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Summary

  1. Tributes paid to former MP and mayor who has died
  2. Cash available to repair vandalised statue
  3. 'Shocking' video of man and child running across level crossing
  4. Bucks firm celebrates its part in the Jupiter mission
  5. News, sport, travel, weather and other updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

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

    Today we've covered the tributes to former Milton Keynes' MP Brian White, a cut in Southern Railway services and Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt stepping down as a junior minister.

    We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow.

    If you'd like to get in touch in the meantime, please email us here.

  2. Weather: Dry this evening... Sunny morning tomorrow

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    Dry with sunny periods this evening and largely clear overnight. As the wind becomes light so some patchy mist or fog may develop in rural locations. Highs of 13C (55F).

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    Tomorrow, any early mist or fog soon clearing, leaving a sunny morning. Through the afternoon staying dry and bright as high cloud arrives. Highs of 19C (66F).

    For more detail, visit BBC Weather.

  3. More tributes to Milton Keynes councillor and MP Brian White

    Political supporters and opponents of former Milton Keynes Labour MP Brian White, who has died aged 59, have paid tribute to him.

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    The ex-Conservative leader of Milton Keynes Council Andrew Geary said on Facebook: "Deeply saddened and moved this morning at the news of the passing of my old friend and colleague Brian White

    "A political opponent of the highest order but never an enemy. A first class constituency MP who always put people and Milton Keynes right at the top of his agenda."  

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    John Cove, a director of MK Dons Football Club, said on Facebook that Mr White "leaves behind a legacy that acts as a beacon of how to be an excellent constituency MP, an energetic and generous mayor, a great community councillor and a true gent".

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  4. Pair admit stabbing cousin

    Two Bedford men have admitted attacking their cousin, who suffered stab wounds and a punctured lung.

    Luton Crown Court

    Yaseen Mahmood, 28, and Haseeb Mahmood, 21, admitted wounding Imran Khan with intent in the Queens Park area of Bedford in the early hours of 16 January.

    Their brother Wasim Mahmood, 24, pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

    All three men, who come from Ford End Road in the town were remanded in custody by Judge Michael Kay QC at Luton Crown Court to be sentenced on 22 July.

    Not guilty pleas to charges of attempted murder and violent disorder by their father Mahmood Khan, 54, of Ford End Road, and Yaseen Mahmood's wife Rachel McQuillan, 23, of Bluebird Gardens, Wixams, Bedford were accepted by the prosecution.

  5. Woman, 91, robbed of jewellery she was wearing

    A 91-year-old woman was robbed of the jewellery she was wearing by men who broke into her Hemel Hempstead home.

    Hunting Gate, Hemel Hemstead

    The men forced entry into her property in Hunting Gate between 10:30 and 11:30 on Monday, before going upstairs to search the property, Hertfordshire Police said.

    The elderly woman disturbed them and one grabbed her and forcibly removed the jewellery.

    The second man made an untidy search of the house and they left and made off in an unknown direction, taking a yellow metal necklace, earrings and four bangles.

    Det Con Yolanda Morales-Willis said: "While the victim was not physically hurt during the incident, it has understandably caused her a great deal of distress."

  6. Speaker praises Bedfordshire MP's work in House of Commons

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Commons Speaker John Bercow praised North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, who announced he was stepping down from his health minister's post, for being an "extremely popular and respected minister".

    Alistair Burt MP

    He said Mr Burt "commands widespread affection and loyalty in all parts of the House". 

    Labour's Valerie Vaz, MP for Walsall South, echoed a similar sentiment. 

    "Could I on behalf of everyone on this side pay tribute to Mr Burt," she said.

    "He has been an absolutely fantastic minister and he is a brilliant MP and long may he continue."

  7. Step-down decision by Bedfordshire MP not to do with Brexit

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Health Minister and North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, who has announced he is stepping down from his frontbench role, said his decision had nothing to do with Brexit. 

    Alistair Burt MP

    He informed David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt "a few weeks ago" that he would not be seeking a position in a reshuffled government.

    At the end of health questions in the House of Commons, Mr Burt said: "Twenty-four years and one month ago I answered my first question as a junior minister in the House in oral questions and I have just completed my last oral questions. 

    "This is not a sudden post-Brexit resignation - it's not catching. 

    "A few weeks ago I made clear to the secretary of state and to the prime minister and the chief whip that I wouldn't after the referendum be seeking a post in what I expected to be a reshuffled government."

  8. MPs give views on Tory party leadership contest

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Conservative MPs in Beds, Bucks and Herts have been declaring their support for candidates in the Tory leadership election.

    Theresa May MP

    Home Secretary Theresa May's supporters include Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning, Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster, and North East Herts MP Oliver Heald. 

    Aylesbury MP David Lidington and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps have declared their support for Mrs May this morning.

    Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries was in tears when Boris Johnson pulled out, so she's now backing Andrea Leadsom MP, along with Wycombe MP Steve Baker, and Hitchin and Harpenden MP Peter Lilley. 

    South West Beds MP Andrew Selous is backing Stephen Crabb; with Milton Keynes South MP Ian Stewart one of the few backers for Liam Fox. 

    No MPs in Beds, Bucks ad Herts are yet to support Michael Gove.

  9. Bedford Hospital response to drug-dependence figures

    We've been covering the news that a survey has found one in 100 babies born at Bedford Hospital in 2015 were dependent on substances their mother took while pregnant - the highest amount in England.

    Baby feet

    Bedford Hospital has provided a statement saying the figures need to be clarified as babies born with an "addiction to alcohol and prescription/legal drugs such as codeine or anti-depressants for example were also included within these figures for Bedford". 

    The hospital says it believes other hospitals only included data about those babies addicted to illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine and so this may have skewed the figures.

    "The figures have shown Bedford as being top within this poll, which may not accurately reflect the current situation," the spokeswoman added.

    She said the hospital had "an experienced and multi-skilled clinical team" for dealing with babies which were dependent on such substances.

  10. 'High rate of drug-dependent babies' at Bedford Hospital

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Bedford Hospital has the highest rate in England of children who are born dependent on substances their mothers took while pregnant, a BBC survey has found.

    Bedford Hospital

    Of 72 NHS hospital trusts who responded to a Freedom of Information request, the average rate for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome was 0.2%. 

    It is caused by women taking legal and illegal drugs while pregnant.

    One in 100 babies born at Bedford Hospital in 2015 displayed signs of the syndrome, but the figures may be distorted by under-reporting at other hospitals. 

    At Milton Keynes Hospital, about one in 250 babies was born with the condition.

    Leicester General had one of the lowest rates with one in every 5,000 babies born addicted to a harmful substance.  

  11. Rail service to Milton Keynes cut by Southern Railway

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Southern Railway has announced the suspension of its West London Line services between Milton Keynes and Clapham Junction as part of its plan to cut 341 trains a day in a revised timetable.

    Southern Rail train

    The temporary weekday timetable will start next Monday following weeks of delays and cancellations due to industrial action and staff shortages.

    Southern Railways said the aim was to reduce the impact on passengers and staff of "unpredictable and late notice" cancellations. 

    Southern has been embroiled in a bitter row with the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union over plans to change the role of conductors, which has led to a series of strikes.

    The firm has also announced reductions in services on the Coastway routes, buses replacing most trains between Seaford and Lewes, and a reduced off-peak service between Tonbridge and Redhill where passengers for Victoria will need to change trains.

  12. Mayor pays tribute to former MP for Milton Keynes North East

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Current Milton Keynes Mayor Steve Coventry has paid tribute to the former mayor and MP Brian White who has died aged 59.

    Brian Whtie MP

    Mr Coventry said: "Brian was a true gentleman, who had Milton Keynes at heart in everything he did.

    "He has represented Milton Keynes at all levels, from being a councillor, mayor and an MP all representing the city in his unique way.

    "Brian was a political genius who brought everyone together regardless of their political views. 

    "He was strong-minded and strong-willed in everything he did, but always put Milton Keynes first. My thoughts are with his family and friends. 

    "Milton Keynes has lost a good friend with his passing."

    The Milton Keynes Council flag is being flown at half-mast in his honour.

  13. Former Milton Keynes North East MP Brian White dies at age of 59

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    A former Milton Keynes MP has died at the age of 59.

    Brian White MP

    Brian White was the Labour member for Milton Keynes North East from 1997 to 2005. He had also served as mayor and Milton Keynes councillor for many years.

    The flag is flying at half mast above the council offices.

    He revealed he was suffering from cancer a few weeks ago.

  14. BreakingBedfordshire MP Alistair Burt announces he is standing down as minister

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    The North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has told the House of Commons he's standing down as a government minister.

    Alistair Burt

    The announcement came as a surprise to MPs after the minister finished taking health questions.

  15. Tribute paid to former Milton Keynes North East MP

    Councillor Sam Crooks, who is a Liberal Democrat, has paid tribute to former Labour MP for Milton Keynes North East Brian White, who has died aged 59:

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  16. Stevenage sign Reading striker Liburd

    BBC Sport

    Stevenage have made their third new signing by bringing in striker Rowan Liburd from Championship side Reading for an undisclosed five-figure fee.  

    Rowan Liburd

    The 23-year-old, 6ft 3in striker joined Reading in July 2015 after scoring 22 goals for non-league Billericay Town.

    He then ended last season on loan to League Two side Wycombe Wanderers.

    He failed to score in his 10 games for the Chairboys, in which their only win was against Stevenage.