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Stansted and Luton airports report boost in summer passenger numbers

Stansted Airport.
Stansted Airport has announced a big increase in summer passengers. Credit: Press Association Images.

Stansted and Luton airports have announced big increases in their summer passenger numbers.

The Essex airport reported a total of nearly 1.95 million passengers passed through its terminal last month - a 12.2% increase on the July 2013 figure and the best monthly figure since August 2011.

It continues a strong period of growth for Stansted which has now welcomed a total of 18.68 million passengers in the 12 months ending July - up 5.6% on the previous year.

Luton announced that it handled more than one million passengers in both June and July, making it the Bedfordshire airport's best summer yet.

Earlier this week Heathrow and Gatwick announced that they handled more passengers in July than in any previous month.


Appeal for witnesses to drive-by shootings

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a spate of drive-by shootings in Bedfordshire at the weekend.

Detectives are currently investigating two incidents where an air rifle was used to fire pellets at members of the public.

But it is thought other similar incidents may have taken place which have not yet been reported.

On Sunday, August 10, at 3.20pm a woman was walking along Bedford Road in Kempston, close to Sainsbury’s supermarket, when a car slowed down and an occupant fired a pellet at her which lodged in her shoulder.

The vehicle - a family saloon type car - then drove off towards Bedford and the victim was taken to Bedford Hospital for treatment.

About 25 minutes later, officers were called to an incident in Hillsden Avenue, Elstow, after a youth fired an air rifle at someone as they walked along an alleyway. He then ran away.

Five people were arrested a short time late. They have since been released on police bail.

“These were two very serious incidents which involved a weapon being discharged and members of the public fearing for their lives. I believe that other offences may have taken place on the same day and would urge anyone who has any information to come forward and speak with me.”

– Det Con Amanda Durrant, Bedfordshire Police.

Man grabbed child and asked her to leave with him

Bedfordshire Police.
Bedfordshire are appealing for information after a child was grabbed by the arm in Luton. Credit: Gavin Fogg/ PA Wire

Police in Luton are appealing for information after a man grabbed a child's arm in a shopping centre and asked her to leave with him.

It happened in The Mall Arndale, Luton, on August 4 at the Footlocker store at about 11am.

A 29-year-old mother and her two children were in the shop when a man walked into her two-year-old daughter, grabbed the child’s arm and asked her to leave the shop for an ice cream.

The mother challenged the man, who is described as black and about 31 years old, before he left the scene.

“The man left the scene and the child was not harmed during this incident but we do need to trace the man so we can find out the full circumstances of what happened.”

– DC Jabbar Khan, Bedfordshire Police.

Anyone with information shoud contact DC Khan, in confidence, at Luton Police Station on 01582 394081, Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.


Funeral of lake tragedy teenager to take place

Conor McColl.
Conor McColl. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

The funeral of a teenage boy who drowned in a lake in Bedfordshire last month will be held this afternoon.

Conor McColl, who was 16 and from Luton, disappeared while swimming with friends in a disused quarry in Clophill on July 24.

Police divers recovered his body the following day.

Bus services to return to normal after three-year-old girl was killed

Mourners at the funeral of Mayah Alleyah Shazad.
Mourners at the funeral of Mayah Alleyah Shazad. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Four days after a three-year-old girl died after being struck by a bus, services are set to return to normal in the morning.

Mayah Alleyah Shazad was killed on Friday.

Yesterday, hundreds of mourners turned out for her funeral.

Arriva said bus services would return to normal again in the morning.

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