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Firefighters tackling major blaze in a coach workshop in Bedfordshire

Firefighters in Bedfordshire are tackling a major fire at a workshop in Blunham between Bedford and Sandy.

Three fire crews were initially called to the vehicle workshop of coach tour company Chiltern Travel.

Firefighters are tackling a major fire at a coach workshop in Blunham, Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Extra fire crews were drafted in because there were acetylene cylinders and fuel oil on site. The aerial platform has been brought in from Bedford and an Incident Command Unit is being been set up.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus to protect themselves from fumes and potential asbestos in the roof of the building have isolated utilities and are removing cylinders from the building.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service say the incident is on-going.

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Two killed in multi-vehicle crash in Bedfordshire

Two people have been killed and four injured in a crash on the A421 Bedford bypass. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two people were killed and four were injured in a multi-vehicle crash that blocked the Bedford southern bypass on Tuesday afternoon.

The A421 was closed near Elstow following the crash which happened on the eastbound carriageway.

The westbound carriageway was also shut to allow the air ambulance to land.

One man has been arrested for causing death by dangerous driving.

Police appeal after schoolgirl followed

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a girl was followed by a man while walking to school in Bedford.

The girl was walking along an alleyway between Kimble Drive and Aylesbury Road when she was approached by a man wearing a balaclava who began following her. The girl got on her bike and cycled away from the man.

The incident happened between 7.40am and 8am on Thursday January 7th.

PC Matthew Romecin, investigating, said: “This is naturally a worrying incident and we’d like to reassure the community that we are working hard to find the person responsible.

“We’re appealing for witnesses to come forward, and would also ask anyone who experiences a similar incident to contact us.”

Celeb lawyer rescues Bedford dog walkers from fines

Lynette Tweedale with Sasha. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Bedford who was facing a fine for allowing her dog Sasha off the lead in a cemetery has been rescued by a celebrity lawyer.

Lynette Tweedale was told she'd broken the law. But Nick Freeman, who's defended the likes of David Beckham and Jeremy Clarkson, heard of Mrs Tweedale's ongoing battle with Bedford Borough Council, and offered to help free of charge.

The council's now dropped its action against Mrs Tweedale and reimbursed other people who were fined. Mr Freeman says the failed attempt to fine Mrs Tweedale could cost the council more than £10,000.

"I would never do it again, now I know. Even though she doesn't need to go on a lead, I would always put here on a lead now. Did it really need to go this far? The council obviously thought "yes, we're going to spend tax payers' money and we're going to take it all the way." They were rather intimidating."

– Lynette Tweedale

Man jailed for stabbing at house party

Sean Ankers Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man who stabbed a fellow guest at a house party in Bedford has been jailed for three years after admitting causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a machete.

Sean Ankers, 26, of Gleneagles Drive, Luton, stabbed a stranger who was trying to calm him down after he was thrown out of the party in Carrick Row in August following a row with an ex-girlfriend.

The victim suffered a wound to his leg needing emergency medical treatment and two operations.

Ankers pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a weapon in a public place at Luton Crown Court on Thursday.

Ankers caused a great deal of fear and distress to the partygoers at this event and has caused immeasurable damage to the victim, who no doubt will carry mental scars as well as the physical ones from this attack.

– PC Ryan Barnes

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Appeal for witnesses following arson attack on McDonald's in Bedford

Two men targeted the McDonald's on Bedford High Street. Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses following an arson attack at a McDonald’s in Bedford last weekend.

Two men set fire to a plastic sign that they placed behind a locked cubicle door on the first floor men's toilets. The restaurant had to be evacuated.

It happened between 4.30 and 5pm on Saturday at the McDonald's in Bedford High Road.

“This had the potential to cause a very serious hazard, as during the time of the offence the restaurant was full of customers who had to be evacuated.

"Dangerous and criminal behaviour like this will not be tolerated and we are appealing for the public’s help in finding those responsible.”

– Detective Constable Surinder Ram, Bedfordshire Police

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
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