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Summary

  1. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a British man, believed to be from Welwyn Garden City, "with a spear" in Portugal
  2. A man from Hertford is warning against using mobile phone banking after having thousands stolen from his bank account
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Martin Barber

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That's all for our live page in the three counties today - thanks for you company.

We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks from 08:00 on Thursday.

Have a good evening.

Hospice fly-tipping a 'serious situation'

Fly-tipping on a lane leading to a Luton hospice is a "serious situation" as it could prevent ambulances reaching the site, the charity said.

Litter has once again been dumped on Great Bramingham Lane which leads to Keech Hospice.

"Fly-tipping anywhere is not good, but it is especially horrible to see it on a lane that leads to a hospice which cares for children and adults with life limiting or terminal illnesses," said Liz Searle from the charity.

MP resigns as AIDS charity patron over benefits row 'conflict'

The Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden has resigned as patron of an AIDS charity in a row over government cuts to benefits.

The charity Herts Aid questioned Peter Lilley's support for reductions in the Employment Support Allowance (ESA). A petition was organised calling for his resignation.

It said his decision to support cuts to ESA payments by £30 a week would adversely affect the charity's service users and as a result they felt his position as patron was untenable.

Weather: Turning cloudier with patchy rain by morning

Alex Dolan

BBC Look East weather

Sunshine and showers continuing, but gradually easing this evening with long clear spells developing later. Feeling chilly, but temperatures staying a few degrees above freezing in breezy conditions.

Weather map
BBC

They'll be a cloudy start on Thursday with patchy rain with some brighter conditions with showers which could be heavy and thundery. Lighter winds by the afternoon and a high of 11C (52F).

There's a more detailed forecast where you live available from BBC Weather.

Fly-tipping 'so wrong' along Luton hospice lane

Rubbish has been dumped on the route to a Luton hospice which provides care for adults and children with life-limiting and terminal illnesses.

Keech Hospice
Google

Staff at Keech Hospice said the problem has happened a number of times along Great Bramingham Lane, on the outskirts of the town, and the sight of the rubbish is upsetting.

Volunteer Carol Young said: "We have ambulances, visitors, many cars and it's very plain what is at the end of that lane. I just thought it was so sad and I hope the person realises that it's so wrong."

Shares slump for Luton-based airline easyJet

Shares in Luton-based no-frills airline Easyjet fell 2.2% after it published passenger figures for March.

Easyjet aircraft takes off
AFP/Getty Images

Passenger numbers rose 4.3% from a year earlier to 5,728,114, but its load factor - the percentage of seats occupied - slipped 1.3% to 91.3%.

easyJet said it had cancelled 611 flights last month, with most due to strike action in France.

Details of junior doctors' contract published

NHS Employers has published the full details of the new junior doctors' contract, including a pay calculator for those affected.

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Junior doctors' strike leads to cancellations in Beds, Herts & Bucks

Thousands of junior doctors have walked out on strike today in a fourth round of action in their long-running contract dispute with the government.

Junior doctors with supporters strike outside the Department of Health, as they protest once more in their ongoing dispute with the government
PA

Doctors are again providing emergency cover, but 5,000 operations and procedures have been postponed.

At hospitals in the three counties: 

  • Bedford - cancelled three clinics affecting 15 patients in total, but no cancellations to non-emergency surgery  
  • Milton Keynes - 112 outpatients cancelled and 22 elective procedures 
  • Luton and Dunstable - 70 outpatients cancelled, no elective procedures
  • Lister - 320 outpatient appointments and fewer than 15 surgical procedures

Weather: Windy this afternoon with some showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon, we'll see a mixture of sunny spells and showers. Some of the showers may be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder, especially over higher ground such as the Chilterns. 

It will be quite windy as well, which will make it feel colder than recent days. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F). 

Buckingham
Weather Watchers/Through The Lens

This evening will remain breezy overnight with showers gradually becoming lighter, fewer and further between. Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Thanks to BBC Weather Watcher 'Through The Lens' for this image of Buckingham earlier.

Twit-twoohoo: 50,000 people follow Hertfordshire police on Twitter

The police in Hertfordshire have been tweeting with delight as they reached more than 50,000 Twitter followers.

Hertfordshire Police Twitter timeline
Twitter/Hertfordshire Police

Chief Constable Andy Bliss said: "Twitter and other social media have given us the ideal opportunity to keep Hertfordshire residents informed on police activity.

"Social media allows us to ask for their help in solving crimes and tracing vulnerable missing people in real-time. It also provides a way for people to ask questions of us... through a method that is convenient to them."

Volunteers needed for giant dominoes event in Milton Keynes

One MK

The organisers of Milton Keynes International Festival are calling on residents to be part of Dominoes moving sculpture experience this summer.

MK Food Awards: A trio of desserts

Martin Barber

BBC News

A "trio of desserts" was the final challenge in today's fifth annual MK Food Awards, in which eight chefs from Milton Keynes and the surrounding area were competing for the coveted title of Chef of the Year.

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Event founder Steven Dryden-Hall said the event showcases "the best restaurants in and around Milton Keynes and seeks out the most talented chefs".

Judging will be completed by early afternoon, but we'll have to wait for the results - they'll be announced during the MK Food and Leisure Awards ceremony at Woburn Sculpture Gallery on 8 May.

What do junior doctors do exactly?

Junior doctors in England are taking part in a fourth walkout in their long-running contract dispute.

The 48-hour strike started at 08:00 as the doctors prepare legal challenges to the government's decision to impose changes to their pay and conditions from this summer.

