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Police urge victims of stalking to speak up

Police want victims of stalking to speak up. Credit: Press Association Images.

Police are encouraging people to speak up if they have been stalked online or out of the region's streets.

A national awareness drive has been launched this week with officers in Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk all taking part.

Police want to help people spot the signs of stalking and to report it if they have been a victim.

Last year, there were 71 stalking offences commited in Suffolk and 41 in Norfolk.

Figures show 80% of stalking victims are women but campaigners have stressed that many men are also affected.

Bedford "one of the safest places to study in the country"

Bedford was named as the fifth safest place to study. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedford is one of the safest places to study in the country according to new research.

The website 'sturents.com' looked at how many crimes were recorded in student areas last year.

Bedford was named as the fifth safest town, with Egham in Surrey coming out on top. Norwich was also in the top ten.

Brighton was deemed to be the most dangerous.

The safest student towns:

  • 1.) Egham
  • 2.) High Wycombe
  • 3.) Bath
  • 4.) Falmouth
  • 5.) Bedford
  • 6.) Loughborough
  • 7.) Medway
  • 8.) Norwich
  • 9.) Durham
  • 10.) Hull

Police appeal after man falls from van on motorway

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a man was seriously injured after falling from a van on the M1 in Bedfordshire on Thursday.

Just before 6.40pm, the man - who was a passenger of a white Volkswagen panel van - fell from the vehicle as it travelled southbound between junctions 9 and 8.

The driver, a 43 year old man from Hayes, stopped the vehicle and the man, who is 44 years old and from Harrow, was taken by air ambulance to Addenbrookes hospital with serious head injuries. He remains in a serious but stable condition.

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Firearm seized after collision

Police are appealing for information following a series of incidents in Luton which resulted in a firearm being seized by officers.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm after the weapon was discovered following a collision involving a motorcyclist in Abercorn Road, Luton.

The collision is believed to have followed a road rage incident earlier in the evening.

"This was a complex set of circumstances and we are still working hard to ascertain exactly what happened.

"We would urge anyone who witnessed a road rage incident in the area yesterday evening, or saw the collision in Abercorn Road, to call police."

– Detective Inspector Jackie Dadd
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