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Serious accident on M1 in Bedfordshire

The M1 northbound near junction 11 is closed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police has confirmed that part of the northbound M1 will be closed for most of the morning following a serious accident.

A diversion is currently in place at Junction 9 following the multi-vehicle crash earlier this morning.

A number of people are reported to have serious injuries.

Drugs charges dropped against former England footballer

Former England and Chelsea footballer Kerry Dixon pictured in 2008. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Drugs charges against ex-Chelsea and England footballer Kerry Dixon have been dropped. Mr Dixon, 52, was arrested in May 2014 and charged with possessing cocaine.

Police officers armed with a search warrant had gone to an address in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, where they had arrested Mr Dixon and a woman.

Luton Crown Court was told that the woman who had also been charged with possessing the cocaine had subsequently accepted responsibility for it.

The prosecutor said that, as a result, there would be "little prospect of a conviction" as far as Mr Dixon was concerned.

Outside the court a delighted Mr Dixon said "I always knew the charge would be dropped."

Kerry Dixon played more than 400 games for Chelsea and scored 193 goals, making him the club's third highest goal scorer. He won eight caps for England and was in the 1986 World Cup squad in Mexico.


CCTV of man sought by police after assault

CCTV of a man police want to speak to Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police have released CCTV images of a man that they would like to speak to following an assault outside a bar in Dunstable on Sunday August 10.

It happened between 10pm and 10.30pm as the 23 year old male victim left the HQ Sports Bar in Grove Park, Dunstable.

He was approached by two men who knocked him to the floor and then continued to punch and kick him. The victim managed to break free and made his way home before calling the police.

CCTV of a man police want to speak to Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police appeal after teenager assaulted with knife

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 18 year old man was assaulted with a knife in a Dunstable car park in the early hours of Saturday morning. (May 3rd)

The assault took place around 2am after the victim left the Crown in High Street North and was in the car park at the back of the pub.

He was approached from behind by another man who pulled a Stanley Knife from his pocket.

The offender tried to slash the victim across his chest but the teenager managed to defend himself with his hands and arms but sustained extensive bleeding.

Detectives are in the process of checking local CCTV but are keen to speak with members

of the public who were in the area and may have seen the assault taking place.

The offender is described as being an Asian man, in his late 20s, around 6ft 2ins tall and of skinny build.

This was an extremely violent attack in which a young man, who was enjoying a night out with friends, sustained some very nasty injuries. I would urge anyone who was in the area in the early hours of Saturday morning and may have witnessed the incident to get in contact with Bedfordshire Police.”

– Detective Constable Jo Barkat


Police warn schools after teenage girl is grabbed by man

A girl was grabbed by a man as she walked to school in Dunstable. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenage girl fought off a man who grabbed her and tried to drag her along a road in Dunstable.

Bedfordshire Police have contacted local schools to warn them following the attack which happened last Wednesday, March 12, between 8.20am and 8.30am.

The 13-year-old girl was walking along Union Street on her way to school.

A man approached her, grabbed her and tried to drag her back up the road. She struggled with him and managed to break free before running away and getting help.

The man is described as being tanned, in his late 20s or early 30s, 5ft 4ins tall, of medium build, clean shaven, and with chubby cheeks.

He was wearing a black woollen hat with a bobble, blue jeans, black hooded top, blue fluffy gloves and white trainers.

Dunstable mother charts daughter's progress online as she battles cancer

A mother from Dunstable is charting her daughter's progress online as she battles cancer.

5-year-old Zofeya Dorgu has a brain tumour and is undergoing aggressive radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Her parents say they started the blog to keep friends and family involved but it's turned into an emotional record of one of the hardest battles a family has to face.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington

Two women sexually assault within 15 minutes of each other

Two women were sexually assaulted in Dunstable on Sunday. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two women were sexually assaulted within 15 minutes of each other in Dunstable yesterday evening.

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the attacks which happened at around 5.15pm close to Apollo Close and 5.25pm at Priory Gardens on Sunday.

The first victim was walking along the alleyway which links Sundown Avenue and Apollo Close when a man grabbed her shoulder and tried to kiss her while pushing her against a fence.

The 28-year-old bit his tongue as hard as she could but the man then tried to put his hand down her trousers.

She ran away after the fence collapsed and they fell to the floor.

The second victim, aged 55, was walking through Priory Gardens when a man tried to hug and kiss her. He walked off towards High Street North.

The offender in both attacks is described as being a white man of Mediterranean appearance, aged in his mid-20s to late 30s, and between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 8ins tall.

He had dark hair, dark eyes, a strong accent and was wearing a long black coat which came to his knees, dark trousers or jeans and black shoes.

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