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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 3 May 2016
  2. Protesters chain themselves to gate of missile factory
  3. A man has died after being fatally injured in a fight in Luton town centre in the early hours of Sunday morning
  4. A quad bike rider has died in hospital after he was involved in a collision with a car in Hertfordshire
  5. Part of the High Street in Stony Stratford is still closed this morning following a major fire on Sunday
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our local coverage for the day

    That's it from the Beds, Herts and Bucks team today.

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates as they happen.

    If you have any photographs that you'd like to share, or if there's anything happening that you'd like us to know about, you can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Clear spells overnight and warmer tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will melt away overnight to leave clear spells, allowing temperatures to fall to 4C (39F) with a risk of frost in rural locations. 

    Weather map

    Wednesday will be dry with sunny spells, and temperatures will rise a little higher compared to today.

    BBC Weather has more details. 

  3. Watch: Foxes 'Fearless' rap song featuring ex-Hatters midfielder

    Here's BBC Three Counties Sports presenter Geoff Doyle's latest Twitter find:

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  4. Watch: Superhero fun from the starting line

    Gareth Lloyd

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Watch the start of yesterday's MK Marathon Superhero Fun Run in full 360 degree magic!  

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    If you're watching on a desktop or laptop computer, you can use your mouse to change the view - and if you have a mobile device, you can move it around to get the full panoramic effect.

  5. Police prevent access to house with closure order

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    A house in Stevenage has been closed down by police after more than 130 complaints about anti-social behaviour and suspected drug-dealing. 

    Magistrates granted the police a three-month closure order for the house in Grampian Place in the Great Ashby area.

    Reports from neighbours and police intelligence gathered over three years led to the order being granted. It prevents anyone from entering the property for three months. 

  6. Headlines: Staff at missile company sent home after protesters block factory gate... Man who died in police custody took large amount of drugs, inquest hears

    Mariam Issimdar

    BBC Local Live

    The main news stories so far: 

    • Staff at missile company MDBA in Henlow have been sent home after protesters blocked the factory gate
    • A man who died in police custody in Luton took a large amount of drugs, an inquest has heard
    • Luton Town confirm former Nottingham Forest boss Paul Hart has joined the club as assistant manager
  7. Police appeal for help in tracing missing girl

    Police are asking for the public’s help in tracing 15-year-old Malanee Littlefield from Welwyn Garden City, who's been missing since Sunday tea-time. 

    Malanee Littlefield

    She's described as vulnerable and police are growing concerned for her safety due to her age. 

    Malanee is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall with long dark hair and was last seen wearing black leggings, a dark green jacket, black trainers and black socks. Anyone with any information about her whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101. 

  8. Reaction to row over the Queen's visit to Berkhamsted

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we told you about a row that had broken out in Berkhamsted over the Queen's visit to the town on Friday.

    Here's some reaction from locals who weren't too impressed by the road closures:

    Queen Elizabeth on her 90th birthday

    Amanda says: "Don't tar all us Berkhamsted residents with the same brush! Some of us actually like the Queen and will welcome her to our town!"

    Heidi writes: "I don't believe that this is a true reflection within the town of Berkhamsted at all - the schools are allowing the children the morning off & many people will be out to welcome her into the town."

    But Pat says she's a little "disappointed" with some shops who only have a "few flags" and some that have no decoration.

  9. Fire response 'will stay the same' despite restructure, says Bucks Fire

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue says it "will continue to ensure that current response standards are met" after a Stony Stratford councillor raised concerns about the service restructuring following a serious fire this weekend.

    Building before fire

    The service said it would meet these standards by using fire crews that were out in the community and standby points "strategically located across Milton Keynes" in order to ensure communities "will always benefit from the quickest possible attendance in an emergency."  

    Proposals for a new "blue light hub" in Bletchley were passed at a meeting in Milton Keynes in April, and would see Great Holm and Bletchley fire stations close and move to new premises in Ashland, near stadium:mk.

  10. Weather Watchers: Bright blue skies in Panshanger

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's been a rather bright day across the three counties today.

    Thank you to Weather Watcher "Alfies Mate" for sharing this photograph from Panshanger Park Nature Reserve.

    Panshanger Nature Reserve
  11. Four injured in Clophill crash

    Four people were taken to hospital after a collision in Clophill, near Ampthill, yesterday.

    Clophill

    Emergency services were called just before 07:15 to the scene of the crash along the A6, where one person had a chest injury and three others were suffering from neck and back pain.

    East of England Ambulance Service says their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

  12. Hart appointed Luton assistant manager

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport

    Former Portsmouth, QPR and Crystal Palace boss Paul Hart is named as Luton Town's new assistant manager.

    Paul Hart

    The 62-year-old has most recently been academy director at Leeds United, a position he left last month.

    Hatters boss Nathan Jones has previously described Hart as a "mentor" during the Welshman's time as Charlton Athletic under-21 manager.

  13. Row over Queen's visit to Berkhamsted

    Justin Dealey

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A row has broken out in a Hertfordshire town due to be visited by the Queen on Friday. 

    A number of residents complained on a now-deleted Facebook post about road closures in Berkhamsted.

    Berkhamsted

    Tim Hennessey, churchwarden at St Peter's in the town, where the Queen will unveil a plaque, told this programme many others were delighted to welcome her, saying: "I had my haircut this morning; the barber's was buzzing with talk about it. Everywhere I go people are excited about it."

  14. Weather: Sunny afternoon with some cloud

    BBC Weather

    It will be a fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine and a scattering of fair weather cloud. 

    Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

    Weather graphic shows highs of 13C
  15. Afternoon headlines: Defence company protest... Inquest into custody death

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this afternoon:

    • Workers at a defence company in Bedfordshire have been unable to enter the factory today after protesters blockaded the gate 
    • An inquest is under way into the death of a man in a cell at Luton police station in June last year 
    • A man is due to stand trial charged with the attempted murder of a police officer in High Wycombe
  16. Istiak Yusuf inquest: History of drug-taking

    Nicola Haseler

    BBC Three Counties

    An inquest into the death of a 25-year-old man in police custody last year is taking place. Istiak Yusuf was arrested on 13 June after his wife called the police to say he had beaten her. 

    He had a history of drug-taking and was on a suspended sentence for drink-driving. 

    Although police say he had been searched in custody at Luton police station, he somehow managed to take a large quantity of cocaine and MDMA. He was discovered unresponsive in his police cell and was pronounced dead at the scene

  17. Fire service restructure questioned after Stony Stratford fire

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    A Stony Stratford town councillor says a fire that destroyed two 18th Century buildings raises questions over the county's fire service restructuring.

    Rob Gifford says residents would be asking whether the closure of Great Holm fire station was "still the best option" after plans to restructure and create a "blue light hub" in Ashland.

    Stony Stratford building before fire, left, and after fire, right

    "When you look at the map, we become the furthest point for north Milton Keynes from Ashland so our attendance times [are] likely to get worse," Mr Gifford said.

    The fire service were already at a major incident in Olney when they were called to Stony Stratford. Bucks Fire and Rescue says crews had been moved to Milton Keynes to provide cover and that "current response standards" would continue to be met.

  18. Charity ball to thank air ambulance staff who saved boy

    Bedfordshire on Sunday

    A young mum is organising a charity ball in aid of the air ambulance staff who saved her son's life when he fell and fractured his skull in three places.