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Man arrested on suspicion of murder following Bedford incident

A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder after an incident in Bedford this afternoon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an incident in Bedford this afternoon.

A man in his 30s was found dead at a property in Byron Crescent at around 4.30pm.

The area's been taped off as forensic teams investigate.

A post-mortem will be held in due course, but police have confirmed that the man had been stabbed.

Two men arrested under terrorism act in Bedford

Two men in their mid-20s have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism-related offences after warrants on two properties in Bedford on Monday 29th December.

Members of the East Counter Terrorism Investigation Unit (ECTIU) executed the warrants. The men were taken to Greyfriars Police Station.

Anyone with information about terrorist related matters can contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on 101, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 111 or the National Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.


Warning not to go to Bedford A&E unless absolutely necessary

Bedford Hospital has told people not to come to its Accident and Emergency department unless it's absolutely necessary.

Bedford hospital is urging patients to stay away from A&E unless absolutely necessary. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The hospital is struggling to cope with what it's calling "exceptionally high demand" and cancelled all routine operations on Thursday 18 December to free up beds.

Hospital bosses say they're working hard to resolve the issue but have warned that patients with serious and life-threatening conditions will take priority in the meantime.

Lollipop cameras catch six drivers who failed to stop at school crossings

Video cameras worn by lollipop ladies and men in Bedford have filmed six drivers who have failed to stop at school crossings.

Six drivers caught by lollipop camera Credit: ITV News Anglia

Earlier this year the council brought in the new technology to help protect pupils from drivers who don't stop when told to by crossing patrol staff.

The council described the actions of some drivers as "irresponsible" and said it will pass the footage to the police.


Detectives investigating £50k phone scam release CCTV images

Detectives investigating a scam which targeted a 90-year-old woman in Welwyn Garden City have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

CCTV image released by detectives Credit: Hertfordshire Police
CCTV image released by detectives Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The scam happened on 23 September when a 90-year-old woman from the town received telephone calls from a man claiming to be a police officer.

He convinced the woman to make a number of purchases of high value goods in Welwyn Garden City and later in London.

The woman bought a mobile phone, iPad and Playstation in the town before travelling to London where she bought two watches in Selfridges.

All of the items were handed over to a man outside the shop in London who identified himself as a police officer.

The woman lost nearly £50,000 to the offender(s).

The telephone that was used to contact the victim is believed to have been topped up in a convenience store in Midland Road, Bedford.

The two men pictured are believed to have been in the store around the time the phone was topped up and so we would like to speak with them as they may be able to assist our investigation.

Anyone who recognises the men, or has any other information about this incident, should contact me straight away via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B1/14/2834. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111

– Detective Constable Mark Cotte

Bedford man who groomed young girls for sex is jailed

Aaron Gadsden. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A 23-year-old man from Bedford who groomed a teenage girl for sex has been jailed for six years.

Aaron Gadsden was sentenced at Luton Crown Court after admitting three counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child and two counts of meeting a child following sexual grooming.

The judge said the impact of Gadsden's offending on his young victims was "horrific."

Consultations start on plans to build £200 million gas-fired power station near Bedford

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A consultation has started on plans to build a £200 million gas-fired power station near Bedford.

Businesses and residents close to the site at Rookery South Pit will be posted leaflets and plans will be on display at local libraries.

The company behind the project says the build will create 150 new jobs and respond to the country's need to find lower-carbon energy sources.

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