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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

CCTV released as police investigate package smuggled into Bedford prison

Do you recognise these men? Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

CCTV images have been released as part of an investigation into an attempt to smuggle a package into Bedford prison.

Police want to speak to these two people after a prison officer spotted a black package moving up the outside wall of HMP Bedford.

They found it was attached to a line coming from one of the prison cells.

"Smuggling prohibited items into prisons can cause significant issues for prison staff and we will always work closely with the prison service to investigate these kind of offences.

“We are keen to speak with the men in the photographs as we believe they may have key information could help with our investigation. If you recognise any of the men, please get in touch.”

– Sgt Jennifer Flinn, Bedfordshire Police

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Woman left shaken after intruder's assault

The woman was attacked in her own home Credit: ITV Anglia

Officers are investigating an incident in Turnpike Way, Bedford, when a woman was assaulted by a man who broke into her home.

Between 12.05am and 12.15am on Wednesday 27 September, the victim was woken after a man forced his way into the property, shouted at her and assaulted her before leaving. She was left with injuries that required further treatment, but that weren’t life-threatening.

The man left the property and ran towards The Spinney, and is described as wearing dark clothing and a balaclava.

Anyone with any information is asked to call PC Saddique on 101 quoting crime reference number JH/41330/17. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

The victim understandably feels intimidated after the incident, and I want to find whoever is responsible to secure some sense of justice for her and put a stop to such behaviour.

“I would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything in Turnpike Way between midnight and 12.20am on 27 September. If you saw a man in dark clothing heading in the direction of The Spinney please get in touch.”

– PC Sajid Saddique

Anyone with any information is asked to call PC Saddique on 101 quoting crime reference number JH/41330/17. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

Knife attacker who seriously injured four people is jailed for 15 years

Nisar Ahmed, 32, from Bedford was jailed for 15 years after a brutal attack which left four people with life-changing injuries. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A Bedford man has been jailed for 15 years after a brutal knife attack which left four people with life-changing injuries in December 2016.

Nisar Ahmed, 32, of Hurst Grove, violently assaulted a group of people in the early hours of 11 December 2016, inflicting large slash wounds to their faces, hands and bodies.

He was found guilty of two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, one count of causing grievous bodily harm and one count of possession of a knife.

“I’m pleased Ahmed has been handed a lengthy sentence and will face a substantial time behind bars for his nasty and vicious actions.

"Violence will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire and we are committed to taking dangerous people off our streets.

“Ahmed’s actions have had devastating consequences to the lives’ of others. "Carrying knives has serious consequences and I hope this sentence acts as a warning to others.”

– Investigation Officer Julia Hinson, Bedfordshire Police

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Aspiring firefighters take part in special 'taster session'

A group of aspiring firefighters have been taking part in a special 'taster session' at Bedford Community Fire Station.

The so-called 'have-a-go' event focuses on recruiting more women plus people from ethnic minorities.

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