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Summary

  1. Tributes paid to former MP and mayor who has died
  2. Cash available to repair vandalised statue
  3. 'Shocking' video of man and child running across level crossing
  4. Bucks firm celebrates its part in the Jupiter mission
  5. News, sport, travel, weather and other updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

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Nic Rigby

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That's all for today from the team at BBC Local Live for Beds, Herts and Bucks.

Today we've covered the tributes to former Milton Keynes' MP Brian White, a cut in Southern Railway services and Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt stepping down as a junior minister.

We'll be back with you from 08:00 tomorrow.

If you'd like to get in touch in the meantime, please email us here.

Weather: Dry this evening... Sunny morning tomorrow

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Dry with sunny periods this evening and largely clear overnight. As the wind becomes light so some patchy mist or fog may develop in rural locations. Highs of 13C (55F).

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Tomorrow, any early mist or fog soon clearing, leaving a sunny morning. Through the afternoon staying dry and bright as high cloud arrives. Highs of 19C (66F).

For more detail, visit BBC Weather.

More tributes to Milton Keynes councillor and MP Brian White

Political supporters and opponents of former Milton Keynes Labour MP Brian White, who has died aged 59, have paid tribute to him.

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The ex-Conservative leader of Milton Keynes Council Andrew Geary said on Facebook: "Deeply saddened and moved this morning at the news of the passing of my old friend and colleague Brian White

"A political opponent of the highest order but never an enemy. A first class constituency MP who always put people and Milton Keynes right at the top of his agenda."  

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John Cove, a director of MK Dons Football Club, said on Facebook that Mr White "leaves behind a legacy that acts as a beacon of how to be an excellent constituency MP, an energetic and generous mayor, a great community councillor and a true gent".

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Pair admit stabbing cousin

Two Bedford men have admitted attacking their cousin, who suffered stab wounds and a punctured lung.

Luton Crown Court
South Beds News Agency

Yaseen Mahmood, 28, and Haseeb Mahmood, 21, admitted wounding Imran Khan with intent in the Queens Park area of Bedford in the early hours of 16 January.

Their brother Wasim Mahmood, 24, pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

All three men, who come from Ford End Road in the town were remanded in custody by Judge Michael Kay QC at Luton Crown Court to be sentenced on 22 July.

Not guilty pleas to charges of attempted murder and violent disorder by their father Mahmood Khan, 54, of Ford End Road, and Yaseen Mahmood's wife Rachel McQuillan, 23, of Bluebird Gardens, Wixams, Bedford were accepted by the prosecution.

Woman, 91, robbed of jewellery she was wearing

A 91-year-old woman was robbed of the jewellery she was wearing by men who broke into her Hemel Hempstead home.

Hunting Gate, Hemel Hemstead
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The men forced entry into her property in Hunting Gate between 10:30 and 11:30 on Monday, before going upstairs to search the property, Hertfordshire Police said.

The elderly woman disturbed them and one grabbed her and forcibly removed the jewellery.

The second man made an untidy search of the house and they left and made off in an unknown direction, taking a yellow metal necklace, earrings and four bangles.

Det Con Yolanda Morales-Willis said: "While the victim was not physically hurt during the incident, it has understandably caused her a great deal of distress."

Speaker praises Bedfordshire MP's work in House of Commons

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Commons Speaker John Bercow praised North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, who announced he was stepping down from his health minister's post, for being an "extremely popular and respected minister".

Alistair Burt MP
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He said Mr Burt "commands widespread affection and loyalty in all parts of the House". 

Labour's Valerie Vaz, MP for Walsall South, echoed a similar sentiment. 

"Could I on behalf of everyone on this side pay tribute to Mr Burt," she said.

"He has been an absolutely fantastic minister and he is a brilliant MP and long may he continue."

Step-down decision by Bedfordshire MP not to do with Brexit

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Health Minister and North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, who has announced he is stepping down from his frontbench role, said his decision had nothing to do with Brexit. 

