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Major makeover plan for Luton station hits the buffers

Luton station. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Plans to refurbish Luton railway station have hit the buffers after the government turned down a funding application from train operator Thameslink.

It wanted £2.5m to extend the station and build new shops as part of a £10m scheme.

Thameslink says it will still carry out essential repairs but the area's MP Gavin Shuker says it is a slap in the face for the town.

"We are disappointed to learn that our bid for funding to support improvements at Luton station has been unsuccessful.

"However, we are determined to try to find a solution and will work with Network Rail, Luton Borough Council and the Department for Transport to understand how improvements at the station can be made in another way, most likely using a phased approach."

– Roger Perkins, Thameslink.


Charlie's 300 mile cycle ride in memory of his brother should end this morning

Charlie Nelson has spent 10 days on a charity cycle ride in memory of his little brother. Credit: ITV Anglia

A boy from Luton is nearing the end of a 300 mile charity bike ride in memory of his little brother.

Charlie Nelson has been cycling around the coast of Norfolk, where the family went on holidays with Reece, who died of a brain tumour when he was 8. Charlie started his bike ride at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and will finish there this afternoon. He's so far raised ten thousand pounds for charity.

Reece Nelson who died from a brain tumour when he was 8. Credit: Family picture
Charlie with his little brother Reece Credit: Family picture

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Police seek witnesses after mass brawl leaves two seriously injured

The fight took place in Castle Street, Luton Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were attacked with metal poles during a large fight in Luton.

The brawl broke out in Castle Street on Thursday. Police say a large group of men were involved and it left the two victims with serious injuries.

Violence like this won’t be tolerated by Bedfordshire Police. When investigating incidents like this, which involve large groups of people, it’s even more important for people to come forward if they have any information that could assist us. If you were in the area at the time of the incident, or you know who was responsible, please come forward.”

– Detective Sergeant Emma Langwith

Teenage boy dies in hospital after motorcycle crash

The boy was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital but later died. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A teenager has died after crashing into a lamp post on his motorcycle in Luton.

Police and paramedics were called to Denham Close at 1.40pm yesterday (March 29).

The boy was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital but later died.

Police are now investigating the incident and are asking anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information, to contact them on 101.

Officers face misconduct hearing over treatment of autistic man

Family and friends of Faruk Ali Credit: ITV News Anglia

A public misconduct hearing by Bedfordshire Police is to get underway into the treatment of an autistic man by two of its officers.

PC Christopher Pitts, from Bedford and PC Christopher Thomas, from Welwyn Garden City, have already been cleared of assaulting Mr Ali.

Mr Ali, who suffers from autism, had been putting out his bins, but ran away after spotting the police car because he'd become frightened.

The misconduct hearing is expected to last for up to a week.


Inquest rules Luton man was 'unlawfully killed'

The family of a Luton man who died almost two years after he was beaten unconscious say they're hopeful further charges can now be brought against the two men who attacked him.

Henry Huggins was punched to the ground and his head stamped on in August 2013 leaving him in a coma. At an inquest into his death a Coroner has now ruled that he was unlawfully killed.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.

Henry Huggins 'unlawfully killed' concludes inquest

Henry Huggins spent two years in a coma after the attack.

Henry Huggins' family told us the last few years had been a nightmare.

An inquest into the death of a man from Luton who spent two years in a coma after being attacked has found he was 'unlawfully killed'.

Henry Huggins was beaten unconscious in August 2013 when he was visiting his girlfriend on the Farley Hill Estate.

He never woke up, and died in June last year. Stuart Docherty who lived on the estate was jailed for 17 years for the attack.

Another man James Early of Whipperley Ring, Luton, was also convicted for two-and-a-half years for being involved with the assault.

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