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Bedford man jailed for 7-years for weapons and drug dealing charges

Nazish Shehzad, 35 has been jailed Credit: Bedfordshire police

A man's been jailed for seven years after a shotgun was found in a car in Bedford.

It was discovered in the boot of a taxi which was stopped by police in Roff Avenue. Four cartridges and a packet of heroin were also found in a holdall.

Nazish Shehzad, who's 35 and from Bedford, pleaded guilty to weapons and drug dealing charges.

Shotgun cartridges were found in the boot of a taxi Credit: Bedfordshire police

"Illegal firearms can strike fear into communities and have no place in our society. We will not tolerate those who use or supply such weapons and this case should serve as a warning as to how seriously the courts take such matters."

– Det Insp Gary Atkinson, Eastern Region Special Operations Unit
Shotgun Credit: Bedfordshire police

Nazish Shehzad pleaded guilty to possessing component parts of a prohibited weapon and possession of heroin with intent to supply.

The court heard the gun had been adapted to such an extent it was no longer viable, however the judge ruled that, due to the fact there was live ammunition with the weapon, Shehzad would not have been aware it was not a working firearm.

A destruction order was made for the gun, cartridges and drugs.

Investigation launched after shots fired at property in Bedford

Police were called to Brickhill Drive on Saturday evening Credit: PA

An investigation has been launched after shots were believed to be fired at a property in Bedford on Saturday.

Police were called to Brickhill Drive at around 8.40pm.

The man believed to have fired the shots is described as black, 5’11” and of stocky build, aged in his 20s to 30s. He had a trimmed beard and wore a dark beanie hat, dark hooded top and dark trousers.

The man left the scene in a black Volkswagen Golf with a male driver, who is described as black, with a beard, also aged in his 20s to 30s and wearing a grey hooded top.

The Golf was later found burnt out near Harlech Road.

We are appealing for anyone who witnessed any disturbances or suspicious activity in and around the area, or who saw a black VW Golf at the time to contact us.

We appreciate incidents such as these are unsettling for the community and would like to reassure residents that we are committed to finding the individuals responsible.

The black VW Golf, bearing the registration FL54 MJO, was recovered having been burnt out near Harlech Road, Bedford, at around 10pm last night (Sunday). Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the car being driven in the area at this time, or saw the car being set alight.

– Detective Sergeant Kathie Rivers

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101


Mixed fortunes for Team GB in Olympic rowing events

Phelan Hill guided his team to the final. Credit: PA

There was mixed fortunes for two rowers from Bedford in the Olympics this afternoon.

Cox Phelan Hill and the rest of his men's eight team cruised through to Saturday's final after they won their heat, but Charlotte Taylor and her partner Katherine Copeland finished last in the women's lightweight double sculls.

The good news is they'll have another chance to qualify via the repechage later this week.

Woman pedestrian seriously injured after collision with car in Bedford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was involved in a collision with a car in Ashburnham Road, Bedford, on Friday night (5 August).

Police were called at approximately 11.20pm to the incident, involving a white Honda Civic which was driving towards Midland Road.

The pedestrian, a woman in her 40s, was taken to Bedford Hospital with serious injuries and was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information about the collision is asked to contact PC Shona Gillen from the roads policing unit on 101.

Police appeal after man injured in Bedford

Police are appealing for information about an incident in which a man was injured in Bedford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for information about an incident in which a man was injured in Bedford.

It happened on July 17th at around 4.40am when a man was discovered lying in Midland Road with head injuries.

The victim was not seriously injured but is not able to recall what happened.

This is an unusual incident in which a man was found with wounds to his head, but we have not been able to piece together the exact circumstances surrounding the cause.

It could be that he fell, but there is a possibility he could have been attacked or robbed, and we’re appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed a possible altercation or suspicious incident to come forward.

– Investigation Officer Julia Hinson

Two rescued after getting into difficulty in Milton Keynes lake

The group of six were swimming in the lake on Friday afternoon

Two people had to be taken to hospital after getting into difficulty in a lake in Milton Keynes.

A 14-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were swimming in a group at Lodge Lake in Great Holm on Friday.

They were rescued by the emergency services and taken to Milton Keynes General hospital to be checked.

The woman got into trouble in the River Great Ouse Credit: ITV News Anglia

It happened on the same day a mother-of-three drowned trying to save a young boy who had got into trouble in the River Great Ouse in Bedford.

Police are now renewing their warnings about the dangers of swimming in lakes and rivers.


Fire and Rescue service warn about dangers of open water

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue have spoken to ITV News Anglia about the dangers of open water, following the death of a woman in the River Ouse in Bedfordshire.

The river Great Ouse is accessible virtually all along its length.

It was quite challenging getting the rescue boat to the incident.

Crews worked really hard, both the fire service, police and ambulance.

– Derek Hobbs, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Earlier today police found the body of a woman in the River Ouse. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Derek Hobbs from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue said people should avoid open waters, which include rivers, lakes and ponds.

He says it can be the debris under the water that can get some people into trouble.

Crews were out searching for the body in the River Ouse last night. Credit: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue

Don't swim in the river, don't swim in any lakes, rivers or ponds.

Go to a recognised swimming pool, or outdoor swimming pool in this weather.

It's what's under the water that counts. You may have shopping trolleys and any other debris under the water that can get people into trouble.

– Derek Hobbs, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Warning about dangers of open water after body found in river

Police have warned about the dangers of open water after finding a woman's body in Bedford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have confirmed that three boys, whose mother's body was found in Bedford's River Great Ouse, have been left "distressed" by the "tragic accident."

The three children are all between the ages of three and 10.

It's believed the woman was having a picnic with her family when the accident happened.

Local reports suggest the woman went into the water to help a boy.

Police are now warning people about the dangers of going into unsafe water.

At about 10.30am the body of that woman was located and tragically she's passed away, we believe having drowned in the river having got into distress last night.

Three children, they are all between three and 10 years of age, so young children that have lost a mother at the start of the school holidays. It is a tragic time for the family.

– Bedfordshire Police Chief Inspector, Nick Lyall

Police searching for missing woman find body in river

Police searching for a missing woman in the River Ouse in Bedfordshire confirm that a body has been found. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police searching for a missing woman in the River Great Ouse in Bedford have confirmed that a body has been found.

A search began in an area of the river near Honey Hill after a woman in her 30s got into difficulties at around 8pm yesterday.

It is believed the mother-of-three entered the water to help somebody in distress and got into difficulties herself.

Next of kin have been made aware.

Neighbour Joe Vacchio said there were screams of "I can't swim" before the police and a helicopter arrived.

He said the woman lives around the corner from the river and had been diving into the water off small islands with her three children.

The children and their mum were playing in the river. They were diving off into the river.

There were screams that my wife heard of 'I can't swim' and that was it really. She hasn't been seen since.

– Neighbour, Joe Vacchio
The search for the missing woman began yesterday evening Credit: Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

I have lived here 20 years and I've never been in that river.

It's very, very dangerous and very, very unpredictable.

– Neighbour, Joe Vacchio
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