Three hurt after car goes out of control

Three people are in hospital after a pensioner appeared to lose control of his car at Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire this afternoon.

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Power loss sparks anger

Traders in Leighton Buzzard say frequent power cuts are costing them thousands of pounds in lost trade

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Homes evacuated after gas main fire

Forty residents had to be evacuated from their homes after sparking power cables set fire to a leaking gas main in Bedfordshire.

Crews were called to Leighton Buzzard at 7.20 a.m after workmen reported the fire on Stanbridge Road.

Bedfordshire fire service said the men were working on low voltage cables in the road when the main caught alight.

Police closed the road and 24 homes were evacuated. The blaze was under control two hours later.

The fire service said Stanbridge Road remains closed and local homes will be temporarily without power while workers replace electricity cables and the gas main.

Pensioner charged with abducting girl

A pensioner has been charged following the abduction of a 9-year-old girl in Bedfordshire.

The incident happened in the Meadow Way area of Leighton Buzzard on Sunday.

Derek Cheeseman, 75, from Waterloo Road in Linslade, appeared in court in Luton this morning. He has been charged with kidnap and impersonating a police constable .

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