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Man jailed after raping women in KFC

A man who raped a woman in the toilets of a KFC in Bedford has been jailed for five years.

Maciej Andrzejczyk, 38, of no fixed address, was found guilty of rape following the incident which happened in Tavistock Street on 14 November 2014.

He was sentenced to five years and three months and his name will be put on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

The woman had been out celebrating a friend’s birthday when she was raped by Andrzejczyk in the toilets of the restaurant.

Two days later he was arrested in Bedford town centre after a police officer recognised him from the CCTV footage.

Detective Inspector Jenny McIntyre, who leads Bedfordshire Police's Rape Investigation Unit, said: “Andrzejczyk committed a horrific and inexcusable crime against a young woman who had been enjoying an evening out with friends.

“Thanks to the hard work of our officers, this dangerous man has been put behind bars, and we hope this is seen as a warning to anyone else who thinks it’s acceptable to act in this way.

“The victim has understandably been left traumatised by this incident and we hope that now justice has been done she will be able to start to move on with her life.

“Bedfordshire Police works hard to protect people and fight crime together and we are completely committed to investigating such cases thoroughly and bringing the offenders to justice.”


Headteacher's concern after "very unwell" students taken to hospital

Six students were taken to hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The headteacher of a school in Luton where six students became "very unwell" has said they are "not certain" of the cause of their symptoms.

Six students at Lealands High School were taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital this morning.

John Burridge, Headteacher, Lealands High School, said: “Before arriving at school six students from different year groups appear to have become very unwell.

"We first became aware of this when one of these students attended the medical room on arrival at school. We immediately contacted the ambulance service and then it emerged that other students were suffering similar symptoms.

"The pupils were taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital for further assessment and care.

“At this stage we are not certain of the cause of their symptoms. We have advised all pupils about the incident and have offered support if they have any concerns, however we are not aware that any other students are affected.

“Our absolute primary concern at this stage is the welfare and wellbeing of the students who are now in the hands of medical professionals.”

Six 'unwell' Luton schoolchildren taken to hospital

Six schoolchildren in Luton have been taken to hospital after becoming unwell at the start of school.

Three ambulances were called to Lealands High School in Sundon Park Road in Luton and took the children to the Luton and Dunstable hospital.

The alarm was raised after one student said he was unwell.

A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance service said they were called to the 11 to 16 year old school at 8.34 this morning.

She said: "Six children have been taken to the Luton and Dunstable hospital in three ambulances. At this stage we don't know what caused them to become ill."

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