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Gang of 12 attack and rob teenager in Bedford

The attack happened on Norse Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A teenager has been attacked and robbed by a group of around 12 teenage boys in Bedford.

The victim was sitting in a car with two friends in Norse Road car park on Thursday 2 February when they were approached by the gang who came from the direction of Thor Drive.

The group, who were wearing balaclavas, assaulted the victim and stole his phone before running off. The victim sustained injuries that required hospital treatment.

This was a totally unacceptable and unprovoked attack on a victim socialising with friends.

Bedfordshire Police takes reports of this nature extremely seriously and we are looking at a number of lines of enquiry to find out who is behind this nasty attack.

I am keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who knows who is responsible.

– Detective Constable Aroop Nandre

Police appeal after two distraction burglaries

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for information after two distraction burglaries were committed on Tuesday (7 February), within hours of each other and using a similar scam.

The first happened in St Peter’s Close, Sharnbrook between 7pm and 7.15pm. A man was able to gain access to a property after telling the victim he was from the water board.

The second incident occurred in Nursery Gardens, Bedford, between 7.50pm and 8pm. Two men entered a property telling the homeowners there was a problem with the water supply, confronted one of the victims and snatched his wallet. They offered no identification, despite being asked.

Although both incidents happened on the same day and are fairly similar, at this stage we don’t believe they are linked. We do want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and noticed anything suspicious, or anyone who knows who is responsible.

Nobody has the right to enter someone else’s home under false pretences and make them feel unsafe.

– Detective Constable Sajid Saddique

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Five men jailed for drumming up support for Islamic State

A group of extremists with links to hate preacher Anjem Choudary have been jailed for their part in drumming up support for Islamic State following a series of meetings in Luton.

They were found guilty of terrorism offences following a 20-month undercover operation by police.

Meetings, held in a marquee in a Luton garden and a nearby church, urged people to support the terror group and go to Syria to fight.

Airlander test flights expected to resume soon

The Airlander crashed back in August. Credit: Lee Cordell

The flight deck of the world's largest aircraft has been repaired following a crash on only its second ever flight.

The Airlander airship, which was built in Bedfordshire, was damaged in August last year and has been out of action ever since.

The flight deck instrument panels, overhead console and wiring have had to be re-installed. Test flights should begin again soon.

Man jailed over Luton shooting

Nicoo Nabavi has been jailed for two years four months. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been sentenced to more than two years in jail after pleading guilty to shooting a man in Luton in November.

Nicoo Nabavi, 27, from Connaught Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm

He was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

On Saturday 26 November 2016, a man was found with shot wounds in Marlow Avenue.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for a stomach injury.

Detective Sergeant Mark Devine said: “Violence will not be tolerated in our communities and we are working hard to reduce gun crime across the county.

"I’m pleased that Nabavi pleaded guilty and will now face time behind bars for this incident.”

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