The University of Bedfordshire has been given funding from FIFA to research the impact of heat and altitude on football players.
A 16-year-old boy has been giving evidence in the trial of four teenagers accused of murdering a man at his home in Kempston, Bedfordshire.
Tensions ran high at a meeting in Luton last night, with many people raising concerns about their local police force.
Bedford Borough Council has issued nearly £15,000 in fines to parents who have taken their children on unauthorised holidays this school year.
ITV News asked all local authorities to provide figures for how much money had been raised as a result of the sanctions.
Bedford confirmed it had issued a total of 98 fines worth £14,820. Five families also face potential court action for non-payment.
Many parents are choosing to take the fines rather than pay to take their children on holiday during peak periods.
Today, MPs will debate the steep price rises charged by holiday companies during school breaks. A number of other local authorities have yet to respond to the request for information.
Luton Borough Council is asking drivers to be patient as work begins on a 30 million pound project to cut congestion by the M1.
The main road linking the motorway and Luton Airport - through junctions 10, and 10a - will close overnight on some dates in March. The whole project is due to be completed by next summer. Olivia Paterson reports.
Drivers in Bedfordshire are being warned of delays as work begins on a £30 million scheme to improve access to and from the M1.
The project, designed to reduce congestion at junctions 10 and 10a for Luton, will see overnight closures on the main road linking the motorway and Luton Airport.
Details are as follows:
4th to 9th March 2014: Spur Road and New Airport Way – closed eastbound from the M1 to Capability Green. 8pm – 4am
10th to 12th March 2014: Spur Road and New Airport Way – closed westbound from Capability Green to the M1. 8pm – 4am
During those closures traffic will be re-routed via junction 11, passing through Luton town centre. From the 4th of March and for the duration of the 18-month project, there will also be narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit.
Road improvements are often funded by the Department for Transport. In this case though it is the Department for Business, because of the predicted benefits for the local economy.
As part of the deal, the local council must ensure 900 new jobs in the local area. If the target is missed, the council will have to repay the Government some of that money.
"It is a massive project but it will open up all the opportunities for Luton in terms of the economy, jobs the airport and obviously access right across this part of England”.
Colin Chick, Luton Borough Council_
A year ago a woman was sexually assaulted at knifepoint after being abducted from a petrol station at Dunstable in Bedfordshire. Now officers have renewed their appeal for information and revealed a possible link to Belgium, as Matthew Hudson reports.
Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire MajorCrime Unit are renewing their appeal for information from the public a year after a serious sexual assault happened in Dunstable.
Detectives continuing to investigate the assault are urging other women who may have information regarding similar incidents but who were unable to speak to the police last year, or may have seen a partner using a Star’tex brand of condom, to speak with officers now.
The incident happened on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6.55pm, when the victim, who is in her late 20s, was leaving the Shell Petrol Station in Poynters Road, Dunstable. As she was driving off the forecourt a man opened the passenger door of her dark grey 4x4 vehicle and got in.
The man produced a knife and forced the victim to drive to Tomlinson Avenue, arriving a few minutes after 7pm. An assault of a serious sexual nature then took place at knifepoint. The attack lasted approximately fifteen minutes.
The condom, which had been left unopened by the offender in the victim’s car, - a Star’tex brand - is unusual because it is not sold in the UK and the makers confirmed that the batch this condom was from had been sold in Belgium from December 2012.
The offender is described as being a white man with an olive complexion who spoke with a foreign accent, possibly Italian. He was around five feet ten inches to six feet tall and of slim to medium build with short stubble on his face.
He was wearing dark trousers which had a logo on them or fluorescent markings (these markings were different on each leg), and short zips at the bottom on the outside. He was also wearing a dark hooded jacket with the hood up and pulled tight round his face and ankle height boots.
Luton Borough Council is asking drivers to be patient when they close two junctions of the M1 near Luton next month, as part of a £30 million scheme to cut congestion.
The main road from the M1 to the airport, through junctions 10 and 10a, will close between 4 and 9 March.
Work's already started on the project, which should be completed by next summer.
Police have confirmed that the body of a man recovered from the River Ouzel is that of a missing Leighton Buzzard man.
Neil Devlin had been missing since New Year's Eve.
Devlin, who was in his 30s, was reported missing after failing to turn up for work at a local supermarket.
His body was recovered on Monday.
Work on the East West rail line, which will connect East Anglia with Central, Southern and Western England, is underway.
Network Rail have begun clearing an 11 mile section of track between Newton Longville and Claydon which was last used in May 1993.
The project will allow trains to run between Bedford and Oxford and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury in four years time.
A 15-year-old disabled boy has been attacked by a cyclist who knocked him to the ground and stamped on his head five times.
The teenager was walking along Chester Road in Bedford, close to the junction with Old Ford End Road, at about 6pm last Thursday.
The cyclist was on the path heading towards him. He is described as a mixed-race man, aged about 20, and of a medium build.
He was with another man. Both left towards Old Ford End Road and Westbourne Road.
PC Sue Reynolds condemned the "appalling behaviour" of the teenager's attacker.
She added: "The victim is disabled and finds it difficult to walk unaided. He has suffered facial injuries which required hospital treatment, and the shock of the incident has left him feeling very vulnerable."
The jury in the trial of four teenagers accused of murdering a Bedfordshire pensioner is expected to start hearing evidence today.
Sharif Demirsay was killed in his home at Vineyard Way in Kempston in May last year. A 19-year-old man, two boys aged 17 and a 15-year-old boy all deny murder.