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Bedford man given life sentence for attacking his ex and her partner

Christoper Holmes Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man from Bedford has been given handed a life sentence after brutally attacking his ex-partner and her boyfriend.

Christopher Holmes, 35, from Bedford was sentenced to life after being found guilty of attempted murder at Luton Crown Court.

The court heard how he forced entry to the victim’s house armed with a knife when he knew both her and her boyfriend were inside. He assaulted his ex and stabbed her boyfriend in the chest and back, causing serious injuries.

The judge ruled that Holmes was a dangerous man and handed him a minimum term of 10 years.

“This was a nasty and savage planned attack that caused serious injury and we are fortunate that the victims survived such venom.

We welcome this sentence, Holmes intended to kill his victims and acted with brazen violence.

Domestic abuse is a priority for Bedfordshire Police and it will not be tolerated. This cruel crime damages the lives of too many people and this case is a stark reminder of the serious consequences of such abuse...We hope this case sends a clear message that anyone who thinks they can use such violence faces a lengthy term behind bars.”

– PC Emily Clark, Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit

Tory Northants MP: Cameron's resignation a 'tragedy' but 'inevitable'

David Cameron's resignation as Prime Minister is a "tragedy", but "inevitable" a Conservative MP has said.

Michael Ellis praised Mr Cameron's ability to "build bridges" and also the fact that he led the first majority Conservative Government in over 20 years, and said he led the Coalition Government "admirably".

The MP for Northampton North said "calmness and good order" following the outcome of the EU referendum and the volatility of markets as a result.

The morning after the night before: Your reaction to the Brexit result

The Anglia region voted to leave the European Union by a greater margin than the rest of the country in the EU referendum debate. The Leave campaign beat the Remain by more than half a million votes here in the East.

Now the morning after the night before how do you feel about the result?

We have been speaking to travellers arriving at Stansted Airport, spoken to truckers in Felixstowe in Suffolk and market traders in Kettering in Northamptonshire to find out YOUR reaction.


Luton-based TUI: 'The EU without the UK is barely conceivable'

TUI are based in Luton. Credit: PA

Luton-based travel company TUI has responded to Britain's decision to leave the EU by saying that it is 'barley conceivable' to imagine Europe without the UK.

The Leave campaign won by a 51.9% majority overnight.

CEO Fritz Jouseen admitted he was shocked by the decision but has backed his company to get through a period of uncertainty.

The EU without the UK is barely conceivable but we respect the democratic decision of the British people and trust the UK government will take all steps necessary to ensure economic and political stability and to ensure that British holidaymakers will not be affected by the UK's decision to leave the EU.

We are well prepared and confident that TUI Group as a truly global company will not be significantly affected by the decision.

It remains to be seen how the decision will affect consumer sentiment.

– Fritz Joussen, TUI CEO
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