The brother of a woman found strangled by her boyfriend is demanding answers on why she was not warned about her killer's violent past.Read the full story ›
Video cameras worn by lollipop ladies and men in Bedford have filmed six drivers who have failed to stop at school crossings.
Earlier this year the council brought in the new technology to help protect pupils from drivers who don't stop when told to by crossing patrol staff.
The council described the actions of some drivers as "irresponsible" and said it will pass the footage to the police.
Detectives investigating a scam which targeted a 90-year-old woman in Welwyn Garden City have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incident.
The scam happened on 23 September when a 90-year-old woman from the town received telephone calls from a man claiming to be a police officer.
He convinced the woman to make a number of purchases of high value goods in Welwyn Garden City and later in London.
The woman bought a mobile phone, iPad and Playstation in the town before travelling to London where she bought two watches in Selfridges.
All of the items were handed over to a man outside the shop in London who identified himself as a police officer.
The woman lost nearly £50,000 to the offender(s).
The telephone that was used to contact the victim is believed to have been topped up in a convenience store in Midland Road, Bedford.
The two men pictured are believed to have been in the store around the time the phone was topped up and so we would like to speak with them as they may be able to assist our investigation.
Anyone who recognises the men, or has any other information about this incident, should contact me straight away via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B1/14/2834. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111
A 23-year-old man from Bedford who groomed a teenage girl for sex has been jailed for six years.
Aaron Gadsden was sentenced at Luton Crown Court after admitting three counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child and two counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming.
The judge said the impact of Gadsden's offending on his young victims was "horrific."
A man has admitted robbing and killing a teenager in Peterborough.
James Pettit, who's 22 and from Bedford, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 18-year-old Mohammed Sanghar who died following an incident with a car in Russell Street in April.
Another man has denied manslaughter and will stand trial.
A consultation has started on plans to build a £200 million gas-fired power station near Bedford.
Businesses and residents close to the site at Rookery South Pit will be posted leaflets and plans will be on display at local libraries.
The company behind the project says the build will create 150 new jobs and respond to the country's need to find lower-carbon energy sources.
One of our region's councils will spend nearly £3m getting empty homes back into use.
There is a national housing shortage, yet just in the East tens of thousands of properties stand empty.
Now Bedford Borough Council is buying abandoned houses to clear, sell on, and get them back into occupation.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has unveiled plans for a string of garden cities along a new railway link from Cambridge.Read the full story ›
The Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has welcomed a plan to re-link the university cities of Cambridge and Oxford by rail.
The Liberal Democrat election pledge would see tens of thousands of houses built along the route in the form of Garden Cities or Garden Neighbours.
The Cambridge-Oxford rail line was shut in the 1960s but the section between Bedford and Bletchley remains opens and the government is to restore the Oxford to Bletchley link.
Julian Huppert, who is a Lib Dem MP, says completing the link would cost about £500 million but the economic benefits will be greater than that.
"It is really, really important which is why I have campaigned for it for over a decade now. Having a rail line from Cambridge going out west will connect us up to Oxford. It’ll also connect us up to places like Bedford and Milton Keynes. Places like Ipswich and Norwich will be able to get through from the east to the west without having to go through London. It also helps the people who do go through London by relieving congestion. It’s good for the economy."
A railway line through the "brain-belt of Britain" will be built to serve new garden cities, Nick Clegg has announced.
Stations along the express route from Oxford to Cambridge will be granted to up to five towns that agree to build between 9,000 and 15,000 homes, the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Britain faces a housing crisis. Garden cities are a vital cornerstone of our plan to boost house building to 300,000 homes a year - enough to meet demand and keep prices in reach - while still protecting our precious green space and preventing urban sprawl. Our plan is to build a series of high quality new towns and cities where people want to live, with green space, sustainable transport and spacious homes.
The Conservatives have held back the development of garden cities on the scale necessary, but if Liberal Democrats are part of the next government, we will ensure at least 10 get under way - with up to five along this new Garden Cities Railway, bringing new homes and jobs to the brain-belt of South East England.