A man from Cambridgeshire has been jailed after he assaulted a woman he met on a dating website.
Charlie Mulryan, 33 of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and criminal damage.
A short time after arriving at a house in Bedford he became agitated.
The victim and her friend tried to calm him down but were still concerned by his behaviour and tried to coax him out of the house.
Mulryan then struck the victim several times inflicting serious injuries and causing her to lose consciousness.
The victim’s friend managed to get out of the house and called police. Mulryan then damaged two nearby vehicles.
When police and ambulance staff arrived at the scene, he again became aggressive and assaulted a police officer.
Investigation Officer Gary Hales said:
This attack left the victim with potentially life long issues with her eye as a result, and she has been extremely brave in coming forward. This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and I hope that by securing this sentence we have secured some justice for her.
A man has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of attacking and robbing an 84 year-old woman.
Russell Harris, 46, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court, after stealing a woman's handbag and leaving her with serious injuries while she walked home from a doctor's appointment in Bedford.
She was found face down on the floor by a member of the public.
Around an hour after the robbery, the victim’s bank card was used to make a contactless payment at a shop. Officers watched CCTV footage from the shop and were able to identify the man making the purchase as Harris.
The victim’s mobile phone was also found, and data showed that Harris had used it to make almost 25 phone calls on the day of, and the day after, the robbery.
Thanks to a tip off from another member of the public, Harris was located and arrested.
This was a horrific attack on a vulnerable lady, who sustained serious injuries as a result of Harris’ cold-hearted actions. Before the attack the victim was extremely agile and fairly independent, but this shocking incident has left her both physically and emotionally affected.
A man from Bedford has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with making an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.
Daryl Baynes, 20, of Berkeley Road in the town was arrested on Sunday 2 July following reports of a suspected explosive device at a property in the town.
A number of houses in the road were evacuated while checks were carried out by police and a bomb disposal teams.
Baynes appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court and is being held in custody pending a further court hearing on 12 July.
- Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes
The new MP for Bedford, Labour's Mohammad Yasin, has been out in the borough enjoying his first full day in office.
He took the seat from the Conservative's Richard Fuller, with a majority of almost 800 votes in Thursday's election.
Mohammad Yasin has lived in Bedford for more than 25 years and he was a Labour borough councillor for more than a decade.
I want to work for the people, work for the Bedford hospital, I want to work for the local schools and our police.
There are many other issues which I will be dealing with in the future, but these are the main issues in Bedford.
That's the reason I stood in this election, so I can make a difference.
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