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Women steal cash from church hall

Police are appealing for witnesses after money way stolen from the Women’s Institute in Dunstable on Saturday .

The money, which was being stored in a cash tin, was stolen from the Methodist Church Hall in Ashton Square.

Two women entered the church hall at approximately 11.30am along with a child and a baby, claiming to supply food for the location.

They then entered the kitchen and stole the cash tin.

Woman killed as she looked after her four children while family were at a funeral

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

A mother has been murdered in her home in Luton as she looked after her four children while the rest of her family was attending a late night funeral.

It's believed she may have disturbed a burglar who broke into the family's home in Overstone Road. She has been named locally as Saima Khan.

The scene in Luton where a woman's body was found. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Neighbours said the dead woman was lying in a pool of blood in the hallway and it's believed she had suffered stab wounds. Unconfirmed reports said that her throat had been slit.

A smashed window at the house in Overstone Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Neighbours were alerted by screaming in the street at around 11.30 on Monday night as the woman's relatives returned to the house.

It's believed an intruder may have got into the house late on Monday night.

Neighbours said the family had come to the UK around seven years ago from Holland.

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Man's face burned by liquid thrown at him

Police in Luton are appealing for witnesses after a man's face was burned when liquid was thrown at him last week.

It happened as the man was walking along Leagrave Road in on Thursday (19 May) at approximately 10.50am.

He was approached by a man who engaged him in conversation before spraying him with an unknown substance, causing burns.

The offender then got into a Ford Fiesta which was being driven by someone else, and fled the scene.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Hard-hitting film spells out concerns of ambulance crews

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

A hard-hitting film highlighting the stress suffered by ambulance crews in the East has been released as they prepare to ballot over industrial action.

The film by the health service union 'Unison' features staff struggling to cope with the aftermath of traumatic call outs, saying they're worried their stress could impact on the safety of patients.

But the East of England Ambulance Service has responded saying it's planning to recruit more staff and has urged crews not to vote to take action.

Luton man jailed for possessing 'sickening catalogue' of child abuse images

Kevan Walker. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A 50-year-old man from Luton has been jailed after he was found to have a "sickening catalogue" of child abuse images.

Kevan Walker pleaded guilty to six charges relating to indecent photographs of young people.

Bedfordshire Police said they had never seen such horrendous images.

He was given a two-year prison sentence and has been put on the sex offenders' register for life.

In all the time I have worked in the Internet Child Abuse Investigation Team (ICAIT) I’ve never witnessed such horrendous material to the level that Walker was viewing.

The measures placed against Walker will ensure that he remains under supervision for the rest of his life and will be prevented from contributing any further to the sick cycle of child abuse.

– Detective Constable Paul Fitzharris

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Taxi driver jailed over plans to abandon family and join ISIS

Naseer Mirza Taj. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A taxi driver from Bedford who planned to leave his pregnant wife at home while he travelled to fight for the so called Islamic State has been jailed.

26-year-old Naseer Taj planned to go to Syria, marry a jihadi bride and achieve martyrdom.

But he was arrested in December 2014 two days before he was set to leave.

He was found guilty of the preparation of terrorists acts and sentenced to eight years and three months.

The sad reality is that his intentions meant he has now missed out on the birth of his child and will not be there to see them growing up.

We work hard with partner agencies and our communities to identify those who seek to exploit the vulnerable in our society, or who have extreme views in order to intervene and divert them away from that path.

– Detective Inspector Ryan Brammer
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