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  1. Updates for Tuesday, 5 April 2016
  2. Court hears a man died after being threatened outside a club in Dunstable
  3. Milton Keynes Council says it's not received any applications from organisers of a summer water park event being advertised on Facebook
  4. Betfair office in Stevenage to close
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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We'll be back with the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Beds, Herts and Bucks tomorrow from 08:00.

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Weather: Dry with clear spells

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Tonight it will be mainly dry with clear spells, turning cloudier in the early hours with a chance of some light rain towards the end of the night. Low temperature of 6C (43F).

Weather graphic

Tomorrow, cloud and early rain will clear, becoming windier with sunny spells and scattered blustery showers during the afternoon.

There could be some hail and thunder. A high temperature of 9C (48F). 

High sheriff of Buckinghamshire reopens Stony book shop

One MK

The high sherriff of Buckinghamshire, Francesca Skelton, has reopened Willen Hospice's Stony Stratford book shop, after it faced closure earlier in the year.

Afternoon headlines: MK man in court over boy's death... Gambling office closes in Stevenage

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this afternoon:

Milton Keynes man in court over boy's death

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A Milton Keynes man is due in court today charged with causing the death of a five-year-old boy by careless driving. 

Woodspring Court in Monkston

The 41-year-old is alleged to have hit Riley Ferguson when he was walking at Woodspring Court in Monkston. 

The boy died four days after the collision in June last year.

The Big Picture: Parish Church of St Mary, Woburn

The main image at the top of our live page today shows St Mary's Parish Church in Woburn, Bedfordshire.

Thank you to Daisy Phillips form Central Bedfordshire College for sharing this photograph with us.

St Mary's Parish Church in Woburn, Bedfordshire
Daisy Phillips

Police horse enjoys MK sunshine

Police horse Mallory has been having a right-old kick back in the sun this afternoon.

The menage in Milton Keynes almost looks like an urban beach... Almost.

View more on twitter

Derby recall Luton loanee keeper Mitchell

BBC Sport

Derby County have recalled goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell from Luton Town with immediate effect.

Derby County fans' "super rams" banner
Getty Images

Mitchell will replace the Rams' second-choice keeper Lee Grant, who requires a minor groin operation.

The 21-year-old will go straight into the squad for Derby's fixture against Hull tonight.

Sir Nigel Gresley statue unveiled (minus duck)

Gail Sanderson

BBC Three Counties Radio

A statue was unveiled in London today for a famous railway engineer who lived in Hertfordshire in the 1930s.

Statue after being unveiled at King's Cross
The LNER Society

Sir Nigel Gresley lived in St Albans and named his famous engine Mallard after the ducks in his grounds.

The statue was revealed at King's Cross station with the notable absence of a duck to keep him company. The Gresley Society Trust changed the design because two of his grandsons thought the duck was "demeaning".

Bearded dragons dumped in Hertfordshire

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Two bearded dragons have been found dumped at a bus stop in Harpenden.

Bearded dragons dumped at bus stop in Hertfordshire

Police were alerted to the reptiles, which were in a small tank in a carrier bag, at the bus stop in West Common Way on Easter Monday.

The RSPCA says the animals are about three-years-old and could have suffered serious diseases without being cared for properly, as they require warm temperatures to survive. Bruce and Steve are now being looked after at a specialist facility.

Lithuanian man 'poleaxed' by punch outside Dunstable nightclub

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A Luton man accused of manslaughter "poleaxed" a man outside a Dunstable nightclub with a single punch, a court has heard.

Luton Crown Court was told Cortney Batchelor, 22, of Paisley Close, Luton, "quite unexpectedly" punched Tomas Juska outside Club Cookies after he'd been seen flirting with Mr Batchelor's girlfriend.

Club Cookies in Dunstable

Mr Juska was hit on the left side of the face and "did not do anything to break his fall", the prosecutor said. The 24-year-old Lithuanian hit the back of his head on concrete or on a drain and suffered a lethal brain injury as a result.

He died in hospital on 24 August, a day after the incident. Mr Batchelor told police he had walked to get a taxi, passed Mr Juska who allegedly said "do you want to fight me?" and made a pre-emptive strike. He pleads not guilty to manslaughter. The case continues. 

Dunstable nightclub death: Accused 'acted in self-defence'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A man charged with the death of a Lithuanian man outside a nightclub in Dunstable was heard threatening him shortly before he threw a punch, a court was told.

Club Cookies in Dunstable

Luton Crown Court heard Cortney Batchelor, 22, of Paisley Close, Luton, said he was "going to smash" Tomas Juska after he had been flirting with his girlfriend, who was working behind the bar at Club Cookies in Grove Park.

