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Business groups call for faster trains to Luton Airport

Luton airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Business groups and politicians are calling for four faster train services an hour to Luton Airport following an increase of passengers travelling through the terminal last month.

It's the fastest growing London airport with 1.3 million people using it in October that's up by nearly 19% on 2015.

The airport says the additional train services to and from London would help meet rising demand for travel until a new runway is built at Heathrow.


Rail services return to normal following Luton fault

Engineers have brought in a new signalling control system after the old one was damaged Credit: ITV News Anglia

After three days of disruption, train services are finally back to normal for commuters in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Network Rail engineers had been working to fix damaged signalling equipment at Luton.

A new signalling control system has now been brought in after the old one was ruined by a power surge.

It caused major delays and lots of cancellations for passengers using both East Midlands and Thameslink trains.

Some minor alterations and cancellations can still be expected whilst the service recovers.

"It's been a long and difficult three days for our Thameslink passengers and staff who will be relieved now to learn that Network Rail has repaired this major fault.

"The effect on our service has been severe, especially north of London where we have had to cut back the number of trains to just a few an hour between Bedford and St Pancras, and also reduce the service to and from Sutton and Wimbledon. I would like to thank people for their patience."

– Stuart Cheshire, Thameslink passenger services director

Luton shooting: residents speak out

Video report by ITV Anglia's Chloe Keedy.

Residents who live near the scene of where a 24-year-old man died after being shot by police in Luton have been speaking about what they witnessed.

Police were called at around 1.30pm to reports of a woman being assaulted at a property in Tracey Court, just off Hibbert Street.

"We kind of presumed straight away it was a gun...we didn't know it's only when we came up to my bedroom window we looked out and it was just police and ambulance everywhere."

– Olivia Zarkos, eyewitness

Luton shooting: Bedfordshire PCC responds

A number of police cars were at the scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has issued a statement regarding the fatal shooting in Luton.

Police were called to an incident where a woman was reportedly being assaulted, during which a 24-year-old-man was shot by a firearms officer.

"My thoughts are with the family of the man involved in this tragic incident, and as the public's elected voice on policing I need to explain what is happening in relation to this.

“It is for the police watchdog - the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), to investigate the circumstances of this incident and review the police actions. Both the Chief Constable and I are committed to ensuring we fully support that investigation.

"Bedfordshire Police Force cannot comment further during the course of an IPCC investigation and no inference should be taken from this. It is, naturally, to be hoped that the IPCC can conclude this process as thoroughly and quickly as possible to establish exactly what happened given that this was the most distressing outcome for every party involved."

– Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway,

Inquest opens into double deaths at block of flats

Essex Close Credit: ITV News Anglia

An inquest has heard a man was found dead in a wheelie bin outside a flat in Luton where a woman was discovered hanging just six days earlier.

Adim Baba's body was found in Essex Close on October 16th. The 49-year-old had died from blows to the head. Earlier the body of 34-year-old Tabussum Winning was found hanging in the doorway of a flat.

Police arrested a man in connection with both deaths after launching a double murder investigation, but he has since been released on bail.

A full inquest into their deaths will be held in March.


Police release CCTV following violence at Luton carnival

Police are asking members of the public to help identify a number of individuals Credit: Bedfordshire police

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for help in identifying a number of individuals after the violent disorder which happened at the Luton carnival.

Disorder broke out on St George’s Square on the evening of Sunday 29 May. Five people have since been charged with offences in relation to the incident, but an investigation is still on-going.

“We will not tolerate behaviour such as this and are determined that all of those who were involved will be prosecuted.

“We’re issuing CCTV images of people who we believe may be able to assist us with our enquiries, and I’d urge anyone who can help us identify the people – or indeed the people themselves – to get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Rebecca Kitts, Bedfordshire Police

Luton shooting: "There was then this stand off which went on for at least an hour-and-a-half"

The area was cordoned off Credit: ITV News Anglia

The shooting by police of a man inside a flat in Luton followed a 90 minute stand off.

Officers had already led a woman to safety from the building when the 24-year-old man was shot by a police marksman.

Bedfordshire Police say the man was shot dead by a police officer as they responded to a report that he had attacked a woman inside the flat.

One man living in a nearby street saw much of the drama as it unfolded. Mark Tracey said police arrived outside the three storey block of flats in Hibbert Street on Wednesday lunchtime.

He said he saw a police officer with a bandaged hand lead a distressed and crying blonde haired woman out of the building and she was taken to a nearby police van.

"There was then this stand off which went on for at least an hour-and-a-half with people looking up at a window and calling out to the man who was still inside...I saw a police officer with a balaclava on and a sniper rifle.

"The next thing I saw was them bringing this guy out on a stretcher trolley which they wheeled down the pathway into the street, where there was an ambulance.

"He wasn't moving and there were machines on him. When I saw the blood I thought he had slashed his throat. An officer was working on him, pumping his chest. They got him into the back of the ambulance and continued working on him."

– Josh Preston, resident

Luton shooting: Chief Constable offers full support to officers involved

Officers investigating at the scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police is offering his full support to the officers involved after a man was shot dead in Luton.

Police were called to Tracey Court, just off Hibbert Street after reports of a woman being assaulted at a property.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have begun their investigation.

Chief Constable Jon Boutcher has met with the officers who were involved in the incident:

“I have met all the officers directly involved in the incident in Luton yesterday and I am incredibly grateful to them, and all of my officers who do such a difficult job in often extremely challenging circumstances in order to protect the communities we serve.

The officers involved in the tragic death yesterday know they have my full support. The force will co-operate fully with the IPCC investigation to establish the exact circumstances of what took place.

Our thoughts are with the family of the man who died, and all those involved in this tragic incident."

– Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, Bedfordshire Police

Investigations continue after a man was shot by police in Luton

Police officers investigating at the scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

Investigations are continuing after a man was shot dead by police during an incident in Luton.

It happened yesterday afternoon when police were called to reports of a woman being assaulted near Hibbert Street.

A 24-year-old man died after being shot by firearms officers.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission have begun an investigation.

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