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

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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.”

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'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

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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.

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
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