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Bedford man jailed for 7-years for weapons and drug dealing charges

Nazish Shehzad, 35 has been jailed Credit: Bedfordshire police

A man's been jailed for seven years after a shotgun was found in a car in Bedford.

It was discovered in the boot of a taxi which was stopped by police in Roff Avenue. Four cartridges and a packet of heroin were also found in a holdall.

Nazish Shehzad, who's 35 and from Bedford, pleaded guilty to weapons and drug dealing charges.

Shotgun cartridges were found in the boot of a taxi Credit: Bedfordshire police

"Illegal firearms can strike fear into communities and have no place in our society. We will not tolerate those who use or supply such weapons and this case should serve as a warning as to how seriously the courts take such matters."

– Det Insp Gary Atkinson, Eastern Region Special Operations Unit
Shotgun Credit: Bedfordshire police

Nazish Shehzad pleaded guilty to possessing component parts of a prohibited weapon and possession of heroin with intent to supply.

The court heard the gun had been adapted to such an extent it was no longer viable, however the judge ruled that, due to the fact there was live ammunition with the weapon, Shehzad would not have been aware it was not a working firearm.

A destruction order was made for the gun, cartridges and drugs.

What's going on near you for 'I Am Team GB'

I Am Team GB Credit: ITV News Anglia

On Saturday 27th August we're helping to stage the nation's biggest ever sports day - I Am Team GB.

The event, in partnership with the National Lottery is designed to get thousands of us off the sofa and out and about taking part in sport.

Thousands of free events will be available across the region.

Click here to find out what's happening where you are.

Re-watch ITV Anglia's news programme from the University of East Anglia Sportspark on Friday (August 26), ahead of I Am Team GB.


Engineering works during bank holiday weekend

Engineering works are scheduled for the weekend. Credit: ITV Anglia.

No service between St Pancras International and Luton due to engineering works on East Midlands Trains - 28 August

  • Luton, rail replacement buses will operate between Luton and London.
  • Some trains depart stations earlier, some will operate later.

Replacement bus service running on Abellio Greater Anglia between Stowmarket and Norwich due to engineering works - 27th, 28th, 29th August

  • Bridge maintenance is taking place between Stowmarket and Norwich with all lines closed.
  • Buses replace trains between Stowmarket and Norwich all weekend and Bank Holiday Monday.

Replacement bus service running on CrossCountry between Peterborough and Stamford due to engineering works - 28th August

  • Buses replace trains all day on Sunday.

For more details on other services that will be affected visit the Network Rail website by clicking here.


I AM TEAM GB - possibly the nation's biggest sports day is getting closer

'I AM TEAM GB' - possibly the nation's biggest sports day is getting closer. It's backed by our Olympic team, the National Lottery and ITV and will take place on August 27th, that's this Saturday with activities right across our region.

All events are absolutely free, so if you fancy joining in or belong to a club that wants to take part, you can sign up at '' - details are on our website;

The ITV News Anglia team here have been trying to lead by example. Becky Jago joined a group of children from Hadleigh near Ipswich in Suffolk to have a go at a bit of cycling.

Watch her report below.

Some schools in east buck national trend in GCSE results

There's been a fall in A* to C grades at GCSE as thousands of students from across the region pick up their results.

Nationally the pass rate has declined sharply following government reforms which forced many teenagers to re-sit exams in English and maths.

However, some schools in the East have bucked the national trend and recorded some of their best results.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson.

Airlander crash: Mooring line gets caught on power line

The moment the Airlander nosedived into the ground Credit: Lee Cordell

A rope attached to the world's largest aircraft made contact with a power line before it crashed says its manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV).

Airlander 10, which is part plane, part airship, was damaged after nosediving at Cardington Airfield, Bedfordshire.

The crash occurred when the £25 million aircraft, which is the length of a football pitch and the height of six double decker buses, was nearing the end of its second test flight.

The cockpit was damaged by the impact but the pilots escaped injury.

"Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd can confirm a mooring line attached to the Airlander did contact a power line outside the airfield. No damage was caused to the aircraft and this did not contribute to the heavy landing. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused to anyone."

– Spokesperon Hybrid Air Vehciles

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is set to investigate the crash.

The Airlander was first developed for the US government as a long-endurance surveillance aircraft. HAV launched a campaign to return the Airlander 10 to the sky after it fell foul of defence cutbacks.

The aircraft, so named because it can carry 10 tonnes, is 302ft (92 metres) long, 143ft (44 metres) wide, 85ft (26 metres) high and can travel at 92mph.

It is about 50ft (15 metres) longer than the biggest passenger jets and uses helium to become airborne.

It is hoped it will be used for a variety of functions, such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel. An Airlander 50 is planned, which would be able to transport 50 tonnes of freight.

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