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Teenagers get gliding scholarships

Taking to the skies

A group of teenagers from London have taken to the skies over Dunstable in Bedfordshire after being awarded scholarships to learn to fly gilders.

They are all pupils at the Skinners Academy in Hackney.

The idea is to help them realise their potential by doing something not normally available to them. By the end it's expected the girls will be able to fly solo.

Hogging the limelight: Whipsnade Zoo welcomes three little pigs

Red river hog triplets at Whipsnade Zoo

The newest arrivals at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire have been hogging the limelight since they were born three weeks ago.

The three red river hog piglets are currently sporting cream and black stripes which they will eventually lose to become red all over, just like their parents.

The piglets will eventually lose their cream and black markings

The triplets have already been spotted running around their paddock and snuffling in the mud as they start to explore their new surroundings.

They are often described as the "prettiest of all pigs"

Zookeeper Cassie Taylor said: “Red river hogs are often described as the prettiest of all pigs, and that’s certainly true for our new arrivals – they’re adorable."

One of the piglets hides underneath its mother


Penguins in prime position for sunset over the Dunstable Downs

Sunset across the Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

These photographs were taken at the penguin enclosure at Whipsnade Zoo and capture a spectacular sunset over the Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire.

Sunset across the Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Zookeeper Jamie Graham said: “While most penguins spend their days snacking on sardines and paddling in the pool, our penguins enjoy something a little different – a stunning sunset."

Road rage incident in Dunstable

Hundreds of pounds of damage was caused during a road rage incident in Dunstable on Friday evening.

The incident happened at around 5.45pm in Luton Road, Dunstable.

The 30-year-old victim – who was driving a blue Vauxhall Zafira – was travelling towards Dunstable when a black Vauxhall Vectra started tailgating him and sounding his horn.

The victim stopped at a red light and the offender pulled up next to him.

He leaned out of his car with a baseball bat and started striking the victim’s car, causing £400 of damage.

It is believed the offender's car had a number plate starting MM51. He is described as a young Asian man, of medium build with a beard.

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses.

Detectives appeal for witnesses following Dunstable assault

Detectives in Dunstable are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was assaulted and robbed in the town last weekend.

The incident happened between the hours of 8.50pm and 10pm on Sunday 9 June as the victim was walking along an alleyway which runs off Saxon Close.

He was subsequently attacked from behind by the offender and knocked unconscious.

The victim suffered serious bruising and swelling to his face, as well as loosing a tooth in the attack.

Detective Constable Jo Bosson, who is investigating the incident, is keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack.

Anyone with information should contact DC Bosson, in confidence, on 01582 394441, or get in touch with Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Police investigate Dunstable arson attack

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an arson attack on a property in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The incident happened around 1am at a first floor flat in Viceroy Court, Dunstable.

An accelerant was forced through the front door of the flat and set on fire. The occupants of the property were not inside at the time but the blaze has caused a considerable amount of damage.

Detective Constable Cathie Layton is keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious.

“Thankfully no one has been harmed as a result of this attack but things could have been very different if the occupants had been at home at the time. We need to catch the person or persons who committed this offence as soon as possible and stop any further serious incidents from occurring."

– Detective Constable Cathie Layton

If you have information relating to this incident, call 01582 394319, 101 or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

Crimewatch appeal following Dunstable sexual assault

The petrol station on Poynters Road, Dunstable

Bedfordshire Police will appeal for information on a serious sexual assault on tonight's Crimewatch programme.

It will feature a reconstruction of the victim leaving a petrol station in Poynters Road in Dunstable on the 21st of February.

A man got into her car and forced her to drive off, before attacking her at knifepoint.

Click here to view CCTV footage from the petrol station

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