Mr Juska, 24, was taken to hospital at about 03:30 on 23 August but died the next day. Mr Batchelor denies manslaughter, saying he punched Mr Juska in self-defence.

Witness appeal after fatal motorbike crash

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for anyone who saw a motorbike involved in a fatal crash.

A 26-year-old man from Leighton Buzzard was killed when the motorbike he was riding hit a fence along Leighton Road in Stanbridge, at about 22:30 on Thursday.

Police want to speak to people who may have seen the blue Honda CBR1100 Super Blackbird motorbike, or stopped afterwards to help.

Weather: Largely dry and more sunshine later

BBC Weather

It will be staying largely dry this afternoon and as we go through the rest of the day we will see increasing amounts of sunshine, which will make it feel quite pleasant. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather graphic shows highs of 13C

Travel: Slow traffic on M1 south

BBC Travel

There is one lane closed and slow traffic on the M1 southbound between J13-J12 after a car transporter broke down.

Congestion back to J14.

Betfair office to close in Stevenage

The recently merged Paddy Power Betfair gambling firm is to cut 650 jobs in the UK and Republic of Ireland, including in Stevenage.

Horse and jockey over Paddy Power logo
Getty Images

Betfair's office in Stevenage will close and some roles will be moved to other locations, including Malta and Dublin. This could take place in stages over the next nine to 12 months.

It's said that a total of 350 jobs will be lost in both Stevenage and London, along with 300 in Dublin, as the company seeks savings of £50m (€62m).

Latest headlines: Herts NHS trust 'must improve'... Wanderers blue badge charges

Jon Kaye

BBC Three Counties Radio

The latest headlines:

  • The sentencing of Bedford terrorist Naseer Taj has been adjourned until May
  • The trust which runs the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and the QE2 in Welwyn Garden city needs to improve, according to the latest inspection report
  • From next season people with a disability who support Wycombe Wanderers Football club will no longer be able to park for free at home games at Adams Park

Lister and QE2 hospital trust 'needs to improve'

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

The trust which runs the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and the QE2 in Welwyn Garden city needs to improve, according to the latest inspection report. 

Lister Hospital in Stevenage

The report by the Care Quality Commission, which follows an inspection in October, says improvements are needed in the triage process at the Lister, in both the emergency department and maternity services.

The trust runs the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, which the report says must make improvements for patients needing an urgent transfer to ensure their continuing treatment is handed over. 

Man found with sawn-off shotgun in Bedford

A man's been charged with possessing a sawn-off shotgun after police stopped a vehicle in Bedford.

Roff Avenue, Bedford

Officers found the firearm and ammunition in the vehicle along Roff Avenue on Friday. 

Four men were arrested. A 30-year-old man has been charged and remanded in custody, two men have been bailed and a fourth man was released with no further action.

Rail commuters warned of major disruption across country

BBC News England

Thousands of rail passengers are facing delays and cancellations after overhead electric wires at Birmingham International Airport stopped working.  

Passengers at Coventry train station

Services across the country are affected, including routes to London, Edinburgh, Manchester, North Wales and Southampton.  

Virgin Trains, Arriva Trains, Cross Country and London Midland services routed through Birmingham are either delayed or cancelled. Read more here.

Milk stolen from Tring pre-school

CCTV images have been released of two men after a crate of milk was stolen from a pre-school in Tring.

CCTV images of men who stole milk
Hertfordshire Police

Police say the offenders, one of whom used a crutch, took the milk from Tring Community Centre in Silk Mill Way at about 03:40 on 21 March.

MK Dons' Hall suffers cruciate ligament injury

BBC Sport

MK Dons' on-loan Bolton midfielder Rob Hall faces a long spell out of action after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Rob Hall
Getty Images

Hall, 22, is expected to be sidelined for six to nine months and will return to Bolton for treatment after sustaining the injury during a training session.  

Police seek driver after crash in Lilley

A driver left the scene of a "nasty" collision in Lilley where a man suffered a "painful" head injury, police say.

West Street in Lilley

The blue Ford Focus, registration EN05 KXY, crashed into the white van near the church on West Street just after 15:15 last Thursday. The driver stopped to ask if the van driver was okay before saying he was going to move his car, but instead drove off.

Police say they've since discovered the car has no insurance or valid MOT and is registered to the former keeper. The van driver suffered a head injury and a dislocated shoulder, "which will take time to recover from".

