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A look back at the first 40 years of Monarch Airlines

As rumors continue over the future of Luton-based airline Monarch ITV News Anglia takes a look back into the archives to when they celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008.

Rewind to April 1968 and the airlines first passengers were getting ready to begin a journey they would never forget.


Bedford Prison: "Unsafe, overcrowded and understaffed"

Bedford prison has been branded "Unsafe, overcrowded and understaffed" following a critical report by inspectors.

Standards at the jail have fallen to "unacceptable levels" leaving inmates more likely to be able to get hold of illegal drugs than bed sheets.

A report found the number of prisoners saying it was easy to get drugs had almost doubled since the last inspection two years ago.

Watch Liz Summers' report below.

Monarch needs to renew operating licence

The Luton based airline Monarch must renew its operating licence this week to continue selling package holidays, a regulator has said.

The firm was forced to deny "negative speculation" over the weekend that it is in financial trouble.

It is part of the government-backed Atol scheme, which compensates travellers in full and ensures they are not stranded if a holiday company collapses.

The UK's specialist aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, said Monarch's Atol licence expires on Friday and if it is not renewed it will be unable to sell package holidays.

Holidaymakers currently abroad or due to travel after Friday would still be protected if the licence is not renewed as the scheme is dependent on when a trip is booked rather than when it takes place.

Monarch's owner is in talks with several interested parties about a potential takeover of the carrier as it prepares to throw it a multimillion-pound lifeline.

Over the weekend there has been negative speculation about Monarch's financial health.

Our flights and holidays are operating as normal, carrying Monarch customers as scheduled.

To weather tougher market conditions and to fund its ongoing growth, Monarch expects to announce a significant investment from its stakeholders in the coming days.

– Monarch


Police officer guilty of misconduct

A Bedfordshire Police officer has pleaded guilty to misconduct after instigating an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable woman.

PC Andrew Hurst, 31, met the woman, who was in her 20s, in November 2014, during a cell watch after she had been arrested for shoplifting.

PC Hurst offered her assistance in getting mental health support from various agencies, however he continued to communicate with her via phone and social media. The communication progressed to being of a sexual nature. The woman’s partner became aware and notified Bedfordshire Police on 30 March 2015.

PC Hurst was arrested the following day and was suspended. He pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office at St Albans Crown Court today (Tuesday).

He had joined Bedfordshire Police in 2009. He will be sentenced on 25 October.

Man stabbed and gun fired in Luton

One man was stabbed and a gun was fired in Luton yesterday. It happened in Copenhagen Close.

Three men were sitting in a parked car when they were approached by a man. One of the men got out the car and was subsequently stabbed. The offender then fled the scene.

Shortly afterwards a man arrived at the scene on a moped and fired a gun at the three men before leaving on the moped. Fortunately no-one was hit by the gun fire.

The man who was stabbed was taken to hospital but fortunately his injuries are not life-threatening.

Stansted passengers face walking over a kilometre

Stansted Airport

Passengers at Stansted Airport face the longest walk from check-in to departure according to a new survey.

At the Essex airport travellers face a walk of over a kilometre or three quarters of a mile. At Luton Airport they may have to walk up to 822 metres or 900 yards.

Travel organisation Abta say many travellers who have difficulty walking only request assistance once they arrive at the airport, which may be too late.

This can lead to them having to make their way across terminals on foot or miss their flight.

Police search for 'vulnerable' missing teenager

Adam Clough Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police are continuing to appeal for help in finding a missing teenage boy.

Adam Clough, 16, was last seen at approximately 7am yesterday morning leaving his home address in St Neots Road, Sandy.

He has learning difficulties and is considered vulnerable, and officers are extremely concerned for his welfare.

The police are using a number of resources to help look for Adam including the police helicopter and a 12 person team from the Midshires Search and Rescue.

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