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Robbers on bikes launch violent attack

The attack took place at The Embankment Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses following a violent robbery in Bedford.

The incident occurred on Saturday (18 April) at around 10.40pm when a man in his 30s was walking along the Embankment when he was approached from behind by two men on bicycles.

One of the men rode his bike into the back of the victim’s leg, causing him to fall to the floor. The victim was then punched and kicked by both men before they stole his wallet and made off on their bikes towards Cardington Road.

The man was taken to hospital with head injuries and bruising.

The men are both described as white, in their 20s and around six foot tall. They were both wearing dark clothing and had scarves covering their faces.

This was a fierce attack that left the victim shaken and shocked by the brutality of such an unprovoked incident. We urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information to assist our investigation to come forward.”

– Detective Constable Darren Armitage

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Bedford "one of the safest places to study in the country"

Bedford was named as the fifth safest place to study. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedford is one of the safest places to study in the country according to new research.

The website 'sturents.com' looked at how many crimes were recorded in student areas last year.

Bedford was named as the fifth safest town, with Egham in Surrey coming out on top. Norwich was also in the top ten.

Brighton was deemed to be the most dangerous.

The safest student towns:

  • 1.) Egham
  • 2.) High Wycombe
  • 3.) Bath
  • 4.) Falmouth
  • 5.) Bedford
  • 6.) Loughborough
  • 7.) Medway
  • 8.) Norwich
  • 9.) Durham
  • 10.) Hull

End of the road for Bedfordshire motor museum

Stondon Motor Museum, Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

It may have been the first big weekend of the tourist season but, for one of the country's largest transport museums, it was also the last.

Stondon Motor Museum in Bedfordshire was set up by local businessman John Saunders in 1994 but, since his death two years ago, it has struggled to attract visitors.

Yesterday, it closed its doors for the final time.

Russell Hookey reports.

Bedford: World's largest aircraft launches fundraising campaign to get it off the ground

The Airlander 10. Credit: ITV News Anglia

This is the largest aircraft in the world - the Airlander 10. It sits in one of the Cardington Hangars just South of Bedford.

It is 92 metres long - about the same size as a football pitch.

It can fly for weeks at a time and land almost anywhere flat - including ice, water and desert.

92m
The size of the Airlander 10.

Engineers are hoping to fly it for the first time in the UK early next year, but to get it off the ground they are offering members of the public the chance to help fund it.

The group is hoping to raise £2million to make the Airlander project a reality.

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Investigation after flying 'drone' used to smuggle contraband into jail

A police investigation has begun after a drone was used to try to smuggle contraband over the walls of Bedford prison.

The remote controlled device was used to fly a package - reportedly containing drugs, phones and a knife into the high security jail.

But prison staff seized the drone and package after it got caught in razor wire on the perimeter wall.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson.

Witness saw men using a drone near prison earlier this year

Shopkeeper Firat Erdogan saw 2 men using a drone near prison earlier this year Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are investigating after a drone was used to try to fly a package, reportedly holding contraband, over the walls of Bedford Prison.

Staff at HMP Bedford seized the drone and package at about 11.30pm on the 6th of March, after it got caught high up in razor wire on a perimeter fence.

Bedfordshire Police say they are working with the prison to find out who was responsible.

One local shopkeeper told ITV News Anglia that he saw two men using a drone near the prison walls earlier this year.

"They seemed to know what they were doing. What's strange is they weren't really flying it, they were just going really high and then bringing it down again so I think they were trying to get an idea of how to fly it maybe or trying to test it and see how high it goes up and down."

– Firat Erdogan, Shopkeeper
Bedford prison Credit: ITV News Anglia
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