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Sixteen detained after lorry found with immigrants on M1

16 people have been detained after migrants were found in a lorry. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Sixteen people have been detained after police received reports of immigrants in a lorry travelling on the M1 near Luton.

The vehicle was stopped on the motorway on Thursday afternoon.

Bedfordshire Police said: "We were called at approximately 2.55pm by Hertfordshire Constabulary after receiving reports of immigrants in a lorry heading towards Bedfordshire on the M1 northbound.

"A number of officers attended and detained 16 people after the lorry was stopped just before junction 11.

"The ambulance service is in attendance and will be taking some people to hospital as a precaution before they are taken to custody."

EasyJet pilots vote for industrial action - as airline makes last-minute offer

An EasyJet plane. Credit: Press Association.

Pilots at Luton-based airline EasyJet have voted to take industrial action in a dispute over fatigue.

However, their union, Balpa, has announced that talks are planned to try to resolve the row following a last-minute offer from the company.

General Secretary Brian Strutton said 96% of members at the airline voted for some form of industrial action on a turnout of 88%.

Balpa said it would issue further information tomorrow after considering the offer from EasyJet.

"For clarity that means there are no plans for pilots taking industrial action in EasyJet at this stage."

– Brian Strutton, Balpa.


Roads closed in Luton after reports man fell from lift

The incident happened in King Street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A number of roads were temporarily closed in Luton tonight after a man reportedly fell down a lift shaft.

It's believed the incident happened in a building in King Street near the Town Hall at around 18:30.

The Air Ambulance and other emergency services were sent to the scene.

The A505 Luton ring road was among the roads that had to be shut for a couple of hours.

The man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police issue image of man they want to trace after race attack

Police investigating a racially-motivated attack in Bedford have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

The CCTV image of a man Bedfordshire Police want to trace in an investigation into a race attack. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

The victim and his family were in their car in their car on Grafton Road at the junction with Midland Road, when they were approached by a group of men.

The victim was subjected to racially aggravated verbal abuse before being assaulted and threatened by the group. The group then kicked his car before making off towards Ashburnham Road.

The incident happened at around 6.15 pm on Monday 5 September.


Man shot in the arm in Luton

Cambridge Street Credit: Google Maps

An investigation has been launched after a man was shot in Luton on Saturday.

Bedfordshire Police were called by the ambulance service at around 12.25pm reporting that a man's arm was injured after it is believed he had been shot.

Cambridge Street is closed at the junction with New Town Street and where it meets Surrey Street.

This is being treated as an isolated incident at this time. Fortunately incidents like this are rare in our county but we would like to reassure the community that tackling firearms offences are a priority for the force and we take these incidents incredibly seriously.

Additional officers will be in the area providing reassurance patrols and we would urge anyone with information to get in touch.

The man has been taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.

– Detective Inspector Aaron Kiff

The man has been taken to hospital and is in a stable condition.

600,000 more seats available on trains


Train operator Abellio Greater Anglia says there are now 600,000 more seats available a year on its intercity trains between Norwich and London.

Seven catering carriages have been fitted with 54 seats each and extra seats added to some standard carriages. Its all part of a £12 million refurbishment of all intercity trains.

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