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Birdwatching youngsters on look out in 'Waxwing winter'

Take a look outside and you may well spot one or two sparrows, robins, bluetits or other common garden birds.

This year, you may also see a much rarer visitor. It's called a waxwing; a small starling-sized bird with colourful markings.

The RSPB, is describing it as a 'Waxwing Winter' with large numbers arriving in the Anglia region, and other parts of the UK.

The charity hopes it will encourage more of us to take part in its Big Garden Birdwatch on 28-30 January. Parts of of the video report were filmed at St Andrews School in Biggleswade in Bedfordshire.


Decision reversed to ban children from Biggleswade Remembrance Day parade

Biggleswade Remembrance Sunday Parade Credit: YouTube

The Royal British Legion has reversed its controversial decision to stop children marching at the Remembrance Day parade in Biggleswade.

Scouts, Guides and Brownies were told they wouldn't be able to join the march from the station to the memorial in Biggleswade this year over safety concerns - and that they would only be able to gather in the town's square instead.

Now though, the Royal British Legion says they can join the march.

“I am pleased to confirm that following a review of the logistics for The Royal British Legion Biggleswade Branch Remembrance Sunday parade, that they will be able to accommodate those younger members of the community who wish to take part.

Remembrance is inclusive to every age, background and culture, and the Branch Management of the Biggleswade Branch would like to invite everyone in the Biggleswade community to support their parade and join them in remembering the sacrifices of our Armed Forces on this year’s Remembrance Sunday and for the future.”

– Eric E Robinson MBE, Bedfordshire County Chairman


Former police advisor admitted having indecent photos

A police adviser who admitted possessing indecent photos of children has been given a three-year community order. Trevor Hartwell, 71, sat on the Bedfordshire independent police advisory group - made up of civilians who gave police advice. The pensioner told a senior officer he had viewed the indecent images as research for his role. But Hartwell later admitted 12 charges of possessing indecent photos of children after his computer was searched. Hartwell, from Biggleswade, was given a three-year community order by Judge Philip Bartle QC at Luton Crown Court. He must attend 35 two-hour sessions of an internet sex offenders programme and sign the sex offenders register for five years

Parents protest over classroom technology after they're asked to buy iPads for their children

Parents in Bedfordshire have formed a protest group against their school which is suggesting they pay up to £300 pounds for their child to own an iPad.

Biggleswade Academy says the mobile learning scheme for Years 5 and 6 is optional but parents say they feel pressured into taking part in case their child misses out in the classroom

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

Bedfordshire: Parents angry at plans for kids to use their own iPads at school

Biggleswade Academy wants to launch a mobile learning scheme. Credit: PA

Parents from a school in Bedfordshire have formed a protest group against plans for every child in year 5 and 6 to own an iPad.

Biggleswade Academy wants to launch a mobile learning scheme, which would see them using their own iPads at school.

But some parents have hit out at the plans, which asks them to buy the equipment if they can afford it.

The school says the scheme's voluntary, and a limited number of iPads will be available for students who don't have their own.

Security guard hurt in Asda robbery

A security guard was injured during an armed robbery at Asda in Biggleswade last night. Staff were cashing up at the store in Church Street at 10pm when four masked men entered and demanded money. They were armed with what's thought to have been copper pipes made to look like guns.

They threatened staff and assaulted the security guard before escaping with a substantial amount of cash. The offenders left in a dark blue Audi A4 on false ’52 number plates, which has since been recovered. Anyone with information should contact Det Con Surinder Ram, from Bedford CID.

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