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Appeal for witnesses to drive-by shootings

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a spate of drive-by shootings in Bedfordshire at the weekend.

Detectives are currently investigating two incidents where an air rifle was used to fire pellets at members of the public.

But it is thought other similar incidents may have taken place which have not yet been reported.

On Sunday, August 10, at 3.20pm a woman was walking along Bedford Road in Kempston, close to Sainsbury’s supermarket, when a car slowed down and an occupant fired a pellet at her which lodged in her shoulder.

The vehicle - a family saloon type car - then drove off towards Bedford and the victim was taken to Bedford Hospital for treatment.

About 25 minutes later, officers were called to an incident in Hillsden Avenue, Elstow, after a youth fired an air rifle at someone as they walked along an alleyway. He then ran away.

Five people were arrested a short time late. They have since been released on police bail.

“These were two very serious incidents which involved a weapon being discharged and members of the public fearing for their lives. I believe that other offences may have taken place on the same day and would urge anyone who has any information to come forward and speak with me.”

– Det Con Amanda Durrant, Bedfordshire Police.

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Man grabbed child and asked her to leave with him

Bedfordshire Police.
Bedfordshire are appealing for information after a child was grabbed by the arm in Luton. Credit: Gavin Fogg/ PA Wire

Police in Luton are appealing for information after a man grabbed a child's arm in a shopping centre and asked her to leave with him.

It happened in The Mall Arndale, Luton, on August 4 at the Footlocker store at about 11am.

A 29-year-old mother and her two children were in the shop when a man walked into her two-year-old daughter, grabbed the child’s arm and asked her to leave the shop for an ice cream.

The mother challenged the man, who is described as black and about 31 years old, before he left the scene.

“The man left the scene and the child was not harmed during this incident but we do need to trace the man so we can find out the full circumstances of what happened.”

– DC Jabbar Khan, Bedfordshire Police.

Anyone with information shoud contact DC Khan, in confidence, at Luton Police Station on 01582 394081, Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

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Funeral of lake tragedy teenager to take place

Conor McColl.
Conor McColl. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

The funeral of a teenage boy who drowned in a lake in Bedfordshire last month will be held this afternoon.

Conor McColl, who was 16 and from Luton, disappeared while swimming with friends in a disused quarry in Clophill on July 24.

Police divers recovered his body the following day.

Bus services to return to normal after three-year-old girl was killed

Mourners at the funeral of Mayah Alleyah Shazad.
Mourners at the funeral of Mayah Alleyah Shazad. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Four days after a three-year-old girl died after being struck by a bus, services are set to return to normal in the morning.

Mayah Alleyah Shazad was killed on Friday.

Yesterday, hundreds of mourners turned out for her funeral.

Arriva said bus services would return to normal again in the morning.

Girl, 5, from Bedfordshire returns home after four heart attacks in 45 minutes

Ava Mear, from Caddington had four heart attacks in the space of 45 minutes.
Ava Mear, from Caddington had four heart attacks in the space of 45 minutes.

A five-year-old girl from Bedfordshire who had four heart attacks in the space of 45 minutes has returned home after six months in hospital.

Ava Mear, from Caddington, had not spent a single night at home since January, after an infection developed into toxic shock which then began to shut down her organs.

Now she is recovering and hoping to be able to get back to school, part-time, in September.

Leighton Buzzard fraudsters caught on camera

Do you recognise this man and woman?
Do you recognise this man and woman? Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police have released CCTV images of two people that they would like to speak with following a fraud that took place in a Leighton Buzzard shop.

The incident happened at around 2pm on Tuesday 3 June in Peacocks, High Street, Leighton Buzzard, when the offenders selected £260 worth of goods and made their way to the tills to pay.

The offenders paid in cash but as the sales assistant checked the notes, the offenders distracted him and were able to remove £120 from the pile of notes.

As the sale was completed, the offenders asked if the goods could be delivered and when the cashier said no, they asked for a refund on the majority of the items. The cashier completed the refund (£216) and the offenders left the store with £44 of paid for goods, the refund and the stolen £120.

If you recognise the individuals pictured contact the Crime Service Team, on the non-emergency 101 number quoting crime reference JD/21296/2014.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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