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Modern day slavery charge following raid at Bedfordshire travellers' site

Little Billington, near Leighton Buzzard. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 34-year-old man has been charged with modern day slavery offences following a raid at a travellers' site in Bedfordshire.

Christopher O'Driscol, of Pembury Road, London, faced six charges including one count of knowingly requiring another person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

The 34-year-old was arrested in October during a raid at a travellers' site at Little Billington, near Leighton Buzzard. The charges relate to work carried out in July and August last year.

He will appear at Luton Magistrates' Court later this month.

Six youths arrested after man stabbed in Bedfordshire

The man was stabbed in Leighton Buzzard. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Bedfordshire have been carrying out extra patrols after a man was stabbed at the weekend.

The victim had been driving along Clarence Road in Leighton Buzzard on Saturday when a woman stopped in front of his car and refused to move.

When he got out to confront her, he was approached by a large group of people armed with a number of weapons.

He was stabbed several times.

Six youths have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

This incident has understandably caused worry and distress to the people of Leighton Buzzard.

However, I would like to assure the community that we are doing everything possible to get to the bottom of this.

Violence of any type is never acceptable and we have a heightened police presence in the town following this incident to help prevent further disorder and provide reassurance to members of the community.

– Chief Inspector Sean Quinn

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Police probe latest ATM raid

The loader is still in place outside the bank in Leighton Buzzard Credit: Steve Corkett

Police are investigating a ram raid that took place in Leighton Buzzard.

At approximately 3am this morning (Monday), an attempt was made to steal a cash machine from the Santander bank in Hockliffe Street.

It is not yet known if anything was stolen and the road is closed while officers carry out investigations at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Electricity storage success for Britain's largest battery

The largest battery in Britain. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It has been a year since the largest battery in Britain opened in Bedfordshire.

The substation in Leighton Buzzard provides back up energy for the National Grid.

UK Power Networks says the two year trial to store electricity on a large scale is "going well".

Martin Wilcox, from UK Power Networks, said: "The project has been carrying out a wide range of individual service trials, aimed at exploring the performance and relative value of different kinds of storage methods.

"While there have some teething issues due to its first-of-a-kind nature, to date it has clocked up more than 1700 hours' operation in commercial markets and we have learned a lot about typical performance of grid-scale storage."

Teenager detained for 'vicious attack' on man when he was 14

A teenager from Leighton Buzzard has been detained for six and a half years for a "vicious attack" on a man that he committed when he was 14.

The boy, now 16, broke into a former pub in Heath and Reach in September 2014 and brutally beat a man, who was suffered serious injuries.

He pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit criminal damage.

He was sentenced to six and a half years in a detention centre on Wednesday. The judge said he would have been jailed for 13 years been over the age of 18.

It is believed the teenager was associated with an older man that was behind the attack. The motive remains unclear.

“This was a horrendous assault that inflicted horrible injuries on a man that quite frankly is lucky to be alive.

We are pleased the instrument of this despicable crime has been detained with a lengthy sentence for a juvenile; however the instigator is yet to be discovered.

We are committed to ensure the person behind this attack is brought to justice and ask anyone that has any information that could assist our investigation to come forward in confidence.”

– Detective Constable Martin Hart, Bedfordshire Police

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11 miles of queuing traffic on M1 with delays of an hour

Long delays on the M1 near Milton Keynes with 11 miles of queuing traffic. Credit: Lee Georghiou / ITV News Anglia

The M1 near Milton Keynes has 11 miles of queuing traffic and delays of up to an hour after a multiple vehicle crash.

There is congestion between junctions 12 and 14 northbound which the Highways Agency expects to continue until lunchtime.

One lane is closed while accident investigation work continues.

Police are investigation the crash near Milton Keynes. Credit: Lee Georghiou / ITV News Anglia

Rail delays between London, Bishop's Stortford and Cambridge

There are rail delays between Cambridge, Bishop's Stortford and London Liverpool Street. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

There's rail disruption on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between London Liverpool Street and Bishop's Stortford and between Liverpool Street and Cambridge due to overhead line problems at Broxbourne.

The issue is also affecting the Stansted Express serving the airport.

Services may be cancelled or delayed by 60 minutes. Disruption is expected until midday.

Rail disruption after person hit by train in Bedfordshire

A person had a been hit by a train at Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

There were rush-hour delays on commuter trains through Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire after a person was hit by a train at Leighton Buzzard.

There were delays and cancellations between Milton Keynes and London Euston after the person was hit by the train on the West Coast mainline at 6.40am.

“The incident resulted in the temporary suspension of all passenger services, with knock-on delays felt further north in Birmingham, Stafford, Crewe, Manchester and Liverpool.

"Trains began moving slowly past the scene of the incident shortly before 8am."

– Network Rail

Delays on the M1 near Milton Keynes after crash

Traffic cameras on the M1 showing queues on the M1 near Milton Keynes. Credit: Highways Agency

There are traffic delays on the M1 near Milton Keynes.

The southbound carriageway is blocked with queueing traffic because of an accident on the opposite carriageway at Junction 14 for the A509 Milton Keynes.

All traffic has been held whilst the air ambulance attends an accident on the northbound carriageway.

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