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Summary

  1. A report into the future of Bedford Hospital is being published this morning by the borough council
  2. Boy recovering after being pulled from Luton swimming pool unconscious
  3. Updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Dani Bailey

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That's all from us here at Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks today. 

We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow. In the meantime, if you missed anything why not take a scroll through the page...

Lenborough Hoard: How were they found?

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

The silver coins, which date back to Anglo Saxon times, were wrapped in a sheet of lead to protect them.

They were found by a treasure hunter, Paul Coleman, using a metal detector in a field just south of Buckingham. 

He has accepted the valuation of £1.35m, even though he believes they're worth more. The money will be shared equally with the land owner.

Coins pictured after they were found, covered in mud
The Trustees of the British Museum
Coins being valued at British Museum
British Musem

Lenborough Hoard: Silver Anglo Saxon coins worth £1.35m

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

A hoard of coins found on farmland in Buckinghamshire has been valued at £1.35m. 

The 5,251 Anglo Saxon coins - dubbed the "Lenborough Hoard" - will now go on sale. It's hoped the Buckinghamshire County Museum will be able to buy them.

Hoard of coins
The Trustees of the British Museum

Midfielder Robinson joins Dagenham

BBC Sport

Dagenham and Redbridge have signed midfielder Matt Robinson on a two-year deal following his release by Luton.

Matt Robinson
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Robinson, 22, left the Hatters in May by mutual consent after an agreement was reached to terminate his contract a year early.

No re-enactment at Berko Castle for 950th anniversary

Matthew Lockwood

BBC Three Counties Radio

A commemoration to mark the 950th anniversary of a major historical event at Berkhamsted Castle will no longer go ahead.

The Berkhamsted Local History and Museum Society wanted to hold a re-enactment event later this month to mark the Siege of Berkhamsted in 1216. 

Berkhamsted Castle
BBC

English Heritage, which manages the castle, has refused permission, saying in a statement that they "would like to see a re-enactment" there "but the timings are just too tight" for this month, and they would need "a comprehensive plan in place". 

Next summer has been proposed as an alternative.

Bedford Hospital report: Social care 'must be integrated'

A report into the future of Bedford Hospital says if social care isn't integrated with the health service, then the system is unsustainable.

It highlights not only problems with bed-blocking, but also people needing hospital services when they could have been treated in the community.

Bedford Hospital
BBC

Conservative MP for Bedford, Richard Fuller, said: "We have a plan that does two important things: it sits snugly in the national strategy of the NHS by integrating social care with hospital care.

"[And] it's got popular support across the political spectrum in Bedford. This is a good plan and a good proposal."

Bedford Hospital: Report recommends emergency surgery is moved

Carol Abercrombie

BBC Three Counties Radio

A report into the future of Bedford Hospital has recommended emergency surgery is no longer carried out there.

The report was commissioned by the borough council to try to protect A&E, paediatrics and maternity services in the town.

Bedford Hospital
BBC

Conservative MP for Bedford, Richard Fuller says it's the right approach: "We accept that [emergency surgery] will move out of Bedford Hospital... it saves lives because there's a concentration of people with the expertise to deliver those services."

He added that it will make the financial situation at the hospital stronger.

MK man's world record attempt (sounds exhausting)

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

I'm exhausted just at the thought of this... Milton Keynes Citizen has written an article about a man who's going for a new world record from Land's End to John O'Groats on - wait for it - a bike WITH NO SADDLE!

You can read the full story here, I'm off for a lie-down.

Weather Watchers: Cloud, and lots of it

BBC Weather Watchers

There's some trippy-looking cloud going on over Hertfordshire this afternoon...

Cloud over Hertfordshire
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Travel: Train delays due to driver shortage

BBC Travel

Southern train services are running a reduced service through Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire due to a shortage of train drivers and conductors.

Stevenage sign Ebbsfleet striker Godden

BBC Sport

Ebbsfleet striker Matt Godden has become Darren Sarll's first signing as full-time Stevenage manager.

