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Luton's Asda to re-open after a huge fire

Asda Superstore, Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Asda superstore in Luton which was badly damaged in a fire is due to reopen today (Monday 17th July) after undergoing a seven point six million pound makeover.

It took over a hundred firefighters several hours to battle the blaze in the Wigmore Lane store in March.

The cause of the blaze was accidental.

The store has been repaired and is now to re-open Credit: ITV News Anglia

Warning about dangers of open water ahead of summer holidays

Police officers warn that a quick dip could have potential tragic consequences Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police are urging people to think twice before jumping in the nearest lake or river to cool off ahead of the summer holidays.

The force is advising people to avoid risky open water areas, that could conceal strong undercurrents.

Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites.

It's instead encouraging people to pay a visit to the county’s many leisure centres and lidos instead.

Those walking, running or cycling near open water should also ensure they stay well clear of bank edges to avoid trips and falls.

Even the strongest of swimmers can get into difficulty as a result of undercurrents and deeper water, a bit of fun splashing around can soon turn into something a lot more tragic - as we have unfortunately seen in previous years.

– Chief Inspector Hob Hoque, of Bedfordshire Police

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Online investigation finds parking at Luton Airport is the most expensive

Luton Airport

Luton Airport has the most expensive parking according to an investigation by Admiral Insurance.

Parking at the Bedfordshire airport was three times more expensive than the cheapest. A two week stay in Luton's standard on-site car park came in at £191 according to Admiral.

Exeter was the cheapest, where an equivalent space cost just £65 for the same amount of time.

Meanwhile, the study found Stansted charges the highest drop-off rate at £8.50 for 15 minutes, followed by Luton at £8.

Airline prepares for Brexit

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EasyJet has applied for a new air operator's certificate in Austria to allow it to continue flying in the European Union after Brexit.

The Luton-based airline says the accreditation process is "well advanced" and it hopes to receive the certificate soon. A spokeswoman said "nothing will change" for passengers.

Police name man killed in Bedfordshire crash

Paul Mills died in the crash Credit: Bedfordshire police

A 52-year-old man who died in a collision in a Bedfordshire village has been named.

Paul Mills died after his car left the road at Stanford Lane in Clifton on Sunday evening (9 July).

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

PC Andy Ralph, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our investigation into the incident is ongoing, and we are keen to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle in the Stanford or Clifton areas between 6pm and 6.30pm on the evening of the incident. If you did see the vehicle, please do get in touch with us.”

  • Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Ralph on 101 quoting reference number 372 of 9 July.

Two armed masked men rob supermarket in Bedford

Charlie’s Supermarket in the High Street in Clapham in Bedford. Credit: Google Street View

Police are appealing for information after an armed robbery in Clapham in Bedford last week.

At approximately 10.10pm on Thursday (6 July), two masked men entered Charlie’s Supermarket in the High Street and threatened the shop keeper, before stealing several hundred pounds from the till.

Both of the men were described as English-speaking. One was wearing blue gloves and had a distinctive red top under a dark jumper. The second man was wearing black clothes with white gloves.

This was a shocking incident which has naturally left the shopkeeper feeling shaken. We’re currently pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to help us find the men responsible and I’m appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch.

– Detective Constable Oly Tomlinson, Bedfordshire Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number JH/28839/17 or Crimestoppers, completely anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Man jailed for racist attack in takeaway

A man who carried out a violent racist attack on staff members of a takeaway in Luton has been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison.

Steven Brown, 26, of no fixed address, was found guilty of racially/religious aggravated common assault and racially/religious aggravated criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court, on 30 June.

The court heard how the defendant, who was previously banned from the Peri Peri Cottage in Marsh Farm, Luton, became aggressive towards staff members. He racially abused them, before becoming physically violent, hitting an employee in the face and throwing a milk jug at one of them.

On his removal from the premises the defendant smashed the glass door in an act of aggression and re-entered the building through the gap made by the glass.

He was also ordered by the courts to pay £115 compensation to the victim.

Hate crime can be reported to police on 101 or online to True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk

Man jailed for attack on 84 year-old woman

Russell Harris jailed Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been jailed for nine years after being found guilty of attacking and robbing an 84 year-old woman.

Russell Harris, 46, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court, after stealing a woman's handbag and leaving her with serious injuries while she walked home from a doctor's appointment in Bedford.

She was found face down on the floor by a member of the public.

Around an hour after the robbery, the victim’s bank card was used to make a contactless payment at a shop. Officers watched CCTV footage from the shop and were able to identify the man making the purchase as Harris.

The victim’s mobile phone was also found, and data showed that Harris had used it to make almost 25 phone calls on the day of, and the day after, the robbery.

Thanks to a tip off from another member of the public, Harris was located and arrested.

This was a horrific attack on a vulnerable lady, who sustained serious injuries as a result of Harris’ cold-hearted actions. Before the attack the victim was extremely agile and fairly independent, but this shocking incident has left her both physically and emotionally affected.

– Detective Constable Aroop Nandre, Bedfordshire Police
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