Alistair Burt MP
Conservative Party

He informed David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt "a few weeks ago" that he would not be seeking a position in a reshuffled government.

At the end of health questions in the House of Commons, Mr Burt said: "Twenty-four years and one month ago I answered my first question as a junior minister in the House in oral questions and I have just completed my last oral questions. 

"This is not a sudden post-Brexit resignation - it's not catching. 

"A few weeks ago I made clear to the secretary of state and to the prime minister and the chief whip that I wouldn't after the referendum be seeking a post in what I expected to be a reshuffled government."

Hertfordshire man is one of four who deny pub assault

Four men, including one from Hatfield, have denied charges of assault and threatening behaviour alleged to have taken place in a pub in Scotland.

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Jordan Cook

Luton Town sign forward Jordan Cook on a two-year deal after he rejected a new contract at League One side Walsall.

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MPs give views on Tory party leadership contest

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Conservative MPs in Beds, Bucks and Herts have been declaring their support for candidates in the Tory leadership election.

Theresa May MP
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Home Secretary Theresa May's supporters include Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning, Milton Keynes North MP Mark Lancaster, and North East Herts MP Oliver Heald. 

Aylesbury MP David Lidington and Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps have declared their support for Mrs May this morning.

Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries was in tears when Boris Johnson pulled out, so she's now backing Andrea Leadsom MP, along with Wycombe MP Steve Baker, and Hitchin and Harpenden MP Peter Lilley. 

South West Beds MP Andrew Selous is backing Stephen Crabb; with Milton Keynes South MP Ian Stewart one of the few backers for Liam Fox. 

No MPs in Beds, Bucks ad Herts are yet to support Michael Gove.

Bedford Hospital response to drug-dependence figures

We've been covering the news that a survey has found one in 100 babies born at Bedford Hospital in 2015 were dependent on substances their mother took while pregnant - the highest amount in England.

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Bedford Hospital has provided a statement saying the figures need to be clarified as babies born with an "addiction to alcohol and prescription/legal drugs such as codeine or anti-depressants for example were also included within these figures for Bedford". 

The hospital says it believes other hospitals only included data about those babies addicted to illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine and so this may have skewed the figures.

"The figures have shown Bedford as being top within this poll, which may not accurately reflect the current situation," the spokeswoman added.

She said the hospital had "an experienced and multi-skilled clinical team" for dealing with babies which were dependent on such substances.

'High rate of drug-dependent babies' at Bedford Hospital

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Bedford Hospital has the highest rate in England of children who are born dependent on substances their mothers took while pregnant, a BBC survey has found.

Bedford Hospital
BBC

Of 72 NHS hospital trusts who responded to a Freedom of Information request, the average rate for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome was 0.2%. 

It is caused by women taking legal and illegal drugs while pregnant.

One in 100 babies born at Bedford Hospital in 2015 displayed signs of the syndrome, but the figures may be distorted by under-reporting at other hospitals. 

At Milton Keynes Hospital, about one in 250 babies was born with the condition.

Leicester General had one of the lowest rates with one in every 5,000 babies born addicted to a harmful substance.  

Rail service to Milton Keynes cut by Southern Railway

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Southern Railway has announced the suspension of its West London Line services between Milton Keynes and Clapham Junction as part of its plan to cut 341 trains a day in a revised timetable.

Southern Rail train
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The temporary weekday timetable will start next Monday following weeks of delays and cancellations due to industrial action and staff shortages.

Southern Railways said the aim was to reduce the impact on passengers and staff of "unpredictable and late notice" cancellations. 

Southern has been embroiled in a bitter row with the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union over plans to change the role of conductors, which has led to a series of strikes.

The firm has also announced reductions in services on the Coastway routes, buses replacing most trains between Seaford and Lewes, and a reduced off-peak service between Tonbridge and Redhill where passengers for Victoria will need to change trains.

Mayor pays tribute to former MP for Milton Keynes North East

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Current Milton Keynes Mayor Steve Coventry has paid tribute to the former mayor and MP Brian White who has died aged 59.

