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Summary

  1. Police are searching a landfill site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire as part of an inquiry into a severed head discovered yesterday
  2. An incinerator will be built in Bedfordshire next year, despite people thinking that the scheme was dead in the water
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Dani Bailey

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Police continue to search a construction site in Sharnbrook after the discovery of a severed head in Cambridgeshire.

    It's been our main story today and we'll bring you all the latest when we return at 08:00 tomorrow morning.

    In the meantime, if you scroll down this live page you'll find all the news on that story and many others.

  2. Bedford Hospital report commissioned

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A new report has been commissioned in a bid to keep key health services at Bedford Hospital.

    Bedford Hospital

    Bedford Borough Council says it's concerned a current review looking at local health services is putting A&E, maternity and child services at risk.

    Price Coopers Waterhouse have been asked to report on a sustainable future for Bedford Hospital which protects key areas of healthcare. It's due to report at the end of month.

  3. Dame Barbara Windsor's Peggy Mitchell to bow out of EastEnders

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    "Get out of my pub!"

    The dulcet tones of Dame Barbara Windsor are soon to be a thing of the past in Albert Square as the soap star prepares for her final farewell to EastEnders tonight.

    The 78-year-old's character, Peggy Mitchell, will lose her fight against cancer.

    Peggy, Grant and Phil from Eastenders

    Dame Barbara, who joined the BBC One soap in 1994, recently returned for the former landlady's final episodes after saying Peggy was "something I need to shut the door on".

    The One Show will be live in Albert Square - aka Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire - to mark her exit and a feature, Peggy Mitchell: Last Orders, will debut on the BBC iPlayer.

  4. Police to remain on sites overnight

    Police have confirmed they will be remaining at the quarry in Mepal, Cambridgeshire, and a construction site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, overnight, as investigations continue following the discovery of a severed head.

  5. Nicola Berridge inquest: Bedford Borough Council 'deeply saddened'

    Bedford Borough Council says it remains "deeply saddened" by the death of a 53-year-old woman who was run over by an unescorted lorry at Bedford bus station last year.

    An inquest at Ampthill Coroner's Court into the death of Nicola Berridge, from Biggleswade, heard she had just got off a bus on Friday, 13 February when she was hit by the lorry.

    A council spokesman said: "The inquest today confirmed the incident as an unfortunate accident, and we will continue to work with all those involved to ensure the bus station is a safe place."

  6. Site of search at Sharnbrook after human head discovery in Cambridgeshire

    Site of search at Sharnbrook
    Site of search at Sharnbrook
    Site of search at Sharnbrook
  7. Nothing yet found at Sharnbrook

    Cambridgeshire Police say nothing new has been found at the Sharnbrook site police are currently searching off Mill Road.

    Police believe a human head found in a quarry in Cambridgeshire originally came from Sharnbrook.

    A force spokeswoman says they are not expecting any further updates this afternoon, but we'll keep you updated with any further developments. Police are remaining on site overnight.

  8. Elderly couple party night away at famous club

    An elderly Polish couple who were visiting their daughter in Watford have hit the headlines after they raved along with clubbers at London's infamous Fabric nightclub.

    Fabric nightclub

    The Evening Standard reports the couple, from Warsaw, decided to visit the Farringdon club after reading a review online.

    Promoter and DJ Jacob Hansen, 35, who has run the WetYourSelf night for 10 years, said he initially they were lost when he saw them walking down the stairs, the Standard writes.

  9. Police searches in Sharnbrook

    Our reporter Tony Fisher is at the scene of police searches in Sharnbrook after a head was found in Cambridgeshire.

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  10. Sharnbrook landfill site searched after head found

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Here are pictures of police at a landfill site in Sharnbrook.

    The Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit say officers are searching the area after a human head was found at a quarry in Cambridgeshire.

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    Video caption: Severed head found in Cambridgeshire quarry sparks search in Bedfordshire
  11. Afternoon headlines: Head find prompts landfill site search... Bedford bus station death inquest

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The latest headlines:

    • Police are searching a landfill site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire as part of an inquiry into a severed head which was discovered yesterday 
    • A new report has been commissioned in a bid to keep key health services at Bedford Hospital 
    • A coroner has ruled that a 53-year-old woman died as a result of being run over by an unescorted lorry at Bedford bus station last year
  12. Bedford bus station death: Driver 'felt rear wheel go up and down'

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A coroner has ruled Nicola Berridge died at Bedford bus station last year as a result of being run over by an unescorted lorry.

    Lorry driver Mr Llaveshi recounted how, on the day in question, he had to move slowly away to make way for a bus when he felt the rear wheel go up and down.

    The collision investigator said it was possible Ms Berridge entered the view of the lorries rear view mirrors after the checks had been completed.

  13. Bedford bus station death: Woman died due to 'unescorted lorry'

    Tony Fisher

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    A coroner has ruled that a 53-year-old woman died as a result of being run over by an unescorted lorry at Bedford bus station last year. 

    Nicola Berridge, from Biggleswade, had just got off a bus on Friday, 13 February at a time when the bus station was being refurbished.

    Bedford bus station

    Ampthill Coroner's Court heard that during the work there was a lot of movement, people, buses and lorries at the bus station.

  14. Human head found: Police searching Bedfordshire landfill site

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    We've just had confirmation police are searching a landfill site in Sharnbrook, after a human head was found in Cambridgeshire.

    Officers believe the remains found at a quarry near Ely came from the Bedfordshire site.

    Police in Sharnbrook
  15. Weather Watchers: Glorious sunshine in Bucks

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Check out the glorious sunshine in Buckingham today - thank you to our Weather Watcher "Through the lens" for sending this in.

    If you'd like to share weather updates for where you live, find out more here.

    Daisies in Buckingham
  16. Sharnbrook searches continue after human head found

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    This image shows the area police are searching in Sharnbrook after a severed human head was found in Cambridgeshire.

    Map of Mill Road, Sharbrook

    Det Insp Jerry Waite, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit, says police "do not know if the head is male or female" but that searches in Sharnbrook are being carried out as that is "where the remains may have come from."

  17. Lunchtime headlines: Human head find prompts search in Sharnbrook... Teenager run over

    Jane Killick

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    The top stories this lunchtime:

    • A severed head found in Cambridgeshire has led to a site in Sharnbrook being searched
    • A 15-year-old boy is in a serious condition in hospital after being run over in Milton Keynes
    • An incinerator will be built in Bedfordshire next year, despite people thinking that the scheme had been scrapped
  18. Human head find death treated as 'suspicious'

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    Police say that the death of a person whose head was found in Cambridgeshire, prompting a search in Bedfordshire, "is being treated as suspicious".

    Block Fen in Cambridgeshire

    Cambridgeshire Police says there is no official line yet on whether it is being treated as a murder inquiry.

    The head was found in a quarry at Mepal, near Ely, and police are now searching a site in Mill Road, Sharnbrook.

  19. Where are Mepal and Sharnbrook?

    Mepal is located in the Cambridgeshire Fens between Chatteris and Ely - about 20 miles (32km) north of Cambridge.

    Sharnbrook, meanwhile, is off the A6, which runs between Rushden in Northamptonshire and Bedford.

    The sites are about 40 miles (64km) apart.

    Mepal/Sharnbrook map