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Woburn Safari Park fire started 'accidentally in generator'

All 13 Patas monkeys died at Woburn Safari Park Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fire at a zoo in Bedfordshire which killed 13 monkeys was accidental, the fire service has confirmed.

The fire broke out in the Jungle Enclosure of Woburn Safari Park around 2.37am overnight.

When firefighters arrived, the roof of the building had already collapsed.

The fire was in the monkey house where they are kept at night during the winter months.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Following our fire investigation at Woburn Safari Park we have concluded that it is likely that the fire started accidentally in a generator."

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Commuting to London costs five times more than in Europe

Trains from Luton and Chelmsford to London Credit: ITV Anglia

Travelling from Chelmsford or Luton to London costs five times more than a similar commute into Paris or Rome.

New fares come into force today - and the much higher cost of a 30 mile trip compared to Europe is being highlighted by the TUC.

A monthly season ticket to London from Luton costs £400, and from Chelmsford it's £381.

In Europe a 30 mile commute from Étampes to Paris costs £66 a month and from Civita Castellana to Rome is £65

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Luton based Vauxhall slips in sales rankings

Luton based car giant Vauxhall says it's following a "strategic plan" after slipping to third place in the UK sales rankings.

Vauxhall HQ at Luton Credit: PA Wire

Vauxhall has seen a 22 per-cent year on year fall in new car registrations and has now been overtaken by Volkswagen, which is now second behind Ford.

Overall sales of new vehicles are down - with manufacturers blaming anti diesel messages.

Vauxhall, which has van production and headquarters in Luton, says its focus is on being profitable.

Flooding hits roads in parts of Bedford

A number of roads have been closed in the Bedford area because of flood water.

The worst areas are around Radwell Road and Harrold Bridge.

Flood water in Bedford Credit: Bedford Borough Council

A number of bus services have had to be changed because of the road closures. They are:

  • Service 50 - will not be able to serve Radwell and Felmersham and will divert through Milton Ernest on into Sharnbrook.
  • Service 25 - will not be able to serve Harrold and will only serve as far as Carlton.
  • Service 51 - will divert through Lavendon and Turvey although will continue to serve Harrold and Carlton.

Teams from Bedford Borough Council are monitoring water levels and inspecting bridges, but they remain open at present.

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