hut in Watford forest

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    On Friday, I headed to woods in Watford with BBC Three Counties presenter Justin Dealey to meet Daniel Pike.

    Two years ago, he began building his own home out of clay, and since has created a vegetable patch, living area and bathing area complete with bridge and pathways.

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    Video caption: Man who built mud hut in Watford forest told to leave by The Woodland Trust

    His story, which was first covered by the Watford Observer, hit the local and national news after The Woodland Trust asked him to leave.

  8. 'Support free trade', says Bedford MP of steel imports

    The MP for Bedford has said the government should not put up trade barriers over steel imports.

    Tata steel workers in Port Talbot

    Conservative MP Richard Fuller, a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, says the government "should stick to the recipe for industry which has served this country well, which is to maintain support for free trade".

    Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: "We want the prime minister to step in… last week was an absolute disaster. It's important... to look at all the options." Unions representing steel workers are meeting this afternoon, to discuss how to save thousands of jobs in the industry.   

  9. Lead stolen from Bedfordshire church

    Jessica Cooper

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Police are investigating after lead was stolen from a 13th Century church in Bedfordshire for the second time in four months. 

    All Saints Church in Chalgrave

    Damage was caused to the roof of All Saints Church in Chalgrave last night. 

    The church says it will cost £80,000 to repair the damage from both thefts.

  10. Watch: What is speed stacking and how do you do it?

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    We've seen that 12-year-old Jamie Fanceschini from Aylesbury competed for Great Britain at the Speed Stacking World Championships this weekend but what exactly is it?

    Speed stacking is a sport where nine or 12 cups - depending on what rules you are playing to - are stacked in pyramids of three, six and 10, several times as quickly as possible.

    In this short video, Jamie explains how he plays...

    Video content

    Video caption: How to stack cups
  11. Watch: Aylesbury boy competes at cup-stacking world championship

    Gail Sanderson

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A 12-year-old boy from Aylesbury has been in Germany representing Great Britain at the Sport Stacking World Championships. 

    Jamie Franceschini came 10th in the world and was competing against 27 different nations. He also got two silver and two bronze medals.

    Here he is a few weeks ago preparing for the competition.

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    Video caption: Boy, 12, set for cup stacking world championships
  12. Bucks cottages severely damaged after blaze

    Three thatched cottages in Princes Risborough have been severely damaged in a fire on Saturday.

    Firefighters extinguish thatched roof fire

    Up to 55 firefighters and police officers attended at the addresses in Upper Icknield Way after the fire broke out just before 09:45.

    No-one was injured in the blaze but all of the roofs and first floors of the three buildings were damaged.

  13. Afternoon headlines: Officers won't give evidence at hearing... Unexploded shell destroyed

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this afternoon:

    • Two Bedfordshire police officers will not be giving evidence at their own misconduct hearing into the way they dealt with an autistic man in Luton 
    • An unexploded shell found in the Hertfordshire village of Aldbury this morning has been destroyed 
    • One of the world's largest aerospace companies has written to its 15,000 employees in the UK, including Stevenage, warning about the risks of voting to leave the European Union 
  14. Faruk Ali: At the police misconduct hearing

    Nicola Haseler

    BBC Three Counties

    This morning's evidence came from two police officers who are friends with PCs Christopher Pitts and Christopher Thomas, and spoke to them after the incident.

    Both described hearing the officers talk about seeing a "dodgy-looking Nissan Micra" and turning the car around to pursue it at the moment when they passed Faruk Ali. 

    But when asked why the officers may have made no mention of it in the police car recording or in their notebooks, the officers said they couldn't comment on that.

  15. Police officers 'won't give evidence'

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Two Bedfordshire police officers will not be giving evidence at their own misconduct hearing into the way they dealt with an autistic man. 

    Faruk Ali was confronted by officers outside his home in Luton two years ago.  PCs Christopher Thomas and Christopher Pitts have already been cleared of assault in a court case, and both deny misconduct.

    Christopher Thomas and Christopher Pitts
  16. Aspiring rugby player describes moment he broke his neck

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    On 4 April 2004, 17-year-old Matt King from Hertfordshire was making his debut for the London Broncos in what he hoped would be the start of a glittering rugby career.

    Twenty seconds later something happened that would change his life forever. He broke his neck and was left paralysed.

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    Video caption: Aspiring London Broncos rugby player from Hertfordshire describes moment he broke his neck

    Hear his full interview on The Health Show with Louisa Peacock and Nana Akua here.

  17. Weather Watchers: Sunny spells in Bucks

    BBC Weather Watchers

    After a rather cloudy and grey start, we're beginning to see some bright sunny photographs in our Weather Watchers inbox.

    Just like this scene in Great Linford, Buckinghamshire, where it's a positively balmy 16C (60F).

    Great Linford
  18. Weather: Showers and possible thunder this afternoon

    BBC Weather

    Although there will be some sunny breaks this afternoon, it will be rather cloudy with a few showers, which may be heavy, with the odd rumble of thunder possible

    Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

    Weather graphic shows some heavy showers
  19. Lunchtime headlines: Bomb disposal unit in Herts... Misconduct hearing for police officers

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The headlines this lunchtime:

    • The bomb disposal unit has been dealing with an unexploded shell in the Hertfordshire village of Aldbury 
    • Two Bedfordshire police officers will not be giving evidence at their own misconduct hearing into the way they dealt with an autistic man 
    • An eight-year-old schoolgirl from Luton is believed to be one of the youngest in the UK to memorise the entire Koran  
  20. Unexploded shell destroyed in Hertfordshire

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    An unexploded shell found in the Hertfordshire village of Aldbury this morning has been destroyed, police say.

    Bomb disposal in Herts

    The bomb disposal unit were called to Stoneycroft at 08:00 this morning where a local resident had found the device and brought it back to their garage.

    Residents have now returned to their homes and police officers have left the scene.