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Care firm pays tribute to murdered mum

Saima Khan Credit: Bedfordshire Police

The company where murdered mum-of-four Saima Khan worked has paid tribute to her.

Allied Healthcare is deeply saddened by today’s news regarding the death of its care worker, Saima Khan, who worked in its Luton branch.

Saima had worked at Allied Healthcare for 6 years and was specifically trained to deliver care to older, vulnerable adults. The company will be working closely with her customers and colleagues to support them through this difficult time.

Saima was a lovely, highly respected member of our team and was very popular with customers and colleagues alike. We are all devastated by the news and offer our deepest condolences to her family.”

– Allister Mcharrie, Hub Branch Manager


Police name murdered woman

Nicola Collingbourne Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have named a woman murdered in Hertfordshire on Tuesday. 26 year old Nicola Collingbourne was found at an address in Ivel Court in Letchworth. A 52-year-old woman has been arrested.

Our thoughts are with the victim's family at this difficult time and they are being supported by specially trained officers.

Understandably the wider community may be concerned by what has happened but I would like to reassure people that we are fully investigating the circumstances and an arrest has been made in connection with the incident.

– Detective Inspector Fraser Wylie


Former Bedford Blues player dies in Congo plane crash

David Francombe. Credit: Bedford Blues

A former Bedford Blues rugby player has died in a plane crash in Africa.

The aircraft came down in the Democratic Republic of Congo on May 16.

David Francombe played for the Blues in the 80s when he was a student at Bedford College.

The plane came down in DR Congo 10 days ago. Credit: ITV News Anglia

When he'd finished his studies, he returned to his home country of Kenya and went on to captain their national side.

Dave will be remembered with great respect and affection by his Bedford teammates, not just a great on field player, but as a friendly, bear of a man, always ready with a smile and a handshake.

The club sends its sincere sympathy to his family on their tragic loss.

– Bedford Blues statement

Luton murder: Shopkeeper admits community are 'frightened'

A Luton shopkeeper admits the local community are "frightened" after a woman was killed in the town earlier this week.

The woman, named locally as 34-year-old care worker Saima Kahn, was discovered on Monday.

Neighbours think she may have been the victim of a robbery that went wrong.

Local shopkeeper Nazam Iqbal says people are scared and want the police to catch those responsible quickly.

The women especially are frightened at the moment.

There has been a few robberies around this area.

People are concerned around the whole area and we're hoping that the police get to the bottom of it as soon as possible.

– Nazam Iqbal, shopkeeper
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