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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 13 April 2016
  2. Spate of violence at the McDonald's in Luton town centre has led police to call for the restaurant to lose its late-night licence
  3. Woman, 93, tricked into handing over £5,000 after a scam phone call in Stevenage
  4. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    That's it for today from the team at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    We'll be back on Thursday morning from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates. 

  2. Woman raped in Milton Keynes in open grass area

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    House-to-house inquiries are taking place in Milton Keynes after a woman was raped on 4 April. 

    The woman in her 30s came forward yesterday. She had been walking in Conniburrow Boulevard from Bradwell Common towards Downs Barn at about 04:00. 

    She walked through an alleyway near a park off Yarrow Place when she noticed a man following her. He then assaulted and raped her in the open grassed area between the houses located between Yarrow Place, Conniburrow Boulevard and Ramsons Avenue before fleeing.

  3. One-punch death accused 'meant no harm'

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    A Luton civil engineer accused of killing a man with a single punch believed he was about to be "hit first", a court has heard.

    Amazon employee Tomas Juska was hit with an upper-cut punch outside Cookies nightclub in Dunstable by Cortney Batchelor, Luton Crown Court heard.  

    Cortney Batchelor

    The 24-year-old suffered a lethal brain injury and died the next day.

    Mr Batchelor, 22, of Paisley Close, Luton, denies manslaughter, claiming he had acted in self defence after he was confronted by Mr Juska. The case continues. 

  4. Tipper truck seized during fly-tipping arrests is crushed

    An unregistered tipper truck has been crushed today after it was seized by Hertsmere Borough Council. 

    Tipper truck being crushed

    The vehicle became the property of the council last month after its occupants were arrested in Bushey on suspicion of fly-tipping offences.

    They were bailed by police whilst the council continues its investigation into a number of alleged offences.

  5. Headlines: Police investigating after a woman is raped in Milton Keynes...Unregistered tipper truck is crushed

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are the main stories making the news this evening: 

    • An unregistered tipper truck has been crushed today after being seized by Hertsmere Borough Council as part of a clamp down on fly-tippers
  6. Weather: Showers easing overnight

    Alex Dolan

    BBC Look East weather

    There may be the odd shower this evening and overnight, but these will mostly die out to leave fairly cloudy skies and light winds. 

    Weather map

    There may be the odd patch of mist or fog but this will mostly be confined to sheltered spots such as in Marston Vale. 

    Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

  7. Teenager in serious condition after being hit by a bus

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A 15-year-old girl is in a serous but stable condition after being hit by a bus in High Wycombe this morning.

    Marlow Hill

    The girl was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with a head injury after being hit by the single decker bus in Marlow Hill, opposite Wycombe High School, at 08:00. 

    PC Chris Fallon said: "I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet contacted police, or anyone who saw the bus or the pedestrian prior to the collision taking place."

  8. Lottery grant submitted to expand Bucks County Museum

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    An application to get £5m worth of lottery money has been submitted by the Trustees of the Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury

    Richard De Peyer Director of the Bucks County Museum Trust

    They hope to embark on a major expansion project that will see the display area doubled as well as increasing the cafe, shop and community spaces.

    The bid will be supplemented by £1m worth of local fundraising and grants. 

  9. Man jailed for five years for possessing handgun

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A Luton man has been jailed for possessing a handgun after it was found by two workmen. 

    David Cooper

    They'd come to fix a boiler at Dewsbury Road last month and discovered a bag containing a gun and silencer, so called police. 

    Detectives later found DNA matching that of David Cooper, who lived there. The 51-year-old was given a five-year prison sentence after admitting possessing a firearm without a licence at Luton Crown Court.

  10. High Wycombe demonstrators released on police bail

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    Four people arrested during demonstrations in High Wycombe on Saturday have been released on police bail. 

    A 21-year-old man from Brighton was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. Two 17-year-old boys and an 18-year-old man, all from High Wycombe, were arrested on suspicion of public order offences.

