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Hertfordshire man wanted for breaching licence after leaving prison

John Wickens is wanted on recall to prison for breaching his licence conditions Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police are appealing for information to find a man from Hemel Hempstead who is wanted on recall to prison for breaching his licence conditions.

Officers want to speak to John Wickens, 26, from Pelham Court.

He is believed to be in Hemel, Markyate or Dunstable.

£2.4m road improvements to be made in Bedfordshire

Road improvements worth £2.4m will take place in Bedfordshire over the winter.

The construction company Interserve Construction Ltd has been appointed to carry out works on the A421, the M1 at junction 13 and the A5 through Milton Keynes and Dunstable.

The work is expected to begin in the winter and be completed in early 2016.

It will involve repairing road surfaces and road markings, resurfacing and replacing and installing new signs.

Highways England has said disruption to drivers will be kept to a minimum.

“This scheme will make journeys better for local people by improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use these roads each day.

“We will work with the contractors on how the works will affect people, but I'd like to assure drivers, where possible, disruption will be kept to a minimum and to bear with us while the works take place as there will be a small amount of pain for a large amount of gain."

– Aran Nugent, Service Delivery Team Leader at Highways England


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.
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