We love our NHS sign
BBC

There are more than 50,000 junior doctors in England - the term covers those who are fresh out of medical school through to others who have a decade of experience behind them.

So what responsibilities do they have? The BBC has spoken to three doctors at different stages of their career.

MK Food Awards: Judges tuck in to the competition

The judges are tucking in to today's MK Food Awards cook-off, which celebrates the best of local chefs and ingredients.

The event is being hosted by MK College and they've just got to the dessert course.

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Rare coins taken in Berkhamsted burglary

Two rare coins have been stolen during a burglary in Berkhamsted.

Coins
Hertfordshire Police

The 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee £5 coin and a 1982 half-sovereign in a presentation case were stolen from a safe at a property in Cedar Road between Saturday, 2 April and Monday, 4 April, police said.

Bedfordshire rowers named in GB squad for European Championships

Bedford's Charlotte Taylor and Phelan Hill have moved a step closer to Rio after being named among the top-flight boats for the European Championships being held in Germany in May.

George Nash, William Satch and Phelan Hill (left) of Great Britain celebrate after winning the Men's Eight final during day eight of the 2013 World Rowing Championships
Getty Images

Cox and European silver medallist Hill (pictured left) join the men’s eight and Taylor will once more race the lightweight women’s double scull.

Sir David Tanner, GB Rowing Team performance director, said: “We are clearly ambitious to do well in Rio and will race and then review the Europeans combinations announced today."

A mixed day of weather it seems

BBC Weather Watchers

There's a real mix of weather going on in the three counties this morning, according to our BBC Weather Watchers.

Daffodils in sunshine
Weather Watchers/Oldboy

Weather Watcher 'Oldboy' took this shot in Great Linford, Milton Keynes, just after 10:00 during sunny spells and as the temperature hit 6C (43F).

Welwyn Garden City
Weather Watchers/LouieMurg

But it had been far murkier first thing when Louie Murg captured this scene in Welwyn Garden City, recording heavy cloud and 7C (45F).

Runer left at scene of Stevenage dog attack

A mother-of-two seriously bitten by a dog in Stevenage just days before she was due to run in the Paris Marathon says she was "distraught" the attack left her unable to take part in the race.

Katie Fisher, 39, was squeezing in a last training session ahead of her charity run for Willow when the dog attacked her as she ran along Wisden Road at about 13:00 last Tuesday.

Katie Fisher
Katie Fisher

"I was running down a cycle track when a man was walking towards me with two dogs – when I got next to him the dog just attacked me and bit my leg really hard… the fat was hanging out of my leg where the wound was so deep," she said.

The "fluffy and brown" dog and the owner left Ms Fisher at the scene of the attack, police said. The man is described as about 30, around 5ft 7in, of medium build and bald.

Charity runner scarred in serious Stevenage dog attack

A woman from Stevenage who was seriously attacked by a dog while training for a charity marathon says she just wants the owner to apologise.

As first reported in the Comet, Katie Fisher, 39, was just days away from running in the Paris Marathon when the dog bit her on the leg last Tuesday as she was training on Wisden Road in the town - leaving her with an open wound and unable to take part.

Katie Fisher and Trotts Hill Primary School
Katie Fisher/Google

She told BBC Three Counties Radio: "I want the owner to come forward as where it happened was outside my five year old's schools and I’m terrified it could happen to a child."

Dons thrown to the Wolves as relegation worries increase

Goals from George Saville and Jack Price saw Wolves come from behind to beat MK Dons and increase the hosts' Championship relegation worries.

The Dons took the lead when Wolves defender Kortney Hause (pictured) turned Carl Baker's low cross into his own goal.

Nicky Maynard (left) and Kortney Hause
Getty Images

"We weren't good enough... our mind-set was poor, we looked nervous and we've got nobody to blame but ourselves."

Karl RobinsonMK Dons manager

Travel: Slow traffic on A1(M) due to accident

Drivers can expect delays on the A1(M) northbound between J6, A1000 (Welwyn) and J7, A602 (Stevenage), because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier today.

All lanes have been re-opened. Get the latest from BBC Travel.

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Why are junior doctors striking?

Richard Haugh

BBC News

Junior doctors are today striking for the fourth time this year due to their ongoing row with the government over a new contract, and our colleagues at BBC Health have produced a helpful article explaining why they are going on a 48-hour strike.

Graphic showing career path of a junior doctor
BBC

The government has described the current arrangements as "outdated" and "unfair", pointing out they were introduced in the 1990s. Ministers drew up plans to change the contract in 2012, but talks broke down in 2014.

Sticking points for the junior doctors include changes to salary and weekend working conditions.

Arrest of Briton killed on the Algarve

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a British man "with a spear" in Portugal.

Alcoutim, near Faro, on the Algarve
Google

The Policia Judiciaria said the victim, 58, thought to originally be from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, was living in Alcoutim, near Faro, on the Algarve, when he was killed.

A 20-year-old man, from Portugal, was arrested and is being held by police. The Briton has been named in reports as ex-accountant Simon Carley-Pocock.

Morning headlines: Hertfordshire man 'killed with a spear'... Relegation worries continue for MK Dons

Martin Barber

BBC News

The top stories this morning: 

Weather: Patchy rain clearing to sunshine and blustery showers

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Rather cloudy at first with some rain possible for a time, clearing to a rather cool, blustery afternoon with sunshine and scattered showers. 

Some of these showers are likely to be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder, especially over higher ground such as the Chilterns. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Get the detailed forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Welcome to Local Live in Beds, Herts and Bucks

Martin Barber

BBC News

Good morning and welcome to our live page for Wednesday. We'll have the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the three counties throughout the day.

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