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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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Mother's anger over school hair row

A mother from Bedfordshire is refusing to send her son to middle school after teachers threatened him with isolation because he got his hair cut like his favourite footballer.

Nine year old Danny Purdy saved up his own pocket money to get a cut like Arsenal star Olivier Giroud. But he came home in tears after being told off by his teachers.

Watch Russell Hookey's report...

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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 www.rspca.uk/ypa

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.

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