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  1. Updates for Monday, 25 July 2016
  2. Man charged with Milton Keynes rape
  3. Police dog "remains stable" after 12ft fall in line of duty
  4. Girl kicked down stairs of bus
  5. Greg Rutherford blasts IOC as "spineless"
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us for today but we'll be back with you tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

    Here's a round-up of some of today's top stories:

    And some good news. Police have just tweeted that eight-year-old Zack Churchill has been found safe and well.

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  2. Sport team try golf trick shots...

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    It's nearly time for use to go, but before tonight's closing summary... the boys from BBC Three Counties Sport went out last week to try and learn from the Golf Trick Shot Boys in Bedford.

    They tried their best - that's all I'll say... but if you fancy a giggle, watch the video here.

    Geoff Doyle, from BBC Three Counties Sport team, playing golf
  3. Missing Stotfold boy appeal

    Nic Rigby

    BBC News

    Police are appealing for help in finding an eight-year-old boy who has been missing since this morning. 

    Zach Churchill

    Zach Churchill was last seen leaving his home address in Dickens Boulevard, Stotfold, at approximately 11:00.

    He is described as slim with blonde hair and was last seen wearing a navy blue football shirt with ‘Ivanovic’ on the back, shorts, and orange football boots. He is believed to have a black and red BMX bike with him.

    Anyone who has seen him should contact Bedfordshire Police.

  4. Weather: Light showers this evening will clear

    Julie Reinger

    BBC Look East weather

    This evening there’ll be some sunny spells and a few isolated, light showers. 

    It should be a little easier to sleep tonight with skies clearing at time and lows of around 13C (55F).

    Weather graphic shows temperatures of 14C Tuesday morning

    Tuesday is looking a similar day to today with sunny spells and a few light showers, although many of us are likely to stay dry. Temperatures in the sunshine around 23C (73F).

    Check the latest forecast where you live with BBC Weather.

  5. Parked cars block fire service route to answer 999 call

    Parking is an issue for lots of people across the three counties, but it's even more of a problem for emergency services when they can't answer a 999 call due to vehicles blocking their route:

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    The fire service went on to tweet that fire engines need "10ft (3m) clearance to pass safely".

    "Please think about your parking as you could be putting the lives of your families, friends and neighbours at risk," Herts Fire Control said.

  6. 'Too soon' for Bedfordshire CCG to comment on IVF proposals

    Sophie Sulehria

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    We've contacted Bedfordshire CCG about proposals to stop IVF treatment on the NHS. They say it's "too soon" to comment after the consultation closed yesterday which had more than 1,000 people express their views on the plans.

    They say the group has not proposed a blanket ban on services; some will still be available for patients undergoing cancer treatment, or who have a condition that is likely to make them infertile. 

    Bedfordshire couple undergoing IVF walk in garden

    Terri and Richard Clothier, from Dunstable, believe that IVF should be funded by Bedfordshire CCG and speaking about the proposals to withdraw funding Mr Clothier said the couple think it's "a foregone conclusion".

    He added: "We really, really hope that the public opinion card won't be played if they do take the decision to withdraw the last allocation."

  7. Where in the three counties meets NICE guidelines for IVF?

    Sophie Sulehria

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Despite NICE guidelines saying the NHS should provide three fresh and three frozen cycles of IVF - in reality, very few authorities do.

    Figures obtained by BBC Three Counties Radio's health show found that only two of our local 12 authorities provide all three cycles, the others provide less. 

    The CCGs that meet the guidelines are Luton and East and North Hertfordshire.

    In vitro fertilization (IVF). Light micrograph of a human egg (centre) about to be pierced by a micro-needle (left) that contains a single sperm. This type of IVF is known as intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

    The consultation by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is proposing to stop providing any NHS funded cycles in most cases - except in Luton.

    They're not the only one doing this, there are others in the East of England  including Mid Essex, North East Essex and South Norfolk. 

  8. Plans may see NHS IVF treatment stopped in Bedfordshire

    Sophie Sulehria

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    Couples in Bedfordshire, except those in Luton, are waiting for a final decision on plans to stop routine NHS fertility services in the county.

    Bedfordshire is the fourth Clinical Commissioning Group in the East region to make the proposal, but say they have not planned a blanket ban. 

    Luton and Dunstable Hospital

    At present residents can have one fresh cycle and one frozen cycle. 

    NICE guidelines state that the NHS should provide three fresh cycles and three frozen cycles of IVF treatment.

  9. 'Road hog': Cyclist hospitalised after hitting pig

    A cyclist has been taken to hospital after colliding with a pig on a road in Houghton Conquest.

    Bicycles on a rack, left, pigs in a sty, right

    Emergency services were called just before 09:00 yesterday to London Road.

