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Police sting catches criminals

Police set up a shop to catch criminals selling stolen goods

Undercover police in Luton set up a second hand shop in a bid to catch criminals attempting to sell stolen goods.

The operation, codenamed ‘Generous’, ran from the shop called “This and That” based in High Town.

Seven people have already appeared in court in connection with the operation. More cases will come before the courts in the next few months.

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Bus ads to help beat burglary

Bedfordshire Police bus advert Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“Burglars beware” says Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Richer as the public and Bedfordshire Police unite to cut crime across the county.

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins with ACC Andrew Richer Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Adverts telling the public ‘You lock up. We lock’em up’ are now travelling the roads of Bedfordshire to ensure everyone knows burglary is falling but that we must pull together to keep it that way.

The images of a locked door handle and handcuffs combined with the fact that burglary offences have fallen by 18% have been on show across the bus network since April 1, and are designed to remind people to lock up and look after the things they care about.

An increase in enforcement activity aimed at burglars across the county is also currently underway with those who consider buying or handling stolen goods also being targeted.

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Top copper leaves job

Alf Hitchcock Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire's Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock is leaving to become the next Chief Constable of the Ministry of Defence Police.

Mr Hitchcock took over in Bedfordshire in early 2011 and has managed to cut crime and increase the detection rate.

Luton police appeal for information on arson attack

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an arson attack on a flat in Luton. The victim returned to the flat in Poynters Road on Monday lunchtime to find three smoking newspapers had been posted hrough his letterbox.

Thankfully no one was harmed as a result of this arson attack and damage has been kept to a minimum but if the newspapers had caught fire properly, things could have been very different. We need to catch the person or persons who committed this offence as soon as possible and stop any further serious incidents from occurring.'

– PC Laura Thompson, Bedfordshire Police

If you have information relating to this incident, contact PC Thompson, in confidence, on the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Beds Police release Christmas song

The battle for the Christmas number one is on Credit: ITV Anglia

The battle for the Christmas number one is on and in the festive spirit Bedfordshire Police have recorded their own Christmas song.

It's a cover of one of Slade's Christmas classics and offers top tips on preventing burglaries, which often increase at this time of year

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