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Police appeal for missing 15-year old

15-year-old Theo Cranfield Credit: Bedfordshire police

Bedfordshire police are appealing for help in finding a missing teenage boy who hasn’t been seen since last week.

15-year-old Theo Cranfield has been missing from his home in Spalding since last Thursday, 29 September. He was seen in Bedfordshire on Monday, 3 October but has not been seen since.

It is believed that he is in the Bedford area.


Woman fined for cycling in Bedford town centre

A Bedford woman has been issued a fine of £125 after cycling through the main pedestrian area of Bedford town centre and failing to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice of £75.

Ms Blackaby failed to pay the Public Space Protection Order and was prosecuted after failing to attend Bedford Magistrates Court. She was ordered to pay a total cost of £125.

The Public Space Protection Order restricts cyclists from riding bikes through the main pedestrian area of Bedford Town Centre between 9am and 6pm.

"Cycling is a great way to get active and help the environment; however, cyclists must act in a safe and appropriate manner at all times and respect the laws that are in place for everyone’s safety."

– Councillor Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services

Bedford Prison: "Unsafe, overcrowded and understaffed"

Bedford prison has been branded "Unsafe, overcrowded and understaffed" following a critical report by inspectors.

Standards at the jail have fallen to "unacceptable levels" leaving inmates more likely to be able to get hold of illegal drugs than bed sheets.

A report found the number of prisoners saying it was easy to get drugs had almost doubled since the last inspection two years ago.

Watch Liz Summers' report below.

Drugs easier to obtain than clothes says prison report

Bedford Prison Credit: ITV News Anglia

Inmates at Bedford prison claimed it was easier to get drugs that clothes or bedsheets - according to a report from the chief inspector of prisons.

A survey of prisoners found that the number who found it easy, or very easy to get drugs, had doubled.

The report says that standards at the prison have deteriorated to "unacceptable levels".


Man jailed following stabbing in Bedford pub

Daniel Chandler who has been jailed for stabbing a man at a pub in Bedford Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison after stabbing a man in Bedford in March.

Daniel Chandler, 20, of Newnham Avenue, Bedford, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) and possession of a knife, after he stabbed a man in the George and Dragon pub.

The man was stabbed in the neck and taken to hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Detective Constable Gemma Johnson, said

“There is no excuse for possessing a knife and I hope that this case serves as a stark message to young people that no good can come of carrying one.”

– DC Gemma Johnson, Beds Police

Police issue image of man they want to trace after race attack

Police investigating a racially-motivated attack in Bedford have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

The CCTV image of a man Bedfordshire Police want to trace in an investigation into a race attack. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

The victim and his family were in their car in their car on Grafton Road at the junction with Midland Road, when they were approached by a group of men.

The victim was subjected to racially aggravated verbal abuse before being assaulted and threatened by the group. The group then kicked his car before making off towards Ashburnham Road.

The incident happened at around 6.15 pm on Monday 5 September.

Friends raise money for mother who drowned in Bedford river

Friends of a mother who drowned rescuing a young boy from a river in Bedford, have been raising money for her three children.

30-year-old Leanne Gordon got into trouble in the River Great Ouse Credit: ITV News Anglia

30-year-old Leanne Gordon died after she got into trouble in the River Great Ouse on July 21.

Friends invited families to Russell Park for a memorial picnic, to share their memories and help fundraise.

We want to raise as much money as we can for them, so that one day they are going to be able to have a little trust there and say that's what my mum's friends did for us in honour of our Mum. That's what she would have done.

– Lacey Gale and Natasha Filby, Friends
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