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Homes evacuated after hand grenade discovery in Luton

Police have cordoned off an area of Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have cordoned off an area of Luton after a hand grenade was found.

Officers were told that a military style grenade had been discovered in Whitehill Avenue.

Whitehill Avenue was closed between London Road and Farley Hill as a result.

However, police have now confirmed that the grenade wasn't live.

People in houses in Whitehill Avenue were evacuated as a precautionary measure.


Police swoop to seize assets from notorious ram raid gang

Police seized an Audi A5 S-line TDI Cabriolet. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Police today seized assets worth thousands of pounds thought to have been bought with the proceeds of a string of ram raids on ATM cash machines.

Around 140 officers from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk seized cars, plant machinery and other goods from addresses belonging to a gang of five men who carried out 12 raids on banks and businesses, getting away with more than £400,000 and causing £250,000 worth of damage.

The assets were seized from addresses belonging to the gang. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

They've been jailed for a total of 22 years.

Amazon creates 500 jobs in Dunstable

Amazon to create 500 jobs in Dunstable

Five hundred new jobs are to be created in Dunstable as online shopping giant Amazon creates a new warehouse there.

The company, which is based in Milton Keynes, is opening a huge new 'fulfilment centre' - roughly the size of four football pitches - off Boscombe Road.

It'll begin to process customer orders in the Autumn.

The new site in Dunstable will work with Amazon's existing fulfilment centres across the UK to ensure that millions of customers receive their items on time and in perfect condition.

Amazon already has eight fulfilment centres in UK, which are located in Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Marston Gate, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.

Together, more than 7,000 permanent employees work at the centres.

"Over the last two years, we have added well in excess of 2,000 new employees to our UK workforce and we are delighted to be able to create a further 500 permanent jobs at our new Dunstable centre. We look forward to our Dunstable centre playing an integral role in providing a first class shopping experience for customers across the UK, Europe and the world."

– John Tagawa, Director of UK Operations at Amazon.


Roads closed for funeral procession

The family and friends of a father from Bedfordshire who was found dead at a travellers' site have processed through Houghton Regis for his funeral.

Adam Fanelli, who was 31, was found dead at Nash Park in Buckinghamshire on the 17th of March. Two men have been charged with his murder.

The police closed roads for the funeral procession to and from All Saints Church in Houghton Regis this afternoon.

Watch Olivia Paterson's report below...

Resounding "no" in police funding referendum

A resounding no vote that means people in Bedfordshire will not be paying extra council tax to put more officers on the beat.

The county was the only one in the country to stage a referendum on the issue. Voters rejected the proposal to raise an extra four and a half million pounds but that's left Bedfordshire Police with some big problems.

Click below to view Elodie Harper's report...

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