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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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Man charged after woman stabbed in Bedford

The woman was taken to hospital but her injuries are not thought to be serious. Credit: PA

A man has been charged after a woman was stabbed in Bedford at the weekend.

The woman was attacked following an "altercation" on Greyfriars at about 1.20pm on 29 January.

She was taken to Bedford Hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not thought to be serious.

Adam Bunn, 21, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court today and remains in police custody.

Driver gets in way of ambulance responding to emergency

The actions of the driver forced other motorists to react suddenly. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver got in the way of an ambulance responding to an emergency in Bedfordshire.

Officers say a blue Vauxhall Astra was being driven "in a dangerous manner" on the A421 westbound between Marston Moretaine and Bedford on 23 January.

Others drivers were forced to react suddenly.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who saw this person driving - not only did they hinder the progress of an ambulance on its way to an emergency call, but the driver's actions also put other road users at risk."

– PC Richard Marshall, Bedfordshire Police

Police concerned for welfare of missing Bedford woman

Jade Honour. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police say they're concerned for the welfare of a missing woman from Bedford.

23-year-old Jade Honour hasn't been seen since December 30 when she was due to meet a friend but never turned up.

Jade is described as a white, 5’2”, of medium build, with shoulder length ginger/brown hair.

She was last seen wearing a peach onesie, a dark Parka jacket, and Mickey Mouse pumps.

Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101 quoting reference 383 of 30 December.

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Five injured as M1 closed after multi-vehicle crash

Five people have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash which has closed the M1 in Bedfordshire between Milton Keynes and Luton.

One man in his twenties is in a critical condition in St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington after suffering a head injury.

One of the busiest sections of motorway in the Anglia region is likely to remain closed for much of the morning on Christmas Eve.

Drivers are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys especially if they are heading for Luton airport.

The M1 was closed in both directions between Junction 12 and 13 on Christmas Eve. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police are carrying out investigations following a serious road traffic incident between Junction 12 at Flitwick/Woburn and Junction 13 for Bedford.

The road has been closed in both directions since the incident at 2.33am and police investigations are continuing at the scene.

The East of England Ambulance Service joined the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response BMW on the scene.

"A signed diversion route is in place and drivers planning to travel to Luton airport are advised to allow extra time and to plan their journeys.

"Traffic for London is advised to use the A14/A1 and drivers heading towards the Midlands are being advised to use the M40."

– Highways England

Justice Secretary: 'Progress being made at HMP Bedford'

Liz Truss is confident improvements are being made at Bedford Prison. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Justice Secretary Liz Truss says improvements are starting to be made at Bedford Prison after a riot took place there earlier this month.

The MP for South West Norfolk spoke during a visit to see a work experience project at Norwich Prison.

Truss told ITV News Anglia that more staff have been recruited and body worn cameras are being rolled out.

Inmates who were involved in the six-hour riot were protesting at the conditions in the jail.

"There are issues across the prison estate, but what we've done, we've trained up new sniffer dogs in detecting psychoactive substances, we're rolling out body-worn cameras across the estate, investing in more frontline staff," Truss said.

"I announced earlier this year that we were recruiting an additional 400 staff in our most challenging prisons and we've now reached half of that target, so we are making progress."

Bedford's bake off winner says she was rejected twice from the show

Candice Brown Credit: PA

Great British Bake Off star Candice Brow, from Bedford, unsuccessfully applied for the BBC show twice before landing a place in the popular series.

The 31-year-old, who beat Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth to win this year's final, recently put her job as a teacher on hold to pursue a career in baking.

Candice says she feels "horrendous" about leaving her job at Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.

She said it was her boyfriend Liam Macaulay who had encouraged her to apply for the show.

Speaking to ITV's Loose Women, Candice said:

"I didn't expect to even get on the show and then week by week until being the winner, it feels so alien."

– Candice Brown
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