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Dedicated team to cut down on anti-social behaviour in Luton

Council crackdown on anti-social behaviour Credit: ITV News Anglia

A dedicated team of officers will hit the streets of Luton today to try and tackle anti-social behaviour.

The Neighbourhood Enforcement Team from Luton Borough Council will be equipped with body cameras and have been given some police powers under the first Community Safety Accreditation Scheme in Bedfordshire.

The team will work closely with the police and other agencies across the town to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and to help keep people safe.

"Our newly accredited Neighbourhood Enforcement Team is part of the Council's commitment to tackling the issues which matter to our community. They will be empowered to tackle issues on the spot and will be a visible preventative and enforcement presence across the town. This is part of our ongoing excellent partnership working to build civic pride in the town. I look forward to seeing the team out and about in neighbourhoods across Luton."

– Councillor Rachel Hopkins

Justice Secretary: 'Progress being made at HMP Bedford'

Liz Truss is confident improvements are being made at Bedford Prison. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Justice Secretary Liz Truss says improvements are starting to be made at Bedford Prison after a riot took place there earlier this month.

The MP for South West Norfolk spoke during a visit to see a work experience project at Norwich Prison.

Truss told ITV News Anglia that more staff have been recruited and body worn cameras are being rolled out.

Inmates who were involved in the six-hour riot were protesting at the conditions in the jail.

"There are issues across the prison estate, but what we've done, we've trained up new sniffer dogs in detecting psychoactive substances, we're rolling out body-worn cameras across the estate, investing in more frontline staff," Truss said.

"I announced earlier this year that we were recruiting an additional 400 staff in our most challenging prisons and we've now reached half of that target, so we are making progress."

Man jailed for almost 20 years for sexually abusing teenagers

Jake Prescott Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A Bedfordshire man has been jailed for almost 20 years for a series of sex attacks on teenage boys.

Jake Prescott, 20, from Brentwood Close, Houghton Regis, was sentenced to a total of 19 years and nine months in prison at Luton Crown Court over 21 sexual offences against six boys – including rape, sexual assault, and grooming.

Prescott subjected his victims to multiple sexual assaults, with his offending dating back to 2012.

"Prescott specifically set out to target vulnerable boys, taking advantage of their trust in him by inflicting vile sexual abuse on them. There is no doubt that Prescott groomed his victims by buying them gifts, taking them on outings and gaining their trust – then callously taking advantage of them in the worst possible way. I hope this sentence shows that Bedfordshire Police does not tolerate any sexual abuse."

– Detective Constable Gareth Suffling

, who investigated the case, said: “

“I’d like to praise the victims for the bravery they showed in coming forward, ensuring that justice is done and preventing Prescott from inflicting his abhorrent abuse on anyone else.”

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University of Bedfordshire develops new way to teach PE

The University of Bedfordshire has come up with a new way of teaching PE to get more primary school age children active.

The 'Playmakers Programme' - developed with Virgin Active - has been trialled with 7,500 children in 30 schools across the UK over the last year.

The idea is to move away from traditional sports, which focus on winning, and encourage children to create their own original games.

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