Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday, 12 April 2016
  2. Plans to remove free IVF treatment in Bedfordshire
  3. People in Leighton Buzzard unhappy their cul-de-sac could become a through-road for a new housing estate
  4. An aspiring cricket player who was a former student at the University of Hertfordshire has been shot dead in Trinidad
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our coverage across the day

That's it from the Local Live team today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the three counties.

Keep us posted in the usual way, via email,Twitter or Facebook

Have a good evening. 

Gatehouse ghost: Apparition or reflection..?

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Can you see anything odd about this photograph inside the Rye House Gatehouse in Hertfordshire?

Ghostly apparition in photograph inside Eye House Gatehouse
Lee Valley

Visitors touring the 650-year-old building apparently took this photo, in which they noticed what could be a "spectral presence" on the right-hand side.

Rumours of hauntings at the site have been rife and recently ghost hunters have been allowed in to investigate. What do you reckon... a ghostly apparition or a simple reflection?

"I’m confident in saying that this is a site with activity"

Micky GocoolNorth London paranormal Investigations

Weather: Torrential downpours clearing to leave a mainly dry night

Some heavy, thundery showers affecting parts of the region later bringing some torrential downpours, but they'll gradually clear away to bring a mainly dry night with clear spells and patchy mist and fog. 

Weather map
BBC

Any mist or fog clearing first thing on Wednesday, to leave a fine morning with sunny spells - but turning cloudy with heavy, thundery showers developing.  

For a detailed forecast where you live visit BBC Weather.

Uni of Herts 'devastated' by death of former student

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

Staff and students at the University of Hertfordshire are said to be devastated to hear of the death of a former student. 

Adrian St John plays cricket
Chris Gayle Foundation

Adrian St John (pictured right), 22, an aspiring cricket player, has died after reportedly being shot by robbers in Trinidad.

In a statement, the university says he was a popular and successful student who graduated with a degree in history and philosophy in 2014. He also played for the university team throughout his studies.

Premature learning disability deaths to be investigated

BBC News England

England's health watchdog will look at how NHS trust services learn from the deaths of patients with learning disabilities.

Connor Sparrowhawk
Sara Ryan

The nationwide review comes after Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which covers Buckinghamshire, was criticised following the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk.

Mr Sparrowhawk drowned in a bath at an Oxford mental health facility after suffering an epileptic fit in 2013. Inspectors found the trust's review of deaths was not robust enough.

Headlines: Airlander 10 named in Royal ceremony... Special school sold back to government

The main stories this evening:

  • The world's largest aircraft has been officially named Martha Gwyn at a Royal ceremony at Cardington Hangers in Bedfordshire
  • Penn special school in Buckinghamshire which closed last summer after going into administration has been sold to the Education Funding Agency
  • Peregrine falcons living on the highest tower block in Aylesbury have laid four eggs

Fire service remind public to think before calling 999

Hertfordshire Fire Service is asking the public to think before they call 999 after a series of non-emergency calls. 

Graphic reads "squirrels in the loft"
Hertfordshire County Council

Over the past year they've had calls about a toy helicopter stuck in a tree and squirrels in someone's loft 

Roy Wilshere, the county's chief fire officer, says "sometimes people just need to think is this really a life threatening situation" that you need emergency services to help you with, so that they don't stop genuine calls getting through.

Bedfordshire scientists create 3D printed hand for Northants boy

A "life changing" 3D printed hand has been created by scientists at the University of Bedfordshire for a boy born without fingers on his left hand.  

For the fist time left-handed William, 8, who lives near Towcester, is able to hold a pen and draw a picture. The device reads the signals in his arm - which makes it fully controllable

Mark Hooper, from the university, said: “Jo [Will's mother] had found a design of a hand online made by scientist in Africa... It was brilliant, but we wanted to see if we could make it less clunky and more usable for a young boy."

Off-duty RSPCA officers rescue dog missing from traveller camp

Luton on Sunday

Off-duty RSPCA officers helped rescue an injured Jack Russell which had gone missing from a traveller camp in Dunstable Downs.

Watford campaign on dangers of 'laughing gas'

School pupils in Watford are being asked to take part in a campaign highlighting the issue of youngsters using "laughing gas" as a cheap recreational drug.

Laughing gas cannisters
Hertfordshire Police

Hertfordshire Police say they regularly receive reports of discarded cannisters of nitrous oxide in areas like Alban Wood and Garston Park.

Pupils are being invited to design posters highlighting the dangers of the gas, which will be used in schools and public spaces across town.

