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Memories of the brick makers who re-built Britain after the war

A history project has been started to record the memories of brick makers who came from Italy to work in Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

After the Second World War thousands of Italian men came to Britain to take up jobs in the brickworks around Bedford. They came to work in brickworks like the one at Stewartby which closed in 2008

Many stayed and made new lives for themselves in the area.

The John Bunyan Museum in Bedford has launched a project to record the memories of those workers who came from Italy and other nations - and made the bricks used to re-build Britain after the war.

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Man pulled from Bedford river named by police

Zbigien Lasocki. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man who was found dead in a river in Bedford earlier this week has been named as Zbigien Lasocki.

The 39-year-old's body was pulled from the River Great Ouse on the Riverside Embankment on Tuesday morning.

His death is still being treated as unexplained and a recent post mortem proved inconclusive.

We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Embankment on Monday evening or Tuesday morning. We have released an image of Zibby and I’d like to speak to anyone who saw him on either of those days.

The details we have of Zibby’s life are also quite limited and we need to build up a much clearer picture of who he associated with and where he stayed.

– Detective Inspector Lucy Thomson, Bedfordshire Police

Body of man recovered from river in Bedford

Police in Bedford are investigating the death of a man found in a river

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the body of a man was discovered in a river in Bedford.

Emergency services were called to the Riverside Embankment in Bedford on Tuesday morning (18 July) after a man was seen in the water. He was recovered from the river but pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men from Bedford were arrested in connection with the death. A 28-year-old man has been released and will face no further action, and a 47-year-old man has been released on bail.

We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Embankment on Monday evening or Tuesday morning that could help us establish the circumstances that has led to this man’s death.

– DI Lucy Thompson, Beds Police

A post mortem was inconclusive and the death is currently being treated as unexplained. Further tests are due to be carried out to try and find the cause of death.


Man jailed for attack on woman he met on dating website

Charlie Mulryan who has been jailed for attacking a woman in Bedford

A man from Cambridgeshire has been jailed after he assaulted a woman he met on a dating website.

Charlie Mulryan, 33 of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and criminal damage.

A short time after arriving at a house in Bedford he became agitated.

The victim and her friend tried to calm him down but were still concerned by his behaviour and tried to coax him out of the house.

Mulryan then struck the victim several times inflicting serious injuries and causing her to lose consciousness.

The victim’s friend managed to get out of the house and called police. Mulryan then damaged two nearby vehicles.

When police and ambulance staff arrived at the scene, he again became aggressive and assaulted a police officer.

Investigation Officer Gary Hales said:

This attack left the victim with potentially life long issues with her eye as a result, and she has been extremely brave in coming forward. This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and I hope that by securing this sentence we have secured some justice for her.

– Gary Hales, Bedfordshire Police

Man jailed for attack on 84 year-old woman

Russell Harris jailed Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of attacking and robbing an 84 year-old woman.

Russell Harris, 46, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court, after stealing a woman's handbag and leaving her with serious injuries while she walked home from a doctor's appointment in Bedford.

She was found face down on the floor by a member of the public.

Around an hour after the robbery, the victim’s bank card was used to make a contactless payment at a shop. Officers watched CCTV footage from the shop and were able to identify the man making the purchase as Harris.

The victim’s mobile phone was also found, and data showed that Harris had used it to make almost 25 phone calls on the day of, and the day after, the robbery.

Thanks to a tip off from another member of the public, Harris was located and arrested.

This was a horrific attack on a vulnerable lady, who sustained serious injuries as a result of Harris’ cold-hearted actions. Before the attack the victim was extremely agile and fairly independent, but this shocking incident has left her both physically and emotionally affected.

– Detective Constable Aroop Nandre, Bedfordshire Police

Bedford man charged after police investigate suspected explosive device

A man has been charged with making an explosive substance in Bedford.

A man from Bedford has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with making an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.

Daryl Baynes, 20, of Berkeley Road in the town was arrested on Sunday 2 July following reports of a suspected explosive device at a property in the town.

A number of houses in the road were evacuated while checks were carried out by police and a bomb disposal teams.

Baynes appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court and is being held in custody pending a further court hearing on 12 July.

New Bedford MP targets key issues in his constituency

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The new MP for Bedford, Labour's Mohammad Yasin, has been out in the borough enjoying his first full day in office.

He took the seat from the Conservative's Richard Fuller, with a majority of almost 800 votes in Thursday's election.

Mohammad Yasin has lived in Bedford for more than 25 years and he was a Labour borough councillor for more than a decade.

I want to work for the people, work for the Bedford hospital, I want to work for the local schools and our police.

There are many other issues which I will be dealing with in the future, but these are the main issues in Bedford.

That's the reason I stood in this election, so I can make a difference.

– Mohammad Yasin MP
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