Sentencing of Bedford taxi driver's terror plot adjourned

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The sentencing of a taxi driver from Bedford, who was found guilty of terror offences after planning to join so-called Islamic State, has been adjourned.

Naseer Taj's Twitter account
Bedfordshire Police

Naseer Taj, 26, of Victoria Road, had prepared to travel to Syria, marry a jihadi bride and achieve martyrdom, his trial at the Old Bailey heard.

Taj will be sentenced for one charge of preparing terrorist acts and two of possessing terrorist information on 3 May.

Public told to 'be wary' of Milton Keynes water park event

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Members of the public are being urged to be "extremely wary" of a huge water park which is supposed to be coming to Milton Keynes in the summer.

Screengrab of Summer Safari WaterPark event

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) "can't say categorically" that the Summer Safari WaterPark event is not legit, but believes it may be "a classic marketing tool... to harvest people's data".

Sylvia Rook, from the CTSI, said: "They're advertising events in 30 cities around the country on almost consecutive days - can you imagine being able to take down a water park overnight and move it to a different part of the country?"

Organisers of the event have yet to respond to a request for comment. A post on the Facebook page says: "Please note we do not request any data information."

Man from Hemel wanted over burglaries

A man wanted in connection with a number of burglaries may be in Hemel, Bedfordshire or Northamptonshire, police say.

Kevin Wood
Hertfordshire Police

Kevin Wood, 37, is being linked to break-ins at Kings Langley and Hemel Hempstead, along with a burglary at a garage in Hemel.

Police say Mr Wood, from Hemel, has links to Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Wycombe Wanderers introduce blue badge charges

People with a disability who support Wycombe Wanderers Football Club will no longer be able to park for free at home games at Adams Park next season. 

Adam's Park, Wycombe
Geograph/Nigel Cox

"This is like taking a group that you know is the poorest [in society] and making life more difficult for them"

Andrew ClarkeBuckinghamshire Disability Service

The Bucks Free Press reported that blue badge holders will have the option of booking a space in advance for £5 or buying a season-long pass for £120, which is the same as non-disabled supporters pay. 

The club says it has more than the legally required number of disabled bays, but there has been too many blue badge holders for the number of spaces available.

Travel: Replacement buses between London Euston and Birmingham

BBC Travel

There are replacement bus services running on Virgin Trains West Coast between London Euston and Carlisle due to overhead line problems at Birmingham International.

Dozens of dogs shot for worrying sheep in Herts

BBC News England

Farmers shot 23 dogs in Hertfordshire over the past six years for frightening their livestock, an investigation by BBC Radio 4's Farming Today has found.

Dog chasing sheep
Getty Images

Across England and Wales, at least 305 dogs were shot according to figures from 27 police forces, suggesting an average of one dog a week was being shot.

Landowners are legally allowed to fire at dogs as a last resort, to protect their animals from attack, but any shootings must be reported to police within two days.

Council 'hasn't been asked' about Milton Keynes water park

Jessica Cooper

BBC Three Counties Radio

Thousands of people have expressed interest in an advertised water park in Milton Keynes this summer, but the council says it's not received any applications for the event. 

Screengrab of Facebook Summer Safari WaterPark event

The Summer Safari WaterPark is pencilled in for 18 July and its Facebook event promises a day of fun, with water rides and a mini beach, but doesn't give an exact location. It says more details will be released soon. Numerous identical events are being advertised at locations around the country.

Over 3,000 people on Facebook have said they're going, but Milton Keynes Council, the Parks Trust and Destination MK have all told us they're unaware of the event.

Bedford taxi driver sentencing over terror plot

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A taxi driver from Bedford, who planned to fight for the so-called Islamic State in Syria, will be sentenced for terror offences today. 

A Jury at the Old Bailey heard Naseer Taj, 26, was preparing to leave his heavily pregnant wife and head off for a new life with a jihadi bride.

Naseer Taj
Bedfordshire Police

Police raided his house at Victoria Road just days before he intended to leave. They found a ticket to Turkey, a rucksack full of equipment and military style clothing.

He also had a huge amount of extremist material including a magazine published by Al Qaeda, and had been in contact with several known radicals.  

Weather: Largely dry but cloudy

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It will be a largely dry day with large amounts of cloud but occasional bright or sunny spells, increasing later. 

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Morning headlines: Bedford man's terror plot sentencing... MK water park event

Jon Kaye

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this morning:

  • A taxi driver from Bedford, who planned to fight for the so-called Islamic State in Syria, will be sentenced for terror offences today 
  • Milton Keynes Council says it's not received any applications from organisers of a summer water park event being advertised on Facebook

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Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

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