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Man dies in Bedford chemical incident

The man was found dead in Barkers Lane Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has died following a chemical incident in Bedford this afternoon.

The man was found in Barkers Lane at around 2.30pm.

When the emergency services arrived, they discovered the scene posed a chemical risk and specially trained Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) officers were drafted in.

They are currently still at the property to ensure it is safe.

The incident isn't being treated as suspicious and Barkers Lane has been closed at the junction with Donnelly Drive for the time being.

Couple's lucky escape after car set on fire outside window

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

A Bedford couple are calling for witnesses to come forward after their car was set alight outside the window of their bungalow.

Malcolm and Eleanor Grainger from Blunham were asleep at the time. The car was completely destroyed. A police investigation is underway.

I just pray with anyone who knows anything about this to come forward to the police, to give them information they need, it will be totally in confidence and lets get the perpetrators brought to justice.

– Malcolm Grainger

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Three people arrested following Bedford prison riot

Three people were arrested during the riot at Bedford prison. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Three people were arrested and two prisoners taken to hospital following a riot at Bedford jail.

Police have confirmed officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex were needed to deal with the disturbance which broke out just before 5pm on Sunday.

Three men - aged 39, 37 and 26 - have been arrested on suspicion of committing offences under the Prison Security Act 1992. They remain in police custody.

Two prisoners were taken to hospital during the incident - one had become unwell and another suffered minor injuries during the riot. Both have been treated and returned to prison.

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Report finds easy access to drugs and high levels of violence in many prisons

Inmates at HMP Bedford claimed it was easier to get drugs than clothes or bedsheets. Credit: ITV Anglia News

Justice Secretary Liz Truss has today presented her strategy for prison reform after a string of warnings about the state of jails in England and Wales.

In the report inmates at HMP Bedford claimed it was easier to get drugs than clothes or bedsheets.

While nearly half of prisoners at HMP Chelmsford in Essex said it was "easy" to get drugs, while the jail had also seen rising levels of violence.

Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said in his annual report that too many jails have become "unacceptably violent and dangerous places."

Bedford commuters face major disruptions

Thameslink services between Bedford and London St Pancras International were affected. Credit: PA

Over-running engineering work has caused major disruption to commuters from Bedford.

Thameslink services between Bedford and London St Pancras International were affected.

Two of the four lines were closed, resulting in trains being cancelled or delayed, with disruption expected to continue until noon.

Some East Midlands trains were also affected.

The problem was with a tunnel near West Hampstead in north-west London.

Thameslink's owner, Govia Thameslink Railway, is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union over the role of conductors at its Southern franchise.

"If GTR'S parent company weren't hoarding £100 million in profits, that money could be invested in more engineers and more regular maintenance, which would help us avoid these regular, catastrophic infrastructure failures."

– Mick Cash, RMT union

"We are doing all we can to reduce the disruption this causes, complete the work and return services to normal as quickly and safely as possible."

– Network Rail spokesman
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