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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.


Man appears in court after supermarket car park death

A man has appeared in court charged with manslaughter after an incident at the Asda car park in Biggleswade. Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has appeared in court in Bedfordshire charged with manslaughter following a death in a supermarket car park.

Alan Watts, 65, is accused of killing Brian Holmes who was knocked to the ground on Saturday 3 August in an incident at the Asda car park in Biggleswade.

A post mortem examination revealed Mr Holmes died from a head injury.

Mr Watts, of Lindsell Crescent, Biggleswade, appeared at Bedford Magistrates' Court and has been bailed to appear at Luton Crown Court later in August. His bail conditions include not driving and not going to Asda.


Man in court accused of car park assault

A man from Bedfordshire's due in court today following an alleged fatal assault in a supermarket car park.

Brian Holmes, who was 64, died after suffering a serious head injury at the Asda in Biggleswade earlier this month.

Alan Watts, 65, from Lindsell Crescent in the town, has been charged with manslaughter. He's due to appear at Bedford Magistrates' Court this morning.

Man charged with manslaughter following supermarket death

Bedfordshire Police have charged a man in connection with an incident which took place at the Asda car park in Church Street, Biggleswade, on Saturday August 3rd.

Brian Holmes from Sandy in Bedfordshire suffered a serious head injury and died later in hospital.

Alan Watts, 65, of Lindsell Crescent, Biggleswade, has been charged with one count of manslaughter.

He has been bailed to appear at Bedford Magistrates' Court from 10am tomorrow morning.

Family devastated following car park death

It's emerged that a man, who died following a row over a disabled parking space, had only just been given the all clear from cancer.

Brian Holmes from Sandy, Bedfordshire died in hospital after the incident in an Asda supermarket car park in Biggleswade on Saturday.

Family members were at his bedside and say they are devastated.

Russell Hookey reports.

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