Brian Whtie MP
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Mr Coventry said: "Brian was a true gentleman, who had Milton Keynes at heart in everything he did.

"He has represented Milton Keynes at all levels, from being a councillor, mayor and an MP all representing the city in his unique way.

"Brian was a political genius who brought everyone together regardless of their political views. 

"He was strong-minded and strong-willed in everything he did, but always put Milton Keynes first. My thoughts are with his family and friends. 

"Milton Keynes has lost a good friend with his passing."

The Milton Keynes Council flag is being flown at half-mast in his honour.

Former Milton Keynes North East MP Brian White dies at age of 59

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A former Milton Keynes MP has died at the age of 59.

Brian White MP
BBC

Brian White was the Labour member for Milton Keynes North East from 1997 to 2005. He had also served as mayor and Milton Keynes councillor for many years.

The flag is flying at half mast above the council offices.

He revealed he was suffering from cancer a few weeks ago.

BreakingBedfordshire MP Alistair Burt announces he is standing down as minister

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has told the House of Commons he's standing down as a government minister.

Alistair Burt
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The announcement came as a surprise to MPs after the minister finished taking health questions.

Tribute paid to former Milton Keynes North East MP

Councillor Sam Crooks, who is a Liberal Democrat, has paid tribute to former Labour MP for Milton Keynes North East Brian White, who has died aged 59:

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Stevenage sign Reading striker Liburd

BBC Sport

Stevenage have made their third new signing by bringing in striker Rowan Liburd from Championship side Reading for an undisclosed five-figure fee.  

Rowan Liburd
Empics

The 23-year-old, 6ft 3in striker joined Reading in July 2015 after scoring 22 goals for non-league Billericay Town.

He then ended last season on loan to League Two side Wycombe Wanderers.

He failed to score in his 10 games for the Chairboys, in which their only win was against Stevenage.

Fire update: Flames out and everyone safe

Kyle McFadzean

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson says he has not spoken to Kyle McFadzean, amid reports he has handed in a transfer request.

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Heurelho Gomes: Goalkeeper signs improved deal with Watford

BBC Sport

Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has signed an improved contract with Watford. 

Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes
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The 35-year-old Brazilian, who moved on a free transfer from Tottenham in 2014, signed a three-year contract in 2015, and his new, improved deal will still end in 2018.

Gomes, who has played 83 times for Watford, won three of the club's awards for his performances during the 2015-16 season, when he made 39 appearances.

Meanwhile, midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado will join Espanyol - managed by ex-Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores. The 30-year-old, who joined Watford from Spartak Moscow in July 2015, has signed a three-year contract with the Spanish club. 

50 schools closed across Beds, Herts and Bucks

Nic Rigby

BBC News

More than 50 schools are closed or partially closed in Beds, Herts and Bucks today, due to strike action by the National Union of Teachers.

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BBC

The national dispute is about school funding, pay and teachers' workload.

Rallies are taking place locally in Milton Keynes and Bedford. 

Update: Wolverton fire

Bucks and MK Fire service has tweeted details of the fire in Wolverton which it has sent four engines to.

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Four fire engines called out in Milton Keynes

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BBC News

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More details when we get them...

'Alarming' pressure on young teachers not to strike, says Bedford NUT secretary

Bedfordshire on Sunday

Young teachers in a number of schools across Bedford Borough have faced pressure from headteachers urging them not to strike, according to the secretary of the NUT in Bedford.

Amount of change received by councils could be much higher as almost half the authorities didn't reply

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

In all, I put in freedom of information requests to 50 councils across the East of England - but only 26 told me how much money they have made from pay and display machines which don't give change.

Bar chart showing how much money councils have received through change not given by parking machines
BBC

Twenty one of the local authorities said they were unable to provide data, and three said they did not operate P&D machines.

Of those which replied, the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk received the most change - netting £69,629.

M1 in Bedfordshire delay after crash

The M1 in Bedfordshire between Junction 13 and 14 is clearing after a multi-vehicle crash:

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The £0.5m of change 'lost' to parking meters

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

Councils are making tens of thousands of pounds from car park pay and display machines which do not give change.

