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Preparations underway for Luton Carnival

Preparations underway

Preparations are underway for this year's Luton Carnival on Sunday.

The parade will leave Wardown Park at 1:30pm and wind through the town centre before finishing back at the park.

Luton Carnival Credit: ITV News Anglia

There will be a mix of food, music, dance and costumes. Thousands are expected to attend the event.

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Man who kidnapped pensioner sent to jail

A Luton man has been jailed for kidnapping a pensioner, and driving him to a cashpoint. 51-year-old Leslie DeRoses, of Dunstable Road, broke into the victim's house in Luton on the 14th of March. He then forced the victim to drive to cashpoints at nearby Parkway Station and Santander in George Street, to try to get him to withdraw cash.

51-year-old Leslie DeRoses Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Mr DeRoses pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, one count of robbery, and one count of kidnap at Luton Crown Court. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

“This was a horrific and despicable crime and we’re delighted with the sentence that DeRoses has received. He preyed on a vulnerable, elderly person, putting him through a terrifying ordeal. We’re really grateful to the people who came forward following our appeal."

– Detective Constable Alan Boxall - Bedfordshire Police

10 years in jail for cash point robbery and kidnap

51-year old Leslie DeRoses from Luton has been jailed for 10 years Credit: Bedfordshire police

A man's been jailed for 10 years after kidnapping an elderly man and driving him to a cashpoint.

51-year-old Leslie DeRoses from Dunstable Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, one count of robbery, and one count of kidnap.

In March this year he broke into a house in Luton and demanded money from an elderly victim.

He then forced the victim to drive to cashpoints at Luton Parkway Station and Santander in George Street to steal money from his account.

"This was a horrific and despicable crime and we’re delighted with the sentence that DeRoses has received. He preyed on a vulnerable, elderly person, putting him through a terrifying ordeal. We’re really grateful to the people who came forward following our appeal and pleased that justice has been done. By taking callous criminals such as DeRoses off the streets of Bedfordshire, we really are helping to protect people and fight crime together.”

– Detective Constable Alan Boxall

Three players who had been suspended are to leave Luton Town

Luton Town have confirmed that three players who had been suspended are leaving the club.

Striker Ricky Miller and winger Shaun Whalley were both arrested following an alleged assault in Hockliffe last month and are currently on bail until June 2nd.

Miller has had his contract terminated, subject to appeal, following an internal investigation into a breach of club discipline, whereas Whalley departs by mutual consent.

Danny Fitzsimons also leaves by mutual consent and was suspended due to a separate breach of club discipline.

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Homes evacuated after hand grenade discovery in Luton

Police have cordoned off an area of Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have cordoned off an area of Luton after a hand grenade was found.

Officers were told that a military style grenade had been discovered in Whitehill Avenue.

Whitehill Avenue was closed between London Road and Farley Hill as a result.

However, police have now confirmed that the grenade wasn't live.

People in houses in Whitehill Avenue were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Luton brothel shut down in 15th anti-social behaviour closure in county

A Luton brothel has been closed down by Bedfordshire Police under new anti-social behaviour laws.

On Wednesday officers from the South and East Luton Community Policing team executed a warrant in Downs Court, Downs Road.

The action followed complaints from residents who had been experiencing nuisance behaviour as a result of suspected illegal activities.

The new powers under the legislation introduced last year have so far seen us shut down 14 premises in Luton and one in Bedford. This is a fantastic result and shows how collaborative working is making Bedfordshire a safer place for us all.

We will not tolerate the use of brothels or drug dens in Bedfordshire, which are often associated with other forms of criminal and anti-social behaviour.

All residents have the right to live in peaceful communities and we are pleased that so many of these nuisance operations have been halted in their tracks.

We are committed to working with residents and partner agencies to identify any issues and protect our communities from crime.

– PC Tott

Former Bedfordshire Police officer charged with sex offences against young girls

A former Bedfordshire Police officer has been charged with a string of sex offences against teenage girls. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former Bedfordshire Police officer has been charged with a string of sex offences against teenage girls.

Mohammad Arshad, who's 35 and from Luton, is accused of 17 offences relating to 11 alleged victims between the ages of 13 and 15.

Arshad served with Bedfordshire Police between April and November last year.

He was suspended when the allegations came out.

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