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Work to start on Dunstable's Northern Bypass

Work on the long awaited Northern Bypass for Dunstable gets underway later today.

It's hoped the A5-M1 link road will help relieve traffic conjestion in the town.

The dual carriageway will be built by the Highways Agency running east from the A5 to join the M1 at a new junction 11A.

It will cost more than 160 million pounds and is expected to take two years to build. It's due to open in spring 2017.

Young Bedfordshire woman speaks of anger after having her drink spiked in Dunstable

A young Bedfordshire woman has spoken out after she was deliberately drugged by a stranger last weekend.

Donna, who doesn't want us to reveal her surname, was in a bar in Dunstable with a friend when her drink was spiked.

Her's is one of 4 similar incidents that evening now being investigated by police.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey


Police urge people to keep an eye on their drinks after series of 'spiking' incidents in Dunstable

Bedfordshire Police are warning people to keep an eye on their drinks. Credit: PA

Bedfordshire Police are warning people to keep an eye on their drinks after several woman reported they'd been spiked in Dunstable.

Officers received four separate calls from women who'd fallen ill or passed out after visiting pubs and clubs in the town on Saturday night (31 January).

None of the women were hurt or attacked but police are reminding others never to accept drinks from strangers or to leave them unattended.

Detective Sergeant Andy Greenacre. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"If you do buy a drink, just make sure that you keep it with you and keep it in your sight.

If you do see anyone playing around with your drink, discard it straight away."

– Detective Sergeant Andy Greenacre

Rolling fireball caught on camera

Footage shot by ITV News Anglia viewer Dave Porter shows a van on fire on Luton Road in Dunstable. The van caught fire at around 3.50pm.

The van on fire on Luton Road in Dunstable Credit: Dave Porter

Eye witnesses watched as the van began to roll down the road, ending up in a driveway, where the fire spread to a second vehicle.

Police closed the road while firefighters tackled the blaze. Witnesses said the emergency services made the area safe with incredible speed.

Woman punched while walking her dog

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an 18 year old woman was punched by a man as she walked her dog in Dunstable on Monday afternoon (Oct 27).

It happened at around 3.15pm as the victim was walking along the back of Tesco in Skimpot Road, Dunstable with her brother and pet dog. The dog managed to slip its lead and ran off towards another dog which was being walked by the offender.

The offender approached the victim and made several threats before pushing her and then punching her to the forehead before making off towards Dunstable Road.


Sister makes emotional appeal over missing landlady

Deborah Steel Credit: ITV Anglia

The half-sister of missing landlady Deborah Steel has made a video appeal for information into her disappearance.

Gini Secker, who's 47, from Nottingham, made the appeal after police recently reopened the investigation into the case.

Deborah, former landlady of the Royal Standard Public House, disappeared on December 28, 1997.

"Now the case has been reopened I plead to anyone who knows anything however minor it may seem to them to now come forward. We are convinced that someone knows about her fate. It has been a heavy burden to carry all these years and all we wish for is the answers so we can lay Debbie to rest at last.”

– Gini Secker, Deborah Steel's half-sister

Police appeal for red car involved in M1 crash that killed two

Bedfordshire Police are trying to track down a red car after a pile-up on the M1 that cost the lives of two women on Monday.

Six cars and a motorbike were involved in the multiple crash on Monday,15 September 2014. A 36-year-old woman died at the scene and a 90-year-old woman died later in hospital.

The incident happened at 5.40am on the Northbound carriageway of the M1 between junctions 11 and 12 and closed the motorway for several hours.

“It appears that one vehicle moved suddenly in front of the motorcycle which caused the rider to lose control and fall from her machine. Other vehicles following behind attempted to avoid the rider and her motorbike causing several collisions between themselves.”

– PC Andy Ralph, BCH Roads Policing Unit

Bedfordshire Police are seeking the drivers of a red car and white van involved in the incident for further information which may help piece together exactly what happened. Anyone with information can contact PC Andy Ralph, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

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