Video report from ITV Anglia's Liz Summers
A parliamentary debate about 'East West Rail' - which aims to introduce faster and more reliable trains between Oxford and Cambridge via Milton Keynes - could bring the project a step closer.
If it gets the go-ahead the long term programme called 'Futures 2050' would boost jobs and homes across the region and ultimately see the so called Varsity Line reopen.
"The section from Oxford through to Bedford has started and is well on the way to complete.
We obviously want to extend that from Bedford, through Milton Keynes towards Cambridge.
We've done a lot of work, we've got a corridor we'll now investigate the actual route we will consult on that but obviously what we do need next is the finance from central government."
The Deputy Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police has moved to reassure the public following multiple shootings in Bedford overnight.
One woman was injured after shots were fired at four different locations in the town.
""These incidents are very rare and I'd like to reassure the public that we're doing all that we can," Det Ch Insp Mark Collins told ITV News Anglia.
"We've got one person in custody at the moment and I anticipate over the next couple of days, further persons being arrested and brought into custody."
Police say they've launched a 'large scale investigation' after shots were fired at several houses in Bedford overnight.
Four places were targeted in total and a woman had to be taken to hospital after she was shot in the arm during one incident in Faraday Square.
One woman has been arrested.
Police believe the incidents are linked and have put more officers on the streets to try and reassure the public.
Locations of shootings
- Faraday Square (10pm)
- Lovell Road (1am)
- Foxglove Way (1.20am)
- Romsey Way (5am)
I’d like to reassure the public that we have launched a thorough investigation into these incidents and are following a number of lines of inquiry to help find the people responsible.
We have a number of dedicated officers working to establish the circumstances surrounding each incident and we have increased patrols in Bedford. This will be a visible policing presence to reassure residents and help prevent any other incidents of this nature.
We are treating the incidents as linked and we believe they may have been targeted attacks.
I would urge anyone who witnessed any disturbances or suspicious activity in and around these addresses overnight to contact us, as well as anyone who might have further information about the individual incidents.
A man described as a predatory paedophile has been jailed for 14 years for historic sexual abuse of children.
Michael Malin, 78, of Ampthill Road, Bedford, was found guilty of nine counts of sexual offences committed against children under the age of 16.
Over a period of five years Malin sexually abused two boys – with the abuse starting when the victims were aged just 11 and 12.
Malin gave the victims money and forced them to carry out sexual acts in return.
Detective Constable Amanda Durrant, investigating officer, said: “The abuse carried out by Malin was absolutely abhorrent so I’m pleased that he will be locked away for a substantial amount of time.
“Malin groomed his victims, exploiting their youth and vulnerability, then carried out horrific abuse."
More than 10,000 students from across the region will be at Bedford University today to learn more about higher education.
The two day UCAS convention - the largest of it's kind in the region - will see 16 & 17 year old from around Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Milton Keynes meet with institutions from all over the country.
A report into the future of Bedford Hospital will be published later today.
It has been put together by the borough council which believes it has come up with a sustainable plan for the site's future.
The report was commissioned following concerns the latest review of healthcare in both Bedford and Milton Keynes hospital could see the hospital lose services like A&E maternity and paediatrics.
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A former Bedford Blues rugby player has died in a plane crash in Africa.
The aircraft came down in the Democratic Republic of Congo on May 16.
David Francombe played for the Blues in the 80s when he was a student at Bedford College.
When he'd finished his studies, he returned to his home country of Kenya and went on to captain their national side.
Dave will be remembered with great respect and affection by his Bedford teammates, not just a great on field player, but as a friendly, bear of a man, always ready with a smile and a handshake.
The club sends its sincere sympathy to his family on their tragic loss.
A taxi driver from Bedford who planned to leave his pregnant wife at home while he travelled to fight for the so called Islamic State has been jailed.
26-year-old Naseer Taj planned to go to Syria, marry a jihadi bride and achieve martyrdom.
But he was arrested in December 2014 two days before he was set to leave.
He was found guilty of the preparation of terrorists acts and sentenced to eight years and three months.
The sad reality is that his intentions meant he has now missed out on the birth of his child and will not be there to see them growing up.
We work hard with partner agencies and our communities to identify those who seek to exploit the vulnerable in our society, or who have extreme views in order to intervene and divert them away from that path.
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