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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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Westminster attacker previously lived in Luton

Police responding to the terror attack in Westminster. Credit: PA

The man responsible for the terror attack in Westminster had previously lived in Luton, it has emerged.

Khalid Masood, who was 52, ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing to death policeman Keith Palmer in the grounds of Parliament.

Masood most recently lived in the West Midlands, but had been in Dunraven Avenue, in Luton, for a several years before moving in 2012.

"I'm absolutely disgusted and saddened in a way that you don't know your neighbours as well as you should do.

"I would see him gardening frequently at the weekends, quite house proud, in relaxed clothing with two small children.

"He would be frequently loading the children into his car, but I didn't see his wife very much.

– Katie Garricques, former neighbour

Teenager charged over knife point robberies against taxi drivers

A teenager threatened victims with a knife Credit: PA

A teenager from Luton has been charged in connection with two knifepoint robberies committed against taxi drivers.

The 15-year-old was charged with two counts of robbery, possession of a knife in a public place and possession of cannabis in relation to two incidents in Dunstable and Luton on Sunday (12 March).

He's due to appear at court on Tuesday 21 March.

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Police release pictures after woman is spat at in suspected race hate attack

Police seek trio after suspected race hate attack Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have issued CCTV of three people they would like to speak to in connection with a racially motivated attack in George Street, Luton, in the early hours of Saturday (10 March) morning.

At around 4am a woman was approach by a group of people who asked her for a cigarette. When the woman refused she was attacked by the group who pushed her to the ground before hitting and spitting at her.

Officers investigating would like to speak to the man and two women pictured as they believe they may be able to assist with their enquiries.

Police released these pictures after the suspected race hate crime Credit: Bedfordshire Police

This was a nasty, unprovoked attack and even more alarmingly it is believed it was motivated by hate. Hate crime has no place in our society and we will not tolerate violence of any kind. We are committed to finding those responsible and urge for anyone who witnessed the incident or who recognises the people pictured to get in touch.”

– Hate crime Sergeant James Hart
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