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Kayakers set off on charity challenge

Kayakers in Bedfordshire are hoping to raise money for charities that helped the victims of two very different tragedies.

Mother vows to fight discrimination

A mother from Bedfordshire whose disabled daughter was refused entry to a kids' club while on holiday plans to fight similar discrimination

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Police appeal to cut our hoax 999 calls

Bedfordshire Police say the number of unnecessary 999 calls has taken its traditional upturn at this time of year and control room operators are appealing to the public to help cut the number of calls that are made.

Many of the calls are being made from phone kiosks by children messing about in the school holidays; others are from home landlines where children have been playing with the phone, and some are from toddlers inadvertently pressing the 9 button on a parent’s mobile phone.

These type of calls run into many thousands in the course of a year and calls are up substantially in the last few days.

Today two boys were arrested in Luton after a hoax 999 call reporting a man shot in the chest. This apparently life-threatening incident meant the police response included armed officers, the helicopter on standby and an ambulance crew attending the scene of the supposed offence.

£3.5 million pound historic garden set to open in Bedfordshire

£3.5 million pounds was spent restoring the garden.
£3.5 million pounds was spent restoring the garden.

An historic garden in Bedfordshire is set to open to the public after more than £3.5 million pounds was spent on its restoration.

It's believed the 19th century Swiss Garden near Biggleswade is the only one of its kind in the country.

The garden has 13 listed listed buildings - including a two-storey Swiss Cottage - that have all undergone careful conservation.

The garden has 13 listed listed buildings.
The garden has 13 listed listed buildings.

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Appeal for hammer attack witnesses

Police in Bedford are appealing for witnesses after a 37-year-old man was robbed and hit over the head with a hammer.

It happened just after 1pm on Friday afternoon when the man was followed into an alleyway that connects Maitland Street and Battison Street.

The victim was taken to hospital for stitches to his head.

Police appeal after woman sexually assaulted

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seriously sexually assaulted earlier this month.

The 20 year old woman was attacked in the early hours of Sunday July 13 after she had attended an event at Santa Pod Raceway.

The victim had been at the Dragstalgia event at Santa Pod throughout Saturday July 12 and had been in the bar area that night.

She left the bar with an acquaintance called Darren at around 1am and walked with him to the tent he was staying in.

After leaving the tent at around 1.30am, the victim was making her way off the site when she was grabbed by the hair and seriously assaulted by two white men.

Police are want to locate ‘Darren’ – who is believed to be from the Wellingborough area – who may hold valuable information.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact DI Waite and his team, in confidence, on 01582 473415, or call Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

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

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Colourfly kite display above skies in Bedfordshire

Thousands of people have spent the day on the Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire at one of the country's biggest kite festivals.

Perfect flying conditions encouraged a huge variety of displays and experts from across Europe.

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Flying kites on the Dunstable Downs Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Dunstable Downs Kite festival began a quarter of a century ago and is still growing strong.

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The kites came in all shapes and sizes! Credit: ITV News Anglia
Dunstable Downs
The wind and warm waether made for perfect flying conditions Credit: ITV News Anglia

Boy missing in Bedfordshire lake feared drowned

Bedfordshire Police
Bedfordshire Police

A teenage boy is feared to have drowned in a deep lake where children have been swimming in the hot weather.

The 17-year-old and a friend climbed over a fence at the former fullers earth quarry in Clophill, Bedfordshire yesterday afternoon to swim in the deep water.

He disappeared from view just after 6pm on Thursday night and his friend raised the alarm.

The family of the boy, who come from Luton, were at the scene with police.

Search goes on for boy missing in Bedfordshire lake

Fire fighters are searching a lake after a teenager disappeared while swimming.

Emergency services were called to Jacques Lane in Clophill, in Bedfordshire shortly after 6pm last night.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "We received a report that a boy had gone missing while playing in the water with a friend.

"We understand he went swimming in a lake near Jacques Lane and we received a call late yesterday afternoon.

"We remained at the scene until the early hours of this morning.

"The search is ongoing."

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