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Summary

  1. Police are searching a landfill site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire as part of an inquiry into a severed head discovered yesterday
  2. An incinerator will be built in Bedfordshire next year, despite people thinking that the scheme was dead in the water
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Police continue to search a construction site in Sharnbrook after the discovery of a severed head in Cambridgeshire.

It's been our main story today and we'll bring you all the latest when we return at 08:00 tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, if you scroll down this live page you'll find all the news on that story and many others.

Bedford Hospital report commissioned

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A new report has been commissioned in a bid to keep key health services at Bedford Hospital.

Bedford Hospital
Google

Bedford Borough Council says it's concerned a current review looking at local health services is putting A&E, maternity and child services at risk.

Price Coopers Waterhouse have been asked to report on a sustainable future for Bedford Hospital which protects key areas of healthcare. It's due to report at the end of month.

Dame Barbara Windsor's Peggy Mitchell to bow out of EastEnders

BBC Entertainment and Arts

"Get out of my pub!"

The dulcet tones of Dame Barbara Windsor are soon to be a thing of the past in Albert Square as the soap star prepares for her final farewell to EastEnders tonight.

The 78-year-old's character, Peggy Mitchell, will lose her fight against cancer.

Peggy, Grant and Phil from Eastenders
BBC

Dame Barbara, who joined the BBC One soap in 1994, recently returned for the former landlady's final episodes after saying Peggy was "something I need to shut the door on".

The One Show will be live in Albert Square - aka Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire - to mark her exit and a feature, Peggy Mitchell: Last Orders, will debut on the BBC iPlayer.

Police to remain on sites overnight

Police have confirmed they will be remaining at the quarry in Mepal, Cambridgeshire, and a construction site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, overnight, as investigations continue following the discovery of a severed head.

Nicola Berridge inquest: Bedford Borough Council 'deeply saddened'

Bedford Borough Council says it remains "deeply saddened" by the death of a 53-year-old woman who was run over by an unescorted lorry at Bedford bus station last year.

An inquest at Ampthill Coroner's Court into the death of Nicola Berridge, from Biggleswade, heard she had just got off a bus on Friday, 13 February when she was hit by the lorry.

A council spokesman said: "The inquest today confirmed the incident as an unfortunate accident, and we will continue to work with all those involved to ensure the bus station is a safe place."

British history made at Ware mayoral elections

Hertfordshire Mercury

The mayor of Ware for 2016/17 was elected tonight – but it is the appointment of his deputy that will be etched into British history.

Site of search at Sharnbrook after human head discovery in Cambridgeshire

Site of search at Sharnbrook
South Beds News Agency
Site of search at Sharnbrook
South Beds News Agency
Site of search at Sharnbrook
South Beds News Agency

Nothing yet found at Sharnbrook

Cambridgeshire Police say nothing new has been found at the Sharnbrook site police are currently searching off Mill Road.

Police believe a human head found in a quarry in Cambridgeshire originally came from Sharnbrook.

A force spokeswoman says they are not expecting any further updates this afternoon, but we'll keep you updated with any further developments. Police are remaining on site overnight.

Elderly couple party night away at famous club

An elderly Polish couple who were visiting their daughter in Watford have hit the headlines after they raved along with clubbers at London's infamous Fabric nightclub.

Fabric nightclub
Google

The Evening Standard reports the couple, from Warsaw, decided to visit the Farringdon club after reading a review online.

Promoter and DJ Jacob Hansen, 35, who has run the WetYourSelf night for 10 years, said he initially they were lost when he saw them walking down the stairs, the Standard writes.

Police searches in Sharnbrook

Our reporter Tony Fisher is at the scene of police searches in Sharnbrook after a head was found in Cambridgeshire.

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Sharnbrook landfill site searched after head found

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Here are pictures of police at a landfill site in Sharnbrook.

The Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit say officers are searching the area after a human head was found at a quarry in Cambridgeshire.

Afternoon headlines: Head find prompts landfill site search... Bedford bus station death inquest

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The latest headlines:

  • Police are searching a landfill site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire as part of an inquiry into a severed head which was discovered yesterday 
  • A new report has been commissioned in a bid to keep key health services at Bedford Hospital 
  • A coroner has ruled that a 53-year-old woman died as a result of being run over by an unescorted lorry at Bedford bus station last year

Bedford bus station death: Driver 'felt rear wheel go up and down'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

A coroner has ruled Nicola Berridge died at Bedford bus station last year as a result of being run over by an unescorted lorry.

Lorry driver Mr Llaveshi recounted how, on the day in question, he had to move slowly away to make way for a bus when he felt the rear wheel go up and down.

The collision investigator said it was possible Ms Berridge entered the view of the lorries rear view mirrors after the checks had been completed.

Bedford bus station death: Woman died due to 'unescorted lorry'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

A coroner has ruled that a 53-year-old woman died as a result of being run over by an unescorted lorry at Bedford bus station last year. 