Godden, 24, joined the Fleet from Scunthorpe in 2014 and scored 30 goals in National League South last season.

Matt Godden
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"I dropped down from Scunthorpe to Ebbsfleet to rejuvenate myself and get regular football," said Godden.

"The main aim was to bounce back and make a name for myself in the Football League and I thank Darren Sarll and Stevenage for this opportunity."

Weather: Cloudy with the risk of showers

BBC Weather

Across Beds, Herts and Bucks we're seeing more cloud this lunchtime after glorious sunshine yesterday.

There is a risk of thundery showers later.

Poppies in a Hertford field
BBC

Check here for a more detailed weather report for where you are.

'So, so sorry', says crack cocaine driver

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

"I am so, so sorry" - That's what Kelly Bramwell said to a judge just before he passed a jail term for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Luton Crown Court and Kelly Bramwell
SBNA/Beds Police

The 36-year-old told the judge: "I think you should give me the maximum sentence. I have lost a child myself and I can't apologise enough for being so irresponsible."

Bramwell, from Milton Way, Houghton Regis, was jailed for 32 months and disqualified from driving for five years. She has five previous convictions for nine offences, including shoplifting, possessing  a false identity document and false imprisonment.

'No evidence' crack cocaine driver applied brakes before crash

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

There was no evidence a woman, who crashed head-on with another car in Bedfordshire, had applied her brakes, a judge said today.

A5120 between Houghton Regis and Toddington
Google

Judge Philip Bartle, sentencing Kelly Bramwell, 36, of Houghton Regis, told Luton Crown Court accident investigators had estimated she was driving between 38-41mph into the blind bend, which was much too fast.

Judge Bartle said there was no evidence she'd applied the brakes before the crash.

Crack cocaine driver asked rugby players to move her from driver's seat

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Rugby players who went to help those injured in a head-on crash were asked by a woman who'd lost control of her car to move her into the passenger seat, Luton Crown Court heard.

Luton Crown Court
SBNA

Kelly Bramwell, 36, from Milton Way, Houghton Regis, had been smoking crack cocaine before getting behind the wheel of a car for which she had no insurance and no valid driving licence.

The judge heard players from a nearby rugby game ran over to help the injured, where Bramwell was heard to tell people she had been drinking and asked them to move her from the driver's seat.

Crack cocaine driver jailed for head-on crash which injured three

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

A woman who collided head-on with another vehicle after smoking crack cocaine, seriously injuring two adults and a young child, has been jailed.

Kelly Bramwell
Bedfordshire Police

Kelly Bramwell, 36, of Milton Way, Houghton Regis, lost control of her car on a blind bend along the A5120 Bedford Road between Houghton Regis and Toddington on 31 January 2015.

Her vehicle collided with another woman's car who was driving her niece, nephew and son to a party. The woman suffered two broken vertebrae in her spine and her nephew was left with a bleed on the brain.

Bramwell's passenger suffered a punctured lung from a broken rib.

She pleaded guilty to three charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Luton Crown Court today. The judge sentenced her to 32 months in prison and banned her from driving for five years.

Pizza company to create 10,000 jobs

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

Milton Keynes-based Domino's Pizza says it is creating 10,000 jobs in preparation for an upsurge in demand during the European Championships and the Olympic Games.

It plans to open more than 65 stores in the UK and Ireland.

Domino's pizza shop
Getty Images

Fine for fly-tippers: What prompted the move?

Why has a scheme been passed to hit fly-tippers with an on-the-spot fine of £400 in Luton?

Well, Luton Borough Council say that in the last financial year there were nearly 4,800 cases of fly-tipping in the town - a significant increase from previous years.

Luton clock tower
BBC

The councillor in charge of the environment, Tom Shaw, says they will hire six new enforcement officers and install cameras in fly-tipping hot-spots to enforce the fine.

Potters Bar armed robbery: Police appeal for witnesses of 'car driven erratically'

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Hertfordshire Police are asking for anyone who may have seen a car being driven erratically or at high speed in Potters Bar to get in touch, after an armed robbery this morning.

