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Hollywood star takes a ride on Leighton Buzzard Railway

John Travolta and his son Ben with some of the volunteers on the Leighton Buzzard Railway Credit: Leighton Buzzard Railway

Volunteers operating a narrow-gauge railway in Bedfordshire were amazed to find a Hollywood super star on one of their trains yesterday.

The actor John Travolta came for a ride with his young son Ben on the Leighton Buzzard Railway.

Following the 70-minute round trip, the star said how much they had enjoyed the experience and would try to come again in the future.

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Man charged with five burglaries in Harpenden

A man has been charged with five burglaries in Harpenden and has admitted to committing a further 40 across the county.

Dennis Skiller, aged 32 and from Eagle Close in Leighton Buzzard, was arrested on 9 May.

He admitted five burglaries which occurred in Harpenden between May 3 and 5. Having spent time in custody, he admitted a further 40 offences which took place in Berkhamsted, Tring and Harpenden, as well as in Buckinghamshire.

He appeared at Hatfield Remand Court yesterday and was remanded into custody. He is next due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on May 29.

Taxi driver robbed at knifepoint in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a taxi driver was threatened by armed robbers on Tuesday evening

The incident happened at around 6.40pm as the victim went to collect a fare in Meadow Way, Leighton Buzzard.

When he arrived, three offenders - who were all wearing masks - threatened him with a pen knife and a stick.

The driver got out of his car and the suspects took his money, phone and satellite navigation system.

“Thankfully the victim was not injured during the attack but this could have been a far more serious incident and we must apprehend the people who committed this offence before they can commit further harm."

– Detective Constable Matt Shepherd, Bedfordshire Police

There is no clear description of the offenders although all three are believed to be white males.

Forced labour trial

Luton Crown Court has heard how the head of a family of Irish travellers in Bedfordshire drove his workers like slaves.

The jury was told one of the workers lived in a horsebox with 10 others at the Greenacres Travellers site near Leighton Buzzard.

They were driven to a service station for a shower once a week. Tommy Connors and three of his sons deny charges which include making people perform forced labour. The trial continues.

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Light Railway celebration at Leighton Buzzard

The volunteers who run Leighton Buzzard's narrow-gauge railway will be celebrating the start of their 45th year of operation today, Sunday 17th March.

The first train of the season, due to depart from Page's Park station at 10.40, will be given a send-off by the Town Mayor and the Town Crier.

The first regular passenger trains, operated by volunteers, ran in 1968, and have operated every year since then. The railway itself, originally built to carry sand, will celebrate its centenary in six years' time.

Armed robbery at Bedfordshire bookmaker's

A member of staff at a bookmaker's has been threatened with a handgun during an armed robbery in Leighton Buzzard.

It happened on Saturday evening at Betfred in Wing Road.

The raider demanded money, which was handed over, before running from the store.

Detective Constable Rachel Foy, who is investigating the offence, said: "This was an extremely frightening attack and it is important that we catch this offender as soon as possible.

"The offender fled towards New Road but we believe that he may have made his way to Mentmore Park."

Two people have been arrested in relation to the raid and released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Man charged after siege

Siege in Leighton Buzzard Credit: ITV Anglia

Bedfordshire Police have charged a man arrested after a five hour siege in Bridge Street, Leighton Buzzard on Tuesday evening. Marc McLees, 42, of Bridge Street,

Leighton Buzzard has been charged with one count of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and one count of communicating false information about a bomb hoax.

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