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Man jailed following stabbing in Bedford pub

Daniel Chandler who has been jailed for stabbing a man at a pub in Bedford Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison after stabbing a man in Bedford in March.

Daniel Chandler, 20, of Newnham Avenue, Bedford, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) and possession of a knife, after he stabbed a man in the George and Dragon pub.

The man was stabbed in the neck and taken to hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Detective Constable Gemma Johnson, said

“There is no excuse for possessing a knife and I hope that this case serves as a stark message to young people that no good can come of carrying one.”

– DC Gemma Johnson, Beds Police


Sixteen detained after lorry found with immigrants on M1

16 people have been detained after migrants were found in a lorry. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Sixteen people have been detained after police received reports of immigrants in a lorry travelling on the M1 near Luton.

The vehicle was stopped on the motorway on Thursday afternoon.

Bedfordshire Police said: "We were called at approximately 2.55pm by Hertfordshire Constabulary after receiving reports of immigrants in a lorry heading towards Bedfordshire on the M1 northbound.

"A number of officers attended and detained 16 people after the lorry was stopped just before junction 11.

"The ambulance service is in attendance and will be taking some people to hospital as a precaution before they are taken to custody."

EasyJet pilots vote for industrial action - as airline makes last-minute offer

An EasyJet plane. Credit: Press Association.

Pilots at Luton-based airline EasyJet have voted to take industrial action in a dispute over fatigue.

However, their union, Balpa, has announced that talks are planned to try to resolve the row following a last-minute offer from the company.

General Secretary Brian Strutton said 96% of members at the airline voted for some form of industrial action on a turnout of 88%.

Balpa said it would issue further information tomorrow after considering the offer from EasyJet.

"For clarity that means there are no plans for pilots taking industrial action in EasyJet at this stage."

– Brian Strutton, Balpa.


Roads closed in Luton after reports man fell from lift

The incident happened in King Street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A number of roads were temporarily closed in Luton tonight after a man reportedly fell down a lift shaft.

It's believed the incident happened in a building in King Street near the Town Hall at around 18:30.

The Air Ambulance and other emergency services were sent to the scene.

The A505 Luton ring road was among the roads that had to be shut for a couple of hours.

The man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Students in Bedfordshire warned not to walk to school alone

Students have been approached by strangers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students in Bedfordshire are being warned not to walk to school alone after several incidents where pupils have been approached by strangers.

Police say they are carrying out extra patrols around Samuel Whitbread Academy in Shefford and Luton Sixth Form following the reports.

Police are urging students to stick to busy, well-lit streets and avoid wearing headphones.

Richard Denton, from Bedfordshire Police, said: “For the vast majority of pupils the journey to and from school is safe and uneventful, however, occasionally we do receive reports of school children being approached by strangers.

“We’d encourage parents and guardians to discuss personal safety with their children and make sure they understand the importance of not speaking to strangers.

“Simple advice to follow includes avoiding walking alone if possible, stick to busy, well-lit streets, and be alert – avoid wearing headphones as this can distract from your surroundings.”

The 17-hour bridge demolition speeded up to just a minute

In reality it took the closure of a busy motorway and more than 17 hours to knock down a bridge but the Highways Agency has release footage of the whole operation speeded up to just over a minute.

The old Luton Road bridge across the M1 was demolished overnight on Saturday 10 September.

It's part of the £162 million project to build a dual-carriageway north of Dunstable linking the A5 and the M1.

Another bridge will be knocked down on Saturday 24 September and the M1 will be closed between junctions 11 and 12 between 8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

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