Potters Bar High Street
Google

Det Insp Matt Phillips asks for anyone "who saw two men fleeing" from Tesco in Mutton Lane or "a car being driven erratically or at high speed in the A1000 High Street or The Walk" to contact police on 101.

Two slim white men, wearing navy blue boiler suits threatened a G4S cash delivery driver with what's believed to be guns, before stealing a bag of money.

Armed robbery in Potters Bar

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

There's been an armed robbery this morning in Potters Bar.

Two men, believed to be armed with guns, threatened a G4S driver who was delivering cash to Tesco in Mutton Lane just before 10:30.

Tesco, Potters Bar
Google

The offenders took the bag of cash and ran away towards Potters Bar Cricket Club, where police say there may have been a vehicle waiting for them.

They're described as white men, about 5ft 10in, slim and wore navy blue boiler suits, gloves and balaclavas.

On-the-spot £400 fine for fly-tippers

Fly-tippers caught dumping waste in Luton could be hit with a £400 on-the-spot fine. Councillors backed the scheme at a meeting last night.

Luton Town Hall
BBC

Councilor Tom Shaw says the authority will hire six new enforcement officers and install cameras in fly-tipping hot-spots.

"We spend over £8m a year just burying stuff in the ground," Cllr Shaw said. "£900,000 of that comes from fly-tipping. If we can control that, we don't have to cut other services in the council."

#EUreferendum: A whistle-stop tour of Brussels

Paul Scoins

BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

The European Union is an economic and political partnership, involving 28 European countries.

But, is Britain being held back by the EU or do we get a big boost from its membership?

Here's my whistle-stop tour of Brussels...

View more on youtube

Today is the last day you can register to vote in the EU Referendum.

Eight men charged with sexual offences

Eight men are due before magistrates in High Wycombe charged with a series of sexual offences. 

The men are aged between 20 and 26, and all of the offences are alleged to have been committed on one victim between 2008 and 2015.

High Wycombe Magistrates' Court
Google

Drain + ducklings = disaster (but don't worry, it's a happy ending)

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Get ready to say "Aww!" because this is adorable...

Six ducklings have been reunited with their mum after getting trapped in a drain in Leighton Buzzard.

Ducklings in drain
RSPCA

A resident spotted the ducklings in the drain in Knave's Hill on 27 May, and called in the RSPCA to help.

Ducklings
RSPCA

The mother, who was around when RSPCA officers arrived, went awol as soon as the ducklings were freed but with a bit of perseverance, she eventually came back and the family were reunited. 

Mother duck with ducklings
RSPCA

Happy ending = smiley face :)  

Historic England seeks public help on 'missing history'

People are being asked to "chronicle the nation's missing history" by sharing details of historical landmarks.

Historic England is looking for photos and memories of 20 listed sites across the country, including one in Hertfordshire.

Scale model of dam near Bricket Wood
Geograph/Michael Wright

There are 400,000 listed places in Britain, including a scale model of German dam the Mohne Dam, near Bricket Wood.

The model dam was used for research in the run up to the historic Dambuster Raid, and is the only one of it's kind that has survived.

Man stabbed in Milton Keynes

A 27-year-old man was stabbed in Milton Keynes on Sunday night.

Leadenhall
Google

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment after the assault in Leadenhall between 22:00 and 22:30.

The offenders are believed to have been two black men and one white man. Police do not know exactly where the incident occurred.

Weather Watchers: Fiery Bedfordshire sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

Looks at this fiery sunrise over Bedfordshire this morning from one of our Weather Watchers. Impressive...

Sunrise in Linslade
BBC

Boy found unconscious in pool making a recovery

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

We've just had a statement from Active Luton, which runs the swimming pool where a boy, believed to be eight, was found unconscious yesterday.

It says the incident happened "during a school swimming lesson" at Lewsey Pool.

Lewsey Pool
Google

"The swimming teacher rescued the child from the water as soon as she noticed he'd become unresponsive," the statement reads.

