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Man jailed for throwing baby out of second floor window

Sean Ziemelis received a life sentence Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man from Luton has been jailed after almost killing a baby by throwing him out of the window.

The baby only survived because he was caught by his legs by a passer-by.

Sean Ziemelis, 31, of Reginald Street, must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison after being sentenced at Luton Crown Court for attempted murder, actual bodily harm and assault by beating.

Police were called to Reginald Street at 2am last August to reports that a baby had been thrown out of a window.

The court heard how Ziemelis had attempted to gouge the baby’s eyes out and tried to strangle him, before throwing him from a second storey window.

A member of the public managed to catch the baby by his legs as he fell, saving his life.

This is one of the most shocking incidents that I have seen in the whole of my career, and incredibly traumatic for all those involved. Ziemelis is clearly a very dangerous individual.

– Detective Constable Louise Granger,

Ziemelis will be treated under the Mental Health Act at Brockfield House before returning to prison.

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Drug dealer teen gives himself away when he offered to treat his mum to new tyres

Drug teen sentence cut Credit: PA Images

A 16-year-old boy who still got pocket money from his mum gave himself away as a drugs criminal when he offered to buy her a new set of tyres for her car.

Sam Oliver Hughes' mum was suspicious about her son's generous offer because his only source of income was his few quid a week allowance.

And when she searched his bedroom in their Luton home, she uncovered a stash of cocaine and £1,000 cash secreted in a holdall.

Hughes, who had just done his GCSEs, was arrested and bailed, but found himself in more trouble when police found a loaded gun in the house during a later search.

The student admitted having the proceeds of crime, possessing cocaine with intent to supply and having a prohibited firearm and bullets without a certificate. He was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Luton Crown Court in February. But the sentence has now been cut to three years and nine months after an appeal to top judges in London.

Lawyers for Hughes, now 17 and of Plantation Road, said he was a custodian of the gun for others, having fallen in with hardened criminals in his neighbourhood.

They argued that he had been too harshly punished for what he actually did when he was still only 16 years old.

The judges refused to make an order banning identification of Hughes.


Series of 'deliberate' arson attacks on ice cream vans

Stock image of ice cream van Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after a series of "deliberate" arson attacks on ice cream vans in Luton.

Three van were set alight between 2.34am and 2.41am yesterday morning (Friday 13 July), in Wilsden Avenue, Connought Road and Thornhill Road.

No one was injured - officers are keen to find the people responsible.

Enquiries into the incidents are ongoing, but we believe all three were started deliberately and we are exploring the possibility that they could be linked.

Thankfully nobody was hurt as a result of the fires, but this could have been a lot worse as the vans were all parked near houses.

We are keen to find the people responsible, so I’m now looking for any information that might help the investigation into these incidents. If you know who was responsible or have any information about any of the incidents, please get in touch.

– Detective Constable Cathie Layton


Looking at options to expand Luton airport for millions more passengers

London Luton Airport is consulting on options to expand. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton Airport in Bedfordshire has begun consulting on a further options for a potential major expansion that could mean millions more passengers passing through it.

It comes after MPs backed controversial plans to build a third runway at London's Heathrow airport.

London Luton Airport wants to increase passenger numbers from 16 million a year to 38 million by 2050. The options include the building of a second terminal.

The 10 week consultation includes a series of events where people can see the plans and speak to the project team. A final decision due in 2021.

  • Watch a report on Luton airport expansion by Liz Summers

Man shot in Luton has potentially life-changing injuries

A 20-year-old man has potentially life-changing injuries after being shot in Luton.

A 20-year old has suffered potentially life-changing injuries after being shot in Luton on Tuesday evening.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Underwood Close in the north of the town to find the man with gun shot wounds.

“This was a horrendous attack and I’m keen to hear from anybody who may have witnessed this incident.

“I would urge anyone with information to come forward, as they may have something vital to our investigation.

“I would like to reassure the public that we take reports of incidents involving firearms incredibly seriously and we are committed to apprehending those responsible.“

– Detective Inspector Aaron Kiff, Bedfordshire Police

Police close down cannabis factory in Luton

Officers were called to a property in Challney Credit: PA

A number of cannabis plants have been found in a house in Luton.

Bedfordshire Police were called to a property in Challney on Sunday (24 June), following reports of suspicious behaviour in the area.

During a search of the property, officers found 130 cannabis plants and 100 smaller plants in what officers described as a ‘sophisticated and well-run’ operation.

PC Jack Calow, from Bedfordshire Police’s Luton community team, said: “This successful discovery led to the disposal of a large number of cannabis plants which now won’t make it to streets of our neighbourhoods.

“We would like to reassure our residents that we are committed to keeping our communities safe and we are encouraging anyone with information about drug-related or suspicious activity to come forward.”

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