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Police shut down brothel in Luton

Police have closed down a brothel in Limbury Road in Luton after securing a court order. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have closed down a brothel in Luton after securing a court order.

Bedfordshire officers attended an address in Limbury Road which was believed to have been used as a brothel.

Police say three people found in the property were safeguarded and offered appropriate support.

A three month closure order has been issued.

“It is our priority to protect vulnerable people and we are dedicated to keeping our communities safe. Illegal sex-trade won’t be tolerated in our county and we will continue to crack down on the perpetrators.

“We are happy with the court’s decision to put a long term closure order on the location.

“We would also like to encourage people to come forward to report anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods.”

– PC Matt Taylor, bedfordshire Police

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Police renew witness appeal over Luton shooting

Police forensics teams at the scene of the shooting in Dallow Road, Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses and information into a shooting in Luton last week.

The incident took place last Tuesday at around 1am in Dallow Road when a fight broke out at a party and shots were fired.

A man was found to have suffered a gunshot wound. He was treated at hospital for serious injuries which were not life-threatening.

“As a result of the incident we understand people will feel unsettled and so would reassure them that we believe the shooting to be an isolated incident contained within a party or gathering which was taking place at the time, and do not perceive there to be any wider risk to the public."

– Sergeant Mark Pugh

Man shot in Luton in 'large-scale disturbance'

A man was shot and wounded in a 'large-scale disurbance' in Luton on Monday night. Credit: Google Street View

Police say a man was shot and wounded during what officers described as a "large-scale disturbance" in Luton in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It happened in Dallow Road in the town at 1.30 am.

Police found one man had suffered what is believed to be a gunshot injury.

He was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital where he is being treated for a serious injuries which are not thought to be life threatening.

Dallow Road is closed while investigations are carried out and a scene guard is in place around a property in the road and at a small section of the car park of a nearby school where the victim was found.

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Bedfordshire Police Commissioner warns of 'funding Armageddon'

The Police and Crime Commissioner of Bedfordshire warns of 'funding Armageddon' Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire is warning of "funding Armageddon" for the county's force.

Olly Martins, the Labour PCC, says that despite years of underfunding, Home Office grant for Bedfordshire is to remain the same at 0.9% of the national police grant

"The Conservative Government appears set on playing politics not only with Bedfordshire's policing but also with national security.

"In Luton we are responsible for policing an area that has many of the characteristics of an inner London borough, but with a fraction of the police resource."

– Olly Martins, Police & Crime Commissioner in Bedfordshire

Mr Martins says Bedfordshire has 163 police officers per 100,000 population which is below the national average of 226 and less than half the 381 in the Metropolitan Police area.

Bedfordshire man in paedophile ring jailed for 32 years

Robin Hollyson has been jailed for 32 years Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A Bedfordshire man who was part of a paedophile ring has been jailed for 32 years.

Robin Hollyson, 30, was one of seven men jailed for a total of 107 years at Bristol Crown Court. They had been convicted of 30 child sexual abuse offences. Hollyson had pleaded guilty to a number of sex offences against children and possessing indecent images of children.

Hollyson had already been arrested Bedfordshire Police when the force was contacted by the National Crime Agency with information about his involvement in a wider ring.

The continuing investigation has led to the arrest of 28 more people. Three have been charged. The victims identified so far were under the age of five when the offences were committed.

“The sentences passed today show just how seriously the courts and law enforcement agencies consider the evil actions of these men.

"Hollyson and these men went to great lengths in order to carry out their depraved acts. Befriending and grooming a family in order to target their child is truly sickening and clearly shows their level of determination to identify and exploit a victim.

“Thankfully, such extreme cases involving a network of offenders are incredibly rare."

– Detective Inspector Jerry Waite, Bedfordshire Police

“No family ever wants to find that their child has been the victim of abuse, nor would they ever knowingly put their child at risk.

“As a family we now need to mend - seeing the perpetrators being brought to justice is the first step."

– Family of victim in Bedfordshire
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