    The arrests came at a planned demonstration by the English Defence League and counter protests in Wycombe.

  11. Fence built on Ashridge Estate to protect bluebells

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A fence has been put up on the National Trust's Ashridge Estate after it was announced a charge is to be introduced for people to see the bluebells during the next bank holiday.

    Fence

    The charity says the fence is needed to protect the woodbank and ditch, which is being eroded in several places.

    It will also reduce the amount of damage to the bluebells.

  12. Easter egg surprise beamed around the world

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A newly updated webcam on the highest tower block in Aylesbury is currently broadcasting an Easter egg surprise. 

    Falcon nest view from webcam

    A peregrine falcon has laid four eggs which is the largest clutch of eggs these breeding pairs have ever produced. 

    The camera is part of the Aylesbury Peregrine Project and people have viewed the images from afar afield as Japan and Australia. 

  13. Weather: Sunny spells but with showers later

    BBC Weather

    It will turn cloudier through this afternoon, with scattered showers developing, perhaps turning heavy and thundery. 

    Chalfont St Giles

    Feeling pleasantly warm in the light winds and spring sunshine. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F). 

    Thanks to Weather Watcher Michelle in Bucks for the photo of Chalfont St Giles.

  14. Headlines: Milton Keynes National Badminton centre set for expansion...Luton man jailed after workmen find an illegal handgun on top of boiler

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are the main stories making the news this afternoon: 

    • Milton Keynes Council has agreed to give more than £3.5m worth of land to the National Badminton Centre so it can expand
    • A Luton man has been jailed after workmen found a handgun on top of a boiler they came to fix
    • A cordon has been put in place at a property in Baldock after reports of an unknown substance was found
  15. Land worth millions being given to MK's National Badminton Centre

    Paul Scoins

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    £3.5m worth of land is being given to the National Badminton Centre in Loughton from Milton Keynes Council. 

    Peter Mills, National Badminton Centre, Milton Keynes

    The land is to be used to expand and redevelop its existing facilities after a deal to relocate the centre to the National Bowl fell through. 

    The land must be used for development of national, amateur and competitive sport and not turned into a commercial leisure centre, according to restrictions placed on the deal.

    The council says it wants to support "major and ambitious projects" in the town, and that it's in keeping with its desire to be seen as an international sporting city.

  16. House cordoned off after 'unknown substance' found

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A cordon has been put in place at a property in Baldock after reports of an unknown substance being found in the loft. 

    London Road, Baldock

    Hertfordshire Police said it was called to London Road at about 11:10 and put the cordon in place "as a precaution".

    A spokeswoman says tests will be carried out to establish what the substance is.

  17. Tesco boss says 'better service' is behind company's return to profit

    Richard Bond

    BBC Look East business correspondent

    Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis says the company has "regained competitiveness in the UK".

    Video content

    Video caption: Tesco boss on sales growth: 'We've listened to our customers'

    It comes after the Hertfordshire-based company announced a pre-tax profit of £162m for the past year - compared to a £6.4bn loss a year ago.

    Mr Lewis said: "Our balance sheet is stronger and we are making good progress in rebuilding trust in Tesco and our investment case."

  18. Aylesbury derby postponed again

    Simon Oxley

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The derby between Aylesbury FC and Aylesbury United was postponed for a fifth time last night.

    The game, dubbed the "El Quackico" derby as Aylesbury United are nicknamed the Ducks, was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. That's the fourth weather postponement - the other time was due to a half-time floodlight failure last month.

    The fixture has been rescheduled for Thursday evening, with a 19:45 kick-off at Haywood Way.

  19. The day Joe Payne scored 10 goals for Luton

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Eighty years ago today Luton legend Joe Payne made history by scoring 10 goals in one game against Bristol Rovers.

    Video content

    Video caption: Luton Town's Joe Payne made history by scoring 10 goals in one game

    The match at Kenilworth Road was his debut as a centre-forward. It ended Luton 12-0 Bristol Rovers.

    Payne's achievement has yet to be matched.