An ambulance was then called and CPR was administered. The boy is believed to be making a recovery.

Bedford Hospital report: Major services 'should stay'

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

A report into the future of Bedford Hospital is being published this morning by the borough council. It will say major services - A&E, paediatrics and maternity - should stay in the town.

Mayor Dave Hodgson has defended spending £169,000 on the report, compared to over £6.5m spent so far by NHS reviews which have yet to reach a conclusion.

Mayor Hodgson said the council is trying to feed into two ongoing reviews: "It's not the whole solution, [but] we think we've shown some evidence to say [keeping major services open] can be done."

Bedford Hospital: Report 'for sake of residents'

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

Bedford Borough Council commissioned a report into services at Bedford Hospital "for the sake of residents", a statement from the Mayor and Council Group Leaders said.

Bedford Hospital
Google

There are fears the latest NHS review could result in Bedford Hospital losing vital services such as A&E, maternity and paediatrics despite the area's growing and ageing population. But this morning, Mayor Dave Hodgson said the report will say these services should stay in the town.

Recently, we learnt that from July the hospital will no longer be able to provide emergency acute treatment for people who suffer a stroke following the resignation of a key consultant on the ward.

Travel: A1 north queuing due to overturned lorry

BBC Travel

Traffic is still queuing on the A1 northbound between Roxton and the Black Cat Roundabout due to an overturned lorry, a shed load of car engines and an oil spillage.

Stay up-to-date here.

BBC Introducing in Beds, Herts and Bucks on Radio 1

BBC Introducing... in Beds, Herts and Bucks

Our very own Gareth Lloyd was on Radio 1 with Huw Stephens last night to recommend some of our favourite tracks from BBC Introducing in Beds, Herts and Bucks.

Folly Rae
BBC

On the playlist last night: Hertfordshire's Ten Tonnes and Hemel's Folly Rae (pictured), who recently played SXSW in the USA for us.

Listen to Huw's show here.

Boy in critical condition: What do we know about the pool?

Waseem Mirza

BBC Look East

The pool where a boy was found unconscious yesterday morning is Lewsey Park swimming pool on Pastures Way in Luton.

It is a 25m pool with a policy that children under eight must be supervised by an adult.

The pool was closed until about 17:00.

Lewsey Park Pool
Google

Boy critical after being found unconscious in pool

An investigation is under way after a boy was taken to hospital in a critical condition from Lewsey Park swimming pool in Luton. 

Lewsey Park Pool
Google

Emergency services were called to the pool shortly before 10:30 yesterday and the boy was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. 

It's understood that he was found unconscious in the water. We will bring you an update on his condition as soon as we can.

Weather: More sunshine but risk of rain later

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It's set to be another rather sunny day today, but this afternoon we'll see more cloud and the risk of heavy, thundery showers.

Maximum temperature: 25C (77F).

Bedford Hospital: Review could mean vital services downgraded

Tony Fisher

BBC Three Counties Radio

The latest NHS review could result in Bedford Hospital being downgraded, losing vital services such as A&E, maternity and paediatrics. 

Bedford Hospital
Other

The council says the NHS has been conducting healthcare reviews in the area for a number of years, with millions of pounds having been wasted and no answers ever having been reached. 

Although the authority says its review has cost almost £169,000, this is just a fraction of the amount spent by NHS regulators.  

Bedford Hospital report due

Simon Oxley

BBC Three Counties Radio

A report into the future of Bedford Hospital is being published this morning by the borough council. 

Bedford Hospital
Other

The authority has grown increasingly frustrated following several NHS reviews, costing millions of pounds. 

The Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare NHS Review team say they "remain focused on arriving at a sustainable solution".

Welcome to Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Dani Bailey

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to the live page for the three counties.

Among other things, we'll be bringing you the latest on a report into the future of Bedford Hospital when it's published by the borough council.

We'll also bring you the latest on the condition of a young boy who was taken to hospital in a critical condition after getting into difficulties in a swimming pool.