Twenty six local authorities across the East of England received more than £550,000 in overpayments last year.

£550,000 made by councils in 2015 from machines which didn't give change
BBC

Aylesbury council benefits from £30,000 in parking machine change

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

More than £30,000 was received by Aylesbury Vale District Council last year from pay and display machines which don't give change.

Pay here at machine sign
BBC

The authority made more money in this way than any other in the three counties.

North Herts Council received £25,585; Welwyn Hatfield Council £12,163; South Bucks District Council £16,975; Chiltern District Council £34,810 and Bedford Borough Council £17,453 - although this figure only applies to surface car parks as the authority was unable to obtain an amount for street machines.

Councils across the eastern region made more than £550,000 in extra revenue in this way last year.

Watch: Celebrations at Nasa as the Juno satellite is now orbiting Jupiter

This is the moment the US space agency successfully put a new probe in orbit around Jupiter, thanks to a Buckinghamshire-built engine...

Juno probe enters into orbit around Jupiter

Jonathan Amos

Science correspondent, BBC News

The US space agency has successfully put a new probe in orbit around Jupiter.

The Juno satellite, which left Earth five years ago, had to fire a rocket engine, built by Moog-ISP in Westcott, Buckinghamshire, to slow its approach to the planet and get caught by its gravity.

Juno
NASA

A sequence of tones transmitted from the spacecraft confirmed the braking manoeuvre had gone as planned - prompting wild cheering at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Weather: Becoming mainly dry with sunny spells

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

It'll be breezy this morning but the rest of the day will then be dry with some warm sunny spells with a high of 20C (68F).

Here's my full forecast:

There are more details on the BBC Weather website.

Moment statue's top half was pulled off

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Police released CCTV of the moment in March when Coery McBride,19, decided to pull the top half off a statue which had been on St Andrew's Street in Hertford since 1970.

You can watch the footage on BBC Three Counties Radio's Facebook page.

Hertford statue
Hertfordshire Police

What is happening to the decapitated statue?

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Yesterday we brought you the story of Coery McBride, who has been ordered to pay £1,000 after he pulled the top half of a statue off in Hertford.

William Caxton statue, Hertford
Beckwith Antiques

Here are a few more facts about it, from its owners Beckwith & Sons Antiques, whose shop it stands outside:

  • It is believed to be of William Caxton, the man credited with bringing the printing press to England in 1476
  • it was made 150 years ago for some almhouses in London, which were demolished
  • it was brought to Hertford in 1970
  • The statue is made of limestone and did not have any cracks in it
  • It will cost £2,500 to repair
  • The money has already been pledged after an online appeal

Video: Man and child in 'shocking' near-miss at level crossing

Jodie Smith

BBC News

A video showing man and a child running over a level crossing just seconds before a train passes has been released by Network Rail.

The incident on Sunday happened near Waltham Cross.

The footage shows the pair open a gate and run across two sets of tracks, reaching safety just five seconds before the train passes.

Mark Brunnen, head of level crossings at Network Rail, said: “This is a shocking event which serves as an urgent warning for people to stop, look and listen when crossing the railway."  

Man and child in 'shocking' near-miss at level crossing

Rail bosses face MPs and cut timetable

BBC News England

Southern Rail managers are to face MPs on the Transport Select Committee later, as the company issues a reduced timetable in response to ongoing cancellations and delays.

Southern train
PA

Southern admitted its service was "not acceptable" and blamed high levels of staff sickness.

It said its temporary timetable would be "more predictable" for passengers.

The RMT union blamed "gross mismanagement" and predicted 350 fewer trains a day.

Both sides are in dispute over the introduction of more driver-only operated services.

Welcome to live updates for Beds, Herts and Bucks

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday.

Between now and 18:00 we'll be bringing you all the latest news, weather, sport and travel for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

We've got more on the decapitated statue and on money made from change on parking machines.

Plus news on Southern Rail, which has issued a reduced timetable today.