A man who raped a woman in the toilets of a KFC in Bedford has been jailed for five years.
Maciej Andrzejczyk, 38, of no fixed address, was found guilty of rape following the incident which happened in Tavistock Street on 14 November 2014.
He was sentenced to five years and three months and his name will be put on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
The woman had been out celebrating a friend’s birthday when she was raped by Andrzejczyk in the toilets of the restaurant.
Two days later he was arrested in Bedford town centre after a police officer recognised him from the CCTV footage.
Detective Inspector Jenny McIntyre, who leads Bedfordshire Police's Rape Investigation Unit, said: “Andrzejczyk committed a horrific and inexcusable crime against a young woman who had been enjoying an evening out with friends.
“Thanks to the hard work of our officers, this dangerous man has been put behind bars, and we hope this is seen as a warning to anyone else who thinks it’s acceptable to act in this way.
“The victim has understandably been left traumatised by this incident and we hope that now justice has been done she will be able to start to move on with her life.
“Bedfordshire Police works hard to protect people and fight crime together and we are completely committed to investigating such cases thoroughly and bringing the offenders to justice.”
The A421 is closed eastbound in Bedfordshire after an accident at 5.30am between a lorry and a car.
It happened between Beancroft Road at Marston Moretaine and A428 Marsh Leys roundabout, Bedford.
Police advise that traffic can use the old A421.
A woman has died after being hit by a lorry at Bedford Bus Station this morning.
Emergency services were called to the station in Greenhill Street just before eight o'clock.
The station was re-opened at around midday. An investigation into the collision is underway.
“The collision occurred shortly after a bus had arrived at the depot this morning so it is likely people would have witnessed the incident.
The investigation is ongoing and we would like to speak to anyone who may have any information to assist us in this case.”
A pedestrian has been seriously injured after being hit by a lorry at Bedford Bus Station.
It happened just before 8am this morning, and emergency services are still at the scene.
The station is expected to be closed for much of the morning.
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A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an incident in Bedford this afternoon.
A man in his 30s was found dead at a property in Byron Crescent at around 4.30pm.
The area's been taped off as forensic teams investigate.
A post-mortem will be held in due course, but police have confirmed that the man had been stabbed.
Two men in their mid-20s have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism-related offences after warrants on two properties in Bedford on Monday 29th December.
Members of the East Counter Terrorism Investigation Unit (ECTIU) executed the warrants. The men were taken to Greyfriars Police Station.
Anyone with information about terrorist related matters can contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on 101, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 111 or the National Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
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Bedford Hospital has told people not to come to its Accident and Emergency department unless it's absolutely necessary.
The hospital is struggling to cope with what it's calling "exceptionally high demand" and cancelled all routine operations on Thursday 18 December to free up beds.
Hospital bosses say they're working hard to resolve the issue but have warned that patients with serious and life-threatening conditions will take priority in the meantime.
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