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Record-breaking passenger numbers bring tourism season to a close for Luton Airport

London Luton Airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Luton Airport welcomed a record number of passengers to its terminal last month - up nearly 20% on last year.

September saw 1.2 million people choose to travel through the Bedfordshire airport - 19.2% more than in the same month in 2014 - making it the 18th consecutive month of growth.

Chief executive Nick Barton said the latest figure was proof that the airports £100m expansion plans were need.

"These record passenger numbers demonstrate the increasing popularity of London Luton Airport with travellers. They also highlight the importance of expanding the airport to help meet the capacity needs in the south-east."

– Nick Barton, chief executive, London Luton Airport.

Luton Airport's expansion plans will increase its annual capacity from 12 million passengers to 18 million by 2026, as well as adding extra shops and restaurants, and improving the site's rail links.

Historic mill to be sold

Denver Mill

One of the last working windmills in Norfolk is being sold off. Denver Mill near Downham Market dates back two hundred years. It's currently owned by the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust - but they say they're selling it with the aim of rescuing historic buildings at risk and using the money from their sale to fund other projects. It's on the market for 550 thousand pounds.

Professor wins film award


A film based on the work of a University of Bedfordshire Professor has won an award at the biggest film festival in India.

To Give or Not To Give - which highlights the shortage of organ donors in India, won the Best Documentary gong at the Woodpecker International Festival.

It features the work of Professor Randhawa, Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University, who delivered training to staff in India.

Judges said the 'evocative, thought provoking and mind changing' documentary will 'remain relevant for decades to come'.

Weather warning for heavy rain in parts of the Anglia region

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Rutland and Suffolk.

Area covered by a yellow weather warning for heavy rain on Wednesday. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning is valid until 4pm on Wednesday 7 October 2015

The Met Office is warning that further slow-moving bands of heavy rain are likely to continue into Wednesday and it could cause localised minor flooding.

The Met Office says: "The public should be aware of the risk of minor disruption to travel due to localised surface water flooding."

"Low pressure looks like maintaining some heavy rain within its circulation for a time during Wednesday, these slow-moving.

"Upwards of 30 mm could fall in a few places. Conditions are expected to ease during the afternoon."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment


Large amount of money stolen in burglary

CCTV image Credit: Beds Police

Police have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Dunstable.

A large quantity of money was stolen from a property in High Street South on Tuesday, 29 September.

Officers would like to speak to the man pictured as part of their investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Rebecca Kitts on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Man assaulted in Northampton - wakes up in hospital with no memories of the incident

Credit: ITV Anglia

A man from Northampton has woken up in hospital with a broken cheekbone - but no memories of how he got it.

He was assaulted after leaving The Spread Eagle pub on the Wellingborough Road in Northampton just after midnight on Saturday, 3 October.

He was walking towards Fiddler's pub and later woke up at Northampton General Hospital with a broken cheekbone and no memory of the assault.

The 30-year-man was dressed in a light-blue hooded top and black Adidas shorts.

Police would like to speak to anybody who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the assault.

Witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Special crime unit hits landmark


Organised criminals including drug traffickers, ram raiders and fraudsters across the region have been jailed for a total of 1,000 years by a special police unit. The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit includes officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and aims to dismantle organised crime groups.

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