    The cyclist, a man in his 40s, was taken to Bedford Hospital with a facial injury. It isn't believed to be serious.

  10. Laptop fire prompts warning

    Remains of laptop after fire

    Firefighters in Buckinghamshire are warning people not to leave laptops charging unattended after a fire in Stone on Saturday.

    Crews were called to a bedroom fire at a property in Oxford Road at 21:25 after a fire started in a laptop which had been left on charge on a pile of books.

    The occupants of the house escaped safely, but the room was completely damaged by smoke.

  11. Hospital 'absolutely committed' to Dr Kate Granger's message

    Katy Lewis

    BBC Local Live

    You may have heard the sad news over the weekend that Kate Granger, a terminally-ill doctor from Yorkshire, has died.  She launched a national campaign called "hello, my name is…" to remind medical staff to introduce themselves to patients.

    Opening of the Granger Suite

    As a friend of West Herts Hospitals Trust she opened an elderly care unit named after her at Watford Hospital in 2014 after it launched its #hellomynameis campaign.

    Today a trust spokesman said it was "deeply saddened" to hear of the death of a "truly remarkable individual".

    A statement said: "When Kate officially opened our Granger unit we found that she had great humility, honesty and humour, as well as her powerful unavoidable message of 'it's the little things' that make the difference to our patients.

    "We remain absolutely committed to this simple, very effective message."

  12. Injured police dog was chasing suspected thieves

    Dani Bailey

    BBC Local Live

    More now on the story of police dog called Nero who has broken his neck after falling 12ft (3.5m) while chasing suspected thieves in Watford.

    Police dog Nero

    The six-year-old German Shepherd jumped over railings in pursuit of the suspects on Thursday and unbeknown to his handler, there was a significant drop the other side.

    Police say Nero "landed badly" and broke his neck in two places but is currently receiving treatment and "remains stable".

  13. Dead fox found covered in oil in Luton

    In case you missed this story over the weekend...

    A dead fox that had been covered in oil and wrapped in a jumper has been discovered in Luton.

    It was found by a member of the public on a grassed area of Oakley Road on 11 July, but the RSPCA has only now sought the public's help to find out more.

    The dead fox found wrapped in a grey jumper

    Insp Lauren Bailey described the incident as "strange" saying that there was "no blood, open wounds or marks" on the fox's body.

    Ms Bailey said it's "important to find out how he ended up this way".

  14. What's happening with BHS stores in Beds, Herts & Bucks?

    Gail Sanderson

    BBC Three Counties Radio

    BHS store closes - with clearance signs in the shop window

    Nine stores across the three counties are closing, including Luton, Stevenage, Watford, Bedford, St Albans, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes.

    The store in High Wycombe's Eden Centre closed on Saturday and the shop on the MK1 retail park in Milton Keynes closes this Sunday. 

    Remaining stores in our area haven't been given a date on when they will close, but all BHS shops across the UK will be closed by 20 August.

  15. Sir Philip Green left BHS on 'life support', MPs find

    BBC Business News

    MPs have called on the government to take action against the former owner of BHS, Sir Philip Green, who's been accused of "plundering" the company. 

    There are nine BHS stores across the three counties.

    Sir Philip Green

    damning MPs' report found Sir Philip extracted large sums and left the business on "life support".  

    His failure to resolve BHS's £571m pension deficit was a major factor in the firm's demise, the report added and last month Sir Philip vowed to MPs that he would sort out the "mess".

    MP Frank Field, co-chair of the BHS inquiry carried out by the committees, said Sir Philip should write a cheque for "at least" £571m for the BHS pensioners.

    There has been no response to the report from Sir Philip, whose retail empire includes Topshop and Dorothy Perkins.

  16. Weather Watchers: Blue skies, rainbows and sunrise

    BBC Weather Watchers

    We've had a weekend of rather fine weather across Beds, Herts and Bucks, which our BBC Weather Watchers have been keeping tabs on.

    Here are some of our favourite photographs that were sent into our inbox...

    Fog over farmers field in Milton Keynes, with blue skies overhead
    Dawn through the trees in Stevenage
    Large rainbow over field covered with bales of hay
  17. Girl kicked down stairs of bus

    A 12-year-old girl was kicked down the stairs of a bus in St Paul's Walden by a man thought to be in his 40s, police say.

    Bus stop in St Paul's Walden by Strathmore Arms pub

    The girl was on the 304 bus for St Albans between 16:30 and 17:05 on 18 July. 

    As she went to get off bus at the Strathmore Arms pub stop on Whitwell Road a man, described as black and thin, wearing a black zip-up fleece, with his long hair up in a hat, kicked her from the back. She fell down the stairs, but was not injured.

    Police are appealing for anyone who may know the man, who got on the bus outside Claire's Accessories in Hitchin.