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Bedfordshire: See (and hear) the bear that's causing a Christmas kerfuffle...

Bernard the bear Credit: ITV

A musical Polar bear has been causing a song and dance in Bedfordshire.

Bernard, a 6 foot mechanical bear which sings Christmas songs outside a cafe in Shefford, has been investigated by the council after complaints about noise.

Central Bedfordshire Council said it takes all complaints seriously and is urging people to be mindful of their neighbours when planning festivities.

So what do you think? Click below to hear Bernard singing one of his Christmas songs.

No trains to run on Christmas Day

All services barring the Stansted Express will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day Credit: ITV News Anglia

There won't be any trains running in the region on Christmas Day.

East Coast, London Midland, C2C and Greater Anglia trains say they will remain closed on Boxing Day. But the Stansted Express will run services on the 26th December with trains departing from London every 30 minutes.

There will then be a revised timetable until the New Year.

Two terror arrests made in Luton

Two men aged 37 and 61 have been arrested on suspicion of supporting terrorism.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) made the arrests under Schedule 5 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The men are being held at a police station in Bedfordshire.

The arrests have been made under the Police and criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and are in relation to suspicion of supporting a proscribed organisation.

Nine jailed for their part in drug ring

A judge at Luton Crown Court has sentenced nine men to a total of more than eighty eight years in prison, for their part in a Class A drugs ring.

They were arrested in 2013 after police seized £5 million pounds worth of cocaine, at locations in the south east of England.

Some of the drugs had been hidden in tins of fruit, and shipped on a lorry from France.


New misconduct notices over custody death

Leon Briggs

Four officers with Bedfordshire Police are facing additional gross misconduct notices over the death of a man in police custody.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the death of 39-year-old Leon Briggs, who died after being taken to Luton police station in November last year.

Five police officers, and a police detention officer are under criminal investigation. The IPCC says a second detention officer is no longer being investigated.

Police revisit park where elderly man attacked

Police have been in a park in Luton this afternoon appealing for witnesses to an attack which left an elderly man with a fractured jaw and a bleed to the brain.

The assault happened in Wardown Park Credit: ITV News Anglia

Officers handed out leaflets in Wardown Park, where the pensioner was assaulted while walking his dog near the lake. It happened last Saturday afternoon, the 5th of December, between 1pm and 4pm.

The victim is still in hospital, in a critical but stable condition. Detectives want anyone with information to contact them.

"This was a very serious assault and we are asking anybody who was in Wardown Park between 1pm and 4pm to contact us if they saw this incident, or three Asian youths in the park before or after the attack took place."

– Det Sgt Tom Hamm, Bedfordshire Police
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