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Whipsnade Zoo's giant chalk lion gets a makeover

The refurbished Whipsnade White Lion. Credit: Whipsnade Zoo.

It's been the guardian of Dunstable Downs in Bedforshire for almost a century.

But now Whipsnade Zoo's iconic White Lion - a huge hillside chalk figure - has had a facelift.

Created in the 1930s, the 147m long lion had been starting to deteriorate.

But thanks to six months of work and 50 lorry loads of chalk it has now been spruced up.

During the Second World War, the lion was covered to prevent it from being used by enemy aircraft as a navigation point.

In May 1981, as part of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the lion was illuminated using 750 lightbulbs.

“As a site of Special Scientific Interest, the Whipsnade White Lion and the area around it are cared for by the Zoo all year round, using environmentally-friendly products to protect the native plants and animals.

"This new coating of chalk has made a huge difference to the eye-catching brilliance of the landmark and I can’t wait for all our Easter visitors, as well as our wonderful, local communities, to see it looking so great, as they drive towards the Zoo.”

– Owen Craft, General Manager


Have you seen this man? Police appeal after Luton crash

Officers are looking for Casim Hussain, 19, from Luton. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

Police are trying to trace a man they want to speak to in connection with a crash in Luton which left a teenage boy with life-threatening injuries.

The 14-year-old remains in hospital after the crash in Leagrave Road on Wednesday afternoon, which involved a VW Golf.

Officers are looking for Casim Hussain, 19, from Luton and believe he may still be in the Marsh Farm or Hockwell Ring areas of the town.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts or who may have seen him should contact Bedfordshire Police on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man caught on covert CCTV is jailed

Dean Cullen on CCTV Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man captured burgling a house in Luton on a covert CCTV camera has been jailed.

Dean Cullen Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Thirty four year old Dean Cullen was jailed for three years and four months after admitting burgling a house in Farley Hill in Luton in December last year.

Although denying involvement in the burglary he was caught on camera and pleaded guilty to stealing cameras and a games console.


Third man jailed over Bedfordshire burglary

Deon Anderson, 25, was jailed for burglary

A man has been jailed for three years for a burglary in Bedfordshire.

Deon Anderson, 25, of Cooper Drive in Leighton Buzzard, was found guilty at Peterborough Crown Court.

Anderson is the third person to be jailed in connection with a burglary in Stotfold in July 2016.

Detective Constable Surinder Ram, from Bedfordshire Police, said: “We are pleased that another burglar has been put behind bars.

"This case is an excellent example that we are dedicated to tackling burglary and bringing offenders to justice."

Woman with narcolepsy wants to raise awareness

Sam Hart has a type of narcolepsy

A woman from Luton who has a form of narcolepsy is trying to raise awareness of the condition in the hope of finding a cure.

Sam Hart, 20, passes out as many as seven times a day, in some cases for up to 21 hours. When she wakes up she has no memory of what has happened.

Sam said: "Most of my friends are online and they don't know what it is, but I explain it to them and then they understand. I want medicine for it and get better."

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