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Campaign to get more specials on the beat

Members of Bedfordshire’s Special Constabulary made over 500 arrests last year according to new figures.

They also stopped 1,061 vehicles, carried out 566 breath tests and seized 104 vehicles.

Police chiefs say they also issued 72 street cautions and made 93 alcohol seizures amongst other things.

The figures come ahead of a recruitment campaign aimed at boosting special Constabulary numbers from 206 to 322 by April 2015 and to 500 in the longer term.

The figures make incredibly impressive reading and graphically illustrate what an important contribution the Specials make to policing in Bedfordshire.”

– Special Constabulary Chief Officer Nigel Green, MBE

Do you recognise this jewellery?

Disney couture necklace stolen during burglary Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Disney couture necklace stolen during burglary Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police are asking members of the public to come forward if they recognise jewellery stolen during a burglary in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.

The items were taken along with two laptops during a break-in at a property in Crossway on 25 March.

DC Denise Comb is keen to speak with anyone who may have been offered jewellery matching the items.

Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact DC Comb, in confidence, at Luton Police Station, on 01582 394359, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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CCTV of suspect released after woman 'indecently touched'.

Suspect
Photo of the man who allegedly touched a women indecently Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police has released a CCTV image of a man suspected of indecently touching a woman.

The victim was shopping in Bedford Square, Houghton Regis when she was followed by the man who indecently touched her.

The suspect is described as white, about 18 years old, slim build, 5ft 8ins tall with brown hair. He was wearing a distinctive light blue hoody.

Witnesses are being asked to contact PC Sam Shane at Luton CID on 01582 394064, or call the 24 hour non-emergency number 101.

Inquest into death of murdered teen to begin

Micah Urquhart.

An inquest into the death of a murdered teenager from Luton is due to begin today.

Micah Urquhart was stabbed to death outside his flat in Hastings Street in September.

Last month 19-year-old Waqar Younis was found guilty of his murder and sentenced to 28 years in prison while Paul Lynam, 18, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

The three had fallen out in the lead up to the killing.

Waqar Younis was found guilty of murdering Micah Urquhart.
Paul Lynam, who was found guilty of manslaughter.

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Police to crackdown on speeders

Police are carrying out speed checks in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are taking part in a Europe-wide crackdown on speeding this week.

Officers in unmarked cars will be out in force across the three counties armed with speed guns.

Speeding is one of four offences known to increase the chances of having a serious or even fatal crash on our roads - along with using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt and drink driving.

Over 800 rowers in Bedford river race

The biggest rowing event ever held on the river at Bedford took place today. More than 800 rowers took part in the 44th Bedford Fours and Small Boats Head of the River Race. It was held over a 2,000 metre course from Queen's Park to Newnham Bridge.

There were eight divisions with about 55 crews in each from clubs from all over the United Kingdom including those from York , Guildford, Derby, Peterborough, Henley, Norwich, Leicester, Cambridge, Bristol and a number of others from the London area. **

Ages ranged from 14 to over 70 years old. The biggest entry is from the host club Bedford Rowing Club with 36 entries including many from their newly expanded Junior Section. There were £1500 worth of prizes. Watch Russell Hookey's report.**

Bedfordshire: Teenagers jailed for total of 68 years for murder of Sharif Demirsay

The three teenagers convicted of murder.
The three teenagers convicted of murder. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Three teenagers have been jailed for a total of 68 years for the murder of Sharif Demirsay in Kempston.

Courtney Glynn has been handed a life sentence and will serve a minimum term of 27 years in prison, while Muhammed Rashed and Hameedur Rahman have been detained for life and will serve minimum terms of 22 and 19 years respectively.

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