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Luton's Asda to re-open after a huge fire

Asda Superstore, Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Asda superstore in Luton which was badly damaged in a fire is due to reopen today (Monday 17th July) after undergoing a seven point six million pound makeover.

It took over a hundred firefighters several hours to battle the blaze in the Wigmore Lane store in March.

The cause of the blaze was accidental.

The store has been repaired and is now to re-open Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two men stabbed left with life-threatening injuries

The stabbing on two men happened on Brantwood Park in Luton. Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses following a stabbing in Brantwood Park, Luton, on Tuesday (11 July).

Two men were attacked by a group of around four men just after midnight while walking home through the park. The attackers are described as being a group of Asian youths.

The victims managed to escape and attract the attention of passing police officers, and were then treated in hospital for life-threatening injuries.

One man suffered multiple stab wounds, and the other sustained serious head and chest injuries. They remain in hospital in a stable condition.

Detective Constable, James Bateman, said: “The motive for this attack is currently unclear, and while we think it may have been an attempted robbery, it appears to be an unprovoked attack on two men by a much larger group who were armed.

It took place on a warm night in a large open area that is often filled with groups socialising late into the night. If you were in or around Brantwood Park at the time of this incident, or if you know anything about the people involved, please contact us now so we can find those responsible and protect others from such senseless violence.

– James Bateman, Detective Constable

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Bateman on 101 quoting incident reference number 15 of 11 July. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Police appeal to trace escaped prisoner from Luton

Jamie Lee Recardo absconded from HMP Sudbury, Derbyshire Credit: Derbyshire police

Police are appealing for help tracing escaped prisoner Jamie Lee Recardo from Luton, who was jailed for nine years for conspiracy to commit robbery in 2015.

The 27 year old was serving time in HMP Sudbury, Derbyshire, an open prison when he absconded on Sunday night (9th July).

He is described as:

  • British Indian decent
  • Black hair and brown eyes
  • Tattoos on his arms and hands

Anyone who knows where Recardo is should contact Derbyshire POlice on 101 or 0345 123 3333 if calling from outside of the county.

Police shut down brothel in Luton

Police have closed down a brothel in Limbury Road in Luton after securing a court order. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have closed down a brothel in Luton after securing a court order.

Bedfordshire officers attended an address in Limbury Road which was believed to have been used as a brothel.

Police say three people found in the property were safeguarded and offered appropriate support.

A three month closure order has been issued.

“It is our priority to protect vulnerable people and we are dedicated to keeping our communities safe. Illegal sex-trade won’t be tolerated in our county and we will continue to crack down on the perpetrators.

“We are happy with the court’s decision to put a long term closure order on the location.

“We would also like to encourage people to come forward to report anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods.”

– PC Matt Taylor, bedfordshire Police

CCTV appeal following hate crime incident in Luton

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Pearce on 101 Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of two people they would like to speak to in connection with a hate crime incident in Luton.

It happened on the 25 May when a man was approached by two men in Dallow Road.

The men used offensive language, directed towards the victim, which is believed to be racially motivated.

PC Craig Pearce, investigating, said: “This was a nasty and unprovoked incident which we believe was motivated by hate. Hate crime is not acceptable in our society and we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour.

“We are keen to speak with the men in the photographs as we believe they may have key information could help with our investigation. If you recognise any of the men please get in touch.”


Luton superstore fire was started accidentally

A fire that badly damaged an Asda superstore in Luton was started accidentally

A fire that badly damaged an Asda superstore in Luton earlier this year was started accidentally during repair work that was being carried out to the roof.

It took over a hundred firefighters several hours to battle the fire in Asda's Wigmore Lane store in March.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has now confirmed its investigation shows the cause of the blaze was accidental.

The superstore is still closed.

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