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World's largest aircraft ready for take-off

The Airlander 10 is ready for her flight! Credit: ITV News Anglia

The world's largest airship, being built in a hangar in Bedfordshire, has been unveiled for the first time.

The Airlander 10 in Cardington is now completed and ready for her maiden flight.

The Airlander 10 can carry up to 10 tonnes of freight Credit: ITV News Anglia
The Airlander 10 is 25% bigger than a Boeing 747 aeroplane.

It's known to the engineers as Mary - and she's a very big girl.

At 92 metres long - she's about the same size as a football pitch and 25% bigger than a Boeing 747 aeroplane.

The cockpit, flight simulator and the payload module where cargo or passengers will travel, will also be opened up for people to see.

Attempted murder suspect could be in Bedfordshire

Police in Bedfordshire have been alerted that a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Reading could be in the county.

The victim, a 28-year-old man, was stabbed on the Boxing Day 2015 and sustained wounds to his chest, including a punctured lung.

Thames Valley detectives are looking for 21-year-old Q Johnson, also known as Ricky or Jamie Sampson who has links to Bedford.

He's black, about 5ft 8ins and of medium build.

Anyone who knows his whereabouts should contact Thames Valley Police.


Help find missing 83-year-old man from Bedford

Gennaro Castello has gone missing from Bedford. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

An 83-year-old man has gone missing from his home in Bedford.

Police are appealing for help to find Gennaro Castello who was last seen in Raleigh Street at about 10pm on Friday March 11.

Officers say they are concerned for his welfare and want anyone who may have seen him to get in touch.

Doctors call for improvements to Bedford Hospital's A&E

Bedford Hospital Credit: PA Images

Doctors are calling for improvements to be made to the Bedford Hospital's Accident and Emergency unit.

It follows the busiest day in its history - treating 246 people at its Accident & Emergency department.

The unit was built in 1964 and extended in 1997. The extension was designed to cope with 180 patients per day. But staff now say changes need to be made to cope with increasing demand.

The chief of emergency medicine, Dr Stuart Lloyd, said:

“While we struggle, and cope, with this increase in patient numbers we are mindful that this rise will continue. Our paramount issue for A&E is patient safety while caring and treating very sick people – and this is being hampered by the facility in size and shape. It is time that both the hospital and commissioners look at the long term implications of the unit remaining in its current form. Bedford hospital patients are becoming older and sicker and need a local A&E that is modern, accessible, clean, technologically advanced and of a size able to support the large numbers that will continue to arrive for care.”

– Dr Lloyd

The chief executive of the trust , Stephen Conroy said “the trust will always consider the medical advice of our consultants and, while ensuring public funds are spent appropriately, we will be developing a feasibility study to ensure our A&E is fit to treat and care for our Bedford patients now and for the next twenty years.”


'Unexploded grenade' handed into police in Bedford

The device was handed in to Greyfriars Police Station. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Several roads have been closed in Bedford town centre this evening (February 10), after someone handed in what's thought to be an old unexploded hand grenade to police.

The device was handed in to Greyfriars Police Station at about 4pm.

It's being inspected by a bomb disposal team. Officers have cordoned off the area surrounding it.

Police hunting man who sexually assaulted teenager

Police in Bedford are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a teenager. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are hunting a man after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in Bedford.

The girl was sitting on a bench in Silver Street when she was touched inappropriately by a man on Sunday 17 January.

Police are appealing for witnesses to call them on the non-emergency 101 number.

“This is completely unacceptable behaviour and I’m appealing for the public’s help in finding the man responsible.

“This happened in a busy area so it is likely that people may have seen this happen, if so I’d urge them to get in touch with us.”

– Detective Constable Iain Wise, Bedfordshire Police

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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