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Campaigners to fight plans to build waste incinerator in Bedfordshire

Campaigners say they'll keep fighting renewed plans to build a waste incinerator near a village in Bedfordshire.

An American company has permission to build a 24-acre facility at 'Rookery South Pit' near Stewartby. It says the site could generate enough energy to power 65,000 homes.

But some people living nearby have been campaigning against it for nearly a decade and they say they're not backing down now.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper.

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100 London taxis to take underprivileged children to Woburn Safari Park

Woburn Safari Park.

A convoy of 100 London taxis will descend upon Woburn Safari Park, as part of a charity drive from the capital.

Children from underprivileged and special needs backgrounds will be taken from schools in North West London to the Bedfordshire park.

It's the second time they have done it, the last time in 2010.

Man summoned to court in disappearance of Luton woman

Natalia was last seen in April 2003 Credit: Natalia Doherty

A second man has been summoned to court in connection with the death of Natalia Doherty, who disappeared in Luton in 2003.

72-year old Joseph Doherty from Old Greenock Road, Port Glasgow, Scotland, has received a summons to answer charges of preventing a lawful burial, obstructing a coroner in the execution of his duty and perverting the course of justice.

It comes after the remains of 50-year-old Natalia Doherty were discovered by police in a garden in Luton in December 2015.

Daniel Doherty, 67 and of Ickneild Way in Luton was charged with the same offences last week.

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Charity highlights the dangers of concussion in sport

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Football, Rugby and Cricket have all seen some high profile players affected by concussion.

As a result professional sports have introduced special protocols to protect players, but, with an incident of concussion every 21 games in amateur rugby, there are calls for a similar approach at the grassroots level as well.

Now the brain injury charity Headway has launched a campaign to ensure the dangers of concussion get through, Rob Halden-Pratt reports.

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Five deny encouraging support for Islamic State

Four men from Luton have appeared in court to deny charges of encouraging support for Islamic State.

Mohammed Istiak Alamgir, Yousaf Bashir and Rajib Khan, all from Luton, are accused of giving speeches urging support for the terrorist group during Ramadan last year.

Khan and another man, Ziaur Rahman, allegedly helped organise meetings wheresuch speeches were made. The group allegedly met at an Anglican church in Luton and at Rahman's house.<

A fifth man, Mohammed Choudry, from Maidenhead, Berkshire, is also charged with making a speech to a meeting, in July 2015.<

They all pleaded not guilty to the allegations during a hearing at the Old Bailey.

Scientists track the decline of nightingales

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Nightingales are one of the nation's favourite birds, but sadly their numbers are diminishing. They've fallen by 90% in the past 40 years.

Now a team of scientists here in the East are using brand new GPS technology to track the birds' movements to understand why they're declining and what can be done to save the species.

Tanya Mercer got up bright and early to join the team at Alton Water in Suffolk:

Community anger after death following police arrest

Midland Road, Bedford

There's anger in a community in Bedford after a man died after being arrested by police.

It happened in Midland Road after the man was apprehended by officers. He collapsed and died later despite efforts by police and paramedics to resuscitate him.

An investigation's been launched by the police watchdog into what happened,

First and foremost I would like to say that our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the man at this tragic time. We immediately referred the incident to the IPCC, as is procedure when a person dies who has been in recent contact with the police.

An IPCC independent investigation is now underway which we will be fully cooperating with, and as such it would be inappropriate to comment further.

– Deputy Chief Constable Mark Collins

Police target Vauxhall car part thieves

A Vauxhall stripped for parts Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police operation is targeting thieves who steal Vauxhall car parts.

Bedfordshire Police’s dedicated Operation King initiative has seen the force working in close co-operation with Vauxhall Motors itself.

As part of this partnership, Vauxhall has equipped officers with vehicles carrying sophisticated surveillance equipment to be used specifically in covert operations and in the tracking of stolen components.

Since December a total of 22 arrests have been made in relation to the theft of Vauxhall vehicle parts, in particular from the popular Corsa model.

In addition the force has secured a conviction for the handling of stolen goods in relation to Vauxhall thefts. In December, a 26-year-old man from Luton, was charged with handling stolen goods after being linked to a stolen Astra in Luton.

A Vauxhall Corsa stripped for parts Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Regrettably the popularity of Vauxhall cars and their Corsa models in particular means that there is still a strong market for stolen vehicle parts and we continue to experience offending. Our message remains the same: We need people to tell us where the outlets for these components are, and I would urge the public only to buy vehicle components from certified vehicle parts stockists.

– Det Chief Insp Ian Middleton
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