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Bedfordshire seeks more firefighters in recruitment drive

Bedfordshire is looking to recruit more full-time firefighters. Credit: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has started a recruitment drive for more full-time firefighters in the county.

The brigade says it is particularly keen to employ more women and more people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities.

People have until 22 September to apply and must live in Bedfordshire or within 10 miles of the border.

TV's Michael Barrymore to get damages for wrongful arrest

Former TV entertainer Michael Barrymore is to be paid damages for wrongful arrest. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Entertainer Michael Barrymore is entitled to "more than nominal" damages against Essex Police over the wrongful arrest which he says destroyed his career, a High Court judge has ruled.

The comedian and TV presenter was arrested and detained in June 2007 on suspicion of the rape and murder of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock, who was found in the swimming pool at his home in Roydon near Harlow six years earlier.

Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, sitting in London on Friday, ruled against the force, which had argued that Mr Barrymore should only receive a nominal payout.

Driver killed in car and lorry crash near Peterborough

A driver has been killed in a crash between a car and a lorry on the A605 near Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A driver has been killed in a crash between a car and a lorry on the A605 near Peterborough.

The man, from the Peterborough area, was driving a Ford Focus when it crashed with a Scania lorry about a mile west of the Haddon services off the A1.

A section of the A605 has been closed while police deal with the incident which happened just after midnight.

The driver of the lorry, a 36-year-old man from Kettering, Northamptonshire, was not injured.


Luke Coddington: Northampton sign Premier League keeper

Coddington will play his football at Sixfields from now on. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed goalkeeper Luke Coddington from Premier League side Huddersfield Town on a free transfer.

The 22-year-old, who was previously at Middlesbrough, has agreed a two-year contract at Sixfields.

Huddersfield have included a future sell-on fee clause as part of the deal.

Luke is a highly thought of keeper and we think he is an excellent prospect.

He has always been on our list this summer, but his availability as a permanent signing this week changed our thinking.

We felt a decision had to be made and we didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity of signing Luke, while waiting for some of the other loan options. We wanted to be in control of our own destiny.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, MK Dons midfielder Chuks Aneke has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

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