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Four people threatened with knives during a night of robberies in Bedford

The attacks took place on footpaths near the River Great Ouse Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for people to be extra vigilant after a series of knifepoint robberies in Bedford.

Luckily only one person suffered minor injuries as three men made off with wallets, cash and even a bike.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.

Man jailed for possession of 4,000 indecent child images

Gabriel May, 33, of Spenser Road, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court Credit: Bedfordshire police

A man from Bedford has been jailed for two years for possession of more than 4,000 indecent images of children.

Gabriel May, 33, was found guilty of keeping images ranging from the most serious Category A to Category C, including prohibited images and extreme pornography.

Officers found the images during an unannounced house visit. He was arrested and all devices were seized.

May was already listed on the Sex Offenders Register after serving a two year custodial sentence back in 2014.

Investigating Officer Nikki Penniston-Kordek said: “The images that myself and my colleagues had to investigate into were utterly repulsive, with more than 1,500 of them being graded as Category A.

"We are pleased that May has received a custodial sentence for his actions and hope this sends a strong message to others who seek to abuse children in this way.”

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Man in serious condition following racial assault

Officers now want to speak to anyone who was in or around the area Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after a racially-motivated assault in Bedford that's left one man in hospital.

The incident happened at around 4am this morning (22 October) after a group of white men assaulted three black men in Queen Street.

Two received minor injuries but one was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

Police have condemned the assault and want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time.

This was a nasty incident which has left one man in hospital. At the moment we believe the incident was racially motivated, and this kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable.

We’re keen to speak to anyone who can help our investigation. If you were in the area at the time and you saw or heard anything, please come forward. Your information could prove vital to our investigation.

– Detective Sergeant Mark Stewart, Bedfordshire police

CCTV released as police investigate package smuggled into Bedford prison

Do you recognise these men? Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

CCTV images have been released as part of an investigation into an attempt to smuggle a package into Bedford prison.

Police want to speak to these two people after a prison officer spotted a black package moving up the outside wall of HMP Bedford.

They found it was attached to a line coming from one of the prison cells.

"Smuggling prohibited items into prisons can cause significant issues for prison staff and we will always work closely with the prison service to investigate these kind of offences.

“We are keen to speak with the men in the photographs as we believe they may have key information could help with our investigation. If you recognise any of the men, please get in touch.”

– Sgt Jennifer Flinn, Bedfordshire Police

Woman left shaken after intruder's assault

The woman was attacked in her own home Credit: ITV Anglia

Officers are investigating an incident in Turnpike Way, Bedford, when a woman was assaulted by a man who broke into her home.

Between 12.05am and 12.15am on Wednesday 27 September, the victim was woken after a man forced his way into the property, shouted at her and assaulted her before leaving. She was left with injuries that required further treatment, but that weren’t life-threatening.

The man left the property and ran towards The Spinney, and is described as wearing dark clothing and a balaclava.

Anyone with any information is asked to call PC Saddique on 101 quoting crime reference number JH/41330/17. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

The victim understandably feels intimidated after the incident, and I want to find whoever is responsible to secure some sense of justice for her and put a stop to such behaviour.

“I would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything in Turnpike Way between midnight and 12.20am on 27 September. If you saw a man in dark clothing heading in the direction of The Spinney please get in touch.”

– PC Sajid Saddique

Anyone with any information is asked to call PC Saddique on 101 quoting crime reference number JH/41330/17. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

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