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Luton Town celebrate as they return to League One

Luton celebrate promotion to League One. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton Town were promoted to League One yesterday - thanks to a draw with Carlisle.

The Hatters needed only to match the result of fourth placed Exeter to seal automatic promotion from League Two. The West Country side could only draw with Crawley, meaning Nathan Jones' men returned to the third tier for the first time in a decade.

Donovan Blake was there to watch Luton go up.


Attempted murder charge over Luton stabbing

An 18-year-old has been charged with attempted murder over a stabbing in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenager has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Luton at the end of last month.

Police were called to St Saviour's Crescent on the morning of March 29th following an attack near a block of flats. A man had been critically injured.

Kerry Murray, of Brent in London, has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a Class B drug and has been remanded in custody.

'Nasty' assault on pregnant woman and brother in Luton

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for witnesses to the incident

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pregnant woman and her brother were assaulted in Luton.

It happened in Chapel Street on Wednesday afternoon (4 April) while they were out shopping.

One of the suspects pushed passed the woman, and after a brief exchange of words, she and her brother were assaulted. After initially leaving the scene, one of the suspects returned and further assaulted the woman’s brother.

Both of the victims were taken to hospital.

Investigating Officer Daniel Young, said: “This was a nasty attack on a family who were just shopping in Luton but ended their afternoon in hospital. If anyone was in the area at the time and saw the attack, please come forward to help us with our enquiries.”


Coroner's safety call after death of Luton man who fell down hole in street

A coroner has called for safety improvements after the death of a football fan who fell head first into a hole in the pavement.

Father-of-two Matthew Wilmot was just yards from his Luton home when it happened, as he walked back from watching the FA Cup final at a pub last year.

The inquest heard he was drunk but concerns about unsecured barriers and that the hole wasn't covered will be passed on to the contractors.

"They were never secured properly. I'm happy that they've mentioned that. It's what we've always said from day one. It could have been a totally different outcome."

– Tania Banks, Matthew's partner
Matthew Wilmot died just yards from his Luton home. Credit: .

The inquest jury returned a verdict of accidental death, saying Mr Wilmot fell into an open excavation with unsecured barriers.

Coroner Ian Pears said he will expressing his concerns to the contractors working on behalf of water company Affinity Water, which was carrying out the work.

“Mr Wilmot’s death was a sad and tragic accident and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

“Each year, Affinity Water and our contractors undertake thousands of excavations to maintain the network of water pipes supplying water to 1.4 million homes and businesses in the south east of England.

“We are committed to ensuring, and expect those working on our behalf to ensure, that the public are protected at all times by following national standards for the fencing and signage of utility works.”

– Affinity Water spokesperson

Driver in hospital following Luton double bus crash

Luton bus crash Credit: ITV News

A driver of one of the buses involved in yesterday's double bus crash is receiving treatment in hospital.

Two buses were involved in a head-on collision on New Bedford Road, Luton yesterday afternoon (April 10).

Eight people were brought to hospital and bus company Grant Palmer Ltd said one of their drivers is still receiving treatment in hospital.

They also said they will fully support the investigation into the crash "with the information and technology we have available."

Centrebus, the other bus company involved, said: "We send our best wishes to those injured in the incident along with a speedy recovery."

"The thoughts of all the staff at GPL, and many of our customers, are with him (the driver).

"We are also mindful that some passengers on the buses required treatment at hospital, and wish them well."

– Dave Shelley, Director Grant Palmer Ltd

Thirteen injured after Luton bus crash

Luton bus crash Credit: ITV News

Thirteen people have been taken to hospital after a head-on crash between two buses in Luton. One man is in a critical condition.

Emergency services also freed two people who were trapped.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital have asked people to avoid using A&E in for non life-threatening illness while they "assist those who need urgent help."

The section of road will stay closed while the two busses involved are removed.

It happened on at the Mill Street area of New Bedford Road in Luton at around 4 pm this afternoon (April 10).

New Bedford Road has been closed and police have asked people to avoid the area.

Emergency services, including the air ambulance, are on the scene.

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