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£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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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.

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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.”

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
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