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Labour MPs set off on the campaign trail in Luton

John McDonnell campaigning with Kelvin Hopkins (right) in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour's Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins has been joined on the election campaign trail by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

During a visit to the Lewsey Community Centre, the MPs met with Labour supporters.

Labour supporters at Lewsey Community Centre, Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Man charged with string of domestic abuse offences

A man has been charged with multiple offences following an investigation by Bedfordshire Police’s Emerald team, which focuses on domestic crime and serious sexual offences.

Bedfordshire Police Credit: PA images

The force responded to concerns for the welfare of a woman in Luton on Wednesday evening.

Joel Nestor, 39, from Tottenham, was arrested and charged yesterday and has been remanded for court tomorrow morning.

He has been charged with the following offences:

  • Causing actual bodily harm (ABH)
  • Causing grievous bodily harm (GBH)
  • Rape
  • False imprisonment
  • Kidnap
  • Criminal damage

They are asking anyone in the area at the time or who may have information to contact Bedfordshire Police's Emerald South team on 101.

Woman sentenced for defrauding disabled victim

Sabra Shan exploited her vulnerable victim by pretending she worked for a job centre.

A woman from Luton has been handed a suspended sentence after defrauding £5,000 from a disabled woman.

Sabra Shan, 46, approached her victim January 2015. She pretended she worked for a job centre, and offered her help her obtain benefits.

After the woman was awarded benefits, Shan demanded payments for her her help and said they would stop if she didn’t pay up.

Shan was arrested after the woman reported her to the police.

Shan initially denied any wrongdoing, but later pleaded guilty to fraud on the first day of her trial at Luton Crown Court.

She has been handed an eight month prison sentence - suspended for two years - 180 hours of unpaid work and £1,000 compensation to her victim.

“Sabra Shan brazenly defrauded a woman that was fully entitled to the benefits she was awarded. She falsely claimed she was a job centre employee and shamelessly demanded money for her purported service.

“Shan heartlessly bullied the victim for her own financial gain. I’m pleased she has been convicted and the victim can live a life free from fear and abuse.”

– Detective Constable Scott Hannam, Bedfordshire Police

Jeremy Corbyn to talk living wage at Luton Town

Jeremy Corbyn will meet workers to discuss the living wage. Credit: PA

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to visit at Luton Town Football Club today.

He will be joined by shadow chancellor John McDonnell, where they will where they will meet workers to talk about the living wage.

The Hatters were the first football club to become a living wage employer.

Mr Corbyn is expected to announce nearly six million workers will receive a pay rise within months if Labour wins the next general election.

He is hoping to win over voters ahead of May's local polls by setting out the details of the party's longer terms plans for a £10 an hour minimum wage.

Luton Town were the first football club to become a living wage employer. Credit: PA

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Hundreds turn out to Luton peace vigil

Hundreds have turned out to a peace vigil in Luton after it emerged that the Westminster attacker had lived in the town.

Faith leaders, police officers and members of the public all turned out to pay tribute to those who lost their life and promote community cohesion.

Faith leaders, police officers and members of the public all turned out to pay tribute to the victims. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Former neighbours of 52-year-old Khalid Masood said they were disgusted to find out he was behind the terror attacks that left carnage on the streets of London.

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