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Bedford's kite festival attracts flyers from across the world

Bedford's kite festival is underway bringing together flyers from as far away as Australia and Vietnam.

It's the 16th year the event has been held, at Russell Park.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson.

Robber who stole cash at knifepoint is jailed

Luke Byrne Credit: Beds Police

A man from Bedford has been jailed for seven years for using a knife to rob people at a cash machine.

Luke Byrne, 18, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court after pleading guilty to two robberies, and one attempted robbery.

On 21 February, Byrne used a knife to intimidate and rob a teenager who had withdrawn £80 from the cashpoint at the Texaco petrol station on Elstow Road.

On 25 March, at 6.30pm, he tried to rob a 60-year-old woman, threatening her with a large kitchen knife but she screamed, and he ran off.

On 5 April, at 11.30pm, Byrne used a knife and verbal threats towards another teenager, and stole £250 that he had just withdrawn from the cashpoint.

Byrne was captured on CCTV, and identified by one of the victims.

He was sentenced to two years each for the robberies, and a further two years for the attempted robbery. He also received two sentences of six months in addition for possessing knives.

“People have a right to draw their own cash in safety on our streets.

“Knife crime continues to be a high priority for the force, and we will bring offenders to justice for such serious crimes.”

– Investigation Officer Emily Partington

Family say Bedford hospital partly responsible for pensioners death

Bedford Hospital says its carrying out a full investigation into the death of a pensioner who caught an infection while having chemotherapy for cancer.

The family of Diane Lorraine believe the treatment she received at Bedford Hospital was partly responsible for her death.

Diane's husband says she was placed next to a patient with a chest infection, which he believes she contracted leading to her death.

The hospital says "patient safety is of the highest importance" and that they are currently carrying out a full internal investigation which has involved meeting with the family to listen to, and discuss, their complaint.

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Nurses from East Anglia invited to Royal Wedding

Nurses Lucy Andrews and Vicky Amiss-Smith has been invited to the Royal Wedding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two nurses from Cambridge and Bedford have been invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.

Lucy Andrews and Vicky Amiss-Smith will be donning their best frocks and heading to watch the ceremony in a special area of Windsor Castle.

They're part of an invited group of people who work for charities that are important to the royal couple.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

£6m to be spent on redeveloping Bedford healthcare hub

Three GPS surgeries will be brought under one roof, alongside community, mental health and specialist services. Credit: PA

Six million pounds will be spent on improving a 'healthcare' hub at Bedford Hospital.

Gilbert Hitchcock House will be refurbished to help ease demand on the hospital.

It's hoped the hub will also be able to support the growing population of Bedford.

The funding will also be used join three GP practices together, alongside community, mental health and specialist services.

This investment has been long sought and is very good news.

I am pleased for those GPs who inspired this and welcome the Government pulling these services together. As I recall from my time as Minister in the Department of Health, it is a long standing aim to improve GP practices, and this is an important investment in our local NHS services.

– North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt
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