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Police appeal after three similar burglaries

Police are appealing for witnesses after three burglaries in the same area of Luton.

They happened overnight in the Oak Road and Ivy Road area from 9pm on Monday (13 February) and 7.30am on Tuesday.

In each of these incidents, the offender or offenders broke into the property by forcing entry through the front doors which were not properly locked, so I’d just like to remind residents to always ensure your front door is properly locked before going to bed, as well as ensuring that any other security measures you may have such as alarms are activated. If you have UPVC doors, please ensure the doors are locked fully by lifting the handle all the way up as you turn the key.

– PC Simon Day

Luton Airport unveils plans for £200m transit system

Plans have been unveiled for a new £200 million passenger transit system linking Luton Airport with the town's Parkway railway station.

The scheme would enable travel from central London to Luton Airport in just 30 minutes.

Subject to planning permission, work could begin later this year - with the system ready for operation by spring 2021.

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New Wizz Air base at Luton to create 36 new jobs

Wizz Air has been flying from Luton since 2004. Credit: PA

Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air has announced it is to open its first UK base at Luton Airport.

The low-cost carrier has been flying to Luton for 12 years and is already the second largest carrier at the airport after easyJet.

The Luton base will be their first in the UK, and their 28th in total.

The company expect the move to create 36 new jobs and the base will house one new Airbus A320 aircraft.

As part of the plans, there will also be three new routes to Tel Aviv in Israel, Pristina in Kosovo and Kutaisi in Georgia.

Today’s announcement once again underlines Wizz Air’s commitment to the UK. Our first Wizz Air flight from the UK took off from London Luton in 2004 and since then, we have carried over 35 million passengers on our low-fare UK routes.

By establishing base operations at London Luton, where WIZZ is already the second largest operator and an important supporter of local jobs with our business partners, we are also creating direct local jobs with one of Europe’s fastest-growing airlines for the first time.

– József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air

Tributes to mark 75th anniversary of Fall of Singapore

Regiments from East Anglia were involved in the surrender. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Imperial War Museum

Today marks 75 years since British forces suffered a huge defeat to the Japanese in Singapore during the Second World War.

Around 80,000 British and Allied soldiers were taken prisoner in what has become known as the 'Fall of Singapore.'

Regiments from East Anglia were involved in the surrender.

Many captured soldiers were forced to endure horrendous conditions in Japanese prisoner of war camps.

Credit: Imperial War Museum

"A lot of them would bottle it up and never spoke about it. It affected different people in different ways.

"But certainly it had a massive, massive effect on East Anglia - disproportionate to any of the other fighting in the war."

– Taff Gillingham, Military historian

Man who ran over "gentle giant" is jailed for 10 years

Patrick Maloney died after he was hit by a van at the Toddbury Farm travellers' site

A traveller whose van hit and killed a 6 foot 4 tall 20-stone 'Gentle Giant' in Bedfordshire has been jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

Banned driver Christopher McCarthy, 22, struck and dragged Patrick Maloney along the gravel of a travellers' site, causing fatal injuries in August 2015.

There was a heavy police presence at Luton Crown Court for the trial, during which a jury heard there was a "simmering feud" between the McCarthy and Maloney families, who lived on the Greenacres and Toddbury Farm sites at Little Billington near Leighton Buzzard.

The jury cleared Christopher McCarthy of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter.

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