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Demonstration in London over plans to build retail park in Bedfordshire

Campaigners against the plans for Leighton Buzzard Credit: ITV News Anglia

A demonstration will take place in London today over plans to build a retail park on church land in Bedfordshire.

Residents and traders from Leighton Buzzard are opposing the development at Grovebury Road.

Today they'll be joined in London by the former Subdean of Westminster Abbey.

Central Bedfordshire Council, the Church Commissioners and the developers say it will create jobs and attract people to the area.


16-year old's snap wins RSPCA's young photography award

The winning picture taken by 16-year old Owen Hearn from Leighton Buzzard Credit: Owen Hearn

An image of a seal glistening in the morning sun has scooped first prize in the RSPCA's young photography competition.

16-year old Owen Hearn from Leighton Buzzard was named the overall winner of the RSPCA Young Photographers Awards 2014.

The picture was taken on the Norfolk coastline. Owen also won the 12 to 15-year old category for the same photograph.

Wildlife expert Chris Packham led the judging panel.

"It really stood out to the whole panel as soon as we saw it. Through this image he has really shown his talent and as fellow photographers we were jealous we hadn't taken the shot ourselves."

– Chris packham, Wildlife expert

All the winning photographs can be seen at

Four arrested on slavery offences after dawn raids

The raid took place at the Greenacres Caravan Park near Leighton Buzzard. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Four people have been arrested in dawn raids in Bedfordshire following reports of men being held as modern slaves.

Bedfordshire Police officers, supported by the National Crime Agency, were involved in an early morning operation on Sunday at the Greenacres caravan site near Leighton Buzzard.

Two men and two women were arrested under the Coroners & Justice Act 2009 and are currently being held at police stations across Bedfordshire.

Eight suspected victims, seven men aged between 20 and 46, and a 17-year-old boy - were found at the site.

Around 65 officers supported by the dog section, helicopter and firearms support units were involved in the operation.

Police release image of man they're trying to trace after train sex attack

Police have issued an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sex attack on a train. Credit: British Transport Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they are trying to trace in connection with a sexual assault on a woman on a train passing through Bedfordshire.

A 25-year-old woman fell asleep on the 6.49pm train from Euston to Birmingham on 13 August. She was awoken as the train passed through Leighton Buzzard by a man sexually assaulting her.

The woman left the train at Milton Keynes and alerted police. Officers met the train at Rugby, but the man was not on the train.

“Since our initial appeal for information on this incident, we have been able to isolate a CCTV image of a man who I am confident can help with our investigation."

– Sgt Mark Summerfield, British Transport Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Nuclear test veterans campaign to secure £25m charitable fund

Nuclear test veterans are campaigning to secure a £25m pound charitable fund for them and their descendants.

Dominic Owen's father was in the RAF, and was exposed to radiation at nuclear tests in Australia in the 1950s.

Dominic, who lives in Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, has serious congenital health problems, and says the fund would be a good start.


Leighton Buzzard fraudsters caught on camera

Do you recognise this man and woman? Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police have released CCTV images of two people that they would like to speak with following a fraud that took place in a Leighton Buzzard shop.

The incident happened at around 2pm on Tuesday 3 June in Peacocks, High Street, Leighton Buzzard, when the offenders selected £260 worth of goods and made their way to the tills to pay.

The offenders paid in cash but as the sales assistant checked the notes, the offenders distracted him and were able to remove £120 from the pile of notes.

As the sale was completed, the offenders asked if the goods could be delivered and when the cashier said no, they asked for a refund on the majority of the items. The cashier completed the refund (£216) and the offenders left the store with £44 of paid for goods, the refund and the stolen £120.

If you recognise the individuals pictured contact the Crime Service Team, on the non-emergency 101 number quoting crime reference JD/21296/2014.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

Attempted murder arrest following Bedfordshire assault

A 38-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was found in his home with serious head injuries.

A 46-year-old was discovered at a flat above the Shaanti Indian Restaurant on Leighton Road at Heath and Reach near Leighton Buzzard on May 11.

He is now recovered and has been able to speak to police. Officers believe the assault took place between midnight and 6am.

The woman has been released on bail.

DS Facer said: “Although we have arrested a person in connection with this investigation this still doesn’t mean this inquiry has been completed. We still need to trace anyone who may have seen or heard any unusual activity during this key six-hour period.”

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