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Man charged with four counts of rape

A 32-year-old man has been charged with four counts of rape after a woman was attacked in Bedford.

Abdul Ghafoor, whose address is not yet unknown, is also charged with causing actual bodily harm and possessing cannabis.

The rape is believed to have occurred at around 11pm on Friday (May 30th) in Cardington Road in Bedford, in the walk way behind the Tesco superstore and Oasis Beach Pool.


Crossing patrol staff in Bedford use mobile cameras

These days we're used to cameras watching our every move and CCTV on our streets is seen as a valuable crime fighting tool.

But now technology has allowed cameras to be deployed in the most unlikely of places - on the uniforms of crossing patrol staff outside schools.

It follows figures from Bedford Borough Council which show lollipop ladies and men are facing abuse at least once a month.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

School crossing patrols in Bedford to be equipped with mobile cameras

All school crossing patrols in Bedford are now using mobile cameras.
All school crossing patrols in Bedford are now using mobile cameras. Credit: ITV News Anglia

All school crossing patrols in Bedford are now using mobile cameras.

They've been wearing them as part of their high-visibility uniforms.

The authority says it's in response to a growing number of people ignoring them or shouting abuse.

"People that skip through the crossing patrol, and I've been out with the crossing patrol and it's quite scary, we can now actually give the video evidence to police to prosecute them for going through the crossing," the Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson said.

"But also we're getting more people abusing the crossing patrol people, and it's not good for the staff or the children to hear that sort of thing as they're going to school."

Anniversary appeal for witnesses to teenager's death

Mohammed Sanghar Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Police in Peterborough are to revisit the scene of a murder today in a bid to seek new witnesses to the crime.

Police will be putting up posters and handing out leaflets in Russell Street, where 18-year-old Mohammed Sanghar, known as Haroon, suffered serious injuries after being involved in an incident with a black Vauxhall Astra last Thursday.

Two men from Bedford have been charged with his murder.


Sikh volunteers put on curry night for homeless

Dozens of the poorest people in Bedford are enjoying some superb curry dishes this evening thanks to the efforts of a Sikh volunteer group.

The Akaal Seva group says many of the town's homeless tell them they love Indian food - but rarely a get a chance to eat it. So tonight the takeaway is coming to them.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

Body discovered in pond in Bedford

The body of a woman has been found in a pond in Bedford by a member of the public.

Bedfordshire Police and ambulance crews were called to Hamble Road yesterday afternoon.

Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious. A post mortem examination is expected to take place next week.

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