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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday, 5 April 2016
  2. Court hears a man died after being threatened outside a club in Dunstable
  3. Milton Keynes Council says it's not received any applications from organisers of a summer water park event being advertised on Facebook
  4. Betfair office in Stevenage to close
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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.

    Have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Dry with clear spells

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    Tonight it will be mainly dry with clear spells, turning cloudier in the early hours with a chance of some light rain towards the end of the night. Low temperature of 6C (43F).

    Weather graphic

    Tomorrow, cloud and early rain will clear, becoming windier with sunny spells and scattered blustery showers during the afternoon.

    There could be some hail and thunder. A high temperature of 9C (48F). 

  3. Afternoon headlines: MK man in court over boy's death... Gambling office closes in Stevenage

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this afternoon:

  4. Milton Keynes man in court over boy's death

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A Milton Keynes man is due in court today charged with causing the death of a five-year-old boy by careless driving. 

    Woodspring Court in Monkston

    The 41-year-old is alleged to have hit Riley Ferguson when he was walking at Woodspring Court in Monkston. 

    The boy died four days after the collision in June last year.

  5. The Big Picture: Parish Church of St Mary, Woburn

    The main image at the top of our live page today shows St Mary's Parish Church in Woburn, Bedfordshire.

    Thank you to Daisy Phillips form Central Bedfordshire College for sharing this photograph with us.

    St Mary's Parish Church in Woburn, Bedfordshire
  6. Police horse enjoys MK sunshine

    Police horse Mallory has been having a right-old kick back in the sun this afternoon.

    The menage in Milton Keynes almost looks like an urban beach... Almost.

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  7. Derby recall Luton loanee keeper Mitchell

    BBC Sport

    Derby County have recalled goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell from Luton Town with immediate effect.

    Derby County fans' "super rams" banner

    Mitchell will replace the Rams' second-choice keeper Lee Grant, who requires a minor groin operation.

    The 21-year-old will go straight into the squad for Derby's fixture against Hull tonight.

  8. Sir Nigel Gresley statue unveiled (minus duck)

    Gail Sanderson

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A statue was unveiled in London today for a famous railway engineer who lived in Hertfordshire in the 1930s.

    Statue after being unveiled at King's Cross

    Sir Nigel Gresley lived in St Albans and named his famous engine Mallard after the ducks in his grounds.

    The statue was revealed at King's Cross station with the notable absence of a duck to keep him company. The Gresley Society Trust changed the design because two of his grandsons thought the duck was "demeaning".

  9. Bearded dragons dumped in Hertfordshire

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Two bearded dragons have been found dumped at a bus stop in Harpenden.

    Bearded dragons dumped at bus stop in Hertfordshire

    Police were alerted to the reptiles, which were in a small tank in a carrier bag, at the bus stop in West Common Way on Easter Monday.

    The RSPCA says the animals are about three-years-old and could have suffered serious diseases without being cared for properly, as they require warm temperatures to survive. Bruce and Steve are now being looked after at a specialist facility.

  10. Lithuanian man 'poleaxed' by punch outside Dunstable nightclub

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A Luton man accused of manslaughter "poleaxed" a man outside a Dunstable nightclub with a single punch, a court has heard.

    Luton Crown Court was told Cortney Batchelor, 22, of Paisley Close, Luton, "quite unexpectedly" punched Tomas Juska outside Club Cookies after he'd been seen flirting with Mr Batchelor's girlfriend.

    Club Cookies in Dunstable

    Mr Juska was hit on the left side of the face and "did not do anything to break his fall", the prosecutor said. The 24-year-old Lithuanian hit the back of his head on concrete or on a drain and suffered a lethal brain injury as a result.

    He died in hospital on 24 August, a day after the incident. Mr Batchelor told police he had walked to get a taxi, passed Mr Juska who allegedly said "do you want to fight me?" and made a pre-emptive strike. He pleads not guilty to manslaughter. The case continues. 

  11. Dunstable nightclub death: Accused 'acted in self-defence'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A man charged with the death of a Lithuanian man outside a nightclub in Dunstable was heard threatening him shortly before he threw a punch, a court was told.

    Club Cookies in Dunstable

    Luton Crown Court heard Cortney Batchelor, 22, of Paisley Close, Luton, said he was "going to smash" Tomas Juska after he had been flirting with his girlfriend, who was working behind the bar at Club Cookies in Grove Park.

    Mr Juska, 24, was taken to hospital at about 03:30 on 23 August but died the next day. Mr Batchelor denies manslaughter, saying he punched Mr Juska in self-defence.

  12. Witness appeal after fatal motorbike crash

    Bedfordshire Police is appealing for anyone who saw a motorbike involved in a fatal crash.

    A 26-year-old man from Leighton Buzzard was killed when the motorbike he was riding hit a fence along Leighton Road in Stanbridge, at about 22:30 on Thursday.

    Police want to speak to people who may have seen the blue Honda CBR1100 Super Blackbird motorbike, or stopped afterwards to help.

  13. Weather: Largely dry and more sunshine later

    BBC Weather

    It will be staying largely dry this afternoon and as we go through the rest of the day we will see increasing amounts of sunshine, which will make it feel quite pleasant. 

    Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

    Weather graphic shows highs of 13C
  14. Travel: Slow traffic on M1 south

    BBC Travel

    There is one lane closed and slow traffic on the M1 southbound between J13-J12 after a car transporter broke down.

    Congestion back to J14.

  15. Betfair office to close in Stevenage

    The recently merged Paddy Power Betfair gambling firm is to cut 650 jobs in the UK and Republic of Ireland, including in Stevenage.

    Horse and jockey over Paddy Power logo

    Betfair's office in Stevenage will close and some roles will be moved to other locations, including Malta and Dublin. This could take place in stages over the next nine to 12 months.

    It's said that a total of 350 jobs will be lost in both Stevenage and London, along with 300 in Dublin, as the company seeks savings of £50m (€62m).

  16. Latest headlines: Herts NHS trust 'must improve'... Wanderers blue badge charges

    Jon Kaye

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest headlines:

    • The sentencing of Bedford terrorist Naseer Taj has been adjourned until May
    • The trust which runs the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and the QE2 in Welwyn Garden city needs to improve, according to the latest inspection report
    • From next season people with a disability who support Wycombe Wanderers Football club will no longer be able to park for free at home games at Adams Park
  17. Lister and QE2 hospital trust 'needs to improve'

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The trust which runs the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and the QE2 in Welwyn Garden city needs to improve, according to the latest inspection report. 

    Lister Hospital in Stevenage

    The report by the Care Quality Commission, which follows an inspection in October, says improvements are needed in the triage process at the Lister, in both the emergency department and maternity services.

    The trust runs the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, which the report says must make improvements for patients needing an urgent transfer to ensure their continuing treatment is handed over. 

  18. Man found with sawn-off shotgun in Bedford

    A man's been charged with possessing a sawn-off shotgun after police stopped a vehicle in Bedford.

    Roff Avenue, Bedford

    Officers found the firearm and ammunition in the vehicle along Roff Avenue on Friday. 

    Four men were arrested. A 30-year-old man has been charged and remanded in custody, two men have been bailed and a fourth man was released with no further action.

  19. Rail commuters warned of major disruption across country

    BBC News England

    Thousands of rail passengers are facing delays and cancellations after overhead electric wires at Birmingham International Airport stopped working.  

    Passengers at Coventry train station

    Services across the country are affected, including routes to London, Edinburgh, Manchester, North Wales and Southampton.  

    Virgin Trains, Arriva Trains, Cross Country and London Midland services routed through Birmingham are either delayed or cancelled. Read more here.