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Meet the man from Bedford who's painted a fresco on the side of his house

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and the Last Supper in Rome - two of the most famous wall paintings in the world.

Perhaps one day we can add to that list: the side of Iain Carstairs' house in Bedford.

He's painted a giant fresco on his home to brighten up the area.

Click below to watch a report ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Police hunt attackers who beat homeless man with a metal pole

Police are hunting two men who attacked a homeless man with a metal pole in Bedford Credit: ITV Anglia

Police in Bedford are hunting two men who beat a homeless man with a metal pole knocking his unconscious. They stole his wallet which contained what police say was a "considerable amount" of cash.

The incident happened at just after midnight on Thursday 5 June. The man was sleeping rough in the Roff Avenue area of Bedford near the junction with Clapham Road and Tavistock Street.

The attackers are described as white and in their early twenties and one was wearing a grey hoodie.


Man charged with four counts of rape

A 32-year-old man has been charged with four counts of rape after a woman was attacked in Bedford.

Abdul Ghafoor, whose address is not yet unknown, is also charged with causing actual bodily harm and possessing cannabis.

The rape is believed to have occurred at around 11pm on Friday (May 30th) in Cardington Road in Bedford, in the walk way behind the Tesco superstore and Oasis Beach Pool.

Crossing patrol staff in Bedford use mobile cameras

These days we're used to cameras watching our every move and CCTV on our streets is seen as a valuable crime fighting tool.

But now technology has allowed cameras to be deployed in the most unlikely of places - on the uniforms of crossing patrol staff outside schools.

It follows figures from Bedford Borough Council which show lollipop ladies and men are facing abuse at least once a month.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey


School crossing patrols in Bedford to be equipped with mobile cameras

All school crossing patrols in Bedford are now using mobile cameras.
All school crossing patrols in Bedford are now using mobile cameras. Credit: ITV News Anglia

All school crossing patrols in Bedford are now using mobile cameras.

They've been wearing them as part of their high-visibility uniforms.

The authority says it's in response to a growing number of people ignoring them or shouting abuse.

"People that skip through the crossing patrol, and I've been out with the crossing patrol and it's quite scary, we can now actually give the video evidence to police to prosecute them for going through the crossing," the Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson said.

"But also we're getting more people abusing the crossing patrol people, and it's not good for the staff or the children to hear that sort of thing as they're going to school."

Anniversary appeal for witnesses to teenager's death

Mohammed Sanghar Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Police in Peterborough are to revisit the scene of a murder today in a bid to seek new witnesses to the crime.

Police will be putting up posters and handing out leaflets in Russell Street, where 18-year-old Mohammed Sanghar, known as Haroon, suffered serious injuries after being involved in an incident with a black Vauxhall Astra last Thursday.

Two men from Bedford have been charged with his murder.

Sikh volunteers put on curry night for homeless

Dozens of the poorest people in Bedford are enjoying some superb curry dishes this evening thanks to the efforts of a Sikh volunteer group.

The Akaal Seva group says many of the town's homeless tell them they love Indian food - but rarely a get a chance to eat it. So tonight the takeaway is coming to them.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

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