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New Bedford MP targets key issues in his constituency

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

The new MP for Bedford, Labour's Mohammad Yasin, has been out in the borough enjoying his first full day in office.

He took the seat from the Conservative's Richard Fuller, with a majority of almost 800 votes in Thursday's election.

Mohammad Yasin has lived in Bedford for more than 25 years and he was a Labour borough councillor for more than a decade.

I want to work for the people, work for the Bedford hospital, I want to work for the local schools and our police.

There are many other issues which I will be dealing with in the future, but these are the main issues in Bedford.

That's the reason I stood in this election, so I can make a difference.

– Mohammad Yasin MP

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Arrest after woman raped in Bedford

She was attacked early in the morning. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Bedfordshire Police are investigating reports of a rape in Bedford and officers have cordoned off an area of Mill Street as part of their enquiries.

A woman was attacked in the early hours of Thursday 30 March. One man has been arrested.

Long delays on trains through Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

There are cancellations and delays of up to an hour to trains between London and Bedford because of damage to the overhead wires in the St Albans area.

East Midlands and Thameslink services are being affected and the disruption is expected to last for most of the day.

There are train cancellations and delays on the line between Bedford and London. Credit: PA Images

Network Rail says passengers travelling from London to St Albans / Luton & Luton Airport may consider travelling from London Kings Cross to Hatfield / Stevenage / Hitchin, then boarding an UNO bus to St Albans or an Arriva bus to Luton

“We received an emergency call from a train driver at around 8.15am that the overhead power lines had come down in the St Albans area, which resulted in all four rail lines through the area being closed.

"Once engineers arrived on site it appeared that the wires had come down after being struck by a fallen tree.

"Engineers have been working to restore power since and we are aiming to reopen two of the four lines this afternoon."

– Network Rail

Trains in and our of Liverpool Street serving Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are also being affected by overhead wire line damage at Maryland in London.

Gang of 12 attack and rob teenager in Bedford

The attack happened on Norse Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A teenager has been attacked and robbed by a group of around 12 teenage boys in Bedford.

The victim was sitting in a car with two friends in Norse Road car park on Thursday 2 February when they were approached by the gang who came from the direction of Thor Drive.

The group, who were wearing balaclavas, assaulted the victim and stole his phone before running off. The victim sustained injuries that required hospital treatment.

This was a totally unacceptable and unprovoked attack on a victim socialising with friends.

Bedfordshire Police takes reports of this nature extremely seriously and we are looking at a number of lines of enquiry to find out who is behind this nasty attack.

I am keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who knows who is responsible.

– Detective Constable Aroop Nandre
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