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Protests against President Trump to take place across region

Donald Trump is to be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

To mark the event a number of protests will take place across the region today.

The group - "Build Bridges, not walls" will be unfurling banners at bridges in Wellingborough, Luton, Wisbech, Cambridge and Norwich.

Many women from across the region are also heading to London to take part in the Women's March, which is designed to highlight the fight for equal rights.


Campaigners feel short changed by night flight plans

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

Last week the government launched its latest consultation into night flights with the promise to tighten up noise quotas and movements of aircraft at night.

But for two airports in our region campaigners have been left feeling short-changed.

Under the plans Stansted's quota of night flights will not reduce at all, while Luton airport wasn't even included in the consultation in the first place.

Body lay under rubble for 12 years: pensioner cleared

Natalia Wilkanowska Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man who lived at a house in Luton where the body of a woman relative lay under builder's rubble for 12 years, has been cleared of all charges.

The body of Natalia Wilkanowka was discovered in 2015 at the house. She'd been missing for 12 years. Daniel Doherty has been found not guilty of five charges including helping to conceal a body after the Judge decided there was no case to answer. His brother remains on trial at Luton Crown Court.

Officer dismissed for gross misconduct

A Bedfordshire Police officer has been dismissed after he was found to have committed gross misconduct.

PC Christian D’Andrea, 30, had been jailed last year after he admitted falsely alleging his partner had assaulted him and causing criminal damage.

At a Special Case Hearing at police headquarters in Kempston , Chief Constable Jon Boutcher found D’Andrea had breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct. He was dismissed without notice.

D’Andrea had called police to report that he had been assaulted in Wootton on 27 May, last year, which led to his partner's arrest. However he later admitted that this was not the case.

D’Andrea also pleaded guilty to criminal damage after punching a hole in the wall of a property during an argument.

He was sentenced to four months' imprisonment and ordered to pay £300 court costs at Aylesbury Crown Court in November.


Man gets 15 years for sexually abusing 13-year-old girls

Mark Rayner Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man from Bedfordshire has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing two 13-year-old girls.

Mark Rayner, 45, from Oldfield Farm Road, Henlow, was sentenced today ) at Luton Crown Court, after being found guilty of ten sexual offences and one count of possessing indecent images of children. He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing indecent images of children and one further sexual offence.

Rayner met one of his victims on Facebook in 2013 and built a rapport with her online. He encouraged the 13-year-old to send him indecent images and was also in possession of a number of indecent images of other children.

After hearing that Rayner had been charged with sexual offences, a second woman then came forward to say that she had also been sexually abused by him on multiple occasions between 1999 and 2000 when she was also aged just 13.

BB gun fired in road rage incident

Police are appealing for witnesses following a road rage incident at Kempston in Bedfordshire.

On 15 January (Sunday) between 12.30pm and 1.45pm a man and his passenger drove a silver Audi A6 down Spring Road and turned into Stonedale Road, while being closely followed by a silver or grey TY55 registered BMW.

After leaving the vehicle in Stonedale Road, a passenger of the silver Audi was approached by the driver of the BMW, who pulled out a BB gun and fired at the victim’s face. The victim sustained minor injuries and needed hospital treatment.

The offender then pointed the BB gun at the back window of the Audi and fired, causing damage to the vehicle. Following the attack the offender made off in the BMW along Spring Road, in the direction of Kempston Road.

The offender is described as Asian, heavily built, approximately 5’7’’ with black hair and between 20 and 25 years old. He was wearing black sports clothing.

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