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Appeal after man found dead in Luton car park

Police were called to Sainsbury’s car park in Quantock Rise. Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was found dead in a car park in Luton.

Emergency services were called at approximately 4pm (27 April) to reports a man had been found in a van in Sainsbury’s car park in Quantock Rise.

The man, Peter McCann, 47, died at the scene.

We are not treating this death as suspicious, but we are keen to find out what happened to Peter prior to his death, and we’d like to speak to anyone who may have seen him, or his vehicle, yesterday.

– Detective Sergeant Michelle Lack

The van was a green Vauxhall Vivaro with a 11 plate.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Lack on 101 quoting Operation Chantilly.

Mayor of Paris thanks primary school for condolences after terror attacks

The messages of support sent by the school. Credit: William Austin Junior School

Pupils from William Austin Junior school in Luton who sent a special book of condolence to France in the wake of terror attacks have received personal thanks from the Mayor of Paris.

The letter, written in French and translated for the children, thanked the school for their lovely book and their show of support.

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Dramatic pictures in Luton as fire breaks out in block of flats

A child and three adults had to be treated by paramedics this afternoon as firefighters tackled a blaze in a block of flats in Luton.

They were all evacuated from the property on the second floor of the building on Hockwell Ring.

Firefighters were called at about 2.15pm.

No one else was hurt in the fire - which was captured on video by Jonathan Matthews - although flats on either side were also damaged.

The blaze was out by 3pm. An investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.

Jobs could be at risk at Luton-based airline Monarch

Jobs could be at risk at Luton-based Monarch. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire.

Luton-based airline Monarch is considering closing one of its engineering bases.

Unions say it would mean the loss of more than 100 jobs - including 13 in Luton.

Monarch's interim managing director Andy Mackay said all staff would be offered alternative roles if the closure of the base at Manchester Airport went ahead.

But Unite said workers had already had to make "significant sacrifices" in terms of pay and conditions to secure their future.

"It is very disappointing and a severe blow to our engineering members to hear this news when they have played their part in turning around Monarch and making the airline the profitable business that it is today."

– Oliver Richardson, Unite national officer.

Luton man living with Parkinson's speaks out for awareness week

A teacher from Luton who is living with Parkinson's disease has spoken to ITV News Anglia about his shock at finding out he had the condition.

Ryan Cameron says he's determined to carrying on teaching for as long as he can. It comes as new research shows that almost half of people with Parkinson's choose not to tell anyone about their diagnosis.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.

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Campaign to highlight the problem of forced marriage

There have been hundreds of calls to a charity helpline from the Anglia region about forced marriage.

A national roadshow has been in the Anglia region aiming to shine a light on the problem of forced marriage and honour-based abuse.

It highlights the women abused, disowned and ostracised by their own families - simply for wanting a say in who they marry.

The charity Karma Nirvana, which supports victims, has received hundreds of calls to its helpline from people in the Anglia region since the beginning of 2014.

  • Bedfordshire - 153 calls
  • Cambridgeshire - 92 calls
  • Hertfordshire - 133 calls
  • Milton Keynes - 42 calls
  • Northamptonshire - 33 calls

Click below for a report from ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper who met one survivor who is now taking control of her life

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