Live updates

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
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

Police appeal for help in tracing missing teenager

Missing: Pamela Briggs
Missing: Pamela Briggs Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 16-year-old girl.

Pamela Briggs has not been seen since leaving her grandmother's house in Piggott Lane, Luton at around 4pm last Saturday.

Pamela, who lives in Delco Way, Dunstable, spoke with her brother on Saturday afternoon to say she was in the Marsh Road area of Luton but has not been heard from since

Anyone who may have seen Pamela or has information on his whereabouts can contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.



There are delays on the Southbound stretch of the M1 near Luton Airport following a collision between a Mercedes and a coach. Bedfordshire Police are at the scene and had to close the carriageway between Junctions 10 and 11.

A passenger in the car was taken to hospital in London with serious injuries. The driver and another passenger are in the Luton and Dunstable hospital. No one on the coach is believed to have been hurt. One lane is now open but delays are expected until midday.

Load more updates


Today's top stories