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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday, 15 April 2016
  2. Details announced of rapid transport link to Luton Airport from Luton Airport Parkway station
  3. Train link will link Luton Airport Parkway and air terminal in three minutes
  4. Man and woman from Aylesbury arrested on suspicion of murdering a baby released on bail
  5. Police ask for CCTV footage from residents in Two Mile Ash after shop workers are tied up by robbers
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it for the Local Live team in Beds, Herts and Bucks for this week. 

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

    Have a great weekend. 

  2. Weather: Rain set to ease

    Chris Bell

    BBC Look East weather

    The rain will ease across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire this evening, and although there may still be the odd spot around overnight, most places will be dry. 

    Weather map

    Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).   

  3. Luer extends loan at Stevenage

    Stevenage, who host Newport County on Saturday, have retained the services of striker Greg Luer on loan from Hull City.

    The 21-year-old has extended his stay at Broadhall Way until the end of the season after making five appearances.

    League Two

    Forward Byron Harrison has recovered from illness and Chris Whelpdale is also available following a groin issue.

    Newport are likely to be without full-backs Danny Holmes and Scott Barrow - both hamstring - though defenders Matt Partridge and Darren Jones are fit.

  4. Dons could make changes at Preston

    BBC Sport

    MK Dons boss Karl Robinson could make changes away at Preston after defeat by Rotherham left them nine points from safety.

    Defender Kyle McFadzean is available after suspension and striker Nicky Maynard may be recalled.

    Preston manager Simon Grayson

    Preston's Adam Reach could be recalled by boss Simon Grayson (pictured) after the on-loan winger missed out against parent club Middlesbrough last weekend.

    Midfielders Tom Clarke (head), Calum Woods (calf) are doubtful and will face late fitness tests.

  5. Anthony Joshua set to avoid Tyson Fury date clash

    BBC Sport

    Watford boxer Anthony Joshua says he is "unlikely" to make the first defence of his world title at Wembley on 9 July because fellow British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury defends his titles on that day.

    Anthony Joshua

    WBA and WBO champion Fury is scheduled to take on Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch in Manchester.

    IBF champion Joshua, 26, told BBC Radio 5 live: "It was always in my mind to fight on 9 July, but there are other dates as well... Let Fury and Klitschko have their day. Let's not mix anything up."

  6. Man spared jail after admitting making indecent images of children

    Lee Agnew

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A man arrested after computer discs containing child pornography were left in gardens across the Three Counties, has been spared jail.

    The CDs were found in Chesham, Amersham, Hemel Hempstead, Aylesbury and Dunstable last September.

    Lee Hawkins, 25, from Maidenhead has been given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, at Aylesbury Crown Court after admitting making indecent images of children.

  7. Cervical cancer led to mother's hysterectomy at 27

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A Bedfordshire businesswoman wants to raise awareness of cervical cancer after having to undergo a full hysterectomy at the age of 27, just months after giving birth. 

    Sam Hubbard was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November last year, after giving birth to baby Arabella in April, which she says was "a little bit shocking".  

    Sam Hubbard with husband Andrew and baby Arabella

    Mrs Hubbard, who works as a midwife as well as selling second-hand baby goods, says she wants to promote awareness of the cancer and asks women who show any abnormal symptoms to "go and see your GP". 

  8. Headlines: Massive development schemes unveiled for Luton....replica hand grenade causes school closure for several hours

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are the news stories making the news this Friday afternoon: 

  9. New QEII hospital wins design award

    The new QEII hospital at Welwyn Garden City has won a design award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

    The hospital, designed by London architects Penoyre & Prasad LLP,won theRIBA East Sustainability Award for what has been described as "architectural excellence and contribution to society."  

    New QEII hospital, Welwyn Garden City
  10. West Bromwich Albion v Watford: Team news

    BBC Sport

    Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue has recovered from the knock he suffered in last weekend's draw with Everton.

    Head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has hinted he could make changes with next weekend's FA Cup semi-final in mind.

    Etienne Capoue
  11. Luton's development framework officially unveiled

    Carol Abercrombie

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Plans to develop The Mall shopping centre in Luton have been unveiled this afternoon as part of a £1.5bn investment scheme in the town over 20 years announced by the borough council.

    The Mall, Luton

    Headlining the proposals are a £200m light rail project to link Luton Airport with the Airport Parkway railway station. Luton Town Football Club has also set out its vision for a new stadium at Power Court as well as a money-raising development on land near the motorway.

    The council told delegates the plan outlines how Luton will achieve “strong, sustainable and balanced growth” and create more than 18,500 jobs.

  12. Easyjet welcomes airport rail link

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    Easyjet has welcomed the plan for a new direct rail link connecting Luton Airport Parkway railway station with the airport.

    Commercial manager Neil Slaven said: “A quicker and easier connection for passengers is a key part of the transformation of the airport and will help to attract more passengers to London Luton Airport."

    Eastjet plane
  13. Schools closed after replica hand grenade was found

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A school in Buckinghamshire had to be evacuated for several hours today after a pupil took in an imitation hand grenade.

    The Buckingham School

    Police were called to The Buckingham School just before 12:00 after the item was found. They are currently working with the school to find out what happened. 

    The school confirmed that the item did not pose any risk to students and staff. 

  14. House fire probe under way in Hatfield

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    An investigation is under way after a house fire in Hatfield this morning.

    Crews were called to a three-storey house in Link Walk just before 08:20 to deal with a blaze in a top-floor bedroom.

    Herts Fire and Rescue Service says all those inside the house had got out before firefighters arrived.

  15. Chinese Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton fourth in second practice

    BBC Sport

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel have topped second practice at the Chinese Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Raikkonen was 0.109 seconds clear of his team-mate, with Rosberg 0.237secs off the pace as Ferrari hinted they may offer a threat to Mercedes in Shanghai.

    Hamilton, with a five-place grid penalty as a result of a gearbox change, was 0.433secs off the pace.

  16. Latest headlines: Investment plans unveiled for Luton... Former police officer to be sentenced over child sex offences

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Here are the top stories we're looking at this afternoon:

    • Plans to develop The Mall shopping centre in Luton are among a series of programmes being unveiled for the town this afternoon
    • A former Bedfordshire police officer is due to be sentenced today for sex offences against children he groomed online
    • Hertfordshire Police have closed their inquiry into the death of a goose in the village of Sandon in February
  17. This afternoon's weather: Heavy showers possible

    BBC Weather

    Showers may turn heavy this afternoon with a risk of hail and thunder but the rain will ease for most areas during the evening.

    Weather graphic

    Get the detailed forecast where you live at BBC Weather.     

  18. Aylesbury pair arrested over baby death released on bail

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    A man and a woman from Aylesbury who were arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a baby girl in the town have been released on bail.

    Thames Valley Police launched an investigation after the six-month-old died at a house in Narbeth Drive on 3 April.

  19. Airport rail link will provide 'seamless five-minute transfer'

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    The chairman of London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL), which owns the airport, has said the proposed new rail link between Luton Airport Parkway and London Luton Airport will provide a “seamless five-minute transfer time”.

    Luton Airport Parkway

    Councillor Andy Malcolm said: “A total journey time of less than 30 minutes from St Pancras to the airport will beat the time from Liverpool Street to Stansted by 20 minutes and better the time from Victoria to Gatwick, too.

    “Combined with the prospect of four fast trains an hour which we are lobbying for, this investment in mass passenger transit will transform the experience of those travelling to the airport by rail, and will encourage more people to do so and therefore help to reduce congestion on the roads.”