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Man who kidnapped pensioner sent to jail

A Luton man has been jailed for kidnapping a pensioner, and driving him to a cashpoint. 51-year-old Leslie DeRoses, of Dunstable Road, broke into the victim's house in Luton on the 14th of March. He then forced the victim to drive to cashpoints at nearby Parkway Station and Santander in George Street, to try to get him to withdraw cash.

51-year-old Leslie DeRoses Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Mr DeRoses pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, one count of robbery, and one count of kidnap at Luton Crown Court. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

“This was a horrific and despicable crime and we’re delighted with the sentence that DeRoses has received. He preyed on a vulnerable, elderly person, putting him through a terrifying ordeal. We’re really grateful to the people who came forward following our appeal."

– Detective Constable Alan Boxall - Bedfordshire Police

MEP speaks of 'regret' over comments made about UKIP leader

Patrick O'Flynn Credit: ITV News Anglia

Patrick O'Flynn a Member of the European Parliament for the East of England, who has an office in Peterborough, has issued a statement expressing his 'sincere regret' over comments he made about UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the General Election.

He apologised directly to Nigel Farage for his use of the phrase 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive'.

He went onto say his comment was a 'fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him.'

Mr O'Flynn has now stood down as economic spokesman.

"I would like to express to colleagues my sincere regret at going public with my frustrations about the turn of events following polling day. And more than that, I would like to apologise directly to Nigel for the phrase 'snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive'. This was a fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him. Nonetheless, I should have known better than anyone what use would be made of phrases that were both unfair and unkind. I think it appropriate to stand down as economic spokesman, which I have done. I hope in the months ahead to be of use to the great campaign to persuade the British people to leave the EU, which is after all what brought me into politics in the first place."

– Patrick O'Flynn, MEP, UKIP

10 years in jail for cash point robbery and kidnap

51-year old Leslie DeRoses from Luton has been jailed for 10 years Credit: Bedfordshire police

A man's been jailed for 10 years after kidnapping an elderly man and driving him to a cashpoint.

51-year-old Leslie DeRoses from Dunstable Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, one count of robbery, and one count of kidnap.

In March this year he broke into a house in Luton and demanded money from an elderly victim.

He then forced the victim to drive to cashpoints at Luton Parkway Station and Santander in George Street to steal money from his account.

"This was a horrific and despicable crime and we’re delighted with the sentence that DeRoses has received. He preyed on a vulnerable, elderly person, putting him through a terrifying ordeal. We’re really grateful to the people who came forward following our appeal and pleased that justice has been done. By taking callous criminals such as DeRoses off the streets of Bedfordshire, we really are helping to protect people and fight crime together.”

– Detective Constable Alan Boxall

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Three players who had been suspended are to leave Luton Town

Luton Town have confirmed that three players who had been suspended are leaving the club.

Striker Ricky Miller and winger Shaun Whalley were both arrested following an alleged assault in Hockliffe last month and are currently on bail until June 2nd.

Miller has had his contract terminated, subject to appeal, following an internal investigation into a breach of club discipline, whereas Whalley departs by mutual consent.

Danny Fitzsimons also leaves by mutual consent and was suspended due to a separate breach of club discipline.

School choirs chosen to welcome teams to Rugby World Cup

School choirs selected to welcome teams to Rugby World Cup Credit: Rugby World Cup 2015

20 school choirs have been selected to welcome teams during the Rugby World Cup 2015.

There were 100 applications from schools to get the chance to be part of the official welcoming ceremonies held in September.

Schools from our region include the Chestnuts Primary School from Bletchley, Milton Keynes who will welcome Samoa in Brighton.

St Aubyn's School from South Woodford in Essex will welcome Romania in London.

Thurstable School from Tiptree in Essex will welcome Fiji in London.

And Haileybury School from Hertford will welcome Argentina in Hertford.

"We were really pleased with the response we’ve seen from schools wanting to be part of the Welcome Ceremonies for Rugby World Cup 2015. The standard of the applications was very high and I would like to thank all schools that took the time to apply. We now have 20 excellent choirs from across England and Wales that will help us to welcome the participating unions to the Tournament and make it a celebration of Rugby. We hope this will provide them with unforgettable memories and give them and the teams a fantastic Tournament experience.”

– Managing Stephen Brown, Managing Director of England Rugby 2015

The choirs range in size from 18 to 50 pupils and perform a whole range of musical styles. The venues and dates of the ceremonies have yet to be announced.

Fire destroys two cottages - wood burner thought to be cause.

Fire took hold of the two cottages in Eversholt Credit: Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

An elderly woman has been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire in the roof of a cottage in Witts End, Eversholt in Bedfordshire.

The fire in the roof of the semi-detached cottage is thought to have been caused by a wood burner which caused the roof to catch fire.

Four fire engines and the aerial platform were needed to bring the blaze under control.

Crews tackle the blaze in the roof of the cottage Credit: Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

"Even though the property is severely damaged, the crew’s efforts certainly limited this to the roof area in terms of fire spread, unfortunately subsequent collapse of internal ceilings caused further damage. The surrounding community and neighbours rallied together to look after the residents and assisted with removal of valuables."

– Station Commander Jason Tai
The damage is clear to see the following day Credit: Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service
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