Nicola Berridge, from Biggleswade, had just got off a bus on Friday, 13 February at a time when the bus station was being refurbished.

Bedford bus station
Google

Ampthill Coroner's Court heard that during the work there was a lot of movement, people, buses and lorries at the bus station.

Human head found: Police searching Bedfordshire landfill site

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

We've just had confirmation police are searching a landfill site in Sharnbrook, after a human head was found in Cambridgeshire.

Officers believe the remains found at a quarry near Ely came from the Bedfordshire site.

Police in Sharnbrook
BBC

Weather Watchers: Glorious sunshine in Bucks

BBC Weather Watchers

Check out the glorious sunshine in Buckingham today - thank you to our Weather Watcher "Through the lens" for sending this in.

If you'd like to share weather updates for where you live, find out more here.

Daisies in Buckingham
BBC/Through the lens

Sharnbrook searches continue after human head found

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

This image shows the area police are searching in Sharnbrook after a severed human head was found in Cambridgeshire.

Map of Mill Road, Sharbrook
Google

Det Insp Jerry Waite, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit, says police "do not know if the head is male or female" but that searches in Sharnbrook are being carried out as that is "where the remains may have come from."

Lunchtime headlines: Human head find prompts search in Sharnbrook... Teenager run over

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

The top stories this lunchtime:

  • A severed head found in Cambridgeshire has led to a site in Sharnbrook being searched
  • A 15-year-old boy is in a serious condition in hospital after being run over in Milton Keynes
  • An incinerator will be built in Bedfordshire next year, despite people thinking that the scheme had been scrapped

Human head find death treated as 'suspicious'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Police say that the death of a person whose head was found in Cambridgeshire, prompting a search in Bedfordshire, "is being treated as suspicious".

Block Fen in Cambridgeshire
BBC

Cambridgeshire Police says there is no official line yet on whether it is being treated as a murder inquiry.

The head was found in a quarry at Mepal, near Ely, and police are now searching a site in Mill Road, Sharnbrook.

Where are Mepal and Sharnbrook?

Mepal is located in the Cambridgeshire Fens between Chatteris and Ely - about 20 miles (32km) north of Cambridge.

Sharnbrook, meanwhile, is off the A6, which runs between Rushden in Northamptonshire and Bedford.

The sites are about 40 miles (64km) apart.

Mepal/Sharnbrook map
BBC

Human head 'has been recovered from site'

David Keller

BBC News

The human head was recovered from the Mepal quarry this morning and information has been sent to the coroner, Cambridgeshire Police has told me.

The second site police are searching in relation to the discovery is on Mill Road in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire. 

Mill Road
Sharnbrook

Police have yet to provide further details about that site, but a spokesman said officers had been there since yesterday afternoon, when the head was first discovered about 40 miles away.

Severed head inquiries 'across the county borders'

Mark Williamson

BBC Local Live

Police have just sent us a quote from one of the detectives involved in the investigation at Mepal, where a human head has been found, and the search of a site in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire.

Det Insp Jerry Waite, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit, said: "We are conducting inquiries both locally and across the county borders, and would urge anyone with information to contact us."

BreakingHuman head find: Site searched in Bedfordshire

David Keller

BBC News

Police have confirmed that a site in Bedfordshire is being searched, after a human head was discovered in Cambridgeshire.

The head was found at a quarry operated by Mick George Ltd, on Block Fen Drove, Mepal, yesterday afternoon.

Police said a site in Sharnbrook was also being searched, as "this is where the remains may have come from".

Travel: M25 blocked... Chiltern Railway delays

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the M25 clockwise in Hertfordshire just before J23, due to a collision involving a car and a lorry.

Chiltern Railways are delayed by up to 45 minutes between Marylebone and High Wycombe, and Aylesbury.

Hertfordshire scientists mark 160 years of Park Grass Experiment

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Scientists in Harpenden are marking the 160th anniversary of the Park Grass Experiment today by inviting the public and school pupils to witness their work.

Park Grass in Harpenden
Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research have been continuing the experiment, devised by John Lawes and Joseph Gilbert in 1856, to find out how different fertilisers affect yields in hay meadows.

Last year, scientists used records from Park Grass experiments to test whether plants could recover from years of pollution. They discovered that since legislation was introduced in the 1980s, reducing atmospheric nitrogen pollution, that plants have recovered.

Teenager in serious condition after being run over

Jane Killick

BBC Three Counties Radio

A 15-year-old boy is in a serious condition in hospital after being run over in Milton Keynes on Sunday night.

Police say he was crossing H2 Millers Way from a bus stop, between Kiln Farm and Fullers Slade, when he was struck by a vehicle.

He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.

Weather: Dry afternoon with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will be a dry afternoon with sunny spells and scattered cloud. It will feel fairly warm, with the highest temperatures in urban areas. However, cloud will thicken from the west later in the day. 

