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Driver jailed for travelling the wrong way up A1 while four times over the drink drive limit

A drunk driver who drove the wrong way up the A1 while four times the legal limit has been jailed.

Sandeep Raj, 32, of Margetts Road, Kempston, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday (July 12) and was jailed for nine months and disqualified from driving for two years.

He had pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and dangerous driving at an earlier hearing in May.

Raj was arrested at 9.15pm on Saturday, April 27, after members of the public called the control room reporting a car was travelling north on the southbound carriageway at Eaton Socon.

Kempston murder - new CCTV

CCTV pictures Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Sharif Demirsay Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Sharif Demirsay in Kempston near Bedford last month have issued new CCTV of a man they would like to identify.The man, who is wearing a hooded coat, was walking close to the scene of the murder in Vineyard Way on Tuesday 14 May.

CCTV image Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives need to establish who he is in order to eliminate him from their enquiries. Sharif, a 65-year-old grandfather who was known as Omar, was killed by three men wielding knives.They stole cash and jewellery from his 68-year-old partner, who also suffered knife injuries to her arm.


Detectives launch fresh appeal over Kempston murder

Sharif Demirsay Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives in Kempston are making a fresh appeal for information about the murder of Sharif Demirsay. Sharif, 65, was killed a month ago in his home at Vineyard Way by three men with knives who then stole cash and jewellery from his partner’s handbag.

Sharif was stabbed a number of times and despite the efforts of neighbours and family who gave first aid, he died from a wound to the chest.

Now detectives are putting adverts on Facebook and Twitter, and using bluetooth to directly message people passing the Hartwell Drive/Vineyard Way area.

The aim is to get people to think back to the night of the offence, see if they can remember seeing anyone hanging around at the time, can name anyone shown in the CCTV from outside Sharif’s house, or have other information that could bring Sharif’s killers to justice.

Bedfordshire Police renew murder appeal

The scene at Vineyard Way, Kempston

Police are renewing their appeal for information on a murder in Bedfordshire. Sharif Demirsay, who was 65, was stabbed to death in front of his partner at his home in Vineyard Way in Kempston.

The attack is believed to have been carried out by three men wielding knives who then stole cash and jewellery.

Granddaughter's appeal after murder

The granddaughter of a man stabbed to death in his own home in Bedfordshire has made an emotional plea for information about her grandfather's murder. Sharif Demirsay was brutally killed in front of his partner in Kempston two weeks ago.

In a press conference this afternoon Nina Gill described him as a truly adored man. Elodie Harper reports.

Kempston murder update

Detectives investigating the murder of Kempston man, Sharif Demirsay, are looking into a car fire in Corby Close yesterday morning to establish any connection.

It was was deliberately started by a man who was seen to smash the window of the blue BMW and pour accelerant into it.

Turkish-born Sharif, 65, was killed in his home at Vineyard Way on 14 May at about 9.30pm, when three offenders knocked at his door and when he opened it, they stabbed him to death in front of his partner.

Det Insp Richard Wall of the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit said: "We are investigating whether there is a link between this car fire and the murder.

"We are moving ever closer to establish who killed this man and why and we will be relentless in our pursuit of those responsible."


Fresh appeal after stabbing

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Bedfordshire are appealing to the public to help them catch his killers.

65-year-old Sharif Demirsay was stabbed to death in front of his partner, at his home in Vineyard Way in Kempston last Tuesday evening.

A week on the police say they believe he may have been targetted, but they don't know why.

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