Afternoon headlines: Tunisia attack memorial... Plans for Ashridge bluebells charge

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The headlines this afternoon:

  • Prince Harry and the prime minister have joined the families of the British victims of last year's terror attacks in Tunisia for a memorial service at Westminster Abbey 
  • Staff and students at the University of Hertfordshire are said to be devastated to hear of the death of a former student
  • The National Trust is planning to charge people who want to see the bluebells at the Ashridge Estate this coming bank holiday Monday

Boy, 8, gets 'life changing' 3D printed hand

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

An eight-year-old boy has received a "life changing" new 3D printed hand from the University of Bedfordshire.

William Joyner with his new 3D printed hand
University of Bedfordshire

William Joyner, who attends school in Towcester, Northamptonshire, was born with fingers missing from his left hand. 

His mum said it will mean he's able to "tie his laces" and simple things like hold "a drink in one hand and an ice lolly in the other". It's also in his favourite football team Reading FC's colours -  blue and white.

Ashridge bluebells: Visitors to be charged over May bank holiday

The National Trust is planning to charge people who want to see the bluebells at the Ashridge Estate this coming bank holiday Monday. 

Bluebells in Dockey Wood
Geograph/Cameraman

Last year, roads became blocked with traffic as people tried to get to Dockey Wood. Susie Mercer, general manager of the Ashridge Estate says they don't want the same thing to happen again.

"It was extremely busy with cars parking on grass verges and crushing wild flowers. It was a really desperate situation," Ms Mercer said. She added that visitors had asked the charity to have more of a presence so this year they "are giving it a try".

Tunisia terror attacks: Memorial for British victims

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A memorial service has been held this lunchtime in honour of those who died in the Tunisian terror attacks last year. 

Victims of Tunisia attacks
BBC

Thirty-eight people died, including Chris Dyer, 32, from Watford, when a gunman opened fire on a beach.

Weather Watchers: Cloudy skies in Fenny Stratford

BBC Weather Watchers

It's looking a bit moody out there today according to photographs in our inbox from Weather Watchers across the three counties.

This photo from "Fenny Antique Centre" shows cloudy skies above the canal in Fenny Stratford.

Canal in Fenny Stratford
BBC/Fenny Antique Centre

We love to see your "nowcasts" - take a look at the BBC Weather Watchers' website to find out how you can join in.

Weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon, we will see a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. Where showers occur, they will be heavy with the risk of hail and thunder. 

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F)

Weather graphic shows rain
BBC

Get the full local forecast where you live from BBC Weather.

Lunchtime headlines: Tunisia attacks memorial... Uni of Herts former student 'shot dead'

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The headlines this lunchtime:

Airlander 10: Facts and figures

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

An official naming ceremony of the world's largest aircraft took place at Bedfordshire's Cardington Hangars earlier.

Here are a few facts and figures about the Airlander 10, now officially named the Martha Gwyn.

Graphic about Airlander 10
Hybrid Air Vehicles

Airlander 10: World's largest aircraft officially named

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

The world's largest aircraft has been officially named Martha Gwyn at a ceremony held by the Duke of Kent in Bedfordshire this morning.

Airlander 10 rear photo
Hybrid Air Vehicles

The Airlander 10, which is a combination of an airship, a helicopter and a plane, has been named after the wife of the chairman of Hybrid Air Vehicles, Philip Gwyn.

The British firm has spent the past nine years developing the prototype in the UK's biggest aircraft hangar at Cardington.

British cricketer 'shot dead in Trinidad'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

An aspiring cricket player who was a former student at the University of Hertfordshire has been shot dead in Trinidad.

Adrian St John, 22, was targeted by two gunmen when he stopped the car he was driving, police said. 

Adrian St John
Chris Gayle Foundation

Mr St John, had been training at a cricket academy in London run by the West Indies star Chris Gayle.

The University of Hertfordshire cricket team has posted online to say they're saddened by the news and their prayers are with his family.

Woman rescued from Wootton fire

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

A woman has been rescued from a house fire in Bedfordshire after she became trapped inside a bedroom.

Potters Cross in Wootton
Google

Fire crews were called to Potters Cross in Wootton at 02:30 this morning. A man had managed to escape from a window but the woman was still inside. 

She was led to safety and the couple have both been taken to hospital.

New Bishop of Oxford named after two-year wait

The new Bishop of Oxford has been named as Dr Steven Croft, two years after the post became vacant.

The Right Reverend Steven Croft, left, will leave his role as the Bishop of Sheffield to lead the Diocese of Oxford, which has been temporarily led by the Right Rev Colin Fletcher
BBC

Dr Croft (pictured left) will be the most senior clergyman in the Church of England for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The 58-year-old was ordained in 1987 and has been Bishop of Sheffield since 2009.

IVF plans in Bedfordshire 'quite drastic'

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

A woman from Bedfordshire who received IVF treatment on the NHS says potential plans to stop free fertility treatment are "quite drastic".

