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Leighton Buzzard trainline reopens six days after landslip

The landslip Credit: Network Rail
The landslip Credit: Network Rail

The West Coast main line at Leighton Buzzard fully reopened this morning after work to repair a landslip which happened there in January.

Southern Rail had to cancel all their services between Milton Keynes Central and Watford junction when the foundations gave way on Saturday 30 January at Linslade.

London Midland also cancelled some trains from Milton Keynes to London Euston.

Engineers have since been working to repair the embankment and trains can now run on all four tracks through the Leighton Buzzard area.

Network Rail says the repairs will minimise the chances of further slips.

Because of its location, a temporary access road had to be built across nearby fields before 2,200 tonnes of stone and materials could be delivered to fix the slip.

Repair work Credit: Network Rail
Trains are now running normally Credit: Network Rail

Passengers can once again rely on a full timetable through Leighton Buzzard after the bank slip was successfully repaired. I am really proud of the way the team has performed over the past week and our focus from the very start has been to get a full service back up and running for passengers as quickly as possible.

“This has been a hugely challenging task made even more difficult by its location. I would like to thank passengers for their patience while the repairs have taken place”

– Mark Killick, area director for Network Rail

Dad's Army film to get local premiere in Suffolk

The new Dad's Army film, which gets its local premiere tonight. Credit: Columbia Pictures/Universal Pictures.

After its glitzy London launch last week, today it is the turn of Suffolk to host the new Dad's Army film's local premiere.

Stowmarket's Regal Theatre is kicking off its 80th birthday celebrations with a special red-carpet showing of the film this afternoon.

Lucky ticket holders will walk the red carpet and, in keeping with the film, will enjoy a nice cup of tea and a piece of birthday cake on arrival.

The original television series was filmed across the border at Thetford and fans of the show, who work in the town's museum, feature as extras in the movie.

Pet dog found 'rotting alive' in Bedfordshire

A woman from Bedfordshire has been disqualified from keeping animals for life after her pet dog was found 'rotting alive'.

Brenda Chekley from Luton was sentenced at the Magistrates court. She was ordered to pay a total of £560 in fines, and given a 12-month community order.

She admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her 11-year-old German shepherd, Heinzy.

The RSPCA were called and found Heinzy collapsed and unable to walk.

“It was dreadful. Heinzy was rotting alive.

He was in so much pain and discomfort. He was in a really sorry state and should never have been left to get like that.”

He had multiple tumours which had ulcerated and burst, causing holes in his abdomen.

He couldn’t walk, he was emaciated, his claws were overgrown, and his back legs were swollen.

The smell of rotting flesh was almost unbearable and Heinzy was clearly suffering.

It was disgraceful. To be honest, we were all shocked that he was still alive.”

– Mel Fisher, RSPCA

A vet was called to examine Heinzy and decided that the best thing to do was to put him to down.

Five people charged in connection with Luton murder

Five people have been charged with the murder of a Luton man.

47-year-old Atul Shah was found dead at his home on Crescent Road, on January 6.

Police officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit (MCU) subsequently launched a murder investigation.

Police have charged four men and one woman, all from Luton, in connection with the death.

Kyle Pitchford-Price, 22, of Dovehouse Hill, Luke West, 23, of Abbots Wood Road, Callum Holton 19, of Milton Road, Brian Edge, 56, of Harthill Drive, and Corrina Armstrong, 21, also of Dovehouse Hill, have all been charged with murder and conspiracy to rob.

All five were due to appear at Luton Magistrates' Court this morning.

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CCTV released after racially motivated assault in Bedford

CCTV Image Credit: Beds Police
CCTV Image Credit: Beds Police

Police have issued CCTV images of two people they would like to speak to in connection with a racially motivated assault in Tavistock Street, Bedford on Monday 25 January.

Between 9.55pm and 10.10pm, a man was approached by two men who racially abused him as he walked outside Sainsbury’s supermarket. When the victim did not react, he was assaulted and threatened with a screwdriver.

Bedfordshire Police won’t tolerate hate crime of any kind. I am keen to speak to the two men pictured and anyone in the area at the time who may be able to help with our enquiries.”

– PC Stephen Burnage

Praise for region's 'first class' ambulance service

The region’s ambulance workers has been praised in a new survey Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ambulance workers in this region have been praised in a new survey.

More than 95 per cent of patients asked said they were 'very satisfied', 'satisfied' or 'fairly satisfied' with the East of England Ambulance Service.

The latest patient experience report also found that nine out of ten patients rated the length of time they waited for a response as 'acceptable'.

“It is very heartening to read so many positive comments from our patients and such high satisfaction ratings.

This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all of our staff in the East of England.

We value all feedback from our patients because it helps us to improve the service we deliver.”

– Robert Morton, Chief Executive, EEAST

Engineers try to repair damaged train lines after landslip

Landslip in Bedfordshire. Credit: Network Rail

Engineers are trying to repair damage caused to train lines after a landslip in Bedfordshire.

Southern Rail had to cancel all their services between Milton Keynes Central and Watford junction when the foundations gave way on Saturday at Linslade near Leighton Buzzard.

London Midland's also cancelled some trains from Milton Keynes to London Euston.

Network Rail is expecting it will take until at least Friday to get everything running again.

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