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'I'm scared to go out' says Luton woman after body discovered in bin room

Essex Close, Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire police are continuing to question a man arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in a bin room in Luton.

The discovery was made in Essex Close on Monday 17th October, but it had been there for several days police believe.

Detectives are trying to establish how the man died, but are treating it as murder.

Neighbours have been speaking of their 'shock' at the discovery.

Agnus Plank has lived in the area for 41 years Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's a quiet estate, I"m now scared to go out."

– Agnus Plank, local resident
Andrew Lovelock was working nearby Credit: ITV News Anglia

Carpenter Andrew Lovelock is working near where the body was found and told ITV News Anglia he was 'shocked' at the news.

A woman who lives nearby called Sarah says she is 'terrified' and is going to move out.


Murder investigation launched after body found in bin in Luton

The body was found in a bin in Essex Close.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in a bin in Luton.

Emergency services were called to Essex Close at around 09:00 last night. It's thought the man's body may have been there for several days.

Officers are working to establish the circumstances around the death and are following a number of lines of enquiry.

This is a complex investigation and we are in the early stages of establishing the circumstances that have led to this man’s death, which we are treating as murder.

It is possible that the body may have been there for several days before it was discovered so I would appeal for anyone who witnessed anything unusual in and around Essex Close in the past week, to get in touch.

– Detective Fraser Wylie

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Connery.

FA Cup First Round Draw

FA Cup First Round draw Credit: ITV News Anglia

Non league side Brackley face a little bit of history repeating itself as they take on Gillingham.

The Saints beat the League One side after a hard fought replay three years ago to reach the second round for the first time in their history.

And the mind games have already started.

Brackley's tweet Credit: Brackley Town

The games will be played on the weekend of November 5th.


Nine year deal to run East Anglian rail franchise begins

More than 1,000 new rail carriages will be built. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A nine-year deal to run the East Anglian rail franchise has begun today (17 October).

Greater Anglia was awarded the contract by the Department for Transport in August.

The Dutch firm had been running the Norwich to London line since 2012. The new deal will last until until 2025.

The company says it will spend £1.5 billion replacing all the old trains with new ones.

How many new carriages will be built.

The trains will start coming into service in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire in 2019.

There will also be at least four 90-minute services between London and Norwich each weekday and two 60-minute services per day between London and Ipswich.

CCTV released after theft from elderly woman in Bedford

And elderly's woman's purse and passport were stolen while she was shopping. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of two people they'd like to speak following a theft from an elderly woman in Bedford.

The woman's purse, passport and bank book were stolen while she was shopping at the Iceland supermarket on Midland Road.

It happened at around midday on 30 September.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Six years behind bars for robber who held up betting shop armed with machete

Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man from Luton who robbed a betting shop armed with a machete has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Sean Heeney, 31, of Mount View in the town, admitted robbing the Dunstable branch of Ladbrokes on 11th March. He escaped with £700 from the till.

The incident was captured on the shop's CCTV. He was identified by an item of clothing that was discarded just before he entered the shop, and from tattoos on his neck and hand.

Heeney was sentenced to six years' imprisonment for robbery and 10 months for possession of a knife, to run concurrently at Luton Crown Court.

I am pleased the courts have recognised the severity of this incident, which is reflected in the sentence Heeney received . He is now paying the price for his criminality and this should send a clear message that crime doesn't pay.

This was a very traumatic experience for the two members of staff who were in the shop at the time of the robbery, so I am pleased we have secured some sense of justice for them."

– DC Stephen Francis
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