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Man receives 11-year sentence for his part in gang violence

Sejon King Credit: Beds Police

A man has received an 11-year jail sentence for his part in a stabbing in Luton last year, following a hearing at Luton Crown Court.

Sejon King, 19, of Williton Road, Luton was the eleventh and final man to be sentenced in connection with the violent disorder which broke out on 2 December.

A fight broke out in the town centre, which resulted in an 18-year-old man being stabbed.

Following the disorder and stabbing, a group of men broke into a house in Williton Road, Luton, armed with knives, in a bid for revenge.

“We’re delighted that the final offender involved in this incident has been brought to justice.”

“Here at Bedfordshire Police we are committed to tackling violent offences and gang-related disorder. I’d like to thank all of our officers involved in the case, from those in response and community who were first on the scene, to the detectives who investigated the incidents, for their hard work and help in fighting crime and protecting the public.”

– Detective Inspector Jackie Dadd

King was sentenced to 11 years for conspiring to cause GBH and GBH with intent. He will also serve two years concurrently for violent disorder and three years concurrently for possession of a knife.

Four of the men jailed previously have received criminal behaviour orders which forbid them from communicating with those involved for a number of years as well as banning them from carrying an offensive weapon. If they breach the orders, they will receive a further custodial sentence.


Nine year-old girl in critical condition after Bedfordshire crash

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a young girl received serious injuries following a collision in Linslade on Tuesday 29 September.

The nine-year-old girl was walking along Old Road at approximately 3.40pm when a blue Mercedes and a silver Ford KA collided with each other, which subsequently resulted in the girl being knocked over.

Emergency services attended and the girl was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

A second girl was also involved in the collision but fortunately sustained only minor injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit on 101.

First pictures of baby red panda twins at Whipsnade Zoo

The first pictures have been released of twin red pandas, born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

The baby red pandas, named by keepers Bert and Ernie after the Sesame Street characters, have been hiding away in their nesting boxes until this week, when their mum, six year-old Tashi began carrying them outside for short intervals.

Bert and Ernie were born to mum Tashi and dad Blue at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on 30 June 2015.

Senior Keeper at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Stephen Perry said: “It’s been magical to see the baby red pandas out and about for the first time.

“Red pandas can be difficult to observe due to their shy and secretive nature, their nocturnal habits and the fact that they spend most of their time up trees. We never see much of their babies for the first couple of months of their lives but it’s worth the wait. They’re incredible and beautiful creatures, and a real visitor favourite.

“Tashi is a brilliant mum, and when the weather gets warmer you sometimes catch her carrying the babies between nesting boxes to find the coolest one for them.”

Ram raid warning issued by police

Aftermath of Roydon ram raid. Credit: Paul Wood

Detectives are warning that thieves could be planning a series of attacks on cash machines across the region.

A stolen loader was used to take an ATM in Harlow over the weekend and a few days earlier a shop at nearby Roydon was targeted.

Bedfordshire police say farm equipment which could be used in future raids as well as some potential get-away cars have been stolen in the past few weeks.


£2.4m road improvements to be made in Bedfordshire

Road improvements worth £2.4m will take place in Bedfordshire over the winter.

The construction company Interserve Construction Ltd has been appointed to carry out works on the A421, the M1 at junction 13 and the A5 through Milton Keynes and Dunstable.

The work is expected to begin in the winter and be completed in early 2016.

It will involve repairing road surfaces and road markings, resurfacing and replacing and installing new signs.

Highways England has said disruption to drivers will be kept to a minimum.

“This scheme will make journeys better for local people by improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use these roads each day.

“We will work with the contractors on how the works will affect people, but I'd like to assure drivers, where possible, disruption will be kept to a minimum and to bear with us while the works take place as there will be a small amount of pain for a large amount of gain."

– Aran Nugent, Service Delivery Team Leader at Highways England
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