Campaigners staged a protest in London today over plans for a new retail park - on land currently owned by the Church of England.
Campaigners are staging a protest this lunchtime over plans to build an out-of-town retail park on land owned by the Church of England.
Two men have suffered head and facial injuries after being attacked with what appeared to be handguns during an assault in Linslade.
A man's been arrested after a five and a half hour siege in Bedfordshire last night. The centre of Leighton Buzzard was cordoned off while police tried to negotiate with a man in a flat on Bridge Street. An imitation firearm was found at the scene. Lauren Hall reports.
A man is being questioned by police after a 5-hour stand-off in Leighton Buzzard last night.
Armed response teams were called to a property in the Bridge Street area at about 5pm yesterday afternoon.
A bomb disposal unit was also called to the scene.
A number of roads were closed in the area while specially-trained negotiators spoke to the man.
He was taken into police custody at about 10.30pm.
An imitation firearm was found at the property.
A man is in custody after a 5-hour armed siege in Leighton Buzzard last night.
A cordon was put in place while police negotiators spoke to a man inside a property in the Bridge Street area.
The 42-year old was led away from the house by police officers at about 10.30pm.
An imitation firearm was found at the scene.
Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a 25 year old woman was robbed in an alleyway in Leighton Buzzard on Saturday night.
Two men and a woman grabbed the victim from behind as she walked through the alley near West Street around 9pm. They held a knife to her throat and emptied her handbag.
Detective Constable Thomas Hamm, who is investigating the incident said: “This was a frightening and upsetting experience for the victim and it is vital that we find the people responsible as quickly as possible and stop them from committing any further offences.
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.
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 .
A Bedfordshire man has been charged in connection with kidnap and impersonating a police officer.
Derek Cheeseman, 75 of Waterloo Road, Leighton Buzzard, has been charged with one count of kidnap and one count of impersonating a police constable. He'll appear before Luton Magistrates today.