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Criminals pose as police to con victims

Bedfordshire police want to trace this man Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police in Bedfordshire have released CCTV of a man thought to be involved in a scheme in which criminals posed as police officers to con two people out of £7,000.

On both occasions the victims, aged 81 and 54, were duped into handing over bank cards and PIN details by people claiming to be investigating fraud.

It is thought this man withdrew money from the one of the cards at a cashpoint in Bedford.

These are appalling crimes that have often robbed people of their entire savings and left them feeling distraught and angry that they have been conned. I would urge anyone with information to come forwards and speak with us and also encourage anyone who recognises the individual pictured to give us a call.

– Detective Constable Claire Long


Light aircraft crashes in Bedfordshire

A light aircraft has crashed in Bedfordshire after a mid-air collision. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A light aircraft has crashed in a field in Bedfordshire after a mid-air collision.

Emergency services have been called to the scene near Little Barford, close to the border with Cambridgeshire.

Police were called at 8.30am on Tuesday morning, when there was a mid-air collision between two light aircraft. Both are thought to be single-seaters.

One of the aircraft was able to carry on flying and land safely at Thurleigh airfield, but the other has crashed.

The Air Accident Investigation Board has been notified.

The Barford Road is currently closed to traffic, it is not yet known if anyone has been injured.

Police condemn 'cruel' scooter thieves

Bedfordshire Police are seeking thieves who stole an 84-year-old man’s red mobility scooter while he was at a day centre.

The scooter was taken from outside Guild House, 56-58 Harpur Street, Bedford between 10am and 11.45am on Tuesday 16 September.

The scooter is the victim’s only mode of transport and he used it daily to get him to and from the day centre. It is made by a company call Pride, is red in colour and valued at between £3500 to £4000.

– Nadine Edwards

Isaac Stone: Four found guilty of murdering teenage rapper in Bedford

Isaac Stone. Credit: Family photo

Four men have been found guilty of murdering a teenage rapper in Bedford.

19-year-old Isaac Stone was chased along Costin Street on the evening of the 25 January. He was cornered and stabbed to death.

Today a jury at Luton Crown Court found Mohammed Hussain, Rubel Miah, Javed Miah and Fahim Kahn guilty of his murder.


Bedford commuter train among the most overcrowded in Britain

A Bedford commuter train is among the most overcrowded in Britain. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The daily 7:33 train from Bedford to Brighton through London was the second most overcrowded train in the country according to new government figures.

On average, 870 passengers were crammed into eight carriages on the First Capital Connect service which is designed for just over 500 people.

The latest figures from the Department for Transport are for spring 2013.

First Capital Connect said: "We know overcrowding is a real issue for our passengers and we’ve been working hard to address it. That’s why, since the start of our franchise in 2006, we have brought in 50% more trains as an interim measure, adding 29% more seats at the busiest times of the day."

"The 0733 has seats available as far as Harpenden where it becomes very busy so there is space for Bedford commuters. And from 2016 when new trains arrive which we’ve been developing with Siemens, this service will be lengthened to 12 carriages to provide relief for passengers further down the line."


Knife point robberies in Bedford

Police are investigating two knife point robberies which involved masked men targetting elderly people in Bedford.

Location of robberies in Bedford Credit: ITV News Anglia

Both robberies took place on the evening of Monday 1 September.

The first happened at about twenty to ten in Harewood Road. The second happened about an hour later on Spencer Road.

In both cases two men knocked on the door, forced their way in and threatened the victim before snatching jewellery off them.

Although the two offences are on opposite sides of town, it’s likely that they are linked because they are so similar.

It’s quite rare for elderly people to be targeted violently in their own homes like this and it’s important that we find out who’s responsible so they can’t do it to anyone else.

– Det Con Danny Howett

Anyone with information can contact Det Con Howett directly on 01234 275347, or through the 24 hour police non-emergency number 101. Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Bedford is the most generous town

Aerial view of Bedford

Bedford has been revealed as the most generous town in the country. The donation site JustGiving said more than 40 thousand people with a Bedford post code gave money to a charity appeal over the last year, raising more than a million pounds. Cambridge was in second place.

Bedford: Police appeal for help after man is attacked with metal bars and baseballs bats

Police in Bedford say they need the public's help after a 19-year-old man was attacked with metal bars and baseballs bats.

They say nothing was stolen during the assault and detectives are now trying to establish why he was targetted.

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