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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."


John Bercow installed as the University of Bedfordshire's new Chancellor

John Bercow.
John Bercow. Credit: PA

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, will be installed as the University's of Bedfordshire's new Chancellor today.

His official welcome take's place during the University's final graduation ceremony of the summer, at St Mary's Church in Luton.

As Chancellor, Mr Bercow will represent the University on special occasions, and preside over meetings of the University Court.

First World War Centenary: A School Report from Ashton Middle School in Dunstable

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

The last in our series has been made by year eight pupils at Ashton Middle School in Dunstable.

Pupils there have been looking at the stories of their school's former pupils who fought in the Great War, the sacrifices made, and what Armistice Day means to them.


Major delays on A421 in Bedfordshire

The view east on the A421
The view east on the A421 following the accident Credit: Phil Iveson, ITV News

There have been major delays on the A421 in Bedfordshire this evening.

A serious accident left the road closed between St Neots Road junction in Great Barford and Black Cat Roundabout in Chawston.

Motorists spent several hours stuck in tailbacks estimated up to 5 miles long.

The view west on the A421
The view west on the A421 following the accident Credit: Phil Iveson, ITV News

Stop driving on the hard shoulder, Highways Agency warns

The Highways Agency's issued a new warning to drivers that it's illegal to stop on the hard shoulder.
The Highways Agency's issued a new warning to drivers that it's illegal to stop on the hard shoulder. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Highways Agency's issued a new warning to drivers that it's illegal to stop on the hard shoulder of motorways unless its an emergency.

Between July and September last year over 300 people were stopped in our region on the hard shoulder.

Anyone caught could face a fine and points on their licence.

Click below to hear from the Highways Agency's Tony Barrow

"You get people stop to check e-mails, to make phone calls, to sort the kids out - a number of issues really.

90-95% of what comes off the carriageway swerves left.

So, realistically all I can say is the only way you want to be in that hard shoulder is if you've broken down and you've got no other option."

– Tony Barrow, Highways Agency

Parents protest over classroom technology after they're asked to buy iPads for their children

Parents in Bedfordshire have formed a protest group against their school which is suggesting they pay up to £300 pounds for their child to own an iPad.

Biggleswade Academy says the mobile learning scheme for Years 5 and 6 is optional but parents say they feel pressured into taking part in case their child misses out in the classroom

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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