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Anglia weather: Cloudy: with patchy locally heavy rain

Today: Patchy rain, perhaps locally heavy and thundery. Conditions will slowly improve, but still with the risk of an occasional thundery shower through the afternoon. Some brighter spells are possible in the north. Maximum temperature 22 deg C (72 deg F).

Tonight: Showers slowly dying out overnight with clear spells developing. Possibly one or two showers near coasts. Some mist patches will reform. Breezy near coasts, winds lighter inland. Minimum temperature 12 deg C (54 deg F).

Sunday: Mainly dry on Sunday with some good sunny spells. One or two light showers are possible near coasts. Fresh feeling northerly breeze. Maximum temperature 19 deg C (66 deg F).

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: Dry on Monday with some sunshine. Feeling fresher with a chilly night. Dry with bright or sunny spells on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Motorcyclist killed in collision in Luton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was killed in a collision in Luton last night.

The victim in his 20s was travelling along Hatters Way towards Dunstable when the bike collided with a red Ford Focus travelling in the opposite direction.

He was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

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Retired Bedfordshire Police officer wins £200k tribunal payout for racial discrimination

A retired Bedfordshire Police officer has been awarded £209,188 compensation following an employment tribunal case which found in favour of Harmit Bahra who brought a claim against the force citing race discrimination and victimisation whilst serving as an officer between 2007 and 2010.

Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable, Colette Paul Credit: PA Images

I must first offer my sincerest apologies to Mr Bahra and his family, who have endured a difficult and stressful time throughout this process.

The force defended this case, however we have made the decision not to appeal the judgement in the hope that drawing a line under this will enable everybody involved to move on, preventing further stress to Mr Bahra and his family and further cost to the public purse, allowing the force to concentrate on our job of fighting crime and protecting the public.

The force has learnt a great deal from this historical case and we are working hard to ensure that all lessons are being fully captured and considered as part of our continuous improvement work which will include consultation with key partners including the Police Federation and the Black Police Association.

As Chair of our Equality and Human Rights Board, I take accusations of discrimination or victimisation within this force extremely seriously. We have been working for some time on independent oversight around race and diversity and the force is committed to focusing on race, disability and hate crime as a priority over the next twelve months.

I want to ensure that Bedfordshire Police is a fair and equitable organisation as we go forward, and learning from the past is a key part of this.

We are seeking independent advice to consider if there are any disciplinary matters arising from this case

– Chief Constable Colette Paul

Temperatures reach 25°C on the warmest day in over a month

Temperatures peaked during Thursday afternoon at 23 to 25°C across the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office.

Thursday's prolonged sunshine across inland parts of the Anglia region has boosted temperatures to 25°C at Marham in Norfolk, Santon Downham in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex.

The last time 25°C was reached in the East of England was the 10th of August, making Thursday the warmest day for almost six weeks.

This follows news that the UK has experienced its driest start to September in more than half a century.

Not everywhere enjoyed today's warm sunshine. The north Norfolk coast was affected by low cloud and temperatures here were suppressed to 18°C.

The warm and mostly dry weather will continue during the next few days, although the humidity on Friday could spark some localised heavy thunderstorms.

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Police condemn 'cruel' scooter thieves

Bedfordshire Police are seeking thieves who stole an 84-year-old man’s red mobility scooter while he was at a day centre.

The scooter was taken from outside Guild House, 56-58 Harpur Street, Bedford between 10am and 11.45am on Tuesday 16 September.

The scooter is the victim’s only mode of transport and he used it daily to get him to and from the day centre. It is made by a company call Pride, is red in colour and valued at between £3500 to £4000.

– Nadine Edwards

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Sister makes emotional appeal over missing landlady

Deborah Steel Credit: ITV Anglia

The half-sister of missing landlady Deborah Steel has made a video appeal for information into her disappearance.

Gini Secker, who's 47, from Nottingham, made the appeal after police recently reopened the investigation into the case.

Deborah, former landlady of the Royal Standard Public House, disappeared on December 28, 1997.

"Now the case has been reopened I plead to anyone who knows anything however minor it may seem to them to now come forward. We are convinced that someone knows about her fate. It has been a heavy burden to carry all these years and all we wish for is the answers so we can lay Debbie to rest at last.”

– Gini Secker, Deborah Steel's half-sister

Police appeal for red car involved in M1 crash that killed two

Bedfordshire Police are trying to track down a red car after a pile-up on the M1 that cost the lives of two women on Monday.

Six cars and a motorbike were involved in the multiple crash on Monday,15 September 2014. A 36-year-old woman died at the scene and a 90-year-old woman died later in hospital.

The incident happened at 5.40am on the Northbound carriageway of the M1 between junctions 11 and 12 and closed the motorway for several hours.

“It appears that one vehicle moved suddenly in front of the motorcycle which caused the rider to lose control and fall from her machine. Other vehicles following behind attempted to avoid the rider and her motorbike causing several collisions between themselves.”

– PC Andy Ralph, BCH Roads Policing Unit

Bedfordshire Police are seeking the drivers of a red car and white van involved in the incident for further information which may help piece together exactly what happened. Anyone with information can contact PC Andy Ralph, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Baby elephant born at Whipsnade

A miniature Asian elephant has been born at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.

The newly born baby elephant with its mother Credit: Whipsnade

Other members of the herd watched the birth early yesterday morning.

It's the 9th elephant to be born at Whipsnade under a special breeding programme.

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