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Cash machine ram-raid in Biggleswade

Police examine scene of ram-raid in Biggleswade Credit: ITV News Anglia

There's been another cash machine ram-raid, this time in Bedfordshire.

Police are investigating the attempt in Biggleswade at around 4am this morning.

Police say a vehicle which they think had been stolen was used to damage an outer wall of a supermarket in Market Square. But the offenders made off without the cash machine.

There have been a number of ram-raids across the region, earlier this week one in Whittlesey near Peterborough was targeted along with another raid in Harlow the week before.

Bedfordshire Police is advising businesses in the county to remain vigilant against activity of this kind following the theft of a number of large agricultural and high-powered vehicles from within Bedfordshire and neighbouring force areas.

Businesses which have cash points on their premises are being asked to ensure employees are aware of the risk and that they know to report any suspicious activity involving individuals or vehicles to police.

Farmers and those with agricultural machinery are also being urged to secure their vehicles at night and when not in use

Road safety campaign 'David's Story' wins top award

'David's story' wins top award

A road safety campaign launched by Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies has won a top public relations award.

'David's Story' won Gold for the Public Sector Campaign at the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations) Awards for the Anglia, Thames and Chiltern region in Cambridge.

David Holmes Credit: Brenda Holmes, David's mother

Judges praised the campaign, saying it was "sensitively handled" adding the Constabularies communications team were "creative, brave and professional" in the production and delivery of the road safety video.

The video features film captured on the headcam of Norwich motorcyclist David Holmes, killed on the A47 at Honingham in June 2013.

The campaign attracted worldwide attention and has had more than 17.4 million views to date.

"It's an honour to receive this award for David's Story which I believe can only have a positive effect on casualty reduction across Norfolk, Suffolk and beyond. A large amount of this success would not have been possible without the continuing support of Brenda and her family and it was pleasing to have her with us accepting the award last night."

– Chief Inspector Chris Spinks

"This is something I know David would have wanted me to do. I think he would be proud of what we have achieved."

– Brenda Holmes


CCTV released following ATM 'shut down'

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to in connection with an incident at a cash machine outside the Co-op store, Stocks Hill, Moulton, Northamptonshire.

CCTV image 1 Credit: Northamptonshire Police
CCTV image 2 Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A member of the public attempted to use the cash machine, however, after requesting money the machine appeared to shut down, the card was not returned and no money was dispensed.

Although when the victim checked with the bank later on, it showed that money had been released.

The two men pictured were in the area at the time and may have experienced a similar problem with the machine or may have information relating to the incident.

Officers are keen to speak with them, or anyone who may recognise them.

Anyone with any information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Railway carriage which brought home Edith Cavell's body goes on display in Norwich

The railway carriage which brought home Edith Cavell's body goes on display in Norwich outside the forum today - it's part of the 2015 centenary commemorations

The carriage, known as the 'Cavell Van', transported Edith Cavell's body from Dover to London in 1919 with full military honours.

The carriage has been renovated and turned into a mini museum and this is the first time it will visit the county of Edith Cavell's birth. It will be on display outside the Forum from 5-17 October, 10am - 4pm daily.

Entrance is free and visitors can climb aboard to learn about Edith Cavell's work and the WWI conflict.

The van is also known for carrying home the bodies of Captain Fryatt in 1919 and the Unknown Warrior in 1920. It is on display courtesy of the Kent and East Sussex Railway.

"The more you read about Edith Cavell, the more fascinating her story becomes. Her sense of duty and self-sacrifice was characteristic of a 19th century women, yet her vision and ambition rivalled that of any 20th century campaigner. She helped lay the foundations of modern nursing, continuing her work in the midst of a dreadful conflict. This anniversary of her death is an opportunity for us all not only to remember an extraordinary woman, but to commemorate the sacrifices made by so many 100 years ago."

– Jayne Evans, Events and Partnerships Manager at The Forum

New powers target Daventry dog owners who don't pick up after their pets

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Dog walkers in Daventry who don't clean up after their pets will soon face tougher penalties.

From the 1st December anyone caught without a poop bag or the means to clean up risk a £100 fine or potential prosecution from the council.

"This order will give us greater powers to take effective action against the minority of dog owners who do not pick up after their pets.

"Once introduced in December, our priorities will be to raise awareness of the new powers among local communities and to educate dog walkers about the issues. We will be advising them to make sure they have extra poop bags with them at all times to ensure they have the means to pick up, regardless of how long they've been out and about with their pet."

– Cllr Mike Warren, Daventry District Council


Wickford pavilion to be restored to former glory

A pavilion at the heart of a popular park in Essex is set to be restored to its former glory after Basildon Council approved the contract for the work.

Artist's impression of the proposed new pavilion Credit: Basildon borough Council

The council’s cabinet granted the contract to refurbish the pavilion at Wickford Memorial Park, to construction company ISG.

The park, in Rettendon View, Wickford, is home to three football and three cricket clubs and has a strong community role.

The refurbishment aims to create a combined sports and recreational centre that can serve the wider Wickford community, as well as the existing clubs.

Basildon Council has secured £320,000 of grant funding from Veolia and has received £128,000 from Sport England.

£4.5million church opens in Cambridge

Credit: The Cambridge Community Church

A £4.5 million church centre will open today in Cambridge.

The Cambridge Community Church or C3 as it's known has been 15 years in the planning.

The C3 has been in Cambridge for 32 years working out of a number of venues.

They say the centre will help them to help those in need in Cambridge.

Credit: The Cambridge Community Church

MP Daniel Zeichner will officially open the centre.

They currently have 340 volunteers who help to support to families in need across the city.

London cabbie fined for parking in Essex

A London taxi driver is £1,600 out of pocket after being prosecuted for parking in an Uttlesford rank.

Tfl taxi driver fined Credit: PA Images

Brett Michael Desmond, who is a licensed TfL taxi driver, was observed by Uttlesford District Council enforcement officers parking his licensed vehicle at the Great Dunmow taxi rank and leaving it unattended on 24 November 2014.

The cab occupied the sole high street rank, opposite the town’s war memorial, preventing any licensed vehicles within the district from using it.

Mr Desmond, of Chelmsford Road, Margaret Roding, pleaded not guilty to the offence at an initial hearing on 9 July. He was represented at his appearance at Chelmsford Magistrate’s Court on 21 September, and was found guilty of the offence.

He was fined £200, plus a victim surcharge of £20, and ordered to pay costs.

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