Live updates


Ryanair targets Stansted for cancelled flights

Stansted airport in Essex is to be targeted by Ryanair for cancelled flights. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted airport in Essex is to be targeted by Ryanair for cancelled flights because it is their busiest hub airport with other alternative flights and destinations.

The company has been heavily criticised for cancelling 50 flights a day across its European network until the end of October.

In a press conference, Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary apologised to passengers for the uncertainly caused by the airline.

He said two routes of the 41 operated by the airline through Stansted would be affected in the next six weeks although the company has not yet revealed which they are.

Ryanair said overall the cancellations will affect less than 2% of all customers over the next 6 weeks and the majority of these passengers will be offered alternative flights on the same or next day.

The company says passengers who don't take alternative flights will receive a full refund and compensation.

Mr O'Leary said it expected compensation claims would cost the company nearly £18 million and there would be more than £4 million in lost revenue.


Police release CCTV of casino gunman

The man armed with what appears to be a handgun Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives in Luton have released CCTV images of a man who raided a casino in the town.

The lone raider entered the Genting Casino on Skimpot Road at 5am on Thursday 17 August.

He produced what's thought to be a handgun and forced staff to hand over cash. He left the casino and headed off in the direction of Craddock Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The raider struck at about 5am Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Knife attacker who seriously injured four people is jailed for 15 years

Nisar Ahmed, 32, from Bedford was jailed for 15 years after a brutal attack which left four people with life-changing injuries. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A Bedford man has been jailed for 15 years after a brutal knife attack which left four people with life-changing injuries in December 2016.

Nisar Ahmed, 32, of Hurst Grove, violently assaulted a group of people in the early hours of 11 December 2016, inflicting large slash wounds to their faces, hands and bodies.

He was found guilty of two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, one count of causing grievous bodily harm and one count of possession of a knife.

“I’m pleased Ahmed has been handed a lengthy sentence and will face a substantial time behind bars for his nasty and vicious actions.

"Violence will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire and we are committed to taking dangerous people off our streets.

“Ahmed’s actions have had devastating consequences to the lives’ of others. "Carrying knives has serious consequences and I hope this sentence acts as a warning to others.”

– Investigation Officer Julia Hinson, Bedfordshire Police
Load more updates