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Fight breaks out after motorcyclist is knocked off his bike

Wauluds Bank Drive in Luton.
Wauluds Bank Drive in Luton.

A motorcyclist in Luton is believed to have been deliberatley knocked off his bike by a person driving a car.

It happened in Wauluds Bank Drive on Wednesday afternoon.

A fight then broke out between the motorcylist and the car driver who was subsequently assaulted.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Council announces start of works on new Luton travel centre

Artist impression of the new travel centre.
Artist impression of the new travel centre. Credit: Luton Borough Council

Anyone using trains and buses in Luton will soon benefit from a new purpose-built travel centre.

The £500,000 facility will be built next month, next to the new rail-bus interchange, facing the train station.

It will include a travel information and bus/coach ticket desk, small public café and toilets, plus personal travel planning area.

Also provided will be a rest room for bus drivers and a cycle hub with CCTV providing secure cycle parking and lockers for storing helmets and accessories.

Work is scheduled to start in August and complete in early 2015, ahead of anticipated opening next spring.

"This is great news for bus and train passengers, cyclists and pedestrians in Luton. Encouraging more people in the borough to use public and sustainable transport not only helps reduce traffic congestion but also delivers important health and wellbeing and economic benefits."

– Cllr Sian Timoney, Portfolio Holder for regeneration

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Hundreds gather in Luton in Gaza protest

Demonstrators in Luton town centre protesting over the crisis in Gaza.
Demonstrators in Luton town centre protesting over the crisis in Gaza. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Lee Georghiou

Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in Luton town centre protesting about the situation in Gaza.

Bedfordshire police say Wellington Street will be closed and other roads around the area such as Alma Street, George Street, Manchester Street, Upper George Street and Wellington Street may be affected depending on the events and may affect bus, taxi and minicab routes.

Shoppers and business owners are encouraged to carry on as usual but be aware that there might be an increased number of people in the town centre.

Demonstrators in Luton town centre protesting over the crisis in Gaza.
Demonstrators in Luton town centre protesting over the crisis in Gaza. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Lee Georghiou

easyJet to be the first to use new ash cloud detection system

An ash cloud rising from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland.
An ash cloud rising from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano which forced airlines to ground their planes in May 2010. Credit: Press Association Images.

A Luton-based airline is set to become the first to use new technology designed to help aircraft detect volcanic ash.

The AVOID system is a radar for ash and aims to prevent a repeat of the Icelandic volcanic ash-cloud crisis of spring 2010.

The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull led to days of no flights into and out of the UK in April and May 2010, with the whole of Europe affected.

The new system has been created by Norway's Nicarnica Aviation with the support of Luton-based easyJet.

It uses infra-red technology fitted to aircraft to supply images to pilots and an airline's operations control centre.

It will enable pilots to see an ash cloud up to 60 miles ahead of the aircraft and at altitudes between 5,000ft and 50,000ft.

The technology was tested by European planemaker Airbus last November. It will now go into commercial production.

Today, easyJet's engineering director Ian Davies said that move was "a tangible and significant step forward in bringing this technology from conception into reality".

He added: "easyJet has supported the development of this innovative technology since the 2010 volcanic eruption which brought aviation to a halt in Europe. We look forward to being the first airline to fit this technology on our aircraft."

£24 million pound project to improve transport in Luton formally opened

£24 million pound project to improve transport in Luton formally opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £24 million pound project to improve transport in Luton was formally opened this morning. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on the now complete inner ring road.

The work, which aims to improve access for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, should reduce congestion in the town centre.

It was made possible with nearly £16 million pounds of funding from central Government.

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Do you recognise this man wanted in connection with fuel thefts in Luton?

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police have released CCTV images of a man that they would like to speak with following a number of fuel thefts at petrol stations around Luton.

There have been six fuel thefts involving the Silver Vauxhall Astra – which uses stolen number plates – across Luton since February with hundreds of pounds worth of fuel being stolen.

If you recognise the individual or have any information relating to this incident, contact the Crime Service Team, in confidence, on the non-emergency 101.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Luton Vauxhall set for another jobs boost

 The new Vauxhall Vivaro.
The new Vauxhall Vivaro. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Vauxhall is set to create another 250 jobs at its plant in Bedfordshire.

It's the latest boost for the Luton base, brought about by the manufacture of the Vivaro van.

Luton won the contract to build the van in 2011, securing a £185million investment for the town.

Read more: Vauxhall launch new van

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