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Man jailed for 18 years for string of child sex offences

Clint Gilbert Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been jailed for 18 years for a string of child sex offences.

Clint Gilbert, who is 21 and from Bedford, groomed families in order to gain unsupervised access to their children.

Gilbert sexually assaulted young children and shared images of his victims across the internet for two years.

Links to Gilbert were made when files he shared on the internet were discovered as part of another investigation.

Gilbert pleaded guilty to 14 charges last month, including nine sexual assaults on five young children in the town and a further five charges relating to possessing and distributing indecent images.

This significant sentence shows the gravity of offences committed by Gilbert. The trauma he inflicted on his victims and their families is despicable and we are pleased that he has received such a long stretch behind bars.

Nothing can ever undo the harm he has caused however we hope this gives the families some closure."

– Detective Constable Tanya Shotbolt

Gilbert is due to be put on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

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National competition to find best wakeboarders held in Bedford

Box End Park is host to the national wakeboarding competition Credit: ITV News Anglia

Some of the best competitors in wakeboarding are gathering in Bedford for a national competition.

Box End Park is hosting the Wakeboard and Wakeskate Cable tow Nationals. The event brings together some of the top riders in the country who put on a display of amazing Wakeboarding tricks and stunts.

It's one of the first times the event has been held outside of London.

Is university good value for money? 10,000 school-leavers look at options

A new poll suggests that four in ten students believe university doesn't offer good value for money. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new poll suggests that four in ten students believe university doesn't offer good value for money.

The results come as the University of Bedfordshire kicks off one of the biggest higher education events in the country.

More than 10,000 students are expected to attend the two-day UCAS convention. It gives young people the chance to explore their post-school options with the guidance of professionals from across the country to help them make decisions about their future.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft

University of Bedfordshire hosts UCAS convention

University of Bedfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 10,000 students are expected to head to the University of Bedfordshire today for a further education convention, hosted at the Bedford campus.

The two day UCAS event is the largest of its kind in the region and will give sixth formers a chance to find about information about courses, entry requirements, finances and student life.

There will also be presentations on different study subjects going on throughout the convention.

"UCAS conventions are the only opportunity students have to explore a variety of post-18 options in one setting. They're a chance to get some face time with admissions staff and subject specialists, find out what life's like on and off campus, and discover what else is on offer when your exams are done and dusted - volunteer work, gap year adventures, and the big wide world of work."

– David Seaton, Head of Student Recruitment at the University

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Distraction burglary victim, 96, dies

An elderly woman, who was the victim of a distraction burglary in Bedfordshire, has died.

The 96-year-old, who was locked inside her house by the burglars, passed away on Sunday - three days after the theft.

At about 9.20pm on Thursday, a man knocked on the door of a house in The Pyghtle, in Turvey, near Bedford, and told the owner he had damaged her fence.

While the woman went outside to speak to him, a second man entered her house.

When the woman went back into the house, the man left, locking the woman inside on his way out.

Both men are described as white and about 16 years old. One was thin and wearing a blue linen-style hat and a navy t-shirt. The second was wearing dark clothing and a dark baseball cap.

David Cameron highlights pledge to double free childcare during Bedford visit

David Cameron talking in Bedford today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservative leader David Cameron has been campaigning in Bedford today.

On a visit to a furniture company in the marginal constituency, he highlighted the Conservative's pledge to double free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.

He accused Labour of creating a poverty state, and claimed the Tories are the real "party of work".

The Prime Minister was talking during a visit to a furniture company. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I'm not doing this job to be some high powered accountant, I don't just want the lines on the graph to go in the right direction.

I want the lives to go in the right direction. I believe passionately in reducing poverty and the best route out of poverty is this - work.

We've proved that."

– David Cameron
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