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Man slashed with knife in road rage incident

Police investigate road rage incident in Luton. Credit: PA Images

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was slashed with a knife in a road rage incident in Luton.

Three offenders in a silver vehicle, thought to be a Hyundai assaulted the victim at the junction of Denbigh Road, Bishopscote Road and Woodland Avenue in the town between midnight and 1am on Wednesday.

His injuries, although minor, did require further hospital treatment.

The offenders are described as Asian, aged between 18 and 30, and around 5’ 10”. One was wearing a grey top and jeans.

This is an outrageous conclusion to a ‘road rage’ incident. We won’t tolerate this type of behaviour or any offences involving knives. This week the force is running Operation Sceptre, a week dedicated to clamping down on knife crime in our county. Activity is going on throughout the week, including high visibility patrols and weapons sweeps in hotspot areas, and we are urging anyone who knows of someone carrying a knife to call us.

– Detective Constable Scott Hannam

Witnesses are asked to call police on 101.


Luton man, 35, arrested over two rapes in 2007

A 35-year-old man from Luton has been charged in connection with two rapes which took place in 2007.

Shipu Ahmed, 35, of Avondale Road, was arrested yesterday (Thursday October 19) by Bedfordshire Police and later charged with two counts of rape.

The charges relate to assaults against a 15-year-old girl and a 22-year-old woman on November 30 2007 and December 15 2007. They are alleged to have taken place in Dunstable and Luton.

Ahmed appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court this morning (Friday) and has been remanded into custody. He will appear again on November 20.

Wizz Air launches UK licence bid ahead of Brexit

Opening its base in June

Hungarian-based airline Wizz Air has applied for a UK licence ahead of Brexit. It plans to set up a Wizz Air UK subsidiary at London Luton Airport, where it currently operates 41 routes. This will begin in March 2018 subject to receipt of an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and Operating Licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The firm pledged to employ more than 100 people in management, pilots and cabin crew roles at Luton by the end of next year.

It follows the airline opening its first base in the UK at Luton in the summer.

Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi said:

"It is a natural next step in the development of our UK business and will bring additional investment and jobs to our UK base at London Luton. "The UK remains the single biggest travel market in Europe and we are currently the UK's eighth largest operator, and this move is also part of our broader strategy to ensure that our UK operations are Brexit-ready. "We look forward to working with the CAA to take this application forward."

– Jozsef Varadi

Man sentenced for sexual assault in hotel gym

A woman who was sexually assaulted in a hotel gym has been praised for her bravery in speaking out.

The woman was exercising on June 26th 2016 when she was approached by a drunken Kealey O’Kane. The 34-year-old made lewd comments and sexually assaulted her before she could escape.

Mr O'Kane was convicted of sexual assault following a trial and, today, was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 month. He has also been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years and pay £1,750 in court costs.

“I would like to praise the victim for her bravery in coming forward to report this unacceptable attack. Being under the influence of alcohol is absolutely no excuse for harassing and assaulting someone and I’m pleased that he has been found guilty by the courts."

– Gary Hales, Bedfordshire Police


Flight operation bringing back stranded Monarch holidaymakers ends

The last of of the flights bringing stranded Monarch holidaymakers home after the airline collapsed landed at Luton airport this morning.

More than 80,000 holidaymakers have been repatriated to the UK as part of an operation expected to cost around £60 million.

The CAA brought more than 80,000 passengers back to the UK. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) put on 567 flights which brought back 83,875 passengers to the UK after the travel company went into administration.

The last of the flights - a service from Tel Aviv in Israel with 122 passengers - landed at Luton Airport at just after 3.30am this morning (16 October).

Administrators KPMG said 1,858 of around 2,100 people employed across Monarch's airline and tour group had been made redundant after the firm went bust.

Police release CCTV images after burglars carried out a "brutal" attack on elderly man in Luton

Police are urging people to come forward with information. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of people they want to identify in connection with a "brutal assault" during burglary in Luton. The incident left an elderly man with a fractured spine, fractured ribs and cuts and bruises.

He was set upon by two men after he disturbed them at his home on Ashburnham Road during the early hours of August 10. After searching the house the assailants fled empty handed.

The elderly man sustained a number of injuries Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“This was an incredibly nasty assault which left an elderly man injured and, not surprisingly, extremely shaken. We’re looking for people to help us identify two men in the CCTV footage we are issuing, who we believe may be able to assist us with our enquiries.”

– Detective Constable Jason Wheeler

Luton based easyJet records bumper summer sales

easyJet has reported record summer sales Credit: ITV News Anglia

After a week which saw Luton based Monarch airlines collapse, easyJet has reported record summer sales.

More than 24 million passengers travelled with Luton based easyJet in the last three months as they took advantage of low fares to beach destinations. 96% of their seats were filled.

However EasyJet's Chief Executive Carolyn McCall says the market is still challenging. She's warned the decline in the value of the pound will cost the airline 100 million pounds.

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