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Tributes to Luton man who raised thousands to help others from his deathbed

He was the terminally-ill man who was determined to leave an "angel" behind for other people in his situation.

When Tony Jules from Luton died on Sunday (February 7), he did it with the knowledge that, in his final days, he'd raised tens of thousands of pounds.

The money will be used to pay for a nurse at Keech Hospice to help other patients. He called them his angels. Today his widow said she would continue his hard work.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Police investigating after gun fired in Luton last night

No one was hurt in the incident in Olympic Close. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation is underway after a gun was fired in Luton last night (February 8).

The gun was fired just before 7pm last night in Olympic Close on the Marsh Farm estate.

No one was hurt.

"This is of course an unsettling incident, however, we don’t believe there is a wider risk to the public. We are calling on members of the community to help us, by contacting us if they witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in Olympic Close at around the time of the event, or if they know who and why the gun was fired.

“We will have a heightened police presence in the area on Friday, but I’d like to reassure the community that this is part of a Forcewide crime initiative, rather than as a result of this incident.”

– Detective Sergeant Emma Langwith


Pet dog found 'rotting alive' in Bedfordshire

A woman from Bedfordshire has been disqualified from keeping animals for life after her pet dog was found 'rotting alive'.

Brenda Chekley from Luton was sentenced at the Magistrates court. She was ordered to pay a total of £560 in fines, and given a 12-month community order.

She admitted causing unnecessary suffering to her 11-year-old German shepherd, Heinzy.

The RSPCA were called and found Heinzy collapsed and unable to walk.

“It was dreadful. Heinzy was rotting alive.

He was in so much pain and discomfort. He was in a really sorry state and should never have been left to get like that.”

He had multiple tumours which had ulcerated and burst, causing holes in his abdomen.

He couldn’t walk, he was emaciated, his claws were overgrown, and his back legs were swollen.

The smell of rotting flesh was almost unbearable and Heinzy was clearly suffering.

It was disgraceful. To be honest, we were all shocked that he was still alive.”

– Mel Fisher, RSPCA

A vet was called to examine Heinzy and decided that the best thing to do was to put him to down.

Five people charged in connection with Luton murder

Five people have been charged with the murder of a Luton man.

47-year-old Atul Shah was found dead at his home on Crescent Road, on January 6.

Police officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit (MCU) subsequently launched a murder investigation.

Police have charged four men and one woman, all from Luton, in connection with the death.

Kyle Pitchford-Price, 22, of Dovehouse Hill, Luke West, 23, of Abbots Wood Road, Callum Holton 19, of Milton Road, Brian Edge, 56, of Harthill Drive, and Corrina Armstrong, 21, also of Dovehouse Hill, have all been charged with murder and conspiracy to rob.

All five were due to appear at Luton Magistrates' Court this morning.


Breathalysers to be rolled out in Bedford

Breathalysers will be issued to pubs and clubs in Bedford this weekend, following a successful trial in Luton and Dunstable over Christmas.

Bedfordshire police: It is illegal to sell alcohol to someone who is already drunk Credit: PA images

Bedfordshire Police said it is illegal to sell alcohol to someone who is already drunk and the breathalysers will help licensees identify the level of alcohol people have consumed. If someone it thought to have already had too much they could be refused entry.

Similar schemes have been piloted by other forces around the country, with Norfolk Constabulary reporting a 66 per cent reduction in arrests for drunk and disorderly conduct as a result.

“Our own pilot scheme over Christmas was received positively by premises in Luton and Dunstable, and we are keen to minimise the effects of intoxication in Bedford too.

“Not only does the scheme have benefits for local pubs and nightclubs, but hopefully it will encourage partygoers to make the right choice and call it a night when they have already drunk too much.

“We are grateful to the Bedford Borough Public Health team who have funded the Bedford breathalysers, meaning we can introduce them at no extra cost to the force.”

– PC Rob Sparkes from Bedfordshire Police’s Licensing Team

Nine-week-old puppy stolen in Essex burglary

Pickle was stolen from a property in West Horndon, Essex Credit: Essex Police

Police are searching for a nine-week-old puppy stolen during a burglary in Essex.

Pickle, a white Maltese Terrier was taken from a property in West Horndon, on Monday.

Pickle was stolen from the kitchen of the house, but the owner’s other dog, a three-year-old Maltese Terrier, was left behind.

A Range Rover also stolen in the incident has since been located in Luton, but Pickle is still missing.

"I’ve only had Pickle a week but have grown really attached to her. My other dog is missing her too – her tail has been down since she was taken.

I just can’t understand why someone would take Pickle and need to know she is being fed and looked after.

Please help share our appeal and if you know anything, please do the right thing and call the police.”

– Adele Rowley, Pickle's owner

Anyone with information is asked to call Brentwood police station.

Contractor appointed for Luton's Marsh Farm development

Flats at Marsh Farm, 2014 Credit: ITV News Anglia

A contractor has been appointed to work on Luton's Marsh farm development.

Housing and Construction company Keepmoat has officially started work on the £28 million regeneration scheme which will completely transform and improve the Marsh Farm area of Luton.

The development will see new modern housing and shops.

Luton Borough Council appointed the contractor to deliver the regeneration scheme over the next three years.

The first phase will see the new seven new shops built on the former Purway Close site with 24 apartments above.

"We have been waiting for this moment for a long time so it's really exciting to know our contractors are now on site and set to deliver major improvements to the Marsh Farm area. This scheme is set to make a real positive difference to the area, with high quality homes and shops bringing long-term social and economic benefits for local people."

– Cllr Tom Shaw, Portfolio Holder for housing
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