Sarah David-Smith told BBC Three Counties Radio: "When I had my IVF it was three cycles and that's gradually gone down to one. Then to zero... there is no hope there for any people trying to conceive."

The Clinical Commissioning Group is due to consult on whether it continues to give free fertility treatment in Bedfordshire. It says exceptions would only be made for people with certain medical conditions. 

Watch: Airlander 10 the world's biggest aircraft

The world's "biggest" aircraft, the Airlander 10, will be officially today by the Duke of Kent.

Last month, the aircraft was unveiled and floated for the first time since it was fully assembled in the UK. 

Airlander 10, which resides at Cardington Hangars in Bedfordshire, was developed for the US government for surveillance and can stay airborne for five days at a time.  

Critics slam ‘monstrous’ barrier proposed for Wendover

Bucks Herald

Sound barriers almost double the size of the Berlin Wall will be a ‘monstrous’ intrusion into Wendover, an action group has warned.

Luton Carnival organisers deny officially telling performers to cover up

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The organisers of Luton Carnival are denying they've officially told performers to wear less revealing costumes this year. 

Carnival costumes in Luton
BBC

Dancers have been informed this year's costumes need to be "family friendly", according to a report in the Luton on Sunday

Hopeton Walker, from the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, told the BBC that he hadn't issued any advice on participants covering up but that "in general conversation, it might have been given as an example" as being more family friendly. 

He continued however, that it was "not the general advice that's been given".

Leighton Buzzard cul-de-sac: 'Nothing was uncovered by solicitors'

Gracie Foster

BBC Three Counties Radio

People in Leighton Buzzard are unhappy their cul-de-sac could become a through-road for a new housing estate. Developers are planning to build 165 new homes at the end of Vesta Grove.

Leighton Buzzard cul-de-sac
BBC

One resident thinks "it's wrong" for the cul-de-sac to "completely change". He said that "nothing was uncovered by the solicitors so as far as we were concerned, it was a dead end road."

Persimmon Homes, who built the original development, have been contacted for comment. Taylor Wimpey, the developer looking to build the new homes, told us planning permission was granted in 2011.

Woman rescued from river after going to help dog

A woman has been rescued by firefighters from the River Great Ouse in Buckinghamshire. 

River Great Ouse in New Bradwell
Google

The woman got stuck waist deep after trying to reach one of her six dogs which fell into the water at New Bradwell yesterday afternoon.    

Astronaut Tim Peake to test Stevenage space tech from orbit

Hertfordshire Mercury

British astronaut Major Tim Peake will be putting some of the latest space tech through its paces in Stevenage – from orbit 250 miles above the Earth.

Airlander 10: Royal naming ceremony today

The world's longest aircraft is being officially named at Cardington Hangars in Bedfordshire this morning. 

Airlander 10
Hybrid Air Vehicles

The Duke of Kent is carrying out the naming ceremony for the Airlander 10, which is a combination of an airship, a helicopter and a plane.

The aircraft needs 1.3m cubic feet of helium - enough to fill 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools - to get off the ground.

Consultation on funding IVF treatment

Jessica Cooper

BBC Three Counties Radio

Couples looking to conceive may no longer be entitled to any free fertility treatment in Bedfordshire.

IVF needle
Science Photo Library

People living in Bedfordshire are entitled to one free round of IVF paid for by the NHS, but Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is deciding whether or not to continue the funding.  

The CCG is due to consult on whether it continues to be routinely available along with gluten-free foods and over the counter medicines, which it says have been identified as being of lower clinical value. It says it's not considering a blanket ban because special medical exceptions will be taken into account, and no decisions have been made.

Residents vow to fight plans to make cul-de-sac a through road

Gracie Foster

BBC Three Counties Radio

Residents of a cul-de-sac in Leighton Buzzard say they'll fight plans for their street to become an access road for a new development. 

Cul-de-sac in Leighton Buzzard
BBC

Plans are being drawn up for 165 homes at the end of Vesta Grove. 

Developer Taylor Wimpey says the access route has been formally approved for some time.

Weather: Cloudy start but sunshine later

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It's a cloudy start today with outbreaks of rain, but it will soon become drier and brighter.

Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Morning headlines: IVF funding consultation... Cul-de-sac planning argument

Lee Agnew

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this morning:

  • Couples looking to conceive may no longer be entitled to any free fertility treatment in Bedfordshire 
  • People in Leighton Buzzard are unhappy their cul-de-sac could become a through-road for a new housing estate 
  • A woman has been rescued by firefighters from the River Great Ouse in Buckinghamshire

Welcome to the live page for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to today's live page for the three counties, where we'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel until 18:00.

Coming up, we'll bring you news about plans to remove free IVF treatment in Bedfordshire and Luton Carnival organisers asking participants to cover-up.

You can get in touch via Twitter or send us an email.