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Chemical leak at Bedfordshire brewery has been dealt with says fire service

A chemical leak at a Bedfordshire brewery has been dealt with say the county's Fire & Rescue Service.

Fire Control received a call from Charles Wells at 9.15am this morning about a leak of Chlorine Dioxide at the brewery in Bedford.

Fire crews arrived within five minutes of the call and began operations to cordon off the area and tackle the incident.

“Fire Service hazardous materials specialists worked with Charles Wells staff to neutralise the materials in a safe and thorough way in line with established procedures. The leak was contained within a building on the site and Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and hazard material suits used fire hoses to dilute the liquid involved to levels where they could be disposed of without any harm to the environment."

– Group Commander Chris Ball

All fire service personnel and appliances have now been withdrawn from the site.

“I’d like to assure local residents that there was no danger to the public during this incident but as a precautionary measure we set up a 150m cordon around the site of the incident while it was being dealt with."

– Group Commander Chris Ball


Rise in distraction theft prompts police warning

Distraction thefts on the rise in Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A rise in distraction thefts in supermarket car parks is prompting Bedfordshire Police to issue fresh warnings about the crime.

They say elderly people are particularly vulnerable.

Last Tuesday a woman was targeted in Bedford’s Lidl car park. She spoke to two women who needed directions, only to find her purse missing when she turned back to her car.

Inspector Gail Mulvaney said:

“We have seen several similar offences in Bedfordshire since July, in many cases by a group of individuals described as eastern European. We would urge all residents, particularly the elderly, to remain vigilant to any suspicious activity and report anyone behaving in a way that makes them feel threatened or uncomfortable."

– Inspector Gail Mulvaney

Appeal for witnesses after cyclist seriously injured in Bedford crash

A cyclist was seriously injured in a crash on Kempston Road. Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured in a crash in Bedford on Monday.

The collision between a car and a cyclist is believed to have happened at about 1.05pm on Kempston Road.

“The cyclist sustained serious injuries and I’m appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

"In particular I’d like to speak to the driver of a light blue Vauxhall Corsa which was seen in the area at the time.”

– PC Carl Klein, Bedfordshire Police

Bedford rapist has life sentence altered following appeal

Abdul Ghafoor from Bedford Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man convicted of raping a woman in Bedford last year, has had his original minimum term in prison amended after appealing against his sentence.

Abdul Ghafoor, who is 33 and of Nash Road in Bedford, was handed a life sentence with a minimum of nine years to be served, after being found guilty of eight offences, including two counts of rape.

Ghafoor has since successfully launched an appeal against his life sentence.

The Court of Appeal ruled this would be replaced with an Extended Determinate Sentence meaning he should serve up to 18 years in prison.

The attack happened on 30 May 2014, when Ghafoor dragged his victim into some bushes and subjected her to a horrific three-hour sexual assault as she walked home from work.

He was caught by police after the woman managed to text ‘Help me’ to her sister, who then called 999.


Locals angered by work to restore parkland to former glory

A project to restore a stretch of parkland in Bedfordshire to its former glory has angered those living nearby. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A project to restore a stretch of parkland in Bedfordshire to its former glory has angered those living nearby.

Vast swathes of trees are being ripped out at Ampthill Park to recreate the vision of the famous gardener Capability Brown who designed it 250 years ago.

But the work has shocked some local dog walkers who are concerned for the wildlife there. They say the heritage lottery money being used to fund the plan would have been better spent elsewhere.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Beecroft

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