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Distraction burglary victim, 96, dies

An elderly woman, who was the victim of a distraction burglary in Bedfordshire, has died.

The 96-year-old, who was locked inside her house by the burglars, passed away on Sunday - three days after the theft.

At about 9.20pm on Thursday, a man knocked on the door of a house in The Pyghtle, in Turvey, near Bedford, and told the owner he had damaged her fence.

While the woman went outside to speak to him, a second man entered her house.

When the woman went back into the house, the man left, locking the woman inside on his way out.

Both men are described as white and about 16 years old. One was thin and wearing a blue linen-style hat and a navy t-shirt. The second was wearing dark clothing and a dark baseball cap.

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David Cameron highlights pledge to double free childcare during Bedford visit

David Cameron talking in Bedford today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservative leader David Cameron has been campaigning in Bedford today.

On a visit to a furniture company in the marginal constituency, he highlighted the Conservative's pledge to double free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds.

He accused Labour of creating a poverty state, and claimed the Tories are the real "party of work".

The Prime Minister was talking during a visit to a furniture company. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I'm not doing this job to be some high powered accountant, I don't just want the lines on the graph to go in the right direction.

I want the lives to go in the right direction. I believe passionately in reducing poverty and the best route out of poverty is this - work.

We've proved that."

– David Cameron

Robbers on bikes launch violent attack

The attack took place at The Embankment Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses following a violent robbery in Bedford.

The incident occurred on Saturday (18 April) at around 10.40pm when a man in his 30s was walking along the Embankment when he was approached from behind by two men on bicycles.

One of the men rode his bike into the back of the victim’s leg, causing him to fall to the floor. The victim was then punched and kicked by both men before they stole his wallet and made off on their bikes towards Cardington Road.

The man was taken to hospital with head injuries and bruising.

The men are both described as white, in their 20s and around six foot tall. They were both wearing dark clothing and had scarves covering their faces.

This was a fierce attack that left the victim shaken and shocked by the brutality of such an unprovoked incident. We urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information to assist our investigation to come forward.”

– Detective Constable Darren Armitage

Bedford "one of the safest places to study in the country"

Bedford was named as the fifth safest place to study. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedford is one of the safest places to study in the country according to new research.

The website 'sturents.com' looked at how many crimes were recorded in student areas last year.

Bedford was named as the fifth safest town, with Egham in Surrey coming out on top. Norwich was also in the top ten.

Brighton was deemed to be the most dangerous.

The safest student towns:

  • 1.) Egham
  • 2.) High Wycombe
  • 3.) Bath
  • 4.) Falmouth
  • 5.) Bedford
  • 6.) Loughborough
  • 7.) Medway
  • 8.) Norwich
  • 9.) Durham
  • 10.) Hull

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End of the road for Bedfordshire motor museum

Stondon Motor Museum, Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

It may have been the first big weekend of the tourist season but, for one of the country's largest transport museums, it was also the last.

Stondon Motor Museum in Bedfordshire was set up by local businessman John Saunders in 1994 but, since his death two years ago, it has struggled to attract visitors.

Yesterday, it closed its doors for the final time.

Russell Hookey reports.

Bedford: World's largest aircraft launches fundraising campaign to get it off the ground

The Airlander 10. Credit: ITV News Anglia

This is the largest aircraft in the world - the Airlander 10. It sits in one of the Cardington Hangars just South of Bedford.

It is 92 metres long - about the same size as a football pitch.

It can fly for weeks at a time and land almost anywhere flat - including ice, water and desert.

92m
The size of the Airlander 10.

Engineers are hoping to fly it for the first time in the UK early next year, but to get it off the ground they are offering members of the public the chance to help fund it.

The group is hoping to raise £2million to make the Airlander project a reality.

Investigation after flying 'drone' used to smuggle contraband into jail

A police investigation has begun after a drone was used to try to smuggle contraband over the walls of Bedford prison.

The remote controlled device was used to fly a package - reportedly containing drugs, phones and a knife into the high security jail.

But prison staff seized the drone and package after it got caught in razor wire on the perimeter wall.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson.

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