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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


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.


Memories of the brick makers who re-built Britain after the war

A history project has been started to record the memories of brick makers who came from Italy to work in Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

After the Second World War thousands of Italian men came to Britain to take up jobs in the brickworks around Bedford. They came to work in brickworks like the one at Stewartby which closed in 2008

Many stayed and made new lives for themselves in the area.

The John Bunyan Museum in Bedford has launched a project to record the memories of those workers who came from Italy and other nations - and made the bricks used to re-build Britain after the war.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Man pulled from Bedford river named by police

Zbigien Lasocki. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man who was found dead in a river in Bedford earlier this week has been named as Zbigien Lasocki.

The 39-year-old's body was pulled from the River Great Ouse on the Riverside Embankment on Tuesday morning.

His death is still being treated as unexplained and a recent post mortem proved inconclusive.

We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Embankment on Monday evening or Tuesday morning. We have released an image of Zibby and I’d like to speak to anyone who saw him on either of those days.

The details we have of Zibby’s life are also quite limited and we need to build up a much clearer picture of who he associated with and where he stayed.

– Detective Inspector Lucy Thomson, Bedfordshire Police

Body of man recovered from river in Bedford

Police in Bedford are investigating the death of a man found in a river

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the body of a man was discovered in a river in Bedford.

Emergency services were called to the Riverside Embankment in Bedford on Tuesday morning (18 July) after a man was seen in the water. He was recovered from the river but pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men from Bedford were arrested in connection with the death. A 28-year-old man has been released and will face no further action, and a 47-year-old man has been released on bail.

We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Embankment on Monday evening or Tuesday morning that could help us establish the circumstances that has led to this man’s death.

– DI Lucy Thompson, Beds Police

A post mortem was inconclusive and the death is currently being treated as unexplained. Further tests are due to be carried out to try and find the cause of death.

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