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Man arrested on suspicion of murder following Bedford incident

A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder after an incident in Bedford this afternoon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an incident in Bedford this afternoon.

A man in his 30s was found dead at a property in Byron Crescent at around 4.30pm.

The area's been taped off as forensic teams investigate.

A post-mortem will be held in due course, but police have confirmed that the man had been stabbed.

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Three men jailed after series of violent robberies

Philip Stephenson Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Three men involved in a series of violent robberies in Luton have been jailed for a total of 22-and-a-half years.

Philip Stephenson, 31, Jamie Recardo, 24, and Malaki St Juste, 19, lured two victims under the pretext of buying cannabis or selling mobile phones then violently assaulted them – often using weapons to threaten them including a machete and a knife.

Another man was viciously assaulted in his own home which the offenders then ransacked, stealing his savings.

Malaki St Juste Credit: Bedfordshire Police

All three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit three robberies. Recardi was present at all three, while Stephenson and St Juste both admitted their presence at one of the raids.

Stephenson was jailed for nine years with a five-year extended licence due to being considered ‘dangerous’ by the judge.

Recardo was also sentenced to nine years, while St Juste was locked up for four-and-a-half years.

“These were nasty robberies in which the offenders thought nothing of using the threat of extreme violence in order to steal small amounts of cash, mobile phones or cigarettes.

They targeted their victims and lured them to isolated areas so they could outnumber and overpower them.

The offenders thought they were above the law, but such behaviour will not be tolerated and we will work hard to bring offenders to justice.

The lengthy prison sentences should send a clear message of the consequences for anyone who thinks this type of crime is acceptable.”

– DC Tom Worden

Norman the Golden Eagle finally recaptured!

Norman the Eagle- finally recaptured! Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norman the golden eagle who went missing in Bedfordshire has finally been caught- after weeks of evading capture.

The bird of prey, which was on loan to falconer Allen Smith from Lidlington, near Flitwick, has been on the loose since he flew off on Friday January 9th.

After dozens of tip-offs from the public, Mr Smith finally found Norman in a tree in Flitwick over a week ago but he was unable to lure him down.

He eventually discovered the bird, which has a six-foot wingspan, in Barton-le-Clay after a call from the police who'd been tipped off by a member of the public.

Plans to shake up three police control rooms

Plans to shake up three police control rooms Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three of our police forces could soon be working closer together. Plans are underway for collaboration between control rooms in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

It would mean reducing the number of locations - but chief constables say it could save £5 million pounds a year.

The police commissioners and the chief constables of the three counties have decided there is sufficient evidence to look at how to answer 999 calls, non-emergency calls and crime recording from fewer bases.

The final proposals will be presented in the Spring.

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Cashier hurt during attempted knife-point robbery

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery at a shop in Luton on Wednesday. He walked into Priyan Food & Wine, in North Street, at about 10.30 and demanded money from the cashier while holding a knife.

The cashier refused to hand over any money and the offender lunged at him cutting the little finger on his left hand. The offender left the shop and made off down Kingston Road.

“This was a terrifying experience for the cashier who luckily only suffered a minor injury to his hand. If you know who this offender is, please call police.”

– Det Constable Matt Shepherd

Support for plan to finance 100 extra police officers

Olly Martins, Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire.

Around eight out of ten people already surveyed in Bedfordshire have said they would support a 48p weekly increase in what they pay towards policing to finance an extra 100 police officers. These results have come from 746 people who have so far been asked in face to face surveys whether they would vote ‘yes’ for the increase proposed by Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins.

“A ‘yes’ vote in a referendum will mean that for the price of a pint of milk a week, people in Bedfordshire can help to boost policing in our county and help make our county safer,”

– Olly Martins

Missing Margaret's last steps retraced

Margaret Hickling Credit: Bedfordshire Police

The last known steps of a woman who went missing in Bedford a week ago are to be retraced in a bid to find her.

Margaret Hickling, who's 66, was last seen getting off a bus from Keysoe to Bedford last Friday at 9am. It is thought she got off in St Peter's Street and walked towards the High Street.

Police are retracing her steps in the hope of finding new information.

Mother's anger over school hair row

A mother from Bedfordshire is refusing to send her son to middle school after teachers threatened him with isolation because he got his hair cut like his favourite footballer.

Nine year old Danny Purdy saved up his own pocket money to get a cut like Arsenal star Olivier Giroud. But he came home in tears after being told off by his teachers.

Watch Russell Hookey's report...

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