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Gun supplier McCafferty jailed for his role in plot to kill Luton man

Atif Ali was shot in the leg in Luton.
Atif Ali was shot in the leg in Luton. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

The man who supplied a sawn off shotgun used in another man's attempt to kill a love rival has been jailed.

Atif Ali was shot in the leg as he drove through the town last year.

Shahzad Mahroof hired a man to shoot Mr Ali, because he was in a relationship with Mahroof's ex-girlfriend.

Matthew McCafferty, who's 23, and from Flitwick in Bedfordshire was jailed for 15 years with an extended sentence of five years - meaning he'll be on licence for at least five years after his release.

Read more: Convicted drug dealer jailed for life for plotting to kill love rival

Pregnant teenager attacked in attempted robbery

Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire.
Robbers targeted a pregnant teenager in Houghton Regis. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A pregnant teenager was assaulted during an attempted robbery in Bedfordshire.

The 17-year-old victim was walking along Dog Kennel Path in Houghton Regis, near Luton, last Saturday, August 23, when she was attacked.

Two women stepped out from some bushes and asked if they could use the teenager's phone.

When she refused, they attacked the victim, who is 31 weeks pregnant, and tried to steal it.

The victim fell to the ground - which caused contractions - before breaking free and running away. She made her way to hospital where her contractions were stopped and she was treated for scratches to her chest, neck and back.

Det Con Gill Cowley, of Bedfordshire Police, said: “This was an extremely distressing incident for the young woman but thankfully both she and her baby are fine.

"The attackers showed absolutely no compassion for their victim and did all they could to try and steal her mobile phone with no care for her or her unborn baby. I hope that someone will be able to provide us with information so that we can identify the attackers and take the necessary action.”

The first offender was black, around 18 or 19 years old, of skinny build, with a short Afro-style hairstyle and a pierced right eyebrow. The second was also black, of similar age, large build, with long, black, braided hair and appeared to have green eyes which may have been contact lenses.

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Family of Luton man in coma speak about their heartbreak after alleged street attack

The family of man from Luton have spoken about their heartbreak a year after he ended up in a coma - the victim of an alleged street attack.

Henry Huggins known to everyone as "Chin' has yet to regain consciousness. Now relatives have begun a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence.

Hundreds of people have already joined in by taking a selfie photo, but his family want more to take part.

Click below to watch Matthew Hudson's report:

Family of Luton man left on life support launch campaign to raise awareness of violence

'Selfie' photo campaign.
'Selfie' photo campaign.

The family of a man from Luton have launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence, a year after he was allegedly beaten into a coma.

Henry Huggins has yet to regain consciousness following the attack in the Farley Hill area of the town.

Hundreds of people have already taken part in a 'selfie' photo campaign - his family say they want to keep him in everybody's minds.

Woman with dementia targeted by thieves

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after an 80 year old woman with dementia was targeted by burglars who raided her home in Luton.

A man and woman prised opened a front window of her home in Chandos Road some time between midday and 4.15pm last Friday (15 Aug)

They made their way into the victim's bedroom and stole a number of items. The two offenders then ran out of the property, passing the victim as they did so, and made their way towards Connaught Road.

The victim's neighbours called the police but due to her condition it is still unclear exactly what was taken.

Detective Constable Scott Hannam is keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and may have seen the offenders leaving the house.

Man found unconscious following street robbery

A 38-year-old Luton man was taken to hospital after he was injured during a robbery that happened in the town on Saturday 19 August.

Street robbery in Luton
Street robbery in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

It happened outside Lloyds TSB Bank in George Street at approximately 7.05pm after the man was pushed from behind and hit his head on the floor.

He regained consciousness in an ambulance that had been called by members of the public and found cash had been taken from his wallet and his iPhone was missing.

Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact DC Arnold, in confidence, at Luton Police Station, on 01582 394285, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

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

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Convicted drug dealer jailed for life for plotting to kill love rival in Luton

Atif Ali, who nearly died in the shooting in Luton in May last year.
Atif Ali, who nearly died in the shooting in Luton in May last year. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A convicted drug dealer has been jailed for life for plotting to kill a love rival in Luton. Atif Ali was shot in the leg as he drove through the town last year.

Mohammed Shahzad, 28, of Selbourne Road, Luton, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder and making threats to kill. He was  sentenced to 30 years imprisonment to serve a minimum of 15 years.
Mohammed Shahzad, 28, of Selbourne Road, Luton, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder and making threats to kill. He was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment to serve a minimum of 15 years.

Shahzad Mahroof hired a man to shoot Mr Ali, because he was in a relationship with Mahroof's ex-girlfriend.

Two other men were found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Three more men were cleared.

Family of little girl killed by bus still no closer to finding out what happened

It's been 10 days since three-year-old Mayah Shazad from Luton was knocked over and killed by a bus.

Her family say they are still no closer to finding out how it happened and despite dozens of witnesses nobody has come forward.

"She's left a lot of memories that will never go away. Coming to terms with something like this is so difficult, it's like something's just come in and taken her away. She liked dressing up, weddings, earrings, lipgloss was her favourite thing, lipstick, nail varnish, pink was her favourite colour, nothing that I can say that she didn't want to do."

– Rabina Imtiaz, Mayah's grandmother

Uncle of three-year-old girl killed during bus collision appeals for witnesses

Three-year-old Mahya Shazad from Luton.
Three-year-old Mahya Shazad from Luton.

It's been 10 days since three-year-old Mayah Shazad from Luton was knocked over and killed by a bus.

But her family say they are still no closer to finding out how it happened. The incident took place in the Bury Park area of the town but, despite dozens of witnesses, no one has come forward.

Family renew appeal after three-year-old girl dies in Luton bus collision

Three-year-old Mayah Shazad from Luton.
Three-year-old Mayah Shazad from Luton.

A family of a three-year-old girl who was knocked over and killed by a bus have renewed their appeal for help to find answers.

It's been 10 days since Mayah Shazad from Luton died. But her family say they are still no closer to finding out how it happened.

The incident took place in the Bury Park area of the town, but despite dozens of witnesses, nobody has come forward.

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