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Police seek attacker after 'glassing' in pub garden

Police in Luton are seeking witnesses to a violent attack on a man at the Duke of Clarence public house in Upper George Street, at 3.20 am on Saturday 27 September with left the victim with 24 stitches to his upper lip.

Police say a 17-year-old boy was punched three times with a glass in the smoking garden of the pub. They want to hear from anyone who saw him with another teenage boy.

The attacker is described as white, five foot ten inches tall, of slim build, with short brown hair, clean shaven, and with blue eyes. He has a peculiar deformed left finger and both little fingers are bent inwards. He has a tattoo on his right wrist of “MUM” with stars around it.

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Residents say prostitution is on increase

Residents at the public meeting Credit: ITV News Anglia

People in the High Town area of Luton claim a five year plan to eradicate prostitutes from their streets is failing only a year in.

Residents gathered last night (Thursday) for a public meeting to tell the council and police the number of street workers is increasing.

They claim roads are littered with used contraceptives and that they face nightly abuse and intimidation from prostitutes.

High Town area of Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

TV crew go behind the scenes at Luton Police Station

Viewers will get to see the police up close and personal as never before, after documentary filmakers for Channel 4 captured life at Luton Police Station.

Still from 'Behind the Scenes' Credit: Channel 4

Cameras were rolling in every part of the building 24 hours a day for six weeks. The Chief Constable says it's about making sure the police are accessible to the public.

'24 Hours in Police Custody' starts on Channel 4 on Monday at 9pm.

Council insists Luton Dunstable Busway is a success, despite lower than expected passenger numbers

The Luton Dunstable Busway. Credit: ITV News Anglia

As the Luton Dunstable Busway nears its first anniversary, figures show that passenger numbers are lower than first hoped.

It was estimated around 2,500,000 journeys would be made on the route in the first nine months, but the actual number was just over 1,000,000.

Luton Borough Council insists the project is a success, and announced today that another service will be added.

"Six years ago when we were doing the business case, there were higher figures and it was an assumption.

Of course, the recession came in between that, but I think with 1.3million passengers on the busway in 2014, it's great news in any language."

– Cllr Dave Taylor, Luton Borough Council

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Police hunting for 'potential rapist' in Luton

Police in Luton are seeking help to track down a man they describe as a "potential rapist".

Location of assault in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The man assaulted a woman in an alley between Dunsmore Road and Milton Road last Wednesday afternoon.

He grabbed her but she managed to break free and run away. Her attacker was white, with a tattoo on the left side of his neck.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact DC Mirian Khajavelidze in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Tributes to rugby player who died in car crash

Rugby players in Luton have been paying tribute to one of their team mates who was killed in a car crash.

Mark Davey had been driving home after last week's match when his car left the road at Wixams in Bedfordshire.

His team held a minute's applause before their game on Saturday.

Police have renewed their appeal for the driver of a second car who left the scene to come forward

Sister makes emotional appeal over missing landlady

Deborah Steel Credit: ITV Anglia

The half-sister of missing landlady Deborah Steel has made a video appeal for information into her disappearance.

Gini Secker, who's 47, from Nottingham, made the appeal after police recently reopened the investigation into the case.

Deborah, former landlady of the Royal Standard Public House, disappeared on December 28, 1997.

"Now the case has been reopened I plead to anyone who knows anything however minor it may seem to them to now come forward. We are convinced that someone knows about her fate. It has been a heavy burden to carry all these years and all we wish for is the answers so we can lay Debbie to rest at last.”

– Gini Secker, Deborah Steel's half-sister

Police appeal for red car involved in M1 crash that killed two

Bedfordshire Police are trying to track down a red car after a pile-up on the M1 that cost the lives of two women on Monday.

Six cars and a motorbike were involved in the multiple crash on Monday,15 September 2014. A 36-year-old woman died at the scene and a 90-year-old woman died later in hospital.

The incident happened at 5.40am on the Northbound carriageway of the M1 between junctions 11 and 12 and closed the motorway for several hours.

“It appears that one vehicle moved suddenly in front of the motorcycle which caused the rider to lose control and fall from her machine. Other vehicles following behind attempted to avoid the rider and her motorbike causing several collisions between themselves.”

– PC Andy Ralph, BCH Roads Policing Unit

Bedfordshire Police are seeking the drivers of a red car and white van involved in the incident for further information which may help piece together exactly what happened. Anyone with information can contact PC Andy Ralph, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

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