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Inmates take part in peaceful protest at Yarl's Wood detention centre

Yarl's Wood detention centre. Credit: PA

Inmates in the Yarl's Wood detention centre took part in a peaceful protest last night, after a documentary alleged that guards there were using racist, sexist and aggressive language.

Bedfordshire police have confirmed that the protest ended peacefully and they weren't called to the scene.

Detainees from inside the centre have reportedly said that a hunger strike is ongoing, but Serco, which manages the centre, has denied that a strike is taking place.

Police: "Man who has gone missing with his baby in Luton is acting out of character"

Kieran Carroll on CCTV on Tuesday. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police in Luton say that a man who has gone missing with his baby in Luton is acting "out of character".

Kieran Carroll, 22, was last seen on Tuesday and is believed to be with eight-month-old Louis.

He was last seen at approximately 2pm on Tuesday on CCTV in Luton.

Mr Carroll has gone missing with baby Louis. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“This type of disappearance is very out of character for Kieran and we are becoming increasingly concerned.

We just want Kieran to contact us to let us know that him and Louis are safe.

If you have seen Kieran, or have any information about where he and Louis may be, please contact us immediately.”

– DI Sean Quinn, Bedfordshire Police


Police appeal for help to find missing dad and son

Kieran Carroll. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

Police say they are concerned for a young father from Luton who has gone missing with his baby son.

Kieran Carroll, 22, was last seen on Tuesday and is believed to be with eight-month-old Louis.

Detectives say his disappearance is completely out of character and are appealing for anyone who has seen them to get in touch.

Bedfordshire Police launch urgent appeal to trace man who has gone missing with his baby

Kieran Carroll. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police are asking for help in finding a 22-year-old man who has gone missing in Luton with his eight-month-old son.

Kieran Carroll was reported missing earlier today (Tuesday 3 March) and is believed to be with his baby son.

He's described as a white man of medium build, with short brown hair.

He is believed to be wearing black trousers, and a grey hooded top, and has tattoos on his arms.

The baby boy is believed to be wearing a blue cardigan with a picture of a ship on it.

“We are concerned about Kieran and his son’s welfare and would urge anyone who has seen them to contact us.

We’re also appealing for Kieran to get in touch and let us know that he and his son are safe.”

– Detective Inspector Sean Quinn

If you have any information, please contact DI Quinn on 101

Luton man handed prison sentence for laundering £1.3million from firm of solicitors

Akram Ul-Haq.

A man from Luton has been jailed for five years over money laundering charges.

Akram Ul-Haq, who's 37, of Emerald Road, laundered £1.3 million of money from a firm of solicitors.

He was also convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud, alongside Nighat Sultana, also of Luton.

Ul-Haq was jailed five years, while Sultana was sentenced to a nine-month community order.

Second member of staff at Yarl's Wood detention centre suspended

A second Serco staff member has been suspended from the Yarl's Wood detention centre. Credit: PA

A second Serco staff member has been suspended from the Yarl's Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire after "serious and deeply concerning" allegations were made in a Channel 4 documentary, Home Office Minister Karen Bradley has told MPs.

Answering a Commons urgent question, Ms Bradley said the second staff member had been suspended following last night's broadcast, which revealed questions over the stands of care at the centre.

The programme showed some staff referring to those in their care as 'animals'.

"Serco immediately suspended one member of staff who could be identified from information available before broadcast and have suspended another having seen the footage.

The company has also commissioned an independent review of its culture and staffing at Yarl's Wood."

– Home Office Minister Karen Bradley


Cyclist stopped on the M1 near Luton, while trying to get to London

The cyclist was spotted on the M1 this morning. Credit: Beds, Cambs & Herts Roads Policing Unit

Police have stopped a cyclist was seen riding his bike on the M1 in Bedfordshire this morning.

The man had just arrived at Luton Airport, and was aiming to get to London.

Police escorted the man from the carriageway at junction 9 and advised him to make alternative plans.

Serco launches investigation after undercover TV exposé

Yarl's Wood Detention Centre Credit: PA Images

Yarl's Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire has come under fresh criticism after an investigation by Channel 4 News raised concerns about the wellbeing of detainees.

Secret filming in the centre recorded some staff talking in shocking terms about vulnerable detainees. The investigation also found there were high levels of self harm among people detained there.

The company responsible for managing the centre, Serco,has announced it'll be conducting an investigation and that two members of staff have been suspended.

Man dies and another rescued in house fire

A man has died and another has been rescued from a house fire in Bedfordshire.

Fire crews received several 999 calls to reports of a fire in a house in Chelsea Gardens in Houghton Regis, at around 1.30am on Monday 2nd March.

When they arrived they found there was a fierce fire on the ground floor of the 2-storey dwelling, with smoke in the upper floor.

One man was rescued from the building and taken to hospital. A second person, believed to be a neighbour, was also treated for the effects of smoke inhalation. A third person, a man, died at the scene.

A fire investigation is underway.

Ambulances service loses equipment worth more £215,000

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The East of England Ambulance service has lost equipment worth more than £215,000 in the past two years.

The service said the problem of losing items is a "significant problem" to the trust.

Between 2012 and 2014 the trust say they have lost 30 special laptops costing £2,500 each and 10 defibrillators worth £90,000.

They have also lost 64 thermometers worth £72 each, 16 blood glucose monitors and a stretcher worth more than £8,000.

Perhaps the most bizarre lost item the trust misplaced was a vomit bowl.

The data was released following a Freedom of Information request from a member of the public.

Trust manager Karl Edwards, blamed "dynamic" and "chaotic" situations for equipment being left at the scene and said the focus was placed on giving the best possible care.

"That's why we're putting a great deal of focus into making sure we put practices and measures in place to minimise this going forward."

– Karl Edwards, East of England Ambulance Service

The items were all classified as "lost" rather than stolen, the trust confirmed.

It said it did not know how many of the items had subsequently been found.

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