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Businesses attracted to Dunstable's growing economy

After several decades of decline it seems one of our region's towns is making a rapid recovery.

Dunstable in Bedfordshire has already seen the opening of a guided busway and is about to get a new northern bypass - improvements which have not gone unnoticed by businesses.

Hundreds of new jobs have been created as companies take advantage of its location just off the M1.

Click below for Russell Hookey's report.

CCTV image of man police trying to trace after Dunstable arson attack

The CCTV image of a man Bedfordshire Police want to trace following an arson attack in Dunstable. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to trace in connection with a fire in a Dunstable.

Offenders set fire to a garage block off Langdale Road at about 12.20pm on Sunday 26 July.

Police want to trace a man who was seen entering Tesco after the incident.

"We are keen to trace this man as we believe he could have important information about the fire.

"I would also appeal to the man directly to come forward to police."

– PC Allan McCarney, Bedfordshire Police


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.

Woman sexually assaulted in Dunstable park

A woman was sexually assault in Grove Park in Dunstable. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A woman was sexually assaulted as she walked through a park in Dunstable.

Police said the attack happened close to the bandstand of Grove Park at about 2am on Sunday May 3.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

"We're urging the public to help us identify the man responsible. He is described as mixed race and wearing a dark hooded top, dark grey tracksuit bottoms, with a grey scarf around his neck and black gloves."

– Det Con Joanne Merry.


Teenager charged after man is stabbed in the back

A teenager has been charged with grievous bodily harm after a man was stabbed in the back in Dunstable.

Police were called at 1.11pm on Monday to reports that a man had been attacked in Victoria Street. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Later that day, a 15-year-old boy from Luton was arrested and charged.

He appeared at Luton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday morning.

Terrier and pups recovering after being left for dead

A Yorkshire Terrier, who was abandoned in an alleyway in Dunstable while she was giving birth to five puppies, is said to be in a very poorly condition.

Yorkshire Terrier who was abandoned Credit: RSPCA
The puppies which survived Credit: RSPCA

She was found in Mayfield Road at the weekend. One of her puppies has since died and the RSPCA says it's likely she was dumped because of a difficult labour which would mean costly vet bills.

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