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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
Olly Martins claims the government is playing politics with national security.

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.

Film festival win for documentary about Bedfordshire professor

A still from the film. Credit: To Give or not to Give

A film based on the work of a University of Bedfordshire professor has won an award at the biggest film festival in India.

To Give or Not To Give - which highlights the shortage of organ donors in India, won the Best Documentary gong at the Woodpecker International Festival.

It features the work of Professor Randhawa, Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University, who delivered training to staff in the country.

Judges said the 'evocative, thought provoking and mind changing' documentary will 'remain relevant for decades to come'.


Police issue CCTV images of man in connection to armed robbery

Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about an armed robbery at a bookmakers last Tuesday.

Staff at Coral in Flitwick were threatened with a knife at about 7.15pm by a man who then leant over the counter and grabbed cash from the till.

Credit: Bedfordshire Police

"This was a nasty robbery and we would urge anyone with any information to call police.

"We are keen to trace the man pictured on the CCTV as we believe he might have important information which could assist our investigation."

– PC Ben Stone, Bedfordshire Police


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Region's Conservative MPs praise their leader as party conference comes to an end

David Cameron during his speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester. Credit: PA Wire.

The region's MPs are heading home this evening following the first party conference of a Conservative majority government for 19 years.

On the final day of the four-day event in Manchester, Prime Minister David Cameron address his party for the first time since their General Election victory in May.

During his speech, he outlined plans for 200,000 affordable news homes in Britain, insisted Britain was not interested in an "ever closer union" in Europe, and attacked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for his "Britain-hating ideology".

Afterwards, MPs from the region praised their leader.

"It was a really, really important speech. We're the party that's delivering for the British people and for people across the Anglia region."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow (Con).

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's political correspondent Emma Hutchinson in Manchester

Have you seen missing Hannah from Bedfordshire?

Hannah Minshull has been missing since Tuesday night. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

A 16-year-old girl has gone missing from Bedfordshire .

Hannah Minshull left her home in Bunyan Road, Kempston, at about 8pm on Tuesday and has not been seen since.

She is described as slim, about 5'2" with long, red hair, and with black rimmed glasses. She was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a short sleeved white t-shirt, a cream knee-length jacket and black patent shoes.

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