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather graphic shows highs of 17C
BBC

Sam Smith's former school drops music GCSE

Jessica Cooper

BBC Three Counties Radio

The 'Writing's on the Wall' for GCSE Music at Sam Smith's old school.

Year 10 students at St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford told the Herts and Essex Observer they won't be taught the subject from next year - and the school told the BBC its disappointed its having to drop Music from its curriculum after only three students signed up.

St Mary's Catholic School, Bishop's Stortford
Geograph/Thomas Nugent

Headteacher Mr Celano says the school has to manage demand and the students in question will be supported with music tuition.

Music in schools has just shrunk, it's a lottery really."

Joanna EdenSinger songwriter, who mentored Sam Smith

Teens escape custodial sentence for knife robbery

Two teenagers who robbed a couple in Welwyn Garden City with a knife have escaped a custodial sentence after showing signs of changing their ways, a judge has said.

St Albans Crown Court
SBNA

The pair, aged 16 and 17 at the time, were sentenced to an 18 month youth rehabilitation order at St Albans Crown Court, and told to complete community work.

The judge also made an order forbidding any contact between the two, and for them to stay out of Welwyn Harden City. The teenagers admitted two charges of robbery, along with charges of possessing weapons, following the late night robbery on a young couple in August last year.

Stewartby incinerator: Councillor 'dropped out of chair' at news

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The local borough councillor for Stewartby said he "dropped out of" his chair when he read that building plans for an incinerator were back on.

Rookery Pit in Stewartby
BBC

Liberal Democrat Councillor Tim Hill said he "got a press release via the local council from Veolia late last week" about the project, which energy company Covanta had previously withdrawn from.

"This new proposal is dreadful news," Mr Hill said.

Bedford bus station death inquest

An inquest will take place this morning into the death of a woman at Bedford bus station last year.

Nicola Berridge, 53, from Biggleswade, was in collision with a lorry in February 2015. The inquest takes place at Ampthill Coroner's Court.

Stewartby incinerator: Residents shocked and 'appalled'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Residents living near a site in Stewartby, where an incinerator will be built next year, say they are shocked and "appalled" as they thought the scheme was dead in the water.

Millbrook train station
BBC

Steve Balint, who lives in nearby Millbrook, says the "energy from waste" plant will affect him "quite drastically".

He said it is "another imposition on Bedfordshire". Energy companies Covanta and Veolia have agreed to build the plant in a former clay pit.

Stewartby incinerator: View over Marston Vale

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

This is the view over Marston Vale and Rookery Pit to the south of Stewartby, where an incinerator is set to be built.

Marston Vale in Bedfordshire
BBC

Residents say they are shocked the plant will be built next year after plans went quiet. Some are even planning to move away from the area.

Latest headlines: Bedfordshire incinerator plans... Bedford bus station death inquest

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The latest headlines:

  • An incinerator will be built at Stewartby in Bedfordshire next year
  • An inquest takes place this morning into the death of a woman at Bedford bus station last year 
  • The Hertfordshire school attended by chart-topping Oscar winner Sam Smith says its disappointed that music GCSE is being dropped from its curriculum

Stewartby incinerator: Parish council will 'continue to fight'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The chairman of Marston Moretaine Parish Council says he "never thought" plans for an incinerator "had gone away".

Artist impression of how the incinerator will look
Covanta

An incinerator will be built at Rookery Pit in Stewartby, Bedfordshire next year despite energy company Covanta previously withdrawing from the project.

"Our opposition remains very clear to this; this a village, we don't need an incinerator on the edge of the countryside," Hugh Roberts said.

Bedfordshire incinerator will go ahead

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

An incinerator will be built in Bedfordshire next year despite people thinking the scheme was dead in the water. 

Energy companies Covanta and Veolia have agreed to build an energy from waste plant at former clay pit, Rookery Pit, near Stewartby. It will produce enough power for up to 85,000 homes and 300 jobs will be created during construction.

Rookery Pit, south of Stewartby in Bedfordshire
Google

They are currently in the process of securing final approvals and project finance. The project was initially given approval three years ago, but Covanta then withdrew.     

Central Bedfordshire Council says it is seeking a meeting with the developers to ensure minimal impact on the community.

New chairman refuses to back under pressure health boss

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

The new chairman of the Southern Health NHS Trust, which covers Buckinghamshire, and has been criticised for putting mental health patients at risk, has refused to say whether he has confidence in the chief executive.

Tim Smart said a decision would be made soon about the future of Katrina Percy.

Elvis suit 'returned to sender' (owner)

An Elvis impersonator who had his bejewelled white suit stolen from outside the Grove Theatre in Dunstable after a show last month, has been reunited with the outfit. 

Bejewelled white Elvis suit
Lee Memphis King

Lee Memphis King has shared a photograph on his Facebook page with a policeman after officers in Coventry recovered the costume from an internet auction site.

Weather: Largely dry and sunny

Aisling Creevey

BBC Look East weather

Largely dry today, with some further warm sunny spells, although cloud will thicken come the end of the day. 

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).