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Passenger plane diverts landing at Luton after private jet punctures tyre on runway

Luton Airport, where a passenger plane had to diverty a landing because another jet was stranded on the runway. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA wire.

A passenger plane had to divert its landing as it flew into Luton airport after another jet burst a tyre on the runway ahead of it.

The incoming EasyJet flight from Paphos, Cyprus, took the evasive action to avoid the private business plane.

The arriving plane was diverted to nearby Stansted Airport in Essex and four other flights were diverted as the damaged plane was towed away to a hangar.

Luton Airport said three passengers and three crew on the private plane were uninjured during the alert around 9.30pm on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman said: "The airport quickly resumed operations with aircraft arriving and departing as normal."

"easyJet can confirm that flight EZY2134 from Paphos to London Luton Airport yesterday, 14 January, performed a routine ‘go around’ procedure at Luton before diverting to Stansted, as a result of the temporary closure of the Luton runway.

This is a standard procedure and our pilots are highly trained in order to manage these kind of situations. The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority."

Coach transport on to Luton from Stansted was arranged for the passengers. While these circumstances were outside of the airline’s control, easyJet apologises to passengers for the inconvenience.”

– EasyJet Spokesperson

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Elderly man robbed at cash machine

The theft happened on Marsh Road Credit: ITV Anglia

Bedfordshire Police are looking for witnesses after a man in his eighties was robbed at a cash machine in Luton.

The 82 year old victim was using the ATM machine at HSBC, Marsh Road, Luton when a man leaned over and took his bank card.

The offender then used the card in another cash machine to withdraw a large sum of money from the victim’s account. The offender tried another three times to withdraw cash at other ATM’s but was unsuccessful as the card had reached its daily withdrawal limit.

Shortly after the card was stolen an unknown woman approached the victim and told him that two men had been watching him at the cash machine.

Police are looking for anyone who saw these men hanging around the HSBC cash machine before 12.45pm on Sunday 1st January.

Wanted man on the run in Luton

Bedfordshire Police are searching for John David McCulloch who escaped from police custody just after midnight on Thursday 8 January.

John David McCulloch Credit: Bedfordshire Police

McCulloch is wanted in connection with a burglary in Luton at the beginning of the month and was stopped by police officers just after midnight on Thursday. He was driving a stolen Vauxhall Corsa northbound on the A6 at the Houghton Conquest junction.

McCulloch was arrested but as he was being put into a police car he managed to hit a police officer and then ran off across the fields near the A6. Despite still being in handcuffs and an extensive search he is still missing.

He was wearing a brown fleece jacket and black cargo trousers. He is described as white, bald, 5ft 11in tall and slim build.

Police are appealing for any sightings of McCulloch in the area around the A6 or Houghton Conquest or further afield. They would also like to hear from any taxis that may have been called to the area.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact [officer], in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police and council prepare for march

Bedfordshire Police and Luton Borough Council are working together in preparation for a march through Bury Park and demonstration outside Luton Police Station on Sunday 11 January.

The demo is being held between 1pm and 3pm and drivers are being warned there will be disruption to traffic.

The march assembles outside Nadeem Plaza in Dunstable Road, Bury Park at around 1pm and will then move south down Dunstable Road to the Telford Road crossing of the inner ring road known as the “Birdcage”. After crossing the road the march will move along the south side of Dunstable Road/Stuart Street to Buxton Road for a demonstration outside Luton Police Station.

“We are working together with event organisers and Luton Borough Council to ensure the general safety of those taking part. We do not anticipate that this will cause major disruption in Luton and although some degree of traffic disruption is expected, we are striving to ensure business as usual in Bury Park and Luton Town Centre.

To ensure public safety there may be some temporary halting of traffic to ensure those taking part cross roads safely and do not bunch up on footbridges or pathways and endanger themselves. Protecting people and facilitating a safe march and demonstration will be our priority.”

– Chief Inspector Greg Horsford, Bedfordshire Police

Luton Airport reports "busiest year ever"

Luton Airport says it's had its busiest year ever. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Luton airport has reported its busiest year ever.

About 10.5 million passengers passed through its gates in 2014 - an increase of 8% on the previous year.

The airport believes the boost is in part due to the introduction of 15 new routes.

Airport bosses have launched a £100 million plan to increase annual capacity to 18 million passengers by 2026.

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Police appeal over distinctive red car

Bedfordshire Police are looking for a red car after burglars were disturbed in Luton at 6.30am on Boxing Day (26 December 2014).

Two offenders broke into a property in Stopsley through the front door but were disturbed by the occupants of the house and made off.

One offender ran with a limp while making his escape and both got into a dark red or maroon old-style hatchback with a distinctive black boot which then drove off.

“I am appealing for anyone with information about this distinctive vehicle to provide its present location and any information about who may be using it.”

– Detective Constable Gill Cowley

Man needed several stitches to face after Luton bar fight

A man suffered a deep cut to his face at a bar in Luton on Sunday night.

He was on the dance floor of Oliver's Bar in Castle Street when a fight broke out in a group of people nearby.

He was hit in the face with something sharp and needed several stitches in a deep laceration.

The police said the victim appeared to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Two terror arrests made in Luton

Two men aged 37 and 61 have been arrested on suspicion of supporting terrorism.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) made the arrests under Schedule 5 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The men are being held at a police station in Bedfordshire.

The arrests have been made under the Police and criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and are in relation to suspicion of supporting a proscribed organisation.

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